Announcing: Peoria Irish Fest 2021 Bands

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 created 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.”

She’s been called “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” by The New York Times. “She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing,” says The Irish Times. She’s Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, has played with the Chieftains, Sting, and is a founding member of Cherish the Ladies. Catch every Eileen Ivers show, delivered with life and spirit you won’t forget!

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)

Adam & Jon journey through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, and have been enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean for over a decade. Adam & Jon put down musical roots in County Clare, where they lived together, and now make frequent visits.  Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to captivate and uplift audiences of all ages.

The Byrne Brothers are all champions of their traditional Irish instruments, and champion Irish dancers. A 2016 video of them playing on the street went viral with 3.4 million views — the most viewed video from Ireland that year. Two years later, they started a new life in America with a residency in Raglan Road Irish pub in Walt Disney World (youngest ever cast members!). Come enjoy their fast-paced show with brilliant musicianship on multiple instruments!

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.

JigJam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as ‘I-Grass’ (Irish influenced Bluegrass), their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage which creates an experience which is pleasing to both the eye and the ear.

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honour of the Irish god Lugh, Lúnasa was formed in 1997 from members of some of the greatest Irish groups of the previous decade, an early review from Folk Roots magazine describing the band as an “Irish music dream team”. From the start, the band’s complex arrangements and unique sound reshaped the boundaries of traditional music and energized audiences the world over. Critical acclaim followed, The Irish Echo describing the band as the “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet”.

Will Our ’21 Fest Happen?
We are very hopeful, and planning for all the needed approvals. Click here to read more.