IrishFest Atlanta

                              November 3 & 4, 2017


Current artist listing. Subject to change.


The Yanks are the next Irish American dream team when it comes to Irish Traditional Music. Four of the most talented, accomplished, and virtuosic musicians of their generation playing a brand of Irish Music that’s both new and yet familiar at the same time. As individuals these four lads are special; as a group, The Yanks are special, too.

Pride of New York includes Joanie Madden on flute and whistle (best known as the leader of Cherish the Ladies), Brian Conway on fiddle, Billy McComiskey on button accordion and Brendan Dolan on keyboards. Collectively the members have won four all-Ireland championship awards, recorded multiple solo albums, and logged countless miles touring across the U.S. and abroad. They offer a tour of the rich and lively Irish music scene of New York past and present.

Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band

The Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band is a true family affair, led by Margie Mulvihill (flute/whistle) and her husband John Reynolds (fiddle), along with their children Erin Loughran (fiddle), Blaithin Loughran (button accordion), Neidin Loughran (whistle, banjo, guitar, song) and John Paul Reynolds (fiddle, banjo) and Erin’s husband Mickey Coleman (singer/songwriter, guitar, banjo). They are a very popular ceili band in the New York Tri-State area known for their lively and rhythmic percussive style, perfect for dancing. The family were featured on the HBO series “The Music in Me”.


Shannon Dunne was captivated by the Broadway style of tap as a young child growing up in New Jersey. Her early education in this form focused on the overall musicality of dance, which has served Shannon well over the years as her love of tap spread to encompass a host of percussive dance forms including hoofing, flatfoot and clogging, Irish and Cape Breton step dance, and sean-nós.

Welcome to the Atlanta Irish Music School home of The Atlanta Junior Ceili Band (AJCB).  The AJCB was founded by Katherine Irwin Thomas in 2005 to teach and promote quality traditional Irish music to children, teens and young adults in Metro Atlanta, Georgia USA. The Atlanta Irish Music School teaches:  Fiddle, Whistle, Flute, Piano Accordion, Piano, Concertina, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Song and Bodhran for students ages 3 to 18 years.
Arís, Atlanta’s Stage for Celtic Culture, is delighted to be returning to IrishFest in 2017.  Having presented a wide variety of material to our attendees in years past — “An Irish Faerie Garden” in 2013; a preview of their Lord Byron show in 2014; highlights of Brian Friel’s career in 2015; and “A Mythological Journey” featuring stories from Irish Mythology in 2016 — Arís is planning something that is sure to be of interest and delight to Celtic fans of all ages in 2017. Be sure to catch their presentation!

The Burke Connolly Academy offers both recreational and competitive Irish dance classes for children and adults. Classes are taught by Emma Burke, TCRG, and Erin Connolly, TCRG, both champion Irish dancers.

Drake Irish Dance, was founded in 1990 in Atlanta by Dublin Ireland native, Karl Drake. The school’s record of competitive achievements include Regional and National Champions as well as World Medal holders.

The Irish Brothers

The Irish Brothers are Sandy “Sandyman” Flynn and “Captain” George Hergen. This is a unique team - Sandyman comes from the mountains Western North Carolina with the Captain hailing from the canyons of New York City. The two started performing together twenty-five years ago when they worked ‘suit’ jobs at IBM. Both draw from their Irish heritage for material - their music practically maps the Irish cultural integration into the ‘new country’ - from traditional Irish ballads, to original songs of love, drinking, revolution and redemption.


Jim Flanagan is a native of Ballyvourney, a small village in the heart of the Muskerry Gaeltacht (an Irish speaking area) in County Cork, now living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. An anthropologist recently retired from the University of Southern Mississippi, Jim sings old songs and contemporary traditionalist songs in English and in Irish.

Kathleen Donohoe is a native Irish singer, now residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Kathleen has performed at venues including the High Museum, Fadó Irish Pub, Eddie’s Attic (Decatur), Kevin Barry’s (Savannah), Murphy’s Restaurant in Atlanta’s Virginia Highlands, Rí Rá Atlanta, and in surrounding states.
King O’Sullivan School of Irish Dance, run by Jessie O’Sullivan, originally from Galway, offers a variety of classes ranging from novice to prizewinner. Ms O'Sullivan a former national and world stepdancer and a featured performer at various concerts and cultural festivals, is a fully accredited teacher of Irish dancing, qualified by the An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha in Ireland, and is a member of the IDTANA (Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America )