2014 Scotland Music Showcase

Scotland Music ShowcaseMilwaukee Irish Fest will celebrate bagpipes, ballads and more as part of the Scotland Music Showcase at the 2014 festival, August 14-17 along Milwaukee’s lakefront.

Even with a flourishing culture of popular music in Scotland today, Scottish traditional music has remained vibrant and has only gained in popularity on the international music scene. While many people link Scottish music with the Highland bagpipes, which are a dominant part of Scottish music, Scottish music is so much more.

Beyond the well-known sounds of bagpipes, the history of stringed instruments such as the harp and fiddle stretch back many generations in Scotland as they do in Wales and Ireland. Scottish fiddling is the root of much American folk music, such as Appalachian and bluegrass fiddling. It has also had a profound effect on the fiddling in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Milwaukee Irish Fest is excited to welcome eight of Scotland’s contemporary folk bands to the festival as part of the Scottish Music Showcase.

From legends to emerging artists, find out more on these great acts by checking out their band biographies on our website and be sure to join us for Milwaukee Irish Fest, August 14-17.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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