2016 Irish Music Festival Headliners
The Patriotic Spirit of Irish Music
Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfetones
Derek Warfield is one of the great Irish ballad singers but he’s also much more – a founding member and long-serving front man of the legendary Wolfe Tones, a charismatic all-round performer, a historian, retriever and writer of songs and a man who cares passionately for the Irish song tradition.
Derek, the eldest of four children was born in Inchicore, in Dublin in 1943. He was educated at Synge Street C.B.S. and was apprenticed as a tailor, only to find the lure of a musical career irresistible.
This calling came as no surprise since music, song and entertainment was very much part of Derek’s childhood experiences. His father and mother both played piano and his father also played mandolin. Their musical tastes were wide-ranging and included a love of opera, classical music, all forms of dance and musicals. Derek’s mother taught him songs which he sang at every opportunity, and he made his first stage appearance at the Queen’s Theatre in Dublin at the age of six.
His great love and appreciation of all things musical was also influenced and nurtured by his grandparents.
From he was knee-high to a grasshopper, his mother’s parents Paddy and Anne Byrne Cunningham passed on songs and ballads. He has since recorded them and they’re still very much part of the Warfield repertoire.
His father’s mother, Catherine McDonough Warfield, gave him a mandolin, and he got lessons on the instrument from his father. All of Derek’s grandparents shared a common Irish patriotic spirit that he eagerly sought to be part of and understand.
So it was from this background that Derek was gifted a passion and respect for Irish music and song. And he’s brought that with him through the years, and now hopes to pass it on anew through his work with his band, the Young Wolfe Tones.
Celtica Pipes Rock: From Vienna, Austria, Celtica Pipes Rock showcases their unique sound of blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band, CELTICA takes by storm all audiences from Highland Games and town festivals, to bankers and punk rockers. In addition to their high-energy music and fire juggling, flamethrowers on their instruments guarantee an exciting show: an event that‘s sure to please all the senses!
Tickets can now only be purchased at the door. At Galway Bay until Thursday at 3pm and then only at the convention center.
Festival VIP - SOLD OUT!
Festival VIP – All Access, All Days $125
What do I get for being a Festival VIP?
Access to Galway Bay, Convention Center, and 8th Street Ale House for the entire duration of the festival.
New this year!
To make your festival experience more hassle free we have your commemorative Festival VIP lanyard(s) ready to go at will call at start of the festival so you can just walk right in – no waiting in ticket lines.
Your Festival VIP package will also contain a certificate for 50% off your Festival T-shirt (redeemable at the Celtic Imports Gift Shop).
Finally included with your Festival VIP package you will also receive a complimentary food and drink ticket!
Convention Center, All Days Pass $65
8th St Ale House, All Days Pass $20
Single Day One Venue Tickets
Convention Center Only, Single Day (Friday, October 21, 2015) $45
Convention Center Only, Single Day (Saturday, October 22, 2015) $60
Convention Center Only, Single Day (Sunday, October 23, 2015) $5
8th St Ale House Only, Single Day (Any) $5
Single Day Dual Venue Tickets
Galway Bay & Convention Center, Single Day (Friday) $55 -
Galway Bay & Convention Center, Single Day (Saturday) $80 -
Galway Bay & Convention Center, Single Day (Sunday) $ 15
Minors are allowed at the Convention Center, but not at Galway Bay or 8th Street.
Children under 12 Are Free
Must be 21 or older to attend in Galway Bay Irish Pub & 8th Street Ale House.
Convention Center is Family Friendly
Children Under 12 Are Free
no refunds or exchanges.
13th Annual Irish Music Festival Schedule
**All Bands and Times Subject to Change Without Notice**
Current 2016 Irish Music Festival Line-Up
***2016 Line-Up Is Still A Work In Progress And Is Subject To Change***
Click on the images below to find out about the entertainers.