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 2020 festival. The bios listed below the player, however, do represent a partial list of our current year’s line-up.


The High Kings
The High Kings are Finbarr Clancy, Darren Holden, Brian Dunphy and newest member Paul O’ Brien. The High Kings formed in June 2007 when Brian, Darren, Finbarr and former member Martin Furey were asked to join a brand-new Irish ballad group by David Kavanagh after he had noticed a gap in the market for a band specializing in traditional Irish music. It didn’t take long[...] Read More »

The High Kings


Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Bagpipes with Attitude, Drums with a Scottish accent, a blazing rock band and a show so hot it should carry its own health warning! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers were voted Scotland’s ‘Live Act of the Year in 2007 and 2010 at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Since they walked away with the top prize on UK primetime TV talent show, ‘When Will I Be[...] Read More »

Red Hot Chilli Pipers


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



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


For over twenty five years, The Fenians have delivered their potent mix of traditional Irish folk and good old rock n roll all across the USA and Ireland. With an ever expanding set of original creations, as well as contemporary and traditional tunes plucked from the panoply of the genre, these five lads put on a live show that is second to none. Their foundation[...] Read More »

The Fenians


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



Multi-award winning Irish singer Colm Keegan is best known as one of the Principal singers with PBS sensation show Celtic Thunder. A Dubliner born and bred, Colm may still only be in his 20s but has already achieved an extensive career to date. His musical carrer began at the young age of 4 years old, beginning as a chorister in Dublin’s Palestrina Choir under the[...] Read More »

Colm Keegan


Dublin City Ramblers
The Dublin City Ramblers have thrilled audiences worldwide with their unique blend of Ballads, Folk , Humor, Wit and foot-tapping Irish music. Their impressive career has spanned more than 50 years, with over 40 Albums, Top Ten hits, several Awards for Best Ballad/Folk Group and to top it all off, 8 Gold Albums. It is certainly no wonder that they are classed as Ireland’s No[...] Read More »

Dublin City Ramblers


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



West Awake
West Awake combines the talents of Brent Hopper (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Michael Crawley (guitar, bagpipes, vocals), and Mark Whalen (percussion, vocals). Blending the sounds of Celtic, folk, and bluegrass, West Awake honors the traditions of the past while introducing original songs and tunes into an existing set list which contains more than 200 songs and tunes. Fueled by the spirit of immigrant ancestors, West Awake[...] Read More »

West Awake


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


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



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


James Kilbane
James Kilbane is now a multi-platinum selling Christian, gospel, Celtic country and Irish folk singer. James Kilbane was the runner up in Ireland’s national talent television show You’re A Star in 2003 / 2004. Since then he has established his career with his mix of gospel, Christian, country and folk music. James has released a new album of all his family hymns and songs titled[...] Read More »

James Kilbane



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


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