How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

byrne and kellyIn some ways, we’ve entered a post-St. Patrick’s Day lull. In other ways, with the commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising, we’re heading into another period of celebration, with multiple events. You can read more about them here.

As for the rest of this week, a reminder that we’re up to our keisters in traditional Irish music sessions. You can get details on many of them on our calendar. With the exception of the sessions conspicuously not on our calendar. (Hey, you guys: free advertising! Get off your keisters and post them!) BTW, “keister” is ancient Irish Gaelic. It means “buns.” (OK, now we’re totally making this up.)

Here’s what else to look for this week—and, by the way, the second one is a biggie for you Celtic Thunder fans. Of which there are literally herds.

First off, Sumney Tavern, which bills itself as “an American bistro with an Irish accent,” is hosting a night of Irish Civil War Period music and more, Saturday night (tomorrow) starting at 7. The event features re-enactors from the 69th Irish Volunteers, making their 17th consecutive appearance at the tavern, serenading you with period instruments, including fiddle, harmonica, banjo, tin whistles and more. Reservations are said to be going fast: 215-699-5693. Good luck!

Rounding out the week is an album launch concert for Celtic Thunder’s Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly. It’s on Friday night, starting at 6:30, at the Philadelphia Irish Center/Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen Street, just off Lincoln Drive, in the city’s Mount Airy neighborhood. Tickets here.

And although St. Patrick’s Day is past, remember it’s still March. It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings “Danny Boy.”

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