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Friday, 2018-10-19
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,

• 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)
• 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)
• 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 / 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)

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Arlene Foster
Arlene Foster

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.

May & Foster
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
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.

Caitriona Perry

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

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.

CLICK HERE for a sample video, Les Poules à Colin - Ti Mé

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.

Tour Dates:
• Friday, October 19th, 8:00 PM, in Berkeley, CA, Fifth Street Farms, Reservations available at
• Saturday, October 20th, 7:00 PM in Los Gatos, CA, $20, Pippa's Place, 23960 Summit Road, Potluck with a glass of wine and good conversation at 6:00 PM, For information or reservations email Pippa at (preferred), or call her at 408-529-5610.

Northern California Renaissance Faire
$28 at the gate, or in advance on the Website
(Children 12 and under are free)

Northern California Renaissance Faire

Saturday, October 20th Celtic Rock Concert Series, 6:00 PM
Final Weekend!, starts at 10:00 AM
Friday October 19th, Saturday October 20th, and Sunday October 21st

Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway (CA 152), Hollister, CA

Saturday Celtic Rock Concerts
Click Here for Details!
• Saturday, October 20th, 6:00 PM, Lexington Field

The Northern California Renaissance Faire is one of California's largest Renaissance faires with full contact jousting, live street and stage theater, authentic hand made crafts and fun activities for the entire family.

Click Here for the Promotional Video

Each Fall, these merry English folk create Willingtown, a village under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, where for a brief magical time, the Queen will allow you to become one of her loyal subjects, too, but on Saturday nights, at 6:00 PM, (after the Queen and her guards have retired), rebellious Colonists and Celtic Rock fans retake the fairgrounds for the free-with-admission Celtic Rock Concert Series.

Willingtown Village has plenty of hearty food, 5 stages filled with historic improv troupes, comedy acts, Shakespearean dramas, dancing, fire-eating and more, a historic re-enactments of a medieval tournament where you can cheer on the knight of your choice at a full-contact joust in the World Tournament of Champions Arena, and 150+ vendors offering old world designs, hand-crafted works of art, blown glass, knives and swords, leather, wood, jewelry and much more.

Questions? Email or check The Website.

Culann's Hounds

Culann's Hounds

Legendary Celtic Rockers

10/19th Fairfax | 10/27 Sonora | 11/9 San Francisco

Fierce like their namesake, Cu Chulainn, Culann's Hounds have built a reputation for stage shows filled with high-energy and a ruthless dedication to rocking their audiences. Folk melodies, sensibilities, and stories permeate their music with original in Ireland, France and early America. This mash-ups of tradition and energy is at once thought provoking, accessible and infectious. The Hounds original material is a mirror of their lives, tales of distant lands, love, elation and loss.

Tickets are $8.00 at the door.

Steve Gardner brings his virtuosic violin style uncut. With seeming effortlessness he plays Irish traditional music, Cajun, country and rock pairing with the accordion at breakneck speed. Steve also grabs the guitar and sings his irreverent brand of classic and original songs.

Mike Kelleher sings from the gut, giving his own songs and those of centuries past a particular urgency. A key to The Hounds' tireless rhythm, Mike's guitar playing cuts to the core of song, strongly framing the vocals and the traditional melodies.

Born in the Philadelphia area, Timothy Hill has spent the last decade studying and performing Irish traditional music. Tim started his career with Irish music on bodhrán, and at the age of 11 took up the uilleann pipes. With years of tutelage from John Donnelly, Jerry O'Sullivan and Tim Britton, and performances with Mick Moloney, Paddy Keenan, Teada, Billy McComiskey, Tony DeMarco, Seamus Begley, Gabriel Donohue to name a few, Tim has become one of the top young pipers in America.

Longtime Bassist Dan Duffin and a short list of regulars join the Hounds as the performance demands.

When The Hounds play, they take more than just the stage. They take control and make you love them. Give in to screamingly high energy, dance with wild abandon, and connect to music of the people made on real instruments in front of your eyes.

Next Shows:
• Friday, October 19th, 9:00 PM, Culann's Hounds with Gentlemen Soldiers @ Peri's Bar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA. $9 at the door.
• Saturday, October 27th,- 28th, Culann's Hounds @ All Hallow's Fantasy Faire Celtic New Years Celebration @ Mother Lode Fairgrounds 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora, CA. Tickets and Info.
• Friday, November 9th, 9:00 PM Kyle Alden, Tim Hill and Steve Gardner @ The Chieftain, 198 5th St, San Francisco, CA. No Cover. (See Below for details)

Culann's Hounds Videos | Culann's Hounds Website.

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The 8th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival

Fairfax Friday 10/19, Saturday 10/20 & Sunday 10/21

Various Venues around Fairfax, CA
just 22 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge
All free except opener at Peri's

Heartbeat Music is delighted to present, the 8th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival Of Music & Dance.

Click here for the full details and schedule of performances

Festival Highlights and Video Previews

On Friday, October 19th, at 7:00 PM, the festival kicks off at Wu Wei Tea Temple, 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, with Suzuki Cady & Daniel Schoenfeld followed by the Gallowglasses at 8:00 PM. For Gallowglasses Videos, Click Here!. At 9:00 PM the hard rocking Culann's Hounds and Gentlemen Soldiers shake up the town at Peri's Bar, 29 Broadway Blvd. These Hounds are renowned for savage Fiddle Tunes, Drinking Songs, and Celtic Rebel music. For Culann's Hounds Videos, Click Here! Peri's has an $8 cover charge.

Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st, the festival takes over most of this small Marin town. For two days, Fairfax will once again resemble a town in Ireland, with Irish jigs, reels, dancing and sweet voices in Fairfax pubs, restaurants, cafes and clubs.

Saturday's craic begins with a trio of Irish sessions, from 2:00 PM onwards, one for every sub-genre from so-called pure drop to eclectic. Saturday evening's performances start at 5:00 PM, with a lecture by Donagh McKeown on Irish Influence in California and continue with over a dozen other Irish music performances around the town through to midnight.

Saturday evenings great line-up at 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax, starts at 6:00 PM with Erin Thompson accompanied by Richard Mandel. For Erin's Videos, Click Here! Next is the Bay Area's rising star trad band, Erica & Friends, at 7:15 PM. This great group is lead by the angelic vocals of Erica Hockett and they have a new album, Hillside Avenue, so bring extra and pick up a new CD! For Erica & Friends Videos, Click Here. At 8:30 PM, The Ring of Truth takes over and at 10:00 PM, its McCrae's Battalion, bringing Celtic Rock with a message. For McCrae's Battalion Videos, Click Here.

Sunday's fun includes 8 performances, beginning at 1:00 PM, with Lee Corbie-Wells, (of Moonshine Jelly) accompanied by Burke Trieschmann at Revolution 9 14 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, followed at 2:00 PM by a reunion of Steve Gardner (of Culann's Hounds) and singer Erin Thompson at Wu Wei Tea Temple.

At 3:30 PM, Lee Corbie-Wells returns to Wu Wei Tea Temple with her striking vocal and multi-instrument talents, and joined by partner Kent Kessinger and a select group of supporting friends known as Moonshine Jelly, to rolls out a fresh and dynamic mix of Celtic, Americana, Blues, Jazz, Swing, Ragtime, Latin, Scandinavian and Bluegrass. Moonshine Jelly also has a new album, High Tide. For Moonshine Jelly Videos, Click Here!


Culann's Hounds, The Gallowglasses, McCrae's Battalion, The Gasmen, Comhaltas Set Dancers, Moonshine Jelly, Catherine John, Erica & Friends, Erin Thompson & Richard Mandel, Suzuki Cady, Rebecca Richman, John Pedersen, Rita Thies, Dan Shea, Brosnan Irish Dancers, The Pure Drops, The Musers, Burke Trieschmann, Daniel Schoenfeld, Susan Spurlock, The Shots String Band, Rory McNamara, Robyn NiConney, Keith Dubinsky, The Snug, Riggy Rackin, Donagh McKeown, Felim Egan, David Winter, Neil O' Neill, Stacy Samuels, Michael Harmon, Roxanne Oliva, The Turf Cutters and more.

For more info, check The Fairfax Fleadh Facebook Page, or Fairfax Fleadh Website, or email or call Cormac Gannon at 415-637-5079.

Tempest Serrated Edge line-up
This Serrated Edge line-up of Tempest
will be featured at our big 30th Anniversary Show
(along with other incarnations of the band)
Tempest's current line-up is:
Lief Sorbye, Lead Vocals, Electric Dbl. Neck Mandolin
Kathy Buys, Fiddle, Harmony Vocals
Ab Menon, Guitar
Josh Fossgreen, Bass and Harmony Vocals
Adolfo Lazo, Drums

Artist sites and sounds:

Tempest 30th Anniversary Show
The West Coast's original Celtic Rock band!

Saturday October 20th at 8:00 PM – Midnight

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Lief says,
'We are so looking forward to our 30th Anniversary and Reunion Concert in Berkeley, thirty years to the day from our very first show. This all-ages event promises to be a great celebration of Tempest's musical past and present; featuring the current band, reunion sets by the original line-up, and an array of musical guests from several colorful decades of fun!'

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements.

The last 30 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs, including 30 Little Turns earlier this year, and play more than 2,500 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member. Signed to Sony-distributed Magna Carta Records, Tempest's releases are acclaimed worldwide.

For Tempest videos, Click Here!

Advance Tickets are $20 on Eventbrite — CLICK HERE!

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. Lief started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Kathy's experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. Driving in from the North Bay area is Josh Fossgreen, an exceptional musical talent whose innovative bass textures add a rich dimension to the Tempest soundscape. And Northern California's own young Indian-American progressive guitarist, Ab Menon, skids to a flaming stop on the Tempest stage, replete with flying dreadlocks, dazzling string stylings and a sense of ticklish fun. Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band's sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.

Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has also appeared at Denmark's Skagen Festival, Britain's Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada, and the band is a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals, as well.

For more at, Click Here.

For Information on Ashkenaz, call: (510) 525-5054

Salty Walt And The Rattlin' Ratlines
Salty Walt And The Rattlin' Ratlines

30th Annual Sea Music Concert Series

Salty Walt And The Rattlin' Ratlines

Saturday, October 20th, 8:00 PM – 10 PM
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco

The 30th annual Sea Music Concert Series concludes with the band Salty Walt And The Rattlin' Ratlines, aboard the 1890 ferry Eureka, berthed at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

This crew represent the kind of impromptu musical groups which would form at the forehatch of a ship – performing using whatever instruments, voices and talents were on hand. They use strong call and response, as well as harmonies, to bring traditional American and British folksongs, sea songs and chanteys to life.

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, 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

For more details, call Lynn Cullivan at 415-561-7006 or email her at


Martin Hayes Quartet

Martin Hayes Quartet Tour

Irish Tradition with Bass Clarinet and Hardanger D'amore

10/23 Sebastopol | 10/24 Berkeley

The Martin Hayes Quartet expands on many of the musical ideas pursued by Martin Hayes (Violin) in his longstanding partnership with Dennis Cahill, (Guitar). The melody still remains central but now with an added range of sonic possibilities provided by the bass clarinet and viola d'amore. The addition of these instruments creates an added aural texture and amplifies the rhythmic possibilities while also allowing a larger role for improvisation. Both Doug Wieselman  (Bass Clarinet) and Liz Knowles (Viola/Violin) bring a wealth of musical experience that contributes to the spacious, rich arrangements of the Quartet.

Here is a Video Excerpt from the song "The Boy in the Gap" and interview with the Quartet about the recording process.

Martin Hayes Quartet Show Dates:
Tuesday, October 23rd, 8:00 PM, Sebastopol, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris St, Advance Tickets $30,
Wednesday, October 24th, 8:00 PM, Berkeley, Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Advance Tickets $42,

More sights and sounds:

10th Annual Sonora All Hallows Fantasy Faire

10th Annual Sonora All Hallows Fantasy Faire

Saturday, October, 27th, Noon-'11pm & Sunday, October, 28th, 11am-6pm

Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora

The Original 10th Annual All Hallows Faire returns to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, California on October 27 & 28, 2018. It's our big 10th year celebration and we are going to create an exciting world of fun never seen before in Sonora! This original event creation will bring historical Celtic cultures alive with costume characters and non-stop entertainment. The festival will also have the ever-popular Burning of the Harvestman, and a Fire Extravaganza not to be missed- so come early and celebrate the Celtic New Year in style…


Save money by buying tickets on-line:

ASAHFF Promotional Video, Click Here!

The Fantasy Faire is a two-day all inclusive costume play event! Patrons are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and immerse themselves into our themed encampment realms. The encampments will be filled with Celts, Vikings, Ancient Warriors, Pirates, Victorian Steampunk, Fairytale Village, Mythical Creatures, Gypsies, Witches, and a Fire Breathing Dragon. Kids can trick or treat through the entire realm, with free candy at every corner and a costume contest. On Sunday, the faire offers three new venues just for kids: a pumpkin carving area, a super fun pumpkin rolling competition, and the new exciting midway game arcade!

Music is always one of the crowd favorites at the faire, and this year we have two full stages of music featuring the red-hot Celtic Rock band- Culann's Hounds. Joining them on stage will be the crazy Americana sounds of The Pine Box Boys. Also back by popular demand, Thee Hobo Gobbelins' will be performing their awesome folk-rock music that will wake the dead and get all dancing. Also appearing on stage will be the Black Irish Band, Lucky CuZn Brass Band, and the Ghostly Scottish Bagpipers of the Lost Division.

There will be many exciting venues to marvel at the faire, which will include: jugglers, storytellers, magicians, psychics and fortune tellers. New this year gracing our stages will be Brian Cassady performing world-class magic for all ages. Master Juggler Kevin Axtell will be returning this year with his dynamic blend of fire juggling, fire spinning, dance, theater, and fire magic. Other great attractions include: Pirate Skool- (learn to be a pirate), Hearts of Khyber- (dance & drumming), Airship Mariposa- Story Theater and Magic Show, and the ever-wonderful Moon Goddess Caravan Belly Dancers.

Walking around the faire marvel at the hundreds of live-action performing guilds assembled that include:

St. Andrews- (Royal Scots), Dark Boar Vikings, Danse Macabre- (Parade of the Dead), Kaotic Mythicals- (kids games), Beastcub Creatures- (life-size animals), Menagerie of Mythical Misfits, a Bubble Fairy, Goblins Grotto Ogre, Gaesatae- (Celtic Warriors), Knot Witches, and Mead and Meadow Crafters and Herb Lore.

One great centerpiece of the faire is the Celtic Village & Marketplace. Highlights of the village include over fifty artisan vendors showcasing their work. Enjoy browsing through the boundless amount of unique items to fulfill your needs and desires. Delight your taste buds with many varieties of traditional and modern food. Quench your thirst at the Slaughtered Lamb Tavern, featuring ales, beers, and themed adult beverages….

It's all about coming dressed up for fun! A costume contest for adults and children of all ages with prizes will be offered all weekend long. And then on Saturday Night- the Big Fire Extravaganza, the worlds most amazing fire show by nationally known fire-juggler and fire walker instructor, Kevin Axtell & Friends. All will want to also witness the ever-popular Burning of the Harvestman. An old Celtic Tradition that opens the door to our loved ones on the other side.

Full details and Tickets at

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McCrae's Battalion

San Francisco based Celtic Folk Rock

Saturday, October 27, 9 PM | Winters Tavern, 1522 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica

Scotsman Fraser McGill (vocals and guitar) leads the charge with the original Celtic folk rock sound of McCrae's Battalion. With Kristen Vandling on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, and vocals, McCrae's Battalion offers visions of a far away home, the plight of the working man, and the struggle for love and redemption. With Orlando Cerecedes from the band Breaking Lights on lead guitar, the infectious beats of Drew Mayo on drums and Djuna Gray on bass round out the traditional sound with a tasty side of rock & roll. Add a classic Irish lament and a Pogues cover and McCrae's Battalion will satisfy diverse audiences and get your feet dancing!

Weaving social and political commentary with traditional instrumentation, McCrae's Battalion picks up where The Pogues and The Waterboys left off, guaranteeing a night of heartache, hope, and whiskey glass smashing.

Click here for video of McCrae's Battalion's (It's a) Me Me Me (World).

The Gillbillies and Another Tangent complete the set.

McCrae's Battalion recently put out a new album, Me and the Devil in the Valley of the Dogs and all their albums are available online at:

For more information on McCrae's Battalion, visit: and Facebook at, or email the band at

For more on The Chieftain, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-625-0436, or email Mark Nagle at or check the website,

April Verch with Joe Newberry
April Verch with Joe Newberry

April Verch with Joe Newberry

Canadian Fiddler & Stepdancer
Missouri native from North Carolina

Berkeley, CA 10/28 | Chico, CA 10/30

April Verch and Joe Newberry are coming to the Walker Creek Music Camp and offer three more Concerts around Northern California.

Check out this great video of Joe and April performing the title track of their debut release "Going Home" in Sheffield, UK and then find more great videos on their YouTube Playlist!

Canadian fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She was raised surrounded by living, breathing roots music—her father's country band rehearsing; the lively music at church and at community dances; the tunes she rocked out to win fiddle competitions. She thought every little girl learned to stepdance at the age of three and fiddle at the age of six. She knew nothing else and decided early on that she wanted to be a professional musician.

While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and far beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation.

'Just as contemporary bluegrass has Alison Krauss as an ambassador, the Ottawa Valley has April Verch,' said NPR's Marco Werman on 'The World.' 'It's about joining together to celebrate everyday life, through music. We're all in this together.'

Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, Joe performs in a duo with Mike Compton, and also performs with guitarist Jon Shain. Another special side project pairs Joe with old-time music legends Bill Hicks, Mike Craver, and Jim Watson.  He was recently a featured singer on the Transatlantic Sessions tour of the United Kingdom with fiddler Aly Bain and Dobro master Jerry Douglas, along with an all-star band and fellow singers Rhiannon Giddens, the Milk Carton Kids, Carla Dillon, and Karen Matheson.

Tour Dates:
• Sunday, October 28th, 8:00 PM, in Berkeley, CA, Fifth Street Farms, Reservations available at
• Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, November 4th, West Marin County, CA, Walker Creek Music Camp.
• Sunday, November 4th, Oakland, CA, Homestead House Concert Series, For info and reservations, contact Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood will open the show!
• Monday, November 5th, Chico, CA, Chico House Concert, For info or to RSVP please contact Marcel at

More information and music samples at

Hardly Strictly Trad./Jazz on / 91.5 FM

Friday, November 2nd, 4:00 PM | Jon Rubin and David Boyden

one of my favorite Celtic genre-bending local artists, 91.5 FM presents "Hardly Strictly Jazz" as the acoustic fingerstyle guitar of Jon Rubin joins with the improvisational violin of David Boyden in the instrumental folk/blues/celtic/jazz duo, Hardly Strictly Trad.

Jon may be familiar to AmeriCeltic followers for his past work with sopranos Adrianna Ciccone, Aine Brolly and Erica Hockett (Erica and Friends). This Instrumental Acoustic Duo of fingerstyle guitar and violin, performs original compositions and stylized arrangements of standards, Traditional and pop tunes. An eclectic repertoire spans Burt Bacharach to Rickie Lee Jones, Herb Alpert to Joni Mitchell -- all infused with folk/blues/celtic/jazz guitar sounds and improvisational violin riffs. Not straight-ahead jazz, but "a jazz-like approach to the small ensemble re-imagined on ten strings".

Dave Stafford's 'Friday Folk-off' happens LIVE at 3:00 - 6:00 PM Friday afternoons on, 91.5 FM. Dave's show is an unpredictable mix of live music, contemporary acoustic recordings with a healthy dose of Celtic, English, and American melodies.

More Hardly Strictly Details - Facebook Page | Website

Uilleann Pipes
Uilleann Pipes

Uilleann Pipe Concert & Workshop
Todd Denman, Tim Hill, Autumn Rhodes, and others

Friday, November 2nd at 9:00 PM — Concert
Saturday, November 3rd at 2:00 PM — Afternoon Session and Piping Workshop

Plough and Stars Pub, 116 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

In celebration of International Uilleann Piping Day November 3rd, 2018, the San Francisco Pipers will host a Concert and Workshop at the Plough and Stars.

Cormac says:
'Friday evening, we will have a concert of traditional Irish music featuring pipers Todd Denman, Tim Hill, Autumn Rhodes, and others at The Plough & Stars . The following day, Saturday, we will gather again at the The Plough for an afternoon session and piping workshop.'

For more information, check the Facebook Event, or email Cormac Gannon at or check

Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt
Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt

Workshop: Playing Music
for Scottish Country Dancing

Saturday, November 3, at 10 AM – 4 PM

Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Ave., Kensington CA

RSCDS San Francisco Branch sponsors a Workshop taught by Australia's Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt.

Chris and Catherine are multi-award winning instrumentalists will be playing at the Asilomar Weekend, the prior weekend. They are Australia's longest-performing Scottish music duo, beginning their partnership 30 years ago. As dancers themselves from a very early age, they understand what makes great dance music and thrive on bringing to the dance their invigorating musical vitality bursting with infectious energy, drive, color and groove. Chris and Catherine prefer to play without sheet music so that they can connect more closely with the dancers and will teach this approach at the workshop.

Advance Registration Required! Price: $20 or $10 for youth musicians (age 25 or under). Workshop Flyer and Registration From may be downloaded from: Scholarships available for RSCDS San Francisco Branch members from the Branch's Mark deLemos Music Fund.

To register, make checks payable to RSCDS-San Francisco and mail with Registration Form to: Julie Wyrick, 3410 Deerpark Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 or email for PayPal payment or Scholarship information.


The Caledonian Club of Sacramento: A Tartan Ball

Saturday November 3rd, 2018 | Entertainment by Arbroath
6:00 PM Social Hour | 7:00 PM Dinner | 8:00 PM Dancing

Heritage Park Clubhouse, 2481 Heritage Park, Sacramento, CA

Menu catered by Indulge Gourmet, Chef Laura
Appetizers: ham and gruyere thumbprint tarts & spinach and white cheddar balls drizzled with Creme fraiche
Salad Course: Mixed greens wit roasted pears,cranberries, Castellano blue cheese, glazed pecans & maple apple vinaigrette.
Main course: Roasted chicken with white wine butter sauce, breadcrumb crusted tilapia with basil, capers and sundried tomatoes, garlic mashed potatoes with gruyere and chives; garlic french green beans with Dijon Sauce
Entertainment: Arbroath

Cost: $50/person

Deadline for Reservations: Thursday, October 25th. Mail reservations & check payable to "The Caledonian Club of Sacramento" to: The Caledonian Club, c/o Marcelle Bowden, P.O. Box 162967, Sacramento, CA 95816-2967.

For information, contact Marcelle Bowden - 916-208-3560. No tickets will be mailed. Please check in at the reception table.

Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco

155th Annual Tartan Banquet and Ball Saturday, December 1st, 2018, 6:00PM

Marines' Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco

Non-Member Tickets: $110 per person, or $200 per couple, available online at Eventbrite.
Patron: His Grace the Duke of Hamilton
Reception: 6:00 PM
Dinner, Evening Program & Dancing: 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Entertainment: Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers, Prince Charles Pipe Band and Scottish Dancers
Formal or Highland Dress Recommended

Founded in 1863, Saint Andrews Society San Francisco joins men and women of Scottish birth and those of the same heritage in a bond of culture and benevolent purpose, the latter best expressed in our motto:

Our Ain Ills Hae Strength To Bear Anither's Aye Hae Heart To Feel

Aid to people of Scots origin or decent in distress remains an important function for us. We cooperate frequently with the British Benevolent Society of San Francisco, and join with such organizations as the Caledonian Club, the PBFSCO and the St. Andrew's of Oakland and St. Andrew's of Los Angeles in special projects.

Full details and online tickets are available online. Click here!, or email David Campbell or call him at 415-225-9307.

Róisín O'Reilly

Thanks, Brother House Concert

Róisín O and John Broe | Saturday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM

Crombie Cabin, 271 Sylvan Way, Emerald Hills, CA

Born to music royalty, singer-songwriter Róisín is the daughter of Irish Icon Mary Black, sister of Danny O'Reilly of The Coronas, and niece of Irish Senator, Frances Black and Black Brothers Shay and Michael who are based here in SF, but Róisín doesn't rest on the laurels of her family, her pure voice and thought provoking songs have made her the artist to watch. She truly is a force to be reckoned with!

CLICK HERE to donate and guarantee your seat.
Crombie Cabin, Doors open at 6PM music at 7PM.
CLICK HERE for full details

Columnist Colleen Taylor notes:
With 'Warn Me of Silence', Róisín O proves her bravery, just like her creativity, knows no bounds. 'Warn Me of Silence' sends a gorgeously choreographed and politicized message. From her first release, Róisín O's solo career has been vigorously inquisitive, seeking out influences from pop, rock, Americana, new age and even Afro genres to set her folk music songwriting on fire. I've been in love with O's debut album 'Secret Life of Blue' (2012) for a couple years now, and her two 2016 releases, 'Give it Up' and 'Better this Way' are each, in their respective style, stunning. What distinguishes her most recent release is an escalating sense of drama. The song's style circles back to her 2015 release, 'If You Got Love,' in which O's folksy vocals pair with electro-rock backing instrumentation. The same perfect formula of 'opposites attract' makes 'Warn Me of Silence' another great original from Mary Black's daughter. Her ethereal, mystical singing voice weaves with grounded, rooted beats that make 'Warn Me of Silence' a really enigmatic listening experience.

Sample Videos:
Warn Me of Silence Róisín O's single filmed in Dubai
Grace - Róisin O, Aoife Scott, Danny O'Reilly
Your Love - Mary Black, Danny O'Reilly and Róisín O.

For more about Róisín O, check or

Wake the Dead

17th Annual Wake the Dead Day of the Dead Show

World's Only Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band

Sunday, October 28th, 7:00 PM, Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley,

WAKE THE DEAD, the World's Only Celtic All-Star Party Band, at first impressing the Dead themselves enough for them to release the début Wake the Dead CD on Grateful Dead/Arista Records, now extends their reach to embrace the entire Summer of Love.

Danny says: "Our 17th annual Day of the Dead show at the Freight! Whatever could we possibly come up with to top last year? Well, come and find out!"

Doors: 6:00 PM / Show: 7:00 PM, Tickets $26 ADV / $30 DOOR (plus fees) Get your Tickets — Click Here

First known for weaving jigs and reels into the songs of the Grateful Dead, this hot Bay Area acoustic sextet now Celtifies the entire Summer of Love including the Airplane, Youngbloods, Buffalo Springfield and even the Beatles.

Click Here for the Studio-Produced Videos of Wake the Dead!

Wake the Dead is Danny Carnahan (vocals, fiddle, octave mandolin), Sylvia Herold (vocals, guitar), Paul Kotapish (vocals, mandolin), Kevin Carr (uilleann pipes, fiddle), Cindy Browne (bass) and Brian Rice (exotic percussion).

Eighteen years of rocking acoustic joy and still going strong. Fans are guaranteed brand-new surprises at every show.

More Details at and on the Facebook Event


Celtic Society of Monterey Bay

The venerable Celtic Society of Monterey Bay has a 26 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.

• Sunday, November 4th 2018, 3:00PM, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove, A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
• Wednesday, December 12th 2018, 7:30PM, Tony McManus (with guest Julia Toaspern) gives a concert at Michael's On Main, Soquel
• Wednesday, December 19th 2018, 7:30PM, Tomáseen Foley presents 'A Celtic Christmas' at the UCSC Recital Hall, Santa Cruz

Click here for full details of All Celtic Society of Monterey Bay Concerts on the CSoMB website! (Click on small arrow in the inset photo for the videos. Click on the 'more info' link for full details and ticket links.)

Tim, Kyle & Steve
Tim Hill, Kyle Alden and Steve Gardner

Kyle Alden, Tim Hill and Steve Gardner @ The Chieftain

Celtic Trad - Folk - Rock

Friday, November 9th, 9:00 PM | The Chieftain, 198 5th St, San Francisco

Steve Gardner brings his decades of performances with Culann's Hounds and a reputation for stage shows filled with mash-up of tradition and energy drawn from folk melodies drawn of Ireland, France and early America. With seeming effortlessness he plays Irish traditional music, Cajun, country and rock, pairing with his bandmates at breakneck speed. At once thought provoking, accessible and infectious, Steve's virtuosic violin style is clean and uncut, and when he grabs his guitar and sings, he brings his own irreverent style to both classic and original songs.

Kyle Alden is an award-winning singer/songwriter and folk musician recognized for his Irish traditional guitar accompaniment, Kyle has several issued several albums of original work and supported many top players in concert, including Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin Tommy Peoples, Paddy Keenan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Liz Carroll, Athena Tergis, Andrew McNamara, Tony De Marco and Ann Kirrane, among others and has appeared on stages throughout the western US and Ireland.

Born in the Philadelphia area, Timothy Hill has spent the last decade studying and performing Irish traditional music. Tim started his career with Irish music on bodhrán, and at the age of 11 took up the uilleann pipes. With years of tutelage from John Donnelly, Jerry O'Sullivan and Tim Britton, and performances with Mick Moloney, Paddy Keenan, Teada, Billy McComiskey, Tony DeMarco, Seamus Begley, Gabriel Donohue to name a few, Tim has become one of the top young pipers in America.

For more on The Chieftain, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-625-0436, or email Mark Nagle at or check the website,

WWI Centenary
World War I Centenary

San Jose Veterans Day Parade

Sunday, November 11th, 11am to 2pm

Downtown San Jose

Veterans Day in Downtown San Jose will be a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of 'Armistice Day', a century of honoring those who served and serve. This year marks the centenary of the Armistice that brought the terrible, bloody conflict of the First World War to an end, and a special opportunity to remember the sacrifice of 800,000 soldiers who went to war and did not come home.

Hosted by the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County. Check the details on their website here: or email Gene Fanucchi at

Honor on The Row

Sunday, November 11th, 2pm to 6pm

Santana Row, 377 Santana Row, San Jose

Celebrate our Veterans at Honor on The Row at Santana Row. Bring the family and enjoy a day of honoring our heroes at Santana Row!

Hosted by the Eagle Field Foundation, Honor on The Row will include a Gold Star Memorial to honor the fallen, display of vintage military vehicles, antique cars, historical displays and various vendors offering services and information about veteran organizations. It is a family friendly event where kids and adults can get in and take pictures with the military vehicles! There will also be featured stage entertainment from the Veterans Opera and Swing Dancers, a Care Package Collection Booth sponsored by The Cost of Courage Foundation and participation from several community and Veteran organizations including Blue Star Moms, Spirit of 45, Dignity Memorial, VSSA, the USS Hornet, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County and many more! This event is free and open to the public.

The Non-Profit 501(c)3 Eagle FieldFoundation was founded in 2014 by a group of individuals driven to produce a new type of Museum and Educational Experience.

The New World String Project

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.

Click Here for their videos.

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.

Check out their concert tour around the West Coast at, or email Lisa Lynne

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,, Email:, 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.,
• Friday, November 16th, 7:30 PM, 5th Street Farms, Berkeley, CA, Doors open 7:00, $20 donation,
• Saturday, November 17th, 7:30 PM, The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694, $23 Admission, Call (530) 795-1825, Or visit
• Sunday, November 18th, 3:00 PM, Auburn House Concert Series, Auburn, CA, $25 suggested donation, Reservations required, Phone: 530-885-4292, Email:

A Night in Scotland

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

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
(415) 374-6187

Info//menu//registration and reservations:
More on Facebook.
More about Mayes email or call (415) 885-1233.

Celtic Sands

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

Click here for an audio sample of Celtic Sands Catharsis.

"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,, or contact them by email: or phone (408) 258-8133.

Jeff Warner
Jeff Warner

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, 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

For more details, call Lynn Cullivan at 415-561-7006 or email her at

An Irish Christmas 2018
An Irish Christmas Tour
Vacaville, Sunday, November 25, 2:00 & 7:00 PM, Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, Tickets
Bakersfield, Friday, November 30, 7:30 PM, The Fox Theater, Tickets
San Jose, Sunday, December 2, 4:00 PM, Hammer Theatre Center, Tickets
Monterey, Thursday, December 6, 8:00 PM, Golden State Theatre, Tickets
Napa, Friday, December 7, 8:00 PM, Uptown Theater, Tickets
Stockton, Saturday, December 8, 7:00 PM, The Bob Hope Theatre, Tickets
San Francisco, Sunday, December 9, 2:00 PM, United Irish Cultural Center, Tickets
Arroyo Grande, Saturday, December 15, 2:00 & 7:00 PM, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 2PM Tickets / 7PM Tickets
Fresno, Sunday, December 16, 2:00 PM, Saroyan Theatre, Tickets
Mountain View, Thursday, December 20, 7:00 PM, Mountain View CPA, Tickets
Rohnert Park, Friday, December 21, 7:00 PM, Spreckels PAC, Tickets
Folsom, Saturday, December 22, 2:00 PM & 7:00, Harris Center for the Arts, Tickets
Folsom, Sunday, December 23, 2:00 PM & 7:00, Harris Center for the Arts, Tickets

An Irish Christmas RETURNS!

Christmas magic from the Emerald Isle

Traditional Song, Dance and Storytelling for the Whole Family

Dancing on the Half-Door

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.

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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.

Gabe says:
"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.

For full Details on Facebook, Click Here For more information, or contact: Anne Giancola, (925) 447-2787,

Winterdance 4
WinterDance! Molly's Revenge
Full WinterDance Northern California Schedule:
• Thursday, November 29th, 8:30 PM, Felton, CA, Tickets
• 11/30 (available)
• Saturday, December 1st, 8:00 PM, Sutter Creek, CA Tickets
• Friday, December 7th, (available)
• Saturday, December 8th, Ukiah, CA
• Sunday December 9th, (available)
• Friday December 14th, 7:00 PM San Jose, CA, Tickets
• Saturday, December 15th, 7:30 PM Corvallis, OR
• Sunday December 16th Ridgefield, WA (2 shows)
• Friday December 21st, 7:30 PM, Pacific Grove, CA Tickets
• Saturday, December 22nd, Los Osos, CA
• Sunday, December 23rd, (2 shows) 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Tehachapi, CA, Tickets



Molly's Revenge, Amelia Hogan, The Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers

The San Jose show will sell out fast, so

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, 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.

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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.

An Irish Christmas in America – 2017 Finale.
Niamh FarrellI'm Going to Set you Free with Project West on on FleadhTV.

To get your tickets online and more info about this performance, CLICK HERE!, or call 925-373-6800.

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' –
'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

For more info, sights and sounds, visit or connect on Facebook

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
Lark In The Morning Store

Lark In The Morning Store

Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 6 PM

Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley

Eric says:
"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.

Shop online at, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page

Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

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:

The rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated!
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.

More info. on The Duke Facebook Page, website or call 408-446-3853.

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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!

For a video of a Plough session from 2014, Click Here.

For more about the Plough, check, call 415-751-1122, or email Sean Heaney at

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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!'

For a video of some the Chieftain's food menu, Click Here.

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.

For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-625-0436, or email Mark Nagle at or check


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