Festival Fever: Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival, 9/14-15/12

The 16th annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival takes over the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa this weekend with an array of bands, musicians and dancers. The two-day bash kicks off with non-stop music from 5-11pm on Friday (September 14), with Boston Irish rockers the Street Dogs in the headlining slot.

On Saturday (September 15), the festival gates open at 10am, and performances will continue on three different stages straight through til 11pm with some of the best Celtic entertainment in the world.

Single day tix are $16 in advance; $20 at the gate for either Friday or Saturday. Children 12 and under are FREE.

Here’s the schedule of performances for the 2012 Irish 2000 Festival:

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5:15pm: The Mickey Finns
6:15pm: Screaming Orphans
7:20pm: Enter the Haggis
8:45pm: The Tossers
10pm: Street Dogs

11:45am: The Fighting Jamesons
1:10pm: The Mickey Finns
2:40pm: Farrell School of Dance with Emish
2:45pm: Emish
4:05pm: The Killdares
5:45pm: Ashley MacIssac
7:35pm: The Prodigals
8:25pm: Prodigals Reunion (Past and present members)
9:15pm: Screaming Orphans

11:45am: The McKrells
1:15pm: Girsa
2:45pm: Iona Dance Troupe with Burning Bridget Cleary
2:50pm: Burning Bridget Cleary
4:15pm: The Makem and Spain Brothers
6pm: Boland School of Irish Dance with John Whelan
6:05pm: The John Whelan Band
7:30pm: Hair of the Dog

11:45am: The Brian Gibney Band
12:50pm: Rakish Paddy
1:55pm: Frank Jaklitsch & Friends
3pm: Who’s Your Paddy
4:05pm: The Fighting Jamesons
5:15pm: Girsa
6:15pm: The Brothers Flynn
7:15pm: Emish


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