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Friday, 2019-08-16
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


Erica & Friends return to San José Sunday, 9/15 @ 7 PM. Check out the Folk Fest @ Cope-a-cabana Promotional Video.
WinterDance kicks off in San José on Sunday, 11/30 @ 7:30 PM: WinterDance San José Promotional Video. (See Below)


• THIS FRIDAY, Celtic Rock band Tempest has a Festival show in Medford, OR and on Saturday, August 24th, another in Leggett CA. (See Below)
• THIS FRIDAY, August 16th, at 6:30 PM the Young Dubliners rock the Plaza in Cloverdale, CA, and on Saturday, August 31st at 8:00 PM, the Saint in Reno, NV. (See Below)
• On Friday, August 16th, at 6:30 PM, and on five more dates this summer, Santa Cruz Bagpiper Elise MacGregor Ferrell has a series of gigs at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA. (See Below)
• THIS FRIDAY, August 16th, at 7:30 PM, the The New World String Project, continues a pair of tours of California in Cambria, CA, followed by stops in SLO, Los Gatos, Solvang, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Jose and Oakland CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, August 17th, at 9:00 AM the Community Music School of Santa Cruz offers their annual Redwood Dulcimer Day in Aptos, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, August 17th at 8:00 PM Geoff Kaufman continues the 31st Annual Sea Music Concert Series from the wooden decks of the historic 1886 sailing ship Balclutha at San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, August 18th, 4:00 PM Diana Stork and Portia Diwa will provide a final performance of their intricate passages and passagesways at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, August 18th, at 5:00 PM, Coastside trad band Fret & Fiddle will entertain at Half Moon Bay Brewing in Half Moon Bay, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, August 22nd at 5:30 PM, and again on August 29th, there will be Celtic session music at Filoli Historic House & Garden in Woodside, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday and Sunday, August 24th – 25th the 2nd Annual Midsummers Fairytale Celtic Renaissance Fair happens at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. (See Below)
• Beginning on Friday, August 24th and throughout this Fall, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation of Danville, CA will celebrate Americas most famous Playwright, Eugene O’Neill, at both the Village Theatre in Danville, CA and St. Michael’s Theatre in New Ross, Ireland offering their 2nd Annual One Festival, Two Countries series of Eugene O’Neill plays, films and performances. (See Below)
• On Sunday, August 25th at 2:00 PM, and all-star lineup, including The Gasmen, The Black Brothers, Erica & Friends, Jerry Hannan, Steve Gardner, Tim Hill and Kyle Alden Thayer, The Shots String Band, Noctambule, Eamonn Flynn, Nearly Beloved, Teja Gerken, Ring of Truth and more, will give a benefit concert for immigrants at the Plough and Stars in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On August 30th, 7:00 PM – Late, Almost Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day! with a triple play, One Eyed Reilly, the Pikeys and the Young Dubliners at Father Paddy’s in Woodland, CA. (See Below)
• Friday, August 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM , Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School preents their 36th Annual Fall Concert in Santa Cruz. (See Below)
• On Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, August 31st & Sunday, September 1st, from 8AM to 6:30PM, its the 154nd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, in Pleasanton. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 7th, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM, last Fall’s hottest ticket, Cigars Under the Stars a fundraiser for the San Jose Police Emerald Society at San Jose Country Club in San José. (See Below)
• On Sunday, September 8th, 1:00 PM Celia Ramsay and Libby McLaren offer another Harmony Singing Workshop at the Freight in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
Folk-Fest San José begins Sunday, September 15th at 7:00 PM with Erica & Friends, and continuing with Windborne on Friday, September 15th at 7:00 PM, New World String Project on Saturday, September 21st at 7:30 PM, and winding up with Scotland’s Daimh on Friday, September 27th at 8:00 PM, all at Cope-a-cabana in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• Beginning Wednesday, September 18th at 7:30 PM in Soquel, the Tannahill Weavers, celebrate their 51st year Touring Northern California with four more stops in Winters, Sebastopol, Auburn and Berkeley. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 21st 9:00 AM, its the 42nd Annual Fresno Highland Games, at Kearney Park in Fresno, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 21st at 6:00 PM, Culann’s Hounds with Reneé de la Prada are featured at The Northern California Rennaissance Faire in Casa de Fruta, CA. (See Below)
• Friday, September 27th – Sunday, September 29th, is Irish Language Immersion Weekend at the UICC in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Friday September 27th – Sunday September 29th, brings the 23rd Annual KVMR Celtic Festival, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. (See Below)
• On Friday September 27th, at 8:00, Scottish supergroup Daimh begin a month-long tour with 16 cities on west coast at Cope-a-cabana as part of Folk-Fest San José, CA. Click Here for the full schedule. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 AM its the 19th annual Dixon Scottish Highland Games & Gathering at the Dixon Fairgrounds, in Dixon, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 28th, 2019 5:00 PM, Breton Craic will abound at the Fest Noz party in Kensington, CA. (See Below)
• Saturday, September 28th, 8:00 PM, Michael Mullen gives another Trio Of One show at the Blackwater Cafe in Stockton, CA. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, October 2nd – Sunday, October 6th, The Waterboys will be playing the free, outdoor Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and on October 11th at 9:00 PM, at the Fillmore West, both in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, November 30th, at 10 AM, Golden Bough begins a seven city holiday season tour of California, beginning in Sonora, CA. (See Below).
• On Saturday, November 30th, at 7:30 PM, the fabulously popular Winterdance Christmas Show kicks off in San José, CA. (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)
• Publican Carlos answers the many recent rumors about The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant with a New Video. (See Below)
Lark In The Morning is opening a new store location in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. Full service continues at their original shop in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
The Plough and Stars, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)

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

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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!

‘Tempest Rocks, all right, but it’s forte is folkrock with a decidedly Celtic accent, drawing on traditions stretching hundreds of years.’
— Chicago Tribune

West Coast Tour Dates

• Friday, August 16th, 6:30 PM, Medford, OR, Down Town Medford, (541) 774-2400, Tickets
• Saturday, August 24th, 4:00 PM, Leggett, CA, Tan Oak Park, 58974 North Highway 101 in Leggett, (707) 984-6206, Tickets

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:


Young Dubliners

Young Dubliners

Young Dubliners

Celtic rock’s hardest working band

The Young Dubliners play hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning America, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang, Los Lobos, Culann’s Hounds and many more.

Video Preview: The Young Dubliners – Rocky Road to Dublin

Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock’, it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. ‘That was always the idea’, Keith Roberts, lead singer for the band explains. ‘The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what we’ll end up with when we start on a new album.

August Shows:
• Friday, August 16th, at 6:30 PM, Cloverdale, CA, The Plaza, Cloverdale Blvd between 1st and 2nd St., Details
• Saturday, August 31st 8:00 PM, Reno, NV, the Saint, 761 S Virginia St., Details

More info at or on Facebook


Elise MacGregor Ferrell, Bagpiper

Elise MacGregor Ferrell, Bagpiper

Silverado Resort Summer Scotch and Cigar Event
Elise MacGregor Ferrell, Bagpiper

6:30 – 9:00 PM | 8/16 8/17 8/23 8/24 8/31 9/1

Silverado Resort and Spa, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa, CA

Serial Celtic music innovator and competitive Canadian bagpiper Elise MacGregor Ferrell of Santa Cruz has a new series of a dozen gigs in Napa, CA. Doubtless Silverado Resort is not known as a Celtic venue, but this summer, from 6:30 on, one can sip wine or Scotch and enjoy her piping a broad list of pipe tunes as Elise roams the lovely the swanky Silverado Resort and Spa, from 6:30 — 8:00 PM. Along with their lovely Golfing, the resort is offering their first scotch tastings of the Dalmore “Cigar Malt”, a live cigar roller and appetizers on the new Mansion Terrace @ $25, there is no charge for listening.

Click here for a sample of Elise MacGregor Ferrell piping: The Mermaid’s Song.

Click Here for full details and tickets online, or call Jennifer at 707-339-9854.

Elise’s Show dates and Programs:
• Friday, August 16th, Romantic Ballads, Wedding Music
• Saturday, August 17th, Scots Canadian Songs of Glory
• Friday, August 23rd, Scottish Anthems and Palace Marches
• Saturday, August 24th, Competition Music
• Saturday, August 31st, American Patriotic, Battle Marches, Commemorative Ballads
• Sunday, September 1st, Scots Canadian Songs of Glory

For more on Santa Cruz Bagpiper Elise MacGregor Ferrell, check the website,, or email Elise at
For more on the Silverado Resort and Spa, check the website,, or call (707) 257-0200.


The New World String Project

The New World String Project

98 Strings | Mostly True Stories

John Weed • Aryeh Frankfurter • Lisa Lynne • Stuart Mason

The New World String Project 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.

California Tours:
• Friday, August 16th, Cambria, CA, 7:30 PM, House Concert, Tickets:
• Saturday, August 17th, San Luis Obispo, CA, Two House Concert shows 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Tickets:
• Sunday, August 18th, Los Gatos, CA, 3:00 PM, Concert on the Mountain, Reservations:
• Monday, August 19th, Los Olivos, CA, 7:00 PM, St. Marks Church, (Solvang area),
• Thursday, September 19th: Sacramento (Sutter Fort), CA, email
• Friday, September  20th, Santa Rosa, CA, 7:30 PM, House Concert
• Saturday, September 21st, San Jose, CA, 7:30 PM, Cope-a-Cabana,
• Sunday, September 22nd, Oakland, CA, 7:30 PM,

Check out all their info at, or email Lisa Lynne


Dulcimer Day

Redwood Dulcimer Day

Redwood Dulcimer Day 2019

Saturday, August 17th, at 9:00 AM

Aptos United Methodist Church, 221 Thunderbird Drive, Aptos, CA

This event offers beginning to advanced music workshops on playing the mountain dulcimer, a magical sounding instrument that anyone can learn to play and some have taken to lofty heights. Even if you are a complete beginner and do not own a dulcimer, come anyway. We will lend you an instrument and provide beginning level instruction to get you started. And if you already play, come prepared to make musical leaps. Redwood Dulcimer Day offers a low-pressure, low stress environment where everyone can relax and have fun playing and learning about the mountain dulcimer and just making music.

This year’s special guest artist is Tull Glazener. Also teaching will be Neal Hellman, Janet Herman, Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, and Laura Devine. Children’s program with Shelley Phillips.


Full details on the website, or the Facebook Event:


Salty Walt And The Rattlin' Ratlines

Geoff Kaufman

31st Annual Sea Music Concert Series

8:00 PM – 10 PM | 8/17 9/21 10/26 11/16

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco

Saturday, August 17th 8:00 PM Geoff Kaufman
For the past 30 years, Geoff Kaufman has been leading audiences to find truth, humor and beauty in folk music. Accompanying himself on concertina and guitar, Geoff has performed sea music throughout the U.S. and Europe at festivals and concerts. At the core of his performance is his rich tenor voice and an exuberant love of singing. Geoff likes to stress the ‘live’ in live performance, promoting participation, be it by voice, heart or mind.

2019 Sea Music Concert Series:
• Saturday, August 17th 8:00 PM, Geoff Kaufman
• Saturday, September 21th 8:00 PM, Spitzer & Mareva
• Saturday, October 26th 8:00 PM, Chris Maden
• Saturday, November 16th 8:00 PM, Brass Farthing

Tickets: $10 – $20. Purchase them on concert night at the Hyde Street Pier entrance beginning 7:30 PM and avoid the online service charge. To order your tickets online, — CLICK HERE!.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit, Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS, and Facebook @SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers assisted listening services on request. Sign Language interpreter services need to be requested at least five days in advance. Contact Accessibility Coordinator/Chief of Interpretation for more information at 415-859-6797, or

For more details, call Lynn Cullivan at 415-561-7006 or email her at


Diana & Portia

Diana Stork and Portia Diwa

Music of the Harp from Diana Stork and Portia Diwa

Sunday, August 18th, 4:00 PM

St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street (at Geary), San Francisco, CA

Harpists Diana Stork and Portia Diwa have created spiritual, mythic and deeply beautiful music from decades of performing at labyrinths throughout the world. Their performances can be experienced as musical concerts inspired by Medieval, Celtic, classical and even jazz improvisation styles, and also as inward journeys of healing and meditation. They will be performing music they’ve arranged and composed for walking the labyrinth, as well as a number of pieces inspired by Latin and Celtic harp traditions. For those who are interested, an indoor labyrinth will be available for walking at the back of the cathedral.

Diana says:
This will be the last time Portia and I will be performing together at St. Mary’s Cathedral until Portia’s young child has grown up a bit more. I do hope you will make an effort and join us for this special performance in the beautiful cathedral of St. Mary’s in San Francisco.

So bring your family and friends. Children are most welcome; and will enjoy walking, skipping and dancing the labyrinth at the back of the cathedral.

Ample free parking, and no one turned away for lack of funds for this performance.

If you’re driving, allow ample time for commuting. If you’re coming by BART, get off at the CIVIC CENTER station and bring your walking shoes for a 10 block hike (or catch the Geary bus and get off at the cathedral.

Any questions, email Please email me,, if you have ; and share this email with anyone/s who you think may be interested. Thank-you! See below for information.

To a World in Peace and Harmony
~Diana and Portia

COST: Suggested donation $10 – $20. TICKETS AVAILABLE at the door 30 minutes before the concert. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Wheelchair accessible. Ample Free parking.

Email: Christoph Tietze, St. Mary’s Music Director:; OR:
Phone: 415-567-2020 Ext. 21; 510-548-3326


Fret & Fiddle

Fret and Fiddle
• Leslie Conaghan (fiddle)
• Dave DeLang (fret)
• Tim Stephenson (fiddle)
• Lynn Markwell (jumbo fiddle)
• Rob Carey (fret)
• Christy Tillotson (bodhran)

Fret & Fiddle at Half Moon Bay Brewing Co

Sunday, August 18th, 2019 5:00 PM

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA

Voted ‘favorite local band’ in the Half Moon Bay Review’s Best of the Coast 2018, Fret & Fiddle plays traditional Irish, Scottish and Bluegrass music.

Leslie says:
“HMB Brewing is our favorite spot in the harbor. We won’t be wearing as much green, but we’ll still be playing some fun Irish, Scottish and bluegrass tunes.”

Check out their video samples on the Fret and Fiddle video playlist

More details on the Facebook event,

More on Fret and Fiddle on our website:

Check out the Half Moon Bay Brewing Co website call (650) 728-2739 or email them at


Filoli 2018

Session at Filoli

Summer Sessions @ Filoli estate

Celtic Sessions by the Pool
select Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Filoli Historic House & Garden, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA


• Thursday, August 22nd hosted by Shauna Pickett-Gordon of Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers
• Thursday, August 29th hosted by Raymond Tsang of Lighthouse String Band.

Lighthouse String Band, Fret & Fiddle, Savage Craic, Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers and others, will host Celtic Sessions on select Thursday’s this summer at Filoli Historic House & Garden. The music is next to the pool in the evenings, and the no host bar is ten feet away.

Many people come to Filoli to sit in the garden as the evening falls and listen, and some even dance.

Check Filoli’s calendar at For more on Filoli Historic House & Garden, check, email or call (650) 364-8300.



Midsummers Fairytale Celtic Renaissance Fair

Saturday, August 24th 10:00 AM – Sunday, 25th, 5:00 PM

Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St, Plymouth, CA

Shows, Food and Activities

Jousting Show – Seattle Knights
Castle Wood, Adriana The Siren, Whips and Cracks
Archery / Armored Combat League
Awesome Stage Shows: Pirates & Falconry
World Dance Stage: J.A.W. / McKeever Irish Dance
Great food – Giant Turkey legs, Celtic Truck, BBQ

All day Saturday and Sunday there will be Jousting, Combat, Swordsmanship, Mermaids, Bands, Pirates, Living History Guilds, and a whole lot of fun! There will be music throughout the fair.

Advance Tickets – Buy early and SAVE some MONEY!

Full Details at or on the Facebook event


Eugene O’Neill and Carlotta Monterey
at home in Danville, CA

Eugene O’Neill Festivals

August 24th-September 29th, in Danville, CA
August 30th-September 1st, in San Francisco, CA
October 9th-12th, in New Ross, Ireland

America’s Greatest Playwright — a Proud Irish-American

Eugene O’Neill Feis
The 20th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival
Click for Details

• September 14–29, Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes, @ The Old Barn, Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, Danville. Click for Tickets

• August 30–September 1 S.S. Glencairn by Eugene O’Neill trilogy of sea plays, performed aboard the 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, in San Francisco Maritime National Park, in an Irish production, directed by Paul Walsh, Visit for more info.

• August 30 and September 15, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Role Players Ensemble, directed by Chloe Bronzan, Village Theater, 233 Front Street, Danville, CA. Click for Tickets

The Second Girl by Ronan Noone, Directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes, The Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Danville, Performances: August 24, 8 pm and August 25, 2 pm and 7 pm (student discount tickets available for $15 at the matinee performance!), Click for Tickets.
There is a separately ticketed reception and “Conversation with Playwright Ronan Noone.” Click for Tickets.

• September 5th, 8:00 pm, Irish Airs and Arias Concert performed by Soprano Clodagh Kinsella, with Pianist Keith Stears, Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville, CA. Click for Tickets

This September Eugene O’Neill, America’s greatest playwright and a proud Irish-American, will be celebrated at theater festivals in Danville and San Francisco, California, as well as New Ross, Ireland.

Why an O’Neill festival in Danville? O’Neill lived in Danville when he wrote his greatest plays, including Long Day’s Journey into Night. His home is now the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site:

The Danville festival will feature three plays – Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Glass Menagerie and The Second Girl – an Irish music concert, a guided hike to Tao House, a historic guided walk of O’Neill’s Danville and an O’Neill exhibit at the Danville library.

Another O’Neill work, the trilogy, S.S. Glencairn will be staged aboard ship in San Francisco.

Eugene O’Neill is by any objective measure America’s greatest playwright. He is the only one to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the only one to receive as many as four Pulitzer Prizes.

Though O’Neill died almost 66 years ago, his plays remain among the hottest tickets on Broadway. Last year’s production of The Iceman Cometh starring Denzel Washington and Colm Meaney was nominated for 8 Tony Awards.

Eugene O’Neill was deeply proud of his Irish heritage. He famously said, ‘The one thing that explains more than anything about me is the fact that I’m Irish.’

And Ireland is proud of O’Neill. In 2017, Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland and an O’Neill buff, was the banquet speaker at the Eugene O’Neill Society International Conference at the National University of Ireland, Galway. At the dinner Jessica Lange and Gabriel Bryne were honorees for their transcendent performances in the 2016 Broadway production of O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Irish Soprano Soprano Clodagh Kinsella, and Pianist Keith Stears bring their unique interpretation to Irish airs and to opera arias. This new generation duo interweaves their heritage and their classical training to pay homage to the old traditions in a new and exciting way. Clodagh electrified audiences at last year’s Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross, Ireland and at the Gala of the American Irish Historical Society in NYC. Clodagh has appeared in many operatic roles and in concerts from Budapest to New York. Keith Stears, winner of numerous piano competitions, performs regularly in Europe and America.

For further information concerning the Danville festival and go to To buy tickets:

For further information concerning the New Ross Ireland festival and to buy tickets go to


Steve Gardner, Tim Hill and Kyle Alden Thayer

Musicians In Solidarity with Immigrants
Sunday, August 25th at 2:00 PM — Closing

Join the best of Bay Area Irish for a good cause

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

Erica & Friends

Erica & Friends

Cormac says:
We are working on putting together a concert at The Plough & Stars, San Francisco, “Musicians In Solidarity with Immigrants”. It will be on Sunday August 25th., starting at 2:00 PM and continuing into the night.

Confirmed performers so far are, The Gasmen, The Black Brothers, Erica & Friends, Jerry Hannan, Steve Gardner, Tim Hill and Kyle Alden Thayer, The Shots String Band, Noctambule, Eamonn Flynn, Nearly Beloved, Teja Gerken, Ring of Truth, David Winter and more…

Donations to The Refugee and Immigrant Center Education and Legal Service (RAICES)

For more information, contact Cormac Gannon by email at



Almost Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day!

August 30th, 2019 | 7:00 PM — ’til Late

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

One Night Only!
7:30 PM One Eyed Reilly
8:30 PM The Pikeys
9:30 PM Young Dubliners

You asked for it.

You said, “Why can’t you all be in the same place at the same time?” Well, we heard you and we made it happen!

We’ll see you there!

Full Details on Facebook!



Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School Concert

Alasdair Fraser’s 36th Annual Fiddle Extravaganza

Scotland, Galicia, and Beyond!
Friday, August 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz

Join Indie Award-winning Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald, special guests from Galicia Riobó, Liz & Feijoó Trio, percussive dancer Nic Gareiss, pianist Cali McKasson, plus more than 200 musicians, singers, and dancers in a celebration of music, song and dance and the culmination of this year’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School held at Camp Campbell.

Also appearing: Natalie Haas, Amy Richter, Hanneke Cassel, Deby Benton Grosjean, Laura Risk, Janette Duncan, Laura Cortese, Colin Cotter, Tristan Claridge, Galen Fraser, Erik Hoffman.
Check out this video of the performance!

Seating is General Admission- first come, first served.

Buy early and save! Ticket prices increase by $2 the day of show.

Advance Ticket Prices (service charge included)
$25.50 Adult
$21.50 Student* / Senior 65+ / Child 9-17
Children 8 and under are FREE!
*Current student ID required for Student Discount

10+ Group Discount (service charge included)
$14.50 each
Advance purchases only – group discount not offered day of show.
Click here, or scroll below for the Group Discount.

Day of Show Ticket Prices (service charge included)
$27.50 Adult
$23.50 Student* / Senior 65+ / Child 9-17
Children 8 and under are FREE!
No group discounts offered on day of show. Day of show prices take effect at 12am on 8/31/18.
*Current student ID required for Student price.

Facebook Event:
Website Address:
A 501 (c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization: IRS #95-4063752 / CA Non-Profit #767798



154th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

Labor Day Weekend, August 31st and September 1st, 8:00 AM to 6:30PM

What if you gave a party and EVERYBODY came?

Come join us for some Celtic Craic! Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st at the enormous Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco presents 154th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games, two glorious days of fun and entertainment for the whole family from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.

Advance tickets are available online, adults $25, youth $20, seniors $13, and active military and ages 11 & under free
or call 1-800-713-3160

Click here to watch the official preview video

Whats On?
Click Here for The Latest Info.


The Games will feature the best music and spoken word entertainers from Scotland and everywhere Scottish Culture thrives!

Fairgrounds Map

2019 Scottish Highland Gathering and Games Map
(Click to Enlarge)

The Festival includes more than 30 pipe bands from the US and Canada, plus the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, to the 45th U. S. Invitational Heavy Event Championship with professional and amateur athletes, and the Western U. S. Open Highland Dancing Championships. There are 7 stages of Traditional and Celtic Rock music, 2 stages of Scottish dancers, fiddlers, harpers, dancers and singing, and 5 large exhibition buildings with more than 100 vendors including, British food and drink the popular Whisky Tasting Pavilion and an Irish Pavillion (Bldg. Q) with Irish dancers and shopping.

Add to that the Living History area with Mary Queen of Scots and her entourage, highland warriors, an invading Roman Legion and fierce Vikings, the Gathering of the Clans providing historic information from nearly 100 clans and societies, Sheep Dog Trials, Children’s Glen, Birds of Prey, Semi-Pro Five-A-Side Soccer Tournament, Kilted Mile, Rugby and Shinty Tournaments, Highland Cattle, Clydesdale Team, Archery participation and an array of British motor cars and you have a full Labor Day weekends worth of entertainment.

For more, check, or call: 1-888-769-2345.

Map of Event

The Huge 154th consecutive Scottish Highland Gathering and Games takes place on Labor Day Weekend (August 31st – September 1st) 2019 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton

The new area for Clans and Societies is the green shaded area on the map at the West end of the fairgrounds, in the old orchard with lots of shade from the walnut trees.


Alan Purves, David Scott, and Floyd Busby
Fundraising at the Monterey Games

The American Friends of Erskine

Bay Area fundraiser for Scottish Disabled Vets

Look for the Purple Buckets at the Pleasanton Scottish Games

2018's AFoEH donated Minibus at Erskine Hospital

Minibus donated to Erskine Hospital in 2018

Erskine Hospitals, based in Bishopton, near Glasgow, Scotland, was originally founded in 1916 to care for soldiers and sailors returning from those bloody battlefields. Unfortunately, they remain as relevant today as upon inception, and Erskine Hospitals now care for around 800 elderly and disabled ex-Service men and women, their spouses and widows/widowers each year through residential, nursing, dementia, palliative and respite care. Thankfully these services make life at the Erskine homes comfortable, caring and relatively joyful.

In 2006, AFoEH was formed as a 501(c)(3) Corporation in Delaware, meaning that donations made are tax-deductible to the donors. In 2010, Past Chief David J Scott introduced AFoEH to The Caledonian Club of San Francisco, beginning a strong partnership which lasts to this day. David recruited Past Chief Alan Purves and Clansman Floyd Busby as directors and from that point, the activity and fundraising really took off.

Davie Scott says,
“At the Pleasanton Highland Games, on Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st, AFoEH will be joined by approximately 25 U.S. Navy Sea Cadets. Easily spotted in their ‘Blueberry’ camouflage uniforms, but armed only with our Purple Erskine donation buckets, the Cadets will patrol the Grandstand area, looking for your donations.”

Navy Sea Cadets at Pleasanton in 2017

Navy Sea Cadets with Erskine donations at Pleasanton in 2017

Recent Outings for Erskine Edinburgh Residence Vets, enabled by new minibuses

• Attending a variety of Christmas events offered by a range of local groups and associations
• Trips to Portobello Beach
• A day in North Berwick enjoying the scenery, beautiful walks and fish and chips!
• Stirling Castle
• Visiting the local garden centre and cafe
• A range of museums and art galleries
• Visiting the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens
• Arthurs Seat
• Dalkeith and Bogrie Country Parks
• Trips to theatre for a range of plays, musicals and concerts
• Soccer games for a range of teams, depending on which team residents support
• The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
• The Scottish Parliament

We urge all interested parties to dig down and donate to this worthy local charity. Just look for the Cadets and their Purple Buckets at the Pleasanton Games this coming Labor Day weekend, or visit them on Facebook at: to make an online donation.


Cigars under the Stars

Cigars under the Stars

• Champagne greeting
• Beer & Wine Bar From 6 PM To 8 PM
• Buffet dinner
• Free whiskey tasting
• Two fine cigars
• Celtic music from the Gallowglasses
• Auctions and raffles
• One hell of a good time

Third Annual Cigars Under the Stars

San Jose Police Emerald Society Fundraiser

featuring The Gallowglasses | Saturday, September 7th, 6:00 PM

San Jose Country Club, 15571 Alum Rock Ave, San José


The Gallowglasses

When you arrive at the luxurious and elite San Jose Country Club, you are greeted at the main entrance to check in and pick up a pair of cigars. You’ll make your way to the bar for a two hour hosted, beer and wine bar! Music provided by the Gallowglasses!

A fantastic buffet dinner awaits you followed by can’t-miss auction items and rewarding raffles. You will then mingle with old friends and make some new ones. Come socialize with San Jose Police Emerald Society members and others! Whether you are a cigar smoker or not, we have something for everyone. Join us and support the newest Law Enforcement organization who support the men and women who wear the badge!

This event sold out all 200 available tickets each of the last two years!! Don’t wait. Get your tickets today!

Black tie optional !! Kilts and Price Charlie Jackets welcome. Come dress to impress and make it a night to remember!

Tickets available from Emerald Society Board or Band members or online only and NOT available at the door
In person: $145 each | Table of ten $1400.
Online: Individual: $145 for adults ($145 ticket + $4.50 processing fee)
| Table of 10: $1400.00 ($1400 table + $42 processing fee)
Free for kids 5 and under
To pay by cash or check, please email,

Full Details and tickets at Tickets Online or on our Facebook Page. San Jose Police Emerald Society is an IRS 501c3 public charity.



Celia Ramsay and Libby McLaren

Harmony Singing, Training Wheels Edition
w/Celia Ramsay & Libby McLaren

Sunday, September 8th, 1:00 PM

Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA

Celia Ramsay and Libby McLaren, the creators of Carmony: Learn to Sing Harmony While You Drive, will teach you the basics of singing harmony by ear. They use familiar songs you may are offering their beginning song workshop, which will teach you the basics of singing harmony by ear in an informative and entertaining two-hour workshop. All voices welcome!

Tickets: $25 per person
Register with payment at: Get Tickets

Celia Ramsay has been singing all her life, and is known for her jazz-flavored original songs, and for singing traditional Scottish music. A versatile vocalist, she coaches hesitant singers to find their own voice at Lark Camp in Mendocino, and in project-based private lessons at her home studio. She is a well-liked teacher and performs regularly around Berkeley – including the Freight – with a variety of fine local musicians.

More on their Facebook event, or email Celia Ramsay



Erica and Friends
Erica Hockett, Chris Hammond, Anne Goess
Charlie Hancock, Jason Courtney

Folk-Fest in San José

Presented by Cope-a-cabana

Cope-a-cabana, 433 S. Henry Ave., San Jose, CA


Folk-Fest San José

→ Sunday, September 15th, 7:00 PM, Erica & Friends
→ Friday, September 20th, 7:00 PM, Windborne vocal chameleons ←
→ Saturday, September 21st, 7:30 PM, New World String Project
→ Friday, September 27th, 8:00 PM, Daimh (on tour from Scotland)

Over the past two years, San José fans of traditional music have gained a new venue, throught the good works of local lad Bill Cope and his bed and breakfast, Cope-a-cabana!

This September, Bill will be hosting three great shows and AmeriCeltic will be there to help ensure that they are all a huge success! So lets show Bill how much we appreciate his hospitality and service to San José folk-fans, by filling the seats for all three shows.

Erica and Friends is a Berkeley based folk and traditional band that you really should hear if you get the chance, for example, Sunday August 4th at 4:00 PM, just before the Starry Plough Session in Berkeley!

Last Fall, Erica and Friends issued their debut album, Hillside Avenue, showcasing their distinctive, upbeat mix of jigs and reels, pub songs and ballads from around the British Isles and Ireland, at the Pleasanton Highland Games.

For Erica Hockett and Friends videos, just Click Here!

Erica Hockett — Vocals/Bodhrán Erica Hockett grew up in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, nestled in the English Cotswolds, home of Fairport Convention. Growing up singing in the local pubs, Erica came to love folk music from the British Isles and Ireland, especially the tales of woe and the history embedded in the old ballads. Erica met Anne Goess while performing in The California Revels vocal ensemble.

Anne Goess — Violin/Vocals/Tin Whistle Fiddler Anne Bingham Goess has played for many a ceili, English Country and contra dance in the Bay Area, with The Raggedy Annes and Raven Hill, among other bands. She has also arranged instrumental music for several theater productions, including Bloomsday and a commemoration of the Easter Rising. When she’s not fiddling, she’s singing with the Christmas Revels and directing the Revels Solstice Singers, a traditional music vocal ensemble that entertains year-round. For more on Anne, Click Here.

Chris Hammond — Guitar/Vocals Chris Hammond’s first musical love is Bluegrass and Appalachian music. He plays several acoustic guitars, including a beloved model made in the 1930s, and he loves to sing those high lonesome harmonies.

Charlie Hancock, — Accordion/Keyboards Charlie plays with The Bogues, an SF based Pogues cover band and for Contra and International Folk Dance in and around the Bay Area from his base in Berkeley.

Jason Courtney, — Bouzouki Jason is a seasoned player at Bay Area sessions and has played in the Elderberries band.

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

Reserve your place NOW! with an email to Bill at


Tannahill Weavers

Tannahill Weavers

Tannahill Weavers

Scotland’s premier traditional band

Northern California Tour

• Wednesday, September 18th, 7:30 PM, Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, Michael’s on Main, 2591 S Main St, Soquel, CA, Tickets
• Thursday, September 19th, 8:00 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters CA, Tickets
• Friday, September 20th, 7:30 PM, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris ST, Sebastopol CA, Tickets
• Saturday, September 21st, 7:30 PM, Live From Auburn/Placer Arts at the State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way Auburn CA, Tickets
• Sunday, September 22nd, 8:00 PM, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley CA, Tickets

Traditional Celtic music at its best! The Tannahill Weavers has been THE stand out among Scotland’s premier traditional bands, for over 50 years, weaving the beauty of classic melodies with the power of modern rhythms. The Tannahill Weavers’ diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour. Their new album Òrach (“Golden” in Gaelic) was released just last fall, and is available NOW!

Tannahill Weavers videos:
Gordon Duncan Set (recorded by Ceòlmhor at the Piping Live festival):

Johnnie Cope (recorded at the Paisley Arts Centre):

The group features founding member Roy Gullane on guitar and lead vocals, founding member Phil Smillie on flute and bodhran, Malcolm Bushby on fiddle, and Mike Katz of Battlefield Band fame on bagpipes.

The Tannahill Weavers – properly harnessed – could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night’s concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.‘ — Winnipeg Free Press

Tannahill Weavers Info: | |


42nd Annual Fresno Highland Games

Kearney Park, 6725 W Kearney Blvd, Fresno, CA

Saturday, September 21st 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Scottish Athletic Competitions start @ 9:30am

Wicked Tinkers
Golden Bough

Advance tickets and full details available at
Adults $15 / Seniors, Students & Military $10 / 12 and under free.


Hounds 2019

Renée de la Prada and the Hounds

Culann’s Hounds with Renée de la Prada

Saturday, September 21st, 6:00 PM

Casa De Fruta, 10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister, CA

Fierce like their namesake, Cu Chulainn, Culann’s Hounds have built a reputation for stage shows filled with high-energy and a ruthless dedication to rocking their audiences. Folk melodies, sensibilities, and stories permeate their music with origins in Ireland, France and early America. This mash-up of tradition and energy is at once thought provoking, accessible and infectious. The Hounds original material is a mirror of their lives, tales of distant lands, love, elation and loss.

Tickets and details on the The Northern California Rennaissance Faire Website.

Steve Gardner brings his virtuosic violin style uncut. With seeming effortlessness he plays Irish traditional music, Cajun, country and rock pairing with the accordion at breakneck speed. Steve also grabs the guitar and sings his irreverent brand of classic and original songs.

Mike Kelleher sings from the gut, giving his own songs and those of centuries past a particular urgency. A key to The Hounds’ tireless rhythm, Mike’s guitar playing cuts to the core of song, strongly framing the vocals and the traditional melodies.

Renée de la Prada is a show within the show. Her ability to rip melodies in unison with Steve, sing in different patios’ in English and French, dance, and deliver her own songs with remarkable emotional depth leaves audiences stunned and enthralled.

Longtime Bassist Dan Duffin completes the summer lineup.

When The Hounds play, they take more than just the stage. They take control and make you love them. Give in to screamingly high energy, dance with wild abandon, and connect to music of the people made on real instruments in front of your eyes.

More Details on the Facebook Page or the Hounds Website.


Irish Immersion

21st Annual Irish Language Immersion Weekend
Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeltachta

Friday, September 27th – Sunday, September 29th, 2019

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

Four levels, intensive tutorials that focus on spoken language and increasing fluency taught by top caliber native Irish speaking teachers. Special Saturday workshops planned in situ based on teachers at hand and schedule. Meals and snacks provided, and sessions take place each evening with Irish music.

$400 check / $415 Paypal / Kids half-off.

John Larkin – DSG21, 2 Admiral Dr, # 475, Emeryville, CA 94608
RSVP ASAP – – pay in September
scholarship info avail mid Sept.

John Larkin |



23rd Annual KVMR Celtic Festival

Friday, September 27th – Sunday, September 29th

Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley

2019 KVMR Celtic Festival Schedule

Friday, September 27th: 4:00 to 11:00PM
Saturday, September 28th: 10:00 am to 10:00PM
Sunday, September 29th: 10:00 am to 8:00PM
On Sunday only, Seniors are admitted at 9:00 am
for complimentary coffee, scones and preferred seating.

Every fall, the Nevada County Fairgrounds, are transformed into a Celtic Village and concert venue, with eight stages and performance areas. Join publically supported KVMR radio for another spectacular mix of Celtic music and magic in their bucolic setting amidst 100 acres of giant ponderosa pines.

The KVMR Celtic Festival includes eleven performance areas including five musical and six demonstration stages and a weekend-long youth arts instruction that has included Celtic music, magic, dance and songwriting.

We continue to bring international performers to Nevada County and showcase an ever-increasing cadre of regional talent including musicians, dancers, and performing artists of every type.

For a Video Review of last years KVMR Celtic Festival, Click Here!

Click here to purchase Advance Tickets a la Carte on line.

Friday, September 27th activities include:
• 4:00 – 7:00 PM A Free Friday Youth Arts program on Friday from 4-7 p.m., giving local students ages 10-18 the chance to participate in workshops with headline performers.
• 7:30 – 9:30 PM The Royal Tournament & Gathering of the Clans, with a medieval tournament featuring full contact jousting, dancing horses, sword fights and hand to hand combat. Honors to the winners will be presented by the King, Queen and their royal attendants.
• 8:00 to 11:00 PM Friday Night Ceili!, (kay-lee) featuring live music by The Galen Fraser Trio, for dancing in Ponderosa Hall.


The five stages host many of the world’s best Celtic musicians:
The Bywater Band from Boston
Dàimh from Scotland
Erica and Friends, from Berkeley, CA
Molly’s Revenge with Christa Burch, from the CA coast
Galen Fraser Trio from Gold Country
Ha’Penny Bridge, from Chico, CA
Moxie Strings from the Ann Arbor, MI
Seven Nations, from both coasts
Skerryvore, from Scotland

Activities! The festival includes Three genres of Celtic Dance, The Salem Street Sessions room, (Bring your voice or instrument and join in), Dozens of Living History demonstrations, dozens of dining and shopping opportunities with over 50 vendors and a complete Irish Pub and hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds. Family Activities include our youth programs, Animals of the Celtic Lands including falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, sheep and ponies and more activities too numerous to list!

The Festival is the main fundraising event of the year for KVMR Community Radio which operates as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity. Held in the early fall, the festival regularly draws over 7,000 attendees for the two days and the promotional outreach extends throughout KVMR’s listening area including a worldwide live streaming broadcast over the internet through iTunes and the KVMR website. Proceeds support publicly supported KVMR radio.

Can’t make it? Click here to make a donation.

More information check The KVMR Celtic Festival website or email or call 530-265-9073.



Daimh Northern California Tour

Daimh — West Coast Tour

• Friday, September 27th, 8:00 PM, San Jose, CA, Cope-A-Cabana House Concert, RSVP
• Saturday, September 28th – Sunday, September 29th, Grass Valley, CA, KVMR Celtic Festival
• Tuesday, October 8th, 7:30 PM, Ashland, OR, Grizzly Peak Winery
• Thursday, October 10th, 7:30 PM, Seattle, WA, Scottish Society Ceili Performance
• Friday, October 11th, 7:30 PM, Seattle, WA, Freemont Abbey Arts
• Saturday, October 12th, 7:30 PM, Mt Vernon, WA, Celtic Arts Concert
• Sunday, October 13th, 1:00 PM, Mt Vernon, WA, Celtic Arts Workshops
• Tuesday, October 15th – Thursday, October 17th, Ocean Shores, WA, Galway Bay Celtic Music Feis
• Friday, October 18th, 7:30 PM, Lincoln City, OR, Lincoln City Cultural Center
• Saturday, October 19th, 7:30 PM, Portland, OR, Sherwood Arts Center
• Sunday, October 20th, 7:00 PM, Corvallis, OR, Whiteside Theater
• Tuesday, October 22nd, 7:30 PM, Arcata, CA, House Concert
• Thursday, October 24th, 7:30 PM, Winters, CA, Palms Playhouse
• Friday, October 25th, 7:30 PM, Fort Bragg, CA, Oak & Thorn
• Saturday, October 26th, 7:30 PM, Santa Cruz, CA, Kuumbwa Jazz, Celtic Society of Monterey Bay
• Sunday, October 27th, 7:30 PM, Pacific Grove, CA, Saint Mary’s
• Wednesday, October 30th, 7:30 PM, Berkeley, CA, Freight & Salvage

Daimh – Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye. Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for ‘kinship’ Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco.

Click for a video of Daimh doing Dhannsamaid le Ailean by Celtic Connections 2016.

With a reputation as giants of the Bagpipes and Fiddle, Angus Mackenzie and Gabe McVarish lead the melodic powerhouse with fellow founder member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the Guitar. The Band are joined by ‘new guy’ Murdo ‘Yogi’ Cameron on Mandola and Accordion to complete the instrumental line up. Daimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current line up only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the Gaelic firmament’s most rapidly rising star, Ellen MacDonald on vocals.

Recent accolades include last year’s award for the ‘Best Folk Band in Europe’ at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and most recently winner of ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. ‘Among the top groups in the world. Traditional, creative, and brilliant’ (

For more info, sights and sounds, visit



19th annual Dixon Scottish Highland Games & Gathering

Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM,

Dixon Fairgrounds, 655 South First Street, Dixon, California


This year’s games will feature local events for piping trios and band quartets, and the Celtic, Scottish and Irish rock and folk music of:
Black Irish Band
Black Eyed Dempsey’s
Riggity Jig
Duncan Martin and Flask


9:00 AM: Admission gates open.
10:00 AM: Opening ceremonies (March of the Clans).
10:45 AM: Flowers of the Forest
12:30 PM: Marriage-vows renewal ceremony — Scottish-style!
2:00 PM: Scotch whisky tasting lecture ($25 tasting fee).
4:30 PM: Closing ceremonies (massed pipe bands concert and awards presentation).
5:30 PM: After-games Ceilidh music party and barbecue ($15 for meal) in the fairgrounds’ Denverton Hall.

Dixon’s Scottish festival provides lots of Scottish fun: Scottish athletic competitions, Scottish Highland and Irish Step-Dancing performances, find your Scottish ancestry at the many clan information tents, children’s games, whisky tasting program, living history displays, Scottish animal exhibits, after-games Ceilidh music party and barbecue and a wee bit more!

Food and Treasures

Taste a variey of Scottish food, beers and whiskies. Shop for unique gifts, handmade crafts, jewelry and clothing items from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England.

Dixon Scottish Highland Games general admission is $10; youth and seniors are $8; and children, under age 9, and active-duty military may enter free. Fairgrounds parking is $5.

Dixon is 19 miles southwest of Sacramento, off Interstate 80. The Scottish festival is hosted by the Dixon Scottish Cultural Association, which is a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting the culture, education and entertainment of Scotland.

For details, visit


Fest-Noz @ Lark

Fest-Noz at Lark Camp
photo by Larry Cusick

Fest Noz – Breton Party

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 5-10 PM

Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA

The Bretons are a Celtic ethnic group native to historical region Brittany. They trace much of their heritage to groups of Brittonic speakers who emigrated from southwestern Great Britain, particularly Cornwall and Devon, mostly during the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain.

Our Fest Noz is a party featuring Traditional Music And Dance Of Brittany.

$10 Donation Requested

Music by Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Ronan Keryell, and the Fest Noz Players of the Wild West Dances led by Adrienne Simpson, Ronan Keryell, and Stephanie Even.

No Experience Nor Partner Required.

Questions to
Jim Oakden



Michael Mullen’s Trio of One

Michael Mullen’s Trio Of One

Hard Driving Live Looped Celtic Acoustic Rock
Saturday, September 28th, 8:00 PM

Blackwater Cafe, 912 N. Yosemite St., Stockton, CA

Michael Mullen’s Trio Of One returns once to the Blackwater Cafe in Stockton.

Says Michael:

“I’ve performed at the venerable Blackwater Cafe years ago and I am very happy to see it back open again. Come out and support this great local venue.”

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’s Facebook Profile
Facebook Event
The Blackwater Cafe Facebook Page


The Waterboys

The Waterboys

Funking In San Francisco this Fall

October 2nd-6th @ Hardly Strictly | October 11th @ Fillmore West

The Waterboys will be performing two outdoor shows this autumn as part of San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, a free event in Golden Gate Park from October 2nd-6th. The full Festival schedule, including Waterboys date and time, will be released soon.

You can find out more information about the festival at, and on social media at or

In addition The Waterboys return to legendary venue the Fillmore West on Friday, October 11th at 9:00 PM, as part of Hardly Strictly Out of the Park. Tickets for this show are on sale now at

WHERE THE ACTION IS the brand new album by The Waterboys is OUT NOW!


Golden Bough

Golden Bough Christmas Tour

Golden Bough Christmas Tour

11/30 Sonora, CA | 12/7 Los Gatos, CA | 12/8 Merced, CA | 12/13 Winters, CA | 12/14 Auburn, CA | 12/21 San Francisco, CA

Paul says:
After 45 years, Burleigh Family has decided that this will be the last Sonora Christmas Crafts and Music Festival!, as the Burleigh Family has decided to focus on their own needs. After all the hard work and love they put into making this event the joyous occasion that it is, we wish the Burleigh family all the best in whatever calls to them next.

So, come on out on last time, and enjoy the music, crafts, food and everything else Sonora Christmas Crafts and Music Festival has to offer. You will not be disappointed!

Saturday, November 30th, 10 AM to 5 PM, 45th Annual Sonora Christmas Crafts and Music Festival, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora, CA, Produced by Fire on the Mountain, (209) 533-3473.

Share the laughter, song and joy as Golden Bough performs rare versions of Celtic songs of Winter, as well as their unique take on better known Christmas Carols.

CLICK HERE to see Golden Bough’s 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.

‘There is a love of this music by the performers that is obvious. All in all, a great example of how to do something the right way when many are just doing it, period.’ Wind & Wire Magazine

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

Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle and bodhrán, 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.

More Golden Bough Shows:
• Saturday, November 30th, 10 AM to 5 PM, 45th Annual Sonora Christmas Crafts and Music Festival, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora, CA, Produced by Fire on the Mountain, (209) 533-3473.
• Saturday, December 7th, 7:30 PM, Woodhaven West Concert Series, Los Gatos United Methodist Church, 111 Church Street, Los Gatos, CA, (408) 354-4730.
• Sunday, December 8th, 7:00 PM, Merced Theatre, 301 W Main St, Merced, CA, Tickets.
• Friday, December 13th The Palms, Winters Opera House, 13 Main Street, Winters, CA, (530) 795-1825
• Saturday, December 14th, 8:00 PM, Music and More Performing Arts and Visual Center, 3116 Olympic Way, Auburn, CA, (530) 885-0594
• Saturday, December 21st, 7:30 PM, Old First Concert Series, 1751 Sacramento St., Corner of Van Ness and Sacramento Streets, San Francisco, CA, (415) 474-1608


South Bay Edition, in San José

Molly’s Revenge
Amelia Hogan, vocalist
The Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers
→ Watch the Video ←

Saturday, November 30th, 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM)

Tabard Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St, 2nd Floor, San José, CA

The days are getting longer, and the holiday season will be here in just 3 months, so save the date, because the annual, fabulously popular Winterdance Christmas Show is on once more in San José!

This show will sell out fast!
GET Advance Tickets Online for $28 NOW!
Before they are all GONE!

Molly’s Revenge, starring David Brewer, John Weed and Stu Mason with guest vocalist Amelia Hogan, and the award winning Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers will present an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, and something new for our regulars.

‘A seriously joyous, masterly musical experience.’ — Tom Clancy, Irish Music Magazine

Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan

Molly’s Revenge, whose lineup includes bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, have toured the world with their unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm. Their arrangements of traditional jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.

As always, this 14th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration will capture the traditional spirit of the season and warm the hearts of all who attend. Vocalist Amelia Hogan, and her voice of lilting grace and a subtle power will again balance the evocative storytelling of these great songs, and the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers will bring a percussive, joyful, and colorful exuberance to the stage.

California-based Molly’s Revenge has toured since 2000 as a four and five-piece acoustic band, releasing eleven CDs along the way, and in 2014, Molly’s Revenge and Christa Burch recorded a collection of Celtic Christmas and winter-themed music at a remote windswept retreat in the redwoods of the Mendocino coast. This beautiful Winterdance holiday album will be available at the shows.

To raise funds for their programs, co-sponsors and the South Bay Scottish Society offer WinterDance – South Bay Edition at the Tabard Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St, 2nd Floor, upstairs from O’Flaherty’s, in downtown San José, with ample validated parking in the City parking ramp accross San Pedro lot. Check out the Tabard Theatre and Parking here: Theatre Virtual Tour.


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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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Shirt, Hat, Mug, Apron or Patch


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

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

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

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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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