Grand Marshalls


This year we are super lucky to have 2 Grand Marshalls 🙂

Brendan and Cecille

Brendan Monaghan is from Banbridge in Northern Ireland and has worked as a folk musician since the early 1990s. He is a multi-instrumentalist specialised in uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) and whistles. He has toured extensively all over the world, notably with the famous show Celtic Thunder, and with musician and songwriter Phil Coulter. Since 2020, Brendan has established himself in Oslo, where he is currently performing and teaching Irish music. Cecilie Stensrud started out with modern Irish dance in 2008 and has since then developed her passion for Irish music and more traditional dance styles. She is currently the only one in Norway to teach Irish ‘sean-nós’ or ‘old-style’ dance, which she does at the dance school “Sound – Irish Dance Factory”. Cecilie also plays the fiddle and sings as well as conducting the Mná Irish Choir. Together, Brendan and Cecilie have founded Féile Oslo Summer School of Irish Music and Dance, as well as An Iorua – Irish Cultural Centre.