November 8 & 9, 2019

IrishFest Atlanta


IrishFest Atlanta 2019 Entertainment 

Friday Night Concert: 11/8/19

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


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:

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, is delighted to be returning to IrishFest in 2018 for a 6th consecutive year!  Coming up in November, Arís is proud to participate in the worldwide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day - the day that marked the end of World War I - with a number of special events.  This special commemoration centers around the main stage production of Not About Heroes by Stephen MacDonald. This moving play is based on the real-life friendship between noted World War I poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.  At IrishFest, Arís will offer a “sneak peak” of a scene from this powerful show.  Be sure to visit the Arís table to find out more about this and all of the events they will be offering in their World War 1 Centenary Commemoration, Arís Remembers.

Atlanta Irish Dance

Atlanta Irish Dance 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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)

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.