Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors and Anthony Thistlethwaite of the Waterboys will be featured in a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 14 at the Ancient Order of Hibernians, 1748 State Street, Schenectady.
A benefit for the Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival that takes place in September, Moran and Thistlethwaite are on an acoustic tour of the U.S. In 2014, Irish 2000 suffered devastating financial losses when two days of torrential rain dampened the festival.
“This is one of two fundraisers planned so that we can attempt to recoup the substantial loss of funds in 2014,” said the festival’s executive director Matt Nelligan. The second event, an Irish 2000 Fun-raiser will take place from 12-7 p.m. on June 6 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds and will feature local performers. With The Saw Doctors on sabbatical, the two friends have put together a show that will include different takes on well-known Saw Doctors’ songs, versions of less-played songs and a few from Thistlethwaite’s own songs. For the Schenectady concert, doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. At 6 p.m., the AOH will open and food will be served before the concert.
Tickets are available by calling 518-915-4467 or email Ellen Brown at ...@gmail.com
ABOUT IRISH 2000: The not-for-profit Irish Music and Arts Festival, Inc. organizes the annual festival that takes place in September at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. Since its inception, the festival has donated more than $350,000 to a variety of charities.
To continue its rich tradition, the 19th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival is seeking funds through benefit concerts in 2015.