Saturday's Schedule

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  • Main Stage
    • Center for Irish Music Advanced Youth Ensemble

      Students from the Center for Irish Music performing on a variety of traditional instruments. Learn more about the Center for Irish Music.

    • Welcome Ceremony
    • The Fitzgeralds

      A family group consisting of fiddling and step dancing siblings – Tom, Kerry & Julie Fitzgerald. These siblings, from just outside of Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley, have come a long way from their small town roots. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, this unique act features high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing. It is the rare combination of exceptional musicianship, incomparable step dancing, audience interaction, evident love of performing, and genuine sibling connection that resonates with audiences of all ages and sets this group apart. 

      "The Fitzgeralds are standout musicians in our Canadian music industry...The caliber of musicianship is very high- I think together they are a beautiful blend of gorgeous fiddle music, and top rate, absolutely exhilarating dance routines." -Natalie MacMaster, Cape Breton Fiddling Sensation

    • Aoife Scott

      Aoife Scott is an award winning folk singer and songwriter based in Dublin, Ireland. 

    • The High Kings

      Ten years ago, four Irish singers, performers and songwriters decided to take a calculated risk. The constituent parts of The High Kings each had a wealth of history in the music business behind them, but knew that in order to maintain any level of creative interest they would have to boldly go where no other Irish ballad group had gone before.  In truth, back in the mid-late noughties, Ireland needed a group like The High Kings. The heyday of ballad groups such as The Clancy Brothers and The Dubliners was a distant memory for generations of music fans, and to have another bunch of Irish lads taking up the baton and continuing the tradition was great news to thousands of fans worldwide. “We could sing well, play our instruments well and harmonise well,” says Darren Holden, humbly underselling somewhat the numerous skill sets of the individual members. “People were looking for guys with character, presence – not just cardboard cut-outs – so the respective experience we all had wasn't just helpful but essential. The four members immediately knew that something special was taking place (“we knew within the space of a few songs that there was magic”), and within months had clicked as a creative unit as well as friends.

    • 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

    • 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...

    • Screaming Orphans

      Screaming Orphans, an all-sister band from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland, are one of the most sought-after Celtic bands with a powerful, award-winning sound combining their original melodic pop songs with a unique take on traditional Irish music and song. The band first came to prominence when Sinéad O’Connor asked them to tour with her as her back up vocalists and opening act.

      The band is renowned for their trademark spine-tingling four-part harmony which led them to many collaborations with artists such as Sinéad O’Connor, Joni Mitchell, The Chieftains, Baaba Maal, the Afro Celt Sound system, Eileen Ivers and Martin Furey.

      Screaming Orphans’ 2019 pop album, Life in a Carnival, produced by internationally distinguished producer John Reynolds, charted No. 24 in the iTunes Pop Music charts (U.S.), No. 7 in the Billboard World Albums charts, No. 1 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts (IE), and No. 3 in the overall iTunes music charts (IE). The new album follows 2017’s critically acclaimed folk album Taproom which also charted at the top of iTunes and Billboard charts and was voted Folk/Pop/Rock Album of The Year.

      As of this year, the band has released 14 albums of both original pop and Folk/Irish music.

  • Celtic Kitchen
  • CIM Children's Area
    • Play: Ossian in the Land of Youth

      The mission of Enchanted Forest Children’s Theater is to provide opportunities to children of all abilities to explore the magical world of theater through the use of child centered play building and creative dramatics. Come watch this Irish children's play!

      The Children's Area is sponsored by the Center for Irish Music, handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians through private lessons, group classes, and more! www.centerforirishmusic. ​

       

          

    • Celtic Cuties Singalong

      Join singer and guitarist Aria Strauss for a singalong of Irish rhymes, finger plays, and songs drawn from the Center for Irish Music's popular children's class, Celtic Cuties! (link to Center for Irish Music and Celtic Cuties class)

      The Children's Area is sponsored by the Center for Irish Music, handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians through private lessons, group classes, and more! www.centerforirishmusic.org

       

       

    • Irish Instruments Petting Zoo

      Which instrument would your child like to play? Come see talented young musicians and instructors from the Center for Irish Music play traditional Irish instruments like accordion, whistle, flute, harp, bodhrán, fiddle and banjo. After a brief performance demonstrations, they'll open up the floor and invite YOU to try playing some of them!

      The Children's Area is sponsored by the Center for Irish Music, handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians through private lessons, group classes, and more! www.centerforirishmusic.org

       

       

    • Baarry!

      Photos with irish instruments and Baarry the sheep!

        

    • Native Dogs of Ireland

      The Native Dogs of Ireland is an organization dedicated to promoting those dogs that are native to the Emerald Isle. Come meet them, and get a chance to pet their beautiful dogs!

      The Children's Area is sponsored by the Center for Irish Music, handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians through private lessons, group classes, and more! www.centerforirishmusic.org

    • Irish Dance

      Rince na Chroi Irish Dance

    • Gaelic Songs!

      Join singer and guitarist Aria Strauss and learn your very first song in the beautiful Irish Gaelic language.

      The Children's Area is sponsored by the Center for Irish Music, handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians through private lessons, group classes, and more! www.centerforirishmusic.org

    • Irish Dance Demo

      Rince Nua Irish Dance

    • Learn the Tin Whistle

      Bring your D whistle, buy one in the marketplace, or just play along on a pencil or pen while Center for Irish Music's "Tin Whistle Troupe" teacher, Iain, teaches how to play a tune on the Irish pennywhistle.

      The Children's Area is sponsored by the Center for Irish Music, handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians through private lessons, group classes, and more! www.centerforirishmusic.org

    • Irish Dance Demo

      O'Shea Irish Dance

    • Storytelling: Fairies & Leprauchans

      Join storyteller Sara Renée Logan for tales about leprechauns, fairies, and giants: Irish stories for kids of all ages!

      The Children's Area is sponsored by the Center for Irish Music, handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians through private lessons, group classes, and more! www.centerforirishmusic.org

    • Bill Conlan & Eileen Dahill
  • Croke Park
    • Camogie
    • Camogie Clinic
    • Sheep Herding
    • Zero K

      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!

      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!

      Register Now!

    • Rugby
    • Rugby Clinic
    • Sheep Herding
    • Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band
    • Hurling
    • Hurling Clinic

      Anyone can participate and learn more about Hurling!

  • Crossroads Social Dance & Session
  • Dance Stage
    • Green Fire Irish Dance

      For 17 years Green Fire Irish Dancers has performed contemporary hard and soft shoe steps and choreographies as well as traditional and historic dances from the early 1800's - early 1900's done in authentic period costume. We also teach easy dances for audience participation. Children, teens and adults practice and perform together. Based in friendship and cooperation rather than competition, Green Fire strives to give all dancers the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Please contact Green Fire at greenfiredancers@gmail.com

    • Rince Nua Irish Dance

      Located in Maple Grove, Rince Nua is an award-winning studio that offers training and development programs for Children, Champions, and Teachers. Our Children’s Program focuses on progressive skill development and healthy dance practices. We teach Irish Dance in a traditional manner where children do not overcross or do toe stands. Our Champion Program focuses on advanced skill mastery, team performance and competition experiences, and sport-specific training. Our Teacher Program focuses on developing leaders in our community to teach and coach in a way that utilizes their own unique strengths and keeps the student’s best interest in mind. If you would like to visit our studio to try out a class, you can go to RinceNua.com, or contact us at info@rincenua.com

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Rince Nua Irish Dance

      Located in Maple Grove, Rince Nua is an award-winning studio that offers training and development programs for Children, Champions, and Teachers. Our Children’s Program focuses on progressive skill development and healthy dance practices. We teach Irish Dance in a traditional manner where children do not overcross or do toe stands. Our Champion Program focuses on advanced skill mastery, team performance and competition experiences, and sport-specific training. Our Teacher Program focuses on developing leaders in our community to teach and coach in a way that utilizes their own unique strengths and keeps the student’s best interest in mind. If you would like to visit our studio to try out a class, you can go to RinceNua.com, or contact us at info@rincenua.com

    • 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.

    • Eilís Academy at Escalate

      Eilís (Ay-lish) Academy 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!

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Mulhern School of Irish Dance

      The Mulhern School of Irish Dance offers lessons in Eden Prairie, Plymouth (new), MN and the Chicago area. The school was established by sisters Eileen Mulhern O’Kane and Coleen Mulhern Malloy, both accomplishes dancers themselves who have trained with Irish Dance legends Pat Roche, Dennis & Margie Dennehy, and Michael Flatley. Mulhern expanded their school from Chicago up to the Twin Cities eight 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 National titles. In addition to the school’s many accomplishments, they were instrumental in  establishing two Irish music and dance competitions in the Twin Cities - the Northern Mid-America Championship and the 10,000 Lakes Feis. This is Mulhern’s sixth year participating at Irish Fair and the school’s dancers will range from our four year olds up to nineteen year olds, from beginner and first time performers to World Qualified dancers. 

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • Hudson Irish Dance Academy

      Corey's students are adept at both the competitive and performance aspects of Irish dance. He has coached dancers to great success at Regional, National, and World Championship levels, including 2013/2014 U8/U9 Boys National Champion and multiple World medal holders. Corey has also watched with great pride as his students take the stage performing in touring Irish dance shows across the globe.

      Corey took the first steps in his Irish Dancing career over 25 years ago in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. While studying dance at the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh under the tutelage of the incomparable Ms. Tessie Burke, he achieved numerous competitive awards and trained with some of the world's top Irish dance talent. Corey honed his teaching and choreography skills, working side-by-side with former principal dancers from Lord of the Danceand traveling the world as a competition coach with the Bell School of Irish Dance. After completing his accreditation with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha in 2011 Corey earned his T.C.R.G. certification. As a fully-certified instructor, he is licensed to teach solo and team dance to children and adults on both recreational and competitive levels.

  • Pub stage
    • Sister Tree

      Celtic/Americana Folk Music

    • The Inland Seas

      The Inland Seas is a Celtic/Americana ensemble with lush vocals, whistle, guitar, mandolin & percussion, Tunes range from rousing pub songs to emotive ballads.

      Formed in 2017, The Inland Seas brings together several experienced Minneapolis-based musicians to create a new Celtic/Americana ensemble. Combining lush vocals with whistle, guitar, mandolin, and percussion, the group plays a varied mix of tunes from rousing pub songs to mournful ballads. Come sing, dance, and drink along with many moods of The Inland Seas!

    • Bedlam
    • Bedlam
    • 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. Something whiskey this way comes....

    • 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. Something whiskey this way comes....

  • River Stage
    • The Inland Seas

      The Inland Seas is a Celtic/Americana ensemble with lush vocals, whistle, guitar, mandolin & percussion, Tunes range from rousing pub songs to emotive ballads.

      Formed in 2017, The Inland Seas brings together several experienced Minneapolis-based musicians to create a new Celtic/Americana ensemble. Combining lush vocals with whistle, guitar, mandolin, and percussion, the group plays a varied mix of tunes from rousing pub songs to mournful ballads. Come sing, dance, and drink along with many moods of The Inland Seas!

    • Locklin Road

      For nearly 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 performances throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and via their five CDs -- with vocals, guitars, mandolins, bodhran, Irish whistles, fiddle, banjo and more. Together, Sheri O'Meara, Dan Kowalke, Gregg Weigand and Tom Greenwald gear the music to listeners, be they inside at a pub, brewery, wine bar, concert hall or church service, or outside at festivals, fairs and special events. 

    • The Langer's Ball

      The Langer's Ball

    • Kilt Contest

      Rules of Entry

      Each contestant must complete his registration form by 2:00 p.m. Saturday to receive entry into the contest.

      NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED.

      • 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 brogues, boots, etc. are optional attire and aren’t requirements for contestants.
      • 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 the 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.
      • 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.

       

       

    • Leslie Rich

       

      Leslie Rich was born and grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to Minnesota later in his life. His experiences growing up in Belfast shaped his musical career. He does solo performances and performs with his band Rocket Soul Choir. The band Rocket Soul Choir was originally formed in Northern Ireland and released two albums Geek Love and The Written Lie. Years after Leslie Rich moved to Minnesota he reformed the band with new members Pete Boulger and Jason Wahl, and together they have recently released the vinyl EP Kidder's Son.

      Leslie Rich performs a show called “My History Of The North,” which delves deeply into how his upbringing in Northern Ireland influenced him.

    • Paddy Wagon

      Irish Music with a twang!  Learn more about Paddy Wagaon

  • Eóin McKiernan Speaker's Tent
    • Patsy O'Brien - The Boy Patrick

      Patsy O’Brien. Patsy O’Brien is a Cork-born musician and music teacher noted for his mastery of Irish guitar techniques whose most recent collaborative project, “The Boy Patrick” investigates the life and youth of Ireland’s national saint: the “boy who became a saint.”

    • Sonoglyph Collective - Poetic melodies

      Sonoglyph Collective. Sonoglyph Collective superbly intermingle poetic utterance and story with improvised musical meditative riffs and melodies in wholly unique free-floating performances. Featuring the poets Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Lynette Reini-Grandell, IBe Kaba, and Kathryn Kysar, Sonoglyph Collective also includes the musicians Aaron Kerr (cello), Sean Egan (clarinet), and Jonathan Townsend (percussion).

    • Jim Rogers - Irish-American Poetry

      Jim Rogers.  Recently retired after over three decades involvement in Irish Studies, Jim Rogers is the former editor of New Hibernia Review, the former director of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas, and a past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews on Irish-American history and literature, and has written or edited three books on the topic. His latest work is a book of poetry, The Collector of Shadows.

    • Celtic Phoenix Theatre - The Strange Genius of W.B Yeats

      Celtic Phoenix Theatre. An ensemble of writers and actors committed to intermingling the capacious Irish and Celtic literary, historical, and mythological traditions in self-created “devised” theatre, the Celtic Phoenix Theatre most frequently performs in the McKiernan Library and is the resident acting troupe at St. Paul’s Celtic Junction Arts Center. Previous productions include: Dream Voices from the Irish Famine and Wails from the Cauldron: A Hallowe’en Pilgrimage. The group includes: Sarah Kiani, Patrick O’Donnell, Dan Gleeson, Eddie Owens, Naomi Stemborg, Fred Stemborg, Mariam Kiani, John Concannon, Karen Rene-Peterson, and Jane Steiner.

    • Anna Colliton - Innovative Bodhran Drumming

      Anna Cotillon. Anna Colliton is one of America’s leading exponents of the bodhrán, the traditional Irish frame drum. A native of Chicago, a city of Irish musical excellence, Anna plays a highly intricate style of drumming with masterful tonal and rhythmic variation. She has taught and performed at festivals across the country, including Catskills Irish Arts Week, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, The O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, The St. Louis Tionol, and Augusta Celtic week, as well as with the Academy of Irish Music in Chicago and the Irish Arts Center in New York. Anna toured with the band Comas for several years and has recently returned from a three year stay at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where she performed at the International Showcase at Epcot Theme Park. She has also played and performed with Cherish the Ladies, the Paul McKenna Band, Girsa, and others.

    • Patrick O'Donnell - Ireland: A 9,000 year timeline

      Patrick O’Donnell. Irish-born Patrick O’Donnell wears many hats at the Irish Fair of Minnesota. Primarily, he coordinates its Cultural Area, but is also a board member and the founder and director of the annual ten-day Irish Arts Week (since 2016). Outside the Irish Fair, he is the editor (and contributing writer) for the quarterly online cultural magazine, The Celtic Junction Arts Review, the Director of Education for the Irish College of Minnesota at the Celtic Junction, a teacher who focuses on literary history, literature, and mythology, a fiction writer specializing in Young Adult fantasy and historical fiction, and, an actor/director with the Celtic Phoenix Theatre.

    • Eddie Owens - New Poems and Tales

      Eddie Owens. Dubliner Eddie Owens is renowned in the Irish community for his expressive skills as an actor going all the way back to his days with Na Fianna Irish Theatre in the 1980s. Currently, he enlivens the company of the Celtic Phoenix Theatre. He is also a remarkable sculptor using found objects to create work with a social and historical conscience. In recent years, his poems and stories have appeared in the anthology, The Harp and the Loon: Literary Bridges between Ireland and Minnesota.

    • Dave Hogan - Irish Storytelling

      Dave Hogan. Dave Hogan is a fluent Gaelic speaker. He has worked extensively as an academic ecologist, a naturalist and wildlife biologist, an environmental consultant, and in heritage and tourism consultancy. He has a wide experience in lecturing, from formal academics in Canada and Ireland, to informal interpretive lectures in the Irish landscape (which is now his only classroom). He is an excellent communicator and lecturer, specializing in using non-technical language and images to illuminate important landscape features. He has wide experience of organizing and leading nature and heritage tours to all parts of Ireland, but mainly in the West. Over the years he has worked with geologists, archaeologists and vegetation historians and this teamwork has given him an intimate understanding of the natural and cultural heritage that is the Irish landscape. He has specialized knowledge and experience in flora, vegetation, ornithology, mammalogy, and landscape structure. His interest in landscape has brought him into contact with the rich tapestry of social and cultural influences that have contributed to molding the physical and biological landscape, place names, history, mythology and the Irish language. His early interest in Irish storytelling, music and song fits right into this cross-over and contributes to his passion.

  • Triscéil Tea Room
    • Unwelcome Visitors

      Unwelcome Visitors are a traditional Irish music band from St. Paul, MN, comprised of Rosa Wells on fiddle, and Buddy Ferrari on bouzouki/song. They play instrumental dance tunes, as well as traditional songs collected from Ireland and the Irish-American communities of the Great Lakes region. 

    • Dunquin

      Dunquin plays traditional Irish exuberant reels and jigs and heart-melting Irish airs on fiddle, wooden flute, and piano for concerts, dancing, and all special celebrations, private or public. Known for gorgeous arrangements of traditional tunes and some award-winning originals in the trad style, Dunquin is in demand at festivals, parties, dances and weddings throughout the Midwest. Rosa Wells, fiddle; Don Ladig, whistles and flutes; Sherry Ladig, piano and music arrangements.

    • Rupalai

      A uncommon trio with a trove of traditional dance tunes, songs in Irish Gaelic, English, Breton and more. Chad McAnally on Gaelic harp, wooden flute, vocals and hammered dulcimer; Siobhán Dugan on vocals, Buddy Ferrari on bouzouki and vocals.

    • Beth Engelking

      Solo singer and guitar/flute player.

    • Center for Irish Music Ensemble

      Students from the Center for Irish Music will present traditional tunes and songs on a variety of traditional instruments.

      The Center for Irish Music is a thriving nonprofit community music school based in St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood inside the Celtic Junction building.  The Center for Irish Music is dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community. Through private lessons, group classes, sessions and events featuring world-class artists, the Center for Irish Music aims to inspire and support the traditional Irish music community in the Twin Cities, throughout the Midwest, and Canada. 

    • Dorain

      Vocal harmonies and carefully arranged sets abound in this group.  Irish and Scottish tunes and songs arranged for voices in English and Scottish Gaelic.  Alexander Dove Lempke (guitar, bodhran, vocals), and Iain Dove Lempke (flute, guitar, vocals)

    • Murie Wenstrom Family Singers

      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 Singers’ Club gatherings, as well as the monthly Shanty sings at the Dubliner Pub and Merlins Rest.

  • IMDA Workshop Tent