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Friday, 2019-07-12
Updates, Features, & Events


• Co-founders Tony and Celia offer their opinion on Why were there fewer guilds at festivals?, and what can be done about it. (See Below)


• TODAY, Friday, July 12, at 7:00 PM, genre-fluid phenomenon AJ Lee and Blue Summit continues their tour around the Northern California with three stops in San Francisco, one each in Santa Cruz, Sebastopol, Palo Alto, CA, concluding Friday, July 19th at 9:00 PM at The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• TODAY Friday, July 12th, at 9:00 PM, The Plough and the Stars is offering Cúlarán (Irish Gaelic for pignut; Scots Gaelic for cucumber) in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Beginning Sunday, July 13th at 4:00 PM, Celtic Rock band Tempest has 1 more Northern California show in Isleton, CA, plus Festival shows in Ashland, OR and Enumclaw, WA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 6 PM, the UICC host a Book Event: ‘Brave Hearts-A San Francisco Story, at in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, July 16th, at 8:00 PM at the Freight in Berkeley, CA, on Wednesday, July 17th in Mendocino, CA at 7:30 PM and again on Thursday, July 18th, at 7:00 PM, it’s Québécois band Le Vent du Nord. (See Below)
• On Thursday, July 18th at 5:30 PM, and on four more Thursdays throughout the summer, there will be Celtic session music at Filoli Historic House & Garden in Woodside, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, July 18th @ 6:00 PM, Tim Myers will lend his storytelling (Seanchaí) to Irish Culture Night at Filoli Historic House & Garden in Woodside, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, July 18th, at 7:00 PM, the The New World String Project, begins a four city tour of Oregon with stops in Monroe, Eugene, Roseburg and Medford, OR. (See Below)
• Also on Friday, July 19th at 7:30 pm the The Black Irish Band returns to the Jack Douglas Saloon in the Columbia State Historic Park with their Irish-Italian Americana in Columbia, CA. (See Below)
• On July 20, 2019 @ 5:00 PM, The Summer Ceilidh, co-sponsored by PBFSCO, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco, the St. Andrew’s Society of San Francisco and the St. Andrew’s Society of Oakland, returns to Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda, CA. (See Below)
• Saturday, July 20th, at 7:30 PM, the Young Dubliners rock the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Monday, July 22nd, at 4:00 PM, it’s the Fire and Grace and Ice, trio with Edwin Huizinga, William Coulter and Olov Johansson at the Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach, CA. (See Below)
• Beginning on July 26th and running through August 3rd, it’s the 40th Annual Lark Camp World Music, Song & Dance Celebration, in the Mendocino Redwoods. (See Below)
• On Friday, July 26th, at 8:00 PM, Benicia Historical Museum hosts Golden Bough presenting their American folk show Travelin’ Songs at the Bret Harte Theater in Benicia, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, July 27th, at 8:00 AM the The Sons of Boru/Celts Gaelic football club holds their annual fundraising Golf Tournament at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame, CA. (See Below)
• Saturday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 4th, it’s the 52nd Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival returns to the Fairgrounds in Monterey, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, August 11th, 7:00 PM, Culann’s Hounds return to the Twin Oaks Backyard BBQ, in Penngrove, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, August 9, at 7:30 PM, hear male vocalist Brass Farthing with female trio Yes M’am at The Lost Church in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, August 14th, at 8:00 PM, Celia Ramsay present a bevy of fine folky friends at the Freight in Berkeley, CA. (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)
• 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)

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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)
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Editorial – Festivals & Cultural Generations

Why were there fewer guilds at festivals?

By Tony Becker and Cecilia Fábos-Becker – Published 2019-06-20

Yesterday, we saw an interesting Facebook posting by a festival organizer we know. The question was, why were there fewer guilds at festivals?‘ Within an hour, there were 145 responses, and they are still coming as we write these words.

The real issue isn’t the number of ‘re-enactment’ or entertainment guilds, but their quality from the perspective of the public and the festivals’ prospects for growth in both participation and attendance. These are issues for Renaissance Faires and some Celtic Festivals, and also many ethnic organizations, including Scots and Irish groups. Many have been ‘struggling’ in recent years.

Beginning with Renaissance Faires and Fantasy-Celtic festivals there are several reasons: foremost is the problem that many of the existing guilds are not soliciting and training younger successor members to keep a guild going, particularly in providing what the general audience will appreciate as ‘entertainment.’ Yet the average age of guild members is, to put it kindly, ‘over 45.’ Do the organizers even poll the non-participant attendees to see what they liked and why and what they didn’t find entertaining, or ask the attendees if they will recommend the event to their friends or return themselves?

This isn’t a true scientific sample, but we have been both on the ‘inside’ of guilds and performing groups (musical sessions), listened to comments from the public and asked for more. These observations should provide some clues and should stimulate more real research into the related issues.

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Blue Summit

Blue Summit Tour

• Fri. July 12, 7:00 PM, Pun-Off, San Francisco, CA Details
• Sat. July 13, 7:00 PM, House Concert, Santa Cruz, CA Details
• Sun. July 14, 4:00 PM, Album Release w/ Gabriel Wheaton, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol, CA Details
• Tues. July 16, 7:30 PM, Casa Amaranta House Concert, Palo Alto, CA Details
• Tues. July 19, 5:00 PM, Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli, San Francisco, CA Details
• Tues. July 19, 9:00 PM, The Plough and Stars, San Francisco, CA Details

Blue Summit Northern California Tour

Fresh, genre-fluid Traditional Music

7/6 Los Gatos | 7/7 Santa Cruz | 7/12 San Francisco | 7/13 Santa Cruz | 7/14 Sebastopol | 7/16 Palo Alto | 7/19 San Francisco

One of the California’s premier bluegrass/trad. bands, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, is on tour!!!

Blue Summit is a genre fluid bluegrass band that first formed in 2016. They are a remarkable group of young musicians who have grown up performing in the California bluegrass community. One of their latest achievements includes a tour of Ireland and the UK, and last year a CBA showcase at the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) event held in North Carolina. They have been gaining traction with their unique sound, sharing their music all over the west coast and Europe.

AJ Lee (lead vocals and mandolin) has been recognized as NCBS (Northern California Bluegrass Society) “Female Vocalist of the Year” nine times! She began singing and performing on stage at the astonishing age of five. By twelve, she had begun writing her own songs and showcasing them nation-wide. AJ has traveled with many bands, including “The Tuttles with AJ Lee”, which had been featured at numerous festivals in an out of state. Now twenty-one, Ms. Lee is excited to share Blue Summit’s latest album consisting of all original material.

Jesse Fichman (guitar, vocals) started playing guitar at the age of ten when he and his friends decided to form a bluegrass band. Since then, he has played in multiple bluegrass bands, multiple jazz combos, and a country band. Jesse graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in biology, and took a majority of the music classes offered there. He is a full time and original member of Blue Summit, and is studying and writing music on the side.

Sully Tuttle (guitar, vocals) started to have an international following when he was just ten years old with a YouTube video of El Cumbanchero, which he played with his brother and sister – it now has over 1.6 million views from around the world. His musicianship was impressive at that young age and just keeps getting better. Over the last few years, Sullivan has developed a reputation for his songwriting and contemporary singing style, as well as his blazing guitar solos. He has appeared at major bluegrass festivals across the US, Canada, and has toured in the United Kingdom.
Northern California Bluegrass Society’s “Guitar Player of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year”!

Chad Bowen (standup bass, vocals) was born and raised in Northwest Ohio and has been with Blue Summit since May 2018. A hardworking musician, Chad has been playing bass with numerous bands in the Bay area for almost 10 years. Music has always been a huge part of his life. Growing up he played piano, guitar, and sang in choirs. Eventually he gravitated to the double bass where he finds himself today smiling big, holding down the low end and those sweet harmonies.

More on the Blue Summit Website.




Cúlarán at The Plough

Friday, July 12th, 9:00 PM

The Plough and the Stars, 116 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

Cúlarán (Irish Gaelic for pignut; Scots Gaelic for cucumber) plainly takes itself very, very seriously as purveyors of mainly Irish music. Based in Berkeley, the group offers rowdy and reverent mixes of traditional songs and tunes, along with original pieces, on mandolin, concertina, fiddle, guitar, whistles, and bones. As seasoned céilí musicians, they’re always game to supply sets for dancers. Cúlarán features Christopher Dillingham, Randall McNeill and Rufus Gondardi.

Learn more on the Cularan website.

For more on the venue, check



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

July West Coast Tour Dates

• Saturday, July 13th, 4:00 PM, Isleton, CA, Bikes, Boats & Bikinis, Moores Riverboat, 106 West Brannan Island Rd., (209) 642-8632, Tickets
• Wednesday, July 24th – Thursday, July 25th, 6:30 PM, Ashland, OR, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Green Show, 15 South Pioneers St., (541) 482-2111, Tickets
• Saturday, July 27th – Sunday, July 28th, Enumclaw, WA, Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games, Enumclaw Expo Center, South Stage 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm both days + Ceilidh Sat. 6pm, (206) 522-2541, 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:


Brave Hearts

Book Event: ‘Brave Hearts-A San Francisco Story
The Grit and Dreams of an Irish Immigrant Family

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 6 PM

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

Enjoy Jean Mahoney’s dramatic reading from her book, Brave Hearts. Brave Hearts is a vivid account of the Irish immigrant experience-not only a San Francisco story but an American story.

The reading will include sample offerings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the award winning winery, Teac Mor, a family owned winery located in the Russian River area. The Gaelic, Teac Mor, means ‘Big House’, and harkens back to their father’s home in Galway.

For tickets to this author reading, click here:

More details on the Facebook event:


Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord 2019 Quintet

Le Vent du Nord

Québécois and more

7/16 Berkeley | 7/17 Mendocino | 7/18 Sacramento

Le Vent du Nord is a Canadian folk music group from Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu in Quebec. The band performs traditional Québécois music, as well as original numbers in this style, in French. In 2019 the group’s membership has expanded to include Simon Beaudry, Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet and André Brunet.

For a video preview, click here to watch Le Vent du Nord at Edinburgh International Festival 2018 as they discuss their new, expanded lineup and their their new album, Territoires.

Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.’ — Boston Herald

Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over 5 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and Artist of the Year at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. They’ve collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.

More info. on their website:

• Tuesday, July 16th, 8:00 PM, $22, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, CA,

• Wednesday, July 17th, 7:30 PM, $15 – $42, Mendocino Music Festival, 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA Tickets
• Thursday, July 18th, 7:00 PM, $35, The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for The Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA, Tickets


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, July 18th hosted by Walter Levinson of Savage Craic
• Thursday, July 25th hosted by Mo Robinson of Shanachie
• Thursday, August 8th hosted by Leslie Allen Conaghan of Fret & Fiddle
• 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.


Tim Myers

Tim Myers, Seanchaí (Storyteller)

Irish Culture Night @ Filoli

Tim Myers, Seanchaí (Storyteller)
Thursday, July 18th @ 6:00 PM

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

Tim Myers is a Guitar Finger Picker, poet, songwriter, professional storyteller, author, and Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA.

For Irish Culture Night at Filoli Historic House & Garden, Tim will reprise the role of traditional Gaelic Seanchaí or Storyteller, and tell his audience about Irish folklore, throuogh his words, songs, and poetry. Tim says:

Ireland is a small country, but its contributions to world culture and art are immense.

I’ll be telling Irish folktales, reading a few Irish poems, and singing Irish folksongs at the lovely Filoli Estate next Thursday the 16th–some of the most powerful material in the world! We start at 6 pm.

The Irish Session Band will also be playing–hoping I get a chance to hear them!

And the Filoli grounds are unmatched for beauty and tranquility.

Come on along!

Full Details here

Hear Tim in these videos from 2014:
KKUP 2014 interview Tim J Myers “Out Of Our Minds”
KKUP 2014 interview Tim J Myers “Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood”

Learn more about Tim Myers on his website,, on his YouTube Channel, or email him at

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


The New World String Project

The New World String Project

98 Strings | Mostly True Stories

John Weed • Aryeh Frankfurter • Lisa Lynne • Stuart Mason

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

Click Here for their videos.

Oregon shows:
• Thursday, July 18th, 7:00 PM, Monroe, OR, Cedar House Concerts,
• Friday, July 19th, 8:00 PM, Eugene, OR, Tsunami Books,
• Saturday, July 20th, 7:00 PM, Roseburg, OR, Oran Mor Meadery,
• Sunday, July 21st, 12:30 PM, Medford, OR, Center for Spiritual Living, Details at
California shows:
• Thursday August 15th, 7:30pm, Aptos, CA, Michaels on Main, $16 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent Celtic society members receive $2 discount

Check out all their info at, or email Lisa Lynne



Celtic Society of Monterey Bay

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

• Thursday, August 15th 2019, 7:30 PM, New World String Project, Michael’s On Main, Soquel

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



The Black Irish Band at the 150th Celebration of
The Golden Spike in Promontory Utah

The Black Irish Band

Friday, July 19th at 7:30 PM

Jack Douglas Saloon, Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia, CA

Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Town of Sonora, California, this five member Black Irish Band of 30 years, have a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. The band has a large compliment of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes in their repertoire. They excel at Irish & Scottish, Italian, and American folk music with an assortment of original songs and traditional western ballads.

Here a link to their many music videos

Seating will be limited – so come early to enjoy music that was popular when Columbia was a real Gold rush Town in the 1800s. Call 209-533-4176 for more information.

The Black Irish Band is 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.

More information, downloads and videos can be found on their website:


Ceilidh Dancing

The Summer Ceilidh @ Encinal Yacht Club

The Summer Ceilidh

July 20, 2019 | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina, Alameda, CA

The Summer Ceilidh, returns to the Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda on July 20, 2019. Presented by PBFSCO, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco, the St. Andrew’s Society of San Francisco and the St. Andrew’s Society of Oakland. Bring your dancing shoes for a night of traditional ceilidh dancing to the music of 3/8 Reel of Seven, led by Andy Imbre with calling by Juliet Davoren. The dances will range from the well know Dashing White Sergeant and Gay Gordons, but you will also have the opportunity to learn some new moves under Juliet’s expert guidance.

Prior to the Ceilidh, wet your thrapple with a whisky tasting presented by Rory Glasgow of Brown-Forman. Rory will lead you through a fine selection of whiskies: The Glendronach, The Benriach and Glenlassaugh.

The Encinal Yacht Club will provide a full buffet dinner, including favorites such as bangers and mash and fish and chips, and a cash free (credit/debit cards only) no-host bar during the evening.

You will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a fine bottle of single malt scotch and other prizes. All proceeds from the raffle will go to support Fisher House in Palo Alto and their charitable work to provide lodging to veterans and active military personnel while they undergo treatment.

Advanced Reservations Required by July 14th! Please sign up early as space is limited. Online Tickets and more information available at or at, or email Susan Spiegel at


Young Dubliners

Young Dubliners

Young Dubliners at UICC

Saturday, July 20th, 7:30 PM

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

The Young Dubliners are coming to San Francisco’s UICC to rock your face off!

The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock’s hardest working band, playing 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.

The Young Dubliners (main act)

Lucky Fiasco (opening act) starts at 7:30pm

Tickets are $35 pre-sale. Get ’em quick. It’s going to sell out for sure. For more information or to buy tickets, click here, Get Tickets or call 415-264-8856.

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.

More info at or on Facebook


Fire and Grace and Ash

Fire and Grace and Ice

Monday, July 22nd, at 4:00 PM
Fire and Grace and Ice

William Coulter • Edwin Huizinga • Olov Johansson

Church in the Forest, 3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA

Edwin Huizinga, violin and William Coulter, guitar, known as Fire & Grace, are joined by Swedish nyckelharpa virtuoso Olov Johansson, foremost performer on the traditional Swedish instrument called the NyckelHarpa. The trio will present repertoire folk and Baroque music from Scandinavia. Some repertoire features the unique Hardanger Fiddle, a traditional stringed instrument used to play the music of Norway. This concert was added after the Festival ticket brochure went to print due to the incredible popularity of the trio’s Sunset Center Concert.

Click here for the Fire & Grace video introduction,

Tickets $41 at The Carmel Bach Festival Website: Click Here!

More details at the Facebook Event, or check their websites:
Edwin Huizinga:
Olov Johansson:
Fire & Grace:



Lark Camp’s 40th Anniversary

Music, Song & Dance Celebration July 26th – August 3rd, 2019

World Music, Song and Dance Celebration

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 all the music, dance, and good times you could possibly stand — that’s the Lark Camp World Music & Dance Celebration.

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.

To review the Complete Lark Camp Music & Dance Staff for 2019, Click Here

Check out the Mendocino Woodlands site: Click Here

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


Golden Bough

Golden Bough presents Travelin’ Songs

Golden Bough Travelin’ Songs

Friday, July 26th, at 8:00 PM

Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns, 2060 Camel Road, Benicia, CA

Acclaimed trio, Golden Bough, moves across America with new show: Travelin’ Songs-The Best Of American Folk. Spanning the continent, Golden Bough links traditional folk songs with more recent 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 evening 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.

Here a link to their many music videos

Tickets $25 available online – Click Here or over the phone at the Museum: (707) 745-5435 or at the Museum gift shop during Museum hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM or at Bookshop Benicia, 636 First St., Benicia
More details in the Facebook event.
Doors open at 7 PM.
No-host Bar.

Golden Bough is:
Margie Butler, lead vocals, harp, whistles, recorders
Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, accordion
Kathy Sierra, fiddle, whistles

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.

For more on Golden Bough, email or check the website:
For more on the venue, check the website:



52nd Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival

Saturday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 4th

Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey, CA

Travel to Scotland, Ireland and England without leaving the Monterey Peninsula. Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment. The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment including Seamus Kennedy and legendary Celtic Rockers, Tempest.

For a video of a past Monterey festival, Click here!

For Advance Tickets, Click Here)
One-Day Adult – Presale $15.00 – At Gate $20.00
One-Day Senior (65+) Military or Child (9-15) – Presale $12.00 – At Gate $15.00

Two-Day Adult – Presale $20.00 – At Gate $30.00
Two-Day Senior (65+) Military or Child (9-15) – Presale $15.00 – At Gate $20.00

Children 8 & under free

Attractions include, the thrilling sights and sounds of the massed pipe bands on parade featuring hundreds of pipers and drummers, exciting Scottish heavy athletic competition events seen in award-winning films such as Braveheart, Rob Roy and Brave, including the famous caber toss, hammer and stone throw, weight for distance and height, and the sheaf toss, talented Highland, Country and other types of costumed dancers, dozens of clans, two very popular whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, beautiful jewelry and craft, sheepdog and duck herding.

Vendors offer tasty and British and Scottish food and drink, and unique Scottish, British and Irish crafts, jewelry, clothing, and music that will be enjoyed by all. There’s always great shopping with authentic products imported from Scotland, Ireland and England and hand-made items with Celtic themes.

Step back in time with costumed historical re-enactment Groups depicting life in 16th Century Scotland or meet and greet for tea with Mary Queen of Scots. Festival attendees will also enjoy researching their own clans at the clan and Celtic association tents as they stroll through the Avenue of Clans.

There are lots of fun interactive children’s games activities planned for the wee ones at the Children’s Glen, too. Little ones can participate in scaled down athletic events (mini-Caber toss, pillow over the bar, mini braemar stone putt), plus enjoy fun Celtic craft projects and the popular Celtic Quest. Don’t miss the popular whisky tasting seminar that celebrates one of Scotland’s greatest exports-fine, single malt Scotch whisky. Learn more about the history, distillation process and various tasting characteristics of fine whiskies. Guinness beer and other beverages are abundant as well.

For more information: or call 831-682-2022.


Sons of Boru

Sons Of Boru-Celts
San Francisco

Sons Of Boru-Celts 20th Annual Golf Tournament

Saturday, July 27th, 8:00 AM

Crystal Springs Golf Course, 6650 Golf Course Drive, Burlingame, CA

The Sons of Boru/Celts 20th Annual Golf Tournament is on July 27th, 2019 at Crystal Springs Golf Course Burlingame. Please help support the Gaelic Athletic Association and spread the word. If you wish to sponsor a hole please reach out directly to the contacts below. We hope to see you all there !

Saturday, July 27th, 2019 Shotgun Start At 8:00 AM
Price Per Golfer: $125
Limited To 125 Golfers
Includes Round Of Golf, Golf Cart, Lunch,
Dinner & Prjzes At Life Shannon Arms
For Reservations Call:
Brian Reilly @ 415-317-3603
James Collins @ 415-933-2732

Full details on the Facebook Event:


Hounds 2019

Renée de la Prada and the Hounds

Culann’s Hounds

Sunday, August 11th, 7:00 PM

Twin Oaks Backyard BBQ, 5745 Old Redwood Hwy., Penngrove, 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.

$10 Tickets and details, Twin Oaks Backyard BBQ or call 707-795-5118.

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.

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.


Brass Farthing

Brass Farthing with Yes M’am

Friday, August 9, at 7:30 PM

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

Yes M'am

Yes M’am

Brass Farthing is a group of stalwart lads brought together to sing songs, raise good cheer, and otherwise make merry in the company of friends both old and new. We take our inspiration from many periods and enjoy performing historical, traditional, and contemporary compositions in traditional styles.

More at or email

A capella group, Yes M’am (Margaret Miles, Amelia Hogan, Mary Hill) formed out of the local folk scene here in the bay area and combined Mary’s modern folk stylings with Amelia’s deep traditional roots, along with Margaret’s whimsy and songwriting skills.

What makes Yes M’am so wonderful is the blend of modern and traditional styles in tight and powerful harmony. Experience renditions of modern classics and traditional song in an entirely unique blend.

For a video sample of Yes M’am! – ‘Shankill Butchers’, Click Here.

For more on Yes M’am, check

$12 advance at this link
$15 at the door. The Lost Church is currently Cash Only at the Door.

Doors at 7:30pm. Show at 8:15pm.
Seating is first come, first served.

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

Ages 10 and over are welcome. (Parental discretion is advised for some events).

More Event Details here:



Celtic Society of Monterey Bay

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

• Thursday, August 15th 2019, 7:30 PM, New World String Project, Michael’s On Main, Soquel

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


Celia Ramsay

Celia Ramsay

Celia Ramsay and Friends
Wednesday, August 14, @ 8 PM

Eamonn Flynn, Brothers Luper, Autumn Rhodes/Tim Hill/Richard Mandel, & Leah Wollenberg

Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA

Local yokel, Celia Ramsay, knows a few Bay Area folks you’ll be happy to meet. Joining her will be Eamonn Flynn, Brothers Luper, Autumn Rhodes/Tim Hill/Richard Mandel, and Leah Wollenberg.

Celia’s affinity for her Scottish heritage burst into bloom in her teens; that was a long time ago, and that passion has followed her throughout her life. As a singer of traditional music, her voice is captivating and convincing, and as delightful ‘in the old style’ as with accompaniment. Listeners will understand why she feels that this music is not merely the territory of her ancestors in Scotland; these songs are about the universal human condition. She loves the lyrics; you will love her voice.

Get full Details and Tickets on the Facebook Event:

Dublin-born Eamonn Flynn first came into prominence playing the Hammond organ and piano on the movie soundtrack for The Commitments. Now living in San Francisco, he has toured and recorded as a keyboard player with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Elvin Bishop, Michelle Shocked, Pee Wee Ellis, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Maria Muldaur, Finbar Furey, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Black Family, and Zigaboo Modeliste. He stepped out front and released his first solo album singing and playing his original songs in 2017 and is currently working on a second album that is due out soon.

As a first-call guitar accompanist, Richard Mandel has performed and toured with Jimmy Keane, Gerry O’Connor, Paddy Keenan, Mick Maloney, and many others. Richard’s pals Autumn Rhodes and Tim Hill, also steeped in the traditions of Ireland, pair Autumn’s heavily rhythmic and pulsating concertina and flute, with Tim’s relaxed but deadly accurate uilleann piping. The result is a graceful and infectious sound. Put the three of them together, and they are enrapturing!

Brothers Luper is a Celtic duo, and they have a simpatico that is the rare purview that comes of being siblings. They drive their music with a dynamic energy that invigorates old tunes with new and unique stylings. They are both pivotal members of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, as leaders of ‘High Strung’, the youth-faction of the SFSF.


Elise MacGregor Ferrell, Bagpiper

Elise MacGregor Ferrell, Bagpiper

Silverado Resort Beginning of 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.



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.


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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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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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