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Adam Burke is a comedian based in Chicago.
Adam is originally hailing from Camlough, County Armagh. A fixture on showcases and clubs throughout the Midwest and beyond Adam is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. He was voted Best Standup by readers of The Chicago Reader in 2014, and was also the winner of Second City’s Up Next Comedy Competition.
He has appeared at numerous festivals including Bridgetown Comedy Portland OR, Just for Laughs Chicago (four years running), and the local stage of Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy Festival.
Adam made his debut at Milwaukee Irish Fest in 2021.
Blackthorn Folly is a five piece traditionally inspired band from the Milwaukee area. We play traditional Celtic tunes, pub songs, American standards, and even some pop music with high energy and a ground stomping tempo. Our highest priority is entertaining crowds through great music and audience participation.
Blackthorn Folly was formed in 2012 to perform on St. Patrick’s Day at a couple of the local pubs in Milwaukee. After the overwhelmingly positive response from the audience, they decided to continue to perform and create a serious band. Since they started, Blackthorn folly has continued to perform regularly in pubs around the Milwaukee area. Additionally, they have performed at Irish cultural festivals including the Milwaukee, New Dublin, and Oshkosh Irish fests.
The band was originally founded by Christopher Chan (bouzouki/banjo/vocals) after getting a chance offer to perform at a local pub. He was immediately joined by Christian Tomsey (vocals/fiddle), Joe McElroy (flute), Jacob Davida (fiddle/vocals), and David Wojnowski (bodhrán). In late 2014, the band was joined by Josh Gratz (tenor banjo/mandolin).
In December of 2017, Joe McElroy received an opportunity too good to pass up. This required him to leave the state, so he was unable to continue his role in the band. After much searching, the band hired Chris Wieber to fill the job of flute in February of 2018.
Towards the end of 2018, Chris Wieber had some incredible opportunities to further his life and career, but like Joe, it required him to move out of state. After much searching, Molly Noyes (Flute/Whistle/Pipes) and Heather Lewin (Fiddle) joined the group to fill the missing parts and elevated the music to new levels.
The band continues to perform and plans to always keep going
The O’Bradys are a contemporary Irish Folk band from the Lake Country region of southeast Wisconsin, performing a diverse selection of Irish and Scottish folk tunes, pub favorites and ballads, that feature tight harmony, acoustic instrumentation-- and a dash of Americana.
Like their idols, Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem, the O’Bradys strive to create a blend of rollicking Irish tunes, humorous banter and tender ballads. The O’Bradys are anchored by brothers Mark and Stephen “O’Brady” Hollister. The core duo is enhanced by the fiddle playing of Jan McDonald, and Andy Saiia on accordion.
Atlantic Wave has been performing in Milwaukee, and Nova Scotia, since 2004.
Kaitlin plays Fiddle, Accordion, and Piano A violinist since age 6, Kaitlin took up the Irish fiddle at age 18 (studying under Ed Paloucek) and hasn't looked back. With a penchant for the Cape Breton (Nova Scotia) style of fiddling.
Kaitlin was also a Shamrock Club of Wisconsin scholarship winner.
. Barry Houlehen plays Guitar, Lead Vocal, and Bass. A guitarist since 1977, Barry is the longest-playing musician of the group, and has the most diverse and eclectic musical background. Inspired at first by acoustic artists of the 60s and 70s, he later drifted into rock and blues, playing bass for a while with blues-rock outfits. It wasn't until he heard the Pogues in the 1990s that he became enamored of Irish music and returned to his roots as an acoustic guitarist and singer. Barry's known for his love of singing ballads and his encyclopedic memory of songs.
Ed Paloucek plays Fiddle, Hurdy Gurdy, and Banjo. Like Kaitlin, Ed started out as a classical violinist as a kid, and later became interested in Irish music. And, like Barry, he was also enthralled upon hearing the Pogues when they came out in the 1980s. A consummate tune collector and session player, Ed has travelled the backroads of Ireland in search of tunes, and has played with some of the biggest names in Celtic music. While Kaitlin's sound is Cape Breton, Ed's is the Scottish-tinged style of Donegal, the county in the far northwest of Ireland, and he also includes pieces from many other countries in his playing. In the 90s, Ed was a member of Milwaukee band 180 and the Letter G. In addition to fiddle, Ed plays banjo and the hurdy gurdy, a medieval instrument, and has been playing his custom-made hurdy gurdy live with the band.
Radiation is a father-daughters powerhouse Celtic rock trio of the family Fritz, father (Tom) and daughters ( Calla and Olive) that spans from their contemporary take on traditional Irish folk to folk metal with some modern rock in between. Some influences are The Young Dubliners, Skillet, Dropkick Murphys, and RED.
The girls were once a part of Kinsella Academy, and have a strong background in Irish dance, music and culture.
They performed at the Shamrock Club's November meeting.
Milwaukee Irish band áthas lights the dance floor on fire with a combination of traditional and newly composed Irish dance tunes. Fierce fiddle, driving bodhrán, and funky guitar riffs come together to lift listeners’ feet, drinks, and spirits.
The band found each other and their voice as an ensemble while playing in Irish sessions around Milwaukee throughout 2005. Spending their time between tunes laughing and joking inspired them to make music together and their name, which is the Irish word for joy and happiness.
The band’s blend of exciting music and fun-loving attitudes quickly earned the admiration of Milwaukee’s Irish set and ceili dance communities, as well as audiences throughout their hometown stomping grounds. áthas has become a favorite act at Irish music’s premier event, Milwaukee Irish Fest, gathering praise for the excitement of their stage shows and the energy they display playing in the dance tent.
áthas is a band firmly rooted in the traditions of Irish music, constantly seeking inspiration from the past masters and passing on their knowledge by teaching throughout Milwaukee. The band remains receptive to new influences, and continues to impress audiences with their new compositions as well as their passion, energy and love for making music.
Amy Richter: bodhrán, percussion
Heather Lewin: fiddle, vocals
Jeff Ksiazek: guitar, bouzouki, whistles
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