August 13-16, 2020

August 13-16, 2020

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Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School | August 12 - 16, 2019

Irish Music, Dance, Language, Art & Craft, Culture and More!

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

Over 50 class options available! Whether you're a beginner or seasoned musician, advance your skills with music classes that focus on a variety of Celtic music styles and instrumentation. From bodhran to fiddle, from guitar to singing, there are opportunities for every one of all ages and musical capabilities. 

Some notable music classes, taught by world-renowned musicians include: 

  • Fiddle Variation, Innovation & Improvisation - taught by Fergal Scahill of We Banjo 3
  • Irish Guitar: Backing, Flatpicking and Fingerstyle - taught by Shane Hennessy, from Ireland
  • Songs of Peace - taught by Tommy Sands, a folk singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland

Cultural class highlights include: 

  • Irish Language (beginner, intermediate and advanced options)
  • Sean-nos dance
  • Roots Into Words - Writing Your Irish Memoir

Most classes run either Monday through Wednesday or Tuesday through Thursday (three days of classes), but if you are unable to commit to a week, there are Friday sampler and workshop options available, such as a fiddle class taught by The Kane Sisters who are a part of the Irish Fest Galway showcase. Classes will be held at the CelticMKE Center in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, as well as surrounding locations in the Wauwatosa village. For a complete list of classes, instructors and to register, click the button below. Class sizes are limited to optimize the experience, so register early for a guaranteed spot. All registrants will receive one complimentary admission ticket to Milwaukee Irish Fest. 

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