Celtic Groups, Organizations, and Establishments

Celtic Groups & Organizations

Below is a list of Celtic Groups and Organizations in the Central PA area.

Central PA Chapter of the Irish American Unity Conference  |  (717) 232-6151
The Central PA Chapter is part of a nationwide, nonpartisan, nonsectarian, human rights organization working for justice and peace in Ireland. It is located in Harrisburg PA.

Scottish Society of Central PA
(717) 731-6282 (Contact John Melville)
The Scottish Society of Central PA is a non-profit organization celebrating Scottish heritage and traditions. There are several activities held throughout the year, including: Robert Burns Supper in January, Pipes and Drums Festival in June, Scottish Heritage Booth at McLain Festival in September. Membership is $15.

Susquehanna Folk Music Society
(717) 763-5744
This is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and encouraging traditional arts in Central PA. It sponsors Celtic and Folk Concerts, activities and Music Workshops at area theatres, and schools. Members receive discount to events.

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick
(717) 763-5744
This group has over 190 members (men and women) and you do not have to be Irish to join. They raise money through activities for local charities. It is a non-political, non religious organization and the members share an appreciation of Irish heritage.

Welsh Society of Greater Harrisburg
The goal of the Welsh Society of Greater Harrisburg is to perpetuate Welsh culture and Heritage, including activities like St. David’s Day Dinner.

New Cumberland Olde Town Association
The historic community of New Cumberland PA has a small town atmosphere that offers great shopping, art galleries and restaurants.

Mid Atlantic Tea Business Association
An organization of Tea Rooms and Tea Businesses located throughout the Mid-Atlantic States.

Ancient Order of Hibernians

Find local chapters of the AOH, America's oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization dedicated to preserving the Irish culture.

Adams County
Pvt. Barney Devine Division 1, Gettysburg, PA

Cumberland County
Michael Collins Division, Lower Allen Twp., PA
Gen. William Thompson, Carlisle, PA

Dauphin County
Bobby Sands Division 1, Harrisburg, PA

Lebanon County
Cardinal William Keeler Division 1, Lebanon, PA

York County
Friar Hegard Division 1, Hanover, PA

Ladies AOH, Central PA Chapter
(717) 737-4158  |  Mary Crowley
Meetings in Harrisburg, PA

St.Patrick’s Day Parades

Check out St. Patrick’s Day parades in Central PA.

Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes through the streets of Harrisburg and runs about two and half hours.

York St. Patrick’s Day Parade
(717) 846-1912  |  Mary Yeaple
The York St. Patrick’s Day Parade runs through downtown York and is held annually on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day (except when the holiday falls on a Saturday, in which case the parade will be held on the actual holiday).

Pipe Bands

Find or join local Pipe Bands in Central PA.

Ceol Neamh Pipe Band
Formed in 1998, the Ceol Neamh Pipe Band practices in Lancaster PA. They have performed and competed throughout the eastern US and Canada. Beginner lessons are available FREE of charge.

Quittapahilla Highlanders Scottish Pipe Band
Located in Anneville, PA, The Quittapahilla Highlanders offer bagpipe traditional music programs and educational programs. The group is also available for parades, events, weddings, funerals, performances, etc.

Locheil Emerald Pipe Band
This is an Irish Pipe and Drum band located in Harrisburg PA, which is available for parades, events, etc. There are free lessons for new members.

Susquehanna Pipes and Drums
(717) 846-1912 | Pipe Major Rodney Yeaple
Formed in 1990, the Susquehanna Pipes and Drums perform in parades, piping concerts and supply solo pipers for special occasions. Piping and drumming lessons are free for students. There are members from throughout central PA and the group practices weekly in York.

Zembo Highlanders Pipe Band
(717) 238-8107  |  The Highlander Unit is part of the Harrisburg Lodge of the Order of Freemasonry. Members must be active members of the Zembo Shrine.

Local Irish Restaurants

Looking for a local Irish/Celtic Pub? Check out this list! Irish Music Session information is also included for some of the restaurants.

Coakley’s Restaurant & Irish Pub  |  (717) 774-5556
305 Bridge Street, New Cumberland, PA
Located next door to us, they are our favorite Irish Pub. Great Guinness and food, check out the traditional Irish food on menu. They offer Celtic and Irish Music on St. Patrick's Day.

O’Rorke’s Eatery & Spirits  |  (717) 334-2333
44 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA
Great food and fun, good prices.

McGrath’s Pub  |  (717) 232-9914
202 Locust Street, Harrisburg, PA
Great little Irish Pub in downtown Harrisburg.

Red Horse Tavern  |  (814) 359-2082
104 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap, PA
Open Music Session, Second Friday of the Month. 7:30-10 pm. Newbies welcome, no music stands. Night begins as a "slow session." Comfy spots for listeners. Tips go to local food banks. Smoke-free tavern.

O’Lordans Irish Pub  |  (410) 876-0000
14 Liberty Street, Westminster, MD
Located in beautiful downtown Westminster, Maryland, O’Lordans Irish Pub offers traditional Irish fare and eclectic menu specials. Irish traditional music session on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. 8-10 pm.

Garryowen Irish Pub  |  (717) 337-2719
126 Chambersburg Street, Rte. 30, Gettysburg, PA
Offers a genuine taste of Ireland by using family recipes and ingredients imported from Ireland. Open Beginner/Intermediate Irish Session 1st and third Sunday each month from 2-5 pm. All levels welcome. Listeners, eaters & drinkers always welcome. Come up and sing a song if you’d like.

Dance Schools and Groups

Find out more about joining a local Celtic dance school or group.

Coyle School of Irish Dance  |  (717) 624-1767
Director Colleen Coyle Kelly offers classes in York and Harrisburg. The school is Certified with the North American Feis Commission.

Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association
The Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association, a CDSS affiliate group, has twice a month contra dances. We dance mostly contras, but also traditional squares, circles, mixers, hambos, schottisches, waltzes, and more.

Rebel Heart Irish Dancers
(717) 379-0446  |  A contemporary Irish dance troupe directed by Stephanie Oscilowski. The Rebel Heart Irish Dancers offers a noncompetitive learning environment for adults and children 4+.

McGinley School of Irish Dance
(717) 439-2991  |  Directed by Lena McGinley-Crosier, ODCRN, McGinley School of Irish Dance is a CRN Dance School located in Lemoyne, with classes throughout central PA. This is the largest school in area, teaching students from 3-adult, and offering beginners to championship classes.

Ni Riain School of Irish Dance
(717) 846-7310  |  The Ni Riain School of Irish Dance is a member of the CRN Irish Dance School. It is located in York and offers classes from 3 year olds to adult.

Hooley School of Irish Dance
(717) 271-8611  |  Located in Lancaster and directed by Crystal Glick, TCRG, the Hooley School of Irish dance offers lessons for all ages and levels. It specialized in Irish Step Dancing and there are many performance opportunities. The school is also a Member Irish Dance School with North American Feis Commisson.

Carraig School of Irish Dance
(717) 512-8664  |  The Carraig School of Irish Dance is a member dance school of the North American Irish Dance Federation located in Harrisburg. There are performance and competition opportunities for students. Traditional Irish Dance is taught and directed by Christine Shull.

Harrisburg Scottish Dance Society
(717) 486-3929  |  Jessica Hard
(717) 938-1931  |  Kathy Livingston
The Harrisburg Scottish Dance Society offers weekly classes and is affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Dancers can be seen at local events in the area such as Scots-Irish festivals, Artsfest, and PA's Renaissance Faire. They also host an annual tea dance in January called Twelfth Night.

York Area Contra Dance Association
(717) 792-3999 (Contact Cushlea Scour)
The York Area Contra Dance Association offers monthly dances and lessons.

Rugby Clubs

Join a local Rugby Club in Central PA.

Olde Gaelic Rugby Club
The Old Gaelic Rugby Football Club has been playing rugby in the Harrisburg, Carlisle and Mechanicsburg areas since 1975. The club’s practice pitch and game field are located less than 15 minutes from Downtown Harrisburg.

West Shore Rugby Club
The West Shore Rugby Club is an under 19 Ruby Club made up of players from the West Shore High Schools: Red Land, Cedar Cliff and Trinity High School.

White Horse Rugby Club
EPRU Division III Men’s Club located in the Greater Valley Forge area.

Celtic Musicians

Are you looking for a local musician to entertain at an event? We can help. Here are some talented Celtic musicians who live in central PA.

Rodney Owens  |  (717) 234-2526
Rodney Owens offers Highland and Uilleann (Irish) bagpiping for any occasion.

Inishowen  |  inishowenmusic@mac.com
The duo of Henry Cohen and Lynn Colgan Cohen performs the music of the Celtic nations on fiddle, piano, Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer and other instruments. They are available for concerts, festivals, dances, weddings, etc.

Seasons  |  On Facebook
The Seasons perform Celtic Music by the five siblings in the Lee Family. Each member of the family plays an assortment of instruments and the group has performed on both local and national stages.

Barby Holder  |  (717) 737-9831
Barby Holder performs Celtic and Folk Music with the guitar and hammered dulcimer.

Lewis Lynch Celtic Harp  |  (717) 957-4776
This duo features Louis Lynch on the harp and piano, and Chris Laughery on the flute and guitar.

Gladly Playe  |  (717) 848-3561
A four to six piece ensemble performing folk music of the British Isles and America on a wide variety of instruments, including hammer dulcimer, fiddle, whistles, flutes, mandolins, guitar, and bodhran. Gladly Playe has years of experience with performing for all kinds of events and is not your ordinary folk.

Jo Morrison  |  (410) 875-0855
Jo Morrison is a Celtic harp player that specializes in Scottish music, including air, marches, strathspeys, reels, ballads and waulking songs.

Irishtown Road
Irishtown Road plays traditional Celtic and Irish music, instrumentals and vocals in Gaelic and English. The group is based in McSherrystown,PA.

Fire in the Glen  |  (717) 396-9293
Fire in the Glen plays lively Irish pub songs and fiddle tunes.

UnCommon Ground  |  (610) 589-9644
A Berks/Lancaster county based female trio featuring Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, fiddle, whistles, bodhran, and bowed psaltery among others. The group plays weddings, parties, and historic events.

Martin Family Band
The Celtic Martins bring new energy to the Celtic Music and Dance scene, featuring Irish and American fiddle tunes, along with numerous Irish step dance routines.

The Callanish uses instruments including the flute, whistles, concertina, fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, bodhran, and bones. The group entertains at festivals, parties and concerts throughout PA and surrounding states.

Tin Kettle  |  (717) 677-9106
The trio of Matthew Ward, John Winship, and Sharon Sacks sing and play Irish music on concertina, tenor banjo, tin whistle, 5-string banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Tin Kettle performs Irish tunes and fine songs with equal reverence for the traditional and the newly minted, with just a touch of American southern mountain flavor. The group is available for concerts, parties, festivals, weddings, and special events.

MuZette  |  (717) 653-4805
Tom and Laurie Reese are a husband and wife duo playing flute and cello. They play Irish/Celtic music, plus classical and/or jazz and book weddings, private parties, festivals, and concerts.

Wyndfall  |  (717) 653-4805
The sweet vocals of Chris Laughery with Tom Reese on flute, Laurie Haines Reese on cello, and Aaron Walker on drums, this group is available for festivals, concerts, weddings, private parties and more!

The Session Band  |  (717) 624-2542
A group of musicians from PA, MD, and VA, performing traditional tunes in a session format.

From The Well  |  (717) 898-6301
From the Well offers Irish and Scottish music with a touch of American compositions in the Celtic vane. The group offers guitar, cello, bodhrán, 2 hammer dulcimers, fiddle, a full range of whistles with three members quite proficient on them.

Kilmaine Saints
Seasoned musicians playing traditional Irish, Scottish, Folk & Sailing songs with a modern rock twist.

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