Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Activities

There's just as much to do after your classes let out at the Irish Fest Summer School. Meet your fellow classmates during these great activities.

Welcome Social and Eugene Byrne Memorial Lecture, Monday August 15, 7 - 9pm - Free!

Location: Great Hall at the Celtic MKE Center, 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI

Meet Summer School instructors and fellow students, enjoy a cash bar, and play some tunes!

At 8pm Grace Toland presents the 2016 Eugene Byrne Memorial Performance Presentation, Songs of 1916. Traditional singer and current director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin, Grace Toland, sings songs surrounding the history of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Free parking available nearby.

Bua in Concert, Tuesday August 16, 7:30 - 8:30pm

Location: Great Hall at the CelticMKE Center, 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI

Free to registered Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Students

“Bua evokes the good times that Irish traditional music so often celebrates,” playing in a manner “largely forgotten in today’s overly polished Irish music world.” With “a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic,” their sound stands out among modern bands in the genre by “keeping the music down the path of tradition” while still being able to “raise the rafters with their playing, charm with their singing, and delight with their contemporary energy.”

Based in Chicago, Illinois—a long-celebrated center of Irish traditional music—Bua “has established itself individually and as a group in the eyes and ears of the traditional community,” and their 2011 release, Down the Green Fields, finds Bua exploring the forgotten sounds from the heyday of Irish music in the City of Big Shoulders with a blend of enchantingly stark song arrangements and bold, pulsing dance tunes. Lauded by The Bluegrass Situation as being the top Irish album of the past five years, Down the Green Fields stands as “a testament, from beginning to end, of the lasting essentials of the Irish tradition."

Gaeltacht Lunch Table - Free!

Try your hand at Irish or just listen in. We’ll have a Gaeltacht lunch table from 11:15am to 12:15pm at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center.

Lunch Slow Sessions - Free!

If you know a tune or two and want to learn how to play well with others, these sessions are for you. The sessions will be held from 11:00am to 12:15pm in the Great Hall at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center.

Noon Book Club - Free!

Noon Book Club with Mary Lou Stauber! Read and discuss Paddy's Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred by Thomas Gallagher.

Tea Time - Free!

Meet your fellow students for tea from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.

Nighttime - Sessions

After classes, be sure to meet up for music, some dance, some song and fun.

Monday night: General sessions following the welcome social and Eugene Byrne Memorial Lecture at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub, 13225 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. (starting after 9pm).

Tuesday night: Sessions at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub following Bua's performance at the CelticMKE Center.

Wednesday night: Join us for tunes after Tosa Tonight's Milwaukee Irish Fest night. Note: this is an outdoors concert experience at Wauwatosa's Rotary Performance Pavilion. We recommend bringing lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Please Note: Certain travels routes in Wauwatosa are restricted due to construction efforts. Here is a direct route to O'Donoghue's Irish Pub from the CelticMKE Center (formerly the Milwuakee Irish Fest Center):

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