It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Kitty Kelly Albrecht. Kitty was a fixture on the Irish music scene here in Philadelphia. She and her husband, Among her many performances, Kitty and her husband, Mike Albrecht, headed up the Philadelphia Ceili Band who could be heard kicking off Saturday performances at the annual Philadelphia Ceili Group Irish Traditional Music and Dance Festival. She will be greatly missed by family and friends all over the world.
There will be a service for Kitty on Saturday, September 29th at 9:30am at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 East Chestnut Hill Ave. Philadelphia 19118. Immediately followed by a reception at the Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia 19119.
Catherine "Kitty" Kelly
Kitty Kelly, beloved wife of Michael Albrecht and daughter of John Kelly and Hannah Cavanagh, a lifelong resident of Chestnut Hill, passed away in her home on September 24, 2018 at the age of 73. In addition to her husband and his loving daughter Charlotte, Kitty is survived by her sister, Eunice Kelly Deter, her niece, Kelly Morgan (Steve), her nephew, Christopher Arndt, grandniece, Hannah Morgan, and grandnephew, Sheamus Morgan.
Kitty is a graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School, Class of 1963, and Chestnut Hill College, Class of 1967. Kitty was raised with a love of Irish music and culture. As a young woman she learned traditional Irish fiddling from John Kelly (no relation), playing next to him in the Philadelphia Ceili Band for the Philadelphia Ceili Group's regular Friday night Ceilis in the 1980s. Kitty traveled to Ireland, playing the fiddle in pubs across the country, searching out--and learning from--masters of traditional Irish music. She brought back many tunes that have since formed the basis of the Philadelphia session repertoire. She also worked tirelessly for the cause of Irish freedom and a United Ireland. During The Troubles, as part of an American delegation, she traveled to Derry and Belfast to bear witness to the atrocities committed by Crown Forces in the occupied Six Counties. During her time in Ireland, she developed deep ties to her cousins in Inishowen, Donegal. She became an Irish citizen in 2015.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 29 at 9:30 am at Our Mother of Consolation Church located at 9 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen St., Philadelphia, Pa 19119.