X, Yo La Tengo Join Fleadh Fest Lineup

They join Tracy Chapman, Roseanne Cash, Sinead O'Connor and more for Irish cultural event.

Reunited roots-punkers X, along with folk-singer Tracy Chapman, indie rockers Yo La Tengo, singer/songwriter Roseanne Cash and others, have signed on to participate in this year's Guinness Fleadh.

These artists join an already bursting lineup for the Fleadh (the Gaelic word for festival, pronounced "flah") that includes Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, political punk-rockers Chumbawamba, Irish traditionalists the Chieftains, no-depression rockers Wilco, blues great John Lee Hooker, ex-Pogues singer Shane MacGowan and others for four June shows in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

"The Fleadh's center point is Irish music and culture, and also they invite

bands who may have been, in their music, somehow influenced by an Irish

Diaspora," said John Reilly, spokesman for tour publicists Shore Fire Media.

This year's event will include a main stage featuring headlining artists,

along with two other music stages. A fourth area, known as the Irish Village

Stage, will play host to other Irish cultural happenings such as poetry

readings and dance recitals.

In its inaugural year in the United States last year, Fleadh drew

50,000 people to a two-day event at New York's Randall's Island. This

year, the festival returns to that site for two more days of shows on June

13 and 14, with single-day events scheduled for Chicago's Arlington

International Racecourse on June 20 and an as-yet-undetermined venue in San Francisco on June 27.

Other performers slated for one or more of this year's shows include Billy

Bragg, Nanci Griffith, John Cale, Squeeze, Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, Joe

Ely and Black 47.