Gaelic Storm, Ronan Tynan among Irish Fest headliners
Although this 27th consecutive Irish Fest at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest offers many ways to have fun, it’s the music that makes the fest one of the country’s musical destinations. This year, Irish Fest welcomes back all the fan favorites who are sure to please the crowds.
Gaelic Storm, the unofficial prime ministers of Celtic music,returns to Irish Fest this year for one day only. A one-time pub band, Gaelic Storm launched into world-wide fame after their appearance in the mega-hit film “Titanic.” Since then, the band’s fan base continues to multiply with each new album, turning the group into a world-class touring act. Gaelic Storm’s compelling originals and fresh arrangements are steeped in traditional melodies creating new standards in Celtic music.
Their latest release is the dazzling No. 1 Billboard World Album “Chicken Boxer,” a heavyweight record that mixes powerful anthems and traditional ballads, and the fifth to be released on the band’s own label, Lost Again Records.
Highlights from their career include seven Billboard chart topping albums, a DVD, a full-length concert film featured on HD.net, song placement on two EA Sports Games, a Hallmark greeting card featuring their song “Kiss Me I’m Irish” and countless television and radio appearances. See for yourself why Gaelic Storm sells out hundreds of venues playing to audiences totaling in the millions and always a crowd favorite at Irish Fest.
Irish Fest is proud to announce the return of world renown Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan from County Kilkenny. Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal and his solo career brought international fame and recognition. Tynan is truly a gifted “Renaissance man” who has persevered with enormous passion and determination through numerous challenges throughout his well-documented life.
Tynan is also famous for performing “Amazing Grace” and Schubert’s “Ave Maria” before an international television audience of more than 35 million at President Reagan’s funeral and for singing “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium — which he says was unforgettable. He was also invited to perform in New York during the 10th anniversary memorial services of the 9/11 tragedy.
Tynan loves Irish Fest, and Irish Fest loves him. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the gifted Tynan at Irish Fest – Monday only.
The Makem and Spain Brothers are Irish music royalty. This internationally known band keeps the music alive and defines where Irish folk music is headed. The Makem Brothers, from north of Dublin in County Louth, continue an Irish musical dynasty started by their grandmother, Sarah Makem, and their famous father, Tommy Makem. The Spain Brothers learned Irish songs at their father’s knee as well. When the Makems met the Spains, the brothers realized the powerful synergy of their talented bloodlines.
A host of various instruments and five male vocals using precise 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. These bands of brothers have played for 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 brothers, once considered “the new kids on the block,” have honed their craft over nearly two decades of international performances and are now one of the truly entrenched, road-tested Irish vocal groups available, and will bring it all to Irish Fest.
A blend of rock, pop and Celtic, The Killdares return to bridge the gap between traditional and cutting edge. Redefining 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.
The Killdares have become world-class musicians who share stages with national and international artists and are one of the hottest, cutting edge bands in music today – Celtic or otherwise.
Their three-disc package, “Up Against The Lights,” (two audio CDs/one DVD) of their energetic live show received rave reviews, but nothing beats the live show. Fasten your seat belts and experience The Killdares live at Irish Fest.
More special appearances at Irish Fest
Irish Fest is also proud to present many other favorites like Bohola, Fintan Stanley, M&R Rush, Larkin & Moran Brothers, Kevin Flynn & Avondale Ramblers, Sixteen Candles, Chicago Reel, Tommy Goodwin & Sharon (County Kerry), Bernie Glim & Country Roads, Sean & Charlie, Pat Finnegan & Friends, Murphy Roche Irish Music Club, Coyote Riot, The Irish Musicians, Pipes & Drums of The Emerald Society, The Irish Music Club of Chicago, Gerard Haughey & Sean O’Donnell, Joe McShane, Shannon Rovers and many more!
Provided by Gaelic Park