March 9, 2013 |
Leo Moran of Ireland's Saw Doctors says it happens every year right around this time: He'll run into a slew of fellow Irish musicians at the airport, all heading across the pond to play St. Patrick's Day gigs. "It's become such a tradition for so many Irish musicians," Moran said by phone from Ireland. "The States make more of St. Patrick's Day than anywhere else in the world, so you see each other at the airport, all carrying our instrument cases. " Indeed, there will be no shortage of Celtic music - originating from Ireland, Canada, and even the United States - on area stages over the next couple of weeks.
May 8, 2011
10 for the Road You can plan now to attend these weekend events, occurring within a few weeks and within a day's drive of Philadelphia. 1. Shawnee Celtic Festival. May 28-29. Shawnee, Pa. Get a taste of Irish culture in the Pocono Mountains. Celtic music on three stages, parades, Irish step dancers, and traditional Celtic cuisine. 570-421-7231; www.shawneemt.com . 2. Taste of Cincinnati. May 28-30. Cincinnati. Sample dishes from more than 40 eateries at this annual restaurant exhibition.
March 14, 2010 |
At the Philadelphia Flower Show, the crowd is snaking along the pathway through the Irish garden display, their eyes intently raking the underbrush as if engaged in an Easter egg hunt for adults. In a corner of the exhibit's colonnaded courtyard, largely unnoticed, Moya Brennan is singing a haunting rendition of "Down by the Salley Gardens," accompanied by a harpist and a fiddler. That she is drawing so little attention is remarkable. Imagine stumbling across Aretha Franklin singing "(You Make Me Feel Like)
February 21, 2008 |
There's no shortage of Irish bands in the Philadelphia area, and Chester County's Beyond the Pale is a good example. Beyond the Pale, who play original, Celtic-inspired music as well as traditional Irish songs, will perform at Kildare's Irish Pub in West Chester on Sunday. The sextet has released two albums, Beyond the Pale and Hill of Sallows; the latter received a rave review in Irish Music Magazine. "The band writes original music that's meant to inspire people, but we also play the old traditional songs that inspired us," said founding member Stephen Dowdall, who plays guitar and sings.
August 27, 2005 |
Now that there's a break from the heat, it's a perfect time to pack up your lawn blanket and cooler and head to the 44th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. This musical and cultural treasure is in Philadelphia's backyard, a little over an hour from the city at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County. Don't think "folk music" is just a bunch of people strumming guitars and singing "This Land Is Your Land. " This is folk broadly defined, including bluegrass, country, honky-tonk blues, Cajun fiddle, a cappella singing from Eastern Europe, foot-stomping Celtic rock, sea chanteys, and some things you've probably never heard of before.
October 27, 2002 |
Joanna Mell's early piano lessons were very frustrating. At age 5, she found that the keyboard was getting in her way. "I couldn't get the sound I wanted with the plastic keys," Mell said. "I always wanted to reach in and touch the strings. " It wasn't until she was 34 that she put fingers to strings on her first harp. Within two years, she was performing professionally on the harp. Now, at 49, she has recorded seven CDs, performs at festivals and coffeehouses, and brings the harp's soothing melodies to hospice patients.
February 16, 2001 |
"Get up! Get up! Get Up! Let's go now!" sang Nathan Williams, the accordion player and the Nathan in Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas. The zydeco faithful who had turned out for another night of bayou-inspired dancing in Conshohocken organized by Allons Danser raised their hands in the air and clapped while they spun and swayed to the infectious syncopated beat. "Is everybody having a good time?" he asked. "Is everybody feeling all right?" The crowd roared its approval. Mardi Gras time may be when the world at large pays tribute to the hot and spicy musical gumbo concocted in Louisiana.
March 17, 2000 |
For musicians of Irish descent and stylistic approach, St. Patrick's Day is both a gold mine and a bit of a tease. There's no better time of year to be touring the United States, says Leo Moran of the Saw Doctors, the Galway folk-rock group who'll be rousing the crowd at TLA tomorrow night. And there's no better time to be marketing Irish CDs than around St. Patrick's Day, says Cindy Byram, publicist for Shanachie Records. "Truth is, the holiday doesn't have the same importance at home as it does over here," said Moran in a phone chat from the Saw Doctors' tour bus, on his way to Philadelphia.
October 7, 1999 |
The Carroll Family will perform at a benefit for the Bucks County Celtic Library at Bucks County Community College Saturday. The five-member group plays many of the traditional instruments of Celtic cultures, including the tin whistle, mandolin, dulcimer, Uillean pipes and bodhran, and performs a repertoire of traditional Irish, Welsh and Scottish music. The group will share the stage with Irish step dancers and storyteller Tom Slattery as well as other guests. The program starts at 7:45 p.m. in the college auditorium.
August 8, 1999 |
On the one hand, it's a long journey from the Lobby Bar in Cork, Ireland, to O'Friel's Irish Pub here. On the other, it's really not. At a show sponsored by the Green Willow Folk Club on a recent Monday evening, audience members packed the pub's 130-seat listening room, quaffing pints of Guinness stout and Harp lager while savoring the spirited sound of Nomos, a nine-year-old quartet that plays its hometown Lobby Bar when it's not touring....