irish-2000-music-and-arts-festival-2.jpgBallston Spa, N.Y.  - The 15th Annual Irish 2000 Festival at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds brings together some of the greatest Celtic performers in the world on Sept. 16 and 17 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.  Among the more than 25 acts scheduled are Carbon Leaf, Gaelic Storm, Seven Nations Enter the Haggis, Celtic Cross, Glengarry Bhoys, Black 47 and The Clancy Legacy. "The talent this year draws from the best of the best in the world of Celtic music -- from Rock to Traditional and everything in between," said Festival Executive Director Matt Nelligan. "We're proud to say that Irish 2000 is rated among the top 5 Irish festivals in the United States, something for which we are most grateful." On Friday, Sept. 16, the entertainment is from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and has a stellar lineup that includes Emish, The Fenians, Seven Nations, Gaelic Storm, Carbon Leaf and Enter the Haggis. On Saturday, Sept. 17, Irish 2000 has three stages and non-stop music from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On the Rock Stage: The Emish, Shileigh Law, Celtic Cross, Carbon Leaf, Screaming Orphans, The Fenians, Glengarry Bhoys and Black 47. On the Traditional Stage:  The McKrells, Girsa, Teada with Special Guest Seamus Begley, The Clancy Legacy, Leahy and the ever-popular Hair of the Dog. On the Pub Stage: Rakish Paddy, Frank Jaklitsch & Friends, Who's Your Paddy, The Brothers Flynn, Girsa, Kevin McKrell, Emish and Kilrush. In addition, the festival features a Dance Stage with lessons and performances by schools of Irish dance, a Celtic Kids Area with rides and games, as well as more than 100 food and craft vendors. Tickets for Friday only are $20 at the gate. Tickets for Saturday only are $20 at the gate. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free.  There is a $3 parking fee.

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Additional information about the 15th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival is available by calling 1-888-414-3378. or visiting http://www.irish2000fest.com/.

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." Since its inception, the festival has donated more than $350,000 to a variety of charities. The 2011 beneficiaries are the Joseph M. Walsh Foundation that supports a number of charitable causes and The College of St. Rose Choral Society. Tips collected for bartenders will be donated to help Capital District flood victims.

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