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1994 Milwaukee Irish Fest

Mother Nature intervened again during the 1994 Milwaukee Irish Fest and gave us two days of rain.

The Gallagher clan had a reunion, and the cultural village included exhibits by Mary Butler Shannon on Irish Story Quilts, Celtic Camera had photo expressions of Ireland, a crystal cutter from Connemara Celtic Crystal, and tapestries from Taipeis Gael Students. Other exhibits were about Urban Folklife, Four Seasons of Ireland, and St. Brigid’s Holy Well.

Entertainers included Hal Roach, Nightnoise, Sharon Shannon, Ivers and Egan, De Danann, Clancy Brothers with Robbie O’Connell, Frank Patterson, Schooner Fare, Kips Bay Ceili Band, Rawlins Cross, Wolfstone, McPeake Family, and The House Band. Dancers included  Trinity Irish Dancers, Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers, and Caledonian Scottish Dancers.

The Great American Hootenanny was in its third year and artists were Glenn Yarbrough, Brother Four and Schooner Fare.

1994 Fun Facts

  • Days: August 19, 20, 21 
  • Attendance: 89,800
  • Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors, kids 12 and under free; Miller Velvet Stout Sneak Preview on Thursday August 18 was $3; 4-5:30 free admission on Friday
  • New Koss Stage on the grounds
  • Potato Olympics
  • Paddy's Place debuts
  • Irish Fest Foundation established
  • Irish Fest Summer School cooking class
  • Bunratty Meade introduced
  • VIP Area tent rental
  • Introduction of Velvet Stout

1994 Entertainment Highlights

  • Clancy Brothers with Robbie O’Connell
  • De Danann
  • Frank Patterson
  • Hal Roach
  • Ivers and Egan
  • Kips Bay Ceili Band
  • McPeake Family
  • Nightnoise
  • Rawlins Cross
  • Schooner Fare
  • Sharon Shannon
  • The House Band
  • Wolfstone

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