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Barleyjuice was born out of Rock and Roll, reared on British Invasion, Country Western and Progressive Rock, and landed somewhere in the North Channel with a penchant for all things Celtic. Kyf, Swanny, Eric, Alice & Barnes welcome you to their playground of musical misbehavior. Kilts may be the preferred dress, but bagpipes, fiddle, accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, whistle, piano, harmonica, bass and drums cover them nicely even when they turn up naked…. learn more about BarleyJuice.

Dublin 5

Dublin 5, Formerly, The Rovers, were formed in 2006 and took on the new name in 2013. The name Dublin 5 is the region in Ireland where Ray Murphy, lead singer in the band, grew up as a child.

Dublin 5 has taken the Celtic music scene by storm thanks to an eclectic mix of traditional roots and blazing instrumentals with an amped up rock twist. Their musicianship and show is nothing short of high octane.

Their fan base is continually expanding and covers people of all ages from all walks of life.

Dublin 5 has performed at The Syracuse Irish Festival, The Oshkosh Irish Festival, The Maryland Irish Festival, The Celtic Fling, The Dayton Ohio Irish Festival, The Annapolis Irish Festival,The Maryland Renaissance Festival, FEDEX Field, Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, Raven Stadium, USNA Stadium and Shamrock Fest D.C.

Dublin 5 are fronted by Ray Murphy (lead guitar) from Dublin Ireland and backed by Jenn Garmen (fiddle), Eddie McGowan (bass and bagpipes), Jim Martin, (percussion), and drummer Kevin Shook. They are sure to keep you on edge until the final track has been played.

 Kilmaine Saints

September of 2012 saw the release of the Kilmaine Saints’ latest studio effort, “Drunken Redemption”, a hard-hitting follow-up to their debut CD “The Good, The Plaid & The Ugly”. With a mix of original songs and old Irish Traditional tunes (to which the Saints put their own modern spin), it has been a fan favorite and ranked by many reviewers as one of the Top Celtic Rock CDs for 2012. John Bowles, reviewer for Paddy stated, “From start to finish you have trads, rebel songs, drinking songs, and songs about being strong, proud, and… you know… IRISH!! I wouldn’t be surprised if they had this release playing in every Irish pub from Boston to Chicago to L.A. and throughout the world… having every one of us raising our pints high in the air and singing along.” The popularity of both albums and the growing legions of fans have led to label interest, many newspaper and radio interviews, and airplay on several mediums, locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Kilmaine Saints were first conceived in 2009 by a few members of the Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums as a means to play bagpipes year round and acquire free beer and pub food. Although the idea of a band was mostly for fun, it quickly became clear that the music scene around them was lacking, and they knew just what it needed. A short time later, the Saints rounded out their crew with a singer from County Mayo, a brilliant fiddler, and an upbeat guitarist, and began pounding through blistering, high-energy live sets that have kept people wanting more. With their love of superior music and complimentary beer, the Kilmaine Saints and their Guiness-soaked hearts have been storming the North East, playing hundreds of shows from small-town pubs to large stage events. In addition to being the go-to band for the Philly chapter of the Dropkick Murphy charity fund (The Claddagh Fund), they have many large Irish festivals under their belt, including Pipes in the Valley, Celtic Fling, ShamrockFest, Annapolis Irish Festival and the Wildwood Irish Weekend, all festivals with attendance in the thousands.

With their passion for creating and performing music, and an ever-growing fan base, it’s a good bet you’ll hear one of the Kilmaine Saints’ songs being played everyplace that pints are raised and the whiskey is flowing. “The enthusiasm of [this] band is contagious; it reaches right into your soul and will get your feet moving and your heart pumping.” (The Celtic Crier)


Pyrates Royale

Since 1986, The Pyrates Royale has set the standard for singing pirate acts throughout the United States. This award-winning group combines music, comedy and a dash of history in a way that is often imitated but never matched. The group’s fifth recording “Black Jack” earned a Best New CD title from the Renaissance Festival Podcast and the Pyrates Royale has been nominated for multiple “Wammie” awards by the Washington Area Music Association. The band has built an incredibly loyal following by connecting with audiences through the magic of music, laughter, and storytelling. For more performing dates and info, visit the band web site:


Celtica is a six-piece ensemble featuring classic Celtic music ~ those timeless tunes you’ve always loved, and always true to the original … with perhaps one or two little changes! The best of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and others are brought to you with fire and verve.




Craggy Island Band was formed in homage to the funniest TV show ever made — Father Ted. Once on a trip to the West Coast of Ireland (to learn new tunes), the Band was run off by an irate farmer, when they made a pilgrimage to the “Parochial House” where Father Ted was filmed.

Seriously, Craggy Island is made up of Paddy on guitar and bodhran, Gail on guitar, bouzouki and mandolin, and Susan, on fiddle and whistle. We are influenced by The Beatles (who isn’t?), The Grateful Dead,The Furnace Mountain Band, Bob Dylan, Kevin Burke, Phillipe Varlet, Danu, Solas, Altan, Dervish, and Furnace Mountain, among others.

While we love to perform Traditional Music, we like to throw in a few surprises! Come on out to hear us and see for yourself.

Dileab Phriseil

Dileab Phriseil (Gaelic for “Precious Heritage”), is an ensemble of friends that formed from a church group. Featuring traditional songs of Scotland and Ireland, in English and Gaelic, along with fiddle, whistle, bodhran, and other instruments, Dileab Phriseil endeavours to preserve the bequest for which it is named.

With a repertoire that includes traditional Scottish and Irish music, Dileab Phriseil has recently performed at the Virginia Scottish Games; The Chesapeake Celtic Fest and the Maryland Irish Festival.



Husband and wife team, Ted and Susie Tomalewski, have been entertaining at various Celtic Festivals and other venues throughout the 4 State Area as “The Pickin’ and Grinnin’ Show” since 2004. Their combination of clog dancing, guitar and flute playing, and singing will warm your heart and lift your spirits. They will have you grinnin’ in no time!    Contact info: You can find us on Facebook and YouTube



Tanzania Ceili Band

 In a remote parish in Tanzania, hundreds of children, in eight villages, lost one or both parents, primarily to AIDS, but also other diseases.  The Tanzanian Children’s Project, founded by the Knights of Columbus Council 7559, is working to bring a better life to these children and their communities by building a medical clinic  and other important structures such as a school.  (Learn more at and our “Why We Do It” page.)

In February 2010, answering the call to help raise money for this project, a group of traditional Irish musician-friends banded together and braved an untoward Maryland winter of snow and ice to become the Tanzania Ceili Band and compete in a Battle of the Bands fundraiser (among rock bands twice as loud and half their age!)​.

The band has been raising thousands of dollars for the project ever since, entertaining sell-out crowds at the project’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Party, winning competitions, and performing at the 2012 and 2013 Maryland Irish Festival.


Some of the orphans of Malowa.

2014 Guinness Pub Stage Emcee

The Frederick Celtic Festival is happy to announce that emceeing our Guinness Pub Stage is Mr. Glenn Frye.  Glenn has spent his career in and around the music industry, receiving a degree in Radio from Montgomery College, working at well-known Washington, DC radio stations WPGC and WMET, and even working with “The Greaseman” show from 2004-2007.  He is also the owner of dB Lumens DJ’s.


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