2017 Entertainment – To Be Announced

2016 Headliners


The High Kings

The High Kings

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Friday, July 8th

Ireland’s Folk Band of the year, The High Kings, are Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden.  Coming from accomplished musical pedigrees, The High Kings grew up in households soaked in the Irish Musical tradition and each member of the band witnessed firsthand the power of well-crafted Irish music on an audience.

Since The High Kings started in 2008, they have sold out hundreds of shows, in Ireland and the US, made numerous TV appearances, recorded 3 studio albums and 1 live album and achieved platinum status with their 1st two albums.

The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between them bringing a rousing acoustic flavor to brand new songs as well as some old favorites. The High Kings are continuing to live up to their reputation as a phenomenal live band, serving up laughter, good times and even the odd sing along.


The Elders

The Elders

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Saturday, July 9th & Sunday, July 10th

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.


The Mahones

The Mahones

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Sunday, July 10th

From an Irish pub to an Academy Award winning movie: The Mahones have come a long way in 25 years! Heralded as pioneers of the Irish punk scene, and internationally recognized as one of the best and hardest working punk outfits around, The Mahones formed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1990, and have been working on their own brand of Irish punk ever since. With a working class ethic and a love of classic punk, Finny McConnell formed the band to combine his love of punk rock and his Irish culture. Alongside McConnell are Dom “The Bomb” Whelan, Katie Kaboom, Sean Winter, Sean “Riot” Ryan and a rotating lineup of fantastic musicians.

With nine classic albums under their belt, the band experienced a tremendous surge in popularity upon the release of their 10th album, The Black Irish. It was voted Best Punk Album at The Independent Music Awards (USA), and the band’s hit song “Paint The Town Red” was featured in the climactic final fight scene of the 2 x Academy Award-winning film “The Fighter.”


The Moxie Strings

The Moxie Strings

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Friday, July 8th, Saturday, July 9th, & Sunday July 10th

The Moxie Strings is the electrifying combination of fiddler Diana Ladio, cellist Alison Lynn, and dynamic drummer and world percussionist Fritz McGirr. Though rooted in tradition, with their feel-good melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms, The Moxie Strings have put a fresh, enticing spin on Celtic and Americana music. With ear-catching originals and dance-worthy, traditional tunes, The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience two of the world’s best-known musical genres through a young, progressive lens.


The Screaming Orphans

The Screaming Orphans

Performing at the Colorado Irish Festival | Friday, July 8th, Saturday, July 9th, & Sunday July 10th

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.


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.

Ceol Ceili

Ceol Ceili

Ceol Céilí (pronounced ‘keol kaylee’) comes from the Gaelic ‘Ceol’, meaning music, and ‘Céilí’, meaning gathering or hoolie.  A Ceol Céilí performance takes you from traditional Irish and Scottish dance music through Ireland’s favorite ballads. Since the group formed in 2002, they have gained much popularity in the Pikes Peak area.  In 2012 Ceol Céilí won second in the Colorado Irish Battle of the Bands!

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!

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.

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.”

Big Paddy

Big Paddy

Big Paddy is an Irish Groove Band – passionate musicians performing songs of popular Irish rockers and traditional old-country ditties with a danceable and soulful twist! The Big Paddy sound, which their many fans have grown to love, is passionate music that is always evolving.  They are not just another bar band, but a hard driving soulful Irish experience.

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.

Delilah's Revenge

Delilah's Revenge

Delilah’s Revenge is Colorado’s premier Irish speed folk band. The powerful sound they draw from a mere fourteen strings (violin, cello, and guitar), drum kit, and vocals is not quite like anything you’ve heard before.  Combining a metal drummer, a standing cellist, a fiddle player who rocks a green violin, a traditional folk guitarist, and engaging vocals; a Delilah’s Revenge show is an experience you will not soon forget. Their high energy, entertaining shows, leave a lasting impression, and a renewed (or new found) thirst for Irish rock!

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.”