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.
Thank You Again to all the 2013 Festival Sponsors
Austin J. McGreal, Esq.
The Irish Center
Marybeth Clucas-Phillips & Stephen P. Phillips
Kathy McGee Burns
Comcast - NBCUniversal
The Moran/Bailey Family
Lori Lander Murphy
Jane Cahill & Harry Stulting
Mayo Association of Philadelphia
American Income Life Insurance
Courtney & Bryan Malley
Meehan Avenue Crew
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann-Delaware Valley
McGillian & Donnelly, LLC
JACKIE DALY AND MATT CRANICH 8:00pm OCT 4TH
The Philadelphia Ceili Group is pleased to present JACKIE DALY AND MATT CRANICH at the Irish Center Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 8pm. Tickets are $13 for PCG members and $15 for non members. There will be INSTRUMENT WORKSHOPS in accordion and fiddle with these Masters of Tradition on Sat, Oct 4th from 5pm-6:30pm for $40. Tickets and workshop registration available HERE
For many years, Jackie Daly (accordion) and Matt Cranitch (fiddle) have been among the foremost interpreters of the rich Sliabh Luachra tradition of instrumental music. The unique cultural area on the borders of northwest Cork and east Kerry provides a special repertoire of tunes as well as a very distinctive style of playing, and has long been a source of inspiration for both Jackie and Matt. Through their respective performances over many years, they have established enviable individual reputations in the world of Irish traditional music. Together however, the vibrant music that they create displays an additional collaborative dimension. They have travelled extensively throughout many countries, performing individually, with various groups, and together. In 2011, they featured on two tours in the US as part of Imagine Ireland, the year-long celebration of Irish arts in the US.
Jackie Daly (accordion)
The words ‘Button Accordion’ and ‘Jackie Daly’ are synonymous in the world of Irish traditional music. Described in the New York Times as “probably the best accordionist in Ireland”, Jackie was born in Kanturk, Co. Cork, where he grew up surrounded by the rich music tradition of Sliabh Luachra. One of the greatest influences on his early musical development was Ballydesmond fiddle-player, Jim Keeffe, a pupil of the renowned Sliabh Luachra fiddle-master, Pádraig O’Keeffe. Over the years, Jackie’s lifelong affinity with fiddle-music has resulted in highly-acclaimed albums featuring fiddle and accordion – with the late Cork-based musician Séamus Creagh, with Kevin Burke, and now with Matt Cranitch. Jackie was a central figure in some of the most dominant groups playing Irish music in recent times. His performances with bands such as De Danann, Patrick Street, Buttons and Bows, Arcady, Reel Union and Kinvara all attest to his wonderful music and versatility. However, it is the style and repertoire of the Sliabh Luachra tradition that has made the most significant impression on his accordion-playing, a fact well exemplified through his performances and recordings. He has toured extensively throughout the world, and is also in demand as a teacher. In 2005, he received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil (National Music Award), and, in 2009, the Kanturk Arts Festival Award.
Matt Cranitch (fiddle)
Matt Cranitch is renowned as a fiddle-player and teacher, both at home in Ireland and abroad. He has performed extensively at concerts and festivals, on radio and television, and has presented lectures, master-classes and workshops on various aspects of Irish music. He has won All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles, as well as The Fiddler of Dooney and Oireachtas Crotty Cup. Author of The Irish Fiddle Book, first published in 1988 and now in its fourth edition, he has also contributed to other books on Irish traditional music. He has made various albums including three with Sliabh Notes, in addition to Éistigh Seal which consists entirely of slow airs. His most recent recording is The Living Stream with Jackie Daly. He is an authority on the music of Sliabh Luachra, and received a PhD from the University of Limerick for his study on the fiddle-playing tradition of this region. A long-time consultant for the Geantraí series on TG4, he has also been an adviser to the Arts Council Deis scheme for the traditional arts (2005–2013), and has served on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (2007–2010). In 2003, he received the Hall of Fame Award from University College Cork where he currently teaches a number of courses in Irish traditional music.
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.
February 28th (music provided by McDermott’s Handy) March 14th St. Patrick’s Day Ceili (Music Provided by the McGillian’s $15 admission) April 25th, May 23rd and June 27th (Recorded music provided by John Shield’s )
Stay tuned for the summer 2013 schedule.
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.
Every First Wednesday of the Month
7:30 - 9:30 PM Irish Center 6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia, PA
Singers session is on Hiatus for the summer, see you in the fall!
Singers Session, Every 1st Wednesday of the month. Session run by Terry Kane Join local Irish Singers both of English and Irish songs. All levels of singers welcome.
As always, you are welcome to bring songs that you sing on your own, in a small group, or that we sing with you. Lyric sheets are sometimes used but we all want to be developing our abilities to hear music and remember it. So if you have been singing from the sheets for a while we look forward to you singing some of those same songs from memory. It is not all about having something new every month. Please invite your friends it is free to listen and free to sing. All ages and skill levels welcome.
We will start on time but you are welcome to come in and out between songs as your schedule requires.
6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia, PA www.theirishcenter.com