The Celtic Bayou Festival has made a name for itself for filling the void for an authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Louisiana. Now in their 4th year, the festival is a staple in Lafayette with their mix of traditional music, entertainment for kids, and the infamous Tullamore Dew's Green Mile Pub Crawl. Festival founders Shiela and Tony Davoren have been living in St. Landry Parish for nearly 20 years, and it was the passion for their Irish culture that brought them there.
Since a very early age New York native Shiela Ryan has been teaching and performing traditional dance. Tony, a singer and bouzouki player from the Irish countryside, joined the massively successful Riverdance in the mid-90s. The two met while on tour with the traveling show and stayed together after it ended.
Planning to start a family, post-9/11 in New York City didn’t feel right, so the newlyweds packed up and moved down south. While on the road with Riverdance the Daverons met loads of musicians and their favorites were from Louisiana. After a few visits to Festival International and Whiskey River, the young couple was sold.
For this year’s festival, the Daverons invited the world famous traditional Acadian trio Vishten, the highly acclaimed duo The Here & Now, and Irish-American singer/songwriter Danny Burns. This is just to name a few. If that wasn’t enough, the Chieftains will be performing at the Heymann Center on Wednesday night to kick things off in Lafayette. All of these artists will be featured in this week’s playlist along with some Cajun/Celtic crossover tunes and a few St. Paddy’s Day classics.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 15 - Saturday, March 16
Celtic Bayou Festival
Saturday, March 16 at 9:30 p.m.
Black Joe Lewis
Blue Moon Saloon
Sunday, March 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys
Sunday, March 17 at 9:00 p.m.
Tribute to the Cranberries feat. Violet and the Undercurrents