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Friday, 2018-11-09
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


Seanie Hogan and Moya Fitzgerald have activated their Trad Radio Ireland Online Traditional Irish Music Station streaming Irish Traditional Music 365/24/7 online worldwide directly from their studios in Co. Clare, Ireland. (See Below)
• Now that the mid-term election is behind us, founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker offers her thoughts on Freedom of the Press and Literacy as it relates to Celtic heritage. (See Below)


NEW! Just in time for the holidays, AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items, in our brand new website shop, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo, for you to gift or treat yourself to. (See Below)
The Lark In The Morning Store announces they have extended their hours and are now open Sundays, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. at their shop in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)


• THIS Friday, November 9th, at 8:00 PM, the play The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh continues its 8 day run at the Louis B. Mayer Theatre, at Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, 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)
• Friday, November 9th, at 9:00 PM, the Young Dubliners rock the joint at Lilly Macs in Sunnyvale, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 2:00 PM All Souls Episcopal Parish will host Tea and Tartan in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, November 10th, 7:30 PM, Broceliande will give their 14th annual Wassail Concert at East-West bookshop in Mountain View, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, November 10th, 9:00 PM, San Francisco based Celtic Folk Rockers McCrae’s Battalion will appear at the Fireside Lounge in Alameda, CA. (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 Sunday, November 11th, at 2 PM, the wonderful Young at Heart Project will hold another of its great fundraisers at the Toll House’s Verge Restaurant and Lounge in Los Gatos, CA. (See Below)
Open the Door for Three offers three opportunities to hear them: Monday, November 12th in Arcata, CA, Wednesday, November 14th in Healdsburg, CA, and Friday, November 16th in Fort Bragg, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, November 13th, at 4:00 PM, Cormac Gannon will perform a Bread & Roses ‘Give Back Tuesday’ concert at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. (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 Friday, November 16th, at 7:30 PM, in Los Gatos, CA, harpist and Master Seanchaí (storyteller) Patrick Ball brings his all new Celtic Harp and Story show to Northern California, with a second show on Saturday, November 17th, at 7:30 PM, in Occidental, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, November 17th at 2:00 PM, The Druid’s Hall, in Nicasio, CA will host a fundraiser concert for stalwart fiddler John Caulfield, to help him recover from a recent stroke. (See Below)
• On Saturday, November 17th, 6:30 PM Singing Angel Doris Williams returns to the Britannia Arms in Cupertino. (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 its another blow from Whiskey and Stitches, at Father Paddy’s Irish Public House, in Woodland, 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 Saturday, November 24th, at 10 AM, Golden Bough begins a seven city holiday season tour of California, beginning in Sonora, CA. (See Below).
• Saturday, November 24, at 12:45 PM, Greg Jones and Michael Mullen will reprise their ‘Jigs and Jazz’ Mullen-Jones Project at Caffè Chiave in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, November 24th, 5:30 PM Four Shillings Short: Aodh Óg Ó Tuama and Christy Martin bring their show Around the World in 30 Instruments to Kenwood, 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 155th 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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Trad Radio Ireland

Trad Radio Ireland
Online Traditional Irish Music Station

Streaming Irish Traditional Music 365/24/7 online worldwide from Co. Clare, Ireland

Trad Radio Ireland

To hear Trad Radio Ireland stream through your web browser, just CLICK HERE, then click the play button.

You can also stream on the Trad Radio Ireland Facebook Page, and click on the large ‘Player Radio‘ Menu Item on the left panel.

Trad Radio Ireland is the number one Irish traditional music streaming service with listeners tuning in 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Seanie Hogan and Moya Fitzgerald offer continuous supply of great Irish traditional music for you to explore, streaming direct from Miltown Malbay in West Clare, Ireland. Click on this link to listen live!

Seanie Hogan and Moya Fitzgerald hail from Tipperary and Kilkenny respectively are passionate Irish traditional musicians. When they moved to Miltown Malbay in West Clare, Ireland they decided to start up their own radio station uniquely dedicated to traditional Irish music and share their passion with the world! Trad Radio Ireland is now streaming 24/7 around the world, reaching thousands of listeners in over 60 countries including Senegal, China and the United Arab Emirates.

Trad Radio Ireland also covers live festivals interviewing top Irish Music Performers from all over the world.

This success is based theenjoyment that many people have listening and engaging with Irish traditional music, combined with easy access on social media platforms, an easy to navigate website and a free phone app available in Google Play. While many Irish radio stations have an hour slot once a week, a trad enthusiast anywhere is only one click away from hearing their favorite music at any time of the day or night! (See box.)

For more information email
Seanie Hogan


Philosopher and Pupil

Philosopher and Pupil

Editorial: Freedom of the Press and Literacy

Ireland and Britain’s Celtic Legacy

by Cecilia Fábos-Becker 2018-11-08

The AmeriCeltic newsletter publishes information about Celtic heritage, culture and events, including current events, under the protections of the US Constitution’s guaranttee of Freedom of the Press. After the past few US elections, and increasingly politicized news coverage of nearly everything, it might be useful to review who established Freedom of the Press and why. It is usually defined as the freedom to write and publish news and criticisms without interference and restrictions by government or religion, (See ‘Freedom of the Press‘). The first modern instances of freedom of the press begin in the British Isles, in England, when Parliament got rid of the government’s right to license newspapers and other print media that might be critical of the government in 1695. But, that is not the whole of the history.

Freedom of the press began to be important during the beginning of the Enlightenment period, (1685-1815), when scientific methodology and rules of evidence, particularly for courts, and for medicine, began to be formalized, and when literacy grew under the encouragement of the Scottish Presbyterian church, to help people become more economically self-sufficient and less dependent upon the charity of churches and communities.

The Scottish Stuart kings, particularly the Catholic kings, were at odds with these ideas. The Scottish Stuart kings were absolutists who wanted the most political–and economic–power, yet no responsibility when their decisions failed to improve the well being of the nation. They wanted to combine church and state–and be in charge of both–and were using such things as star chambers with secret trials to punish critics. In the star chambers’ trials, the accused often had no idea who his or her accuser was. There were few or no witnesses allowed, particularly for the defendants, and there was little or no evidence presented, but severe punishments, even death could be the result. People could just disappear as a result of these trials, and families not know what happened for weeks, months or years. The Stuarts were not the first to be this way, but they hardened the line at a time when literacy was increasing, while the judicial system, at least at the lower levels, was relying more on facts, evidence and witnesses who themselves could be examined.

The Christian Church, the other great dictator of behavior, was also changing. There was no longer just one Christian Church, though the king and Parliament were still trying to make that so. The Presbyterian church was run not by bishops appointed by kings, but by elders elected by church members in the parishes, and both the people voting and the elders could be, and were, women as well as men. All the churches also had an economic responsibility to the parishes to help make them more self-sufficient and help take care of the needy at the local level.  The churches found that they were better able to take care of real needs, if the community as a whole was wealthier. Increased literacy among Presbyterians was definitely increasing the wealth, power, and influence of the Presbyterian Church’s membership and its communities. Soon other churches, particularly the Church of England, the state church under the king and parliament, were encouraging greater literacy, if not self-government in the church. It was a natural step in logic to think if ordinary people could run local church communities successfully, they could run larger areas, even a nation, and that the king, as a person, was no better in making decisions than anyone else.

During this same period, it became understood that to make good decisions, you needed facts, truth, and reliable witnesses.  People needed to learn the difference between belief and prejudice, and knowledge, based on real events, real experiences, real facts.

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Lark In The Morning Store

Lark In The Morning Store

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Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley

Eric says:
“I’d like to announce that we are now open now open Sundays, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

“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.”

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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



The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh

Santa Clara University Department of Theatre & Dance

Louis B. Mayer Theatre, Corner of Franklin and Lafayette, Santa Clara, CA 95053

Before he became an Academy Award Nominated screenwriter for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh was an award-winning playwright who once had three plays running on the West End at the same time.  The first of his Aran Islands Trilogy, The Cripple of Inishmaan, is a tragicomedy set on the smallest of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland.

Show Dates:

• Fri, 11/02/2018 – 8:00 PM
• Sat, 11/03/2018 – 8:00 PM
• Sun, 11/04/2018 – 2:00 PM
• Wed, 11/07/2018 – 8:00 PM
• Thu, 11/08/2018 – 8:00 PM

• Fri, 11/09/2018 – 8:00 PM
• Sat, 11/10/2018 – 8:00 PM

A dark comic play of the highest order, The Cripple of the Inishmaan is based on a book of the same name written by Martin McDonagh. It links the play’s story to the actual filming of a certain documentary film on the same lines. The play is set in the year 1934 and is about a tiny community of Inishmaan residing at the Aran Islands, off the western coast of Ireland. In the great tradition of Irish storytelling, and with a fascinating collection of characters, we watch the fallout when a Hollywood director comes to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film The Man of Aran.  With all of Inishmaan a-twitter over the arrival of the American, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life.

CLICK HERE to view a preview video:

Reserved Seating: $10 – $20 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,


Young Dubliners

Young Dubliners

Young Dubliners at Lilly Macs in Sunnyvale

Friday, November 9th at 9:30 PM

Lilly Mac’s Irish Bar And Restaurant, 187 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA

The Young Dubliners are coming to Lilly Macs to rock your face off!

The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock’s hardest working band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning America, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang, Los Lobos, Culann’s Hounds and many more.

Tickets are $20 pre-sale or $25 door. Get ’em quick. It’s going to sell out for sure.

The Young Dubliners – Rocky Road to Dublin

Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock’, it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. ‘That was always the idea’, Keith Roberts, lead singer for the band explains. ‘The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what we’ll end up with when we start on a new album.

More info at or on Facebook

CLICK HERE! to check out Lilly Mac’s Facebook Page.


Tea & Tartan

Tea & Tartan

Tea and Tartan

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM

All Souls Episcopal Parish, 2220 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA

Come enjoy an afternoon tea, watch a vintage fashion show and listen to an important author. Great food, great friends, a little music and even dancing all in the Scottish tradition.

CLICK HERE for the full details in the Facebook event.

All Souls Episcopal is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of California, which began its ministry at the time of the Gold Rush in 1850 and stretches from Los Altos to Novato to the south and west and Brentwood to Livermore to the east.

CLICK HERE to check out the All Souls website.



14th Annual Broceliande Wassail Concert

14th Annual Broceliande Wassail Concert

Music to warm the winter nights!

Saturday, November 10th, 7:30 PM, East West Bookshop, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door To reserve tickets, please call 650-988-9800, or buy online: Tickets

In keeping with their annual tradition, Celtic/Medieval Ensemble Broceliande will welcome in the Winter Solstice with a joyous concert of traditional and Early music of the season. Between them they play Celtic harp, cello, guitars, recorders, nyckelharpa, octave mandolin, flute, hardanger cello d’amore, and oboe. Join us for dances, carols, ballads and the traditional drink of wassail after the show!

CLICK HERE for a video preview.

Broceliande is Margaret Davis, Kristoph Klover, and Kris Yenney, | Facebook Event |



McCrae’s Battalion

McCrae’s Battalion

San Francisco based Celtic Folk Rock

Saturday, November 10, 9:00 PM | The Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St, Alameda, CA

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 Dada Band 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 event check the Facebook Event | For more on The Fireside Lounge, check The Fireside Lounge Website or call (510) 864-1244.


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.



YAHP Salutes our VETS at The Verge

Sunday, November 11th, at 2 PM – 5 PM

Verge Restaurant and Lounge, 140 S Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA

The Young at Heart Project has been uplifting the hearts of seniors with the music of their era for over 30 years. Please help us raise $25,000 to expand and enhance our programming and keep the love going!

$50 donation – appetizers, wine, beer and entertainment included.

An afternoon of joy! We’ll relish YAHP artists singing the tunes that transform our seniors: Sean Seman, Ginny Mitchell, Fred McCarty, Karen Phoenix, Peter Cor, and Joe Ferrara. Followed by a classy silent auction, tasty appetizers, wine, beer and all that jazz!

Questions? Check the Facebook Event, website or email or call 408-446-0402.



Open the Door for Three

Open the Door for Three

Liz Knowles, Kieran O’Hare, and Pat Broaders

11/12 Arcata, CA | 11/14 Healdsburg, CA | 11/16 Fort Bragg, CA

Open the Door for Three’s is fiddle player Liz Knowles, uilleann piper Kieran O’Hare, and Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player Pat Broaders. Their music is a rare combination of unearthed tunes from centuries-old collections, newly composed melodies, fresh arrangements of songs old and new, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the unmatched energy of a trio of good friends playing great Irish music together.

CLICK HERE for a video sample.

Liz, Kieran, and Pat have been mainstays of the Irish music scene around the world, having distinguished themselves over the last two decades as soloists with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, String Sisters, Secret Garden, Anúna, and The New York Pops. As a trio, they have played to a wide range of audiences in venues large and small, from Irish festivals, to concert halls, house concerts, and pubs. They have performed around the world: on Broadway and at Carnegie Hall, at L’Olympia and the Palais des Congres in Paris, in Malaysian rainforest festivals, in theatres from Shanghai to São Paulo, and even in a bullring in Mallorca. Most recently, they have been featured at The Kennedy Center’s Ireland 100 festival, the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, at The Milwaukee Irish Festival, and in The Masters of Tradition series in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland.

Irish music is a living, breathing part of Irish and Irish-American culture, and there is no single story that can sum up its history, its charm, grace, and drive. The soul of Open the Door for Three’s music is filled with connections: the connections to people and places, to teachers and heritage and audiences, and to the stories and humor that bring us all together. From these connections comes inspiration, which fills a bottomless well that keeps the trio coming back again and again – to refill, refuel, reinvent, and share.

Northern California Tour

• Monday, November 12th, 7:00 PM, Arcata, CA, Crib Concerts, Tickets, call (707)433-8182 or check Full Details.
• Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00 PM, Healdsburg, CA, Camellia Inn, Tickets
• Friday, November 16th, 7:30 PM, Fort Bragg, CA, Eagles Hall, Tickets.

More info at


Cormac Gannon at Iron Springs

Cormac Gannon at Iron Springs

Tuesday, November 13th, 4:00 PM
Bread & Roses “Give Back Tuesday”

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax, CA

Irish folk singer Cormac Gannon was born in County Mayo, in the west of Ireland, and moved to San Francisco in 1991. It was here with like-minded musicians that Gannon formed Orla and The Gas Men, and began playing traditional Irish folk ballads, with himself singing and playing bodhrán, guitar, and eventually uilleann pipes.

Cormac’s vocals and lyrics bring to mind the ‘1960’s Anglo-Irish invasion’, and such songs as the Beatles Michelle, albiet an Irish flavored Merseyside.

For Cormac Gannon’s videos, Click Here!

Says Cormac,

“After a few years of recording a number of songs in the back room of my house using a computer, I have finally managed to put them on a CD. I have recorded a couple of songs written by my friends Vince Keehan and John Hoban, a song by Pádraig Stevens, one by singer/songwriter John Spillane, a few traditional Irish songs, a couple of songs from England, a couple of songs from the United States, and one I wrote myself.”

The album Different is available on CD Baby for CD purchase or download:

On Bandcamp Different is available to download:

For more information, email Cormac Gannon at or check


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.


Patrick Ball

Patrick Ball

Patrick Ball Concert

Celtic Harp and Story

11/16 Los Gatos | 11/17 Occidental

Legendary Celtic harper and storyteller, Patrick Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. For in telling the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment, and in playing achingly beautiful music on the ancient, brass-strung harp of Ireland, he not only carries on two of the richest traditions of Celtic culture, but blends them in concert to create a warm and magical performance.

For the Patrick Ball video, “An Dro Nevez”, Click Here!

The passion of the Irish for eloquence and wordplay, their deep devotion to a mythical past, and their ability to find joy and humor in a dark and often supernatural world make for stories unrivaled in the world of the oral tradition. And always, amidst the storytelling, there was music. Jigs, reels and haunting airs graced the spaces between the tales. And first among Irish instruments, and the most honored, was the legendary Celtic harp. With its crystalline, bell-like voice and lavish resonance, it would soothe its listeners and lead them deeper into the realms of the imagination. Patrick Ball weaves the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment together with ethereally gorgeous instrumental harp melodies into a warm and magical performance that will leave the audience spellbound.

Don’t miss your chance to be swept away by this Master Seanchaí (storyteller).

‘Whenever performer Patrick Ball pulls his stool up to his Celtic harp, streams of silvery tunes glisten and shimmer. It’s instant Irish nostalgia, even for a listener who has no particular connection to the country and its culture. Ball plays with a deft, florid touch. The melodies are lovingly shaped and the intricate finger work gracefully phrased.’ – the San Franciso Chronicle

For more on Patrick Ball, check

• Friday, November 16th, 7:30 PM in Los Gatos, CA, $20, Pippa’s Place, 23960 Summit Road, Potluck with a glass of wine and good conversation at 6:30 PM, For information or reservations email Pippa at (preferred), or call her at 408-529-5610.
• Saturday, November 17th, 7:30 PM, Occidental, CA, $20 Adv. $24 Door, Occidental Center for the Arts, Onine Tickets, or call 707-874-9392, or email


John Caulfield Fundraiser

Benefit Concert for John Caulfield

Sunday, November 17th at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Druid’s Hall, 4499 Nicasio Valley Rd., Nicasio, CA

Click Here to watch a video of The Gas Men – @ The Freight & Salvage
It is hard to believe that it is 9 years since we played this gig at The Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. Sadly one member of The Gas Men, John Caulfield, had a severe stroke in March of this year. John is confident, on the road to recovery and working hard to get back to good health but needs our help with medical, rehab and living expenses. Please join the amazing lineup of musicians who are going to perform to raise funds for John.

Music by John’s band mates, The Gas Men, Rory McNamara, Kyle Alden, Tommy O’Mahony and Friends. The event is being organized by Mike O’Mahony, Mike Gallagher, Paul Foley and friends.

Suggested donation is $100 to $500 (covers food and drinks).

If you can’t get to the benefit and would like to contribute (no amount too small), please go to:

Direct questions to Cormac Gannon More details on the Facebook Event.

For more about the Nicasio Druids, check or call (415) 662-9132.



Doris Angel (Williams)

Doris Angel (Williams)

Doris Angel (Williams)

Saturday, November 17th, 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.


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.



Whiskey and Stitches @ Father Paddy’s

Saturday, November 17th, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Father Paddy’s Irish Public House, 435 Main St., Woodland

Whiskey and Stitches brings a unique blend of non-traditional traditional Irish folk-punk and Americana – a modern twist on a familiar genre, covering a range from the Dubliners, the Clancy Brothers, Pogues, Flogging Molly, Guys Named Johnny, and the inimitable Johnny Cash. It’s what folk would have been if there were amplifiers in the hills of Connemara or Appalachia and people could turn them up to 11.


“Leaving of Liverpool”
“Whiskey And Stitches” at Cesar Chavez Park in Downtown Sacramento for St. Patrick’s Day.

Whiskey and Stitches band members bring diverse musical backgrounds, 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

The band plays around Sacramento Valley, down to Folsom and up to Reno and Sonora, including Fairs, Festivals and Football Clubs.

The musicians in Whiskey and Stitches bash out the type of rock ‘n’ roll that’s at once clearly defined by its influences, yet also completely divorced from any rules. With an Irish-American pub sound that owes as much to Bill Monroe and the Ramones as it does the Pogues, Whiskey and Stitches’ music is angry and jubilant… come prepared to stomp around and maybe shed a tear, too. – Rachel Leibrock (Sacramento News and Review)

Contact them at or check

More on the venue at or call (530) 867-2939.


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


Golden Bough

Golden Bough Christmas Tour

Golden Bough Christmas Tour

11/24 Sonora, CA | 12/1 Pacifica, CA | 12/7 Winters, CA | 12/8 Auburn, CA | 12/9 Georgetown, CA | 12/14 San Francisco, CA | 12/15 Los Gatos, CA

‘Christmas comes but once a year and Golden Bough rings in good cheer,
Families gather one and all to raise their voices in the hall.’

Share the laughter, song and joy as Golden Bough performs rare versions of Celtic songs of Winter, as well as their unique take on better known Christmas Carols.

CLICK HERE to see Golden Bough’s videos!

Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over.

‘There is a love of this music by the performers that is obvious. All in all, a great example of how to do something the right way when many are just doing it, period.’ Wind & Wire Magazine

Golden Bough is:
Margie Butler, lead vocals, harp, whistles, recorders
Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, accordion
Kathy Sierra, fiddle, whistles
For more information, email or check the website,

Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle and bodhrán, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.

• Saturday, November 24th, 10 AM to 5 PM, 44th Annual Sonora Christmas Crafts and Music Festival, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora, CA, Produced by Fire on the Mountain, (209) 533-3473
• Saturday, December 1, 7:30 PM, Pacifica Performances at The Mildred Owen Concert Hall, 1220A Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica, CA, (650) 355-1882
• Friday, December 7, 8:00 PM, The Palms, Winters Opera House, 13 Main Street, Winters, CA, (530) 795-1825
• Saturday, December 8, 7:00 PM, Music and More Performing Arts and Visual Center, 3116 Olympic Way, Auburn, CA, (530) 885-0594
• Sunday, December 9, 2:00 PM, Music on the Divide, I.O.O.F. Hall, 6240 Main Street, Georgetown, CA
• Friday, December 14, 8:00 PM, Old First Concert Series, Corner of Van Ness and Sacramento Streets, San Francisco, CA, (415) 474-1608
• Saturday, December 15, 7:30 PM, Woodhaven West Concert Series, Los Gatos United Methodist Church, 111 Church Street, Los Gatos, CA, (408) 354-4730.


Mullen Jones Project

Mullen Jones Project

Mullen-Jones Project
‘Miles Davis meets Riverdance’

Saturday, November 24, at 12:45 PM

Caffè Chiave, 4045 Piedmont Ave., Oakland

Greg Jones and Michael Mullen, both lately of the legendary Celtic rock band Tempest, have created a new group, Mullen Jones Project. This “Celtic Bop” band plays Celtic music with a jazz accent, fusing Celtic melodies with the rhythms and harmonies of various jazz idioms, from New York to Brazil via Dublin and Edinburgh – Kinda like Miles Davis meets Riverdance. Celtic with too much jazz, or jazz with too much Celtic, depending on your point of view, Greg Jones and Michael Mullen are certain to give your musical palate some excellent new flavors to savor!

To hear Mullen Jones Project put their formula to work on the ancient tunes, like O’Carolan’s Concerto, Click Here!

For more information on the venue, check or call (510) 658-2744.

For more information on Mullen Jones Project music, email Michael Mullen at, or call 510-414-6063, or check the
Facebook Event or
Facebook Page



Four Shillings Short:
Aodh Óg Ó Tuama and Christy Martin

Saturday, November 24th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Seamus Wines Tasting Lounge, 8910 Sonoma Highway #7 (Kenwood Village Center), Kenwood, CA

Four Shillings Short perform Traditional & Original music from the Celtic Lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas.

Since 1997, Aodh Óg Ó Tuama and Christy Martin have toured Ireland and America as the duo Four Shillings Short, combining their vocals and up to 30 different instruments to perform a diverse range of traditional, contemporary, and original music. Their repertoire includes traditional Irish and Scottish songs, tunes and airs, plus Indian Ragas, Folk Ballads, Old-Time songs, Medieval and Renaissance instrumentals, and a cappella numbers, as well as contemporary folk music and original compositions.

Here is their sampler video

Aodh Og O’Tuama grew up in a family of poets, musicians and writers.  He received his degree in Music from University College Cork, Ireland and received a Fellowship from Stanford University in California in Medieval and Renaissance performance.  He plays Tinwhistles, Medieval & Renaissance woodwinds, Recorders, Doumbek (from Morocco), bowed Psaltery, Spoons and sings both in English, Gaelic & French.

Christy Martin grew up in a family of musicians and dancers.  From the age of 15, she studied North Indian Sitar for 10 years, studying with Tony Karasek (a student of master Sitarist Ravi Shankar) and Rahul Sariputra (a student of Allaudin Khan).  She began playing the Hammered Dulcimer in her 20’s and has studied with Maggie Sansone, Dan Duggan, Cliff Moses, Robin Petrie, Tony Elman and Glen Morgan.  In addition she plays Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Banjo, Guitar, Bodhran (Irish frame drum), Charango, bowed Psaltery, Ukelele and sings in English, Irish and Sanskrit.

‘Four Shillings Short, celto-indo fusion duo, is a world class act.’ – KMFB – Late night Liz, Fort Bragg, CA

‘A husband-and-wife duo of mystical musical abilities.  Their sound is haunting, crystalline beauty.’ – (Monterey County Weekly, Monterey, CA

‘The Celtic/Folk/World music duo performs on a bevy of unusual instruments and in myriad styles.  This is a great show for kids of all ages, who’ll be amazed by the duo’s thematic range.’ – Glen Starkey – New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA

More music samples are available on YouTube and on the duo’s website:, or email them at or call (650) 274-1100.

For more on the venue, call (707) 573-7277 or check the website


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.


SASSF Dancing

Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco

155th Annual Tartan Banquet and Ball
Saturday, December 1st, 2018, 6:00 – 11:00 PM

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.



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,


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.

• 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
• Friday, December 21st 2018, 7:30PM, Molly’s Revenge Winterdance, A Production Of St Mary’s Celtic Music Series, St Mary’s By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove

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.)


Winterdance 4

WinterDance! Molly’s Revenge

Full WinterDance Northern California Schedule:
• Saturday, November 24th, 8:00 PM, Redwood City, CA, Tickets
• 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, Arcata, CA
• Monday December 10th, Eureka, CA
• 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 Celtifies the Holidays

Songs from Christa Burch / Amelia Hogan
Dance from 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, (except Redwood City) our guest vocalist will be Christa Burch. Christa possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive, intimate, and instantly recognizable, marrying intuitive musicianship and storytelling. 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.



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.


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.



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


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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