August 18-21, 2016

August 18-21, 2016

Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School

August 10 - 14, 2015


The Irish Fest Summer School features classes that showcase the rich culture, history and traditions of Ireland and Irish America, past and present. Come learn to play Irish fiddle, flute, tin whistle, guitar, harp, Celtic music styles and more from master musicians. Or take a discussion class and learn about Irish history, Irish language, and culture! Our Celtic arts classes offer hands-on learning for everyone!

This August, the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School comes home to the village of Wauwatosa, headquartered in the historic Milwaukee Irish Fest Center! Classes will be held at three locations, nestled within easy walking distance of each other and the village itself:

  • The Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, home of festival operations, the Irish Fest School of Music, and the Ward Irish Music Archives.
  • St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Wauwatosa Women’s Club

Free parking available at St. Matthew’s and at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, as well as ample free public parking in Wauwatosa lots.

The Wauwatosa village is just a short walk away from our class locations. Students will be able to enjoy lunch at a number of fine restaurants, do some shopping between classes, or grab a snack and coffee with new friends.

We’re excited to bring the Summer School community to this great location!

Current Confirmed 2015 Instructors (more TBA)

Music

  • Joanie Madden - tin whistle
  • Brian Conway - fiddle
  • Jimmy Keane - tunes and repertoire (open to all melody instruments)
  • Colm Phelan - bodhran
  • Brett Lipshutz - beginning tin whistle
  • Randy Gosa -  intro to guitar accompaniment, standard tuning

Dance

  • Siobhan Butler - sean nos dance

Crafts

  • Edel MacBride - knitting
  • Grant Taylor - leather tooling

Culture

  • Marguerite Helmers - The Women of 1916
  • Julianne Donlon
  • Nancy Madden Walczyk

Children's Program
A full week children's program exploring Celtic crafts, dance, music, and drama!

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From noon and nighttime sessions to our whiskey tasting, there are always fun things at the School!

Activities

From noon and nighttime sessions to tea time, there are always a ton of fun things to do during Summer School week!

Online and mail-in registration info for the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School.

Registration

Register online or via mail-in registration for Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School classes that showcase the rich culture, history and traditions of Ireland and Irish America, past and present.