Sunday's Schedule

  • 09:00am
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  • 11:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:00pm
  • 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm
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  • 3:30pm
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  • 8:00pm
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  • 11:00pm
  • Main Stage
    • The HiBs

      The HiBs (pronounced High Bees) are Kate & Jode Dowling and Patsy O’Brien. HiB is short for Hibernian, the Roman name for Ireland, but let’s all be honest here.  Academics aside, the name was actually inspired by our favorite bar in the world, The HiB, in Cork City.

    • Aoife Scott

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

    • 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

    • Screaming Orphans

       

      The Screaming Orphans are four sisters with the good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland.

      There is a great tradition of music to be found in Irish homes especially in the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking areas which have produced the likes of Clannad, Enya and Mairead, Micheal and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill. Our home was no exception. From we were young, we've been singing and playing traditional Irish music but when we hit our teenage years we knew it was time to start our own pop rock band.

    • 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.

    • Scattering
  • Celtic Kitchen
  • CIM Children's Area
  • Croke Park
    • Sheep Herding
    • Hurling
    • Hurling/Camogie for Kids
    • 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!

    • Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band
    • Camogie
    • Sheep Herding
    • Gaelic Football
    • Football for Kids
  • Dance Stage
    • Shamrock School of Irish Step Dance

      The Shamrock School of Irish Step Dance is one of the longest running schools in the Twin Cities and is a performance and competitive school with many accomplished dancers at all levels. Our school is steeped in Irish culture and tradition as our founder- May Kirmer Buckley was born in Dublin, Ireland and a prominent dancer at the Theater Royle in Dublin’s fair city that moved to the US in 1945 after marry a “a prominent American soldier and a good looking Yankee in a uniform!” A love of Irish Dance and of continuing to foster the perfection and a passion for this sport/art form is what our school is all about. We offer classes from 4 through college ages and are based in Eagan, MN. We love participating in the Irish Fair of Minnesota and welcome new students.

    • Mooncoin Ceili Dancers

      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.

    • North Star & Wild Rose Cloggers

      North Star Irish Dance is a program offering Irish dance in a competition-free environment. Dancing in Eden Prairie and Northfield, NSID's strength is embracing dancers of various levels and customizing teaching styles to individual needs. NSID also frequently volunteers in the community as a part of their mission of Connecting to Community while Fostering Tradition.

    • Mulhern School of Irish Dance

      The Mulhern School of Irish Dance offers lessons in Eden Prairie, MN and in the Chicago area. The school was established in 2001 by sisters Eileen Mulhern O'Kane and Coleen Mulhern Malloy, both accomplished dancers themselves who have trained with Irish dancing legends Pat Roche, Dennis & Margie Dennehey, and Michael Flatley. Mulhern expanded their school from Chicago up to the Twin Cities four 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 Nationals medals. This is Mulhern's third year participating at Irish Fair and we are delighted to be a part of this wonderful celebration of Irish culture, music and dance. We bring a range in level of dancers today, our 4 year olds up to 18 year olds, from beginners and first time performers to World Qualified dancers.

    • 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! 

    • North Star Irish Dancers

      North Star Irish Dance is a program offering Irish dance in a competition-free environment. Dancing in Eden Prairie and Northfield, NSID's strength is embracing dancers of various levels and customizing teaching styles to individual needs. NSID also frequently volunteers in the community as a part of their mission of Connecting to Community while Fostering Tradition.

    • Biddies Galore

      "3 women who can't stop dancing"

    • Rince na Gréine

      Rince na Gréine (RINK-ah nah GRAHN-ya) means "Dance of the Sun" in Irish. We teach traditional Irish Dance to ages 3 through adult. At Rince na Gréine, we want our dancers to experience the joy of Irish Dance in any way they want to, whether that is just for recreation, or through performance or competition.  We are an Open Platform school, meaning we welcome anyone to dance with us.​​

    • 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.

    • Mooncoin Ceili Dancers

      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.

  • Pub stage
    • Center for Irish Music - An Luan

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

    • The Eddies

      The Eddies sing songs of Work, Love and Death. Four voices, in two and a half part harmony. For the fun of it. It’s all about the harmony.

    • Willow Brae Trio

      Traditional Irish and Scottish music performed on Celtic harp, wooden flutes, concertina, whistles, border pipes and voice, plus a guest percussionist.

      Willow Brae is Andrea Stern, Celtic harpist, and multi-instrumentalist Laura MacKenzie on traditional wind-powered instruments and voice. For 2019, they are joined by percussionist Michael Bissonnette to round out the “Willow Brae Trio”. Together they bring to life the airs, dance tunes and songs of the Irish and Scottish countrysides, conveying the warm resonance of traditional music as well as the spark and excitement of dance tunes.

    • Willow Brae Trio

      Traditional Irish and Scottish music performed on Celtic harp, wooden flutes, concertina, whistles, border pipes and voice, plus a guest percussionist.

      Willow Brae is Andrea Stern, Celtic harpist, and multi-instrumentalist Laura MacKenzie on traditional wind-powered instruments and voice. For 2019, they are joined by percussionist Michael Bissonnette to round out the “Willow Brae Trio”. Together they bring to life the airs, dance tunes and songs of the Irish and Scottish countrysides, conveying the warm resonance of traditional music as well as the spark and excitement of dance tunes.

  • River Stage
    • The Eddies

      The Eddies sing songs of Work, Love and Death. Four voices, in two and a half part harmony. For the fun of it. It’s all about the harmony.

    • Release the Craicen

      Release the Craicen was a startup band new to the Irish scene in 2017. They debuted in a pub sing along on St. Patrick's Day. You can often find them down at the Dubliner Pub in St. Paul. Focusing on a Pogues and Flogging Molly influenced Irish Rock-Folk-Punk style, classic rock rhythms raise up rousing choruses while fiddle and accordion tunes reminisce days gone by. Between classic pub songs, modern Paddy Rock covers and an original or two, Release the Craicen has something for everyone. 

    • Sister Tree

      Celtic/Americana Folk Music

    • Hannah Flowers

      Hannah Flowers is a singer and Irish harpist from St. Paul, Minnesota.  Known for her sensitive and lyrical accompaniment of songs as well as her syncopated and rhythmic accompaniment of dance tunes, Hannah enjoys exploring the full depth of traditional Irish music and song.  Her passion is accompanying herself on the harp while singing songs, especially songs in the Irish language.  Apart from being an active performer on lever harp and as a singer, Hannah is a sought after harp and song teacher privately and at the Center for Irish Music, a non-profit community music school dedicated to handing down the tradition. www.facebook.com/harpisthannah/ 

    • Patsy O'Brien

      Hailing from Cork in the south of Ireland, Patsy has traveled the globe, guitar in hand, accompanying, creating and recording with some of the giants of Irish music.
      An award-winning songwriter and much sought-after guitarist, his ability to meld songwriting and guitar styles seamlessly caught the attention of NPR who featured his arrangement of The Star Of The County Down on their All Songs Considered program.
      Patsy’s travels hosting guitar and songwriting workshops and performing have led him to formulate his ideas into lessons and one-on-sessions based on his years of experience answering the questions and queries of an ever-growing band of music-lovers. Learn more about Patsy.

  • Eóin McKiernan Speaker's Tent
    • Lavinia Finnerty- Irish Language Conversation Circle

      Lavinia Finnerty. A transplant from the Gaeltacht region of Connemara, Lavinia Finnerty, is an energetic advocate for the Irish language. She teaches Irish language literature, children’s literature, and listening/speaking/grammar skills at the Irish College of Minnesota in the Celtic Junction’s McKiernan Library, focusing particularly on preparing students for Maynooth University’s internationally accredited TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge) exams in comprehending and speaking the Irish language. All levels welcom

    • Lynette Reini-Grandell - Nordic and Celtic Poetry

      Lynette Reini-Grandell. An award-winning Minnesota poet with strong connections to her Finnish roots, Lynette Reini-Grandell also acknowledges a wide-reaching appreciation for Celtic visionary lyrics especially the Mystery songs of the ancient bard Amergin. Her previous poetry collections include Approaching the Gate (Holy Cow! Press, 2014) which won the 2015 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, and Wild Verge (Holy Cow! Press, 2018).

    • Caroline Tatem - Ireland's Mummers

      Caroline Tatem. A scholar with deep interests in Irish and Irish-American history and folklore and language, Caroline Tatem is the North American Tour Manager for the internationally celebrated Armagh Rhymers group whose work dovetails and complements her research interests in mumming and masquerade traditions.

    • Carrie Finnigan - Drawing Celtic Mythology

      Carrie Finnigan. Carrie Finnigan is an extraordinarily vital Minnesota-based artist who reinvents motifs and content from Celtic mythology in new ways for a 21st century Midwest audience. Of particular note was her 2018 60-foot wide mural on the south wall of Celtic Junction (completed in collaboration with Marty Ochs) featuring four panels representing core elements of Celtic culture and art. She also regularly teaches Drawing Celtic Mythology classes at the Irish College of Minnesota at Celtic Junction.

    • 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.

    • David Gardiner - A Beginner's Guide to James Joyce

      David Gardiner. Dr. David Gardiner is the recently appointed Director of the Center for Irish Studies and the editor of the New Hibernia Review at the University of St. Thomas. An alum of St. Thomas, he began his graduate work at University College – Galway after receiving the Rhodes Scholarship nomination. He has published four books and over forty articles in Ireland, the U.K. and EU. His forthcoming work of poetry will be published by Salmon Poetry (Ireland) in 2020.

  • Triscéil Tea Room
    • Center For Irish Music Open Sky Ensemble - Hospitality Tent

      Hospitality Tent Performance

      Students from the Center for Irish Music Open Sky Ensemble will present traditional tunes and songs on a variety of traditional instruments in the Hospitality Area immediately following Mass.

      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. 

    • Giggin Siles

      Drawn together as students of Irish Gaelic, the Giggin’ Síles sing traditional and not so traditional tunes in English and Gaelic

    • Sona

      Traditional Irish duo Sona (pronounced "SUN-a") is a combination of harp, fiddle, and concertina with vocals, performing lively dance tunes, harp melodies, and traditional songs in English and Irish.  Mattie Ernst - Fiddle, concertina, vocals.  Hannah Flowers - Vocals, nylon- and wire-strung harps

    • Mike Lovestrand

      Irish favorite songs from a classic Irish tenor.

    • 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. 

       

    • Tom Klein

      Tom Klein plays the uilleann pipes, often called the Irish pipes.

      The uilleann (pronounced ill-en: Irish for “elbow”) pipes are the bagpipe of Ireland and one of the world’s most complex folk instruments. Incorporating a sweet, rich tone and built-in chordal and rhythmic accompaniment, the uilleann pipes possess a character and soul not found in any other instrument: at once beautiful, haunting…and appropriate for so many of life’s great moments and occasions.

  • IMDA Workshop Tent