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As a thank you to its customers and its community, Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub and Kitchen will combine two traditional celebrations into one, free event on March 17 th , 2016.

In years past, festival goers pay for a $30 ticket to enjoy food, drink specials, and more than 12 hours of live entertainment. This year there will be no entry fee and many amenities will be the same.

“We are so grateful to Winston-Salem and our customers – many of whom come visit us from across the U.S. – for making the pub such a success for a decade,” says proprietor Philip “Opie” Kirby. “I feel blessed to be able to follow my dream, and this year for St. Patrick’s Day, we really wanted to celebrate big.”

Festivities will start at 7:00 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat Irish breakfast buffet for only $10.00. Traditional menu favorites, such as fish ‘n chips and Guinness Stew, will be available at regular menu price beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Music will be acoustic with breakfast and lunch, and beginning at 3:00 p.m. the pub will open its 4,000 square foot tent in the parking area adjacent to Finningan’s Wake. More live music, Irish dancers, the Jamestown Pipe and Drum Corp, the Wake and more will begin at 4:00 p.m. and last until midnight, with a DJ spinning until 2:00 a.m.

Kirby says, “We have waited 10 years for this event to engage our customers and community in what we hope will be a Winston-Salem tradition for many more years to come.”


The National Folk Festival announced today the first group of artists who will be performing in downtown Greensboro from September 9 – 11, 2016. The 76th National Folk Festival in 2016 marks the event’s second year of its three-year residency in Greensboro.

Approximately 300 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople— will take part in the National Folk Festival, with more than 30 different musical groups performing on as many as seven outdoor performance venues throughout downtown Greensboro. The nine artists announced today include:

· Balsam Range – Bluegrass: All the members of this bluegrass supergroup grew up—and still live—in Haywood County, N.C. Their fourth album, Papertown, was the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year.

· Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band – Reggae: Clinton Fearon has been bringing roots reggae music to audiences worldwide for more than four decades, founding his first band as a teenager in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1969.

· DJ Grandmaster Flash – Hip Hop:

Born in Barbados and raised in the Bronx, Grandmaster Flash combined his electrical engineering studies with his love of music and his fascination with his father’s record collection. A living legend of hip hop and the creator of many of the genre’s technical innovations, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

· Leonardo Sandoval – Tap: Combining tap with traditional Brazilian rhythms found in bossa nova, samba, and forró (a genre that originated in northeastern Brazil in the 19th century), Sandoval is paving new ground in a traditional North American art form.

· Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano – Mariachi: This Los Angeles-based ensemble is considered by many to be the finest mariachi group in the world, raising both the artistic standards and public perceptions of this art form, which is recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

· Nathalie – Fado: Meaning “fate” or “destiny,” fado is arguably the world’s oldest urban folk music, emerging from the bustling cafés of Portugal in the early-19th century. Born and raised in Perth Amboy, N.J., Nathalie was recognized as the 2015 Fado Singer of the Year by the International Portuguese Music Association.

· The Quebe Sisters – Texas Fiddling & Western Swing: When sisters Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe (rhymes with “maybe”) fiddle and sing their vintagestyle three-part harmony, it’s as if the Andrews Sisters are joining up with Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys in musical heaven.

· Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks – Delta Blues: James “Super Chikan” Johnson plays guitars he makes himself, using whatever materials are at hand—from gas cans to ceiling fans. Super Chickan and his all-female band, the Fighting Cocks, are Morgan Freeman’s “all-time favorite” and perform regularly at Freeman’s Ground Zero blues club in Clarksdale, Miss.

· The Alt – Irish: Three masters of Irish music—guitarist John Doyle; singer and flute-player Nuala Kennedy; and singer and guitar- and bouzouki-player Eamon O’Leary—have come together to celebrate the songs and spirit at the core of the tradition. !