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Friday, 2020-06-26
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


• On Friday, July 10th, from 12:30 AM – Late, The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant will host a public Celebration of Life, with live music and song, for Bill McSweeney, outdoors at the Pub in Cupertino, CA. (See Below)


It’s Pledge Time, and we have a NEW PREMIUM for you, the Celtic Heroes II, compilation. This download is available to anyone who supports anys of these artists with combined contributions of $50 or more during this crisis. (See Below)
• Co-founder Tony Becker reviews Tempest’s new Album, Live On The Air, available for pre-order of signed CDs NOW! (See Below)

Social Distancing Compliant Online & Outdoor Events:

MORE GOOD NEWS! Many of our favorate Pubs and Restaurants are offering outdoor service and few areas allow outdoor entertainment as well. Our personal technology is quite capable of bringing live streaming shows right into our homes, and many of our favorite performers are offering live streaming performances for your at-home enjoyment. Here are a few:
• On Friday, June 26th, at 6:00 PM, Sin Silver, will perform her original music as you stay safe at home, streaming online from from ‘Murray’s Pub’ (her recreation/piano room) in Concord, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, June 26th, 7:00 PM, join Kathryn Rose entertains with Friday Night Irish Folk, via Facebook LIVE from Portland, OR. (See Below)
• On Friday, June 26th, at 8:00 PM, and again Tuesday, June 9th at 4:00 PM, Amelia Hogan will perform a few songs LIVE Online via Facebook Live from the Hobbit Hole in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 27th, and again on Wednesday, June 10th, at 12:30 PM, Noctambule (Marla Fibish & Bruce Victor), will Serenade in Place, Online from Marin, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 27th, at 1:00 PM (Standard Time in NV is the same as Pacific Daylight Time), The Black Donnellys, Dave Rooney and Dave Browne, will stream their high-energy show to you from Las Vegas, NV as you stay safely sequestered in your homes. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 27th, at 5:00 pm, the Never Late for Dinner scratch band will make an outdoor appearance at Father Paddy’s Irish Public House in Woodland. (See Below)
• On Sunday, June 28th at Noon – 1:30 PM, Golden Bough duo Paul & Margie will entertain from their backyard in Modesto, CA, and on Tuesdays at 3:00 PM, it’s Kathy’s Celtic Hour via Facebook Live from Oakley, CA, both shows via Facebook Live. (See Below)
• On Sunday, June 28th, at 1:00 PM PDT, Kyle Alden’s Sunday Serenade will feature talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Powell in another online concert via Facebook live from Treehouse Concerts Venue in San Anselmo, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, July 9th, at 6:30 PM, the fabulous Shipwrecked Shanty Band are back online via Facebook Live and in person (keepin’ their distance) from Quinn’s Lighthouse in Oakland, CA. (See Below)

In Person Indoor Events:

NOTICE! Due to public health officials orders for social distancing to limit the spread of the COVID-19 infections, all in person events and festivals, especially those involving singing, wind instruments, etc. have been postponed or cancelled, and many will continued to be cancelled through at least the Fall. If you have plans to attend ANY such event, large or small, we recommend that you call and confirm that they are NOT cancelled.

• POSTPONED for 2020, but returning in 2021, Camp, the annual Music, Song, & Dance event will return to the Redwoods near Mendocino, CA from July 30th, through August 7th 2021. (See Below)

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• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker’s e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
• Sport your Celtic heritage! AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo. (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 just recently re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
The Plough and Stars, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, has a 32 year record of producing Celtic Concerts in various venues in and around Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA. (See Below)
• The United Irish Cultural Center, hosts many Irish and other events in their large facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
Catherine Barry’s Irish Culture Bay Area, offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area. (See Below)

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

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Publican Bill McSweeney with daughters Diane and Helen

RIP Bill McSweeney
Memorial Outdoors @ The Duke

Friday, July 10th, 12:30 PM

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, 10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA

The Duke Logo

Our very good friend, Publican Bill McSweeney, passed last week, after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer, with Helen and Diane at his side.

Bill was a co-owner of The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, and the Family will host a celebration of Bill’s life, in the outside areas of the Duke, on Friday, July 10 from 12:30 PM. Fra Drumm and his fiddler Jerry McMillan will be set up on the side patio. We hope to see you there.

“I lost my best friend tonight. RIP Dad. March 1, 1941 – June 16, 2020. Love you and miss you. You were a rock star and a poet”.- Diane McSweeney

Here is a link to a video of Bill singing, which is how many of us best remember him. The song, Forty Shades of Green, was written and recorded by Johnny Cash after his first trip to Ireland, and was one of Bill’s favorites!

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, located across the street from Apple Headquarters on Wolfe Road in Cupertino, has just recently reopened, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late.

For British atmosphere, you just can’t find any place more ‘authentic’ than the Duke of Edinburgh, because the entire building was built in jolly old England, then disassembled, shipped and reassembled on site in Cupertino. With the red velvet seating, flocked 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.


Celtic Heroes II

Celtic Heroes II Fundraiser

Here is a BONUS for your contributions to our Artists

We are getting ready to begin our semi-annual AmeriCeltic fundraising drive, and are about to introduce another compilation album, ‘Celtic Heroes II’. We’ve been thinking about all the health and economic damage of the past 3+ months, and the fact that Celia and I are NOT traveling to any of the usual summer festivals because they are all cancelled. Celia and I are far from wealthy, but we are retired and though we have lost revenue too, we are not hurting for shelter, food, etc.

We’ve also been thinking about the fact that we are All in this Together.

We’ve talked it over, and decided that for this pledge drive, our AmeriCeltic premiums will be available to anyone who has contributed $50 or more to any of the Celtic Artists whose tracks have are featured on the Celtic Heroes II compilation, or to AmeriCeltic, during this crisis, which began on Friday, March 13th, 2020 when the first Stay At Home orders and resulting concert cancellations began here in California.

In other words, if you have purchased music, merchandise, and/or tipped any of these artists during this pandemic by a total of $50 or more, contact us to claim and download a free copy of Celtic Heroes II, or another of our premiums just as if they had donated to AmeriCeltic.

I’ll handle the verification of eligible contributions according to these stated criteria as I see fit. We are all friends, and again, we are All in this Together.

At the moment, we are still accepting additional tracks, but you don’t have to wait. Just make your contributions to these worthy artists now, and hang on to your receipts. If you have already made some contributions, go ahead and forward those, you can have the current version, and when we have finalized the compilation, we will send you an updated download link.

Here is the list of artists and tracks submitted so far for inclusion in ‘Celtic Heroes II’:

Track, Band/Performers, Title, (Composer)

  1. Michael and Shay Black – The Man From the Daily Mail (Words: Peadar Mac Ghiolla Chearra / Music: Percy French, OR Seán O’Casey, 1918)
  2. Michael and Shay Black – Exile’s Return (John Doyle)
  3. The Black Irish Band – Garryowen/Irish Washerwomen (Traditional)
  4. The Black Irish Band – Star of County Down (Traditional)
  5. Celia Ramsay – Heid Horseman (Lyrics – Violet Jacob (1915), Music, Celia Ramsay)
  6. Celia Ramsay – Jiggery Pokery/Slippery Slope (Celia Ramsay)
  7. Margaret Davis – The Boatman/Fear a’ Bhàta (Lyrics – Jean/Finlayson/Sìne NicFhionnlaigh of Lewis, ~1885)
  8. Margaret & Kristoph – The Lark in the Morning (Traditional)
  9. Margaret & Kristoph – Dever the Dancer/Humours of Derrycrosane (Traditional)
  10. The Fire – Oswald West / All My Friends / Goodbye Eugene (Adam Hendey)
  11. The Fire – The Laird of Foveran/Pearlin Peggy’s Bonny/Tha mo rùn, tha mo rùn (Yes my love, yes my love)/Seme Rune Tallanach (Traditional)
  12. Kyle Alden – Gates of the Day (Lyrics – adapted from the poem by W.B. Yeats)
  13. Kyle Alden – Two Songs for the Sake of the Tune (Lyrics – adapted from the poem by W.B. Yeats)
  14. Amelia Hogan – All the Birds Did Sing (Traditional tune with Lyrics by Daibhidh Stiubhard)
  15. Amelia Hogan – What Will We Do When We Have No Money (Traditional)
  16. Erica and Friends – Farewell Farewell (Richard Thompson)
  17. Erica and Friends – Garden Valley (Dougie MacLean)
  18. Tempest – One For The Fiddler (Sorbye/Mullen)
  19. Tempest – You Jacobites By Name (Robert Burns)


Michael and Shay Black The Man From the Daily Mail and Exile’s Return, are from their new album Glackanacker, which is is attributed as follows – Musicians: John Doyle, Felim Egan, Rick Epping, Eamonn Flynn, Mick McAuley, John McCusker, Mike McGoldrick, Colm O’Riain, Duncan Wickel. Singers: Ciara Black, Frances Black, Martin Black, Mary Black, Shosi Black, Róisín O, Ari Ríos, Aoife Scott, Eoghan Scott. Website
The Black Irish Band Garryowen/Irish Washerwomen and Star of County Down, Patrick Michael Karnahan, banjo, melodeon, octave mandolin, trumpet, guitar, concertina, french horn, vocals, Steve McArthur, banjo, guitar, accordion, mandola, piano, vocals, James Dean Nelson banjo, guitar, vocals, and Stan Emmons, acoustic bass, vocals. Website
Celia Ramsay: Heid Horseman Celia Ramsay, piano/harmonium/vocals. Jiggery Pokery/Slippery Slope Richard Mandel, guitar, Autumn Rhodes, concertina/flute, Celia Ramsay, shruti box Website

Margaret Davis vocals, Celtic harp, flute, recorders. Kristoph Klover vocals, guitar, octave mandolin, whistle. ‘The Boatman’ is from Margaret’s solo album Princess of Flowers. ‘The Lark in the Morning’ and ‘Dever the Dancer/Humours of Derrycrosane’ are from the Margaret & Kristoph album The True Lover’s Return. Donate at Website

The Fire is Rebecca Lomnicky, fiddle, David Brewer, pipes, whistles, and bodhràn, and Adam Hendey, guitar. Website
Kyle Alden Gates of the Day and Two Songs for the Sake of the Tune are both from the new album, Fables, which is is attributed as follows – Kyle Alden, guitars, bass, mandolin, vocals, keyboards, Rob Hooper, drums, Kelly Atkins, vocals, Rebecca Richman, concertina, and on Gates of the Day, joined by Shay Black and Michael Black, vocals. Website
Amelia Hogan, vocal and arrangements is accompanied on What Will We Do When We Have No Money by Ray Frank, guitar and co-producer. Website
Erica and Friends two tracks are both from their album Hillside Avenue, featuring Erica Hockett, vocals, bodhrán and arrangements, Troy Dillinger, accordion, Chris Hammond, guitar, and Anne Bingham Goess on violin and vocals. On Farewell Farewell Anne plays viola, and Gawain Mathews is on mandolin. On Garden Valley Anne plays whistle and Lucas Gonze is on mandolin. Facebook Page

Tempest both One For The Fiddler and You Jacobites By Name were recorded live at WCBE Studios in Columbus, OH, in April 1999 and appear on the new album Live On The Air with Lief Sorbye on lead vocals, & mandolins, Michael Mullen on fiddle & harmony vocals, Adolfo Lazo on drums, Todd Evans on guitar, and John Land on bass & harmony vocals. Website

Tempest Live on the Air

Live On The Air

Review: Live On The Air

New LIVE collection from Tempest

Release Date: July 1st, 2020

By Tony Becker

Never idle, Tempest’s band leader, Lief Sorbye, has assembled a new CD, Live On The Air, to be released by Tempest on July 1, 2020. Last week, band leader Lief Sorbye provided us with a review copy, and here is our review.

Live On The Air is a collection of sixteen live Tempest radio performances, recorded in a variety of broadcast studios over the past 3 decades Tempest has spent on the road. Each track was hand picked by Lief, they include both fan favorites and previously unreleased material.

Lief has provided a video to tell the story of this album: Watch the video:

We particularly liked One For The Fiddler and You Jacobites By Name. The first was written by Lief and long-time Tempest fiddler Michael Mullen, and the latter by Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. Both were recorded live at WCBE Studios in Columbus, OH, in April 1999 and feature with Lief on lead vocals, & mandolins, and Michael on fiddle & harmony vocals, Adolfo Lazo (as always) on drums, with Todd Evans on guitar, and John Land on bass, harmony vocals. Both are getting a bit of extra play as part of our new Premium compilation, Celtic Heroes II.

As a limited edition collectors item, this CD is only available directly from the Tempest web site, If you pre-order now, your CD will be autographed by the current Tempest members and Lief will ship your CD to you on the release date!



Sin Silver

Sin Silver

Friday, June 26th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM PDT

Online via 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 Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Sin will be live-streaming from ‘Murray’s Pub’ (her recreation/piano room) every Friday at 6:00 PM PST. This week’s theme is her original music. Find her Live Performance by checking Sin’s Facebook Profile, or go to and search for Sin Silver.

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

Virtual Tip Jar:
Venmo @Sin-Silver

I will be back at the ‘630 Park Steakhouse’ located inside the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park this Saturday 6/20, Sunday 6/21 (Father’s Day) and Monday 6/22, playing from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Graton casino are requiring temperature checks, masks and social distancing will be enforced.

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.

A true singer-songwriter at heart, Sin Silver weaves a silver tapestry drawing from diverse influences such as David Bowie, Elton John, Sinead O’Connor, Jack White and Joni Mitchell.

Check out her website here: or email her at


Kathryn Rose

Kathryn Rose

Kathryn Rose
Friday Night Irish Folk

Friday, June 26th 7:00 PM

Online via Facebook Live

Join Kathryn for a Friday Night Irish Folk! Click Here to go to her Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Kathryn Rose is a folk singer and recording artist from Oregon. She has been singing since she could talk and grew up listening to Irish and Scottish folk music.

Kathryn says:
Join Me For My FRIDAY Evening Live-Stream Show!! Message Me With Any Requests. Your tips mean more than you could ever know! or Venmo — @kathrynrosefolk
I Am Official Now!! Listen – Buy The New CD Here!!

Kathryn began seriously collecting songs after her grandmother passed away and she discovered a treasure trove of handwritten Irish folk songs tucked inside the piano bench. After that discovery, Kathryn transitioned from a classical singing background into the folk world.  Her favorite musical style is Sean-nós, and she is working on her Gaeilge to perform more of these songs in the future. She performs folk music from both sides of the pond, with an emphasis on Ireland and even a dash of Gaeilge here and there.

Kathryn accompanies herself on the tenor guitar, but at various times in her life has had encounters with the piano, violin, lap harp, ukulele, and tin whistle. Her influences include Susan McKeown, Christy Moore, the Clancy Brothers, Seamus Begley, Sarah Ghriallais, Moya Brennan, and more. With her melodic voice, her love of world cultures and her attention to detail, she continues the tradition of Celtic folk music as an artist, a performer and an inspiration for peace and harmony in a complicated world. Kathryn and her husband live in somewhat peaceful harmony with their brood of hooligan cats.

More on Kathryn Rose Facebook Profile: Check the Facebook Event here:


Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan LIVE ONLINE
from the Hobbit Hole in San Francisco

Fridays at 8:00 PM & Tuesdays at 4:00 PM

Online via Facebook Live

Click Here to go to Amelia’s Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Amelia Hogan sings traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American folk songs for over 30 years and plays a small Welsh lap-harp, across both sides of various ponds.

Amelia says:
Come sit a spell and sing along if you’d like, Tuesdays at 4:00 PM PT, and Fridays at 8:00 PM. Mini-busking/ fireside chat sessions from my home in San Francisco.

Tip Jar: and if you’d like more content and other goodies, you can subscribe to my patreon at Thanks a million!

Here is a sample video of Amelia Hogan singing Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore

Check Amelia’s Facebook Page here:



Bruce Victor & Marla Fibish

Serenade in Place
Marla Fibish & Bruce Victor

Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:30 PM

Online – Facebook LIVE

To join go to Noctambule’s Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

While we are all still stuck inside, we hope to provide a quick outing by doing a short daily serenade over Facebook Live. Join us and say hello! Tune in on the Noctambule Facebook page Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:30 PM. See you then!
Marla & Bruce

Noctambule is Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor. They play a variety of musical forms – traditional Irish tunes and songs, their own compositions written in traditional forms, and compelling settings of a broad range of poetry. This unique collaboration brings out surprising qualities in these seasoned musicians. Their work is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humour on an unusual array of strings – different guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, cittern, tenor guitar – and their blended voices. A Noctambule experience is like no other – a wake-up call for body and soul.

Noctambule video samples

More music and info:
| or call 510-205-1617


Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys LIVE

Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
Saturday, June 27th, 1:00 PM

Facebook LIVE, from Las Vegas, NV

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

This Saturday The Black Donnellys, Dave Rooney and Dave Browne, will again stream their high-energy show to you from Las Vegas, NV as you stay safely sequestered in your homes.

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 last month, on March 17th, Saint Patrick’s Day 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.



Never Late for Dinner Irish Band

Never Late for Dinner
at Father Paddy’s in Woodland

Saturday, June 27th at 5:00 PM

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

Never Late for Dinner Irish Band is what we might call sound is the distillation of the passion of Publican Patrick Redmond for all things Irish. Like any true Irish pick-up band, Never Late for Dinner might be a little rough around the edges but unmistakably the real thing.

Father Paddy’s Irish Public House in Woodland is currently offering an excellent menu of the your favorite fare for carry-out, and special events like our live studio audience whiskey tastings. On this occasion, Publican Pat Redmond will reprise his former skills, playing bass in this band, in a social distancing compliant outdoor show.

Publican Pat says,
‘Our primary goal is to provide a true experience that fits most people’s idea of what an Irish pub should be, but is also so genuine that Irish natives can walk inside and feel like they are back home in Ireland. An Irish pub is a gathering place for people to meet, have a good time, have some lunch, or dinner — have a drink if you’d like — play darts, chess, or read a book sitting on one of the couches; it’s that kind of place. It’s not a typical restaurant that wants to turn a table and get you out. We’re trying to create a more social environment.’

‘We feature live music, a menu comprised of classic ‘Pub’ fare, the decor of a historic bank building, and classic pub signage. Father Paddy’s Local Irish Public House is dedicated to providing our patrons with the hospitality, service, and ambiance found throughout Ireland.’

For updates and details, check the Father Paddy’s Facebook Page.

Located in the very center of Woodland, designed by renowned architect William Henry Weeks and built in 1903 as the Yolo County Savings Bank, this massive sandstone building later housed a tailor, a billiard hall and Paco’s Mexican Restaurant. In January 2016, bass player Patrick Redmond took over, and despite an extensive remodeling plan, finished and re-opened it as Father Paddy’s Irish Public House in May 2016.

Prior to this pandemic, Father Paddy’s had live music on every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, and many of the bands cranked out considerable Celtic Craic, and they intend to return to that schedule as soon as it can be done safely. For more information, check, call 530-668-1044 or email


Golden Bough
Margie Butler, lead vocals, harp, whistles, recorders
Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, accordion

Golden Bough members Streaming shows

Sundays @ Noon – 1:30 PM – Backyard with Margie and Paul
Tuesdays @ 3:00 PM – Kathy’s Celtic Hour

Online via Facebook Live

Golden Bough
Kathy Ross Sierra, fiddle, whistles

On Sundays, from Noon – 1:30 PM, LIVE on Facebook from their beautiful backyard in Modesto, CA, Golden Bough founders Margie Butler and Paul Espinoza will entertain you with Celtic, Beatles, Oldies, originals etc. with Backyard Streaming Concerts. Then, on Tuesdays from 3:00 PM, Golden Bough fiddler Kathy Ross Sierra, hosts Kathy’s Celtic Hour.

Join them at the appointed time for either show by pointing your browser to the Golden Bough Facebook Page, and where you will find the little red LIVE button.

Here a link to their many music videos

Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over. Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.

All three Golden Bough bandmates, are well versed in all genres of traditional folk songs, and have recently added favorites of the American Folk Revival from the 50’s-60’s. From working on the Railroads to leaving on that Jet plane, Golden Bough brings you the songs America loves.

For those of you seeking an entertaining respite that offers a bit of history, virtuosic instrumentation, sweet and seamless vocals, the occasional yarn and irrepressible toe-tapping, seek no more. Golden Bough is your answer.

For more on Golden Bough, email or check the Golden Bough Facebook Page, or the Golden Bough website.


Kyle Alden

Robert Powell

Kyle Alden Sunday Serenade
Featuring Robert Powell

Sunday, June 28th, 1:00 PM

Online via Facebook LIVE

Tree House Concerts presents Sunday Serenade Volume 7 with special guest Robert Powell, a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist and producer. Kyle Alden will be joining Robert on mandolin, guitar and vocals.

Tune in by pointing your browser to Kyle Alden’s Facebook Page, and where you will find the little red LIVE button.

As a musician and producer Robert M Powell has worked with a diverse array of artists from around the world including Sachiko Kanenobu, Titos Sompa, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Shafqat Ali Khan & Sukhawat Ali Khan, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Deva Premal, Kingfish and bluesman Roy Rogers. Robert has been a part of many San Francisco Bay Area bands over the years including Shana Morrison & Caledonia, Clothesline Revival, The Venusians, Opafire, Kundalini Boombox, Scrap Pile with Susie Davis, and Hologramatron. 

Through his work with Amnesty International he has produced and performed on recordings by Peter Gabriel, John Lee Hooker, Jackson Browne and others.

Kyle’s new album, Fables: songs made from poems by Yeats, Auden, Jeffers and others, was just released earlier in June 2020. Here is a link to the first single from that new album–Two Songs for the Sake of the Tune:

Singer/songwriter and folk musician Kyle Alden has appeared on stages throughout California, the Pacific Northwest, New York and Ireland. Kyle draws material from the American, Irish and British folk traditions, original folk music settings of poetry as well as original songs. He is recognized for his songs based on the poems of the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats.

For more information about this event, check the Kyles’s Facebook Page. For more information on Kyle, check his website,, or email Kyle Alden at



The Shipwrecked Shanty Band

Quinn’s Sea Shanty Thursdays

Thursday, July 9th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Online via Facebook LIVE, from Quinn’s Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub, 1951 Embarcadero Cove, Oakland, CA

More Shanty Dates

Thursday, July 16th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Thursday, July 23th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Check the
Quinn’s Sea Shanty Crew Facebook group
for updates.

The The Shipwrecked Shanty Band, appears LIVE and LIVE STREAMIN’ on Facebook for you land-locked, from Quinn’s in Oakland! For the live stream, just navigate to the Quinn’s & Heinold’s Sea Shanty Crew Facebook group, click ‘Join’, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

This Crew is commonly composed of Jim ‘Banjo’ Nelson on lead vocals, with Jim also playing long-neck five string banjo. Joining Jim are Micha on Irish penny-whistles, Gary Keep on concertina, Roger Bramble on Harmonica, Joe Ozz on accordion, and occasionally Chad the mysterious (or) Steven Strauss on stand-up string bass and ukulele.

Micha says:
Come and SHANTY with us OUTSIDE, AGAIN at Quinn’s! Quinn’s is OPEN for drinks and take out food, so Bring yer’ mask and Keep yer’ distance! WE’RE TENATIVELY, TONGUE IN CHEEK, NAMED ‘The Shipwrecked SHANTY BAND’…Maybe SHIPWRECKED – we’ll see how it goes… (stranded on Covid Island, haha)

Check the Facebook Group Quinn’s & Heinold’s Sea Shanty Crew for the latest information on these appearances. Or check out Quinn’s website, or call them at 510-536-2050 or email them at for details.



Lark Camp

July 30th – August 7th, 2021

World Music, Song, and Dance Camp

Mendocino Woodlands State Park

Lark Camp Features

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

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

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

Click Here for the Video by Doug Plummer.

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

Check out the Mendocino Woodlands website: Click Here

Visit, Questions, email: or call (707) 397-5275 (LARK)


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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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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


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!”

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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


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, 4:00am – 2:00am every day of the year


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

‘The Duke’! will be moving this spring, to new quarters just accross the parking lot from our current location!
For details, Watch the official Video!

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

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

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

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

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



Plough and Stars Fundraiser

Please DONATE!

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


The Plough, like many bars and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, is struggling to survive. It is extremely difficult to support our family and employees with no ability to earn an income.

We have long prided ourselves on being ago to place for Irish traditional experiences. Over the years we have been privileged to host many well-known musicians from Ireland and around the globe. The Plough hosts weekly traditional Irish seisuns and dance. At our Irish Seisuns customers listen as musicians share tunes or even learn to play themselves. The Plough is also a vital venue for bluegrass jams and gigs, as well as a place where local musicians can be heard. We want to make sure that the Plough can continue in those efforts. We have been so touched by the support of friends, musicians, dancers, and patrons. They are what make the Plough the institution that it is and we can’t thank them enough for their support at this difficult time. Please consider a donation to help us continue at Thank You!

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



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.


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



United Irish Cultural Center

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

The UICC operates a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities. Here is a list of upcoming events there, linked to their UICC website.


Click here for details of these events and more on the United Irish Cultural Center website!

Rent a Room at the UICC! Call Angela on the NEW Event Hotline 415-741-8803



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.


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


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