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2003 Milwaukee Irish Fest

Irish Music Magazine hosted an Irish Idol Contest at the 2003 Milwaukee Irish Fest, and the winner was Carbon Leaf. Walton’s also introduced a song contest.

Cultural exhibits included the Irish American Outlaws, the Bogs of Ireland and Wisconsin, History of the Claddagh, and What is a Shamrock? Ward Irish Music Archives presented an exhibit on the life and times of Bing Crosby.

Entertainers at the festival included Flook, The Cottars, The Barra MacNeils, Slainte Mhath, The McPeake Family, Barefield Ceili Band, North Cregg with Karan Casey, Carbon Leaf, Afro Celts, Tommy Makem, Gaelic Storm, Altan, Jeremy Kittel Dublin City Ramblers, and the Omagh Community Choir. Dancers represented included the Trinity Irish Dancers, Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers, Glencastle Irish Dancers, Caledonian Scottish Dancers, and Gillan School of Highland Dance.

2003 Fun Facts

  • Days: August 14, 15, 16, 17
  • Attendance: 127,536
  • Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 seniors; kids 12 and under free; Grand Gathering is $5; free admission from 4-5pm on Friday
  • Theme: The Sound of Tradition
  • Irish Fest Idol
  • Flook
  • Afro Celt Sound System

2003 Entertainment Highlights

  • Afro Celt Sound System
  • Altan
  • Barefield Ceili Band
  • Carbon Leaf
  • Dublin City Ramblers
  • Flook
  • Gaelic Storm
  • Jeremy Kittel
  • North Cregg with Karan Casey
  • Omagh Community Choir
  • Slainte Mhath
  • The Barra MacNeils
  • The Cottars
  • The McPeake Family
  • Tommy Makem

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