Source: Caitlin Burns, montgomerynews.com
Wednesday, 24th Aug, 2011
Everyone’s Irish on Labor Day weekend, when Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant hosts its 3rd Annual Irish Festival on Sunday, Sept. 4, the perfect time to enjoy Irish culture through music, food and a cold pint.
“Enjoy the music, good food and a cold beverage,” co-owner of Brittingham’s Mike Allan said.
This year’s live music on the outside stage will be provided by three bands: the Paul Moore and Friends Band, Jamison and Seamus Kelleher. After 7 p.m., Seamus McGroary will be playing inside Brittingham’s. In addition to music, bagpipers and Irish dancers will be performing on the outside stage as well.
Like the other artists, Jamison is a Celtic music band; however, it gives the genre a new feel. Jamison mixes Celtic music with rock, hip-hop and other dance music to create its own sound, according to singer and musician for Jamison Frank Daly. Recently it was voted the Best Irish Band in America by the Irish beer company Strangford Lough Brewing Company.
Allan said that outdoors this year, there will be grilled chicken, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs, along with a full restaurant menu inside. For that cold beverage, Brittingham’s is offering Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp and Magners cider.
“[The festival] emanates out of a couple of years of discussion,” Allan said. “It gives the general vicinity something to do on Labor Day weekend.”
Allan emphasizes that the Irish festival is a community and family event and welcomes everyone.
“I love the fact that it’s something different from when we usually play at Brittingham’s,” Daly said. “It’s really a fun family oriented day.”
Daly said that while the band usually plays for the 21-year-old crowd, the Irish Festival allows him to bring his family to watch the band play and enjoy the day.
Allan said there will be about 10 vendors selling things like Irish and Celtic jewelry and T-shirts. For kids, there will be a vendor doing face painting for free and he hopes to get another vendor or two.
“It’s unique in that it’s a community event,” Allan said. “[It’s] having a nice day to enjoy with the family.”
Parking is free at either the Barren Hill Fire Department across the street from Brittingham’s or around the corner at St. Peter’s Church, 3025 Church Road.
“It’s kind of a culmination of ending the summer and beginning the fall,” Allan said. “It’s one last blast.”
Allan said that Brittingham’s expects about 500 people to come out for the event, about the same as last year. He recommends that people bring lawn or beach chairs to the festival so they can set up and enjoy the music with their friends and family.
“It’s really great to see the friends and family that come back for this,” Allan said. “[Brittingham’s] been an Irish pub since the late ’70s. This helps expand the tradition we have here.”
IF YOU GO
The Irish Festival
at Brittingham’s Pub,
640 Germantown Pike,
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444,
Sunday, Sept. 4, noon – 6 p.m.
Rain date: Monday, Sept. 5,
Entry: $10, adults; $3,
ages 12 – 16; free, under 12.
Parking is free at Barren
Hill Fire Department
or St. Peter’s Church.
Info: 610-828-7351 or