As you may remember from last year, getting ready for the St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival takes much time and preparation. That is why they desire you to start marking your 2016 calendars with upcoming attraction and dates. Ticket will be available starting November 27. Special Black Friday discounts are offered from Nov. 27-30 only at CelticStAugustine.com. Festival tickets will also be available at Ann O’Malley’s 23 Orange St., or at Barley Republic Irish Pub, 48 Spanish St., downtown St. Augustine.
The three-day festival is arguably the finest Celtic event in the Southeast U.S. The festival is set for March 11-13, 2016 in downtown St. Augustine, featuring internationally acclaimed Celtic bands, a pre-festival Whisky Tasting on Friday evening, March 11, Highland games, Celtic shopping and food, live music, two stages, and a variety of entertainment. And the ONLY St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida kicks-off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
In addition to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12 in downtown St. Augustine, the weekend event is filled with live entertainment, Highland games, clans from Ireland and Scotland, whisky tasting, and other Celtic activities – all at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, in downtown St. Augustine across from the parking garage. “The Celtic Festival is arguably the finest collaboration of Celtic artists assembled in the United States,” said Albert Syeles, President of Romanza St. Augustine, the organization that produces the event each year.
New this year, Irish storytelling will be featured, with critically acclaimed author and story teller David McDonnell. He has a vast repertoire of stories and a near encyclopedic recollection of Irish history and culture. He’s shared his stories at Irish and Celtic festivals, Irish pubs, libraries, heritage centers, and book stores across North America and Ireland. David’s stories draw upon Irish history, culture and folklore, with his vivid imagination and wry sense of humor added to the mix.
David’s book, ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland, won three national literary awards and received universally positive book reviews. ClanDonnell is a collection of stories of an Irish clan which tell the history of Ireland in an entertaining, easy-to-read fashion. The tone is that of an oral history lesson. The human stories, numerous illustrations, and humor bring the history of Ireland to life for the non-historian reader. David spent most of his life in Michigan, and earned his bachelor’s and doctorate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He currently lives on Grand Traverse Bay, enjoying the Lake Michigan sunset almost every evening. More information about him and his book see the ClanDonnell website.