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Updates, Features, & Events
Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,
Features:• AmeriCeltic's Cecilia Fábos-Becker and Tony Becker offer an update and analysis on the lack of progress as the Brexit deadlines loom. (See Below)
• AmeriCeltic's Cecilia Fábos-Becker offers a reprise of the Irish Artist and Writers Festival in Los Gatos last weekend. (See Below)
Updates:• TONIGHT and TOMORROW, Les Poules à Colin, fresh from Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and Africa, make their first Bay Area appearances at Fifth Street Farms in Berkeley and Pippa's Place in Los Gatos, CA. (See Below)
Events:• This Friday October 19th, Saturday October 20th, and Sunday October 21st, from 10:00 AM, the Northern California Renaissance Faire wraps up for another year. On Saturday at 6:00 PM, your admission includes their Celtic Rock Concert Series, this Saturday featuring Lexington Field, at Casa de Fruta near Hollister. (See Below)
• On Friday, October 19th at 9:00 PM at Peri's Bar, in Fairfax, Culann's Hounds are the openers, for The Fairfax Irish Festival. The Festival continues at various venues around Fairfax throughout the weekend. On Saturday, October 27th,- 28th, they appear at the All Hallow's Fantasy Faire Celtic New Years Celebration in Sonora. (See Below)
• On Friday October 19th, Saturday October 20th & Sunday October 21st, the 8th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival Of Music & Dance overruns the small town of Fairfax, CA, which, for the weekend, resembles a town in Ireland full of songs, tunes and dance. (See Below)
• Saturday October 20th, at 8:00 PM, the indefatigable Celtic Rock band Tempest is celebrating its 30 Year Anniversary with some very special cameo appearances, at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 20th, at 8:00 PM Salty Walt And The Rattlin' Ratlines continue the 30th Annual Sea Music Concert Series aboard the Eureka at San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, October 23rd, at 8:00 PM in Sebastopol and again on Wednesday, October 24th, 8:00 PM, in Berkeley, the Martin Hayes Quartet offers just two chances to hear them here in Northern California. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October, 27th, Noon-'11pm & Sunday, October, 28th, 11am-6pm comes the 10th Annual Sonora All Hallows Fantasy Faire, a Celtic Tradition in Sonora. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 27th, at 9:00 PM, San Francisco based Celtic Folk Rockers McCrae's Battalion will explode on Winters Tavern in Pacifica, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, October 28th, 8:00 PM, April Verch and Joe Newberry launch a 10 day stay in Northern California with a concert at Fifth Street Farms, in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, October 28th, at 8:00 PM, Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band Wake the Dead begins its Halloween Tour, at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. (See Below)
• On Friday, November 2nd at 4:00 PM its Hardly Strictly Trad/Jazz featuring Jon Rubin and David Boyden on the Friday Folk-Off on KKUP.org / 91.5 FM, Live Streaming from San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, November 2nd at 9:00 PM and Saturday, November 3rd at 2:00 PM, International Uilleann Piping Day, the San Francisco Pipers will host a Concert and Workshop at the Plough and Stars in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, November 3, at 10:00 AM, the RSCDS San Francisco Branch sponsors a Workshop, Playing Music for Scottish Country Dancing, taught by Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt at Arlington Community Church in Kensington CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday November 3rd, 2018, at 6:00PM the The Caledonian Club of Sacramento hosts their Saint Andrews Banquet and Ball in Sacramento. (See Below)
• On Saturday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM Thanks, Brother, (Roisin O and John Broe), plays a house concert @ the Crombie Cabin in Emerald Hills, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, November 9th, at 9:00 PM, San Francisco based Celtic Folk Rockers Tim Hill, Kyle Alden and Steve Gardner will re-energize The Chieftain in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Sunday, November 11th, beginning at 11:00 AM, The 100th Anniversary of the Armistice will be remembered at the San Jose Veterans Day Parade in San Jose. Following the Parade, the memorial events will continue at Santana Row. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, November 13th, 7:00 PM, the The New World String Project, will begin an 6 day - 6 city tour of Northern California. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, November 14th, A Night In Scotland at Maye's Oyster House will bring laughter, music and Traditional and non-traditional preparations of favorite Scottish cuisine presented by Chef Derrik Soares in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, November 17th, at 7:00 PM, our most mysterious band, Celtic Sands, re-emerges like the phoenix to fly again, but only for one show at Foothill Community Presbyterian Church in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, November 17th, at 8:00 PM the 30th Annual Sea Music Concert Series concludes with Jeff Warner aboard the Eureka at San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, November 25, at 2:00 PM, the flashy An Irish Christmas show returns to tour a dozen Northern California cities, beginning in Vacaville, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, November 29th, Molly's Revenge and WinterDance! launches its 13th holiday season multi-city tour in Felton, CA with Christa Burch and the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers, and on Friday, December 14th, at 7:00 PM, WinterDance returns to the South Bay Area, with a new singer, Amelia Hogan, at a shiny new venue, The Hoover Historic Theatre, located in the posh Rose Garden district of San Jose. (See Below)
• On December 1st, 2018, at 6:00 PM the Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco puts on its Saint Andrews Banquet and Ball in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Sunday, December 9th at 7:00 PM, Gabe Duffin will reprise his 9th Annual Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. (See Below)
• On Friday, December 21st at 7:30 PM, its An Irish Christmas in America, featuring Téada and a cast of performers direct from Ireland, at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, CA. (See Below)
Please support our sustaining Sponsors with your Celtic business!• The Lark In The Morning Store is offering some rare Trinity College guitars and mandolins at their shop in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• The Duke is the most Authentic British Pub on the West Coast! In their New Video, Publicans Stan and Carlos answer the many recent rumors about The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant. Yes, we are moving. (See Below)
• The Plough and Stars, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)
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Editorial: Brexit Update
Latest Rounds of Talks Fail
Hard Border Likely to Return Between Northern Ireland and Ireland
October 18th, 2018 - by Cecilia Fábos-Becker and Tony Becker
In June of 2016 the majority of the United Kingdom, (UK), electorate approved 'Brexit', a referendum that required the UK government to extract the UK from the European Union (EU), and in March of 2017, the 2 year process was officially begun. Much has resolved in these intervening months, but finding an agreeable set of necessarily renewed security and customs arrangements for the border which has partitioned the island of Ireland for nearly 100 years has not.
Despite many meetings, as two BBC News guests complained on Monday, October 15, it's been another week of empty promises of 'a deal is coming next week.' In fact, the EU's spokesperson for the negotiating team, Donald Tusk, and United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May's own coalition partner, Arlene Foster of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, (DUP), are in agreement on one thing; as of now, the 'Brexit' coming in March 2019, is going to be a hard one - Nothing that May wants will be granted by the European Union except for one thing: the UK will hold onto Northern Ireland as it is.
This outcome ignores the 56.44% majority of Northern Ireland voters, as well as the 62% majority in Scotland, who, by their votes in the Brexit Referendum, expressed the desire to remain in the EU. As of now, there will be no border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the UK and this week, both Arlene Foster and Theresa May indicated satisfaction in both statements and pictures. The latest public statements from the EU despite some late evening discussions on Wednesday was there was nothing new from Theresa May and her Conservative and Unionist Party-DUP coalition and therefore there is no deal.
The practicable deadline for a deal is December 2018, leaving time for a transition period from January through March 2019. Barring a leadership change in the UK parliament, or the Northern Irish somehow ending enough DUP MPs for the coalition that barely sustains Theresa May and the Tories, there will be a hard border again between Ireland and Northern Ireland. If there continues to be no deal between the UK and EU, a hard border must exist somewhere - that is the only possible outcome.
As per the BBC news reports last night, the EU spokespersons said the EU may grant the UK extra time in the 'transition period' to determine how it will handle the new customs policies and ports, and financial transactions, etc. This new proposal is that transition period, originally set by the Article 50 statute to end in March 2019, would perhaps end in December 2019, and most think it will be approved.
Theresa May forms a new Government
The problem is, Conservative and Unionist Party (Tory) party leader May wants what she wants, as the leader of one EU member, and the rest of the 27-member EU refuses to knuckle under to Ms. May and the UK. May wants all the good things of EU membership, such as free movement of goods and British citizens, and none of what has been perceived as ill, including open borders for movement of the EU peoples, and the West Asian and North African refugees they are willing to allow. Foster and May are accusing the EU of arrogance, yet ignoring the reality that a single EU member, the UK, representing only about 50 million persons, has chosen, of its own volition, to leave, while the other 27 nation-members, representing over 350 million persons, had no part in this decision and will remain in the EU.
From our viewpoint, outside Europe, it appears it is the UK behavior that is the more arrogant side. Psychologists often say that the self-delusional who do not wish to take responsibility for their own actions, 'often accuse any challenger of his/her (the self-delusional) own worst sins.' It is up to the UK to bend, not the 27 member majority of Europe, just as no one would expect the other 49 states of the U.S. to submit to the demands of any one state, such as California, Texas, or New York.
Abandoned Cottage Achill Island
Reprise: A Few Highlights of the IAWF
Irish Artist and Writers Festival in Los Gatos
October 18th, 2018 - by Cecilia Fábos-Becker
Film Screening and Discussion: Ireland's Great Hunger and The Irish Diaspora
From Friday, October 12 to Sunday evening October 14 was the 3rd Irish Arts Festival directed by Catherine Barry and supported by the Irish Literary and Historical Society, and others. This year's festival had more variety for festival attendees. On, October 14th Filmmaker and Historian Christine Kinealy showed the documentary Ireland's Great Hunger And The Irish Diaspora, at the Los Gatos Theater, which was followed at 11:30 AM by a reception and discussion. This recent film deals with the 1845-50 famine in Ireland and the resulting diaspora.
A significant part of the discussion of the history of this event centered on how it could have been expected, given a series of famines in Ireland and Scotland going back to the early 18th century and the role the acts of Union played in causing those with the most power, money and influence in both Scotland and Ireland, including native lords, to leave those lands and move to England. This caused a significant amount of absentee landlordism and those poor Irish tenants on the lands of absentee landlords fared the worst, as Scots on the lands of the absent peers of Scotland suffered in the 1837-8 famine. The film and discussion noted that absentee landlords were not always just those of recent English descent and some landlords who were of recent English descent actually bankrupted themselves and had to sell their lands after trying very hard to provide relief. A striking element of the famine then, was the belief by Tories (now Conservatives) and business leaders that spending too much on redressing the dire needs of the poor Irish, would create a culture of dependency and that the poor themselves were largely responsible for their own sufferings. As Ms. Kenealy said, 'does this sound familiar? The Irish visitors and others noted that 'the arguments that led to leaders in England, and rich Irish themselves, ignoring the sufferings and mass death by starvation are exactly the same arguments and which are now seen as shameful and wrong, that the U.S. Republican party and many U.S. business leaders today are making today, ' to defend what the Irish visitors to this festival saw as a 'non-existent safety net called U.S. welfare' in all its alleged programs.
Book Review: In America: Tales from Trump Country
This was a theme that came up in another presentation by RTE journalist, Caitriona Perry, who discussed her excellent book, In America: Tales from Trump Country, which Ms. Perry wrote as the result of deliberate research and travels, beginning during the 2016 election year, to discover why and how Trump was elected President and by whom. This is a book that should be read with J.D. Vance's prescient 2016 book, Hillbilly Elegy. Together the two books, paint a very good picture of the 25 million voters in the 13 Appalachian states, including Ohio, who comprised most of the Trump vote and why they were so angry, and felt so betrayed, particularly by the Democratic Party and the Clintons, but also by business as usual--literally--by both parties. To some extent, Trump voters still come across as too gullible and a small percentage as damaged by too much alcohol and/or drugs, especially any number of forms of opioids, mostly created by the America's own pharmaceutical industry. As more than one person quipped in the discussion after the presentation, there is no prohibition against drug addicts, alcoholics and the mentally ill voting or running for office. However, that is only a relatively small part of the problem.
Read the painful, well drawn stories of the 'Really Rusty Rust Belt'. Also pay attention to the chapter on North and South Carolina in which Ms. Perry observed that these are among the lowest cost of living states in the U.S., but to be above the poverty line would take a minimum wage of $11.45, and many, many jobs only pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In other words, the U.S. federal minimum wage lets nearly all who get it simply starve to death slowly instead of in a few days. Ms. Perry noted in her book and her presentation that Ireland, not the highest paying nation in the EU, but paying only about half of the highest paid countries, has a minimum wage of about $10 per hour, and a lower cost of living than much of the U.S.
I partly grew up in Ohio, and I continued to visit cousins there from the late 1970's to the early 1990's, even after we'd moved to California for my husband to join a Silicon Valley startup. My cousins worked for the auto industry and parts suppliers, and one was a union official who agreed more with the rank and file than the union leadership. Others worked in the once vibrant table and decorative glass industries that once had 60 companies in the Ohio valley. One had been a teacher and then went to work in hospitals, as their business was growing and the money was better. Two worked in the hospitals and saw the growing drug and alcohol problems as factories closed and people's income dropped to either minimum wage or less. My largest, strongest cousin, an ER nurse, was once bounced all over an ER by a man brought in by the police who was still high on PCP and had broken his restraints.
Between 1989 and 1998 or so, as an officer of a regional chapter of a national organization of East European Americans I had developed a number of acquaintances in several of the states that were key to both the 1992 and 2016 elections. In the summer of 1992, I had a 'frank and sometimes terse' discussion with Michael Yaki then chief of staff for Representative Nancy Pelosi, telling him that his and other party leaders assumptions were wrong: East European Americans were no more inclined to prioritize foreign affairs, even the horrendous Balkan War, for voting than any other group of Americans.
These Americans, like all others, were worried first and foremost for their own well-being, their ability to put food on the table, keep a roof over their family members' heads, and keep everyone healthy. As they told me, yes, they were upset over Serbia's genocidal warfare, and the million refugees from all sides now stuck in Hungary without any international support, and the Serbians strafing Hungarian villages in Hungary while pursuing fleeing refugees. However, 'we can't take care of others if we can't first take care of ourselves,' was the almost universal summary. NAFTA was the biggest issue for them and they feared their jobs, in which they were already taking salary and wage cuts to 'keep the companies afloat' would just all go south to Mexico without the next President changing the current agreement negotiated by George Bush Sr. and making its wage and environmental demands on Mexico much stronger. They mostly voted for Bill Clinton when he was willing to promise in public, verbally, before news cameras, and in writing that he would make significant changes to help U.S. jobs and the companies. Bill Clinton then broke every promise he made to millions of workers in the Rust Belt-Appalachian states, and his loyal wife stood by his side through this and all else and said nothing. She was no Eleanor Roosevelt.
In her book, Caitriona Perry writes of Democrats in Ohio and Pennsylvania who chose to vote for Trump. That in 2016, Hillary never even visited the factories that most Democratic candidates have visited since JFK and talked WITH any workers. Hillary Clinton was seen as the same uncaring status quo that had existed since her husband Bill Clinton. The Democratic party was seen, and described as, having 'taken labor for granted without doing anything for them for decades.'
Throughout her book, and in particular in the last chapter, Ms. Perry wove the beliefs and statements of the voters in 2016 and what they think now, as we approach the midterm elections. She also interviewed Irish American voters, as well as the mostly Scots-Irish and English of the Appalachian states. She interviewed recent immigrants who were new citizens, and those who descended from Scots, Scots-Irish and Irish who fought with George Washington in the American revolution to create a new, better nation. Most would vote for Trump again though not all would vote for all members of the Republican party in Congress. Many Trump voters, despite growing concerns about Trump, still don't see any leadership from the Democrats that respects them, comes to visit them, and talks WITH them, instead of down to them. Successful candidates will try to learn and understand what these people have experienced, see and want for themselves, and their entire region--which was in 1992, and 2016 and still is, a very consequential a swing vote.
The people Ms. Perry interviewed are not always bright enough to see that the tax cut is short-lived and is the result of borrowing, mostly from China, and even stealing, from the Social Security funds, and that the resulting deficit means more funds have to go to paying interest, mostly to the Chinese, and the growing deficit is not sustainable. Ms. Perry and others are reporting that Trump is lying about business growth and some see this, and others do not. There are no new or remodeled U.S. Steel factories coming, U.S. Steel has said there are none. Trane, a major HVAC manufacturer is laying off 600 people in Kentucky. Prices of goods ARE going up as a result of the new tariffs which are taking money from consumers who are the ones paying them and only going to the government, and partly paying for the huge tax cuts, 80% of which went to the wealthy. The better educated voters are figuring it out, but the majority haven't seen the full effects yet and still think Trump is better than the missing, uncaring Democratic party leadership that betrayed them and sold them out to the Chinese, Mexicans, Indians, etc..
This book also shows the realities of the border, and how most of the people in nearly all the 30 counties nearest the Texas border do NOT want that wall, and think it would be a useless waste of money--and this view even includes the border patrol. However, they do believe in a more secure border, with about 1,000-2,000 more border patrol, in part to keep more real refugees and decent would-be immigrants from dying in the deserts. The border inhabitants, many others and the border patrol all want an an end to the 'catch and release' program with woefully insufficient numbers of asylum judges. The overwhelming majority of people in the book (and I can state also people she didn't interview), also believe that the U.S. should do more to insist on Mexico and the countries further south clean up their corruption, crime and provide more and better jobs--and also better wages 'to keep more people home.' The people in these 30 counties and the border patrol think that NEITHER party has done enough about any of this. More border patrol and equipment for them, a lot more judges to clear the backlog, and yes, detention of families, together, closer to the border for the judges to find them and hear their cases and resolve the situations faster, one way or another. For others, yes, there needs to be a guest worker program for agriculture, low levels of construction, hotels and restaurants, grounds-keeping and for whatever else we don't have enough workers who are willing to do hard physical labor. At the same time, the majority wants a crackdown on employers and contractors who don't do enough background checks and hire or help bring into the U.S. undocumented workers or people abusing the H-1B visa program.
Caitriona Perry's book doesn't miss a single major issue that led to the surprise (to most, not all) result of the 2016 election, many issues of which are still important and unredressed today. It's one great, very educational and thoughtful read, and I hope more people will buy it--and send a few copies to the leadership of both parties, but especially the Democrats. They have the potential to gain the most because in the past, they did care the most, and they could do so again.
In general, this was a great festival, and we could take up the entire rest of the newsletter writing about it. It is a festival of film, literature--fiction and poetry as well as non-fiction, music, dance, and yes, even Whiskey tasting--Teeling's, not the usual Jamison's for a pleasant change. You can choose which events to attend and pay the very modest individual event fees, or buy a ticket to the entirety of the festival. I hope more people will buy some tickets for an event in it, or two or three, next year and we'll hope to see you there!
Meantime, if you have gotten as fed up as we have with the usual cable and network so-called news shows and Sunday 'analysis' (read mastication beyond mush for every nuance, speculation and rumor possible by people who never travel beyond either New York City or Washington DC and probably couldn't find most states on a map where the states are labeled), try the BBC World News channel, and tell your cable company you wouldn't mind seeing the RTE as well. In San Jose, right now, through Comcast cable channel 167, the BBC runs real news shows throughout the day, with fewer feather-brained talking heads, and refreshingly little even more mindless advertising. Enjoy!
Les Poules à Colin
Les Poules à Colin
Mind-Blowing Trad-Folk Groove
Friday 10/19 Berkeley | Saturday, 10/20 Los Gatos
Taking their name from a traditional song, Les Poules, these hens were raised behind the scenes at Folk Festivals learning their craft at kitchen parties amongst some of Quebec's finest traditional musicians in a region famous for its living heritage. Despite their young age they have been performing together for 9 years touring major cities and festivals across Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and Africa amassing a wealth of impressive experience. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and foot percussion form a rich and varied backdrop for their vocals and inventive arrangements.
Les Poules à Colin’s sound blends their strong folk upbringing and North American influences that range from old-time to jazz, with provocative and emotional effects. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional pieces and reveals gorgeous vocal, instrumental and rhythmic skill.
Northern California Renaissance Faire
Saturday, October 20th Celtic Rock Concert Series, 6:00 PM
The New World String Project
John Weed • Aryeh Frankfurter • Lisa Lynne • Stuart Mason
11/13 Crescent City | 11/14 Arcata | 11/15 Eureka | 11/16 Berkeley | 11/17 Winters | 11/18 Auburn
The Bay Area has long served as a creative hothouse for adventurous-minded roots string players, and New World String Project is the latest gorgeous hybrid to emerge from this fertile soil.
This Celtic Supergroup brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly's Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.
These four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists have joined forces to create an exciting weave of music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music in Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions, ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, mandola and more. Join the New World String Project for a musical ride that will shake your boots, uplift your spirit and warm your heart.
New World String Project Tour
• Tuesday, November 13th, 7:00 PM, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 220 E. Macken Ave., Crescent City, California 95531, Suggested donation $15-$20, No tickets presold., Info 415-275-1466
• Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00 PM, Concerts at the Crib, Arcata, CA, Suggested Donation $25 – $10 sliding scale, http://www.relevantmusic.org/CribConcerts, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (707) 499-8516
• Thursday, November 15th, 7:30 PM, Christ Church Eureka, 625 15th St. Eureka, CA 95501, Suggested Donation of $20 at the door, Call 707-442-1797, Off-street parking is available at 14th and G Streets. Handicapped entrance is on 15th Street. Main door to the church is at 1428 H Street., christchurcheureka.org
• Friday, November 16th, 7:30 PM, 5th Street Farms, Berkeley, CA, Doors open 7:00, $20 donation, http://www.fifthstfarms.com
• Saturday, November 17th, 7:30 PM, The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694, $23 Admission, Call (530) 795-1825, Or visit palmsplayhouse.com
• Sunday, November 18th, 3:00 PM, Auburn House Concert Series, Auburn, CA, $25 suggested donation, Reservations required, Phone: 530-885-4292, Email: info@AuburnHouseConcerts.org
Scottish Chef Derrik Soares: A Night in Scotland
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 5 PM – 9 PM
Maye's Oyster House, 1233 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
On Wednesday, November 14th, A Night In Scotland at Maye's Oyster House will bring laughter, music and Traditional and non-traditional preparations of favorite Scottish cuisine presented by Chef Derrik Soares (Friends With Benedict's, Chief Sullivan's, House Rules).
Tickets $25 – $60 Online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-in-scotland-tickets-50990442787
The event opens with a cocktail welcome and an optional Whiskey and Chutney tasting featuring robust Scotch selections and Alison McQuade's Celtic Chutneys.
Dinner begins with a first seating at 6pm, and a second and third seating at 7pm and 8pm
The menu is designed for Fall, featuring traditional and non-traditional presentations of some of Scotlands favorite dishes.
• Dinner opens with Smokey Cullen Skink or a fresh Berry and Mint Salad
• Salmon Bonnie Prince Charlie, a whimsical twist on a popular dish
• Scotch Pie, a completely traditional and rich culinary treat
• Vegetarian Scotch Egg, blasphemous but delicious.
As dinner winds down, relax with some coffee, tea or any selection from our full bar, while we serve a Parfait Cranachan and a delicate Black Bun stuffed with sweet and tart stone fruit and topped with vanilla bean ice cream.
Please join us for a night filled with happiness!
Chef Derrik Soares
Celtic Sands @ Foothill
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Foothill Community Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Road, San Jose
Celtic Sands combines the driving rhythms of the guitar, the virtuosity of the fiddle, the soothing sounds of the Celtic harp and Irish flute into a cauldron of delight to the ears. Come experience a musical journey through ancient misty druidic lands of warriors and fair maidens. Celtic Sands will bring a tear to your eye and a bit of dance to your step with their mix of traditional Irish reels & jigs, plaintive Celtic airs and ballads, and a little Celtic rock together for an intimate sound and some lively good times.
Admission: adults $15 advance $17.50 at the door, children 12 and under are admitted free. Full Details and tickets here
"Celtic Sands is a dazzle of poetry and fun." -Jean Bartlett, Pacifica Tribune
Celtic Sands is:
Lara Garner on piano, harp, flute and whistle
Michael Mullen on fiddle, guitar and octave mandolin
Alina Polonskaya on fiddle
For more on Celtic Sands, check their website here. For more on the Foothill Community Presbyterian Church Concert Series, check the website, http://www.foothillpc.org/fccs, or contact them by email: email@example.com or phone (408) 258-8133.
30th Annual Sea Music Concert Series
Jeff Warner | Saturday, November 17th, 8:00 PM
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
The 30th annual Sea Music Concert Series concludes with the Jeff Warner, aboard the 1890 ferry Eureka, berthed at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Jeff Warner's performance of traditional American and English folk songs link 21st century audiences with the everyday lives and artistry of 19th century Americans. Accompanying himself on concertina, banjo and guitar, Jeff Warner has performed widely, from large festivals in the U.S. and UK, to clubs and schools across America.
Tickets: $10 - $20. Purchase them on concert night at the Hyde Street Pier entrance beginning 7:30 PM and avoid the online service charge. To order your tickets online, — CLICK HERE!.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf, includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit nps.gov/safr, Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS, and Facebook @SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers assisted listening services on request. Sign Language interpreter services need to be requested at least five days in advance. Contact Accessibility Coordinator/Chief of Interpretation for more information at 415-859-6797, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details, call Lynn Cullivan at 415-561-7006 or email her at Lynn_Cullivan@nps.gov
An Irish Christmas RETURNS!
Christmas magic from the Emerald Isle
Traditional Song, Dance and Storytelling for the Whole Family
Back by popular demand, An Irish Christmas returns with an exhilarating exhibition of Christmas magic from the Emerald Isle. The show brings together all the joy, hope, laughter and spirit of the season with traditional songs, dances, and lively storytelling. An Irish Christmas is a unique and unforgettable experience that The Village News says, 'leaves everyone with the urge to grab their loved ones and dance down the aisles.'For the An Irish Christmas Tour video, Click Here.
An Irish Christmas, features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers Starring, Caterina Coyne (Riverdance principal dancer), World Champion Dancer Tyler Schwartz and Connor Reider (Principal dancer Celtic Fyre, St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, The Chieftains), as well as members of the Kerry Dance Troupe, The Kerry Voice Squad and the Kerry Traditional Orchestra in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring.Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.
… Genuinely astonishing ... electric! — The Village News
… The capacity crowd nearly brought the house down at the end of the evening — The Irish Herald
An Irish Christmas represents the best of modern Ireland while also introducing audiences to the beauty, passion and uniqueness of their history. Authentic Irish traditions and customs are cleverly woven into the show including exhilarating step dancing and age-old dances over brooms, on half doors and around butter churns. From soothing ballads to vigorous dance tunes, from Carol of the Bells to ancient Irish hymns and melodies, the music of Ireland comes to life on traditional instruments such as the bodhran and the uilleann pipes, along with fiddles, flutes and drums.
An Irish Christmas is produced by Kerry Irish Productions, an Irish-owned company based in Los Angeles that promotes and celebrates Irish culture and its rich traditions through the medium of dance. They incorporate often forgotten Irish customs and strive to forge new paths between old and new Irish dance styles. As with all their shows, An Irish Christmas represents the best of modern Ireland while also introducing audiences to the beauty, passion and uniqueness of their history.
9th Annual Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering
Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St, Livermore
Sunday, December 9th, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
This coming December, the Bothwell Arts Center again hosts their Annual Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering, a spirited community celebration filled with music, food, and laughter. The event is produced by folksinger Gabriel 'Gabe' Duffin.
Gabe hails from Belfast, Ireland and his band, Pog Mo Thoin, features talented musicians from around the Bay Area. Known for their rich Irish ballads and lively Irish folk tunes, the band will happily follow their leader and throw in an unexpected rock song while serving up, many Christmas favorites with a Celtic flair.
"Please come to Livermore for the 9th annual Celtic Xmas Concert at the Bothwell center, on 8th & J Streets. This will be on Sunday, December 9th, doors open at 6:30 and showtime at 7:30. Pot luck food, full bar. Great line up of musical talent this year including myself, Gabe Duffin, (guitar and vocals ) Michael Mullen (fiddle), Erin Ruth Thompson (vocals), Paul Schimmelman (bass) and Joe O'Loughlan (percussion).
Starting the end of October or early November, tickets will be on sale for the Livermore downtown Bankhead theatre box office: Bothwell Celtic Christmas Concert tickets. $18 advance, $23 at the door. See you all then." — Gabe
Duffin conceived of the Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering as a fundraiser for the Bothwell Arts Center back in 2009, and this family-friendly celebration has become a local tradition, an opportunity to meet and mingle with friends both old and new before the Holiday whirl begins. Cider and tea are offered for free, and wine, beer and Irish Whiskey are available for purchase.
Guests are encouraged to bring a potluck dish of their choice to share. In the past, buffet items have ranged anywhere from traditional beef stew to a platter of McDonald's cheeseburgers or fancy holiday treats.
WinterDance! Molly's Revenge
WINTERDANCE CELTIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Molly's Revenge, Amelia Hogan, The Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers
With the holiday season just around the corner, the fabulously popular Annual Winterdance Christmas Show is on once more.
Molly's Revenge, starring David Brewer, John Weed and Stu Mason with guest vocalists Christa Burch and Amelia Hogan, and the award winning Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers will present an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, and something new for our regulars.
'A seriously joyous, masterly musical experience.' — Tom Clancy, Irish Music Magazine
Molly's Revenge, whose lineup includes bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, have toured the world with their unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm. Their arrangements of traditional jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.
For the first part of the tour, our guest vocalist will be Christa Burch. Christa possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive, intimate, and instantly recognizable, marrying intuitive musicianship and storytelling while starting in San Jose, our guest vocalist will be Amelia Hogan, a voice of lilting grace and a subtle power and to balance the evocative storytelling of these great songs, the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers bring a percussive, joyful, and colorful exuberance to the stage.
To raise funds for their programs, co-sponsors AmeriCeltic.net, the Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, The South Bay Scottish Society and The Saint Andrews Society of SF offer WinterDance - South Bay Edition, in San Jose on Friday, December 14th, at 7:00 PM at the lovely and luxurious Hoover Historic Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., a new venue, located in the posh Rose Garden district of San Jose, with ample free parking in their own parking lot. Check out the Hoover here: Hoover Historic Theatre Website.
California-based Molly's Revenge has toured since 2000 as a four and five-piece acoustic band, releasing eleven CDs along the way, and in 2014, Molly's Revenge and Christa Burch recorded a collection of Celtic Christmas and winter-themed music at a remote windswept retreat in the redwoods of the Mendocino coast. This beautiful Winterdance holiday album will be available at the shows.
As always, this 13th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration will capture the traditional spirit of the season and warm the hearts of all who attend.
Irish Christmas In America
Friday, December 21st, 8:00 PM
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore, CA
The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 14th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2018 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo's Niamh Farrell.
This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish dancing from Samantha Harvey. In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland, bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season.
'Captivating' – Irish Music Magazine
'Lively and reflective…a powerful evocation of the season' – Folk Wax
'A celebration of family and good times at the winter season' – Gather.com
'Full of exceptional music and dance, relaxed good humor, and interesting historical commentary', and,
'Irish Christmas in America is one of the few standouts. It was as relaxed and enjoyable as any Irish Christmas-themed concerts I've ever attended.' — Irish Echo
The Bankhead Theater is a venue with 507 seats and full stage facilities for music, theater, dance, lectures, civic events and conferences. Both the Bothwell Arts Center and the Bankhead Theater are part of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, an independent non-profit arts organization offering a diverse range of art opportunities to the Tri-Valley community and beyond.
Lark In The Morning Store
Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 6 PM
Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley
"Recently, we made acquired a few rare guitars and mandolins from the Trinity College warehouse. These out of production models look and sound fantastic and we got them at a good price so they're a real bargain for knowledgeable musicians. Come see them in our Berkeley shop."
Thorn Land and Eric Azumi
Lark in the Morning Store, Berkeley
Lark in the Morning has been a folk musician's favorite since 1974 and has musical instruments and instructional material from all over the world.
Breaking News at The Duke
The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA, 11:30am - 2:00am every day of the year
Publican Carlos and his partners have an announcement to make! Many of you have heard the rumors about the at The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant. To paraphrase Sam Clemons, aka Mark Twain:
For details, Watch the official Video!
The Duke is, and will remain, THE only Authentic, (and we do mean AUTHENTIC!), British Pub in the Bay Area, located across the street from Apple Headquarters on Wolfe Road in Cupertino.
The atmosphere at the 'The Duke', is the same as you would find in any pub in the British Isles, full of friendly patrons who come in to socialize, play darts, have a pint or two, and eat a meal. If you are looking for a comfortable elegance, pints of beer and authentic food, in an authentic English Pub, there is no a better choice in the Bay Area. The Duke offers a large number of beers on draft and by the bottle. Almost anything English, Scottish or Irish is available. Murphy's Irish Stout brewed in Cork, Ireland and Scotch Eggs is always a good choice.
The servers are excellent and very knowledgeable about the beer and food menu. The menu is expansive and worth exploring. The dark pubsy feel with old regulars in their respective, but not crowded corners around lunch hour in Cupertino, is a great boon.
You can't find more 'authentic' atmosphere, because the entire building was built in jolly old England, then disassembled, shipped and reassembled on site in Cupertino. With the red velvet seating and wall paper and ornate, dim lighting, you are transported to London as soon as you enter the etched glass door.
Plough and Stars Honored
Added to SF Legacy Business Registry
The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco
The Plough & Stars is thrilled to announce we've been honored with 'Legacy' status as an historic asset to the city by the San Francisco Office of Small Business ... Join us for great music & the best Guinness pint in town.
What a diverse and vibrant mix of businesses added to the Legacy Business Registry yesterday! Join us in congratulating Babylon Burning, the Lab SF, The Mindful Body, The Plough and Stars and Slim's! Thank you for your commitment and service to our communities.
The Plough and Stars (116 Clement St): An Irish pub and known gathering place for the Irish community for over 40 years. The bar showcases musicians across genres and maintains a tradition for over 35 years of hosting seisiúns, informal Irish jam sessions. Stop by for a perfectly-poured Guinness and see why?? they've been voted Best Irish Bar by SF Weekly.
I would like to thank all the Musicians who have played in the Plough. Without their contributions this would not have happened — Sean Heaney
The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, is known around the world for hosting incredible Irish music and pulling beautiful pints of Guinness since 1975. Since then, it has evolved to host live music every night of the week, except Monday, including all genres of music; Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Zydeco, acoustic Americana, and of course, Irish Traditional.
The first Saturday is always Americana Jukebox and every third Friday is Bluegrass Bonanza! We welcome you to stop in for a drink and try our famous, award winning pints of Guinness, or indulge in any of our other specials. We host Happy Hour all day every Monday with free pool, and the first Monday of the month has a Pub Quiz at 8:30 PM. Check out our website for a full calendar of events!
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant
198 5th St, San Francisco
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with Irish pub grub & beers on tap plus sports on the satellite TV.
This local Irish Pub brings the culture of Ireland to San Francisco, offering a full bar, Happy Hour specials, and a full Irish restaurant menu, including favorites like fish and chips which goes with any style of sport, music or fun.
'I am in the city every 2-3 months and The Chieftain is an absolutely integral part of every trip. Mark runs an amazing, authentic Irish pub. Major plus, the only place I know of in northern California to get Kilkenny!!'
'Walked in, Saturday night about 7pm and there was a table right inside the door. We had a shepherds pie and an Irish stew. The shepherds pie was actually made with lamb! The live music was great entertainment too!'
The Chieftain hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Click Here for the current schedule! The live Irish traditional music and song session every Sunday evening is always great Craic! Here is a sample Irish Session from 2009: Live Irish Session at the Chieftain.
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