The Festival Entertainment

We are pleased to announce the entertainers of the 2015 Seacoast Irish Festival! You can learn more about the entertainers and their background below, plus links to their websites and other web content. The festival line-up will be updated as entertainers are confirmed so check back often to discover all the talent the festival will have to offer.

Irish Festival Line-Up - September 26, 2015

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul

Eileen IversGrammy award winning Eileen Ivers is the nine time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, who has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, is an original musical star of Riverdance, and has graced the stage with The Chieftains, Sting, Hall and Oates, Randy Brecker, Patti Smith, and Paula Cole. Ivers' recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. Eileen is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World music genres.

Screaming Orphans

Screaming OrphansThe Screaming Orphans are four funny, high-spirited, sisters raised in the magic of County Donegal in Ireland, a region with a great tradition of music. At the start, this then teenage band played covers at local festivals, but soon began writing their own music and traveling to Dublin to play. Since then they have toured with the likes of Sinead O’Connor and signed with Warner UK, recording their debut album, Listen and Learn.

Eventually, the diversity of the American music scene led them to relocate to New York City and they now regularly tour up and down the East Coast.

Their most recent album, Lonely Boy, was released in July 2011. While never forgetting their roots in traditional Irish music, the Orphans draw on a diverse set of influences ranging from Simon & Garfunkel to REM with a strong focus on melody-driven songs with pop and rocks strains. Not just a small town band of teenage girls anymore, the Screaming Orphans continue to impress by exploring new and exciting song writing and performance concepts.

Schooner Fare

Schooner FareSchooner Fare has won unanimous critical praise for captivating harmonies and winning stage presence. In addition to their numerous original songs on both contemporary and traditional themes, the band also writes and performs topical songs, country ballads and maritime masterpieces that have made their name synonymous with the "Down East" style. Consummate entertainers, their energetic concerts are laced with a Maine brand of universal humor.

Combining their talents on six-string guitars, twelve-string guitars and banjos, Schooner Fare's distinctive vocal and instrumental arrangements have been hailed by such folk music icons as the Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem and Tom Paxton.

Schooner Fare's many recordings receive radio play on four continents and world-wide on satellite radio. The original songs of Schooner Fare's Chuck and Steve Romanoff continue to be recorded and performed by other artists in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Ireland and Australia.

Denise Hagan

Denise HaganDenise Hagan is an inspirational performer dedicated to opening the heart of humankind through sound, story and song.

Denise was born and raised in a musical family in Keady, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland where she has lived until recently. With two musical parents, Denise’s early experiences in performing were certainly rich and varied. Her first album ‘Healing Time’ reveals how she used song as her personal diary of life. With a great love for travel, Denise used her music as a passport to explore Europe and beyond. With performances in France, Spain, Austria, Germany and North America, she collected her observations of life and continued to build a strong song collection with which she performed.

Opportunity came knocking from Universal Records Ireland to release her first album in 2004. This process was a priceless journey for Denise and gave her invaluable experience and insight into the commercial music world. Denise enjoyed opening for the much loved Shania Twain. Sensing that her work was more for those in need of healing, ‘For Those Who Hear’ (2006) is the album that beautifully reveals Denise’s inner world, this beautiful comforting album went world-wide and attracted many invitations to perform at spiritual conferences across the world. Leading to the creation of the album ‘Amazing Space’ in 2008, a heart-opening album filled with joyful, peaceful and humorous wisdom on the power of the heart.

Kevin Byrne Band

Kevin ByrneByrne is no newcomer to music; he was born and reared in the folk tradition by his father, a heavily active Irish balladeer and storyteller. Byrne has both kept to his roots and pulled from his American upbringing. His more traditional side is apparent in his ability to sing a song with honesty and convey its meaning and sentiment clearly to the audience, while his more progressive side shows is his absorption of myriad genres into his own unique and diverse collection of original songs, as well as his knack for making an old song "his".

Don't miss a chance to hear this refreshingly unpretentious musician do what he does.

More coming soon!

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