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Friday, 2021-10-15
Updates, Features, & Events

• This past week, the European Union (EU) proposed substantial changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol, which has governed trade between the rest of the United Kindom (UK), (known as Great Britain), and Northern Ireland, since the UK left the EU last year. For a well balanced report on the status of these proposals, you can check this Update from the BBC (See Details)
Tom Mulligan, proprietor of the The Cobblestone Pub in Dublin, Ireland, is looking for your personal active support in his quest to continue his establishment’s unwavering support for Celtic Culture. Please read his appeal! (See Below)
• His many friends are missing Bay Area Legend and leader of the Starboard Watch band, Skip Henderson, who succumbed to COVID on Thursday, September 16th. There are two memorial events planned, and one of them is open to the public. On Thursday, October 21st at 6:00 PM, the public event will happen at Quinns in Oakland, CA.
(See Below)


Celtic Colours 2021

Cape Breton Island is often called the 8th Celtic Nation, and 2021 will mark their 25th Annual Celtic Colours International Festival. This year, the entire Festival again will be accessible online – check it out on their excellent Celtic Colours Website. The penultimate show will be on Friday, October 15th at 7:30 PM ADT (3:30 PM PDT), and the finale will be on Saturday, October 16th at 7:30 PM ADT (3:30 PM PDT). To watch Celtic Colours live, check the full schedule here, then return during the festival to watch any of their many live streaming performances. (See Details)

Events: (one-time)

• On Saturday, October 16th, at 10:00 AM PDT, Linn Phipps conducts another of her Learn Scottish Gaelic songs Workshops, and next 1st Friday of the month, November 5th at 11:30 AM PDT, Srùbag, the free monthly world-wide Gaelic Song Session, returns, streaming live, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday and Sunday, October 16th – 17th the re-scheduled Midsummer Fairy Tale, An Indie Music & Faire Fantasy Experience, happens at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 16th, at 11:00 AM, it’s SF Virtual Chantey Sing! After years singing from the wooden decks of the historic 1886 sailing ship Balclutha at the Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, CA, this 39 year old maritime cultural tradition rises like the Phoenix from your computer or device. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 16th, 12:00 – 4:00 PM PDT the Saint Andrew’s Society of Sacramento invites you to the 2021 Fall Ceilidh outdoors in Jim David Park in Fair Oaks, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 16th at 2:00 PM PDT, guest Brian Mc Grath is featured in the next Whelan Master Session, conducted by John Whelan, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 16th, from 3:00 – 8:00 PM at the United Irish Cultural Center, Wawona Gates is serving hot food and a full bar, outdoors under their 1800 sq.ft. ‘Big Top’, and from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, LIVE music as Paul Espinoza takes the Wawona Gates stage, followed by Octoberfest by the Beach with German Food, beer, and games, and The Internationals from 7:00 PM on, all at their spacious facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 16th at 5:00 PM, the fabulous Shipwrecked Shanty Band are back in person (keepin’ their distance) and online via Facebook Live from Sláinte Irish Pub in Jack London Square in Oakland, CA with a tribute to legendary Shantyman Skip Henderson. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 16th, at 8:00 PM indefatigable Celtic Rockers Tempest West Coast Fall Tour continues in Woodland, CA with more stops in Blue Lake and Fresno. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 16th at 5:30 PM, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas will begin an 8 city tour of the West Coast with a concert in Nevada City, CA. (See Below)
• From Monday, October 18th – Sunday, October 24th, its the West Coast’s Largest Irish Music Festival, the 18th Annual Galway Bay Celtic Music Feis, in Ocean Shores, WA. (See Below)
• From Thursday, October, 21st 7:00 AM CDT through Sunday October 24th, the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, the Irish Music Camp Like No Other, convenes in Midlothian, TX. (See Below)
• On Friday, October 22nd, at 9:00 AM PDT, the Consulate General of Ireland San Francisco presents Clodagh Doyle and Catherine Flynn presentation on Samhain: The Winter Festival & Irish Death Traditions, as part of their #IrelandinSF Virtual Speaker Series, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Friday October 22nd, Saturday October 23rd & Sunday October 24th, the 10th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival Of Music & Dance overruns the small town of Fairfax, CA, which, for the weekend, resembles a town in Ireland full of songs, tunes and dance. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 23rd, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, the 12th Annual El Cerrito Free Folk Festival, happens at online via Zoom, from El Cerrito, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, October 29th at 4:30 PM PDT, Amelia Hogan will perform an online a capella concert via Facebook Live, from her living room in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 30th at 8:00 PM PDT, Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band Wake the Dead, begins their Fall tour at with their 21st annual Day of the Dead party, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA, and on Friday, November 25th, 8:00 PM PST, performs at B Street At The Sofia in Sacramento, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 30th, Noon-10:30 PM & Sunday, October 31st, 11 AM – 6 PM comes the 13th Annual Sonora All Hallows Faire, a Celtic Tradition in the Mother Lode of California. (See Below)
• From sunset on Sunday October 31st to sunset on Monday November 1st is the traditional day for Samhain/Samhuinn/Samhainn, the New Years celebrations established by the Celts thousands of years ago, and we still celebrate this annual event today as Hallowe’en. (See Below)

Events: (recurring)

• On Fridays, at 5:30 PM, the Cross Keys band, Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O’Neill, sing out at the Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden in Fairfax, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, October 8th, 8:30 PM PDT, One Eyed Reilly holds forth at Ollies in Lodi, CA. On Thursdays, at 6:00 PM, they play at The Delta King Bar & Grill in Sacramento, CA, and can be heard at several other venues in the Sacramento Valley. (See Below)
• On Tuesday evenings, from 7:00-8:30 PM Pacific Time, its the Andronicos San Francisco Jam, hosted by Dinah and Noah Stroe on Zoom from San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, multi-instrumentalist Michael Eskin hosts The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Session, the best and most popular participatory online Irish traditional music event. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM (beginning October 14th, 2021), Stout Rebellion leads their community fun time at Jackrabbit Brewing Company in West Sacramento, 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)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, the local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown San Francisco at 5th and Howard. (See Below)
• Music is returning to the cherished San Francisco Celtic cultural institution, The Plough and the Stars, now open from Wednesday through Sunday, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM. (See Below)
Sláinte Pub Jack London Square in Oakland, CA is open Tuesday – Sunday, with a full menu of great food and drink with outdoor and limited indoor dining service and on Sundays from 4 PM to 7 PM offers traditional Irish music from their house band, Buncrana. (See Below)
• On the first Sunday of each month, a small group of Starry Plough regulars stream a re-newed online Irish Session from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. (See Below)
• Multi-genre violin teacher (especially Irish Traditional Music) and performer Darcy Noonan is available for gigs and lessons. (See Below)
• Sport your Celtic heritage! AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo. (See Below)
The Celtic Tea Shoppe, in San Jose is your source for Celtic and Celtic inspired carry-out fresh baked foods, confections and rare teas! (See Below)
• While Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA and Exploring Music in the outer sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, CA are closed for walk-ins, both stores are open for online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
• The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, has a 32 year record of producing Celtic Concerts in various venues in and around Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA. (See Below)
Catherine Barry’s Irish Culture Bay Area, offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area. (See Below)

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

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Dublin, Ireland Sessions

Cobblestone Pub

by Tony Becker 2016-05-10 updated 2021-10-12

The Cobblestone, described by publican Tom Mulligan as ‘a drinking pub with a music problem‘, is a highly recommended traditional Irish music bar and venue. Literally everyone we asked, “Where is the Craic“, from Ray Yeates, the City of Dublin’s Arts officer, to our taxi drivers, recommended the Cobblestone.

But the current COVID pandemic is changing all these live music practices world wide, and now there is an attempt to re-develop the property into a hotel, so in mid-October, 2021 I asked Tom for an update:

Lovely to hear from you!
Music is alive and well here in Ireland, but government won’t allow any indoor performance at the moment. Hopefully, this will change as we have been expecting a review of situation since last month, September, 2021.

Live music is allowed, outdoors only at the moment and involves social distancing between performers. Our former smoking area is now the only place for people to play, but we cannot organize the sessions like two years ago. It’s a bit like starting off again, from scratch.

We have had a lot of musicians calling and playing at irregular times, but optimistic that we wager back to former ways, before Christmas.

As many of you have heard, there is a move to redevelop this property as a hotel, which certainly could have an adverse effect on our operation. There is a community based effort to tell the Dublin Planning Commission how important it is to preserve our current community service as a cultureal resourse for Ireland and all it’s people. I encourage all our supporters, here and abroad, to sign the online petition. Here’s the petition link:

Thanks very much indeed for your support, past, present and future, and please do keep in touch! — Tom

In 2016, we stopped in late on an April Saturday afternoon, and listened to the last half-hour of the Old-time session as well as the first part of the first Trad Session of the evening. Fiddler Dermy Diamond of Belfast lead both, and the place was absolutely packed, with punters literally shoulder to shoulder. Luckily, Tony was able to secure a couple of pints at the bar, so we were not left high and dry.

Click Here for a video sample of the session!

The Mulligan family have been playing Irish music for five generations, no one can remember back any further. Tom’s laid back and friendly pub is built on family tradition as well as respect for the full range of music and culture.

Besides the Irish Traditional music and song, The Cobblestone also features Irish Sean-nós singing and dancing, set dancing, céilidh, American Old-time sessions, history talks and more.

The Cobblestone is just fifteen minutes walk from the city center in Smithfield, one of Dublin’s oldest neighborhoods, at 77 King St N, Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland. Full details on their website


Skip Henderson

Skip Henderson Public Memorial

Thursday, October 21st, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Public Musical Event – Quinn’s Lighthouse, 1951 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA
(Please park in the lighted parking lot across the street, as car break-ins are prolific at Quinn’s)

Memorials for Skip Henderson

‘Starboard Watch’ Band Leader

Bay Area Legend and leader of the band Skip Henderson and the Starboard Watch, Skip Henderson, succumbed to COVID on the morning of Thursday, September 16th at the assisted living home in Eureka where he had lived in for the past few years.

You can post your condolences and check for updates here on the Quinn’s & Heinold’s Sea Shanty Crew Facebook Group.


If you would like to contribute to the funeral and memorial services, although certainly not not mandatory, any amount is appreciated at the GoFundMe link, here:

Here are a few comments from his many friends.

John Blakemore

During the 1960s, San Francisco’s North Beach area was transitioning, and was known as The International Settlement, at Broadway, Columbus and Upper Grant Avenue.

Music thrived in the area. Night clubs like “The Hungry I” flourished and Big Name Folk performers were the norm. There was room for many up and comers too, especially at the Folk Scene on Upper Grant Ave. Lots of small clubs and Coffee Houses took solo acts and small groups.

Skip Henderson was one of the regular performers. Doing this set of clubs, Skip became good friends with Hoyt Axton, recently out of the Navy, also performing in that Scene. They traveled and gigged together a bit before Hoyt headed to LA. and song writing fame.

There are quite a few more stories about the shenanigans of those two…but not now.”

R.I.P. Skip…

Micha Dunston

A Great Lighthouse Has Dimmed: For weeks, Skip Henderson had been coming into my dreams to say goodbye. He left us to sail across the sea, and was undoubtedly met by his dear wife, Patty. A great light has gone out in our community. RIP, dear Shantyman. Please post your thoughts, memories on the Quinn’s & Heinold’s Sea Shanty Crew Facebook Group. Memorial information is above. We will remember you every time we sing and with every breath in the sails!

Skip is best known for the song he authored Billy Bones and for his music appearing in Pirates of the Caribbean 2, in the bar fight scene, here: Pirates of the Caribbean – Tortuga fight scene 4K video. Skip told me that the Director, Gore Verbinksy, loved the tune and wanted it in the film.

I had the honor of creating several videos of Skip and this one has a REALLY good close up of Skip:
Sea Shanty: A Fine Sea Song by Skip Henderson and the Starboard Watch

This one, with fiddler Brian Theriault at Heinold’s, is another GREAT close up of Skip, and shows his passion for the music:

Irish / Scottish fiddle at Heinold’s Pub in Oakland

and finally, Skip is real happy in this video of “Plaisir d’Amour” at Heinhold’s:
Traditional Accordion and Fiddle: French Waltz “Plaisir d’Amour” at Heinhold’s

Fair winds and following seas, Skipper


Linn Phipps

Lynn Phipps
Gaelic Song Workshop Dates
Saturday, October 16th, 2021, 10:00 AM PDT
Saturday, November 20th, 2021, 10:00 AM PDT
Saturday, December 18th, 2021, 10:00 AM PDT

Linn Phipps Learn Scottish
Gaelic songs Workshop

Online via Zoom

Celtic language song session

Based in Edinburgh but including people across the world, Srùbag is a monthly Gaelic Song Cèilidh, free to join. It’s held on the 1st Friday of the month at 1930 UK time (which usually means 10:30 AM Alaska time, 11:30 AM PDT, 2:30 PM EDT, but NB US and UK time zones will change on different weekends in October).

Everyone is welcome to sing a Celtic language song (Gaelic, Gaelige, Welsh, Breton etc.) or join to listen. Our participants come from far and wide! USA, Ireland, UK, Brittany,… 

We also have a Guest singer for part of each Srùbag.

Our links are recurrent:, OR

OR Meeting ID: 885 8258 4636, PASSWORD (if required) is srubag.

At 10:00 AM PDT on the third Saturday of the month, Lynn Phipps conducts a Learn Scottish Gaelic songs Workshop.

Aim: learn a Gaelic song: words, translation, phonetics, and mp3 audios of words and song will be provided on Linn’s website, (See Below).

Over the year we can learn songs from many different genres of Gaelic song. Requests welcome.
For: singers interested in learning a Gaelic song – no knowledge of Gaelic required, musicians also welcome! Please feel free to share the Zoom link.
Cost: free!
Links: Join Zoom Meeting – link kindly provided by Dawn Berg – recurrent meeting:
Meeting ID: 868 4516 2455, Passcode: 206097

And for more info. pls contact Linn by email:
Or check Linn’s website:



Shows, Food and Activities

Armored warriors fight for glory, mystical beings run amok, and high energy top notch musicians from a variety of genres rule the stage.

Bountiful and delicious array of themed foods and drinks.
Kingdom Concession will have a variety of themed foods
Auburn Odd Fellows will have a variety of meads, wines and beers from local breweries.
Wicked Stage Shows, Mesmerizing Characters, Interactive Experiences…

Midsummer Fairy Tale
An Indie Music & Faire Fantasy Experience

Saturday, October 16th 10:00 AM – Sunday, 17th, 5:00 PM

Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St, Plymouth, CA



The Milk Carton Kids
The Tossers
Young Dubliners
Old Sea Brigade
The Hunt’s
Brother Angus
Adam Hurst (Worldcello)
The Pikeys


Beta Radio
Jessica Malone
Adam Hurst
Black Eyed Dempseys

Come and get lost in dance to the thrilling tribal drums, watch in awe of Indie, Celtic, and Folk bands, be a part of amazing stage shows that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and entangle yourself with otherworldly entertainers and beings…

Buy Tickets NOW!

Full Details at or on the Facebook event


SF Virtual Chantey Sing Series

Saturday, October 16th, 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM PDT

Online via Zoom from SF Maritime Association

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

Peter Kasin says,
Ahoy –
Amidst all the chaos going on around us, we still have the monthly virtual chantey sing to help bring joy, calm the nerves, and help us get through these trying times. The next one is on Saturday, October 16th, 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM Pacific time, USA, around 7pm in London and 8pm in Paris

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

For general information,. and for non-song leaders to log in on the day and time:

Visit for details, including links to a signup sheet, info for lead singers, and some suggested virtual backgrounds. You should have a good internet connection and be ready to have fun!

There will be no chantey sing in November, due to busy Thanksgiving time scheduled, but we we’ll have a big virtual chantey sing celebration on the 2nd Saturday of December, since 2021 is the Chantey sing’s 40th year!

Fair winds,
– Peter Kasin

• Sign up to Lead a Song Here:

• Virtual Backgrounds required for lead singers available here:

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

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

For more details, check this Facebook Page


Saint Andrew's Society of Sacramento

Saint Andrew’s Society of Sacramento
2021 Fall Ceilidh

Saturday, October 16th, 12:00 – 4:00 PM PDT

Fair Oaks VFW – Jim David Park, 8990 Kruitof Way, Fair Oaks, CA

Back from several years of dissolution, the Saint Andrew’s Society of Sacramento invites you to the 2021 Fall Ceilidh.

Come out to enjoy music (including the Sacramento City Pipe Band), dance, possible athletic demonstrations, food and drink at the Fair Oaks VFW Park. The VFW Bar will be open and we hope to have one or more food trucks.

Cost: Nothing!

Bring yourself, family and friends. Tartans & Kilts are encouraged to be worn.

We must ask that no alcohol be brought onto the grounds.

Questions? Wish to be involved as a volunteer or vendor? Contact The SASS VP Travis Chatters at
(Registration is not required for this event)

Le meas coibhneil,
Saint Andrew’s Society of Sacramento


Brian Mc Grath

Brian Mc Grath

Whelan Master Session with Brian Mc Grath

Saturday, October 16th, 2:00 PM PDT

Online via Zoom

Since March 2020, John has stepped up his online activities, which have included dozen of what he calls Whelan Master Sessions.

My dear friends I am pleased to announce that my next guest on the Whelan Master Session will be my good friend Brian Mc Grath an amazing multi-instumentalist and all around great guy. I hope you concider joining us on October 16th at 2pm pacific, 5pm eastern and 10pm Irish/UK time and afford yourself the opportunity to play with, talk to or just listen for two hours for a donation of $20. I will also be healed soon enough from my surgery to play again and am looking forward to that very much. Until then, I will be doing Mondays with John but not the Wednesday Slow session for a while while I recover.

Here is a little bio for you — John Whelan

Brian Mc Grath comes from Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh, an area steeped in traditional music. Brian’s first professional work was with Dervish. He then joined Four Men And A Dog and played on the award-winning album Barking Mad. He moved his career on, accompanying Noel Hill, Paul Brock and Frankie Gavin, among others, before joining the Sean Keane Band as pianist. Brian joined De Dannan where he stayed till the band broke up in 2003. Brian now plays with At The Racket, and is much sought after as a session musician on piano, banjo and mandolin. He has toured extensively, playing with all the biggest names in Irish traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, John Carty, Matt Molloy, Paul Brock, Charlie Lennon, Joe Burke, Sean Maguire, Brian Rooney, Cathal Hayden, Joe Derrane, Arty McGlynn, Alec Finn, Alan Kelly, Dolores Keane, Maura O’Connell, Tommy Fleming, Steve Cooney and Eleanor Shanley, as well as doing extensive TV and media work

On Mondays at 4:30 Pacific, John also offers his Mondays with John live stream on John Whelan’s Facebook Page.

Seven-time All-Ireland Button Accordion Champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. He has over 15 CDs and has performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. John’s music has been featured on such TV shows as ‘Sex in the City,’ ‘History’s Mysteries’ and ‘History Detective.’ John performs with the John Whelan Band and has also teamed up with his old pal Brian Conway forming the group Gailfean, which also features Máirtin De Cógáin and Don Penzien have released their first new CD. For over a decade, John has performed ‘Monday’s with John’ every Monday evening on his Facebook Profile.

Get more details on John’s website: or email John at with questions or requests.



United Irish Cultural Center

Whats On?

Saturday, October 16th

• 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM Wawona Gates Open
— Octoberfest by the Beach
— Outdoors with Full Bar
• 4:00 PM ‘Paul Espinoza’
• 7:00 PM ‘The Internationals’

More Details

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


Indoors – Vac card, and Masking when eating or drinking.
Outdoors – masking when not eating and drinking.

Check San Francisco County’s COVID-19 related Public Health Orders

On Saturday, October 16th, at 3:00 PM, German food, beer, and fun with LIVE music from from Paul Espinoza, followed by Octoberfest by the Beach on the #WawonaGates stage under the lights/tent AND The Internationals at the Irish Center.

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

And now, the UICC is also offering Private Events in their spacious Saint Patrick’s Room!

Saturday, October 16th its the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest By The Beach at the Irish Center SF. Anne Cassidy Carew is busy collating photos and stories for the San Francisco Irish Dance Exhibition later on this year.

UICC website
UICC Facebook Page



The Shipwrecked Shanty Band

Jim Nelson – Banjo
Micha Dunston – Whistle, Bodhran
John Palme – Guitar
Steven Strauss – Stand up bass

Sláinte’s Sea Shanty Saturday

Saturday, October 16th at 5:00 PM

Live at Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Also Online via Facebook LIVE

Shipwrecked Shanty proves once again that sea shanties are cheaper than therapy, and they sound even better with beer!

Born out of Covid, kicked out of venues, a rag-tag group of Sea Shanty lovers became shipwrecked…but the band played on! The Shipwrecked Shanty Band, appears LIVE and LIVE STREAMIN’ on Facebook for you land-locked, from Sláinte in Oakland!

Micha says:
This outing will be dedicated to Skip Henderson, author of “Billy Bones” and so many other shanties and sea songs close to our hearts. It kicks off a week of commemorative events honoring Skip and his impact on the shanty community.

For the live stream, just navigate to the Shipwrecked Sea Shanty Crew Facebook group, click ‘Join’, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

The menu at Sláinte features Irish cuisine from Irish-born Executive Chef, Jackie Gallanagh, with dishes that include both imported & local ingredients and a bar menu of classic cocktails, a well-stocked selection of whisky, premium spirits, and local & imported beers.

More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.

Check the Sláinte’s & Shipwrecked Sea Shanty Crew Facebook group
for updates. Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website




Celtic Rock with Tempest

October 2020 West Coast Tour

Upcoming Shows

Saturday, October 2nd, 6:00 PM, Eureka Heritage Days, Perdiz Sport Shooting Range, 1 Windfall Rd., Eureka, NV, (775) 230-2232

Saturday, October 9th, Afternoon Show, times TBA, Apple Harvest Festival, Main Street McCloud, McCloud, CA, at the foot of Mount Shasta, (530) 964-3113

Saturday, October 16th, 8:00 PM, Father Paddy’s Irish Public House, 435 Main St., Woodland, CA, (530) 867-2939

Saturday, October 23rd, 8:00 PM, Blue Lake Casino, 777 Casino Way, Blue Lake, CA, (707) 668-9770

Saturday, October 30th, 7:30 PM, Full Circle Brewing Co., Special Halloween Show — Come in costume and celebrate with us!, 712 Fulton St., Fresno, CA, (559) 319-8195, Tempest returns to Fresno by popular demand. Full Circle Brewing Co. has moved to a fab new location, and we’re excited to be back!

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 Magna Carta Records, Tempest’s releases are acclaimed worldwide.

Last year, during the height of confinement, Tempest produced two great CDs; ‘Live At SoundTek Studios’ The Lockdown Sessions, and ‘Live On The Air’ The Radio Sessions 1992 – 2018. Both CDs have received tremendous response, and totally energized our mail order business! But you should know, these albums are limited edition, collectors items, and autographed copies are only available from the Tempest Web Site while supplies last.

Mail order CDs directly from Tempest:

Artist sites and sounds:


Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Fall 2021 West Coast Tour Dates

Upcoming West Coast Shows
  • Saturday, October 16th, Nevada Theater, Nevada City, CA
  • Wednesday, October 20th & 21st, Grizzly Peak Winery, Ashland, OR
  • Friday, October 22nd, The Shedd, Eugene, OR
  • Saturday, October 23rd Alberta Rose Theatre , Portland, OR
  • Monday, October 25th Tower Theater, Bend, OR
  • Thursday, October 28th Littlefield Celtic Center, Mount Vernon, WA
  • Friday, October 29th Littlefield Celtic Center, Mount Vernon, WA
  • Saturday, October 30th Phinney Neighborhood Center, Seattle, WA

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented Californian cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one, but the duo’s dazzling teamwork, driving rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes has helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello.

Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding, and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

For a sample of what to expect at the concert, check out this video:

For more, check


CMF 2021

18th Annual Galway Bay Celtic Music Feis!

West Coast’s Largest Irish Music Festival

Ocean Shores, WA

We have reached a milestone with this being our 18th Anniversary and are excited to make this the best Feis ever, celebrating Irish songs, ballads, players and bands that will be flooding Ocean Shores, WA with music and fun for six days this October. Come tip a pint and kick up your heels.

The festival will begin on Monday, October 18, 2021 at the 8th Street Ale House in Hoquiam, with a limited seating event. Tuesday, October 19 through October 24 stages will be in Ocean Shores beginning at Galway and expanding to the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

An eclectic mix of Irish bands, choirs and dancers hailing from throughout the United States, Canada and, of course, Ireland will be rounding out this year’s entertainment. Highlights at this year’s event will include Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, Celtica Pipes Rock, and Hank Cramer. Bill Mullen, Coming Up Threes, Cul an Ti, Heavy Hammer, Kim Cooney, Ockham’s Razor, Oliver Mulholland, Paddy Homan, Peter Daldry, SeaStar, Seattle Irish Dancers, Stark Raving Plaid, Stout Pounders, That Irish Guy, The Whiskeydicks and more will be gracing our 9 stages.

All the stages will be indoors or covered, providing the festival attendees with a unique opportunity to enjoy some great musicians in weatherproof surroundings. This promises to be a great event for adults and 8th Street and Galway, and families at the Convention Center.

The Convention Center will host a Vendor Village for your shopping experience, and we welcome you to visit the Gift Shop at Galway Bay. Musicians will be selling their merchandise and CDs after their performances.

For Online Tickets, Click Here:

For more information and a schedule of the bands and events, Click Here: You can email us at or call us at 360-289-2300.


O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat
An Irish Music Camp Like No Other!

Thursday, October, 21st 7:00 PM CDT – Sunday October 24th

Hoblitzelle Camp & Conference Center, 8060 Singleton Rd, Midlothian, TX

COVID Policy

After considering the current state of the pandemic worsened by the Delta variant, we have decided to require all our participants at the 2021 O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat to be fully vaccinated and, under certain conditions, masked. We apologize for any inconvenience or disruption this may cause those who have already enrolled. Here is our new COVID Policy —

The 18th annual O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat will be this year’s premiere gathering of Irish music lovers nurturing the tradition that we hold close to our hearts.

This unique event immerses you in a complete traditional Irish music community for four days of classes, sessions, concerts, dances, camaraderie and learning in depth on dozens of aspects of Irish culture, including Enrichment classes, Informances, and dozens of Workshops.

Each year we invite internationally respected musicians from within the Irish music tradition to perform and teach our classes. Organized by the Traditional Irish Music Education Society (TIMES), we also engage a core group of local and area-wide volunteers and staff who are dedicated to making the retreat a memorable experience for each participant.

This year, we gather on Thursday, October, 21st at 7:00 PM CDT for a BBQ dinner followed by a concert and the airing of a documentary video that was made about last year’s virtual event. Classes and other activities begin Friday morning.

Check out our YouTube Channel for videos of everything you can expect at O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.

Named in honor of Jim O’Flaherty, a musician who immigrated from Ireland to North Texas spreading the Irish music tradition through his family, friends and community, the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat continues with Jim’s commitment to help others learn, enjoy, and grow in these rich traditions. Read More about our history…

For details, tickets, lodging, etc., please go to our website!


Clodagh Doyle

#IrelandinSF Virtual Speaker Series
Samhain: The Winter Festival & Irish Death Traditions

Friday, October 22nd, 9:00 AM PDT

Online via Zoom

Catherine Flynn

Catherine Flynn

The Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco is delighted to present Clodagh Doyle from the National Museum of Ireland and Dr. Catherine Flynn from UC Berkeley, who will be discussing the Celtic roots of Hallowe’en, Samhain the Winter Festival, Irish death traditions, and much more!

Get into the spirit of Hallowe’en and join us for our Samhain Speaker Series — Sign up for the event here, and if you have any questions for Catherine & Clodagh please send them to our email:

We hope to see you there- Oíche Shamhna Shona Duit!

Clodagh Doyle is a Keeper of the Irish Folklife Division and our trusted Samhain expert, curated many of the permanent gallery displays at the National Museum of Ireland- Country Life. We are so excited that Clodagh will be joining us again this year after an incredibly successful Samhain event in 2020.

Noted scholar, Director of Irish Studies at UC Berkeley, and author of James Joyce and the Matter of ParisCatherine Flynn brings her impressive Irish expertise and will be guiding our discussion with Clodagh. Catherine also co-hosts the podcast U22 The Centenary Ulysses (available on iTunes and Spotify).

Consulate General of Ireland San Francisco



10th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival

Friday, October 22nd
Saturday, October 23rd
Sunday, October 24th

just 22 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge — ALL FREE

around Fairfax, CA

The Pavilion
Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden
Wu Wei Tea Temple
Sorella Cafe
Revolution 9
Iron Springs Brewery

Heartbeat Music is delighted to present, the 10th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival Of Music & Dance.

Click here for the full details available now and later for a schedule of performances

For more info, check Fairfax Fleadh Website, or The Fairfax Fleadh Facebook Page, or email or call Cormac Gannon at 415-902-2947.


Culann’s Hounds
The Pure Drops
Erica & Friends
Vince Keehan
Kenny Somerville
Comhaltas Irish Set Dancers
David Winter & The SF Pipers Band
The Turf Cutters
Riggy Rackin
Catherine John
Rebecca Richman
Rory McNamara
Jason Pollock & Valerie Rose
Darcy Noonan & Hector Bragado

Susan Spurlock
Tedd Colt
Eamonn Flynn
Felim Egan
Todd Silverstein & Rodney Miller
Elizabeth Roddy
Dana Trillo
Daniel Schoenfeld
Anne Goess
Suzuki Cady & Liam Kaplan
Neil O’Neill & Stacy Samuels
Robert Shaw
Brosnan Irish Dancers
Savage Craic


El Cerrito FFF

12th Annual El Cerrito Free Folk Festival

Music, dance, and jams!
Saturday, October 23rd, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Online via Zoom

The El Cerrito Free Folk Festival is a an music festival that is free of charge and open to the public. The generosity and sponsorship of the San Francisco Folk Music Club and the City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission have made the annual El Cerrito Free Folk Festival possible.

Use this link to Propose Addtions to the Program.

Learn more about the Program on our Facebook Page.

You can register now or day of the Festival.
Click for full details on the website:

Click on the link, fill out the form (just your name and email), and the Zoom link will be sent to your email in a few seconds.

Enjoy! – Hali Hammer


Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan LIVE ONLINE
streaming from San Francisco

Friday, October 29th, 4:30 PM PDT

Online via Facebook

Amelia Hogan sings traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American folk songs from across both sides of various ponds.

As those of you who followed her 2020 quarantine concert series know, these concerts create an intimate, thoughtful atmosphere. Come join in this Friday at 4:30 PM PDT for live singing on her Facebook Page!

Amelia’s music will take you on a journey, from light and fun songs, through soulful and meaningful works addressing the challenges in life, to uplifting sing-alongs that leave you ready to conquer the world, or at least the laundry pile!

Amelia will sing one 30 minute set, and if you like what you hear, please consider leaving a tip in her virtual tip jar

Amelia’s Facebook Page:
Amelia’s YouTube Channel:



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

Wake the Dead Fall Tour

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


Saturday, October 30th, 8:00 PM PDT
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA
Tix: $13 – $30 | In Person and Live Stream!!!

Friday, November 25th, 8:00 PM PST
B Street At The Sofia, 2700 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA
Tix: $35

Full Details, updates and ticket links check

Wake The Dead, the World’s Only Celtic All-Star Party Band, is a hot sextet combining Irish jigs and reels with the songs of the Grateful Dead and other ’60s iconic bands, delivering them with unique power and joy. Soaring vocal harmonies and daring instrumentals fuel Wake the Dead’s singular groove engine, delighting Celtoids and Deadheads alike.

After 21 years of touring, Wake The Dead has grown to embrace the entire Summer of Love—the Airplane, the Youngbloods, Buffalo Springfield, and even the Beatles now joyful parts of the mix. Local fans are guaranteed many brand-new surprises. Their sound is unique, their energy extraordinary — a rare collision of worlds that leaves everybody dancing & grinning.

Wake The Dead, was first known for weaving jigs and reels into the songs of the Grateful Dead, and so impressed the Dead themselves enough for them to release the début Wake the Dead CD on Grateful Dead/Arista Records. This hot Bay Area acoustic sextet now Celtifies the entire Summer of Love including the Airplane, Youngbloods, Buffalo Springfield and even the Beatles, and after twenty years of rocking acoustic joy and is still going strong.

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

Check out their Website and Facebook Page.



13th Annual All Hallows Faire

Saturday, October 30th, Noon-10:30 pm & Sunday, October 31st, 11am-6pm

Calaveras Fairgrounds, 2465 Gunclub Rd, Angels Camp, CA

The Original 13th Annual All Hallows Faire returns to the Calaveras Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, California on October 30 & 31. It’s our Modern Themed Costume Play Fantasy Festival and we are going to create an exciting world of fun never seen before! This original event creation will bring historical Celtic cultures alive with costume characters and non-stop entertainment. The festival will also have the ever-popular Burning of the Harvestman, and a Fire Extravaganza not to be missed– so come early and celebrate the Celtic New Year in style…


Save money by buying tickets on-line:

Click for the Full Schedule.

The Fantasy Faire is a two-day all inclusive costume play event! Patrons are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and immerse themselves into our themed encampment realms. The encampments will be filled with Celts, Vikings, Ancient Warriors, Pirates, Mythical Creatures, Gypsies, Witches, and a Fire Breathing Dragon. Kids can trick or treat through the entire realm, with free candy at every corner and a costume contest. On Sunday, the faire offers three new venues just for kids: a pumpkin carving area, a super fun pumpkin rolling competition, and the new exciting midway game arcade!

Music is always one of the crowd favorites at the faire, and this year we have two full stages of music. Headlining we have Legendary Celtic Rock band – Culann’s Hounds and joining them on stage will be Celtica, The Black Irish Band and Skull Country. Also appearing on stage will be the Black Irish Band, and the Ghostly Scottish Bagpipers of the Lost Division.

On Sunday, We will also be celebrating ‘Día De Muertos’ with hundreds of visiting La Calavera Catrina The Elegant Skull players!

It’s all about coming dressed up for fun! A costume contest for adults and children of all ages with prizes will be offered all weekend long. And then on Saturday Night- the Big Fire Extravaganza, the worlds most amazing fire show by nationally known fire-juggler and fire walker instructor, Kevin Axtell & Friends. All will want to also witness the ever-popular Burning of the Harvestman – an old Celtic Tradition that opens the door to our loved ones on the other side.

Full details and Tickets at



Hallowe’en: Samhain/Samhuinn/Samhainn

Spiorad na Samhna / Spirit of Samhain film

Samhain Dance

Did you know that the Celts, and in particular the Gaels, created Hallowe’en?

Know historically as Samhain (Irish Gaelic) / Samhuinn/Samhainn (Scottish Gaelic) / Sauin (Manx language), Celts marked the New Year by the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year, and occurs halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. According to the Celtic day, the festival is celebrated from sunset on October 31st to sunset on November 1st.

Spiorad na Samhna, (Spirit of Samhain), is a bi-lingual film about the Celtic origins of Halloween that won the Best Short Documentary Award at the 2015 Underground Film Festival in Cork, Ireland. The film traces origins of Halloween itself to the pagan Celtic festival of Samhain. It also traces the origins of Ireland’s biggest Halloween Carnival in Derry back to the troubled years of the 1980s.

CLICK HERE to view the film, Spiorad na Samhna.

In modern times, Irish people, Scottish people, Manx people, Celtic neopagans and druids, and Wiccans all celebrate this festival in the traditional way with bonfires, divination, guising/mumming, feasting and other traditional rituals.

In San Francisco, there is a combined event:
Samhaim, the Witches’ New Year, is October 31st. PICT will be joining the 42nd Annual Reclaiming Collective Spiral Dance Ritual on Saturday, October 30th, at 1:00 P.M. – 3:30 PM PDT. For the safety of our community and given the increased spread of the Delta strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the Spiral Dance Ritual will again be a virtual event. For more information and to get a ticket to access the ritual, go to the Reclaiming website at



Cross Keys

Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O’Neill
The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

Fridays, 5:30 – 8 PM PDT

Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden, 2001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA

The Cross Keys are a Folk Explosion, with Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O’Neill.

Cormac says:
Looking forward to playing with my comrades!

Here is a sample video featuring Stacy Samuels:

Located in beautiful Fairfax, in the heart of Marin County, the Way Station has risen from the site of a former gas station into a family-friendly beer garden and smokehouse. The Way Station team prides itself on super friendly customer-focused service.

Check or The Facebook Page or call (415) 300-3099.


Andronicos San Francisco Jam

Andronicos San Francisco Jam

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PDT

Online via Zoom

This gathering on Zoom is hosted every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 PM Pacific Time, by Dinah and Noah Stroe. It’s organized as a friendly, eclectic round robin mix of old time music, some Irish, some Québécois and more.

Dinah says:

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 862 8705 8150
Passcode: 312389

More info here: Old Time Open Jams Facebook Group

Contact Dinah Stroe


Ould Sod Zoom Session

The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Traditional Session on Zoom

The Ould Sod

Virtual Irish Traditional Session
every Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific

Online via Zoom

The Ould Sod
Virtual Irish Traditional Session
Every Thursday
6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific

(9:00 – 11:00 PM Eastern)

Meeting ID: 619 368 1854
Password: session

When COVID restrictions began in March, 2020, many weekly gatherings shifted to meeting online via the Zoom platform. With restrictions in California easing a bit, some are reducing or ending their Zoom musical meetings, but Michael Eskin says his, and since he has hosted over 70 of these accessible performances so far, I believe him!

Michael Eskin says:
With other Zoom sessions either closing down or changing to once-a-month format, and a few in person sessions restarting, I wanted to remind everyone that I’ll continue to host The Ould Sod Virtual Session on Zoom every Thursday evening for as long as there are enough players each time, and we’ve generally been between 20 and 30 players on the past few Thursdays.

Players: Please join us and let other players know about our weekly Zoom event!
Punters: You are welcome to attend and listen, but please also and let others know about our weekly event!

More information at:


Stout Rebellion

Stout Rebellion Returns

Thursdays, beginning October 14th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM PDT

Jackrabbit Brewing Company, 1323 Terminal St, West Sacramento, CA

Stout Rebellion is back! After a seven-year sabbatical, Stout Rebellion is ready to do what it does best–building a community of fun around the love of Irish music with a weekly Thursday evening gig–this time at Jackrabbit Brewing in West Sacramento.

Come be part of the debut performance with original members Bobby Waller (lead vocals), Linda Easton (percussion), and James Wilson (mandolin), as well as new members (but old friends) Adrian Baxmeyer (bass) and Trevor Miller (whistle).

Or join us any Thursday evening from 6:00 to 9:00. We’ll be there with green beads, clappers, and, of course, our patented Sing-O-Vision!

Find more details:
Stout Rebellion Facebook Page
Facebook Event


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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!

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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:


Debbie and Mark Nagle

Debbie and Mark Nagle

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

Open 7 days a week
Monday — Thursday 3:00 PM til close
Friday — Sunday 12:00 PM til close

The Chieftain, 198 5th St, San Francisco, CA

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We Are Open!

COVID Policy
Un-Vaccinated Guests must wear Masks
& Practice Social Distancing
Except when Eating or Drinking

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with delicious food offerings to choose from. Large beer selection, wine menu and cocktail list to feast from.

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 and our signature Spicy Potato Bites which go with any style of sport, music or fun.

Says Publican, Mark Nagle:

We are glad to be back in action and are since re-opening Thursday, July 8th. We plan to go back to ‘normal’ as best as possible, asking only that you wear a mask and practice Social Distancing if you are not vaccinated.

Good health to you all and look forward to seeing you back at The Chieftain soon! — Mark Nagle

The Chieftain hosts live performers every Friday and Saturday, often featuring new musical talents.

For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-615-0916, or email Mark Nagle at or check



The Plough and Stars Update

Wednesday — Sunday 4 to 12 PM

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

COVID Policy
Vaccination and Masks
Required Indoors

Make sure you bring your proof of vaccination when you come to The Plough.

Sean Heaney says:
Music at the Plough is back. We aren hosting an instrumental Irish Traditional session Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM and a song session lead by Christy O’Connell and Vince Keehan on the second Wednesday of every month at 8:00 PM. Drop by for a pint!

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.

Over the years The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco has hosted many well-known musicians from Ireland and around the globe, but the COVID pandemic and related public health restrictions put a stop to all that for over a year. The resulting business losses threatened to put The Plough out of business permanently, but a sustained community crowdfunding effort helped keep it going, and now it appears to have emerged intact.

Check The Plough and Stars Website for the latest updates.


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

Sláinte Pub, Open Outside

Tuesday — Sunday, 12-8 PM PDT

Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA


Sundays, 4 PM to 7 PM PDT


COVID Policy
Masks Required Indoors
Except when eating or drinking

Since opening in April 2017, Sláinte has also featured some of the finest local and regional singers and musicians, in live, acoustic performance and quickly become the hot new place for Irish music in the East Bay.

Host Jackie says:
Welcome back to Sláinte Oakland! We’re here Tuesday through Sunday, noon – 10 PM and until midnight Thursday – Saturday with over 75 whiskeys, the perfect pints and a delicious new menu. Come on by. Cead Mile Failte!!!

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

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

The menu at Sláinte features Irish cuisine from Irish-born Executive Chef, Jackie Gallanagh, with dishes that include both imported & local ingredients and a bar menu of classic cocktails, a well-stocked selection of whisky, premium spirits, and local & imported beers.

More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.

Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website


Starry Session

Starry Session Online

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

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

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

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

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

You can tune in on THIS YouTube channel:

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


Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Available for Performances or Lessons

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

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

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

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


AmeriCeltic Products

AmeriCeltic Logo Items

→ AmeriCeltic Logo Gifts! ←

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.

Click for more information about the AmeriCeltic Logo design


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The Celtic Tea Shoppe

Home of Artisan Candies

4432 Pearl Avenue, San Jose CA | 408-267-7090

The Celtic Tea Shoppe offers a great selection of Celtic and Celtic inspired foods, including:
• Meat Pies
• Sausage Rolls
• Liquor Cakes
• Irish Soda Bread
• Salted Caramels
• Gift Boxes
• Premium Loose-leaf Teas

Everything is handmade at our shoppe in San José, CA and curbside pickup service and shipping are available.

To check The Celtic Tea Shoppe Facebook Page, Click Here!

Call us directly at 408-267-7090 or check our website for all our other baked goods and confections. To order, contact Kristen Scott with a call to 408-267-7090, or an email to sales@artisancandies


Lark In The Morning SF Store

New Store in San Francisco

Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco

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

Lark In The Morning, 1001 Camelia Street, Berkeley, CA
and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street, Inner Richmond of San Francisco


Eric says:
“Our Berkeley location, 1001 Camelia Street, Berkeley, CA, is open for online lessons and instrument sales and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, CA, is open and actively seeking new online students. Lark Berkeley is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00 PM, and is offering free lessons with the purchase of a ukulele or guitar!”

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi

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

You can shop online at, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

Open 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM every day of the year

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA

Many of you have heard the rumors about the The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant.

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

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

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

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

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

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



Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay

Upcoming Events

Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas
Friday, December 17th, 7:30 PM PDT
Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

Read the Rio Theater Covid-19 Policy

The venerable Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay has a 33 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.

Pete Haworth says:
I’m sure, like me, you have missed live music a lot over the last many months so I’m happy to let you know that we have finally started booking concerts again! Newly added on our website is Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas at The Rio Theater on Friday, December 17th – Tickets:

In the queue: Concerts by Jim and Susie Malcolm (February 1st 2022, house concert), Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (February 11th 2022, Kuumbwa), and Lunasa (March 4th 2022, Kuumbwa). We may also hope to have the Irish Christmas In America show but it’s still not certain if the performers will get their visas in time.

Please be sure to check each venue’s website for their COVID policies before purchasing tickets. Some require that everyone, performers included, must show proof of vaccination, others require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. There will be more information about that on our website for each concert.

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



Irish Culture Bay Area

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


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


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