August 17-20, 2017

August 17-20, 2017

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2017 Irish Fest Artists

Irish traditional, Irish Folk, Celtic Rock, Contemporary Folk, Irish-Bluegrass, Americana . . .a variety of genres so you can discover new music or hear the music you love!

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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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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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Andreas Transo

Andreas Transo

Andreas Transo is a storyteller, writer and musician based out of Southwestern Wisconsin.

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Aoife Scott

Aoife Scott

Ireland FlagNEW TO THE FEST: Her sublime voice is a thing of beauty that stops people in their tracks. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, Dublin Folk singer-songwriter Aoife Scott has become a force to be reckoned with on the Irish folk and traditional scene.

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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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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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Bohola

Bohola

Irish music's accordion virtuoso Jimmy Keane and the remarkable bouzar player and vocalist Pat Broaders, comprise bohola, Irish music's newest "supergroup" as penned by The Irish Herald.

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Brave Giant

Brave Giant

Ireland Flag NEW TO THE FEST: Brave Giant is an Indie/Folk group from Longford, Ireland. With the debut release of their EP "The Lordy Lordy EP" in 2016, Brave Giant is quickly becoming a top notch emerging act.

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Brother Crowe

Brother Crowe

Hailing from Detroit, Brother Crowe’s purpose, is honing in on an New Country/Indie Folk sound that still possesses a somewhat traditional Americana style.

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Capitol Ceili Band

Capitol Ceili Band

From Madison, these veterans of the set-dancing scene return to Milwaukee Irish Fest to help you kick up your heels.

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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 Company

Celtic Company

NEW TO THE FEST: See them at the Main Children's Stage

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Celtica Pipes Rock

Celtica Pipes Rock

NEW TO THE FEST: Hailing from Austria, their combination of the traditional sound of Scottish bagpipes with the power of a rock band promises to become a recipe for international success.

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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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Cuig

Cuig

Ireland FlagNEW TO THE FEST: In addition to being comprised of several All Ireland winners, they have collectively been crowned “Best New Irish Band” by the Irish American News.

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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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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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Dermot and Flo

Dermot and Flo

Ireland FlagNEW TO THE FEST: Dermot and Flo, accordion player and harpist, play music from Ireland, France, England and Canada.

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Dervish

Dervish

Ireland FlagDervish are an Irish traditional music group from County Sligo, Ireland who have been described by BBC Radio 3 as "an icon of Irish music."

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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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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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Edith's End

Edith's End

Edith's End was created in 2008 by four siblings who were taking lessons at the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music.

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Eileen Ivers

Eileen Ivers

Grammy awarded and Emmy nominated, Eileen was billed the musical star of Riverdance and has guest starred with over 50 symphonies, including 3 years with the Milwaukee Symphony, and has been featured in many movie soundtracks, including "Gangs of New York."

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Elders

Elders

The Elders formed in Kansas City in 1998 and have been providing raucous, foot stomping Celtic rock ever since.

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Emerald Wind

Emerald Wind

With Emily on the flute, and MaryKathleen on the harp, the two combined bring all listeners to experience the beauty and serenity of "Emerald Wind Music."

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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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Frankie Gavin

Frankie Gavin

Ireland FlagAt the age of ten years old Frankie began to play fiddle and by the time he was seventeen he was placed first in the All Ireland Fiddle Competition and in the All Ireland Flute Competition, both on the same day.

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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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Glendessary Jam

Glendessary Jam

NEW TO THE FEST: Glendessary Jam has been getting together in Santa Barbara, California, to play Old Time Music for nearly 30 years.

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Goitse

Goitse

Ireland FlagRecently crowned Live Ireland's "Trad Group of the Year" for 2015, they have made a name for themselves as one of the most sought-after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music across the globe.

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Hannah Flowers

Hannah Flowers

A classically trained harpist, Hannah performs a diverse repertoire of classical, pop, sacred, and of course, traditional Irish music.

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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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Hermitage Green

Hermitage Green

Ireland FlagNEW TO THE FEST: An unusual arrangement of instruments such as djembe, bodhran, dobro, keys and guitars combined with two drummers has allowed them to garner a unique sound that has captivated audiences everywhere from North America to the Middle East and Australia.

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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 Pockat

Jeff Pockat

Jeff Pockat is a Gaelic harpist from Appleton Wisconsin. He's a self-taught musician and composer.

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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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University of Limerick

Kate Heneghan and Edel McLaughlin

Ireland FlagIn partnership with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Irish Fest brings you Kate and Edel, who will be performing with their Irish Fest Summer School class students.

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Kavan from Cavan

Kavan

He started playing the instrument at the tender age of seven at the Granard Harp School under Kim Fleming. He has also been steadily honing his skills on the uilleann pipes, tin whistle, low whistle and guitar for some time now, becoming highly proficient in each of these instruments.

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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

Leahy's Luck

A Milwaukee tradition in Irish folk music, Leahy's Luck has performed its brand of traditional and popular Irish songs throughout the Midwest and at Irish Fest for 26 consecutive years.

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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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Matt and Shannon Heaton

Matt and Shannon Heaton

NEW TO THE FEST: With engaging stage presence and masterfully-crafted music, Boston-based Matt & Shannon Heaton offer well-travelled Irish music from the heart. It's a mix of flute and guitar instrumentals and sweet husband-and-wife harmony singing, steeped in sessions in County Clare and brewed in the rich American trad music scene.

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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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Moxie Strings

Moxie Strings

Michigan-based Moxie Strings is an electrifying combination of fiddle, electronic cello and percussion with feel-good and foot-stomping, rock influenced rhythms.

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Myserk

Myserk

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

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Open the Door for Three

Open the Door for Three

NEW TO THE FEST: Their debut release ‘Open the Door for Three’ and their second CD ‘The Penny Wager’ are the culmination of years on the road, comprised of unearthed tunes, new arrangements of great songs, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the signature sound of a trio of good friends playing great music together.

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Paddy Keenan

Paddy Keenan

Ireland FlagPaddy Keenan is a uillean piper from Ireland and an original member of most influential Irish traditional music group, The Bothy Band. Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of his father and grandfather.

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Pauline, Troy, Liz and Mick

Pauline Conneely, Liz Carroll, Troy MacGillivray and Mick Conneely

NEW TO THE FEST: Performing as a quartet, these well respected and critically acclaimed Irish musicians join forces exclusively for Irish Fest.

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Pay the Devil

Pay the Devil

Playing original tunes in a variety of styles alongside an assortment of bluegrass and old-time standards, sea shanties, folk, Irish traditional, and country music

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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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Rory Makem and Donal Clancy

Rory Makem and Donal Clancy

Ireland FlagNEW TO THE FEST: They unofficially premiered at Irish Fest in 2016 when Rory hopped on stage with Donal to perform a couple tunes from their fathers' repertoire. Now, see and hear the music that's been passed down the Makem and Clancy family for multiple generations.

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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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Scythian

Scythian

Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian ("sith-ee-yin") plays "immigrant rock" with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling songwriting, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance experience.

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Shinigans

Shinigans

Formed on St. Patrick's Day 2005 at Marquette University, this Milwaukee-based band brings creativity and youthful energy to traditional Irish and Scottish folk.

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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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Sweeney Evans and Doherty

Sweeney, Evans and Doherty

Ireland FlagCanada FlagSweeney carries with him an endless amount of songs, stories, poetry and tunes. His shows run the gamut of emotion, fun and Irish history. Evans & Doherty perform a lively blend of traditional, original and contemporary songs, with a liberal sprinkle of stories and humor.

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Tallymoore

Tallymoore

Tallymoore is a contemporary Irish Folk band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin performing a range of Irish and Scottish folk tunes, ballads, reels and classic pub songs.

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The East Pointers

The East Pointers

Canada FlagNEW TO THE FEST: ‘Furiously energetic yet organic, celebratory yet cool, this is an impressive calling-card for a band who are soon to be making waves around the world.’ — Songlines Magazine (UK)

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Fitzgeralds

The Fitzgeralds

Canada FlagNEW TO THE FEST: The siblings continue to push boundaries by fusing traditional and modern styles of fiddle and dance to create their own unique sound and style. Their creativity and passion for experimentation has led them to compose original tunes and arrangements.

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The Maguires

The Maguires

Ireland FlagNEW TO THE FEST: The Maguires work to bring you a blend of classic traditional tunes and modern tunes with syncopated, infectious rhythms, arranged with thrilling crescendos and delivered with youthful energy and musical maturity. The band’s range of instruments includes fiddle, concertina, flute, uilleann pipes, whistle, bodhrán, guitar and piano.

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The Young Folk

The Young Folk

Ireland FlagNEW TO THE FEST: Their commitment to writing lyrics relating to real issues concerning family, childhood memories and times of great personal value resonate with audiences immediately. The Young Folk sing immaculate harmonies straight from the heart and soul of Ireland.

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Tinker Boys

Tinker Boys

Using elements of vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle, bouzouki, accordion, mandolin, and harmonica,Tinker Boys are a band that is able to find a niche in many acoustic laden songs and a variety of venues

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Tis

Tis

'tis - Traditional Irish Session is a five member group of music enthusiasts that play all the favorite songs, jigs, and reels of Ireland.

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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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Hannah Flowers

Turner Collins

Turner is one of the most well-known Celtic harpers in the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes region. He plays music from the traditions of the seven Celtic nations.

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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, play a blend of traditional Irish, old-time American and bluegrass music. 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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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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2017 Ticket Prices

General Admission - $20
Senior (60 and Older) - $15
Thursday (Over 12) - $5

Children (12 and Under) - Free
Two Day Pass - $30

(Saturday & Sunday. Available For Order Online Only)
Half Price Friday - $10

2017 Festival Hours

Thursday - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday - 4 p.m. to 12.m.
Saturday - 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

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Address

  • Center: 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave, Milwaukee
  • Festival Grounds: Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee
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