How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

It’s a relatively short week—but the weekend in particular is pretty crowded with great goings-on.

Here we go.

Saturday, February 1

It’s time for Irish Rebel Saturday with the 2nd Street Plough Bhoys at Marty Magee’s, 1110 Lincoln Avenue in Prospect Park. Shaun, Matt and Joe will perform an all-rebel set for the Bhoys, our local Celtic Supporters Club, and it all starts at 4 p.m.

Also Saturday, Poor Man’s Gambit plays at Rigby Mansion, 523 East Church Lane in Philadelphia. It’s all tunes and food—bring your fave dish to share for the potluck. There’s a $20 suggested donation. The show starts at 6 p.m.

Later on, the John Byrne Band is in concert at the new Kelly Center for Music, Arts, and Community, 4 East Eagle Road in Havertown. The show starts at 7:30. Tickets are 15 bucks.

Finally, there’s a beef and beer Team Orange Fundraiser for Delco Gaels/Dancing Like a Star at Paddy Rooney’s Pub, 449 West Chester Pike, in Havertown. It starts at 8 p.m. Music by Shaun Durnin.

Tuesday, February 4

There’s ceili dancing—it’s billed as “stress-free,” always a good thing—at Annunciation Church, Brookline Boulevard and Wexford Road in Havertown. The foot-stomping starts at 7 p.m.

Friday, February 7

The Philadelphia Ceili Group and the Irish Center host a monthly session at the Irish Center, 6815 Emlen Street in Mount Airy, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Ceili Group sponsors a slow session from 8 to 9 p.m. and the regular session, sponsored by the Irish Center, goes from 9 to 11 p.m. Bring your Irish musical instrument and get in on the fun—or just go to listen. There are a lot of great venues for this sort of get-together, but the Irish Center is really up there.

Just a quick note—we’re already getting a lot of submissions to our awe-inspiring Irish events calendar for the days and weeks surrounding St. Patrick’s Day. If you have an Irish-themed event in the Philly area any time around that time (or any time, really), you’d be wise to submit your event here. It’s totally free.

FYI, all of the events for How to Be Irish are drawn from that calendar, and HTBI is always one of our most popular features. We don’t care how small or large the event is. If your Irish band is playing at a little pub, we’re up for it. If you’re hosting a big gala, a fund-raiser, a parade or any big doings, we’re up for that, too. Whichever comes first.

That’s it for this week. See you in the funny papers. Or here, next week.

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