Slide IE, whose lineup originated in 1999 at a Bandon, Co. Cork music festival, will be making their third Muskegon appearance. Beoga hail from Co. Antrim and have been described by The Wall Street Journal as “the best traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.” Goitse, a group of young University of Limerick alumni, “mix modern rhythms and traditional melodies” creating a unique, personal sound.
Entertainment Director Thomas Schaub commented that the headline acts reflect the high quality of the festival in general.
“Evidence of our festival’s prominence in the Irish Festival realm can be seen in these performances by three incredible bands coming to us directly from Ireland,” he said. “Slide IE, Beoga, and Goitse represent the best that Ireland has to offer in contemporary Irish folk music. This year’s festival will feature some of the most exciting and virtuosic players to ever play in West Michigan.”
Also playing at the festival are a variety of Celtic and traditional acts from around the world, including Old Blind Dogs, Scythian and The Makem and Spain Brothers.
The festival is presented by Mercy Health Partners and will take place at the Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon. A wide variety of food and goods will be on offer in addition to the excellent musical lineup, and the weekend will come to a close with a Catholic Mass celebrated on Sunday, followed by an Irish breakfast.
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