St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival of 2019
Clan Donnachaidh of Florida will be present at the upcoming St, Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival, March 9 & 10, 2019. Due to the amount of Clan's registered this year there are 2 separate clan villages planned.
Also don't forget Clan Donnachaidh will also be present at the Northeast Florida Highland Games, Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Green Cove Springs Fair Grounds. Gates open at 9:00am this year.
The Gothard Sisters
St. Augustine FL – The Gothard Sisters — Greta, Willow and Solana — are violinists, singers and championship dancers from Edmonds, Washington who perform Celtic music.
They will make their first appearance in Florida on the main stage of the 9th annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival on Sunday, March 10. The event takes place March 8-10 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine.
The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival has been voted Best Concert/Event in the “Bold City Best” in the Jacksonville region and “Best Festival" in St. Augustine for 2 years in a row.
While the sisters all took classical violin lessons at an early age, their lives changed when they enrolled in Irish dance classes and became fond of Celtic music. They were discovered by a talent scout while performing in their home town and have since added guitar, bodhran, mandolin and the pennywhistle to their repertoire. They qualified for the World Championships of Irish dance, known as Oireachtas, three years in a row. Their latest all-original album of Celtic music, Midnight Sun, reached #6 on the Billboard World Music charts.
Other musicians returning to the 2019 event include fan favorites Dublin City Ramblers, Albannach, Seven Nations, Emmet Cahill and Poor Angus. Two new bands to the Festival this year are composed of talented sisters, The Gothard Sisters and Screaming Orphans.
Find the CELT in YOU in America’s Oldest Celtic City
Though all the musicians above have been headliners at Celtic Festivals throughout the world, The St. Augustine Festival is known as the finest Celtic Music Festival in the U.S. as it presents 8 major headliners.
The event begins on Friday, March 8 with a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, and continues Saturday and Sunday with live performances on two stages. It also features The St. Augustine Highland games, Celtic artisans and food, and kids’ games. The world’s original St. Patrick’s Day parade, begun in 1601, takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9.
For tickets and further information: CelticStAugustine.com
Struan Kirk Appeal
"Our Chief and the Chairman of the Clan Donnachaidh Society are asking for our help"
"Some of you may have already heard that Struan Kirk is being put up for sale by the Church of Scotland. It is one of several Kirks serving very small communities in Scotland which, as a result of ever smaller congregations and ever increasing maintenance costs, the central church authorities have decided they cannot afford to keep going.
This lovely place of worship has been central to Clan Donnachaidh for countless generations, ever since Celtic Christianity reached Perthshire many centuries ago. The present building is "only" 19th century, but is built on the spot where all earlier church building have stood. It is itself a place of simple beauty and of peace, in truly lovely surroundings, as those of you who have been there will know and as the pictures accompanying this message testify."
Are you able to help in saving this wonderful church for our Clan? We hope that every Branch of the Clan Donnachaidh Society make an appeal to their members to help in this project, every little helps.
Here in the Clan Donnachaidh Society of Florida we are fundraising by selling the "World’s Finest Chocolate" candy bars at the festivals we attend. We will also accept tax deductible donations to the Clan Society
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Congratulations William Stuart Robertson 100th Birthday!
William Stuart Robertson, Clan Donnachaidh member, turned 100 years young on January 1, 2017.
A leader since his birth on January 1, 1917 William has been standing proud of his Scottish heritage.
He has installed this in all his children and grandchildren, whom he brought with him to 2017 Sarasota Highland Games.
There Clan Donnachaidh members Ralph Robertson, Mitchell Robertson, and John Lange raised a few drams of "Uisge Beatha", water of life along with William and his family.
A sure joy was shared by all on this happy day amongst the Clans. Clan Donnachaidh wishes only the best for William and his "clan".
We will raise a dram to William in August at our annual gathering in Scotland this year.
"Slàinte mhath" - "your good health"
Please see our photo Gallery from the 2017 Sarasota Highland Games for larger photos of William and his Clan.
Chief of Clan Donnachaidh visits the 40th Central Florida Highland Games
"23rd Chief of Clan Donnachaidh Gilbert Robertson and his wife Bridget celebrate 40th Central Florida Highland Games!!"
The Central Florida Highland Games were celebrated this past weekend and the our branch was honored with a visit from our Chief and his wife. Chief Gilbert Robertson, along with his lovely wife Bridget were honored guests of the Central Florida Highland Games as well as the Florida branch.
They attended both game days and spent each visiting with local branch members. There were plenty of photos taken with the Chief and wife as everyone was excited to meet and spend a few minutes with them both.
The Scottish American Society of Central Florida honored our Chief during the opening ceremonies of the games where Chief Gilbert thanked the sponsors and commended them on a wonderful event.
Remembering our Original Branch Founding Members
This past Saturday our 23rd Chief Gilbert Robertson spent time fondly recalling his trip to Canada to present the branch charter to Florida founding members Allen & Louise Robertson.
Their daughter, Diane, shown here presenting the Chief with a commemorative photo of the presentation. Clan Donnachaidh was proudly represented by Allen & Louise along with eighteen other families at the Sixth Annual Central Florida Highland Games held that year at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.
The second meeting of the Clan that year was a covered dish picnic at Allen & Louise’s home in Casselberry, Florida on February 27 at 2:00 in the afternoon. The fine cuisine was enjoyed after a general meeting to discuss the future of the branch that year.
It was decided that the memberships would be $15.00 for an entire year when received between January 1 and June 30, with memberships received after June 30 would be $7.50.
Clan Donnachaidh DNA Project
At the recent Central Florida Highland Games we were thrilled to welcome, Tim Duncan, Clan Donnachaidh DNA project administrator as our honored guest. Tim a native of Georgia and recently retired Park Ranger for the National Park Service in Death Valley, is free to pursue hi passion, his family dna.
Fortunately for us all Tim has grown his passion into the Clan Donnachaidh DNA Project. Along with co-founders, Stephanie Robertson and Bill Robertson, they have worked closely with Family Tree DNA in developing this project specific to Clan Donnachaidh world wide. Tim has traveled the US and Scotland in the past years reaching out to all the surnames of Clan Donnachaidh to grow the project. This past year Tim was at the Clan Donnachaidh AGM in Pitlochry were he and Stephanie gave all attendees an update on the project.
He also greeted many folks at the 700th Bannockburn celebration were Clan Donnachaidh displayed a strong presence, even Stout Duncan came by for a visit. Tim can be reached at the project web site clandonnachaidhdna.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Tree DNA is the organization doing all of the testing for the Clan Donnachaidh DNA project. Please check out all versions of their DNA testing kits. Now is the time to take the next step, just a cheek swab away, in seeking out your Scottish heritage. So head on over to Family Tree DNA at familytreedna.com.
To find out more about the Clan Donnachaidh DNA Project checkout clandonnachaidhdna.org where Tim Duncan and Stephanie Robertson are doing a phenomenal job for Clan Donnachaidh on this project.
Clan Donnachaidh Society of Florida on Facebook
Since its inception on October 28, 2013 by our Area Director, Bill Reid, our Florida Branch of Clan Donnachaidh Facebook page has been a tremendous success.
This page is intended to be a quick, easy and up to the minute means for our members and friends to communicate throughout the year, sharing photos, events and special occasions with each other. By following this links you can jump to:
If you are a Facebook user, visit the page titled, “Clan Donnachaidh Society of Florida”, and click on the “Like” button. When Bill gives the ok you then you can interact with the page. Please feel free to add any of your pictures from the games or activities which you have attended.
Bill will also add announcements and other items of interest to our members. We will not accept any type of sales pitches, political opinions, or questionable material. This site is to promote and share our Scottish heritage.