Liz Carroll

Since she was 18, when she astounded the Celtic music world by winning the Senior All-Ireland Championship, Liz and her fiddle have been amazing audiences around the globe. In recent years, she has been honored with many accolades, including a nomination for a 2010 Grammy, with John Doyle, for their duet album, “Double Play.” In April of 2011, Liz was awarded the Cumadóir TG4, the first American-born composer honored with Ireland’s most significant traditional music prize.
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John Doyle

Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it’s a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them.  Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle); and now Usher’s Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle) – a veritable who’s who of the greatest names in Irish music.  These are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle’s signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential.
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Shannon Dunne

Shannon Dunne was captivated by the Broadway style of tap as a young child growing up in New Jersey. Her early education in this form focused on the overall musicality of dance, which has served Shannon well over the years as her love of tap spread to encompass a host of percussive dance forms including hoofing, flatfoot and clogging, Irish and Cape Breton step dance, and sean-nós.
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Pride of New York

Pride of New York includes Joanie Madden on flute and whistle (best known as the leader of Cherish the Ladies), Brian Conway on fiddle, Billy McComiskey on button accordion and Brendan Dolan on keyboards. Collectively the members have won four all-Ireland championship awards, recorded multiple solo albums, and logged countless miles touring across the U.S. and abroad. They offer a tour of the rich and lively Irish music scene of New York past and present.
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The Yanks

The Yanks are the next Irish American dream team when it comes to Irish Traditional Music. Four of the most talented, accomplished, and virtuosic musicians of their generation playing a brand of Irish Music that’s both new and yet familiar at the same time. As individuals these four lads are special; as a group, The Yanks are special, too.
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The Celtic Company

Spud Brothers
The Celtic Company is Atlanta’s “moveable feast” of Celtic music and dance, led by long time uilleann piper/flute player John Maschinot. The company showcases some of the region’s most talented traditional musicians, singers and dancers. IrishFest Atlanta’s 2016 presentation will include ace bouzouki player Brian Ogihara; fiddler, concertina player and dancer Claire Shirey and the beautiful vocals of Olivia Bradley with songs in Irish Gaelic and English. (Olivia also plays a mean bodhrán!) Both Claire and Olivia are graduates of the Atlanta Irish Music School, led by Katherine Irwin Thomas.

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Atlanta Irish Music School

Atlanta Irish Music School
Welcome to the Atlanta Irish Music School home of The Atlanta Junior Ceili Band (AJCB). The AJCB was founded by Katherine Irwin Thomas in 2005 to teach and promote quality traditional Irish music to children, teens and young adults in Metro Atlanta, Georgia USA. The Atlanta Irish Music School teaches: Fiddle, Whistle, Flute, Piano Accordion, Piano, Concertina, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Song and Bodhran for students ages 3 to 18 years.

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Arís Theatre

Aris
ARÍS, Atlanta’s Stage for Celtic Culture, will present a “Mythological Journey” consisting of stories from the Ulster and Fenian Cycles of Irish Mythology. The tales to be performed at this event are suitable for all audiences and have been adapted by Dr. John Gentile, Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University. Prepare to be delighted and inspired!

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Burke Connolly Academy of Irish Dance

Burke Connolly
The Burke Connolly Academy 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.

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Drake School of Irish Dance

Drake School
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.

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The Irish Brothers

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.

Jim Flanagan

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.

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Kathleen Donohoe & Friends

Kathleen Donohoe
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.

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The King O’Sullivan School of Irish Dance

King O'Sullivan
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 )

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Mai Hernon

Mai Hernon Mai Hernon from Gurteen, Sligo, Ireland, is regarded as one of the top traditional singers to come out of Ireland. She has four critically acclaimed albums on the market. She has toured Ireland, England, Europe and now America. She is a highly sought after traditional singing teacher. She has shared a stage with many very well known singers and and musicians, such as Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies, Socks in the Frying Pan, members of Dervish, Len Graham, Tim Dennehy and the list goes on and on. Mai will be joined by guitarist and bouzouki player Seán Earnest.

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Rowena Ryan Irish Dance Academy

Rowena Ryan
The Rowena Ryan Irish Dance Academy offers weekly classes for both competitive and non-competitive students, as well as monthly workshops by world champion instructors. Rowena Ryan-Schultz T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G., world Class Irish Dancer and International performer, launched her international career with appearances at the World Irish Dancing Titles, in Ireland 1987, and winning her regional title over 30 times.

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String Theory

String Theory
The String Theory Irish Band is an exciting Irish folk band that specializes in high energy Irish tunes and songs. Recently ranked the 4th Best Irish Band in Texas by the Dallas Observer, the band features Nathan Kennedy on fiddle, Meg Tapley on flute, whistle, and vocals and Jesse Ramirez on guitar and mandolin plus other players such as Russ Alves and Matt Cook on occasion.

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