Upper Ballroom


An Afternoon of Music and Dance

Join Ian Gould and Jeff Ward, and the Caledonian Scottish Dancers

Jeff Ward


The Shamrock Club Post Parade Party welcomes back Jeff Ward!

Jeff's interest in music began at a very early age, as part of a very musical family. After cutting his musical teeth on classical violin, He changed direction and in his early teens he took up the guitar and learned to play and sing traditional songs of Ireland and Scotland.

He later founded and operated the Carlisle Folk Club on the Northern fringe of the English Lake District and many of the top touring Celtic performers from Ireland and Scotland sang and played there. Jeff pitched in as a support artist to these great talents, and soon built a repertoire and a reputation as fine Celtic performer in his own right. He was soon on the road singing in folk clubs and concerts all over England & Scotland.

After Jeff and his family relocated to the Milwaukee area, he scratched the music itch again and was soon singing and playing all over the Midwest in pubs, clubs, concerts, festivals, including TV and radio. He has performed at some of the most prestigious Irish festivals throughout the Midwest, e.g. Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Peoria, and Minneapolis. This year (2019) was his twenty first consecutive appearance at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, the last six years on the main Miller Lite and Aer Lingus stages.

Now as a seasoned performer, Jeff's music includes a nice mix of Irish & Scottish ballads and drinking songs and acoustic American folk songs that suit a broad palette of people's musical tastes.


Ian Gould

 Ian Gould Returns to the PPP!

          Ian, an immigrant from Belfast, Northern Ireland, began his musical career as a kid playing in bands throughout Ireland, the UK & Europe. Ian is now a solo artist and a singer/songwriter. He has been performing internationally for more than 20 years. Through his music and travels Ian has had the privilege of living and studying in Perth, Scotland and living in some other fine European cities such as London, Brussels, and Amsterdam.       

          Although he is still a continuous traveler, Ian now resides in the United States.  He received his U.S. citizenship in November 2015! A veteran bassist who has toured with bands throughout Europe and the U.S.A, Ian currently lives with his wife and two children near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a solo artist popular throughout the Midwest, from Minnesota to Illinois, to Michigan. “I’m fortunate to live where I live, because the Irish scene is vibrant. I meet so many wonderful people as I travel around.”

         Ian Gould was recently nominated for the “Top Solo Performer in a Pub Venue throughout the USA, Ireland, European Union, and the  United Kingdom. In 2012, Ian was invited by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to perform for him and for Irish and British diplomats on the 12th of July, at the President's official residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin.  It was a great experience for all! In 2016, Ian was nominated for "Best Acoustic Musician" for Best of Milwaukee.


The Caledonian Scottish Dancers

 The Only Performers at the PPP Since 1996!

The Caledonian Scottish Dancers, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was formed in 1966 under the direction of Meribeth Zielke (Waldrop), with the purpose of high quality presentation and preservation of Scottish music and dance. Meribeth’s brother, Reuel Zielke, eventually moved into the role of group director. The group is currently under the direction of Heather St. Ledger.

The Caledonian Scottish Dancers perform Highland and National dances as well as some lesser known dances. Besides performing the dances in the traditional fashion, they also incorporate arrangements of the dances as well as new choreography.

The group has appeared at numerous festivals, conventions, and cultural events throughout the Midwest United States. They have also completed four successful tours of Scotland, including performances during the Edinburgh Festival, the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, and the Robert Burns Cottage and Heritage Center near Ayr. Other international destinations where the group has represented the Wisconsin folk dance community include Chiba, Japan and Montreal, Canada.

The group primarily performs under the accompaniment of the Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipes and Drums. Gary Bottoni, the pipe major, will also occasionally accompany the group as a soloist. The group has been privileged to perform with other renowned musicians, including Kim Robertson, Navan, and Carlos Núñez.


The Schedule


1:30 - 2:45   Jeff Ward

3:00 ­- 4:15 Ian Gould

4:30 – 5:00   Caledonian Scottish Dancers

The Shamrock Club Cafe

The Shamrock Club Cafe is located in the Upper Ballroom. 

We have a large selection of food available.