Photograph by Priscilla Killion
Southwest Celtic Music Association
Friday, March 6th
Saturday, March 7th
Sunday, March 8th
Fair Park, Dallas, TX
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.
The selection process for all National and Featured performers is complete and NTIF is proud to announce one of the finest lineup of musicians to be presented. Please view the bands on the Performers pages.
The Coordinator, Manager and Volunteer meeting will be held on January 25th at 1:00pm at the Doubletree Hotel, Campbell Center. Note that this year we will meet in the Skyline Ballroom on the top floor, not the ballroom on the first floor.
The rule to calculate the date of NTIF is very simple; it is the weekend that includes the first Saturday in March. We used to say the first weekend, but when we expanded to include Friday night this started to get confusing. Since the First Texas Ceili, the name of the first NTIF, was held on the first Saturday in March, we have chosen to honor that tradition. Hence in 2015 the festival will be held on March 6th through 8th.
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.
Last year we celebrated the role of the Celtic canines and how much they mean to all of us. Such was their popularity that NTIF, known as a family event, is now also recognized as a dog friendly event. We encourage everyone to bring their precious pets with them to enjoy the music and food - keep them away from the Guinness though!
Please note that we have a strict leash policy. Dogs and other pets must be kept on a short leash at all times. We also suggest that you bring a good supply of plastic bags!
We will shortly be accepting ads. to be included in the 2015 souvenir program. This publication will include bios on all the performers, schedule of events, site map and vendor locations as well as a number 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 will be available shortly.