How to Be Irish in Philly

How To Be Irish in Philly This Week

We're taking over Phoenixville!

Fun Mother’s Day weekend alert!

They’ll be dancing in the streets in Phoenixville. The annual Phoenixville Celtic Street Festival is on Saturday and features a great lineup of music, including Barleyjuice, Oliver McElhone, Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks, and the Brigade, as well as the Pride of Erin and New York Celtic dancers.

The street will be lined with vendors and there are plenty of Irish (and otherwise) restaurants in this fully revived town that steel built. Attendance is free.

In another part of the world—Drexel Hill—Blackthorn is on stage for four hours to raise money for Upper Darby Police Foundation. They’ll be playing under the big top—a tent at Casey’s Restaurant and Saloon on Lansdowne Avenue.

There are also three—count them—three Irish plays running in Philly: “A Behanding in Spokane” by Martin McDonagh at the Christ Church Neighborhood House; Enda Walsh’s “The Walworth Farce” at the First Baptist Church; and “Philadelphia Here I Come” at the Walnut Street Theatre. They’re all running for the next few weeks.

Broadway stars Kimilee Bryant and Ciaran Sheehan will be at William Tennent High School Auditorium on Saturday night singing songs from their Broadway roles in “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables.”

And the beautiful and talented Jamison Celtic Rock will be rocking it at Curran’s in the Northeast.

Surely there’s something there your Mammy would enjoy.

On Sunday, get her up on the dance floor at JD McGillicuddy’s in Upper Darby. The Theresa Flanagan Band will provide the music.

On Tuesday, Paul Byrom of Celtic Thunder is doing a solo at the Sellersville Theatre.

It’s as quiet as you want it to be till next weekend (though on Thursday there are meetings of the Irish American Genealogy group at the Immigration Center and the Irish American Anti-Defamation League at the Irish Center and there’s always a session somewhere).

Next weekend, Newtown joins the festival crowd with the Newtown Celtic Fest at the Newtown Theatre, featuring Timlin and Kane, RUNA, and the Birmingham Six, as well as the Fitzpatrick Dancers and men in kilts. The Beer Garden opens at 2 PM. Mmmmmmm.

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