How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

It’s a light week for Irish types, but still manages to provide plenty of interest..

We have three events in the lineup.

The John Byrne Band takes the stage Saturday for a free concert—yes, free—at Drexel Lodge Park in Newtown Square. The concert starts at 4:30 p.m. The park is at 4104 West Chester Pike. A great band in a neat outdoor venue, and did we mention it’s free?

On a different note, catch an award-winning short film called “The American Wake” Sunday at 4:30 at the Philadelphia Irish Center, 6815 Emlen Street in Mount Airy. It’s the story of filmmaker Kevin Quinn’s grandmother’s immigration from County Mayo to New York back in 1950. You can also meet the filmmaker after the presentation. The film will show in the Irish Center’s Barry room right after the Mayo Association meeting.

Next Saturday night, Irish country music phenom Nathan Carter brings his show to Glenside’s Keswick Theater. Light week or not, this is a biggie and well worth attending. A few months back, he drew a huge crowd to the Philadelphia Irish Center. If you saw him then and can’t get enough, check it out. And if you haven’t heard him, he puts on a great show. See what all the fuss is about.

Carter is accompanied by a hugely talented six-piece band, and as a bonus for you Celtic Woman fans, the amazing Chloe Agnew is also on the bill.

The show starts at 8 p.m. The Keswick is at 291 North Keswick Avenue in Glenside, Montgomery County. Tickets and more info here.

We also ran a podcast interview with Carter recently. You can listen here.

And that’s all she wrote for this week, but before we go, we want to remind you of a big event coming up on June 2. It’s the Irish Festival at Penn’s Landing. We’ve gone numerous times, and it’s always jam-packed with great musical acts, vendors, dancers, fun for the kids, terrific food and drink … and all along a particularly scenic stretch of the river, with all the pleasure boats sailing past. More details here.

See you next time.

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