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Friday, 2021-01-22
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


• On Saturday, January 30th, 6:00 PM, the Saint Andrews Society of San Francsico is offering a catered Robert Burns Dinner along side their online Zoom Show to honor Robert Burns the Poet as well as all things Scottish. You can still purchase ‘Zoom Only’ tickets and use Promo Code: ‘FriendsOfCelts21’ for 5% off your Tickets. (See Below for more details)

Online Events & Outdoor Events with Social Distancing:

• Beginning in mid-January, the annual rounds of Robert Burns Events begins, as Scots all around Northern California and the world gather to honor Burns the Poet as well as all things Scottish. (See Below)
• On Friday, January 22nd, 7:00 PM, join Kathryn Rose entertains with Folktastic Fridays With Kathryn Rose, via Facebook LIVE from Portland, OR. (See Below)
• On Friday, January 22nd, at 1:00 PM, Sin Silver, will perform piano bar show with the theme ‘???’. Stay safe at home, and stream it online from from ‘Murray’s Pub’ (her recreation/piano room) in Concord, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 23rd at 2:00 PM PST John Whelan conducts the 11th in his new series of Online Master Sessions, featuring Dermot Byrne and Yvonne Casey! (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 23rd, at 8:00 PM, The Black Donnellys, Dave Rooney and Dave Browne, will stream their high-energy show to you from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV as you stay safely sequestered in your homes. (See Below)
• Sunday, January 17th at 11:00 AM, it’s the Piper Sundays, Zoom meeting for an hour and one half with host Patrick D’Arcy and his guest Éamonn Dillon joining us from Nashville, TN. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 23rd, at 6:30 PM Kaptain Bottletop will perform in a Live Stream concert from The Art House Gallery & Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, January 24th, at Noon – 1:30 PM, The Golden Bough Trio, Margie, Kathy and Paul, will live stream a Robert Burns performance via Facebook Live from Oakley, CA. (See Below)
• On Monday, January 25th, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Michael Eskin offers a free, Irish Whistle Master Class Workshop live on Zoom! (See Below)
• From Friday, January 29th through Sunday, February 21st, Jim Malcolm will give a Virtual Tour of Northern California and PNW online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Sunday, January 31st at 1:30 PM, Amelia Hogan will perform a few Songs online via Zoom, LIVE from the Hobbit Hole in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday January 31st, at 5:00 PM, the Irish Literary and Historical Society presents a Ciara Ryan speaking about the book A Friar’s Tale, via Zoom from San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 5th – Sunday, February 7th, from 12:30 – 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)

Indoor Events:

NOTICE! Due to public health officials orders for social distancing to limit the spread of the COVID-19 infections, all in person events and festivals, especially those involving singing, wind instruments, etc. have been postponed or cancelled, and many will continued to be cancelled through at least the Winter. If you have plans to attend ANY such event, large or small, we recommend that you call and confirm that they are NOT cancelled.
• Returning from July 30th through August 7th 2021 Lark Camp, the annual Music, Song, & Dance event will return to the Redwoods near Mendocino, CA from . (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)
Cedar Dobson offers one-on-one whistle lessons live on Zoom! (See Below)
Michael Eskin offers one-on-one Irish whistle and flute, Uilleann pipes, and Anglo concertina lessons live on Zoom! (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 just recently re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
Sláinte Pub offers a full menu of great food and drink with outdoor dining service Wednesday through Sunday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at their location at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
The Plough and Stars, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, has a 32 year record of producing Celtic Concerts in various venues in and around Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA. (See Below)
• The United Irish Cultural Center, hosts many Irish and other events in their large facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
Catherine Barry’s Irish Culture Bay Area, offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area. (See Below)

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

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Robert Burns

Robert Burns Events in Northern California

Celebrating the National Poet Of Scotland

Robert Burns (January 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796) was a poet and a lyricist. Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is the best-known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a ‘light’ Scots dialect which would have been accessible to a wider audience than native Scottish speakers. Burns wrote many blunt political and civil commentaries about the Scottish condition. For more on Robert Burns, Click Here.

This is also the time of year when Scots everywhere organize formal gatherings to commemorate Robert Burns and all things Scottish at Burns Suppers, with plenty of Burns poetry, Highland Dancing, Pipers, readings of Burns ‘Address tae the Haggis’, Toasts to the Lads & Lassies, and Entertainment of all kinds Celtic.

Since the first supper was held in July 1801 by the bard’s close friends as a memorial dinner, it has morphed into a worldwide event celebrating Scotland’s distinctive heritage and culture. But now, as part of The Burns Supper in History and Today project at the University of Glasgow, their Centre for Robert Burns Studies has created a new Burns Supper World-Wide Map. This interactive map features 2,500 Burns suppers across five continents and gives an inventory of their menus, settings, entertainments, and orders of ceremony.

Act Now! Find a Burns Suppers near you (list below) and claim a spot, but remember that they generally have a deadline for reservations weeks in advance, and they sell out quickly.

• Saturday, January 23rd, 2:00 PM (noon Hawai‘i time) Honolulu, Hawai‘i, The Caledonian Society of Hawai‘i. $20. Online via Zoom. For an additional $30, Advanced Registrants on O’ahu can order a 2 person Caledonian Kitchen Highland Beef Haggis, two mini bottles of whisky, four Big Island cookies, and a paper program, all delivered by a kilted delivery person and a piper.
• Sunday, January 24th, St. Andrew’s Society of Los Angeles Online via Zoom. Contact Kimberlee Blair Bradford, FSA Scot, President, 310-614-0814 or
• Saturday, January 30th, 5:00 PM, San Francisco, CA, Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco. Online via Zoom. 159th Annual Robert Burns Event, sponsored by Isle of Arran Distillery. Advance Orders purchased by Tuesday, January 19th include the complete, traditional ‘Burns Supper’ four course meal delivered to your door anywhere within 70 miles of San Francisco and all the add-on’s like wine/whisky! You can still purchase ‘Zoom only’ tickets here and use Promo Code: ‘FriendsOfCelts21’ for 5% off your Tickets: Email questions to Alex Sinclair
• Saturday, April 10th, 6:00 PM, Amador City, CA Mother Lode Scots Burns Supper, Imperial Hotel, 14202 Old Highway 49, $60, Registration and Details at Tickets Contact
• Dixon Scottish Association is talking about a virtual event on January 30th.


Kathryn Rose

Kathryn Rose

Folktastic Fridays with Kathryn Rose

Friday, January 22nd 7:00 PM

Online via Facebook Live

Join Kathryn for Folktastic Fridays! Click Here to go to her Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

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

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

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

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

More on Kathryn Rose Facebook Profile: or check the Facebook Event.


Sin Silver

Sin Silver

Friday, January 22nd, 1:00 – 2:00 PM PDT

Online via Facebook LIVE, from Concord, CA

Sin Silver is an Irish singer songwriter based in the Bay Area in California. To watch the show, go to Sin Silver’s Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Sin live-streams from ‘Murray’s Pub’ (her recreation/piano room) every week and this week’s theme is ‘???’. Find Sin’s Live Performance by checking Sin’s Facebook Profile, or go to and search for Sin Silver.

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

Virtual Tip Jar:
Venmo @Sin-Silver

With a unique style, her ‘Irish piano’ and angelic voice are delighting audiences. A featured artist at Northern California’s Graton Casino Resort, she brings a unique flavor to her craft. Whether she is playing her expertly crafted originals, covers with her own twist or celtic music, Sin Silver is someone that deserves to be heard live.

Check out her website here: or email her at


John Whelan

John Whelan

John Whelan Master Sessions #11

Dermot Byrne and Yvonne Casey
Saturday, January 23rd, 2:00 PM

Online via Zoom

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

The next Whelan Master Session is happening next Saturday, January 23nd, 2:00 PM, with John’ friends Dermot Byrne and Yvonne Casey.

Yvonne Casey is one of Co. Clare’s most distinctive fiddle players. She grew up surrounded by the richness of Clare music and plays in a unique, soulful style.
In the 1990s Yvonne recorded two albums with The Ceili Bandits, and they toured throughout Europe and the USA. She also recorded her first solo CD in 2004.

Since then, Yvonne has created her own music school in Clare and teaches and performs at various festivals and events at home, abroad and online. Her most recently released CD, entitled “Croí” (Heart), includes many of her own new beautiful compositions as well as performances by Dermot Byrne, Eoin O’ Neill and Jon O’ Connell.

Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s most outstanding traditional accordion players. For many years a member of Altan, Dermot performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the beauty and joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world. In other collaborations he has performed previously with KGB, Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, and The Stunning along with many other outstanding Irish and international musicians. For his contribution to Irish music, Dermot was chosen as TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year 2013.

The Saturday master session is open to players and listeners of all levels, from anywhere in the world. It’ll start at 2pm Pacific time, 5pm Eastern time, 10pm GMT, and run for two hours. The master sessions do have a requested $20 donation for attending and we need at least 30 attendees to ensure the musicians are adequately compensated, so please share this with anyone you know who might be interested. Just email John at for more details.

All attendees need to do is make their donation via or by Venmo to John-Whelan-37, and make sure to note that it is for Whelan Master Session #9. We’ll send out the Zoom link and tune list for the master session on Friday, and any last-minute sign-ups will get the link and tune list about an hour before the session starts on Saturday.

Easily sharable information on all John’s master sessions lives here.

P.S. John’s Wednesday ‘Taking Time’ slow session is still continuing as well – Check it out here: It remains free and open to all, and we’ll send out a tune list and Zoom link for tomorrow’s ‘Taking Time’ Wednesday sessions. Email John at to get on the list or for more details.

Get more details on Johns website:


Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys LIVE

Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
Saturday, January 23nd, 8:00 PM

Facebook LIVE, from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV

Each Saturday, The Black Donnellys, (Dave Rooney and Dave Browne), stream their high-energy show to you from Las Vegas, NV as you stay safe at home.

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

The Daves say:
Tune into our Residency Gig at Rira at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay!! Join us and our audience for a live performance and a few Requests!!

Last year, the two Daves from Dublin had the crazy idea to attempt a new World Record: 60 shows. 50 states. 40 days. What could go wrong? Find out what happened along the road as their beloved Irish band, The Black Donnellys set out to break this ambitious world record when Vision Films and Frequency Pictures present An Irish Story: This Is My Home.

The film was released, on March 17th, Saint Patrick’s Day, 2020 and is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo. Here is a link to the WATCH IT NOW!

For more, check Dave Browne’s Facebook Profile.


Éamonn Dillon

Éamonn Dillon

Piper Sundays

Sundays at 11:00 AM
Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club

Online via Zoom
Join the Zoom Event:

Event Website:

Host Patrick D’Arcy says:
‘It’s every Sunday from 11:00 AM (PDT) for about 90 minutes. I try to get high profile Uilleann piper guests from Ireland and elsewhere. It’s not so much a concert as it is a talk show with the guest playing a handful of tunes throughout. Drop by this Sunday to check it out. Our guest will be Éamonn Dillon joining us from Nashville, TN.’

  • January 24th, 2021: Éamonn DillonDetails
  • January 31th, 2021: Michael McGoldrickDetails
  • February 07th, 2021: Máire Ní GhrádaDetails

Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events:


Kaptain Bottletop

Kaptain Bottletop
David Boyden: Violin, viola, hardanger d’amore, hardingfele
Lee Corbie-Wells: 5-string violin, hardanger d’amore, vocals

Kaptain Bottletop
LaWanda Ultan/Judy Meyer Opening

Saturday, January 23rd, 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Livestream from Art House Gallery & Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA

Inspired by Celtic, Scandinavian and bluegrass music, Kaptain Bottletop began with the intention of making music inside and outside of the styles we love. Not much has changed in that respect, and we’re looking ever forward to where this thing takes us. Words of greater caliber may come later, but for now it seems sufficient to say that we are Kaptain Bottletop. Skål! 

You can join us on any device – phone, tablet, computer, or tv. Once you purchase your ticket you will receive a link and you will be able to watch the performance as many times as you wish once it is premiered on the live stream broadcast.

Livestream Tickets $5.00 + Donation. Please support the Arts! —
Get Tickets Now

Opener: LaWanda Ultan a West Coast Legend and Judy Meyer a Berkeley Icon

David Boyden
David Boyden is a violinist and fiddler born and bred in the San Francisco Bay Area. From 2004 to 2008, he attended the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts while studying with several noted violinists, including Kate Stenberg of the Del Sol String Quartet. From 2008 to 2013, he studied with Fred Lifsitz and the Alexander String Quartet at San Francisco State University, where he earned a BM in violin performance. He currently works as a freelancer and teacher, and plays regularly in several groups, including the Pine Needles and the 29th Street Swingtet, and irregularly in several others. From 2012 to 2014, he was intern and musician at the Chrysalis Foundation, playing the original acoustic instruments and music of Cris Forster.

Lee Corbie-Wells
Lee Corbie-Wells has been playing violin since the age of 6. Her father, a music teacher in San Francisco (Lee’s hometown) and her mother, a music teacher in the Oakland Public School District, taught her Celtic and American tunes by ear, fostering her love of folk music. At the age of 11, she began formal training. In addition to her instrumental studies, Lee sang first soprano in the San Francisco Girls Chorus for five years.

She started performing solo at Brava Theatre at the age of 14, but soon got heavily into Celtic roots music. At age 18, Lee toured Southern Ireland with her first band, Drowsy Maggie, along with one of her former violin teachers, Alison Stretch. Since then, she has played in numerous Celtic and Americana bands and her also performed at military functions such as house-concerts at Airforce bases in Travis, CA and in Kuwait.

Although she primarily pays Celtic and American fiddle music, Lee has taken her years of experience in Blues and folk improvisation and branched out into explorations of Jazz, Swing, Ragtime, and Latin genres. Before Lee was in Kaptain Bottletop, she helped start the Celtic/Americana/Eastern European folk band Moonshine Jelly, where she sings in English, at least half of the Celtic languages (Lee is a huge language enthusiast), Russian, Greek, and various other languages. She also teaches violin and guitar in the Bay Area.

Facebook Event

Kaptain Bottletop Videos
Kaptain Bottletop Facebook Page


Golden Bough
Margie Butler, vocals, harp, whistles, recorders, bodhran
Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, octave-mandolin, accordion
Kathy Ross Sierra, vocals, fiddle, whistles

Golden Bough does Robert Burns
Margie, Kathy and Paul

Sunday, January 24th, at Noon – 1:30 PM

Online via Facebook Live

On Sunday, January 24th, from Noon – 1:30 PM, The Golden Bough trio, Margie Butler, Kathy Sierra and Paul Espinoza will entertain you with a Salute to Robert Burns.

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

Here a link to their many music videos

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

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

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

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


Michael Eskin

Michael Eskin

Irish Whistle Master Class with Michael Eskin

Monday, January 25th, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM PST

Live via Zoom

Free workshop best suited for intermediate level tin whistle players with some experience on the instrument.

This week we’ll be back to the theme format, and we will be covering how to play ‘Slow Airs’.

It would be ideal if you already can play some tunes on the instrument and have at least some basic understanding of ornamentation on the whistle. This is not a new beginner’s class, but certainly newer players may benefit from the workshop.

Here’s the Zoom meeting link:

or if you prefer:
Meeting ID: 6193681854
Password: session

Bookmark my Website here:

Check the Facebook Event:

This workshop is free, but if you find the event useful, I would very much appreciate it if you would consider donating a few dollars to my PayPal tip jar:
Venmo: @MichaelEskin

Michael Eskin
Michael’s Facebook Profile


Jim Malcolm

Jim Malcolm

Jim and Susie Malcolm
Virtual Tour of NM, CA, OR, WA

Sunday January 29th through Sunday February 21st, 2020

Online via Zoom

Concert Schedule
Email for reservations

• Friday, January 29th, 7:00 PM (MST), Las Cruces, NM
• Saturday, January 30th, 3:00 PM, Santa Monica, CA
• Sunday, January 31st 3:00 PM, Tehachapi, CA
• Tuesday, February 2nd 7:30 PM, Soquel, CA
• Thursday, February 4th 7:30 PM, Berkeley & San Francisco, CA
• Friday, February 5th 7:30 PM, Lakeport, CA
• Sunday, February 7th 3:00 PM, Auburn, CA
• Monday, February 8th 7:00 PM, Mendocino, CA
• Saturday February 20th 7:00 PM, Salem, OR
• Sunday, February 21st 2:00 PM, Bellingham, WA

Jim Malcolm’s family roots are in Perthshire and Strathclyde, and he is a graduate of Edinburgh University. Like many folk musicians, he began his career by singing in pubs, clubs and hotels in his native country. Solo tours to England, Ireland, Denmark and Germany followed, and then further adventures to such far-off places as Uganda in Africa. Joining the already established and popular Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs brought him fame in the acoustic music festival scene across Europe and North America.

Video – Jim Malcolm: Flowers of Edinburgh

Malcolm is considered one of the finest voices and interpreters of Robert Burns songs in Scottish traditional music today. He was the lead singer for the world-renowned band Old Blind Dogs for eight years before returning to his solo career as a singer-songwriter.

A Jim Malcolm concert is always an entertaining mix of his own and traditional songs, including those of Burns, peppered with funny stories and observations in the tradition of Scottish bards through the ages. An accomplished guitarist, he plays mostly in the Celtic tuning dadgad. He is also considered to be one of the top simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world.

For this tour Jim will be joined by his wife Susie Malcolm, herself a prizewinning traditional singer. Susie has a special interest in the bothy ballad tradition and loves the old ballads, though she is in her element adding harmony to Jim’s performances.

Malcolm has recorded ten solo CDs, and has performed his songs with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2004, he was voted songwriter of the year at the annual Scots Traditional Music Awards. Along with his own songs, he enjoys reworking old songs that form the kernel of Scotland’s great folk tradition.

Donations: or to PayPal account


Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan LIVE ONLINE
from the Hobbit Hole in San Francisco

Sunday, January 31st, 1:30 PM

Online via Zoom

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

Watch LIVE on Zoom — Get $10 Tickets Here.

Amelia says:
As those of you who followed my 2020 quarantine concert series know, my concerts create an intimate, thoughtful atmosphere. Come join me this Sunday at 1:30 PM as I sing and play both lap harp and shruti box, live on Zoom!

Our 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!

There will be two sets of approximately 40 minutes each, with a ten-minute intermission to refresh.

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


Ciara Ryan
Ciara Ryan

ILHS Speaker Series
with Ciara Ryan
A Friar’s Tale

Sunday January 31st, 5:00 PM

Online via Zoom

The ILHS Speaker Series returns on Sunday January 31st at 5:00 PM via Zoom. This month’s speaker is author Ciara Ryan who will speak about the recent book A Friar’s Tale, the story of Father Pat Hudson and his work in Latin America and Siberia.

From Gaeltacht areas on the west coast of Ireland, Butte’s Irish community in the early 1900s was immersed in Gaelic culture, language and oral tradition, all of which they cultivated assiduously while in the United States. Like most exiles of their time, O Sullivan and Moriarty left Ireland with minimal education, yet they became two of the most respected and prominent leaders supporting the Irish language and its cause at a pivotal period in both Butte’s and their native country’s history. This talk sheds light on the two men’s friendship, their similar interests and writings and traces their involvement in cultural and political activities in Butte and San Francisco.

Ciara Ryan was born in Limerick, Ireland and first came to the U.S. on a Fulbright scholarship to teach with the Irish Studies program at University of Montana. She received her PhD from University College Cork, Ireland. She recently contributed a paper on Butte’s Irish bard Seán “Irish” O Sullivan in the collection North American Gaels: Speech, Story, and Song in the Diaspora published by McGill-Queen’s University Press (2020). Her talk draws primarily from her doctoral research.

For more information in the Irish Literary and Historical Society, check the website:


Virtual Lark Camp

Friday, February 5th – Sunday, February 7th 12:30 – 10:30 PM

Online Events via Zoom, with evening concerts on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live

  • 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.

Check out the Virtual Lark schedule, the workshop instructors, and the concerts here:

More info on the website:



Lark Camp

July 30th – August 7th, 2021

World Music, Song, and Dance Camp

Mendocino Woodlands State Park

Lark Camp Features

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

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

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

Click Here for the Video by Doug Plummer.

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

Check out the Mendocino Woodlands website: Click Here

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


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Break Through your Ancestry Brick Walls!

A printable e-book
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker

Ancestry & DNA
Family History Research: Beyond the Basics

There are many good basic manuals, both in print and online, that can help you get started researching your ancestors and finding lost cousins, but in over fifty years of research into our own Scots-Irish, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry, I’ve learned what works well and what doesn’t, as well as many useful sources and links.

Now, I have written a book, Ancestry & DNA – Beyond the Basics, to help you, and all Americans find their origins. My book will be especially useful to especially Celtic Americans doing family history research, and it is available for immediate download!

Celia 2016

Author Celia Fábos-Becker

My Book includes:

• Introduction to Family History Documents
• What are REAL Primary Sources?
• America’s Dark Age (1783 to 1850)
• Finding Family Records with online services
• Introduction to Family History DNA
• Using DNA Tests to help Find Family History
• How autosomal, MtDNA, or Y-DNA tests can help
• DNA Testing Company Reviews
• Loads of Examples

Download Ancestry & DNA – Beyond the Basics here:


Michael Eskin

Michael Eskin

Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, Uilleann Pipes
and Anglo Concertina Lessons with Michael Eskin

Live via Zoom

I am now offering beginner and intermediate level on-line lessons using Zoom for Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, Uilleann pipes, and Anglo Concertina.

I don’t have a fixed teaching curriculum. My focus is entirely on learning your goals, understanding your challenges, identifying areas to work on, and then giving you the feedback and specific tools you can use to take your playing to the next level.

I started out playing classical flute when I was 6 years old. I’ve now been playing Uilleann pipes, flute, and whistle in sessions for over 20 years and Anglo Concertina for 15 years. My concertina playing is based on the style and technique I learned from Noel Hill at his workshops.

Before COVID-19, I was the co-host of the weekly session for over 20 years at The Ould Sod Pub in San Diego, CA as well in the paid hosting rotation for the session at The Auld Dubliner in Long Beach, CA. Since COVID-19 restrictions went into place, I’ve been hosting a weekly session on Tuesday nights on Zoom that has turned into a lovely and consistently popular event.

My rate is $45.00 for a 45-minute lesson.

If you have any questions, please email me at: or call me at 619-368-1854.

Cheers and thanks,
Michael Eskin
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United Irish Cultural Center

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA


The United Irish Cultural Center operates a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, at 2700 45th Ave in the Sunset District of San Francisco near the Zoo.

There is a list of upcoming events there, linked to their UICC website


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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!

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

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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, 830 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA
and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street, Inner Richmond of San Francisco


Eric says:
“Our Berkeley location, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, is open for online lessons and instrument sales and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, CA, is open and actively seeking new online students. Lark Berkeley is offering free lessons with the purchase of a ukulele or guitar!”

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.

Shop online at, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

Breaking News at The Duke

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM every day of the year


Publican Stan Gamble and his partners have an update! 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.



Sláinte Pub, Oakland

Please DONATE!

Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA


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:
Well folks, Sláinte has joined the rest of the Bay Area bars, pubs, and restaurants that are “hibernating” for the winter. We’ve held on trying everything we could think of but we’ve exhausted our reserves, are low on supplies, and after meeting with some trusted advisors, we’ve decided to temporarily close our doors.

Rest assured, we will do everything we can to reopen as soon as we safely can but we can’t keep asking our volunteers to risk themselves with our recent numbers. With the weather changing and the drastic drop in hours and numbers we feel that this is the best and only option for us right now.
Please keep the craic alive and our fundraiser in mind while we take this time to figure out our next steps. We love you all so very much xxx.

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



Plough and Stars Fundraiser

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


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

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

Sean Heaney

The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, is known around the world for hosting incredible Irish music and pulling beautiful pints of Guinness since 1975. Since then, it has evolved to host live music every night of the week, except Monday, including all genres of music; Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Zydeco, acoustic Americana, and of course, Irish Traditional.

The first Saturday is always Americana Jukebox and every third Friday is Bluegrass Bonanza! We welcome you to stop in for a drink and try our famous, award winning pints of Guinness, or indulge in any of our other specials. We host Happy Hour all day every Monday with free pool, and the first Monday of the month has a Pub Quiz at 8:30 PM. Check out our website for a full calendar of events!

For a video of a Plough session from 2014, Click Here.

For more about the Plough, check, call 415-751-1122, or email Sean Heaney at



The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco


The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with Irish pub grub & beers on tap plus sports on the satellite TV.

This local Irish Pub brings the culture of Ireland to San Francisco, offering a full bar, Happy Hour specials, and a full Irish restaurant menu, including favorites like fish and chips which goes with any style of sport, music or fun.

‘I am in the city every 2-3 months and The Chieftain is an absolutely integral part of every trip. Mark runs an amazing, authentic Irish pub. Major plus, the only place I know of in northern California to get Kilkenny!!’

‘Walked in, Saturday night about 7pm and there was a table right inside the door. We had a shepherds pie and an Irish stew. The shepherds pie was actually made with lamb! The live music was great entertainment too!’

For a video of some the Chieftain’s food menu, Click Here.

The Chieftain hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Click Here for the current schedule! The live Irish traditional music and song session every Sunday evening is always great Craic! Here is a sample Irish Session from 2009: Live Irish Session at the Chieftain.

For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-625-0436, or email Mark Nagle at or check



Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay

The venerable Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay has a 32 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.


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



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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