Our 2018 Main Stage Performers
Wild Colonial Bhoys
Wild Colonial Bhoys is more than just an Irish band – they are an Irish American band. Theirs is like a blended whiskey: it’s a musical melding of both the old and the new, from the peat smoke scent of the ould sod to the can-do spirit that embodies the American dream.
Growing up in an Irish American family, singer Adam Coolong says, “was really a combination of those two traditions, and it’s distinct experience from either one alone, really. On one hand I enjoyed American things like backyard barbecues, baseball and Fourth of July fireworks, but on the other we had Irish ballad-singing at our weddings and wakes, the older generation in the corner telling stories of emigration and about finding their way in a new country. It was really sort of like having a foot in both camps.”
Adam Coolong – vocals and guitar
Tony Comeau – fiddle
Cole Mickelson – guitar
Andy Schuster – bass
Pete James Johnson – drums
Rince na Chroi
Rince na Chroi (pronounced Rink-a na Cree), Gaelic for “dance of the heart,” was founded by Katie Stephens Spangler in February 2003 after 15 years of Irish dancing and teaching experience in Milwaukee, Chicago and St. Paul.
Since opening our doors, Rince na Chroi has grown from about 15 dancers to over 150. We have performed all over the Twin Cities and the Midwest at events such as the Irish Fair of Minnesota, the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, Grand Old Day, Milwaukee Irish Fest, and many more. Recently, our dancers have performed an average of 100 times each year, in venues such as the Minnesota Zoo and the Landmark Center and with talented musicians such as the Two Tap Trio, the Minnesota Police Pipe Band and Gaelic Storm.
Somali Museum Dancers
The Somali Museum Dance Troupe studies and perform traditional dances from all regions Somalia. Comprised of teens and young adults from the greater Twin Cities area, the troupe has performed for countless corporate, private and public events, with events taking place all across Minnesota, North Dakota, Virginia, Ohio, and Texas.
The Somali Museum Dance Troupe is made up of high school and college students from the Minneapolis metro who are passionate about sharing their Somali culture. These youth attend schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and most of them have only been in the US for a few years.
Watch December 2017 performance
Cultural Society of Filipino Americans
Our mission is to preserve, promote and share Filipino customs and traditions through artistic, educational, philanthropic and social activities, and to make our Filipino Minnesota community feel like a family by sharing our heritage with current and future generations.
More performers pending