August 18-21, 2016

August 18-21, 2016

Entertainment

Milwaukee Irish Fest: 100 Acts on 17 Stages

All the big names. All the best bands. Traditional Irish music favorites, acclaimed contemporary groups and legendary folk balladeers. The finest Irish bands, from Ireland and wherever else on the planet you’ll find great Irish music. And, for some local flavor, over 30 Milwaukee groups and six local Irish dance groups. This is Irish music at its best. At the world’s premier Irish festival: Milwaukee Irish Fest.

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At Milwaukee Irish Fest for the First Time in 2016:

Barrule

Barrule

Isle of Man FlagThe unique sound of traditional Manx music is the Celtic World’s best kept secret. This is set to change with the introduction of Barrule, the award winning trio hellbent on taking the Isle of Man’s music to a much wider audience.

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Calan

Calan

Wales FlagCalan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music.

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Celtic Fiddle Festival

Celtic Fiddle Festival

Ireland FlagScotland FlagBrittany FlagInitially conceived as a "one-off" tour, an interesting way to showcase the three differing styles while at the same time demonstrating the deep historic connections, the response was so positive that a CD was released from the initial tour and 20 years later, the group is still playing and performing.

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The Dardanelles

Dardanelles

Canada FlagOver the past 8 years The Dardanelles have established themselves as one of the most exciting groups ever to play Newfoundland Traditional Music on the global stage...

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De Barra

De Barra

Ireland FlagThe DeBarra clan represent the third generation of performers from a family steeped in traditional music, song and the Irish language.

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Donal Clancy

Donal Clancy

Ireland FlagDonal Clancy is an acclaimed guitarist, singer and performer. His father and uncles of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem were the first group to bring Irish folk song to a worldwide audience in the 1960′s and Dónal grew up in a household and community steeped in music.

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Drowsy Lads

Drowsy Lads

The Drowsy Lads roared onto the Irish music scene in Ohio in 2006 and have become favorites at pubs, clubs and festivals.

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Grace Toland & Barry Gleeson

Grace Toland & Barry Gleeson

Ireland FlagTraditional singers Grace Toland and Barry Gleeson present the Songs of 1916, exploring the pre-1916 songs that inspired events, contemporary songs from the immediate period, and then songs written as a response to 1916 since then.

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JigJam

JigJam

Ireland FlagJigJam are the hottest new act on the Celtgrass music scene. This Offaly trio have developed a new, exciting, energy-fuelled live sound blending the best of bluegrass and Irish folk music.

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Lost Forty

Lost Forty

The Lost Forty revives and performs the Irish-influenced songs of men who roamed the Great Lakes region in the days when pine was king.

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Next Generation Leahy

Next Generation Leahy

Canada FlagBuilding on over three generations of Leahy musicianship, Doug Leahy, together with his wife Jennifer and their children, are keeping those traditions alive through music, song, and dance.

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Norah Rendell & The Lost Forty

Norah Rendell & The Lost Forty

Canada FlagFeaturing Live Ireland’s “Best Irish Vocalist of 2011 and 2012”, Canadian singer, Norah Rendell heads up a powerful song-based trio with top-notch multi-instrumentalists, Brian Miller and Randy Gosa.

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Runa

Runa

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, Runa has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music since their formation in 2008.

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Tairis

Tairis

Tairis [TAR-ish] plays fiery dance tunes, wistful airs, and historic ballads from the Celtic nations, specializing in tasteful instrumentation & rich harmonies.

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The Wrigley Sisters

Wrigley Sisters

Scotland FlagCombining mastery with mischief and tradition with modernity, Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley are an internationally acclaimed fiddle and guitar duo from the Orkney Islands.

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