Featured Entertainers

From traditional to modern Celtic; you won't want to miss a moment! World class entertainment across 9 stages all packed into one fantastic weekend!

Our full schedule for all stages except Croke Park Sports Field is complete and can be found here.  Below you will find a bit more about our featured entertainers. 

We Banjo 3

Celtgrass! Irish Americana! Galway-based We Banjo 3 has one foot in Irish music and one foot in Americana music, seamlessly combining the virtuosity and precision in each genre’s traditional disciplines with the artful song-craft and infectious live performance of today’s musical landscape.

Gaelic Storm Saturday 8:30 pm

Raise ‘em up. Drink ‘em down. Gaelic Storm brings an energetic mix of Irish and Scottish traditional fare – including some drinking songs – but bring so much more to audiences everywhere. Country music fans adore their storytelling, Bluegrass fans love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, and Rock fans simply relish the passion they have for their instruments and the energy they bring to stage each night.

photo of 8 band members on stage.

Skerryvore

No strangers to the stage, Scot trad rockers Skerryvore make their Irish Fair DEBUT Saturday and Sunday Aug 13 and 14. This 8 man group mixes fiddle, accordions, pipes, whistles, guitar, vocals, bass, drums and keys to create a fresh and rejuvenating sound you'll love!

Aoife Scott and band

Aoife Scott

Aoife Scott is an award winning folk singer and songwriter based in Dublin, Ireland. Born into the legendary Black family - Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, Aoife has a dynamic and profound voice. Her music has a broad creative scope but is largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music. 

The Friel sisters three in a field

Friel Sisters

Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with wonderful harmony, many from their family and local repertoire. Fresh and invigorating, we welcome them for their first visit to the Irish Fair stage.

Clare dressed as Rosie the Riveter

Clare Cunningham

Hailing from Ireland, Clare is an award winning professional singer/songwriter, performing and recording artist, who uses her platform to bring awareness on all mental health matters while being a spiritual and physical advocate too. Clare feels it’s her duty to give back to her listeners and be real, raw and honest to help de-stigmatize the conversations around addiction, suicide, anxiety, depression and many more problems our world is facing.

Photo of Sean Finnerty, Dave Nihill and Mick Thomas

Real Irish Comedy Tour - Friday & Saturday 7:30 - 9 pm

From Dublin, Longford, and Wexford, comedians Dave Nihill, Sean Finnerty and Mick Thomas will be taking the stage both Friday and Saturday at Celtic Corner. Catch these hilarious voices of modern Ireland, accents included!

Wild Colonial Bhoys

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. Celtic Rock that Rocks!

Sweet Colleens

The Sweet Colleens are David Bade, Jeremy Greenhouse, Pete Sandvik, Jeff Gram and Scott Keever – accomplished multi–instrumentalists who together fuse their diverse musical backgrounds into a high energy, infectious, and crowd–pleasing mix of “Celtic folk–rock and alt. country/Americana, with Cajun and Caribbean seasonings.”

Paddy Wagon

Paddy Wagon is a Twin Cities based group that calls it’s music “ Irish music with a twang” due to it’s mix of Irish, folk and country influences. We are pleased to welcome them back to the Pub Stage at Irish Fair.

The Northerly Gales

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. They compose, they arrange, and they put on a rocking show.

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Hounds of Finn - Reunion!

The Hounds of Finn is a high-energy folk-rock group forged from the roots of Celtic and American traditions. Based in St. Paul, MN, 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. We are pleased to welcome the Hounds back to the Irish Fair stage!

The Tim Malloys

Equal parts pub and punk, the Tim Malloys fuse traditional Irish music with a raucous Minneapolis sound and sensibility.

photo of 3 band members posing by tree

The Inland Seas

Celtic Pub Songs, Tunes, and Ballads, Formed in Minneapolis in 2017, The Inland Seas combine lush and raw vocals with guitar, mandolin, whistle, bouzouki, and bodhran, to create fresh arrangements of both traditional favorites and lesser known selections. From rousing pub songs to emotive ballads, join us to experience the many moods of The Inland Seas…

Locklin Road

For over 15 years, Locklin Road has played Irish music (as well as an eclectic variety that fits the venue, from originals to bluegrass, folk, blues and Americana favorites) -- both from live performances and via their five CDs -- with vocals, guitars, mandolin, bodhran, Irish whistles, fiddle, banjo and more.

Patsy O'Brien

Hailing from Cork in the south of Ireland, Patsy has traveled the globe, guitar in hand, accompanying, creating and recording with some of the giants of Irish music.