ENTERTAINMENT

We hope to make this year the best ever Melbourne Irish Festival. As always there will be a variety of entertainment provided over the course of the day.  We'll have music by the score, dancers by the dozen and entertainers galore.  

We'll be announcing acts as soon as they are confirmed so follow us on Facebook or watch this space for updates.

For further details of what's happening on the day check out our Festival map by clicking here.

LIVE MUSIC 

MAIN STAGE

Pat McKernan (solo performer)

A good friend of the festival and crowd favourite.  

 

Van Morrison tribute

The headline act was a big hit last year. This year they retuurn as a more intimate four piece ensamble.

 

Saoirse:- Are a Celtic Folk Band based in Melbourne.  These accomplished musicians play traditional Irish favourites and original material.  They've played numerous folk festivals and we're delighted to have them on board this year.  For more information on them and to sample some of their beautiful tunes click here.

 

 

Rythmn Kitchen: an acoustic act with an extensive repertoire covering hits from 60s to contemporary in the genres of rock, country, folk, Celtic, soul and blues hits. Sure to get the crowd going! 

 

 

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

Traditional Irish music. 

 

THE SESSION TENT

This proved very popular last year.  The tent caters for smaller more intimate acts and affords the festival goers the opportunity to experience and enjoy a traditional Irish music 'session'.   

Guest Speakers: This year there we will be joined by two guest speakers from the State Library of Victoria.  They will be telling us all about the upcoming 'Easter Rising' exhibition at the State Library.

Poetry reading: The Bloomsday group will be reading 'Easter Rising' themed poems.

Newport Fiddle Folk Club. 
They're based in Newport, they're a collective of musicians and folk enthusiasts who play folk inspired music. They played last year and were well recieved by the crowd.  Click 
here to find out more about them.

IRISH DANCING
Another crowd favourite, Irish Dancers from the following dancing schools;

  • Kilmurray School of Irish dancing 

  • Melbourne Academy of Irish dancing

  • Christine Ayres School of Irish dancing

  • Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

 

Set Dancing 

 

 

If you're an Entertainer and you'd like to get involved with the Melbourne Irish Festival please contact us or click here for more information.

Other Activities

Kids fun races

Always great fun, sign your kids up for the egg & spoon, sack race or toddler dash.  

 

STREET ENTERTAINERS & MORE

Facepainting
Always a hit with the kids.

Twinkle Toes
Street entertainer extraordinaire.  A big hit over the years and looking forward to watching him sprinkle his magic over the course of the day.

Staint Patrick 

A man that needs no introduction, he introduced Christianity to Ireland and banished the snakes and is responsible for more hangovers that anyone else in history!

 

Melbourne Irish Festival Committee 2018