2017 Headliners


The Young Dubliners

The Young Dubliners

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Friday, July 14th

Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock’, that label, as labels can often be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. “That was always the idea”, Keith explains. “The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with when we write”

 


Gaelic Storm

Gaelic Storm

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Sunday, July 16th

After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.  From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music.  Gaelic Storm live shows date all the way back to the mid-1990s, when Gaelic Storm kicked off its career as a pub band in Santa Monica, California. By the end of the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film “Titanic” (where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”) and laid the groundwork for a career that would eventually find them topping the Billboard World Chart five times, making appearances at mainstream music festivals such as Summerfest, Telluride and The Rock Boat Cruise, and regularly headlining the largest Irish Festivals across the country, all the while gaining a reputation as a genre-bending Irish band whose songs mix Celtic traditions with something new and unexpected. Now, with the band’s 20th anniversary on the horizon, they’re putting even more emphasis on those newer directions.

 


The Elders

The Elders

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Saturday, July 15th & Sunday, July 16th

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.


Cassie & Maggie

Cassie & Maggie

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Friday, July 14th, Saturday, July 15th, & Sunday July 16th

Fun, exciting, charming and talented Cassie & Maggie MacDonald are a dynamic Celtic sister duo who have emerged onto the music scene as the ones to watch.  Born in Halifax, with strong roots in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, the girls have been wowing audiences across Canada with their unique blend of original and traditional Celtic music. Cassie’s fiddle playing has been described as sweet and elegant with just the right amount of raw power while Maggie’s piano playing has an irresistible drive that will leave your foot incapable of staying still and compliments Cassie’s playing perfectly. 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 virtuosic piano playing, Maggie sings lead, plays guitar and is also an accomplished step dancer. Their music fits together seamlessly, encompassing various styles from Cape Breton reels to Antigonish Polkas, Quebecois fiddling and foot work 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. They are certainly rising stars in the Celtic music scene; their act is exciting, captivating and not to be missed!

2016 Live Ireland Radio’s “Vocalists of the Year” “New Group of the Year”, Chicago Irish-American Newspaper’s Emerging Artist Recording of the Year winners, Galaxie Radio Rising Stars, Independent Music Award “World Song of the Year” nominees, multiple Canadian Folk Music Award, East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia Award nominees, Nova Scotian sisters Cassie & Maggie are among the top musical acts in demand on the Irish/American/Canadian scene” – Irish Music Magazine.

 


Socks in the Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Friday, July 14th, Saturday, July 15th, & Sunday July 16th

Socks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the West coast of Ireland, the universal hub of Irish traditional music. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and their onstage wit has captured and captivated audiences the world around. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues!  Socks in the Frying Pan comprises of Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals and the accomplished Hayes brothers, Shane Hayes on accordion and Fiachra Hayes on fiddle & banjo.This youthful trio blend Irish traditional melodies with their own personal flair which has gained them critical acclaim and accolades including ‘New Band of the Year’ by the Irish Music Association. The group have been embraced in the United States, having been booked by every major Irish festival and praised for their modern traditional style and energetic approach to music. They have a clear love for live performance which only compliments the traditional essence in their shows and makes for a truly unique form of entertainment.

 


Pogey

Pogey

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Saturday, July 15th, & Sunday July 16th

The Colorado Irish Festival welcomes back Pogey!  They last performed at the festival in 2009.  Since then, they have been showcasing their unique take on Roots music at the biggest Celtic Rock festivals across the US resulting in an increased fan base and industry nominations.  Based in Celtic music rich Nova Scotia, the band has mastered how to captivate audiences with their crowd participation skills, original songs and remarkable instrumentals. Their show combines electric guitar, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, bodhran and four-part vocal harmonies to produce a trademark sound. Pogey has headlined and participated at numerous events and Irish festivals and also performed live and been interviewed on TV and countless radio programs across America and Canada.

 


Also Scheduled to Perform…

Angus Mohr

Angus Mohr

Angus Mohr, the Celtic Rock and Roll Band from the Highlands of Colorado, always delivers a powerful and emotionally charged performance.  Angus Mohr melds the mystical and ethereal sound of traditional Celtic instruments with powerful Rock and Roll.  The result is an exciting musical experience that is high-caliber entertainment.   2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the birth of Highland Rock and Roll from Angus Mohr.

Bedlam Boys

Bedlam Boys

The Bedlam Boys are the collaboration of Marty Smith (vocals and bouzouki) and Steve Hart (vocals, guitar and bouzouki), two long time Celtic musicians, performing Scottish and Irish songs and tunes.  The Bedlam Boys have been well received by audiences since their start in 2015.  In 2016, they will be performing at the Colorado Irish Festival and Celtic Harvest Festival.  They are regulars at Bierwerks Brewery in Woodland Park, and have performed at Jack Quinn’s Pub in Colorado Springs and McGinty’s Irish Pub in Divide, Colorado.

The Commoners

The Commoners

This Irish Jam Rock Band has been playing all over Colorado and the western half of the United States since 2003. Playing a blend of originals, traditionals and some of their favorite contemporary jams they keep it lively and fun.

Indigent Row

Indigent Row

Indigent Row is a progressive Celtic rock band that hails from the greater Denver/Boulder area. Indigent Row injects energy and passion into music both centuries old and newly conceived, remaining true to the traditional Irish tunes while breathing fresh life into all that they play. Combining original compositions with their own arrangements of traditional music, the band’s performances weave Celtic session tunes with songs of heroes and thieves, saints and scallywags, damsels and flea bitten tramps, breaking the rules and delighting their audiences. So get up off your arse and start dancing!

The Stubby Shillelaghs

The Stubby Shillelaghs

The Stubby Shillelaghs hail from Northern Colorado and are a high energy, acoustic, folk band that plays Celtic Nerd music.  Drawing inspiration from traditional Celtic tunes, heavy metal, and nerd culture, the Stubby Shillelaghs will get you clapping, singing and dancing to songs about Star Wars, Whiskey, Star Trek, Whiskey, Super Heroes, did they mention Whiskey?  Attending a Stubby Shillelaghs performance is not just a good time, it’s an experience!

Avourneen

Avourneen

Avourneen (pronounced a-VORE-neen), a Denver-based trio that specializes in Irish folk, doesn’t have direct geographic ties to Ireland.  The band is composed of guitarist/vocalist Adam Goldstein, a Denver native, violinist CL Morden, an import from California, and Aeryk Parker, a longtime Colorado resident and talented multi-instrumentalist.  Together, they play a brand of Celtic music that’s both timeless and innovative, a take on the genre the Celtic Connection calls “unique in Colorado – and perhaps in the country.”

Chancer's Hooley

Chancer's Hooley

Chancer’s Hooley is a high energy Celtic band who consider it their sworn duty to have a great time with their music and their listeners.  More than just people who play and sing, Chancer’s Hooley engages audiences, lifts spirits, and initiates “Spontaneous Dancers” everywhere they go by playing a blend of upbeat modern and traditional Celtic music.  Denver based Chancer’s Hooley has performed on stages across the Colorado Front Range.

Juice O' The Barley

Juice O' The Barley

Over the years, Juice O’The Barley has established itself as one of the most sought after purveyors of Irish pub music in Colorado. Taking its name from a well–known–and much consumed–Irish beverage, THE JUICE performs contemporary versions of pub classics, as well as music from the current Irish folk and pop scene. They can be found playing at local pubs and at major Irish and Celtic festivals throughout Colorado. The Juice is not your mother’s typical Irish folk group. They play their music in a style that can only be described as “Irish music with an attitude.”

Wild Mountain

Wild Mountain

Wild Mountain plays a unique and refreshing mixture of Celtic and Bluegrass music. Their style of music has been described by various sources as ”greengrass” or “Celtgrass.” Headed by producer, engineer, composer, and guitarist Mike Nile, band members—including Renee Fine, David Potter, Sarah Jones, Dave Sweeney, and John Ware—have performed with, among others, Spirit, The Indulgers, the Boulder Philharmonic, The Treasure Coast Bluegrass Band, Linda Ronstadt, and Frank Zappa. Whatever you call their music, Wild Mountain will engage you with a stimulating new sound.