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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest 2006

Irish Fest, the Memorial Day Weekend Festival at Chicago Gaelic Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

It's a festival with four days of music and five stages, so there should be something for evryone in the audience. Everyone Irish that is.

Music is provided by the Saw Doctors, Tommy Makem, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, The Fenians, Black 47, the Clumsy Lovers, Enter the Haggis, Gaelic Storm, and quite a few more. Of course there's dancers and exhibits and Irish stories and all kinds of funky Irish things, not least having a festival on a school night.

However, the Irish Fest part of the Chicago Gaelic Park website is one of those that looks great but performs terribly - when it doesn't crash your browser - so I'm not going there again. You can though.

Nonetheless the festival is the place to go for music if you're in Chicago this Memorial Day Weekend. If you're in Kansas City, Governor Stumpy's Celtic Block Party is the place to go, unless you're going to Atchison, Kansas for the music at the River Bend Art Festival.

And if you happen to be in Ireland, well the Goo Goo Dolls at the Ambassador, or the Festival International de la Chanson Francophone presentation at the Royal Irish Academy of Music appeal to me.

See also:
    • Enter the Haggis in Kansas City
    • Kansas City Scottish festival
    • Other Irish Festivals


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