Workshop Stage Profiles





11:00-Dunquin- Irish Tunes from Tin Pan Alley
12:00-Legacy- Songs of Irish Immigration
1:00-Dáithí Sproule- Different styles of traditional singing
2:00-Murie-Wenstrom Family-Songs of the Irish Travelers
3:00-Paddy O'Brien - Button Accordian
4:00-Eileen Ivers- Irish Fiddle 
5:00-Todd Menton- Irish Pub Songs
6:00-Chad McAnally- The Music of Turlough O'Carolan



11:00-Tom Klein- The Uilleann Pipes
12:00-Adam Coolong- Songs from the 1981 Hunger Strike
1:00-Brian Miller- The Bouzouki in Irish Music
2:00-The Eddies- More than One Way to Tell a Story
3:00-Aoife Scott- Song Writing
4:00-Bob Walser- Celtic Maritime Musical Traditions



11:00 AM Saturday

Dunquin, a.k.a. Sherry and Don Ladig with John Wenstrom, 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 “Irish Tunes from Tin Pan Alley.”


12:00 PM Saturday

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 Irish Immigration.”

Daithi Sproule

1:00 PM Saturday

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. 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 explain the different styles of traditional singing.

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 of the Irish Travellers.”

paddy o'brien

3:00 pm saturday

Few Irish musicians, either locally or nationally, are as respected as Paddy O’Brien. He is renown not only for his skills on the accordion, but his incredible repertoire of over 5,000 tunes. He has also been an instructor and mentor to countless young musicians. Today, we are happy to have Paddy demonstrating his skill with the button accordion.

eileen ivers

4:00 pm saturday

It’s hard to know where to begin introducing Eileen Ivers.  Lifetime fiddler, daughter of Irish immigrants, co-founder of Cherish the Ladies, 9-time All-Ireland fiddler, Grammy winner and has performed for presidents and royalty worldwide, to name just a few things.  Can there be any one more appropriate to do a workshop on the Irish fiddle?

todd menton

5:00 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 a regular class at the Center for Irish Music on Irish pub songs and will be sharing some with you today.

chad mcanally

6:00 pm saturday

To say Chad McAnally is a student of the traditional Irish wire-strung harp is like saying Michael Jordan is a student of basketball. Chad studied under the renowned Ann Heymann, and now does his own teaching at the Center for Irish Music. He also builds harps, plays in the band, Rúpálaí (Roo-pu-lay), and today performs the music of Turlough O’Carolan (Too-ra O-Carolan). 

tom klein

11:00 am sunday

After trying his luck with the clarinet, guitar and whistle, among other things, Tom Klein found his true calling with the uilleann(ee-lin) pipes. Tom was a past president of the Great Northern Irish Pipers Club, and has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the Twin Cities. He has been heard on MPR’S morning show and is a regular busker (with his dog) at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market.  Today he will introducing the uilleann pipes, Ireland’s own distinctive instrument.

adam coolong

12:00 pm sunday

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 speaking on songs from the 1981 Hunger Strike.

brian miller

1:00 pm sunday

Brian Miller has been one of the most prominent Irish Musicians of our area for the last fifteen years. He has performed both as a soloist, and as a member of several bands, including The Gaels, 5 Mile Chase, Bua, The Doon Céili Band, Two Tap Trio and the Lost Forty. He was the founder of The Traditional Singer’s Club, and is an instructor at the Center for Irish Music.


A few years ago, he began pursuing his passion of researching the music of the Irish immigrants in the upper Midwest. Having been awarded numerous grants, he has discovered a wealth of songs from both the 19th century lumber camps brought over by Irish immigrants, and Irish sailors who worked on the Great Lakes. Each month he shares the words, the music, and the background of one of these songs in the IMDA newsletter.  Today, Brian will be speaking on the bouzouki in Irish music.

the eddies

2:00 pm 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 “More than One Way to Tell a Story.” 

aoife scott

3:00 pm sunday

Aoife (Ee-fa) Scott has a great pedigree, being the daughter of Frances Black of Ireland’s legendary Black family.  Besides singing with her family on Joannie Madden’s cruises, she also spent a year touring internationally as lead singer with the Outside Track.  As a soloist, Aoife has performed in festivals around the world, including the U.S., Germany, Australia and Mumbai. 


Aoife has become renowned as a song writer, notably for “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” and others.  Today she will be sharing motivations and experiences that go into song writing.

bob walser

4:00 pm sunday

Traditional folk music has pretty much defined Bob Walser's life. A performer, scholar, writer, and recording artist, Bob earned his PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of London, and has taught and performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has worked as a shantyman at the iconic Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, and has had his research published in the U.K.'s Folk Song Journal and in World Music Press. Bob is also a regular contributor to the monthly shanty sing at the Dubliner Pub the second Monday of the month. His workshop will focus on Celtic Maritime musical traditions.