1. Ronan Tynan, Boston, MA.
In 1998, Tynan joined Anthony Kearns and John McDermott (later Finbar Wright) as The Irish Tenors, an instant worldwide sensation. He hasn’t stopped since. One of Ireland greatest voices.
2. Eileen Ivers, New York, NY
From blazing a trail with Green Fields of America, Cherish the Ladies and as the original fiddler in Riverdance, Ivers continues her ground breaking music with passion and an electricity you can feel – a show not to be missed!
3. Tommy Fleming, Ballina, IRL.
Tommy’s beautiful voice and poetic introductions have made him one of the great voices in Ireland. Welcome back Tommy.
4. Patrick O’Sullivan, Ballingeary, Cork
A singer and accordion player, as known for his country music as his Irish, Patrick’s following grows with each performance; bring your dancing shoes!
5. Dance Schools:
Tesse Burke School of Dance,
Brady Campbell School of Dance,
Leneghan Academy of Irish Dance
6. McLean Avenue, New York, NY.
Get ready to sing, get ready to dance. You’ll recognize Padraic Allen from the Whole Shabang, paired with Buddy Connolly, this vibrant band appears at the fest for the first time.
7. Cahal Dunne, Cork, IRL
Composer, pianist, comedian, storyteller – Ireland’s Happy Man has won many awards for his song writing and many hearts for his joyful singing. Legions of fans love him!
8. De Dannan, Galway, IRL.
Led by founding member Frankie Gavin, De Dannan walks a path of excellence few could imitate; welcome these Irish music legends to the fest for the 1st time.
9. Clancy Legacy, Bristol, R.I.
Aoife Clancy, Robbie O’Connell and Donal Clancy first performed together in 2006. The sound and stories – the Clancy legacy is in great hands!
10. Carbon Leaf, Richmond, VA.
American Rock tempered by their Irish heritage and influences. Singers, songwriters and festival favorites, CL placed first in the International Songwriting Competition and won an American Music Award.
11. Homeland, Dayton, OH.
The pipe, the drum and the lyric drive Homeland songs as old as time, and ones with the ink barely dry. Welcome back Boys!
12. High Kings, Dublin, IRL
Song and story, the ballad tradition has a new master from these sons of Ballad Boom legends. High Kings are selling out shows across the U.S. Come see Ireland’s Folk Band of the Year.
13. Kilroys, Cleveland, OH.
Happy Silver Anniversary to The Kilroys, celebrating 25 years playing our music in Cleveland. The real deal, these seven siblings have fans of every generation.
14. Maura O’Connell, Nashville, TN.
Widely acclaimed throughout her career as a vocalist and interpreter of grace and insight, Maura’s last minute guest appearance with Cherish the Ladies at the fest brought the house down. Back by popular demand.
15. New Barleycorn, Cleveland, OH.
From their earliest days of big hits like The Men Behind the Wire and Song for Ireland, The New Barleycorn have carried on the song tradition and earned their reputation as one of the great ballad groups. With Alec’s golden voice and John’s banjo power, this international band based in Cleveland is one of Irish music’s best.
16. Dermot Henry, New York, NY.
A singer? A comedian? Dermot is a master entertainer that can draw a tear or a laugh with equal frequency. Comedy, history, song and laughter from one of Irish music’s great entertainers.
17. Cherish the Ladies, New York, NY
Led by the irrepressible (and world champion) Joanie Madden, Cherish has secured its place as one of the great – and first all-female band – in Irish music – Joanie’s even in the Hall of Fame. The Best of the Best!
18. Brigid’s Cross, Cleveland, OH.
This trio draws huge crowds every time they play – a great song, a bit of history and lots of laughter in every show.
19. Screaming Orphans, Donegal, IRL.
These four funny, high-spirited, musically obsessed sisters have the good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundorin, Co. Donegal. Dancing, laughter, and yes, fan screaming, is a trademark of their shows.
20. Pipe Bands:
Great Lakes Pipe Band
87th Pipe & Drum
Cleveland Fire Fighters Pipe & Drums
21. The Kreellers, Detroit, MI.
Born and bred on the song tradition, Paul & Derek proudly follow the tradition of Makem & Clancy and The Dubliners, with great voice, and a way of making any audience dance and sing.
22. Seven Nations, Windermere, FL.
A festival favorite, 7N brand of original Irish and Scottish music, matched with exciting fiddle and stellar song writing leave audiences roaring for more.
23. Michael Crawley / Marys Lane– On the pipes or on the guitar, with great vocals, Crawley brings a song to life; see one of Cleveland Irish music’s rising stars.
24. Fintan Stanley, Louth, IRL.
Fintan is recognized as one of the great box players in the world, and hilarious! A show not to be missed.
25. Dennis Doyle, Glendale, CA.
A Harp and Gaelic language master, teacher and historian, Dennis has appeared at our festival more than any other entertainer. See his shows and workshops for one of our true treasures.
26. Richie Reece Show, Cleveland, and the world
Celtic Rock, Celtic Folk and everything in between. The collaboration of Brigid’s Cross’ Richie Reece, Seven Nations Vic Gagnon and more are making their first fest appearance.
1. Ronan Tynan, Boston, MA.