August 15-18, 2019

August 15-18, 2019

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Milwaukee Irish Fest and TradFest Partnership Will Bring Showcase Winner to Irish Fest 2019 to Perform


Milwaukee Irish Fest TradFest Partnership

Milwaukee Irish Fest joined forces in 2018 with the world renowned TradFest Temple Bar (Dublin, Ireland) to start an initiative aimed for supporting emerging Irish & Folk artists. 

Together, they have turned TradFest's annual 'TradHub' showcase (formerly called Live at the Hub) into a competition, where the act with the most stand-out performance wins the opportunity to perform at Milwaukee Irish Fest 2019 and TradFest 2020. 

The showcase offers a platform for artists to propel themselves to the next level of their career. All acts selected to perform as part of the showcase have a unique sound and talent, and most importantly, a passion and love for the music. 

This year, seven showcase artists will perform at the historic Old Storehouse Bar in Dublin and will be judged by a panel representing both festivals. 'TradHub' is a free concert series and is open to the public to attend.

Showcase artists are:

  • Elkin
  • Susan O'Neill
  • Drops of Green
  • The Conifers
  • Lisa Loughrey
  • Mules & Men
  • Hoodman Blind

The 2018 'TradHub' winner was Kern - a contemporary Folk trio from County Louth, Ireland. They perform a selection of traditional Irish music and original compositions. 'False Deceiver,' their debut album, features thunderous sets of traditional tunes and lyrical, atmospheric songs and has already garnered significant national airplay in Ireland. 

Stay tuned for updates on the TradHub concert series. Join our email list to see performances from TradFest and to get notified of the winning act!

Save the date for August 15-18; come on out and support a TradFest artists and celebrate all things Irish and Celtic!

Listen to the artists and bands showcasing!

TradFest Live at the Hub Winner

2018 TradHub Winner - Kern

  • Aer Lingus
  • Arena Americas at Milwaukee Irish Fest
  • Catholic Financial Life
  • CiderBoys Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor
  • Five Farms Irish Cream
  • Habush Habush Rottier
  • Jameson
  • Jameson
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Miller Lite
  • Northwoods Web Solutions
  • Potowatomi
  • Sprecher


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  • Festival Grounds: Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee
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