How to Be Irish in Philly This Week
Remember last week when I told you to book early for the Blackthorn fundraiser for the Black Jack Kehoe AOH Division 4 in Springfield on Saturday? Remember how I said “sold out” was their middle name? Well, the event is sold out. No tickets will be available at the door because they can’t shoehorn in even one more person. Next time, listen to me.
There may still be time to book for Enter the Haggis at World Café Live on Saturday night. This Toronto-based band delights fans with its novel take on Celtic rhythms, matching it with rock, pop, and even funk.
On Wednesday, Kilkenny-born contemporary folksinger and songwriter Enda Keegan is on stage at Slainte at 30th and Market streets. Keegan is a recent Philly transplant who still performs mainly in New York City but is spreading his wings here. Next month he’ll be opening for John Byrne (late of Patrick’s Head) at Byrne’s CD release party at World Café Live.
Like a little Irish music with your gambling? Then head up to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem. Amadaun, a group that blends rock, bluegrass, and folk-rock with traditional Celtic sounds, is playing this week at the St. James Pub.
On Friday, January 29, at 7 PM, there will be an information session on the disaster in Haiti featuring filmmaker Dede Maitre (granddaughter of Irish immigrants) who will screen clips from the documentary work she has done over the years with various charities in Haiti. Representatives from Haitian aid organizations and members of the local Haitian community will be there.
Following the meeting, stay for the January Rambling House entertainment evening, featuring music by The Malones and whoever else wants to get up and do their party piece. There’s a bar there for the shy, free refreshments, prizes, and it all costs only $5. You can’t even see a movie for that little.