August 17-20, 2017

August 17-20, 2017

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Milwaukee Irish Fest Blog

Whether you're reading Irish Fest origins on Founder's Corner or checking out the latest artist blog, you'll uncover unique stories about Irish Fest and the people who help make it what it is. 
If you have a story you'd like to share with us about Irish Fest you can send us an email at info@irishfest.com.

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The Irish World Academy at Milwaukee Irish Fest

The Irish World Academy at Milwaukee Irish Fest Student Awards

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, and Milwaukee Irish Fest are proud to announce the launch of two annual student travel/performance/research awards.

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  • Festival
  • Irish Fest News
  • News
  • Summer School
Milwaukee Irish Fest David Howley Blog - David Howley Reminisces about We Banjo 3's First Irish Fest

David Howley Reminisces on We Banjo 3's First Milwaukee Irish Fest

It was 2012; it was Milwaukee Irish Fest and my first ever gig in America. . .

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  • Festival
  • Musician Stories
Milwaukee Irish Fest

Irish Fest Out in the Community

Irish Fest will be at a variety of places leading up to the festival so be sure to check out where you can find us to get some free swag and Irish Fest tickets!

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  • Festival
  • Irish Fest News
The Beatles - Celtic Style: We Banjo 3, Skerryvore and Friends

The Beatles - Celtic Style: We Banjo 3, Skerryvore and Friends

The Beatles music will be celebrated at a show at Milwaukee Irish Fest through collaboration between We Banjo 3 and Skerryvore, two very successful touring bands from Ireland & Scotland respectively.

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  • Festival
  • History
  • Irish Fest News
4 Bands to Check Out at Irish Fest

4 Bands to Check Out at Irish Fest

This year we're excited to welcome four acoustic folk bands from Ireland that wouldn't sound out of place at festivals like Bonnaroo or Eaux Claires, but still retain their Irish roots at the core of their music

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  • Festival
  • Irish Fest News
Enda Scahill - Milwaukee Irish Fest

An Interview with We Banjo 3's Enda Scahill

Enda Scahill, a banjo extraordinaire, talks with us about Irish Fest, the creation of We Banjo 3 and how he contributes his experience and skills to the infectious, high energy quartet.

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  • Festival
  • Irish Music Tips
Kiana Weber at Milwaukee Irish Fest

A Transatlantic Family: Kiana and Friends

I have found in my travels that this circuit of Celtic music is a small one full of amazing people, which originated the idea to create a showcase hour. Each artist able to highlight something they are passionate about, maybe something they don’t get to do on stage every night in their own show. The goal is to curate unique combinations of musicians and let magical chaos happen.

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  • Festival
  • Music
  • Musician Stories
Visa and Tax Issues for Foreign Artists in United States

Disincentives for Foreign Artists Performing in the United States

Milwaukee Irish Fest is concerned that complying with existing non-immigrant Visa, tax rules and associated costs is becoming an increasing challenge. Costs for foreign artists to get USCIS work permits and visas are causing many of them to reconsider their plans to tour in the U.S.

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  • Festival
  • Irish Fest News

Kit Nash and the Bloody Tinkers

Everyone I know who frequented Nash's Irish Castle in Milwaukee has a story to tell. - Ed Ward

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  • History
  • Milwaukee

The Derry-Airs

In 1977, Ed Ward submitted a request to the Shamrock Club to organize a concert featuring local Irish talent. The concert became a first of its kind. The line-up included a quartet of Irish bar owners, dancers, a fiddler, a 10 year-old banjo player and more.

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  • History
  • Milwaukee

The New England NFL Connection

The first New England Irish Festival, a two day event, ran inside the Patriots' Sullivan Stadium in 1984. Michael Chamberlain, Stadium Manager at the time, hired none other than Milwaukee Irish Fest Founder Ed Ward to coordinate and run the event.

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  • Festival
  • History

The French Connection

Ed Ward talks about the beginnings of Irish Fest and the seeds that planted the creation of his Irish band, Blarney, in the 1970s.

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  • History
  • Milwaukee

The Color Purple

My generation's exposure to purple was Sheb Wooley's song, "The Purple People Eater." Well, that and finding out that purple crayons don't taste like grape. But you may be surprised to know that in the mid-1980s the color purple and Irish Fest had much in common. - Ed Ward

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  • Festival
  • History

Paddy's Daddy

In 2016, long-time Irish Fest supporter and creator of the smiling leprechaun image that came to be known as Paddy McFest, Jim Finnerty, passed away from cancer at the age of 68. Read about his help in branding Irish Fest.

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  • Festival
  • History
  • Milwaukee

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