For Immediate Release


Celtic Festival Online is proud to announce the launch of their website CelticFestivalOnline.com and associated social media accounts.


With most Celtic, Irish and Scottish festivals around the world being indefinitely postponed or cancelled, Celtic Festival Online is replicating the in-person festival experience in the virtual world.  Leveraging the power of the internet, CFO will bring the best of Celtic music, culture, artistry and shopping right to your computer or smart device.  While some of the traditionally in-person festivals have pivoted to an online platform, they are largely focusing their programs and performances to the days and times they would have been held in person. The mission of Celtic Festival Online is to bring the music, culture, artistry and fun to fans 24/7/365. 


Celtic Festival Online is being spearheaded by veteran Celtic artisans Billy & Nichole Healy of Healy Glass Artistry and Colleen & Chris Conway of Ogham Art. “Our goal is two-fold,” says Chris Conway. “Hundreds of thousands of people attend Celtic festivals every year as a way to celebrate and, in some cases, embrace their own Celtic roots.  As Celtic artists ourselves, we wanted to provide a virtual venue for our fellow artisans, the talented musicians and others who promote Celtic culture as a profession to connect with fans and customers on a perpetual basis.”


Similar to a live festival, CelticFestivalOnline.com is segmented with areas dedicated to music, culture and shopping.  The website is supported by social media accounts on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. Combined, these platforms feature a mix of curated and exclusive content such as live performances, demonstrations, tours and behind the scenes peeks.


The Conways and Healys have known each other for nearly a decade. They met as fellow artists showing their work at Celtic and Irish Festivals across the eastern United States. As artisans who create their own Celtic creations, they immediately clicked and remained in touch both on and off tour. 

 

“Our goal is to celebrate the Celtic festival experience in a whole new way - for the patrons but also for the vendors, musicians, and those who bring the rich culture to each event,” says Colleen Conway of Ogham Art. “Celtic Festival Online will be an engaging and supportive place for everyone to meet - on our website and on social media.  The thought of not connecting with our festival community this year just wasn’t an option.” 


There are hundreds of musicians, artists and Celtophiles who rely on festivals as a means of livelihood. Similar to their Celtic ancestors, these guardians of the culture are at risk of becoming a shadow of the past.


“As a part of the Celtic movement over the past ten years, Billy and I have had the pleasure of meeting the many small business owners, artisans, and performers who keep the Celtic spirit alive through their work and contributions to the many Celtic Festivals that take place across the country”, says Nichole Healy of Healy Glass Artistry. “Knowing that the live venues were not going to be possible this year, we immediately began development of this platform that will support this unique group of individuals who shape today’s modern-day Celtic culture.”

  

Glass artist Billy Healy, who is originally from Waterford, Ireland, is the only founding member of Celtic Festival Online born outside of the United States.  “Growing up in Ireland, I could never have imagined the overwhelming support of the Celtic Culture in this country.  I have been amazed over the years with the heartfelt desire people have to connect to their Celtic Roots,” says Billy.  “We want to keep this connection thriving during this difficult time, and perhaps even reach a whole new audience through this virtual platform, where people can learn about the wonders of the Celtic Isles, no matter where they live on the globe. I am very proud to be a part of this endeavor.” 


One of the featured musical acts in the inaugural lineup is The Druids. The Kildare-based folk band is popular on both sides of The Pond. The Conways first met the band in 2014 when The Druids performed live at a fundraiser in Fairfield, CT for an Easter Rising centennial monument.  Over the years, the Conways would see the lads at festivals.  Colleen has collaborated with them on logos and band merchandise.


“The Druids are delighted to be part of Celtic Festival Online,” says band frontman Mick O’Brien. “It offers an authentic experience, and an opportunity to engage with the Celtic culture. The Druids are very honored to be part of this brilliant platform.”


In addition to The Druids, the music line-up includes The Gothard Sisters, The Celtic Rebels Band, Seamus Kennedy,Triskele and Andy Cooney. New acts are joining weekly.


The growing list of artisans and vendors are familiar faces to those who regularly attend in-person irish and Celtic festivals, including Celtic Attitudes, Celtic Hammer Club, Celtic Jewelry Company, Earthen Craft Designs, Faith & Begorra, Shamrock Chic, and The InFamous Welsh Cookie Company.  “This is a great concept to solve the problem of missing out on festivals due to unprecedented circumstances,” says Doug Cavanaugh, owner of Celtic Hammer Club. “It allows us to stay in touch with our customers and for our customers to have unique access to the music and culture they look forward to enjoying with us every year.” 


The Culture section of the site will be an ever-growing resource about the traditions, history, languages, arts, and culture of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and The Isle of Man.


While much of this content will be available on the website, it will also be shared on social media to allow people to interact and engage with others who share their love of the Celtic Nations. 


Exclusive CFO content includes “Irish Lessons with Rebecca'' where Waterford-based Rebecca Derwin will share weekly video Gailge (Irish) language lessonsTales of Ireland past and present will be spun by Seán O’Laoghaire, a Seanchaí (storyteller) who resides in the vast countryside of County Kerry, Ireland. “I am very excited to be part of Celtic Festival Online. Being able to reach so many interested people without leaving my beautiful home is fantastic!” exclaims O’Laoghaire.


The vision for the founders of CFO is that it will be an organic and evolving platform.

Their website, CelticFestivalOnline.com, has information for vendors, musicians and cultural experts who may wish to join the community.


There are also sponsorship opportunities available for businesses or organizations wishing to get their brand in front of those with deep Celtic roots.  


For more information, visit CelticFestivalOnline.com or email celticfestivalonline@gmail.com. 

Supporting graphics and photos are available upon request


The Conways and Healys are available for interviews or additional information.  Please email your request to celticfestivalonline@gmail.com with PRESS in the subject line or call Chris Conway at 860-810-5663.