Saturday's Schedule

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  • Cara Irish Pub's Main Stage
    • The Screaming Orphans

      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.

    • Altan

      No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan.

      With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none. In fact, Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.

    • Irish Brigade

      Learn more about Irish Brigade

    • Doolin'

      Born in 2005, Doolin 'takes its name from a small village on the west coast of Ireland, renowned for its traditional music and high-rise craic, this typically Irish holiday spirit.

      After only a few months of existence, Doolin 'is already rubbing shoulders with the biggest and shares the stage with Alan Stivell in the framework of the festival of skin of Carmaux

      The group recorded its first album, "Popcorn Behavior", distributed by Keltia Musique, which received the Bravos Trad'Mag award and the support of Irish flutist Desi Wilkinson, with whom the band will go on tour in March 2006.

    • Welcome Ceremony

      The Irish Fair of Minnesota Board of Directors welcomes you to the 2018 Irish Fair!

    • Center for Irish Music Youth Ensamble
    • We Banjo 3

      WE BANJO 3, AN IRISH QUARTET TRANSCENDING EVEN THE BEST SUPERLATIVES”

      THE HUFFINGTON POST

      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.

    • Wild Colonial Bhoys

      Adam Coolong - vocals and guitar
      Tony Comeau - fiddle
      Cole Mickelson - guitar
      Andy Schuster - bass
      Pete James Johnson - drums

      Wild Colonial Bhoys is more than just an Irish band - they are an Irish American 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 ould sod to the can-do spirit that embodies the American dream. See more...

  • Croke Park
    • Zero K

      Register Now!

      Have you always wanted to include finishing a race on your list of life accomplishments? Have you always wanted to win first place? If you have a deep yearning to complete these goals, then the Irish Fair of Minnesota’s Zero K is the activity this summer you can’t miss out on doing!

      The Zero K start point to end point is only three meters in length. It may not be long, but this in no way detracts from its genuine race-like feel! And we believe everyone who has the stamina to walk, run, jog, or hop the three meters distance deserves to win first place!

      All first place winners receive a limited edition, exclusive, Zero K t-shirt. These t-shirts are highly sought after, and as always will feature our signature cartoon couch potato. After participating in the race, hydrate the winner in you by claiming your free ice cold FINNEGANS!

      Registration for the race is open! Qualifying requirements: a good sense of humor and the desire to get your very own Zero K t-shirt! Sign up by yourself, with your kids, or with a team!

      The Zero K will be held Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th at 2 p.m. on the sports field. Register in advance for only $20 or procrastinate right up to the day of the run and pay $30 at the Zero K registration tent!

      T-Shirts are unisex and range from small to 3XL. There will also be water and soda available for those who want a non-alcoholic beverage option, or for those under 21 years of age!

  • Dance Stage
    • Knocknagow Irish Dancers

      Knocknagow Irish Dancers are based in Minneapolis/St.Paul area of Minnesota. Active in the Twin Cities since 1985, Knocknagow dances traditional Ceili and Set dances. Many of their dancers have background in Irish step dancing and have studied Sean Nos. Both styles are incorporated into their performaces and choreographies.

    • O’Shea Irish Dance

      O'Shea Irish Dance is led by director Cormac O'Sé T.C.R.G. (certified instructor with An Coimisiún Le Rinci Gaelacha), original cast member of Riverdance & native of Dublin, Ireland. Cormac comes from a deep pedigree with the legendary Scoil Rince Uí Shé of Dublin, Ireland, taught by his parents for the last 47 years. Cormac toured for six years with Riverdance, performing over 2000 performances, across four continents to over two million people. He can be seen in the original film, Riverdance, The Show and four other film productions.  Established in 2005, OID provides training for the demanding and technical art form of traditional and competitive Irish Step dance where dancers train as artists, musicians, and athletes. Teaching ages three to adult, OID instructors inform the whole dancer to train a healthy body in strength, flexibility, and fitness as well as a healthy mind in confidence, discipline, and performance.   OID's Minnesota dancers have achieved 9 Regional Solo Championship titles, 2 Regional Ceili Titles, 2 National Championship Titles and 6 top-ten placements in the World Championships bringing the only 2 world globes home to the state.  O’Shea Irish Dance features their dancers in performances throughout the year, and produces two professional, full-length theatrical shows annually at several Twin Cities venues, including Stepping Stone Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, and the Fitzgerald Theater.

    • Mulhern School of Irish Dance

      The Mulhern School of Irish Dance offers lessons in Eden Prairie, MN and in the Chicago area. The school was established in 2001 by sisters Eileen Mulhern O'Kane and Coleen Mulhern Malloy, both accomplished dancers themselves who have trained with Irish dancing legends Pat Roche, Dennis & Margie Dennehey, and Michael Flatley. Mulhern expanded their school from Chicago up to the Twin Cities four years ago and trains both recreational and competitive dancers - Introductory Beginners up through Championship level including ceili team dancing. The school has earned Regional, National, and Great Britain Championship titles, and many World, All Ireland, All Scotland and British Nationals medals. This is Mulhern's third year participating at Irish Fair and we are delighted to be a part of this wonderful celebration of Irish culture, music and dance. We bring a range in level of dancers today, our 4 year olds up to 18 year olds, from beginners and first time performers to World Qualified dancers.

    • Rince Nua Irish Dance

      Rince Nua Irish Dance is an award-winning dance studio in Maple Grove that offers a year-round program for dancers ages 3 through adult. At Rince Nua, dancers explore Irish dance through a wide variety of classroom, performance, and competitive experiences. Owner, Erin Cooney is a certified Instructor (ODCRN) with Cumann Rince Náisiúnta, the National Dance Association based in Dublin, Ireland. As a member school of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta, Rince Nua’s dancers have had the opportunity to achieve greatness, having won top awards in both Team and Solo Competitions at the Regional, National, and World Championship level. Rince Nua’s semester-based program starts in September and May with new student information sessions held in August and April.

    • Corda Mór Irish Dance

      Corda Mór is celebrating 11 years dancing and performing at the Irish Fair! Corda Mor recently opened their own dance studio in Edina, where dancers can come to train for competitions, performances, or just for fun. Corda Mor means “great heart” and that’s something you see in the dancers, teachers, and families in the Corda Mor community; they look forward to sharing that “great heart” with you right now!

    • Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers

      The Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers are a performance-based Irish dance school from St. Paul. Founded in 2003 by owner and director Katie Stephens Spangler, Rince na Chroi averages over 100 public performances throughout the year- and the Irish Fair of Minnesota is always a highlight! Rince na Chroi has over 200 dancers of all ages, and they accept students as young as three, up through adults. Their dancers perform year-round at venues and events all over the Twin Cities and the Midwest. Visit their website or find Rince na Chroi on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for more information.

    • Casey Academy of Irish Dance

      Casey Academy of Irish Dance is a small performance dance school located in the Twin Cities. We strive to combine a contemporary style with a traditional art form, Irish step dancing. As a family inspired school we want everyone to have the opportunity to be enriched with Irish culture. We offer discounted classes for siblings and did we mention boys dance free? For more information you can go to the website listed above or email emily.caseyhare@gmail.com.

    • Mactír Academy of Irish Dance

      Mactír Academy of Irish Dance (meaning Wolf Academy of Irish Dance) offers both competitive and performance based classes with a focus on precision, teamwork, and grace. Mactír strives to be the premiere team-based competition school in Minnesota, where dancers and families choose their own journey. Whether that is going to a couple feiseanna (competitions) a year, performing with local and international bands, or competing in the Irish Dance World Championships. Our dancers celebrate this exquisite art form in a variety of settings and spread the joy of Irish Dance to everyone they meet. Mactír Academy is thrilled to have performed at the nation’s largest free Irish Festival since 2014!

    • Corda Mór Irish Dance

      Corda Mór is celebrating 11 years dancing and performing at the Irish Fair! Corda Mor recently opened their own dance studio in Edina, where dancers can come to train for competitions, performances, or just for fun. Corda Mor means “great heart” and that’s something you see in the dancers, teachers, and families in the Corda Mor community; they look forward to sharing that “great heart” with you right now!

    • O’Shea Irish Dance

      O'Shea Irish Dance is led by director Cormac O'Sé T.C.R.G. (certified instructor with An Coimisiún Le Rinci Gaelacha), original cast member of Riverdance & native of Dublin, Ireland. Cormac comes from a deep pedigree with the legendary Scoil Rince Uí Shé of Dublin, Ireland, taught by his parents for the last 47 years. Cormac toured for six years with Riverdance, performing over 2000 performances, across four continents to over two million people. He can be seen in the original film, Riverdance, The Show and four other film productions.  Established in 2005, OID provides training for the demanding and technical art form of traditional and competitive Irish Step dance where dancers train as artists, musicians, and athletes. Teaching ages three to adult, OID instructors inform the whole dancer to train a healthy body in strength, flexibility, and fitness as well as a healthy mind in confidence, discipline, and performance.   OID's Minnesota dancers have achieved 9 Regional Solo Championship titles, 2 Regional Ceili Titles, 2 National Championship Titles and 6 top-ten placements in the World Championships bringing the only 2 world globes home to the state.  O’Shea Irish Dance features their dancers in performances throughout the year, and produces two professional, full-length theatrical shows annually at several Twin Cities venues, including Stepping Stone Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, and the Fitzgerald Theater.

    • Eilís Academy at Escalate

      Eilís (Ay-lish) Acacdemy was founded in 2012 at Escalate Dance studio in Maple Grove. We are now located in Osseo and have grown to 50 dancers age 5 on up with dancers of all levels and abilities Directed by Liz Hines, a part of the Twin Cities Irish dance community for over 20 years is credentialed through An Coimisiun in Dublin Ireland. Eilis Academy hopes to inspire joy of dance in their dancers while instilling the discipline and determination required to succeed in the sport! 

    • Mactír Academy of Irish Dance

      Mactír Academy of Irish Dance (meaning Wolf Academy of Irish Dance) offers both competitive and performance based classes with a focus on precision, teamwork, and grace. Mactír strives to be the premiere team-based competition school in Minnesota, where dancers and families choose their own journey. Whether that is going to a couple feiseanna (competitions) a year, performing with local and international bands, or competing in the Irish Dance World Championships. Our dancers celebrate this exquisite art form in a variety of settings and spread the joy of Irish Dance to everyone they meet. Mactír Academy is thrilled to have performed at the nation’s largest free Irish Festival since 2014!

    • Rince Nua Irish Dance

      Rince Nua Irish Dance is an award-winning dance studio in Maple Grove that offers a year-round program for dancers ages 3 through adult. At Rince Nua, dancers explore Irish dance through a wide variety of classroom, performance, and competitive experiences. Owner, Erin Cooney is a certified Instructor (ODCRN) with Cumann Rince Náisiúnta, the National Dance Association based in Dublin, Ireland. As a member school of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta, Rince Nua’s dancers have had the opportunity to achieve greatness, having won top awards in both Team and Solo Competitions at the Regional, National, and World Championship level. Rince Nua’s semester-based program starts in September and May with new student information sessions held in August and April.

  • Pub stage
    • Eira
    • Captain Kaliber
    • Captain Kaliber
    • The Northerly Gales

      The Northerly Gales is a Twin Cities-based Celtic/Americana quartet.  From Jimmy and Tamara's soaring pipes and fiddle to Randy and Danny's driving rhythm, the Gales are always ready to rock.  Whether you're looking to tap your feet, forget your troubles, or just share a pint over some great tunes, look no further than The Northerly Gales.

    • The Tim Malloys

      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.

    • The Tim Malloys

      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.

  • River Stage
    • Leslie Rich
    • Norah Rendell and The Lost Forty
    • Eira
    • The Northerly Gales

      The Northerly Gales is a Twin Cities-based Celtic/Americana quartet.  From Jimmy and Tamara's soaring pipes and fiddle to Randy and Danny's driving rhythm, the Gales are always ready to rock.  Whether you're looking to tap your feet, forget your troubles, or just share a pint over some great tunes, look no further than The Northerly Gales.

    • Sister Tree

      Celtic/Americana Folk Music

    • Kilt Contest

      Rules of Entry

      The Best Legs in a Kilt Contest is open to men of all ages.

      Each contestant must be male and wearing a tartan style or contemporary style kilt. Sporran, kilt hose, Flashes, ghillie brouges, boots, etc. are optional attire and not required to be a contestant.

      The categories will be: -Best Legs in a Kilt Grand Champion, -Best Distinguished Gentlemen Legs in a Kilt, -Best Legs in a Kilt, Youth Division -Best Chicken Legs in a Kilt, -Best Tattooed Legs in a Kilt, -Best Crowd Pleaser and –Mr. Congeniality. Other Categories may be added at the discretion of the contest organizers. Categories will close when entry slots are full. Register early.

      NO portion of the contestant's attire or behavior may contain explicit or offensive material or actions. Undergarments must be worn under kilt. No contestant may be carrying any dangerous weapons as part of their attire.

      Each contestant must complete his registration form by 2pm Saturday to receive entry into the contest. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED.

      Voting and final decisions are made by a panel of celebrity judges. The votes will be tallied and the contestants with the highest number of votes in each category may be summoned to appear on stage for the final voting. The contestant that receives the highest votes overall shall be proclaimed the winner of the competition. All decisions are final.

      By entering the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest, you are giving permission for the use of any/all photos IMDA or Irish Fair of Minnesota may take for publicity purposes.

  • Eoin McKiernan Speaker's
    • Sean-Now Dance and Song

      Brian O hAirt

    • Celebrating the Celtic Junction's community

      Natalie O'Shea

    • Irish and Irish-American Poets

      Sarah Kiani is a mother, educator, theater artist and therapist. Her love of poetry began with spoken word in the early 1990’s and after llving in Ireland has cultivated a great love of Irish poetry. She is pleased to share some gems from Irish and Irish American women poets at the Minnesota Irish Fair.

    • Irish Dance and Multiculturalism

      Minnesota born dancer, musician, and dance historian, Danielle Enblom, has been at the forefront of the study of early forms of dance in Ireland through research, education, and performance. Her expertise extends from regional forms of Irish dance, to the development of modern Irish step dancing, and its relationship to European and various vernacular styles of dance from North America. Danielle began teaching Irish dance in Minnesota in 1992 and has since taught, performed, and lectured around the world.

    • Irish Place Names and Lore

      Tom Jeffers

    • Incantation: The Magic of Poetry

      Lynette Reini-Grandell is the author of two poetry collections, Wild Verge  and Approaching the Gate, winner of a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.  A student of rune singing, shamanistic poetry, and oral tradition, her work is often inspired by Finnish folk culture and song, Based in Minneapolis, notably Kari Tauring, the Bosso Poetry Company, and the jazz/poetry collective Sonoglyph. 

    • Family Soul and Constellations

      Katherine Curran, Ph. D. is co-founder of the Minnesota Center for Systemic Constellations.  With a background as a senior organizational consultant, executive coach and leadership expert, Katherine has traveled the world with her husband, Mike McElwee, Ph.D., to become trained in this groundbreaking methodology, inspired by indigenous South African practice and developed in Germany.  This new approach, now taking root in many places around the world, holds the hope of resolving transgenerational trauma and restoring the family soul.