2018 Headliners


The Elders

The Elders

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | All three days, Friday – Sunday, July 13th – 15th

The Elders were founded in 1998 by six individuals with a passion for music rooted in Americana and Celtic folk rock. From the beginning The Elders seemed to be channeling something ancient and enduring – something unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism. Their ability to bring together the art of storytelling with elements both musically progressive and rooted in tradition, has won them a broad international fan base, as well as critical acclaim.

After 20 years, The Elders are making their final tour in 2018 and perhaps, their last performances in Colorado at the Colorado Irish Festival.


Cassie & Maggie

Cassie & Maggie

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | All three days, Friday – Sunday, July 13th – 15th

Fun, exciting, charming and talented Cassie and Maggie MacDonald are a dynamic duo who have emerged onto the Celtic music scene as the ones to watch. Born in Halifax, with strong roots in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, the girls have been wowing audiences across the world with their unique blend of original and traditional Celtic music.
Together these delightful sisters bring more than your average fiddle and piano duo; Cassie is an award winning highland and step dancer and also sings harmony for Maggie. In addition to her piano playing, Maggie sings lead, plays guitar, banjo, accordion and is also an accomplished step dancer. Their music fits together seamlessly encompassing various styles from Cape Breton reels to Antigonish polkas learned from their grandfather, Quebecois fiddling and footwork to down east standards. Their vocal harmonies are sweet yet powerful and their step dancing exact and exciting, showing off their youthful charm and energy.


Screaming Orphans

Screaming Orphans

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th

The Screaming Orphans are four sisters with the good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundoran, in County Donegal, Ireland.  Their early home life reflected the great tradition of music to be found in Irish homes, especially in the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking areas. From a young age, they were singing and playing traditional Irish music. Entering their teenage years, though, they knew it was time to form their own band, one with a more contemporary sound.  While never forgetting their roots in traditional Irish music, the Screaming Orphans draw on a diverse set of influences ranging from Simon and Garfunkel to The Bangles and The McNulty Family, with a strong focus on melody-driven songs with pop and rock strains.


Jigjam

Jigjam

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | All three days, Friday – Sunday, July 13th – 15th

New to the festival!  Jigjam Band members hail from County Offaly and County Tipperary in Ireland. Jigjam is on the crest of a wave that is sweeping through the Irish music world.  The ever-evolving genre of Irish folk music has generated yet one more definition – it’s Celtgrass – a combination of Celtic and Americana music. This great combination of sounds is infectious, mixing tradition with originality.  Their songs are varied, ranging from Old Crow Medicine’s Show’s contemporary “Levi” to more traditional Americana such as “Rye Whiskey” and “Jack of the Woods.” They also tackle classics such as Richard Thompson’s “Beeswing” and the modern favorite “Riptide” by the Australian songwriter Vance Joy.  Their sound is full of great vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo, mandolin and double bass. It’s nearly impossible to not want to dance to Jigjam’s music. Their talent is unquestioned. As one reviewer wrote, “Here’s an Irish band that’s going to impact the world as hard as Clancy Brothers or U2 if they get only half a chance.”


The Go Set

The Go Set

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th

New to the festival!  With founding members having been brought up on everything from traditional Celtic and folk music, to early seventies punk rock, The Go Set embarked on a unique musical journey.  Combining the folk elements of the bagpipes, accordion, and mandolin, with distorted punk guitars and a rock n roll ethos, The Go Set has created a sound and direction all its own. According to one music reviewer, “trying to describe the sound of The Go Set is like trying to imagine Peter Garrett, The Pogues, and The Clash having a late night jam in a local pub with an endless supply of booze.”  The Go Set introduced its signature sound with 2004’s Sing a Song of Revolution and has followed up with 6 additional studio albums and a DVD. All this time they continued to tour extensively in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Europe, developing a strong following based on the band’s intense and energetic live shows. Only recently have they been “discovered” and found their way onto the American Irish festival scene.


More to be announced soon…