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Blackthorn Featured at Haverford Spring Fest This Sunday
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 05/12/14 2:10 pm | updated: 05/12/14 2:10 pm
 
Blackthorn is celebrating more than 20 years at the forefront of the Philadelphia music scene this year. They continue to draw record crowds in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. "It's been an amazing journey, I had no idea when all this started that we would still be doing this today", says John McGroary, button accordion player and one of the founding members of Blackthorn.

Blackthorn has over five albums to their credit. The first album, "It's An Irish Thing" was an instant hit with their fans with songs like "Celtic Symphony" becoming and anthem of sorts in the Philadelphia Area. Within a few years, the band was back in the studio recording "Here We Go Again," the CD that cemented Blackthorn as the premiere Irish Band in PA. Drummer, Mike O Callaghan says, "Those first two albums were really important in establishing us as a different kind of Irish Band. We still paid homage to the influences of the past like the Clancy Brothers and the Dubliners but we did our own version of the songs using a more contemporary approach."

Of the very few bands that make it to the level of Blackthorn, even fewer last more than a few years. But Blackthorn is Bigger today than they have ever been. Their music continues to evolve and the community that they started in small bars around the Philly area in the 90s continues to grow. Blackthorn is not just a band, it's an institution.

Additional performers at the Haverford Spring Fest2014 include:

CHRISTINE HAVRILLA and GYPSY FUZZ, EDDIE BRUCE, CRUISER, JEFFREY GAINES.

HAVEFORD SPRING FEST BENEFICIARY PARTICIPANTS
Brookline Fire Co.
Cardinal Foley School Friends of the Grange
Haverford PTSA/BLAST
Haverford Reserve Dog Park
Haverford Township Free Library
MusicWorks New Avenue Foundation Profugo International
St. Faith Pre-K/Kindergarten

Haverford Spring Fest is a FREE ADMISSION live music and arts festival Sunday, May 18, 2014, Noon to 7 pm on Brookline Boulevard in Havertown PA. A voluntary $2 donation will be requested at the entrances to help support the festival.

In additional, you can follow the Twitter feed at http://www.twitter.com/HaverfordSpring for more up to the minute details of the fest.
Haverford Spring Fest is a production of Kelly Music for Life, improving lives and communities through music. Haverford Spring Fest is sponsored by the Haverford Township Civic Council, iRadioPhilly.com and Xfinity.

 
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