Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
Wait a minute.
Normally we do this whole deal on Friday nights. What’s going on?
Irish Fest began today at 5:00.
We traditionally use this blog feature to highlight some of the musicians to appear at the festival. Because it’s a 4-day festival we need to blog accordingly. We can’t do all the performers, but let’s face it. Stop at any stage any time at Irish Fest, and you can’t go wrong.
Let’s get started.
We begin with a group named Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year”, Chicago Irish American News’ “Group of the Year”, and the winner of the prestigious “Freiburger International Leiter 2016” award in Germany.
Goitse combines their own original compositions with traditional Irish tunes. One of the group members, Colm Phelan, a World and All-Ireland Bodhrán champion. Then there’s Conal O’Kane, who is considered one of the finest guitar players of his generation. Áine McGeeney’s vocals are sweet that are so enticing to audiences.
Irish Music Magazine calls Goitse “Music that’s brimming with energy and creative zeal.”
Goitse performs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the Aer Lingus Stage. The Aer Lingus Stage is one of the largest stages at Milwaukee Irish Fest, open all four days of the festival. Hundreds of talented acts have performed on this stage throughout the years, and it is always home to The Scattering on Sunday evening. Look for it south of the Main Gate, past the Miller Lite Stage.
New to Irish Fest this year is Cuig, hailing from Armagh and Tyrone, an up and coming group. They mix fiery Irish music with rock to produce a unique sound.
It’s quite a coup for Irish Fest to land them because Cuig is in great demand.
Cúig’s debut album, ‘New Landscapes’ was released on the 1st of April, 2016 to critical acclaim.
Cuig performs tonight at 9:15.
Can’t make it?
They’ll be there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The Irish play such great music. But they can sing, too. Perfect example: Aiofe Scott.
Her website says:
Her sublime voice is a thing of beauty that stops people in their tracks. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, Dublin Folk singer-songwriter Aoife Scott has become a force to be reckoned with on the Irish folk and traditional scene.
Aoife, who speaks both English and Irish fluently, has been immersed in the music scene from an early age, from listening to her grandparents, mother, aunt and uncles making music around the fire, to observing the backstage workings of festivals both here and abroad. She moved to the west coast of Ireland several years ago, and her passion for the native Irish language spoken there is reflected in her choice of songs, including the first single “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” from her debut album, ‘Carry The Day’.
2017 is shaping up to be Aoife’s most exciting year to date with plans already set in motion to begin recording some new material and a extensive tour of the United States organized for this summer, which includes a headliner spot at the world’s biggest Irish music festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest.
Scott performs every day at Irish Fest.
We now move to Skerryvore, a group formed off Scotland’s west coast in 2005 that fuses traditional rock and jazz.
Skerryvore performs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
We close with a group new to Irish Fest that will perform all four days.
Celtica –Pipes Rock was founded in December 2009 and combines the traditional sound of Scottish bagpipes with the power of a rock band.