The Keigher Academy of Irish Dance was established in 1999, under the direction of Sharon McLemen, Susan Keenan and Holly McNichols. The academy is proud to offer classes for dancers of all levels, beginners though championship. Keigher also, strives to accommodate competitive dancers as well as recreational dancers, offering a range of activities to suit each family.
Voted 2015 Celtic band of the year by Wisconsin Area Music Industry, Reilly have garnered a reputation for being an interactive, get-off-your-chair act. The band’s travel circuit around the Midwest continues to grow along with their reputation for being a highly respected and professional level group. National programs such as Good Morning Ireland, Blarney on the Air, and Paddyrock internet radio have featured Reilly and Celtic Radio Music Network rates them as five out of five stars. Their ability to adapt Celtic music to an American rock audience, and include unexpected rock favorites into their set, makes them the perfect eclectic choice in today’s watered down and predictable Celtic scene.
Being a strong part of the Irish and non-Irish musical community throughout the Midwest, Reilly have appeared regularly at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest, The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center in Milwaukee, Manhattan, IL Irish Fest, Will County, IL Celtic Fest, Bastille Days in Milwaukee, City of Indianapolis events, Harley-Davidson festivals, River Rhythms in Milwaukee, countless St. Patrick’s parades and activities, Bradley Center events, and at far too many Irish pubs and non-Irish locales around the Midwest to mention. They’ve shared the stage with Gaelic Storm, Flogging Molly, Enter the Haggis, The Prodigals, Barra MacNeils, Seven Nations, The Bridies, Luka Bloom and more. Members of Reilly are also involved with community and social outfits such as the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin—Milwaukee Chapter.
Reilly celebrates Celtic musical heritage and their own American upbringings in both the live setting and on record. They provide a lively musical feast for those who enjoy a bit of nostalgia, a dose of modernism, and a full pint of fun and good will.
The Hatfield Sisters charm audiences year after year.
Their brand of Celtic Rock features Eoin McCarthy - Guitar/Vocals/Bagpipes, Gina Romantini - Fiddle/Mandolin/Vocals/Melodica, Matt Schuetz - Bass/Vocals/Drums, Andrew David Weber- Drums/Vocals/Various other instruments, Brian Link- Accordion/Piano/Trombone/Vocals, and Marco Conley (Mark O'Connely)- Fiddle/Mandolin/Guitar/Banjo/Vocals.
The Tunes of Glory are a competition, parade, performance and teaching pipe band from the western suburbs of Chicago based in Warrenville, Illinois. Their roster comprises over 20 active pipers and drummers, and a number of students. The Band performs in the Chicago area delighting audiences everywhere. Tunes of Glory is under the musical direction of Pipe Major Mike Heywood and lead drummer Joanna Lloyd.
John Condron is a Philadelphia born singer-songwriter, musician, & producer who currently makes his home in the Chicago-land area. The former front man for the power quartet “the benefit” has been spending much of his time lately focusing on solo performances as well as performances w/ his new full band project “The Old Gang Orchestra”. The most recent shows highlight songs from his latest collection “…If Any or at All” , released on the Flipside Works label in addition to material from his four previous studio albums.
Irish session featuring musicians
from various main stage acts
Irish Wolf hounds
Celtic Fest 2017 lineup...
12:10 opening ceremonies with Tunes of Glory Drum & Pipe Corp Band
12:30-1:30 Dirty Wellies
1:30-3:00 Anne Hatfield and friends
2:15 J&B Music
3:00-4:00 John Condron and Allison Flood
3:15 Irish Dance demonstration
4:00 Tunes of Glory bagpipes
4:30 Irish Wolfhound Demonstration
5:05 Keigher Academy of Irish Dance
6:10-6:30 Irish toast general announcements
6:30-8:15 Whiskey of the Damned
8:15-9:45 Finbar MacCarthy
All times times are approximate.
Hailing from our very own Chicago, Illinois, The Dirty Wellies serve up traditional Irish/Celtic music.
Members: Regina Garrity - accordion; Margaret O'Callaghan - fiddle; Bernadette Murphy - fiddle; Frank Gleeson - mandolin, banjo, guitar; Jim Aman - whistle, bodhran; Vincent O'Callaghan - bodhran
Saturday Aug. 26, 2017 • St. Joseph Park • 700 Theodore St • Joliet
Noon to 10 p.m.