How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Hope you’re all having a great summer. You can add to the fun and relaxation this week with three Irish events.

If you’re a golfer, you’ll want to pay attention to this: St. Pat’s Donegal Gaelic Football Club is hosting its annual golf outing Saturday at Cobbs Creek Golf Course, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cobbs Creek is at 7400 Lansdowne Avenue in Philadelphia. For details, contact Gerard Bourke at 215-863-1775. Teams and sponsorship welcome.

We’ve mentioned Maggie’s Boots before. Always entertaining as a trio, you can catch them downsized as a duo Saturday at Pumphouse Plaza, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road in Kennett Square. The duo includes Hollis Payer on fiddle, and Rob Curto on button accordion. The show starts at 6 p.m. and runs till 8.

And on Monday, be sure to take in Musikfest, 700 Old York Road in Bethlehem. The John Byrne Band takes the stage at 7 p.m.

John and the band are incredibly busy throughout the year, and with good reason. They’re one of the top Irish bands around, with a new album coming out in October. Monday looks like a good day, weather-wise, so head on up.

There are plenty of other doings in the Delaware Valley that occur more or less on a regular basis, including traditional Irish music sessions. If you really want an authentic taste of Ireland, you ought to be able to find a session within driving distance many nights during the week. We get asked where and when to hear trad music pretty often. (In most cases, if you’re an Irish musician, you can also sit in.) One quick note: Times sometimes change, so you’d be wise to call first.

You can check out our calendar here.

And if your pub, bar, coffeehouse or whatever hosts a session, it’s easy to add it to the calendar. Submit it here.

Just a quick heads up on the traditional Irish music front: The Philadelphia Ceili Group hosts its 45thannual music and dance festival September 12-14 at the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center (the Irish Center), 6815 Emlen Street in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.

There’s a lot going on at the festival that weekend, and you won’t want to miss any of it, but by all means remember to take in the Saturday night concert, featuring Tony DeMarco’s Atlantic Wave and Donie Carroll. We’ll have more to say soon.

Tickets are on sale now. For details about the whole weekend, and a link to buy tickets, click here.

See you next week!

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