Festival Focus 2011

The 1st Summer fest is this weekend. Hope to see you at many:

18th Annual Riverfront Irish Fest
June 10 – 12

Featuring: Seven Nations, The Glengarry Bhoys, Brigid’s Cross, New Barleycorn,
Callahan & O’Connor, Dulahan, Shaffer Brothers, Fergie & TheBog Dogs, Pat Flynn & the Green Blossom Special, West Side Steve, That Irish Band, MacConmara Dance Academy, Irish American East Side Pipe Band.
FREE admission and parking, Irish Market Place, Irish Food Court, Sunday Irish Mass 11 AM. Saturday Irish 5K & 1 mile Fun Run 8AM. www.riverfrontirishfest.com

Shamrock Club Irish Music Festival
July 15 & 16

Featuring: New Barleycorn, The Prodigals, The Hooligans, Mossy Moran, The Kells, Shamrock Club Pipes & Drums, Central Ohio Irish step dancing schools and more.
Two fun-filled days of Irish music, dancing and food in a family setting makes for a grand time. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Msgr. J. Colby Grimes Memorial Scholarship Fund. There is ample free parking. Shamrock Club of Columbus 60 West Castle Road, immediately South of downtown, off of High Street. www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.org,

29th Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
July 22-24

Featuring: Brigid’s Cross, Cherish the Ladies, Dennis Doyle, Dermot Henry, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Girsa, Glengarry Bhoys, High Kings, Kilroys, Kreellers, Michael Crawley, Mary’s Lane, Mickey Finns, New Barleycorn, Patrick O’Sullivan, Screaming Orphans, Seven Nations, Slide, Stephen’s Green, Tommy Fleming, Tesse Burke School of Dance, Brady Campbell Dance School, Leneghan Academy of Dance, Great Lakes Pipe Band, 87th Pipe & Drum, Irish American Club East Side Pipe Band,
Irish Sports Hall; Gaelic Football, Hurling and Rugby games; Live plays and comedy each day in our own Abbey Theatre, featuring works by Irish playwrights and presented by The Cleveland Irish Players, Pittsburgh’s Constant Theatrics and Cincinnati Irish Players, plus the comedy of Donkey Kong Players. Learn to Irish Step Dance, Harpist/historian Dennis Doyle, Bodhran & Bagpipe Maker Michael Vignoles and author Cathal Liam.
Tir Na nOg Children’s area; Food Court; More than fifty Irish gift and import vendors; Internationally recognized cultural hall with workshops and presentations on our instruments, history and heritage – explore over 200 exhibits covering the land, events, people and places of our Emerald Isle, including: Waterford Class, Sporting Legends of Ireland, John Barry, What’s the Story with the Nuns?, Kelly Green and Notre Dame, WB Yeats and the Muses, Newgrange: The Boyne Valley, The Bard of Erin, John Hume: Mna of Peace, The Photo Historian of Ireland, The McNulty Family Irish Showboat, Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Magnificent Maureen O’Hara, Clare is Banner County, Laois Unleashed. Plus Profiles on such Irish luminaries as: DeDanann, Caladh Nua, Liz Carroll, Celtic Thunder, Dervish, Danú, Rig the Jig, Heidi Talbot, Eleanor McEvoy, Johnny McEvoy, Andy Irvine, Old Blind Dogs, Joe Derrane, Niamh Ní Charra, Mairéd Ní Fhlartharta, Shannon Heaton, Michelle Burke and much more.
Held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. 800.485.8013 www.clevelandirish.org

Dayton Celtic Fest
July 29 – 31

Featuring: Gaelic Storm, The Fuchsia Band, The Elders, Scythian, Enter the Haggis,
Plus: Irish linen demonstration, Gaelic Mass, Children’s Area, 5K Run / Walk, Food and Celtic specialty vendors and more. Held at Riverscape, in downtown Dayton. United Irish of Dayton, Inc. 937-372-9788 or www.unitedirishofdayton.org

24th Annual Dublin Irish Fest
August 5 – 7

Featuring more than 75 bands, including: Karan Casey & John Doyle, David Kincaid, Liz Carroll, Different Drums of Ireland, Goitse, StepCrew, Teada, Tartan Terrors, Fuschia, Young Dubliners, Dervish, Beoga, Moya Brennan, and The Elders.
Other Weekend Highlights include: Dub Crawl and IGS Energy/Dublin Irish Festival 5K, Irish Dancing and the Columbus Feis, Shop till You Drop, an Traditional Irish Wake, Irish Sports demonstrations, Whiskey Tasting, Dublin Wine Cellar, Sunday Mass, Contests, dancing, Celtic Canines, Brian Boru’s Ireland and of course, a great cup of Irish tea! “Like Ireland, Except Smaller.” Visit www.dublinirishfestival.org for more info.

9th Annual Kansas City Irish Fest
September 2- 4

Featuring: the Elders, Gaelic Storm, Scythian, The Prodigals, The Killdares, Kila, Eddie Delahunt and Friends, Kelly, O’Riada Irish Dance Academy, Comedy Stage, and many more.
Plus: Children’s areas and activities, Irish Marketplace, Catholic Mass 9;30 a.m. Sunday, Art in the Park, The Snug
Crown Center Square – Downtown Kansas City: www.kcirishfest.com

21st Annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival
September 9 – 11

Featuring: Gaelic Storm, Makem and Spain Brothers, Screaming Orphans, David Kincaid, Goitse, Dennis Doyle, Cahal Dunne, BBI, Bell School of Irish Dance, Burke Conroy School of Irish Dance, Callan, Matthew Craig and Kerry Tipper, Corned Beef and Curry, Guaranteed Irish, Mike Gallagher, Terry Griffith, Patrick Regan, Pittsburgh Ceili Club, Pittsburgh Irish Reelers, Pittsburgh Police Pipes and Drums (Emerald Society), Red Hand Paddy, Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance, and more.
Enjoy an authentic Irish marketplace, wide selection of tasty Irish cuisine, extensive children’s area, and four continuous entertainment and cultural stages. Gaelic conversation, Irish musical instrument demos, Irish Extreme Zone, Hedge School, Curragh Racing, Blarney Bingo, Irish Brigade (Civil War re-enactors)Visit the variety of Irish dogs, dance the jig, play the harp and Irish drum, and learn the Irish language. Celebrate Gaelic Mass on Sunday. Visit www.pghirishfest.org for info. Fun for the entire family.

Muskegon Irish Music Festival
September 16 – 18

Featuring: Slide IE, Beoga, and Goitse, Scythian, Old Blind Dogs, Makem & Spain Brothers, Seamus Kennedy, Blackthorn, The Kreellers, Kennedy’s Kitchen, Lawrence Nugent, An Dro and much more.
Irish & Celtic music on three covered stages. In addition to continuous live music, the Celtic Kitchen and Bob & Bernie’s Pub serve up authentic Irish food and drink. Irish Marketplace, children’s activities, cultural center, and session tent. A popular highlight on Saturday is the Michigan Feis, an Irish dance competition. Sunday morning, a Catholic Mass will be held at 9 am followed by a traditional Irish breakfast.. Located at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon. www.michiganirish.org