I created this website while living in New Orleans from 2008-2011. But I still try to keep it up-to-date with the latest information about Celtic music and culture in the area, because there is no easy resource for finding Irish music in New Orleans. There are a few cultural organizations, but nothing to celebrate the music and culture of the people here.
New Orleans has a rich Irish culture centered around the Irish channel. Here are some of the organizations who keep our Celtic culture alive.
Irish New Orleans
This is the home of the New Orleans Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. They sponsor concerts of Irish traditional musicians, offer Irish step dancing lessons, and weekly Irish seisuns and ceilis. If you know the new website to this organization, let me know.
Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
Award-winning, free downloadable radio show of Irish and Celtic music from around the ground. The best independent Celtic music in the world and one of the top 20 music podcasts on iTunes.
Celtic MP3s Music Magazine
The Celtic MP3s Music Magazine is a free monthly Celtic music magazine featuring free music downloads of Celtic, Scottish, Irish music from around the world. Here, you will find free music downloads from independent Celtic artists.
St Patrick’s Day Parades
There’s a vast assortment of Irish and Celtic music in New Orleans. Here are some of the entertainers who play Irish music in the city. If there’s a group missing, contact us.
Come meet a musical misfit who crawled out of a Louisiana bayou and embarked on a journey paved by progressive rock. She headed for Istanbul and took a wrong turn somewhere around Ireland, creating delicious mayhem along the way: inventing some scandalous new traditions, coining some new words, and playing some blazing riffs with a hypnotic new sound…
A rising star on the New Orleans music scene, Danny Burns hails from Donegal. Danny has toured since the age of 17, learning his craft on the road, playing and living in New York, Nashville, New Orleans and Chicago, and has extensive experience on the European & Scandinavian circuits.
Danny's success as an entertainer is driven by his dedication to preserving and passing on his Celtic heritage. As the last of a generation reared in the isolation of a pure Gaelic culture, Danny's youth recalled the simple tradition kept alive on the rugged and desolate islands. His first language is Gaelic, and his first love - the ancient music played and sung around the peat fires in the evenings. Danny evokes the often indistinguishable link between history and myth. Whether singing the timeless songs of Galway fishermen or performing his own contemporary ballads, Danny O'Flaherty keeps a unique heritage alive.
Father and daughter harmonize on the great highland bagpipes in both new and traditional tunes, accompanied on bodhran and Scottish bass drum.
Whiskey Bay Rovers
Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, The Whiskey Bay Rovers are Louisiana’s first and only pirate band. Specializing in drinking songs, sea chanteys, ballads, and traditional Irish pub songs, the Rovers bring their mixed musical backgrounds to the stage in an effort to preserve the songs of a bygone era, bringing new ones to life as well as often putting a new spin on the old ones. Employing many a cappella arrangements with up to six part harmonies while using instrumental accompaniment of guitar, penny whistles, mandolin, drums, and recorder on others, the Whiskey Bay Rovers provide a variety of song styles to quench your thirst for the sea. Besides, drinking too much salt water is bad for you anyway.
Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
Drinking songs for those who like to LOL! Marc Gunn riotously combines Renaissance festival fanaticism with Irish drinking and Sci Fi fandom into a satirical jam session between Jonathan Coulton and The Clancy Brothers. Marc Gunn is an acoustic folk musician rooted in the American Celtic song tradition, and his preference of musical instruments-the autoharp-make him stand out as something unique in the Celtic musical community. He was nicknamed “The Celtfather” for his steadfast support of indie Celtic music, free Celtic music downloads, and his award-winning Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, one of the most-popular music podcasts on iTunes.
Louisiana Celtic Musicians
This facebook group was designed as a networking tool for Celtic musicians living in Louisiana.
Irish Music Resources
Halfway to St. Patrick's Day
What started as Arthur's Day to celebrate the founder of Guinness is now a full-fledged Celtic celebration marking the halfway point to St. Patrick's Day. We offer event listings for Celtic music, dance, and culture for September 17th.
Free Irish Music
Free Irish music downloads from indie Irish Celtic music bands from around the world.
Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is an award-winning free Celtic radio show of independent Irish & Celtic music. The show won “Best Podsafe Music” in 2009 and 2010 in the People’s Choice Podcast Awards. It is one of the Top 40 music podcasts on iTunes and receives over 30,000 downloads of each show. It is hosted by Marc Gunn, known as The Celtfather for his incredible network of promotion for Celtic music.
Celtic Music Magazine
Celtic Music Magazine is a webzine which is totally dedicated to the music, culture and history of the Celtic community.
St Patrick's Day Music
St Patrick's Day party music
for your celebrations.
The Kerry Irish Pub
331 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-1001
Unfortunately, O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Pub was closed down after Hurrican Katrina.
Venues Just Outside of New Orleans
The Barley Oak
2101 Lakeshore Drive