Over 20 bands, all you can eat at Irish Music Festival

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The Michigan Irish Music Festival returns September 14-17 at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon. The festival features Irish and Celtic music on six covered stages.

The full festival opens on September 15 and features over 20 bands, a huge selection of food, drinks (local beer, Irish whiskey, Irish cider and local craft beer), shopping and cultural offerings.

A pub preview night on Thursday 14 September will give patrons a taste of the weekend with food, drink and entertainment in the pub tent only. Admission is $ 5 (cash only on Thursdays). Three groups will play on Thursday.


Here are some of the over 20 bands scheduled to play:

We Banjo 3, which claimed the No. 1 position on Billboard’s world music charts; top honors from the Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO); and the honor of entertaining a US President, Irish Prime Minister and members of Congress at the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon on Capitol Hill. From Galway, Ireland, We Banjo 3 plays a mix of traditional Irish, old time and bluegrass music which they call “Celt Grass”.

Lunasa, renowned for its breathtaking shows, honed by superb musicality and a constant touring cycle. Lunasa has performed over 1,500 shows in 36 countries since the group formed in 1997.

Cara Dillon, who won the All Ireland singing trophy at 14. In recent years, she has returned wholeheartedly to her Irish roots, creating new interpretations of traditional standards with amazing results.

The Elders, founded in 1998 by six people with a passion for music rooted in American and Celtic folk rock.

Old Blind Dogs, a Scottish musical group featuring traditional Scottish folk and Celtic music. The group was named “Folk Group of the Year” at the Scots Trad Music Awards and has toured extensively, performing in Great Britain, the United States, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy and Russia.

Goitse, a multi-award winning quintet that met at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. Recently crowned Live Ireland’s Trad Group of the Year and Chicago Irish American News Group of the Year, they have made a name for themselves as one of the most sought-after groups to perform traditional Irish music.

Moxie Strings, the combination of fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn, has become one of Michigan’s most beloved instrumental groups.

Seamus Kennedy is a fan favorite of the Michigan Irish Music Festival due to his ongoing interaction with audiences.

In addition to live music, Celtic Food and Drink serves authentic Irish food and drink including Irish Fest Stout, Irish Cream, Magner’s Irish Cider, Irish Whiskey, wine, local craft beer and Budweiser products. The tearoom offers alcohol-free choices and treats in a relaxed atmosphere. Other festival activities include the Irish Market and Irish Shop, children’s activities, a cultural center and a session tent. The Highland Games will also be back. On Saturdays, the event hosts FEIS, an Irish dance competition. On Sunday morning, a Catholic Mass will be held at 9 a.m., followed by a traditional Irish breakfast. This year, Celtic Canines is back at the festival on Sunday, giving customers the opportunity to learn and meet Irish dog breeds.

Advance tickets and a festival pass are available online. Customers can save $ 5 per ticket over the admission price when shopping online. News, michiganirish.org

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