How to Be Irish in Philly

How To Be Irish in Philly This Week

Eileen Ivers is also coming to town.

Take a break from all the holiday hustle and bustle this weekend. There are some great local acts playing at area pubs, like these on Saturday night:

  • The Fair Trade at the Sligo Pub in Media, PA
  • The Broken Shillelaghs at Clancy’s Pub in Brooklawn, NJ
  • Jamison at Kildare’s West in West Chester, PA

There’s nothing like some rollicking Irish music and a pint to help you forget that you’ve just spent your children’s college money on their presents.

And mid-week, what a treat! Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, will bring their Irish fusion music to the stage at the Sellersville Theatre. I’ve seen Ivers perform many times and she never fails to bring the audience to their feet. In fact, she’s gotten more people up than TV healer Benny Hinn and she is way cuter.

Our calendar also says there’s an EP release party for the group Sylvia Platypus, “Philadelphia’s and possible the world’s only psycho-celtic glam blues band” on Thursday, December 22. This is the first we’ve heard of them but we’re intrigued. We want reports back!

Speaking of treats, one of our all-time faves, John Byrne of the John Byrne Band, is offering a freebie as his gift to you this Christmas: free downloads of some new songs, some old songs, and the band’s new Christmas single, “St. Stephen’s Day.” In the holiday spirit, you may also enjoy the band’s version of “Fairytale of New York,” the fabulous Pogues Christmas song. Also free: the audience favorite, “To Patsy.” Thanks, John!

Find your free gift here.

You probably know what’s happening next weekend. St. Nick is on his way, expected to touch down on a rooftop near you on Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday. We don’t know exactly what you asked for, but what we hope you get are “tidings of great joy.”

Don’t forget to shop Irish! Especially at the shop of our newest advertiser, McKenna’s Irish Shop in Havertown! It’s where all the Irish go. Really. Click on the ad and it will take you to McKenna’s online store.

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