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Updates, Features, & Events

• Some Reservation Deadlines for the annual Robert Burns Suppers have passed, and a few are still available – Get your tickets NOW! (See Below)


• From now to February 17th, (except Mondays) the Berkeley Rep is presenting the World Premiere of a New Musical, Paradise Square, about the Celtic and Black culture of 19th century Five Points, at the Roda Theater in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, January 11th, at 6:30 PM, its the 13th Annual Santa Cruz Harp Festival at the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz. (See Below)
TODAY Friday, January 11th at 7:00 PM, Michael Mullen, streams a LIVE Trio of One show on Community TV of Santa Cruz! (See Below).
• Beginning on Friday, January 11th, 7:30 PM, The Fire Scottish Band will bring their Heat and their recent album, Radiance to 11 West Coast cities, beginning in Willits, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 12th at 6:00 PM, Harlow’s brings you the 8th Annual Irishpalooza in Sacramento, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday January 12th, at 7:00 PM Caliban (Lief Sorbye and Kathy Buys of Tempest) returns to Mission Coffee Roasting Company in Fremont, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 12th, at 8:00 PM, the The New World String Project, will give a concert at the Pistol River Friendship Hall in Pistol River, OR. (See Below)
• Beginning in mid-January, the annual rounds of Robert Burns Suppers begin, as Scots all around Northern California and the world gather to honor Burns the Poet as well as all things Scottish. (See Below)
• On Thursday, January 17th, international Celtic Super-Group Runa begins a 2 day lightning tour of Northern California with a 8:00 PM show at The Freight in Berkeley. (See Below)
Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter will perform in Redding, CA on Saturday, January 19th, 7:30 PM, and in the coming weeks, continuing Woodside, Berkeley, and Pomona, CA. (See Below)
• Beginning Saturday, January 19th at 7:30 PM, at Lindsay Community Theater in Lindsay, CA, Celtic Rock band Tempest begins it’s annual West Coast Tour with a new line up and a dozen shows in ten Northern California cities. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 8 PM Kyle Alden and his Tree House Concerts host Rebecca Richman’s CD Launch House Concert in San Anselmo, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 26th, from 10 AM – 7 PM, award winning Scottish fiddler and educator, Colyn Fischer leads a Scottish Fiddle Workshop in Cupertino, CA. (See Below)
• Sunday January 27th through Sunday February 3rd, Jim Malcolm will Tour Northern California. (See Below)
• On Sunday, January 28th, at 5:00 PM, the Irish Literary and Historical Society presents Emer Martin speaking on her novel, The Cruelty Men, at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, January 29th, at 7:30 PM, Kyle Carey & Ella Jenkins bring Gaelic Americana and Blues/Pop Harp to the Lost Church in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, January 31, at 7 PM there will be a Traditional Irish Dance, a Céili ((kay-lee), with music by The Crooked Road, in Ben Lomond, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 8th, at 7:00 PM, Cahersiveen, the Irish Traditional band from Sacramento, alternately rock and charm at Father Paddy’s Irish Public House in Woodland. (See Below)
• From Saturday, February 9th to Saturday, February 16th Guinness World Record holder and fantastic fiddler Frankie Gavin will tour seven cities throughout Northern California. (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 9th, at 6:00 PM our good friend Jeremy Friedenthal is hosting a Debra Cowan House Concert for Shasta/Butte County Fire Relief at his home in the Emerald Hills of Redwood City, CA. (See Below)
• Saturday, February 9th, at 8:00 PM, Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band Wake the Dead, performs at another new venue, The OsherJCC Marin, Kanbar Center For The Performing Arts in San Rafael, CA. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, February 27th, at 7:30 PM, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy cut loose their fantastic fiddles, direct from Cape Breton, at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, CA. (See Below)
• Tuesday, April 7th, 2019 at 7:00 PM, Väsen, plays at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, and Sunday, February 25, at Freight & Salvage, in Berkeley CA. (See Below)

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Paradise Square

World premiere of Paradise Square
a New Musical

NOW through February 17th, 2019

Berkeley Rep – Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St, Berkeley, CA

Book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan
Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Based on the songs of Stephen Foster
Conceived by Larry Kirwan
Arrangements by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan
Musical Supervision and Orchestrations by Jason Howland
Choreography by Bill T. Jones
Directed by Moisés Kaufman
Main Season | Roda Theatre
December 27, 2018–February 17, 2019
World premiere

Get Tickets Online

It’s 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots as whites are called to enlist while blacks are barred from serving. Will the hard-won bonds of friendship, community, and family in the Five Points prevail or be severed forever?

Calling upon a variety of musical and dance traditions including Irish step-dancing and African traditional forms (Juba dancing), as well as new ones created from their fusion (tap dance), Paradise Square subverts and reframes some of the most popular music of the 19th century while honoring and celebrating this unique neighborhood’s diverse inhabitants, whose passionate, moving, and heartbreaking experiences burn in our imaginations today.

Paradise Square is produced by special arrangement with Garth H. Drabinsky in association with Peter LeDonne and Teatro Proscenium Limited Partnership.

Box Office Phone: (510) 647-2949



14th Annual Santa Cruz Harp Festival

Friday, January 11th, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz

Community Music School and the Museum of Art and History present the Santa Cruz Harp Festival in it’s 13th concert event, exploring modern and historic music from all over the world on harps of all kinds. Soloists include: Harp Festival director Jesse Autumn, returning from New Orleans to play double harp and vocals; Santa Cruz County’s 2017 Artist of the Year Shelley Phillips, on Celtic harp and woodwinds; premier classical harpist of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay, Jennifer Cass; and Community Music School alumni harpist/singer-songwriter Heather Monahan, celebrating the release of her first EP of original songs, “The High School Demo Tape”. Also performing: the all-ages Community Music School Harp Orchestra, playing traditional and new music from England, Ireland, Zimbabwe and New Orleans.

Admission is free – Donations for the performers greatly appreciated. Community Music School is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.

• 5pm Make Harp Art!
• 6pm Harp “petting zoo” – try a harp!
• 6:30pm Concert begins!

Across the ages, the harp has been both universal and unique in human musical experience, holding a sort of mystical place in our consciousness and enchanting us with a pure, transcendent sound. It is arguably the most ancient stringed instrument, found all over the world in many cultures; the origin of the harp goes all the way back to Mesopotamia, with the earliest harps found in Sumer around 3500 BCE. In modern times, it has changed and developed in all sorts of ingenious ways, leading to the pedal or concert harp (the giant harps typically seen in orchestras or jazz ensembles) and the electric harp (special effects-ready, in all sorts of crazy shapes and colors!). The harp is also the national instrument of Ireland, Paraguay, and Burma.

Free admissions, and donations gratefully accepted to benefit youth music programs at the Community Music School, a non-profit educational organization. Elder and kid friendly.



Michael Mullen’s Trio of One

Michael Mullen’s Trio Of One
Free Streaming Concert

Hard Driving Live Looped Celtic Acoustic Rock
Friday, January 11th at 7:00 PM | Channel 27

Community Television of Santa Cruz County, 325 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062

THIS FRIDAY Michael Mullen’s Trio Of One will return to Richard Dussell‘s show, “Look Mom, I’m on TV”, a public access tv show, at 7pm. If you are local to the Santa Cruz area, you can watch it on Comcast Channel 27, and Charter channel 73. Or you can watch it streaming online at the following URL:

Says Michael:
“If you haven’t seen me perform my live looping act, The Trio Of One—perhaps you live too far away to make it to any of my shows—this might be your best chance to see what I do.”

Click Here for Michael Mullen’s videos.

Never pre-recorded, always immediate and created fresh, the masterful Michael Mullen makes live looping an art form. Experiencing this solo musician building his TriaSoli ‘ensemble’ group gives the audience a unique and powerful connection with old chamber favorites – You may have heard them a thousand times, but never like this. Then, in Trio of One, the Mullen brings to life the music of his Celtic roots, creating a full band while you watch and listen. In the end, you’ll understand why his old Tempest bandmates dubbed him The Mad Fiddler.

More info:
Michael Mullen:
Facebook Event:
Community TV of Santa Cruz:



The Fire Scottish Band

2019 West Coast Tour!

1/11 Willits, CA | 1/12 Fortuna, CA | 1/15 Monroe, OR | 1/19 Carson City, NV | 1/25 Lake Stevens, WA
1/26 Gig Harbor, WA | 1/27 Sequim, WA | 2/1 Altadena, CA | 2/2 San Pedro, CA | 2/9 Pacifica, CA | 2/10 Pacific Grove, CA

The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Traditional Scottish music trio, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky on fiddle, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge on whistle, bagpipes and bodhran, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki.

On August 14th, 2018, The Fire released their new 14 track album, Radiance. The collection of tunes on Radiance draws from a variety of Scottish fiddle manuscripts, bagpipe music collections, and the pen of all three band members. Over the last year The Fire has compiled, arranged, and recorded dozens of tunes which range from a scotch-measure published in the first collection of Scottish fiddle tunes in 1700, to a bagpipe anthem, to a medley of contemporary original tunes.

Here is a short MP3 audio clip from the new Radiance album, The Meadow Court Lasses
For videos of The Fire, Click Here!

“A masterful blend of subtle fiddling and hard-driving piping” – Kithfolk Roots Music Magazine

“What a fantastic performance these performers give. Rebecca sparkles on the fiddle while David plays several types of bagpipe, flute, whistle and guitar and does it all with unreal energy and verve.” – Jack Baker, Irish American News

The Fire Tour Dates
• January 11th, Willits, CA, 7:30 PM, Willits Community Theatre, Guest Artist Performance Series
• January 12th, Fortuna, CA, 7:30 PM, Fortuna Monday Club, Fortuna Concert Series
• January 15th, Monroe, OR, 7:00 PM, CedarHouse Concerts (Halfway between Corvallis & Eugene), Optional Potluck at 6 PM, Suggested donation $20, Reservations required, contact, or call 415 272-1466
• January 19th, Carson City, NV, 7:00 PM, The Brewery Arts Center (BAC) Black Box Theater
• January 25th, Lake Stevens, WA, 7:00 PM, Norris Hangar, Frontier Airpark: 11820 127th Ave NE, Children are welcome, sorry no pets. RSVP:, not required!
• January 26th, Gig Harbor, WA, 7:00 PM, Harbor House Concerts, Optional potluck at 5:30 PM, 7:00pm acoustic public house concert., Reservations & more info:
• January 27th, Sequim, WA, 7:00 PM, Thistle House Concerts, Optional potluck at 5:30 PM, 7:00pm acoustic public house concert., Reservations & more info:
• February 1st, Altadena, CA, 8:00 PM, 2029 Lake Ave., The Coffee Gallery Backstage
• February 2nd, San Pedro, CA, 8:00 PM, with guest vocalist, Christa Burch, Grand Vision Foundation, The Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th Street, Doors open at 7:30 PM
• February 9th, Pacifica, CA, 7:30 PM, Pacifica Performances
• February 10th, Pacific Grove, CA, 3:00 PM, St. Mary’s Celtic Music Series, St. Mary’s By The Sea Episcopal Church, For more info, call (831) 224-3819, or email:

More details on The Fire check their website:



8th Annual Irishpalooza

Celtic Rock, Trad and Dance, 5:30 PM, Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, 2708 J St, Sacramento

Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub presents the 8th Annual Irishpalooza, featuring many great acts.

Whiskey and Stiches is a little bit of everything; traditional Irish folk, punk, and Americana encompasses their sound, The Pikeys blend different musical backgrounds and countless influences together into a stew of musical hooliganism. At any given Pikeys show you might hear traditional songs, a polka, a cover of a song from a metal band, or all three, One Eyed Reilly is a Celtic/Americana rock band from Sacramento that blends dynamic original songs with modern Celtic rock, Americana, and energetic, innovative versions of traditional Irish and Scottish classics, Stepping Stone will rock up the Irish tradition and toss in a touch of Americana for good measure, and the McKeever School of Irish Dance adds a percussive beat that will get you on your feet!

The cover charge is $15 advance and $15 at the door. All Ages. Music and Dance from 5:30 – 8:30 PM.

Get Tickets to the Irishpalooza Event, or check website for details or call (916) 441-4693. Harlow’s is on J Street between 27th and 28th.




Brask House Concerts presents Caliban

Lief Sorbye and Kathy Buys of Tempest
Saturday January 12th, 2018, 7:00 PM

Mission Coffee Roasting Company, 151 Washington Boulevard, Fremont

Brask House Concerts presents Caliban at Mission Coffee Roasting Co.. Tickets $15 at the door.

Lief and Kathy’s Duo, Caliban, presents a delightful, eclectic blend of music on fiddle and MandoGuitar, filling a set with spirited dance-tunes and spellbinding ballads. Their repertoire consists of Celtic and British material, as well as traditional and original songs from Sorbye’s native Norway. Featuring tight vocal harmonies and great instrumental skills, their show has a lively feel and a contagious sense of humor.

“…bursting with life and energy, hard hitting rhythms and intelligent instrumental work.” – Oakland Tribune

All Ages, For more info (510) 623-6920
Presented by Brask House Concerts

Check venue info. at: or call 510-623-6920.

More on Caliban at



Celtic Society of Monterey Bay

The venerable Celtic Society of Monterey Bay has a 26 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.


• Monday, January 14th 2019, 7:30PM, Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely, at a House Concert, Soquel

• Tuesday, January 29th 2018, 7:30PM, Jim Malcolm, at a House Concert, Soquel


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


The New World String Project

The New World String Project

98 Strings | Mostly True Stories

John Weed • Aryeh Frankfurter • Lisa Lynne • Stuart Mason

Saturday, January 12th, 8:00 PM
Pistol River Friendship Hall,
24252 Carpenterville Rd, Pistol River, OR
Admission $20.
For tickets call: 541-247-2848
Online at or at Gold Beach Books and Wright’s Custom Framing, Brookings
Presented by Pistol River Concert Association

The Bay Area has long served as a creative hothouse for adventurous-minded roots string players, and New World String Project is the latest gorgeous hybrid to emerge from this fertile soil.

This Celtic Supergroup brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.

Click Here for their videos.

Check out their concerts around the West Coast at, or email Lisa Lynne



Robert Burns

Robert Burns Suppers

Celebrating the National Poet Of Scotland

Robert Burns (January 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796) was a poet and a lyricist. Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is the best-known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a ‘light’ Scots dialect which would have been accessible to a wider audience than native Scottish speakers. Burns wrote many blunt political and civil commentaries about the Scottish condition. For more on Robert Burns, Click Here.

This is also the time of year when Scots everywhere organize formal gatherings to commemorate Robert Burns and all things Scottish at Burns Suppers, with plenty of Burns poetry, Highland Dancing, Pipers, readings of Burns ‘Address tae the Haggis’, Toasts to the Lads & Lassies, and Entertainment of all kinds Celtic.

Act Now! Find a Burns Suppers near you (list below) and claim a spot, but remember that they generally have a deadline for reservations weeks in advance, and they sell out quickly.

Burns Suppers in Northern California

• Saturday, January 12th, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PM, Sacramento, CA, Daughters of Scotia, Kilwinning Lodge #203 83rd Annual Robert Burns Celebration, Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5625 24th St, Doreen Dunn
• Saturday, January 12th, 2019, 6:00 PM, Jackson, CA Mother Lode Scots Burns Supper, Jackson Rancheria – Oak Ballroom, 12222 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson, CA,
• Saturday, January 19th, 2019, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Fair Oaks CA, St Andrew’s Society of Sacramento Annual Robert Burns Supper, North Ridge Country Club, 7500 Madison Ave.,
• Saturday, January 19th, 2019, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM Mountain View, CA, 25th Annual South Bay Scottish Society Burns Supper, Masonic Temple, 890 Church Street, Lori Daly or online at
• Friday January 25th, 2019, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Oakland, CA, Annual Robert Burns Supper, 2882 Telegraph Avenue,
• Saturday January 26th, 2019, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Nevada City, CA, Gold Country Celtic Society 28th Annual Robert Burns Dinner And Concert, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street,
• Saturday January 26th, 2019, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Dublin, CA, 25th Annual PBFSCO Burns Supper, Pleasanton Marriott, 11950 Dublin Canyon Road,
• Saturday January 26th, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Reno, NV, Nevada Society of Scottish Clans 38th Annual Robert Burns Supper, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E 2nd St,
• Saturday January 26th, 2019, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Escalon, CA, Escalon Scottish Cultural Association Burns Supper, Escalon Masonic Lodge, Escalon, CA 95320
• Saturday January 26th, 2018, Bakersfield, CA, Kern County Scottish Society – Burns Supper
• Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, 5:30 PM, Dixon, CA, Dixon Scottish Association Burns Supper, Masonic Lodge Hall, 1655 Da Vinci Court, or email Sandy Scott
• Friday, February 8th, 6:00 PM, San Francisco, CA, Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco Annual Robert Burns Supper, The City Club, 155 Sansome St., 10th floor,
• Saturday, February 16th, 2019, 6:00 PM, Dublin, CA Scottish American Military Society Post 1921 Annual Formal Dinner, Holiday Inn Dublin, 1680 Regional St., John Hassenplug




Runa Northern CA Tour

International Celtic Super-Group

1/17 Berkeley | 1/18 Fort Bragg

Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.

Since their formation in 2008, Runa has been enchanting audiences by pushing boundaries and quickly gained recognition as one of Celtic music’s new ‘super-groups‘. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

Click for the Runa Official Promo Video

The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and an Independent Music Award for Best World/Traditional Song.
Runa creates its backbone from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members.

Runa consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle. Members of Runa have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, Jonathan Edwards, and the Guy Mendilow Band.

Click for full details at

Runa Northern CA Tour

• Friday, 1/17/19 8:00 PM @ The Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA, Tickets.

• Saturday, 7/18/19 7:30 PM @ Oak and Thorn Concert Series, Fort Bragg, CA, Tickets.



Aryeh Frankfurter & Lisa Lynne

Celtic Harps, Rare Instruments & Wondrous Stories

Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter

1/19 Redding, CA | 1/20 Woodside, CA | 2/24 Berkeley, CA | 2/25 Pomona, CA

These shows feature Celtic harp and multi-instrumentalist duo Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter playing two Celtic harps, the rare Swedish Nyckelharpa, Ukrainian Bandura, Cittern and more. The audience will hear traditional instrumental music from Sweden and Ireland as well as heartwarming original compositions blended with stories of humor and adventure.

Lisa and Aryeh share a background as progressive rock musicians who later discovered a love for Celtic, Renaissance and Swedish music on unique acoustic instruments.

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness”, amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films.

Aryeh Frankfurter is also a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi-instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic Music. He began with Classical violin at the age of three, his early studies and successes led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres. Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments bowed and plucked and most recently the rarely seen Swedish Nyckelharpa. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities.

For more information, please contact: Lisa Lynne (415) 275-1466

• Saturday, January 19th, 7:30 PM, Redding, CA, Bohemian Art Loft, Tickets
• Sunday, January 20th, 3:00 PM, Woodside, CA, Filoli Historic Estate and Gardens, Tickets
• Sunday, February 24th, 7:00 PM, Berkeley, CA, Sacred Stream, Tickets
• Monday, February 25th, 7:00 PM, Pomona, CA, House Concert, email for details.



Tempest videos: Click Here!
Artist sites and sounds:
Artist Booking: 510-817-4736

Tempest West Coast Upcoming Shows

Celebrating more than 30 years of Celtic Rock!

Dance to Celtic Rock with flavors of Scandinavia, India, Africa & Arabic Nations.

Lief says:
“Here’s a warm wish for a bright and Happy New Year!
We are delighted to announce our new line-up for 2019— please join us in welcoming the big, rich bass playing talent of Mirco Melone, straight from Bologna, Italy, and on blistering lead guitar we now have Kevin Florian — recently arrived from Chicago – and man, these guys rock! We want to bid Josh and Ab a fond farewell and wish them the very best in all their new adventures.

Very soon, we’ll be back at some of our favorite Northern California venues — Sonora Celtic Faire and Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival have invited us to appear again this year! And remember to get Lief’s Annual Birthday Bash into your calendar, at Sutter Creek Theater, before we head out on our Annual Spring Tour of the East Coast and Midwest. Buckle up, ‘cuz it’s gonna be a wild ride!”

About Tempest

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

Signed to Carta Records, Tempest’s releases are acclaimed worldwide. Last year, the group celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary with a fab new studio CD, Thirty Little Turns, a collection of inspired new original and traditional material — with a cheeky surprise or two.

Mail order CDs directly from Tempest:

Tour Dates

• Saturday, January, 19th, 7:30 PM, Lindsay Community Theater, 190 North Elmwood, Lindsay, CA, (559) 562-1659, Tickets.
• Saturday, January 26th, 8:00 PM, Michael’s On Main, 2591 Main St. Soquel, CA, (831) 479-9777, Tickets.
• Saturday, February 2nd, 9:00 PM at The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, (510) 841-2082, Tickets
• Saturday, February 9th, 7:30 PM, Caliban Duo at the Blackwater Café, 912 North Yosemite St., Stockton, CA, (209) 451-1507, Facebook Event Details
• Saturday, February 23rd, 8:00 PM at the Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., Winters, CA, (530) 795-1825, Tickets
• Saturday, March 2nd, 9:00 PM at the Blue Lake Casino, 777 Casino Way, Blue Lake, CA, (707) 668-9770, Tickets Available Soon
• Saturday, March 3rd, 3:00 PM at the Willits Community Theatre, 37 West Van Lane, Willits, CA, (707) 459-0895, Tickets at
• Saturday, March 9th & Sunday, March 10th at the Sonara Celtic Fair, Sonora Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Dr., Sonora, CA, Black Oak Stage, (209) 533-4420, Tickets
• Saturday, March 16th, 12:30pm & 2:30pm & Sunday, March 17th, 12pm & 2pm, at the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA, (925) 556-4500 Tickets
• Saturday, March 23rd, 8:00 PM, Lief’s Annual Birthday Bash! at the Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St., Sutter Creek, CA, (916) 425-0077, Tickets



Rebecca Richman

Rebecca Richman
CD Launch House Concert

Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 8 PM

Tree House Concerts San Anselmo

Tree House Concerts is pleased to present Rebecca Richman, a terrific fiddler in the traditional American and Irish styles. Based in Northern California, Rebecca has just released her first CD, produced by Kyle Alden, who also accompanies her on guitar. Come celebrate the launch at a house concert in San Anselmo, CA in January. This will be a special night of great fiddle music in an intimate all-acoustic listening room.

Doors at 7:00 PM, music at 8:00pm. $20 donation (sliding scale) requested at the door. RSVP to Address and parking instructions given with your RSVP.

Check venue info. by email to or check the Facebook Event


Silver Apple School of Scottish Fiddle

Silver Apple School of Scottish Fiddle
Scottish Fiddle Workshop with Colyn Fischer

Saturday January 26th, 10 AM – 7 PM

R & W Winery, 15060 Montebello Rd, Cupertino, CA

Silver Apple School of Scottish Fiddle invites you to a Robert Burns Day fiddle workshop taught by award winning Scottish fiddler and educator, Colyn Fischer. Enjoy a day of fiddling and festivities at the R&W Winery in the hills above Cupertino. Workshop starts at 10 AM and includes a light dinner and wine tasting. Followed by a jam session from 5-7 pm.

Registration Fees
$75 before 10th of January
$85 after 10th of January
$100 the day of the workshop

Silver Apple strives to preserve and advance Scottish fiddling through immersive learning experiences with experts in the tradition. From workshops to camps, private lessons to group sessions, from 18th century collections to tunes written yesterday. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Scottish fiddling.

More info and registration: or


Jim Malcolm

Jim Malcolm

Jim Malcolm Tour of Northern California

Sunday January 27 through Sunday February 3, 2019

Tehachapi | Soquel | San Francisco | Berkeley | Lakeport | Chico | Auburn

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.

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.

• Sunday January 27, 3:00 PM, Tehachapi CA Fiddler’s Crossing, 3pm. Excellent listening room in Eastern Kern County, CA. Based on the house concert model, freshly ground and brewed coffees, teas and a variety of “goodies” are included in the ticket price. The vibe is cozy, friendly and warm. Tickets $20, available to purchase online from the Fiddler’s Crossing website, here: Venue address: Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F Street, Tehachapi CA 93561, USA.

• Tuesday January 29, 7:30 PM, Soquel CA House concert, presented by the Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, 7.30 pm. Suggested donation $20 or $18 for members of the Celtic Society. Address and directions will be supplied on sign-up. To reserve your place, please visit:
• Wednesday January 30, 7:30 PM, San Francisco CA Friendly house concert in the outer Sunset neighborhood. Tapas, drinks and conversation at 6.30pm, concert at 7.30pm. Suggested donation $20-$25. Seating is limited and likely to sell out; to sign up please email Sue:

• Thursday January 31, 7:30 PM, Berkeley CA House concert at the private and historic home of Celia Ramsay and Kent Rasmussen, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Artist donation $20. Free wine and nibbles at intermission. To secure your seat please email or call 707-337-0498. The address will be supplied to those who sign up.

• Friday February 1, 8:00 PM, Lakeport CA KPFZ presents Jim Malcolm in concert, 8pm. Venue to be confirmed. Tickets $20 for KPFZ members and $22 for non members. For information and reservations please call 707-262-0525. Thanks to Susan Krones of KPFZ for producing this concert.

• Saturday February 2, 7:30 PM Chico CA ARC Pavilion, 2040 Park Avenue, Chico. Doors open 7PM music 7:30 PM. Tickets $20 available at Pullins Cyclery, 801 Main St. Chico or email for reservations. More information by calling Steve at 530-354-6868.

• Sunday February 3, 3:00 PM, Auburn CA Auburn House Concerts, 3pm. Always very busy and great fun so please do make your reservation in good time. Artist donation $25. For details on how to attend please visit: You can also email: or call 530-885-4292.


Emer Martin

Emer Martin

ILHS Presents Emer Martin on The Cruelty Men

ILHS Speaker Series | Sunday, January 28th, 5:00 PM

The United Irish Cultural Center, St. Patrick’s Room, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco

 ‘The Cruelty Men’ is a sweeping multi-generational view of an Irish-speaking family who moved from Kerry to the Meath Gaeltacht and the disasters that befall their children in Irish institutions. Abandoned by her parents when they resettle in Meath, Mary O Conaill is faced with the task of raising her younger siblings alone. Padraig is disappeared, Bridget escapes and her brother Seamus inherits the farm. Maeve is sent to work as a servant to a family of shopkeepers in the local town€’later, pregnant and unwed, she is placed in a Magdalene Laundry where her twins are forcibly taken from her.

Martin’s mother and baby homes and Magdalene Laundries are the Irish cousins of Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn’s Gulags; her dispassionate depiction of the ordinary psychotic violence at the heart of families and society in rural Ireland is akin to that of Ferrante’s Naples. In this novel, two Ireland’s run in stark parallel. A gentle country of fairy rings, blackberry picking, and poker evenings with the local priest masks a system in which the Church and State incarcerate the vulnerable for profit. The intimacy of these first-person accounts draws the reader into the world of each character. Their stoicism makes their suffering all the more moving and dignified.  The book has received rave reviews in Ireland and the US.

Emer Martin is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, and the Middle East and in many places in the United States.   Her first novel ‘Breakfast in Babylon’ won Book of the Year 1996 in her native Ireland at the prestigious Listowel Writers’ Week.  Emer was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000.

The event is free for members and $5 for non-members.


Ella Jenkins and Kyle Carey

Ella Jenkins and Kyle Carey

Kyle Carey & Ella Jenkins at The Lost Church SF

Tuesday, January 29, at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

The Lost Church, 65 Capp St, San Francisco, CA

Kyle Carey & EllaHarp bring an Evening of Gaelic Americana and Blues/Pop Harp to The Lost Church San Francisco.

$15 in advance
$20 day of show
(both online and at the door)
Ages 10 and over are welcome. (Parental discretion is advised for some events).
Venue: The Lost Church – San Francisco
The Lost Church is currently Cash Only at the Door.
Doors at 7:30pm. Show at 8:15pm.
Seating is first come, first served.

To watch Ella’s video, Dirty Money, Click Here!

To hear, more of Ella’s music, Click Here!

We recommend you buy in advance to ensure being a part of the event (parlor shows often sell out), but you can also try purchasing at the door on the night of the show (although, we do NOT set aside a block of tickets for door purchase).

More details at The Facebook event.



An Irish Céilí

Céilí @ Henflings

Traditional Irish Dance
Thursday, January 31st, 7 PM
Music by The Crooked Road

Henflings Tavern, 9450 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA

Lively Irish dance with music from The Crooked Road, a posse of fierce local Celtic style players. Representing trad Celtic heritage in the Santa Cruz Mountains, The Crooked Road honors the famous Trout Farm céilí dances by bringing the craic to the newly remodeled Henflings of Ben Lomond. Bring your dancin’ shoes! There is nothing else like this anywhere, so make plans to bring friends and family (21 and over) to experience the true Irish music and dance tradition!

Julie says:
If you are new to traditional Irish Dancing & Music that’s great, read on! Céili Dance: A céili (kay-lee) is a traditional Irish gathering for fun, fellowship, and laughs (or craic, as the Irish might say). Traditional ceili dances were enjoyed at house parties and corner road gatherings in the rural countrysides in Ireland. Decades later, they are still danced in Ireland and throughout the States.

Wear cool lightweight clothing – or layers so you can peel when things warm up. Leather soled shoes that glide are preferable (sneakers tend to stick ). If your hip creaks and you’d just like to watch from the sidelines, that’s ok too. Free style dancing is always encouraged. Have a Jamo and think Riverdance!

Tonight’s music features the best Irish style musicians the Santa Cruz area has to offer! Featuring traditional Celtic (pronounced with a hard C) music on fiddle, hammered dulcimer, flute, Irish whistle, button accordion, concertina, 4-string tenor banjo, guitar, and bodhran (pronounced “bau-ron,” the Irish drum).

Henflings of Ben Lomond has a fully functional kitchen and robust bar menu. Come early for nosh and be prepared for an intimate evening of laughter, dancing, and Irish music! No cover, seating is first come first served – this is a cozy venue!

Details on Facebook.




Cahersiveen at Father Paddy’s

Friday, February 8th, 7:00 PM

Father Paddy’s Irish Public House, 435 Main St., Woodland

Cahersiveen The Band performs traditional Celtic music. Warm up and wet your whistle with Cahersiveen at Father Paddy’s Pub with all the best Irish tunes and brew! Cahersiveen is Marta Quinn, Ingrid Peters, Cathie Apple, Tim Stanley, and Gabe Stivala.

Click Here for Cahersiveen’s Video: The Star of the County Down

More info at Cahersiveen (Trad Irish extraordinaire) or on Facebook or

Father Paddy’s Irish Public House is a locally owned and operated restaurant and bar offering a unique menu of Irish-American Cuisine. We serve fare like bangers and mash, Irish bacon and corned beef and cabbage sliders and specialty cocktails with a large selection of Irish whiskeys on hand. Father Paddy’s has many craft bottled beers to choose from and 16 different beers on tap. Located in the Historic Downtown District massive former bank, we repurposed the vault into a one-of-a-kind ‘Whiskey Vault‘, (Yes, a whiskey vault) that is so special that you have to see it and experience it.

Father Paddy’s has live music is on every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, and many of the bands crank out considerable Celtic Craic! For more information, check, call 530-668-1044 or email


Frankie Gavin

Frankie Gavin

Frankie Gavin Show Dates:
Saturday, February 9th, 7:00 PM, $20, Cottonwood, The Studio in Oldtown Cottonwood, or email
Sunday, February 10th, 8:00 PM, $20, San Jose, Cope-a-cabana house concert,
Monday, February 11th, Mendocino, house concert, lkwardlaw@yahoo.comWednesday, February 13th, 8:00 PM, $20, San Anselmo, house concert,
Thursday, February 14th, Oakland, house concert
Friday, February 15th, Felton, Flynn’s Cabaret, $15 adv. / $18 doors,
Saturday, February 16th – San Francisco, Plough and Stars

Frankie Gavin Tour of Northern California

Gradam Ceoil Award ‘Traditional Musician of the Year 2018’

2/9 Cottonwood | 2/10 San José | 2/11 Mendocino | 2/13 San Anselmo | 2/14 Oakland | 2/15 Felton | 2/16 San Francisco

Frankie Gavin is one of Ireland’s premier traditional fiddle players – arguably the best. And in a land that produces many prodigiously talented players, that is saying a lot.

In a nutshell, Frankie has been playing since the age of four, when he was handed a whistle, and has since performed for four presidents beginning at the age of six. He is a founding member of the legendary (and newly resurrected) Irish traditional band, De Danann and holds a place in the 2010 Guinness Book of World records as the world’s fastest fiddler. And he has just recently won the 2018 Musician of the Year award from Ireland’s prestigious Gradam Ceoil Arts Academy.

Frankie’s artistry is amazing; he is a master of control over bow and fiddle and making each piece of music delight the ear. He strives to bring each traditional piece into a setting that is appreciated equally by lovers of old and new, and is rousing enough to get you to kick up your heels! But perhaps a Frankie Gavin concert can be best summed up by Fintan Vallely in the Irish Sunday Tribune:

‘Innovation may be the buzzword in traditional music, but Frankie Gavin’s digressions are not in the common areas of tempo and superficial style-impressions. His contemporary borrowings of art deco and music hall Irishness are re-jigged in original avenues of exploration. His dexterous treatment of troublesome tunes might get even the Pope out on the floor, his orchestration could break hearts.’

A Frankie Gavin concert also includes humor, with a wealth of stories about his childhood and being on tour. To have the opportunity to watch him play and see the joy he has for the music, and to feel the energy he packs into his shows, is an uplifting and rousing experience for all ages!



Wake the Dead

Wake the Dead in San Rafael

World’s Only Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band

Saturday, February 9th, at 8:00 PM | The OsherJCC Marin
Kanbar Center For The Performing Arts, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael

Danny says: “WTD fans may have overlooked this venue—but come and be delighted! Not only is it a fabulous listening room, but there’s loads of dancing room and refreshments of all kinds to make the evening even more festive. There’s a rumored ceili dance lesson before the show, too, so plan to come early (7:30) and dance a little.”

Tickets: General $22 adv./$25 door; Reserve $27 adv./$30 door; Students $10, online at

WAKE THE DEAD, the World’s Only Celtic All-Star Party Band, at first impressing the Dead themselves enough for them to release the début Wake the Dead CD on Grateful Dead/Arista Records, now extends their reach to embrace the entire Summer of Love.

First known for weaving jigs and reels into the songs of the Grateful Dead, this hot Bay Area acoustic sextet now Celtifies the entire Summer of Love including the Airplane, Youngbloods, Buffalo Springfield and even the Beatles.

Click Here for the Studio-Produced Videos of Wake the Dead!

Wake the Dead is Danny Carnahan (vocals, fiddle, octave mandolin), Sylvia Herold (vocals, guitar), Paul Kotapish (vocals, mandolin), Kevin Carr (uilleann pipes, fiddle), Cindy Browne (bass) and Brian Rice (exotic percussion).

Eighteen years of rocking acoustic joy and still going strong. Fans are guaranteed brand-new surprises at every show.

Full Details, updates and ticket links at



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

Acoustic Trad Power-Trio from Sweden

Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

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

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

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

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

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



Debra Cowan

Debra Cowan

Debra Cowan House Concert
for Shasta/Butte County Fire Relief

Saturday, February 9th, at 6:00 PM

House Concert in Redwood City, CA (Emerald Hills)

Location: [provided upon RSVP]
RSVP email:
Phone: 408-888-8370
Date: February 9th
Potluck: 6:00 pm
Concert: 7:30 pm
Suggested donation $25+

Jeremy says:
“This February, we’ll be holding a house concert with Debra Cowan to raise funds for Shasta and Butte County fire relief. Debra used to teach in the area of the fires and is deeply interested in providing relief efforts through music.

Debra Cowan’s wide range of material stems from serious traditional to contemporary bawdy. She came here in 2016 with John Roberts and I would like to welcome her back for her solo relief tour.

Debra’s shared the stage and sung with artists as varied as Colum Sands, Tret Fure, and Si Kahn. For the last eight years she has been joining her good friend, John Roberts for a number of tours and their newest CD, Ballads Long & Short.

As a lover and performer of traditional and bawdy songs, I highly recommend you come!”

To RSVP Email Jeremy at, plus the number of members in your party.




Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

Wednesday, February 27th, 7:30 PM

Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore, CA

Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, command the stage with their fierce fiddling in an explosive celebration of raw energy and passion that infuses their traditional heritage with their taste for the contemporary. The two share the legendary musical traditions of their hometowns of Lakefield, Ontario and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with an show that highlights the unique talents, influences and stories of this amazing, growing clan. A remarkable performance of dancing, singing and music-making, it embodies everything that has shaped their musical careers and continues to delight audiences wherever they go.

For more details and Tickets, Click Here!

‘The most talented fiddle players of the modern era … when the duo takes the stage together there are hardly words to adequately describe the electricity that emerges. – Dayton Daily News

‘There is a joy, a connection to land, heritage, to family, and the spirit of sharing music that comes through clearly’ – Music Road

For more info, sights and sounds, visit or connect on Facebook

The Bankhead Theater is a venue with 507 seats and full stage facilities for music, theater, dance, lectures, civic events and conferences. Both the Bothwell Arts Center and the Bankhead Theater are part of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, an independent non-profit arts organization offering a diverse range of art opportunities to the Tri-Valley community and beyond.


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Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

Breaking News at The Duke

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA, 11:30am – 2:00am every day of the year

Publican Carlos and his partners have an announcement to make! Many of you have heard the rumors about the at The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant. To paraphrase Sam Clemons, aka Mark Twain:

The rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated!
For details, Watch the official Video!

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

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

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

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

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


Lark In The Morning SF Store

New Lark In The Morning Store in San Francisco

Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

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



Plough and Stars Honored

Added to SF Legacy Business Registry

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

The Plough & Stars is thrilled to announce we’ve been honored with ‘Legacy’ status as an historic asset to the city by the San Francisco Office of Small Business … Join us for great music & the best Guinness pint in town.

What a diverse and vibrant mix of businesses added to the Legacy Business Registry yesterday! Join us in congratulating Babylon Burning, the Lab SF, The Mindful Body, The Plough and Stars and Slim’s! Thank you for your commitment and service to our communities.

The Plough and Stars (116 Clement St): An Irish pub and known gathering place for the Irish community for over 40 years. The bar showcases musicians across genres and maintains a tradition for over 35 years of hosting seisiúns, informal Irish jam sessions. Stop by for a perfectly-poured Guinness and see why?? they’ve been voted Best Irish Bar by SF Weekly.

I would like to thank all the Musicians who have played in the Plough. Without their contributions this would not have happened — Sean Heaney

The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, is known around the world for hosting incredible Irish music and pulling beautiful pints of Guinness since 1975. Since then, it has evolved to host live music every night of the week, except Monday, including all genres of music; Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Zydeco, acoustic Americana, and of course, Irish Traditional.

The first Saturday is always Americana Jukebox and every third Friday is Bluegrass Bonanza! We welcome you to stop in for a drink and try our famous, award winning pints of Guinness, or indulge in any of our other specials. We host Happy Hour all day every Monday with free pool, and the first Monday of the month has a Pub Quiz at 8:30 PM. Check out our website for a full calendar of events!

For a video of a Plough session from 2014, Click Here.

For more about the Plough, check, call 415-751-1122, or email Sean Heaney at


The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

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

For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-625-0436, or email Mark Nagle at or check


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