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Dublin Irish Festival

Music runs spectrum from traditional to Red Hot Chilli Pipers

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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will play the Dublin Irish Festival for the first time Aug. 2.

The "bagrock" band that features bagpipes shouldn't be confused with the American rock band.

The Chilli Pipers are just one of many musical acts at the Dublin Irish Festival which runs Aug. 2-4 in Coffman Park.

"We're very excited about the Red Hot Chilli Pipers," said Sara O'Malley, Dublin events assistant.

She said the Scottish band was featured in some of last year's summer Olympics coverage.

"They're a dynamic group," said Alison LeRoy, Dublin events administrator.

The group walked away with the top prize on the United Kingdom TV talent show, When Will I Be Famous, and has recorded three albums that include covers of AC/DC's Long Way to the Top and The Who's Baba O'Reily.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will perform on the Celtic Rock stage at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

Also in the lineup is the Willis Clan, set to perform each day of the festival.

"We're bringing back the Willis Clan," LeRoy said.

"They're one family and every single one of them plays an instrument."

According to LeRoy, the family started coming to the Dublin Irish Festival a few years before they started playing.

"One of the boys started playing with the musicians and bands here and they suggested they play at the (Dublin Irish) Festival," she said.

The family band is led by Toby and Brenda and includes their 12 children.

The family released its debut album, Roots, last year and has its own reality TV show on the Great American Country network, LeRoy said.

Gaelic Storm will return to the Irish Festival with performances on Saturday and Sunday, along with the Celtic rock group Barleyjuice.

Other entertainment includes Full Set, an Irish folk group; bagpiper Carlos Nunez; Enter the Haggis, a band that fuses Irish, world and rock music; and American Celtic rock band Young Dubliners.

Local bands are also set to play the Irish festival and include the folk bank the Hardtackers, Drowsy Lads, Dublin Silver Band and the Dublin Singers.

For a full schedule of bands at the Dublin Irish Festival, look online at Dublinirishfestival. org/schedule/.

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