Photo by Sativa Miller — From left, Jamie Vanderberg, Brian Baker and John Keys of Beltaine play traditional Irish songs on the Banquet Room Stage at Galway Bay Irish Pub in 2014 as part of the annual Irish Music Festival. Beltaine will return to the festival again this year.

Annual Irish music festival kicks off

  • Mon Oct 17th, 2016 6:00pm
  • Life

The 13th annual Celtic Music Festival in Ocean Shores features Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones as co-headliners along with the Austrian group, Celtica Pipes Rocks. They are among more than 30 groups and artists performing on nine stages in three venues.

The event begins at 6 p.m. today, Oct. 18, with seven different artists performing at Galway Bay. Starting Wednesday, the Irish pub will run four stages and play host to more than 90 performances through Sunday.

The Ocean Shores Convention Center is added to the venue mix on Thursday with four different stages hosting scores of performances and 15 workshops through Sunday. And in Hoquiam, the 8th Street Ale House gets its Irish on with 15 shows from Friday through Sunday evening.

Scheduled performers include:

Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones, The Black Donnelly’s, Crooked Jacks, Oliver Mulholland, and That Irish Guy, all from Ireland; Celtica Pipes Rocks, Austria/Scotland; Bill Mullen, Scotland; O’Jizzo, Toyko; The Whiskey Dicks, Vancouver, Canada; Bowi Band, Carragaline, Ockham’s Razor and the Seattle Irish Dancers, all from Seattle; The Burren Boys and Curlew’s Call, both from Olympia, Broken Whistle of Spokane; Grays Harbor Dance of Aberdeen; Hank Cramer of Winthrop; Maggie’s Fury from Bellingham; Beltain, Coming Up Threes, Molly Malone Irish Dancers, Na Rosai’, New Shilling, Sons of Malarkey, and Stomptowners, all from Portland,; Five Pint Mary from Bend, Ore; Molly’s Revenge from Santa Cruz, Calif; and Tallymoore of Milwaukee, Wisc.

Tickets are available in a variety of configurations from single days and venues to VIP all access. More information is available online at www.galwaybayirishpub.com/irishmusicfestival.