Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga County Fairgrounds’

Festival Fever: Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 9/16-17/11

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Black 47

Black 47

If you recover from last weekend’s Shamrock-N-Roll Festival in time, there’s a whole bunch more power-packed Irish music headed our way this weekend when the 15th annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival takes over the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa on Friday and Saturday.

More than 30 musical acts are slated to perform, including Carbon Leaf, Gaelic Storm, Enter the Haggis, Celtic Cross, Glengarry Bhoys, Black 47 and the Clancy Legacy.

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Festival Fever: GottaGetGon, 5/27-29/11

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

GottaGetGon Festival

Since 1970, the Pick’n’ & Sing’n’ Gather’n’ has sponsored the GottaGetGon, a Memorial Day weekend getaway and family folk festival. It’s informal, interactive and lots of fun. Camping is encouraged.

Featured performers at this summer’s GottaGetGon include sea chantey singer Celeste Bernardo, the spunky, energetic, genre-blurring folk trio the Buskers, old-school country duo the Honey Dewdrops and Scottish-born, Canadian award-winning singer-songwriter David Francey.

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Patrick Murphy, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Patrick Murphy of Gaelic Storm“You know what it was? Depeche Mode. Yes, an album called ‘Music for the Masses’ by Depeche Mode. I was 12 years old.

I never listened to Irish music back home in Ireland. I guess it’s like the people who live in California that take the sun and the swimming pools for granted. When you’re there in Ireland, the music is there every day. My mother and my father had it on the radio all the time, but I just took it for granted. I didn’t listen to it.

It wasn’t until I came to America that I finally put away my albums by Depeche Mode and the Cure, and I started listening to Paddy Reilly, the Furey Brothers and Tommy Makem. Honestly, I mean I had never listened to Tommy Makem.

I had to be separated from Ireland before I really appreciated what I had left behind.”

Frontman and lead vocalist Patrick Murphy – he also plays harmonica, accordion and spoons – joins his bandmates in Gaelic Storm as one of the featured bands at the Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds this weekend. The fest gets underway at 5pm Friday, and Gaelic Storm is slated to hit the stage later that night at 7:15pm. Friday-only tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the gate. Two-day passes are $28.

Festival Fever: Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 9/17-18/10

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Irish 2000 Music & Arts FestivalThere’s no question that the 2010 Annual Irish 2000 Festival is Nippertown’s biggest Celtic music event this side of St. Patrick’s Day.

In fact, it’s one of the top five Irish music fests in the entire United States.

This weekend, the fest is returning to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds with a line-up of more than 20 great Celtic music performers who span musical genres from rock to folk and beyond.

The Irish 2000 Fest kicks off at 5pm Friday with a six-band lineup highlighted by Gaelic Storm and Enter the Haggis.

On Saturday, the fest kicks into high gear with five stages worth of music running all day long, beginning at 11:30am with such headliners as the Young Dubliners, Great Big Sea and the Irish Tenors’ John McDermott.

11:30am? That’s right. Guinness… it’s not just for breakfast anymore.

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Festival Fever: GottaGetGon, 5/28-30/10

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Since 1970, the Pick’n’ & Sing’n’ Gather’n’ has sponsored the GottaGetGon, a Memorial Day weekend getaway and family folk festival. It’s informal, interactive and lots of fun. Camping is encouraged.

Featured performers at this summer’s GottaGetGon include acoustic blues and ragtime guitar picker Little Toby Walker, traditional folksinger Pamela Goddard, singer-fiddler Davy Sturtevant and the Mother-Daughter Stringband (a quartet featuring Lyn Hardy and her daughter Ruth Ungar Merenda with Abby Newton and her daughter Rosie Newton).

Held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa, gates open at 3pm on Friday, May 28, and the fest gets rolling with a pot-luck dinner at 7pm, followed at 8pm by the New Generation Folk Concert. Hosted by Matt Toomey, the featured performers include Olivia Quillio, Don Johnson and Brett Shiel.

On Saturday, May 29, the fest hosts workshops and concerts all day long, kicking off with the opening sampler concert at 10:25am (oh, those crazy folkies). There’s a family country dance slated for 8pm with Goddard calling the steps to the tunes of the Mother-Daughter Stringband.

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