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Friday, 2021-04-16
Updates, Features, & Events
Updates:

• Live music is slowly re-emerging in California! On Sunday, April 18th, and every Sunday, their are now LIVE Irish tunes at the Auld Dubliner in Long Beach, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, April 18th at 3:00 PM PDT — 6:00 PM PDT the newly formed band Decent People will perform at the new Goodfuls eatery. Check out this new venue at: https://eatgoodful.com. (See Below)
• On Tuesdays, beginning May 4th at 7:00 PM PDT, whistle and pipes wizard David Brewer is offering his three part Master Class LIVE online via Zoom. (See Below)

Features:

• Santa Cruz based band The Fire has released a new collection of 4 sets, Crossing to Ireland, and it is available for immediate download from their Bandcamp webpage. (See Below)

Events:

• On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, at 7:00 PM, The Black Donnellys, Dave Rooney and Dave Browne, will stream their high-energy show to you from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV as you stay safely sequestered in your homes. (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 17th, the United Irish Cultural Center will stream Maire Clerkin telling the story Tír na nóg at 10:00 AM, and there will be LIVE music from 3:30 PM: a Sunset-Sing-a-Long of Rock/Folk Classics, as well as outdoor dining under their 1800 sq.ft. ‘Big Top’, in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 17th, at 12:00 PM, it’s SF 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 39 year old maritime cultural tradition rises like the Phoenix from your computer or device. (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 17th, at 1:00 PM, Sin Silver, will perform her piano bar show with the theme Songs with ‘You’ in the title. Stay safe at home, and stream it online from from ‘Murray’s Pub’ (her recreation/piano room) in Concord, CA. (See Below)
On Saturday, April 17th at 2:00 PM PST John Whelan conducts the 22nd in his series of Online Master Sessions, featuring singers Cathy Jordan, Niamh Parsons, Clare Horgan, and Geneviève Galarneau! Also, on Wednesday, John offers two free events, a ‘Tune Teach’ and John’s ‘Taking Time’ Session (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 17th, at 2:00 PM, the Jig Monkeys Duo (James Wilson & Bob Waller), will perform at Husick’s Taphouse, just past the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA. (See Below)
• Sunday, April 18th at 11:00 AM, it’s the Piper Sundays, Zoom meeting for an hour and one half with host Patrick D’Arcy and his guest Will Woodson, joining us from Portland, Maine, USA. (See Below)
• Beginning on Wednesday, April 21st, at 7:30 PM, innovative Irish dance teacher Michael Dillon will be teaching Two Hands of Ireland, a 6 week course for couples, in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd, 12:00 PM, Earth Day, the Saint Andrew’s Society of San Francisco presents Scotland’s Approach to Climate Change, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Thursday, April 22nd, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Michael Eskin offers a free, Irish Whistle Master Class / Workshop / Geekfest live on Zoom! (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 24th, at 9:00 AM PDT, Community Music School of Santa Cruz will present Spring Session, a weekend of online Celtic music workshops as part of our Redwood Music Camp, online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 24th, at 12:00 PM PDT, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas will present the fifth in their series of seven retrospective concerts, online via Mandolin.com. (See Below)
• On Sunday, April 25th, at 3:00 PM PDT, you can join a Canadian fiddling workshop with April Verch online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Tuesdays, beginning May 4th at 7:00 PM PDT, whistle and pipes wizard David Brewer is offering his three part Master Class LIVE online via Zoom. (See Below)
• Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th, The Celtic Heritage Celebration returns with regional bands, famous jousting and much much more happens in Angels Camp. (See Below)

Please support our sustaining Sponsors with your Celtic business!

• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker’s e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
Sláinte Pub Jack London Square in Oakland, CA is open Tuesday – Sunday, with a full menu of great food and drink with outdoor and limited indoor dining service and on Sundays from 4 PM to 7 PM offers traditional Irish music from their house band, Buncrana. (See Below)
• On the first Sunday of each month, a small group of Starry Plough regulars stream a re-newed online Irish Session from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. (See Below)
• Over this pandemic period, Autumn Rhodes organized a phenomenal international project, Playing for The Plough and Stars to support that cherished Celtic cultural institution, and now you can enjoy the dozens of resulting videos. (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)
• While Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA and Exploring Music in the outer sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, CA are closed for walk-ins, both stores are open for online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, has a 32 year record of producing Celtic Concerts in various venues in and around Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA. (See Below)
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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Album Review: Crossing to Ireland EP

from The Fire | Released 2021-04-26

By Tony Becker and Celia Fábos-Becker – 2021-04-16

A brand new, Extended Play collection, Crossing to Ireland, was recently released by Scottish Trad band The Fire, and we were lucky enough to get a copy.

This EP consists of four tracks from the band’s Live Stream concert on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2021, and takes its name from the 2nd track.
Track 1 The Western Man / Captain Cone Head / ‘Up Leitrim!’
Track 2 Crossing to Ireland
Track 3 The Humours of Caledonia / The Heathery Cruach / Hello Grania
Track 4 Buchanan Street / ‘Wake Up, It’s 6pm’ / The Sunday Marathon

Short and sweet, these 4 sets are replete with The Fire’s trademark ‘blazing Scottish’ traditional music, with plenty of virtuosic playing from Rebecca Lomnicky on Fiddle, David Brewer on Whistle, Bagpipes and Bodhran and Adam Hendey on Guitar, Citern, Keyboards, Reed organ and more, enough to satisfy the COVID induced cravings of the band’s most avid fans, and the $7 price makes it the ‘must have’ purchase of the month.

Get your downloaded copy from the The Fire’s Bandcamp page here: https://thefirescottishband.bandcamp.com

Also, David Brewer has just announced a master class for Celtic tune writing (below).

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Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys LIVE

Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 7:00 PM

Facebook LIVE, from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV

Each Saturday, The Black Donnellys, (Dave Rooney and Dave Browne), stream their high-energy show to you from Las Vegas, NV as you stay safe at home.

Watch the Black Donnellys streaming show via Facebook LIVE by pointing your browser to the Black Donnellys Facebook Page, where you will find the little red LIVE button.

The Daves say:
Tune into our Residency Gig at Rira at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay!! Join us and our audience for a live performance and a few Requests!!

Last year, the two Daves from Dublin had the crazy idea to attempt a new World Record: 60 shows. 50 states. 40 days. What could go wrong? Find out what happened along the road as their beloved Irish band, The Black Donnellys set out to break this ambitious world record when Vision Films and Frequency Pictures present An Irish Story: This Is My Home.

The film was released, on March 17th, Saint Patrick’s Day, 2020 and is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo. Here is a link to the WATCH IT NOW!

For more, check Dave Browne’s Facebook Profile.

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UICC

Maire Clerkin

Storytime!

The UICC Cultural Program presents ‘Storytime: Once Upon a Time in Ireland’ with Maire Clerkin for another Saturday for one hour, 10 AM – 11 AM. On Saturday, April 17th, at 10:00 AM, Maire Clerkin will tell the story of Tír na nóg.

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting – we have limited capacity so register your child NOW – you will receive an email after registration with Zoom instructions:

Free registration required and available HERE

United Irish Cultural Center

LIVE MUSIC! Dan Dectis Sing-along
Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining
Now offering limited Indoor Dining
All Saturdays in April from 1-8 PM

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, April 17th
LIVE music from 3:30 PM
Join Dan Dectis for requests and sing-along.

Food Menu Weekend:
1. Grilled Hamburger $8
2. Grilled Cheeseburger $9
3. Special: Shepherd’s Pie $11
4. Grilled Hot Dog on Bun $7
5. Irish Sausage on Roll/Grilled Onions $8
6. Ron’s Grilled Cheese $6
7. Chicken Wings with choice of sauce $7
8. Special: Corned Beef Slider $10
Soft Drinks:
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Root Beer
Hot Chocolate | Lucozade
Bottled water, sparkling water
Wine:
Chardonnay, Cabernet, Rose
S. Blanc, Prosecco or Champagne

Beer:
Draft Guinness and 805
Bud, Bud Light
Coors, Coors Light
Sierra Nevada Hazy
Lagunitas IPA
Corona and Modelo
Heineken
Magner’s Cider
White Claw
Cocktails:
Margaritas, Mai-Tai, Hot Toddy,
Irish Coffee, Bailey’s Coffee
Club Orange, Club Lemon
Club Rock Shandy

Safety:

Wear mask unless eating or drinking
Maximum six per table
Respect social distance rules

Despite the pandemic, the United Irish Cultural Center has successfully operated a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, in the Sunset District of San Francisco. Thanks to our hard working small staff and dozens of volunteers, the UICC Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining has operated a bustling outdoor dining space under a 1,800 square foot open-sided canopy since January 2021.

And now, thanks to the just announced reductions in related restrictions, the UICC is also offering limited indoor dining in their spacious Saint Patrick’s Room!

All this month, we will show NCAA basketball on our four outdoor TV’s when open. At $13/month, UICC membership costs less than a Netflix subscription, and is an whole lot more fun!. Sign up today at the UICC website.

Facebook Event
UICC website
UICC Facebook Page
‘Irish Shoppe’ Facebook Event

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SF Virtual Chantey Sing Series

Saturday, April 17th, Noon to 2:15 PM PDT

Online via Zoom from SF Maritime Association

A folk music ‘landmark’ on the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, this 39-year San Francisco singing tradition continues in the virtual realm, hosting singers from across the Bay Area – and the country – and now all around planet Earth!

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. The next one is on Saturday, April 17th, Noon to 2:15 PM Pacific time, USA, around 8pm in London and 9pm in Paris.

Lead singers will receive a separate link in another email. Since the sings have gone virtual, they have gone international. We have singers from across the country, the UK, and the Czech Republic lined up to lead us in song. All but the lead singer will be muted. Enjoy singing along on the choruses to chanteys from home.
Link for signing up to lead a song: https://maritime.org/sea-chantey-sign-up/ Please use this link ONLY if you are signing up to lead a song. You will be sent a link a few days prior to log on.

For general information,. and for non-song leaders to log in on the day and time: https://givebutter.com/ChanteySing

Visit https://maritime.org/events-home/chantey-sing for details, including links to a signup sheet, info for lead singers, and some suggested virtual backgrounds. You should have a good internet connection and be ready to have fun!

Fair winds,
– Peter Kasin

• Sign up to Lead a Song Here: https://maritime.org/sea-chantey-sign-up/

• Virtual Backgrounds required for lead singers available here: https://maritime.org/chantey-virtual-backgrounds/

• Song Leader On-boarding Instruction Here: Chantey Sing Song Leader Guide

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

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

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Sin Silver

Sin Silver

Sin Silver

Saturday, April 10th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM PDT

Online via YouTube and Facebook LIVE, from Concord, CA

Sin Silver is an Irish singer songwriter based in the Bay Area in California. To watch the show, go to Sin Silver’s YouTube channel or Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Sin live-streams from ‘Murray’s Pub’ (her recreation/piano room) every week and this week’s theme is Songs with ‘You’ in the title. Find Sin’s Live Performance by checking Sin’s YouTube channel or Sin’s Facebook Profile, or go to www.livestream.com/watch and search for Sin Silver.

During the live stream, just drop your requests in the comments.

Virtual Tip Jar:
PayPal https://www.paypal.me/sinsilversin
Venmo @Sin-Silver

With a unique style, her ‘Irish piano’ and angelic voice are delighting audiences. A featured artist at Northern California’s Graton Casino Resort, she brings a unique flavor to her craft. Whether she is playing her expertly crafted originals, covers with her own twist or celtic music, Sin Silver is someone that deserves to be heard live.

Check out her website here:  www.sinsilverandtheavenue.com or email her at sinsilverandtheavenue@gmail.com.

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Cathy Jordan, Niamh Parsons, Clare Horgan, and Geneviève Galarneau

(clockwise) Clare Horgan, Niamh Parsons
Cathy Jordan, and Geneviève Galarneau

Whelan Master Session #22: A World of Song
with Cathy Jordan, Niamh Parsons, Clare Horgan, and Geneviève Galarneau

Saturday, April 17th, 2:00 PM

Online via Zoom

Since March 2020, John has stepped up his online activities, and his latest project is Master Sessions with John Whelan. This edition of Whelan Master Sessions features an all singing program.

John says:
Saturday, something very special is happening that I am very excited about. Four of my friends are coming together for the very first Whelan Master Singing Session. Niamh Parsons and Catherine Jordan I have known most of my life and Clare Horgan and Geneviève Galarneau are relative newcomers to my life but equally as important in both friendship and contribution to the joy they give me when they sing.

This was an easy decision for me to make but a fearful one as I am not really a part of the vast signing community so I ask that those of you who love singing in the Irish Tradition English and Irish please help spread the word. You will have a front row seat like never before and get to hear the stories behind the songs but also get to know these artists in a warm friendly and very comfortable setting.

I trust that you will all do the right thing and join us Saturday 2 PM Pacific, 5 PM Eastern and 10 PM Ireland/UK time. go to www.johnwhelanmusic.com/master-sessions for details on how to get your zoom link.

A native of Scramogue in Co. Roscommon, Cathy Jordan’s love for traditional singing was instilled at an early age, and she began singing publicly at all kind of Feiseanna and concerts as a child. In later years she took to performing a wide range of material as a solo performer throughout the midlands. In the summer of 1990, Cathy was asked to join the band Dervish. For more than 30 years now she has toured the world as the band’s charismatic and unforgettable front woman, lead singer, and bodhran player.

From a bilingual childhood steeped in the Irish language, song and dance of her native Uíbh Ráthach in Ciarraí, the first music that Clare Horgan heard was traditional and the first songs were sean-nós. As a small child Clare performed alongside much older masters, the local songs naturally seeping into her bones. She reached National level at Fleadh Cheoil at the age of 11. Her adulthood saw her explore more modern musical genres when she took a post-graduate diploma in Jazz in Leeds, West Yorkshire, leading her to live and perform in Belfast, London, Paris and Beirut. But it was always the songs and stories of her childhood to which she returned.

Often described as one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music, Niamh Parsons has collected her repertoire of songs from a wide variety of sources, both traditional and modern. As a member of the traditional Irish band Arcady (led by De Dannan’s Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh), Niamh sang on their Shanachie/Dara recording Many Happy Returns. She has appeared at nearly every prestigious folk festival on either side of the Atlantic, and regularly performs as a duet with guitarist Graham Dunne, collaborating to bring out the purest essence of the songs.

A resident of the Pacific Northwest, Genevieve Galarneau holds a master’s degree in folklore and ethnomusicology, with a particular focus on Ulster songs and Donegal regional singing. She has visited the Gaeltacht of Gleann Cholm Cille as part of an Ulster-Irish intensive course, works as volunteer staff at the well-regarded Sean-Nós Northwest festival in Washington state, and has learned from stalwarts of the sean-nós tradition including Dr. Lillis Ó Laoire, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Gearoidín Breathnach, Celia Ní Fhártharta, Brian Ó Domhnaill, Máirín Uí Chéide, Thomas McCarthy, and Saileog Ní Cheannabháin.

#irishsinger #singinging #singingsession

On Wednesdays, John also 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: http://johnwhelanmusic.com/slow-session. John sends out a tune list and Zoom link for them on Wednesday mornings. Email John at whelanbx1@me.com to get on the list or for more details.

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.

Get more details on John’s website: http://johnwhelanmusic.com

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Will Woodson

Will Woodson

Piper Sundays

Sundays at 11:00 AM
Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club

Online via Zoom
Join the Zoom Event:

Event Website: http://socalpipers.com/piper_sunday.html

Host Patrick D’Arcy says:
‘It’s every Sunday from 11:00 AM (PDT) for about 90 minutes. I try to get high profile Uilleann piper guests from Ireland and elsewhere. It’s not so much a concert as it is a talk show with the guest playing a handful of tunes throughout. Drop by this Sunday to check it out. Our guest will be Patrick Hutchinson, joining us from Portland, Maine, USA.

  • April 18th, Will Woodson — Details
  • April 25th, Donnchadh Gough — Details
  • May 2nd, Chris McMullan — Details
  • May 9th, Tom Klein — Details
  • June 13th, Eoin O Riabhaigh — Details

From 1:30 PM on this will become our monthly So Cal Pipers Club social call

Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events: https://www.facebook.com/SCUPC

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Jig Monkey's Duo

Jig Monkey’s Duo

Jig Monkeys (James Wilson & Bob Waller)

Saturday, April 17th 2:00-5:00 PM

Husick’s Taphouse, 36510 Riverview Dr, Clarksburg, CA

James Wilson says:
Well, it looks as though Bob Waller and I (James Wilson) will be venturing out to Clarksburg to play some music on April 3rd (and April 17th) from 2:00-5:00 pm at Husick’s Taphouse.

Thanks to Mathew Hagan and Lisa Tucker for the venue referral. Come out and join us for songs, tunes, beer, and bbq.

For those who don’t remember, I even made a ‘gig flyer’ as used to be used by musicians to advertise live music performances, but this AmeriCeltic thing wants to do this their own way.

Husick’s Taphouse is located just past the Old Sugar Mill, as a beer and bbq oasis in a sea of great wine. Initially opened in 2013 replacing the previous country store, like other such businesses, Husick’s was closed down by the pandemic restrictions.

Josh Says:
We are incredibly moved by the support of our loyal customers and the Clarksburg community, your support and continued patronage has lifted our spirits and hearts. We are doing the absolute best to continue to serve you in the safest and most expeditious manner possible. In order to comply with CDC and local health ordinances we have taken all the steps required.

GOOD NEWS!! You can now eat at Husick’s again! We have expanded our patio to allow for outdoor dining! Remember, per Yolo County Health Code you are REQUIRED to wear a mask when entering our building.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! – Josh Kress & The Husicks Taphouse Family

Check out Husick’s Website.

Breaking

Sunday, April 18th at 3:00 PM PDT — 6:00 PM PDT the newly formed Decent People will perform at the new Goodfuls eatery. Check out this new venue at: https://eatgoodful.com

Tickets are $4.98 at https://www.facebook.com/events/261057438899089

Decent People:
Ben Mentze, Lead Vocals
Trevor Miller, Whistles/Horns/Keys
Art Cummings, guitar and percussion

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Michael Dillon Teaches

Michal Dillon Teaches Irish Dances

Two Hands of Ireland

Beginning Wednesday, April 21st, 7:30 PM

Christ Church Lutheran ELCA, 1090 Quintara St, San Francisco, CA

Dance Teacher Michael Dillon is offering the Two Hands of Ireland, a six week dance course for limited number of couples, with fixed partnerships, all for only $75.

Michael says:
At the Michael Dillon School of Irish dancing, we take pride in offering one of the most forward-thinking and comprehensive Irish dance programs in America. We have been at the forefront of online classes and welcome students from around the globe.

While we can’t do Ceili, but for this Two Hands of Ireland there is no reason we can’t revisit the almost lost and now rarely danced two hand dances. (No individuals please.) We will be COVID safe and follow county public health guidelines.

I will be teaching these two hand Irish dances:

• Stack of Barley
• Shoe the Donkey
• Peeler and the Goat
• 2 hand reel
• The Fling
• Pride of Erin Waltz
and other favorites.

Places are severely limited so please email or call as soon as possible if you and a partner are interested.

Contact Michael Dillon at (415) 205-8090 or email jigginmick@me.com. Check his website at https://bayareairishdance.com

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Wind Generator

Wind Generator

Gavin Tweedie & James Napier on Earth Day
Scotland’s Approach to Climate Change

Thursday, April 22nd, 12:00 PM
Register Here!

Online via Zoom

The threat of climate change affects the globe. Scotland is working hard to protect its country, and the planet and people to ensure a greener, more sustainable future for everyone. On this Earth Day, the Saint Andrew’s Society of San Francisco is proud to present leading Scottish experts working to solve this challenge!

Gavin Tweedie, the Chairman of the Scottish NetZero Community will share the plan for Scotland, and how the country has taken substantial measures to lead the global charge. Indeed, Scotland will be hosting the UN Climate Change Conference COP26, bringing together world leaders to create action for the global environmental crisis.

James Napier, the founder of CBN Network will also speak about what it means to be net-zero and carbon free.

Many people in Scotland are already focused on climate change, from engineers working on offshore wind farms, to local efforts that highlight education and help the next generation understand how they too can help.

Gavin will provide an overview to some of the most important initiatives and share how you can also be involved.

Register Here!

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Michael Eskin

Michael Eskin

Irish Whistle
Master Class / Workshop / Geekfest
with Michael Eskin

Thursdays, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM PST

Live via Zoom

Free workshop best suited for intermediate level tin whistle players with some experience on the instrument.

The next workshop will be a open one. It would be ideal if you already can play some tunes on the instrument and have at least some basic understanding of ornamentation on the whistle. This is not a new beginner’s class, but certainly newer players may benefit from the workshop.

Here’s the Zoom meeting link:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6193681854?pwd=eXd3L2ZEeWNnMDBZYVI0RkJ2c3Vudz09

or if you prefer:
Meeting ID: 6193681854
Password: session

Bookmark my Website here: http://michaeleskin.com/whistle

Check the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/216422536688999

This workshop is free, but if you find the event useful, I would very much appreciate it if you would consider donating a few dollars to my PayPal tip jar:
https://paypal.me/MichaelEskin
Venmo: @MichaelEskin

Michael Eskin
http://michaeleskin.com
Michael’s Facebook Profile

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CMS Spring 20210424

Community Music School of Santa Cruz
Spring Session

Saturday, April 24th, 9:00 AM PDT

Online via Zoom

Community Music School of Santa Cruz is once again hosting a weekend of online Celtic music workshops as part of our Redwood Online Music Camp series. ‘Spring Session’ will take place April 24th and 25th, and includes classes for fiddle, guitar, whistle, harp, Irish tenor banjo, bodhran, and voice. Joining regular faculty Jesse Autumn, David Brewer, Adam Hendey, Rebecca Lomnicky, and John Weed will be Janet Herman (Irish tenor banjo, mandolin) and vocalist Eilis Kennedy from Ireland (voice).

Classes are $10 each, or $75 for an all-weekend pass. Details and registration are all online at https://www.communitymusicschool.org/events/2021springsession

More on the Facebook Event.

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
The Golden Age of Scottish Fiddle Music

Saturday, April 24th, 12:00 PM PDT

Online via Mandolin.com

Tickets:
boxoffice.mandolin.com/products/alasdair-fraser-natalie-haas-the-golden-age-4-24

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas say:
This will be the fifth in a series of seven retrospective concerts, each dedicated to revisiting and updating part of their 20 years of recording and performing together. This concert celebrates their early recording, ‘Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Volume 2.’ Tunes from the Golden Age of the Scottish Fiddle.

More on the
Facebook Event.

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April Verch

April Verch

April Verch
Fiddle Workshop

Sunday, April 25th, 3:00 PM PDT

Online via Zoom

Sign Up via Eventbrite

There are many regional styles of fiddling in Canada including Ottawa Valley, Western Canadian, Métis, Maritime, Cape Breton and French Canadian. April Verch will be choosing 2 tunes to teach, that represent 2 of these regions. Instruction will be ‘by ear’ where April will break the tunes down slowly into small, repeatable sections.

April will show how to take the tunes and build them from the basic melody into your own version of the tunes by implementing left hand ornamentation and bowing techniques. These “tools” will be useful for you to apply to other tunes you play as well. She is mindful of keeping with the roots of this tradition – getting together to make music and have a great time in a relaxed, social environment!

For over two decades, fiddler, singer, songwriter and step dancer April Verch has been recording and captivating listeners worldwide. The Ottawa Valley native has garnered praise from music’s heavy hitters including NPR, Rolling Stone, No Depression and more, for her fresh and feisty approach to deep North Americana. Verch’s signature sound blends together regional Canadian, American old-time, classic country and more, resulting in a well-rounded tour-de-force of traditional sounds.

On stage is where her diverse repertoire comes to life, with a presence that is versatile, robust, and masterfully executed. Her delicate voice, energetic footwork and stunning playing have brought her to stages across the globe, wowing audiences with her jaw-dropping performance. With 13 albums and over two decades of touring under her belt, she is a seasoned veteran.

Verch won’t be the one to tell you about her championship titles, nominations, and awards, or the fact that she 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’. Instead, in speaking with her, you’ll hear about how passionate she is about sharing her music; in small gatherings in remote communities in Iqaluit, to large prestigious concert halls like Mozartsal in Vienna.

Verch’s ability to preserve the authentic folk traditions of the past and reintroduce them into the musical landscape of the present is a testament to her masterful musicianship and widespread appeal.

On July 24, 2020 April Verch released a new album, Top of the Hill, made for children & for the young at heart! April has also released a video, I Want to Help (an April Verch original) of one of ten tracks from Top of the Hill

More details and downloads on April’s website: https://aprilverch.com

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David Brewer Tune Writing

Celtic Tune Writing
with David Brewer

Three part Master Class over Zoom
Tuesdays, May 4th, 11th, & 18th 7:00 PM PDT

Online via Zoom

Building on the recent popular class taught at Redwood Music Camp Online, David Brewer is offering a three part master class over Zoom for people interested in developing their knowledge and craft of Celtic-style melody composition.

During these upbeat sessions, David will guide you through every form of Celtic melody, from jigs and reels to hornpipes and pipe marches, dissecting traditional tunes to highlight what makes them tick. With over two decades of experience and hundreds of original tunes to his name, David offers a deep dive into his compositional thought process, as well as tips and tricks for crafting your own melodies.  

Open to musicians and non-musicians of all levels.

To register or for more info, email David at davidbrewerbooking@gmail.com

$75 per person includes all three sessions, 1.5 hours long each: Tuesday May 4, 11, 18 @ 7:00 PM PDT

David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and composer, from the band The Fire.

www.davidbrewermusic.com

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Celtic Celebration 2021

The Celtic Heritage Celebration

Saturday, June 19th — Sunday, June 20th,

Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gunclub Rd, Angels Camp, CA

Attractions

Bands
 Tempest
 Wicked Tinkers
 Young Dubliners
 The Fire
 Golden Bough
 Black Irish Band
 Emerald Society
 Bagpipe Band

Jousting
 Imperial Knights
Performers
 The Incredible
 Kevin Axtell
Living History
Guild & Societies
Celtic Marketplace
Cultural Dining

(subject to change)

The 35th Annual Celtic Heritage Celebration returns with the Largest and Biggest Celtic Event on the West Coast! Celebrating the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Isle of Mann, Galacia and Asturias

We are welcoming back the Imperial Knights Tournament of Champions!

Imperial Knights Production Company produces an exciting medieval tournament with spectacular stunts on horseback, jousting and top-of-the-line, hand-to-hand combat with a variety of medieval weapons, cheer on your favorite knight!

We pride ourselves on our sword fighting and heavy armor jousting capabilities. With practice and hard work, we get better every day. Don’t miss any of the excitement when the Imperial Knights take the field!

Here is their promotional video: 2019 Celtic Faire Promo — Joust.

For complete details, show schedule and tickets, check http://celticheritagecelebration.com.

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Break Through your Ancestry Brick Walls!

A printable e-book
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker

Ancestry & DNA
Family History Research: Beyond the Basics

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

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

Celia 2016

Author Celia Fábos-Becker

My Book includes:

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

Download Ancestry & DNA – Beyond the Basics here:

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

“Buncrana” @ Sláinte Pub, Oakland Sundays

Sláinte is open outside Tuesday through Sunday, 12-8 PM

Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA

WE ARE OPEN !
LIVE MUSIC

Sundays, 4 PM to 7 PM

“Buncrana”

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:
Welcome back to Sláinte Oakland! We’re here Tuesday through Sunday, 12-8pm with over 75 whiskeys, the perfect pints and a delicious new menu. Come on by. Cead Mile Failte!!!

We are overwhelmed by the support you all gave us on St Patrick’s Day! After only being open for a few days before, it was super crazy and we apologize for the long wait times and thank you for your patience and advice. Hopefully we entertained you all while you were waiting. Here’s a photo of just one of the wonderful things you might have missed due to the insane crowd – our brand new Irish house band Buncrana! – and they will be back this Sunday, 4 PM to 7 PM!

Thanks again-and if you missed out on St Patrick’s Day, we’re back in the kitchen today for delicious Irish food, rain or shine because of our new table coverings!

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 https://slainteoakland.com.

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Starry Session

Starry Session Online

First Sunday of each month, from 8:00 to 10:00 PM

Online via YouTube for The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

The pandemic shut down the well loved Starry Plough in Berkeley a year ago, halting the Sunday night Irish session and Monday night Irish dancing that had been hosted there for decades.

A small group of Plough regulars are convening electronically, and have begun a monthly open session online, on the first Sunday of the month, running for two hours and starting at 8:00 PM. It kicked off on Easter Sunday, as that holiday has always been a time for new beginnings–particularly in Ireland.

The online Starry Session is live-streamed on YouTube allowing other people listen, play, sing or dance along. It works like this: individuals among a pre-selected group of musicians will be called upon to lead a dance tune or song in rotation. Everyone else is on mute; they can follow the music at home with their own instruments or voices or whatever. It’s not as magical as being able to hear each other, but it can still be surprisingly therapeutic.

You can tune in on THIS YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMR8XRkX_HX9NdL7bRKCp-g

Other ringleaders of this effort are Don Clark, Sean Wahl, Michele Delattre and Shay Black, so you might see communications from any of them as this process goes forward.

www.thestarryplough.com

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Playing for The Plough and Stars

A Musical Benefit for a San Francisco Landmark Pub

The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco, CA

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 current pandemic and related public health restrictions have put a stop to all that for over a year now. The resulting business losses threaten to put The Plough out of business permanently, but there has been a sustained community crowdfunding effort that gives hope to resist and keep this iconic Celtic business going, if the community can sustain this support long enough.

To that end, Uber-Irish Culture Maven Autumn Rhodes organized this online series of short vignettes, and back on February 12th of this year, local Irish mandolinist Marla Fibish kicked the project off with this post on the Plough and Stars Facebook Page:

I’m proud to kick off our effort to save the Plough and Stars in San Francisco! For 45 years, The Plough and Stars has been the heart of live Irish and Americana music in the San Francisco area. COVID-19 and its subsequent aftermath are threatening the Plough’s existence. Let’s play tunes for the Plough so we can have a home for music for the next 45 years. Show your support here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/sfplough

Join in the fun by recording yourself playing a tune or singing a song and tagging @ThePloughandStars and #playingfortheplough. Share the GoFundMe link and nominate friends to participate!

Marla Fibish

One year on, the Plough was still closed on Saint Patrick’s Day, but proprietor Sean Heaney and his team got a boost with this detailed article by Dianne de Guzman in the San Francisco newsletter, ‘SF Gate’

So now you, our reader, can help support this cherished Celtic cultural institution, while enjoying the dozens of resulting videos by clicking on the links to the right, and then on this one, https://www.gofundme.com/f/sfplough, and making a contribution!

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Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Available for Performances or Lessons

darcynoonanviolin@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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AmeriCeltic Products

AmeriCeltic Logo Items

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

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

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

Click for more information about the AmeriCeltic Logo design

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

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Lark In The Morning SF Store

New Store in San Francisco

Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco

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

Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA
and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street, Inner Richmond of San Francisco

OPEN for your ONLINE BUSINESS!

Eric says:
“Our Berkeley location, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, is open for online lessons and instrument sales and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, CA, is open and actively seeking new online students. Lark Berkeley is offering free lessons with the purchase of a ukulele or guitar!”

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi

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

Shop online at https://larkinthemorning.com, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/LarkInAM.

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DukeofEdinburgh
Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

Breaking News at The Duke

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM every day of the year

Publican Stan Gamble and his partners have an update! Many of you have heard the rumors about the The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant.

When this pandemic is over, ‘The Duke’! will be moving to new quarters just across the parking lot from our current location!
For details, Watch the official Video!

The Duke is, and will remain, THE only Authentic, (and we do mean AUTHENTIC!), British Pub in the Bay Area, located across the street from Apple Headquarters on Wolfe Road in Cupertino.

The atmosphere at the ‘The Duke‘, is the same as you would find in any pub in the British Isles, full of friendly patrons who come in to socialize, play darts, have a pint or two, and eat a meal. If you are looking for a comfortable elegance, pints of beer and authentic food, in an authentic English Pub, there is no a better choice in the Bay Area. The Duke offers a large number of beers on draft and by the bottle. Almost anything English, Scottish or Irish is available. Murphy’s Irish Stout brewed in Cork, Ireland and Scotch Eggs is always a good choice.

The servers are excellent and very knowledgeable about the beer and food menu. The menu is expansive and worth exploring. The dark pubsy feel with old regulars in their respective, but not crowded corners around lunch hour in Cupertino, is a great boon.

You can’t find more ‘authentic’ atmosphere, because the entire building was built in jolly old England, then disassembled, shipped and reassembled on site in Cupertino. With the red velvet seating and wall paper and ornate, dim lighting, you are transported to London as soon as you enter the etched glass door.

More info. on The Duke Facebook Page, website www.theduke.com or call 408-446-3853.

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Chieftain

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco

CLOSED DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with Irish pub grub & beers on tap plus sports on the satellite TV.

This local Irish Pub brings the culture of Ireland to San Francisco, offering a full bar, Happy Hour specials, and a full Irish restaurant menu, including favorites like fish and chips which goes with any style of sport, music or fun.

‘I am in the city every 2-3 months and The Chieftain is an absolutely integral part of every trip. Mark runs an amazing, authentic Irish pub. Major plus, the only place I know of in northern California to get Kilkenny!!’

‘Walked in, Saturday night about 7pm and there was a table right inside the door. We had a shepherds pie and an Irish stew. The shepherds pie was actually made with lamb! The live music was great entertainment too!’

For a video of some the Chieftain’s food menu, Click Here.

The Chieftain hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Click Here for the current schedule! The live Irish traditional music and song session every Sunday evening is always great Craic! Here is a sample Irish Session from 2009: Live Irish Session at the Chieftain.

For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-625-0436, or email Mark Nagle at mark@thechieftain.com or check www.thechieftain.com.

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Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay

The venerable Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay has a 32 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.

ALL EVENTS CANCELLED DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Click here for full details of All Celtic Society of Monterey Bay Concerts on the CSoMB website! (Click on ‘Video’ button for videos.)

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ICBA

Irish Culture Bay Area

Catherine Barry maintains a separate Irish Culture Bay Area website, with a calendar focused on Bay Area Irish events, supported by the Consulate of Ireland in San Francisco.


ALL EVENTS CANCELLED DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Click here for details of these events and more on the Irish Culture Bay Area website!

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Calendar

Click to display the combined AmeriCeltic Calendar, covering the Northern California Coast and Bay Area, and the Celtic Events Calendar, from Chuck Jamison, covering the Central Valley.
To submit an event for listing in our Calendars, email your Celtic event info., including Who, What, Where, Why & Description to us.
Coastal Celtic events – Email AmeriCeltic. Central Valley events – Email Chuck Jamison.
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AmeriCeltic Mission

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