Representing the Galician part of Spain is Carlos Núñez, a world-renowned piper who has previously played with the Chieftains. And from Scotland, Manran recently performed their infectious blend of Traditional and contemporary music at the 2012 London Olympics.
New artists who are also headliners are Creel, Cutthroat Shamrock, Dublin 5, Ed Miller, and The Willis Clan.
A variety of musical styles will be represented by artists from Ireland and Northern Ireland. They are: We Banjo 3, an all banjo band; Tom Sweeney, who stays true to the ballad tradition; The Screaming Orphans, who adds pop and rock strains to melody-driven songs; and Goitse, who blends modern rhythms and traditional melodies.
Additional bands from Ireland who are performing for the first time this year are JPTrio and Niamh Farrell and Ronan Tynan.
Not to be confused with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who consider themselves among the legion of fans), the Red Hot Chili Pipers are an energetic band that has played at both the 2012 London Olympics as well as private parties for Richard Branson. Mànran is the only band to make it into the Top 40 UK Singles Chart with a Scottish Gaelic song.
For more information on the Milwaukee Irish Fest visit IrishFest.com.