World’s largest Irish festival, in Milwaukee, announces 2013 entertainment lineup
More than 100 acts set perform for the 130,000+ guest expected to turn out for four day Celtic culture fest
Milwaukee Irish Fest, the world’s largest Irish festival, announces their entertainment lineup for 2013. With several exciting acts and a Nova Scotia Showcase, guests will want to stay and play during all four days of the festival. The annual celebration takes place August 15 to 18 this year on Milwaukee’s lakefront.
“We travel the world in search of the finest in Celtic entertainment,” said Patrick Boyle, executive director of Milwaukee Irish Fest, who visited Ireland and Nova Scotia this year. “After seeing many phenomenal bands perform in their home towns, we cannot wait to share their talent with our guests.”
With more than 100 acts performing this year ranging from world-class musicians to award-winning dance troupes and choirs entertainment highlights include:
Each year, Milwaukee Irish Fest highlights an aspect of Celtic music and culture. This year’s showcase is Nova Scotia, the Canadian province whose name means “New Scotland.” Nova Scotia is home to a very unique brand of Celtic music rooted in the traditions of the 18th century Scottish immigrants who arrived there after the Highland Clearances. Guests can expect a wide variety of the Irish and Celtic song and instrumental traditions of Nova Scotia in the Showcase.
“Given our history and unique cultural experiences, Nova Scotia has become one of the major international centers for traditional Celtic music. We're delighted once again for the opportunity to bring some of our finest performers to Milwaukee Irish Fest and we will continue to foster our long-term relationship with one of the most important and largest events of its kind in the world,” said Brian Doherty President of Music Nova Scotia who is partnering with Milwaukee Irish Fest on the showcase.
Audiences will hear traditional Irish-influenced Cape Breton music with the Barra MacNeils, Appalachian "New Grass" from the Modern Grass, and Americana Folk provided by Old Man Luedecke and Dave Gunning. Audiences will also experience the Cape Breton fiddle and piano tradition when they hear Cassie and Maggie MacDonald.
The Gaelic language is a huge part of the music tradition in Nova Scotia and Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIssac will perform several songs in Scottish Gaelic. Evans and Doherty bring the traditional Irish Folk songs with them to Milwaukee as does Buddy MacDonald with his story telling and Cape Breton ballads. Lastly, Sprag Session will deliver high energy sets of Celtic fusion with traditional fiddle driven by drums, bass and guitars.
Guests will be invited to gather ‘round as they are treated to special Kitchen Party set during the opening night of the festival with artists from Nova Scotia. A tradition in Nova Scotia, a Kitchen Party is a musical jam session typically held at someone’s home.
Returning for their 14th year in a row, audiences will be sure to enjoy the Celtic Rock of headliner, Gaelic Storm. The growing success of Gaelic Storm traces back to their appearance as the party band in the movie, Titanic. This year the band welcomes a new fiddle player, Kiana Weber, who will carry on the tradition of putting on an action-packed show. Other headlining Celtic Rockers include Dublin 5 and The Elders.
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