NS 11.2 Irish Student 9

Patrick Finley improvises on his violin to demonstrate his style with arrangements he makes on the spot. 

IrishFest Atlanta 2017, an event promoting the culture of Ireland through the country’s traditional music, song, dance and language, will take place Nov. 3 and 4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody hotel, 4387 Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

The festival will include world-renowned artists including: Pride of New York with famous lead Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies, Pride of Moyvane a top dance band, and The Yanks with five-time fiddle world champion Dylan Foley. The festival welcomes back dancer Shannon Dunne, many local champion musicians, dancers and celebrated lecturers. New to the festival this year will be an Irish tapas food tasting and a viewing of the celebrated film documentary, “An Godfather,” narrated by actor Brendan Gleeson.

The festival begins Nov. 3 featuring local performers and cultural activities and an opening concert by The Yanks. Festivalgoers can enjoy their favorite beverage of Ireland at the Irish Pub experience.

The Nov. 4 festivities include workshops taught by world-class artists, as well as dance, music and theater performances on multiple stages throughout the day. Opportunities to learn more about the Irish culture abound through an Irish sports demonstration, Irish Tea with the consul general of Ireland, lectures, Irish films and more. A favorite feature for the adults is “learn how to pull the perfect pint” (of Guinness, of course) and enjoying the nuances of whiskey during a special tasting.

The Pride of Moyvane concert will take place Nov. 4 followed by a dance the “Irish way.” Participate in a dance workshop that morning and join in the fun. The day will end with the Pride of New York concert.

Atlanta International School senior Patrick Finley, a Brookhaven resident who won the fiddle slow air crown in the 15- to 18-year-old age group at the All-Ireland World Music Championship in Ennis, Ireland, in August, also will perform at the festival.

For more information, including the full IrishFest Atlant lineup or to purchase tickets, visit www.irishfestatlanta.org.


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