If the “blizzard conditions” prediction comes true, chances are you’ll be spending a good part of your weekend sitting at home, eating French toast and drinking wine, when you’re not digging out.
That means that even though there are a few things on the “How to Be Irish” calendar, call first before you head out to an event. The Jamison show at Brittingham’s has already been canceled for Saturday night, as has Saturday’s indoor Delco Gaels’ session at Maple Zone in Garnet Valley. You can catch at least some of Jamison next Thursday at Kildare’s West Chester. That would be Slainte, featuring Jamison’s Frank Daly and CJ Mills, the amazing flying fiddler. And there’s another indoor session for the Gaels on February 6.
Proof that Irish traditional music is alive, well, and thriving? The next generation, like fiddler Dylan Foley and accordion player Dan Gurney. The two young Irish-Americans met and honed their skills at the Catskills Irish Weekend in East Durham, NY. It was there and in the Sunday afternoon concert series in the Rhinecliff Hotel where they met their two musical influences, legendary concertina and flute player Father Charlie Coen and flute and whistle player Mike McHale, and where they played in McHale’s Catskills Ceili Band.
Gurney moved to Galway for a year after graduating from Harvard; Foley, who is five years younger, won the All Ireland Senior Fiddle competition in 2014. The two made a CD together—appropriately called “Irish Music from the Hudson Valley”—which came out last year.
They’ll be bringing their talent to the stage on Sunday, January 17, at the Coatesville Cultural Society in Coatesville. Take a listen to what these two can do.
Looking for a place to do a little dancing? The AOH Notre Dame Division one is having an Irish session for your listening and dancing pleasure on Saturday starting at 7 PM at their club at 342 Jefferson Street, Swedesburg.
Jamison Celtic Rock is performing at The Red Rooster Inn at 7960 Dungan Street in Philadelphia on Saturday night. One of our Facebook group members just suggested the Irish breakfast at The Red Rooster so you may want to go back on Sunday morning to try it out (they won’t let you sleep there).
On Monday, the Dubliner on the Delaware—a new pub-restaurant in New Hope—launches its every-Monday Irish music session.
It’s the final countdown to Christmas and there are a few things you may want to do instead of shopping and wrapping.
For one thing, the Notre Dame Ladies Gaelic Football Club is having an Ugly Sweater Party at Paddy Rooney’s pub in Havertown on Saturday night. There will be prizes for the best. . .er, ugliest sweater. The event raises money for the footballers.
Also on Saturday, catch Bob Hurst of the Bogside Rogues at Reedy’s Irish Pub Christmas party, 9245 Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia.
It’s going to be a very Christmassy week here in Irish Philadelphia land.
An American Celtic Christmas, a multi-media, multi-genre spectacular, produced annually by Frank Daly and CJ Mills of Jamison and American Paddy’s Productions, will be on stage twice on Saturday at Bensalem High School—a matinee at 3 PM and an evening show at 7 PM. Along with Jamison, you’ll hear John Byrne of the John Byrne Band, Bob Hurst of the Bogside Rogues, singer Kimberly Killen Clark, and Sean Hicks. The Celtic Flame School Of Irish Dance and the Bucks County Dance Center will, obviously, be providing the dancing—and it will be thrilling.
On Sunday morning, local Irish folks and organizations will be massing on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum for a photograph to send support and holiday wishes to political prisoners in Northern Ireland. All are welcome.
Still feeling too stuffed to move? Not the case for the teems of Irish dancers from the Mid-Atlantic region that are in Philadelphia this weekend at the Oireachtas, a major competition being held at the Marriott Downtown on Market Street. It’s an annual event, open to the public and a lot of fun, even if you’re competing.
The Donegal Ball is Saturday night at the Irish Center. The Philadelphia Mary from Dungloe, Shannon Alexander, will be giving up her crown to a new Mary who will compete this summer in Dungloe, County Donegal.
There are a couple of benefits coming up this weekend before Thanksgiving. First, on Saturday, the Philadelphia Irish Open Golf tournament takes place at Cobbs Creek Golf Course in Philadelphia. It will raise money for the Tansey family, formerly of Mayo, who lost their home, belongings, and pets in an house fire.
Gabriel Donohue, Raymond McGroary, Seamus Kelleher, Bill Donohue, Raymond Coleman, and Diarmuid MacDuibhne will be singing and playing their hearts out to raise money on Sunday for the Philadelphia Sunday Irish radio shows on WTMR 800 AM. It all takes place at The Dubliner on the Delaware in New Hope, starting at 1 PM.
This Sunday, The Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame will induct four new members and present its new Commodore Barry Award to the Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band.
Musicians Kathy DeAngelo and Dennis Gormley, who helped found the Next Generation group of young Irish traditional musicians in the Philadelphia region; Upper Darby physician Denis Boyle, MD, who offers his care to the homeless and undocumented; and Mary Frances Fogg, who has been both fundraiser and, using her government savvy, red tape cutter for the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade will all be honored at the event at the Irish Center.