IrishFest Atlanta

                              November 3 & 4, 2017


Current artist listing. Subject to change.

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”.


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.

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.

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!


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.

Delft Way

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.


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.

Father O'Reilly Céilí Band

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.


Finley, Flanagan & Greenwood

Brought together through their love of Irish Music and award winning talents, Finely Flanagan & Greenwood make their debut performing at IrishFest Atlanta. Fiddler, Patrick Finley is a 2-time All-Ireland Champion. His unique style of playing has strong influences from Sligo &  Clare Ireland. Patrick also plays the flute and whistle.  Kieran Flanagan from Pearl River, New York is an All-Ireland champion in piano accompaniment and comes from a family rich in traditional Irish music. He is a much sought after accompaniment player for many ceili bands and plays whistle and flute as well. Hollie Greenwood of Roswell, Georgia achieved the third-place award for both the overall and slow airs fiddle competitions at the All-Ireland in 2017. She is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and studies bass with Gloria Jones of the ASO.


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

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, Michael Robbins & Debra Peterson

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.

Kelly Stewart is a harpist who loves to teach and perform all types of music. She has extensive backgrounds in classical, historical, and traditional music alike. Her teaching and performing encompasses all aspects of harps, harp playing and instruction. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Performance from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Diploma in Traditional Musicology and Triple Harp Performance from the University of North Wales. Kelly is also a US National Scottish Harp Champion, winning the competition in 2011. Her playing has been heard from the southern states to the radio programs of Wales and England.
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 )

Na Cailíní

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.