Milwaukee Irish Fest Coverage

Enjoy Lake Effect's annual Irish Fest coverage.

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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

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Galician piper Carlos Nunez.

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

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Celtic music band Creel, which is fiddler Colin Farrell and guitarist and singer Damien McCarthy.

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

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews musician and scholar Glenn Graham about the music of Nova Scotia.

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

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews authors Don Mueller and Jacqueline Maggiore about the life of Milwaukee's "Ma Mary" McCormick.

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

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Julianne Donlon about Irish spirituality.

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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