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Friday, 2018-09-21
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,

• Tony Becker offers two GIANT but fleeting opportunities to hear GREAT Irish music this coming week. (See Below)
• Tony Becker reports on the new legislation related to the Berkeley Balcony Tragedy of June 2015. (See Below)
• Today, Friday September 21st, marks the Fall Equinox or Mabon. (See Below)

THE WAIT IS OVER!, because acclaimed new quintet Connla began their ten day tour of Northern California yesterday. If you missed it, don't worry they have 9 more shows in Northern California, including one TODAY, Friday September 21st at 6:30 PM in Fort Bragg, and several broadcast radio and streaming appearances, before their visit culminates with two days of shows at the KVMR Festival September 29th - 30th in Grass Valley. (See Below)
• Continuing TODAY, Friday, September 21th and throughout this Fall, the Eugene O'Neill Foundation of Danville, CA will celebrate Americas most famous Playwright, Eugene O'Neill, at both the Village Theatre in Danville, CA and St. Michael's Theatre in New Ross, Ireland offering their inaugural One Festival, Two Countries series of Eugene O'Neill plays, films and performances. (See Below)
• Beginning Saturday, September 22nd from 2:00 To 4:00PM Celia Ramsay and Libby McLaren offer another round of Harmony Singing Workshops in North Berkeley. (See Below)
• Continuing on weekends, thru October 21st, from 10:00 AM, its the Northern California Renaissance Faire. On Saturdays at 6:00 PM, your admission includes their Celtic Rock Concert Series, this time featuring Tempest, at Casa de Fruta near Hollister. (See Below)
• Indefatigable Celtic Rock band Tempest performs at two upcoming Festivals. First on Saturday, September 22nd, 6:00 PM, at Northern California Renaissance Faire, Casa de Fruta, CA and then on Saturday, September 29th, at the Dixon Highland Games, in Dixon, CA (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 22nd at 8:00 PM, The Real McKenzies, Whiskey and Stitches, and The Pikeys rock out the Blue Lamp in Sacramento. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, September 25th 6:30 PM, through — Thursday, September, 27th, 7:00 PM, the Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly bring their summer co-headlining tour to three cities in California. (See Below)
Tuesday, September 25th at 6:30 PM brings Aaron Clegg and Dick Holdstock to the Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn to co-host the monthly Santa Cruz County Chantey Sing, in Davenport. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, September 25th 2018, 7:30PM, the Celtic Society of Monterey Bay sponsors a concert by One For The Foxes, at Michael's On Main in Soquel. (See Website).
• On Wednesday, September 26th, MAC (Ryan McKasson, Elias Alexander, Colin Cotter) give a concert at St. Mary's in Pacific Grove, CA, and on Saturday, September 29th, another at The Finnish Hall in Berkeley. (See Below)
• From Thursday, September 27th through Sunday, September 30th, there are exactly three opportunities to see and hear Aoife Scott in Northern California. (See Below)
• On Thursday, September 27th – Saturday, September 29th, its the 15th Annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival at Delancey Street Theater in San Francisco. (See Below)
• Friday September, 28th - Sunday Sep. 30th, brings the 22nd Annual KVMR Celtic Festival, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 28, at 7:30 PM John Whelan and Haley Richardson perform at Fifth Street Farms in Berkeley. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 29th, 9:00 AM its the 18th annual Dixon Scottish Highland Games & Gathering at the Dixon Fairgrounds, in Dixon, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 29th @ 6:00 PM, The Fire Scottish Band, performs at the Northern California Renaissance Faire in Casa de Fruta. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 29th 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM, last Fall's hottest ticket, Cigars Under the Stars a fundraiser for the San Jose Police Emerald Society at San Jose Country Club in San José. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 29th, at 6:30 PM Singing Angel Doris Williams returns to the Britannia Arms in Cupertino. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 29th at 8:00 PM, Dave Curley & One For The Foxes join with The Ring Of Truth Trio for a concert at Cyprian's in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Sunday, September 30th, at 5:00 PM, the Irish Literary and Historical Society presents Carl Nolte speaking on From Portrero Hill to Fifth & Mission, at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco. (See Below)
• Beginning Thursday, October 11th and continuing through Monday, October 15th, its the 3rd Annual Irish Arts & Writers Festival in Los Gatos, Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 PM Kyle Alden and his Tree House Concerts host an evening of poetry set to music with TresNOCTAMBULE and Aidan Stone in San Anselmo. (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)
• 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 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, 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 14th, at 7:00 PM, Molly's Revenge and WinterDance! return 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)

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Connla has 9 upcoming shows in Northern CA
Two at Cope-a-cabana next week

Unique Celtic Cultural Events

Aoife Scott and Connla make their first visits to our region

Aoife Scott
Aoife Scott

Many of you have sent us kudos for supporting new young performers of Celtic music and other artforms. This note is to draw your attention to several unique opportunities to do the same and hear some great music done by young Irish performers this coming week.

This coming Thursday September 27th, Friday September 28th, and Sunday, September 30th singer-songwriter Aoife Scott will be making her first appearances on the West Coast, and all three are here in the Bay Area. Aoife is the newest phenomenal talent from the Black Family, being the daughter of Irish Senator Frances Black, and the niece of Ireland's grand dame of song Mary Black, as well as local stars, Shay and Michael Black, all of whom most of you will already know as stellar Irish singers of long standing. If this is your passion, you should not miss Aoife Scott. Read More below for full performance details.


Connla, the band of uber-talented young musicians and teachers from Northern Ireland, is also here for the next 8 days, having begun their tour of Northern California in Berkeley yesterday, Thursday, with 9 more shows coming up, including one today in Fort Bragg. Although we certainly recommend you take advantage of their live shows, (because in person is always WAY better) we know that not all of you can see them live or at the KVMR Festival in Grass Valley, September 28-30 (see article below), or the other venues. So do yourself a BIG favor and catch them on their FM radio and/or live streaming shows upcoming on KWMR and KKUP (see full details below).

We want to particularly urge those of you in the South Bay to consider attending Connla's live shows on Wednesday, September 26th and Friday: September 29th at Bill Cope's Cope-a-Cabana, located near Santana Row in San Jose. Bill is putting Connla up in his Bed and Breakfast for these three days, with full guest services, and with the rising housing and venue costs here in Silicon Valley, Bill REALLY DESERVES your support.  Please consider sending Bill an RSVP at and then join us for the best live Norn Iron music you are likely to have access to for some time. Read More below for full performance details

By the time you read this, there may be more developments - call me at 408-600-8783 for last minute updates.

Tony Becker

Berkeley Balcony Dry Rot
Workers inspect the site the day after the tragedy.
Note the obvious dry rot in the balcony support timbers.

Update: 2015 Berkeley Balcony Tragedy

California responds with a New Inspection Standard

Tragically, shortly after midnight on June 16, 2015, while at a 21st birthday party, five Irish J-1 visa students and one Irish-American, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcán Miller, Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke, and Olivia's Irish-American cousin Ashley Donohoe, all died.

Seven other young people were seriously injured when the fifth-story balcony they were standing on broke away from the building and plummeted to the ground. An investigation revealed the balcony had been poorly sealed and became infested with dry rot. Moreover, the builder had a history of lawsuits related to construction defects.

In response, State Senators Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, co-authored a bill, Senate Bill 721, which Governor Edmund Gerald (Jerry) Brown Jr. has just signed into law.

Philip Grant, who was Consul-General at the Irish Consulate in San Francisco at the time of the tragedy, commented on the new law.

'Pleased to hear that the Governor of California has just signed into law new statewide measures to standardise balcony inspections at apartment buildings. It will require that inspectors check the waterproofing on decks and balconies of all buildings with three or more multifamily units by January 2025 and then again every six years. It comes in response to continued lobbying by the Irish families of the students killed and injured in the Berkeley apartment balcony collapse in June 2015 - in particular the efforts of Jackie Cronin Donohoe and her family - to ensue that such a tragedy can never happen again.

Thank you to the members of the Californian State Legislature who sponsored and supported the Bill and to the many friends and followers here who lobbied in support of the new law.

Please continue those efforts as there are other related measures still waiting the Governor's approval. While the new law marks a major shift in how California will regulate and monitor its building safety code it doesn't go as far as it might (for example, to include non-residential public-use buildings) and we want to see these other structures/buildings included in future reviews of the law. Also similar measures are badly needed across the US and here in Ireland as well.'

In detail, the new law requires that 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements, including balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected if they extend beyond the building's exterior walls and are six or more feet above the ground and get stability and support from wood or wood-based products, must be inspected every six years.

Mabon | Fall or Autumn Equinox

Mabon Festival

Fall or Autumn Equinox

There is little evidence that Fall Equinox was celebrated in Celtic countries and the term Mabon was applied as recently as the 1970's as part of the modern reconstruction of Paganism. Its counterpart is Ostara or the Spring Equinox. Also known as Feast of Avalon, Alban Elved (Druid), Alban Elfed (Caledonii), the festival was named after the God of Welsh mythology, Mabon. Mabon is the Child of Light and the son of the Earth Mother Goddess, Modron.

At Equinox, night and day are again of equal length and in perfect equilibrium - dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. As at Spring Equinox we are again on the cusp of transition and from now the year now begins to wane and from this moment darkness begins to defeat the light. The cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion, the Sun's power is waning and from now on the nights grow longer and the days are are shorter and cooler. The sap of trees returns back to their roots deep in the earth, changing the green of summer to the fire of autumn, to the flaming reds, oranges and golds. We are returning to the dark from whence we came.

This is the season of Second Harvest, Fruit Harvest and the Great Feast of Thanksgiving. The Goddess is radiant as Harvest Queen and the God finally dies with His gift of pure love with the cutting of the last grain. He will return. As the grain harvest is safely gathered in from Lammas and reaches completion, we enjoy the abundance of fruit and vegetables at this time. It is time to thank the waning Sun for the wealth of harvest bestowed upon us. It sometimes seems that each Festival requires the making of celebration and the giving of thanks, but this really is so, each turn of the Wheel brings both inner and outer gifts and insights.

So Mabon is a celebration and also a time of rest after the labor of harvest. In terms of life path it is the moment of reaping what you have sown, time to look at the hopes and aspirations of Imbolc and Ostara and reflect on how they have manifested. It is time to complete projects, to clear out and let go that which is no longer wanted or needed as we prepare for descent, so that the winter can offer a time for reflection and peace. And it is time to plant seeds of new ideas and hopes which will lie dormant but nourished in the dark, until the return of Spring.

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Young Sensation Connla

Multi-Awarded Quintet from Northern Ireland

9/21 Fort Bragg | 9/22 Point Reyes Station | 9/23 Forestville | 9/24 - 9/25 Point Arena | 9/26 - 9/28 San Jose | 9/29 - 9/30 Grass Valley

Sometimes the Irish trad cosmos lines up for something special and a new group or a solo artist appears. It is instant and hits like a musical storm. Yesterday and tomorrow's trad today. Connla.

Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News) Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene.

Northern California Tour
• Friday, September 21th, 6:30 PM, Fort Bragg, CA, Concert @ Fraternal Order of Eagles, 210 N Corry St, Details & Tickets
• Saturday, September 22nd, 7:00 PM, Point Reyes Station, CA, Radio Show 'Celtic Universe' KWMR, 90.5 FM, LISTEN
• Sunday, September 23rd, 5 - 7pm, Forestville, CA, Concert @ Forestville United Methodist Church, 6550 Covey Rd, Details
• Monday, September 24th, 7:00 PM, and Tuesday, September 25th, Point Arena, CA, 7:00 PM Concert @ Wine Bar, 215 Main, Details
• Wednesday, September 26th, 7:00 PM, San Jose, CA, Workshop & Session, Cope-A-Cabana, 433 S. Henry Ave., RSVP
• Thursday, September 27th, 7:00 AM, San Jose, CA, Streaming & Radio Show 'New Wood' @ KKUP, 91.5 FM, LISTEN
• Friday, September 28th, 5:00 PM, San Jose, CA, Streaming & Radio Show 'Friday Folk Off' @ KKUP, 91.5 FM, LISTEN
• Friday, September 28th, 7:00 PM, San Jose, CA, Concert @ Cope-A-Cabana, 433 S. Henry Ave., RSVP
• Saturday, September 29th - Sunday, September 30th, Grass Valley, CA, KVMR Celtic Festival, Details & Tickets.

Since the release of their self-titled EP in April 2015, and first album River Waiting in July 2016 they have received fantastic reviews at home and internationally, and they have just released The Next Chapter. They have already gathered a huge following in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA. Songlines magazine made Connla their 'must see act' for the tour of the UK and stated 'A band this young shouldn't be this good'. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes, have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla.

Connla are Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles). Besides being thoroughly talented musicians, each shares the fact that they have a full blend of formal and traditional training in Irish music. All are teachers, with deep educational backgrounds in music. This leads to something critical. Connla knows its way around the tunes and songs (eight of the numbers on River Waiting are originals) technically and emotionally. Most Irish trad musicians cannot read music. It is passed on in the traditional way of hearing and repeating. Connla's formal education and years in Northern Ireland sessions add a whole new dimension.

The group is a full mix of musical knowledge, training and performance experience unheard of in a group this young. All are close friends and/or family who go way back together in the Northern musical scene. Each has won several performance awards. The resulting music is satisfyingly complex, yet directly and easily accessible. This is that rare group that is musically attractive to the experienced trad purist, as well as the music fan who knows nothing of the music. There is the mix in all of their music of great lift to the music and deep insights in the songs, all coupled with top musicianship and taste. Truth be told, it may never have been pulled off before by a group this young.

Awards: 'Vocal/Instrumental album of the year' from Live Ireland 'Livies' Award 2017 'Vocal/Instrumental album of the year' from Top TIR award - Irish Amercian 2017 Best of the year Awards 'Best new sound' from Chicago Irish American News 2016 Best New Group "The Livies" - Live Ireland Music Awards 2016 New Group of the Year - Chicago Irish American News 2016

Eugene O'Neill and Carlotta Monterey
at home in Danville, CA

Eugene O'Neill Festivals

Twinned Festivals in Danville, CA and New Ross, Ireland

America's Greatest Playwright a Proud Irish-American

Eugene O'Neill Féile
One Festival, Two Countries

Danville, CA:
• The 19th Annual Eugene O'Neill Festival Click for Details

– August 31 and September 1–2, 7–9, 14–16, All My Sons by Arthur Miller, Village Theater, 233 Front Street, Danville, CA. Click for Tickets

– September 21–23, 27–30, Hughie by Eugene O'Neill, @ The Old Barn, Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, Danville. Click for Tickets

• September 20, 8:00 pm, Turlough O'Carolan Concert performed by Melanie O'Reilly and David Creevy, Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville, CA. Click for Tickets

New Ross, Ireland:
• October 11–14, Eugene O'Neill International Festival of Theatre, St. Michael's Theatre. Click for Details | Click for Tickets.

Eugene O'Neill is by any objective measure America's greatest playwright. He is the only one to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the only one to receive as many as four Pulitzer Prizes.

Though O'Neill died 65 years ago his plays remain among the hottest tickets on Broadway. This year's production of The Iceman Cometh starring Denzel Washington was nominated for 8 Tony Awards.

Eugene O'Neill was deeply proud of his Irish heritage. He famously said, 'The one thing that explains more than anything about me is the fact that I'm Irish.'

And Ireland is proud of O'Neill. Last year Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland and an O'Neill buff, was the banquet speaker at the Eugene O'Neill Society International Conference at the National University of Ireland, Galway. At the dinner Jessica Lange and Gabriel Bryne were honorees for their transcendent performances in the 2016 Broadway production of O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night.

This fall O'Neill will be celebrated with festivals of his plays in Danville, California, and New Ross, Ireland.

Tao House
O'Neill Foundation Tao House in Danville

Eugene O'Neill Theater Festival in Danville

This September Eugene O'Neill, America's greatest playwright and a proud Irish-American, will be celebrated at a theater festival in Danville, California.

Why an O'Neill festival in Danville? O'Neill lived in Danville when he wrote his greatest plays, including Long Day's Journey into Night. His home is now the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site:

The Danville festival will feature two plays, an Irish music concert, and associated events.
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Hughie by Eugene O'Neill
Turlough O'Carolan: Ireland's National Composer in Music and Song featuring David Creevy, classical guitarist/composer and Melanie O'Reilly, singer/composer, both of County Wexford.

Get full details and tickets for the Danville festival here:

New Ross Town
New Ross on the River Barrow

The Eugene O'Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross, Ireland
Why an O'Neill festival in New Ross? James O'Neill, Eugene's father, lived with his parents and seven siblings in nearby Tinneranny. In 1847, the O'Neills emigrated from the Port of New Ross. James, then five years old, rose from desperate poverty to become one of the most famous actors in America. The New Ross Eugene O'Neill Festival events happen on October 11–14, and feature four plays and a film:
Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill
The S.S. Glencairn Cycle by Eugene O'Neill
My Real Life by Eoin Colfer
Hughie by Eugene O'Neill
The Count of Monte Cristo, starring James O'Neill

New Ross Festival Package:
While each evening will be devoted to theater, each day will be spent touring such sights as Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, Waterford Crystal, Kilkenny Castle, Smithwick's Brewery, and the Ros Tapestry. Sean Reidy, co-chair of the New Ross festival and former CEO of the JFK Trust, has arranged a special tour of the Kennedy Homestead, the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy's great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy.

The Festival Package costs amazingly little–$800. This includes five nights at the four-star Brandon House hotel (bed, breakfast, and dinner), the festival events in the evening, and the day trips, including light lunches. ($100 single supplement)

New Ross Extended Tour Package:
Eugene O'Neill Foundation members will join festival-goers taking the optional extended tour. This tour will include two days exploring Kerry's Wild Atlantic Way, including the Skellig Islands, the Ring of Kerry, and the Dingle Peninsula. The tour will conclude with a day in Dublin visiting Trinity College, the National Museum, the National Library, and the Parliament. The total cost of the Festival Package and the Extended Tour Package is $1,700. ($250 single supplement)
Get full New Ross details and make ticket reservations here:

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Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced
Harmony Singing Workshops

Saturdays, September 22nd, October 6th, & October 20th from 2:00 To 4:00PM

Three Harmony Workshops Registration Open!

Celia Ramsay and Libby McLaren are offering their song workshops again!

"I liked being face to face with you two teachers...singing together and switching roles from high to low, melody to harmony; I was not sure I could do that and was pleasantly surprised!"

Intro to Harmony - Saturday, September 22nd: Using simple rounds and songs, Libby and I help you become accustomed to singing something different than the others you're singing with. This class is the first step to learning to sing harmony!
Intermediate Harmony - Saturday, October 6th: In this class, Libby and I will teach you one delicious song, which will act as the model for more detail on what is operating with harmony. This is a good choice if you have experience singing in a chorus, but haven't sung for some years.
Advanced Harmony - Saturday, October 20th: The advanced workshop is for folks who are competent at singing harmony when it's provided, but want to learn how to find their own harmonies - either on the fly, or by planning ahead, and how to rehearse harmonies with a band.

Time & Place: All are from 2:00 - 4:00pm in North Berkeley, and all cost $75 per person, per workshop.
Register with payment at:
These intimate workshops are for 8 - 12 people, and you get two full lifetimes of singing experience at your service!

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

Northern California Renaissance Faire

Weekends, now thru October 21st, 10:00 AM
Saturdays, Celtic Rock Concert Series, 6:00 PM

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

Saturday Celtic Rock Concerts
Click Here for Details!
• Saturday, September 22nd, 6:00 PM, Tempest
• Saturday, September 29th, 6:00 PM, The Fire
• Saturday, October 6th, 6:00 PM, Hoist the Colors
• Saturday, October 13th, 6:00 PM, Highway Poets
• 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.


Tempest West Coast Fall Shows

Celebrating 30 years of Celtic Rock!

9/22 Casa De Fruta, CA | 7/29 Dixon, CA

• Saturday, September 22nd, 6:00 PM, Northern California Renaissance Faire, Casa de Fruta, CA
• Saturday, September 29th, Dixon Highland Games, Dixon Fairgrounds, Dixon, CA

30th Anniversary Tour — Dance to Celtic Rock with flavors of Scandinavia, India, Africa & Arabic Nations.

For Tempest videos, Click Here!

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a hybrid of high-energy Celtic Rock. But as the band has matured throughout the years, their music has morphed stylistically. World Music has seeped into Tempest's over all sound because the band members are drawn to traditional and ethnic music from around the globe.

There has been a natural progression towards coloring Tempest's music with elements from Scandinavia, India, African and Arabic countries. Middle Eastern flavors, traditional Irish and Scottish Medleys mingle with Robert Burns poems, Norwegian lyrics and heavy rock instrumentals on Tempest's finest record to date.

Real McKenzies
The Real McKenzies

Saturday, September 22nd 8 PM @ The Blue Lamp

The Real McKenzies | Whiskey and Stitches | The Pikeys

Blue Lamp Sacramento, 1400 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA

Whiskey & Stitches
Whiskey and Stitches bash out Celtic rock 'n' roll, from folk to rock to punk:
Mike McCarrick / vocals, guitar, harmonica
Steve Mooreweathers / accordion, keyboards
Doug Vincent / bass guitar
Kevin Coughlin / drums
James Wilson / mandolin, tin whistle, tenor banjo, accordion

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, The Real McKenzies do for Scottish folk music what the Pogues did for the traditional music of Ireland. They rev it up to a speed and power that approximate punk rock, but still maintain the melodic sense of the original sound, and sometimes use bagpipes and acoustic guitars to give it a taste of folkie authenticity, while the lyrics deal with the joys and tragedies of Scottish history, as well as the group's well-documented love of booze.

Here is a sample: The Real McKenzies - One Day, from their new album Two Devils Will Talk.

On Monday, September 23rd, at 8:00 PM the Real McKenzies perform at the Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco. Details in the Facebook Event

The Pikeys

It was a rain and beer soaked fall evening in 2010 when Ben Mentze and Mike Dalton we're listening to Ronnie Drew and Black Flag through the bottom of a whiskey bottle. Some say it was a vision, some say a dream, But in any case, The Pikeys were born of punk rock and Irish whiskey, a Celtic fusion band with a punk rock core of drums, bass, guitar blended over ice with a Celtic ensemble of tin whistles, fiddle and acoustic guitar.

More Details at

For more on the Blue Lamp, check or call (916) 455-3400.

Dropkick Murphys Flogging Molly Tour
Dropkick Murphys — Flogging Molly Tour

Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly

9/25 Sacramento | 9/26 Avila Beach | 9/27 San Francisco

Pour up some Irish whiskey and get ready to rock, because for the first time ever, Celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly have hit the road together for a co-headlining tour. After recently wrapping up their wildly popular European tour, they are currently touring together again, in the US, and from Tuesday, September 25th to Thursday, September 27th they will be in California.

More Details on their websites: |

Tour Dates:
• Tuesday, September 25th, 6:30 PM, CalExpo at Papa Murphy's Park, Sacramento, CA, TICKETS
• Wednesday, September 26th, 5:00 PM, Avila Beach Resort, Avila Beach, CA, TICKETS
• Thursday, September 27, 7:00 PM, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St, San Francisco, CA, TICKETS

Dick Holdstock and Aaron Clegg
Dick Holdstock and Aaron Clegg

Chantey Sing in Davenport with Dick Holdstock

Tuesday, September 25th, at 6:30 PM - 9 PM

Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn, 1 Davenport Avenue, Davenport

Man-up and sing! The next chantey sing in Davenport, session leader Aaron Clegg is joined in lead by Dick Holdstock, native of Sittingbourne, Kent, England, and world-renowned Chantey singer. Admission is free. Invite your friends. Invite your family. Kids are welcome.

Sea Chanteys intentionally have singalong choruses that are easy to learn on the fly - and you'll have even more fun if you can lead one yourself. No singing experience is necessary.

Tuesdays are also Taco Nights at the Davenport Roadhouse, so arrive early to enjoy some delicious tacos and micro-brew on tap.

Full Details in the Facebook Event:

If you're not sure what qualifies as a sea chantey, or where to find the lyrics and a recording for learning one, or if you'd like to be put on an e-mail list for reminders and updates about this recurring monthly event, contact Aaron J. Clegg at

More on Dick Holdstock on his website:


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.

• Tuesday, September 25th 2018, 7:30PM, One For The Foxes give a Concert at Michael's On Main, Soquel
• Wednesday, September 26th 2018, 7:00PM, MAC is back! at St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove, A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
• Tuesday, October 2nd 2018, 7:30PM, Heron's Valley give a Concert at Michael's On Main in Soquel

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.)

Ryan McKasson, Elias Alexander, Colin Cotter


9/26 Pacific Grove | 9/29 Berkeley

Ryan McKasson | Elias Alexander | Colin Cotter

A part of the natural progression of Celtic music as it has worked away into the American consciousness, Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Elias Alexander (bagpipes/vox), and Colin Cotter (guitar/vox) are all three well-versed in the Celtic music tradition, and the music that they write and perform as the contemporary Celtic-American folk trio, MAC, is steeped heavily in this timeless tradition while also calling upon influences ranging from rock to classical. MAC's performances reveal fiery personas tempered with artistry, finesse, and virtuosity as they draw from a deep well of innovative original music and lush arrangements of traditional songs and tunes.

After three years of exploration of what it means to be one branch of a centuries-old and always-evolving tradition while also being inescapably guided by influences from a number of musical languages, the heavy-hitting trio is releasing Perfectly Manufactured Reality, a gutsy Celtic-Americana album that depicts this creative journey from its infancy up to the present moment.

Click Here to watch MACs videos!

Ryan McKasson (fiddle) is a former National Scottish Fiddle Champion and tune writer from Seattle who tours with a number of well-known bands around the world. He is also in demand as a recording artist, appearing on two of Hanneke Cassel's albums as well as on Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas' album, 'Highlander's Farewell.'

Elias Alexander (pipes/harmonium/vox) is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, originally from Ashland, Oregon, now based in New York City. He tours nationally and internationally with several projects, including Afro-Celtic Funk band Soulsha, Fàrsan, MAC, The Bywater Band and Seven Nations, and releases original songs through his pop project Born Outside. He is a regular faculty member at Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp, and other camps around the country.

Colin Cotter (guitar, fiddle, vox) is also a songwriter who has toured internationally as the front man in bands and as a guitar accompanist to traditional fiddlers of varying backgrounds. He has released 4 studio albums largely of original music, has shared the stage with the likes of David Bromberg and Alasdair Fraser, and is a regular faculty member at Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School and the Mike Block String Camp.

For more, email or check their website For more on each of the MAC members, visit their websites:

Pacific Grove, CA, Wednesday, September 26th, 2018, 7:00 PM, Saint Mary's By The Sea, BUY TICKETS
Berkeley, CA, Saturday, September 29th, 2018, 7:30 PM, The Finnish Hall, BUY TICKETS

Aoife Scott
Aoife Scott

Aoife Scott / Andy Meaney House Concerts

Dublin-bred folk singer-songwriter coming to California

9/27 Berkeley | 9/28 Emerald Hills/Redwood City | 9/30 San Francisco

That the apple doesn't fall far from the tree is an oft-stated truism, but in Aoife Scott's case that doesn't make it any less valid. Born into the legendary Black Family - which includes her mother, Frances, and her aunt, Mary - she has been surrounded by and immersed in music from an early age, from listening to her grandparents, mother, aunt and uncles making music around the fire, to observing the backstage workings of festivals both here and abroad. Now she is making her own way in the music business, and with partner Andy Meaney, is making a first visit to Northern California.

Click Here for their video: Aoife Scott Band "Pimlico" 10 Sept 2017 at Lovin' Cup

Aoife gained invaluable international experience when she spent a year touring worldwide as lead singer with The Outside Track, whose marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. She has also performed with some of the finest acts on the folk and traditional scene both here and abroad, including We Banjo 3, Full Set, Sharon Shannon, Séamus Begley, Altan, Cherish the Ladies, Declan O Rourke, John Prine, and of course, the Black Family.

Aoife moved to the west coast of Ireland several years ago and her passion for the native Irish language spoken there is reflected in her choice of songs. She possesses a voice that reflects the wild western landscape: fragile one minute and forceful the next. That character-laden voice has been quietly generating a buzz amongst her fellow musicians for several years.

"A great passion with a fearless attitude" — Sharon Shannon

"Aoife's phenomenal. I was really impressed with her vocals and her writing" — Maura O Connell

"(Carry the Day is) a richly layered, impressive debut album" — the Irish Times

"Aoife Scott on lead vocals has a hauntingly beautiful voice" —

Aoife's 2016 album Carry The Day is available on iTunes, GooglePlay and the website For more about Aoife Scott, check

Aoife Scott Home Bird Tour in Northern CA

• Berkeley, CA, Thursday, September 27th @ 7:30 PM, Berkeley House Concert, for $20 Tickets
• Emerald Hills, CA, Friday, September 28th @ 8:00 PM, Crombie Cabin, Get $20 tickets
• San Francisco, CA, Sunday, September 30th @ 3:00PM, *Private* House Concert


15th Annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival

Thursday, September 27th – Saturday, September 29th

Delancey Street Theater, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Join us for the 15th Annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival, at Delancey Street Theater, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. All Access Festival Pass available for purchase here.

Click Here for the Festival Trailer | Click Here to View the Film Trailers


Michael Inside, Saturday September 29th, 8:00 PM Delancey Street Theater, San Francisco (96 mins) Directed by Frank Berry. Michael Inside tells the story of Michael McCrea, an impressionable teenager who is sentenced to three months in prison after being caught holding a bag of drugs for his friend's older brother. Inside, Michael [More …]

Song of Granite Thursday September 27, 2018, 7:00 PM. Delancey Street Theater, San Francisco. Directed by Pat Collins. (109 mins) Filmed in Gaelic and English 2018 Academy Awards — Best Foreign Language Film — Official Entry – Ireland Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats [More …]

The Breadwinner Saturday September 29, 2018. 6:00 PM, Delancey Street Theater, San Francisco (94 mins) Director: Nora Twomey. From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis' bestselling novel. The Breadwinner tells [More …]

Short Stories, Tall Tales Friday September 28th 6:30 PM, A diverse collection of Ireland's best short films – curated by Frank Kelly and Roisin Hunt. (120 mins with intermission) [More …]

Full Details on the 15th Annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival program or Website.

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22nd Annual KVMR Celtic Festival

Friday, September 28th - Sunday, September 30th

Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley

2018 KVMR Celtic Festival Schedule
Friday, September 28th: 4:00 to 11:00PM
Saturday, September 29th: 10:00 am to 10:00PM
Sunday, September 30th: 10:00 am to 8:00PM
On Sunday only, Seniors are admitted at 9:00 am
for complimentary coffee, scones and preferred seating.

Every fall, the Nevada County Fairgrounds, are transformed into a Celtic Village and concert venue, with eight stages and performance areas. Join publically supported KVMR radio for another spectacular mix of Celtic music and magic in their bucolic setting amidst 100 acres of giant ponderosa pines.

The KVMR Celtic Festival includes eleven performance areas including five musical and six demonstration stages and a weekend-long youth arts instruction that has included Celtic music, magic, dance and songwriting.

We continue to bring international performers to Nevada County and showcase an ever-increasing cadre of regional talent including musicians, dancers, and performing artists of every type.

For a Video Review of last years KVMR Celtic Festival, Click Here!

Click here to purchase Advance Tickets a la Carte on line.

Friday, September 28th activities include:
• 4:00 - 7:00 PM A Free Friday Youth Arts program on Friday from 4-7 p.m., giving local students ages 10-18 the chance to participate in workshops with headline performers.
• 7:30 - 9:30 PM The Royal Tournament & Gathering of the Clans, with a medieval tournament featuring full contact jousting, dancing horses, sword fights and hand to hand combat. Honors to the winners will be presented by the King, Queen and their royal attendants.
• 8:00 to 11:00 PM Friday Night Ceili, (kay-lee) featuring live music by The Galen Fraser Trio, for dancing in Ponderosa Hall.
The five Music Stages host many
of the world's best Celtic musicians:
The Elders, from Ireland
Seamus Egan Project, from both coasts
Connla from Northern Ireland
Heron Valley from Scotland
Na Rósaí, from both coasts
The Black Brothers Band, from Dublin
Galen Fraser Trio from Gold Country
Anni McCann & Paul Emery from the West
House of Hamill, from Philadelphia
The Rayos, from the Sierra foothills
Matthew Byrne, from Newfoundland
Cassidy Joy & Friends Gold Country

Activities! The festival includes Three genres of Celtic Dance, The Salem Street Sessions room, (Bring your voice or instrument and join in), Dozens of Living History demonstrations, dozens of dining and shopping opportunities with over 50 vendors and a complete Irish Pub and hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds. Family Activities include our youth programs, Animals of the Celtic Lands including falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, sheep and ponies and more activities too numerous to list!

The Festival is the main fundraising event of the year for KVMR Community Radio which operates as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity. Held in the early fall, the festival regularly draws over 7,000 attendees for the two days and the promotional outreach extends throughout KVMR's listening area including a worldwide live streaming broadcast over the internet through iTunes and the KVMR website. Proceeds support publicly supported KVMR radio.

Can't make it? Click here to make a donation.

More information check The KVMR Celtic Festival website or email or call 530-265-9073.

John Whelan & Haley Richardson
John Whelan and Haley Richardson

John Whelan & Haley Richardson House Concert

Friday, September 28, 7:30 PM

Fifth Street Farms, Berkeley, CA

Click Here for a video of Haley and John.

Seven-time All-Ireland Button Accordion Champion John Whelan is one of the world's best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. He has over 15 CDs and has performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. John's music has been featured on such TV shows as 'Sex in the City,' 'History's Mysteries' and 'History Detective.' Today John performs with the John Whelan Band and has recently teamed up with his old pal Brian Conway forming the group Gailfean, which also features Máirtin De Cógáin and Don Penzien. Gailfean has recently released a new CD.

Dynamic young fiddler Haley Richardson began making her mark in the Irish music world at six years old when she won the All Ireland qualifier in the under 12 category. Over the past ten years, she has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed at venues all over the United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, and Thailand. Haley is the 2017 All Ireland U15 Fiddle slow air champion, 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney, and 2013 All Ireland U12 Champion in both fiddle and fiddle slow airs. She has performed with many of the most well-known names in Irish music including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll with Cherish the Ladies, Paddy Keenan, and is a regular member of Green Fields of American and The John Whelan Band. She has been the band fiddler in the Studio2Stage Irish dance production, That's Dancing, from 2014-2017. Haley was also featured in an article in Fiddler Magazine's Fall 2015 issue.

For more info. and reservations check or call 510-525-9248.

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18th annual Dixon Scottish Highland Games & Gathering

Saturday, September 29th, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM,

Dixon Fairgrounds, 655 South First Street, Dixon, California

Musical entertainment:
This year's games will feature local events for piping trios and band quartets, and the Celtic, Scottish and Irish rock and folk music of:
Duncan Martin and Flask
Dunvegan Pipe Band
Day's highlights:
9 a.m.: Admission gates open.
10 a.m.: Opening ceremonies (March of the Clans).
1 p.m.: Marriage-vows renewal ceremony -- Scottish-style!
2 p.m.: Scotch whisky tasting lecture ($25 tasting fee).
4:30 p.m.: Closing ceremonies (massed pipe bands concert and awards presentation).
6 p.m.: After-games Ceilidh music party and barbecue ($15 for meal) in the fairgrounds' Denverton Hall.

Dixon's Scottish festival provides lots of Scottish fun: Scottish athletic competitions, Scottish Highland and Irish Step-Dancing performances, find your Scottish ancestry at the many clan information tents, children's games, whisky tasting program, living history displays, Scottish animal exhibits, after-games Ceilidh music party and barbecue and a wee bit more!

Food and treasures:
Taste a variey of Scottish food, beers and whiskies. Shop for unique gifts, handmade crafts, jewelry and clothing items from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England.

Dixon is 19 miles southwest of Sacramento, off Interstate 80. The Scottish festival is hosted by the Dixon Scottish Cultural Association, which is a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting the culture, education and entertainment of Scotland.

Dixon Scottish Highland Games general admission is $10; youth and seniors are $8; and children, under age 9, and active-duty military may enter free. Fairgrounds parking is $5.

For details, visit

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The Fire Scottish Band

New Album Radiance!

Saturday, September 29th, 6:00 PM at Casa De Fruta, near Hollister

The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Traditional Scottish music trio, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky on fiddle, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly's Revenge on whistle, bagpipes and bodhran, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki.

On August 14th, The Fire released their new 14 track album, Radiance. The collection of tunes on Radiance draws from a variety of Scottish fiddle manuscripts, bagpipe music collections, and the pen of all three band members. Over the last year The Fire has compiled, arranged, and recorded dozens of tunes which range from a scotch-measure published in the first collection of Scottish fiddle tunes in 1700, to a bagpipe anthem, to a medley of contemporary original tunes.

To celebrate the release of Radiance, The Fire will hold an Official CD Release Concert sponsored by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay on August 14th at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. The band will perform a full length concert open to the public and CDs will be available for sale.

Here is a short MP3 audio clip from the new Radiance album, The Meadow Court Lasses
For videos of The Fire, Click Here!

"A masterful blend of subtle fiddling and hard-driving piping" - Kithfolk Roots Music Magazine
"What a fantastic performance these performers give. Rebecca sparkles on the fiddle while David plays several types of bagpipe, flute, whistle and guitar and does it all with unreal energy and verve." - Jack Baker, Irish American News

Details at Celtic Concert Series, The Northern California Renaissance Faire.

More details on The Fire check their website:

Wicked Tinkers

Second Annual Cigars Under the Stars

San Jose Police Emerald Society Fundraiser

featuring Wicked Tinkers | Saturday, September 29th, 6:00 PM

San Jose Country Club, 15571 Alum Rock Ave, San José

Cigars under the Stars
Cigars under the Stars

When you arrive at the luxurious and elite San Jose Country Club, you are greeted at the main entrance to check in and pick up a pair of cigars. You'll make your way to the bar for a two hour hosted, beer and wine bar! Music provided again this year by the world famous Wicked Tinkers!

A fantastic buffet dinner awaits you followed by can't-miss auction items and rewarding raffles. You will then mingle with old friends and make some new ones. Come socialize with San Jose Police Emerald Society members and others! Whether you are a cigar smoker or not, we have something for everyone. Join us and support the newest Law Enforcement organization who support the men and women who wear the badge!

This event sold out last year in two and a half weeks!! Don't wait. Get your tickets today!

Black tie optional !! Kilts and Price Charlie Jackets welcome. Come dress to impress and make it a night to remember!


Tickets available from Emerald Society Board or Band members or online only and NOT available at the door
In person: $145 each | Table of ten $1400.
Online: Individual: $149.50 for adults ($145 ticket + $4.50 processing fee) | Table of 10: $1442.00 ($1400 table + $42 processing fee)
Free for kids 5 and under

Full Details at

Doris Angel (Williams)
Doris Angel (Williams)

Doris Angel (Williams)

Saturday, September 29th, 6:30 PM

The Britannia Arms, 1087 S De Anza Blvd., San Jose, CA

Doris Angel (Williams) has another show coming up at Brittania Arms. Promising a good time, relaxing, romantic, new originals using lyrics by Sting, great Celtic Renaissance tunes, being in the moment with your Singing Angel Doris on her harp and lute. Plus a sing-a-long with some fun songs from America - anything from gay 90's to 21st century!

To see Doris' Videos, Click Here

Tickets at the door are $15, $12 from Doris, or online

"I want to share with you my unique stories of how I came to do the music I love and how it as helped me through all my adversity and struggles! I want to share my stories and open up hearts and maybe emotions that you didn't know were there that need releasing or need attention! If you think I have value and like my music in my stories and share this post to friends who might come want to come and hear the only singing angel around in a pub that is!

Buy a ticket from me when you see me because then I keep all that cash. You can also buy online, booking agent gets some of that. Just think, when I'm famous, you'll think back - Ah that Singing Angel in Cupertino! Such a pleasure it was! Never forget it!


Three CDbaby Albums! Doris has three albums available for download on CDbaby, collections of Renaissance, Celtic and Original songs: Renaissance and Beyond, Celtic and Beyond, and The Singing Bird

For more information, Email Doris Williams or check out Doris' Facebook Page and her tour schedule.

One for the Foxes
Dave Curley & One For The Foxes

Dave Curley & One For The Foxes
The Ring Of Truth Trio

Saturday, September 29th 8:00 PM

San Francisco Live Arts at Cyprian's, 2097 Turk St., San Francisco, CA

A rousing evening of Celtic, Irish and American folk music with Dave Curley & One for the Foxes / Rory McNamara & The Ring Of Truth Trio

Tickets $15 Adv / $18 Door, or call (415) 454-5238 or check

Together in their trio, One for the Foxes, Dave Curley, Tadhg Ó Meachair & Joanna Hyde form an exciting and dynamic transatlantic trio that presents a rousing blend of Irish and American folk music, having already won over audiences on both sides of the ocean. The group is made up of Dublin's Tadhg Ó Meachair (Goitse), Galway's Dave Curley (SLIDE) and Denver, Colorado's Joanna Hyde (The Hydes), and features a mix of Irish and American folk music and song – both traditional and newly-composed – presented in an energetic and engaging manner. Their performances strike a tasteful balance between the stories found in ballads across both sides of the Atlantic and the respective instrumental music traditions of these places.

Award-winning instrumentalists each in their own right, Dave, Tadhg & Joanna take a unique twist on the diverse strengths of their individual backgrounds, weaving between traditional melodies, their own compositions, and songs from the broader folk canon. The results are highly personalised and thrilling in their daring and forthright grasp of their material.

Ring of Truth

Through a shared deep-rooted passion for Irish traditional music, this trio highlights the vital role of that music as an origin of many American folk musics, and explores how those styles can interact with one another in a manner both eclectic and grounded. Having collaborated on the recently-released 'One for the Foxes' CD, this trio looks ahead excitedly to its upcoming 2018 US tours.

For more info, sights and sounds, visit

The Ring Of Truth Trio (4) large trio (all four of us) rings a combined total of almost one hundred and fifty years of musical experience and influences to your listening ears. Each band member draws from a multitude of different genres including (but not limited to), British and American Traditional Folk Music, Punk Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Old Time, Cajun, Celtic Dance Music, Country Music, Funk and Rockabilly.

Rory McNamara, RoxanneOliva, Henry Nagle and latest member, Rebecca Richman have somehow managed to distill all these influences into a very unique sound. 'Soulful musical treatments of some very cool songs,' stated one critic recently. The instrumentation, includes acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, mandolin, accordion, piano, fiddle and concertina. Making up the non musical part of the show, there is always a plethora of topical hypothesizing, some good stories and some downright lies. The band likes to have fun at performances. Please come prepared to do the same!

More Info:

Carl Nolte
Carl Nolte

Carl Nolte: From Portrero Hill to Fifth & Mission

ILHS Speaker Series | Sunday, September 30th, 5:00 PM

The United Irish Cultural Center, St. Patrick's Room, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco

Carl Nolte began his long journalistic career in San Francisco in 1961. Since then he has observed and reported on some of the biggest news stories in the City of his birth.

Carl grew up in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco and attended elementary and high school at St. Peter's in the Mission. He joined the United States Army Reserve and served in the Korean War in the Third Infantry Division and served in Iraq. On June 13, 1961, he joined San Francisco Chronicle, as a writer and an editor and has served as a war correspondent. In 2012, he was given an Award of Merit by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. Carl is now the senior journalist at the Chronicle, where he contributes a weekly Native Son column.

Nolte will speak on his San Francisco life, from the Hill to 5th and Mission, with focus on the Irish American and other ethnic communities of the City, the major stories of the many eras that he covered City life, and the changes in the City that he sees in the present day.

For full Event Details, Click Here! For more on ILHS, Check the Irish Literary and Historical Society Facebook Page or the ILHS website.

3rd Annual Irish Arts & Writers Festival, Los Gatos

3rd Annual Irish Arts & Writers Festival, Los Gatos

Thursday, October 11th — Monday, October 15th, 2018

Venues in and around the Town of Los Gatos, plus UC Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland


Thursday, Oct. 11: Paul Muldoon at UC Berkeley
Thursday, Oct. 11: Fintan O'Toole at World Affairs Council
Friday, Oct. 12: Opening Night at Montalvo Arts Center. Meet the Writers.
Saturday Oct 13 - Sunday Oct. 14: Main Los Gatos Festival
Monday, Oct. 15: Frederick Douglass in Ireland event, Oakland
Make a weekend of it by availing of festival rates at the Los Gatos Lodge.
email for details
Volunteer Opportunities:
email for details

Fifteen Irish authors, artists, and poets will descend on the Bay Area for the third annual Irish Arts & Writers Festival October 11-15, 2018.

The festival, nominated for Irish Central's Arts & Creativity Awards 2018, showcases the best in contemporary Irish arts and literature; and features internationally acclaimed authors and poets embracing an array of topics, at multiple locations over the course of several days.

....Perhaps now, more than ever before, do we need this power of words and thought to help us re-integrate ourselves, our culture, our forms of life, on the world in which we live. There's no better way to celebrate the relationship between our nations, whose histories are so closely intertwined, than by creating an Irish Writers' Festival ... - Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland.

Visit the festival website for full program, workshops, writing contests, and tickets.
Twitter: @lgirishwriters, #irishwriterslosgatos Facebook:
The Irish Arts & Writers Festival is a project of Irish Culture Bay Area, a 501(C)3 non-profit community organization presenting a comprehensive guide to Irish culture around the Bay Area.. Questions to Catherine Barry, 415-652-8621 or

Tres Noctambule
Tres Noctambule

TresNOCTAMBULE is Marla Fibish, Bruce Victor and Suzuki Cady. They play traditional and original music in a variety of forms – traditional Irish tunes and songs, their own tunes written in traditional forms, and compelling musical settings of a broad array of poetry.

"...One line [from the CD] sums up Bruce and Marla's sound – 'We blend in melted brilliance…'" - Clive Price, Irish Music Magazine
"A must-have album from a must-follow musical couple." - Patrick O'Heffernan, Music Junkie Press

Sample tracks, videos and more at

House Concert
Kyle Alden & Aidan Stone

Tree House Concerts San Anselmo

Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 PM

Kyle Alden
Kyle Alden

Award-winning singer/songwriter and folk musician Kyle Alden is noted for his folk music settings of poems by W.B. Yeats and has issued 5 albums.

"Kyle Alden's melodies and performance rank with the most-pleasing-to-hear of any settings of W.B. Yeats I've heard. Excellent work!"--Andrew McGowan, president, W.B. Yeats Society of NY.
"A great album--one of the best of 2011." ~John Weingart, Music You Can't Hear On The Radio, Princeton, NJ

Aidan Stone
Aidan Stone

Poet and film maker Aidan Stone's latest project is Visions of Cawdor, a film adaptation of Robinson Jeffers epic poem, Cawdor. Shooting is slated to begin in the Big Sur area of Central California in late spring 2019.

Tree House Concerts is pleased to present a very special Evening of Music and Poetry with acoustic trio TresNoctambule (Marla Fibish, Bruce Victor and Suzuki Cady), Kyle Alden (with Robert Powell) and special guest poet/film maker Aidan Stone.

Doors at 7:00pm, music at 8:00pm. $20 donation at the door. RSVP to Address and parking instructions given with your RSVP.

The sister arts of poetry and music have been melded and married in many ways over time. Examples range from the Art Song within the classical music tradition to Turn Turn Turn, a section of the book of Ecclesiastes, set to music by Pete Seeger in the 1950s, and made popular by The Byrds.

TresNoctambule and Kyle Alden continue in this time-honored tradition, bringing their own unique musical sensibilities to the endeavor. Their skill at casting poems into beautiful songs, along with their thoughtful and moving vocal and instrumental delivery, offer the listener the opportunity to hear both familiar and unfamiliar poems in potentially new ways.

This will be a special evening for lovers of poetry, for lovers of music, and for adventurous spirits of all sorts.

Check venue info. by email to or check

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-up 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.


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, Aidan Stone, Neil O' Neill, Stacy Samuels, Michael Harmon, Roxanne Oliva, The Turf Cutters and more.

Festival Highlights and Video Previews

On Friday, October 19th, at 9:00 PM, the festival kicks off at Peri's Bar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, with hard rocking Culann's Hounds. These Hounds are renowned for savage Fiddle Tunes, Drinking Songs, 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 the small 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.

More details to come as the schedule develops.

Also, check out this KWMR Radio webcast on the 2012 Fairfax Feis featuring an interview with organizer, Cormac Gannon, and about and hour and a half of music from artists including, Laurence Nugent, Ken O'Malley, Lucia Comnes, Kyle Alden, Todd Denman, and The Gas Men.

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

Wake the Dead

Wake the Dead Halloween Tour

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

Keeping it Truckin' for Deadheads and Celtoids alike

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.

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.

Wake the Dead Fall Tour

Sunday, October 28th, 8:00 PM, Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, Tickets

Danny says: "Details to come on this, 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!"
Full Details, updates and ticket links at

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,

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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,
with Amelia Hogan and Rosemary Turco Dancers

Save the Date for WinterDance San Jose!


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

Friday, December 14th, 7:00 PM @ Hoover Historic Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose

This 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, and to raise funds for their programs,, the Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, The South Bay Scottish Society and other soon to be named sponsors offer WinterDance - South Bay Edition, at the Hoover Historic Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose on Friday, December 14th, 7:00 PM!

Molly's Revenge, starring David Brewer, John Weed and Stu Mason with vocalist Amelia Hogan's lilting grace and a subtle power, 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.

Guest vocalist Amelia Hogan brings a voice of lilting grace and a subtle power and to balance the evocative storytelling of Amelia's songs, the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers bring a percussive, joyful, and colorful exuberance to the stage.

This year, we have a new venue, the lovely and luxiorious Hoover Historic Theatre, 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.

Full details will be available soon at

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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