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 2019 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


For all the innovation and invention that goes into modern music these days, it’s the inspiration derived from one’s roots that proves the most enduring. So credit Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by plying their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.” Four albums in —[...] Read More »

We Banjo Three


The Stanfields get right to the point in the first lines of the first song on their new album, Limboland:  “A line was drawn in the sand by a fool with a big stick and tiny hands/He promised a wall, talked about greatness and dared to speak for me.” That has the band fired up, and answering back big-time, plain-speaking, and plain-rocking: “I’m not afraid of the[...] Read More »

The Stanfields



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


CELEBRATING 33 YEARS OF MUSIC MAKING “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played[...] Read More »

Cherish the Ladies


A seasoned performer with over 25 years on the road, Rory has toured extensively with The Makem and Spain Brothers and for 17 years toured and played guitar with his father, the legendary Tommy Makem. He has entertained countless sold-out venues, festivals, and theaters throughout the United States, Canada, England, Scotland and Ireland. At his best on stage, Rory captivates audiences with his skilled musicianship, his charisma and passion for the songs, his extensive knowledge of poetry and history, and his humor. The[...] Read More »

Rory Makem



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


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



When we set out to create the band the idea was to do Irish rock music with a lot of our originals. Starting out in 2003 we already had a bunch of originals that had been used in previous efforts. We soon realized that we were going in a different direction then most other Celtic rock bands. Most of our songs are stories of either[...] Read More »

Bangers and Mash


Derek Wikarski – Lead vocals, harmonica, bodhran, mandolin Paul Wikarski – Guitar, banjo, fiddle, bodhran, vocals ​Hailing from Detroit—and damn proud of it—Brother Crowe has hammered through over 100 shows in a year, sometimes playing three gigs in a day. But now is their time to shine. The band consists of two brothers, Derek (vocals/harmonica/bodhran) and Paul (guitars/banjo/vocals). Brother Crowe’s purpose, is honing in on a[...] Read More »

Brother Crowe


Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Ashley began performing live throughout the Midwest region at the age of 14. Four years later, she began her undergraduate study at Nashville’s Belmont University, taking advantage of Belmont’s renowned music program and studying literature from the Irish, British and Latin traditions, while also performing solo at many of Nashville’s pubs and venues, including the legendary Bluebird CafĂ©. Pursuing a graduate[...] Read More »

Ashley Davis



Fintan was  born in County Louth, Ireland.  He is considered by many as a master of the five row button accordion. Performing in Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, the United States and many others. Fintan has now made his home in US. Here’s an excerpt from a review of one of Fintan’s concerts at the Leyland Accordion Club, Leyland, Lancaster, England. “… It was then back to instrumental tunes with[...] Read More »

Fintan Stanley


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



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:

Garry Gormley – 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 CĂș Chulainn, Queen Macha, and the epic saga of the TĂĄin BĂł CĂșailnge. These stories[...] Read More »

Andrew McManus