Irish Philadelphia

The Web guide to Irish music and culture in and around the Quaker City

Friday, June 16, 2006

Bloomsday in Philadelphia, and A Brilliant Uillean Piper Comes to Town

Hot off the presses (so to speak):

Celebrate Bloomsday Today at the Rosenbach The great museum on Delancey Street commemorates James Joyce's masterwork "Ulysses"with a day of readings by local notables. And check out the museum's Joyce manuscript.

Locals Make Beautiful Music at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh We Philadelphians have a lot to celebrate.

Brian McNamara, the "Piper's Piper," in Coatesville His style of playing uilleann pipes has been called unique. Find out why. Go to the concert this weekend in Coatesville. We have an interview with this gifted Irish musician.

A Salute to Tommy A local musician sent us an e-mail praising the venerable Tommy Moffit as he retires from his radio show. Hey, praise seems like a great idea. Let's pile it on.

A reminder ...
The Kane Sisters in Concert at the Philadelphia Irish Center July 22 The Philadelphia Ceili Group will present a concert of traditional Irish music featuring The Kane Sisters from the Connemara Gaeltacht in County Galway on Saturday, July 22, 2006, at 8.30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Irish Center/Commodore Barry Club.


Don't forget to check out our local session listings.

Jeff and Denise

Monday, June 12, 2006

Gaelic Games are Under Way in Philly

If you don't know what Gaelic football and hurling are all about, our photo essay ought to give you a pretty good idea.

Both are pretty wild, fast-moving games (unlike U.S. football, which is about 90 percent beer ads, butt scratching and officials waving their arms and throwing their hankies down, apparently in a fit of pique).

Hurling in particular can be exceptionally hairy. My partner Denise, who shot the photos, was standing along the sidelines as the football game came to an end and the hurlers started to take the field. She noticed that all of the women and children started to move back -- way back -- from the field. She asked why, and she was told, essentially, you could get seriously beaned.

Anyway, both are full-contact games played by guys who are passionately committed to throwing themselves into things body and soul. The souls probably hold up OK. The bodies? Ummmmmmm, a whole 'nuther question.

Check it out: