8th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
Repent at Leisure: The Irish Rock Band
Drake School of Irish Dancing
The Fiddler's Wife
The Welfare Liners
The Knockouts
Mar 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Doors open 5:00 PM
Ticket sales ended Mar 18, 2013 12:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
8th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring special dance performances by the Drake School of Irish Dancing, traditional Irish/Celtic music performed by the Fiddler’s Wife (Noel Blackmon, David Blackmon, Seth Hendershot & Matt Williams) followed by a raucous tribute to THE POGUES by The Welfare Liners & The Knockouts. Doors open @ 5pm, Drake School of Irish dancing promptly @ 6pm. This is an ALL AGES event
- All Ages Show -
The Celtic Rock Band "Repent at Leisure" plays traditional, modern, and original Irish music in their unique style. We play concerts, festivals, clubs, pubs, parties ... almost any occasion: Band consists of Liam Parke (Lead Vocals, Banjo); Dan Everett (Rhythm Guitar); Kevin Shulhan (Conga & Ocarina); Danny Cottar (Mandolin, Guitar); Rodney Spears (Harp); Spencer Rich (Vocals/Drums/Guitar}; Anna Steffl (Accordion); Vanessa Murray (Vocals/Violin); Bill David (Vocals/Mandolin) and Lucas O'Connell (Bass, Vocals) more >>>
The Athens Drake School of Irish Dance is excited to join the Melting Point’s 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! We will be showcasing a variety of Reels, Jigs, and Hornpipes for your enjoyment. Our group consists of dancers of all levels ages 5-13.
Lessons are held at the Studio Dance Academy on Thursday evenings. New students ages 5-adult are welcome to try a class for free in April!
Contact instructor Oonagh Benson at or 404-374-6471 for more information.

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Tonight in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, The Fiddler's wife, will be performing traditional Irish fiddle tunes (Banish Misfortune, etc), drinking songs (Rattlin' Bog, etc) and dear old love songs (Whiskey Before Breakfast, etc). The Fiddler's Wife is....

David Blackmon is well-known fiddle and mandolin player whose roots are firmly planted in traditional and bluegrass music. In the 80's, he toured and recorded with country music legend Jerry Reed. He is founding member of Blueground Undergrass, a veteran of the Normaltown Flyers and has shared the stage with the likes of Vassar Clements, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas. Having toured and recorded extensively with Widespread Panic, David is considered by many to be a pioneer in fusing bluegrass with blues, jazz and rock. David teaches workshops and classes notably the Master Bluegrass Fiddle Class for the Dahlonega based festival “Bear on the Square” in the Spring of 2012.

Caroline Noel Blackmon's multi-instrumentalist work is well known in the Athens music scene. Her work is far-reaching, from playing bass with world music band “Calliope Fair” to playing mandolin with Athens local Klezmer group “Klezmer Local 42” to singing and playing guitar with American roots music group “Curley Maple”. Noel has spent years finding rare folk songs which are brought back to life in The Fiddler's Wife arrangements. She and David demonstrate for classes old folk songs and fiddle tunes most notably for the University of Georgia, University of Montevallo, workshops at Dahlonega, GA based festival “Bear on the Square” and as well as at various grade schools (Athens Montessori School, Colham Ferry Elementary School, J.J. Harris Elementary Charter School among others).

Matt Williams (from the grand falloons on vocals & guitar)

Seth Hendershot (on percussion) more >>>
The Welfare Liners came together from the eclectic Athens, GA music scene in 2010 and combined contemporary and traditional influences to create a brand of bluegrass that has earned praise from young and old. After releasing a self-titled, six-song EP on Ghostmeat Records in 2011, the band found themselves sharing the stage with the likes of The Del McCoury Band and Dawes. Slowly, original compositions began to make there way in to sets previously dominated by standards from Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers. These original songs borrowed heavily from the tradition of brother harmony mastered by Jim & Jesse and The Louvin Brothers.

With Just Stars For Light, The Welfare Liners build on the foundation laid down with their 2012 full-length debut High On A Hilltop. On their second album, the group incorporates several non-traditional instruments, adds drums and percussion and occasionally expands in to more rock-like song structures to create something that is at once familiar and innovative.

Just Stars For Light includes nine original compositions featuring Rob Keller (Six String Drag, The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, Workhorses for the Entertainment/Recreational Industry) on vocals and bass, Wayne Wilson (Athens Grass, The F Holes) on vocals and banjo and Russ Hallauer (Sunbrain, The Lures, Ghostmeat Records) on mandolin, guitar, banjolin, Irish tenor banjo and organ. The album also includes appearances by William Tonks (Bloodkin, Barbara Cue) on dobro and guitar, Jon Hallemeier on fiddle, Ethan Jones on fiddle, Jake Mowrer on guitar and Dean Johnston on drums and percussion.

Just Stars For Light was recorded and mixed by Russ Hallauer at Ghostmeat Studio in Watkinsville, GA. It was mastered by Neal Warner at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA. The cover design which features a 1906 postcard of the Barnett Shoals Dam is by Russ Hallauer. more >>>
The Knockouts | 9:00 PM
The debut album from local ska/bluegrass/punk/funk/mariachi band The Knockouts not only inhabits each genre at some point, but transitions into them with intention instead of blindly borrowing. The combination sounds like circus punk, as if The Clash woke up in 2011, put on some funny costumes and picked up a banjo. So many genres can be identified that naming them all is futile. What you really need to know is that The Knockouts pull it off; ska horns steal the funky show in “Capitol Freak On” and round out the Mexican-sounding “Ceviche Polka,” which is sung in Spanish.
The band draws clear instrumental influence from Ireland, Mexico and the muggy hoe-downs of the South. Both Irish and Southern American farmers found ways to express their comparable financial hard times in the strophic fiddle laments of Celtic folk and bluegrass. The resigned hope for a better day paired with punk’s desperate denial of material satisfaction gives The Knockouts’ genre meld meaning and complexity. The instrumentation is pure and bold, the singer believes in his words, and no genre can own either.

Performing these tunes from the Pogues:
If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Streams of Whiskey
The Boys From The County Hell
The Ghost of a Smile
Battle of Brisbane
Rain Street
The Broad Majestic Shannon
Dark Streets of London
I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day
Rock n Roll Paddy
The Body Of An American
Sunny Side of the Street
Greenland Whaling Fisheries
Dirty Old Town
White City
Whiskey You're The Devil
Sally Maclennane

Steve Casadont - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Steering Wheel.
Kevin Sims – Bass, Chief Wardrobe Consultant.
John James-Pennywhistle, Saxophone, Head Vibe Merchant.
Joe Ellison - Drums, Backing Vocals, haberdashery
Joe Meadows-Accordion, quarter-deck backing vocals, duck calls
Danny Cottar-Banjo, hypnotism
Noel Beverly – Mandolin, Lead and backing vocals, sanity more >>>
Ticket Prices

General Admission


Reserved Table for Two


Reserved Table for Four


Event Schedule

Repent at Leisure: The Irish Rock Band

5:00 PM

Drake School of Irish Dancing

6:00 PM

The Fiddler's Wife

6:30 PM

The Welfare Liners

8:00 PM

The Knockouts

9:00 PM