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Best Folk Performer(s)

1st Place: The Shillelagh Lads
2nd Place: Brian Bethke
3rd Place: Eggplant Heroes

Kiss them, they’re Irish! The Chippewa Valley can appreciate the luck o‘ the Irish year-round with folk performers The Shillelagh Lads, who offer a high-energy, authentic Irish music performance. Offering a foot-stomping, jig-dancing, mug-pounding good time, the Lads certainly deliver upbeat, dynamic performances at locales around town for audiences of all ages. Brian Bethke took second place in the folk performer category, wooing Chippewa Valley audiences with his singer/songwriter sensibilities. Third-placers Eggplant Heroes, a group composed mainly of UW-Eau Claire professors, offers tunes rooted in mountain gospel and folk set to lyrics by poet and songwriter Max Garland. –Taylor Kuether