Milwaukee Irish Fest 2011
Another Milwaukee Irish Fest has come and gone and all I can say is the people of Milwaukee really know how to throw a party. I was able to make my way north of the border twice this year to see some fantastic performers and eat way too much good food. On Friday, August 19th I was able to catch a bit of Brendan Hendry Band before heading over to see a new favorite form last year Kintra. Kintra did not disapoint this year with their diversity in music styles while maintaining a reverence to the traditons of the music. After Kintra I took in some traditional Donegal music played by three fiddle players named Fidil. Gaelic Storm's stage was crowded and roudy as it usually is during Irish Fest. The Friday highlight for me was the Kansas City based Celtic rock band The Elders. This band never fails to deliver.
On Sunday I was able to attend the concert with my friend, and awesome photographer, Jim Fidler. Jim has graciously allowed me to post his pictures again of this years festval. For the first part of the day we check out some local Milwaukee bands on the Celtic Rock Stage - The Sandcarvers and Whiskey of the Damned.
Every year I look for a new band that I am not familiar with that blows me away. This year the band was Skerryvore from Scottland. They call their style a "Trad-rock Fusion" that incorporates fiddle, bagpipes and accordians with traditional rock band instuments.
Milwaukee Irish Fest - www.irishfest.com
Brendan Hendry Band - www.brendanhendry.com
Kintra - www.kintramusic.com
Fidil - www.fidilmusic.com
Gaelic Storm - www.gaelicstorm.com
The Elders - www.eldersmusic.com
The Sandcarvers - www.thesandcarvers.com
Whiskey of the Damned - www.facebook.com/WhiskeyoftheDamned
Skerryvore - www.skerryvore.com
Altan - www.altan.ie