MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FRIDAY, MAY 23RD THRU MONDAY, MAY 26TH
Confirmed for 2014 – Screaming Orphans
They’re not orphans and they don’t scream.
Four talented and insanely energetic sisters are rooted in traditional Irish music but love to crank out the jams. They’ve toured internationally, recorded and appeared on national TV. They’ll win you over live onstage.
Read more about the Screaming Orphans at their website.
Confirmed for 2014 – The Elders
Top Celtic-American rock band.
A blend of Celtic storytelling with a contemporary sound. Comical, political and cultural, they cover poverty, war, family, love and friendship. They have 6 CDs, 3 live CD/DVDs and PBS aired their “Live at the Gem The Elders Theater” concert special.
Confirmed for 2014 – Open The Door For Three
New to Irish Fest!
A roadtested, laugh-out-loud Irish trio. Members played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies and The New York Pops, as well as Bonnie Raitt and Josh Groban. Their debut CD “Open the Door for Three” gives new arrangements of great songs.
Confirmed for 2014 – Tartan Terrors
Music, comedy and dance add a sizzling World Champion Bagpiper, driving drums and guitar. Mix in championship dancers and let the house heat up! Seen on 4 continents, festivals and theatres, before Presidents and Queens; and national television.
Confirmed for 2014 – Black 47
The Farewell Tour!
Unapologetic Irish rock ‘n’ roll, with songs covering Irish conflict to civil rights and urban unrest. A fan favorite, the band celebrates their 20th and final year with their latest album “Bankers and Gangsters.” It’s their last tour so don’t miss Black 47 Black 47.
Confirmed for 2014 – Nathan Carter
FIRST USA TOUR – Ireland’s hottest young star!
His 5th album “Where I Wanna Be” hit #1 on the Irish charts and his “Wagon Wheel” single has over a million YouTube hits. With appearances on RTE, BBC, TG4, international tours and a performance for the Pope, Nathan is born to perform.
Confirmed for 2014 – The Gothard Sisters
A very pretty musical picture!
With mindboggling talent, these sisters grew up dancing and making music. Rigorous classical violin training and competitive Irish dance qualified them for Youth Symphonies and competing in dancing solos three years running
Confirmed for 2014 – Ronan Tynan
The One and Only!
One of the Irish Tenors, Tynan’s powerful voice and indomitable spirit has endeared millions. With enormous passion Ronan perseveres through numerous challenges. His international solo career is soaring and he’ll inspire you again at Irish Fest.
Confirmed for 2014 – The Makem and Spain Brothers
Irish folk music royalty.
The brothers bring a collection of instruments and five precise harmonies to create a ‘wall of sound.’ They define folk music with vocal power and stage presence, capturing the essence of their genre, while standing out as something truly unique.
Pat Finnegan & Friends
Pat Finnegan who is one of the best in traditional Irish music in Chicago and performs at Gaelic Park on a regular basis as well as being a instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music.