For more information & to purchase tickets go to the 2015 Festival Web Page
The Philadelphia Ceili Group’s 41th Annual Irish Music and Dance Festival this September 10, 11 & 12th is once again fostering and promoting traditional Irish arts and culture in Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley.
This year’s festival has something for everyone: a night of Irish song hosted by Teresa Kane with some of the very best local singers of Irish traditional songs including Matt Ward, John Bryne and the Jameson Sisters; a very special Ceili dance with live music by the McGillians & Friends; a Friday night Rambling House hosted by John McGillian that is bound to be a rollicking good time. On Saturday the Festival begins at 11:00 a.m. with music and FREE workshops and lectures for current Ceili Group members and students with admission into the Festival on Saturday. Saturday’s all day concert will include local musicians and guests from afar. Saturday night is a very special concert featuring Girsa and Mary Courtney.
Irish dance demonstrations, music all day Saturday, workshops with internationally known musicians. Perfect activities for the whole family, all ages! Click here to register for workshops and lectures.
The Festival takes place at the Commodore Barry Club in Philadelphia. Known as the "Irish Center", it is close to train line and has nearby free parking. 6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia, PA 19119
On Thursday night, September 10th at 8:00 p.m. there will be a night of song hosted by Teresa Kane with some of the best singers of Irish songs.
Friday night, September 11th starting at 8:00 p.m. is filled with music and dance with a Ceili dance with live music by the McGillians & Friends, one of the best Ceili bands in the tri-state area, and hosted by John Shields and Cass Tinney, certain to make the Festival Ceili dance a hit. Additionally, in the Fireside Room a music filled Rambling House hosted by John McGillian that will start at 8:00 pm and go on through the night. Get ready to hear tunes, songs and a story or two – with very special guests - a fine time will be had by all – open to all ages.
Saturday, September 12th is jam packed with things to do for the whole family. The day kicks off at 11:00 a.m. with the live music provided by the Philadelphia Ceili Band and instrumental workshops at all levels for all ages offered by world class musicians. Additionally, there will workshops in singing both in Irish and English, Irish language, St. Brigid’s cross making and much more. Workshops free this year to current PCG members with the price of admission.Click here to register for workshops & lectures. There will be live music provided throughout the day by local musicians and singers and dance demonstrations by the McDade-Cara School of Irish Dance, activities for the kids including facepainting, and Irish fairy tales. Irish product vendors and food will be available throughout the day. Saturday’s 7:00 pm concert featuring Girsa and Mary Courtney – just part of a stellar line-up and a fitting finale to the festival. It will be a rockin’ night of Irish traditional music, and dance. It’s bound to be great “craic!” (great fun to the non-Irish speakers!)
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