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Friday, 2019-03-22
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


• Co-founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker gives yet another update on this week’s Brexit developments, in Brexit Update – Kicking the Can with Little Effect. (See Below)
• Co-founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker provides a summary of last Sundays Saint Patrick’s Day in San José mini-festival. (See Below)


• Beginning TODAY, Friday, March 22nd, Irish Band Dervish begins a weekend Tour of Northern California, with stops in Sebastopol, Aromas and San Francisco CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday March 23rd, at 6:30 PM, its the 7th Annual Fr. Denis’ Irish Night, with Dinner, Traditional Music and Dance, in Santa Rosa, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday March 23rd at 7:30 PM, the Bee Eaters return with more of their folk-chamber magic at a House Concert in Los Gatos, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday March 23rd, at 7:30 PM, its a fundraiser for KWMR Community Radio featuring Puddle & the Brown Boot Boys with Kevin Carr & Paul Kotapish at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, March 23rd, at 8 PM, and Sunday, March 24th, 3:00 PM, Supergroup Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis have two gigs, the first in Berkeley, and last in Sebastopol, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday March 29th, 7:30 PM, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas give a show at the Eagles Hall in Fort Bragg, CA. (See Below)
• On through Saturday, March 30th the Irish-American Crossroads Festival returns with a half-dozen events around the Bay Area, of CA. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, 12:00 Noon its the Annual Tartan Proclamation Day ceremony at the San José City Hall Plaza in San José, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 6th, 10 AM to 5 PM, the East Bay Scottish Association present their 2019 Tartan Day celebration at Ardenwood Farm Park in Fremont. (See Below)
• Tuesday, April 7th, 2019 at 7:00 PM, Väsen, plays at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, and Sunday, February 25, at Freight & Salvage, in Berkeley CA. (See Below)

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• Publican Carlos answers the many recent rumors about The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant with a New Video. (See Below)
Lark In The Morning is opening a new store location in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. Full service continues at their original shop in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
The Plough and Stars, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)

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Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek

Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek

Editorial: Brexit Update – Kicking the Can with Little Effect

A Review of Current Status

By Cecilia Fábos-Becker – Published 2019-03-22

On Thursday, the EU discussed and voted on an extension of Brexit to May 22, conditional upon the UK parliament passing a deal by the end of the day of April 12. Prime Minister May had requested an extension to June 30, but the elections for the EU parliament occur on April 18. Some members of the EU had wanted an extension only to April 18. The compromise was May 22–with the condition. If no deal passes, the drop dead date is April 12. There were hours of discussion about granting this extension with many members, notably the Visegrad Group countries asking ‘what for?’ Today, on BBC’s ‘HardTalk’ program, Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek was asked about this and other matters this week. Petricek responded pointing out that since it involves the rest of the EU, the longer Brexit drags out, the longer the rest of the 27 EU nations also cannot move forward with new agreements and arrangements for trade either. After three years, they are tired of waiting for the UK to accept it can no longer dictate to the rest of Europe as it once did, and either accept or reject the deal it negotiated with the rest of the EU. The Czech minister bluntly said, ‘it would be better if the UK would just leave without a deal, sooner, rather than later. The UK MP’s clearly have no agreement among themselves, so why delay the departure?’.

However, UK Prime Minister Theresa May does not acknowledge that the impasse of her own nation’s Parliament, is permanent, and is now seeking a formalized binding vote from the EU on the Irish border backstop being only temporary so she can sell yet another vote on her proposal, as the latest adjusted proposal having a substantial real difference from the last one upon which the House of Commons voted. British law and precedent states that the same, or substantially the same proposal that has already been voted upon cannot be brought to debate and vote a second time in the same session. The EU made a non-binding, non formal adjustment to the backstop and Prime Minister May needs it to be more formalized and binding to have that substantial new difference. This change, assuming the EU commission agrees to making it legal and binding, and any related vote by the UK Parliament, will be the last chance of the UK to have a Brexit with a deal. Even with this change, the slightly adjusted for the second time deal is currently seen as unlikely to pass.


Tempest in San Jose

Celtic Rock Band Tempest was the Headliner
at Saint Patrick’s Day in San José

Event Report: Saint Patricks Day in San José

Summary of Music Mini-Festival

Sunday, March 17th, 3:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Last Sunday we hosted the first ‘Saint Patrick’s Day in San Jose’ event at the Historic Hoover Theatre here in San José. As principal organizers and hosts: Anthony ‘Tony’ Becker and Cecilia ‘Celia’ Fabos-Becker spent the last week before the festival fighting the flu and scrambling to boost ticket sales.

At about that the same time, San Francisco cancelled its own City Hall Plaza festival, said to be from a combination of financial losses the year before and a major sponsor pulling out this year. Other festivals struggled this month from the combination of bad weather and a softening, more uncertain national and international economy. It all proved to be an ominous few weeks just before the event, which to secure an affordable theatre had to be booked 6 months earlier in AUGUST, 2018. The paid attendance at the festival was 155 persons, not bad at all, and an increase of about 20% over the highest single concert attendance for any Saint Patrick’s Day Concert in the past seven years produced by

The event was built around two concerts. The matinee featured The Irish Trio (or Culann’s Pups – they still haven’t quite agreed on a group name), but are all very accomplished, very professional musicians), with interludes for Kate Behan‘s competition level Irish Step Dancing and presentations from two of San José’s 10 City Councilpersons, Johnny Khamis and Raul Peralez. The evening show, began with Michael Mullen’s ‘Trio of One‘ (looping act with multiple instruments and voice) and closed with the nationally renowned Celtic folk-rock band, ‘Tempest,’. Both had encores and dancing by audience members, and many enthusiastic comments. In the intermission, we had a performance by local members of the Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers’ Association, and a lecture by Donagh Mc Keown, ‘Irish Heroes and Villains’, both of which received numerous compliments. (You can catch Donagh’s walking tour of San Francisco every Saturday – just be at the Mechanic’s Monument at 11:00 AM!)

Click for a Sample Video of the event

Mark Hager’s sound and lighting company did a superb job adding to the high production quality of the performers themselves. M.C. Hager has done sound and lighting for a number of downtown San Jose performances in the Convention Center and theatres and he is the senior electrician at Villa Montalvo. We couldn’t have asked for, or found better, anywhere. We hope to work with him and his crew again!

The ‘Taste of Ireland’ snacks-reception, for all those enjoying both concerts, in the Green Room-kitchen was a hit. Whole Foods undoubtedly gained a number of customers for their Kerrygold butter and Kerrygold Dubliner cheese and cold process smoked salmon. Artisan Candies/Celtic Tea Shoppe probably should start making more fudge, Meyer lemon tea cakes and ‘Spotted Dog’ (sweet Irish soda bread).. There weren’t even crumbs left of the fudge and tea cakes and people were looking for more–they thought that was the best they’d ever had. However, the expenses for two concerts and a sound system to match the quality of the performers, even though kindly discounted for the organizers as non-profit, was greater than the amount raised from paid attendance. We learned a few things from this event to do better in the future.

It was, in the words of several attendees: ‘a huge artistic and critical musical success, with very high production quality.’ ‘Stunning!’ ‘Everyone had fun!’, but with 4 bands and a mini-festival, expenses were significantly higher than previous 6 years of small concerts with just one band, and the 20% increase in attendance didn’t fully cover the increased expenses.

What we learned

Don’t ever hold a mini-music festival on Saint Patrick’s Day itself, especially if Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, and always include alcoholic beverages. After booking the date, we later learned that the overwhelming majority of people in San Jose and Santa Clara County, which is the DUI epicenter of the U.S. (as per U.S. Insurance Industry)., consider Saint Patrick’s Day to be a binge-drinking holiday, and, at the same time, the only Irish holiday, with the New York corned beef and cabbage and 10 or 15 minutes of young ladies doing Irish step dancing being nice add-ons. Second, there is no such thing as a reasonably unified, cooperative, Irish community in the San Francisco Bay area, or even regions of it. This is not terribly surprising. Ireland had four and five kingdoms and only one real major High King of all Ireland, and even clan chiefs were often no more secure in their position than the regional kings, and would be high-kings. Saint Patrick was indeed a miracle worker long ago!

There are Irish organizations whose members are interested in Irish singing or Irish music, or Irish literature, or Irish drama–and the members are mostly all over the age of 55 and well, unfortunately, mortal. so their numbers are to be declining. Additionally, not many Irish or Irish Americans from San Francisco and Marin County, where the Irish and second generation children, are in greater numbers, travel south to San Jose. The immigrants have nearly all had children and grandchildren; some of the grandchildren are in the dance schools and troupes but when they turn about 16, they all become Americans. They then look at Saint Patrick’s Day as the rest of Americans do. They are not interested again in Irish history or culture until they get much older, if ever.

In San Jose, we have one additional issue: Cinequest which has been getting longer and longer each year. As 2020 is its 30th anniversary, we can probably expect it to take up the entire month of March, if not start the day after Valentine’s Day and end on April 30th. We suspect that every local high school in the entire 9 counties of the Bay area will also have a film entry in it, along with all the countries in the U.N..

In contrast, the Scots, though technically a smaller self-identified demographic in numbers than those of Irish descent, hold major festivals, in many states of the U.S. and Canada, and have clan and family societies, and growing membership organizations in addition to these clans and societies, with multiple age ranges of members and supporters. The Irish do not. The Scots have the colorful regional and national competitions called ‘heavy games’ which have great videos showing well-muscled guys throwing around things that resemble telephone polls and anvils and the Irish do not. The Scottish and Scottish-Celtic festivals have demonstrations of shinty (like Irish hurling and American field hockey), soccer and rugby, in addition to tossing large heavy objects. The Irish don’t have festivals and of course, no games at the non-existent Irish festivals. The Irish used to have heavy games competitions but ceased these after their Revolution, opting instead for Gaelic Football.

Additionally there is only one nationally and internationally known holiday connected to Ireland and which is celebrated in any way, and that is Saint Patrick’s Day. The Scots have St. Andrew’s Day, Robert Burns Day, Tartan Day, John Muir Day (aka Earth Day), and the claim to the founding of all the military forces in the U.S. save one, the Air Force. The armed forces, police, and states have tartans and bagpipe bands. If the Scots paid attention to John J. Montgomery and when he was doing his documented first flights they would probably claim the Air Force also, and we might have a four-way competition of a battle of the armed forces bagpipe bands along with the Army-Navy football game.

The Scots and Scots-Celtic festival organizers, the hosts and volunteer clubs, the clan and family societies, all have large mailing lists and people of all ages who know and appreciate their heritage–and they share–cooperating with one another to ‘build a huge savoury meat pie.’

We like success, unequivocal success in all aspects of events we work months to arrange and promote, and we like growing organizations and fun, cultural events that include as many people as possible. So, we are thinking that next spring (2020) perhaps we will do a Beltaine ‘Celtic May Day Festival’ with Scots and Irish music, and leave Saint Patrick’s Day to the many others who have their annual blow-out party then.




Dervish Tour of Northern California

‘an icon of Irish music’ – BBC

3/22 Sebastopol | 3/23 Aromas | 3/24 San Francisco

Tour Dates

Friday, March 22nd 8:00 PM Sebastopol Facebook Event
Saturday, March 23rd 7:00 PM Aromas Grange Facebook Event
Sunday, March 24th 3:00 PM San Francisco UICC Facebook Event

Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. Tthe band have played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury. They accompanied the Irish President on state visits to Latvia and Lithuania and Prime Minister of Ireland on a trade mission to China as Cultural Ambassadors taking time out to play an impromptu session on the Great Wall of China. Dervish have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan.

For a Dervish Video, Click Here!

The Guardian newspaper commented: ‘Dervish are simply brilliant . . They carry Irish history with them.’

Dervish are long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally. They’re renowned for live performances which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. Their studio and live albums – 12 to date – make up one of the outstanding catalogues in Irish Music. The band are excited about singing for the renowned US roots label Rounder. There are major projects ahead – new growths from those Irish roots!


Fr. Denis

Fr. Denis

7th Annual Fr. Denis’ Irish Night

Saturday March 23rd, Gathering at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 6:30 PM

St. Rose Parish Hall, St. Rose Catholic Church, 398 10th St, Santa Rosa, CA

Traditional Music and Dance

Gathering at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 6:30 PM

Tickets $30
Call (707) 542-6448 or email

Full Details on the Facebook Event – Click Here!


Bee Eaters

The Bee Eaters

The Bee Eaters

Saturday March 23rd at 7:30 PM

House Concert in Los Gatos

Featuring 6-time Grand National Fiddle Champion Clarridge siblings with hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman, The Bee Eaters combine chamber music’s finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass’s playful virtuosity and pop music’s melodic resourcefulness.’ -The Boston Globe

With Tashina’s delicate fiddle and Tristan’s grounding cello wrapped around Simon’s ethereal dulcimer, they have created a never-before-heard sound in American music.

Time: 7:30 PM, Saturday March 23rd
Suggested Donation: $25-$40

RSVP NOW – space is limited:



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.

• Saturday, March 23rd 2019, 7:00PM, Dervish, Aromas Grange, Aromas, A Production Of Aromas Grange
• Tuesday, April 9th 2019, 7:30PM, Väsen, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz

Click here for full details of All Celtic Society of Monterey Bay Concerts on the CSoMB website!


Paul Knight

Kevin Carr

An evening of Irish & American Acoustic Music

Saturday March 23rd, at 7:30 PM – 10 PM | Hosted by Paul Knight

The Dance Palace, P O Box 217, 503 B St, Point Reyes Station, CA

Five young players from Dublin comprise Puddle & the Brown Boot Boys playing traditional music on Irish pipes, flutes, guitar, Banjo & Voice. Plus a set from outstanding multi-instrumentlists Kevin Carr & Paul Kotapish!

Refreshments sold to benifit KWMR West Marin Community Radio.
Doors open at 7:PM, 7:30 Showtime $20 at door

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Athena Tergis and Mick Moloney

Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis

Irish traditional Music, Song and it’s ever evolving Story.

Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis have been musical collaborators for over fifteen years. Both members of The Green Fields of America, they have also performed in many different iterations on stages across the globe as well as collaborated on five albums and the documentary film Absolutely Irish. Their close musical interplay is equally evident in tunes, songs and stories, giving audiences a glimpse into the experiences of the people who wrote and played this powerful music.

Originally from Limerick Ireland, Mick Moloney is a National Heritage Award-winning Musician, Author and producer of over 40 albums. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and is currently Global Distinguished Professor of Irish Studies and Music at NYU. Awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and the TG4 Outstanding Contribution award in 2014, Mick Moloney continues to inspire, teach and perform at the highest level.

Born in New York and raised in San Francisco, Athena Tergis released her first album of original and Scottish music at sixteen before moving to Ireland, immersing herself in the music. She went on to join the Sharon Shannon Band, Riverdance, the Clarence Clemons band and the Green Fields of America. Athena is also a frequent soloist with the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra and has written and performed with Riverdance-composer Bill Whelan.

Mick Moloney & Athena Tergis Tour

• Saturday, March 23rd, at 8 PM, $25, Berkeley, CA,, Facebook Event, Berkeley House Concert, RSVP to
• Sunday, March 24th, 3:00 PM, Sebastopol, CA, Facebook Event, House Concert, email Howard Booster for reservations:

More Details at


Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Friday March 29th, 7:30 PM

Eagles Hall, 210 N Corry Street, Fort Bragg, CA

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one.

For a video of Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas playing “The Pitnacree Ferryman” on Ulster-Scots TV show ‘Santer’, Click Here!

Alasdair Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as ‘the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling‘, has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic). Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland’s music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions.

Natalie Haas is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Fraser have toured as a duo for over 15 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. As a studio musician, Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Solas and Liz Carroll, and American icon Dirk Powell.


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16th Annual Irish-American Crossroads Festival

Sunday, March 3rd — Saturday, March 30th

Promoting Irish-American Culture, and Preserving Local Histories, Through Year-Round Programs

The Irish-American Crossroads Festival is a celebrated cultural event in the San Francisco Bay Area promoting the discovery and understanding of the diverse Irish experience in the Americas. This annual Festival takes place in a half-dozen venues throughout the Bay Area and during the month of March.

Check out the 2019 program — Click Here!

The Festival offers a wide diversity of inspired musical, literary and cultural events that invite the public to come together in the spirit of discovery and celebration.


SBSS Tartan Day

Tartan Day in San José

Tartan Proclamation Day in San José

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM

San Jose City Hall Plaza, 200 East Santa Clara Street San José, CA

Tartan Day Proclamation

• Saltire Flag Raising
• Color Guard Parade by SAMS Post 1921
• Scottish Highland Dancers from
San Jose School of Highland Dancers
Lead Piper for Dancers – Joe Roberts
• The Silicon Valley Pipe Band
(fka Stewart Pipers and Drums)

Please JOIN US, The South Bay Scottish Society, as we celebrate Tartan Day at San Jose City Hall Plaza!

National Tartan Day is a US observance on April 6 each year. It commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, from which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on. It also recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent.



Tartan Day Scottish Fair

Saturday, April 6th, 10 am to 5 pm

Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

Throw on your kilt and celebrate all things Scottish, as the East Bay Scottish Association presents Tartan Day Scottish Fair.

Music from Golden Bough, and Michael Mullen. Scottish dancing, bagpipes, handmade crafts, historical re-enactments, and Highland athletics. Local Scottish clans and societies will share their culture and heritage. Children can find magic and fantasy in the Children’s Glen and might just see a fairy or dragon. Enjoy a Scottish meat pie or other Scottish treat.

Here is a video preview:

Admission Fee: $12/adult, $8/senior (62+), $6/child (4-17 yrs.) and free/under 3 years.

Tickets are available online NOW, or at the gate.

This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. Free parking. Disabled accessible. Pre-Sale tickets are NON REFUNDABLE. No pets allowed in the park. Event ends 5:00 p.m.; no admissions after 4:30 p.m. Ardenwood admission fee applies.

Produced by East Bay Scottish Assn. Contact us: or check our Our EBSA Facebook Page, or call the park for more info: 510-544-2797.



Väsen – Tuesday, April 7th, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Acoustic Trad Power-Trio from Sweden

Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Väsen, aka Vasen, are three virtuosos musicians (Olov Johansson, Nyckelharpa, Roger Tallroth, 12-string guitar, Mikael Marin, Viola) with a singular sound, accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, now in its 27th year of touring together. To experience Väsen is to witness ensemble playing at its finest.

Click for the video, Väsen on the Millennium Stage, Streamed live on Sep 24, 2017:

Advance Tickets Online $24 / $28 at the door.

The band’s origins are deeply rooted in the forests and rich earth of the Swedish countryside, in the centuries-old tradition of the folk music of Uppland. It’s a tradition spiced with consummate playing skills. But this is more than just a traditional sound.

There’s a playfulness to their music, a joyousness, and a delight in making exciting new arrangements of centuries-old tunes, and new originals inspired by the tradition. Rock, jazz, traditional, and classical influences weave together, making a music that’s beautiful but never cloying. You always hear the inspiration and improvisation of the moment. And we can promise that you’ll never know what will happen next.


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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.


Lark In The Morning SF Store

New Lark In The Morning Store in San Francisco

Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco

Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 6 PM
Sundays, noon – 5:00 PM

Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley
and soon in the Inner Richmond of San Francisco

Eric says:
“We’re soft-opening a new location at 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, (currently Exploring Music). So far, this new store only has a sampling of the instruments available in our Berkeley location, but we’re slowly adding more as we reconfigure the space.”

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi
Lark in the Morning Store, Berkeley

Lark in the Morning has been a folk musician’s favorite since 1974 and has musical instruments and instructional material from all over the world.

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



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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