Irish music to play in park

A 10-hour Ir­ish mu­sic and cul­tur­al fest­iv­al will fill the Ed Kelly Am­phi­theat­er at Pennypack Park on Sat­urday as thou­sands of pat­rons are ex­pec­ted to at­tend the in­aug­ur­al Phil­adelphia Fleadh.

“Fleadh” is the Ir­ish Gael­ic term for “fest­iv­al.” The Phil­adelphia Fleadh will fit the bill with four themed stages, 10 mu­sic­al acts, sev­en DJs, tra­di­tion­al Ir­ish dan­cers, vendors, food, spir­its and a kids’ zone. Presen­ted by Amer­ic­an Paddy Pro­duc­tions, the event is ex­pec­ted to be the largest of its kind in the city and will help raise money for the Phil­adelphia FOP Sur­viv­ors Fund, which sup­ports the fam­il­ies of slain po­lice of­ficers.

The lineup fea­tures many of the top Celt­ic Rock acts in the re­gion, in­clud­ing The Young Dub­liners, Jam­is­on Celt­ic Rock, Black­thorn, Bog­side Rogues, Clancy’s Pis­tol and Gal­way Guild. There will be work­shops for more tra­di­tion­al mu­si­cians with ses­sions by Seamus Kelle­her, Ray Cole­man and The John Byrne Band. Vis­it­ors can also see per­form­ances by loc­al Ir­ish dance schools or take part in a be­gin­ners’ step-dance work­shop.

The Ed Kelly Am­phi­theat­er is com­monly known as the “Band Shell” and is ac­cess­ible via the park en­trance at Welsh Road and Cresco Av­en­ue. Ad­vance tick­ets cost $20 and are avail­able via www.Phil­lyIr­ish­ Tick­ets cost $30 at the gate. Ad­mis­sion is free for kids un­der 12. •• 

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