2019 Headliners


Gaelic Storm

Gaelic Storm

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

Still going after 20 years.  Gaelic Storm attributes their continued success to their fanatic audience, and it’s a well-diversified crowd for sure. The country-music folks adore the storytelling, the bluegrass-heads love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, and the rockers simply relish the passion they play their instruments with.  Each band member, in their own way, expresses a deep gratitude for their fans, but it’s best summed up in the words of Patrick Murphy:  “The fans are the ones that have given us this life. We’re here for them.”  Visit https://www.gaelicstorm.com/welcome.html


Jigjam

Jigjam

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | All three days, Friday – Sunday, July 12th-14th

They Are Back!  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.”  Visit http://www.jigjam.ie/


Scythian

Scythian

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Saturday & Sunday, July 13th – 14th

Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays roots music from Celtic, Eastern European and Appalachian traditions with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling songwriting, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance, rock concert experience. Nashville’s Music City Roots says Scythian is ‘what happens when rock star charisma meets Celtic dervish fiddling’, and the Washington Post says “Scythian’s enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses.”  Visit https://www.scythianmusic.com/


The Young Dubliners

The Young Dubliners

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Friday – July 12th

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”, explains Keith Roberts (Lead singer and acoustic guitarist). “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”  Visit http://www.youngdubliners.com/

Also Performing…..!

Avourneen

Avourneen

Performing Friday & Sunday, July 12th and 14th

Avourneen (pronounced a-VORE-neen), a Denver-based trio that specializes in Irish folk, has established itself as one of Colorado’s most successful and innovative Celtic acts. The band is composed of guitarist/vocalist Adam Goldstein, a Denver native; violinist CL Morden, an import from California; and Kenny Martinez, a longtime Colorado resident and talented bassist. 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.”  Visit https://avourneen.com/

Gob O'Phun

Gob O'Phun

Performing Saturday, July 13th

Gobs O’Phun is celebrating their 25th year of sharing traditional folksongs of the Celtic isles – songs that tell stories – from silly to sad and everything in between. Their songs are primarily traditional folk, with a few relevant contemporary selections and a variety of originals reflecting the same spirit. “Gob” is slang in the Celtic isles for your mouth, giving birth to their name as vocalists, sharing oral histories and for their ability to incite laughter. Gobs O’Phun is a family band that started out in the family living room. It’s all about having fun on both sides of the microphone as they welcome audiences and create an environment similar to everyone sitting around the convivial confines of the family living room while sharing Irish culture through songs and stories.  Visit www.gobsophun.com

 

Juice O'The Barley

Juice O'The Barley

Performing Saturday & Sunday, July 13th and 14th

For over 10 years, Juice O’The Barley has established itself as one of the most popular purveyors of Irish 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 Irish folk, pop, and punk scene. Just imagine the Clancy Brothers jamming with the Pogues and Flogging Molly. They can be found regularly performing 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 music in a style that can only be described as “Irish music with an attitude.”  Visit http://www.juiceofthebarley.com/

Chancer's Hooley

Chancer's Hooley

Performing Saturday & Sunday, July 13th and 14th

Based out of Denver, Chancer’s Hooley has been playing all along the Front Range for over 8 years. They churn out the Celtic Rock and traditional tunes with unbridled energy and always engage the audience to participate and become one with the band. Expect rebel rock, drinking tunes and originals that span everything form philosophical life approaches, Irish Blessings and more drinking tunes. In a review of their first CD “Fish on the Line”, Rodger Hara of the Celtic Connection said that Chancer’s Hooley has something for everyone. That’s true as long as you have a “wee bit o’ the Irish in ya”.   Visit http://chancershooley.com

Grateful Dogs

Grateful Dogs

Performing Saturday, July 13th

The Grateful Dogs 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 Grateful Dogs have been well received by audiences since their start in 2015. They have performed at the Colorado Irish Festival three years consecutively, Celtic Harvest Festival, Jack Quinn’s Pub, Alchemy Pub in Colorado Springs and Paradox Beer Co. in Divide, Colorado.  Nerea Alanso combines elegance and strength in her powerful interpretation of traditional and modern fiddle repertoire.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/GratefulD0gs/

The McDeviants

The McDeviants

Performing Sunday, July 14th

The McDeviants are a Celtic Rock and Folk quartet from Colorado Springs formed in 2013. Their music consists of high energy pub tunes of old, modern Celtic Rock covers, and original material. They released their second CD, Whiskey & Bad Decisions, in 2018, and have been a mainstay of the Celtic scene in the Pikes Peak region since their debut.  Visit https://mcdeviants.com/

The Stubby Shillelaghs

The Stubby Shillelaghs

Performing Saturday, July 13th

The Stubby Shillelaghs formed in 2010 when long-time friends Andrew Mithun, Ryan Knaub, and Shaughnessy McDaniel decided to start “The Stubby Shillelaghs” as a small side project. The Stubbies perform both original compositions and traditional Celtic songs. Drawing inspiration from personal experiences and their love for science fiction and fantasy, the Stubbies write and perform songs about their personal family history, their favorite super heroes, movies, television shows, comic books, and alcohol.  Visit http://thestubbies.net/

The Commoners

The Commoners

Performing Saturday, July 13th

A group of everyday folks out of Northern Colorado getting together to crank out their versions of Irish Rock.  Putting their twist on the traditional Irish standards and a few contemporary Irish songs alike as well as a growing supply of their own originals splashed into the mix they put on a show like no other. They are currently working on an album of all original content that is planned to be released early in the summer of 2019.  Visit  http://thecommonersmusic.com/

Indigent Row

Indigent Row

Performing Saturday & Sunday, July 13th and 14th

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. Meter shifts, alternative harmonies and driving rhythms are the cornerstone of their approach as they nimbly dance the line between traditional and progressive music, blending rock, funk, jazz, folk and Celtic styles to make the songs their own. 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.  Visit https://www.reverbnation.com/indigentrow

Skean Dubh

Skean Dubh

Performing Friday, July 13th

Skean Dubh is one of the most highly sought after acoustic Celtic bands in the Rocky Mountain region. Unforgettable vocals, hauntingly beautiful piping, sophisticated fiddle, and engaging rhythms give the group its distinct voice in modern and traditional Celtic music. Skean Dubh is an acoustic Celtic band, in the Colorado Rocky Mountain region. Unforgettable vocals, Uilleann bag piping, fiery fiddle.  Visit  https://www.facebook.com/SkeanDubh/