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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The Taking of Shergar

Read about Shergar, an Irish-bred, British-trained legendary racehorse, taken too soon - stolen in 1983 & never to be seen again.


The Man Behind the Mouse

The Scottish Voice Behind Mickey Mouse

The voice you all know and recognize - Mickey Mouse. Now, meet the Scottish-American behind the mouse and sound effects legend, Jimmy Macdonald.


5 Irish Tin Whistle Players You Need To Hear (photo by Daniel Fernandez)

5 Irish Tin Whistle Players You Need To Hear

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.


Songcraft and Storytelling: RUNA's Guide for Song Arranging

Songcraft and Storytelling: RUNA's Guide for Song Arranging

Every song that we perform has a story. But how do you find that story? How do you choose a song and then make it your own? When you break it down to basics, the steps of song arranging are pretty simple.


An Interview with We Banjo 3's Enda Scahill

Interview with Enda Scahill

Enda Schaill, a banjo extraordinaire, talks with us about Irish Fest, the creation of We Banjo 3 and how he contributes his experience and skills to the infectious, high energy quartet.


Ed Ward - Founder's Corner

Founder's Corner

Follow Ed Ward, Founder of the Milwaukee Irish Fest, as he takes us back in time to his discoveries of Irish music, locally to internationally, and his quest to preserve Irish history.


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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.


Chuck Ward Memorial Blood Drive

Chuck Ward Memorial Blood Drive

June 13: All attempting donors will receive one complimentary ticket to the 2019 Milwaukee Irish Fest. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! 3-7 pm.


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.


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

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