Welcome from The Ballybeg BandCéad Míle Fáilte! You'll tap your feet and raise your pint as The Ballybeg Band plays sizzling jigs and reels. You'll laugh and cry as you sing along with favourite Irish pub songs about drinking, the pain of emigration, fond memories of the auld sod (and let's not forget drinking!).
Ballybeg is the name of six Irish villages: from Irish baile beag, 'small village.' Our Ballybeg is actually a state of mind. Even miles away from the Emerald Isle, at each Ballybeg Band gig you will find yourself magically spirited away to your favourite local Irish pub with all its regulars. So raise your pint, clap and sing along! Tomorrow maybe you have a load of turf to cut, but tonight we'll have some craic, and that means fun.
The Ballybeg Band features singing by band members, plaintive uilleann pipes and whistles by Séamus Dunning, scintillating percussion including bodhran and djembe by Owen Devine, innovative guitar by Ken Shearer, and smoking, soulful or improvisatory fiddling and haunting songs by Lauren McDonough Lebois.
The Ballybeg Band was chosen by Industrial Development Agency Ireland to entertain at their venue at Atlanta's 2009 Biotech Conference and has performed with the Choral Society of West Georgia, the Lagrange Civic Chorale and the Drake School of Irish Dance. The Ballybeg Band performed on Atlanta's Eleven Alive TV morning show on 16 March 2012 to herald the arrival of Saint Patrick's Day. The band is based in Metro Atlanta / North Georgia.
The Ballybeg Band has been known to perform in many local pubs, but now is featured increasingly at weddings, private parties, and notably at festivals civic and ethnic. These festivals include St. Patrick’s Day at Olde Town Morrow, The Taste of Scotland in Franklin, NC, The Alpharetta Arts Festival, The North Georgia Folk Festival, the Stone Mountain Highland Games, Ringgold's Appalachian Celtic Festival and Highland Games, The Rockmart Welsh Festival , and Karl Drake's An Irish Evening in Dublin for Dublin's Bicentennial Celebration.
Most recently The Ballybeg Band has performed for the GAA Club, Clan na nGael on several occasions. And a number from our CD An Phóg was chosen for the soundtrack of an episode of "The Originals" aired in latter April, 2014. More festivals are in the works.