The greens of Clement Park in Littleton will once again be the site of the annual Colorado Irish Festival on Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 15. Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, David Munnelly Band, The Prodigals, Enter the Haggis, Beth Patterson Band, Makem & Spain Brothers,”The Town Pants, April Verch Band, Colcannon, Gobs O” Phun, Potcheen Folk Band, Angus Mohr, The Commoners, Crabshack Houseband, Canned Haggis, Claddagh, The Muses, Skean Dubh, Juice O” the Barley, Jerry Barlow, Big Paddy, Flanaganism, The Hydes, Mag Pies, River Run, Mulligan Stew, Pipe Bands, hundreds of Irish Dancers and a whole lot more music, dance, re-enactments, cultural village and activities for the whole family. This year”s theme “Irish Rock and Reels” will be reflected in the variety of musical offerings from rock to trad. Headliners include Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul. Last December the musical star of Riverdance brought her Bronx based band to Denver where they played to a sold-out audience at Beottcher Concert Hall with the Colorado Symphony. This will be Eileen”s first visit to CIF. David Munnelly and his band will make their Colorado debut at CIF, providing innovative traditional reels, jigs, and barn dances inspired by gypsy, klezmer and the Roaring ’20s Flanagan Brothers-1920s swing music. Munnelly is sometimes called the “Bullet from Belmullet.” for his birthplace in County Mayo and for his energetic style of playing. On July 14 the group welcomes new vocalist Shauna Mullin from Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.”Also making their first Denver appearances are “triple threat” April Verch who can play a mean fiddle, dance and sing and play; balladeers from legendary lineage, Makem & Spain Brothers, and a spirited band of many influences The Town Pants. Canadian band Enter the Haggis, made their Colorado debut at the fest last year. They can deliver a sweet harmony and turn around and blast the leaves off the trees with their dueling guitars drums and bagpipes. Other fan favorites returning to CIF include, from New Orleans the irrepressible Beth Patterson and her band, and New York based Irish “Jig Punk” band The Prodigals. In addition to out-of- town quests, there will also be some top talent representing Colorado said CIF entertainment director Tom Quinn, “We”ll have some very good traditional bands – Colcannon, River Run, and the Hydes – rock bands like Potcheen (Folk Band) and Angus Mohr. Gobs O’ Phun and Juice O” the Barley will have folks singing along to their ballads and pub songs”. Quinn added, “We have a nice problem in Colorado ” every year we have more and more talented bands in the area to choose from.” New to this year’s Cultural Village is Milwaukee Irish Festival Ward Archive’s exhibit entitled The History of Irish Rock. The exhibit will examine, through displays and artifacts, the history of Irish Rock beginning with the 1950′s “Irish Show Band” phenomena through The Irish “beat bands”, Irish progressive rock bands such as Thin Lizzy and Skid Row, and continue with Artists stories including Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Barry McGuire, Horslips, The Bachelors, Elvis Costello, Chris de Burgh, The Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Clannad, The Cranberries, The Corrs, and much more. The Cultural village will also include, workshops, presentations, genealogy, Irish Brigade Civil War re-enactment, Irish Wolfhound Rescue, Parnell”s Irish Cob Horse Ranch authentic Travelers (Tinker, Gypsy) wagon Imported from Ireland. The Denver Gaels hurling batting cage will give folks a swing at the sliothar (ball) with a hurly stick. The Gaels will also host Irish Football and Hurling games throughout the weekend. And of course there will be hundreds of Irish dancers in competition and performance, bagpipes from Michael Collins Pipe band and Colorado Youth Pipe band, vendors, food and drink. Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 15, 2007, 10am ” 10pm, Clement Park, (S. Pierce St. at Bowles Ave.), Littleton. Tickets: Advance $10; $12 at the gate. Kids 12 and under Free! Info and Advance tickets at Free Parking!

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