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The Elders

Friday & Saturday

The Elders remain one of the top Celtic-rock bands in the US after 24 years because of their timeless sound.    It’s their passion, great melodies, unique harmonies, unparalleled musicianship and strong song-writing that keeps them connected. From an Emmy-Award Winning DVD, to an induction into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame, and to a PBS concert televised across the US, The Elders are still going strong because of their powerful, personal and musical chemistry. Join us as we welcome Ian Byrne, Kian Byrne, Norm Dahlor, Diana Ladio, William "Liam" Latas, and Daniel Loftus to the CNY Irish Festival this year.



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With eight albums and a double CD collection in their sporrans to date, these spirited yanks have made themselves one of the most beloved Celtic rock bands in the US. They’ve been heard in popular television shows, films, and tons of Celtic radio programs worldwide.
Besides rocking up Irish traditionals with gravelly authenticity, Kyf Brewer pens the majority of the group’s originals and  covers lead vocals, guitar, accordion, harmonica, mandolin, bouzouki, piano and bagpipes. He originally piped in the Loch Rannoch Pipe Band, and performed in Edinburgh’s Millennium March for Prince Charles.
The ayes have it - Barleyjuice is a grand group of talented tunesmiths and prodigious performers, and the absolute best time you can have at a concert.

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The Devil's Brigade, formerly known as The American Rogues, are known for their epic, multi-instrumental sound that crosses the musical landscape to include jigs, reels, hornpipes, ballads, originals, covers, soundtracks, patriotic and military music, Irish foot-stompers and more. Popular worldwide on the festival circuit, they have played with such artists as world-renowned violinist/composers Lindsey Stirling and Alison Krauss. the DEVIL’S BRIGADE is fast becoming a household name with music lovers around the world, loved by young and old.  Playing only one night this year, this is a set you will not want to miss.


The Prodigals

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Fan favorites, The Prodigals, will be returning back to the Central New York Irish Festival in 2024. They have headlined venues throughout the United States and around the world. From Paddy Reilly’s in NYC, to Whelan’s in Dublin, to The House of Blues in Las Vegas they never fail to energize and thoroughly entertain their audiences. Their sound melds authentic Irish traditional roots with eclectic high energy rhythms to create a sound that is uniquely their own.

Colin Farrell & Dave Curley


Colin Farrell (Fiddle & Whistles) and Dave Curley (Guitar & Vocals) are two legends of the Irish traditional music world. They have toured, performed and recorded with numerous traditional Irish music luminaries. They are gifted entertainers, and masters of their craft charming audiences with a potent mix of sublime musicianship, electric energy, and a tremendous live performance.



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In 2001 a group of musicians from the Elmira- Corning Region began meeting up to play informal trad sessions in local pubs and coffee shops. Over the years the band evolved and began to play a more contemporary style, infusing the influences of other artists and genres to reflect the Irish-American experience. This resulted in a high energy, crowd pleasing style with all the elements loved in a traditional Irish band, a sound the band refers to as “Triple Distilled Celtic Rock”.

2021 marked the band’s 20th anniversary.  Kilrush credits their longevity and success to the love and support of their fans everywhere, (who they consider family ), but also to the fact that after 20 years, Kilrush continues to be fans of the music themselves.


Colm Keegan


 Colm Keegan is a multifaceted singer, songwriter and teacher from Dublin, Ireland.  He has toured the world extensively with both Celtic Thunder and Celtic Woman. Winner of the 2014 Irish Music Association "Best New Irish Artist" award, Colm's remarkable journey encapsulates a harmonious blend of musical brilliance, cultural advocacy, and entrepreneurial spirit, making him a revered figure in the world of Celtic music and beyond.


Blarney Rebel Band


The Blarney Rebel Band hails from the Celtic hotbed of Central New York. From the instant they take the stage, the principal aim of The Blarney Rebel Band is to get the audience dancing, clapping and singing (and maybe raising the occasional pint!). With their rousing renditions of all types of traditional Irish music, from rollicking pub tunes to hand-clapping jigs and reels, they are sure to achieve that aim.




Triskele, [pronounced Tris-Kay-lee] is the premier all~female Irish/Celtic band from Albany NY. They have been entertaining audiences with stunning harmonies since their formation in 2008.  The dynamic trio performs, primarily, vocal traditional Irish music. They weave history, traditions, and stories about growing up in Ireland into their sets, to give the listener a deeper appreciation and understanding of Irish history. 


Donal O'Shaughnessy

Friday & Saturday

Donal O´Shaughnessy is a multi-talented performer. He is a self taught musician playing guitar, fiddle, keyboards, pipe organ, bodhran and mandolin. Although he is best known as a performer of Irish music and ballads, Donal is probably best known for his live performances. His quick wit and spontaneity with his audience keeps people in their seats until the very end of the night. He is oftimes called a comedian and is known for his work ethic as he rarely takes a break.


craobh Dugan-o'looney

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,Craobh Dugan O'Looney is our local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. It was established in 1978 in Clinton, NY, by Pat and Frank Dugan, and Jim O'Looney. Now located in Utica, NY, Craobh Dugan O'Looney is one of 50 branches in North America. These session musicians are sure to get your toes tapping and bring you back the traditional sounds found in authentic Irish pubs.


Butler Sheehan Dancers


The Butler Sheehan Academy of Dance is Central New York's oldest traditional Irish dance school. With year-round enrollment for dancers from beginners through championship Level we are happy to have them join us throughout the day on Saturday.

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