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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”.
Wielding fiddles and flutes, uilleann pipes, banjo and guitar, Ah Surely raises a ruckus with Irish music, dancing and singing – offered up in a performance brimming with warmth and humor. It was almost a decade ago - John Maschinot and Evan Kinney were deep into a fierce set of reels during a rowdy session at one of their favorite Atlanta haunts, when a young dancer jumped in, feet first, hard shoes battering the floor. It’s the rare Irish step dancer that will show up at an informal music session - rarer still is the dancer with the feet of a musician. Claire Shirey turned out to be that dancer, hard-soled shoes her instrument. She’s also an ace fiddler, concertina player and Irish flute player to boot. And so the trio Ah Surely was "officially" christened in 2014, on the Feast of St. Patrick. Now what could possibly be more Irish than that?
Arís, Atlanta’s Stage for Celtic Culture, is delighted to be returning to IrishFest in 2017. At IrishFest’s inaugural year in 2013, Arís presented An Irish Faerie Garden, featuring two of Oscar Wilde’s beloved Faery Tales — “The Nightingale & The Rose” and “The Selfish Giant.” This year, Arís revisits that Fairy Garden, bringing to life another famous story — “The Happy Prince.” You won’t want to miss their magical interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s much loved story!
Delft Way is making their debut at IrishFest Atlanta this year. Madeleine and Sarah Ling are combining their talents in Irish fiddle, piano accompaniment, and Irish song to bring audiences a joyful performance that is a reflection of the close relationship of these two sisters. Madeleine has qualified to compete in the All-Ireland multiple years in Irish song and is a self-taught piano accompaniment. She is currently studying Irish singing with Mai Hernon and is taking guidance from Samantha Harvey on piano. Sarah Ling is a 6-time Midwest Champion of Irish Fiddle. She won her first regional championship at the age at 11 and competed in her first All-Ireland competition in 2013. Sarah is a student of Brian Conway from New York.
The Father O’Reilly Ceili Band is based in Atlanta, GA and was founded in 2005 by a group of Irish musicians who met at the weekly Irish music session at Fado’s Irish pub in downtown Atlanta. We are proud to take the name of Atlanta’s own Father Thomas O’Reilly from Co. Cavan, Ireland – who single-handedly saved 7 churches and historic buildings from being destroyed during Sherman’s burning of Atlanta in 1861.
Teresa Sheppard, is a harp player studying under Kelly Stewart. Awarded the 2014 &2015 Scottish Harp Society of America’s National Championship, she has traveled to Scotland and Ireland to study with renowned harp players, including Ailie Robertson, Corrina Hewat and Janet Harbison. Teresa has performed as part of the Celtic duo Sonas Ort and the Atlanta Junior Ceili Band and is currently pursuing a Music Education degree at Kennesaw State University. Olivia Bradley is an Irish dancer, as a member of the Drake School of Irish Dance and vocal soloist and Bodhrán player. She placed 1st Soloist in Sean-Nos singing at the 2015 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil. Her many perfomances include sharing the stage Emmet Cahill (of Celtic Thunder), Seamus Brett, John Maschinot, Cormac DeBarra. She is currently studying at Clayton State University in vocal performance. Teresa and Olivia met in Atlanta Junior Ceili Band, and found harp accompaniment complimented Olivia's voice. "Gliondar" is an Irish Gaelic word that has been translated as "an upward soaring of the spirit with happiness", reflecting the joy that music brings.
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.
Na Cailíní is a trio made up of Irish-Americans Asha Noorullah (fiddle), Katy Callaghan (fiddle, box accordion) and Ciara Fleming (concertina, fiddle). This August, the trio traveled to the All-Ireland Fleadh in Ennis to compete in the trios competition. They are looking forward to performing at Irish Fest Atlanta.