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How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Two thirds of the Clancys here--Aoife and Robbie O'Connell, far right--will be in Ambler this week. The extra Clancy is Donal.

Round up the usual suspects—there’s a Blackthorn concert this weekend! The popular local Celtic rock group is playing a benefit for AOH Black Jack Kehoe Division 4 on Saturday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Springfield.

And that’s just one of many enticing events this weekend. For example, they’ll be kicking up their heels at the AOH Notre Dame Hall in Swedesburg Saturday night at their annual ceili. And multi-talented trad performer Gabriel Donohue and singer Marian Makins will be performing the same night at the Shanachie Pub and Restaurant in Ambler.

On Sunday, fiddler Brian Conway will be holding a traditional fiddle workshop at West Chester University and you can catch him later that night at a special session at Kildare’s Pub in West Chester.

More big doings at Shanachie: Robbie O’Connell and his cousin, Aoife Clancy, will be celebrating the Clancy legacy (he’s a former Clancy Brother though his mom was a Clancy sister, and her dad was one of the Clancy Brothers) at the Ambler pub on Thursday, January 27.

On Friday, a freebie from Jamison—a thank-you show (they were voted best Irish band in the US in the Strangford Lough Brewing Company’s annual battle of the bands) at the AOH Div. 39 Hall on Tulip Street in Philadelphia.

And all this week—“Pumpgirl,” Abbie Spallen’s play about dark deeds in a Northern Irish border town and Martin McDonagh’s darkly funny “A Skull in Connemara” are on stage. “Pumpgirl” is produced by the Inis Nua Theatre Company and is at the Adrienne at Sansom and 20th, while “Skull” is at the Lantern Theater Company’s location at St. Stephen’s Church at 11th and Ludlow Streets in Philadelphia. We’ve reviewed them both.

Check out our calendar for all the details.

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