Line Up For Irish Fest in Chicago Revealed

A full roster of Irish music nobility will be onstage over Memorial weekend at Chicago Gaelic Park’s Irish Fest in Oak Forest. A Chicago area tradition for all ages, the Fest not only brings the best of contemporary and traditional Irish headliners to six lively stages but also features a full carnival with rides, special events for children, Gaelic football and hurling, Ceiling dancing, pony and dog exhibits, shopping and Irish cultural exhibits all surrounded by food, refreshments and great fun at one low price. With non-stop music, free on-site parking and early online ticket discounts Irish Fest at Chicago Gaelic Park has become one of the countries premier musical events with some of the best and brightest talent appearing on stage this year.

Gaelic Storm

Gaelic Storm
Gaelic Storm sells out hundreds of venues and has played to audiences totaling in the millions and returns to Irish Fest on Saturday and Sunday this year. Gaelic Storm's career soared with their appearance in the blockbuster film Titanic. Since then the band's fan base continues to multiply with each new album, turning this one time pub band into a premier touring act. Gaelic Storm's compelling originals and fresh arrangements are steeped in traditional melody creating new standards in the Celtic music genre. 

Highlights from their career include seven Billboard chart topping albums, a DVD, a full-length concert film featured on, song placement on two EA Sports Games, a 2008 Hallmark greeting card featuring their song "Kiss Me I'm Irish" and countless television and radio appearances. Prepare for the storm - Gaelic Storm - a fan favorite!

Ronan Tynan
Irish Fest is again proud to present Ronan Tynan from Co. Kilkenny. Well known as one of the famous Irish Tenors, his album “Ronan” debuted #2 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart. Ronan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man” who has persevered through numerous challenges throughout his well-documented life.
After touring with the Irish Tenors his solo career brought international fame and recognition. Ronan performed before an international TV audience of more than 35 million at President Reagan’s funeral. He is famous for his performances of “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium and he performed at New York’s 10th anniversary memorial services of the 9/11 tragedy. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the gifted Ronan Tynan, Sunday only, at Irish Fest.


Gaelic for ‘young girls,’ Girsa made their debut at Irish Fest last year. These talented young women owned the crowds with traditional selections and their unique high spirited energy.

The members have all known each other since they were very young, growing up participating in Irish music and dance in the community of Pearl River, New York. Most of the band comes from musical families where they learned traditional Irish music from such greats as Martin Mulvihill, Maureen Glynn Connelly and Pete Kelly. Some of their parents and their lifelong friends carry on this great tradition by teaching music in the community. The young ladies enjoy playing together so much that they’ll bring tons of musical fun to Irish Fest again this year!

The Makem and Spain Brothers

Makem and Spain Brothers

The tradition continues – Sunday and Monday only! The Makem and
Spain Brothers are an internationally known band that keeps the music
alive and defines where Irish folk music is going.
A host of various instruments and five male vocals using precise three part harmonies blend perfectly for what can only be described as a wall of sound. Their talent and enthusiasm draw in fans who have never experienced the joy of folk music. This band of brothers has played before millions of people in the U.S., Caribbean and Ireland. Along the way they were highlighted in national PBS specials and on popular Irish talk shows.

The Makem Brothers, from north of Dublin in Co. Louth, continue an Irish musical dynasty begun by their grandmother, Sarah Makem and their famous father, Tommy Makem. The Spain Brothers also learned Irish songs at their father's knee. When the Makems met the Spains the brothers realized the powerful synergy of their combined talents. There are bands traveling down uncharted roads trying their best to keep the music alive, but there is only one Makem and Spain Brothers.

The Kildares

The Killdares
A blend of rock, pop and Celtic, The Killdares bridges the gap between traditional and cutting edge. The Killdares have gone from local pub performers to world-class musicians who create and perform a new version of hard-driving, alternative Celtic rock. They share stages with national and international artists and are one of the hottest, cutting edge bands in music today – Celtic or otherwise.
Expanding the definition of “Celtic”, the band uses fire-driven fiddle, bagpipes, and a wail of electric guitar, bass and drums to create brilliant arrangements of traditional tunes and original compositions. Even die-hard fans of purely traditional Celtic music have embraced the band’s powerful sound.
In 2010 The Killdares released Up Against The Lights, a three-disc package (2-Audio CDs/1 DVD) of their energetic and entertaining live show at the historic Granada Theater in Dallas. Now you can experience The Killdares live at Irish Fest Saturday and Sunday!

Streams of Whiskey

Streams of Whiskey

Streams of Whiskey is a New York City based band playing the music of Shane MacGowan, The Pogues and the Popes. In this regard it makes them unique because the formula is to take Shane MacGowan and the Popes songs and play them in the style of the Pogues. Got it?
The problem with most cover bands is that the band concentrates on just one artist until it becomes a soulless imitation of that artist. But not so with Streams of Whisky. You’ll never get the feeling that you were listening to a cover band. They actually own their renditions of the songs, which is rare for a cover band. Hear for yourself Saturday and Sunday at Irish Fest. They love what they do, and it shows!

7th Heaven

7th Heaven

Appearing Monday only, Chicago Rock/Pop band 7th Heaven is one of the busiest indie bands in the world. Charting #1 in the Midwest Region on the Billboard Charts – Sept 2011, they’ve had a great couple of years They charted two releases in 2010; performed at Soldier Field with Bon Jovi; received coverage on TV’s ABC, NBC, FOX and WGN and charted the hit “Better This Way” at #2 among Chicago radio stations.
Their extremely high-energy live shows receive worldwide press coverage from USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and the LA Times. 7th Heaven is also been featured on commercials and film soundtracks. They are touring the U.S. throughout 2012 – including a Monday performance at Chicago Gaelic Park’s Irish Fest this year.

Dirt Drifters

Dirt Drifters
On Friday the talented and creative Nashville musicians, Dirt Drifters, will entertain with a unique country-rock, funky honky-tonk sound that will keep fans stompin’.
Road-tested and club-polished, this is a band whose sound has been forged on a thousand club stages. Dirt Drifters brings a resume baked in country, rock, funk and R&B all set in a gritty, lyrical roadhouse country sound that pleases the heart and the dance floor. 
Brothers Matt and Ryan Fleener grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Nashville to pursue music. After five years they met up with the musicians who would form The Dirt Drifters. From there the band has made it a point to never drift from its blue-collar working-man personality. The result is top-shelf vintage honky-tonk sound that’s sure to please Irish Fest crowds.

Chicago Reel

More Special Appearances at Irish Fest

Paddy Homan

Irish Fest is also proud to present Blackstairs Rebel (Co. Wexford), Chicago Reel, Gerry Carney (Co. Mayo), Paddy Homan & Friends (Co. Cork), Red Rebel County, Eddie Gallagher (Co.Donegal), Kathleen Keane & Friends, Larkin & Moran Brothers, Tommy Goodwin & Sharon (Co. Kerry), Crossroads Ceili Band, The Máirtín de Cógáin Project (Co. Cork), Sean & Charlie, Bernie Glim & Country Roads, The Lounge Puppetts, The Irish Musicians * Gerard Haughey & Sean O’Donnell * Mulligan Stew * Murphy Roche Irish Music Club * The Irish Music School of Chicago * Shannon Rovers Pipe Band * Pipes & Drums of The Emerald Society, and many more!

Chicago Gaelic Park is located just outside the Chicago city limits in Oak Forest. A full day pass to six musical stages, full carnival with unlimited rides, free on-site parking and all the fun anyone can handle is only $15. Early online discounts can save up to 60%! Adults over 65 years and kids under 12 are only $12. Youngsters three years and under are free. Online discount tickets, a complete Irish Fest performance schedule and directions are available at. Source

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