2015 Philadelphia Ceili Group Annual Traditional Irish
Music & Dance Festival
It was a great festival, full of music, song, and dance! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy 3 days of Irish Tradtional Music, Dance and Culture. A special thank you to the staff at the Irish Center, all our volunteers and our very generous sponsors. We truly could not do it with out you! Stay tuned for photos and news about next years Festival.
Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle) & Samantha Harvey (piano/dance) House Concert in Ambler PA, Wednesday, October 14. 8:00pm
Oisín Mac Diarmada began playing fiddle at a young age in Co. Clare, subsequently moving to Sligo and developing a deep interest in the playing style of that region. Now teaming up with his California-born wife, Samantha Harvey in concert and on a new solo fiddle album, this is a duo that epitomise the intimacy and fun of traditional Irish music. Email email@example.com to reserve your seat and receive address.
Click HERE to read more about this talented duo.
John Carty Concert - Friday, October 23, 8:00 p.m.
At the Irish Center, 6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia PA 19119
Tickets: Online advance tickets are $18 for PCG members and $20 for general public. Click HERE to purchase online tickets
Tickets will be $22 at the door.
Born in London, fiddle and banjo player John Carty is one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians. In 2003 he was awarded the coveted title of TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year firmly establishing him among the elite in traditional music. Since moving to Ireland in 1991 he has recorded extensively and has released 5 highly acclaimed solo albums as well as duet and group recordings. He performs worldwide as a solo player, in duets notably with Matt Molloy and Brian Rooney and as part of John Carty’s Festival Band, At the Racket and as a member of super group, Patrick Street. He has been a tutor in fiddle and banjo on the BA Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick for a number of years and is in constant demand as a tutor at festivals and music schools worldwide.
Monthly CEILI DANCE - Sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group takes place at the Irish Center
Every 4th Friday of the Month at 8:00 p.m. there is a Ceili at the Commodore Barry Club. A Ceili (kay-lee) is a traditional Irish gathering for fun, fellowship, and laughs (or craic as the Irish might say). Traditional Ceili dances were enjoyed at house parties and crossroads gatherings in the rural country sides. There are several dances which are easy for beginners to learn, such as, Haymaker’s jig, Siege of Ennis, Fairy Reel, etc. Many of these traditional dances have a follow the leader pattern that new dancers can easily pickup on their 1st attempt. Our dance caller will teach the basic 3’s, 7s, jig step, and Ceili swing at the start of the event. Come early (7:30 ish) and learn the basic steps while meeting new friends! You’ll never learn if you don’t try. Cost is $12.00 when there is live music, $10 When its recorded music unless otherwise noted.
Sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group takes place at the Irish Center
Every 1st Friday of the Month from 8:00 - 9:00 there is a slow session. This is a traditional Irish session in all ways except one: the tempo. You will play common session tunes at a slower than normal pace, so that beginning and intermediate players can more easily learn the tunes and join in the session. Also great for experienced players who are picking up another instrument! A regular session sponsored by the Irish Center will run after that from 9:00 - on.
The Irish Center 7:30 - 9:30 PM
6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia, PA
All are welcome: any age, any skill level. Sing alone, sing with friends, or just join in on a chorus with everyone.
We start at 7:30 but you may come in and leave as your schedule permits in between songs. Feel free to bring snacks. There is a cash bar for your choice of beverage. Philadelphia Celtic Singing Session is sponsored by Philadelphia Ceili Group www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org