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2012 Milwaukee Irish Fest

Cultural offerings at the 2012 Milwaukee Irish Fest included exhibits of The Cuimhneamh an Chlair – an oral history project from County Clare, the Bill Monroe Traveling exhibit, Irish Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers, The Fighting Irish:  Irish American Boxers, and The Ulster Scots American Presidents.

Entertainers at the festival included McPeake, Sprag Session, Open Arts Community Choir, Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch, Gaelic Storm, Fuchsia Band, Makem and Spain Brothers, The High Kings, Scythian, Slide, Skerryvore, Enter the Haggis, Liz Carroll, Coig, Wild Colonial Bhoys, An Dro, Kennedy’s Kitchen, and Mossy Moran. Dancers included the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, Glencastle Irish Dancers, Rince Nia Academy of Irish Dance, Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance, Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance, Gillan School of Highland Dance, Caledonian Scottish Dancers, and McMenamin Irish Dance Academy.

The music showcase in 2012 was Bluegrass, and artists included Del McCoury, Punch Brothers, The Henry Girls with the Fox Hunt, Brock McGuire Band, Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton, Bruce Molsky, Cornmeal, April Verch Band, Gerry O’Connor, Henhouse Prowlers, Aoife O’Donovan, Circle City Bluegrass Band, We Banjo 3, and High Roads and Railroads (Teada with the Ebony Hillbillies).

A special performance was also made by the Santa Monica Hillbillies (aka Gaelic Storm).

2012 Fun Facts

  • Days: August 16, 17, 18, 19
  • Attendance: 115,217
  • Tickets: $15, $10 for seniors, kids 12 and under are free; $5 for the Grand Hooley on Thursday; free admission from 4-5 on Friday
  • Theme: Not Your Typical Song and Dance
  • Cultural exhibits:
  • The Cuimhneamh an Chlair (oral history project from County Clare)
  • Bill Monroe Traveling exhibit
  • Irish Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers
  • The Fighting Irish:  Irish American Boxers
  • The Ulster Scots American Presidents
  • Bluegrass Showcase

2012 Entertainment Highlights

  • An Dro
  • Aoife O’Donovan
  • April Verch Band
  • Brock McGuire Band
  • Bruce Molsky
  • Circle City Bluegrass Band
  • Coig
  • Cornmeal
  • Del McCoury
  • Enter the Haggis
  • Fuchsia Band
  • Gaelic Storm
  • Gerry O’Connor
  • Henhouse Prowlers
  • High Roads and Railroads (Teada with the Ebony Hillbillies)
  • Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch
  • Kennedy’s Kitchen
  • Liz Carroll
  • Makem and Spain Brothers
  • McPeake
  • Mossy Moran
  • Open Arts Community Choir
  • Punch Brothers
  • Scythian
  • Skerryvore
  • Slide
  • Sprag Session
  • The Henry Girls with the Fox Hunt
  • The High Kings
  • Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton
  • We Banjo 3
  • Wild Colonial Bhoys

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