International Superstars Gaelic Storm Headline Iowa's Irish Hooley Music Festival

This year’s 12th Annual Irish Hooley Music Festival at the Dubuque Star Brewery and Alliant Amphitheater (always the fourth full weekend in August) kicks off at 4pm on Friday 26th of August with The Lads of Dubuque, the Led Farmers, and headliner band The High Kings. Followed by 3pm opening on Saturday the 27th of August with opening ceremony at 315pm by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (Irish Divisions from Dubuque and Dyersville) and the Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums, following by dancing from the McNulty School of Irish Dance, and a Veterans Salute by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 Color Guard. Saturday music returning headliner band is Gaelic Storm following the Lads and the Led Farmers. We'll have Irish and American food and beverages, with lots of great Irish fun. Come join us whether you're Irish for a day or Irish by ancestry.

In 2013 Transceltic described Gaelic Storm’s performance, this year’s headliner at the Irish Hooley Musical Festival of Dubuque: “

This is a band with a following. This is Celtic music. At times I had the illusion of listening to a really good country western band, but the Pipes did not let the illusion last long. The second song of the set was a tumultuous blending of fiddle, guitar, pipes and accordion which lifted above the stage and carried the crowd with the tune. This was a professional performance; a performance honed since the heady days of the 1990’s when Gaelic Storm were featured in the film Titanic, perhaps the most watched film in history. The band was in the scene where Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio escape First Class to attend a Ceili in steerage, to the tunes of Gaelic Storm. Thus, the band, Twigger and Murphy have an ease with an audience wrought by many successful years on stage. And the audience respond.”

From The Festival Sponsors Web Page/Facebook:

The mission of the Irish Hooley is to promote Irish/Celtic music and culture in Dubuque throughout the year. For generations, the highlight of Irish social life was the Hooley. Music, dance, song, good conversation and merriment flowed freely as described in the Percy French song, “There’s a Hooley on in Hannigan’s House Tonight.”


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