With More Than 30 Performers and Non-Stop Music
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – The Celtic celebration that marks midway to St. Patrick’s Day is the 17th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival. For two days -- Sept. 13 and 14 -- the Saratoga County Fairgrounds Is the site for fun, music and all things Irish.
With an annual attendance of over 15,000, the festival is rated one of the top five festivals of its kind in the United States.
“For this 17th annual festival, the extremely popular Gaelic Storm returns as our headliner,” said Festival Executive Director Matt Nelligan. “And, we’re thrilled to welcome some very popular acts including Shilelagh Law, The Killdares, The Glengarry Bhoys and the Screaming Orphans.
On Friday, festival gates open at 4 p.m. with performances till 11 p.m. On Saturday, he festival gates open at 10 a.m. and performances continue until 11 p.m.
On Friday, the main stage features Kilrush, the U2 Tribute Band Unforgettable Fire, and Shilelah Law and tops off with Gaelic Storm.
On Saturday, three stages are filled with every type of Irish music imaginable, from the traditional songs of The Barra MacNeils to the Celtic rock of The Glengarry Bhoys and another performance by Gaelic Storm. “Irish 2000 will host the debut of Get Up Jack. The group has Mike DeAngelis and John Haggerty from Hair of the Dog celebrating their 40th anniversary of playing together. Get Up jack is a special project with other musicians,” Mr. Nelligan said.
This year’s lineup includes:
- On the Contemporary Stage -- Kilrush, Emish, Albannach, Glengarry Bhoys, The Killdares, the Screaming Orphans and Gaelic Storm.
- On the Traditional Stage -- The McKrells, Get Up Jack, Girsa, The Makem Brothers, The Barra MacNeills and Hair of the Dog.
- On the Patricia McSweeney Memorial Stage -- Shadowland, Rakish Paddy, Frank Jaklitsch, Three Irish Voices with Jaklitsch, Who’s Your Paddy, The Brothers Flynn, Black Abbey and Forthlin Road.
- On Saturday, those attending enjoy the Schenectady Pipe Band playing throughout the fairgrounds.
- On the Dance Stage, the Michael Farrell, Boland ,Iona and An Clar schools of Irish dance perform.
- For the kids, a new magician joins us in 2013, Jim Snack. Plus there are pony rides, Celtic Critters petting zoo, rides and games.
- The festival also features more than 100 food and craft vendors.
Discounted tickets will be available through Price Chopper’s Tickets to Go program starting on July 7 or through the festival website through Sept. 12. Those using their Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card receive an additional $1 the advance sale prices.
Advance sale Friday only tickets are $16, Saturday only tickets are $18. A two-day pass is available by advance sale only at $29. At the gate, tickets for Friday only are $20. Tickets for Saturday only are $25 at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. All sales at the gate are cash only. There is a $3 parking fee.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
The not-for-profit Irish Music and Arts Festival, Inc. organizes the annual festival. The goal of the organization is, “To preserve, protect and promote Irish history and culture in the 21st century.”
In addition to producing the festival, Irish 2000 also supports other non-profit organizations. Since its inception, the festival has donated more than $350,000 to a variety of charities.