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.   

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  • 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

  • Traci and Bill

    Traci and Bill Jacksonville, FL

    LOVED you guys at the St Augustine Celtic Festival!!!. Sorry about the rain. You ALWAYS deliver great music!!

    LOVED you guys at the St Augustine Celtic Festival!!!. Sorry about the rain. You ALWAYS deliver great music!!

  • Jim porter

    Jim porter Lufkin tx

    ARE YOU Going To Be at Festival at Arlington tx in may

    ARE YOU Going To Be at Festival at Arlington tx in may

  • sue romano

    sue romano north port, fl

    You need to get the durty wullie t shirt! I have been waiting for it and it's no longer in your store! PLEASE get tbe durty wullie t's again!

    You need to get the durty wullie t shirt! I have been waiting for it and it's no longer in your store! PLEASE get tbe durty wullie t's again!

  • 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

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