Irish Dancing & Music @ FREE Post-Parade Festival after SF St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sat Mar 16 2024 at 02:00 pm

Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA | San Francisco

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Irish Dancing & Music @ FREE Post-Parade Festival after SF St. Patrick's Day Parade
The post-parade celebration on March 16 starts about 2 PM at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza. There will be four hours of live music from 2 PM to 6 PM, starting with Irish Traditional Music and Dancing. Irish rock band The Hooks will take the stage at 2:30 PM, followed by Glide Ensemble Choir, and the Dublin Soul band.
Founded in 1998, the Whelan Academy of Irish Dance offers services as a dance instructor and school, contributing to the cultural and artistic landscape of San Francisco. The academy has become a local center for those interested in learning the art of Irish dance, whether they are beginners or more advanced dancers looking to refine their skills.
Over the years, the Whelan Academy has earned a reputation for excellence, with students and parents praising the dedication and expertise of its instructors. The academy not only focuses on dance techniques but also on fostering a respectful and encouraging environment for all its students. This approach has garnered positive feedback, reflecting the academy's commitment to its dancers' development both as performers and as individuals.
Darcy Noonan (fiddle), a San Francisco Bay Area native, began her musical journey at age 6 with violin lessons and Irish dancing. Her unique blend of technical violin skills and Irish music knowledge led her to a career as a fiddler, studying in Ireland and performing worldwide. Noonan also embraced teaching, incorporating her Suzuki Method background into her lessons. She instructs at her Oakland, CA music studio, offering both classical and fiddle music lessons to students of all ages, focusing on technique, practice routines, ear training, and style exploration. Noonan is committed to connecting her students with the music community through jam sessions and music camps.
Félim Egan, born in 1972 in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, and raised in Cloghan, Co. Offaly, is a prominent accordionist and vocalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His early musical education began at four, taught initially by his father and later by local Offaly fiddler Dan Cleary. Félim's upbringing in a musically inclined family, alongside his four siblings who are also accomplished musicians, laid a solid foundation for his musical career. His style is influenced by notable musicians like Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples, Charlie Lennon, and Frankie Gavin. In 1993, Félim moved to Portland, Oregon, before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has significantly contributed to the music scene, particularly with The Black Brothers. Egan's involvement with Dublinesque, a musical project that combines Irish music traditions with R&B and gospel, showcases his versatility and deep understanding of musical genres. Dublinesque is known for its unique blend of music and storytelling, offering audiences a rich tapestry of Dublin's culture and history through song and story. Félim frequently collaborates with other talented musicians in the Bay Area, including performances with Eamonn Flynn (who is leading Dublin Soul at 5pm on same stage) and Darcy Noonan, further solidifying his position as a key figure in in the local Irish music community.

Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA, United States


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