Irish Fest

Irish Fest
10:06 am
Sat August 17, 2013

The Modern Grass Updates Bluegrass Sound

Modern Grass is warming up in the Lake Effect lobby.
Eleanor Peterson, Lake Effect

There are lots of unique acts at Irish Fest this year, but if you just happened upon the music of the five piece band, The Modern Grass, you probably wouldn't have thought you were at Irish music festival. 

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Irish Fest
9:56 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Nova Scotia Group Infuses Scottish Music with a Taste of Jazz

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac in Lake Effect studios.
Eleanor Peterson, Lake Effect

One of the great musical traditions in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton is its Gaelic singing.

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Irish Fest
9:45 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Chicago Duo Shares Irish Immigrant Heritage

Bohola in the Lake Effect studio.
Eleanor Peterson, Lake Effect

Irish Fest is winding down here in Milwaukee, but down in Chicago, or “Chi-cargo,” a deep Irish heritage is keeping the music alive.

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Irish Fest
12:49 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Mànran Meshes Irish, Scottish Music to Create New Sound

Mànran is a relatively new band, but its unique blend of Irish and Scottish sounds is getting notice.
Mànran website

The six-member Scottish group Mànran is a relatively new folk-rock band. What makes them different is they sing in Gallic, which the language spoken in the Highlands.

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Irish Fest
12:30 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Young Irish Quartet Blends Irish Music with Jazz and Funk

JP Trio with Niamh Farrell in the Lake Effect studio.
Eleanor Peterson, Lake Effect

A group of young Irish musicians are showing that even trad players can get "jig"-gy with it by creating a new genre of music: Celtic funk.

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Irish Fest
11:54 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Piper Brings Spanish Flair to Irish Fest

Carlos Núñez, playing his pipes in the Cies Islands in Galicia, Spain.
Javier Salas/Turismo de VigoImagen

Though Irish Fest's showcase this year is music from Nova Scotia, there are other Celtic music traditions that will be represented on stage this year - and some may surprise you.

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Irish Fest
11:24 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Disney House Band Creel Plays Celtic Classics - Sans Mouse Ears

The band Creel performs at Irish Fest this year.
Credit Creel website

Just in time for Irish Fest, the duo Creel comes to Milwaukee by way of England, Ireland – and Disney World.

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Irish Fest
11:08 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Nova Scotian Music Takes Center Stage at Irish Fest

Musician and scholar Glenn Graham explains how Nova Scotian sound reflects a variety of influences.
Credit Glenn Graham

Every year Irish Fest features the music of a particular region or style.

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Irish Fest
10:21 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Milwaukee's Irish "Ma Mary" Cared for Colombia's Poorest

Milwaukeean Mary McCormick created several programs to help the poor in Colombia.
Credit Marquette University Press

An Irish Milwaukee mother’s faith leads her to the slums of Colombia. Her story is being told in the Irish Fest Cultural Village today.

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Irish Fest
1:43 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Three Irish Symbols You Didn't Know Had Spiritual Origins

An early Celtic cross
Credit Jibi44/Wikimedia Commons

Milwaukee's Irish Fest starts tonight, and after 30 years it's more than just one of the city's most popular ethnic festivals.

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