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Southwest Celtic Music Association

2015 Dates & Times

Friday, March 6th

Saturday, March 7th

Sunday, March 8th


Fair Park, Dallas, TX

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Welcome to the NTIF 2015 website. This overworked webmaster is slowly updating the various pages for the 2015 content. We have completed negotiations with all our headline bands and their bios are now posted on the Performer page. Topping the bill will be world famous Galician piper, Carlos Núñez. Galicia is a small region in northwest Spain on the Atlantic coast just north of Portugal. The name is derived from the Latin Gallaecia, related to the name of an ancient Celtic tribe that resided north of the Douro river. Carlos plays the gaita, the traditional Galician bagpipe, Galician flute, ocarina, Irish flute, whistle and low whistle.

Returning to NTIF is the ever popular Eileen Ivers accompanied by her band Immigrant Soul. Top Irish band Lúnasa, award winning Matt & Shannon Heaton, top uilleann piper Paddy Keenan and the unforgettable Seamus Kennedy (who also makes a really good Chili) are also well known to NTIF audiences. Newcomers include Open the Door for 3 and the very popular Screaming Orphans. Check out the complete lineup of international performers with their bios and links to YouTube clips.

Wonderful Weather this Year!

Weather is not good tonight, Wednesday, but "the show will go on". All tents are up and most stages are built. We are expecting a slow start on Thursday and encourage all volunteers to only take to the roads when they think it is safe. We need you help, but more importantly want you there in one piece!

Friday will be chilly but dry, so wrap up warm. Saturday and Sunday should be wonderful spring days.

Again, if you are coming down to Fair Park we will be open, but stay safe!

Scooter Rental

We are pleased to welcome back to NTIF our friends at ABC Scooter Rentals. This year they will set up shop at the Celtic Circle gate by the Old Mill inn as well as the Washington Street gate close to the Shannon Tent. Scooters may be rented by the hour or for the entire day from either location. Plus, you may call or go online to ABC and make an advanced reservation.

Dallas Single-Use Bag Ordinance

Those of you who live in the City of Dallas will already be familiar with the single-use bag ordinance that went into effect on January 1st. This ordinance, designed to minimize the number of plastic bags littering the streets and filling the land-fills, imposes a 5¢ fee on all plastic bags supplied at grocery and other Dallas stores. There are also significant bookeeping and auditing requirements placed on the stores who comply with this ordinance.

In light of this, the NTIF directors and the board of the SCMA have decided not to provide plastic bags at festival products booths. This includes Performer Products and our NTIF apparel booths. We have advised vendors of this ordinance, and are requesting that they also comply..

We will, however, be selling at minimal cost multi-use canvas tote bags that you may use while at the festival and, hopefully while shopping at your local grocery store. We also encourage you to bring your own tote bags and we will be more than happy to fill them with all the t-shirts and CDs that you purchase.

The Pipes Are Calling

For our 2015 theme we have borrowed a line from that well known Irish ballad, Danny Boy.

Oh, Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side,
The summer's gone, and all the roses falling,
It's you, it's you must go and I must bide.

You may have noticed from our list of international musicians a large number of pipers; Carlos Núñez on the Galician pipes, Paddy Keenan, Cillian Vallely of Lúnasa and Kieran O’Hare¬†of Open the Door for 3 on the uilleann pipes. Not to mention the probability of some of the top local pipers as and when they are announced. A veritable plethora of pipes!

Although mostly associated with Scotland and Ireland, there are forms of pipes played in many countries throughout Europe, the Balkans, Asia and Africa.

New for 2015 - QR Codes


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Finally NTIF has arrived in the 21st century with the introduction of Quick Response, or QR codes. Originally designed for industrial uses, QR codes have become common in consumer advertising. Typically, a smartphone is used as a QR code scanner, displaying the code and converting it to some useful form, such as a link to a website, thereby obviating the need for a user to type it into a web browser. The QR code has become a focus of advertising strategy, since it provides a way to access a brand's website more quickly than by manually entering a URL.

Although initially used to track parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR codes are now used over a much wider range of applications, including commercial tracking, entertainment and transport ticketing, product/loyalty marketing and store product labeling.

Apps that scan and interpret QR codes exist for most smart phones and can be downloaded either freely or for a small charge by visiting one of several app sites. An example QR code for this NTIF web site can be seen on the right. Go ahead, scan it with your phone app and practice how to use it at NTIF.