August 17-20, 2017

August 17-20, 2017

Artists

Milwaukee Irish Fest performers hail from all over the world. From Ireland and Scotland to the tiny Isle of Mann, you'll discover performers showcasing their own twist on Irish and Celtic music. Find a variety of genres such as Irish traditional, Celtic rock, contemporary Folk, Americana and Bluegrass. Irish Fest also features regional and local Irish acts as well as Irish dance schools.

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2017 Artists

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Aoife Scott

Aoife Scott

Ireland FlagHer 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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Brave Giant

Brave Giant

Ireland FlagBrave 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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Celtica Pipes Rock

Celtica Pipes Rock

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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Cuig

Cuig

Ireland FlagIn 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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Dermot and Flo

Dermot and Flo

Ireland FlagDermot 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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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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Eileen Ivers

Eileen Ivers

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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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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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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Glendessary Jam

Glendessary Jam

Santa Barbara Old Time Music

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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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Hermitage Green

Hermitage Green

Ireland FlagAn 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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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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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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Matt and Shannon Heaton

Matt and Shannon Heaton

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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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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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, Liz, Troy and Mick

Performing as a quartet, these well respected and critically acclaimed Irish musicians join forces exclusively for Irish Fest.

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Rory Makem and Donal Clancy

Rory Makem and Donal Clancy

Ireland FlagThey 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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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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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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The East Pointers

The East Pointers

Canada Flag‘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 FlagThe 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 FlagThe 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 FlagTheir 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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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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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

Festival Hours

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