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IRISH MUSIC

Irish Festival 2024 Music

IRISH DANCING

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IRISH FARE

Comments, Questions and Sponsorship Inquiries to:
westchesteririshfolkfest@gmail.com

The Narrowbacks

The brainchild of a future banker and a drop out bartender, The Narrowbacks are a fresh voice for songs and stories old and new. The Narrowbacks have brought their Irish American Odyssey from the stages of the Bowery Ballroom and the Stone Pony to the Kansas City Irish Festival and everywhere in between. They built their following in the barrooms of New York City with modern covers of old classic Irish songs but have grown to performing their own original canon of Irish American stories to the rock clubs and festivals of the Northeast and Mid-West. Make sure to follow them @thenarrowbacks on Instagram, Facebook and Spotify!

“Their music is literally and figuratively electric, and it sounds best live.” – Colleen Taylor, Irish Echo

“Like Dropkick Murphy’s songs with less aggression, better vocals and more of a singer-songwriter air about them.” – Matt Inman, Relix Magazine.

McLean Avenue Band

McLean Avenue Band are an Irish American band, based in Hudson Valley and Westchester County, New York. They have taken the Irish American music and entertainment scene by storm with their wonderful arrangements of pop, rock and folk songs, intertwined with Traditional Irish tunes and upbeat melodies, played on fiddles, banjos, bodhrans (Irish Drum) button accordions and acoustic guitars. These song arrangements are ideal for celebration events like weddings and parties, as well as festivals and concerts.

ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP 2024

The Narrowbacks

The Wooden Nickels

McLean Avenue Band

Chris Brown & Bookends

Doherty Petri Irish Dance

Loughran-Dowling School of Music

Emerald Police Society of Westchester Pipes & Drums

 

About The Festival

Welcome to the Westchester Irish Folk Fest, an annual event that will be held in White Plains, NY on September 1st, 2024. This exciting festival aims to create a day of joy and entertainment for the whole family, immersing attendees in the rich music, dance, food, and culture of Ireland.

Taking place at Stepinac High School, NY, the festival will include live performances by local Irish musicians and dancers, and will host Irish food and beverages, as well as Irish vendors galore!

It is hosted by White Plains Irish Connection, a non-profit organization that promotes Irish cultural, social, and educational events.

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Festival Hosts

White Plains Irish Connection is a social, cultural, and educational organization. It is a non-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization that promotes Irish culture in White Plains, Westchester, and the Tri-State area.

We promote performances of Irish music, Irish dance, Irish language, and Irish history. We also sponsor concerts, lectures, parties, and other social events. 

We are hosting an Irish music festival in White Plains. This first-annual festival was held at Stepinac High School on Sunday, September 17th 2023. 

This year’s festival lineup will include New York’s top Irish festival entertainers, including, McLean Avenue Band, and local Irish bands and dancers. There will be entertainment for the whole family, and for anyone Irish at heart. This lively day will include raffles, auctions, local vendors, and delicious Irish food & beverages. 
 
We look forward to growing the White Plains Irish Connection and becoming an integral part of our Irish community.

The Irish Person of the Year Award 2024

MARY BRODERICK

Mary Broderick Ryan was born and raised in White Plains, one of four
children of Thomas Broderick and Bridget (Beatrice) Farrell Broderick,
natives of Portumna, County Galway. She attended St. John the Evangelist
School, Our Lady of Good Counsel Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science
and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University as well as
a Master of Science from Fordham University.

Mary and her husband, Stephen Ryan, who is also a White Plains native,
raised their four children in Westminster Ridge. Like their father,
David and Jack graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School and
Maureen and Lindsay graduated from White Plains High School. Mary and
Steve also have two fun-loving, spirited grandsons, Nicholas and Matthew!

She spent over two decades working for Verizon Corporation in Labor
Relations and International Human Resources. She later became a
substitute teacher in the White Plains City School District. Currently,
Mary volunteers for Meals on Wheels of White Plains, is on the board of
the Woman’s Club of White Plains Foundation and is a member of the
Finance Committee at WCWP. She is also a board member of PEACE OUTside
Campus – The Lindsey M. Bonistall Foundation and was the Vice President
of The O’Rourke Irish Dance Foundation.

The love of Irish culture runs deep. Mary was chosen as an Aide to the
White Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal in 2003 and was the
parade’s Grand Marshal in 2018. Mary and her children were blessed to be
a part of O’Rourke Irish Dancers (now Doherty Petri Irish Dance) for
many years. Mary is honored and humbled to receive this recognition and
is most grateful to her parents for traveling ‘across the pond’ all
those years ago, making their American home in this great city of White
Plains!

2023 FESTIVAL SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSORSHIP - Main Stage Sponsor

Address1757 Merrick Ave suite 106, Merrick, NY 11566

Customized, effective, and evidence-based care for all ages.

SILVER SPONSORSHIP - Headline Act Sponsorship

Address141 Lafayette Ave, North White Plains, NY 10603
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 5 PM
Address68 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY 10605
Reservationsopentable.com
Please join us at the after-party that will be held at Emma’s Ale House (around the corner from Stepinac on Gedney Way). 
Address915 North St, White Plains, NY 10605

BRONZE SPONSORSHIP - Cultural Act Sponsorship

4 W Red Oak Ln # 200, West Harrison, NY 10604
 
4 W Red Oak Ln # 200, West Harrison, NY 10604
 
Address230 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530
 

Cambria Hotel White Plains – Downtown

Address250 Main St, White Plains, NY 10601
Address165 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605
 
Address181 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
 
Address15 Shapham Pl, White Plains, NY 10605
Address175 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
 
Address169 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
 
Address491 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605
 
 
 
Address990 McLean Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704
 

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