Irish Fest Summer School with Jeff Ksiazek | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 28

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Irish Fest Summer School

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Jody is speaking with Jeff Ksiazek, Director of the Irish Fest School of Music and the Archivist for the Ward Irish Music Archives . They are talking about Milwaukee Irish Fest and the Irish Fest Summer School in Milwaukee.

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About the Ward Irish Music Archives:

Largest public collection of Irish music in North America. Their goal is to collect, preserve and emanate Irish music in America. These archives are available to the public for research. Contact Ward Irish Music Archives via their website for appointments and inquiries.

About Irish Fest Summer School:

This year-round school began in 2002. It serves to educate its students about Irish culture. Classes inlcude: language, crafts, music, history, and genealogy. Learn more at: Irish Fest Summer School


All the teaches are experts and well-known and well respected in their areas of expertise.
Click here for a list of teachers.


The prices are very affordable. They average under $20 per hour.

When do classes begin?

These classes begin the week prior to the festival. It is highly recommended that you register early.

Kid’s Camp:

This runs Tues-Thursday. It allows the children of students to also get exposure to the Irish cultural lessons. It is open for kids ages 7-12. Each day includes smaller Irish cultural lessons and activities- and ends with tea time!

Milwaukee Irish Fest:

This massive Festival has Irish sports, kid’s area, 17 music stages, food and more. You'll see some of the most popular Irish bands in the world- as well as discover new and lesser-known bands.

Best Advice: Don’t try to see everything in one day.
Check out the website: Milwaukee Irish Fest

3 Places to Visit in Ireland:

Closing remarks:

Jody Halsted
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