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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Your guide for Irish and Celtic themed gifts, just in time for the holiday season!
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 12th Century Ireland to the 21st Century.
In memory of Edward J. Ward, visionary and founder of Milwaukee Irish Fest, donations can be made to either the Tommy Makem Cultural Legacy Fund or to the CelticMKE Talent Development Fund, per Ed's request.
Pat Connaughton from the Milwaukee Bucks shared a video with us, where he shares stories about his Irish roots!
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.
Irish Americans Bing Crosby and Burl Ives both contributed to our modern Christmas music repertoire.
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 (the specific website that 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!