Friday Night Concert: 11/8/19
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
The Crannua Collective brings together artists and songwriters from some of the most respected bands in Irish traditional music.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!