Friday's Schedule

Events Guide
  • 09:00am
  • 09:30am
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  • 11:30am
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  • 12:30pm
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  • 11:00pm
  • Belfast Stage
    • Mooncoin Ceili Dancers

      Mooncoin Ceili Dancers knows the excitement of Irish dance is mainly in the legs and feet, with quick, graceful movements or vigorous battering steps carrying dancers though the complex, often geometrically patterned dances. Irish ceili and set dance are forms of dance that have traditionally been practiced socially. These are the dances that have brought people together for celebrations of all kinds throughout Irish history. Mooncoin Ceili Dancers honor these traditional dances, while infusing them with a modern performance spirit. We also create new dances in the ceili and set styles, demonstrating that all traditions are living, growing, constantly evolving entities that bring many and varied meanings into the lives of those who share them.

    • 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.

    • The Center for Irish Music - Open Sky Ensemble
    • Friel Sisters

      Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with wonderful harmony, many from their family and local repertoire. Fresh and invigorating, we welcome the Friel Sisters for their first visit to the Irish Fair stage. Learn more. 

  • Celtic Corner Stage
    • Biddies Galore

      Biddies Galore -- 3 women who can't stop dancing

    • Out Of The Mist Celtic Theatre

      Ever wonder if there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, if fairies grant wishes, or if your little brother is really a changeling? Come explore the emerald isle's rich storytelling tradition with Out of the Mist Celtic Theatre's Irish Myths and Legends. Join us for a rousing, interactive adventure for the entire family, filled with laughter, singing, and, perhaps, a surprise or two.

    • Real Irish Comedy Tour

      Comedy comes to Irish Fair! Irish comedians, Dave Nihill, Sean Finnerty and Mick Thomas will be taking the stage. Friday and Saturday at Celtic Corner. Catch these hilarious voices of modern Ireland, accents included.

      From Dublin, Dave Nihill is the first ever-Irish winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, runner up in the NPR, the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition, and the first ever-Irish comedian to have a special on Dar Bar Comedy.

      From Longford, Ireland, Sean Finnerty decided to move stateside where a series of mature decisions that he failed to make led him to stand-up comedy. Recently he was rewarded for his efforts as he became the first ever Irish comedian to perform on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

      Born and raised in Wexford, it wasn’t until moving to New York that Mick Thomas's stand-up comedy career was born. A natural performer and insightful writer, in a few short years Mick has blown away one club owner after the next with his honest and genuinely original takes on American society and life as a young and dedicated family man.Mick has performed with the biggest names in comedy including Dom Irrera, Norm Macdonald, Jim Breuer, Carl LaBove, John Pinette, and Greg Giraldo.

      Get a glimpse!

  • Connacht Stage
    • Joe Carey

      Joe Carey, a MN singer-songwriter, has been around the music scene for years. Join him for an engaging performance on the stage at Irish Fair!

    • The Eddies

      The Eddies sing songs with and without accompaniment. We sing sea songs, sea shanties, and other songs of work. We sing songs of emigration, immigration, sadness, joy and silliness. We are all about the fun and all about the harmony.

    • Social Dance with the Twin Cities Ceili Band and Paul McCluskey

      Paul McCluskey will be leading YOU in social dance.  Don't worry: lots of basic instruction will be offered. 

      Music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band:

      Based in the St. Paul & Minneapolis metropolitan area, the Twin Cities Céilí Band (TCCB) have been providing traditional Irish céilí music for all manner of Irish dance: step, set, sean-nós, and céilí for almost 20 years. Live traditional music, played by musicians who are in touch with the Irish music tradition, invites people to tap their feet, clap their hands, and get up and dance. Live music for dancers is a conversation between the dancers and the musicians. The Twin Cities Céilí Band strives to be part of that conversation by playing for local céilí dances, set dances, and pretty much for anyone willing to dance.  Give it a whirl! 

  • Croke Park
  • Dublin Stage
    • The Northerly Gales

       

      The Northerly Gales is a Twin Cities based Celtic Americana quartet that loves to perform live! The band consists of Tamara Maluda, Jimmy Sherman, Randy Conaway, and Danny Schwarze. Inspired by Irish, Scottish, American and Canadian folk music, this band sure knows how to play music that will have audience members tapping their feet and forgetting their troubles!

    • Hounds of Finn

       

      We are thrilled that the Hounds of Finn will reunite on stage for the first time in years. The Hounds of Finn is a high-energy folk-rock group forged from the roots of Celtic and American traditions. Catch this rare sighting on Friday, August 12 at 5:30 pm on the Dublin Stage. 

    • Opening Ceremony

      Join us for 15 minutes at the Dublin Stage to hear from our Board Chair, Tom Whelan, meet members of the Board, Mr. Pat and Miss Shamrock, members of the Consulate General of Ireland's office, and our 2022 Curtin Conway award winner.  Every year, we give an award to a person/persons, within the Irish community, who have consistently gone above and beyond over time to promote and perpertuate Irish culture.  These award winners are tireless and generous and deserving of your attention for this brief ceremony. 

    • Wild Colonial Bhoys

      Wild Colonial Bhoys—The Irish-American band from Minnesota. Their sound is a blending of old Irish traditions handed down through the generations, with modern American rock that inspired them to make music from the time they were just wee lads. Celtic Rock that Rocks!  See more...

       

    • We Banjo 3

      Celtgrass! Irish Americana! Galway-based We Banjo 3 has one foot in Irish music and one foot in Americana music, seamlessly combining the virtuosity and precision in each genre’s traditional disciplines with the artful song-craft and infectious live performance of today’s musical landscape. See more.

  • Leinster Stage
    • Twice Banjaxed

      Good music raised local! Serious string band featuring Twin Cities teen duo Derek Anderson (banjo, bouzouki) and Morien McBurnie (banjo, guitar). These lads play Irish tunes both traditional and modern, along with their own compositions. Serious students of the instruments, these banjo boys have been playing and busking around town for four years. Learn more here! 

    • Lóma mór Irish Dance Club

      The Lóma mór Irish Dance Club was formed in 1999 to promote set, ceili, 2-hand, and sean nós dancing as a lifelong social, cultural, and community-building activity in the Twin Cities area. 

      Learn more here!

    • Connemara Patch

      Connemara Patch plays traditional Irish tunes and songs. Patrick Maun (uilleann pipes), Mary Vanorny (fiddle) and Buddy Ferrari (bouzouki). Learn more on Facebook!

  • Munster Stage
    • Wild Rose Cloggers

      The Wild Rose Cloggers currently range in age from 18 – 70-something. We are not only all ages but all abilities. We have diverse backgrounds, different strengths and weaknesses, and dance at different levels of difficulty. Some of us love being on stage, and some can’t wait until the show is done.

      Wild Rose Cloggers share a love of the dance, the great exercise clogging affords, and the fun we have together. The best news of all is anyone can be a clogger and enjoy this form of dance and performance for a lifetime.

    • Rúpálaí
    • Mooncoin Céilí  Dancers

      Mooncoin Ceili Dancers knows the excitement of Irish dance is mainly in the legs and feet, with quick, graceful movements or vigorous battering steps carrying dancers though the complex, often geometrically patterned dances. Irish ceili and set dance are forms of dance that have traditionally been practiced socially. These are the dances that have brought people together for celebrations of all kinds throughout Irish history. Mooncoin Ceili Dancers honor these traditional dances, while infusing them with a modern performance spirit. We also create new dances in the ceili and set styles, demonstrating that all traditions are living, growing, constantly evolving entities that bring many and varied meanings into the lives of those who share them.

       

    • Wild Rose Cloggers

      Wild Rose Cloggers currently range in age from 18 – 70-something. We are not only all ages but all abilities. We have diverse backgrounds, different strengths and weaknesses, and dance at different levels of difficulty. Some of us love being on stage, and some can’t wait until the show is done.

      Wild Rose Cloggers share a love of the dance, the great exercise clogging affords, and the fun we have together. The best news of all is anyone can be a clogger and enjoy this form of dance and performance for a lifetime.

  • Flagpole Patio
    • Keegan's Learners Music Session - Flagpole Patio

      The Keegan's Learners Session is a group of novice traditional Irish musicians who meet to learn tunes commonly played in sessions in the Twin Cities. Our goal is to get proficient enough to blend in at a more advanced level in regular session settings. We're welcoming to all folks interested in achieving that goal, or just in having fun playing together at a more beginning to intermediate level. MEET AT THE FLAGPOLE PATIO AREA! 

  • Pub stage
    • Todd Menton

       Todd Menton is a multi-instrumentalist and the lead singer in Boiled in Lead, a Twin Cities-based punk/folk/world-music band. He has toured extensively with the band, and is also a solo recording artist for New Folk Records. His music is a combination of original and traditional Irish tunes and songs, rendered in a unique, edgy style. The bodhrán and mandolin are featured prominently on his recordings, and are his two favorite instruments. 

    • Clare Cunningham

      Hailing from Ireland, Clare is an award winning professional singer/songwriter, performing and recording artist, who uses her platform to bring awareness on all mental health matters while being a spiritual and physical advocate too. Clare feels it’s her duty to give back to her listeners and be real, raw and honest to help de-stigmatize the conversations around addiction, suicide, anxiety, depression and many more problems our world is facing.   Learn more 

    • Gus the Bardic Troubadour

      Chris Murphy, aka Gus the Bardic Troubadour, is a one-man-band; enthralling audiences with a spirited mix of Traditional and Modern Irish Folk music since 2010.

      He also performs covers of crowd favorites, as well as what he calls Pub Covers; popular songs, but with an Irish twist.

    • Paddy Wagon

      Paddy Wagon is a Twin Cities based group that calls it’s music “ Irish music with a twang” due to their mix of Irish, folk and country influences. You are as likely to hear a song from Johnny Cash as you will hear one from The Clancy Brothers or The Waterboys at their show. Known for a wide variety of fun songs, great musical ability and fine vocals, Paddy Wagon, now in it’s 24th year, will always keep your toes tapping and bring a smile to your face.  Learn more about Paddy Wagaon

  • Ulster Stage
    • Adrienne O'Shea

      Adrienne’s musicality reveals a transcontinental experience, seeped in old-world style but with a young, modern energy. Born in Dublin to a family steeped in Irish culture, and immigrating young to a unique Irish pocket in St. Paul, MN, Adrienne has feverishly sought and soaked up her traditional roots. She has studied Irish music, dance, and language from the age of 4 under the tutelage of Norah Rendell, Cory Froelich, Seán Gavin, Brian Miller, and Dáithí Sproule. She holds multiple titles in flute, whistle, piano, and song from the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil, qualifying in nearly every event for the All Ireland Music Championships eight years running.

    • Bundle and Go

      Bundle & Go - David and Suzanne Rhees

      Offering an eclectic mix of traditional tunes and songs from Ireland and Wales to Cape Breton and beyond, including original tunes and songs, on flute, fiddle, accordions, and more.  

    • Joe DeGeorgeo and Ian McKenna

      This duo of fiddle and accordion players of traditional Irish music are recent graduates of the Center for Irish Music, and have recently (Jan 2022) released their first album; Star of the North with Brian Miller. They've been playing and competing together in fleadhs for the past 4-5 years, and are the next generation of traditional irish musicians in the community. Their duo playing was awarded 3rd place in the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in 2019.