The Elders Ireland Tour 2015

World renowned  musicians “The Elders” make their 13th annual trip home to Ireland from their base in the USA from 15th October – 25th October inclusive. The band will travel around Ireland with a group of up to 80 of their fans from the USA. On their Irish tour they will play in the Arklow Bay Hotel, on Thursday 22nd October at 8pm, with guest artists Fran Harper, The Penston Vocal Academy and Eimear Harper.

Ian says that “This will be our 13th bus tour of Ireland. We always bring two busloads of people with us from all over the US and Canada. We have always included Arklow on these tours.
I grew up at the White Bridge and the Meetings Avoca. Arklow has always been my home! I get great satisfaction showing off our town to all of my American friends and hopefully helping the struggling economy a little.
The feedback from our guests is always very positive for the couple of days we spend in Arklow.
I thank all of Arklow for that!”

All proceeds on the night will be divided between the  Lavander Ward in St.Coleman’s Hospital, Rathdrum who took great care of Ian Byrne’s mother during her illness and the recently formed committee of Arklow Music and Arts who are trying to get a badly needed Theatre in Arklow. Tickets €10 each and are available from Julie New, Kustom Kids (Lower Main Street), Kavanaghs on the Wexford Road and the Arklow Bay Hotel.


The Band is made up of the following:

Ian Byrne

Ian Byrne

Ian Byrne – Vocals, percussion and whistle

Steve Phillips – Vocals, guitar and mandolin

Brent Hoad – Vocals, keyboards, fiddle and guitar

Norm Dahlor – vocals, bass, guitar and banjo

Kian Byrne – Drums, bass and mandolin

Diana Ladio – Fiddle player


The Elders have headlined major Celtic Festivals in North America and Europe and for the past number of years headlined the Milwaukee Irish Festival in America, performing to up 50,00 fans. On their Irish tour they will take in Westport, Co. Mayo, Achill Island, Connemara, Limerick, Killarney, Cobh, New Ross, Dublin and of course Arklow, Co. Wicklow. A lot of people might be familiar with Regent Street, the band who were based in Avoca and were huge in the 80’s, featuring Ian Byrne, who is lead singer with the group, growing up in Avoca and now residing in the USA. They will visit historical and geographical sights during the day and at night time have a few pints and there will be a performance by the band nightly at the venues.


This is a must to support two wonderful groups and support one of our own from the Garden County, who have been great ambassadors for Ireland over the years. Their music is a combination of Americano & Celtic, Folk Rock and infectious. The Elders will appear at the following venues as part of their Irish Tour 2015:


Friday 16th October – Castle Night Club, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co. May @ 9.30pm

Sunday 18th October – Dolan’s Pub,  3-4 Dock Road, Limerick  @9.00pm

Tuesday 20th October –Killarney International Hotel, Kenmare Place, Killarney @ 9.00pm

Thursday 22nd October – Arklow Bay Conference Centre, Arklow Bay Hotel @ 8.00pm

Friday 23rd October – Taylors Tree Rock, 16 Grange Road, Dublin 16, @ 9.00pm


Make sure to tell your friends not to miss this wonderful opportunity to meet this fantastic group, who are guaranteed to have you up on your feet dancing, their music is so infectious.


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