On behalf of the Philadelphia Ceili Group Board of Directors. A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Festival this year, it was a grand, grand time, with music, singing and dancing; finding old friends and making new. The Festival music started on Thursday evening and didn't stop until late Saturday night.
We want to especially thank the Commodore Barry Club, aka "The Irish Center" for being our home not only during this 3-day concert but all year round. The Management and Staff at the Irish Center are top-notch!
Thank- you to the fabulous performers throughout the Festival, including:
The McGillians & Friends
The Philadelphia Ceili Band
The Jameson Sisters
So's Your Mom
The Next Generation
And to all the many “special guests” who performed throughout the Festival.Thank - you to the volunteers who do it all – from hanging lights and signs, taking tickets, providing housing for performers, setting up chairs, taking down chairs, and setting up chairs again! You are too numerous to list here but the Festival could not happen without you and we are truly grateful.
Thank - you to the folks who handle the technical aspects of making sure the performers look and sound great: Jeremy Birnbaum– Sound; Miles Thompson - Lights, and Jim Cannon – Archive recording.
Thank - you to the vendors and workshop presenters:
Face Painting & Body Art by Sue Foo
Anna Ryan’s - St. Brigid’s Cross Workshop
Dennis Gormley- Tin Whistle for Beginners
Mary Power- Irish Language
Brian O'hAirt- Sean Nos Dancing
Marita Krivada Poxen- Irish Folk Stories
Citizenship & Irish Passports-Nicola Bell
Wren Hat Making- Katherine Ball Weir
Bette Conway's Fine Jewelry
Janet McShain Fine Painting
Thank you to Athlone Catering for providing delicious food throughout the Festival.
And finally to our Festival Sponsors – your support makes the Festival happen –Thank you!
Kathy McGee Burns
The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick
American Income Life Insurance
Courtney Malley & Bryan Malley
Jane Cahill & Harry Stulting
Meehan Avenue Crew
Lori Lander Murphy
Marybeth Clucas-Phillips & Stephen P. Phillips
The Mayo Association
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann- Delaware Valley
The Commodore Barry Club
The Festival is organized and run by volunteers, headed up by the Festival Committee of the Philadelphia Ceili Group Board of Directors: Mary Lou McGurk, Courtney Malley, Beth Ann Bailey, Anne McNiff and Rosaleen McGill - thanks to all for their hard work!
The 2017 PCG Board of Directors: Mary Lou McGurk, Courtney Malley, Beth Ann Bailey, Anne McNiff, Jim McGill, Lori Lander Murphy, Marybeth Phillips, Rosaleen McGill, Matt Griendling. Honorary Board of Directors: Mick Moloney, Kathy McGee Burns and James Murphy.