How to Be Irish in Philly This Week
One of the most popular groups to come out of Canada since Dudley Do-Right, Snidely Whiplash and Nell Fenwick is Enter the Haggis. They’re a Toronto-based Celtic rock band that doesn’t spend much time in Toronto. They’re on the road about 150 days out of the year, hitting major and minor venues and probably every Celtic festival from coast to coast, racking up an impressive number of fans.
You can see what the fuss is all about on Saturday at the brand new World Café Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE where they’ll be on stage rousing the rabble. Very high energy—like an overdose of Red Bull. If you travel out to Manheim on Friday, you can also catch them at the Celtic Fling and Highland Games on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. They’ll be back in the area on July 24 for a show at the Sellersville Theatre (book now—they usually sell out).
If you’re in Wildwood on Saturday, wander over to Caseys on Third in North Wildwood to hear Jamison.
Also on Saturday, join the Philadelphia Soul for its Irish Theme night with green beer and Irish music and dance as the Soul kicks the daylights out of the Arizona Rattlers at the Wells Fargo Center. It’s arena football.
On Sunday, Bristol Borough is holding its 15th annual Celtic Day with Now Irish Need Apply, Martin Family Band, the Bogside Rogues, and the McCoy and Fitzpatrick Schools of Irish Dance. It’s on the borough’s picturesque waterfront and there will be food and merchandise for sale. BYO lawnchair.
Later in the week (that would be Wednesday), comedian Colin Quinn will be doing his one-man show, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, called “Long Story Short” at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on South Broad Street in Philadelphia. (It runs through July 10). Quinn gives you the history of the world in 75 minutes and includes his take on everyone from Socrates to Snooki. (I saw the HBO special of the show and it was hilarious.)
As always, check the calendar for all the details.