Atlanta Irish Music

Your Connection to Irish Music in North Metro Atlanta

Welcome to The Irish Arts Foundation of Atlanta website!

Welcome! The IAF is a North Metro Atlanta not-for-profit organization that promotes traditional Irish music in our neighborhoods. Throughout the year we sponsor music concerts with famous Irish musicians; ceili dances with a live dance band as well as music workshops, competitions and sessions. We want you to join us in the joy of playing and listening to traditional Irish music in your North Metro community! Please join us for the activites listed on our website or click here to download the IAF brochure which tells you more about our organization.


IAF's September 2009 Concert (L-R Tim Hogan, Katherine Irwin Thomas,
Pat Egan, Joseph Mitteldorf, Paddy O'Brien, Tony DeMarco).
(Photo courtesy of Ashlee Cribb)

Old Irish banknotes can support Irish culture in Atlanta

Do you have any old Irish banknotes sitting in a drawer? Remember those, the ones you brought home from a vacation back in the days before the euro?

Did you promise yourself that you would use them next time you went to Ireland? They're still in the drawer, aren't they?

Through an arrangement with Euro Coin Exchange, an Atlanta-based buyer of foreign coins and banknotes, you can put them to work supporting Irish culture here in Atlanta! Euro Coin Exchange will buy your old Irish banknotes and donate the purchase price (plus an extra 5%) in your name directly to the IAF.

To take advantage of this offer, go to the Euro Coin Exchange web site and download a transmittal form (packing list). Enter the Promo Code "IRISH" on your packing list, mail your old banknotes to Euro Coin Exchange, and they will donate the proceeds from your banknotes, plus an extra 5%, to the IAF in your name. You will receive a written acknowledgment of your donation from IAF.


In addition to old Irish banknotes, you can contribute other foreign coins and banknotes to the Irish Arts Foundation. Consult the Euro Coin Exchange site for details regarding the coins and banknotes they accept. Please note: the 5% bonus only applies to banknotes (regardless of country of origin). Euro Coin Exchange does not buy old (pre-euro) Irish coins.

Learn to Play a Tune at the Harp Irish Pub

NOTICE: Our instructor for the Sunday @ 4 pm slow (teaching) session is out of town this weekend. Since everyone will presumably be busy with activities related to the Pipers' Weekend, we've decided to cancel the 4 pm session. The teaching session will resume on April 15.

For many years, Irish Music Traditions (IMT), the Atlanta branch of Comhaltas, has sponsored a "Slow Session", a way for beginners to learn to play Irish music (tunes and technique) under the tutelage of experienced, knowledgeable musicians.

The slow session is conducted from 4-5 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month (in between Irish set dancing from 2-4, and the Intermediate session from 5-7 p.m.)  From time-to time and during the summer months the slow session may be cancelled or rescheduled due to competing events, holiday travel schedules, etc. Please call 678-559-6796 to confirm that class is being held. 

Instruction for the upcoming session will be provided by Joseph Mitteldorf, a talented young fiddler and whistle player.


IAF Now On Facebook - Become a Fan - Get Regular Updates

Please help us build our Facebook page. We've loaded a variety of photos from Irish music-themed events of the last couple years, some recent and some a little older. 
  1. Become a Fan by clicking on the link below.
  2. Take a look at our photos and tag the people you know.
  3. Encourage your friends who love Irish music to become fans of IAF on Facebook. 
  4. If you've got pictures from concerts, dances or other events which need to be included on our Facebook page, please post them.
  5. Send us your suggestions about how we can make our Facebook page a valuable resource for you.

IAF 2012 Calendar

March

Monday 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
: Buckhead Fado Session 8pm - advanced Irish session every Monday night 8pm-midnight at the new Fado Pub in Buckhead. See our "Local Sessions" page for details.

Tuesday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th: Traditional Irish Session at the Roswell Tap 7:30 pm. See our "Local Sessions" page for details.

Sunday 4th & 18th: Slow session at the Harp Pub 4-5 pm. Learn to play an Irish tune! (
1st and 3rd Sunday of the month).

Sunday
4th & 18th: The Roswell Music Session at The Harp Pub 5-7 pm (1st and 3rd Sunday of the month). 

Sunday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th: Irish session at the Globe, Athens, GA. 4-7 p.m. 
See our "Local Sessions" page for details.


April

Sunday 1st and 15th: Slow session at the Harp Pub 4-5 pm. Learn to play an Irish tune! (1st and 3rd Sunday of the month). NOTICE: Our instructor for the Sunday @ 4 pm slow (teaching) session is out of town this weekend. Since everyone will presumably be busy with activities related to the Pipers' Weekend, we've decided to cancel the 4 pm session. The teaching session will resume on April 15.

Sunday 1st & 15th: The Roswell Music Session at The Harp Pub 5-7 pm (1st and 3rd Sunday of the month).

Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th: Buckhead Fado Session 8pm - advanced Irish session every Monday night 8pm-midnight at the new Fado Pub in Buckhead. See our "Local Sessions" page for details.

Tuesday 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st: Traditional Irish Session at the Roswell Tap 7:30 pm. See our "Local Sessions" page for details.

Sunday 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th: Irish session at the Globe, Athens, GA. 4-7 p.m. See our "Local Sessions" page for details.