CelticMKE - Irish Music and Celtic Culture in Milwaukee, WI

CelticMKE

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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CelticMKE Newsletter Sign Up

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Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

School of Music

Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music offers year-round instruction in instrumental Irish traditional dance music to students of all ages. Music lessons, group classes, and workshops are available.

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Featured

The Story of Halloween

The Story of Halloween

Halloween has its roots with the Ancient Celts. Discover the history and transformation on this centuries-old holiday and learn about the traditions some still practice today.

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The Dullahan: The Irish Headless Horseman

The Dullahan: The Irish Headless Horseman

Even for the Irish, and the Celts, Dullahan is a starkly dark creature. Where did he come from, this headless one?

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Shergar

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.

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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.

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John Muir

John Muir: Scottish-American Naturalist

John Muir was a Scottish-American environmentalist. He spent his life loving the trees, the land beneath his feet and the world around him.

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Derry Hegarty's Irish Pub

The Barman and The Bards

Derry Hegarty decided in 1975 that Milwaukee needed real Irish folk music and hired a Boston-based, four person group to appear in his pub, Derry's. The Bards, originally from Belfast, became a big hit on the local Irish scene.

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Events

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.

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Brexit on the Border

Lecture Event: Brexit on the Border: What We Know & What We Don't Know about the Future of Irish/UK Relations

November 2 Presentation Event: Brexit on the Border: What We Know & What We Don't Know about the Future of Irish/UK Relations

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Celtic Boutique

Celtic Christmas Boutique

November 17: The Celtic Christmas Boutique is a unique event that helps people discover gifts from the Emerald Isle and beyond. Showcasing Irish and other wares such as jewelry, artwork, clothing, Irish gifts and crafts.

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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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