August 16-19, 2018

August 16-19, 2018

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2018 Irish Fest Artists

Irish Traditional, Irish Folk, Celtic Rock, Contemporary Folk, Irish-Bluegrass, Americana . . .a variety of genres so you can discover new music and hear the music you love!

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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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Aislinn Gagliardi

Aislinn Gagliardi

Known for her syncopated and melodic accompaniment, her compositions and arrangements offer a fresh perspective to the Irish music tradition.

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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

Scotland FlagBorn 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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Beglan Academy of Irish Dance

Beglan Academy of Irish Dance

The newest school in the hot bed of Irish dance that Milwaukee has become, Beglan Academy of Irish Dance was founded by world medalists and former Riverdance performers Sean Beglan, T.C.R.G., and Jillian Belgan.

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Bill & Lin O'Connor

Bill & Lin O'Connor

Bill & Lin O’Connor have been performing in the southeast Wisconsin area since 1967. They have been a part of a number of folk style music groups and have recorded seven albums of Irish, original, folk and Christmas music.

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Blackthorn Folly

Blackthorn Folly

Blackthorn Folly is a four 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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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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Coig

Còig

Canada Flag NEW TO THE FEST: Coig is one of today's most exciting new North American Celtic groups. They perform a mix of traditional and roots music.

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Connla

Connla

NEW TO THE FEST: Connla blend traditional and Irish music through innovative and sensitive arrangements.

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Cúig

Cúig

Ireland Flag In 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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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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Daoiri Farrell

Daoiri Farrell

Ireland FlagNEW TO THE FEST: Daoiri Farrell is an Irish folk singer and player of the Irish bouzouki from Dublin, Ireland.

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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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Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones

Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones

Ireland Flag As one of the great ballad singers of our time, Derek brings the history and story telling to present the true meaning and sentiment of the Irish ballads to his audience with the Young Wolfe Tones.

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Doolin'

Doolin'

France: NEW TO THE FEST: Doolin' is an all French band who play Irish traditional music brilliantly. The band comprises of six accomplished musicians who bring a fresh approach to Irish music.

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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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Edith's End

Edith's End

Edith's End was created in 2008 by four siblings who were taking lessons at the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music.

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Emerald Wind

Emerald Wind

With Emily on the flute, and MaryKathleen on the harp, the two combined bring all listeners to experience the beauty and serenity of "Emerald Wind Music."

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Evan and Tom Leahy

Evan and Tom Leahy

Evan and Tom Leahy are an offshoot of Leahys Luck, an Irish Fest staple for over 20 years.

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Finbar MacCarthy

Finbar MacCarthy

Scotland FlagMacCarthy 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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Frogwater

Frogwater

Milwaukee's own Frogwater brings a mix of Celtic, American, old-time, bluegrass, Cajun and blues music for their high energy show.

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Gaelic Storm

Gaelic Storm

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. Their rich harmonies, coupled with fiddles, flutes, guitars and percussion will have you stomping your feet.

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Glencastle Irish Dancers

Glencastle Irish Dancers

Glencastle Irish Dance School opened its doors in Milwaukee in 2000. The school offers a choice of participation in Irish dance for both children and adults, from international dance competitions to simply learning a few steps and performing at a local event.

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Greenfields of America

Greenfields of America

The Greenfields of America is an ensemble which performs and promotes Irish traditional music in the United States. The group started in 1978, led by Mick Moloney.

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Hank Cramer

Hank Cramer

NEW TO THE FEST: Hank Cramer is widely known for his booming bass voice, smooth picking on a vintage flat-top guitar, and his wry sense of humor.

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Hannah Flowers

Hannah Flowers

A classically trained harpist, Hannah performs a diverse repertoire of classical, pop, sacred, and of course, traditional Irish music.

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Hearthfire

Hearthfire

The musicians of Hearthfire have united to share music, friendship and good times with each other and all of you.

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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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Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

Irish Fest School of Music

Opened in the fall of 2002 at the beautiful Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, a dedicated faculty of musicians has come together to offer instruction in instrumental Irish traditional dance music to students of all ages...

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Jeff Ward

Jeff Ward

Jeff Ward makes his annual 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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Jiggy

Jiggy

Ireland FlagNEW TO THE FEST: Jiggy mixes and melds Irish traditional music, world rhythms and cutting-edge dance grooves to bring a whole new exotic flavor to the table.

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Kern

Kern

Ireland Flag NEW TO THE FEST: Kern is the Milwaukee Irish Fest and TradFest Temple Bar 'Live at the Hub' showcase winner. The band plays contemporary folk mixed with thunderous traditional tunes.

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Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

As a pioneer in the American folk harp movement, she combines an improvisational spirit with a passionate sense of tradition, bringing a contemporary touch to a centuries-old instrument.

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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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Leahys 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 and at Irish Fest for 26 consecutive years.

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University of Limerick Martha Guiney, Aisling Lyons

Martha Guiney, Aisling Lyons

Ireland FlagIn partnership with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Irish Fest brings you Martha Guiney and Aisling Lyons, who will both perform at Irish Fest and teach at the Irish Fest Summer School.

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Mary Ann Miller

Mary Ann Miller

Celtic harpist Mary Ann Miller has appeared at Milwaukee Irish Fest since our first year in 1981. This local artist has traveled the world honing her craft and has become a true legend.

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Mary Bergin

Mary Bergin

Ireland Flag Mary Bergin is an Irish Folk musician who is widely acknowledged as one of the great masters of the tin whistle.

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Mary Jane Wendy and Cathy

Mary Jane Lamond Wendy MacIsaac

Canada FlagOn Cape Breton Island, the rich heritage of the region's Highland settlers was kept alive through music, songs and stories.

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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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Myserk

Myserk

Myserk explores the conversation between traditional music from Ireland, France and Brittany.

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Natalie and Donnell

Natalie MacMaster Donnell Leahy & Family

Canada FlagSee Canada's reigning couple of Celtic music, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy at Irish Fest along with their adorable kids! It's a must see, electrifying show!

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Pay the Devil

Pay the Devil

Playing original tunes in a variety of styles alongside an assortment of bluegrass and old-time standards, sea shanties, folk, Irish traditional, and country music

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Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Scotland FlagFrom 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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RiRa

RiRa

Rira has been on the Irish music scene in Milwaukee for many years and has played for countless ceilis as well as many other types of events.

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Rory Modlinski

Rory Modlinski

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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Scott Macmillan and Colin Grant

Scott Macmillan and Colin Grant

Canada Flag NEW TO THE FEST:Together they are not your average fiddle and guitar duo. Their expressive, fun-loving and intricate music will have you dancing in your seat.

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Screaming Orphans

Screaming Orphans

Ireland FlagThe Screaming Orphans, an all-sister band from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland, are one of the most sought after Celtic bands with a powerful, award-winning sound combining their own original melodic old-school pop songs with their unique and modern take on traditional Irish music and song, inherited from their family roots.

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Seamus Kennedy

Seamus Kennedy

Ireland Flag 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

Ireland 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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Seo Linn

Seo Linn

Ireland Flag NEW TO THE FEST: Seo Linn perform powerful originals and put unique twists on contemporary songs with a particular passion for Gaeilge, such as Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud'

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Shannon Quinn

Shannon Quinn

Canada Flag NEW TO THE FEST: Shannon Quinn is a Celtic folk fiddler and vocalist from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Shinigans

Shinigans

Formed on St. Patrick's Day 2005 at Marquette University, this Milwaukee-based band brings creativity and youthful energy to traditional Irish and Scottish folk.

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Shreem

Shreem X Celtic Remixing

Canada FlagNEW TO THE FEST: Shreem creates his music by blending Celtic, electronic and hip-hop music with hard-hitting drums and powerful, yet warm, melodies. It's a Celtic Remix Party!

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Socks in the Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan

Ireland Flag Socks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland, the universal hub of Irish traditional music...

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Talisk

Talisk

Scotland Flag NEW TO THE FEST: This lively trio from Glasgow, Scotland, will get you off your feet in no time with their captivating, energetic and dynamic sound.

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Tallymoore

Tallymoore

Tallymoore is a contemporary Irish Folk band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin performing a range of Irish and Scottish folk tunes, ballads, reels and classic pub songs.

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The Coronas

The Coronas

Ireland FlagNEW TO THE FEST:The Coronas are a 4 piece Irish rock band from Dublin, Ireland.

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The Stanfields

The Stanfields

Canada FlagThe Stanfields blends hard rock style with elements of traditional Atlantic Canadian folk music.

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Tinker Boys

Tinker Boys

Using elements of vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle, bouzouki, accordion, mandolin, and harmonica,Tinker Boys are a band that is able to find a niche in many acoustic laden songs and a variety of venues

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Tis

Tis

'tis - Traditional Irish Session is a five member group of music enthusiasts that play all the favorite songs, jigs, and reels of Ireland.

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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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Hannah Flowers

Turner Collins

Turner is one of the most well-known Celtic harpers in the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes region. He plays music from the traditions of the seven Celtic nations.

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We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3 - Haven Album Launch Tour

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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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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Milwaukee Irish Fest Official Playlist

Experience the music you'll hear at Irish Fest to get a taste of all the wonderful acts we showcase! Hope to see you in 2018, making new festive memories!

2018 Ticket Prices

General Admission - $15 online until August 1 // $20 after August 1 & at the Gates
Senior (60 and Older) - $15 at the Gates only
Thursday (Over 12) - $5 online & at Gates
Children (12 and Under) - Free
4 Day Pass - $30
until August 1 // $38 after August 1 // Not Available at Gates

(4 Day Pass. Available For Order Online Only)
Half Price Friday - $10 online & at Gates

2018 Festival Hours

Thursday - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday - 4 p.m. to 12.m.
Saturday - 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

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  • Habush Habush Rottier
  • Jameson
  • Jameson
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Miller Lite
  • Potowatomi
  • Sprecher

Address

  • Center: 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave, Milwaukee
  • Festival Grounds: Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee
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