June 28
July 5
July 12
July 19
July 26
August 2
August 9
August 16
August 23
Town Pants
SOLAS
Jubilee Riots
Cherish the Ladies
Glengarry Bhoys
Frances Black Band
Scythian
Tartan Terrors
High Kings

with McCarthyizm
with Seamus Kennedy
with Penny Whiskey

with the Jack Mahone Band

with the Dady Brothers
with The Leftovers

GUINNESS Sunday Afternoon Celtic Concert Series at

Pre-Sale Discounted Ticketing Underway

$10 pre-sale online (plus $1 service charge)

$75 season pass (includes 9 concerts & all three days at the festival)

Doors open at Noon, opening acts at 2:00pm, headliners at 3:00pm.

www.BuffaloIrish.com/irishfestival.htm

FAQ's

  • Doors open at Noon, opening band starts at 2:00pm. Headliner by 3:30pm.
  • Concerts are all-ages, but children must stay with their parent/guardian, because of easy access to water's edge.
  • Kids' admission (5-12 years old, with parents or guardians) $5 at the door,
  • Concerts will be held right on the wharf (weather-depending). The Wharf area has both shaded and sunny areas. Tables and seating will be available.
  • No coolers, outside beverages, lawn chairs, or pets allowed on the grounds.
  • Season passes will be available at Showclix.com for $75 until July 15th.
  • ShowClix tickets can be displayed on your cell-phone, or you can print them at home and bring them in to be scanned.
  • Food and beverages will be available from noon.
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  • June 28 -- Town Pants

    with McCarthyizm

    With a decades worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway. And while The Pacific Northwest may not be the first place you would expect to hear rollicking Celtic roots music, but The Town Pants are determined to change that. TheVancouver,Canada based band combines aspects of Irish traditional, folk rock and rootsAmericana, fusing their signature dual lead vocals to create their own unique brand of high energy "West Coast Celtic." that remains in the heart and head long after the music stops. There are lots of Celtic folk rock bands out there, but rarely does a band has this combination of passion, energy, animation and spirit that makes for some of the most imaginative songwriting you’ll find in the genre. With performances in hundreds of cities and over a dozen countries, The Town Pants have become a consistent audience favorite at Celtic, Folk, World, Irish and even Rock festivals throughout the United States, Canada and in Europe.


    Born in the days before alternative was a marketing term, McCarthyizm soon became a band known for blending 60’s garage and 80’s underground rock with strong melodies and intelligent lyrics. Add some raucous rhythm and a tasty measure of Celtic flavoring and you’ve got a cocktail with a punch that delivers one helluva good time, all the time.

    Buffalo based McCarthyizm has traveled throughout the northeast, playing to converts in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles and Toronto. They’ve shared the stage with bands like the Goo Goo Dolls, Eddie Money, 10,000 Maniacs, The Smithereens, John Waite, Lou Graham, Black 47 along with Canadian favorites like Great Big Sea, Crash Test Dummies, Jason Plumb, Spirit of the West, Hawksley Workman, The Glenngarry Bhoys and The Lowest of the Low.

    July 5 -- Solas

    with Seamus Kennedy

    Throughout 2016, Solas will tour with lineups that represent the band's twenty-year history. From their early days with singer Karan Casey, to the present configuration featuring Moira Smiley on vocals, Solas' All These Years tour will demonstrate the evolution of a band that has become one of the most influential groups in the history of Irish music. Founding members and Solas stalwarts Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan look forward to bringing the past, present, and future of the band to the stage, with a program sure to delight audiences with old favorites and with new material that lights the way forward .


    Seamus Kennedy, originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for over four decades. An accomplished guitarist with a ready wit and a vast store of songs, he travels the country performing for thousands of people each year. With a thorough knowledge of the traditional and contemporary songs of Ireland and Scotland, he is equally proficient with American music, whether it folk, country, bluegrass or a little Western Swing.

    A veteran of the Irish/Celtic festival circuit, he was first influenced by the legendary Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, and from them he learned the importance of not only being a solid musician, but also of being an all-round entertainer.

    July 12 -- Jubilee Riots

    formerly Enter the Haggis

    Under their former name, Enter The Haggis, the band released seven studio albums and toured internationally, landing high profile gigs on “Live with Regis and Kelly” and A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts,” as well as being the feature of a concert/documentary on PBS. “We toured and recorded as Enter The Haggis for a long time, but that name no longer represents the music that we’re making,” says the band’s multi-instrumentalist, Craig Downie. With a new album and new name the band hopes to build on this legacy, and with the release of Penny Black they’ve got an extensive tour lined up through Canada, the US, and Europe. Check out the tour schedule and see if you can’t make it to a show: if there’s one thing to take away from this, after all, it’s that Jubilee Riots is more than just a band and their eclectic, eccentric music. They’re a group of people who want to bring a community together doing what they love most—and with the momentum from Penny Black, that community is only going to grow.

    July 19 -- Cherish the Ladies

    CHERISH THE LADIES -- CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

    "It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do," says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 15 outstanding albums including their latest, "An Irish Homecoming" which was also videotaped for an Emmy winning Public Television Special that is airing across America.

    Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show.

    The New York Times calls their music "passionate, tender, and rambunctious," and the Washington Post praises their "astonishing array of virtuosity." They've won recognition as the BBC's Best Musical Group of the Year and named Top North American Celtic Group by both the Irish Music Awards and NPR's Thistle and Shamrock - not to mention having a street named after them in the Bronx! They've collaborated with such notable musicians as The Boston Pops, The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie and Maura O'Connell as well as being the featured soloist with over 250 nights of symphony orchestras.

    July 26 -- Glengarry Bhoys

    with the Jack Mahone

    Described as bold, unorthodox, vibrant, and evocative, the "GLENGARRY BHOYS" hybrid of Canadian Highland Scots and French Canadian musical idioms has evolved into a sound that is weighty, authoritative, and extremely entertaining.

    Their energy and good humor, as much a part of the show as their musicianship, crosses all cultures and ages. Many things have been written and reported about this world renown Canadian alt-celt group over that last decade, all depicting their musical and entertaining prowess with varied audiences the world over, but their ability to marshal large enthusiastic audiences show after show is legion and recognized.

    Their objective is simple yet evocative, as stated by their lead singer Graham Wright in a CBC "Fresh Air" interview: "if our audience can only get 10% of the satisfaction we get entertaining them - then we surpass objective". Accordingly and repeatedly, they do!!

    From a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in Eastern Ontario, these Celtic-Stompers, always pushing the musical envelope but never straying too far from the traditional whence they came, have earned a reputation as entertainers that challenge you to sit still during their engaging performances.

    Go ahead and try!


    JACK MAHONE BAND

    Genre -- Irish Rock

    Band Members

    Mike Jordan - Guitar

    Kelly Jordan - Drums

    Tommy Jordan - Bass

    John Hart - Accordian, Mandolin, Tin Whistle

    Peter Caroccio - Fiddle

    Hometown -- Buffalo, NY

    Short Description -- Irish Rock music that kicks your ass, and you'll like it.

    August 2 -- Frances Black Band

    When Nanci Griffith called Frances Black “the sweetest voice of Ireland,” she was paying tribute to someone who has been one of Ireland’s best-loved and most enduring artists since the late 80s, with a string of best-selling albums, awards and other accolades behind her.

    Frances was born in Dublin, and her parents Patty and Kevin were both very musical. Although she was a shy child, she began singing with her older siblings, Shay, Michael, Mary, and Martin, known as The Black Family, when she was 17.

    Having gained confidence in her singing abilities, she enhanced her performing skills through joining the band Arcady in 1988. She featured on their album, After the Ball, in 1991. Frances subsequently embarked on a successful collaboration with acclaimed singer-songwriter, Kieran Goss, with whom she released the album, Frances Black and Kieran Goss.

    In 1992, Frances really took the music scene by storm, when the lovely “Wall of Tears,” which she had recorded with Kieran, and the rousing “After the Ball,” which she had recorded with Arcady, were placed on the album, A Woman’s Heart.This album also featured Eleanor McEvoy, Dolores Keane. Mary Black, Sharon Shannon and Maura O’Connell, and it went on to become the biggest-selling album ever in Ireland. Huge tours subsequently followed, and audiences around the country were enchanted by Frances’ particular blend of charm and wit, coupled of course, with that gorgeous voice.

    August 9 -- Scythian

    with the Dady Brothers

    Dubbed by The Washington Post as "DC's most energetic and eclectic band" Scythian (sith-ee-yin) belts out a high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music with one goal in mind; to get people on their feet and dancing. These classically trained musicians are natural showmen who seamlessly blend kicked-up Celtic, folk and world music, and deliver it with a punk-rock sensibility. Combine this with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget.

     

    In a single song, they transport an audience across the globe with the alluring and dramatic strains of gypsy fiddles, the bounce of a Celtic reel, and then cross back over the border to pick up a klezmer hook and some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks. Scythian are alchemists in their use of crowd participation. As The Washington Post states, their results are always the same: "...the band's enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses.”


    The Dady Brothers are a musical duo who have been performing and winning the hearts of crowds professionally for over 40 years.

    The Dady's music transcends genres and generations by the melding of American Folk Roots and Irish Traditional influences into an amalgam of sound that is uniquely their own. John and Joe are highly skilled players and singers.

    The instruments they have command of are: The guitar, 4 and 5 string banjo, pennywhistle, ukulele, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, harmonica, concertina and the uilleann pipes

    They have taken their talents to many diverse venues from the reaches of Alaska to Ireland from the Caribbean to Nova Scotia. They have performed well over five thousand shows at concert halls, schools, music festivals and night clubs.

    August 16 -- Tartan Terrors

    with The Leftovers

    Tartan Terrors are their own Celtic Invasion, mixing rock's energy with traditional folklore, dance, and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles, standing-room only audiences understand why Dig This Magazine declares "(The Terrors) one act to keep an eye on!" The Terrors use their Sonic blitz to score award winning Step and Highland Dancers and internationally recognized comedic performers alike.

    Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on 4 different continents; in some of the most prestigious Festivals, Highland Games and Theatres of North America including; Lone Tree Center for the Arts, CO, Strand Capitol, PA, Oshkosh Opera House, WI, Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH, Newport Irish Festival, Newport, RI, and Good Morning America, a full list is available upon request. Join the phenomenon of the Tartan Terrors and see why Celtic Beat Magazine hails them as "the heirs apparent to the [Celtic] mayhem".


    The LeftOvers established a following in Buffalo and throughout Western New York in 2001. With music ranging from popular drinking songs to the historical and poignant rebel songs of Irish past, the LeftOvers offer a large variety of tunes and ballads. Their live shows are rowdy and lots of fun! The band was founded by Jerry Shea and Pat Gerken, on the premise that good music will always bring people together.

    August 23 -- High Kings

    Ireland’s Folk Band of the year, The High Kings, are Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden. Coming from accomplished Musical pedigrees, The High Kings grew up in households soaked in the Irish Musical tradition and each member of the band witnessed first hand the power of well crafted Irish music on an audience.

    Since The High Kings started in 2008, they have sold out hundreds of shows, in Ireland and the US, made numerous TV appearances, recorded 3 studio albums and 1 live album and achieved platinum status with their 1st two albums.

    2013 is the start of an exciting time for The High Kings having signed to Sony International and releasing their 4th album “Friends for Life” which is out in Europe in September 2013. This impressive album features tracks written by the lads and some old favourites.

    The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between them bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites. The High Kings are continuing to live up to their reputation as a phenomenal live band, serving up laughter, good times and even the odd sing along.