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• Co-founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker offer an analysis of the relevance of Celtic Political Heritage for todays Celtic Amerians. (See Below)
• On Sunday, January 26th, 2019 at 4:30 PM, there is an Imbolc / Brigid’s Day ritual in Sacramento, CA, and on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 5:30 PM, another in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• Co-founder Tony Becker offers an update on Brexit, as the United Kingdom will leave the European Union in a few days, taking Scotland and Northern Ireland out with the UK. (See Below)
• Vancouver band The Paperboys have two shows in Northern CA: Friday, January 24th at 7:30 PM in San Francisco, CA, and Saturday, January 25th, 7:00 PM in Sacramento, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, January 24th, at 8:00 PM, Benicia Historical Museum hosts Golden Bough in Benicia, CA and on Sunday, January 26th, at 2:30 PM they perform at the Besemer Concert Hall in Nevada City, CA. (See Below)
• Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 and so this weekend, Scots all around Northern California and the world gather to honor Burns the Poet as well as all things Scottish at Robert Burns Suppers. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 25th at 8:00 PM, Tempest debuts new member, fiddler and vocalist Lee Corbie-Wells, at Michael’s on Main in Soquel, CA and then on Saturday, February 1st, 8:00 PM appears at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA, and on Saturday, February 15th, at 8:00 PM at the Palms in Winters, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 25th at 8:00 PM, there will be a Traditional Irish Dance, a Céili (kay-lee), with music by The Crooked Road, at Henflings in Ben Lomond, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday January 26th, at 5:00 PM, the Irish Literary and Historical Society presents a lecture featuring NUI Galway scholar Chris McCann speaking on Music and Social Hierarchy in Irish Literature, at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco. (See Below)
• From Sunday January 28th through Sunday February 16th, Scottish entertainers Jim and Susie Malcolm will tour Northern California, OR, and WA. (See Below)
• At 7:00 PM, on Wednesday January 29th, star piper David Brewer re-ignites his semi-regular series Celtic Music Night at St. Andrews Church in Aptos, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, January 30th at 8:00 PM Dermot Kennedy returns to SF at the The Masonic in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Thursday February 6th, 7:30 PM, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter have a gig at the Bohemian Art loft in Redding, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday February 7th, at 7:00 PM, the The New World String Project, begins a three city tour of Northern California with stops in Fort Bragg, Gilroy, San Mateo and Menlo Park, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 7th, at 7:30 PM, the San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association holds their annual fundraiser and awards dinner in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Friday, February 7th, 8:30 PM, Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band Wake the Dead, begins their Spring tour at with stops in, Soquel, San Rafael, and Sacramento, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 8th, at 6:30 PM, the Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers are holding their annual Valentine’s Ball at the Oakland Scottish Rite Centerin in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
• On February 7th, 7:00 PM Eamonn Flynn and his just released new album, Black Coddle, will entertain at the Empress Theater in Vallejo, CA. (See Below)
• Saturday, February 15th, at 6:00 PM, Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen are giving their Sweetheart Valentine’s Show, with Amanda West with Pete Solomon at the Alba Schoolhouse in Ben Lomond. (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 15, 7:00 PM join Fortunate Strangers for Celtic a flavored show at Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV. (See Below)
• On Monday, February 17th at 1:00 PM, the SFGAA invites you to Irish Heritage Day with the San Jose Sharks at SAP Arena in San José, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 21st, at 8:00 PM, Danish Duo Gangspil has an exclusive Bay Area concert at Cope-a-cabana in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, February 27th at 8:00 PM, the most famous Irish Band (after U2), The Chieftains will perform at the Sunset Center in Carmel, CA, and on Saturday, Friday, February 28th at 8:00 PM at Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• Irish Trad Band Téada, from Sligo, Ireland, will tour a dozen West Coast cities, beginning on Saturday, February 22nd, at 7:30 PM in Templeton, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 28th, 8:00 PM, it’s Welcome to Tergistan, as all four siblings and their bands take the stage in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Friday, March 6th — Sunday, March 8th, the HUGE Sonora Celtic Faire, with dozens of regional bands, famous jousting and much much more happens in Sonora. (See Below)
• The 2nd annual Real Irish Comedy Festival will take place around the Bay Area from March 8th to March 17th, 2019. (See Below)
• Beginning on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2020, the Play, A Statue for Ballybunion, by former Mayor of San Jose, Tom McEnery, will make it’s U.S. debut and run for a week at the 3Below Theater in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
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• Publican Carlos answers the many recent rumors about The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant with a New Video. (See Below)
• Lark In The Morning is opening a new store location in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. Full service continues at their original shop in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• The Plough and Stars, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, has a 32 year record of producing Celtic Concerts in various venues in and around Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA. (See Below)
• The United Irish Cultural Center, hosts many Irish and other events in their large facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Catherine Barry’s Irish Culture Bay Area, offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area. (See Below)
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Scotland’s National Poet and Patriot
Editorial: A Parcel of Celtic American Rogues?
Are Americans of Scottish, Irish and Scots-Irish descent repeating their Celtic Ancestors Failures?
By Cecilia Fábos-Becker – Published 2020-01-24
Over the past few weeks, as I was thinking about the upcoming Robert Burns celebrations, I listened again to that famous Scotsman’s castigation of the Scottish nobility for selling their countrymen’s birthright in 1707.
In that year, aggressor England deployed an English Army on Independent Scotland’s border, and then threatened to invade Scotland if the Scottish Parliament did not agree to accept England’s terms for a ‘United Kingdom’. Simultaneously, huge bribes were paid to supporters of Union that modern research has proved were NOT overdue salaries as claimed. At least four such payments were made to people who were not even members of the Scottish Parliament.
No less a figure of Scottish culture than Robert Burns denounced them for their treason in his wildly popular 1791 poem. Please join me now and listen to Alastair McDonald’s presentation of this most famous Scottish Anthem: A Parcel of Rogues in a Nation – Alastair McDonald.
As I write this Editorial, a Scots-Irish descendant named McConnell, is leading an effort to put a U.S. President above U.S. laws and the U.S. Constitution. An Irish descendant, ‘Mick’ Mulvaney, has said ‘so what if we combine personal U.S. politics with foreign aid,’ even to help a nation fight off an invasion by a larger power.
Read More …
Northern Ireland Assembly breaks Deadlock and re-opens Stormont
Update – Brexit
‘Stormont’ is Restored
Scotland seeks Independence
By Tony Becker – Published 2020-01-24
In the last few weeks, the House of Lords of the United Kingdom (UK), approved UK Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB), but added five amendments, mostly aimed at protecting immigrant children. The UK House of Commons immediately began a series of votes with the Conservative Party (Tory) members voting enmass against the Lords amendments, and on Wednesday, January 22nd, rejected the last of these five amendments. Johnson’s WAB now seems to have cleared all challenges and will pass into law, so it seems inevitable that the UK will leave the European Union (EU) on Friday, January 31st, 2020, at midnight GMT.
The WAB, however, deals only with the separation, and says nothing about trade. The newly separate UK will need to negotiate new trade deals with the EU, as well as the rest of the planet, over an interim period of the next 11 months or more, a task likely to be even more fraught with friction than was the past three and one half years of the Brexit process thus far!
Beginning on Saturday, January 11th, the devolved Northern Ireland (NI) Assembly and executive were restored, thus avoiding a ‘snap’ General Election for the members of the Assembly of Northern Ireland, leaving Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster in the post of First Minister, and Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O’Neill deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. In the next weeks, Alex Maskey of Sinn Féin was elected Speaker, and ministerial jobs were distributed among all NI parties, including Alliance and SDLP. After three years of political deadlock, it seems Northern Ireland now has a functioning Government.
Johnson’s WAB has been strongly opposed by Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), who feel it will result in Northern Ireland being treated differently than the rest of the UK because it imposes a customs check for goods entering or leaving the island of Ireland. Under Johnson’s WAB, Northern Ireland businesses and politicians will see a new trade barrier down the Irish Sea, which they fear will result in increased costs and delays with the needed checks on goods. In contrast, Sinn Féin, Alliance, and SDLP parties like the way it treats the island of Ireland as a single economic unit and keeps the border between NI and the rest of the island open and customs free.
Also in these past weeks, Nicola Sturgeon the First Minister of Scotland, again wrote to Boris Johnson, demanding the transfer of powers regarding independence referendums from the British parliament to the Scottish parliament. Johnson quickly replied, saying ‘another independence referendum would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade, with Scottish schools, hospitals and jobs again left behind because of a campaign to separate the UK.’ This was a passive-aggressive way of telling Sturgeon to stop agitating for independence and get on with the business of governing Scotland. Sturgeon quickly replied, stating that Johnson’ refusal ‘will not stand’ and that it ‘is not politically sustainable for any Westminster government to stand in the way of the right of the people of Scotland to decide their own future.’
In our opinion, the one thing we can be certain of in these matters is that there will be more developments coming soon.
Ancient Imbolc Festival
Celebrate the Arrival of Spring
Traditional Dates: Saturday, February 1st – Sunday February 2nd
Imbolc, also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s Day, or just Brigid, the name Imbolc derives from Old Irish i mbolg, meaning in the belly, a time when ewes conceive their lambs, their udders fill, and the grass begins to grow. As Samhain does the fall, the Imbolc festival occurs half-way between the solstice and the equinox, and celebrates the onset of spring.
Imbolc was originally a pagan festival associated with the Celtic goddess Brigid in her role as a fertility goddess, and later Christianized as the feast of Saint Brigid. The weavings in the illustration at right are still made at this season every year, and called a ‘Saint Brigid’s Cross‘.
Imbolc is very ancient festival, at least 5000 years old in Ireland. At the neolithic Mound of the Hostages on the Hill of Tara, in County Meath, Ireland, the inner chamber is aligned with the rising sun on the dates of Imbolc and Samhain.
Imbolc is still celebrated around the Celtic world, often with great pageantry. There are several such events scheduled around the Bay Area every year.
Imbolc Ritual –
Sierra Madrone Grove, ADF
Sunday, January 26th, 4:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Society, Room 12, 2425 Sierra Blvd, Sacramento, CA
Sierra Madrone Grove, ADF says:
Come join the Sacramento ADF Druids as we celebrate Imbolc and honor the Goddess Brighid with ritual and song, and our famous post-ritual potluck! We will also be installing our new Grove officers, so we’d love to have you join us on this important day!
We assemble at 4:00 pm, and ritual begins at 4:30 pm & lasts around an hour, followed by food and fellowship afterwards. We do not close a circle, so you are allowed to arrive late; we simply ask that you join us quietly. Also, if you wish, feel free to bring a personal offering for any Ancestor, Nature Spirit, or Deity of your choosing to offer during our Praise Offerings. If you don’t have an offering please look to a grove member to point you to an available offering. We welcome you to pray at our good fire!
We’d love for you to bring a dish to share in one of our famous potlucks, but no one will be turned away from the table for lack of contribution; you’ll find that our spread is always impressive and delicious, and many food sensitivities are regularly taken into account.
Brigid Ritual –
Reclaiming East Bay
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 5:30 PM
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA
Reclaiming East Bay says:
Join us around Brigid’s flaming cauldron for a mid-Winter magical journey to Brigid’s sacred well. We’ll end by lighting Her flaming cauldron and empowering our visions for the coming year.
Kids circle will be a key part of this ritual!
Please bring post-ritual snacks to share, items for silent auction, and money to bid. No drugs or alcohol before or during ritual, please. Site is accessible. Ramp access via Bonita Street entrance.
Silent auction follows ritual – please bring items to donate! Donation requested at door, no one turned away for lack of funds.
To read more about Imbolc, Click Here.
San Francisco, CA, Friday, January 24th, 7:30 PM
$20/$25 @ United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue
Sacramento, CA, Saturday, January 25th, 7:00 PM
$35 @ The Sofia at B Street Theatre, 2700 Capitol Avenue
The Paperboys are a Canadian folk music band from Vancouver that formed in 1991.The Paperboys blend Celtic folk with bluegrass, Mexican, Eastern European, African, zydeco, soul and country influences. The band has had a variety of members and line-ups since its original formation, with Landa remaining as the sole founding member, although veteran banjoist/bassist Cam Salay often returns as a guest performer. Known for consistently creating pop songs with melodic hooks, their music has been called versatile, with a wide range of influences, melding diverse musical influences more successfully than some other Irish rock bands have previously.
The Paperboys first studio album, Late As Usual, was released on their own record label Stompy Discs in 1995. They also created Stomp Productions to produce and market their work themselves. Their first three studio albums have received Juno Award nominations, with 1997’s Molinos winning for the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year category. They also won a West Coast Music Award the same year.
Their album Postcards won a West Coast Music Award in 2000.
After the untimely death of drummer Paul Lawton, The Paperboys helped to finance a scholarship in his name. The band has also appeared in and scored award-winning international films. They are noted for their version of Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’, which was part of a tribute album for Dylan’s 60th birthday. Their most recent release, and seventh album, was 2014’s At Peace With One’s Ghosts.
A staple at folk, roots, and bluegrass festivals in North America and Europe, The Paperboys have extensively toured both continents, performing in England, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Austria. Frequently featured on Canadian national television, The Paperboys have said in the past, ‘We get paid for the travel time, but play for free.’
Golden Bough Burns Suppers
• Saturday January 25th, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Nevada City, CA, Gold Country Celtic Society, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, $80, Registration and Details
Golden Bough Shows
Friday, January 24th, at 8:00 PM in Benicia, CA
The Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns, 2060 Camel Rd.
Sunday, January 26th, at 2:30 PM in Nevada City, CA
Besemer Concert Hall, 11417 Red Dog Road
Acclaimed trio, Golden Bough, moves across America with new show: Travelin’ Songs-The Best Of American Folk. Spanning the continent, Golden Bough links traditional folk songs with more recent favorites of the American Folk Revival from the 50’s-60’s. From working on the Railroads to leaving on that Jet plane, Golden Bough brings you the songs America loves. For those of you seeking an evening that offers a bit of history, virtuosic instrumentation, sweet and seamless vocals, the occasional yarn and irrepressible toe-tapping, seek no more. Golden Bough is your answer.
Here a link to their many music videos
Golden Bough is:
Margie Butler, lead vocals, harp, whistles, recorders
Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, accordion
Kathy Sierra, fiddle, whistles
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or check the website, www.goldenboughmusic.com
Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over. Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.
For more on Golden Bough, email email@example.com or check the website: www.goldenboughmusic.com.
For more on the venue, check the website: http://beniciahistoricalmuseum.org.
Robert Burns Celebrations
Celebrating the National Poet Of Scotland
Robert Burns (January 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796) was a poet and a lyricist. Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is the best-known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a ‘light’ Scots dialect which would have been accessible to a wider audience than native Scottish speakers. Burns wrote many blunt political and civil commentaries about the Scottish condition. For more on Robert Burns, Click Here.
This is also the time of year when Scots everywhere organize formal gatherings to commemorate Robert Burns and all things Scottish at Burns Suppers, with plenty of Burns poetry, Highland Dancing, Pipers, readings of Burns ‘Address tae the Haggis’, Toasts to the Lads & Lassies, and Entertainment of all kinds Celtic.
Act Now! Find a Burns Suppers near you (list below) and claim a spot, but remember that they generally have a deadline for reservations weeks in advance, and they sell out quickly.
Burns Events in Northern California
• Saturday January 25th, 2020, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Oakland, CA, Annual Robert Burns Supper, Commonwealth Cafe and Pub, 2882 Telegraph Avenue, For more info, email Elizabeth Alford firstname.lastname@example.org or check their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CommonWealth-Cafe-Pub-273266326495
• Saturday January 25th, 2020, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Nevada City, CA, Gold Country Celtic Society 28th Annual Robert Burns Dinner And Concert with Golden Bough, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, $80, For Details, http://nevadacountycelticclub.org/burns.html or call Carolyn (530)346-2565 or email email@example.com
• Saturday January 25th, 2020, 5:30 PM, Pleasanton, CA, 26th Annual PBFSCO Burns Supper, Pleasanton Marriott, 11950 Dublin Canyon Road, $85 Advance Registration Required: http://burns2020.brownpapertickets.com
• Saturday January 25th, 2020, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Reno, NV, Nevada Society of Scottish Clans 39th Annual Robert Burns Supper, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E 2nd St, $62.50, Details and Ticket Purchase link at http://www.nvssc.org/burnscelebration.htm
• Saturday January 25th, 2020, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Scotts Valley, CA, Loch Lomond Celtic Society Burns Supper, Bruno’s Bar and Grill, 230 Mt Hermon Rd., Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Saturday, January 25th, 2020, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Escalon, CA, Escalon Scottish Cultural Association Burns Supper, Escalon Masonic Lodge, Escalon, CA, For Details, email Dave Mackintosh email@example.com
• Saturday, January 25th, 2020, 6:00 PM Bakersfield, CA, Kern County Scottish Society – Burns Supper http://www.kernscot.org/burns-supper.html
• Saturday, February 1st, 2020, 5:30 PM, Dixon, CA, Dixon Scottish Association Burns Supper, Masonic Lodge Hall, 1655 Da Vinci Court, $40 Advance Tickets Required by 1/25/20. Details online at www.scotsindixon.org/burns_supper.html or call or email Sandy Scott 707-678-3315 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Saturday, February 1st, 2020, 6:00 PM, San Francisco, CA, Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco’s 158th Annual Robert Burns Supper, Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA, $150 Advance Registration Required by 1/23/20, https://www.tickettailor.com/events/saintandrewssocietyofsanfrancisco/310695# or email Irene Waldman email@example.com
Tempest Celtic Rock
Soquel, CA Saturday, January 25th, 8:00 PM
Michael’s on Main, 2591 Main St.
Ages 21+ / Dancing, $15 adv./$15 door
More Details at the Facebook Event
Venue info. email Tom Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 831-335-2526.
Winters, CA Saturday, February 1st, 8:00 PM
The Palms, 13 Main Street
$12 – $22
Berkeley, CA Saturday, February 15th, 8:00 PM
With Avalon Rising
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue
$20 – $22
Pleasanton, CA Saturday, February 22nd, 9:00 PM
Main St. Brewery, 830 Main St.
This month, Tempest is welcoming its newest member, fiddler and vocalist Lee Corbie-Wells!
Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 30 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.
Signed to Carta Records, Tempest’s releases are acclaimed worldwide. Just a year ago, the group celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary with a fab new studio CD, Thirty Little Turns, a collection of inspired new original and traditional material — with a cheeky surprise or two.
‘Tempest Rocks, all right, but it’s forte is folkrock with a decidedly Celtic accent, drawing on traditions stretching hundreds of years.’
— Chicago Tribune
An Irish Céilí
Céilí @ Henflings
Traditional Irish Dance
Saturday, January 25th, 8:00 PM
Music by The Crooked Road
Henflings Tavern, 9450 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA
Lively Irish dance with music from The Crooked Road, a posse of fierce local Celtic style players. Representing trad Celtic heritage in the Santa Cruz Mountains, The Crooked Road honors the famous Trout Farm céilí dances by bringing the craic to the newly remodeled Henflings of Ben Lomond. Bring your dancin’ shoes! There is nothing else like this anywhere, so make plans to bring friends and family (21 and over) to experience the true Irish music and dance tradition!
If you are new to traditional Irish Dancing & Music that’s great, read on! Céili Dance: A céili (kay-lee) is a traditional Irish gathering for fun, fellowship, and laughs (or craic, as the Irish might say). Traditional ceili dances were enjoyed at house parties and corner road gatherings in the rural countrysides in Ireland. Decades later, they are still danced in Ireland and throughout the States.
Wear cool lightweight clothing – or layers so you can peel when things warm up. Leather soled shoes that glide are preferable (sneakers tend to stick ). If your hip creaks and you’d just like to watch from the sidelines, that’s ok too. Free style dancing is always encouraged. Have a Jamo and think Riverdance!
Tonight’s music features the best Irish style musicians the Santa Cruz area has to offer! Featuring traditional Celtic (pronounced with a hard C) music on fiddle, hammered dulcimer, flute, Irish whistle, button accordion, concertina, 4-string tenor banjo, guitar, and bodhran (pronounced “bau-ron,” the Irish drum).
Henflings of Ben Lomond has a fully functional kitchen and robust bar menu. Come early for nosh and be prepared for an intimate evening of laughter, dancing, and Irish music! No cover, seating is first come first served – this is a cozy venue!
Details on Facebook.
Scholar Chris McCann
ILHS Speaker Series: Scholar Chris McCann
Music and Social Hierarchy in Irish Literature
Sunday January 26th, 5:00 PM
The United Irish Cultural Center, St. Patrick’s Room, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco, CA
Scholar Chris McCann will present Music and Social Hierarchy in Irish Literature on Sunday January 26, 2020.
Music is a potent symbol of community allegiance (and divergence) in Irish culture. As symbol, as performance, as narrative turn, authors of Irish prose fiction often use music to explore the complex nature of affiliation. Literary employment of musical devices inevitably leads to moments of cohesion and division that mirror existing social hierarchies.
The conditions of the twentieth century, in which the rapid onset of modernity counters efforts to preserve traditional Irish culture, exacerbated social imbalances in Ireland. This contributed greatly to the ceaseless flow of Irish emigration in the middle of the century. In this context, music, song, and dance can perform a related but different function: providing a unifying means of reasserting the self within Irish diaspora culture in the face of disrupted social organization and disoriented identity.
This discussion addresses Irish musical-literary responses to the challenges posed by social and spatial hierarchies across the last century. It surveys music as a device in the works of diverse authors, from Joyce and Seán Ó Faoláin to Breandán Ó hEithir and Éilis Ní Dhuibhne, and assesses how music functions between text and community in Ireland and the diaspora.
Chris McCann is a doctoral scholar in English at the National University of Ireland Galway. His project, entitled Revealing Social Hierarchy Through Music in Irish Literature, is supported by the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Award. A forthcoming publication stemming from this research looks at Breandán Ó hEithir’s use of music in Lead Us Into Temptation. Chris completed his MA, entitled Singing Exile: Music in Irish Emigration Literature, at The University of Notre Dame Fremantle in Western Australia in 2017.
Jim & Susie Malcolm
Jim and Susie Malcolm Tour of Northern California, OR, and WA
Tuesday January 27 through Sunday February 16th, 2019
Jim Malcolm’s family roots are in Perthshire and Strathclyde, and he is a graduate of Edinburgh University. Like many folk musicians, he began his career by singing in pubs, clubs and hotels in his native country. Solo tours to England, Ireland, Denmark and Germany followed, and then further adventures to such far-off places as Uganda in Africa. Joining the already established and popular Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs brought him fame in the acoustic music festival scene across Europe and North America.
Video – Jim Malcolm: Flowers of Edinburgh
This time, Jim is joined by his wife Susie Malcolm, an award-winning Scottish traditional singer, who has been performing with Jim Malcolm throughout Scotland for 20 years and more. Susie sings complex harmonies in a traditional style, and is known as a tradition bearer for the ancient ballads of Scotland, with particular expertise in the bothy ballad tradition from North East Scotland. Performing together, Jim and Susie Malcolm offer our audience a unique cultural experience.
• Tuesday January 28, 2020 Soquel CA House concert, presented by the Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, 7:30 PM. Suggested donation $20. Address and directions will be supplied on sign-up. To buy your ticket, please visit: http://www.celticsociety.org.
• Wednesday January 29, 2020 San Francisco CA Friendly house concert in the Outer Sunset neighborhood. Tapas, drinks and conversation at 6:30 PM, concert at 7:30 PM. Suggested donation $25. Seating is limited and likely to sell out; to sign up please email Sue: email@example.com
• Thursday January 30, 2020 Berkeley CA House concert at the private and historic home of Celia Ramsay and Kent Rasmussen, 7:30 PM (doors open 7 PM). Artist donation $25. Free wine and nibbles at intermission. To secure your seat please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-337-0498. The address will be supplied to those who sign up.
• Friday January 31, 2020 Lakeport CA KPFZ presents Jim & Susie Malcolm in concert, 8 PM. Fore Family Winery Tasting Room. Tickets $20 for KPFZ members and $22 for non members. Doors open 7 PM; concert 7:30 PM. For information and reservations please call 707-262-0525 or email email@example.com. Venue address: 3920 Main Street, Kelseyville CA 95451. Thanks to Susan Krones of KPFZ for producing this concert.
• Saturday February 1, 2020 Chico CA ARC Pavilion, 2040 Park Avenue, Chico. Doors open 7 PM music 7:30 PM. Tickets $20 available at Pullins Cyclery, 801 Main St. Chico or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. More information by calling Steve at 530-354-6868.
• Sunday February 2, 2020 Davis CA House concert at the home of Bill Wagman, 7 PM. Suggested donation $25. To reserve your place please email email@example.com or Tel: 530-753-3472.
• Monday February 3, 2020 Mendocino CA Private House Concert. For information please contact Lorie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Thursday February 6, 2020 Corvallis OR Corvallis Folklore Society presents Jim and Susie Malcolm in concert at First Congregational United Church, 4515 SW West Hills Rd, Corvallis OR 97333, 7:30 PM. Tickets available from Jan 5 from Grassroots Bookstore, 227 SW 2nd, Corvallis: $20 in advance or $22 at the door ($2 discount for CFS or seniors) or online here: www.tickettomato.com. Further info: Dick Thies: 541-753-8307
• Friday February 7, 2020 Olympia WA Concert at the wonderful New Traditions Cafe, 7:30 PM. Tickets $22 (students and low income $15), available in advance by calling New Traditions on: 360-705-2819. Venue address: 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501. http://www.newtraditionsfairtrade.com
• Saturday February 8, 2020 Tualatin OR Second Saturday Community Concerts at Winona Grange, Tualatin, 7:30 PM (doors 6.45 PM). Tickets available online from December 15: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4428112 Tickets $15 students/children, $20 general (with small booking fee) or $25 at the door. Thanks to Sam Keator for presenting this concert – it’s always a good one!
• Sunday February 9, 2020 McMinnville OR Private house concert.
• Friday February 14, 2020 Lummi Island WA Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Jim and Susie Malcolm at the Congregational Church on Lummi Island. Doors open 6 PM; concert 6:30-8:30 PM sharp (to allow for catching the 8.50 PM ferry). Before the concert Jo Philpot will play tunes with an Outlander theme on harp, and Valerie See will play a short warm-up set on mini bagpipes. Suggested donation of $15-$20, including snacks beforehand and bubbly at the intermission. Reserve your seat by email to email@example.com or call 360-758-7333. Venue address: 3913 Legoe Bay Rd, Lummi Island, WA 98262.
• Saturday February 15, 2020 Seattle WA Seattle Folklore Society, 7:30 PM – 10 PM. Phinney Neighborhood Center (lower building), 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle. Tickets in advance: $20/$18 SFS or PNA member, student, senior/$10 Youth to age 17; Available on-line from December 15 from: https://jimsusiemalcolm-seattle.brownpapertickets.com/, or in person at prior SFS concerts. At the door $2 more for adults ($22/$20/$10), cash or check only. Doors open at 7 PM. Always a great gig! http://www.seafolklore.org
• Sunday February 16, 2020 Bellingham WA Nancy’s Farm, 2:00 PM. Suggested donation $20, payable at the door. Concerts at Nancy’s Farm are by invitation only, so if you would like to attend, please call 360-739-5651.
David Brewer, host, Celtic Music Night
Celtic Music Night!
7:00 PM, Tuesday January 21st and Wednesday January 29th
St. Andrews Church, 9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos, CA
Celtic Music Night is a donation based series, and as is tradition, each of these fun-filled evenings include a bagpipe procession, concert of music by a featured special guest artist, Q&A with the group, complimentary refreshments, and an open Celtic music jam session with the players afterward, and is open to ALL ages. Come be a part of it! Mark your calendars now! Spread the word! Grab your friends, family, neighbors, and instruments!
Tuesday January 14th, at 7:00 PM:
Adam Hendey’s feature night! Making his vocal debut at Celtic Music Night, guitarist and singer Adam Hendey presents a concert of folk ballads featured alongside new arrangements of music from his 2016 solo album, Forward. Accompanied by The Fire Scottish Band accomplice David Brewer, Hendey’s gentle singing shares songs of love, longing, and hope to welcome in the New Year.
Tuesday January 21st, at 7:00 PM:
David Brewer’s feature night! Known for his dynamic virtuosity on a stunning array of musical instruments, David Brewer (The Bard of Boulder Creek) is excited to share his own interpretations of favorite songs and hidden gems from the Celtic repertoire as well as exhilarating arrangements of traditional tunes. Backed up by accompanist Adam Hendey of The Fire Scottish Band, Brewer brings listeners along on a compelling tour of tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, and beyond
*Wednesday January 29th, at 7:00 PM:
David Brewer And Adam Hendey feature night! (rumors of mysterious special guests…) Bringing together high-energy bagpiping and dynamic accompaniment, multi-instrumentalists Adam Hendey and David Brewer join forces to present an inspiring tour de force of traditional and contemporary Celtic music.
Having both lived and studied in Scotland, Hendey and Brewer draw from a vast repertoire of traditional tunes and original compositions – including soft slow airs, exuberant jigs, roaring reels, and more.
The duo’s delicately arranged harmonies and dazzling instrumental virtuosity combine to give commanding performances that will captivate audiences with spirited displays of Scottish and world folk music.
Celtic Music Night website: celticmusicnight.com
Celtic Music Night Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/194642300895477
Celtic Music Night is a FREE event, run by donations of any amount at the door if possible to help it continue– just contribute what you can that makes sense for you, and your support is greatly appreciated in keeping folk tradition going. CDs and recordings of the artists are also available for purchase.
As is tradition, each of these fun-filled evenings at Celtic Music Night include a bagpipe procession, concert of music by a featured special guest artist, Q&A with the group, complimentary refreshments, and an open Celtic music jam session with the players afterward, so bring your instruments, questions, and good vibes and ALL of this is ALL ages, and ALL for a nominal donation of any size at the door. So grab your friends, family, instruments, and head out to Aptos for a good time the way nature intended!
Dermot Kennedy in San Francisco
Thursday, January 30th at 8:00 PM
SF Masonic, 1111 California St, San Francisco, CA
Dermot Kennedy’s rapid rise is nothing short of astounding. In two short years, he has gone from playing his first US club show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY to announcing his debut at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, along with his longest North American tour to date.
Full Details and Tickets.
On his brilliant debut album, Without Fear, young Dubliner, Dermot Kennedy, draws inspiration from all the moments of brightness and darkness this world has to offer, crafting music that’s at once soaring and intimate, stripped-back and explosive. The work showcases Kennedy as a writer in possession of a sophistication well beyond his 26 years. He pens lyrics with a poet’s eye and a rapper’s precision, conjuring vivid imagery and transfixing audiences with the unique rhythm and flow of his soulful delivery.
‘When I do a gig, I gather people say, ‘Oh it’s amazing how you’re so passionate and put that energy out there’, he recounts. ‘That’s because I give you all I’ve got. If 4,000 people show up and put their faith in me … I just feel like I’ve got an obligation.’
Stuttery hip-hop and R&B-influenced percussion underpins his weathered vocals as he combines organic and electronic elements into an arresting, emotional blend that calls to mind the adventurous arrangements of Bon Iver, James Blake, and James Vincent McMorrow.
Check Dermot’s website here: www.dermotkennedymusic.com
Lisa Lynne and
Thursday, February 6th, 7:30 PM
Bohemian Art Loft, 3304B Bechelli Ln, Redding, CA
These shows feature Celtic harp and multi-instrumentalist duo Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter playing two Celtic harps, the rare Swedish Nyckelharpa, Ukrainian Bandura, Cittern and more. The audience will hear traditional instrumental music from Sweden and Ireland as well as heartwarming original compositions blended with stories of humor and adventure.
Lisa and Aryeh share a background as progressive rock musicians who later discovered a love for Celtic, Renaissance and Swedish music on unique acoustic instruments.
Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness”, amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films. www.LisaLynne.com
Aryeh Frankfurter is also a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi-instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic Music. He began with Classical violin at the age of three, his early studies and successes led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres. Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments bowed and plucked and most recently the rarely seen Swedish Nyckelharpa. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities. www.Lionharp.com.
For more information, please contact: Lisa Lynne (415) 275-1466 Lisa@LisaLynne.com or check The Facebook Event.
Téada West Coast Tour
Oisín Mac Diarmada
One of the preeminent Celtic bands on the world circuit, Téada, led by fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, has performed extensively world-wide as headliners at many major festivals earning a reputation as one of the best – if not the best – Irish Trad bands playing today! We are very fortunate to have them perform for us here on the West Coast!
‘There’s a rich sense of continuity in the sets and of boundless energy bereft of egotism in the playing.‘ Siobhán Long, The Irish Times (4-star Review)
‘At the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians … with a fierce familiarity with the old ways.‘ Irish Music Magazine
If you have attended any of the Irish Christmas In America concerts over the years, you will recognize Oisín and especially his spouse, dancer Samantha Harvey, who hails from the Monterey Bay Area.
Check out their performance for live TV in Ireland Click Here
More on the Téada website: http://teada.com/
• Saturday, February 22nd, 7:30 PM, Castoro Cellars, 1315 N Bethel Rd, in Templeton, CA, $20 Tickets
• Sunday, February 23rd, 3:00 PM, St. Mary’s By-the-Sea, 146 12th Street and Central Ave., in Pacific Grove, CA, $20 / $22 Tickets
• Tuesday, February 25th, 8:00 PM, Cope-a-cabana, 433 S. Henry Ave., in San Jose, CA, $20 Cash at the Door RSVP@Cope-a-cabana.com for Reservations
• Wednesday, February 26th, 7:30 PM, Michael’s On Main, 2591 Main St, in Soquel, CA, $20 / $22 Tickets
• Thursday, February 27th, 7:30 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., in Winters, CA, Tickets TBD.
• Friday, February 28th, 7:30 PM, Fraternal Order of Eagles, 210 N Corry St, in Fort Bragg, CA, $25 Tickets
• Saturday, February 29th, 8:00 PM, The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement Street, in San Francisco, CA, TBD Tickets
• Sunday, March 1st, 8:00 PM, Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo, in Berkeley, CA, TBD Tickets
• Tuesday, March 3rd, 7:00 PM, Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E Nevada St., in Ashland, OR, $20 Tickets
• Thursday, March 5th, 7:30 PM, The Triple Door in Seattle, WA, $25 Tickets
• Friday, March 6th, 7:00 PM, Sweet Spring House Concerts in Sequim, WA. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Saturday, March 7th, 7:30 PM, Celtic Arts Foundation in Grand Mound, WA. Tickets
• Sunday, March 8th, 6:00 PM, Naval Elks Lodge in Port Angeles, WA.