Festival Schedule

200 New Boston Drive Canton, MA

Pre-Festival Concert & Dancing in the Marquee Tent on Saturday, June 2nd

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

In the Marquee Tent

Pre-festival concert in the ICC Marquee Tent & Patio


Open Irish music session with our Friday night musicians

“In Harmnony” Dance drama by the O’Reilly School of Dance

4:30pm – 5:30pm

“In Harmony” is a traditional Irish Dance & Music performance produced & choreographed by Jackie O’Riley”. Dancers from the O”Riley School of dance, musicians include Caitlin Finley on fiddle, Devin McCabe on concertina and Will Woodson on flute & pipes.

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The Connolly Academy of Irish Dance


The Founding

6pm – 8pm

A Progressive Celtic band hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, The Founding is known for energetic, and powerful songwriting, and music that pushes the edges of traditional Irish and Scottish musical styles.  

In just a few years, The Founding has become one of the premier acts in their genre throughout Michigan, performing at venues throughout the Midwest, as well as, the Michigan Irish Music Festival, the Sparta Celtic Festival, the Kalamazoo Irish and Scottish Festivals, and many more.

The band’s discography includes “Form.” (2017), an EP To a City, Fair (2016), and the single “Silhouettes Against the Soil” (2016). Their recordings have been featured on radio stations and podcasts around the country.

O’Shea Chaplin Academy of Dance



8:30pm – 10:30pm

Direct from Galway, the traditional Irish super-group ‘BackWest” celebrates the true essence of music, song and dance from Ireland and other countries. Sibling duet on fiddle and button accordion, Maureen and Brendan Browne are the lead instrumentalists and fluent Irish speakers while Galway’s own ‘Lord of the Dance’ Peter Vickers brings his unique interpretation of percussion and dance. The final element to the mix is legendary virtuoso PJ McDonald on guitar, vocals and whistle.