March 15, 2014 |
Sharon Corr, of the Irish band the Corrs, appreciates the way Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day. "It's a huge celebration, and I don't really believe in under-doing anything. If you're going to do something, do it big, and that's what you guys do, which I think is really, really great. We [Irish] do have that great heritage of great art, great music, so it's good to celebrate. " Saturday night offers a convergence of opportunities to explore Irish music of several shades of green, from Corr's own debut solo appearance at World Cafe Live to the Philly-based Irish American band Solas at Wilmington's Grand Opera House to Celtic Nights' celebration of traditional step-dancing and music at the Annenberg.
March 5, 2014 |
AUDUBON The weekly Irish music session at the Tree House in Audubon always begins with "Merrily Kissed the Quaker's Wife," a tune that's sufficiently merry to chase the chill away, even during a winter like this one. A session, from the Gaelic seisiún, is a regularly scheduled but otherwise informal live performance, often in a pub; at the coffee house on Merchant Street, the youngest players are teenagers, the oldest is an octogenarian, and newcomers...
March 15, 2013 |
Irish celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna has fond memories of celebrating St. Patrick's Day while she was growing up in County Cork. "We would be looking forward to it for weeks," she said in a phone interview from Dublin. "In school, we would be studying the history of Ireland, making Irish flags, then on the day before, we would make brooches with fresh shamrocks, blessed by the priest, and tied with a white ribbon," she said. On St. Patrick's Day, she and her sisters would put on their best dresses for Mass with the family.
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.
April 1, 2012 |
We travel for many reasons, sometimes for a song. That's what took me in May to a hillside overlooking a country cottage near Armagh, Northern Ireland. Over hay wagon-wide farm roads, I tooled for hours in a little rental car on an improbable ride to the ancestral home of a musical hero, Tommy Makem. He died in 2007 and may not be Ireland's top dog in music anymore, or even remembered in America. But the Irish still call him "the godfather of Irish music. " And Makem was once so hot in America that at the 1961 Newport Folk Festival, they named him the most promising newcomer on the American folk scene.
March 8, 2012 |
'It's all related," says Paddy Moloney. He's cofounder and heart of the Chieftains, the iconic - heck, atavistic - Irish band that jigs through town for a céilidh on Friday at the Kimmel Center. It's their 50th anniversary world tour, and in that half-century, they have dedicated themselves to playing with and for everyone and anyone around the world, discovering roots with many different kinds of music, from Dublin to Philadelphia to Africa to Oaxaca to China and back round.
February 2, 2012 |
A small piece of Lower Bucks County's popular culture was formally lost to nature Wednesday. The Valley Stream Inn, a popular restaurant known for its crab cakes, Sunday brunch, and scenic views of the Neshaminy Creek, now is set for demolition. The county commissioners approved the $230,000 purchase with federal funds to preserve the 3.5-acre low-lying tract as open space. The landmark, built in 1956, got flooded several times over the years but always reopened. It closed for good in September, after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee flushed the creek over its banks twice in two weeks, said Bill Mitchell, executive director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
September 28, 2010
Harry R. Kerr Jr., 65, of Coatesville, a salesman for several companies, coach, and college administrator, died of heart failure Thursday, Sept. 23, at home. Mr. Kerr played football and basketball for Sharon Hill High School and was on the football and basketball teams while attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Millersville University. From 1968 to 1971, he served in the Army and was an intelligence specialist at Fort Hood in Texas. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in English from West Chester University.
May 14, 2010 |
Thomas M. Moffit, 79, of Southwest Philadelphia, an accordionist, a bandleader, and host of an Irish music radio program, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Tuesday, May 11, at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. For more than 30 years until retiring three years ago, Mr. Moffit led the Tommy Moffit Band, performing at Irish festivals and in clubs. On Sundays from 1974 to 2006, he hosted an Irish hour on WTMR-AM (800). He played traditional Irish music and shared information about events in the Irish community.