Shawn Mullins, Hootie, Cardigans, More Tapped For 1999 Fleadh Festival

The Guinness Fleadh festival is expanding again this year, as promoters have announced plans to bring such artists as the Cardigans, Ben Harper, Shawn Mullins, Van Morrison and other to four U.S. cities — San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and New York — in June.

Like the 1998 shows, which played to some 95,000 fans in concerts held in New York, San Francisco and Chicago last summer, this year’s Fleadh will feature a rotating line-up throughout its month-long, weekend itinerary, which kicks-off in San Francisco on June 5.

For the third year in a row, the U.S edition of the Fleadh Festival is being sponsored by Guinness and is (vaguely) intended to celebrate the influence of traditional Irish songwriting and storytelling on contemporary music.

Additional artists are expected to be named in the coming weeks, but the dates and tentative line-ups for this year’s Fleadh festival are:

6/5 – San Francisco, CA @ Golden Gate Park

    Featuring Van Morrison, Elvis Costello,
    Ben Harper, the Cardigans, John Lee Hooker, Shane MacGowan, Luka Bloom, Saw Doctors, John Prine, Dave Alvin, John Martyn, Moxy Furious, Eleanor McEvoy, Young Dubliners, Martin Sexton, Shana Morrison and Too Cynical to Cry.

6/12 – Chicago, IL @ TBA

    Featuring Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Hootie and the Blowfish, Shawn Mullins, Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, Shane MacGowan, Luka Bloom, Saw Doctors, John Prine, Dave Alvin, John Martyn, Moxy Furious, Eleanor McEvoy, The Drovers, Martin Sexton, Kila, Too Cynical to Cry and Jack Lukeman.

6/19 – Boston, MA @ Suffolk Down

    Featuring Elvis Costello, Hootie and the Blowfish, Shawn Mullins, John Lee Hooker, Richard Thompson, Shane MacGowan, Luka Bloom, Saw Doctors, Black 47, Martin Sexton, Blink, Eileen Ivers Band, Tommy Makem, Liam Clancy, Eleanor McEvoy, John Martyn, Moxy Furious, Mark Geary, Too Cynical to Cry, Watercress and Jack Lukeman.

6/26 – New York City, NY @ Randall’s Island

    Featuring
    Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Hootie and the Blowfish, Shawn Mullins, Richard Thompson, Shane MacGowan, Luka Bloom, Saw Doctors, John Prine, , Black 47, Martin Sexton, Blink, Eileen Ivers Band, Tommy Makem, Liam Clancy, Eleanor McEvoy, John Martyn, Moxy Furious, Mark Geary, Too Cynical to Cry, Watercress, Jack Lukeman and Candy Butchers.