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Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival begins Friday at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds

This year the event will be held over two days
Shilelagh Law
Shilelagh Law

The Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival is back at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds this weekend. 

While in years past it has been cut to only one day, this time organizers have expanded it into both Friday and Saturday. 

The festival is perhaps most known for bringing key Irish bands and musicians together and this weekend will be no different. On Friday, starting at 7 p.m., the Coors Light Stage will be filled with the likes of Rory Makem and Donal Clancy, the Schenectady Pipe Band, Albannach and Scythian. 

Then, on Saturday, two other stages open up at noon and the schedule is filled with live music from noon until 11 p.m. 

“We are excited to add back the Friday night show this year, as well as the additional stage on Saturday,” said Matt Nelligan, the festival’s executive director. “We are grateful for our strong audience and look forward to putting on another great event for our supporters.”

Saturday’s entertainment kicks off with Brothers Flynn on the Nelligan Stage, followed by Rory Makem & Donal Clancy, The McKrells, House of Hamill and Hair of the Dog. On the McSweeney Stage, there will be performances by Morrighan’s Flight, Triskele, Spancihill, Who’s Your Paddy, Kilashandra and Hellcat Maggie.

On the Coors Light Stage will be Emish, Get Up Jack, Albannach, Screaming Orphans, Eileen Ivers, Shilelagh Law and Enter the Haggis. 

In between all the live music, the Farrell School of Irish Dance and the Schenectady Pipe Band will perform. 

For the little ones, there will be a Celtic Kids area with crafts, games and activities. 

There will also be plenty of traditional Irish food and beverages. 

The gates are open on Friday from 6-11 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $20 Friday and $25 Saturday. Discount tickets are available at any Price Chopper location. Tickets for children 12 and under are free. 

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