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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Most people do not know that the American League was founded and incorporated in Milwaukee. The fact that four of them were Irish-Americans, as well as the man who initially brought them all together, Ted Sullivan, is even less well-known.
Love to read? Join our monthly Irish & Celtic book club where we read books from Irish and Scottish authors.
The tin whistle is a humble instrument but can sound amazing in the hands of an expert musician. Listen and learn about 5 influential Irish whistle players.
A colorful piece of sheet music cover art leads Ward Irish Music Archives director, Barry Stapleton, on a journey exploring the Fenian Raids of Canada in 1866.
Free Facebook concert series. Episode 6, ft. Scythian, November 29 @ 6pm CT / 7pm ET. Click below to watch earlier episodes, which feature various Irish folk artists!
One of the greatest achievements of the entire Milwaukee Irish Fest experience is the Ward Irish Music Archives. It is a tribute to the music and culture we share and in which we have built our community on.
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).
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!