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For 238 years, St. Patrick’s Day has been a cause of celebration here in Philadelphia.

And Magee Rehabilitation Hospital likes to join in on the fun.

On Friday, March 19 at 11:30am, Paul Wiese, the lead singer and guitarist of local Irish band, Birmingham Six, will perform in the dining room for patients and their guests.

Wiese is donating his time and talent to the hospital.

“Believe me, the rest of the band would be coming too if they could,” said Wiese. “But they have day jobs to go to.”

The Birmingham Six has developed a large, faithful following on the local Irish music scene and are regulars at venues such as Finnigan’s Wake and Kildare’s. In 2008, they released their first album, Iron Rations, a combination of new songs and old Irish standards. The album was named to the top 20 list of Celtic Rock and Punk albums in 2008 by Paddyrock.com.

Along with their great sound, Wiese and the rest of Birmingham Six are known for their charity work, often performing at fundraisers for organizations such as Project Children (which brings kids from Northern Ireland to the United States for the summer) and for the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day parade.

For more information on Birmingham Six, visit BirminghamSix.com.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.


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