The musical lineup, which will spread out over four stages, comes from near (local entertainers include Colcannon and Walt Conley & Company) and far, with Ireland's own Donncha Lynch Band, the Prodigals, the Elders and headliner Tommy Makem. "He is really the godfather of Irish music," Clancy says of Makem. "This guy brought Irish ballads to the United States." Other highlights include a feis, or traditional Irish stepdancing competition; whiskey and beer tastings; and food and craft vendors specializing in Irish fare.
The party will be held in Clement Park, West Bowles Avenue and Pierce Street in Littleton, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow. Admission is $12 per day, free for kids twelve and under; tickets may be purchased in advance at all King Soopers stores or at www.ticketswest.com. For a complete schedule, call 303-561-4007 or visit www.coloradoirishfest.org. -- Julie Dunn