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CelticMKE - Irish Music and Celtic Culture in Milwaukee, WI


If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to play a bodhrán – or what the heck one is – you’re in the right place. CelticMKE is about sharing our love of Irish music, Celtic history, and culture with people in the Midwest, and all over the world! You’ll find programs for the whole family, lectures by leading experts in Celtic culture, classes in traditional language, music and crafts, and our signature event, Milwaukee Irish Fest. Whether you want to reconnect with your roots, or explore a culture that’s new to you, CelticMKE is here to help.

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A Celtic Music Holiday Celebration - CelticMKE

A Celtic Music Holiday Celebration

FREE VIRTUAL SHOW, Dec. 12 at 2:00pm Central | Bring Celtic music into your homes this holiday season! You'll hear a mix of holiday music and traditional Irish music interwoven for a very merry experience!


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Celtic Boutique

Celtic Christmas Boutique

NO IN-PERSON BOUTIQUE IN 2021: However, we have a list of some of the vendors that were scheduled to appear so that you can still peruse their products and shop IRISH this holiday season! Please consider supporting these Midwest artisans!


5 Irish Flute Players You Need To Hear

5 Irish Flute Players You Need to Hear

The sound of the flute has been a part of Irish music for generations.


The Victorians and White Christmas

The Victorians and White Christmas

The Ward Irish Music Archives takes a look at the evolution of Christmas music from the Victorian Era through the end of Tin Pan Alley.


Rory Makem - A Childhood Christmas Memory

Rory Makem - A Childhood Christmas Memory

Rory Makem reminisces on a childhood memory - 1975, when he went to the television station with his father, Tommy Makem to record a Christmas special.


5 Irish Christmas Songs to Listen To

5 Irish Christmas Songs to Listen To

The Irish have left their mark on Christmas across the world with their unique and catchy tunes. Listen to 5 holiday songs that range from 15th Century Ireland to the 21st Century.


Ed Ward - Founder's Corner

Founder's Corner

View Ed Ward's blogs (Founder of the Milwaukee Irish Fest) to learn of his discoveries of Irish music, locally to internationally, and his quest to preserve Irish history.


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The Calling Music and Culture Tour of Ireland 2022

The Calling: Music & Culture Tour of Ireland

4 nights in Donegal and 5 nights in Dublin; an unforgettable 10-day tour of Ireland coming up January 20-30. 2022.


School of Music Enrollment

Sign up for music classes on Irish fiddle, bodhran, flute, whistle, guitar and more!


CelticMKE Book Club

Irish and Celtic Book Club

Love to read? Join our monthly Irish & Celtic book club where we read books from Irish and Scottish authors.


Support CelticMKE on Amazon!

Are you an avid Amazon shopper? Did you know Amazon gives back to non-profit organizations like us through what they call Amazon Smile? The difference is that when you shop through Amazon Smile, they will donate to CelticMKE every time you make a purchase! All you have to do is choose CelticMKE as your organization of choice to support, through the link here, and shop from the Amazon Smile website (shopping through the Smile website ensures donations go to the organization). 

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Fáilte to Irish and Celtic Culture!

Fáilte (that means “welcome” in Gaelic) to CelticMKE, your go-to resource for all things Irish and Celtic in the Milwaukee area and around the globe! You’re probably familiar with our signature event, Milwaukee Irish Fest, but maybe you haven’t listened to historic recordings from our Ward Irish Music Archives, learned Celtic music and culture face-to-face with leading experts during the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School, or learned the tin whistle or Irish fiddle with faculty from the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music. Start exploring your Irish and Celtic heritage - or discovering your own unique love for it – with CelticMKE today!

Irish Fest Center

CelticMKE | 1532 Wauwatosa Avenue | Milwaukee, WI 53213-2623 | Phone: (414) 476-3378 | Email: info@celticmke.com

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