Monday, August 23, 2010

Irish Fest

For participating in the Irish Fest poster competition, we got free passes to the festival this year.

 (see the little turnstile between the signs?)

Liz and I decided to check it out yesterday (or more like, I begged, and Liz—who hates crowds and people—complied since her mom wanted to go, too). Truth be told, all I really wanted to do was ride the skyride at the Summerfest grounds. It's one of those things I imagine to be quintessentially Milwaukee and wanted to experience before I leave.

It was everything I hoped it would be.

Liz and her mama

After that, I really didn't care what else was at the festival. I was happy I got my skyride. But there were some other fun things, as well. Other Irish Fest-y things include genealogy booths, celtic drum lessons, hurling demonstrations, artisan booths and of course, no shortage of beer (there was, however, a shortage or corned beef, which I thought was funny).

Another festival highlight was the live music—like seeing these guys. I love it when you discover new artists at festivals. The Guggenheim Grotto are a wonderful folk duo from Ireland (of course) who remind me of bands like Jon and Roy or even the Paperboys for a few of their songs. I love the harmonization of their voices. Here were my two favourite songs they performed (both from their latest album The Universe is Laughing).

Trust Me I'm a Thief

The Universe is Laughing (free download on Amazon)

Bloomin' Onion

Onion Cthulhu Liz
End of the day

What does this mean??



    we are going to find double rainbow in everything forever, aren't we?

  2. The Guggenheim Grotto are such a great band! I've seen them play in my home town a few times! That looks like such a fun festival!