Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration
The Nashville Celts
The Gentry
The Green Flag Band
Carpenter Academy of Irish Dancing
Irish Pub Jam on the Patio
Mar 16, 2019 at 3:30 PM
Doors open 2:30 PM
Ticket sales ended Mar 17, 2019 12:30 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Join us for our 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring special dance performances by the Carpenter Academy of Irish Dancing, traditional Irish/Celtic music performed by the Green Flag Band & The Gentry, followed by the acclaimed internationally touring band, The Nashville Celts! This is an ALL AGES – family friendly event. For the adults we'll have $3 Guinness drafts all night & some special Irish fare for dinner!
- All Ages Show -
Music : Genre: Acoustic,Bluegrass/Old-Time,Celtic,Special Event,World
The Nashville Celts are led by musician/songwriter/producer Ric Blair. Ric Blair, is also the founder of their popular concept shows, Roots of Great American Music and Christmas with The Celts.

In 2010, Blair produced the national PBS show Christmas with The Celts which was filmed in front of a sold out audience at the original Grand Ole Opry, (voted top venue by Pollstar) the world famous Ryman Auditorium. The show aired on 222 PBS channels across the U.S., Canada and on the BBC in Ireland for three years. This successful TV show was the initial spark, which created a huge demand for the group, bringing them into major venues.
Today, The Nashville Celts pack concert halls around the world including The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, The Lincoln Center, and many other Performing Arts Centers, Theaters and large Casinos. The Nashville Celts have shared the stage with a diverse range of specials guests and artists including Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh of Altan, Vince Gill, Irish singer Cathy Jordan of Dervish, Ricky Skaggs, Riverdance piper Ivan Goff from Dublin, Patty Loveless, Braveheart/Titanic piper Eric Rigler, and Tim O’Brien just to name a few.
The Nashville Celts lineup features founder Ric Blair on vocals, guitars, bodhran, and piano, Laura McGhee from Dundee, Scotland on vocals and fiddle plus an ensemble of world class musicians playing uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, banjo, mandolin, bass, drums and always crowd pleasing Irish step dancers.
The music of The Nashville Celts is uniquely original. When asked about their musicial style Blair says, "I’m proud of my Irish/Scottish roots, but I am equally proud of my American music roots. So, our music has become a product of blending the two." Blair credits the group’s popularity to their melding of modern American hit songs and sounds with organic Celtic instruments as well as the success of their PBS-TV specials.
That hybrid sound and historical evolutionary process from the roots of Celtic-American immigrants to today’s most popular music is also fully depicted in the band’s new production entitled Roots of Great American Music. This high energy production demonstrates how Irish music influenced the development of American bluegrass, country, and pop music.

Early in his career, Ric Blair was a promising jazz major at the University of Cincinnati’s prestigious College Conservatory of Music. A chance encounter changed the entire course of his life. “A buddy of mine said “Hey there’s this Irish group playing tonight,’ American-born and Nashville based Blair remembers. It took a little prodding, but he agreed to give the concert a shot. “I opened the doors, and people were literally dancing on the tables,”says Blair. “The music was so happy. As soon as I heard the pipes and Irish whistle, something in my blood hit me and said ‘this is what I want to do’.” Today, Blair reigns as one of the country’s most respected purveyors and historians of Celtic music.
In 2015, The Nashville Celts appeared on PBS TV show Music City Roots. In March of 2016 performed at The Bluegrass Underground and will soon host another PBS special called Roots of Great American Music which will feature some of the world's most famous Country music, Irish music, and pop stars as special guests. The Nashville Celts are booked by MPI Talent Agency and managed by Bruce Garfield Entertainment. more >>>
The Gentry | 6:30 PM
Join us for a musical history of the Irish and Scottish musical traditions with The Gentry, a trio of outstanding musicians - Sam d'Entremont, flute and vocals; Tracie Brown, harp; and John Norris, acoustic guitar.

"The Gentry," in the context of Irish folklore, refers to one of the names given to the wee people who live under the earth. The Gentry trio will transport you back there with Sam's outstanding tenor voice and lovely flute and Tracie's gorgeous harp (she's a former first-place winner at the U.S. traditional Irish harp competition), all woven together by John's guitar. more >>>
Athens’ premier Celtic band, playing traditional and contemporary music, features Julia McDermott on hammered dulcimer, Carl Rapp on fiddle, Ken Ross on accordion and Dave Coons on guitar and vocals.
Versatile and inclusive, Green Flag Band plays regularly at festivals, local venues, private parties and churches. Recently they performed on the main stage at Athfest 2014 and accompanied the Athens Chamber Singers’ Yuletide Concerts. more >>>
The Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance is excited to join the Foundry’s 12th 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 3.5-17 with a focus on community, accessibility, integrity and dedication.

Contact director/instructor Oonagh Lynch Benson, TCRG at or 706-431-5208 for more information. more >>>
Irish Pub Jam on the Patio | 3:30 PM
Ticket Prices

Children 6 & under (FREE)


College Student Ticket at Door


General Admission


Event Schedule

Irish Pub Jam on the Patio

3:30 PM

Carpenter Academy of Irish Dancing

4:30 PM

The Green Flag Band

5:00 PM

The Gentry

6:30 PM

The Nashville Celts

7:45 PM