2022 Line Up
An Ri Ra is back and better than ever in 2022! Check out the line up at this year's festival! With world class music, dance, and educational opportunities there is something for everyone!
The Prodigals are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East Coast Irish scene. The band combines original lyrics and melody with a genuine passion for the traditional music of Ireland and a funky energy that is pure New York. The roots of the music are unmistakably traditional Irish; the branches that shoot off delve into rock, worldbeat, jazz and punk. "The best Irish trad-rock band...NYC's jig-punk answer to the Pogues." (Village Voice)
Ken O'Malley &
The Twilight Lords
Under the leadership of Ken O’Malley, the Twilight Lords have earned and upheld the reputation as one of California’s top Irish/Celtic bands for over a decade. As the front man, O'Malley steeped in the culture, heritage and song of his native Ireland, leads this ensemble of first class players with his distinctive and engaging singing voice. They are the real deal. Their Irish and Scottish music is deep-rooted and performed with a contemporary flair and visceral Celtic rhythms.
Mick McAuley is an Irish musician, composer and songwriter who has recorded and toured internationally for many years. While his music is rooted firmly in the Irish tradition, he has been part of a movement which continues to push the musical boundaries of that tradition to bring Irish music to a wider and more diverse audience around the world. As a long-time member of the Irish-American ensemble SOLAS, he has recorded and toured nine albums with them and received widespread international acclaim. The Boston Herald hailed SOLAS as "the best Irish traditional band in the world".
Irish Music Masters
A collection of some of the world's finest traditional Irish musicians. This group features new and returning members to An Ri Ra featuring
and Cathie Ryan.
Rory Makem & Donal Clancy
Dónal Clancy is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists. He is the son of the world renowned singer Liam Clancy of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and has since the death of his father focused his attention on the family repertoire of songs that he grew up with, while keeping the Clancy tradition alive with his performances.
Rory Makem and Donal Clancy continue the lineage of two of Ireland’s most iconic music dynasties. Both have families steeped in music history and remain the benchmark for traditional folk music. Bringing on the musical legacy of their fathers’ Rory and Donal are bringing their talents to Butte once more.
“Mile high and a mile deep, just like Butte, America. Dublin Gulch is the voice of the miner, the lilt of the Irishmen, the rhythm of the Montana landscape, and the spirit of the hopeful heart. They hold their own with the Celtic best across the world, with a sound so true and rooted it could only come from Butte, Montana.”