A Celebration of St. Brigid

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Co-hosts for the event are Eileen Ivers, who will also perform, a Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, fiddler, and an Irish American to boot. She has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today, and said this regarding this event: “St. Brigid was a light in the darkest of times, a peacemaker, a woman who provided sustenance and a safe haven for all.  I’m thrilled to be joining other female artists as part of a livestream concert honoring this beloved Irish saint.  May the perpetual flame that St. Brigid ignited so long ago, which still burns in Kildare Town’s Market Square today, live in our hearts and shine through the gift of music and community.”

Eileen will be joined by Joanie Madden, who is considered one of the greatest musicians and personalities in the history of Irish music in America, and since its inception in 1985, has also been the leader and driving force behind the all-female Irish music and dance troupe, Cherish the Ladies.

Additional performers include:

Morgan Bullock, an Irish dancer from Virginia, who gained fame last year from her fabulous TikTok videos, mixing hip hop with step dancing. 10 years in, she’s competed internationally, and has been offered a chance to dance with Riverdance after the pandemic has subsided.

Karan Casey, who has long been one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty-five years from the early days as a jazz performer in George’s Bistro in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now well-established solo career and she has sold over half a million albums.

Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world. These ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to their ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show.

Ashley Davis, who is an American singer-songwriter whose musical imagination invites the world into her eclectic sphere. Think Joni Mitchell meets contemporary Celtic and you’ll get something like the creative force of Ashley Davis- while this mash-up may classify her work, Davis’s unique ability to capture and cross musical traditions ultimately transcends comparison.

The Friel Sisters, who hail from Glasgow, with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher), achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire. Since the launch of their debut album, they have performed in various venues and festivals across Europe, America and Asia and have appeared as guests on stage or toured with many internationally known Irish acts.

Emma Langford, A daughter of Limerick, songwriter and performing artist Emma Langford has won accolades, awards and critical acclaim from County Mayo to Milwaukee. Lingering in that liminal space between folk, jazz and traditional Irish nuance, Langford has drawn comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Janis Ian. Her stage presence and voice however are truly uniquely her own – a mesmerizing blend, best experienced live.

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, Nova Scotian sisters who, put their own 21st Century stamp on the Celtic soundtrack of this nation. Exciting and innovative, their talent is surpassed only by the sheer joy they exude in performance. Alternating between Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary, haunting and electrifying, the duo is nothing short of mesmerizing. The two have been enchanting audiences around the world with their unparalleled unity of strings, voices and fabulous percussive step dance.

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Members

  • Adams County Irish Festival
  • Alaska Irish Music Festival
  • Alexandria Irish Festival
  • Alma Highland Festival
  • Almonte Celtfest
  • An Rí Rá Montana Irish Festival
  • Appaloosa Music Festival
  • Arizona Highland Celtic Festival
  • Association of Irish Festivals and Events
  • Austin Celtic Festival
  • Ballyshaners Irish Festival
  • Baltimore Irish Trad Fest
  • Bay City
  • Beaufort Irish Festival
  • Big Irish Fair
  • Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival
  • Boston Irish Festival
  • Brisbane Irish Festival
  • Buffalo Irish Festival
  • Burlington Irish Heritage Festival
  • Canada’s Irish Festival
  • Canton Irish Festival 
  • Cape Coral Fest
  • Catskills Irish Arts Week
  • CCE/Catskills Irish Arts Week
  • CeltFest Vancouver Island
  • Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival
  • Celtic Colours Int’l Festival
  • Celtic Craic Music Fest
  • Celtic Festival Missoula
  • Celtic Fling/PA Ren Faire
  • Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona
  • Celtic Spring Festival
  • CelticFest Mississippi
  • Celts on the River
  • Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games
  • Chicago Gaelic Park
  • Clare Irish Festival
  • Cleveland Irish Cultural Fest
  • Clover Irish Weekend Festival
  • Colorado Irish Festival
  • Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games
  • Connecticut Irish Festival
  • Copenhagen Irish Festival
  • Crossroads Irish-American Festival
  • Dakota Irish Fair
  • Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival
  • Dayton Celtic Festival
  • Dublin Irish Festival
  • Dunedin Live: Haggis Winter MusicFest 
  • East Durham Irish Festival
  • East of the Hebrides Entertainments/Scottish/Irish Music Festivals
  • Erie Irish Festival
  • Essential Artists
  • Eugene Irish Cultural Festival
  • Festival of the Mabon
  • Folk on the Rocks
  • Fox Valley Irish Festival
  • Frederick Celtic Festival
  • Gaelic Park Irish Fest
  • Galway Bay Irish Music Festival
  • Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival
  • Giant Leprechaun Productions
  • Gloucester City Shamrock Festival
  • Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
  • Great American Irish Fair & Music Festival
  • Great Irish Fair of New York
  • Greater Danbury Irish Festival
  • Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival
  • Greeley Irish Festival
  • Hooley on the Hudson
  • Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games
  • Hudson Valley Irish Fest
  • Indy Irish Fest
  • Iowa Irish Fest
  • Iowa Irish Fest – Erin Fest
  • Irish 2001
  • Irish American Heritage Center
  • Irish American News
  • Irish Connections Festival
  • Irish Cultural Institute Festival
  • Irish Cultural Society of Scranton
  • Irish Fair of Minnesota
  • Irish Fest in the Forest
  • Irish Fest La Crosse
  • Irish Fest on Flagler, West Palm Beach
  • Irish Fest Rochester
  • Irish Hooley (Dubuque)
  • Irish Music and Dance Assoc
  • Irishfest La Crosse
  • Kalamazoo Irish Festival
  • Kansas City Irish Festival
  • KiltFest NJ
  • Ligonier Highland Games
  • Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival
  • Los Angeles County Irish Fair
  • Louisville WorldFest
  • Lucas County Hibernians
  • Lucky’s St. Paddy’s Day parade and Irish Hooley
  • Mad Gael Music Festival
  • Manhattan Illinois Irish Fest
  • Maryland Irish Festival
  • Michigan Irish Music Festival
  • Mid-America Oireachtas (Grand Rapids)
  • Midland Scottish-Irish Faire
  • Milwaukee Irish Festival
  • Mississippi River Celtic Music Festival
  • Missouri River Irish Festival
  • Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
  • Montreal Intl Celtic Festival
  • Motor City Irish Festival
  • Mount Prospect Irish Fest
  • Music Nova Scotia
  • New England Celtic Arts
  • New Hampshire Highland Games
  • New Jersey Irish Festival
  • North Side Irish Fest
  • North Texas Irish Festival
  • North Wildwood Irish Fall Festival
  • Ohio Celtic Festival
  • Ohio Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
  • Ohio’s Celtic & International Fall Fest
  • Ormond Beach Celtic Festival
  • Oshkosh Irish Fest
  • Penn-Mar Irish Festival
  • Peoria Irish Fest/Erin Feis
  • Philadelphia Ceili Group Irish Music Festival
  • Philadelphia Irish Festival
  • Pittsburgh Irish Festival
  • Quad City Irish Fest
  • Raglan Road
  • Raleigh Irish Festival
  • Reno Celtic New Year
  • Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival
  • Rocky Mountain Irish Festival
  • Rory Miggins Memorial Irish Stew Cook-off & Music Festival
  • Rural Hill & Loch Norman Highland Games
  • Saline Celtic Festival
  • San Diego Festival in the Park
  • Sarasota Highland Games
  • Savannah Irish Festival
  • Scotland Highland Festival
  • Shawnee Celtic Festival
  • South Buffalo Irish Festival
  • Sparta Celtic Festival
  • Southern Illinois Irish Festival
  • Syracuse Irish Festival
  • The Arts Inc.
  • The Irish Festival of Oulu
  • TradFest
  • Tulsa Irish Fest
  • Woodland Celtic Games and Festival

 

Events

  • Irish Fair of Minnesota

    August 13, 2021 - August 15, 2021  
    160 W. Water Street, St. Paul, MN, USA

    For more information: www.irishfair.com

     

  • Irish Fest La Crosse

    August 13, 2021 - August 15, 2021  
    La Crosse, WI, USA

    For more information: www.irishfestlacrosse.org

     

  • Milwaukee Irish Fest

    August 19, 2021 - August 22, 2021  
    East Summerfest Place, E Summerfest Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA

    For more information: www.irishfest.com

     

  • Peoria Irish Fest/Erin Feis

    August 27, 2021 - August 29, 2021  
    200 Northeast Water Street, Peoria, IL 61602, USA

    For more information: https://peoriairishfest.com

     

  • Kansas City Irish Fest

    September 3, 2021 - September 5, 2021  
    Kansas City, MO, USA

    For more information: www.kcirishfest.com

     

  • Pittsburgh Irish Festival

    September 10, 2021 - September 12, 2021  
    1000 Sandcastle Dr, Homestead, PA 15120, USA

    For more information visit pghirishfest.org

     

  • Indy Irish Fest

    September 24, 2021 - September 25, 2021  
    Garfield Park, 2345 Pagoda Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA

    For more information: http://www.indyirishfest.com/

     

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Our Mission

To provide a collaborative for Irish Celtic festivals from across North America to learn best practices and share successes.  In turn we are preserving and promoting the Irish and Celtic culture for generations to come.