The Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation was formed in 1994 to advance the charitable and educational purposes for which Irish Festivals, Inc. was originally formed. Since its creation, the Irish Fest Foundation has granted more than $500,000 to non-profit entities in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Canada and throughout the United States.
August 14 – 6pm | Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation presents
Headliner: The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
The band was formed in 2002 by three students from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and two fully qualified professionals. The five individuals decided to create a new range of music called Bagrock.
The band’s first big break came when they were offered a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with The Darkness. Some 10 years later the band has grown in stature to the point where it opened the main stage in its own right in 2014. The past ten years has seen The Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet – ever!
They have been described as bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. The band’s achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and Rock/Pop Anthems which they proudly call ‘Bagrock’.
Opener: Shane Hennessy
Photo Credit: Nadir Sakiz
Irish virtuoso guitarist Shane Hennessy has established himself as one of the leading guitarists on the world stage, known widely for his fingerstyle, flatpicking, and percussive guitar-playing approaches. His energetic live performances and his cinematically-vivid compositions tie in influences from Bach to Beyoncé – and everything in between! With a unique style of solo guitar playing that encompasses the range of a whole band – covering drums, bass, rhythm and lead lines – Shane builds a complete sonic world entirely on his own.
Billed as “one of the most exciting live performers of his generation, with an ability to move between styles and genres with ease” by Irish Music Magazine, audiences can never be too sure what will come next during the exciting mix of jazz, blues, country, soul, traditional Irish music, and world music he offers. With the addition of some smooth vocals, genre-hopping improvisations, and well-arranged covers, it makes sense why music legend super-producer Nile Rodgers (CHIC) thinks that “his style is killer, it’s really cool stuff,” and why guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel says that Shane “is one of the most transcendent musicians in the world today.”
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