August 13-16, 2015

August 13-16, 2015

Artists

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.

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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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Americana - Irish Style

Americana - Irish Style

This show will be a barnbuster with three exceptional bands. We Banjo 3, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul and Scythian will bring you the sounds of Americana - Irish Style.

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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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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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Baal Tinne

Baal Tinne

Chicago's Baal Tinne explores the boundaries of Irish traditional music with contemporary influences while remaining true to the traditional sound.

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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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Brigid's Cross

Brigid's Cross

From true-to-heritage traditional music to contemporary pieces, Brigid's Cross is a never-ending show from start to finish...

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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 Tenors

Celtic Tenors

Scotland FlagThe Celtic Tenors have broken new ground by stepping away from their classical roots, and adding a more contemporary edge...

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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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Cherish the Ladies

Cherish the Ladies

With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package.

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Chicago Reel

Chicago Reel

Chicago Reel brings some of Chicago's finest musicians together for a refreshing take on traditional Irish music.

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Cronin School of Irish Dance

Cronin School of Irish Dance

Located in Brookfield, Wisconsin, the Cronin School of Irish Dance provides a family oriented environment that teaches girls and boys of all ages, the skills to Irish dance.

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Cuil A' Lin

Cuil A' Lin

Milwaukee based Cuil A' Lin is a group of young musicians and dancers with the Irish Fest School of Music and Rince Nia Irish Dance Academy.

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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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David HB Drake

David HB Drake

David HB Drake has appeared onstage and on the grounds of Milwaukee Irish Fest for more than 25 years.

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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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Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul

Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Eileen proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a tenth on tenor banjo and over 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions.

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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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Evan and Tom Leahy Band

Evan and Tom Leahy Band

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

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Evans and Doherty

Evans and Doherty

Scotland FlagKevin Evans and Brian Doherty have been an integral part of the Canadian East Coast music scene for over twenty years. Evans & Doherty perform a lively blend of traditional, original and contemporary songs, with a liberal sprinkle of stories and humor....

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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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Flashpoint

Flashpoint

Flashpoint is a trio of young musicians performing contemporary folk music rooted in the traditions of Ireland and Scotland. With a sound that is both sophisticated and spontaneous, they put on a stirring live show that is engaging to a variety of audiences.

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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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FullSet

FullSet

Scotland FlagAll accomplished young musicians in their own right, FullSet create a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, whilst all the time remaining true to their traditional roots...

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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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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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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

Scotland 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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Joe Rooney

Joe Rooney: Comedian

Ireland FlagJoe Rooney is an actor and comedian with over twenty years' experience in both fields...

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John Whelan

John Whelan

As an instrumentalist, composer, producer and arranger who brings both passion and playfulness to his music while respecting the tradition that it's rooted in, accordionist John Whelan has richly earned the Irish Echo's highest honor for traditional 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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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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Leahy's 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 for 13 years.

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Liz Carroll

Liz Carroll

Liz Carroll was born in Chicago of Irish parents. She's a junior and senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, String Sisters, and as part of the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle...

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Lunasa

Lunasa

Ireland FlagMusic is one of Ireland’s most celebrated exports, and Lúnasa, a band like no other, has been at the forefront of that musical migration...

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Makem and Spain

Makem and Spain

Ireland FlagOnce considered the new kids on the block, the artists of Makem and Spain have honed their craft over nearly two decades of international performances and are now one of the most stalwart, road-tested Irish vocal groups available.

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Matt Molloy, John Carty, Arty McGlynn

Matt Molloy, John Carty, and Arty McGlynn

Scotland FlagUK FlagOne of the most exciting trad combination of recent times, Matt Molloy and John Carty explore the rich and varied tapestry of the fiddle and flute tradition of North Connaught.

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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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Moloney, Keane, and O’Connell

Moloney, Keane, and O’Connell

Scotland FlagSinger, musician and folklorist Mick Moloney teams up with Irish music’s accordion virtuoso Jimmy Keane and vocalist Robbie O’Connell for a first class performance of traditional Irish music.

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Morga

Morga

Ireland FlagEnergy, passion, respect and fun
 four words that sum up the musical mission statement behind Mórga...

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Myserk

Myserk

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

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Nashville Ceili Band

Nashville Ceili Band

The Nashville Ceili Band was drawn together to share their passion for traditional music in 2000 and soon became a favorite on the Southeastern dance circuit.

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Omagh Community Youth Choir

Omagh Community Youth Choir

The Omagh Community Youth Choir was formed in October 1998 in the wake of the Omagh Bomb atrocity...

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Pride of New York

Pride of New York

Pride of New York includes Joanie Madden on flute and whistle (best known as the leader of Cherish the Ladies), Brian Conway on fiddle, Billy McComiskey on button accordion and Brendan Dolan on keyboards...

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Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Scotland Flag From 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 with the Trifecta Banjo Association

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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Ross and Jarlath

Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson

Scotland FlagBBC Young musician award winner Jarlath Henderson and Folk Award nominated Ross Ainslie push the boundaries of pipe music with beautiful vocals and an energetic band...

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Screaming Orphans

Screaming Orphans

Ireland FlagThe Screaming Orphans, an all-sister band from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland, are one of the most sought after Celtic bands with a powerful, award-winning sound combining their own original melodic old-school pop songs with their unique and modern take on traditional Irish music and song, inherited from their family roots.

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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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Socks in the Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan

Ireland FlagSocks in the Frying Pan consists of two brothers, Shane and Fiachra Hayes, on accordion and fiddle/banjo and accompanied by Aodan Coyne on guitar and vocals. This young trio from County Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish...

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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

Scotland 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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Tim Edey and Brendan Power

Tim Edey and Brendan Power

UK FlagAdventurous creative players are drawn to each other, and the first time Tim and Brendan met the musical sparks flew!

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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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Tom Sweeney

Tom Sweeney

Tom Sweeney, from Omagh, Northern Ireland, envelops the very essence of Irish culture into his performances.

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Tommy Makem

Tribute to Tommy Makem

A special musical tribute to the celebrated artist, poet and storyteller Tommy Makem is scheduled on Sunday afternoon. Artists include Makem and Spain, Tom Sweeney, Evans and Doherty and other friends.

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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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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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Willis Clan

Willis Clan

The Willis Clan is a family of amazing musicians, dancers, athletes, composers and authors. Returning to Milwaukee Irish Fest as a true Festival favorite, this Nashville-based group merges their Irish roots with other music and dance genres to create a unique blend of old and new.

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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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