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 greater Milwaukee, and all over the world! You’ll find information on events 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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Gaelic Storm Run for CelticMKE

Gaelic Storm's Run for Irish Culture - Donate

Pete Murphy and Ryan Lacey from Gaelic Storm are running in the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon this October and are raising funds for CelticMKE! Learn more.


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Renowned Irish Peace Activist & Musician to Appear in Milwaukee

Renowned Irish Peace Activist & Musician to Appear in Milwaukee

Tommy Sands is one of the most powerful songwriters and enchanting solo performers in Ireland today and will appear at both Milwaukee Irish Fest and Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School in August 2019.


Racing in Historic Irish Fishing Boats

Racing in Historic Irish Fishing Boats

An insight on the Irish sport, currach racing, with the Milwaukee Currach Club


Tips for Practicing Irish Music

To help make the most of your Irish music (or any style of music) practice time, we've compiled a few tips to help make getting started less daunting...


Shannon Heaton

4 Steps to Inhabiting Your Irish Music Repertoire

It's not what you play, it's the way that you play it. It's sometimes hard to believe this, especially when you're sitting in a session and you don't know all/any of the tunes being played. There are so many tunes to learn.


Founding of the American League by Irish Americans

The Founding of the American League by Five Irish-American Milwaukeeans

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.


Jimmy Keane

Accordionist Jimmy Keane: Irish Fest and the Ward Irish Music Archives

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.


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CelticMKE Year Round Calendar

Milwaukee Area Celtic Events

From special concerts to our annual holiday events, see what's happening throughout the year at the CelticMKE Center and in the community on our Year Round Calendar.


Starry Nights Concert Series at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center

Starry Nights Irish Fest Sound Sampler

Two beloved summer traditions combine as we celebrate our second annual Starry Nights’ collaboration with the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center! Lift your feet, drinks, and spirits as we dance under the stars to the sounds of Celtic music on August 9.


Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation Presents Tosa Tonight's Annual Irish Fest Preview Night

Tosa Tonight's Annual Irish Fest Preview Night

Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation presents Tosa Tonight's Annual Irish Fest Preview Night, Wednesday, August 14, featuring Shane Hennessy from Ireland and Red Hot Chilli Pipers from Scotland.


Irish Fest Center

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!

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