How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philadelphia

Jameson Sisters: Terry Kane and Ellen Tepper at Fonthill on Friday.

Jameson Sisters: Terry Kane and Ellen Tepper at Fonthill on Friday.

Get your running shoes on. The 2013 Irish Memorial 5 K Run takes over Kelly Drive (so appropriate) on Saturday morning starting at 8 AM. The annual exertion raises money for The Irish Memorial, which turns 10 this year.

On Saturday night, the Irish fusion band Tempest comes to Sellersville as part of its 25 Years of Celtic Rock Tour. Local wonders, the John Byrne Band, opens for this popular West Coast group.

Continuing this week, The Hand of Gaul, an original play by local playwright Jared Michael Delaney, is on stage at the Off Broad Street Theater in Philadelphia. The action centers on some Irish fans angry over Ireland’s loss of the 2010 World Cup to France.

If you haven’t seen the film, “The Commitments,” and even if you have, head over to the Connelly Cinema at Villanova over the weekend to catch this endearing comedy about a working class Dublin musical group that had it altogether and let it all fall apart. Worth it just to see Oscar-winning songwriter Glen Hansard electrocute himself with his guitar.

On Sunday, grab the kids and head to the Irish Center for the Derry Social, which has food, music, dancing, and loads of activities for the wee ones.

The weekly senior luncheon moves to the Irish Center from the Immigration Center on Monday. There will be live music provided by the Vince Gallagher band. Dancing is encouraged but not mandatory.

On Friday, April 19, join the Jameson Sisters for their “Concert at the Castle.” Singer Terry Kane and harper Ellen Tepper will pay tribute to the first fundraiser held at Fonthill Castle—a soprano and harp concert in 1913 that contained songs from Ireland and Scotland as well as popular songs and classical arias. Ellen Tepper will perform on the classical pedal harp and also the Irish lever harp. Terry Kane will be singing a mix of classical and traditional pieces similar to those performed in 1913. She will also add Irish tunes played on the mandolin.

The same evening, two of the top names in Irish traditional music, Cillian Vallely and Ryan McGiver, will be appearing at The Irish Center in Philadelphia.

Save the date: On April 25, we’re throwing a party to introduce our new CD, Ceili Drive: The Music of Irish Philadelphia, at the Irish Center. There will be yummy food from Tullamore Crew, drinks, and music, of course. Mingle, network. Tickets are $35, payable at the door.

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