Workshop Stage Profiles





11:00-Danielle Enblom-Wigs, Jigs and Hard Shoes
12:00-Adam Coolong-Songs of the Easter Rising
1:00-Dunquin-How Irish Music Became American:Roots Music
2:00-Wenstrom-Murie Family-Irish Songs about Work, or Lack of Same
3:00-Todd Menton-Learning the Bodhran
4:00-Legacy-Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising
5:00-Kiana Weber- Fiddling with Gaelic Storm
6:00-Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson-Songs I Learned on the Road



11:00-The Eddies-The Sentiment in Irish Love Songs:Tender to Maudlin
12:00-Derek Warfield-Songs of the Easter Rising
1:00-Legacy-Irish Songs from Tin Pan Alley
2:00-Andrea Stern- The Magic of the Irish Harp
3:00-Daithi Sproule-Songs from the North
4:00-Charley Heymann-The Button Accordion in Irish Music

Danielle Enblom

11:00 am Saturday

Danielle is a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities, having grown up studying both Irish dance and Irish music locally as well as in Ireland.  Her master's research examined a multitude of subjects ranging from early European dance traditions and origins, to Irish dancing masters and the creation of Irish Step dancing, to the development of American Tap dancing.  Today, Danielle will demonstrate the evolution of Irish dance traditions – “Wings, Jigs and Hard Shoes.”

Adam Coolong

12:00 pm Saturday

Adam Coolong is a founding member and lead singer of the popular local band The Wild Colonial Bhoys.  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. They have played in this area and at regional festivals for many years. This year, Adam will share his reflections on songs from the 1916 Rising.


1:00 pm Saturday

Dunquin, a.k.a. Sherry and Don Ladig with Rosa Wells, have been playing Irish and Scottish instrumental music in our area for some time. Sherry and Don also play music for Civil war reenactments, and at fairs, weddings, and house concerts throughout the year. They have made frequent trips to Ireland, where Sherry has gotten inspiration for many of the tunes she has written.   This year, they will present “How Irish music became American Roots Music.”

The Murie-Wenstrom Family Singers

2:00 pm Saturday

Perhaps no one in the Twin City area finds more joy in researching and singing traditional songs than Robin Murie, John Wenstrom, and their daughter, Jess.  They have performed their rich harmonies at a number of venues in the area, and are regular participants at the Traditional Singer’s Club gatherings, as well as the monthly Shanty sings at the Dubliner pub, and have become regular performers at Irish Fair. This year, they will present “Songs about Work – or Lack of Same.”

Todd Menton

3:00 pm Saturday 

Todd Menton is a 30 year veteran of the Irish community.  He is a regular performer at several area pubs, including the Dubliner, and for many years has been the lead singer for Boiled in Lead.  Todd teaches bodhrán at the Center for Irish Music and today shares his expertise on the Irish drum.


4:00 pm Saturday & 1:00 pm Sunday

Legacy (Kevin Carroll, Patti Drew, and David McKoskey) has been performing Celtic traditional tunes and pub-style songs all over the Twin City area for several years, including festivals, pubs, city parks, and weddings, and they have become veterans of the Irish Fair workshop stage. This year, they will present “Songs of the 1916 Irish Rebellion" & “Irish Songs from Tin Pan Alley.”


Kiana (Keeana) Weber

5:00 pm Saturday

Kiana has been touring professionally since she was 19. Classically trained, but a fiddler all her life, she was first scouted by the world famous violin troupe Barrage, and toured the world with the group for three years, performing for dignitaries and princes, performing arts centers, and televised specials all over the world.  In the Fall of 2012, she hit the stage as the newest member of Gaelic Storm, and since has recorded 3 Billboard World No.1 albums. 

Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson

6:00 pm Saturday

Tom Dahill has been making music in pubs and kitchens for more than 40 years, as a soloist, as a member of the Dahills, and with various musical partners.  A multi-instrumentalist, Tom plays fiddle, button accordion, guitar and uilleann pipes as well as being a fine singer.  Over the years, Tom has picked up hundreds of Irish songs and tunes on his many travels throughout America and Ireland.  With his friend Ginny Johnson, he will share a few of them with us. 

The Eddies

11:00 am Sunday

The Eddies have performed on just about every stage here at Irish Fair, and our regulars on our workshop stage. They also have regular gigs at The Hat Trick Lounge, The Dubliner Pub, The St. Paul Farmer’s Market, and at IMDA’s St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration at Landmark Center, and actively participate in the second Monday sea shanty sing at the Dubliner.  This year, they will present “The Sentiment in Irish Love Songs:  Tender to Maudlin.” 

Derek Warfield

12:00 pm Sunday

We are privileged to have singer, composer, musician, and author Derek Warfield performing at this year’s Irish Fair. Derek has been a professional performer for almost 50 years, starting as a founding member of the legendary Wolftones, as a soloist, and now with the Young Wolftones. In total, he has recorded almost 30 albums, and remains a recognized historian of the Irish song tradition. Among his many venues include Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in London.  Today, he will be singing songs of the Easter Rising.

Andrea Stern

2:00 pm Sunday

Andrea Stern is one of a number of accomplished musicians who call the Twin Cities home, and her accomplishments are many.  She presently serves as adjunct faculty at Augsburg College and the University of St. Thomas, and is a harp instructor at McPhail Center for Music. 

Andrea has performed with chamber ensembles and orchestras around the U.S. and abroad, including Phoenix, Hartford, Hong Kong, and Belgrade.  She was principal harpist for 3 years with Maracaibo Symphony in Venezuela and for 5 years with the Minnesota Opera.  Andrea has played on cruise ships around the world and has performed with Sammy Davis Jr., Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert and the Moody Blues.  Today she is going to discuss and demonstrate the magic of the Celtic harp.

Dáithí Sproule

3:00 pm Sunday

Dáithí (Da-hee) Sproule has been gracing our stages in the Twin Cities for 30 years. When he is not singing locally, he is often touring the world as a member of the Altan band who are playing our Fair this weekend. Dáithí teaches both guitar and traditional song with the Center for Irish Music, and received a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship in 2011. This year, Dáithí will present Songs from the North.

Charlie Heymann

4:00 pm Sunday

Charlie Heymann is a 40-year contributor to our Irish community. He has performed across the U.S., in Europe, and Australia, as a soloist, an early member of the Dayhills, and for many years has performed with his wife, Irish harpist Ann Heymann as Clairseach.  Charlie specializes in songs of humor and in ballads sung in both English and Irish. He teaches at the Center for Irish Music, and he plays accordion, guitar, cittern, and the English concertina. Charlie will present a workshop on the button accordion in Irish music.