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This 29-acre music mecca is like Ireland, except smaller. However, there is nothing small about the 2011 Dublin Irish Festival with its seven stages, 75 acts and 535 performances. The Dublin Irish Festival provides guests, of all musical tastes, the opportunity to experience some of the biggest names in Irish music during three exciting days on August 5th, 6th and 7th, 2011.

The Ward Irish Music Archives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin will present this stirring exhibit at Irish festivals throughout the U.S. in the summer of 2011 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War.

The exhibit will have the first stop in Dublin Ohio. The role of native born Irish and Irish Americans is one of the untold stories in this conflict.

This exhibit looks at the Irish contribution and experience through music, stories and biographies.
This year’s headline acts include legendary performer, Moya Brennan, of Clannad, one of the biggest Celtic acts in history, will grace a Festival stage this year. Known as the First Lady of Celtic Music, Moya is a Grammy-nominated Irish folksinger, songwriter, harpist and philanthropist. Fiddle master, Liz Carroll attends for her second time. Liz was recently honoured as the first American to ever win Composer of the Year in Ireland’s Traditional Music Awards.

In addition to the above legendary artists, Téada, Dervish and Beoga, some of the top bands in Ireland, travel across the big pond this August to entertain Festival guests.
A newer generation of Irish musicians will convince listeners that Irish music talent continues to grow. Goitse, a young group of students from the School of Traditional Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, joins the Festival on their first U.S. tour.

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