November 7, 2020

IrishFest Atlanta


Our 2019 Entertainment. 
Stay tuned for 2020 entertainment.

The Andrew Finn Magill Band

All-Ireland fiddle finalist, Ropeadope Recording artist and Fulbright Fellow Andrew Finn Magill has been building his career on traditional Irish music for for twenty years. Magill grew up attending The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops in Asheville, North Carolina where he studied every summer with dozens of the best fiddlers in the world. At age 18 his debut album Drive & Lift was featured on NPR and he has performed with many luminaries of Irish music including John Doyle, Altan, Flook, Liz Carroll, and many others. Magill currently tours with Dave Curley (of Slide & One for the Foxes), Alan Murray (The Colin Farrell Band), Seán Gray (The Paul McKenna Band), Brazilian group Canta, Violino!, and as a solo artist. He is joined by multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley and Mick Broderick, both of whom are founding members of Irish group, Slide. Curley is an in-demand accompanist, singer and dancer and tours regularly with Ashley Davis, Paddy Homan, Crannua, and One for the Foxes. Mick Broderick has recorded with various artists such as Padraig Rynne, Gavin Whelan, Zoe Conway, Bill Whelan (Riverdance) and Neil Lyons, among others and still performs the festival circuit to this day with Curley in Slide.

"Andrew Finn Magill is a leading fiddler in a new generation of musicians." - Martin Hayes


Saturday Night Concert: 11/9/19 at Roswell Historic Cottage



The Crannua Collective brings together artists and songwriters from some of the most respected bands in Irish traditional music. THIS GROUP INCLUDES; Cormac De Barra, Dave Curley, Ashley Davis, Collin Farrel & Cathy Jordan

They first came together at the Expo in Milan in 2015 as a musical collaboration - connecting traditional songwriters and composers from Ireland and the USA. Since then, their number has expanded from five writers to ten, now incorporating members of the groups Dervish, Slide, Solas, Clannad and Lúnasa. What makes this group distinctive is its emphasis on composing new material both in Irish and in English, but keeping the writing within the tradition.

Their first performance after Expo Milan was the opening concert of Temple Bar Tradfest in 2017 at St Patrick's Cathedral. From there, they have performed as the headline band at North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas in March 2018 and Michigan Irish Fest in Muskegon in September 2018. They have just returned from a week performing and giving workshops at schools and universities in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and headlining Tulsa Irish Festival over St Patrick's Weekend 2019.

The Crannua Collective album has been recorded and mastered. It will be released in the summer of 2019. It includes ten newly written songs both in English and Irish and two vibrant instrumental sets. 


Saturday Afternoon Céilí at Roswell Historic Cottage

Free Céilí Dance


A  céilí (kay-lee) is an Irish social gathering that features traditional Irish music and dance.  If you take the ceili and set dance workshops at IrishFest Atlanta you will be prepared to take part in the event!  The Father O'Reilly Band of Atlanta will provide live music and Shannon Dunne and Mary Ujda will be on hand to "call" the dances.  We welcome the experienced dancer as well as those who have taken their first lesson at IrishFest Atlanta!  

*Please note that there is a charge for dance workshops.


Arís, Atlanta’s Stage for Celtic Culture, returns to IrishFest for another year of theatre, poetry, and storytelling!  Over the years Arís has entertained IrishFest attendees with adaptations of the Oscar Wilde stories The Nightingale, The Selfish Giant, and The Happy Prince, and has taken A Mythological Journey to where the Irish legends of Chuchulainn, The Children of Lir, and Culann’s Hound are brought to life. This year at IrishFest Atlanta, Arís is planning a presentation that is sure to delight Celtic storytelling fans of all ages! And be sure to visit the Arís table in the marketplace to find out more about the productions and special events they are offering in the upcoming year. Sláinte!

Atlanta Irish Dance by Burke Connolly

Atlanta Irish Dance by Burke Connolly is The Premiere Irish Dance Academy in Georgia and one of the top Irish Dance Companies in the United States.  At Atlanta Irish Dance, our focus is to instill the confidence, self-awareness and goal setting and achieving skills necessary for success in all aspects of life. Co-Founders, Emma Burke, TCRG, and Erin Connolly, TCRG accomplish this by: building a high level of trust with their students; requiring accountability; and training dancers to mentally “stay in the moment” during practice so that they shine on stage.


The Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance was founded under the direction of Amanda Carpenter, TCRG. The academy specializes in both performance and competitive Irish dancing, with classes available for dancers ages 4 to young adult. The Carpenter Academy dancers range from the beginner to the champion level and compete locally, nationally, and internationally. Locations: Buford GA, Athens GA, Fort Walton Beach FL, Panama City FL, and Asheville NC.

Celtic Brew

Celtic Brew is an acoustic trio that plays a lively mix of traditional Celtic Music.  They are very honored to return to IrishFest Atlanta for their second year.  The group has been playing music together for five years, and features Mary Kilcullen on whistles and flute, Keith Berland on fiddle, and Jeff Engel on guitar.

Delft Way


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.  



Shannon Dunne Dance


Shannon Dunne Dance (SDD) is an intergenerational dance company, committed to the preservation and performance of sean-nós dancing.  Literally meaning "old style" in the Irish language, the style is an exciting, improvised battering style dance, characterized by a loose, playful upper body, close to the floor steps and a strong musicality.  

Until recently, sean-nós dance has been kept alive in the remote areas of Connemara Gaeltacht, passed along through family/community lines.  The company has expanded to explore other regional, community-based forms of Irish dancing as means to create community and build context and skills, including set (social/figure) dancing, and old style step dancing.  

Dancers in the SDD youth performance group are 3-time defending champions in Under 12 Set Dancing at the MidAtlantic Regional Fleadh (Irish music & dance competition).  Individuals have also placed in multiple, consecutive years in Sean-nós dance, at both the MidAtlantic Regional and at the All-Ireland competitions.

Under the artistic direction of Shannon Dunne, their performances and classes explore musicality, community, tradition, spontaneity, joy, improvisation and entertainment. The company is comprised of dancers from the community as well as All-Ireland medalists.

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

Father O’Reilly Céi 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 & Dowling with Shannon Dunne

SHANNON DUNNE: Irish traditional music plays a paramount role in Shannon’s life as both a robust dancer and an unostentatious musician.  Her studies on button accordion with famed box player Billy McComiskey and on concertina with Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin and Alex Boatright have given her further knowledge about Ireland’s dance music, which fuels the spirit of sean-nós dancing.  

JODE DOWLING: A third generation fiddler, Jode learned much of his early music on his Grandfather’s fiddle and was strongly influenced by his Mother and family from Gurteen, Co. Sligo, as well as his Father’s musical family from Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Early mentors were his brother Martin, Liz Carroll, John Kelly Sr., Bobby Casey, Joe Ryan and Fred Finn.

Jode played with the Minnesota Music Award-winning band formerly known as the Clumsy Lovers, and was a member of Shanachie recording artists, the Doon Céilí Band. He shares his love for Irish traditional music with his students at the Center for Irish Music, the school Kate and Jode founded in St Paul, MN in 2004.

PATRICK FINLEY: A 2-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion from Atlanta, Georgia, Patrick’s unique style of play has strong influences from Sligo, where his family comes from, and Clare. Learning from Oisín Mac Diarmada during his teenage years, Patrick has developed into a diverse player who explores many different approaches within his music. Patrick teaches private lessons in the Atlanta area and online on the Fiddle, Flute, Whistle & Tener Banjo.

Jim Flanagan

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.

Intown Atlanta Under 13 Irish Music Group

A group of dedicated students committed to excellence and passionate about Irish music, community and team pride.

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.

The IrishFest Players by Cormac De Barra

Cormac De Barra is partnering with IrishFest Atlanta to create and direct the IrishFest Players.  This important initiative aims to integrate our young Irish musicians and dancers into a performance that will showcase the wonderful growing Irish music and dance culture of Atlanta!   The Shannon Dunne Dance youth group will be a special guest and will showcase Irish Set Dancing.


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)

John Maschinot

Join John Maschinot in an entertaining exploration of the music and lore of one of Ireland’s most beloved yet enigmatic instruments: the uilleann pipes. Developed in the 18th and 19th centuries, the uilleann pipes (alternately called the union pipes) are often referred to as the most complicated, and one of the sweetest sounding, bagpipes in the extensive bagpipe family. Though unfamiliar to many, the uilleann pipes have figured prominently in film and TV soundtracks, as well as on the concert stage. 

John has been playing the pipes for nearly 40 years, and has been active in the Atlanta music scene as a solo artist and with The Buddy O’Reilly Band, Ah Surely, The Celtic Company and other ensembles for most of that time. He also produces Atlanta’s Celtic Christmas concert, now celebrating it’s 8th year at the Rialto Center for the Arts

The Muckers

The Muckers are a five-piece folk-rock band from Atlanta. With a strong emphasis on Irish music, the band also blends influences of Gypsy music, sea shanties, country, rockabilly, and anything else they can get their hands on. The name doesn’t mean what you think it means.

Teresa Sheppard & Olivia Bradley


Olivia Bradley is a soloist, performer, and open champion level Irish dancer based out of Atlanta, Georgia.  She is a vocal performance major in her senior year on a music scholarship at Clayton State University, and also serves as an intern for Lisa Kelly at The Lisa Kelly Voice Academy.  In 2015, Olivia won first place at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil as an Irish gaelic singer, qualifying for the All Ireland competition in Sligo as the only American participant. Olivia has also played the lead in a number of musical theater and opera performances, and is a regular performer at IrishFest Atlanta and other events such as Atlanta's Celtic Christmas.


Teresa Sheppard has been performing as a harpist in the Atlanta area for the past 6 years, having studied with Kelly Stewart.  She has won awards at Irish competitions such as the Midwest Fleadh, and was awarded the Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize this year, as well as the Scottish Harp Society of America’s National Championship in 2014 and 2015.  She loves making music with others and she is a frequent participant in many Celtic sessions in the Atlanta area. Teresa is currently pursuing a Music Education degree at Kennesaw State