2021 Musical Lineup
*more performers being added
Irish Fair 2021 will offer 8 stages of great entertainment. We are mixing it up this year and you can expect a more immersive experience with traditional and popular music from local and national artists, dance and cultural activities on each stage that will leave you feeling energized and thoroughly delighted. We look forward to seeing you there!
Gaelic Storm - Playing Sunday
This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, Go Climb a Tree, their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers.
Eileen Ivers - Playing Friday & Saturday
Americana with Celtic roots. What’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin? In the hands of a celebrated guest soloist with over 50 symphony orchestras, who also shreds electric fiddle through fuzz, wah and looping effects …who is called “the future of the Celtic Fiddle” by the Washington Post, and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by the New York Times …who is Bronx born, yet the nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion. What’s the difference? Nothing, in the hands of Eileen Ivers!
The Young Dubliners -Saturday and Sunday
Get ready to rock, Celtic style! The Young Dubliners fuse Irish music with modern rock & roll to create Celtic Rock. These guys have performed on CBS Early Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and many major venues. Don’t miss this national crowd favorite on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at this year's Irish Fair!
Belfast Cowboys - Playing Friday
The Belfast Cowboys are a nine-piece, horn-driven band from Minneapolis that specializes in the music of Van Morrison, mixing rock, blues, roots and soul sounds. Led by veteran songwriter and guitarist Terry Walsh and powered by a four-piece horn section, the Cowboys have flourished in the renowned Minnesota music scene, and have consistently packed houses and wowed crowds since 2002.
The Ashley Davis Band - Playing Friday - Sunday
Think Joni Mitchell meets contemporary Celtic and you’ll get something like the creative force of Ashley Davis, an American singer-songwriter whose musical imagination invites the world into her eclectic sphere. While this mash-up may classify her work, Davis’s unique ability to capture and cross musical traditions ultimately transcends comparison. Check out her music here https://youtu.be/hs6j0QJAcb4
Wild Colonial Bhoys - Playing Saturday
Celtic rock that rocks! That sums up what you can expect from the Wild Colonial Bhoys—the Irish-American band from Minnesota— their sound is a blending of old Irish traditions handed down through the generations, with modern American rock that inspired them to make music from the time they were just wee lads. In recent years the Bhoys have performed everywhere from their native Minnesota to New York to Las Vegas to Ireland and Scotland, Jordan, Kuwait, and Qatar. Their shows are a rollicking good time, the music is tight and the banter is lively. They’ve honed their craft over their fifteen-year career, and their ten albums give them plenty of material to draw on. Check out a performance from a previous Irish Fair performance:
The Langer's Ball
The Langer’s Ball, the two-piece Irish Folk-punk band, has been writing, touring and performing for over a decade. Playing their own brand of traditional drinking songs and original material, their sound is harder-hitting and bigger than you’d expect it ever could be. With a thumping beat and a flurry of notes and harmonies, you’ll dash to refill your drink and cheer for more.
The Northerly Gales
The Northerly Gales is a Twin Cities based Celtic Americana quartet inspired by Irish, Scottish, American and Canadian folk music. With soaring melodies and driving rhythms, TNG puts their own high-energy spin on Celtic Folk and Americana. Innovating and original in their own ways, while respecting the traditions that have borne this music through the years.
Five accomplished multi–instrumentalists—with nary a “colleen” among them—the Sweet Colleens together fuse their diverse musical backgrounds into an “infectious, and crowd–pleasing mix of Celtic folk–rock and alt. country/Americana, with Cajun and Caribbean seasonings” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).