It was 1:30 on Sunday morning, but the Philadelphia Irish Center was still jumping. Inside the Fireside Room, a clutch of musicians circled up and started banging out reels and jigs.
They were joined by members of the Midwestern traditional band Bua, which had performed to an enthusiastic crowd in the ballroom earlier in the night.
Somehow, no one was willing to let the party end.
And what a party it was. Those who love traditional Irish singing experienced quite a treat on Friday night as the Ceili Group hosted many of the area’s best singers, plus guests like County Armagh’s Len Graham and Bua’s Brian O’hAirt.
All day Saturday, superb musicians led classes in everything from bodhran to fiddle to DADGAD guitar. All Saturday night, the ballroom was filled with the strains of traditional music, including the local band Cruinn.
We have all the highlights in photos and video. Check it out.