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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.

Aine O' Doherty
From Bundoran, Co. Donegal in the North West of Ireland Aine O’ Doherty has been a full-time singer songwriter for ten years, and has performed her own music all around Ireland, Europe and the USA. She has played SXSW, Hard Working Class Heroes, appeared on National T.V & radio, shared stages with Thin Lizzy, Damien Dempsey, Máire Brennan, Paul Brady & many more. In 2008 Onya was awarded the Brendan Graham songwriting award for the song ‘Zoom’. She featured on the RTE program ‘This note’s for you’ writing with Fiachna O Braonain (Hot House Flowers). In 2004 Áine was placed 5th in ‘You’re a Star’, Ireland’s version of American Idol.

Beth Patterson
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…

Betsy McGovern
Along with her band, The Poor Clares, she has been featured in prestigious venues around the country.

Crescent City Celtic Band
With their hearts in the glen and their feet in the bayou, Crescent City Celtic Band sprang into being in Fall 2010 from a fun-loving group of musician friends in Slidell, LA. Taking a diverse view of Irish music, CCCB plays everything from traditional pub tunes and ballads, to modern Irish rock and pop, to American country, bluegrass and Cajun tunes with Irish ancestry. You can find them most regularly in the French Quarter of New Orleans and the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, and occasionally across Southern Louisiana and the Southeastern U.S.

Danny Burns
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 O'Flaherty
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.

Gunns & Drums
Jamie Haeuser plays bodhran (Irish frame drum) and performs a wide variety of music, including Celtic, folk and early music known as cantigas. She spent her adolescence in Stockholm, Sweden, where she was exposed to rich traditions of Scandinavian folk music. A full-time hospital administrator, Jamie also has been involved in Renaissance faires and festivals for the past 10 years, performing solo and in conjunction with other musicians. Her partnership with Marc Gunn in Gunns and Drums began to develop as she provided background vocals to his CD’s, including Happy Songs of Death, The Bridge and Don’t go Drinking with Hobbits. A shared love of both Celtic and American folk music informs Gunns and Drums repertoire.

Haggis Rampant
Father and daughter harmonize on the great highland bagpipes in both new and traditional tunes, accompanied on bodhran and Scottish bass drum.

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.

Social Networking

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.


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