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

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!

The Central Florida Scottish Highland Games

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Central Winds Park, 1000 East SR 434, Winter Springs, FL

Florida's BIGGEST Scottish Highland Games. Sharing the stage with Albannach, Off Kilter, The Wyndbreakers and more! Come join the largest crowd of Scots in FL!

The Florida Keys Celtic Festival

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Marathon Community Park, US Hwy 1, Marathon, FL

THE first Celtic Festival of 2016! With Albannach, Screaming Orphans and much much more and all in the beautiful Florida Keys!

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  • Sandy

    Sandy Bradford, nh

    Am so hoping that you will be at Loon in Setember.

    Am so hoping that you will be at Loon in Setember.

  • Sharon

    Sharon

    Wondering if you'll be playing at the celticfling this year in Manheim, pa

    Wondering if you'll be playing at the celticfling this year in Manheim, pa

  • Lisa

    Lisa Clifton Park, NY

    Really hoping you'll be playing in the Albany/Saratoga area of NY this year. It's been two yrs since you came through here and I would seriously love to see you all play again!

    Really hoping you'll be playing in the Albany/Saratoga area of NY this year. It's been two yrs since you came through here and I would seriously love to see you all play again!

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