How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

The summer fun just keeps on coming, close to home and down at the beach—and, of course, virtually.

Here’s what’s what:

Friday, July 31

You can catch the glorious Mary Courtney live on Facebook again this week at 6 p.m. She’s a veritable treasure trove of tunes and one of the most stirring voices in Irish music today.

Also at 6 p.m.—you’ll have to make a touch decision here—flutist Will Woodson and fiddler Caitlin Finley, who hails from Philly, host a cocktail hour (and a half) live on Facebook. Catch their act here. (Video below.)

Saturday, August 1

Hard to believe we’re heading into August already. We have one event you can watch from the comfort of your own air-conditioned home. Barleyjuice appears on the lineup for a concert from this year’s virtual Dublin Irish Festival. The show starts at 2 p.m. on Facebook.

Later in the day, Philly’s very own Jamison unPlugged hits the stage at the North Shore Bar & Kitchen, 301-303 New York Avenue in North Wildwood, starting at 5 p.m. Contact North Shore for reservations. Outdoor seating is limited. 609-551-4112.

One quick note: A drive-in concert for Saturday night, featuring The John Byrne Band at People’s Light in Malvern, is sold out.

Sunday, August 2

You’ve got another chance to see Jamison (again, all acoustic) at one of the top shore bars, Keenan’s Irish Pub, 113 Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood, starting at 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 6

This is one very busy day.

The multi-talented Neil Mac Thiarnáin (he’s a bartender as well as a gifted performer) appears out on the New Deck Tavern patio, 408 Sansom Street in University City, starting at 5 p.m.

For you young athletes, speed and conditioning summer training sessions continue out at Mondauk Common Park, 1415 Dillon Road in Ambler.

  • U8 and U10s, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • U12 and U14s, 7 to 8 p.m.

$10 per session
Preregister at
Sponsored by Glenside Gaelic Club and Glenside Celtic.

If you missed John Byrne earlier in the week, you’ve got another chance as he and Andy Keenan perform at a unique urban amphitheater, Sunflower Philly, 1725 North 5th Street (5th and Cecil B. Moore) in Philadelphia. And it’s a picnic, with chow from Sutton’s.

Here are the details:

There will be two 45-minute sets. Seating is very limited. Tickets ($70 per couple) will include the show, a pre-packed dinner from Sutton’s (their food is outstanding) and beer or a selection of summer cocktails. You will also get an allocated space.

Masks must be worn when moving through the area but can be removed once you get to your space. There are some chairs and picnic tables at the amphitheater, but you may also bring your own blanket or chairs.

A grand total of 48 tickets will be available.

The maximum amount of people in a space is four (all must be part of the same group). If you want to come on your own, they can accommodate that, too. For tickets or more information, text or call Niall at (267) 648-0286.

That’s the deal for this week.

Have fun and be safe!

The Mullingar Races | Cocktail Hour with Caitlin & Will

More tunes this evening at 6 pm! You can breathe a sigh of relief because we'll be playing in concert pitch. You can watch and get a reminder of when we're going live at TBD

Posted by Will Woodson & Caitlin Finley on Friday, July 31, 2020

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