These are the performers we are working with for the 2016 festival. This listing is subject to change.

The Fighting Jamesons

Performing Thursday and Friday.

The Fighting Jamesons

The Fighting Jamesons deliver a traditional style of music with an aggressive and energetic modern-day approach. Forming in 2010, The Fighting Jamesons quickly gained a strong presence on the East Coast. They’ve shared the stage with legendary Irish rock acts such as Dropkick Murphys, The Saw Doctors, and Young Dubliners.

http://thefightingjamesons.com/

Whiskey of the Damned

Performing Thursday only.

From http://therebelstage.com/p/whiskey:

Whiskey of the Damned

Whiskey of the Damned is a five piece, Celtic influenced rock group put together by Ireland native Eoin McCarthy. Located in Milwaukee WI, Whiskey of the Damned are a group of talented musicians dedicated to playing high energy, raucous concerts filled with an unmistakeable mixture of American and Irish rock. Described as a mix of The Pogues, Dropkick Murphy’s, and Flogging Molly, you do not want to miss this act perform live.

Off Kilter

Performing Friday through Sunday.

Off Kilter Irish Fest Promo Photo.jpg

Off Kilter is a high-energy Celtic rock band founded by Jamie Holton, bagpiper, in 1996. The band is a unique blend of traditional Celtic tunes and songs with a rock twist, popular covers arranged with a Celtic rock feel, and original songs. Instruments consist of bagpipes, Irish whistles, electric guitar, bass, fiddle, drums and vocals. The band recently ended an 18 year run as one of the most popular bands at Walt Disney World in Florida, and currently tours the country performing at many different venues.

You can find out more information on the band’s website at http://offkilterrocks.com/ and on Facebook!

The Led Farmers

Performing Friday through Sunday.

From http://www.theledfarmers.com/:

The Led Farmers

The Led Farmers are an Irish folk band from Ireland. The members are all experienced players, who come from varying musical backgrounds and projects. Each member has studied and qualified with degrees and masters’ in Classical music as well as embracing pop, rock and experimental genres. The group boasts 2 All Ireland Music competition titles and have played all over Europe. Much of their repertoire is chosen from the powerhouses of Irish Folk Music; The Dubliners, Planxty and The Pogues. It is within their fresh arrangements and live performances that The Led Farmers excel. They also write their own material and are known for giving the odd pop song a folk twist.

‘To those who believe Irish folk music is learning the words to Danny Boy or the Irish Rover and slapping a few chords together you’d be well served listening to a few of the Led’s trad tracks, and realize the expertise that’s required’ – Brian O’Shea

‘The Led Farmers are the kind of act that you just want to see go far, they have a likeability factor and stage presence that just completely enhances their performance and makes them so distinctive in comparison to so many trad/folk groups out there at the moment’ – Elaine McDonald

Gailfean

Performing Friday through Sunday.

From http://www.gailfean.com:

Gailfean

Although long-time friends, this lineup was literally “blown together” by stormy weather in October of 2012. Their signature is “pure drop” Irish traditional music played in traditional style.

The lineup for this new configuration includes:

  • Seven-time All-Ireland button-box champion JOHN WHELAN named “Traditionalist of the Year” by Irish Echo magazine brings both passion and playfulness to his music while respecting the tradition.
  • Called one of the best fiddlers of his generation, All-Ireland fiddler BRIAN CONWAY performs with a skill, grace, and force that are steeped in Sligo style tradition but distinctively his own.
  • Cork born MÁIRTÍN DE CÓGÁIN, the singing, dancing, bodhrán player who also happens to be an All-Ireland champion storyteller. Máirtín pleasantly commands the attention of any collection of people with his infectious personality.
  • Accompanist DON PENZIEN who has long been a top-flight performer of Irish traditional music and frequently tours nationally playing concerts and festivals with top Irish talent.

Tom Sweeney

Performing Friday through Sunday.

From http://www.tomsweeneymusic.com:

Tom Sweeney

Tom Sweeney is a genuine ‘rarity’ in the field of Irish singing.

His audiences range from four and five year-olds right up to the thousands who regularly attend his performances on the stages of the U.S. and Canada’s premier Irish music festivals.

Along with brother Jimmy, the late Donegal fiddle player, P.V.O’Donnell and fellow Omagh man, Brian Doherty, known collectively as Barley Bree, Tom spent nearly twenty years in Nova Scotia, Canada plying his musical trade.

Evans & Doherty

Performing Friday through Sunday.

From http://www.evansanddoherty.com:

Evans & Doherty

Kevin Evans & Brian Doherty have been an integral part of the East Coast music scene for thirty four years. They have been together as Evans & Doherty for Thirty years. To capture the essence of an Evans & Doherty performance, take a lively blend of traditional, original and contemporary songs, add a liberal sprinkling of stories and humour, then sit back and enjoy these fine entertainers.

Chance the Arm

Performing Friday through Sunday.

From http://www.chancethearm.com/:

Chance the Arm

Chance the Arm is a seven piece Celtic Rock band from Kansas City, MO. After forming in 2010, they began playing shows in 2011 around the Kansas City area. Since then, they have built a strong foundation in the Kansas City Irish Community and local music scene. The group is now well on the way to working at a national level and playing more frequently outside of their native Missouri. Chance the Arm is versatile, and combines traditional Celtic melodies, hard rock and bluegrass, all while paying homage to the Celtic genre favorites. Playing live is their forte, with a focus on fun and energy appropriate for all ages, onstage and off.

The Kells

Performing Friday through Sunday.

The Kells

“The Kells have the recipe to perfection!”, says Mike O’Regan of Irish Music Magazine.

Performing from Rio to Rome, across the USA, and at Indy Irish Fest as a favorite for many years, their spectacular performances never fail to stun the audience. Influenced by their extensive backgrounds from Folk and Traditional Irish, to Hard Rock, they create a sound which has a uniquely creative twist to an otherwise familiar tune, as well as original tunes that hit the soul like a long lost friend.

“I travel the world performing with groups like The Chieftains and Cherish the Ladies and I can assure you, you’ll find no better Irish Musicians anywhere, than The Kells.” – John Timm of Indy’s own, Richen’s Timm Irish Dance Academy.

Regionally, the Indy Irish Fest along with Milwaukee Irish Fest, Peoria Irish Fest, Cincinnati Irish Fest, and Dublin Irish Fest all regularly feature The Kells as a premiere exponent of Irish music. Their performances at World Youth Day in Rio last year touched nearly a million young hearts at a time, but their time spent with the poor and impoverished of that country continues to inspire them to share both music and song with passion, grace, and humility.

The Kells play Traditional Irish Music, which is in essence the “soul music” of the Irish race. With a genuine passion and a sincere sense of purpose the Kells pour their hearts into playing lively jigs, rippin’ reels and haunting airs with songs that reach deep into the moral and emotional part of man’s nature. It is music for all ages – and for the ages.

The Kells are Brian McCoy (flutes, whistles, pipes) – Kim Rattan-McCoy (vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki) – Doug Rudy (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, vocals) – Eddie Cotter, Jnr. (Irish bodhrán drum)

Their latest CD, “Smooth Sailing After All”, will be available at the fest along with their popular “Don’t Burn the Water” CD.

The Kells website

Alair

Performing Saturday only.

From http://www.alairmusic.com/about.html:

Alair

Alair was formed in the summer of 2005 and is a 3-piece celtic group consisting of fiddle, flute, harp, percussion, and vocals.They play a blend of Irish and Scottish tunes, incorporated with a touch of jazz, rock, and world music. They put a fresh, modern, and highly energetic feel to their arrangements of traditional tunes, as well as creatively adapting music from groups such as Solas, Natalie MacMaster, and Loreena McKennitt.Alair has performed in such venues as the Indianapolis Arts Garden, the Music Mill, Indy’s Irish Fest, the Broad Ripple Art Fair, and Fionn MacCool’s Irish pub. In addition, they have performed at many weddings, house concerts, and private corporate events. This past St. Patrick’s Day 2007 they had the honor of performing as guest soloists with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.

Ennis Clare

Performing Friday and Saturday.

From http://www.ennisclareband.com:

Ennis Clare

Ennis Clare, based in Indianapolis, is a high-energy traditional Irish band featuring audience rousing traditional songs and high driving, foot stomping Irish tunes.

Song selections range from rowdy pub sing-alongs to traditional selections while incorporating the best in contemporary compositions.

Tune selections come from traditional Irish repertoire backed by high octane guitar rhythms, powerful banjo chords and exultant accordion riffs!

The band plays nationally for every type of function from music festivals and corporate events to dance gatherings. If you are looking for an all-out energetic, entertaining, acoustic show, Ennis Clare is the band for you!

Hogeye Navvy

Performing Saturday and Sunday.

From http://hogeyenavvy.com:

Hogeye Navvy

Hogeye Navvy plays a wide variety of acoustic traditional music, including sea shanties and music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America. They have played together in various formations, and for more years than its members care to admit, throughout Central Indiana at festivals and events, and have toured Ireland and Scotland with their loyal fans.

Indianapolis Ceili Band

Performing Saturday and Sunday.

From http://www.indyceiliband.com/fr_home.cfm:

Indianapolis Ceili Band

The Indianapolis Ceili Band is an ensemble dedicated to the preservation of the traditional Irish ceili band style. A Ceili (pronounced Kay-lee) is a social gathering with traditional music, dancing, singing and storytelling.

This talented ensemble seeks to involve audiences in the Irish culture by inviting them to learn simple ceili dances and strives to develop camaraderie, a sense of family and create an enjoyable atmosphere at every performance. The band was formed in 2009 and features some of the finest traditional Irish musicians from the Indianapolis area. The band is a member of the international organization Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and competes in the Midwest Fleadh Ceili Band Competition every year.

The Irish Airs

Performing Saturday and Sunday.

The Irish Airs

The Irish Airs have been a staple in the Irish music scene in Indianapolis for more than 25 years. Lead by Irishman Brian Cunningham on guitar and vocals, The Irish Airs are the only band to have performed at every Indianapolis Irish Festival since the tradition began in 1995. The band’s lineup is rounded out by Wyatt Watkins on fiddle, T.H. Gillespie on keyboards, and Brian’s son Chris Cunningham on bodhran, mandolin, and percussion. Along with performing at the Indianapolis Irish Festival every year, the Irish Airs have performed at some very notable venues around Indianapolis including the Indiana Roof Ballroom, the Rathskeller’s Biergarden, and the Hilbert Circle Theater. They’ve even made their way across the Atlantic for a tour across Ireland with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir that included a stop at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. This is one of Indianapolis’ can’t miss Irish music acts!

Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance

Performing Friday through Sunday.

From http://www.richenstimm.com/:

Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance

The Richens/Timm Academy is one of the most recognizable and respected names in the world of Irish dance. It is the most established and accomplished school in both central Ohio, central Indiana and now Wyoming. The Academy’s rich history began over 35 years ago when Ann Richens ADCRG, a native of Dublin, Ireland, began traveling to Columbus from Dayton, Ohio to share her passion for Irish dance. After her prized pupil, John Timm, captured the 1993 Senior Men’s World Championship title, they partnered and the school became the Richens/Timm Academy. Following Ann’s passing in 2011, Richens/Timm is now directed by John and his wife, Heather Timm. The Richens/Timm Academy currently serves locations in Dublin, Columbus and Dayton, OH, Indianapolis and Tipton, IN, and a sister school in Casper, Wyoming.

Irish Blessings Dancers

Irish Blessings Dancers

Irish Blessings Dancers is a performance group that offers workshops, ceili classes and basic Irish dance classes as well as Irish dance presentations.  They perform at assisted living facilities, schools, festivals, weddings  and other festive events. The group bases all programs on traditional Irish step and ceili dancing while choreographing some dances for variety.  The group sponsors the Indiana Ceili Club that meets once a month to learn figure and set dances in their original forms.  Irish Blessings Dancers dance to rejoice.  New dancers are welcome to attend classes in Carmel, IN.  Visit the group on Facebook.

St. Pat’s Day Rogues Pipes and Drums

Performing Friday and Saturday.

St. Pat's Day Rogues Pipes and Drums

Dressed in their saffron kilts, emerald green hose and Irish caubeen caps that pay homage to the uniforms of Irish military bagpipe bands, the St. Patrick’s Day Rogues Pipes & Drums pride themselves in presenting an extensive repertoire of traditional Irish tunes and Irish – American favorites.

The Rogues were founded in 2009 by a group of musicians who shared a passion for the Great Highland Bagpipes and wanted to promote music grounded in the Irish heritage of many of the members.

Musical experience among the members ranges from decades of performing in both marching and competitive bagpipe bands, college bands, military bands and drum & bugle corps as well as members who may be newer to their instruments but share in the passion for Irish music.

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