The Celtic people have long embraced and cherished music since ancient times. Despite a great diversity of instruments, including fiddle, tin whistle, accordion, pipes, banjo, and more, there is always a unified and distinctly celtic sound. Lovers of music all over the world hold traditional Irish and Scottish music in high regard, as it has a sense of universality and comfort.

Kentucky, similar to many other Southern and Appalachian states, was blessed by its immigrant founders who brought their native music here. Over time, many of the same songs evolved into the bluegrass and mountain songs known in these lands.

The Lexington Celtic Association is delighted to have many musicians in attendance, as well as several celtic bands who frequent our meetings.  Below are some of our favorite local celtic bands.

Liam's Fancy


Traditional Irish Music and Song

Robert Tincher

Robert Tincher has been singing the ballads of Scotland and Ireland for 35 years and has played with several regionally well-known Celtic music groups. The first, Mad Catherine and the Moondog Pirates, gave many in Kentucky and southern Ohio their first taste of the music back in the early 1980's. You may know him better as part of Pale, Stout & Amber, who Lexington Herald-Leader music writer Walter Tunis once called "the top local pick for Irish and Celtic music." Their 2004 CD received some international radio airplay and favorable reviews in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

These days, Robert's back to being a dedicated solo performer for the first time in many years. Every show is a unique mix of song and story, personal experience, and genuine love for the music and the people of Britain and Ireland.
(859) 373-9457

Carwile String Studio

Daniel and Amy Carwile 

"Music from Ireland, Scotland and Early America" 

Daniel - fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, mandolin and bodhran
Amy - fiddle, bouzouki and vocals

Lexington, Kentucky


For over 25 years it seems Cloigheann (pronounced klog-in) has had as many member configurations as it does possible ways to misspell the band's name. The band's unique blend of "Bluegrass/Greengrass" makes them a one-of-a-kind traditional Irish and bluegrass roots ensemble - generating a solid mix of original composition and traditional Irish reels, jigs, aires, songs and more.

Members are Larry Green (fiddle, backing vocals), Cathy Wilde (flute, whistle), Donald Caffrey (bodhran, bones), Mike Schroeder (mandolin), Steve Cooley (banjo, dobro, backing vocals) and Mark Rosenthal (guitar, vocals).

Founded in 1991 by Mark Rosenthal and Roy Livingston, Cloigheann has been playing in, around, on, and in some cases under the regional Irish music scene ever since. From festivals to pubs to concerts to house parties and weddings, it's all the same to us - great music, and great craic wherever we make it.  To learn more, visit our website.

William Sutherland Reid Pipes and Drums

Originally incorporated as the Lexington Pipe Band, Inc. in 1975, the group changed their name to the William Sutherland Reid Pipes and Drums in 1993 to honor their founder. Colorfully attired in ancient Sutherland tartan, the group has been a popular presence at events throughout Kentucky for over 40 years! To learn more, visit our Facebook page.

Jeremy Wade

Jeremy Wade is an active instructor, composer, and performer in the Central Kentucky area. He has served as the Director of Percussion at Lexington Christian Academy since 2008, and has instructed a number of performance ensembles throughout Kentucky and Indiana.

A versatile performer, Jeremy has played with many ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to rock and jazz bands. He is a charter member of the Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble (5-time finalist at the WGI World Championships), and performed as the timpanist for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011 (DCI World Championship Finalist). Jeremy frequently plays bodhrán with Liam’s Fancy and world-renowned flautist/ piper, John Skelton. In addition, he also studies dance with the Kentucky McTeggart Irish Dancers, who won the 2015 MidAmerica Oireachtas in the Adult Ceili division.
To learn more about Jeremy's Irish Percussion Classes, click HERE