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Instructors, Workshops for all ages Celebrate Irish Traditions
Returning for the program’s
31st year, the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School will again welcome students
and teachers for a week of hands-on learning, August 13 – 17, 2018.
A one-of-a-kind experience, the summer school showcases Irish and Celtic
traditions, and features some of the top artists and scholars in Irish
and Celtic music, history and culture.
“For adults, children
and families alike, there is nothing quite like the Milwaukee Irish Fest
Summer School,” said Jane Walrath, director of the Milwaukee Irish
Fest Summer School. “From expertly tailored classes, to world-renowned
instructors, this unique, hands-on educational experience is one that you
won’t want to miss.”
With more than 40 class
offerings and special events, 2018 highlights include:
Exciting new classes
Celtic Calligraphy with Linda
Lubner – The Celtic Calligraphy class will cover how to use a broad
tipped pen, a line sheet and foundational strokes to make Celtic calligraphy.
The class will also cover a short history of calligraphy, the “Book of
Kells,” and show the many ways to lay out the calligraphy on paper.
The Bogside Artists –
The Bogside Artists, Tom Kelly and Kevin Hasson, first began working together
in 1993 to document the events surrounding the Northern Ireland Troubles.
With supplies donated from local residents, they painted several murals
on the walls of Rossville Street buildings commemorating the Battle of
Bogside and Bloody Sunday. Kelly and Hasson will discuss their murals’
history and social impact.
Improving Your Vocal
Skills with Hank Cramer – Accomplished folk singer and educator Hank
Cramer leads a workshop in vocal techniques specifically for folksingers.
Students will gain insight into how to sing louder, enunciate clearly,
hit notes cleanly and warm up effectively – all without going hoarse in
New and notable instructors
Robbie Harris – A bodhrán
player and percussionist, Harris has toured extensively with Riverdance,
and has performed and recorded with a long list of world artists over the
years. He will be teaching both an intermediate and advanced bodhrán
class at the summer school, as well as a bodhrán workshop for students
interested in taking their skills to the next level.
Mary Bergin - Hailed
as “just about the best tin whistle player this century” by the Irish Times,
Bergin is known for her legendary albums of Celtic music and as a premier
tin whistle instructor. She will be teaching intermediate and advanced
whistle classes, as well as a Friday morning workshop for experienced whistle
players looking for an intensive class to improve their skills.
End of summer classes and camp for kids
Celtic Kids Camp – Back
by popular demand, the Celtic Kids Camp offers children the chance to experience
a week filled with Irish and Celtic culture and fun. Kids ages 7-12 will
enjoy classes including an in-depth exploration into the singing, rhythm
and language behind Irish and Celtic music with the band, Seo Linn. Participants
will have the opportunity to explore singing in the Irish language, vocal
exercises, drumming and using studio technology to record a song.
Irish Music Ensemble
- Teenagers with a passion for music are invited to join the Irish Music
Ensemble for Teens class, which will be taught by students from the University
Special events and evening programming:
These special events all
take place in the Great Hall of the CelticMKE Center starting at 8 p.m.
Eugene Byrne Memorial Lecture
– Monday evening join Irish historian and founding member of The Wolfe
Tones, Derek Warfield, as he shares insights and history dedicated to the
memory of folk singer, festival organizer, travel guide and wonderful friend
to many at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Eugene Bryne. Milwaukee Irish Fest founder
Ed Ward will moderate.
Instructors Concert –
On Tuesday night, the world-renowned Summer School instructors come together
to showcase their talents in concert. Performing in short sets, the School’s
musical instructors showcase their abilities in the intimate Great Hall
of the CelticMKE Center. Expect spontaneous collaborations between musicians
and dancers in this sneak peek of the talent audiences will see at the
Milwaukee Irish Fest.
Irish Beer 101: Guinness
History – Guinness ambassador Jimmy Callahan presents the Summer School’s
most serious subject: the history (and tastes) of Guinness brews. From
the history of the famous Irish brand to brewing processes, Callahan will
guide attendees on an interactive journey including tastings of three of
Guinness’ renowned beers. Free to registered Summer School students, $10
for the general public. Open to adults 21 and older.
Classes will be held at
the CelticMKE Center in Wauwatosa, Wis., as well as surrounding locations.
For a complete schedule, instructor bios, class descriptions, updates and
registration, visit www.irishfestsummerschool.com.
Mary Bergin (tin whistle)
Mick Conneely (fiddle)
Wendy MacIsaac (Cape Breton
Mary Jane Lamond (Sean-nos
Robbie Harris (bodhran)
Kim Robertson (harp)
Aislinn Gagliardi (harp)
Seo Linn (Celtic Kids Camp)
Hank Cramer (vocal skills
Amy Richter (bodhran)
Brett Lipshutz (tin whistle)
Randy Gosa (guitar)
John Nicholson (guitar)
Ed Paloucek (fiddle)
Scott Cincotta (bodhran
Asher Gray (tin whistle
Aisling Lyons and Martha
Guiney (Irish music ensemble for teens)
Liam Scanlon (Sean-nos dance)
Ronan Eastwood (set dance)
Deborah Hyland (ceili dance)
Derek Warfield (Ballads
of the Irish Revolution)
Dwight A. Radford (Irish
genealogy, Friday only)
Marguerite Helmers (James
Joyce’s the Dubliners)
Nancy Walcyzk (Murder Most
Tom Kelly and Kevin Hasson:
The Bogside Arists
Bairbre Ni Chiarda (Irish
Liam Cuinneagain (Irish
Ray MacManais (Irish language)
Registration and further
details can be found at