2017 Musical Lineup

Our 2017 line-up will feature a diverse line-up of music for our guests to enjoy. Information about our 2017 headliners can be found below. 

Now you can preview the bands who will be playing on Harriet Island via our new Spotify playlist!   As we confirm more bands the playlist will be updated, so be sure to follow.
We Banjo 3
Saturday Aug 12, 8:30pm-10:00pm and Sunday Aug 13, 4:30pm-5:30pm
For all the innovation and invention that goes into modern music these days, it’s the inspiration derived from one’s roots that proves the most enduring. So credit Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by plying their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.” Four albums in -- their latest, String Theory, was released in July of 2016 -- the band’s rousing revelry, sheer virtuosity, power, passion and purpose have made them one of the music world’s most celebrated ensembles. Variously described as “astonishing,” “the Gold Standard of Irish and American Roots music,” and “the Irish Punch Brothers,” they’ve can claim the # 1 position in Billboard’s World Music charts, top honours from IMRO (the Irish Music Rights Organization), top sales numbers and the distinction of entertaining an American president, an Irish Prime Minister and members of the U.S. Congress at the annual “Friends of Ireland” luncheon on Capitol Hill. Little wonder then that We Banjo 3 is literally taking both sides of the Atlantic by storm, carving a reputation as one of the world’s most imaginative ensembles.
Eileen Ivers - Universal Roots
Saturday Aug 12, 6:30pm-8:00pm and Sunday Aug 13, 6:00pm-7:00pm
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."

Wild Colonial Bhoys
Friday Aug 11, 8:30pm-10:00pm
Wild Colonial Bhoys is more than just an Irish band ­ they are an Irish A​merican band. Theirs is like a blended whiskey: it’s a musical melding of both the old and the new, from the peat smoke scent of the o​uld sod to the can­do spirit that embodies the American dream. 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 guitar­driven with a strong rock foundation, bringing together Irish traditional tunes with American rock and country. Come see what it’s all about; you’ll never leave a WCB show disappointed. With their stunning musicianship,their light onstage banter and their unique perspective on all things Irish American, you might just feel a pull from the Emerald Isle, right here in the US of A. Celtic Rock that Rocks!
The Belfast Cowboys
Saturday Aug 12, 5:00pm-6:00pm
The Belfast Cowboys is a nine-piece, horn-driven band that specializes in the music of Van Morrison, along with original songsand other assorted rock covers. Born on St Patrick's Day, 2002, it is also the papa group to St Dominic's Trio. The band features several veterans of the Minneapolis music scene, including singer Terry Walsh and sax man Vic Volare. In December, 2008, The Belfast Cowboys and St Dominic's Trio released debut CDs. In August, 2009, The Belfast Cowboys headlined at BB King's Blues Bar in Times Square, New York City. In July, 2010, The Belfast Cowboys played a three hour set for a crowd of 15,000 while opening for Chicago in Stillwater, MN. In March of 2011, The Belfast Cowboys played a handful of shows in Ireland. From 2012 through 2016, the bands played over 600 shows.
Socks in the Frying Pan
Saturday Aug 12, 2:00pm-3:00pm and Sunday Aug 13, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Socks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the West coast of Ireland, the universal hub of Irish traditional music. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and their onstage wit has captured and captivated audiences the world around. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues!
Screaming Orphans
Friday Aug 11, 7:00pm-8:00pm Saturday Aug 12, 3:30pm-4:30pm and Sunday Aug 13, 3:00pm-4:00pm
The Screaming Orphans are four sisters with the good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland. There is a great tradition of music to be found in Irish homes especially in the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking areas which have produced the likes of Clannad, Enya and Mairead, Micheal and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill. Our home was no exception. From we were young, we've been singing and playing traditional Irish music but when we hit our teenage years we knew it was time to start our own pop rock band.
Aoife Scott
Saturday Aug 12,12:30pm-1:30pm
Her sublime voice is a thing of beauty that stops people in their tracks. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, Dublin Folk singer-songwriter Aoife Scott has become a force to be reckoned with on the Irish folk and traditional scene. With an impeccable pedigree as a member of the legendary Black Family, which includes her mother, Frances, and her aunt, Mary, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, while garnering acclaim and recognition both here and abroad as she hones her craft.
Katie McMahon
Sunday Aug 13, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Katie McMahon is probably best known for her exquisite soaring soprano solo in the original Riverdance single, which topped the charts in Ireland for three months. Her voice was described by the Irish Times as "poetry, perfection and purity". Before her work in Riverdance Katie, a born and bred Dubliner, was classically trained in voice and harp and studied Italian and Drama Studies in Trinity College. During a break from her studies, Katie joined the vocal group Anuna and is a featured soloist on their first two CDs.
The Tim Malloys
Friday Aug 11, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Equal parts pub and punk, the Tim Malloys fuse traditional Irish music with a raucous Minneapolis sound and sensibility. They're a cornerstone of the Twin Cities Celtic crossover scene, with five records released since their 1994 inception. Their acoustic-on-fire guitar trio sound is flavored by the trad-rock songs made popular by a wide range of bands from The Pogues, Flogging Molly, or the Dropkick Murphys to Tom Waits, The Dubliners, etc. The Tim Malloys conjure up a bootlegger's dream of powerful 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 Malloys are a rollicking good time. Go ahead, sing along—everyone else does.” --Secrets of the City, http://www.secretsofthecity.com/