How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

By this point, you’re probably missing live concerts, ceili dances and most of all, at this time of year the Wildwood Irish Fall Festival.

Cheer up. We have plenty to keep you content—even though most of it is virtual—and we wouldn’t completely give up on Wildwood, as you’ll see.

Friday, September 18

The fabulous Mary Courtney streams live on Facebook, starting at 6 p.m. You can tune in here: She’s one of our very favorite Irish singers. If you haven’t heard her, give her a listen. Tips will be accepted.

Saturday, September 19

Singer-guitarist Seamus Kelleher appears at Blueprint Brewing at 1571 Gehman Road in Harleysville. The show starts at 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 20

Shilelagh Law, billed as NYC’s Thirstiest Band, hosts its virtual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Sunday Funday Virtual Busking Extravaganza. It’s live on Facebook, and you can find it at The tunes start at 4 p.m. Sure, they’re New Yorkers, but given that it’s virtual, they could be pretty much anywhere.

Also Sunday, it’s time for cocktail hour with Philly-area native fiddler Caitlin Finley and flutist/uilleann piper Will Woodson, starting at 5 p.m. They’ll be streaming live on or on YouTube at We wrote a story about them recently if you want to learn more about this talented duo.

Thursday, September 24

Local band RUNA headlines CelticMKE Aoibhneas Sessions, Episode 1, streaming live on Facebook: The show starts at 6 p.m. The organizers ask that you consider donating to the artist or buy their music and merchandise. “Aoibhneas” is Irish Gaelic for “bliss,” which, they say, is the feeling that overcomes you when you listen to great Irish music.
You can also donate to CelticMKE:

Friday, September 25-Saturday, September 26

As for Wildwood, no, the big event is off this year, but Jamison Celtic Rock will do its best to rock the shore this coming weekend.

Jamison will appear at the North Shore Bar and Kitchen, 301 North New York Avenue in North Wildwood, from 6 to 10 p.m. both nights. Reservations are recommended: 609-551-4112.

That’s it for this week. We hope you’ll continue to support Irish musicians, no matter how you find them, virtually or otherwise.

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