Press Releases for  the Annual Ohio Celtic Festival

Press Releases

2016 - Ohio Celtic Festival to Rock Celtic Park in August.

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On August 12th, 13th and 14th, The Fifth Annual Ohio Celtic Festival will take place at Classic Park in Eastlake, OH. The festival features an impressive line-up of more than 150 Irish musicians, singers, bagpipe bands, dancers and other entertainers from across the US and around the world.

The festival has something for everyone, including Celtic merchants selling hand-crafted jewelry, pottery and embroidered fashions plus Celtic cooking demonstrations presented all 3-days by Chef Eric McBride. Kids have their own area with shows, activities and live animal presentations. There's a shop for Irish pastries and coffee when you're looking for a respite and whiskey tasting workshops for those looking for something more bracing where one can learn about the process of crafting fine Irish Tullamore Dew Whiskey.

Headlining the event will be performances by Byrnes & Kelly, Next Generation Leahy, Off Kilter, The American Rogues and Ciaran Sheehan. Along with national and international acts, the Northeast Ohio Irish music scene will be well-represented with New Barleycorn, Brigid Cross, Mad Macs, No Strangers Here and performances throughout the weekend by Ohio's World Champion Murphy's School of Irish Dance.

Classic Park, Home of the Lake County Captains, is located at 35300 Vine Street, Eastlake, OH 44095. Event hours are Friday 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm, Saturday 12 pm - 11:30 pm, and Sunday 12 pm - 8:30 pm. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Sunday morning.

For updates, entertainment schedules and additional information visit the official website at www.ohiocelticfest.com and follow the Ohio Celtic Festival on Facebook.

The Ohio Celtic Festival is presented by Our Heritage, Our Home, Inc. a Lake County Ohio 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote Celtic culture and traditions.



2015 - Ohio Celtic Festival to Rock & Roll Classic Park on August 7, 8 & 9.

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The Ohio Celtic Festival returns for its fourth year to Lake County, OH bringing with it an impressive line-up of more than 150 Irish musicians, singers, bagpipe bands and dancers from across the US and around the world! The festival will take place on August 7, 8 and 9 at its new location – Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains, in Eastlake, OH.

Five stages of live entertainment will be going on all weekend long, with big-name headliners sure to bring energy and excitement. Headlining the event will be the Willis Clan, an Irish family of fourteen musicians, dancers, writers and artists who will bring their unique blend of Irish music with other genres to the Festival. In addition to their musical career, the family is also featured on a reality show currently airing on TLC.

Fresh off their Celtic Thunder Cruise and 52-City nationwide tour will be Celtic Thunder's Emmett O'Hanlon and Emmet Cahill. Not only will loyal fans get to enjoy musical performances by these guys, the Festival has arranged for a separate "Meet and Greet" event with these ever-popular artists.

Off-Kilter, a high energy progressive Celtic Rock band and a fan-favorite at Epcot's Canadian Pavilion in Walt Disney World will deliver rocked up traditional Celtic tunes and rock'n'roll favorites The Elders have toured worldwide and will return with their Irish American folk rock style. Their songs are "mystical, comical, political and cultural" with American roots and "amped-up Celtic folk."

Along with national acts, the Cleveland Irish music scene will be well-represented with the New Barleycorn, The Craic Brothers, Brigid Cross and No Strangers Here. Local pipe bands, dance acts, including performances by N.E. Ohio's World Champion Murphy's Irish Dancers and pipe bands will also be performing throughout the weekend.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Ohio Celtic Festival will take place at the Classic Park, 35300 Vine Street, Eastlake, OH 44095, Friday August 7, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday August 9. Event hours are Friday 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm, Saturday 12 pm - 11:30 pm, and Sunday 12 pm - 8:30 pm. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Sunday morning.

For updates, entertainment schedules and additional information visit the official website at www.ohiocelticfest.com. Follow the Ohio Celtic Festival on Facebook!

The Ohio Celtic Festival is presented by Our Heritage, Our Home, Inc. a Lake County Ohio 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote Celtic culture and traditions.

2013 - The Ohio Celtic Festival will Shake, Rattle & Roll the Shamrocks with National Bands

The Ohio Celtic Festival returns for its second year to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Painesville, Ohio in June 2013, bringing with it an impressive line-up of Irish musicians, singers, bagpipe bands and dancers from across the US and around the world!

Six stages of live entertainment will be going on all weekend long, with big-name headliners sure to bring energy and excitement.

Calling themselves "Celtic's hardest working band," the Young Dubliners rule the Celtic rock world! Celtic rock is a fusion of Irish musical instruments and modern rock. A huge draw wherever they go, the group is currently producing their ninth album and hitting the road with their high-energy performance.

The Willis Clan is an Irish family of musicians, dancers, writers and artists that will bring their unique blend of Irish music with other genres to the Festival. In addition to their musical career, the family is also featured on a reality show with the Great American Country network.

The Elders are no strangers to Irish festivals and have toured worldwide with their Irish American folk rock style. Their songs are "mystical, comical, political and cultural" with American roots and "amped-up Celtic folk." Along with national acts, the Cleveland Irish music scene will be well-represented with the New Barleycorn, Mossy Moran, and the Mad Macs. Local dance acts and pipe bands will also be performing throughout the weekend.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Ohio Celtic Festival will take place at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Painesville Township June 2013. Event hours are Friday 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm, Saturday 12 pm - 11:30 pm, and Sunday 12 pm - 8:00 pm. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Sunday morning.

For updates, entertainment schedules and additional information visit the official website at www.ohiocelticfest.com. Follow the Ohio Celtic Festival on Facebook!

The Ohio Celtic Festival is presented by Our Heritage, Our Home, Inc. a Lake County Ohio 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote Celtic culture and traditions.







2013 - Ohio Celtic Festival Transforms the Lake County Fairgrounds into a Bit of the Emerald Isle

One of the newest festivals in Northeast Ohio, the Ohio Celtic Festival returns for its second year to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Painesville, Ohio. The Festival features three days of nonstop Celtic music, Irish dancing, entertainment for children, food and fun for the entire family!

Providing the magic will be more than 150 top-notch Irish musicians and singers, plus three bagpipe bands and dancers from across the US and around the world. In all, there will be six stages of live entertainment going on all weekend long.

You won't have to wait until St. Patrick's Day to try all of your favorite Irish fare! Traditional fish and chips, corned beef sandwiches, soda breads and Irish scones will be sure to satisfy the heartiest of appetites. Refreshing beverages will also be on hand, from hand-squeezed lemonade to Ireland's famed Guinness Stout and Harp.

The marketplace is a must while at the Festival and the perfect place to find Celtic-themed gifts and apparel. More than two dozen merchants from across the country will be selling their handcrafted wares, jewelry, embroidered goods and much more.

There's plenty of activity and fun for the kids! A children's area complete with puppet and magic shows will provide tons of entertainment and Lake Farm Park will bring some wee critters to pet and feed.

The event kicks off one of the first Irish-themed festivals in the region, and drew nearly 10,000 people in its inaugural year. Festival director Pat Coyne was encouraged by last year's attendance and is looking forward to welcoming the crowds again. "The Festival is a great way to celebrate the large Irish- American presence here in Northeast Ohio," said Coyne. "Through music, food, and dancing, we truly show the best of Irish heritage and culture. It's an event you won't want to miss!"





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