But it was great. The festival is a bit smaller scale than KCIF with 3 main stages and one smaller–think Park Stage–sized one. The grounds are spectacular, hard by the shores of Muskegon Lake with green grass and rolling hills. And the people who run it are spectacular as well and treat guests visiting from other festivals like high kings.
Lots of old KCIF friends in the music line up this year, including The Elders, Gaelic Storm, most of Slide performing in other guises (more on that later), Goitse, Danny Burns, Seamus Kennedy, Cathie Ryan. Some new and fantastic finds: Runa, Fullset, and Aine O Doherty. And as most of these festivals are, lots of mighty craic with friends from festivals across the nation.
KCIF was well represented, if not by me then certainly by Barbara Scanlon who took her genealogy show (and her cranky old husband Ed) on the road. She gave a couple well received talks and did lots of research for Michiganders curious about their Irish roots. And my youngest boy Tommy was back for a second year with his Shamrocker Irish guitar video game.
|Pictured left to right, Uncle Bloggy, MIMF boss Chris McCarthy Zahrt and Matt Sullivan of the Great American Irish Fest, Utica NY.|