August 17-20, 2017

August 17-20, 2017

2016 Artists

Milwaukee Irish Fest Entertainer

Here's an alphabetical listing of some of this year's Milwaukee Irish Fest performers. Please check back often as we sign more acts.

Simply click on the letter of the performer's first name to locate it in the list. Then, click on the performer's name to view show dates and times. You can also search for performers by keywords. Search for country (Ireland, Scotland, regional, local, etc.) or genre (Irish traditional, celtic rock, singer-songwriter, folk & ballad, dance, and contemporary world music).

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3 Pints Gone

3 Pints Gone

Milwaukee's 3 Pints Gone performs traditional Celtic folk songs with a distinctive harmony-rich sound.

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Academy of Irish Music

Academy of Irish Music

Chicago's Academy of Irish Music is a school focused on youth education with a staff of accomplished musicians teaching a variety of instruments.

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Aislinn Gagliardi

Aislinn Gagliardi

Known for her syncopated and melodic accompaniment, her compositions and arrangements offer a fresh perspective to the Irish music tradition.

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Athas

Joy and gladness is what athas means in the Irish language, and this Irish traditional band lives up to its billing.

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Atlantic Wave

Atlantic Wave

Formed in Milwaukee in 2004, Atlantic Wave plays music of Celtic nations that touch the Atlantic Ocean and beyond.

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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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Barry Dodd

Barry Dodd

Scotland FlagBorn in Dublin, Ireland, Barry Dodd is a local favorite. Dodd will tug at your heart with a ballad and then lift your spirits with an old-fashioned sing-along.

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Beglan Academy of Irish Dance

Beglan Academy of Irish Dance

The newest school in the hot bed of Irish dance that Milwaukee has become, Beglan Academy of Irish Dance was founded by world medalists and former Riverdance performers Sean Beglan, T.C.R.G., and Jillian Belgan.

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Bill & Lin O'Connor

Bill & Lin O'Connor

Bill & Lin O’Connor have been performing in the southeast Wisconsin area since 1967. They have been a part of a number of folk style music groups and have recorded seven albums of Irish, original, folk and Christmas music.

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Blackthorn

Blackthorn Folly

Blackthorn Folly is a five piece traditionally inspired band from Milwaukee. Playing traditional Celtic tunes with high energy and a ground stomping tempo, all with a penchant for fun!

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Blarney

Blarney

Blarney's roots run deep through Irish Fest. Formed in 1975 in Milwaukee, Ed Ward and the first generation of his band were the catalyst for the initial Irish Fest.

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Bua

Bua

With a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic, their sound stands out among modern bands in the genre by keeping the music down the path of tradition while still being able to raise the rafters with their playing, charm with their singing, and delight with their contemporary energy.

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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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Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers

Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers

Milwaukee's Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance has been entertaining Irish Fest with their traditional, yet innovative, dancing since 1983.

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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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Ceol Cairde

Ceol Cairde

Ceol Cairde has its roots in the 1988 Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School. Band members enjoy sharing the energy and spirit of traditional Irish music at weddings, festivals, parties, and ceili and set dances.

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Cuil A Lin

Cuil A Lin

Cuil A Lin was created in 2008 by four siblings who were taking lessons at the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music. The Bird kids wanted a way to honor their Irish heritage, while working to improve their musical abilities at the same time.

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Curtis Crossroads Band

A Milwaukee favorite, The Curtis Crossroads Bands is a trio playing traditional Irish jigs, reels and vocal tunes.

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Dallahan

Dallahan

Scotland FlagDallahan's fresh new sound and arrangements of their own compositions and traditional Irish tunes and songs take their audience on a breathtaking musical journey by award winning musicians.

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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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Derek Byrne

Derek Byrne and Paddygrass

Milwaukee’s Derek Byrne & Paddygrass performs Celtic bluegrass with a set list that ranges from Irish ballads to old country, with some surprises thrown in for spice.

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Dino O'Dell

Dino O'Dell

Whether he’s counting monsters, fixing spaceships or swimming in peanut butter, Dino’s interactive songs and tall tales engage curiosity, inspire laughter and stir the imagination.

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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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Dreama's Dance

Dreama's Dance

The foursome first performed together at a benefit concert in the Akron, Ohio area for their mutual friend Dreama Powell. They published a book of their original harp tunes and arrangements in 2014 called Dreama's Dance.

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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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Dublin O'Shea

Dublin O'Shea

Dublin O'Shea is a Milwaukee group formed in 2002 dedicated to preserving Celtic folk music. Specializing primarily in pub songs from Ireland, Scotland and the Nautical Tradition, they offer a well rounded look at the Celtic experience.

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Evan and Tom Leahy

Evan and Tom Leahy

Evan and Tom Leahy are an offshoot of Leahys Luck, an Irish Fest staple for over 20 years.

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Finbar MacCarthy

Finbar MacCarthy

Scotland FlagMacCarthy is an authentic Irish balladeer with a focus on pub songs and humor. From the fireside of his home in Dublin, Ireland, MacCarthy describes his musical talent as being a jack of all instruments, master of none.

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Frogwater

Frogwater

Milwaukee's own Frogwater brings a mix of Celtic, American, old-time, bluegrass, Cajun and blues music for their high energy show.

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Gaelic Storm

Gaelic Storm

Gaelic Storm is pleased to celebrate their 16th anniversary of appearing at Milwaukee Irish Fest. When they first came to festival in 1998, the group was a bar band just coming off an appearance in the movie Titanic...

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Gleasons

Gleasons

A Milwaukee band, The Gleasons provide a sound where Celtic and pop music meet. Their rich harmonies, coupled with fiddles, flutes, guitars and percussion will have you stomping your feet.

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Glencastle Irish Dancers

Glencastle Irish Dancers

Glencastle Irish Dance School opened its doors in Milwaukee in 2000. The school offers a choice of participation in Irish dance for both children and adults, from international dance competitions to simply learning a few steps and performing at a local event.

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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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Hearthfire

Hearthfire

The musicians of Hearthfire have united to share music, friendship and good times with each other and all of you.

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High Kings

High Kings

Ireland Flag Coming from accomplished musical pedigrees, the High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists bringing a rousing acoustic flavor to new songs as well as old favorites...

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Ian Gould

Ian Gould

An immigrant from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ian has played in bands throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Irish Fest Choir

Irish Fest Choir

Founded in 1988 to promote Irish music and culture, the Choir consists of young adults, ages 14, 20, performing traditional Irish music.

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Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

Irish Fest School of Music

Opened in the fall of 2002 at the beautiful Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, a dedicated faculty of musicians has come together to offer instruction in instrumental Irish traditional dance music to students of all ages...

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Jeff Ward

Jeff Ward

Jeff Ward makes his annual appearance at Irish Fest, and for good reason. The band's music represents traditional and contemporary songs of Ireland and America.

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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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Kiana Weber

Kiana Weber and Friends

The hour is interspersed with guests from some of the best acts in Irish music today, an intimate stage set for unusual collaborations, this is a unique opportunity to see a score of your favorite musicians in a completely different setting.

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Kilkennys

Kilkennys

Ireland FlagThe Kilkennys have toured the length and breadth of Ireland gaining recognition as one of the country’s hardest working bands.

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Kilmaley

Kilmaley

Karen Cook Cannady (fiddle) and Patrick Cannady (uilleann pipes) play traditional music learned through years of study, absorbing a large and growing repertoire from Chicago’s community...

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Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

As a pioneer in the American folk harp movement, she combines an improvisational spirit with a passionate sense of tradition, bringing a contemporary touch to a centuries-old instrument.

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Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance

Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance

Since forming in 2004, Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance has established itself as a premier dance school. Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance has competed locally, nationally and internationally, medaling in all.

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Leahys Luck

Leahys Luck

A Milwaukee tradition in Irish folk music, Leahy's Luck has performed its brand of traditional and popular Irish songs throughout the Midwest for 13 years.

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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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Mary Ann Miller

Mary Ann Miller

Celtic harpist Mary Ann Miller has appeared at Milwaukee Irish Fest since our first year in 1981. This local artist has traveled the world honing her craft and has become a true legend.

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McMenamin Irish Dance Academy

McMenamin Irish Dance Academy

McMenamin Irish Dance Academy is part of the explosive Irish dance scene in Milwaukee.

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McPeake

McPeake

Ireland FlagThe McPeake family of Belfast is one of the revered names in Irish music. Francis McPeake IV, is a fourth generation member of this family and one of the few authentic uilleann pipers in the world today.

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Moya Brennan

Moya Brennan

Ireland FlagThe power of her whispered tones and the beauty of her music touch the soul. Gently, yet persistently, her songs and her music are redefining Irish music.

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Myserk

Myserk

Myserk explores the conversation between traditional music from Ireland, France and Brittany.

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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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Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Scotland FlagFrom Scotland, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers bring their bag rock to Irish Fest. Fusing traditional pipe tunes and contemporary rock anthems, the Chilli Pipers have won fans the world over due to their unique sound and energetic and enthusiastic live shows...

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Reilly

Reilly

Formed in early 2000, the Milwaukee-based Reilly is a high energy Celtic rock group featuring accordion, banjo and mandolin fused with hard driving rhythms.

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RiRa

RiRa

Rira has been on the Irish music scene in Milwaukee for many years and has played for countless ceilis as well as many other types of events.

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Rising Gael

Rising Gael

Originally from Wisconsin, Rising Gael has created a name for themselves by transforming traditional tunes into modern arrangements, and performing compelling, original selections.

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Rory Modlinski

Rory Modlinski

Rory Modlinski is steeped in the music tradition of Irish music all of his life. Learning at the feet of Tommy Makem, Schooner Fare and Blarney, he strengthens the traditions with Bluegrass and American Folk music as well as original songs...

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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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Sarah Mullen

Sarah Mullen

Combining a personal, playful style of performance that often blends music with storytelling, she has been called “a master at her craft who brings a bit of whimsy to the typically serious instrument”.

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Seamus Kennedy

Seamus Kennedy

Ireland FlagA native of Belfast, Ireland, Seamus Kennedy has performed throughout the United States for over 30 years, proving he is a master showman with an unmatched repertoire.

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Shari Sarazin

Shari Sarazin

From ancient Celtic melodies to contemporary originals coupled with her unique vocals, Shari offers an enjoyable musical experience for listeners of every age. Milwaukee Irish Fest...

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Shari Sarazin

Shari Sarazin

From ancient Celtic melodies to contemporary love ballads, along with creatively spun originals, Shari's music will delight, intrigue, soothe, and bring you to joyful tears.

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Skerryvore

Skerryvore

Scotland FlagSkerryvore was first formed on the tiny Isle of Tiree, off Scotland's west coast, in 2005. The band shares their love of music - everything from traditional to rock and jazz, with audiences there and now the world with their tour...

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Slide

Slide

Ireland FlagThe Irish Times calls SLIDE “traditional musicians with attitude" and credits the group with “bringing drawing room grandeur and high spirits together” with its diverse songs, which range from soulful and sorrowful to contagiously energetic.

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Socks in the Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan

Ireland FlagSocks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland, the universal hub of Irish traditional music...

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Solas

Solas - All These Years 20th Anniversary Tour

Formed in 1996, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for "light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions.

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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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Tallymoore

Tallymoore

Tallymoore made their debut appearance at Milwaukee Irish Fest in 2012 and hit the ground running. Since then the popular Milwaukee-based folk band has made appearances at major Irish festivals in the Midwest and on the west coast...

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Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

Canada FlagRooted in the traditional, members of this award winning trio celebrate the music of the Irish and Francophone cultures they share, infuse their original compositions and traditional standard tunes with modern and world rhythms and interpretations to create an infectious energy and unique sound that speaks to all ages.

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The Scrubbers

The Scrubbers

The Scrubbers are a Milwaukee-native, six man traditional Irish folk punk group that plays traditional and original music.

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Reilly Trio

Tinker Boys

Milwaukee's Tinker Boys is an acoustic trio blending traditional Irish, American country, bluegrass and folk music, providing an upbeat and energetic show.

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Tis

Tis

A lively group of 4 musicians who draw from experience in folk, classical and rock to make music that is always entertaining, if not always strictly traditional.

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Trinity Academy of Irish Dance

Trinity Academy of Irish Dance

Trinity Academy of Irish Dance is one of the most widely-recognized Irish dance programs in the world. For over 25 years, Trinity has been guided by a unique philosophy of instruction and empowerment within a fun environment.

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Trinity Irish Dance Company

Trinity Irish Dance Company

Trinity Irish Dance Company dazzles audiences with hard-driving percussive power, lightning-fast agility, aerial grance, and the awe-inspiring precision of its dancers.

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WarPiper

WarPiper

A blend of Celtic, Rock, and Bluegrass, WarPiper brings a unique listening experience to their audience. With bagpipes, electric guitars and banjos, WarPiper never disappoints.

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We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3

Ireland FlagWe Banjo 3, an award winning band from Galway, has recently exploded in the music scene. The multi-instrumentalist, all-Ireland champion group members Enda and Fegus Scahill and Martin and David Howley are internationally renowned for their incredible virtuosity and musical innovation.

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Whiskey of the Damned

Whiskey of the Damned

Whiskey of the Damned is a five piece Celtic influenced rock band based in Milwaukee. The band is dedicated to playing high energy, raucous concerts fueled by a mixture of American and Irish rock music.

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Wild Colonial Bhoys

Wild Colonial Bhoys

Minneapolis based Celtic rock powerhouse Wild Colonial Bhoys weave their signature blend of edgy rock with traditional Irish music-inspired hooks.

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Wise Maids

Wise Maids

Named for a famous Irish reel, The Wise Maids have been playing together in other Irish groups for many years and joined forces due to their love of traditional Irish music.

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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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