Flashpoint. Photograph by Larry Peterborg
Southwest Celtic Music Association
Friday, March 4th
Saturday, March 5th
Sunday, March 6th
Fair Park, Dallas, TX
Welcome to the NTIF 2016 website. This overworked webmaster is slowly updating the various pages for the 2016 content. We have completed negotiations with all our headline bands and their bios are now posted on the Performer page. Our theme this year is Legends and Legacy, highlighting some of the true legends of Irish music such as Altan and Solas, as well as some of the newer, younger musicians that are emerging from the North Texas hotbed of Irish music.
That, by the way, is not my usual sarcasm. Northy Texas is truly coming into its own as an important center for all kinds of Irish culture. For many years we have been home to some of the top Irish Dancers, many of whom have gone on to be international performers. Now we are starting to see the emergence of some top musicians thanks to the efforts of many, including Ken Fleming and Gordon McLeod and TIMES, the Traditional Irish Music Society, and the North Texas School of Irish Music under the direction of Tim Kennedy. You will be able to visit with these amazing leaders, and also listen to their top musicians.
Tickets for NTIF 2016 are now on sale online and at all DFW area Tom Thumbs and Albertsons. Significant discounts on daily tickets at Tom Thum and Albertsons and two-day and weekend tickets online. Remember, before 7:00pm on Friday is always FREE at NTIF. Leave work, catch the DART Green line to Fair Park and be in line before 7:00pm and it's on us. Take the Green to the Green and save some Green!
If you missed last years festival or want to know what to expect when you get to Fair park you may want to take a look at this short online video created by Perry Smith, one of our longtime volunteer photographers.
We have a great bunch of volunteers already signed up, but we do have a few shifts that still need filling, especially in our information booths and coupon sales. If you would like to sign up you can do so right here online. Remember, if you have signed up to serve alcohol at one of our beer booths you must complete your online TABC training. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for the access code and we will pick up the tab for your training.
We also still have a few spots for vendors, but they are going fast. The Festival welcomes professional arts and crafts vendors and merchandise businesses that offer quality products. Although we would prefer booths with a Celtic or handcrafted theme, it is not required; however the Festival reserves the right to reject any products that we feel are inappropriate. Check the information in the vendors section or call the NTIF office at (214) 821-4173.
Local historian Jim Anderson addressed the recent Fair Park meeting and bragged on the Irish Fest as an example of a great use for the park that utilizes the park and the buildings in the way that they were intended. He also said that the city needs more events like Irish Fest and that they help the park immeasurably. Thanks Jim for that unsolicited endorsement - see you in March we hope.
The SCMA is a not-for profit charity, or 501(c)3, and all donations to support NTIF and other activities are fully tax deductible. Make your 2015 donation now and save on your taxes. Donation information and forms are available on the sponsordhip page.
The Hilton Doubletree hotel at Campbell Center is again our host hotel, but the last information we had is that they are 100% booked. They may put you on a standby list but to be safe we suggest you look around at some of the alternate hotels mentioned below. We believe that the La Quinta on US75 at Walnut Hill has rooms available and they have a hotel shuttle that will take you to the Doubletree.
The not so good news is that the alternate hotel, used to be the Radisson or Holiday Inn is now the Magnolia, and they have declined to work with us at the preferred rate. However, there are a number of hotels in the area. Further south on US75 are the La Quinta, Uptown (214-821-4220) and the Best Western City Place (214-827-6080). Across the street is the Hyatt House Lincoln Park (214-696-1555) and just a little further north are the La Quinta Dallas North (214-361-8200) and the Residence Inn Central Expressway (214-750-8220).
Our complimentary shuttle will be available throughout the weekend from the Doubletree to Fair Park and you can always park at the hotel and ride for free. Alternatively, you can park at one of the many DART rail stations, such as Carrolton, Buckner, Garland, Parker Road, Forest Lane or Mockingbird Station and ride the train to Fair Park. Remember, you will have to change to the Green line at Pearl Station.
We are pleased to welcome back to NTIF our friends at ABC Scooter Rentals. This year they will set up shop at the Celtic Circle gate by the Old Mill inn as well as the Washington Street gate close to the Shannon Tent. Scooters may be rented by the hour or for the entire day from either location. Plus, you may call or go online to ABC and make an advanced reservation.