Fáilte, and welcome to the official page for

The Pride of the Ireland!

Here, you will find access to the news, music, videos, and merchandise for one of the renaissance's most dynamic performers of Irish music.

As well as tour dates and locations for festivals all over the county.




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There are songs that are Irish, and there are songs that wish they were Irish.  This music combined with toasts, jokes, and stories Matthew Young strives to bring the mirth and magic of the Emerald Isle to Renaissance Faires and Festivals all over the country. Matthew has a background of classical music training, and operatic performance; but he was brought up in the world of traditional folk music. Beginning with his grandfather's living room bluegrass jams, he was drawn to the songs and tunes of his Irish ancestors. From that foundation his passion grew with the traditional music from Canada, the Maritimes, as well as his birthplace in the United States. From toe-tapping pub songs, to ballads charged with emotion.  This wandering rogue has audiences clapping their hands and raising their glasses.  


Faire and Festival Performance Dates:

Weekends, February 8th - March 22nd

Deerfield Beach, FL.

Weekends, April 4th - 19th

McDade, TX. 

Weekends, April 25th - May 24th (Plus Memorial Day)

Waxahachie, TX. 

News  & Travels

Greetings travelers. 2020 Has already seen us well on our way into our best year ever.  We started our journeys at the Brevard Renaissance Faire.  It was a brand new show for us, and we made some wonderful new friends.  It was there that we also learned that The Pride of Ireland was awarded the best solo musical show of 2019 by the Renaissance Festival Awards!  Rose and I are overjoyed by this recognition. Here's to all of you as we begin our travels in the new year. 

 Sláinte Mhath!

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