Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival       ALBANY, N.Y. -- More than 30 performers. Multiple stages. Two days filled with non-stop Irish music and more. When the 13th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival takes over the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19, audiences will have the opportunity to hear some of the best Celtic entertainers from far and near. With a full line up of contemporary, traditional and local music, "We're excited to announce an extraordinarily strong entertainment lineup," said Irish 2000 President Matt Nelligan. When the gates open on Friday at 5 p.m., it's time for the best in Celtic rock featuring the Street Dogs, The Elders, Black 47, Flatfoot 56 and The Gobshites. On Saturday, gates open at 10 a.m. with performances continuing to 11 p.m. and featuring Gaelic Storm, Dervish The Screaming Orphans the Prodigals and Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul. Also on stage are The Prodigals, Brother, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones. Returning to perform on Saturday are Black 47, The Elders and The Gobshites. Capital Region favorites include Hair of the Dog, The McKrells, Flynn 529, Cluidan, Who's Your Paddy, Frank Jaklitsch, Fighting 86's and Seisun. On Saturday, The Schenectady Pipe Band plays and there are performances by the Farrell School of Irish Dance, the Boland School of Irish Dance and the Campbell School off Irish Dance. The Celtic Kids area, with rides and games, also has special guests in Storyteller Barbara McCarthy, Bon Bon the Clown and magician Domino the Great. Add to this hundreds of food and craft vendors for a fun festival for everyone. The move to the Saratoga Fairgrounds this year, President Nelligan said, has allowed Irish 2000 "to further grow our event at a great facility and allow us to hold the line on pricing." The festival will introduce a new early bird rate for those purchasing tickets for the two days, a new VIP ticket and a change in the age for free admittance for children to 12 and under. Irish 2000 is one of the top five Irish festivals in the United States in terms of attendance, averaging about 15,000 people each year. Festival hours are from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. Its new location at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds are located 30 miles north of Albany, off Interstate 87 (Adirondack Northway), in Ballston Spa  -- between Albany and Saratoga Springs. For additional information and updates on ticket prices and performers, visit or call 1-888-414-3378 About the Organizers The not-for-profit Irish Music and Arts Festival, Inc., with headquarters at the Albany Ancient Order of Hibernians' Irish Cultural Center in Albany, organizes the annual festival.  The goal of the organization is, "To preserve, protect and promote Irish history and culture in the 21st century." Since its inception, the festival has donated close to $350,000 to a variety of charities including the Albany Irish-American Center, the Irish-American Heritage Museum and all of the schools of Irish dance in the Capital Region.



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