At Irish Philadelphia, we always consider our Scottish cousins part of the fold. Hence, we’re telling you about the Burns Night (that would be the Scottish poet Robert Burns) Supper and whisky tasting upstairs at the World Café Live on Saturday night.
Music will be provided by the Jameson Sisters, who usually play Irish music (Terry Kane on all kinds of instruments, Ellen Tepper on harp, both singing). On the menu: haggis. But don’t let that hold you back. It tastes like liver. If you like liver, you’ll like haggis. If not, just shunt it to the side of your plate and try some more whisky.
Robert Burns’ birthday is actually Sunday, so there’s still time to send a card.
Also on Saturday, Jamison is performing at 9:30 at Curran’s Irish Inn in Tacony.
On Sunday, Father Ed Brady, pastor of St. Anne’s Parish in Philadelphia, will be celebrating a Mass in commemoration of the 13 people who were killed during a peaceful protest in Derry more than 30 years ago, an event known as Bloody Sunday. A meal will follow after the Mass at the Irish Center. The event is sponsored every year by the Sons and Daughters of Derry, a Philadelphia county organization.
On Sunday evening, the redoubtable musician and comic Seamus Kennedy will be on stage at the Sellersville Theatre with Toby Walker, a roots music finger style guitar wizard.
On Wednesday, musician Gerry Timlin continues his Irish history classes at McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub in Bethlehem. This week: The conquest of Ireland. That could be a two-parter, and in fact it is. The next class is on February 4.
Starting on Friday, the wild and crazy supporters of the Celtic Football Club of Glasgow will descend on Philadelphia for music, ceremony (at the Irish Memorial), movie-watching (a special film on their team) and, of course, football—Celtic v. the Rangers on the big screen at The Plough and the Stars. These folks have a great time when they’re here—and all are invited.
Some sad news for musicians and the appreciative audience at the Molly Maguire’s session in Lansdale: Molly Maguire’s has closed its doors, the second of the small local chain to do so in the past few months (the other was in Downingtown). The Molly Maguire’s in Phoenixville is still open.