The title Face of the Festival is awarded each year to a person that has taken on the spirit of our festival and gone out of their way to promote and support the National Celtic Festival.

This person is like an ambassador for the festival and chosen and announced by the festival committee, at the end of the current years festival. They are often blessed with an infectious passion for the National Celtic Festival!

The Face of the Festival 2018


Matt Jolly

This year’s Face of the Festival is Matt Jolly.

Matt is part of Atmosphere Events team - the contractors who supply loads of our infrastructure and equipment - they have been with us since we started 16 years ago and worked with us to build the event.

Matt Jolly has headed up the onsite team for many of these year and each year takes on the challenges we throw at him ! This year hanging lots and lots of lampshades in the Wine Bar … definitely not part of his usual work with us but one of those extra steps he has always taken for us. Matt has held the seams together ( literally at times ! ) for us and stays in the background … until we managed to entice him on stage this year with a few white lies ! Thanks Matt … see you in 2019.


  • 2017 Anna Lake - festival team

  • 2016 Douglas Clan – Colleen, Clarissa and Tenisha

  • 2015 Mark Butler

  • 2014 Cathy Blake and her Clan

  • 2013 Jack Wilson

  • 2011 Mary McEvilly

  • 2012 Geoff Jones and Pete Moir – Pipes and Drums

  • 2011 Catherine Fraser

  • 2010 Pria Schwall-Kearney

  • 2009 Maria Forde

  • 2008 Jimmy Moore

  • 2007 William Hutton

  • 2006 Claire Schultz

  • 2005 Fionnula Callahan