Michigan Irish Music Festival Announces 2024 Artist Line-Up

The Michigan Irish Music Festival, presented by Family Financial Credit Union, is excited to announce the lineup for their 25th Anniversary. Join the celebration September 12-15th at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, Michigan!

This year’s incredible list of artists features the return of crowd favorite Gaelic Storm. Other headliners include Kíla, Talisk, Aoife Scott, & Seamus Kennedy.

Gaelic Storm, a band with over 20 years of success, defies expectations with their latest album, Go Climb a Tree. Their diverse fan base, ranging from country to rock enthusiasts, fuels their continued growth. The album showcases their versatility with party anthems, folk tunes, and spirited instrumentals. Despite the world’s turmoil, the band aims for “contemplative escapism,” offering listeners a break from chaos. Known for their tireless touring and blue-collar ethos, Gaelic Storm remains dedicated to live performances. From their humble beginnings as a pub band to appearing in Titanic and topping charts, they’ve carved a unique path in Celtic music.

Kíla, an octet from Dublin, has been pioneering trad-fusion since 1987. They’ve performed worldwide, releasing 20 albums and composing for Oscar-nominated films. Rooted in Irish tradition, their music incorporates Latin, Reggae, Rock, and more. Diverse in musicality, Kíla blends traditional and original compositions. Collaborating with artists like U2 and Sinéad O’Connor, they’ve explored various genres and styles. Their work on films like The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea earned acclaim and awards.

Talisk has over 15 million streams and has sold out shows across 5 continents, amassing a global following while redefining the folk genre. Mohsen Amini (concertina), Benedict Morris (violin), and Charlie Galloway (guitar) captivate crowds by pushing musical boundaries and testing a trio’s live production capabilities.

Aoife Scott, a folk singer from Dublin, comes from the famed Black family and is gaining prominence in traditional music. Her dynamic voice and emotive lyrics have earned her accolades including Best Folk Act at the Irish Post Music Awards. With appearances on BBC2 and TG4, she’s gaining international attention. Aoife has headlined festivals worldwide and achieved chart success in Ireland. Her second album, Homebird continues to showcase her talent and solidify her position in folk music.

A seasoned performer for 30 years, Seamus Kennedy has toured extensively across the US, showcasing his musical talents from Alaska to Florida. Awarded “Best Irish/Celtic Male Vocalist” annually since 1993, he’s a sought-after headliner at Celtic festivals nationwide. With 11 albums spanning contemporary and traditional genres, Seamus engages his audience with interactive performances and witty banter, seamlessly transitioning between Irish ballads, lively reels, and American music styles.

Artists rounding out the line-up include: JigJam, Dave Curley & Colin Farrell, Síomha, The Friel Sisters, The Irish Music All Stars, Shane Hennessy, Cathal Ó Curráin & Marty Barry, Blackthorn, The Wee Heavies, Ally The Piper, On the Lash, Kennedy’s Kitchen, Conklin Céilí Band, Enda Reilly, Ian Gould, Ironwood, Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and The Mona Shores Fiddlers.

Along with presenting sponsor Family Financial Credit Union, other major sponsors of the festival include G&L Chili Dogs, Langlois Home Furnishings, The Mart Dock, and Budweiser.

Tickets will go on sale May 2, 2024 at www.michiganirish.org. Children 12 & under are free but need a ticket, which can be ordered at the time of purchase.The 2024 ticket sponsor is Barry’s Greenhouse & Landscaping.

For those needing overnight accommodations, reserving early is encouraged! Delta Hotels by Marriott and Shoreline Inn are host hotels for the festival, and they are ready to take your reservation.

To book Shoreline Inn: 231-727-8483 or to book Delta Hotels by Marriott: 231-722-0100

Complete festival information can be found at www.michiganirish.org.
Stay tuned to the website and Michigan Irish Music Festival social media pages for additional updates.