Glencastle Irish Dancers, Trinity , Kinsella and Pay the Devil perform on the Main Stage
2:00 Glencastle Irish Dancers
2:45 Trinity Academy of Irish Dance
3:45 Pay the Devil
5:15 Kinsella Irish Dancers
Glencastle Irish Dancers, Inc. has been providing Irish dance lessons in the Milwaukee area for seventeen years. We opened our doors in Milwaukee on February 23, 2000. Our children's classes began at the College Park School in Greendale, Wisconsin and our adult classes began at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center. Our school opened with 26 students and has grown to over 150 students. In 2006, we relocated to a space in West Allis and remained there for eleven years. In the summer of 2017, we transitioned to a beautiful space in Franklin, WI.
This February, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary as a school; we are so excited to celebrate 20 amazing years of Irish dance in Milwaukee with all of our friends, supporters, and dancers!
Since 1982, Trinity has brought the art of Irish dance to Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and their surrounding suburbs. We offer award-winning, affordable Irish dance classes taught by patient and experienced instructors. Trinity provides an energetic classroom environment that helps children develop a love of Irish dance, increases coordination, builds friendships and drives the self-confidence to perform in front of an audience! It is our balanced approach to solo dancing, performance dancing, and team dancing that leads us to our greatest successes on and off the dance floor.
The opportunities here are unmatched in any other Irish dance program in the world. Become part of the Trinity Irish Dance legacy by registering for classes, booking our talent or watching us perform.
The Kinsella Irish Dancers have been providing education and performance for Irish dancers for over twenty years.
Founded by Brigid O'Sullivan Alba abd Ryan Kinsella-Alba, they have become one of the best Irish dance schools in the midwest in a short period of time.
Irish dance instruction is provided at Kinsella for boys and girls age 4 and older. Please visit our website for more information on enrollment.
Pay the Devil got together in the winter of 2011 and has been playing around the Milwaukee area ever since. They play mostly original tunes in a variety of styles alongside an assortment of bluegrass and old-time standards, sea shanties, folk, Irish, and country music. This five-piece, made up of guitar, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and washboard (spoons and assorted other hillbilly percussive instruments) puts on a fun live show filled with foot-stomping, thigh-slapping music, and enough hollering to go around. Pay The Devil’s genre has been described as “Shantygrass”, “Riotgrass”, and “Horse [Manure] and Gun Music”.
Banjo Ivan moved to Milwaukee in 2010 and met Guitar Ivan playing in the Milwaukee Hurling Club. They began racing together on a sailboat and talking about music. So it began that a few times a month they would get together and play some music. One day Guitar Ivan brought his cousin Mandolin Matt along. He has been part of the group ever since.
All the while Washboard Jeremy was working in Banjo Ivan’s home town of Erie, PA, where he met Banjo Ivan’s father. When washboard Jeremy got accepted to a fellowship program at Marquette University he was told to look up Banjo Ivan when he got there, and he did. Washboard Jeremey introduced the band to Bass Jackie, and the band was complete.
Pay The Devil played for the first time just before Thanksgiving in 2011, and has been playing together ever since. With a love for playing unamplified music outdoors they have played Brady Street, Reservoir Park, The Summerfest Grounds, and on lots of back porches. Sometime between then and now Pay The Devil started playing what most would consider to be “real” shows also. They have delighted crowds large and small on notable area stages including Chill on the Hill, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, The Up and Under, Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., Frank’s Power Plant, The Jazz Estate, Yield Bar, and many others. Keep checking back for schedule updates, or become a fan on facebook to get notices of impromptu shows and sessions.