SOM to perform Milwaukee Irish Fest

The Canadians Are Coming Back To Irish Fest!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:38pm

April 1, 2009
For more information contact Irish Fest 414-476-3378


Milwaukee Irish Fest announced today an agreement with the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture of the Province of Nova Scotia to sponsor a NOVA SCOTIA AND FRIENDS Showcase at the festival Aug 13 – 16, 2009. The showcase will be modeled on the very successful showcase held at Irish Fest in 2006, which featured eight different artists from Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. This time however, the showcase will feature artists from Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and also from the three other Maritime Provinces – New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.

A special addition to the NOVA SCOTIA AND FRIENDS Showcase will be Nova Scotia’s newest musical production DRUM! Which features the four founding cultures – Aboriginal, Black, Celtic and Acadian in a heart-pumping spectacle of music, dance, rhythm and song. DRUM! Communicates a message to the world – we can hold on to who we are and still share a song, a stage, a country, a world. Don’t miss it!

The 2009 showcase line-up features a cross section of Atlantic Canada’s very best Celtic artists including: - Nova Scotia’s popular folk duo EVANS & DOHERTY returning to Irish Fest to celebrate their 25th anniversary:
- Halifax-based folk-rock band POGEY who were a big hit on the Irish festival circuit last summer
- SONS OF MAXWELL. Brothers Don and Dave Carroll are Nova Scotia’s version of the Everly brothers, talented singers who do a broad spectrum of original, Celtic and maritime songs. Dave is one of Atlantic Canada’s best up-and-coming songwriters. The “Sons” back up band will include award-winning fiddle player Troy MacGillivray who appeared at Irish Fest last summer.
- Three of Cape Breton’s top young artists COLIN GRANT on fiddle singer/songwriter JASON MacDonald on guitar and ADAM YOUNG on piano.

The following artists represent the rich traditions and culture of Atlantic Canada’s three other provinces:
- Prince Edward Island’s VISHTEN play a hardy mixture of Acadian music mixing French, Scottish and Irish styles with fiery fiddling and step dancing.
- Newfoundland’s IRISH DESCENDANTS return to Irish Fest with their lilting ballads, toe-tapping reels and beautiful harmonies.
- The MAHER BAHERS (Mars Bars) bring their extensive repertoire of Newfoundland traditional music & songs mixed with Frank Maher’s “very bad puns and essence of Guinness.”
- New Brunswick’s up-and-coming fiddle player, singer/songwriter SAMANTHA ROBICHAUD plays traditional, Celtic, Acadian, Bluegrass and contemporary styles as well as her original songs.

Following the successful format of the 2006 Nova Scotia showcase at Irish Fest, the final act each day in the 2009 showcase will recreate the informal, community gathering style of the Atlantic Canada “KITCHEN PARTY” a high energy, celebratory get together of showcase artists.

Nova Scotia tourism officials, crafts people and artisans will again participate in this year’s showcase.

Look for more news on the NOVA SCOTIA AND FRIENDS showcase at

Milwaukee Irish Fest is the world’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture, showcasing more than 100 entertainment acts annually at the four-day, 16-stage event at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Lake Michigan. Passionately committed to igniting a love of Irish culture in all people, Irish Fest teaches Ireland’s music, dance, drama, sports, culture, children’s activities, and genealogy at the festival and through year-long programming. For more information, visit .


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