The Ultimate Celtic Rock Roots Experience!

Rathkeltair blends compelling and catchy original songs with tight, driving straight-ahead rock-n-roll, while never forgetting its Celtic roots.

Rathkeltair is a powerful Celtic musical phenomenon, based in the swampy marshlands and beaches of Jacksonville Fl.


Comprising core members
Nick Watson (drums, vocals ) and Trevor Tanner (guitar, vocals ) from Belfast and London respectively . The band utilizes a large Potpourri of world class Celtic musicians to deliver a heady mix of bagpipe driven foot stomping tunes , and original songs , which have been enthralling the US Celtic audiences for many years .
Unique in their musicianship and high energy performances , Rathkeltair is one of the most respected and entertaining bands in the Celtic music world today .
With a large back catalogue of original and traditional material to draw on , this band is a must see , and truly original musical experience .
 

 

Rathkeltair's name-sake is a famous historical site in County Down, Northern Ireland, also known as the "mound of Down."  Besides being close to the village where Nick was born and raised, the band chose the name as a tip of the hat to its Celtic heritage.

 

Rathkeltair has been featured at nearly every major Celtic Festival in North America over the past 12 years, including the Dublin Irish Festival (Dublin, OH), New Hampshire Highland Games (Loon Mountain, NH), Long's Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival (Estes Park, CO), and the Glengarry Highland Games, Ontario, Canada and many many more.   


As thousands of festival-goers will tell you, Rathkeltair always delivers and never disappoints.   

Previous events

Ocala Celtic Festival

Florida Horse Park, 11008 County Road 475, Ocala, FL

The Return of the Ocala Celtic Festival! A Great Day out with our friends 7 Nations on the lineup too!

Tartan Day South

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Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce, SC 29033

The 6th Annual Tartan Day South is South Carolina's largest Scottish and Celtic Festival at the Historic Columbia Speedway - Rathkeltair , The Tannahill Weavers and Tuatha Dea are among the great celtic music you will hear all weekend! Come and join the fun!

St Augustine Celtic Festival

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Francis Field, 29 W Castillio Drive, St Augustine, FL 32084

Albannach , Searson , Seven Nations, Emish , Dublin City Ramblers and of course Rathkeltair among many other great international celtic performers in what is quickly becoming a festival goers favorite in the oldest city in America!

Cape Coral Irish Festival

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Sun Splash Park, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33991

Huge Irish Festival in Cape Coral, FL - Albannach , Rathkeltair , West of Galway , Fighting Jamesons and much much more!! www.capcoralirishfest.com

Celtic Family Jamboree

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Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, FL 34602

Tons of Celtic Bands from around the globe! Bring your own food, drinks, alcohol. Family friendly, leashed dogs OK, RV & Tent camping on site, Friday evening potluck dinner -- bring a dish to share! Saturday morning FREE workshops. Ongoing Highland athletics demo.

Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival

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Centennial Park, Fort Myers, FL

Albannach , Screaming Orphans, West of Galway, Marcille Wallis and Friends and much much more!

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  • Domingo Becerra

    Domingo Becerra Miami, Florida

    Last time I saw you guys was 2 years ago at the south florida scottish festival and like always it was a hell of a show but when i recently visited your site it doesn't mention Neil, did you guys parted ways?

    Last time I saw you guys was 2 years ago at the south florida scottish festival and like always it was a hell of a show but when i recently visited your site it doesn't mention Neil, did you guys parted ways?

  • Thomas

    Thomas Heredia, Costa Rica

    Come to Costa Rica!!

    Come to Costa Rica!!

  • Julie RS

    Julie RS Naples FL

    Are you guys okay? Did you suffer any losses in the storm? I worry--please let us know.

    Are you guys okay? Did you suffer any losses in the storm? I worry--please let us know.

  • Julia D

    Julia D Cape Coral, FL

    Will you be posting your tour dates past September 17 , soon? I'm looking forward to your return SOUTH for the winter!

    Will you be posting your tour dates past September 17 , soon? I'm looking forward to your return SOUTH for the winter!

  • Gregory

    Gregory Seymour, CT

    I was going to drive up to Altamont, NY to see you guys at the Scottish Games. I see you guys aren't playing there. Now I'm not gonna bother going. Miss you guys.

    I was going to drive up to Altamont, NY to see you guys at the Scottish Games. I see you guys aren't playing there. Now I'm not gonna bother going. Miss you guys.

  • Glenn

    Glenn Virginia

    I'm sad to hear that you wont be back at the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival again this year. Enjoyed the hell out of your performance last year. Hope you make it back up this way again soon

    I'm sad to hear that you wont be back at the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival again this year. Enjoyed the hell out of your performance last year.
    Hope you make it back up this way again soon

  • Carrie

    Carrie Panama City, Florida

    I had the pleasure of hearing you perform last Monday and was very impressed. You have a unique sound, original music, and a high energy performance. Looking forward to seeing you perform again in the future. I have never heard bagpipes played in this style and it was AWESOME. :)

    I had the pleasure of hearing you perform last Monday and was very impressed. You have a unique sound, original music, and a high energy performance. Looking forward to seeing you perform again in the future. I have never heard bagpipes played in this style and it was AWESOME. smile

  • Peter

    Peter Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    I see only A**Kissing comments are allowed on this site. Even if the band disappoints Why did you remove my comments form earlier this week? Can't handle constructive criticism? Well i'm still going to St Augustine in 2017 and like you played at Cuyahoga Falls I wont care if your there or not

    I see only A**Kissing comments are allowed on this site. Even if the band disappoints
    Why did you remove my comments form earlier this week? Can't handle constructive criticism?
    Well i'm still going to St Augustine in 2017 and like you played at Cuyahoga Falls I wont care if your there or not

  • Peter

    Peter Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    Traveled from Buffalo NY to see them June 2016. Last seen them 3 years ago there Loved them! Not this time seemed like Trevor could have cared less he was there. Went through the motions at best. I hope what ever was going on with him at that time will pass. Thinking of St Augustine next year 2017. Don't want to be let down again Hope you doing better Trevor

    Traveled from Buffalo NY to see them June 2016. Last seen them 3 years ago there Loved them! Not this time
    seemed like Trevor could have cared less he was there. Went through the motions at best. I hope what ever was going on with him at that time will pass. Thinking of St Augustine next year 2017. Don't want to be let down again
    Hope you doing better Trevor

  • Judy

    Judy Maine Highland Games, Topsham, Maine

    For all you Rathkeiltair fans, join them on August 20, 2016, as they will be the feature band at the Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival at the Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine. Go to http://mainehighlandgames.org/ for tickets and more information. Judy

    For all you Rathkeiltair fans, join them on August 20, 2016, as they will be the feature band at the Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival at the Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine. Go to http://mainehighlandgames.org/ for tickets and more information. Judy

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