June 15, 2024
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Don’t Forget Friday’s Concert For the Annapolis Irish Festival

AIF_black_text_logoJig on over to the Annapolis Irish Festival this summer and experience all that is Irish… while also supporting some local charities!  The 3rd Annual Annapolis Irish Festival, set to take place on Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, is expected to attract over 22,000 people and will feature traditional Celtic music, nationally recognized bands, Irish dancing, special workshops and exhibits and authentic Irish food as well as a large children’s area. Gates will open at 11am on Saturday and tickets are $20 for adults with children under 12 free. For tickets or more information, log onto www.annapolisirishfestival.com. (Loews Annapolis Hotel is the Official Hotel of the Annapolis Irish Festival and is offering special rates for festival attendees.)

Gaelic Storm, one of the world music scene’s preeminent Celtic Bands will be the headliner.  Their newly released album “Chicken Boxer” made #1 on the Billboard World Albums Charts – the third Gaelic Storm album to make #1.  Joining them are two internationally acclaimed Celtic Rock Bands; Albannach bringing the” Fire and Thunder of Scotland” to Annapolis and Synthian, Celtic Rock with an edge.  In addition, there will be hometown favorite Dublin 5 and the Gothard Sisters as well as the Screaming Orphans, Kilmaine Saints, Crossing Celtic, Seamus Kennedy, Brian Gaffney, Brendan’s Voyage and the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes and Drums.  Irish dancing will be performed by the Culkin, Hunt and Broesler Schools of Irish Dance.

The two-day event will feature a special Friday night Twilight Concert starting at 4pm, sponsored by the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This salute to the military night is $10 but will include free admission for everyone between 4pm and 5pm; and  free all night for active and retired military with ID.

The FREE children’s area, presented by Busch Gardens Williamsburg and titled Little Leprechaun Land,” will feature pony rides, face painting, family entertainment, step dancing lessons, a bouncy castle, and games as well as special appearances by Bush Gardens Animal Ambassadors.

“We are proud to offer a world class festival with renowned Irish bands, local vendors and dance troupes, but we also really like the fact that the Annapolis Irish Festival gives back to the community by donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities.  This year, we will be providing much needed funds to Hospice of the Chesapeake, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the Wellness House of Annapolis and new this year, we will also be donating to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children,” said Eddie McGowan, Festival Organizer. He added,” last year, we gave our charities over $40,000 and we’re hoping it’s even more this year!”

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