After taking a sabbatical in 2016 to climb Mount Everest, where they took turns rolling snowballs down on unsuspecting townspeople and making fun of sherpas, the Blarney Rebel Band is happy to return to the 2017 Great American Irish Festival. Hailing from the Celtic hotbed of Central New York, BRB performs all types of traditional Irish music, from rollicking pub songs to traditional folk fare, from rousing sea songs to moving ballads, from stirring rebel songs to hand-clapping jigs and reels. Their debut studio CD “Buy My Soul” has sold all over the world, with one cut, “Stand With Me Boys,” earning No. 1 in the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast Best of 2009 Listener’s Poll. Their 4th CD, “Pile High the Pennywall,” is an ambitious collection of original material penned by all five band members. They were recently named by the worldwide Irish and Celtic Music Podcast as one of 2015’s Top 20 Celtic bands.