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Irish Music and More!

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM


The Festival takes place at the Commodore Barry Club in Philadelphia. Known as the "Irish Center", it is close to train line and has nearby free parking. 6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia, PA 19119


On Thursday, September 12th at 8:00 p.m. there will be a night of song hosted by Gerry Timlin with some of the best singers of Irish songs in the region including Terry Kane, Matt Ward, and Mary Kay Mann. This Thursday night concert is dedicated to local singer/musician and longtime festival chairman, Frank Malley.


Friday night, September 13th, starting at 8:00 p.m. is filled with music and dance with a Ceili dance with live music by the McGillians & Friends, one of the best Ceili bands in the tri-state area, certain to make the Festival Ceili dance a hit. Additionally, in the Fireside Room a music filled Rambling House hosted by Gabriel Donohue that will start at 8:00 pm and go on through the night. Get ready to hear tunes, songs and a story or two – with very special guest Joanie Madden. Be sure to read Irish Philadelphia's beautiful story on Joanne.


Saturday, September 14th is jam packed with things to do for the whole family. The day kicks off at 11:00 a.m. with the live music and instrumental workshops at all levels for all ages offered by world class musicians. Additionally, there will workshops in singing both in Irish and English, Irish language, genealogy, St. Brigid’s cross making and much more. Workshops free this year to current PCG members with the price of admission. There will be live music provided by local musicians and singers, and dance demonstrations by local dancer groups, activities for the kids including facepainting, and Irish fairy tales. Irish product vendors and food will be available throughout the day. Saturday’s 7:00 pm concert featuring the Philadelphia premier of Tony DeMarco's Atlantic Wave (Tony DeMarco, Martin O’Connell, Sean Earnest, Donie Carroll, and Siobhan Butler) and Nuala Kennedy with Eamon O'Leary. – just part of a stellar line-up and a fitting finale to the festival. It will be a rockin’ night of Irish traditional music, and dance. It’s bound to be great “craic!” (great fun to the non-Irish speakers!)


A special thank-you to all our sponsors and volunteers that make this festival happen! Go to to get more information on the Festival; the 3-day schedule; to buy tickets; and sign up for workshops.


The Ceili Group began in 1958, when a group of young Irish immigrants and Irish-American ceili and step dancers gathered at The Commodore Barry Center (a.k.a the “Irish Center”) to formally promote Irish music, dance and culture. The annual festival began in 1975, when founders of the Ceili Group decided that our local Irish music and dance talent should be shared with a larger audience, and in a larger setting, than just the Friday night ceilis. In a short time, the Ceili Group Festival featuring many of the finest Irish performers from around the globe, became the largest-attended one-day Irish festival in this country, and then expanded to a three-day festival in recent years. There is a good chance that one or two might show up at the festival.

Beidh fáilte romhat. Buail isteach.


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