Photograph by Priscilla Killion
Southwest Celtic Music Association
Friday, February 28th
Saturday, March 1st
Sunday, March 2nd
Fair Park, Dallas, TX
The North Texas Irish Festival
is sponsored in part
by a grant from the
Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs
Welcome to the NTIF 2014 website. This overworked webmaster is slowly updating the various pages for the 2014 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 Natalie MacMaster and hubby Donnell Leahy in a variety of combinations including Natalie and Donnell teamed up with pianists Mac Morin and Erin Leahy to present a show that is completely different from typical Natalie MacMaster or Leahy shows that reflects the musicality of these two pairs of performers. We can also tell you that we listen to your inputs and are bringing back The Town Pants from Vancouver - The Trinity River Whalers borrowed Mr Valentine's Dead from these guys. What is it with all these excellent Canadian bands?
Vendors - the new 2014 application is now available. We've had to increase prices a little, but are introducing free Wi-Fi in some of the buildings.
We are now accepting ads. to be included in the 2014 souvenir program. This publication includes bios on all the performers, schedule of events, site map and vendor locations as well as a numer of general interest articles. Publication is at least 4,000 copies selling for a nominal price at all information booths. If you are interested in advertising additional details including address to send ad copy is available here.
Once again the North Texas Irish Festival has been awarded a grant from the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs. These grants are awarded on an annul basis in support of an specific event or series of events through the Cultural Projects Program. CPP funds contracts for cultural services on a project basis from cultural groups, educational institutions, social service organizations, and other non-profit organizations that are dedicated to community service. The types of projects funded include artist residencies, collaborative projects, and projects that strengthen the organization's administrative capacity.
The Officers and Board of the SCMA, as well as all NTIF volunteers would like to thank the OCA for their continued support.
With all the new activities we have planned for 2014 the festival organizers just had to negotiate for more building space. We're still working all the details, but can say that we are planning on expanding the space for our dogs (and cats, rabbits, gerbels and wombats) to the Grand Building. If you have stood in line at our gate at Big Pat (aka Tex) Circle and glanced to your right you would be looking at the Grand Building. It's right across from the front door of the Old Mill Inn.
Second change is not a new building, but a name change that we are extremely pround to announce. This is not an official City of Dallas or Fair Park name, but one that we believe sould be adopted. The Women's Museum closed in 2011 so we believe that the name is no longer appropriate, and may even be confusing to some. This building was built in 1910 by C.D. Hill, and served as the first Fair Park coliseum building. It was used for livestock auctions by day and musical theater performances by night. It was also home to the theatrical workshop space leased by the father of John Wolf, longtime supporter of NTIF and whose company has built all our stages for over 30 years. In his honor we are remaing the building The Wolf Building.
The deadline for Local and Regional performers is now passed and the selection committee is meeting to review the large number of applications. If you have applied then you should note that for 2014 we require notification of any lineup changes, and reserve the right to remove the band from consideration should, in the opinion of the selection committee, the lineup changes significantly. Any lineup changes up to the time of the performance must be agreed to in writing and may result in any contract being terminated.
Storytellers should follow the same process and schedule, directing their application to the Entertainment Director.
Dance schools will be contacted later in the year. Any dance group that has not performed at NTIF and would like to be considered should contact the Entertainment Director.
Email addresses can be found on the Contacts page.
We have now established an online sales system for a limited amount of NTIF Apparel. You can purchase your denim shirt, cap or jacket. Just click on this link and you will be redirected to the online sales site. We are starting out in a small way with a limited range. If it all works the way it should and there is sufficient demand, then we will expand the range later in the year. We are also checking our inventory of Festival T-shirts and will add those when we know how many we have. Sales are managed by AD/fx a local company that has produced our apparel for many years, and all purchases will be mailed to you within a couple of weeks.