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.
La Crosse Irish Fest takes place today through Sunday. Milwaukee Irish Fest is scheduled on the Summerfest grounds next Friday-Sunday, one of the only ethnic festivals at the lakefront that has not been canceled this summer.
Our daughter Kyla performs at both with the Glencastle Irish Dancers, based in Franklin.
This week, music from groups that will be on stage in La Crosse and Milwaukee.
Gaelic Storm began their career as a pub band in Santa Monica, California in the mid-1990’s. Since then they tour the US playing more than 200 shows each year. The band’s biggest claim to fame: appearing in the blockbuster film “Titanic.” Gaelic Storm regularly headlines the largest Irish Festivals across the country.
Look for Gaelic Storm all three nights of Milwaukee Irish Fest on the Miller Lite Stage.
Our next performer has an impressive resume. Won A Grammy. Nominated for an Emmy. Guest starred with more than 50 orchestras. Played for Presidents and Royalty worldwide.
Eileen Ivers is considered the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.
The Washington Post wrote “She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.” Billboard Magazine called her a “sensation.” The NY Times labelled her “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” The Irish Times stated “She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing.”
The L.A. Times proclaimed “Ivers’ presentation was music with the kind of life and spirit that come together when talented artists from different backgrounds find the linkages that connect all forms of music…no wonder the audience loved every minute.”
Ivers can be seen on the Coors Light Stage at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest.
These young women will NOT be in Milwaukee next weekend, but they should be.
Camille and Kennerly Kitt are identical twin harpists known as the Harp Twins. They’ve represented the United States at four different World Harp Festivals, have attracted more than 2.5 million fans across their social media sites and have received 130 million views on their YouTube music videos.
“Elegant, wistful, excellent!”
“Some things in the world are so beautiful and pure attempting to describe them in words would be futile. Such is the case with electric harpists and identical twins, Camille and Kennerly.”
The Huffington Post
“We have spent a LOT of time playing and performing classical music and we still love the classical genre. However, even while we were harp performance majors, we always felt like the harp could be so much more. Harp has been relegated to a background or orchestral instrument for basically all of its history. The only harpists that seem to have ever broken that barrier are singers – which means that the harp still is a background instrument because the vocals carry the melody and the harp part becomes simplified and not as significant. We wanted to play the kind of music that we wanted to play without being confined to the same music that harpists have been playing for centuries. We wanted to wear what we wanted to wear and not be relegated to the long skirts and sensible heels of the classical harpist. We wanted to break barriers, cross genres, and take the harp to where it has never been before – in every way! We never expected that there would be a niche for harps playing rock music, but we seemed to have created one! We don’t want the harp to define us. We want to define the harp.”
The Harp Twins
The duo has recorded cover versions of Iron Maiden, Scorpions, The Rolling Stones, Blue Oyster Cult, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, U2, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith.
The Byrne Brothers are a multi award winning family band and Irish dancers from Dublin and one of the biggest names in traditional Irish music today. They are Luca on Accordion, Finn on Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar, Dempsey on Bodhran & Whistle and their father, Tommy on Uilleann Pipes, Bagpipes, Fiddle and Guitar. Not only are the Bryne Brothers all champion musicians but they’re Ulster Champion Irish Dancers. The family now resides in Orlando and became the youngest ever Cast Members of Walt Disney World while performing at the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.
The Bryne Brothers appear on the Lakefront Brewery Stage in Milwaukee next weekend.
Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn are The Moxie Strings. Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin.
The Moxie strings play the Miller Lite Stage Friday and Sunday in Milwaukee and the Cider Boys Stage on Saturday.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Kyla’s dance school, Glencastle Irish Dancers will be in La Crosse and Milwaukee. In Milwaukee Glencastle performs Saturday at 3:15 on the Coors Light Stage and Sunday at 11:15 on the Miller Lite Stage (just before The Moxie Strings).
This will be part of their repertoire.