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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Shane Hennessy

Shane Hennessy in Concert

April 17: Shane Hennessy is a virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter from Ireland. See him in an intimate concert setting!


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Milwaukee Bucks Player Shares Stories of his Irish Heritage

Milwaukee Bucks Player Shares Stories of his Irish Heritage

Pat Connaughton from the Milwaukee Bucks shared a video with us, where he shares stories about his Irish roots!


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.


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.


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


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.


Irish Session

What is an Irish session?

Irish sessions are fun gatherings of musicians sharing tunes and conversations in a relaxed setting...


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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.


Guinness and Chocolate

Guinness, Chocolate and Music Event

February 1: Guinness Beers. Chocolate Pairings to Guinness Beers. And a Concert = the perfect way to get ready for Valentine's Day! Learn more.


Family Day - Wauwatosa

Family Day, A St. Patrick's Celebration

March 15: Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Milwaukee? We've got you covered! Crafts, activities, music, food, dance & more!


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). 

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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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