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Friday, 2023-01-20
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


• On Wednesday, February 1st, the Earth will be halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. This alignment was known to our Celtic ancestors as Imbolc. (See Below)
• Co-founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker has written an exposé on the limitations of the Facebook group DNA Detectives in helping us trace our mystery ancestors. (Read More …)

Events: (One-time)

New! On Friday, January 27th at 4:00 PM, Seattle Folklore Society presents RainyCamp, a tree day long happening of singing, with several Celtic Cultural workshops, all Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Friday, January 27th, at 7:00 PM, fresh, new, Boston based Corner House Band continues a West Coast Tour with three more days of shows in WA & OR. (See Below)
• On Friday, January 27th at 7:00 PM, Irish American phenomenon We Banjo 3 from Galway performs at the The Sofia in Sacramento, CA and on Sunday, January 29th at 7:00 PM, at the Freight in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, January 27th, at 7:30 PM, Berkeley based Erica and Friends, perform at The Monkey House, in Berkeley, CA, then on Sunday, February 5th, at 2:00 PM, at Riggers Loft Winery in, Richmond, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, January 27th at 4:00 PM through Monday, January 30th breakfast, the First Annual Weed’s Winter Jam Camp will happen in Carmel Valley, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 28th, 12:30 PM, Sacramento, CA, the annual rounds of Robert Burns Events continue, as Scots all around Northern California and the world gather to honor Burns the Poet as well as all things Scottish. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, January 28th at 6:30 PM, United Irish Cultural Center presents their Rose of Tralee Selection event. Then beginning Wednesday, February 1st, UICC hosts a week long celebration of St. Brigid’s Fay, including on Thursday, February 2nd, at 7:00 PM, the audacious Joyce devotee and author Michael James Fallon to discuss his new book, Ulysses Abridged, and on Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM a Concert by Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan, and a dozen more events, all at their spacious facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Begining Thursday, February 2nd, and continuing on the following four Thursdays, Sean Murphy will present two weekly course episodes covering the History of County Westmeath, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM PST, followed by a second course episode, from 4:30 – 6:00 PM PDT, covering the 6 Counties/Northern Ireland 1968-1981, all Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 5th, from 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM, Lark Traditional Arts presents its Virtual Lark weekend, three days of Zoom workshops, plus evening concerts. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 3rd, at 7:00 PM, musician/publican couple Tommy & Saundra O’Sullivan give a concert at the UICC in San Francisco, CA. Then on, Sunday, February 5th, at 3:00 PM, they give a concert at St Mary’s By The Sea in Pacific Grove, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, February 7th, at 7:30 PM, Joe Newberry and April Verch begin a 15 city tour of the West Coast in Portland, OR. (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 11th, at 2:00 PM Peghead Nation presents a set of Workshops in Irish Music for Plucked String Instruments at Timbre Folk & Baroque, in Berkeley, CA . (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 11th, 7:00 PM, Golden Bough will perform their 22nd Annual Valentine Concert: Love Songs of the Celtic Lands and Beyond in Modesto, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, February 16th, at 12:00 PM PST, Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps will host another Shanty Big Sing, this time based on the song, Hieland Laddie, accessible from anywhere, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Thursday, February 16th, at 7:30 PM, Lúnasa, begins a 10 city tour of the West Coast in Cranbrook, BC. (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 18th at 7:00 PM The Gaelic Muses will be playing at Jack’s Brewery in Fremont, CA. On 2nd Sundays, they play at the Wheelhouse of Willow Glen in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, February 18th, at 8:00 PM, Celtic Rock Band Tempest performs at Blue Lake Casino, in Blue Lake, CA, and then on Friday, February 24th, at 8:00 PM at Papapolloni, in Modesto, CA. (See Below)
New! On Friday, February 24th, at 7:00 PM, Kevin Burke begins an eight city tour of the West Coast with a House Concert in Chico, CA. (See Below)
New! On Friday, February 24th at 7:30 PM Jim and Susie Malcolm along with Beth Malcolm, will kick off a 12 city Tour of Northern California and PNW in San Diego, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 25th, at 8:15 PM at the Lost Church in Santa Rosa, CA and again on Sunday, February 26th, at 6:00 PM at Casements Bar in San Francisco, CA, Amelia Hogan and her crew will perform two Launch Concerts for their new album, Taking Flight. (See Below)

Events: (Recurring)

• Each first Friday of the month, at 5:30 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 first Saturdays at 7:00 PM, the fabulous Shipwrecked Shanty Band performs in person and streaming online via YouTube and Facebook Live from Sláinte Irish Pub in Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
• Each 2nd Saturday of the month, at 11:00 AM, it’s the San Francisco Virtual Chantey Sing! After years singing from the wooden decks of the historic 1886 sailing ship Balclutha at the Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, CA, this tradition now happens Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On first and third Sundays of the month, from 11 AM – 1 PM Pacific / 2 PM – 4 PM Eastern time, Lynn Noel hosts Mermaid’s Tavern sing-arounds online via Zoom from her home studio. On the first Sunday of the month the theme is Ballads, and on the third Sunday of the month the theme is Sea Chanteys and Tavern Songs. (See Below)
• On Mondays, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific Time, Mark Wallis & Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs host a Traditional Irish Music Session, a participatory online Irish [instrumental] music event, timed so our friends from Ireland and the UK and 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 and join in. Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Tuesdays, at 12:00 PM Pacific Time, Adam Dahmer, hosts Guth na Coimhearsnachd, a Scottish Gaelic Song learning session, on Skype, from Calgary, AB. (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, multi-instrumentalist Tony Becker, (and occasionally Mark Wallis), host the Trans-Atlantic Session, a participatory online Irish music event timed so our friends from Ireland and the UK and join in. (See Below)
• On Wednesdays, at 2:30 PM John Whelan conducts his free series of ‘Tune Teach’ and ‘Taking Time’ Sessions (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)
Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs also hosts online Irish Traditional Learners Sessions on Thursdays, at 3 PM Pacific, 6 PM Eastern or 11 PM Ireland/UK (just before the Ould Sod Virtual Session, Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific), for those who are just beginning to learn to play an Irish Instrument. (See Below)
• On 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 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 7:00 PM on, Stout Rebellion leads their community fun time at Father Paddy’s Public House in Woodland, CA. (See Below)
• On Fridays, from 5:00 PM on, Pub Scouts, plays great tunes at Duffy’s Tavern in Chico, CA. (See Below)
Linn Phipps hosts two monthly online Scottish Gaelic events: on 2nd Fridays Srùbag Gaelic singing session at 11:30 AM Pacific, and on 3rd Saturdays, Learn Gaelic Song at 11:00 AM Pacific. Both are accessible from anywhere Online via Zoom. (See Below)

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• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker’s e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (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)
Alex Sinclair, proprietor of Willow on the Green, located on 9th Avenue in San Francisco, CA, provisions Picnics in the adjacent Golden Gate Park and beyond. (See Below)
• As of Sunday, April 3rd The Starry Plough has reopened, with all the events it’s many long term customers had before the pandemic, open on Sundays – Wednesdays in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday – Sunday, from 12-10 PM, Sláinte Pub offers a their full menu of great food and drink, at their location at Jack London Square in Oakland, 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)
• Music and Dance have returned to the cherished San Francisco Celtic cultural institution, The Plough and the Stars, now open from Wednesday through Sunday, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM. (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! (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)
Catherine Barry’s Irish Culture Bay Area, offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area. (See Below)

Scan our feature articles below, or as always, you can click here to check the full listings on our website.

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Ancient Imbolc Festival
Celebrate the Arrival of Spring
Traditional Date: Wednesday, February 1st



Imbolc, is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s Day, or just Brigid. The name Imbolc derives from Old Irish imbolg, 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.

All such ‘cross-quarter’ times are defined as the moment the Sun moves into the 15th degree of the four Fixed Signs (the Cross Quarter moments) and when the Sun moves into 0 degrees of each of the four Cardinal signs (the Solstices and Equinoxes).

These ‘cross-quarter’ stations of the Earth and Sun are also called the Eternal Eight.

In Celtic cultures, this was cause for 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. Reed weavings like the one in the illustration at right are still made at this season every year, and are still called by this ancient name: ‘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 Northern California every year.


Friday, January 27th through Sunday, January 29th
Online via Zoom

RainyCamp is a weekend of folksongs organized by the Seattle Folklore Society. RainyCamp will be virtual for 2023 (And free) but you must pre-register with Zoom prior to camp to receive the link to join (more below). Check out the
RainyCamp 2023 Information Page for full details.

In recognition of the high number of East Coast and European participants, we are starting an hour early in general this year.

Workshops will occur all day Saturday and Sunday in several breakout rooms. Several of these will offer Celtic Cultural Content:
• Saturday, January 28th, 9:00 AM, The Call of the Sea with Linn Phipps
• Saturday, January 28th, 4:00 PM, The Amazing Variety of Irish Song Traditions with David Ingerson
• Sunday, January 29th, 9:00 AM, Learn a Scottish Song (The Dark Island) in English and in Gaelic with Linn Phipps

Camp will open Friday, January 27th at 4:00 PM. You will be admitted into the main room based on your pre-registration. Activity starts at 5:00 PM with a Kabbalabat Shabbat with Fred Maslan, followed by a Song Circle at 6:00 PM.

At noon Saturday, there will be an hour long exclusive mini-concert featuring Linda Allen. The open RainyCamp Concert begins at 6:00 US PST. There is a Sunday concert the more EST and Europe friendly time of 12 noon PST. A signup will be sent to attendees on Friday. Open Late Night singing will be available in several rooms after the concert.

To attend RainyCamp, whether performing or just listening, you must register. You can register here: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

RainyCamp is supported by your donations. Visit SFS main page and click the donate button then specify RainyCamp. 


Corner House Band


Friday, January 27, 7:00 PM

Abbie Weisenbloom Presents, Portland, OR, Details

Saturday, January 28, 7:30 PM

Doug Plummer Presents, Seattle, WA, Details

Sunday, January 29, 4:00 PM

Thumbnail Theater, Snohomish, WA, Details

Corner House Band

The Corner House Band

From the fertile Boston music scene comes Corner House Band, a fresh new string band that puts their own unique spin on traditional music.

Founded just a few years ago by like-minded musicians who compose and arrange tunes and songs influenced by Irish, Scottish, Appalachian stringband, and bluegrass traditions, Corner House has already developed an enthusiastic following in the eastern U.S. In 2018, they released their first album, and performed on tour in Scotland. In Summer 2019, they are launching their first U.S. tour with a 2-week series of concerts up and down the West Coast.

The Corner House Band is
Casey Murray – cello
Louise Bichan – violin, vocals
Ethan Hawkins – guitar, vocals
Ethan Setiawan – mandolin, vocals

Happy Now
Door County #2

Discover more about this exciting new band and listen to samples of their music at their website!


We Banjo 3
Irish, Bluegrass, Old Time, Folk

• Friday, January 27th at 7:00 PM, Sacramento, CA, Tickets
• Sunday, January 29th at 7:00 PM, Berkeley, CA, Tickets

We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3

Award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. The Band Members are David Howley, Martin Howley, Enda Scahill, and Fergal Scahill. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race.

Live on stage, their songs carry the listener along until, at the perfect moment, the band crescendos into catchy choruses with pitch perfect harmonies. We Banjo 3 deliver their music with such palpable rapport, stunning precision, and infectious energy, it’s impossible to pigeonhole what kind of listener might suddenly consider themselves a WB3 fan. With recent stunning performances at such broad ranging festivals Merlefest, BottleRock, Summercamp, ROMP, Wintergrass and others, enthusiasts of almost every genre of music are taking notice.

Actor/comedian and musician Steve Martin says of the band.
‘We Banjo 3… are making waves…here in America. They are playing the banjo in a style that I didn’t even know could be played like that.’
Northwest Cultural Blog said,
‘There are few adjectives left to describe the authenticity and the electrifying experience you get when you first see/hear We Banjo 3 live on stage…It’s the incorporation of each and every one of its members, their individual charisma, their energy, their passion and their very soul, that makes them one of the greatest live musical acts the world has to offer today.’

“The Irish Punch Brothers” – NPR
“Astonishing” – The Irish Echo

Video: We Banjo 3 – Prettiest Little Girl

Twitter @webanjo3


Erica and Friends


Friday, January 27th, 7:30 PM

The Monkey House, Berkeley, CA, Details

Sunday, February 5th, 2:00 PM

Riggers Loft Winery, Richmond, CA, Details


Erica and Friends

Erica and Friends is a Berkeley based folk and traditional band lead by Erica Hockett that you really should hear if you get the chance, for example, at their concerts around Berkeley!

Erica Hockett has a voice of breathtaking beauty that brings to mind the likes of Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) and Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries). Accompanied by a fine ensemble of multi-instrumentalists, they share a repertoire from England, Scotland and Ireland, including narrative ballads of love, lust, murder and more!

Erica and Friends are, Erica Hockett, Vocals/Bodhrán, Anne Goess, Violin/Vocals/Tin Whistle, Chris Hammond, Guitar/Vocals, Charlie Hancock, Accordion/Keyboards, Jason Courtney, Bouzouki, Thomas Lindemuth, Vocals, Winds, Percussion.

Their debut album, Hillside Avenue (2018), received wide acclaim, and is widely available on all the main music platforms. Their next album is expected later this year.

Awesome group of performers, who guarantee a good time with superb vocal and instrumental talent across thhe board. Each show is a little different, and I am always blown away by their performances. – Sean Lawlor

For Erica Hockett and Friends videos, just Click Here!

For more on Erica and Friends, check their Website, or Facebook Page
For even more music, check their Soundcloud site, or
their Reverbnation site!


First Annual Weed’s Winter Jam Camp
Friday, January 27th — Monday, January 30th
Arrive Friday after 4:00 PM
Depart Monday after breakfast
Hastings Natural History Reservation, 38601 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA

John & Tyler Weed / Colin Cotter

John & Tyler Weed / Colin Cotter

Registration is now open for the First Annual Weed’s Winter Jam Camp!

Weeds’ Winter Jam Camp is a new fiddle camp for intermediate and advanced players. It will include a combination of jamming, learning tunes by ear, applying stylistic enhancements… and more jamming! What is different about this camp is that the primary focus is not solely on learning repertoire, but on delving deeper into the world of jamming and ensemble playing. We’re going to focus on a combination of traditional music styles — Celtic, Old-Timey/Appalachian, and Nordic. The camp will be led by instructors John Weed – fiddle, Colin Cotter – fiddle/guitar, and Tyler Weed – banjo/mandolin. While the teachings will focus on fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin, people who play other instruments (woodwinds, harp, bodhran, bouzouki etc.) in these styles are welcome!

Camp cost is $425, and includes accommodations (mostly rooms with multiple beds in the ranch house or the schoolhouse), catered dinners and simple breakfasts/lunches/snacks.

Contact for registration packet: Janis Lou Dickinson at

People who would like to camp can set up a tent near the ranch house and claim a bed inside to store their belongings. Camper-vans can be brought up the paved road and parked at the lower barn, which is between the schoolhouse and the Ranch House/classroom area, where jams and classes will be held. Late Christmas shoppers, can give the gift of music to the folk musician in your life, or yourself!

John Weed says:
On staff will be San Fransisco’s own Colin Cotter, teaching Scottish fiddle and standard-tuned guitar. I will be teaching fiddle and jamming, and Tyler Weed will provide melody, accompaniment, and teaching melody playing on tenor banjo and mandolin. As an example of sort of thing we’ll be getting up to, I’ll offer a selection of three reels from the playing of Sligo/Chicago fiddling great Michael Coleman.

For registration packets and materials please email Janis Lou Dickinson at For ANY questions about the long weekend, please email me, John Weed at

In addition to teaching their respective instruments and repertoire, instructors plan to actively participate in the jam sessions to help foster a level of playing that will ensure the jamming is fun and the groove is strong. Depending on what people want to do, there will be various locations for different jams. At Weeds Winter Jam Camp, we are all about musical interaction, finding the pulse, laughing, camaraderie, and respecting and honoring the traditions. Before camp, we plan on sharing a modest folder of learning tempo recordings so that participants will arrive with some shared repertoire.

Meals and heated accommodation are included in the camp fee. People can choose from group bunks and shared bathrooms in the main buildings, or there is ample room for camper rigs or tents.

The 2023 inaugural camp will be held at UC Berkeley’s ~2,500 acre Hastings Natural History Reservation, which is part of the University of California’s Natural Reserve System. The site offers beautiful views and ample hiking for those wanting to get out and move around. The reserve address is 38601 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924 (see map). Hastings has been a long-term study site for studies of ecology and behavior under the auspices of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley.


Robert Burns Events
Celebrating the National Poet Of Scotland


Robert Burns

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.

Since the first supper was held in July 1801 by the bard’s close friends as a memorial dinner, it has morphed into a worldwide event celebrating Scotland’s distinctive heritage and culture. But now, as part of The Burns Supper in History and Today project at the University of Glasgow, their Centre for Robert Burns Studies has created a new Burns Supper World-Wide Map. This interactive map features 2,500 Burns suppers across five continents and gives an inventory of their menus, settings, entertainments, and orders of ceremony.

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.

• Saturday, January 28th, 12:30 PM, Sacramento, CA, Daughters of Scotia, Kilwinning Lodge 203, Robert Burns Birthday Celebration, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Sacramento, CA. Contact Sandy Welsh, phone 408-202-0189, or email
• Saturday, January 28th, 5:00 PM, Fresno, CA, Fresno Scottish Society, Burns Supper at VFW Post 8900, Details
• Saturday, January 28th, 5:00 PM, Los Angeles, CA, St. Andrew’s Society of Los Angeles, Burns Supper at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles, Details
• Saturday, January 28th, 5:30 PM Pleasanton, CA, Pleasanton-Blairgowrie-Fergus Sister City Organization, Burns Supper at Pleasanton Marriott. Details
• Saturday, January 28th, 6:00 PM (Hawai’i time) Honolulu, Hawai’i, The Caledonian Society of Hawai’i, Burns Supper at Waikiki Yacht Club. Details
• Saturday, February 4th, 4:00 PM, Fair Oaks, CA, St. Andrew’s Society of Sacramento, CA, Burns Supper at North Ridge Country Club, Details


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

Whats On?

Saturday, January 28th
6:30 PM Rose of Tralee Selection
Tickets at

Thursday, February 2nd

7:00 PM St. Francis Room
Author Talk: Ulysses Abridged

Friday, February 3rd

7:00 PM Emerald Pub
Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan
Details and Tickets

Ulysses Abridged

On Saturday, January 28th, at 6:30 PM, the UICC presents their Rose of Tralee Selection event at their spacious facility in San Francisco, CA.

The Rose of Tralee festival is held annually in the town of Tralee in County Kerry, takes its inspiration from a 19th-century ballad of the same name about a woman called Mary, who because of her beauty and demeanor was called The Rose of Tralee. Today, the winner of the title ‘Rose of Tralee’ is the woman deemed best to match the attributes relayed in the song: ‘lovely and fair’. She is selected on the basis of personality and should be a good role model for the festival and ambassador for Ireland during her travels around the world. It is not a beauty pageant and the participants (Roses) are not judged on their appearances but on their personality and suitability to serve as ambassadors for the festival. The festival bills itself as a celebration of the ‘aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage’ of modern young women.

Saint Brigid’s Week

Long associated with the pre-Christian pagan festival Imbolc, Saint Brigid’s Day, Lá Fhéile Bríde, represents nature shaking off its winter slumber, the beginning of Spring, and the birth of baby lambs. Beginning in 2023, Ireland will recognize February 1st as a new National Bank Holiday.

The UICC has teamed up with the Office of the Consul General of Ireland in San Francisco, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Cooley-Keegan Branch of San Francisco, Irish Marvels, the Patrick J. Dowling Library, and a team of volunteers to organize a weeklong celebration of St. Brigid, St. Brigid Feast Day Celebration. In 2023 so that we may all join together in heralding the spring through a variety of ways, check out the the dozens of Saint Brigid’s Week events here on the UICC website:

Here are some highlights:

Ulysses Abridged

On Thursday, February 2nd, at 7:00 PM, the United Irish Cultural Center presents audacious Joyce devotee and author Michael James Fallon to discuss his new book, Ulysses Abridged.

The numbers of James Joyce fans and Bloomsday participants are growing, and yet Joyce scholars are feeling both excited and anxious. The object of their devotion, that infamous, impenetrable epic, that classic of modern Irish literature, Ulysses, has been unlocked by Joyce devotee Michael James Fallon.

On February 2nd, the 101st anniversary of Ulysses’s publication (as well as James Joyce’s 141st birthday), the UICC of San Francisco will host this audacious author to discuss his new book, Ulysses Abridged at 7:00 PM in their St. Francis Room.

Joyce’s 1922 classic, Ulysses, is one of the greatest novels in the English language. Radical in its day for its modernist construction, stream of consciousness narrative, and its unvarnished exploration of sexuality, Ulysses – like the sirens of Homer’s Odyssey upon which it is based – calls to readers, but reading it can be daunting, due to its length and composition.

Now, retired San Jose State University professor Michael Fallon has crafted an abridged version for its centennial, Ulysses Abridged ~ A Shorter Journey through James Joyce’s Masterpiece. Fallon, an Irish-American Joyce devotee, spent years studying the novel about a day in the life of Leopold Bloom in early 20th century Dublin. Fallon has pared Joyce’s epic masterpiece by a third, leaving the original storyline, characters, motifs, and Joycesian prose to be enjoyed by new readers and those liking to experience Bloomsday again.

Fallon’s Ulysses Abridged is akin to a half marathon versus a full one. As such, it is an excellent way to introduce Joyce and his epic novel to general readership and students, without having to resort to study guides.

If you’re like many who have yearned to read Ulysses, but were put off by its length and complexity, here is an accessible version of the masterwork that will give you the flavor, nuance, wit, and passion of the original.

At last these new readers can finally say, honestly, ‘Yes, I know Ulysses.’. Read it now — Bloomsday, (Friday, June 16th) is coming sooner than you think!

Ulysses Abridged is available via: or simply as well as at Amazon.

Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan

Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM, in association with Culture Ireland the UICC welcomes musicians Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan to their Emerald Pub for an evening of traditional Irish music as they travel around the country on their winter tour. Click here for Details and Tickets.

The United Irish Cultural Center operates a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, in the Sunset District of San Francisco. The UICC facility offers rooms for Private Events of 20 to 500 guests, with space for your next meeting, training, pop up, workshop, summer camps or performance, as well as catering kitchens and a comprehensive library.

UICC website
UICC Facebook Page


Sean Murphy
Irish History Online
Thursdays, February 2nd — 23rd
3:00 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time
6:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern Time

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

This February, Irish historian Sean Murphy is presenting a four-week live Zoom course pair on Thursdays beginning February 2nd at 3:00 PM PST (6 PM Eastern time zone). Each course carries a fee of $90.

History of County Westmeath
An Iarmhí, Westmeath, translates as ‘west of the middle’. The county is nicknamed the Lake County. The county motto is Noble above Nobility. Read the full Details.

6 Counties/Northern Ireland 1968-1981
The events for the period 1968-1998 shaped the social, economic and political life of Ireland as it entered the 21st century. Read the full Details.

If you are interested in joining one or both courses please respond directly to this email:

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Virtual Lark Camp
Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 5th 11:30 – 10:30 PM
Online Events via Zoom

Lark Camp will be broadcasting public events during Virtual Lark, February 3rd-5th with Zoom workshops and evening concerts!

Free, but every individual or household that wishes to participate must register. REGISTER FOR FREE to enjoy events each of the three days. After we receive your registration, we will send the information on how to access the Zoom events via email.

We will be using Zoom breakout rooms to allow multiple spaces for our workshops. You’ll be able to select the workshop or session you would like to join while using just one Zoom meeting link for the entire camp. Make sure you update your Zoom app before camp! Click here for a handy Zoom help document to help you navigate the rooms.

Each day will include a combination of Zoom Workshops and Jam Sessions:
• Eight virtual workshops via Zoom (yes — each day!)
• Two One+ hour Zoom Jam Sessions

Lark Traditional Arts is dedicated to creating educational events that bring people together through traditional song, music, dance, and arts, and hosts  Lark Camp, the annual eight-day music, song, and dance camp held in the Mendocino Woodlands.

More Details and Registration here:

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Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan


Friday, February 3rd, 7:00 PM

United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, Details

Sunday, February 5th, 3:00 PM

St Mary’s By The Sea, Pacific Grove, CA, Details

Tommy and Saundra O'Sullivan

Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan

What happens when the lives of an Irish trad musician and a Texas nurse collide?

Tommy and Saundra’s paths crossed when she attended the annual traditional O’Flaherty Irish music retreat in Midlothian, Texas, where Tommy was an Irish guest instructor on guitar and vocals. As they explored singing together, they discovered her alto harmonies to be a perfect match to his tenor vocals. They married in Houston, Texas, in March 2010 and now live in Dingle, Ireland where they operate O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, a mecca for Irish traditional music.

Prior to opening the Pub, Tommy was a full-time touring musician. As a member of Sliabh Notes he recorded 3 albums. He also toured for years with Irish piper Paddy Keenan with whom he recorded a duet album, The Long Grazing Acre. He has also recorded two solo albums, Song Ablaze and Legacy.

In contrast, Saundra followed a career in the medical profession. As a flight nurse, she flew with Aer Evac and worked as an ER nurse at Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. She brings to the table a strong background in choir and folk singing. These skills are heard to great effect on their first duet album, Safe Home, which they released in early 2018 with album launches on both sides of the Atlantic.

What the critics say:
‘The album shines with folk classics — Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine

‘The husband and wife team from Dingle must surely be the best exponents of what Irish folk should be. — Nicky Rossiter

‘A tenor voice that has all the ring of Waterford crystal which has only ever served smokey whiskey. — Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine


Joe Newberry and April Verch


Tuesday, February 7th, 7:30 PM

Abbie Weisenbloom Presents, Portland, OR, Details

Wednesday, February 8th, 7:00 PM

Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR, Details

Thursday, February 9th, 7:00 PM

New Traditions, Olympia, WA, Details

Friday, February 10th, 7:00 PM

New Traditions, Olympia, WA, Details

Saturday, February 11th, 7:30 PM

Seattle Folklore Society, Seattle, WA, Details

Sunday, February 12th, 2:00 PM

Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City, OR, Details

Tuesday, February 14th, 7:00 PM

Chico House Concert, Chico, CA, Details

Wednesday, February 15th, 8:00 PM

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada City, CA, Details

Thursday, February 16th, 7:30 PM

Cloverdale Arts Alliance, Cloverdale, CA, Details

Friday, February 17th, 7:30 PM

Sebastopol Community Center Annex with Kathy Kallick Band, Sebastopol, CA, Details

Saturday, February 18th, 6:00 PM

The Strum Shop, Roseville, CA, Details

Sunday, February 19th, 7:30 PM

Freight & Salvage with Kathy Kallick Band, Berkeley, CA, Details

Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:30 PM

Silicon Valley House Concerts, Mountain View, CA, Details
Fiddle Workshop 5:00 – 6:00
Joe’s Workshop 6:00 – 7:00 (guitar or songwriting)

Saturday, February 25th, 7:00 PM

Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena, CA, Details

Sunday, February 26th, 7:00 PM

Crazy J Ranch, Topanga, CA, Details

Newberry & Verch

Newberry & Verch

Growing up, Joe Newberry and April Verch absorbed traditions of home and hearth – in his Missouri Ozarks and her Ottawa Valley of Canada. Although they are on the road much of the year, the two musicians are fond of saying that they are rarely homesick, because their music means they always have a bit of home with them wherever they go.

Joe Newberry comes from a family of singers and dancers. He took up the guitar and banjo as a boy and learned fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. April Verch grew up listening to her Dad’s country band play for dances in the Ottawa Valley. She started step dancing at age three and fiddling at age six.  In a Newberry & Verch show, delighted audiences see first-hand the roots of their music, their love of performing, and their strong musical connection. Original songs join timeless classics. Stories warm the heart, and give audiences a chance to understand where the music comes from. Lively fiddle and banjo numbers combine with traditional dance steps to illustrate happy times when people made their own fun.

Known around the world for his clawhammer banjo playing, Newberry is also a powerful guitarist, singer and songwriter. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song ‘Singing As We Rise,’ featuring guest vocalist Ricky Skaggs, won the 2012 IBMA ‘Gospel Recorded Performance’ Award. With Eric Gibson, he shared the 2013 IBMA ‘Song of the Year’ Award for ‘They Called It Music.’ A longtime guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the Transatlantic Sessions 2016 tour of the U.K., and at the Transatlantic Session’s debut at Merlefest in 2017. In addition to his work with April Verch, he plays in a duo with mandolin icon Mike Compton.  He also plays and teaches at festivals and workshops in North America and abroad.

Before launching her professional career, Verch was the first woman to win both the Canadian Grand Masters and Canadian Open Fiddling Championships. In 2000, she formed ‘The April Verch Band,’ and together they have toured the world, performing in 18 different countries. She has released 12 solo recordings to date, receiving JUNO, Canadian Folk Music and Independent Music nominations and awards for several of those releases. She has also released an instructional stepdance DVD, a book of original fiddle tunes, and a Canadian Fiddle tune teaching method for Mel Bay. Verch was one of 6 fiddlers who represented the Canadian fiddle tradition to the world at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, as part of a segment called ‘Fiddle Nation’ featured in the Opening Ceremonies.

Ever since Newberry & Verch met, and discovered a musical spark that few can match, they have toured across North America, Europe, and the U.K., including Nova Scotia’s signature festival Celtic Colours International Festival, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in New York state, and Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland.  Their CD, ‘Going Home,’ was released to wide acclaim. Whether it is the power of two voices lifted in harmony, or the sound of traditional tunes calling people to get up and move, these two masters of tradition put on an unforgettable show. And, when their feet kick up the dust in perfect rhythm and those two voices become one, Joe Newberry and April Verch make folks remember why this music existed in the first place.

Check out this great video of Joe & April performing the title track of their debut release ‘Going Home’ in Sheffield, UK, and then find more great videos on their YouTube Playlist!

Check out their websites, April Verch’s website and Joe Newberry’s website


Irish Music Plucked String Instruments Workshop
presented by Peghead Nation
Saturday, February 11th, 2:00 PM
Timbre Folk & Baroque, 801 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Plucked String Instruments Workshop Instructors

Marla Fibish, Dave Cory, and Flynn Cohen

This three-hour intensive participatory workshop is focused on the adaptation of Irish traditional music to plucked string instruments, namely acoustic guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, and bouzouki. The hosts (two of whom are Peghead Nation teachers) are all nationally-known musicians who will guide you through the fine points of adapting traditional melodies, including right hand technique, ornamentation, and phrasing. The workshop will be hosted by Timbre Folk in Berkeley, CA.

Instructor bios:

Marla Fibish A San Francisco native, Marla is one of the prominent voices of the mandolin in Irish music.  She brings a deep and distinctive sensibility to the tradition on one of its lesser-heard instruments. She is a dynamic performer and a sought after teacher. Her playing is featured on her 2020 release The Bright Hollow Fog, on the 2017 Noctambule release A Sweetish Tune, on the eponymous Three Mile Stone recording with San Francisco favorites, fiddler Erin Shrader and guitarist Richard Mandel, and on The Morning Star, a duo CD with legendary Irish singer and bouzouki player Jimmy Crowley released in 2011 —  an all instrumental project that features Irish music on an array of mandolin-family instruments: mandolin, mandola, mandocello, bouzouki, and dordan. She has performed and taught nationally and in Ireland, and was a featured performer at the 2018 Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry, Co. Cork. Marla teaches privately, and in group classes, online with Peghead Nation, and has taught at many music camps, including The Swannanoa Gathering, Lark Camp, California Coast Music Camp, The Mandolin Symposium, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Portal Irish Music Week and O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.

Dave Cory has been playing Irish and American folk music on tenor banjo, mandolin, bouzouki and other fretted instruments for over twenty years. Throughout years of gigging and recording, Dave has contributed to numerous independent projects and releases, from pub sessions to theatre soundscapes, and instructional camps to touring groups. After early classical guitar lessons, and chance hearings of the Chieftains and the Bothy Band, Dave started traveling to trad music festivals and summer schools in Ireland each year, before moving to Boston and working with the wildly active music community there. Since then, he has moved back to the west coast, has taught at numerous music camps and schools, has recorded and/or performed with The Magic Square, The McKassons, Joey Abarta, Lissa Schneckenburger, and One For The Road, to list a few. He teaches regularly at his home in Oakland, CA.

Flynn Cohen has performed around the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. Currently based in southern Vermont, he is a long-time guitar sideman to Irish accordion legend John Whelan and tours with his award-winning folk band Low Lily. Dubbed ‘a versatile string virtuoso’ by Dirty Linen magazine and an ‘ace guitarist’ by the Boston Globe, he is a former guitar student of John Renbourn and Davey Graham, Flynn has degrees in Music from Dartington College of Arts in England and Mills College in California. He taught Music classes for many years at Keene State College in New Hampshire and is presently an online instructor for Peghead Nation. ‘Flynn Cohen is a superb guitar player, and he successfully joins the pantheon of better known names that made the guitar an accepted instrument for playing melody in traditional Irish music.’ –FolkWorld

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Golden Bough
Saturday, February 11th, 7:00 PM
Congregation Beth Shalom, 705 Sherwood Avenue, Modesto, CA

Golden Bough

Golden Bough


Acclaimed trio, Golden Bough, will perform their 22nd Annual Valentine Concert: Love Songs of the Celtic Lands and Beyond, Golden Bough-style! For tickets and information, call Congregation Beth Shalom Modesto at
(209) 577-6060.

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.

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

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.

Here a link to their many music videos

For more on Golden Bough, email or check the website:
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Shanty Big Sing Series
Online via Zoom


Thursday, February 16th, 12:00 PM
Hieland Laddie

Thursday, March 23rd, 12:00 PM
Blow the Man Down

Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps

Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps

Do you sing a version of the song, Hieland Laddie? Or are you curious – again! – about how many different versions we have to share? Then you should come to the next Shanty Big Sing, hosted by Linn Phipps and Jim Lucas.

The next Big Sing will be Thursday, February 16th – featuring the Hieland Laddie family of chanteys and all are welcome to join to sing any version or to listen.

In advance of this event, we will post the link to the Zoom meeting on on our Shanty Big Sings Website: Please ask others if they would like to join us, but please do NOT share zoom links on social media!

The aim of these Big Sing events is to involve our Trans-Atlantic European / American and indeed world-wide Zoom singing friends in singing as many versions of our song as possible – related song versions welcome, including those with non-English verses, or which creatively use the theme.

If you’d like to sing, please contact Linn at, so that we can create a singer roster. We will record the session for ultimate upload to YouTube. If you’d rather sing but not be recorded, please say and we will edit out your recording.

You can find more information on our Shanty Big Sings Website, Most of the previous BigSing YouTube videos are available for viewing there and on Linn’s YouTube channel here:



Thursday, February 16th, 7:30 PM

Key City Theatre, Cranbrook, BC, Details

Friday, February 17th, 7:30 PM

Arden Theatre, St Albert, AB, Details

Saturday, February 18th, 8:00 PM

Irish Cultural Society, Calgary, AB, Details

Sunday, February 19th, 7:30 PM

Kay Meek Arts Centre, West Vancouver, BC, Details

Tuesday, February 21st, 8:00 PM

Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, OR, Details

Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:30 PM

The John G. Shedd Institute, Eugene, OR, Details

Thursday, February 23rd, 7:30 PM

Triple Door, Seattle, WA, Details

Friday, February 24th, 7:30 PM

McIntyre Hall Performing Arts & Conference Center, Mount Vernon, WA, Details

Saturday, February 25th, 8:00 PM

Miners Foundry Cultural Ctr, Nevada City, CA, Details

Sunday, February 26th, 7:30 PM

Presidio Theatre, San Francisco, CA, Details


Lúnasa, Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Thay have sold more than a quarter of a million albums in the course of the band’s career and boasts an impressive back catalog of 7 highly acclaimed and award-winning studio albums. Their inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music.

Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an ‘Irish music dream team.’

Lúnasa is:
Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles)
Trevor Hutchinson (double bass)
Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles, and tin whistles)
Ed Boyd (guitar)
Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle)
Colin Farrell (fiddle)

Click for 2017’s TG4 Lúnasa Video

Lúnasa is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. They are renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. They have performed over 1,500 shows across 36 countries since the band formed in 1997. The band has appeared at internationally renowned venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall (Dublin), Sydney Opera House and Moscow International House of Music. They have been invited to appear at the White House.

For more info on Lúnasa, check their website:


Gaelic Muses


2nd Sundays
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

39176 Argonaut Way, Fremont, CA

Saturday, February 18th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

39176 Argonaut Way, Fremont, CA

Friday, March 17th
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

87 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA

The Gaelic Muses

The Gaelic Muses are:
Alison Kline: recorders, violin, guitar
Lynda MacNeil: keyboard, harp, guitar, vocals
Verlene Schermer: fiddle, nyckelharpa, mandolin, concertina, harp, vocals

Lynda says:
Gaelic Muses is a high-energy, three-person, all-female band playing Celtic-inspired music from many genres, including Traditional Folk, Rock, and Movie Soundtracks. With a vast array of instruments to match the mood of any song, Gaelic Muses is a powerhouse of musical prowess with a repertoire to match! Jigs, Reels, Airs, Movie Themes, Pirate Songs, Celtic Rock, and original pop-Celtic mashups combined with strong vocals and a playful stage presence make this band a must-see and hear!

To watch the Gaelic Muses videos, Click Here.

More on The Gaelic Muses Facebook Page




Saturday, February 18th, 8:00 PM

Blue Lake Casino, Blue Lake, CA, Details

Friday, February 24th, 8:00 PM

Papapolloni, Modesto, CA, Details



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.

Here is Tempest’s 2022 Video Jolly Roger.

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. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit.

San Francisco native fiddler and singer Lee Corbie-Wells, comes to the band with a special passion for Celtic and Scandinavian music and Gaelic language traditions. A touring and performing child of a musical family, she plays fiery traditional fiddle tunes, and is also known to keep a bit of Blues and folk improvisation up her sleeve.

Nikolay Georgiev, studied modern rock guitar under Martin Goulding at the Guitar Institute of Technology in London, U.K. and classical guitar performance in his native Bulgaria. He also attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, while remaining active in a number of bands. Nikolay brings a fresh and global flavor to Tempest’s brand of Rock-driven World Music.

The latest addition to the band is the seasoned Bass Player Hugh Caley. Hugh is a Michigan transplant, who brings energy, genuine enthusiasm and a damn fine kilt to this frisky iteration of Celtic and roots music.

Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, thickens the band’s sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.

Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has also appeared at Denmark’s Skagen Festival, Britain’s Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals, as well.

Tempest is busting out of a two years’ pandemic-enforced hiatus from extensive touring with a new, powerful release. Going Home is the band’s first studio album of new material in four years, and one of their best to date!

Artist sites and sounds:


Kevin Burke


Friday, February 24th, 7:00 PM

House Concert, Chico, CA, Details: 530-342-1055

Saturday, February 25th, 7:00 PM

The Sofia, Sacramento, CA, Details

Sunday, February 26th, 7:00 PM

Little River Inn, Little River, CA, Details

Tuesday, February 28th, 7:00 PM

House Concert, Berkeley, CA, Details

Friday, March 3rd, 7:00 PM

Fiddlers Crossing, Tehachapi, CA, Details

Saturday, March 4th, 7:00 PM

House Concert, Los Gatos, CA, Details

Sunday, March 5th, 7:00 PM

House Concert, Soquel, CA, Details

Saturday, March 11th, 7:00 PM

Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, OR, Details

Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke

From early days with The Bothy Band to his celebrated solo performances, Kevin Burke is considered one of Irish music’s luminaries. The recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA in the US, and in Ireland the prestigious Gradam Ceoil award, he is acknowledged as a master of the tradition. Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music.

For this event, Kevin will present an evening of solo Irish fiddle music, along with stories and humor and his trademark warmth and charm.

A native of London, Kevin inherited his love of Irish music from his parents who emigrated from County Sligo, Ireland. Burke’s music career began in 1974 with a move to Ireland and joining seminal Irish group The Bothy Band. Since then, he has formed the renowned bands Celtic Fiddle Festival, Patrick Street, and Open House, and worked with many great artists including Arlo Guthrie, Kate Bush, Tim O’Brien, Christy Moore, Dervish, and Lunasa. His highly ornamented Sligo style of fiddling is beloved in all corners of the globe.

“Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be…probably the greatest Irish fiddler living.”
— The Village Voice
“With the great popularity of various groups over the last 25 years or so, many people have forgotten that this kind of music used to be played mainly solo. The bands, groups and accompanists are a relatively recent development… so I thought it would be interesting to let people hear the ‘naked’ fiddle once more.”
– Kevin Burke

“The great Irish fiddler Kevin Burke…plays the fiddle so smoothly, with such buoyancy, and with such relaxed showmanship, that even a large concert hall becomes intimate.” – The New Yorker Magazine

“One of the great living Celtic fiddlers.”
– The New York Times

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Jim and Susie Malcolm
Featuring Beth Malcolm


Friday, February 24th, 7:30 PM

Hall of Nations, San Diego CA, Details

Sunday, February 26th, 3:00 PM

Fleury House Concerts, Santa Monica CA, Details

Tuesday, February 28th, 7:30 PM

Celtic Society/Monterey Bay, Soquel, CA, Details

Wednesday, March 1st, 7:30 PM

Berkeley Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA, Details

Thursday, March 2nd, 7:00 PM

The Sofia, Sacramento CA, Details

Saturday, March 4th, 7:00 PM

Fore Family Winery, Kelseyville, CA, Details

Sunday, March 5th, 6:00 PM

ARC Pavilion, Chico, CA , Details

Monday, March 6th, 7:30 PM

Abalone Room, Mendocino, CA , Details

Thursday, March 9th, 7:00 PM

New Traditions Café, Olympia, WA , Details

Friday, March 10th, 7:00 PM

New Traditions Café, Olympia, WA , Details

Saturday, March 11th, 7:30 PM

Winona Grange, Tualatin, OR, Details

Sunday, March 12th, 7:30 PM

Nancy’s Farm, Bellingham, WA, Details

Jim Malcolm

Beth, Jim and Susie Malcolm

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

Malcolm is considered one of the finest voices and interpreters of Robert Burns songs in Scottish traditional music today. He was the lead singer for the world-renowned band Old Blind Dogs for eight years before returning to his solo career as a singer-songwriter.

A Jim Malcolm concert is always an entertaining mix of his own and traditional songs, including those of Burns, peppered with funny stories and observations in the tradition of Scottish bards through the ages. An accomplished guitarist, he plays mostly in the Celtic tuning dadgad. He is also considered to be one of the top simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world.

For this tour Jim will be joined by his wife Susie Malcolm, herself a prizewinning traditional singer. Susie has a special interest in the bothy ballad tradition and loves the old ballads, though she is in her element adding harmony to Jim’s performances.

Featured on this tour will be their daughter, Beth Malcolm. Beth is one of the bright young talents of the new generation of Scottish traditional singers. She was named Scots Singer of the year, on the BBC Trad Awards.. As a solo act, she won a coveted ‘Danny’ award for emerging acts at Celtic Connections, Scotland’s premier international folk festival; she won a major national songwriting competition with her song about Mary Queen of Scots, called Leaving Loch Leven. We are excited to bring this rare family trio of traditional Scots singer to the West Coast.

Malcolm has recorded ten solo CDs, and has performed his songs with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2004, he was voted songwriter of the year at the annual Scots Traditional Music Awards. Along with his own songs, he enjoys reworking old songs that form the kernel of Scotland’s great folk tradition.



Amelia Hogan Band
Taking Flight Album

Album Launch Concerts

Friday, February 24th, 8:15 PM

Lost Church, Santa Rosa, CA, Details

Sunday, February 26th, 6:00 PM

Casements Bar, San Francisco, CA, Details

Amelia Hogan Band

Richard Mandel, Amelia Hogan, Maureen Brennan
Marla Fibish, Christa Burch, Rebecca Richman

The long awaited studio album, Taking Flight, Produced by Hogan at Foxtail Sound in Dixon, CA, with celebrated traditional Celtic music heavyweights: Richard Mandel, Christa Burch, Rebecca Richman, Maureen Brennan, and Marla Fibish debuts in Northern California, only once. These rare live performances of selections from Amelia’s new studio album, features the album’s celebrated acoustic musicians for the project in one show.

Amelia Hogan is an impeccably authentic singer of Celtic music and in the Irish music tradition of Sean-Nós, or ‘old style’ as well as accompanied and has toured internationally to global acclaim. An award-winning traditional singer, multimedia artist and lover of storytelling through son, Amelia sings with a timeless quality that comes through in honeyed tones on Irish, Scottish, British, and American vocals. With a passion for bringing the listener inside the song’s narrative, with depth, and timeless subtlety she’s toured both the US and abroad.

Richard Mandel– bouzouki, fingerstyle and rhythm guitar, an essential Celtic instrumentalist for some of the most celebrated projects, sessions, and groups of the West Coast and key member of the Jammy Dodgers and Three Mile Stone with Master Irish Mandolinist, Marla Fibish.

Marla Fibish, and warm alto singer of Noctambule, is a San Francisco native, a dynamic performer and a sought after teacher, and one of the prominent voices of the mandolin in Irish music. She brings a deep and distinctive sensibility to the tradition on one of its lesser-heard instruments.

Maureen Brennan of Wake the Dead, Men of Worth, and is a Celtic Harpist of international delight, brings a steady, fluid resonance.

Renowned soprano vocalist and bodhran player, Christa Burch of the Syncopaths, also from Molly’s Revenge’s Winterdance tours brings clear, sweet and effortless harmony vocals and rhythm.

Celebrated Scottish, and American fiddler, and Concertina player Rebecca Richman, who’s previously toured Scotland, Ireland, and the US as guest instructor and accompanist, brings a deep and expert knowledge of conversational instrumentation.

The concerts promise to weave a compassionate spell around the audience for a cathartic and healing evening. The songs, harmony, interplay between these performers will take you through a journey acknowledging immense collective grief, loss, heartache, hope, and ultimately a joy-filled conclusion to the turmoil of the last three years.

We respectfully request that attendees come vaccinated, masked, AND healthy. Negative home Covid-19 tests recommended. Please contact organizers if needed.

Visit for more information.


The Cross Keys
First Fridays, 5:30 – 8:00 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:

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


Shipwrecked Shanty Band
First Saturdays at 7:00 PM
Live at Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA
also Online via YouTube & Facebook LIVE

The Crew
Jim Nelson – Banjo
Micha Dunston – Whistle, Bodhran
John Palme – Guitar
Steven Strauss – Stand up bass


The Shipwrecked Shanty Band proves once again that sea shanties are cheaper than therapy, and they sound even better with beer!

Born out of Covid, kicked out of venues, a rag-tag group of Sea Shanty lovers became shipwrecked…but the band played on! The Shipwrecked Shanty Band, appears LIVE and for you land-locked, live streamin’ on Facebook and YouTube from Sláinte in Oakland!

For the live stream, just navigate to the crew’s YouTube Channel or Facebook group at appropriate hour!

Micha says:
Strike The Bell! Shipwrecked Shanty returns to Sláinte Oakland every first Saturday with a boat load of sea songs!.

We will have 2 cameras and stream to both Facebook AND Youtube! It costs a few bucks to stream both, so send us what you can, and we’ll keep the stream a’Comin!

If you come down in person, better get there early, seating is limited!

The menu at Sláinte features Irish cuisine from Irish-born Executive Chef, Jackie Gallanagh, with dishes that include both imported & local ingredients and a bar menu of classic cocktails, a well-stocked selection of whisky, premium spirits, and local & imported beers.

More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.

Check the Sláinte’s & Shipwrecked Sea Shanty Crew Facebook group
for updates. Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website


San Francisco Virtual Chantey Sing
A San Francisco Singing Tradition
2nd Saturday of each month, 11 AM to 1 PM
Online via Zoom from SF Maritime Association

SF Chanteys on Zoom

SF Virtual Chantey Sing on Zoom

The beloved Bay Area musical traditions is in its 41st year – and you can join in from your own home!

Long a monthly ‘landmark’ aboard San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s historic ships, the multi-generational Chantey Sing gathering has been sidelined by COVID-19. But with help from the San Francisco Maritime Park Association, the Park’s non-profit partner, the sing has gone virtual and international!

Park volunteer and retired Park Ranger Peter Kasin will emcee, in the the role of chantey V-Empresario: introducing singers and setting up the songs. 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.

Peter Kasin says,
Ahoy –

Amidst all the chaos going on around us, we still have the monthly virtual chantey sing to help bring joy, calm the nerves, and help us get through these trying times. If not leading a song, no registration necessary. will activate at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 13th, where lead singers will be in the “Hollywood squares” (gallery view) and you can sing along from home!

Visit 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

Chanteys, 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.

The 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 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


The Mermaid’s Tavern
Twice Monthly Int’l Sings
1st and 3rd Sundays
11 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time
Online via Zoom

Mermaid's Tavern

The Mermaid’s Tavern

The Mermaid’s Tavern is the moniker Lynn Noel gave the online folk club she founded when the COVID pandemic began. Lynn hosts two monthly participatory sings from her home digital studio. On the first Sundays, Ballads, and on third Sundays, Sea Chanteys and Tavern Songs.

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


Traditional Irish
Music Session
Noon Pacific
3 PM Eastern
4 PM Atlantic
8 PM Ireland/UK

Join the Zoom Meeting!

Irish Traditional Music Session

Welcome to the ONLINE ZOOM Traditional Irish Music Session! Hosted by Mark Wallis & Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs, we meet every Monday at 8 PM Ireland/UK | 3 PM Eastern | Noon Pacific.

All are welcome to attend to play, and/or listen and enjoy! This is a traditional Irish tune [instrument] session only.
Meeting ID: 891 5533 0559
Passcode: tunes

Please also join our FB Group:


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

Meeting ID: 401 757 3378
Passcode: 298888

Please email questions to:


Guth na Coimhearsnachd
Scottish Gaelic session
8:00 PM in Ireland/UK
3:00 PM Eastern Time
12:00 PM Pacific Time

Guth na Coimhearsnachd

Guth na Coimhearsnachd

Guth na Coimhearsnachd is a project of Adam and Dhanya Dahmer, and is actually how the couple met, when they were still living in Edinburgh, Scotland!

It’s a Gaelic song group that has occasionally taken part, in various guises, in the festivals of Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Society, and in the festivities surrounding the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

These days, it’s not possible to convene in-person song sessions in Edinburgh because the couple is based in Calgary, Canada, but the singing group still meets up every Tuesday via Skype, at 12 PM Pacific time / 3 PM Eastern time / 8 PM Scottish time. A link to the Skype room where we host the sessions, as well as the organization’s Facebook page, are below:




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 San Francisco Jam

This gathering on Zoom is hosted every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 PM Pacific Time, by Dinah and Noah Stroe. It’s organized as a friendly, eclectic round robin mix of old time music, some Irish, some Québécois and more.

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We alternate leading 3-4 tunes with letting anybody who wants to lead a tune or two. two. If we like it — we play it!

In addition to the great tunes, there are always 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.

Join the fun!

More info here: Old Time Open Jams Facebook Group

Contact Dinah Stroe


The Trans-Atlantic Session

Every Wednesday
12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific
3:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern
8:00 – 10:00 PM GMT

Tony Becker
M 408 600-8783

Trans-Atlantic Session

The Trans-Atlantic Session on Zoom
Join the Zoom Meeting!

Tony Becker of San Jose, California, and occasionally Mark Wallis of Gloucester, England, host a Trans-Atlantic session for all interested parties on Wednesdays, at 8:00 PM Ireland and UK time, 3:00 PM Eastern or 12:00 PM Pacific in the USA.

Click here to Join the Zoom Meeting!

Open for a couple of hours to all who play traditional Irish 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 a song or two. It is very friendly and we welcome everyone – it can be a good way to pick up either! The only criterion is we try to stick to the Celtic traditional genre.

Please come along if you can!


John Whelan Free Tune Teach and ‘Taking Time’ Session
Wednesdays, 2:30 PM
Online via Zoom

John Whelan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Tune Learning & Taking Time Slow Session
Time: 02:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Wednesday, until Feb 16, 2022

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 960 3382 9649
Passcode: 012220

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.

Since March 2020, John has stepped up his online activities.

John says:
My Dear friends, the tune learning and slow session again are back on Wednesdays, and I do hope that you join me. I hope that this year brings you great joy health and lots of music. May ALL my peers get back working and touring again including me. I will continue the slow session as long as you show up regardless of things opening up or not. I really enjoy our time together.

On Wednesdays, John offers a free one-hour tune teach from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM followed by John’s ‘Taking Time’ slow session at 4:00 PM Pacific – Check them out here: We send out a tune list and Zoom link for them on Wednesday mornings. Email John at to get on the list or for more details.

Get more details on John’s website:


Autumn Rhodes Lessons
Online via Zoom from San Francisco, CA


• 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,,
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: (yes, it’s a real email address). Stay tuned (pun 100% intended).

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

Facebook Page:
Email Autumn:


Learners Session
Irish Traditional Instruments
3 PM – 4 PM Pacific
6 PM – 7 PM Eastern
7 PM – 8 PM Atlantic
11 PM – Midnight Ireland & UK
Online via Zoom

Irish Traditional Instruments

Irish Instruments Learners Session

Students of Traditional Irish Session Music are welcomed to join our weekly Zoom sessions that have been designed for those who are learning their instrument, or new to Irish sessions! All are welcome to participate!

We would encourage our participants to bring along a couple of tunes that you have been working on to share at our session. Ideally, you might also have the sheet music, tabs or link to the tune to share so that others can follow along. You are welcome to set your pace and play at your own speed.

To attend our sessions, Click this link:
The Learner’s Session Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 841 1334 4367
Passcode: session

We welcome you to join our Facebook group for regular updates:

You might also wish to email me, Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs at to be added to our mailing list and included in the weekly invitations to join our session.

Facebook Group:


The Ould Sod

Virtual Irish Traditional Session
Every Thursday
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 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 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:


Stout Rebellion
Thursdays, 7:00 PM Pacific
Father Paddy’s Irish Public House, 435 Main St., Woodland, CA

Stout Rebellion

Stout Rebellion is back! After a seven-year sabbatical, Stout Rebellion is ready to do what it does best–building a community of fun around the love of Irish music with a weekly evening gig.

James Wilson says:
Stout Rebellion is now the regular Thursday house band at the great Father Paddy’s Public House in Woodland the place to go on Thursday evenings to sing along with Irish favorites and enjoy Irish music in an Irish pub. Really enjoy playing and hanging out with these folks. See you in Woodland!

Original members Bobby Waller (lead vocals), Linda Easton (percussion), and James Wilson (mandolin), are joined by new members (but old friends) Adrian Baxmeyer (bass) and Trevor Miller (whistle).

Or join us any Thursday evening from 6:00 to 9:00. We’ll be there with green beads, clappers, and, of course, our patented Sing-O-Vision!

Find more details:
Stout Rebellion Facebook Page
Facebook Event


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


Linn Phipps — Scottish Gaelic Song Events Online


2nd Fridays — Srùbag
7:30 PM Ireland/UK
2:30 AM Eastern
11:30 AM Pacific
Friday, January 13th – Brian Ó hEadhra
Wednesday February 22nd – Julie MacFadyen
** note ** Seachdain na Gàidhlig (Gaelic Week)
Friday, March 10th – David Ingerson
Friday, April 14th – Anna McCrae
Friday, May 12th – Phyl O’Connor

Online via Zoom –
Join Zoom Meeting / Mtg ID 853 4777 6195, Passcode  413871

On the Second Friday of each month, (with a few exceptions), Linn Hosts a Srùbag Gaelic singing session online via Zoom. Linn always invites a Special Guest to add an exciting new element to each occurance – check the box at left for full details.

As usual everyone who wants to join in to listen to or to sing a Celtic language (Scottish/Irish Gaelic, Breton or Welsh) song is very welcome, as are ceilidh songs so we can all join in.

Linn says:
There are a lot of pre-recorded ceilidhs out there – we wanted to create a space for sharing Gaelic songs live online. Scottish and Irish Gaelic songs are welcome, as are songs from the wider Celtic family such as Breton songs. We have a monthly Guest singer and additionally the song turn goes round the virtual ‘Room’. Please drop in and bring your own Srùbag (cuppa) and a song, or drop in to listen. Please see our Facebook page or contact me at for the Zoom link and/or more information.

3rd Saturdays —
Learn Gaelic Song
7:00 PM Ireland/UK
2:00 AM Eastern
11:00 AM Pacific
Online via Zoom –
Join Zoom Meeting

On the Third Saturday of each month, Linn conducts her Learn Scottish Gaelic songs Workshops, online via Zoom.

All aspiring Scottish Gaelic singers, as well as other Scottish traditional singers, are welcome!

As usual everyone who wants to join in to listen to or to sing a Celtic language (Scottish/Irish Gaelic, Breton or Welsh) song is very welcome, as are ceilidh songs so we can all join in.


Linn Phipps

Linn Phipps is a Royal National Mod Medallist having won the Silver Pendant (the highest solo singing prize for learners of Scottish Gaelic) in 2008, along with many other national Gaelic song competitions.

During the pandemic years, Linn has hugely enjoyed participating as a Regular in zoom sings around the world, now over 1000 folk and shanty sings, from Western to Eastern USA, through to Ireland (including An Goilin and SEAC), UK, Brittany, Paris and Australia.

Linn Zoom-hosts a monthly free Learn-Gaelic-Song session and Srùbag, a monthly Gaelic/Celtic language sing based in Edinburgh. She has contributed to many to virtual folk festivals from the USA to Australia, as a Zoom host and the host of workshop sessions to Learn-a Gaelic Song. She has created a Youtube channel featuring solos songs, and collaborations with Australia, Gaelic songs ‘Cho sean ris na cnuic’ and ‘Tha mi duilich, cianail, duilich’, and ‘Amazon’ (about the burning rainforest).

Linn has issued 5 CDs: ‘Andes to Antarctica’ (live-recording from on-ship in Antarctica), Leth Linn (re-issue), Salute to Rona Lightfoot (double CD, Rona’s life and piping stories, Rona’s piping songs and piping of the tunes/ pibrochs, all on Linn’s Website to listen or buy. And a new CD as Sillertides with her co-sing partner Doug Huggins in Colorado, on bandcamp at The CD launch concert is on the Sillertides’ new Youtube channel at

Check Linn’s website: for full details.


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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!

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My Book includes:

• Introduction to Family History Documents
• What are REAL Primary Sources?
• America’s Dark Age (1783 to 1850)
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• Using DNA Tests to help Find Family History
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Download Ancestry & DNA – Beyond the Basics here:


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

Song Session
2nd Wednesdays, 8:00 PM
Christy O’Connell and Vince Keehan

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

Dancing Details: Irish Dance Meetup Group


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


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 or check


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:

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:


Willow on the Green
Grand Opening May 1st!
1327B 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA

7 days a week
Weekdays 10:00-6:30
Weekends 8-6:30

Willow on the Green

Alex Sinclair, operates a Willow on the Green, located on the not-so-quiet 9th Avenue, which is directly in front of the main entrance to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.

The shop caters to the ‘Day in the Park’ crowd there, 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’.

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Perusing Goodies

Alex says:
Willow on the Green is a new local store dedicated to British and Californian fine foods, cheeses, meats, provisions, and products. Located in the heart of the Inner Sunset District, San Francisco, we are a stone’s throw from the entrance to Golden Gate Park. Next time you are on 9th and Irving, come say hi and check out our unique goods.

Facebook Page: Willow on the Green
Phone: (415) 259-1811


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

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 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.

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Sláinte Pub
Tuesday — Sunday, 12-8 PM Pacific Time
Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Sundays, 4 PM to 7 PM

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

Since opening in April 2017, Sláinte has also featured some of the finest local and regional singers and musicians, in live, acoustic performance and quickly become the hot new place for Irish music in the East Bay.

Host Jackie says:
Well folks we finally had a proper St. Patrick’s Day celebration from Thursday, Mar. 17th – Sun. Mar. 20th, 2022 we’ll had special menus, drinks, Irish dancing, Irish music, and more.

But the fun has just begun! Come in and help us celebrate the Irish season for a long, long time!!

Come on by. Cead Mile Failte!!!

The menu at Sláinte features Irish cuisine from Irish-born Executive Chef, Jackie Gallanagh, with dishes that include both imported & local ingredients and a bar menu of classic cocktails, a well-stocked selection of whisky, premium spirits, and local & imported beers.

More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.

Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website


Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Available for Performances or Lessons

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 or visit her website at


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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, San Jose CA | 408-267-7090

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 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


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

Lark Berkeley


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
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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 or call 408-446-3853.



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