Aoife Scott Charms Listeners
Warm-up for Irish Fest draws outdoor crowd
Montague’s bandshell was the site of a tease for anyone thinking about attending the exceptionally entertaining Muskegon Irish Music Festival coming September 12-15 to Heritage Landing. Aoife Scott brought her engaging vocals along with a talented touch for storytelling to a Tuesday evening concert as a bit of a promo for the MIMF and charmed an appreciative (if a bit moist) crowd.
If you’ve not been to this 4 day extravaganza of music, mirth, merchandise, and munchables give it a shot (or two at the whiskey tasting station).
One very cool idea they have instituted is the placement of televisions airing the day’s football games so if a member or two of your party have interest that run a bit more goalline than gaelic, they can enjoy a brew and watch the game while across the tent their companions are taking in some well-performed tunage.
It is the 20th year for this much favored festival born from humble beginnings to become one of the premier events of West Michigan. It is beyond doubt the best organized event of this type to be found.The planned placement of all the structures and venues involved in this extravaganza is done to perfection allowing for the event to manage large crowds of attendees with relative ease.
The outdoor stripmall of shops offer an array of intriguing items including kilts but if you happen to be in need of a bit of sustenance as some of us tend to be fairly frequently, find the Village Bakery booth and get those hungry hands on one of their scones.You won’t be plagued by buyer regret.
And the music is simply sublime. If you’ve ever been in one of those pub tents on a Saturday night near closing time as a raucous crowd eggs on yet another encore from a high energy group on stage usually joined by folks from other bands I am more than likely preaching to the choir because you’re already there.
But Irish Fest is more than the music (and the whiskey). It is a true celebration of the culture and traditions of Ireland celebrated through a number of genres.
And it has consistently been one heckuva lot of fun.
It’s too late for online tickets but you can get them at the gate. For more info visit
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