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Southwest Celtic Music Association

2017 Dates & Times

Friday, March 3rd

Saturday, March 4th

Sunday, March 5th


Fair Park, Dallas, TX

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The King is dead! Long live the King!

A taditional proclamation made following the accession of a new monarch in various countries throughout the world. In England use of the phrase dates back to 1272, when Henry III died while his son, Edward I, was fighting in the Crusades. To avoid any chance of a civil war erupting over the order of succession, the Royal Council proclaimed: "The throne shall never be empty; the country shall never be without a monarch." Hence, upon the death of a monarch the first in line in succession immediately assumes the role with no additional ceremonies required.

So it is with NTIF, in a way. As soon as one festival ends, another starts, immediately, as if by magic. Headline bands are already starting to be booked and we have a number of new kids this year. Bands from "other" Celtic nations that rarely get to perform in the US. We will tell you who later.

For now let's focus on the local featured musicians. The guys you like to hear in the pub on a Friday or Saturday night. If you are a member of one of these bands, we have a pretty simple process that most of you are familiar with. Starting now, April 15th, we are accepting applications. Submissions will be accepted if they are postmarked before September 15, 2016.

If you are a returning band with essentially the same lineup just send Connie an email and we'll put you on the list. If you are a new band or a band that is significantly different than we have seen before we do need a complete submission which should contain a sample or promo CD, press kit with members bios and photograph, and list of recent local or regional performances. Remember, our rules are that you band should be a "working" band that performs regularly in pubs, house concerts, private engagements, preferably has CDs (no vinyl, 8-tracks or cassettes please!). We do not accept applications from pick-up bands or ones that do not perform regularly together.

Mail applications to:
Connie Ener,
NTIF Performer Coordinator,
4780 County Road 952,
Princeton, TX 75407


That's the theme for 2017. We are still working out the details, but the main focus will be, for our 35th festival, your memories from the last 34 years. What particular event, musician, visitor, relationship etc do you recall from a particular year. For example, the year that Altan first appeared, the year that it snowed (OK, which one?), year that you met the love of your life, the year that you brought your first born, the year you first volunteered. OK, the topics are endless, but we want to hear from you. What particular memories do you have of NTIF and when.

Write your memories on a $100 bill and send to ...! No, go to facebook and tell us your fondest moment at NTIF. There are no winners. The most popular, and most printable, will be included in a Memories Book that we plan to make available at the festival. If you have any photographs that would be great too. If you would prefer you can email your submission to MD@NTIF.org.