How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Welcome back!

We’ve got a couple of festivals for you—one relatively small, another one about as big as it gets—and a few other events you might want to take in.

By the way, do whatever you can to support live music—even if “live” means live streamed.

Here’s what’s up:

Friday, August 14

Songstress Mary Courtney is back for her weekly Friday concert, live streamed to Facebook at 6 p.m. Catch it here:

Also at 6, you can join Caitlin Finley and Will Woodson for a cocktail hour (and a half). Catch the live stream at

Raymond Coleman, one of the hardest-working peeps in local Irish music, shows up at The Wharf, 708 West Burk Avenue in Wildwood, starting at 6:30. Always a good show.

Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

It’s time for the Philadelphia Folk Festival! Unlike previous Philly Folk Festivals, this one will be streamed live for all the obvious reasons. Curse you, pandemic.

However, the lineup is still just as appealing as it always is, featuring more than a few Irish and Celtic acts, including the always exciting Téada, Liam Ó Maonlaí of the Hothouse Flowers, The Henry Girls (fabulous), Kris Drever, Breabach, and Philly’s own John Byrne.

Full schedule here. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, August 15

It’s Irish night at the Cannsttaters Biergarten, 9130 Academy Road in Philly’s Northeast. Admission is free. Doors open at 5 p.m., and The Shantys take the stage at 7 p.m. Social distancing rules apply.

Also at 5 p.m., the fabulous Screaming Orphans will host a live request show on Facebook right here:

Sunday, August 16

A very special Mass and celebration from Our Lady of Knock Shrine in County Mayo will be live-streamed, starting at 1 p.m., courtesy in part to the Mayo Association of Philadelphia. Along with the Mass, there will be a virtual visit to the Knock Shrine, a message from shrine rector, Father Richard Gibbons, a performance by County Mayo tenor Cathal Gavin, an appearance by Andy Cooney and a presentation by our own Rince Ri Irish Step Dancing School and bagpipers. Details here: All told, a perfect way to wrap up your weekend.

And that’s it for now. Stay safe, and we’ll see you next time.

We'll be bringing you tunes again today at 6 pm EDT, both in concert pitch AND in another mystery combination. You won't know unless you stop by!

Posted by Caitlin Finley on Friday, August 14, 2020

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