Our always-popular Irish Fest returns to the Gatehouse Lawn from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. It will feature the music of Broken Brogue and Téada as part of the Allerton Park Concert Series presented by The Ayers Family.
A donation of $5/person or $10/family is suggested, and will be collected at the gate. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets.
In addition, Allerton’s Greenhouse Cafe will remain open until 6 p.m. for attendees to purchase food and beverages prior to the concert starting. Those attending can also bring their own food.
Want to stay overnight? Lodging is available on the Allerton grounds!
If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email Olivia at email@example.com.
About the Bands:
Broken Brogue is a four-piece Celtic folk band based in Decatur, Illinois that plays traditional Irish and Scottish music at venues throughout central Illinois. The band plays a variety of Celtic music rooted in the time-honored artistic traditions of Ireland and Scotland. Noted for their relaxed and warm-hearted performing style, their performances are informed by the diverse musical backgrounds of the members. Their sentiment is always to bring people together through a mutual appreciation of the Celtic musical tradition and the sincere emotion and enjoyment that comes with it.
The group regularly performs at venues throughout central Illinois, most often at brew pubs, restaurants, private parties, and festivals. They have been featured for several years as part of the annual Celtic concert with the Millikin University Choral Department as well as appearing in the popular Millikin Vespers performance in 2019 that was featured on WAND-TV and WSOY radio.
A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Ireland-based Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, Israel and Australia.
Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at the Rainforest World Music Festival and Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, the Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe and the World Music Festival Taiwan.
In 2014 the band performed to 40,000 people during an extensive 7-week tour of Japan and Taiwan.
Spring 2022 will bring the release of Téada’s sixth album on the Gael Linn label, featuring the vocals of Séamus Begley along with the band’s customary re-energizing of rare tunes from the tradition.