Attention anyone who wants to have a good time, put aside the fact that you have never been to a Celtic music festival and not sure if it’s your cup of tea. Do you like music, dancing, good food, beer? Yeah, I had you at beer. It’s time to get your Celtic on this Friday Sept. 9 and Saturday Sept. 10, as we once again gather for the 2016 Syracuse Irish Festival at Clinton Square in Syracuse. This year’s lineup is a spectacular mix of old and new and acts featuring a diverse lineup on two stages. Combine this with Celtic wares, family activities, delicacies, and libations, it’s sure to be a good time for all.
Crowd favorites, Searson return this year. It’s like welcoming home family as Erin, Colleen, Danno, and Fraser take to the Ommegang Stage Saturday evening. Also returning this year are The Elders, Kansas City’s very own superstars, a band who Central New York has adopted as their own personal band. This dynamic group is bound to set the stage on fire once again and get the crowd on their feet singing and dancing both Friday and Saturday nights.
For those smart enough to arrive early both days, they will be treated to the trio of The Moxie Strings, The Flyin Column, The Public House, The Blarney Rebel Band, and Attractive Nuisance, among others. This mix of both traditional and contemporary Celtic music is sure to entertain those attending and garner them some new “likes” and “follows” on social media accounts.
There are many new acts to look forward to this year. The promo shot of The Led Farmers is more than enough to hook the casual observer as their set should prove to be just as fun as their photo. Playing both evenings on both stages, this quartet from Dublin, Ireland are a must-see as they are introduced to Central NY.
Don’t want to miss the football games, no worries. Join The Town Pants on Friday night at the Irish Tailgate Party. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the pub area, attendees will find multi-tasking to be a joy. The Syracuse-Louisville game will be broadcast on the big screen in the pub area Friday night.
NYS Music is honered to be a parter for this year’s Syracuse Irish Festival, bringing our readers highlights from the stage and crowds. We hope to see you all there. Please take the time to stop me, I’m the blonde with the camera, as I make my way around the crowd. Say hi and insist I get your photo to prove that you were hanging with the cool crowd at this weekend’s event.
FRIDAY SEPT. 9 – OMMEGANG STAGE
5:00 p.m. Attractive Nuisance
6:00 p.m. The Town Pants
7:30 p.m. Butler-Sheehan Academy
7:50 p.m. The Flyin Column
8:30 p.m. Rince Na Sonas School of Irish Dance
8:50 p.m. The Moxie Strings
9:30 p.m. Johnston School of Irish Dance
9:50 p.m. The Elders
FRIDAY SEPT. 9 – LEMOYNE PUB STAGE
12:00 p.m. Quigsy and the Bird
1:20 p.m. An Ceol
2:40 p.m. Home Slice
4:00 p.m. The Public House
5:10 p.m. Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance
5:30 p.m. The Flyin Column
6:30 p.m. Rince Na Sonas School of Irish Dance
6:50 p.m. The Led Farmers
8:10 p.m. Johnston School of Irish Dance
8:30 p.m. The Causeway Giants
SATURDAY SEPT. 10 – OMMEGANG STAGE
11:00 a.m. Irish Mass
12:20 p.m. Blarney Rebel Band
1:30 p.m. Dance School (TBA)
1:50 p.m. Moxie Strings
3:00 p.m. The Public House
4:20 p.m. Drumcliffe Arts
4:40 p.m. The Led Farmers
6:00 p.m. Roisin School of Irish Dance
6:20 p.m. Moxie Strings
7:30 p.m. Francis Academy of Irish Dance
8:00 p.m. The Elders
9:25 p.m. McDonald School of Irish Dance
9:45 p.m. Searson