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Friday, 2022-01-07
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


New! On Tuesday, February 2nd, at 12:37 PM PST, the Earth will be halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. This alignment was known to our Celtic ancestors as ‘Imbolc’. (See Below)

Events: (one-time)

• On Saturday, January 15th – Sunday, January 16th, at 8:00 AM it’s the John and Maureen Kennelly Memorial Feis, on Saturday, January 15th, at 5:00 PM on the outdoor stage, LIVE Music as Perry Sings Sinatra. UICC is offering expanded classes in many aspects of Irish Culture, and their 16 Keepers of the Steps exhibition continues through next weekend. All this happens at their spacious facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 15th, at 10:00 AM Pacific, Linn conducts another of her Learn Scottish Gaelic songs Workshops. Then on Friday, February 4th at 11:30 AM Pacific, Linn Phipps hosts the free monthly world-wide Gaelic Song Session, Srùbag, with another special guest. These are both available to anyone, anywhere, live, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January, 15th, at 11:00 AM, it’s the SF 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 40 year old maritime cultural tradition rises like the Phoenix from your computer or device. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 15th at 7:30 PM indefatigable Celtic Rockers Tempest will begin a West Coast Tour with stops in Lindsay, CA, and Vallejo, CA. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, January 16th at 12:00 PM, Sin Silver, performs her piano bar show, and this week the theme is ‘New’. Stay safe at home, and stream it online from from ‘Murray’s Pub’ (her recreation/piano room) in Concord, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, January 16th, at 2:00 PM, Four Shillings Short legendary musicians return to the Bay Area for a concert at the San Gregorio General Store in San Gregorio, CA. (See Below)
New! On Thursday, January 20th, from 8:30 – 9:30 PM Pacific, the Duo of Valerie Rose and Daniel Hersh will bring their fiddle, concertina, vocals and a program of Irish tunes and songs, plus pieces from related traditions to the The Virtual Plough. Host and Irish dancer Yevgeny Binder will open the ‘doors’ at 8:00 PM, all accessible to everyone Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 22nd, from 8:00 PM on, the legendary The Black Irish Band, featuring newest member Michael Mullen on fiddle, will be LIVE and IN PERSON at the Eproson House in Twain Harte, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, January 23rd, 11:00 AM PST, the Facing Our History series examines Scottish Highlanders and Native Americans live Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, January 26th at 7:30 PM, Galway Band We Banjo 3 begins 3 concerts in Northern California: Pleasanton on 1/26, Sacramento on 1/28, and Berkeley on 1/30. (See Below)
• On Sunday, January 29th at 6:00 PM, Harlow’s brings you the 10th Annual Irishpalooza, a Celtic extravaganza of the first degree, in Sacramento, CA. (See Below)
New! On Friday, February 4th – Sunday, February 6th, from 11:30 – 10:30 PM, Lark Traditional Arts presents its Virtual Lark weekend, three days of Zoom workshops, plus streaming concerts via Facebook LIVE, YouTube LIVE and Twitch. (See Below)
New! From Friday, March 11th through Sunday, March 13th, The Celtic Heritage Celebration returns with regional bands, famous jousting and much much more happening in Angels Camp. (See Below)

Events: (recurring)

• On Fridays, from noon – 3 PM PST, the An Góilín Traditional Singers Club, of Dublin, Ireland, hosts their live singing session, accessible world-wide Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Fridays, at 5:30 PM Pacific Time, 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 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 Wednesdays, at 2:30 PM PST John Whelan conducts his free series of ‘Tune Teach’ and ‘Taking Time’ Sessions (See Below)
• On Thursdays, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific Time, 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, at 6:00 PM Pacific Time, One Eyed Reilly plays at The Delta King Bar & Grill in Sacramento, CA, and can be heard at several other venues in the Sacramento Valley. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, from 7:00 PM on, Stout Rebellion leads their community fun time at Father Paddy’s Public House in Woodland, CA. (See Below)

Please support our sustaining Sponsors with your Celtic business!

• 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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Ancient Imbolc Festival
Celebrate the Arrival of Spring
Traditional Date: Tuesday, February 2nd, at 12:37 PM PST



Imbolc, is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s Day, or just Brigid. The name Imbolc derives from Old Irish imbolg, meaning in the belly, a time when ewes conceive their lambs, their udders fill, and the grass begins to grow. As Samhain does the fall, the Imbolc festival occurs half-way between the solstice and the equinox, and celebrates the onset of spring.

All such ‘cross-quarter’ times are defined as the moment the Sun moves into the 15th degree of the four Fixed Signs (the Cross Quarter moments) and when the Sun moves into 0 degrees of each of the four Cardinal signs (the Solstices and Equinoxes).

These ‘cross-quarter’ stations of the Earth and Sun are also called the Eternal Eight.

In Celtic cultures, this was cause for a pagan festival associated with the Celtic goddess Brigid in her role as a fertility goddess, and later Christianized as the feast of Saint Brigid. Reed weavings like the one in the illustration at right are still made at this season every year, and are still called by this ancient name: ‘Saint Brigid’s Cross‘.

Imbolc is very ancient festival, at least 5000 years old in Ireland. At the neolithic Mound of the Hostages on the Hill of Tara, in County Meath, Ireland, the inner chamber is aligned with the rising sun on the dates of Imbolc and Samhain.

Imbolc is still celebrated around the Celtic world, often with great pageantry. There are several such events scheduled around Northern California every year.

Sierra Madrone Grove, ADF says:

Come join the Sacramento ADF Druids at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento (UUSS) on Sunday, January 30th, from 4 PM – 6:30 PM, as we celebrate Imbolc and honor the Goddess Brigid with ritual and song, and our famous post-ritual potluck! We will also be installing our new Grove officers, so we’d love to have you join us on this important day!

Full Details in our Facebook Event


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

Whats On?

Thursday — Sunday
January 13th — January 30th

• 6:00 PM Keepers of the Steps exhibition

Saturday, January 15th —
Sunday, January 16th

• 8:00 AM John and Maureen Kennelly Memorial Feis

Saturday, January 15th

• 5:00 – 7:00 PM ‘Perry Sings Sinatra’
Live Outdoors

Get Tickets on Eventbrite

This January, the United Irish Cultural Center opens their 17 day long Keepers of the Steps exhibition, a retrospective of 150 years of Irish Dance in the Bay Area then, beginning on Saturday, January 15th, hosts the John and Maureen Kennelly Memorial Feis, and on Saturday, January 15th at 5:00 PM on the outdoor stage, brings back the very popular show by Perry D’Andrea for another evening of LIVE Music as Perry Sings Sinatra.

Perry D'Andrea

Perry Sings Sinatra

Starting this week, the UICC is expanding its Irish music, drama, and singing program by offering classes to kids of all ages. The classes are offered in association with the Irish Pipers of San Francisco, and the Cooley-Keegan Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. You can learn to play the Irish pipes, drums, tin whistle, guitar, bodhrán, and keyboards or sing Irish songs and ballads and be part of a live show on Saturday February 26th at the Irish Center. Sign up today for a trial period at:

The United Irish Cultural Center operates a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, in the Sunset District of San Francisco. The UICC facility offers rooms for Private Events of 20 to 500 guests, with space for your next meeting, training, pop up, workshop, summer camps or performance, as well as catering kitchens and a comprehensive library.

UICC website
UICC Facebook Page


Linn Phipps via Zoom

Learn Gaelic Song
Saturday, January 15th
10:00 AM Pacific 6:00 PM GMT

Linn Phipps leads Workshop

Online via Zoom –
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Srùbag Sing Session
Friday, February 4th
11:30 AM Pacific 7:30 PM GMT

Linn Phipps, co-hosts
with special guest, John Joe MacNeil

Online via Zoom –
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Linn Phipps

Lynn Phipps

Linn Phipps is a Royal National Mod Medallist having won the Silver Pendant (the highest solo singing prize for learners of Scottish Gaelic) in 2008, along with many other national Gaelic song competitions.

During the pandemic year-and-a half, Linn has hugely enjoyed participating as a Regular in zoom sings around the world, now over 1000 folk and shanty sings, from Western to Eastern USA, through to Ireland (including An Goilin and SEAC), UK, Brittany, Paris and Australia.

Linn Zoom-hosts a monthly free Learn-Gaelic-Song session, and co-hosts, Srùbag, a monthly Gaelic/Celtic language sing based in Edinburgh. She has contributed to many to virtual folk festivals from the USA to Australia, as a Zoom host and the host of workshop sessions to Learn-a Gaelic Song. She has created a Youtube channel featuring solos songs, and collaborations with Australia, Gaelic songs ‘Cho sean ris na cnuic’ and ‘Tha mi duilich, cianail, duilich’, and ‘Amazon’ (about the burning rainforest).

Linn has issued 5 CDs: ‘Andes to Antarctica’ (live-recording from on-ship in Antarctica), Leth Linn (re-issue), Salute to Rona Lightfoot (double CD, Rona’s life and piping stories, Rona’s piping songs and piping of the tunes/ pibrochs, all on Linn’s Website to listen or buy. And a new CD as Sillertides with her co-sing partner Doug Huggins in Colorado, on bandcamp at The CD launch concert is on the Sillertides’ new Youtube channel at

Check Linn’s website: for full details.



SF Virtual Chantey Sing
A San Francisco Singing Tradition
Saturday, January, 15th, 11 AM to 1 PM
Online via Zoom from SF Maritime Association

SF Chanteys on Zoom

SF Virtual Chantey Sing on Zoom

One of the Bay Area’s most beloved musical traditions begins its 41st year – and you can join in from your own home!

Long a monthly ‘landmark’ aboard San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s historic ships, the multi-generational Chantey Sing gathering has been sidelined by COVID-19. But with help from the San Francisco Maritime Park Association, the Park’s non-profit partner, the sing has gone virtual and international!

Park volunteer and retired Park Ranger Peter Kasin will emcee, in the the role of chantey V-Empresario: introducing singers and setting up the songs. Singing participants, who have signed up for performing slots in advance, will share their favorite songs, either accompanying themselves on traditional instruments, or a cappella.

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. If not leading a song, no registration necessary. will activate at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 15th, where lead singers will be in the “Hollywood squares” (gallery view) and you can sing along from home!

Visit for complete details, including links to an online signup sheet, instructions for lead singers, and some suggested virtual backgrounds (just in case your bunk isn’t completely ship-shape). You’ll need a good internet connection, and should be prepared to have fun!

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

For more details, check this Facebook Page

Chanteys, the work songs of seafaring, dock labor, fishing and rowing, are one of the most compelling ways to celebrate our maritime heritage. International and multi-cultural in scope, they tell stories of life in long-ago History, but resonate today with tales of bravery, fear, international port of call, and of longing for a better life.

The chantey sings became a park program in 1981, led by it’s founding Park Ranger Dave Nettell from 1981 to 1989 aboard the Schooner C.A. Thayer and the square-rigged ship Balclutha. Over the years, the sings popularity, led by Park Rangers, required them to be held in a larger venue, and, up until Covid, were held aboard the historic ferry Eureka, garnering 100 to 200 people monthly. 

If you’d like to learn more about this fascinating folk music tradition, the Park Maritime Research Center’s Chantey Pathfinder has links to books, music and scholarly journal articles at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. Visit the Park online at


Celtic Rock with Tempest
West Coast Winter Tour

Upcoming Shows

Saturday, January 15th, 7:30 PM
Lindsay Community Theater, 190 North Elmwood, Lindsay, CA
All Ages (559) 284-2223

Saturday, February 26th, 8:00 PM
Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St., Vallejo, CA
All Ages (707) 552-2400

Saturday, March 5th, 7:30 PM
Full Circle Brewing Co., 712 Fulton St., Fresno, CA
All Ages (559) 319-8195



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.

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.

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

Lief says:
Looking into 2022, we’ve got lots of good things coming your way.

Tempest spent the better part of November and December working with our producer Robert Berry at SoundTek Studios. The new recording sounds amazing… ‘Going Home’ is our first studio album of new material in four years, and it was a joy to record – We can’t wait for you to hear it!

We’ll be releasing the new CD in time for our Spring Tour, and the official Release Party will be on St. Patrick’s Day, at Michael’s On Main, in Soquel, California.

Tempest is starting the season, on January 15th, with a concert in the Central Valley, at Lindsay Community Theater. So get your red dress on, Fresno, Hanford and Bakersfield! Masks are required… conditions are a challenge but the music will prevail!

Peace & Love,

Artist sites and sounds:


Sin Silver
Sunday, January 16th
12:00 – 1:00 PM PST
Online via YouTube and Facebook
Streaming Live from Concord, CA

Sin Silver

Sin Silver @ Murray’s Pub

Sin Silver is an Irish singer songwriter based in the Bay Area in California. With a unique style, her ‘Irish piano’ and angelic voice are delighting audiences. To watch the show, go to Sin Silver’s YouTube channel or Facebook Profile.

Sin live-streams from ‘Murray’s Pub’ (her recreation/piano room) every week and this week’s theme is ‘New’.

Sin Says:
Join us for our first livestream of 2022! It’s a new day and a new time, and so the theme is New. New must be in the title of the song OR the title of the band. Avoid place names like New York, New Orleans.

During the live stream, just drop your requests in the comments. Ready, set, go!!!

Virtual Tip Jar:
Venmo @Sin-Silver

A featured artist at Northern California’s Graton Casino Resort, Sin brings a unique flavor to her craft. Whether she is playing her expertly crafted originals, covers with her own twist on celtic music, Sin Silver is someone that deserves to be heard live.

Check out her website here: or email her at


Four Shillings Short
Sunday, January 16th, 2:00 PM
San Gregorio General Store, Stage Road & Hwy 84, San Gregorio, CA

Four Shillings Short

Four Shillings Short

Legendary musicians return to the Bay Area for an intimate concert at San Gregorio General Store in the new year. Four Shillings Short is rooted in Celtic and American folk, inspired by Indian Raga and Ethnic idioms; a diverse and inventive Traditional Music Experience.

The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995. They tour in the US and Ireland, are independent folk-artists with 12 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year and live as the Troubadours of old traveling from town to town performing at music festivals, theatres & performing arts centers, folk & historic societies, libraries, museums and schools.

A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Christy Martin was born into a musical family. She began playing the sitar at the age of 16 and took up folk music in the ’80s. Christy has been playing hammered dulcimer since 1993 and plays mandolin, mountain dulcimer, banjo, ukulele, bowed psaltery, and more. She was formerly in a band called Your Mother Should Know.

Aodg Og O’Tuama is a vocalist and plays tin whistles, doumbek, spoons, gemshorn, bowed psaltery, recorders, crumhorn, Native American Flutes, and many others. Born in Cork, Ireland, Aodh Óg (pronounced, ayog) studied Medieval and Renaissance music in college. He received a music fellowship to study at Stanford University in 1984. Played in a group called Drivelling Druids before forming the group Four Shillings Short.


Virtual Plough
Every Thursday
8:30 PM Pacific / 9:30 Mountain / 10:30 Central / 11:30 Eastern
Online via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID:  821 3958 4189
Passcode:  356227


Valerie Rose and Daniel Hersh

(Photo – Wendy Leyden)

For decades, the Cooley Keegan Branch of Comhaltas would meet at the Plough and Stars pub every Thursday evening for Irish music and dancing. Seeing that these meetings are not possible for the foreseeable future, Irish dance regular Jonathan Coxhead, began hosting Zoom concerts instead, calling them The Virtual Plough. Since last October, Yevgeny Binder has been hosting these Thursday nights gatherings and continues to arrange for live musicians to play Irish dance music for all to enjoy!

Yevgeny Binder says:
As Jonathan Coxhead began in March 2020, I’ll be host of the Virtual Plough for the foreseeable future, keeping these Thursday gatherings available as a casual social space for our dance community.

This week Virtual Plough welcomes the instrumental Duo of Valerie Rose and Daniel Hersh. Valerie and Daniel have been playing and performing together since 2013. Valerie Rose is a fiddler and singer who plays in a number of Bay Area Irish bands, and Daniel Hersh is one of the leading concertina players in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their repertoire includes tunes and songs from Ireland, Scotland, England, Sweden, the U.S., Canada, and the Shetland Islands.

You’re encouraged to join in! ‘Doors’ open at 8:00 PM (Pacific) and music starts around 8:30 PM. Music typically goes til around 9:30 or 10 and then all are invited to stay and mingle until the wee hours. We usually end after midnight.

I send out a weekly email with an update, which includes the names of the musicians on weeks when there will be music. If you want to get these updates, please come to one of our Thursday nights and tell me your email address.

Please spread the word! Share the Zoom details below with anyone in our extended Irish dance and music communities who you think would enjoy good tunes and good company.

– Yevgeny


The Black Irish Band’s Robert Burns Night
Saturday, January 22nd, 8:00 PM
Eproson House, 22930 Twain Harte Dr, Twain Harte, CA (209) 586-3700

The Black Irish Band

Formed in 1989 in the historic Gold Rush Town of Sonora, CA, The Black Irish Band presents the songs of the working people from the 19th Century to the present. A large compliment of Maritime, Railroad, Celtic, Italian, American and original music that brings to life the adventures of the people who built the world on which we now live. Listen to the stories, sing along, and take a musical trip through history with the Black Irish Band.


Michael Mullen with The Black Irish Band

Future Dates

Saturday, January 29th, (8pm), Father Paddy’s Pub, Woodland, CA (530) 668-1044
Saturday, February 12th, (7pm), Benicia Camel Barns Historical Museum Concert Series, Benicia, CA
Saturday February 19th, (7pm), The Pour House, 48 Copper Cove Dr, Ste B, Copperopolis, CA
Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13th, 36th Calaveras Celtic Faire, Angels CAmp Fairgrounds.
Saturday, March 19th,(TBA), Murphy’s Irish Day, Murphy’s CA.
Sunday, March 20th, (TBA), Dandelion Days, Jackson, CA
Saturday, April 23rd, (7pm), Eproson House, Twain Harte, CA

On Saturday, January 22nd, the legendary Black Irish Band will be performing live at Eproson House in Twain Harte, California, featuring newest member Michael Mullen on Celtic Fiddle.

This show will be A Celebration of Robert Burns and all things Scottish:
• Robert Burns Poems
• Scottish Music
• Bag-piping
• Scottish Food & Whisky

Please call (209) 586-3700 for dinner seating!

Here’s a link to their many music videos

Get Full Details here: The Black Irish Band Official Facebook Page

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, along with new member Michael Mullen, fiddle, vocals.

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


Facing Our History:
Scottish Highlanders and Native Americans
Sunday, January 23rd, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST (2:00 – 3:30 pm EST)
Online via Zoom

Free Registration

Highlanders and Natives

Highlanders and Natives

We are excited to announce the fourth event in our Facing Our History – The North American Gael series, and to welcome Dr. Margaret Connell-Szasz to the program. we will explore cultural colonialism and the connection between Scotland and North America – particularly in the work of The Society in Scotland for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge (SSPCK) to re-shape and assimilate indigenous peoples. The work of Dr. Connell-Szasz in comparing the approach and impact of the SSPCK among Scottish Highlanders on the east side of the Atlantic and Native Americans on the west side of the Atlantic is unique in the field. This dialogue between Margaret Connell-Szasz and Scott Morrison will examine the legacy of settler colonialism and its impact on the Gael.

Dr. Margaret Connell-Szasz is Regents’ Professor in Arts & Sciences of History at the University of New Mexico. Her publications include Scottish Highlanders and Native Americans: Indigenous Education in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World; Education and the American Indian: Between Indian and White Worlds: The Cultural Broker. Projects by Dr. Connell-Szasz underway include a history of the Scottish Gaelic College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, within the context of the international indigenous college movement.

Scott Morrison, is Co-founder and Head Teacher of Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir.

Check Out the Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir Website


We Banjo 3 Northern California Tour
Irish, Bluegrass, Old Time, Folk
The Gold Standard of Irish and American Roots Music

We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3

Award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. The Band Members are David Howley, Martin Howley, Enda Scahill, and Fergal Scahill. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race.

“The Irish Punch Brothers” – NPR
“Astonishing” – The Irish Echo


• Wednesday, January 26th, 7:30 PM, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, CA.
• Sunday, January 28th, 7:00 PM, The Sofia, 2700 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA.
• Sunday, January 30th, 7:00 PM, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA.

Twitter @webanjo3


10th Annual Irishpalooza
Sunday, January 29th, 6:00 PM
Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, 2708 J St, Sacramento, CA


Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub presents the 10th Annual Irishpalooza, an all ages evening of of pure Irishness from trad to folk to rock to punk featuring dancers from Stepping Stone, One-Eyed Reilly, The Pikeys and McKeever School of Irish Dance.

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

The cover charge is $15 advance and $18 at the door. All Ages. Music and Dance from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

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

Harlow’s says: We’ve been looking forward to welcoming you back to Harlow’s for a long time, and we’ve got some great shows coming up! Things are a little bit different now, but if we all work together, it’ll be smooth sailing. Click Here for details about our current COVID-19 policy (PROOF OF VACCINATION IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY) along with some things you can expect during your first show back with us. See you soon!


Virtual Lark Camp
Friday, February 4th – Sunday, February 6th 11:30 – 10:30 PM
Online Events via Zoom, with evening concerts on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live


• Old Time Session — WB Reed And Bonnie Zahnow
• Quebecoise Session — Pascal Gemme & Marie-Soleil Pilette
• Klezmer Music — Dan Cantrell & Lila Sklar
• Euro Tunes — Jason Adajian
• Scottish Session — Rebecca Lomnicky & David Brewer
• Irish Session — John & Tyler Weed
• Traditional Songs — Shay Black
• Greek Music — Greg Jenkins

Virtual Lark Camp


• Castilian Music & Song — María San Miguel & Galen Fraser
• Irish Music — Marla Fibish
• Scandi Music — Amy Hakanson
• Arabic Music — Sami Abu Shumays
• Quebec Music — Pascal Gemme
• Persian Dance – All lvls — Natalie Nayun
• Irish Sean-Nos Singing — Amelia Hogan
• Arabic and Turkish Rhythms — Faisal Zedan
• Body Music- all levels — Keith Terry of “Crosspulse”
• Sean-nos Dance- all levels — Maldon Meehan
• Old Time Fiddle — Suzy Thompson

Lark Camp will be broadcasting public events during Virtual Lark, February 4th-6th with Zoom sessions, classes, and happy hour! Free, but every individual or household that wishes to participate must register. REGISTER FOR FREE to enjoy events each of the three days. After we receive your registration, we will send the information on how to access the Zoom events via email.

Each day will include a combination of Zoom workshops and concerts:
• Eight virtual workshops via Zoom (yes — each day!)
• Zoom Happy Hours with fellow Larkies
• One hour performances by instructors and campers
• One+ hour Zoom Jam Sessions

Lark Traditional Arts is dedicated to creating educational events that bring people together through traditional song, music, dance, and arts, and hosts  Lark Camp, the annual eight-day music, song, and dance camp held in the Mendocino Woodlands.

More Details and Registration here:

More info on the website:


The Celtic Heritage Celebration
Friday, March 11th — Sunday, March 13th
Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gunclub Rd, Angels Camp, CA


Friday 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday is an educational day for families and students. No alcohol is served, because it is a day for cultural and historical learning.

Celtic Heritage Celebration 2022

The 36th Annual Celtic Heritage Celebration returns with the Largest and Biggest Celtic Event on the West Coast! Celebrating the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Isle of Mann, Galicia and Asturias


• Skerryvore- (from Scotland)
• Wicked Tinkers
• The Fire
• Black Irish Band
• Blame the Whiskey
• Brother
• Black Eyed Dempsey’s
• Golden Bough
• Stage & Thistle Pipe Band
• Emerald Irish Pipe Band

 Imperial Knights
 The Incredible
 Kevin Axtell
Living History
Guild & Societies
Celtic Marketplace
Cultural Dining

(subject to change)

We are welcoming back the Imperial Knights Tournament of Champions!

Imperial Knights Production Company produces an exciting medieval tournament with spectacular stunts on horseback, jousting and top-of-the-line, hand-to-hand combat with a variety of medieval weapons, cheer on your favorite knight!

We pride ourselves on our sword fighting and heavy armor jousting capabilities. With practice and hard work, we get better every day. Don’t miss any of the excitement when the Imperial Knights take the field!

Here is their promotional video: 2019 Celtic Faire Promo — Joust.

For complete details, show schedule and tickets, check


An Góilín
Traditional Singers

International Singing Session
Online January Fridays
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Ireland Time
(See Calendar

Online via Zoom

An Goilin

An Góilín

Since 1979, Dublin’s An Góilín Traditional Singers Club members have gathered each Friday evening local time for singing sessions.

But when these indoor gatherings were restricted on March 27th, 2020, An Góilín joined the mass migration of such musical gatherings to the Zoom online meeting platform, and to their surprise, An Góilín members have found a much wider audience joining in!

Máire Ni Chróinin says:
The shift to Zoom has allowed us to connect with an unexpected global audience. It has been a pleasure to hear traditional songs from singers all around the world and to get to know singers from Australia, the USA and from different parts of Europe. It has also allowed us to reconnect with our friends all across the UK who have more opportunity to come to our in-person sessions during ‘normal’ times, but who were grounded just like everyone else when the pandemic broke out.

First of all, we wish all of our Góilíners, near and far, Athbhliain faoi Mhaise / Happy New Year. Due to the very high levels of Covid infection in Ireland at the moment and the resulting restrictions, we are ReZooming 🙂 online sessions for the month of January.

Over the next few months, we will base our decision to move between live and Zoom sessions on what we feel is safe and responsible and we will try to balance flexibility and responsiveness to the current situation as we do so.

I will share links to each of these nights in the preceding week but in the meantime we hope you can join us for these winter sessions. In the meantime, wash your hands, wear a mask, cut your contacts and stay safe!
If you have previously joined our email list, your Zoom link will have reached your inbox early this week. If not, you can send us and email at and ask to be added to the list, but remember that on the day of the event, we are busy with preparations and may not get to it until next time. — Máire.

For details and more information about An Góilín, including our calendar of events, check their website You can also find them on their Facebook Page,


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
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PDT
Online via Zoom

Dinah and Noah Stroe are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Every week on Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 862 8705 8150
Passcode: 312389


Andronicos San Francisco Jam

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:

More info here: Old Time Open Jams Facebook Group

Contact Dinah Stroe


John Whelan Free Tune Teach and ‘Taking Time’ Session
Wednesdays, 2:30 PM
Online via Zoom

John Whelan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Tune Learning & Taking Time Slow Session
Time: 02:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Wednesday, until Feb 16, 2022

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 960 3382 9649
Passcode: 012220

John Whelan

John Whelan

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.

Since March 2020, John has stepped up his online activities, and his latest project is Master Sessions with John Whelan.

John says:
My Dear friends, happy new year to you all. There have been many requests for me to start the tune learning and slow session again so here we are. I’ve already conducted our first slow session of 2022 and I do hope that you join me on Wednesdays for more. I hope that this year brings you great joy health and lots of music. May ALL my peers get back working and touring again including me. I will continue the slow session as long as you show up regardless of things opening up or not. I really enjoy our time together.

On Wednesdays, John offers a free one-hour tune teach from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM followed by John’s ‘Taking Time’ slow session at 4:00 PM Pacific – Check them out here: We send out a tune list and Zoom link for them on Wednesday mornings. Email John at to get on the list or for more details.

Get more details on John’s website:


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

Ould Sod Zoom Session

The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Traditional Session on Zoom

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 a hundred 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, 7:00 PM PST

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

James Wilson says:
For the past several weeks, Stout Rebellion has been gigging Jackrabbit Brewing Company on Thursday evenings. They are switching to winter hours and closing earlier, so, beginning Thursday, December 9th at 7:00 PM, we will be the regular Thursday house band at the great Father Paddy’s Public House in Woodland! You now know where to go on Thursday evenings to sing along with Irish favorites and enjoy Irish music in an Irish pub. Thanks to Patrick Redmond for the invitation. See you in Woodland!

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

Tuesday — Sunday, 12-8 PM Pacific Time

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


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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

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Tuesday, February 11th, 7:30 PM PDT
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA

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:
Jim has been gracing us with his presence for several years now and his unique talents always make for a great, entertaining concert.

This time, Jim is joined by his wife Susie, an award-winning Scottish traditional singer, who has been performing with Jim Malcolm throughout Scotland for 20 years and more. She sings complex harmonies in a traditional style, and is known as a tradition bearer for the ancient ballads of Scotland, with particular expertise in the bothy ballad tradition from North East Scotland. Performing together, Jim and Susie Malcolm offer our audience a unique cultural experience.

Proof of full vaccination is required to attend this show and masks must be worn except when eating or drinking. If you feel ill on the day of the show, please do not attend the show and we will refund the ticket cost.

Please note that this concert is limited to 20 paid attendees.

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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