Below are the 2016 Entertainers. Check back soon for the complete 2017 Entertainment Line-up!
MAKEM AND SPAIN
Not in the past 30 years has a group taken the international stage with such vocal power and stage presence, capturing the essence of their genre, while standing out as something truly unique. A host of various instruments and three male vocals, using precise three-part harmonies blend perfectly for what many have described as a wall of sound. Makem and Spain are at their best onstage where their talent and enthusiasm draw in fans who have never experienced the joy of folk music. www.makem.com
The Screaming Orphans are 4 sisters from Donegal in Ireland who were brought up playing traditional Irish music. They first came to prominence when Sinead O’Connor took them as her back up vocalists and her opening act. Sounding like a mix between the Cranberries and The Corrs, their own songs are high energy pop songs with unbelievably catchy melodies and with some rousing Traditional Irish tunes thrown in for good measure, they are a band not to be missed. http://www.screamingorphans.com
THE STEP CREW
Ruaile Buaile are a young Irish based four piece modern day Trad / Pop / Folk group from Offaly in the heart of Ireland. The four friends Niall (vocals and guitar), Arthur (fiddle and banjo), Shane (vocals and bass) and Jack (Cajun and banjo) formed in 2011, and have been gaining support from music fans and festival goers across Ireland, UK, Germany, Holland, France, United Arab Emirates, and America to date, with interest from festival organisers in Sweden, Austria, Australia , coming on board for next year. From a small start to the world stage in only a few short years, Ruaile Buaile are set to become a household name on the festival scene around the world with their own style of high-energy ground-thumping Celtic beats with a little Irish charm and flare these four young award-winning musicians are setting the pace for some of the better known established acts to follow.
SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN
‘Socks in the Frying Pan’ are a multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the West coast of Ireland, the universal hub of Irish traditional music. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and their onstage wit has captured and captivated audiences the world around. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues! Socks in the Frying Pan comprises of Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals and the accomplished Hayes brothers, Shane Hayes on accordion and Fiachra Hayes on fiddle & banjo.This youthful trio blend Irish traditional melodies with their own personal flair which has gained them critical acclaim and accolades including ‘New Band of the Year’ by the Irish Music Association. The group have been embraced in the United States, having been booked by every major Irish festival and praised for their modern traditional style and energetic approach to music. They have a clear love for live performance which only compliments the traditional essence in their shows and makes for a truly unique form of entertainment.
EVANS & DOHERTY
Dennis Doyle is a Celtic harpist, singer and storyteller. He’s brought his harp music, stories and songs in Gaelic and in English to feasts and festivals, wakes and weddings all over North America, Japan and Ireland. He has presented concerts, programs, and weekends on Celtic Spirituality throughout the USA as well. He also plays keyboards, mandolin, and is a published composer (Mel Bay). A tenured college professor, Dennis teaches southern California lecturing in English, Humanities and Irish History. http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/doyle.a.html
Cahal Dunne credits his winning of Ireland’s National Song Contest as his biggest break. With his winning song, “Happy Man”, he earned the right to represent Ireland at the International Eurovision Music Contest in Israel. The song became number one in Europe and Ireland with record sales topping the 250,000 mark. Cahal Dunne is a composer, pianist, comedian, storyteller, and television personality. His style is rich and deep, reflecting the many strands in his distinguished career. www.cahaldunne.com
For years, Alan’s ghost stories and humorous tales kept everyone huddled close to the campfire. In time, his repertoire of stories grew to include folktales and legends, as well as his own fantasy tales. He moved north to Pittsburgh in 1984, and continued to expand his repertoire and to hone his craft. In addition to performing, Alan teaches workshops and classes on storytelling. In 1988, he help found the storytelling group StorySwap, and has often served as its president. He has produced numerous storytelling shows, and was the chair of the 2006 National Storytellers Conference. Alan has numerous recordings, several of which have won Storytelling World and NAPPA awards. www.alanirvine.com
CHARLES MAY, KATHY FALLON AND KIP RUEFLE
MACDONALD PIPE BAND
The Macdonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to furthering the music of traditional Scottish pipe bands. They are proud to be one of the oldest pipe bands in western PA. Each year, they march in several local parades, including the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Memorial Day Parade in Castle Shannon, and others. In addition to parades, the Macdonald Pipe Band perform in numerous show around the area. They also travel around the Eastern United States competing at various Highland games and Celtic festivals, culminating at the Ligonier Highland Games, held at the band’s birthplace, Idlewild Park, PA. http://macdonaldpipeband.net
THE BOG CARROTS WITH LIZ SHOVLIN
The Bog Carrots is a collection of Pittsburgh’s finest traditional Irish musicians and dancers who perform at concert halls, festivals, colleges and high schools, clubs and pubs, dances, receptions, and weddings throughout western Pennsylvania and the Ohio valley. Learn more.
CORNED BEEF AND CURRY
The Corned Beef and Curry Band (CBCB) is the premier Irish party band out of Pittsburgh PA. They have an uncanny ability to engage an audience and capture their imagination. They always put the “festive” in “festivals”, you and your friends will have “the best time ever”. You will leave feeling that the Pittsburgh Irish Festival was a great event and we guarantee you will return next year… with more friends in tow. Although their core is Irish music from pure Celtic to rock, they also have an amazing portfolio of songs from the 60’s to current. Be prepared to sing and clap along to tunes you know and love! CBCB is a trio consisting of John McCann, lead singer and acoustic guitar; Bob Banerjee, harmonies, fiddle, and mandolin; and Brad “Hamish” Dindak on percussion, pipes, and the famous washboard. http://cornedbeefandcurry.com/
THE WILD GEESE
This Pittsburgh-based group takes the old-school Irish pub feel and morphs it into an electrifying feel-good kitchen party. They astound genre-mixed audiences with their exciting live shows driven by waves of contagious stage energy, unforgettable original & traditional tunes, and mouth-watering five part harmonies. www.thewildgeeseband.com
Known primarily for performing Irish and Scottish folk, native Pittsburgher Mike Gallagher has been a constant musical presence throughout the tri-state area. Mike also specializes in contemporary acoustic music and performs a number of original selections, backing his clear tenor voice with sensitivity and versatility on the 12-string guitar. His original works draw on the influences of American roots music and Celtic traditions. Master of the Irish ballad as well as haunting love songs, Mike has established himself as an entertainer who brings emotion, humor and spirit to every performance. www.mike-gallagher.com/
Patrick Regan the Bagpiper takes the stage, street, or classroom with an exuberance paralleled only by the instrument he brandishes. A native Texan and world-class bagpiper with his own brand of blarney, Patrick captivates audiences of all ages. In classroom settings, his animated rapport makes Texas history come alive (even teenagers sit up and take notice). Concertgoers expecting only a few choruses of “Amazing Grace” are in for a delightful ear opener. His stories, punctuated by audience laughter, singing, and even dancing in the aisles, provide the perfect balance for a rare presentation of the bagpipe at its finest. Patrick presents a varied repertoire of Scottish, Irish, and American bagpipe music, laced with humorous anecdotes, history, and stories. While the material remains the same, his delivery varies substantially depending on the audience. Scottish music and stories touch the hearts and minds of the very young, the very old and everyone in between, but he adjusts the blarney accordingly. Patrick’s performances fit venues from schools to concert halls. http://www.patrickreganthebagpiper.com/
PITTSBURGH POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY PIPES AND DRUMS
The Pittsburgh Police Pipes and Drums was formed in April 2001 after realizing there was a need for a fitting tribute for those in the law enforcement community who have paid the supreme sacrifice. The band has been honored to participate in many funeral services to honor public safety workers in and around the City of Pittsburgh. http://www.policebagpipes.com
Terry has been performing Irish ballads in local Irish pubs as well as performances at Irish festivals, Renaissance Faires and fundraisers all over the U.S. for over 3 decades. His music reflects his Irish heritage and his experiences in Ireland and appeals to the Irish-Americans who look beyond the stereotypical to the true essence of being Irish. Terry is known for his interpretation of Irish ballads. His rich baritone voice is suited to ballads from the humorous to the emotional and his repertoire is sure to take audiences through the highs and lows that only Irish music can span in an evening. http:// www.pittsburghirish.org/griffith
Jack Puskar has performed traditional Irish songs around the Pittsburgh area for several years. As a tenor, some of Jack’s greatest influences have been Luke Kelly, Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers.
Traditional and modern Celtic with Unique instrumental improvisation
An exciting Irish group from the Pittsburgh area, it mixes traditional Irish tunes and songs with roguish Celtic rock. Most of the members have been playing and singing this music for several years and decided to come together in 2005. A versatile David Yates shows multiple talent with the tin whistle, the box, bass, and guitar. Charles May is the consummate celtic fiddle and mandolin player bar none. Gerard Rohlf does much of the lead singing and handles the rhythm guitar to perfection. Richard Henry, the percussion guy, began playing the bodhran (Celtic drum), some twenty years ago both here and in Ireland when he visits relatives. Gerard’s daughter Haley sometimes sits in with “na Gaels” and adds a delicate and airy voice to some captivating Irish Ballads. www.pittsburghirish.org/nagaels
WEEKEND AT BLARNEY’S
Weekend at Blarney’s is an acoustic pub rock duo formed in 2014 by Brad Wagner and Pat Reilly. Influenced by the Pogues, the Dubliners, the Clancy Brothers and the Dropkick Murphy’s, Brad and Pat have combined to spread foot stomping, hand clapping, sing along fun throughout the pubs of Western PA. In addition to playing the pubs, they have made several appearances on KDKA Radio and have played in Market Square for the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade in both 2015 and 2016. http://www.bradwagnerbarfly.com/
IRISH DANCE SCHOOLS
Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh http://www.balletacademypgh.com/
Bell School of Irish Dance http://www.bellschool.com
Burke Conroy School of Irish Dance http://www.burkeirishdance.com/
Pittsburgh Ceili Club http://www.pittsburghceiliclub.org/
Pittsburgh Irish Reelers http://www.facebook.com/people/Pittsburgh-Irish-Reelers/625638464
Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance http://www.shovlinacademy.com
PITTSBURGH CEILI CLUB
The Pittsburgh Ceili Club is celebrating 25 years of promoting Irish culture through music and dance. The Dance Ensemble of the club was formed in 1991 to perform for various community groups, at various cultural events and at regional facilities. Our program consists of various social dances from Ireland, including “set” dances, “ceili” or figure dances and two hand dances. We strive to give our audiences a “taste” of Ireland by including stories about the dances and having fun. Those dancing are dedicated volunteers who give of their time and talent to practice and perform. The Pittsburgh Ceili Club holds monthly “Ceilis” from October through May and hold dance instructions every Tuesday prior to a ceili at Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle. More information about the Pittsburgh Ceili Club can be found on our website: www.pittsburghceiliclub.org.
SHOVLIN ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE
BALLET ACADEMY OF PITTSBURGH
The Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh is committed to the belief that experiencing the performing arts is a vital element in the education of our children. We hope to enhance the lives of children and the community through the beauty and discipline of classical ballet. We provide the highest-quality classical ballet instruction in the greater Pittsburgh area to children ages 18 months & up, preschool through advanced. Performing opportunities include The Nutcracker in December, and our Spring Gala series in late April/early May featuring such classics as Coppelia, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, as well as works by the great 20th-century choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.