Announcing: Peoria Irish Fest 2020 Bands

A quartet of accomplished musical pedigrees, the band first exploded onto the Irish folk music scene in 2008. The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites. Their first ‘Best Of’ Compilation ‘DECADE’ was released in November 2017.

Scythian (sith-ee-yin) began over 12 years ago as a bunch of college buddies playing Celtic music in the streets and has grown to be a headliner on the US Celtic Festival Circuit. They found that their brand of high-energy folk music found a resonance that led The Washington Post to state: “Scythian’s  enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses.”

The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic musical group of three sisters who play contemporary Celtic music. Blending Celtic, folk, classical, world and northwest musical influences, the Gothard Sisters bring songs to life, creating music that is “vivid, inspirational and captivating.”  (Tim Carroll, Folk Words Review 2018)

Doolin’ is France’s premiere Celtic band,  From ballads to furiously fast jigs, from their own compositions to traditional tunes, they offer a rich sound. Natives of Toulouse, Doolin’ combines instrumentals, vocals and original compositions in a resolutely modern style. That’s Doolin’ – Irish music with a French touch!

Heron Valley are an energy fuelled, traditional band from Scotland. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, including traditional Scots song and Scottish piping tunes and irish banjo.

“The energy and enthusiasm comes across clearly in their ernest female fronted vocals. Heron Valley have noticeable finesse in the layering of fiddle, guitar, pipes and banjo.” Mike Rushby, mnpr Magazine

Irish music accordion virtuoso Jimmy Keane and the remarkable bouzar player and vocalist Pat Broaders, comprise bohola, Irish music’s newest “supergroup” as penned by The Irish Herald. Bohola play a driving, muscular, and yet very emotive style of Irish music with deep roots in the ‘pure drop’ tradition, infused with the raw and gritty urbanized musical vernacular of the Irish and Irish-American experience.

Hailing from the picturesque west coast of Ireland, Boxing Banjo bring an exciting and fresh sound to the Irish music scene. Combining striking vocal arrangements with a myriad of instruments including button accordion, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bodhrán and fiddle, they possess “a startling degree of accomplished maturity” (The Living Tradition).

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