Music

Feel free to listen to Irish Fest performers past and present in our music player. Note that several of the musicians featured in the player will not be performing at the 2018 festival. The bios listed below the player, however, do represent a partial list of our current year’s line-up.


After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience. From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic[...] Read More »

Gaelic Storm


A founding member of Cherish the Ladies, a nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and the musical star of Riverdance, Eileen Ivers has played for Presidents and Royalty around the globe, and has also been a featured musician with the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, the Boston Pops, The Chieftains, Hall and Oates, Afrocelts, Patti Smith, Paula Cole, Al Di Meola,[...] Read More »

Eileen Ivers


Washington DC-based Scythian (sith-ee-yin) began over 12 years ago as a bunch of college buddies playing Celtic music in the streets and has grown to be a headliner on the US Celtic Festival Circuit as well as a name in the Bluegrass/Americana Festival Circuit. They found that their brand of high-energy folk music found a resonance that led The Washington Post to state: “Scythian’s enthusiasm[...] Read More »

Scythian



The Byrne Brothers and Dad Tommy are Ireland’s biggest band on social media with over 12 Million Views on Facebook and You Tube all over the world. Their video from The All Ireland Fleadh 2016 received 3.3m views and a video from Shop Street Galway received 10.7m views in Dec 2017 and a Video from the famous Temple Bar pub Oliver St. John Gogarthy’s currently[...] Read More »

The Byrne Brothers


The Fitzgeralds are a family group consisting of fiddling and step dancing sensations – Tom, Kerry & Julie Fitzgerald. These siblings, from Canada’s renowned Ottawa-Valley, have come a long way from their small town musical roots. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champions and Open Step Dance Champions, this unique act features high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing. Joining the siblings on guitar, lead vocals, and[...] Read More »

The Fitzgeralds


A special group of Irish men and women have been responsible for preservation of the tradition of Irish ballad singing over the past 50 years. Derek Warfield is a distinguished name among them. Derek Warfield and They Young Wolfe Tones are bringing that musical tradition forward with a reverence for Ireland’s past and the energy and optimism of a new generation of Irish musicians. Derek[...] Read More »

Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones



Susan McCann: First Lady of Country music in Ireland…and abroad There is no stopping Susan McCann, Ireland’s First Lady of Country music and even after over 40 years in showbusiness she continues to diversity, forge new career paths, win awards and gain even greater admiration for her talents from fans and music industry chiefs both at home and abroad. What is the secret of her[...] Read More »

Susan McCann


“Nova Scotian sisters Cassie and Maggie have been lighting up the world with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic instrumentals and vocals. Appearing on stages across North America, the UK, and Europe the sisters have enchanted audiences far and wide with lively fiddle, piano and guitar arrangements, stunning sibling vocal harmonies in both English and Gaelic, all complemented by their intricate and percussive stepdancing style. “2016 Live Ireland Radio’s “SINGERS[...] Read More »

Cassie & Maggie


Both Alec and John were born and raised in Ireland in counties Dublin and Down where they learned to play music at an early age. Both have performed professionally since their teenage years each has enjoyed considerable success. JOHN DELANEY — a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Irish group ‘Barleycorn’ — joined forces with Alec DeGabriele to form ‘The New Barleycorn’, after the other[...] Read More »

The New Barleycorn



Marys Lane is an Irish American folk-rock band based in Cleveland, Ohio. They are influenced by traditional and modern sounds, bringing them together in unique ways with a compelling and motivating quality. The name of our band is an actual road and homage to a special place on Achill Island (County Mayo, Ireland) where women by the name of Mary were seen aplenty (which included[...] Read More »

Marys Lane


The Boys from County Hell
The Boys From the County Hell formed as a Pogues tribute band in 1999. The Pogues, a band mixed of Irish and English background, perform traditional Irish music with a punk rock influence. Members include: Doug “Texas Terry” McKean – Vocals and Guitar Chris “CA” Allen – Mandolin Aaron “The Fonz” Pacitti – Banjo Nick “The Clobberer” Stipanovich – Accordion T. Tommy Prebish – Bass[...] Read More »

The Boys from the County Hell


For nearly 19 years, Paul Baker and Peggy Goonan-Baker have brought an eclectic and entertaining collection of music to the stage. Formed in 1996, Brigid’s Cross has played it all: true-toheritage traditional Celtic folk, contemporary Irish music, country, rock, alternative, and originals. Audiences are pulled into a vortex of musicianship, humor, high energy and audience participation when they see a BC performance. Currently, Brigid’s Cross[...] Read More »

Brigid’s Cross



Though funny enough to do stand up, when Dermot Henry gets to singing, he proves to be more than just your average joker. A man of incredible talent, he remains a festival favorite, and we can’t wait to have him back!  Please follow and like us:

Dermot Henry


Established in 2012, Tallymoore is a contemporary Irish Folk band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin performing a range of Irish and Scottish folk tunes, ballads, reels and classic pub songs. The group also incorporates acoustic and vocal material from broader Celtic, traditional country, bluegrass, and Americana sources. Tallymoore aims to breathe new life into Irish folk favorites. They are best known for their strong vocals and complex[...] Read More »

Tallymoore


Dave Curley, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from Corofin, Co. Galway, has been making big waves in the Irish music scene in Ireland, Europe and the USA in the last number of years. After graduating from the University of Limerick’s groundbreaking Irish Music and Dance programme with a 1st class honours, Dave became a creative member of award-winning bands SLIDE and RUNA. He also regularly[...] Read More »

The Dave Curley Band



The Druids are a four piece band from kildare . It’ been a very exciting road . We have at all times stuck to our principles as a band . The Druids are now a household name in Ireland , due to a number of Irish tours each year . Our USA tours and European tours are fast becoming a must for listeners. Paddy, Mick[...] Read More »

The Druids


Ballinloch, our town on the lake: connecting our home in Northeast Ohio to our heritage in Ireland, telling stories of our families, from rebellions to immigration, and trips back to “home”. Ballinloch blends traditional tunes with sometimes haunting, sometimes uplifting original lyrics by songwriter, Marcus Dirk. Like true schanachies of old, Ballinloch’s tales keep the hearth’s fire lit with music that draws us back to[...] Read More »

Ballinloch


The Kilroys have been playing traditional Irish music in the city of Cleveland and throughout the Midwest for the past 30 years. Instruments are accordian, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bouzuki, bagpipes, ulliean pipes. They are a group of veteran musicians who have played at some of the larger venues in town like The Odeon and The House of Blues as well as the smaller venues like restaurant/concert[...] Read More »

Kilroy Ceili Band



Dennis Doyle is a Celtic harpist, singer and storyteller. His delightful program of traditional Irish harp music, stories, songs, bits of history and jokes have been performed all over North America, Japan and Ireland. Teachers and musicians run in his family which originally hails from County Wicklow. His published material includes 10 recordings, 2 books and contributions to several other artist’s recordings. His television work[...] Read More »

Dennis Doyle


One of Cleveland’s favorite Irish acts, One Shot Paddy, led by Garry Gormley (formerly of the Dicey Rileys), performs Irish folk and rebel songs with finesse and fervor. Having performed in venues across the country, as well as in Ireland, his performances provide audiences with a great set of Irish ballads. Please follow and like us:

One Shot Paddy


Andrew McManus is a singer-songwriter who hails from Armagh, Northern Ireland. He grew up at the tail-end of the Troubles near the ancient Celtic site of Emain Macha. Andrew was heavily influenced by the local myths and legends of Irish literature that were set there, such as the tales of Cú Chulainn, Queen Macha, and the epic saga of the Táin Bó Cúailnge. These stories[...] Read More »

Andrew McManus