Seriously - this is crazy! ShamrockFest has cornered the Celtic market, with the greatest Irish rock lineup on the planet!!! An unparalleled ensemble of Celtic bands are flying in from Europe, Canada and across the US, to present an unimaginable Celtic rock experience.. from Irish punk to Celtic rock to folk and straight up Irish party music… THIS IS HUGE! Check out the lineup, so far (below.)
"Usually most comfortable playing loud and live with upraised fists and chunky guitar riffs in local hangouts - explodes with declarations of gnashing street poetry punctuated with wailing uilleann pipes, Joe Strummer-style chord chops and Bourbon Street sax sojourns." — Rolling Stone
After 24 years of making music, ShamrockFest is lucky enough to host on Black 47 on their FINAL tour. Black 47 espouses an unblinkingly political and thoroughly Irish form of rock 'n' roll, with songs covering topics from the Northern Ireland conflict to civil rights and urban unrest in contemporary New York. Black 47 earned their chops playing the pub scene in Manhattan and self-producing their first indie record, Black 47, before converting The Cars' Ric Ocasek to the cause and gaining mainstream attention with their second album. The band celebrates their 20th year on the road with their latest album "Bankers and Gangsters."
CARBOL LEAF.. CARBON LEAF... CARBON LEAF... Get ready to chant for this longtime ShamrockFest fave. .. Now in their 21st year of award-winning recording, all while consistently traversing America with their nonstop touring schedule, Carbon Leaf can look back at an impressive portfolio of achievements, as they continue to produce a steady stream of new music and tour throughout...
The Fighting Jamesons are THE “interactive and energetic” Irish rock band, and they sure do bring the fun! Over the past year they have found success in the area and beyond, opening for the Dropkick Murphy’s, headlining their own shows at the NorVa, and recently releasing a brand new self-titled album with original songs and Irish classics. They are a classic case of love at first sight! They sound as good as they look!
Founded in 1997, the Culkin School currently enrolls nearly 400 students and is an active member of the Washington, D.C., Irish-American community.
Dancers from the Maple School have competed successfully at US Southern Region, US National and World Championship competitions. The school was honored to perform at the White House for US President Bush and Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahearn. Clips appeared on local news stations and on CNN. They have also performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Wolf Trap, on Fox 5 Morning News, and at various cultural festivals.
Maple School Dancers have also appeared in the Celtic theatrical performance presented at the Lisner Auditorium with the Washington Revels and the Trinity Irish Dance Company
They have danced at a number of charitable organizations including The N.I.H. Children's Inn and local area nursing homes. Other credits include "Best Irish Dance School" at the Washington, D.C. St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The O'Neill-James School of Irish Dancing was founded in the Fall of 1969. The school is proud of its well-deserved reputation for quality and excellence. It is the largest Irish dancing school in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and famous for its participation and excellence in the Saint Patrick's Day Parades of Alexandria and Washington, DC. The O'Neill-James School of Irish Dancing has trained hundreds of excellent students who have competed in the World Championships and performed before the Presidents of Ireland and the United States. The school established the Nation's Capital Feis in 1987 as the official Irish dancing competition for Washington, DC. The school recently had the honor of sending dancers to compete in the 2002 World Championships held in Glasgow, Scotland and the 2009 World Championships held in Philadelphia.
Dublin 5 has taken the Celtic music scene by storm thanks to an eclectic mix of traditional roots and blazing instrumentals with an amped up rock twist. Their musicianship and show is nothing short of high octane.
Their fan base is continually expanding and covers people of all ages from all walks of life.
Dublin 5 has performed at The Syracuse Irish Festival, The Oshkosh Irish Festival, The Maryland Irish Festival, The Celtic Fling, The Dayton Ohio Irish Festival, The Annapolis Irish Festival,The Maryland Renaissance Festival, FEDEX Field, Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, Raven Stadium, USNA Stadium and Shamrock Fest D.C.
Dublin 5 are fronted by Ray Murphy (lead guitar) from Dublin Ireland and backed by Jenn Garmen (fiddle), Eddie McGowan (bass and bagpipes), Jim Martin, (percussion), and drummer Kevin Shook. They are sure to keep you on edge until the final track has been played.
Here is what some of leaders in the entertainment industry are saying:
“National ShamrockFest is Washington DC’s greatest festival, hands down!”
“ShamrockFest… America’s biggest Saint Patrick’s Day party…”
“…Shamrock Festival is one of the best live music festivals in the United States”