Get Shamrocked Irish Music Festival: 'Celtic Coachella'

Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery co-owners Graham Judge (left) and Paul Little (right) are working with Murrieta Chamber of Commerce CEO Pa...

Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery co-owners Graham Judge (left) and Paul Little (right) are working with Murrieta Chamber of Commerce CEO Patrick Ellis (center) in preparing for the third annual Get Shamrocked event.
Murrieta 24/7 photo: Kristen Spoon

Ticket sales are moving briskly and a crowd of 12,000 or more is expected over the three-day weekend of the Irish music festival Get Shamrocked in Murrieta.

This is the third year of what is becoming known as Celtic Coachella. Like the popular music festival in Indio, Get Shamrocked is becoming known not only across the country, but around the world for its top-notch lineup of Irish music bands.

Get Shamrocked will take place Sept. 18-20 at Town Square Park in Murrieta. Friday and Saturday entertainment is designed for crowds 21 and over. Sunday is family day, with more music, a storyteller and other activities geared toward children and families. Kids 16 and under are admitted free that day.

Headliner bands include Gaelic Storm, which was featured in the 1997 movie "Titanic"; The Mahones, shown performing here last year; the Young Dubliners; and Flatfoot 56.

Get Shamrocked was created by Paul Little and Graham Judge, co-owners of The Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery in Murrieta. Noticing the popularity of Irish bands brought in to perform at their pub, Little and Judge decided there might be the potential for an Irish festival with a wider reach.

The result? In 2013, its first year, Get Shamrocked drew 3,500 guests over two days. Last year the event expanded to three days and the weekend crowd grew up 7,500. This year, Little said, that number could double.

"We believe there will easily be 11 or 12,000," Little said. "We've made quite a leap in two years. We've taken it up a notch with the music each year.

"There's a huge interest in Irish music in this area. The day we opened our doors at Shamrock, we knew there was a big love for Celtic music. Did I believe Get Shamrocked would grow so quickly? Probably not."

In addition to bands performing on the outdoor stage, the park will be full with vendors, including local businesses and others selling authentic Celtic apparel. Guests will pass through a Vendor Village at the entrance on the way to the band area. Food and beverage will be readily available.

According to Little, the event has become so popular that Irish bands everywhere are requesting an invitation to play.

"We've heard from at least 20 other bands that want to play here next year, and a lot of the bands we have want to keep returning," Little said. "The Young Dubliners is such a high quality act, everyone wants to hear them. And Gaelic Storm is one of the most popular Irish bands. They will put on the kind of show Murrieta has never seen before."

The entertainment on Friday begins at 5 p.m. Saturday's activities begin at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day with seven bands performing. Family day begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Tickets prices are $10 for Friday night, $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday for a weekend pass for $35. After Aug. 21, Saturday prices go up to $25. Ticket prices are $30 at the gate on Saturday.

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