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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Alasdair Fraser and Tony McManus

Alasdair Fraser and Tony McManus

Scotland FlagMaster Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser along with Tony McManus, one of the most admired guitarists on the Celtic scene, unite their creative forces in a partnership of incredible musical power and beauty. Drawing from deep wells of tradition and technical prowess...

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The ALT

ALT

Scotland Flag Scotland Flag The ALT, the exciting new collaboration with John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O'Leary, is hitting the road soon and excited to debut their brand of stellar harmony singing...

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Andreas Transo

Andreas Transo is a storyteller, writer and musician based out of the Ocooch Mountains of the Driftless Region, also known as Southwestern Wisconsin.

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Armagh Pipers Club

Armagh Pipers Club

Emer and Conor Mallon are representing the Armagh Pipers Club, one of the oldest traditional music schools in Ireland...

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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

Born 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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Beoga

Beoga

Scotland Flag Beoga (Gaelic for 'lively') are a County Antrim, Northern Ireland band making their second appearance at Milwaukee Irish Fest...

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Black 47

Black 47

Black 47 espouses an unblinkingly political and thoroughly Irish form of rock 'n roll, with songs covering topics from the Northern Ireland conflict to civil rights and urban unrest in contemporary New York...

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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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Maurice Lennon

Brian Boru: The High King of Tara

Maurice Lennon is a name recognized by many people in the Irish Music world. At age 17, he won the Senior All-Ireland Fiddle Championship. In the 1980's, he co-founded "Stockton's Wing," who went on to attain almost super group status. Since then, Maurice has concentrated in developing his first real love: composing music and writing lyrics.

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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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Carlos Nunez

Carlos Nunez

Carlos Nunez is a master showman and groundbreaking artist who has taken Galician music to all corners of the world...

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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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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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Creel

Creel

Duo Damien McCarthy and Colin Farrell of Creel are hard to match, singing and playing traditional Irish music infused with rock, outlandishness and hilarity...

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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

One of the newest bands in Milwaukee, they are all long time students of the Irish Fest School of Music. The band puts their talents to traditional Irish music for an upbeat, lively show.

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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 Flag Milwaukee Irish Fest welcomes the thrilling emerging group Dallahan to our 2014 festival. The members of Dallahan met in Edinburgh where they shared their love of all styles of music...

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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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Different Drums of Ireland

Different Drums of Ireland

Scotland Flag Different drums returns to Milwaukee Irish Fest for their final appearance as a band. The group came together in 1991 in Northern Ireland as an exercise to use art and music as a vehicle to do something positive in the community...

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Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine

Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine

Ireland FlagMilwaukee Irish Fest is pleased to welcome back two Irish folk music legends, Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine. Both have been at the forefront of Irish traditional songs and music for more than forty years...

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Dougie MacLean

Dougie MacLean

Scotland FlagDougie MacLean is one of Scotland's most successful, respected and popular musicians. Singer-songwriter, composer and magical performer, as well as a fine guitarist and fiddle player..

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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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Finbar MacCarthy

Finbar MacCarthy

MacCarthy 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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Gaelic Storm

Gaelic Storm

Gaelic Storm is pleased to celebrate their fifteenth 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.

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Grainne Holland

Grainne Holland

Scotland Flag Grainne Holland is an Irish folk singer, television and radio presenter and actor from Belfast. Her recent album debut, launched by Belfast Lord Mayor Niall O'Donnghaile, is a perfect example...

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Gria

Gria

Scotland FlagMaking their first appearance in the United States, the four young ladies that make up Gria hail from Shetland, Orkney, Lewis and Northumberland, Scotland. Now based in Glasgow, Gria creates a unique sound...

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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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Jeff Ward

Jeff Ward

The Jeff Ward makes its 7th consecutive 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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John Carty

John Carty

Scotland Flag Born in London, John Carty has established himself among the elite in Irish traditional music. He has mastered the fiddle, banjo and flute, won numerous traditional music awards and recorded a number of highly acclaimed CDs,,,

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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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Larry Nugent with Cary Novotny

Larry Nugent with Cary Novotny

Larry Nugent carries on a great tradition of virtuoso playing on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. A well-established performer and recording artist on the Celtic music circuit, Larry has performed with scores of top musicians including The Chieftains and Shane McGowan. Larry is joined by Cary Novotny,,,

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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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Manran

Manran

Scotland Flag The Glasgow-based Manran brings a powerful blend of Gaelic and English traditional music to the world scene featuring an enchanting mix of drum and bass to create an infectious sound...

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McLean Avenue Band

McLean Avenue Band

Led by singer/songwriter Padraig Allen, the McLean Avenue Band has what has been called a "superband sound" - a distinctive mix of old Irish and Celtic folklore...

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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 is a new ensemble from Milwaukee comprised of four innovative instrumentalists steeped in traditional music.

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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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New Augusta Acoustic Duo

New Augusta Acoustic Duo

The New Augusta Acoustic Duo (David and Lisa Schroeder) sing bluegrass, Irish and children's songs with tightly woven harmonies soaring over a solid foundation of acoustic bass and guitar...

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Paddy Homan

Paddy Homan

Winnder of the 2014 Live Ireland Music Awards Best Male Vocal Album for his third ablum, The Hard Way Home, Homan brings his quick-witted Cork humor and spontaneity on stage with his magical voice...

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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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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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Scythian

Scythian

Celebrating their tenth year together as a band in 2014 the popular band Scythian returns to Milwaukee Irish Fest by popular demand. An added attraction this year will be the band's performance of two shows on the Children's Stage...

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Seamus Kennedy

Seamus Kennedy

A 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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Sean Callaghan

Sean Callaghan

Scotland Flag Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland, native Sean Callaghan returns to Milwaukee Irish Fest this year with his highly entertaining one man show of Irish ballads and folk songs...

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Searson

Searson

Canadian sisters Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals, and Ottawa Valley step dancing...

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Sharon Shannon

Sharon Shannon

Scotland Flag Artist Sharon Shannon may be a familiar musician to those who enjoy Irish music. From her earlier days as a fiddle and accordion player for the Waterboys, to her collaborations with Steve Earle, and more recently...

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Skerryvore

Skerryvore

Scotland Flag Skerryvore 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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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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StepCrew

StepCrew

StepCrew is an exciting new show that brings together three styles of exhilarating dance forms - Ottawa Valley step dance, Irish step dance and Tap dance...

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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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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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Theiss & O'Connor

Theiss & O'Connor

Bill and Lin O'Connor and Larry Theiss formed their band in 1967 and have been performing folk, original and Irish music to Milwaukee's delight ever since.

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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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We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3

Scotland Flag We 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...

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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

Winners of the Today Show Sound of Music Singing Family Contest on NBC, the Willis Clan is a family of amazing musicians, dancers, athletes, composers and authors...

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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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