Tuesday, August 28, 2007

2007 IRISHFEST2000 - ALTAMONT, NY - SEPT. 14 & 15/07


Coors Light Contemporary Music Stage

Friday, September 14 - 5-11 p.m. (set times subject to change)

The Barley Boys - www.thebarleyboys.com

Enter the Haggis (from Toronto) - www.enterthehaggis.com

Street Dogs - www.street-dogs.com

Flogging Molly (still rockin' from Warped Tour 2007!) - www.floggingmolly.com

Saturday, September 15 - 11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. (set times subject to change)

The Barley Boys - www.thebarleyboys.com

The Clumsy Lovers - www.clumsylovers.com

Celtic Cross - www.celticcross.com

Greenwich Meantime - www.greenwichmeantime.ca (Canadian)

Schenectady Pipe Band - www.schenectadypipeband.com

Young Dubliners - www.youngdubliners.com

Enter the Haggis - www.enterthehaggis.com

The Tossers - www.thetossers.com

ALTAMONT, N.Y. – What has been the largest Irish Festival on the planet is growing in 2007 to a two-day celebration – Sept. 14 and 15 – at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

The 11th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival has added an all-new Celtic punk rock festival on Friday night. On Saturday, the festival rocks on with more than 20 performances on three stages, with a fourth stage dedicated entirely to Celtic dance and pipe bands – another festival first.

“Expanding to two days gives us the opportunity to devote Friday night to great Celtic rock. Then, on Saturday, we return with 12 hours of non-stop music -- with more rock and traditional music.”, said Matt Nelligan, President of Irish 2000.

Saturday’s featured performances include The Celtic Tenors and Gaelic Storm, the group that appeared as the steerage band in the movie, "Titanic".

Friday evening has performances from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. by The Barley Boys, Enter the Haggis and the Street Dogs, with Flogging Molly – a seven-piece Irish-American punk band formed in Los Angeles – headlining the evening.

On Saturday, the festival is underway from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with an outstanding line up of entertainment:

On the Contemporary Stage:

The Barley Boys, The Clumsy Lovers, Celtic Cross, Young Dubliners, The Tossers, Seven Nations, Enter the Haggis and GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

On the Traditional Stage:

Give Way, Kevin McKrell, The Celtic Tenors, Teada, Gaelic Storm, and a two-hour performance by local favorites, Hair of the Dog.

On the Regional Music Stage:

Storyteller Bairbre McCarthy, Emish, St. James Gate, Frank Jaklitsch and Steve Gray, Kevin McKrell, Flynn 529, Cluidan, Dicey Riley, Clumsy Lovers and the Barley Boys.

On the Grove Stage:

Celtic dance by the Scoil Rince Criost an Ri and the Farrell, Boland and Campbell schools of Irish dance; the Braemer School of Scottish Dance; with performances by the Schenectady Pipe Band and the Albany Police Pipes and Drums.

The 2007 festival has the new addition of a Celtic Critters exhibit to its Celtic Kids Family Fun Area that features games and rides. The festival also has a wide variety of refreshments and Celtic crafts.

Tickets for Friday only are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets for Saturday only are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free. A two-day pass is $25 in advance sales ONLY. There is a $3 parking fee. Group rates are available by special arrangement by calling 1-888-414-3378.

Advance-sale tickets are available online at www.irish2000fest.com, by mail to P.O. Box 415, Latham, NY 12110, and at all Price Chopper Supermarkets, beginning July 21. Price Chopper customers receive an additional $1 off tickets purchased at the supermarkets when they show their AdvantEdge Card.


Starting at 11 p.m. on Sept. 15, Cluidan and Flynn 529 will perform in a first-ever After Fest Party at the Albany’s Irish-American Center at 375 Ontario St. Admission is free with the purchase of a travel package. Otherwise, there is a $5 admission. All tickets will be sold at the door.


Additional information about the 11th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival, including details of overnight packages and shuttle service offered through Plaza Travel and Meetings in Latham, is available by calling 1-888-414-3378 or visiting the Web site at www.irish2000fest.com.


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 more than $250,000 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. Irish 2000 also aids the Wounded Warrior Project that assists veterans injured in Iraq and the AOH Project St. Patrick that gives annual scholarships to Catholic seminarians.


Please Note: Coolers are not allowed inside the Festival Grounds.

Traveling South: Take I-87 (Northway) south to end.
Traveling East: Take I-90 to Exit 24. Follow signs to I-87 south to end.
Traveling West: Take I-90 to Exit 1S. Take I-87 south to end.
Traveling North of the Thruway: Take Exit 24. Follow signs to I-87 south to end.
From End of I-87 (Northway): Turn right off I-87 onto Rte. 20 (Western Ave). Travel west about 4.5 miles to Rte. 146; Turn left onto Rte. 146 to Altamont (about six miles). The sign for the Altamont Fairgrounds will be on your left. Turn left and follow road to the parking area.

map is available here.


Kathy Condon

Condon Communications

P.O. Box 4208

Albany, NY 12204

PH: 518-436-1103

FAX: 518-436-7346

Extra volunteers are also needed.

Contact Matt Nelligan at info@irish2000fest.com.

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