2016 Musical Lineup

Our 2016 line-up will feature a diverse line-up of music for our guests to enjoy. Information about our 2016 headliners can be found below. Times subject to change.

Gaelic Storm
Cara Irish Pubs Main Stage | Friday 8:30pm-10pm | Saturday 8:30pm -10pm

After 10 albums, and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band's career from 2004-2014, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings.

Gaelic Storm has straddled the line between tradition and innovation for nearly two decades. Led by founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the group infuses traditional Celtic music with modern influences, updating the genre for a new generation of fans raised on rock, country and folk. Along the way, the musicians have topped the Billboard World Chart four times, appeared in the blockbuster film "Titanic" (where they performed "Irish Party in Third Class," an unreleased song made available for the first time on Full Irish) and earned a reputation as a hard-touring, genre-bending band.

Eileen Ivers
Cara Irish Pubs Main Stage | Saturday 5pm-6:00pm | Sunday 5:30pm-7 pm

 With accolades of all forms ranging from Grammy awards to Emmy nominations, Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. She is also an original Musical Star of the Riverdance and is a Nine-Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion that has headlined several shows including the London Symphony Orchestra.

 It is a rare and select grade of spectacular artists whose work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it alters the medium. It has been said that the task of respectfully exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is quite literally on Eileen Ivers' shoulders. The Washington Post states, "She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle."

 The New York Times has called her a “sensation” and Billboard magazine has followed by saying she is “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin”. "She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing" says The Irish Times. Ivers' recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. Eileen is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World music genres.

The High Kings
Cara Irish Pubs Main Stage | Saturday 3:30pm-4:30pm | Sunday 1:30pm-3:00pm

Multi Platinum Artists, The High Kings now signed to Sony International. Ireland's folk band comprising Brian Dunphy, Finbarr Clancy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden. Internationally acclaimed singers of Irish folk songs. A quartet of accomplished musical pedigrees, the band first exploded onto the Irish folk music scene in 2008.

They have sold out hundreds of shows, in Ireland and the US, and appeared on numerous TV shows. The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites. The album Friends for Life captures the essence of the ensemble’s energetic sound of 'folk n roll' and even the occasional sing-a-long.

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones
Cara Irish Pubs Main Stage | Sunday 3:30p.m.-5p.m.

Derek Warflied & The Young Wolfe Tones are known throughout the world for their quality musical presentation of Irish patriotic songs and traditional music featuring top class fiery introductions from their lead singer, songwriter and storyteller, Derek Warfield. 

An outstanding singer, stage personality, composer and historian of the music and song tradition, Derke Warfield is a legend wherever Irish roots have been put down. He enjoyed phenomenal success for some 40 years with the Wolfe Tones, including best-selling albums, number one hits, television appearances and shows at Carnegie Hall, New York and the Royal Albert Hall, London. Added to that, Derek has been prolific as a solo artist, with an astonishing twelve albums in just over a decade. 

Ten years on from the beginning of his solo career, the man often described as "Ireland's greatest ballad singer" is bringing an old tradition with a young sound to his legion of fans across the world. 

The young Wolfe Tones feature some of the finest Irish musicians and singers from a younger generation and bring guaranteed excitement, fun and passion to every performance. 

Wild Colonial Bhoys
Pub Stage | Friday 8:00pm-8:30pm | 10:00pm-11:00pm
Cara Pubs Main Stage | Saturday 6:30pm-8:00pm

Not many bands can claim an eleven-year career, but Wild Colonial Bhoys are living proof that raw talent, dedication and honesty can still reap dividends in a cynical music business. The lads who started as an Irish ballad-singing acoustic guitar duo have matured into a Celtic rock tour-de-force and now have over a decade, five albums and thousands of miles behind them.

It all started in 2003—the band would go on to take over the Minneapolis/St. Paul Irish music scene, expand to national recognition and play to thousands and thousands of “fhans”. After a few pints and a few jam sessions in the pubs belting out whiskey-soaked renditions of traditional Irish laments, WCB was formed.

The Bhoys’ sound has been honed by the past ten years of constant road work and recording, and they have really hit their stride. As Paddyrock.com explains, “take the Young Dubliners, The Elders, Carbon Leaf, Great Big Sea and put them in a blender... you’d have a Wild Colonial Bhoys smoothie!” Their sound is guitar-driven with a strong rock foundation, underpinned by Pete James Johnson on drums and Andy Schuster on bass. Tony Comeau’s fiddle work adds the Irish lilt, and Adam’s vocals provide the cherry to the WCB sundae. 

Socks in The Frying Pan
Cara Irish Pubs Main Stage | Friday 7pm-8pm | Saturday 2:00pm-3:00pm

The band comprises two brothers, Shane and Fiachra Hayes on accordion and fiddle/banjo and accompanied by Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals.

This young rad trio from Country Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with and innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish. These socks are audibly palatable!

Having gained a fan-base from four years of gigging around the west of Ireland, this exciting group has recently started branching out and has been well received for their modern traditional style and energetic approach to music. This, combined with an acoustic musical interplay, three-part harmony and an obvious love for live performance, compliments the traditional essence of both tune and songs in a fresh and entertaining way. As for the inevitable question of where the name originated, this has yet to be disclosed!

This, combined with an acoustic musical interplay, three-part harmony and an obvious love for live performance, compliments the traditional essence of both tune and songs in a fresh and entertaining way. Their debut CD was launched at the Ennis Trad Festival in November and was received very well with an audience exceeding the capacity of the venue. The CD itself offers a dozen lovingly crafted tracks, which the lads are eager to showcase both on the album and at their musically charged gigs.

Tim Malloys
Cara Pubs Main Stage | Friday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Pub Stage: Saturday 8pm-8:30pm | Saturday 10pm-11pm
River Stage | Sunday 5:00pm-6:00pm

Equal parts pub and post-punk folk, the Tim Malloys fuse traditional Irish music with a raucous Minneapolis sound and sensibility. They are a cornerstone of the Twin Cities Celtic crossover scene, with five records released since their 1994 inception. Mashing up influences ranging from The Pogues to The Suburbs, the Tim Malloys are a bootlegger’s dream of punk guitar, manic grooves, and rollicking callbacks. Something whiskey this way comes...

"A little punk, a little rock, a lot of rebellion (who says you have to be Irish to sing "God Save Ireland?") the Tim Molloys area rollicking good time.. Go ahead, sing along - everyone else does."

-Secrets of the City

The Sweet Colleens
Cara Irish Pub Main Stage | Saturday 12:30p.m.-1:30p.m.

The Sweet Colleens are Jeremy Greenhouse, Pete Sandvik, Dave Bade, Rich Larson, and Wolf Loescher — accomplished multi-instrumentalists who together fuse their diverse musical backgrounds into a high-energy, infectious, and crowd-pleasing mix of “fiddle-infused, accordion-fueled, Celtic-Cajun folk pop.” With rootsy original songs, warm vocal harmonies, and fiery instrumental arrangements, the Twin Cities-based Sweet Colleens are winning fans across the country.

Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson
Pub Stage | Friday 5pm-5:30p.m. | 6:30p.m.-7p.m.

Tom and Ginny bring alive the soul of Ireland. Using Irish button accordion, concertina, fiddle--and other instruments-- they play heavy music with a light touch. Performing tunes learned from the old masters, they delight audiences with passionate reels and playful songs not heard anywhere else.

Together, they are not based in St.Paul, Minnesota. They have played The Minnesota Irish Festival yearly as well as O'Gara's at the Minnesota State Fair for the past two years each day of the fair. They perform regularly at The Water Street Inn in Stillwater, Keegan's in Minneapolis and at Shamrocks in St.Paul.

Hounds of Finn
Pub Stage | Saturday 4:30p.m.-5p.m.

The Hounds of Finn is a high-energy folk-rock forged from roots of Celtic and American traditions. Based in St.Paul, Minn., the Hounds perform both original and standard material inspired by Celtic, Americana, Bluegrass, and folk/roots music from around the world; topped off with a sprinkling of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes. 

The Hounds have been performing together since 2007 and have produced two full length CDs, three EP's and a full length live performance DVD. They have also written a jingle for Finnegan's Beer entitled "Drink Like you Care". 

Locklin Road
Pub Stage | Sunday 3p.m.-3:30p.m.
River Stage | Sunday 11a.m.-12p.m.

For more than a decade, Locklin Road has played Celtic and original folk music-- both live throughout Minnesota and internationally via their five CDs heard on podcasts and radio-- with vocals, guitars, mandolin, bohran, whistles, the occasional fiddle, banjo and more. Whether playing as the original trio of Sheri O'Meara, Dan Kowalke and Gregg Weigand, or now as a quartet with Tom Greenwalk, Locklin Road focuses on musical storytelling from traditional and contemporary Irish songs to Sheri's original work and Americana favorites. 

The Eddies
Pub Stage | Saturday 1:30p.m.-2p.m. | Sunday 5p.m.-5:30p.m.
River Stage | Saturday 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

The Eddies are on a mission to bring harmony , joy and musical respite to anyone willing to spend some time with them. Their approach to our mission is to perform a mi of traditional, roots, soulful and whimsical songs sung with four voices in their patented three and a half part harmonies. We sing unaccompanied on many songs but will frequently juice things up with guitar and accordion accompaniment. If you come here them sing you will hear songs of work, love and death. 

Northerly Gales
River Stage | Friday 5:30p.m.-6:30p.m. | Sunday 12:30p.m.-1:30p.m.

The Northerly Gales are a Twin Cities-based acoustic folk quartet currently working to produce their first album together. The four musicians are known as Tamara Maluda, Jimmy Sherman, Randy Conway and Danny Schwarze. Together they have years of experience with many different genres and combine Irish, Scottish, American and Canadian folk in their songs. 

The HiBs
River Stage | Friday 7p.m.-8p.m.
Cara Irish Pubs Main Stage | Sunday 12p.m.-1p.m.

The HiBs (pronounced High Bees) are Kate & Jode Dowling and Patsy O'briean. HiB is short for Hibernian, the Roman name for Ireland. Kate plays flute and tin whistle, Jode fiddles and Patsy sings, plays guitar, composes, writes songs.