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Events: (one-time)

New! On Friday, July 12th, at 6:00 PM, the South Bay Scottish Society host their monthly General Meeting, a presentation on Magic and Scotland from Magician Kim Silverman, at Willow Glen Library in San Jose, CA. Thenm, on Friday, July 19th, at 6:15 PM, they will host a showing of the movie The Great Escape at Roundtable Pizza and on Saturday, July 27th, at 5:00 PM, host a Pub Night at Katie Blooms Irish Pub, both in Campbell, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, July 13th, at 8:00 AM, the California Coast Music Camp begins it’s annual two week run in Monterey, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, July 13th, from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, the still completely FREE, 48th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, with music performances, workshops, an open Irish session, story telling sessions, open instrumental and song sessions and much more, happens at the Music Concourse, in Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, July 13th, at 6:00 PM, there is a rare opportunity to hear The Healing Muses as they play for an Irish dance at The Finnish Hall in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, July 18th, at 6:00 PM, Mark Levy and his Celtic Bay band present A Mid-Summer’s Night Song at the Laughing Crab in Florence, OR. (See Below)
• On Friday, July 19th at 4:30 PM UICC hosts Rumble at the Beach fight night, and ten, at 8:00 PM, UICC hosts Randal Bays & Kyle Alden, in Concert! UICC also has ongoing Youth Music Classes at 7:00 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays, and on Saturday, May 25th, at 2:00 – 9:00 PM, Irish Sessions as on the last Saturday of every month. (See Below)
• On Friday, July 19th, at 6:00 PM, the Katie Jane Band plays at the Dullahan Irish Pub, in Lake Oswego, OR. (See Below)
• On Friday, July 19th, 8:00 PM, WA based Randall Bays, and local guitarist by Kyle Alden give a concert at the UICC in San Francisco, CA, followed on Saturday, July 20th, at 7:00 PM by a house concert at Meg’s Mighty Outdoor House Concerts, in Sunnyvale, CA, and on Sunday, July 21st 7:00, PM by another House Concert in Santa Cruz, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday July 20th, at 7:00 PM, Canadian-American duo Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen give a concert at the Ugly Mug in Soquel, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, July 20th, at 8:00 PM, the legendary The Black Irish Band, performs at at the The Rock of Twain Harte, in Twain Harte, CA. Then, on Saturday, July 27th, at 4:00 PM at the Bryte & Broderick Community Center, in West Sacramento, CA and on Wednesday, July 31st, at 6:30 PM at Music in the Parks, in Murphys, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, July 22nd at 10 AM, the Community Music School of Santa Cruz offers the Kids version of Redwood Music Camps begins in Scotts Valley, CA. (See Below)
• From Thursday, July 25th, 5:00 PM to Sunday, July 28th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, its the second annual Corvallis Celtic Festival in Corvallis, OR. (See Below)
New! On Thursday, July 25th, at 6:30 PM, Celtic Rock Band Tempest performs at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Greenshow, on the Courtyard Stage, in Ashland, OR Tempest will also be appearing at these festivals: July 27th, 28th/PNW Scottish Festival in Enumclaw, WA, August 31st-September 1st/Scottish Highland Gathering and Games in Pleasanton, CA, and September 13th-14th/Oregon Celtic Festival in Canby, OR. (See Below)
New! From Friday, July 26th to Saturday, August 3rd, the world-famous annual Music, Song, & Dance event Lark Camp, returns to the idyllic Redwoods near Mendocino, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, July 26th, at 5:00 PM and continuing on Saturday, July 27th & Sunday July 28th through 5:00 PM its the Scottish Highland Games at the Expo Center in Enumclaw, WA. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, July 27th, at 9:30 AM, California Genealogical Society presents John Grenham presenting Opportunities of Interest, Mapping Ireland’s Records, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
New! On Thursday, August 1st, at 7:00 PM, the Celtic Society of Monterey Bay presents Conor Hearn and Maura Shawn Scanlin, aka Rakish, perform at the Ugly Mug in Soquel, CA. (See Below)
New! From Friday, August 2nd, 3:00 PM through Monday, August 5th, 11:00 AM, a loosely organized band of fretted dulcimer players and friends of the dulcimer will convene as they have done for the past 50 years, this time in person. This so-called Kindred Gathering will happen on near the ocean, in Copalis Beach, WA, and you are all invited. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, August 3rd, at 6:00 PM, The Summer Ceilidh, co-sponsored by PBFSCO, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco, the St. Andrew’s Society of San Francisco and the St. Andrew’s Society of the East Bay returns! This time, this classic Summer event will happen at the Colombo Club in Oakland, CA. (See Below)

Events: (Recurring)

• On Fridays, from 5:00 PM on, Pub Scouts, plays great tunes at Duffy’s Tavern in Chico, CA. (See Below)
• On the 1st Saturday of each month, at 6:00 PM, the San Francisco in-person Chantey Sing is held at the Maritime Museum in San Francisco, CA, and then on the 2nd Saturday of the month, at 11:00 AM, the San Francisco Virtual Chantey Sing happens Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On the first Sunday every month, at 9:00 AM Pacific, Dr. Ronan Connolly offers a Lets Learn Irish free workshop on Irish Language, free of charges and available everywhere Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Sundays, from 8:00 UK time / 12:00 PM Pacific, it’s the Loch Down Folk Club, timed so our friends from the US and Canada can join in, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On first Sundays of the month, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time, the Cross Keys band, Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O’Neill, sing out at the Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden in Fairfax, CA. (See Below)
• On the last Sunday of each month, join Alexandra Annen for a Irish traditional instrumental music session at Sayla Music Academy in Lodi, CA. (See Below)
• On First Sundays, Grass Valley based Three Times Through plays at Grass Valley Brewing Company in Grass Valley, CA, plus several other weekend dates around the Gold Country of California. (See Below)
• On the first Sunday of the month, from 11 AM – 1 PM Pacific / 2 PM – 4 PM Eastern time, Lynn Noel hosts the Mermaid’s Tavern Ballad sing-around, online via Zoom from her home studio. (See Below)
• On the second Sunday of the month, at 4:30 PM Pacific, the female duo Celtic Moon, plays at the Wheelhouse of Willow Glen in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• Phoenix Folk Ltd. was established in 2009 by Maurice Condie, Adam Holden & Marina Dodgson to promote participation and performance in folk and acoustic music, song and dance across the North East of England, and since the COVID lockdowns, they have expanded into the online world. Currently, they host three weekly online events on Zoom, happening at 8:00 PM UK / 12:00 PM Pacific on Monday’s, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Monday, June 24th, Peter Tommerup will take over hosting the Moosehead Trad Irish Music Session, for the summer. This instrumental, participatory online Irish music event happens from 12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific Time, timed so our friends from Ireland and the UK can join in. Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Mondays, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time, Irish born Maureen McNally hosts the Ag Teacht Le Chéile Irish Session, a participatory online Irish music event timed so our friends from Ireland and the UK can join in. Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Mondays, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, the Celtic Arts Center offers beginner level Irish classes online via Zoom, as well as a full evening of Celtic in-person music and dance at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday evenings, from 7:00-8:30 PM Pacific Time, its the Andronicos San Francisco Jam, hosted by Dinah and Noah Stroe on Zoom from San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Wednesdays, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific Time, Tony Becker, hosts the Trans-Atlantic Session, an online traditional music event, featuring a mix of instrumental and vocal performances, timed so participants from Ireland and the UK can join in. Later on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Pacific, Tony hosts the Pacific Evening Session. (See Below)
• On Wednesdays, John Whelan conducts his free Play Along Sessions: Tune Learning at 2:30 PM Pacific and Taking Time at 4:00 PM both Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• The The Philo-Celtic Society offers four full quarters of multiple free classes focused on learning the Irish Language, including a couple of classes in Irish Song. Spring Quarter classes began on Wednesday, February 7th, and all are accessible to everyone everywhere, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Wednesdays, at at 8 – 9:30 PM Eastern / 5 – 6:30 PM Pacific, and again on Thursdays at 8 – 9:30 PM Pacific / 11 – 12:30 AM Eastern, Autumn Rhodes teaches Irish Session Repertoire for All Instruments online via Zoom from San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On First Thursdays, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific Time, multi-instrumentalist Michael Eskin hosts The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Session, the best and most popular participatory online Irish traditional music event. (See Below)
• On 1st Thursdays at 8:00 PM, and other Thursdays at 8:30 PM, Irish Dance – San Francisco Bay Area organizes Irish set dancing at the Plough and Stars Irish Pub in San Francisco, CA. They also sponsor dances at 7:30 PM on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at Ireland’s 32 Pub in San Francisco, CA as well as set dancing lessons there on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, at 6:00 PM Pacific Time, One Eyed Reilly plays at The Delta King Bar & Grill in Sacramento, CA, and can be heard at several other venues in the Sacramento Valley. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, from 8:00 – 10:00 PM, the Sons of the Buccaneers conduct their weekly SingAsong, Chantey Along at Quinn’s Lighthouse in Oakland, CA. (See Below)

Please support our sustaining Sponsors with your Celtic business!

• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker’s e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
Sláinte Pub has reopened it’s doors as of Friday, December 15th, 2023 at 5:00 PM. The New partners are offering a limited menu of great food as well as great drinks and Irish Music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, at the same location at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
• Now in their 3rd year, Willow on the Green, operated by friend of the family Alex Sinclair and located on 9th Avenue in San Francisco, CA, is especially convenient to Golden Gate Park, and caters to the park revelers, offering a unique array of ready to eat culinary delights. (See Below)
• Well known Flying Scot and all round traditional musician David Brewer has launched his online music lessons, accessible to anyone, anywhere Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• The Starry Plough is now open everyday, with all the events it’s many long term customers had before the pandemic, in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• Music and Dance have returned to the cherished San Francisco, CA Celtic cultural institution, The Plough and the Stars, now open from Wednesday through Sunday, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, the local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown San Francisco at 5th and Howard. (See Below)
• Multi-genre violin teacher (especially Irish Traditional Music) and performer Darcy Noonan is available for gigs and lessons. (See Below)
• Sport your Celtic heritage! AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo. (See Below)
The Celtic Tea Shoppe, in San Jose is your source for Celtic and Celtic inspired carry-out fresh baked foods, confections and rare teas, and they have just announced a new scholarship program! (See Below)
• With an extensive selection of instruments and instructional material from around the world, Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA is open for in person and online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering full service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)

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South Bay Scottish Society

July Events:

General Meeting
Friday, July 12th, 6:00 PM

With Magician Kim Silverman

Willow Glen Library, San Jose, CA


Movie Night
Friday, July 19th, 6:15 PM
Roundtable Pizza Parlor, Campbell, CA


Pub Night
Saturday, July 27th, 5:00 PM
Katie Blooms Irish Pub, Campbell, CA

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South Bay Scottish Society

Friday, July 12th, 6:00 PM our Monthly General Meeting will be held at the San Jose Library in Willow Glen at 1157 Minnesota Ave. San Jose, CA. Parking is in the rear of the library. Dinner will be a POTLUCK starting at 6:00 PM, (please give an entrée to share with other members) our meeting starting at 7:00 PM. Immediately following the meeting our entertainment will be a presentation by Kim Silverman on the Role of Magic in Scottish History and Culture. Kim’s bio reads like a who’s who of Magic. Kim has been performing magic professionally for 34 years and is President Emeritus of the Society of American Magicians, is a member of the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood and is an Associate of the Inner Council of the Magic Circle in London England. He has won multiple competition awards and is believed to be the inspiration of a certain wizard in the Harry Potter stories. This should be a wonderfully informative and fun evening. We hope to see many of you there.

Friday, July 19th, 6:15 PM our monthly Movie Night will happen at the Roundtable Pizza Parlor, 1400 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA. Please Note our Special Start Time. Due to the 3 hour length of our movie, The Great Escape, and in order to finish the movie prior to Roundtables closing time, we will be starting the movie NO later than 6:15 PM. Please arrive early if you wish to order food.

Saturday, July 27th, at 5:00 PM our monthly Pub Night will be held at Katie Blooms Irish Pub, 369 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA. Please arrive on time at 5:00 PM for a fun evening with some of our SBSS members.

Check out the SBSS Website

Check out the SBSS Facebook Page
Contact SBSS: southbayscots@gmail.com

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California Coast Music Camp
Saturday, July 13th-19th and July 20th-26th

California Coast Music Camp

Do you play an acoustic instrument or want to learn one? Do you sing? Do you want to get better at your music in a fun environment? California Coast Music Camp (CCMC) offers two separate weeks each July with beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes for adult musicians, including singers.

There are classes, workshops, jams, concerts, dances, and more. Each week is designed to help you stretch musically—and have a blast! Attend small-group classes in guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, percussion, vocals, stagecraft, and songwriting—with renowned instructors who truly know how to teach.

Class styles have included folk, blues, bluegrass, country, Brazilian, Celtic, Hawaiian, old-time, rock, swing and jazz. Musically inclined teenagers 14 and older are welcome when accompanied by a parent or adult sponsor.

Full Details on the CCMC website: https://www.musiccamp.org

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48th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Saturday, July 13th, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Music Concourse, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

SFFFF

On Saturday, July 13th, The San Francisco Folk Music Club presents the 48th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival in the beautiful Music Concourse open-air plaza within Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

There will be stage shows scheduled all afternoon, as well as dozens of workshops, including Sean-Nós Singing with Amelia Hogan, and Irish, oldtime and Quebecois sessions, and it’s all free!

Here is a promotional video from past years events: https://youtu.be/2I7Q_dh9Y38.

Check the Schedule for performances and workshops.

Click for full details and information on the San Francisco Free Folk Festival Website.

More Details on the Facebook Group and the Facebook Event

Donations

This is a free event as always, but donations are appreciated Click Here to donate.

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Healing Muses: Irish Summer Dance
Fundraiser & Dance
Saturday, July 13th, 6:00 PM
Berkeley Finnish Hall, 2970 Chestnut Street. Berkeley, CA

Healing Muses

The Healing Muses

The Healing Muses are hosting a summer fundraiser with dances for experienced Irish dancers & beginners both! Instruction provided, no partner required. Live music!

Dancing will be accompanied by some of the best traditional Irish music-makers in the Bay Area: Pigs in the Rigging (formerly Tune Station), including Marla Fibish, Rebecca Richman, & others.

There will be a special alcohol-free, no-host bar sponsored by Free Spirits & Best Day Brewery. And watermelons!

Come enjoy a fabulous evening and support live healing harp music for patients in cancer wards, hospice, and palliative care!

Saturday, July 13th, 6:30 PM, Berkeley Finnish Hall, 2970 Chestnut Street. Berkeley. Ample free parking.
Tickets: Get Tickets!

Check the Healing Muses Event Details
Check the Healing Muses Website: https://www.healingmuses.org
Check the Healing Muses Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HealingMuses

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Celtic Bay Singalong
Thursday, July 18th, 6:00 PM
A Mid-Summer’s Night Song
Laughing Crab, 1341 Bay St., Florence, OR

A Mid-Summer's Night Song

A Mid-Summer’s Night Song

Back by popular demand! Round three of Pub Song Singalong: A Mid-Summer’s Night Song. Thurs. July 18, 6-9 PM, $10. Come join us in song and enjoy the drink, food, and “craic” (Gaelic for conversation and camaraderie)!

The Celtic Bay band is:
Steven McVay fiddle/guitar/vocals
Sharon Rogers accordion/whistle/vocals
Jon Menten guitar/vocals
Mark Levy bodhran/guitar/vocals
Mary Grace Brogdan harp/vocals

More Details
mark@marklevymusic.com

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United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Ave, San Francisco, CA

One Time Events:

Rumble at the Beach—Summer Series
Friday, July 19th, 4:30 PM
St. Patrick’s Room


Randal Bays & Kyle Alden in Concert
Friday, July 19th, 8:00 PM
Emerald Pub



Irish Sessions
Last Saturday of the month
July 27th
2:00 – 4:00 PM Members’s Room: Slow Session
4:30 – 7:00 PM Emerald Pub: Fast Session


Ongoing Events:

Youth Music Classes
Wednesdays 7:00 PM: Fiddle/Whistle
Thursdays 7:00 PM: Bag Pipes


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Friday, July 19th @ 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Rumble at the Beach—Summer Series Join us for an Amateur Fight Night at the most intimate Boxing Arena in Northern California. Join us ringside on in partnership with Fire in the Ring Boxing, as we present “Rumble at the Beach—Summer Series” at the United Irish Cultural Center — the most intimate boxing arena in Northern California. Click for Full Details

Friday, July 19th, 8:00 PM, Randal Bays & Kyle Alden in Concert Randal Bays is an American fiddler who’s well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiery fiddling and his devotion to the traditional fiddling styles of the west of Ireland. He has a special love for the fiddle music of Counties Clare and Galway, where he’s been a frequent visitor for many years. He’s toured and recorded with many great musicians including James Kelly, James Keane, Daithi Sproule, and Martin Hayes. In 2021 he received the Irish Artist in America Achievement Award from O’Flaherty Irish Music. Randal lives near Seattle and is Artistic Director of Cascadia Irish Music Week.

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Kyle Alden has appeared on stages throughout California, the Pacific Northwest, New York and Ireland. Kyle draws material from the American, Irish and British folk traditions, creating original folk-music settings of poetry as well as writing original songs. He is recognized for his award-winning songs based on the poems of Irish poet W.B. Yeats. As an accompanist Kyle has worked with such great musicians as Tommy Peoples, Maeve Donnelly, Paddy Keenan and many more. He lives in Marin County.


On the last Saturday of every month, there are free, Irish Traditional Music Slow Sessions in the UICC’s Members’s Room.
Email Matt Moore for details. Later that day, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, there are free Irish Traditional Music Fast Sessions in the UICC’s Emerald Pub. Email Cormac Gannon for details.


Youth Music Classes are ongoing at UICC-SF on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 PM. Currently, there are classes on Wednesdays for fiddle and tin whistle and bag pipe classes on Thursdays. They are gauging interest in button accordion classes, and organizing a youth ceili band. These music classes are offered in partnership with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Cooley Keegan Branch, and scholarships are available to defray the cost of tuition. For info., email class instructor Dan Cotter terrimaverick@yahoo.com or call him at 650-784-9347, or email organizer Liam Reidy lreidy@irishcentersf.org or call him at 415-860-1854.


Despite the pandemic, the United Irish Cultural Center has successfully operated a large event facility serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, in the Sunset District near the Zoo in San Francisco. Thanks to our hard working small staff and dozens of volunteers, the UICC Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining has operated a bustling outdoor dining space under a 1,800 square foot open-sided canopy since January 2021, and offers indoor events in their St. Francis Room as well as their spacious Saint Patrick’s Room!

UICC website
UICC Facebook Page

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Katie Jane Band
Firey Fiddling

Shows


Friday, July 19th, 6:00 PM

Dullahan Irish Pub, Lake Oswego, OR. Details


August, 9th, 6:00 PM

Dullahan Irish Pub, Lake Oswego, OR. Details

Katie Jane Band

Katie Jane Band

The Katie Jane Band is a high-energy Celtic fiddle band from Portland, OR. Known as ‘Portland’s hottest fiddler,’ Katie Jane’s dynamic performance features virtuosic, high-speed fiddling, her contagious smile, and unstoppable dancing feet. The Katie Jane Band performs traditional and original fiddle music spanning Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Canada, and the USA. Their music takes listeners on a joyful journey through the folklore of Celtic music, and their engaging storytelling relates the audience to the sweetness of everyday human experience.

The Katie Jane Band shares their dynamic stage performance at Celtic festivals, Scottish Highland Games, and theaters up and down the West Coast. Some notable performances include performing at the Pleasanton Scottish Gathering, headlining the Celtic Fantasy Faire in Portland, OR, headlining the Douglas County Scottish Highland Games, performing the live music for Artist Repertory Theater’s production of the Scottish play, ‘The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,’ and producing their own multi-media productions with the Celtic Light Orchestra.

Learn More about the Katie Jane Band:
www.katiejaneband.com
www.facebook.com/katiejaneband
www.instagram.com/katiejaneband

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Randal Bays & Kyle Alden

Shows

Friday, July 19th, 8:00 PM

UICC in San Francisco, CA. Details


Saturday, July 20th, 7:00 PM

Meg’s Mighty Outdoor House Concerts, Sunnyvale, CA. Details


Sunday, July 21st, 7:00 PM

Santa Cruz House Concerts in Santa Cruz, CA. Details

Randall Buys and Kyle Alden

Randal Bays & Kyle Alden

Randal Bays is an American fiddler who’s well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiery fiddling and his devotion to the traditional fiddling styles of the west of Ireland. He has a special love for the fiddle music of Counties Clare and Galway, where he’s been a frequent visitor for many years. He’s toured and recorded with many great musicians including James Kelly, James Keane, Daithi Sproule, and Martin Hayes. In 2021 he received the Irish Artist in America Achievement Award from O’Flaherty Irish Music. Randal lives near Seattle and is Artistic Director of Cascadia Irish Music Week.

‘A commanding presence on the fiddle.’ – The Irish Times

His playing has power and passion… simply a joy to listen to.’ – Dirty Linen Magazine

‘Randal Bays is one of the few Americans to have mastered the complex art of traditional Irish fiddling.’ – Gearoid O hAllmhurain (author of ‘A Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music’)

‘Bays is a rare beast, a true master of both fiddle and guitar.’ – Cork Examiner (Ireland)

Randall’s Website: https://www.randalbays.com
Randall’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/randal.bays
Randall’s Email: rsb@randalbays.com

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Kyle Alden has appeared on stages throughout California, the Pacific Northwest, New York and Ireland. Kyle draws material from the American, Irish and British folk traditions, creating original folk-music settings of poetry as well as writing original songs. He is recognized for his award-winning songs based on the poems of Irish poet W.B. Yeats. As an accompanist Kyle has worked with such great musicians as Tommy Peoples, Maeve Donnelly, Paddy Keenan, Gearóid Ó lhAllmhuráin, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Liz Carroll, Athena Tergis, Andrew McNamara, and Ann Kirrane and many more. Kyle lives in Marin County.

Check out Kyle’s website: https://kylealdenmusic.com.

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Dan Frechette and Laurel Thompsen
Saturday July 20th, 7:00 PM
Ugly Mug CoffeeHouse, 4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA

Dan and Laurel

Dan and Laurel

Canadian-American duo Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen, are ‘Prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart,’ combine emotive, soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, and unique vocal chemistry for a ‘…match made in heaven.’

Join us for an evening of original live music at the Spring Street concert at the Ugly Mug and their soulful songwriting. This dynamic duo will captivate you with their unique blend of folk and roots music.

This is an in-person event with limited seating, so please make sure to secure your spot early. Tickets are $20 advance/$30 at the door. The intimate setting is perfect for enjoying live music with friends and family, so spread the word!

Meeting in 2012 via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by a once-in-a-lifetime musical chemistry and friendship, Canadian-American Roots-Folk duo Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are “prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart.” With soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, compelling storytelling, a dash of harmonica and humor, and unique vocal rapport they deliver a dynamic, engaging, polished performance.

Prior to the pandemic the duo toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and have released five albums of their diverse and uplifting original material. Based in California’s Soquel mountains, “their energy, winsome personalities, and toe tapping rhythms, keep audiences engaged with every song.”

Watch their latest music video: Colfax Harbor
More sights and sounds on their website: https://www.danandlaurel.ca

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The Black Irish Band

Shows

Saturday, July 20th, 8:00 PM

The Rock of Twain Harte, Twain Harte, CA. Details


Saturday, July 27th, 4:00 PM

Bryte & Broderick Community Center, West Sacramento, CA. Details


Wednesday, July 31st, 6:30 PM

Music in the Parks, Murphys, CA. Details

BlackIrishBand2019

The Black Irish Band is Patrick Michael Karnahan, banjo, melodeon, octave mandolin, trumpet, guitar, concertina, french horn, vocals, and Erich Quinn, bass, vocals, along with Michael Mullen, fiddle, vocals and James Dean Nelson, banjo, guitar, vocals.

Formed in 1989 in the historic Gold Rush Town of Sonora, CA, The Black Irish Band presents the songs of the working people from the 19th Century to the present. A large compliment of Maritime, Railroad, Celtic, Italian, American and original music that brings to life the adventures of the people who built the world on which we now live. Listen to the stories, sing along, and take a musical trip through history with the Black Irish Band.

More information, downloads and videos can be found on their website: http://blackirish.com.

Here’s a link to their many music videos

Get Full Details here: The Black Irish Band Official Facebook Page

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Community Music School
Kids Summer Music Camp

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This summer, Community Music School of Santa Cruz is bringing you Redwood Music Kid Camp.

Redwood Music Kid Camp
for Ages 7–13 happens
Monday, July 22nd – Saturday, August 3th
10 AM–3 PM
at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley, CA
https://www.communitymusicschool.org/kid-camp. Here is a sample video:
https://youtu.be/y40inXGfC6A

Redwood Music Kid Camp is a one week day camp program for musicians ages 7-13, and will take place in Scotts Valley the week of July 31-August 4. The program goes from 9am-3pm Monday through Friday, and concludes with a concert for family and friends on Saturday, August 5 at 10am. Kid Camp teaches the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, and more to players with at least two years of experience on fiddle, flute, tin whistle, recorder, harp, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, accordion, small keyboards, and cello. Students practice and perform in instrument-specific groups, and with the entire ensemble. They also sing and do crafts. Details, scholarship information and registration are all online at CommunityMusicSchool.org.

Questions about all three music camps can be directed to info@CommunityMusicSchool.org or 831-471-5184.
Website: https://communitymusicschool.org
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/communitymusicschoolsantacruz

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Corvallis Celtic Festival
Thursday, July 25th – Sunday, July 28th
Central Park and Downtown in Corvallis, OR

Corvallis Celtic Festival

The second annual Corvallis Celtic Festival will be held July 25th – 28th in Central Park and downtown Corvallis.

Last year’s inaugural festival was a grand success, bringing together community partners and musicians from all over Oregon. The free event was supported by button sales and donations both large and small. This year’s festival will again be by donation and will feature 25 bands and 17 workshops.

Festivities begin with a kick-off concert on Thursday evening July 25 featuring three Corvallis-based bands. Common Fields in downtown Corvallis is hosting this free event and donating a percentage of food and beverage sales to the festival.

On Friday evening, July 26, the festival headliner Rakish, a fiddle and guitar duo from Boston, will perform at the newly opened state-of-the art PRAx concert hall on the Oregon State University campus. This is the only ticketed festival event and tickets will be available on the PRAx website. The acoustics and architecture of this new concert hall are spectacular.

Events on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 will take place in and around Central Park. Admission is free although festival buttons for a donation of $10 or more will be available. Each day starts with a bagpipers parade. Main Stage in Central Park will host 8 bands on Saturday and 4 bands on Sunday. The Corvallis library will host smaller performances including storytellers and singers, as well as workshops on beginning guitar, beginning and advanced Irish drum, pennywhistle, fiddle, and singing. Additional workshops on Saturday including dance steps, a band workshop, advanced guitar, advanced fiddle, Irish flute, and Cape Breton fiddle will be offered at the nearby First Presbyterian Church. The Corvallis Art Center will be a dedicated harp space and includes a hands on harp workshop (limit 12 and pre-registration required on the website), and performances from a variety of Celtic harpists.

And if that’s not enough, a table with children’s activities including Celtic arts and crafts, Irish drum decorating and playing, games, and a musical instrument “petting zoo” is planned. Open jam sessions will be held throughout the weekend and a variety of food and beverages will be available in Central Park. Celtic-themed vendor booths will complete the picture in Central Park.

Check out the Event Website

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Tempest

Festival Shows

Thursday, July 25th, Courtyard Stage 6:30 PM

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR. Details


Saturday, July 27th & Sunday, July 28th
11:30 AM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM

PNW Scottish Festival, Enumclaw, WA. Details


Saturday, August 31st, 10 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM
Sunday, September 1st, 11 AM, 2 PM, 4 PM

158th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games, Pleasanton, CA. Details


Friday, September 13th:
Bard’s Hollow Stage 6:15 PM & Emerald Stage 6 PM
Saturday, September 14th:
Emerald Stage 12:30 PM & Forest Stage 4 PM

Oregon Celtic Festival, Canby, OR. Details

Tempest

Tempest Reunion

Work on the official biography of Lief Sorbye and Tempest is coming along very well, and Dragon Crown Books is shooting for publication early next year. In the meantime we’ve got some sizzling Summer concerts coming your way!

Our new 35th Anniversary Show is an exciting trip down memory lane… fans who’ve been with us for a long time will recognize favorite songs from our earliest albums being performed for the first time in many years, by the original band.

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. The Tempest Reunion lineup features all the original members: Adolfo Lazo, Rob Wullenjohn, and Ian Butler. We’re also excited to have a long time Tempest fiddler Kathy Buys with us.

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock, fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 30 plus years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release eighteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to progress in delightful ways with each new member.

In honor of our 35th Anniversary, we continue the celebration with a very special treat for you all — Tempest Through the Ages the video! This exciting two-hour movie documents our first 20 years together as a band. (It was previously released as a Bonus Disc on the Prime Cuts Compilation in 2008, but has been out of print for many years.) It features Tempest archival material; performed live on stage, TV, and in rehearsal. It includes 30 songs with interviews and rare photos. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/V7iYkAwzNEA

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TempestCelticRock
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Sorbye
Artist sites and sounds: www.tempestmusic.com.

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Lark Camp
World Music, Song, and Dance Camp
Friday, July 26th – Saturday, August 3rd
Mendocino Woodlands State Park
Lark Camp Features

Music, Song & Dance Workshops • Family Friendly • Dances, Parties & Sessions • Great Food • Camping • Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods • Full Camp for 8 Days or Half Camp for 4 Days

Three camps – three themes: Camp One – Music of Ireland, British Isles, Greece, Eastern Europe, and Sweden; Camp Two — Latin American, North American, Spanish, French, and Swing Styles; Camp Three — Middle Eastern, Greek, Asian, and African music!


LarkLogo

Lark Camp by Vicky Yancy

Spend idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with music, dance, and good times — that’s the Lark Camp experience.

Click Here for the Video by Doug Plummer.

Take as many or as few of the workshops as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation for adults and families. Workshops for professional and beginner, alike.

Take as many or as few of the workshops (https://larkcamp.org/workshops) as you like, jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical experiences. Workshops for professional and beginner, alike.

Check out the Mendocino Woodlands website: Click Here

Visit http://larkcamp.org, Questions, email: registration@larkcamp.org or call (707) 397-5275 (LARK)

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76th PNW Scottish Highland Games
Friday, July 26th, Saturday, July 27st & Sunday July 28th
Friday: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 – 284th Avenue SE, Enumclaw, WA


Seattle Games 2022

PNW Scottish Highland Games

For over 70 years, Scotland again comes to the Pacific Northwest on the weekend of July 26th, 27th, and 28th for the PNW Scottish Highland Games! The 6th oldest Scottish festival in the US featuring the North American Scottish Athletics Championship, US West Coast Drum Corps Championship, NW Regional Harp Finals, colorful pipe bands, and Highland dancers competing before judges of worldwide renown. Scottish foods and drink, Scottish breed animals, clan tents and vendors selling lovely goods imported from the British Isles, and Celtic performers are also a part of this traditional gathering. Join us for a fun and educational weekend trip to the Highlands!

Musical Headliners Tempest will perform Saturday, July 27th, and Sunday, July 28th, at 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM, and 4:30 PM.

North American Scottish Athletics Championship, US West Coast Drum Corps Championship, individual Piping and Drumming, Pipe Bands, Highland, and National Dancing – you will see and experience it all, plus much, much more!

Check out the full schedule: https://www.sshga.org/daily-event-schedule

Full Details: www.sshga.org
Get Tickets!
Email: scots4ever@sshga.org

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John Grenham: Opportunities of Interest:

Mapping Ireland’s Records

Saturday, July 27th, 9:30 AM
Presented by California Genealogical Society on Zoom

John Grenham: Opportunities of Interest

John Grenham: Opportunities of Interest

John Grenham was Project ager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995 and later went on to develop and market his own genealogical software, ‘Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder’.

In 2005, he was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library. He was awarded a fellowship of The Irish Genealogical Research Society in 2007 and of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in 2010. He is the author of Tracing your Irish Ancestors (5th ed. Dublin, Baltimore, MD, 2019) the stanard reference guide for Irish genealogy, The Atlantic Coast of Ireland (2014), Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), and An Illustrated History of Ireland (1997), among other works.

He wrote the “Irish Roots” column in The Irish Times from 2009 to 2016, develops heritage databases, and ran the Irish Ancestors website in conjunction with The Irish Times until 2016. In partnership with his son Eoin, He now runs the successor website at https://www.johngrenham.com.

Get Tickets!

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Rakish
Thursday, August 1st, 7:00 PM
The Ugly Mug Cafe, 4640 Soquel Dr., Soquel, CA

Rakish

Rakish

Violinist Maura Shawn Scanlin and guitarist Conor Hearn unite to form Rakish. The pair gets their namesake from the traditional Irish tune Rakish Paddy, an origin that aptly suits the duo and their shared background in traditional Irish and Scottish music. Yet ‘rakish’ itself also suggests something strikingly unconventional in its appearance, and Maura and Conor knowingly embrace this wealth of connotation in their music, drawing on the music they grew up with and performing it with their own slant. In a performance that is something more akin to concert music, Rakish explores tunes and songs from Irish and American folk traditions in a way that reflects their shared interest in and love for chamber and improvised music. Maura Shawn, a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and a winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Competition, wields the technical range of an accomplished classical violinist and the deep sensitivity of a traditional musician. Conor, a native to the Irish music communities of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, makes his home in Boston playing guitar for a number of traditional music acts and bands.

Rakish has performed on Front Row Boston, Brian O’Donovan’s 2020 ‘A Christmas Celtic Sojourn,’ the Burren Backroom Series, and they can be heard on broadcasts of GBH’s ‘A Celtic Sojourn.’ They have appeared at esteemed festivals including the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the Bellingham Irish Music Festival, and the Rockport Celtic Music Festival. Rakish is a recipient of the 2019 Iguana Fund Grant generously supported by Club Passim.

Check out the Rakish website: https://www.rakishmusic.com

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Kindred Gathering Dulcimer Festival L
Friday, August 2nd, 3:00 PM — Monday, August 5th, 11:00 AM
Echoes of the Sea Motel, 3208 WA-109, Copalis Beach, WA

Kindred Gathering

Kindred Gathering

The Kindred Gathering an Annual Summer Event, an unusual incarnation of a music camp/festival, largely centered on the Dulcimer, especially the fretted variety, but you don’t need to play fretted dulcimer to come. It is the oldest continuously-active fretted dulcimer festival in the USA. The Kindred Gathering is always something new and different … and fun – organized by different folks at changing west-coast sites every year.

It happens around the first half of August some place on the West Coast, rotating among the Western States. This year, it is ‘happening’ at Echoes of the Sea Motel in Copalis Beach, WA, just 5 miles north of Ocean Shores, WA.

We invent classes to teach on the spot, depending on what folks feel like doing that year. We share what we have been doing personally and musically. The festival is often held in places of great beauty so that we can experience music by the seashore, in the mountains, in primal forests and by free-running rivers. We do this as an extended family. We cook together, hike together, play together, share music and stay abreast of each other’s lives.

What has come to distinguish the Kindred Gathering is that all musical forms are welcome. We delight in hearing the dulcimer adapted to world music, rock and roll, jazz, swing, Hawaiian as well as traditional music usually associated with the instrument like Old Time, Appalachian and Irish. All instruments are welcome. Some folks even bring brass and other wind instruments. A few people come to draw and paint and just listen. To get a feel for what goes on there, you can sample the dozens of YouTube Videos from previous KGs here: Videos from previous KGs.

There are a couple of places on the web you can go to get more complete details. Start here with the colorful event flyer:
The printable version event flyer is here,

Jim Burrill maintains the event website here.

Robert Force, the main guru, keeps a more general KG website here.

You can also get the full invitation and other details by clicking here.

Or just check out the Echoes of the Sea Motel website.

If you have last minute questions about the KG, Robert can be reached on his cell (360) 774-6117 when he’s at the KG.

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The Summer Ceilidh
Saturday, August 3rd, 6:00 PM
Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, CA


Ceilidh Dancing

The Summer Ceilidh

The Caledonian Club of San Francisco, PBFSCO, The St. Andrew’s Society of the East Bay and The St. Andrew’s Society of San Francisco, are happy to announce that, after a long Covid triggered absence, the Joint Clubs Summer Ceilidh is making a comeback this year. New location, but the same fun event. So, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready.

Music by the Peninsula Fiddlers
$35.00 for Admission
Please note that the ticket price is only for attendance to the Ceilidh. We are not planning to offer food.
The Colombo Club will have a No Host bar and there is free secured parking across the street in the DMV lot, per an arrangement between the Colombo Club and the DMV.

Please sign up early as space is limited. Online Tickets and more information available at https://square.link/u/OVGuiuI9 or at www.pbfsco.org.

Questions/Information?
Alan Purves: ajpurves@comcast.net
Spencer Dayton: spencer@spencermdaytoncom
Ron Dunne: rdunne1@aol.com
Sophia Zimmerman: sophiaczimmermann@gmail.com

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Pub Scouts
Fridays, 5:00 PM
Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main Street Chico CA

Pub Scouts

Pub Scouts

The Pub Scouts, an Irish band, plays every Friday (30+ years) at Duffy’s Tavern, Chico, from 5pm-8pm.

A Chico Tradition for over 30 years – Great Tunes – Good Friends – Cocktails and Pints

pubscouts@mac.com

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San Francisco In-Person & Virtual Chantey Sings
A San Francisco Singing Tradition
1st Saturdays, at 6:00 – 9:00 PM in person
3rd Saturdays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Online via Zoom

SF Chanteys on Zoom

SF Virtual Chantey Sing on Zoom

The San Francisco Chantey Sing is a beloved Bay Area musical tradition. Chanteys are the work songs of seafaring, dock labor, fishing and rowing, are one of the most compelling ways to celebrate our maritime heritage. International and multi-cultural in scope, they tell stories of life in long-ago History, but resonate today with tales of bravery, fear, international port of call, and of longing for a better life.

Now in its 41st year, Park volunteer and retired Park Ranger Peter Kasin continues as emcee for 2 monthly sings taking the role of chantey Empresario, introducing singers and setting up the songs, and you can join either in person or from your own home via online connections, to help bring joy, calm the nerves, and help us get through these trying times!

Peter Kasin says,
Ahoy –
In-person chantey sings have returned to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park every first Saturday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, in the Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, foot of Polk.

RESERVATIONS: To reserve, please email me here peterkasin5@gmail.com. Your last name with the number in your party will be on the reservation list held inside the museum entrance by a volunteer.

We will also continue the monthly virtual chantey sing online. Virtual Singing participants, who have signed up for performing slots in advance, will share their favorite songs, either accompanying themselves on traditional instruments, or a cappella.

If not leading a song, no registration necessary. givebutter.com/ChanteySing activates at 11:00 AM on 3rd Saturdays, where lead singers will be in the “Hollywood squares” (gallery view) and you can sing along from home!

Visit https://maritime.org/events-home/chantey-sing for complete details, including links to an online signup sheet, instructions for lead singers, and some suggested virtual backgrounds (just in case your bunk isn’t completely ship-shape). You’ll need a good internet connection, and should be prepared to have fun!

Donations to the Association will be accepted during the event, which will be used to buy virtual technologies to broadcast more events from the Park.

For more details, check this Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP

The San Francisco Chantey Sings became a park program in 1981, led by it’s founding Park Ranger Dave Nettell from 1981 to 1989 aboard the Schooner C.A. Thayer and the square-rigged ship Balclutha. Over the years, the sings popularity, led by Park Rangers, required them to be held in a larger venue, and, up until Covid, were held aboard the historic ferry Eureka, garnering 100 to 200 people monthly. 

If you’d like to learn more about this fascinating folk music tradition, the Park Maritime Research Center’s Chantey Pathfinder has links to books, music and scholarly journal articles at https://go.nps.gov/chanteyinfo. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. Visit the Park online at http://www.nps.gov/safr

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Lets Learn Irish

First Sundays Online Workshop
9:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Eastern | 5:00 PM Ireland/UK

Lets Learn Irish

Lets Learn Irish is an online Irish community, providing daily classes, conversation sessions and workshops for learners throughout the world. First established by Dr. Ronan Connolly in Washington DC in 2009, and the Let’s Learn Irish story of ‘the online Gaeltacht’ has resonated with a global online audience. Let’s Learn Irish is now the largest provider of online Irish courses and comhrá sessions for learners.


Check out their Free Workshop on the first Sunday of every month. This one hour online session is suitable for those who are new to Irish, as well as for those who are currently studying the language! Click Here to get register for the Zoom Link. After the Free Workshop, Attendees are welcome to stay on afterwards to ask questions and learn about the online Irish language community.

Registration closes one hour before the workshop begins early on Sunday mornings, so do it now to be ready for the next first Sunday.

They also offer a free three video self-directed phrase course, https://letslearnirish.com/courses/freeclass, you can take at a time convenient to you.

The Let’s Learn Irish online community was developed at University of Galway, Ireland to support Irish learners throughout the world.

They provide daily online classescomhrá sessions and community workshops, and weekly courses for all levels. Learners from all over the USA and further afield attend these classes, and since all sessions are video recorded, many more learners follow along in their own time and/or timezone each week. If you want to attend one of our Cúrsaí, but are unable to attend the live sessions, then you can still join us by following our video recordings! Use coupon ‘VideoOnly’ at the checkout for a 25% discount.

The upsurge in interest in the language, and the success of the Oscar-nominated ‘An Cailín Ciúin‘, marks a watershed moment. On their website, there are links to learner profilesarticles and news from their community. Their Press page provides further insights into their story and online activities.

Links:
YouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/letslearnirish
Courses: LetsLearnIrish.com/cursai
Press: LetsLearnIrish.com/press/
Articles: LetsLearnIrish.com/ailt/
Learner Profiles: LetsLearnIrish.com/member-profiles/
About: LetsLearnIrish.com/about
Contact Info: LetsLearnIrish.com/contact/
Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Irish Dance San Francisco Bay Area

Set Dance Events
1st Thursdays, 8:00 PM
2nd, 3rd, & 4th Thursdays, 8:30 PM
The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30 PM
Ireland’s 32, 3920 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA

Set Dance Lessons
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 PM
Ireland’s 32, 3920 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA

Irish Set Dancers

Irish Set Dancers

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go partner dancing in Ireland? Well, set dance events have been happening in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years, and more recently, Irish Dance – San Francisco Bay Area has been continuing that tradition.

Set dancing is the social form of folk dancing. It is NOT the performance style dancing you may have seen on ‘Riverdance’, rather, set dancing is very beginner friendly, but engaging enough to appeal to experienced dancers. So whether you are an experienced dancer looking to try something new, or an absolute beginner who wants to give dancing a try, set dancing may be for you.

If you would like to see what set dancing looks like, here are a few example videos:
• Dance: Polca an Ri – Clare Lancers

• Dance: Clare Meserks – Sona Sól

Lessons

Set dancing may look complicated if you have never done it before, but it is fun and the moves and patterns become easy to do with a bit of instruction. Irish Dance – San Francisco Bay Area offers set dancing lessons on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Ireland’s 32 pub in San Francisco. Lessons are taught by Michael Murphy and Michael Riemer and are typically attended by 10-20 other dancers.

No prior dance experience of any kind is necessary. You don’t need to bring a partner – there will always be one available – but feel free to take one (or more!) along. You can wear any clothes and shoes that you’re comfortable dancing and sweating in, as dancing can be quite a workout. Removable layers are suggested, and flat shoes are recommended over heels.

Admission is only $10 per person.

If you are not yet a set dancer but are curious, their ‘Meetup’ group is the easiest way to get started: https://www.meetup.com/irishdance. If you are already a dancer, you too should join the Meetup group to get updates on upcoming events and stay in touch with other dancers.

Thank you for supporting over three decades of Irish dancing in the Bay Area!

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Sundays
Loch Down Folk Club
8:00 PM in Ireland/UK
3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time


Trans-Atlantic Session

Maria Hawthorne

Do you fancy going to the Folk Club?

Join Maria Hawthorne Boyle and her world-wide group of singing friends using Zoom, and you can give us a song or a tune from the comfort of your own home or just listen in.

This singing circle will be hosted by Andy Clapham as Caretaking Loch Down folk club while Maria Hawthorne Boyle is recovering from her illness.

Description: Andy Clapham is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Loch Down Caretaking Sundays
Join Zoom Meeting
https://link.americeltic.net/lochdown
Maria’s Meeting ID: 861 6124 5826

Andy’s email is ac@aclapham.co.uk.

To find out more contact: mariaboylegalway@gmail.com or take a look at https://www.comeandsingatgosforth.com.

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The Cross Keys
First Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden, 2001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA

Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys are a Folk Explosion, with Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O’Neill.

Cormac says:
Looking forward to playing with my comrades!

Here is a sample video featuring Stacy Samuels: https://youtu.be/8wKMcbIzKzs

Located in beautiful Fairfax, in the heart of Marin County, the Way Station has risen from the site of a former gas station into a family-friendly beer garden and smokehouse. The Way Station team prides itself on super friendly customer-focused service.

Check waystationmarin.com or The Facebook Page or call (415) 300-3099.

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Irish traditional instrumental music Session
Last Sundays at 6:30 PM
Sayla Music Academy, 2:, Building 1: 21 W Locust St Building, 210 N School St, Lodi, CA

Irish Traditional Instruments

Join Alexandra Annen as she leads a free community class in Irish traditional instrumental music. No experience is required to join us on the last Sunday of each month. Bring an Irish instrument.

Website: https://www.saylamusicacademy.com

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Three Times Through

Shows

1st Sundays, 3:00 PM
Grass Valley Brewery, 141 E Main St. Grass Valley, CA

Check their website, www.threetimesthrough.com for more dates.


ThreeTimesThrough

Three Times Through

Three Times Through is Gale Peach, Jeff Peach, Greg Mirken and Margie Mirken. We are a colorful funky kinda Celtic string quartet. We re-imagine and blend traditional and modern tunes and songs with hammered dulcimer, bodhran, concertina, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, fiddle and guitar. The emphasis is on eclectic Celtic music; spirited instrumentals, engaging vocals and haunting melodies.

People stop, stare, and ask us, ‘What is that instrument?’ Whether you’re a devoted fan of Celtic music or simply curious to experience its enchanting allure, Three Times Through invites you to join them for an unforgettable musical experience.

People often don’t realize they love Celtic music until they hear it, and the mashups are only adding to the popularity. Our a cappella vocals transport you to the North Sea, the Caribbean, or to a remote village pub in County Clare

Watch a video of the Band here: https://youtu.be/ZUq7MxtpUfM

For more on the band, check their website, www.threetimesthrough.com, Three Times Through Facebook page, Three Times Through YouTube Channel or email Jeff Peach at jwpeach@gmail.com

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The Mermaid’s Tavern
First Sunday of the month
11 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 816 4596 2218
Passcode: 131111

Mermaid's Tavern

The Mermaid’s Tavern

The Mermaid’s Tavern is the moniker Lynn Noel gave the online folk sings she began when the COVID pandemic began and as of October, 2023, Lynn still hosts a monthly Ballad sing on the first Sunday of each month, online via Zoom.

The time slot for these sessions is a bit inconvenient for those in South Asia, (11:30 PM – 1:30 AM in New Delhi), and in Australasia, (4 – 6 AM Monday morning in Sydney), but for participants in the rest of the English speaking parts of the world it is daytime or evening on Sunday: 11 AM – 1 PM in the Pacific Time Zone / 2 PM – 4 PM Eastern / 7 PM – 9 PM in Ireland and the UK.

David Kidman is a regular participant from Yorkshire, UK. David says,

The sessions are well steered, with no idle chat – and yet there’s always time for a cordial welcome. The host’s respect for the participants goes hand-in-voice with the sense of mutual trust that this engenders. Singers therefore experience a feeling of being valued, not least for adding value to the shared experience.

Lynn has undertaken a significantly larger role in the ‘new online music community’. Lynn Noel says,

We connect and coach participatory audiences, session leaders, and performers pivoting to digital to create and cultivate online community.

For details and links, check out The Mermaid’s Tavern website, and then check out the rosters to see who joins us and what we sing, and join the mailing list for links to more online sessions.

Tips and patrons keep us on the air and releasing new music on Bandcamp, so thanks for your donations toward studio services.

More details on Lynn Noel’s personal website

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Celtic Moon

Shows

1st or 2nd Sundays, 4:30 PM

Wheelhouse in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA. Details

Celtic Moon

Celtic Moon

Please join Lynda and Verlene as they continue to enchant you on their new musical duo band, Celtic Moon in Downtown Willow Glen in San Jose on Sunday, April 14th from 4:30-7:30 PM.

You can expect to be enchanted, by all the vocal melodies, and harmonies, inspired, by the original songs and unique folk instrumentation, mesmerized, by the double harp tunes, energized, by the blend of traditional tunes and genres like jazz, blues, country, movie themes, and world folk music, and entertained, by the multi-instrumental skills, sing-a-longs, and special guest artist appearances.

Celtic Moon is:
Lynda MacNeil: keyboard, harp, guitar, vocals
Verlene Schermer: fiddle, nyckelharpa, mandolin, concertina, harp, vocals

Verlene and Lynda hope that you can join us indoors as we explore Celtic music through the lens of many genres. This Sunday’s playlist will include John Coltrane, Taylor Swift, Emmy Lou Harris, Downton Abbey, Bridgerton, Dr. Who, Verlene Schermer, Zelda, and Lynda MacNeil. We will play double harps, guitar, nickelharpa, melodica, fiddle, keys, and tenor banjo, and we will sing melodies and harmonies, recite poetry, and limericks.

Great Pizza! Beer and Cider on Tap!

To watch the Celtic Moon videos, Click Here.

Check out:
The Celtic Moon Website
The Wheelhouse website

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Phoenix Folk
3 Weekly Online Sessions
8:00 PM UK / 12:00 PM Pacific
Online via Zoom

Mondays

Play Along with Irish Tunes at a steady pace

Join the Meeting
Passcode: 245476


Tuesdays

Song and Tune Round Robin

Join the Meeting
Passcode: 715687


Thursdays

Play Along with Irish Tunes at Full Speed

Join the Meeting
Passcode: 245476

Phoenix Folk

Established in 2009, Phoenix Folk exists to promote performance and participation in folk music, song and dance. We offer regular folk sessions, events and ensemble opportunities, both in the North East of England and online. Additionally, we provide a range of resources aimed at helping people to engage with folk music as both participant and listener. We put participation at the centre of all that we do, and aim to provide a comfortable space where musicians of all levels of ability can experience the joy of making music with others, extend their repertoire, challenge themselves and be inspired.

On Mondays, Maurice & Marina host a Play Along tune session leading mostly Irish Traditional Music tunes at a steady pace.

On Tuesdays, Maurice & Marina host a ‘Folk Singaround’, featuring mostly (but not exclusively) folk and traditional tunes and songs from the British Isles and North America. This regularly includes acappella and self accompanied songs, tunes, poems and readings from many attendees.

On Thursdays, Maurice & Marina host another ‘Play Along’ tune session, leading lots of Celtic tunes at full speed. They have a particular interest in Northumbrian music and see their online presence as a great opportunity to share local tunes with musicians from outside the region/outside the UK.

Phoenix Folk Website: https://phoenixfolk.co.uk

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Moosehead Mondays
Traditional Irish Music Session
12:00 PM Pacific
3:00 PM Eastern
4:00 PM Atlantic
8:00 PM Ireland/UK

Join the Zoom Meeting!

Irish Traditional Music Session

The Moosehead Session

Welcome to the ONLINE ZOOM Moosehead Traditional Irish Music Session, hosted by Peter Tommerup for the rest of this summer of 2024.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89155330559?pwd=NHF4aTU0TSsxd01aUVdNbXhoODRGQT09
Meeting ID: 891 5533 0559
Passcode: tunes

I’m happy to take over this wonderful weekly virtual (Zoom) session and give the regular hosts Mark and Alix a break. We will make no changes, and keep the atmosphere relaxed and friendly, a place where all are welcome to attend to play some tunes, and/or just listen and enjoy!

– Peter Tommerup

Please also join the Moosehead Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/trad.irish.music.session

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Mondays
Ag Teacht Le Chéile Irish Session
3 PM Pacific
6 PM Eastern
11 PM Ireland/UK

Join the Zoom Meeting!

Irish Traditional Music Session

Welcome to the Ag Teacht Le Chéile Irish Session! Hosted by native Irish singer Maureen McNally, this Traditional Irish Tune and Song Session meets every Monday at 11 PM Ireland/UK | 6 PM Eastern | 3 PM Pacific, online via Zoom.

All are welcome to attend to play, sing, and/or listen and enjoy!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://link.americeltic.net/atlc

Long time participant Cornelius (Connie) McEleney passed on in early 2023, but we still have his playlist, with lyrics and recordings of Connie singing 33 of his Irish songs to learn ourselves. Cornelius McEleney Collection.

Please email questions to: maureenmcnally6@gmail.com

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Celtic Arts Center
Online Irish Classes

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Every Monday night the Celtic Arts Center offers a free introductory Irish language workshop online via Zoom for complete beginners that starts at 7PM. Check out the full details on their website here: Online Beginners Irish Language Class Mondays, 7–8PM. This beginners level emphasises on pronunciation, lower level grammar and basic conversation practice. Classes are FREE for first-timers and Celtic Arts Center members. The current term began on Monday, February. 5th, 2024, but they are still accepting new students. Email James Murphy at language@celticartscenter.com with any questions.

In addition, CAC hosts many in-person events at the Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Blvd., in North Hollywood, CA. These include a half-dozen annual Festivals, starting with Saint Patrick’s Day, and continuing through the Celtic Year. Check out the venue website here: https://mayflowerclub.com

Weekly, on Mondays, they host several social events, beginning at 7PM with an in-person Irish Traditional Music Learners session where musicians can learn and practice traditional Celtic tunes. At 8PM there is a free Irish céilí dance workshop for both beginner and intermediate level students. All that is followed by the Center’s famous traditional music seisiún where singers and musicians from all across the L.A. area gather to play and share their love for the music of the Celts. There is no admission fee for performers or audience members and everyone is welcome to participate or just listen and watch. You may also hear the recitation of a Celtic-themed poem or even a joke told in Irish! The Center has seen many of its young members, traditional Celtic musicians and performers grow into accomplished performers who successfully tour and compete both in the U.S. and internationally.

Check out the Celtic Arts Center Website

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Andronicos San Francisco Jam
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PDT
Online via Zoom

Dinah and Noah Stroe are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Every week on Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 862 8705 8150
Passcode: 312389

Andronicos

Andronicos San Francisco Jam

This gathering on Zoom is hosted every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 PM Pacific Time, by Dinah and Noah Stroe, with a mix of old time music, some Irish, some Québécois and more.

Dinah says:
We’ve been at it since 2020 with a good system: lead tunes, you mute and play along, and every three tunes we do a friendly, eclectic round robin, where anybody who wants to lead a tune or two. If we like it — we play it!

In addition to the great tunes, there are sometimes a few ‘sketchers’ creating drawings of the participants (with permission)

It’s sprinkled with jokes, books and TV recommendations and we conclude with our sketchers showing their pictures in the big reveal.

Spread the word, please and join the fun!

More info here: Old Time Open Jams Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/390588871395459

Contact Dinah Stroe dinahbeatrice@gmail.com

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Wednesdays

Trans-Atlantic Session
12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific
3:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern
8:00 – 10:00 PM GMT

Pacific Evening Session
7:00 – 9:00 PM Pacific
10:00 – 1:00 AM Eastern
11:00 – 1:00 PM Tokyo Thurs.

Host

Tony Becker
americeltic@gmail.com (email)
M 408 600-8783 (text)


Trans-Atlantic Session

The Trans-Atlantic Session on Zoom

Tony Becker of San Jose, California hosts this Trans-Atlantic Session for all interested parties on Wednesdays, at 7:00 PM Ireland and UK time, 3:00 PM Eastern or 12:00 PM Pacific in the USA.

Later that same evening, from 11:00 PM Eastern or 7:00 PM Pacific Time, Tony hosts the Pacific Evening Session, timed to for participants on the West Coast of the US and across the Pacific Ocean.

Both are a participatory online music events via Zoom.

Click here to Join the Zoom Meeting!

Each of these two sessions is open for a couple of hours to all who play or sing traditional music and with the obvious limitations of Zoom in that only one musician can play at a time but we go round the ‘room’ and take it in turns – no pressure though and the baton can be passed if you just want to listen.

On a good day we have a variety of tunes with instruments from pipes to melodeon, banjo to fiddle and an equal number of songs, with some from other cultures and languages like Irish or Scottish Gaelic! The participants are very friendly and we welcome everyone – it can be a good way to pick up any of the above! The only criterion is we try to have some of the offerings in Celtic traditional genre(s).

Please come along if you can!

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Wednesdays
with John Whelan
Play Along Sessions
2:30 PM Pacific: Tune Learning
4:00 PM Pacific: Taking Time
Online via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 819 0694 6608

John Whelan

John Whelan

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

Every Wednesday, live on Zoom, John hosts two free, play along style events: a ‘Tune Learning’ workshop, and after a break a ‘Taking Time’ slow session, both of which regularly draw attendees from around the world (see box for times).

This is also a great opportunity for learning new tunes, as everybody but the session leader (John) will be muted while they play. Unlike an in-person session you can noodle along to your heart’s content, and nobody will ever know unless you tell them.

Check them out here: http://johnwhelanmusic.com/slow-session. We send out a tune list and Zoom link for them on the same mornings. Email John at whelanbx1@me.com to get on the list or for more details.

Get more details on John’s John’s Facebook Page or John’s Website

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The Philo-Celtic Society
Free Irish Language Classes
Accessible to all on Zoom

The Philo-Celtic Society

The Philo-Celtic Society

Philo-Celtic Society History

In 1872, teacher and school principal Mícheál Ó Lócháin started The Philo-Celtic Society in Brooklyn, NY, to establish a worldwide renaissance of the Irish language.

There were and are other organizations and people dedicated to other areas of Gaelic culture, such as dance and music, and we have great respect for them and we praise their work on behalf of those arts. At other periods of our history, we tried to be active in various other aspects of our culture besides the Irish language, all things for all people, until the Irish language wasn’t important at all to most of our membership. In that way, we forgot our original purpose of supporting the Irish language and the organization was on the brink of going out of existence.

However, Mícheál Ó Lócháin’s vision was still remembered, especially as the name, ‘Philo-Celtic’ literally means ‘lover of the Celtic language’, and since December of 2004, The Philo-Celtic Society has re-focused it’s activities on teaching the Irish language. Our activities went on-line, conducting classes in the Irish Language around the world using emails and through, at first on the Yahoo Groups platform, and later in Groups.io. By Fall of 2020, all our classes are offered as video classes on Zoom, making them accessible to students throughout the world.

The Philo-Celtic Society offers many Online Irish Language Zoom classes, and the in-person classes are available at The Gerry Tobin Irish Language School.

With so many different classes running at once, the school is organized using the Group membership method. There is a separate Group.io webpage for each particular Class. Join the particular Group.io ‘Group’, then ‘sign in’ to that particular webpage, and you are registered to attend that class.

Like a physical classes, the use of a separate Groups.io webpage for administration functions avoids having the teachers directly collect and email reminders to every student. To attend class, students simply point a browser at the Class webpage, and then open the Zoom link posted there. Since the meetings are video recorded, they remain accessible on Groups.io along with class materials, if one misses a class, one can always review them and ‘catch up’.

Here is a document that will guide you, step-by-step, through the registration process on Groups.io: Getting Started Guide (PDF)


Ongoing Irish Language Classes

Starting to Learn Irish – Class for Absolute Beginners
Two sessions every Friday, through June 21st
9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific / 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM Eastern

The ‘Starting to Learn’ class for Absolute Beginners in the Irish language happens on Fridays. ‘Starting to Learn’ is suitable for Absolute Beginners — This is where you start. https://groups.io/g/philo-startingtolearn.


Sean nós Irish Songs Class
Thursdays, through June 14th, 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern

This is Bi-lingual class for beginners in the Sean-Nós (Old-Style) of singing Irish songs in the Irish language. These classes are offered on Thursdays through mid-June. The teachers are Bréanann Ó Catháin assisted by Sandra Ní Chinnéide. Check the Facebook Group for regular updates, or go to https://groups.io/g/philo-Irish-memes for the Zoom link and other updates, or email Brendan Keane at keanebusiness@gmail.com.


There are many more Irish language classes currently available on their Groups.io Messages webpage here: https://groups.io/g/philo-celtic-society/messages. Follow the links and sign into your class(es), and spread the word !!!

The Philo-Celtic Society Main Groups.io webpage: https://groups.io/g/philo-celtic-society
Website: https://www.philo-celtic.com

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Autumn Rhodes Lessons
Online via Zoom from San Francisco, CA

Schedule

• Wednesdays at 8 – 9:30 PM Eastern / 5 – 6:30 PM Pacific (Early for East Coast)
• Thursdays at 8 – 9:30 PM Pacific / 11 – 12:30 AM Eastern (Late for West Coast)

Autumn Rhodes

Autumn Rhodes

Autumn Rhodes was raised in a rural Indiana household full of Irish music. At the age of 12, Autumn got a tin whistle for a birthday present and a year later was performing professionally

Shortly after, Autumn progressed to the flute and concertina and learned from master players such as Laurence Nugent, Kevin Henry, and John Williams. Autumn is equally renowned as a singer in the Sean-nós style of Irish tradition.

Autumn plays wooden flute, tin whistle, uilleann pipes, and concertina in several bands, including Buncrana, Soltre, Bardic Apostles, Slaggy Maggie, Meitheal, Mira, Na Cailini, and a few others, in styles including traditional Irish, jazz, classical, Breton, folk, and Bulgarian/Romanian music.

Autumn says:
Join us for a weekly drop-in Irish tune learning class for all instruments. The only requirements are for you to have an instrument that can play in D, a little bit of experience playing Irish music, and an internet connection.

I have more than 20 years of experience teaching students of all levels. Join my class for all instruments and learn classic session tunes along with technique, ornamentation, and phrasing. We will be mostly learning by ear, but I’ll provide sheet music and recordings.

On my website, https://sites.google.com/view/irishtuneclass,
I’ll be posting tunes, sheet music, recordings, history, and other resources. It’s a work in progress at the moment, but you can e-mail me with questions: autumn@cei.li (yes, it’s a real email address). Stay tuned (pun 100% intended).

$15-20 suggested donation (but nobody turned away) via PayPal, paypal.me/concertinachick or @Autumn-Rhodes on Venmo, or CashApp $ConcertinaChick, Apple Pay, or other.

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/irishtuneclass
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/irishtuneclass
Email Autumn: autumn@cei.li

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The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Traditional Session


First Thursdays
6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific
(9:00 – 11:00 PM Eastern)

Ould Sod Zoom Session

The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Traditional Session on Zoom

When COVID restrictions began in March, 2020, many weekly gatherings shifted to meeting online via the Zoom platform. With restrictions in California easing a bit, some are reducing or ending their Zoom musical meetings, but Michael Eskin says his, and since he has hosted over a hundred of these accessible performances so far, I believe him!

Michael Eskin says:
With other Zoom sessions either closing down or changing to once-a-month format, and a few in person sessions restarting, I wanted to remind everyone that I’ll continue to host The Ould Sod Virtual Session on Zoom every firsr Thursday evening for as long as there are enough players each time, and we’ve generally been between 20 and 30 players on the past few firar Thursdays.

Players: Please join us and let other players know about our weekly Zoom event!
Punters: You are welcome to attend and listen, but please also and let others know about our weekly event!

More information at: http://michaeleskin.com/session

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Sons of the Buccaneers
SingAsong/Chantey Along
Thursdays, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Quinn’s Lighthouse, 1951 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA

SOBs

On Thursdays, Sons of the Buccaneers bring their maritime mayhem to Quinn’s Lighthouse on the waterfront in Oakland, CA

The S.O.B.s are Banjo pickin’ Jim Nelson,– concertina squeezin’ and upright bass thumpin’ Alan Lochhead,– Mordecai torturing his brand old melodeon. They all sing.

Admiral Benbow
Admiral Benbow says:
No fee, but we’d be alright if you buggers would all sing.

Hear the S.O.B.s on YouTube.

Email the S.O.B.s at mordecai.bh@gmail.com

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Break Through your Ancestry Brick Walls!

Ancestry Book
A printable e-book
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker

Ancestry & DNA
Family History Research: Beyond the Basics

There are many good basic manuals, both in print and online, that can help you get started researching your ancestors and finding lost cousins, but in over fifty years of research into our own Scots-Irish, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry, I’ve learned what works well and what doesn’t, as well as many useful sources and links.

Now, I have written a book, Ancestry & DNA – Beyond the Basics, to help you, and all Americans find their origins. My book will be especially useful to especially Celtic Americans doing family history research, and it is available for immediate download!

Celia 2016

Author Celia Fábos-Becker

My Book includes:

• Introduction to Family History Documents
• What are REAL Primary Sources?
• America’s Dark Age (1783 to 1850)
• Finding Family Records with online services
• Introduction to Family History DNA
• Using DNA Tests to help Find Family History
• How autosomal, MtDNA, or Y-DNA tests can help
• DNA Testing Company Reviews
• Loads of Examples

Download Ancestry & DNA – Beyond the Basics here:

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The Plough and Stars
Wednesday — Sunday 4 to 12 PM
The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Tune Session
Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Various hosts and players

Set Dancing
Thursdays, 8:00-10:30 PM

Dancing Details: Irish Dance Meetup Group

Plough

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.

Over the years The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco has hosted many well-known musicians from Ireland and around the globe, but the COVID pandemic and related public health restrictions put a stop to all that for over a year. The resulting business losses threatened to put The Plough out of business permanently, but a sustained community crowdfunding effort helped keep it going, and now it appears to have emerged intact.

Sean Heaney says:
Music and Dance at the Plough are back. See the boxes for the latest details or check our website or just drop by for a pint!

Check for the latest updates:
The Plough and Stars Website
The Plough and Stars Facebook Page

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The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant
Open 7 days a week
Monday – Thursday 3:00 PM til close
Friday – Sunday 12:00 PM til close
The Chieftain, 198 5th St, San Francisco, CA


Debbie and Mark Nagle

Debbie and Mark Nagle

Chieftain Logo

We Are Open!

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with delicious food offerings to choose from. Large beer selection, wine menu and cocktail list to feast from.

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 and our signature Spicy Potato Bites which go with any style of sport, music or fun.

Says Publican, Mark Nagle:

We are glad to be back in action and are since re-opening last summer. We plan to go back to ‘normal’ as best as possible, asking only that you wear a mask and practice Social Distancing if you are not vaccinated.

Good health to you all and look forward to seeing you back at The Chieftain soon! — Mark Nagle

The Chieftain hosts live performers every Friday and Saturday, often featuring new musical talents, and Live Irish Music on Sundays from 6:30 PM.

For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-615-0916, or email Mark Nagle at mark@thechieftain.com or check www.thechieftain.com.

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Sláinte Pub
Fridays 12 PM – 12 AM
Saturdays: 11 AM – 12 AM
Sundays: 11 AM – 10 PM
Tues, Wed, & Thurs: 3 PM – 10 PM
Pacific Time
Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Sundays: Buncrana

Slainte
Buncrana at Sláinte
Susan Spurlock, Tedd Colt, Darcy Noonan, Hector Bragado,
Michael Stack, Patricia Ross, Tim Hill, and Autumn Rhodes.

After opening in April 2017, Sláinte Pub in Oakland featured some of the finest local food, drink, and regional singers and musicians, in live, acoustic performance and quickly become the hot new place for Irish hospitality, culture and music in the East Bay. But unfortunately, post pandemic, Sláinte Pub had to close it’s doors last October.

But now, Sláinte Pub is rising from the ashes! Here is what publican Jackie Gallanagh has to say:

Well folks, we closed our doors on Oct. 31, 2023 but are reopening them on Friday, December 15th, 2023.

Summer was very slow and between decreasing business and increasing costs of supplies and labor, along with the rising crime in the area, we just couldn’t make the numbers work anymore. This means that we, like so many others, made the heartbreaking decision to close on October 31st, 2023.

However, Sláinte Oakland is now rising from the ashes!!

A few of our oldest friends (and former employees), Joe Lee, Ginny Brown, and Eddie Bustos, have joined together to bring the pub back to life!! Sláinte’s doors reopen on Friday December 15th, 2023 at 5 PM and the live, Irish music we’re famous for starts at 6 PM to help us celebrate.

We’ll have a very limited menu and limited hours to start but keep an eye out for expanding menus, specials, and increasing hours of operation over the next few weeks and months.

In the meantime, we’ll see you Friday and Saturday night from 5 PM – 12 AM (Kitchen closed at 10 PM) and Sunday from 5-10 PM (Kitchen closed at 9 PM) starting This Weekend!!

We can’t wait to see you all. We love you. XX

Slainte (Jack London Square, Oakland)

https://www.facebook.com/slainteoak

https://slainteoakland.com

Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website https://slainteoakland.com.

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Willow on the Green
1327B 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA

Open 7 days a week
Weekdays 11:00-7:00
Weekends 10:00-7:00

Willow on the Green

Willow on the Green

Friend of the Family Alex Sinclair, has now operated his Celtic business Willow on the Green, for a more than a year.

The shop is on the not-so-quiet 9th Avenue, which is directly in front of the main entrance to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.

Alex says:
We cater to the ‘Day in the Park’ crowd, offering all manner of Scottish, Welsh, English and Irish goodies, one might like to have for a Picnic In The Park, including cheese, chutney, clotted cream, cuppa, kippers, and many other delectable wares that don’t begin with a ‘c’. With a bit of prior notice, Celtic musicians and buskers are welcome to our store front on 9th Avenue, just a stones throw from the main entrance to Golden Gate Park.

WotG Grand Opening 1

Perusing Goodies

Willow on the Green is dedicated to British and Californian fine foods, cheeses, meats, provisions, and products. Located in the heart of the Inner Sunset District, San Francisco, just a stone’s throw from the entrance to Golden Gate Park.

Facebook Page: Willow on the Green
Phone: (415) 259-1811
Email: indulge@willowonthegreen.com

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David Brewer Music Lessons
Online via Zoom!

David Brewer Lessons

David Brewer Music Lessons

Celtic music recording artist and multi-instrumentalist David Brewer is Fired up on teaching music over Zoom—Anytime, from Anywhere!

David is offering relaxed and fun, yet informative and in-depth lessons on any or all of these topics:

• Penny-whistle
• Bodhran
• Scottish Bagpipes
• Uilleann pipes
• Tune-writing & composition
• Music theory
• Accent City & phrasing
• Performance techniques
• Guided recording project consulting
• And more!

For more information, to schedule a lesson on Zoom, or to find out more about David’s upcoming tutorial series launching on Patreon later this summer, please email: davidbrewerbooking@gmail.com

David Brewer is a member of the Scottish folk band, The Fire, and has performed around the world with Molly’s Revenge, The Chieftains, and The Old Blind Dogs.

For more about David Brewer, visit: www.davidbrewermusic.com

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The Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA
Everyday, 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Events
Sunday: Irish music sessions
5:30-7:00 PM Moderate-Pace
7:30-10:30 PM The Starry Session
Monday: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Irish Ceili Dancing
Tuesday: 7:30 PM Open Mic Night
Wednesday: 8:00 PM The Berkeley Poetry Slam

Closed Thursday through Saturday

Manager Shahin Naima reopened The fabled Starry Plough on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022. Hours will be Sunday through Wednesday as Naima works on hiring staff.

All of the Plough’s treasured events are returning, from Irish dancing to open mic nights (except Funk Night, for now).

We Are Back! A big thank you to everybody who has supported us throughout the pandemic, we are not certain we would still be here without you. As of April 3rd, 2022, we are open 4 days a week Sunday-Wednesday 4pm-2am. We are so happy to be back and look forward to serving you all for many years to come. To keep our community space thriving we have partnered with our fiscal sponsorship, Haven of Hope, to begin accepting donations from our loyal patrons and members of The Starry Plough community. This provides the opportunity to contribute to the cost of the expenses that go into making our famous community events so special. Please consider donating through thehavenofhope.org/donate to keep the Starry Plough in our amazing community for the future generations of Berkeley.’ — Starry Plough manager Shahin Naima

The pub was open for Saint Patrick’s day with a ‘scratch band’ of staff to serve the traditional corned beef and cabbage, and songs, tunes and dancing filled this treasured Arts institution one again, as explained in this Detailed Article by Madeline Wells of SFGATE.

Website: www.thestarryplough.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StarryPlough

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Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Available for Performances or Lessons

darcynoonanviolin@gmail.com

Darcy Noonan is an accomplished violinist based in the Bay Area. Following her heart, she has studied and performed a variety of musical genres including classical, ragtime, mariachi, Greek, and (closest to her heart) Irish traditional music. In fact practically the second after graduating from High School she was off to Ireland to study with her idols for a few years.

Darcy has played with numberous bands and orchestras, including Jammy Dodgers, Violins of Hope, Noonan, Howard, and Straw, The Get Happy String Band, Disciples of Markos, Tipsy House and Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano.

Darcy is now back in the Bay Area, and Darcy is accepting students as an expert fiddler and Suzuki certified teacher with years of experience performing and teaching.

If you are interested in booking Darcy for a gig or for violin lessons, send her an email at darcynoonanviolin@gmail.com or visit her website at darcynoonanviolin.com

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AmeriCeltic Products

AmeriCeltic Logo Items

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Celebrate your rich AmeriCeltic history and heritage in style and class and support AmeriCeltic by sporting a shirt, hat, mug, apron or patch, all except the mug, embroidered in full color with the AmeriCeltic logo! And don’t forget to give one to yourself!

Click Here for the full line-up of AmeriCeltic Logo items.

The AmeriCeltic logo, styled like a coat of arms, commemorates your MIXED, Scots, Irish, Welsh Celtic American heritage! Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the thirteen colonies of mostly Scots, Scots-Irish, Irish and Welsh who joined with many others from many other countries, and together fought tyranny to assert our Independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

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The Celtic Tea Shoppe
Home of Artisan Candies
4432 Pearl Avenue, Ste. 2, San Jose CA


AC logo 2017

The Celtic Tea Shoppe offers a great selection of Celtic and Celtic inspired foods, including:
• Meat Pies
• Sausage Rolls
• Liquor Cakes
• Irish Soda Bread
• Salted Caramels
• Gift Boxes
• Premium Loose-leaf Teas

Everything is handmade at our shoppe in San José, CA and curbside pickup service and shipping are available.

To check The Celtic Tea Shoppe Facebook Page, Click Here!

Call us directly at 408-267-7090 or check our website www.celticteashoppe.com for all our other baked goods and confections. To order, contact Kristen Scott with a call to 408-267-7090, or an email to sales@artisancandies


Scottish / Irish dance scholarships

Dean Scott

Brigadoon

Important Announcement: Going forward in 2023, we are looking to give scholarships to young dancers in local Scottish and Irish dance schools, and would love to have your help. Dance is very near and dear to Dean and Kristen’s hearts, and they want to help those dancers who show much promise and talent, but who have less resources and thus barriers to success compared to others who do.

If you are interested in participating, please let us know and how much you would like to give toward this scholarship. We are currently looking at a candidate for whom we’d like to raise $1000 – to help them with their dance studies, whether it be shoes, costumes, lessons, travel funds, etc. If you are interested in contributing, please let us know ASAP. We must stress that this is not a charity organization we are contributing to, but it is a fundraiser to help local dancers in need. Cheers!

(photo is of Dean Scott in a Los Angeles professional company of Brigadoon, 1984)

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Lark In The Morning
Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 6 PM
Lark In The Morning, 1001 Camelia Street, Berkeley, CA

Lark Berkeley

OPEN for your WALK-IN AND ONLINE BUSINESS!

Lark in the Morning has been a folk musician’s favorite since 1974 and has an amazing selection of musical instruments and instructional material from around the world.

Eric says:
“Our Berkeley location, 1001 Camelia Street, Berkeley, CA, is open for online lessons and instrument sales Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00 PM!”

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi

Call us at 707-964-5569
Shop online at https://larkinthemorning.com
Check out our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/LarkInAM.

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DukeofEdinburgh
Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

Open 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM every day of the year

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA

Many of you have heard the rumors about the The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant.

When this pandemic is over, ‘The Duke’! will be moving to new quarters just across the parking lot from our current location!
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 www.theduke.com or call 408-446-3853.

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