How to Be Irish in Philly This Week
This weekend through August 26, you can see what Irish musicians do in their spare time. A show featuring the other talents of a group of fiddlers, guitarists, and singers opens on Friday, July 6, and runs through August 26 at the Water Elemental Crafts and Fine Art Gallery in Lansdale.
Tipperary singer and guitarist Pat Egan, for example, is a photographer. Ellen Tepper, who is usually wrapped around a harp, creates wondrous Celtic knot windows and other mixed media work. Harpist Irish Nevins, guitarist John Brennan and fiddler Bette Conway, who co-owns the gallery, create fine jewelry. They’re just a few of the musician-artists whose work will be on display. Bonus: Count on hearing some live music at the gallery at 319 W. Main Street in Lansdale.
Speaking of live music, you can see Timlin & Kane all over the place this week. After Friday night at the St. James Gate Pub at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem (Friday), they’ll be performing at JD McGillicuddy’s in Kirklyn on Saturday night and making an encore appearance at Catherine Rooney’s Irish Pub in Wilmington, DE, next Friday, July 13.
Another treat this week: Raymond and Mickey Coleman of Tyrone (and Philly and New York) will be performing together with fiddler Plunkett McGartland in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping show at the Plough and the Stars at 123 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 12. I haven’t heard the Colemans together live yet, but here’s a little taste. You can’t just drop in—they’re selling tickets and they’re going fast. Give the Plough and the Stars a call.
If you’re looking for a day trip with a Celtic flavor, next weekend is the 2012 Irish Festival in Annapolis, MD, featuring Scythian, Albannach, Barleyjuice, Screaming Orphans, Seamus Kennedy, The Rovers, Kilmaine Saints, Crossing Celtic, the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes and Drums and many others. There will be visits from some of the animal ambassadors from Busch Gardens and pony rides and other treats for the kids. So, tear yourself away from the shore to go to another shore just a few hours south.