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Friday, 2023-06-02
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


New! Co-founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker offers her review of the 2011 book, The Other Irish by Karen Frances McCarthy. (See Below)
New! Co-founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker offers a Celtic Origins article on the History of Dál Riata. (See Below)

Events: (One-time)

• On Saturday, June 3rd, from 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM, it’s the World Music and Dance Day at Occidental Center For the Arts in Occidental, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, June 4th, at 6:30 PM, The Cooley Keegan Branch of Comhaltas is hosting their annual Summer Céili with lots of Irish dancing to live music at the UICC in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, June 4th, at 6:00 PM, Celtic Rock Band Tempest begins its summer West Coast festival dates at the Fairy Fest in Arcata, CA, then on Wednesday, June 21st, 6:30 PM at the Oregon Shakespeare Fest, Ashland, ORand then from Friday, June 23rd, 12:00 PM through Sunday, June 25th, 12:00 PM at Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze in Westport, WA. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, June 7th as part of the 1st Session at the American Conference for Irish Studies West Convention at San Jose State University, at 4:30 PM, SJSU’s own Michael Fallon will be making a presentation about his new book, Ulysses Abridged, titled How Dare I Abridge Ulysses. Michael Fallon will also be making an appearance on Saturday, June 17th at 1:00 PM, as part of the Bloomsday event at the the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, June 9th at 6:00 PM, the high-energy female trio Gaelic Muses plays at Caper’s Restaurant in Campbell, CA, and on Sunday, June 18th, at 4:30 PM, at the Wheelhouse of Willow Glen in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 10th, at 10:00 AM, the Community Music School of Santa Cruz begins their summer series of Redwood Music Camps, with the adult edition, in Watsonville, CA. Then, on Monday, June 12th at 9 AM they continue with the Teen edition in Aptos, CA, and last, the Kids version begins on Monday, July 31st at 10 AM in Scotts Valley, CA. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, June 10th & Saturday, July 8th, at 7:00 PM, the legendary The Black Irish Band performs at the Jack Douglass Saloon, in Columbia, CA and then, on Saturday, July 22nd, at 7:00 PM performs at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, in Jamestown, CA. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, June 11th, at 12:30 PM sharp, the Pleasanton-Blairgowrie-Fergus Sister City Organization and South Bay Scottish Society invite you to join them riding the Flying Scotsman from Sunol, CA to Niles, CA and back. (See Below)
• On Sunday, June 11th, at 4:00 PM, Erica and Friends will perform at Calliope East Bay Music & Arts at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Albany, CA and then on Saturday, June 24th, 2:00 PM, at Riggers Loft Winery in Richmond, CA. (See Below)
New! On Monday, June 12th, at 9:00 AM, the United Irish Cultural Center hosts the first of three weeks of Irish Summer Camp. On Saturday, June 17th at 1:00 PM, the Patrick J. Dowling Library hosts their annual Bloomsday event, with costumes, readings, local author Michael Fallon of Ulysses Abridged and local band leader Cormac Gannon, and then on Friday, June 23rd, the UICC is delighted to welcome Belfast documentary photographer Sean McKernan who presents an exhibition Belfast – Conflict to Peace, then on Saturday, June 24th, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, its the Wawona Gates 3rd Anniversary Party, all at their spacious facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Scottish Gaelic singer Linn Phipps hosts two monthly online Scottish Gaelic events. On Friday, June 16th, at 11:00 AM, Linn hosts Srùbag, a Gaelic singing session, with special guest Calum MacColl. Both are accessible from anywhere Online via Zoom. On Saturday, June 17th, at 11:30 AM Pacific, Linn hosts the Learn Gaelic Song Workshop. (See Below)
New! On Friday, June 16th, at 6:30 PM, The Hammer Museum hosts a Bloomsday Celebration at their facility in Los Angeles, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 17th at 1:00 PM, the Patrick J. Dowling Library at the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco hosts their annual Bloomsday event, celebrating Irish Author James Joyce and his groundbreaking book Ulysses with readings, costumes, discussions and music. Local author Michael Fallon will discuss his new book, Ulysses Abridged and local band leader Cormac Gannon will lead a session. All this at the spacious UICC facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 17th at 4:00 PM through Sunday, June 26th at 11:00 AM, Alasdair Fraser hosts Sierra Fiddle Camp, a week of Workshops and Ceilidhs near Grass Valley, CA. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, June 17th at 7:30 PM, The Weeds will again team up with Adam Hendey for a House Concert in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, June 18th, at 7:30 PM, presents a concert by Karan Casey with Niamh Dunne & Seán Óg Graham at the Winona Grange in Tualatin, OR. (See Below)
New! On Tuesday, June 20th, 11:00 AM PDT, Clifton House, Belfast, a storied venue that was once Hotbed of Irish Radical Activity, is offering an anniversary program about Mary Ann McCracken and her mentor, Mary Wollstonecraft and it is available to anyone, anywhere Online via Zoom. (See Below)
New! On Wednesday, June 28th, at 7:00 PM, Sisters Natalie Haas (cello) and Brittany Haas (fiddle) give a Cage Free Concert at Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland, OR. (See Below)
• On Thursday, June 29th, at 11:30 AM PDT, Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps will host another Shanty Big Sing, this time based on the song, Fire down Below/ The Fireship, accessible from anywhere, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
New! From Friday, July 28th to Saturday, August 5th, the world-famous annual Music, Song, & Dance event Lark Camp, returns to the idyllic Redwoods near Mendocino, CA. (See Below)
New! From Thursday, August 3rd, 3:00 PM through Monday, August 7th, 11:00 AM, a loosely organized band of fretted dulcimer players and friends of the dulcimer will convene as they have done for the past 48 years, this time in person. As last year, this so-called Kindred Gathering will happen on the slopes of Mount Hood, in ZigZag, OR, and you are all invited. (See Below)

Events: (Recurring)

• On Fridays, at 12 PM Pacific, (3 PM Eastern or 8 PM Ireland/UK), Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs also hosts an online Irish Traditional Learners Sessions, at for those who are just beginning to learn to play an Irish Instrument. (See Below)
• On First Fridays of the month at 5:00 PM Pacific Time, and also on Third Fridays of the month, at 12:00 PM Pacific Time, Adam Dahmer, hosts Guth na Coimhearsnachd, a Scottish Gaelic Song learning session, Online via Zoom, from Calgary, AB. (See Below)
• Each first Fridays of the month, 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 Fridays, from 5:00 PM on, Pub Scouts, plays great tunes at Duffy’s Tavern in Chico, CA. (See Below)
• On first Saturdays at 7:00 PM, the fabulous Shipwrecked Shanty Band performs in person and streaming online via YouTube and Facebook Live from Sláinte Irish Pub in Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
• On the 1st Saturday of each month, at 6:00 PM, the San Francisco in-person Chantey Sing is held at the Maritime Museum in San Francisco, CA, and then on the 2nd Saturday of the month, at 11:00 AM, the the San Francisco Virtual Chantey Sing happens Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On the first Sunday every month, at 9:00 AM Pacific, Dr. Ronan Connolly offers a Lets Learn Irish free workshop on Irish Language, free of charges and available everywhere Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On first and third Sundays of the month, from 11 AM – 1 PM Pacific / 2 PM – 4 PM Eastern time, Lynn Noel hosts Mermaid’s Tavern sing-arounds online via Zoom from her home studio. On the first Sunday of the month the theme is Ballads, and on the third Sunday of the month the theme is Sea Chanteys and Tavern Songs. (See Below)
• On Sundays, from 1:00 PM PDT, Pete Grassby hosts the ‘Caretaking’ Loch Down Folk Club timed so our friends from the US and Canada can join in. Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On the last Sunday of each month, join Alexandra Annen for a Irish traditional instrumental music session at Sayla Music Academy in Lodi, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, June 2nd, Grass Valley based Three Times Through plays at One 11 Kitchen in Nevada City, CA, and on 1st Sundays, at 3:00 PM PST, Grass Valley based Three Times Through plays at Grass Valley Brewing Co, in Grass Valley, CA. (See Below)
• Phoenix Folk Ltd. was established in 2009 by Maurice Condie, Adam Holden & Marina Dodgson to promote participation and performance in folk and acoustic music, song and dance across the North East of England, and since the COVID lockdowns, they have expanded into the online world. Currently, they host three weekly online events on Zoom, happening at 12:00 PM PDT / 8:00 PM UK time on Monday’s, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Mondays, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific Time, Mark Wallis & Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs host an instrumental Traditional Irish Music Session, a participatory online Irish [instrumental] music event, timed so our friends from Ireland and the UK can join in. Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Mondays, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time, Irish born Maureen McNally hosts the Ag Teacht Le Chéile Irish Session, a participatory online Irish music event timed so our friends from Ireland and the UK can join in. Online via Zoom. (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, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific Time, Tony Becker, hosts the Trans-Atlantic Session, an online traditional music event, featuring a mix of instrumental and vocal performances, timed so participants from Ireland and the UK can join in. (See Below)
• On Wednesdays, at 2:30 PM John Whelan conducts his free series of ‘Tune Teach’ and ‘Taking Time’ Play Along Sessions. (See Below)
• On Wednesdays, at at 8 – 9:30 PM Eastern / 5 – 6:30 PM Pacific, and again on Thursdays at 8 – 9:30 PM Pacific / 11 – 12:30 AM Eastern, Autumn Rhodes teaches Irish Session Repertoire for All Instruments online via Zoom from San Francisco, CA. (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)

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• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker’s e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
• Now in their 2nd year, Willow on the Green, is operated by friend of the family Alex Sinclair and located on 9th Avenue in San Francisco, CA, especially convenient to Golden Gate Park, and caters to in the park revelers, offering a unique array of ready to eat culinary delights. (See Below)
• Well known Flying Scot and all round traditional musician David Brewer has launched his online music lessons, accessible to anyone, anywhere Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• As of Sunday, April 3rd The Starry Plough has reopened, with all the events it’s many long term customers had before the pandemic, open on Sundays – Wednesdays in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday – Sunday, from 12-10 PM, Sláinte Pub offers a their full menu of great food and drink, at their location at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
• Music and Dance have returned to the cherished San Francisco, CA Celtic cultural institution, The Plough and the Stars, now open from Wednesday through Sunday, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM. (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 and Dance have returned 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)
• 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, and they have just announced a new scholarship program! (See Below)
• With an extensive selection of instruments and instructional material from around the world, Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA is open for in person and online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering full service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
Catherine Barry’s Irish Culture Bay Area, offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area. (See Below)

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Book Review: The Other Irish
Karen Frances McCarthy, 2011
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker


The Other Irish

Although this book was brought to publication in 2011, I admit I had not encountered it before now. Others found it first and a question about it was just recently posted on the 15,000 members Facebook Group: ‘Ulster Scots/Scotch-Irish,’ of which I’ve been a member for a couple of years. The title bears a striking resemblance to the title of a film project begun about two years ago, and which is still seeking funding to complete, led by Chris Moser of Georgia who has made some films for PBS stations in Georgia.

It became time for a review especially since the topics of what does being Scots-Irish/Scotch-Irish mean and what really is the history of the Scots/Scotch-Irish and what is the legacy are again popular–we’ve got another national election coming up and that is a part of understanding voter demographics and priorities. Also, Chris Moser is still looking for funding to complete his film. How well does the legacy connect with real history has been the subject of a number of recent books and a couple of documentaries (not very, actually).

The author of The Other Irish, Karen F. McCarthy, is a very good and engaging storyteller, and the book is at its best covering modern cultural history where she interviewed eye-witnesses to persons and events where she cites the most primary sources. This book is mostly an interesting book of modern short stories and biographies, and if that’s all one expects, is fine as such. Ms. McCarthy describes herself as an Irish broadcast journalist and a war correspondent, a medium and spiritualist.

Notably, Ms. McCarthy is Irish, not Scots-Irish, and did not grow up in America, or Ulster, is not a historian and does not have a degree in history, not that all history degrees and programs are uniformly great. Still persons who obtain such degrees generally learn about the importance of primary sources and finding and using as many as possible, along with good secondary sources–(check their bibliography and primary source citations). Unfortunately, these gaps are apparent in this book. Don’t take the first few chapters of her book as reliable history and you’ll enjoy and learn something from the rest.

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The History of Dál Riata / Dalriada
How it Became ‘Modern’ Scotland
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker

Dal Riata

Dál Riata/Dalriada

The history of the kingdom of Dál Riata/Dalriada/Dalriata is complicated because it is a dual history of geography and people, and historic sources are generally about one or the other. One must combine both to have a history of how the geographic area known as Dal Riata came to be ruled by a particular people and how and why it expanded and finally included all of modern Scotland, and the history of the kings.

The geography of Dal Riata consisted of both sea and land, and included the North Channel and the adjacent lands of Northern Ireland, western Scotland and its islands as well as the waters of the North Channel between them.

The people of Dal Riata, in Ireland, included the tribes of the Riata, Argialla, Ulaid, Fiatach, and a few lesser ones. They were rivals–and relatives–of the growing Clan O’Neill. When the O’Neill weren’t fighting among themselves to determine clan chief, they were consistently attempting to take over all of Ulster, shoving other tribes elsewhere in Ireland or out. They were also usually a subkingdom of the kingdom of Ulaid (pronounced Ula) from which Ulster takes its name. Dal Riata, with Argialla, had a period of expansion after king Cormac, originally of Meath, defeated the king of Ulaid and reduced that kingdom, and Cormac’s sons became heads of the Ua Neill, the Ua Maine, and the Argialla, with grandsons and cousins expanding their rule. Cormac himself was grandson of Conn also called Conn Cetchathaf and his generally agreed upon wife, Eithne Taebfade. From what remains of documentation, Cormac was born during the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and died in about 240 CE. His sons succeeded him by 245 CE. Cormac is recorded as ‘having defeated the kingdom of Ulair and then conquering some parts of Britain’ soon after. This is the best evidence of when the two small trading posts that the Romans knew about expanded into a state, replacing the tribe of the Epidii, already badly weakened or gone entirely. This was the beginning of Dal Riata in what is now Scotland.

By the end of the 2nd Century, both people and geography are together and begin to spread into the islands between what are now Ireland and Scotland in Northern Ireland, Ulster. However, they did not control all of Ulster but mostly Antrim, most if not all of County Down, northern Louth, a bit of southern and eastern Coleraine (combined with County Derry by Charles II), and a little bit into Armagh and Tyrone. This was the greatest extent of Dal Riata and by the time of St. Patrick and St. Columba, the area of the kingdom was greatly reduced to only about half or a little more of County Antrim. In Ireland, the kingdom of Dal Riata was again a subkingdom of Ulaid and the greater proportion of Dalriada was in Argyllshire in what became Scotland.

After Dalriata moved its capitol city to Scotland, by the end of the 5th century Ulaid, as a kingdom in Ireland had redeveloped, Ulaid (pronounced like ‘Ula’). The old capitol city of Dál Riata in Ireland had been Rath Mughie (Armoy) in Antrim; the new was Dunadd in Argyllshire. Ulaid, itself, was conquered in 1177 by the Norman French knight, John de Courcy, much to the alternating glee and concern of the O’Neill. Because of the long relationship with Scotland, of which the northern Irish were well aware, this ultimately led to Irish clan leaders inviting the younger brother of king Robert the Bruce, Edward Bruce (1280-1318) to help drive out the Normans and rule Ireland. The irony is, that the Bruce family itself had Norman patrimony.

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Occidental World Music and Dance Day
Saturday, June 3rd, 9:30 AM – 9 PM
Occidental Center For the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental, CA

World Music and Dance Days

World Music and Dance Day

Tickets are on sale for our June 3rd World Music and Dance Day in beautiful Occidental, California (a little west of Santa Rosa). This one-day event is inspired by Lark Camp, and aimed at growing the Lark Camp community as well as helping to publicize the Mendocino camp coming up on July 28th.

20+ workshops with different tracks like Celtic or Balkan, along with “everyone welcome” dances and jams, time to chat with instructors and presenters, to have dinner with friends at a concert, to try new instruments and maybe even to check an instrument out from the Musical Instrument Lending Library. Food available on site from local truck and/or pop-up too, plus baked goods special for the event, plus on-site music supplies and repairs.

Instructors and their offerings, (Subject to some change, of course):
• Central Asian Dance / Natalie Nayun
• Balkan Singing / Darina Drapkin & Elin Powers
• Belly Dance / Janessa Lynna
• Irish tunes / Michael Hubbert
• Spanish language songs / Leslie Hubbert
• Celtic Harp and Celtic Harp Petting zoo / Shawna Selline
• Scottish Fiddle / Lisa Doyle
• Highland Fling and open Scottish Dance set / Ron Wallace
• Bluegrass & folk guitar accompaniment / David Pascoe
• Bluegrass & Old Time mandolin / David Pascoe
• Appalachian Dulcimer demonstration / Holly Tannen & Mark Sellin
• Autoharp demonstration / Carey Dubbart
• Alpenhorn demonstration / Bobby Edwards
• Ukulele – Trad. Hawaiian / Gary Sugiyama
• W. African drumming / Ben Isaacs
• W. African dance / Tyehimba Kokayi
• Greek rebetiko / Greg Masaki Jenkins
• Klezmer / Dan Cantrell
• Balkan Drumming / Sean Tergis
• Open Balkan Dance set / Sue Williard
• Musical Instrument Lending Library / Jason Cool
• On site music repairs and supplies / People’s Music of Sebastopol, CA
• Expand your Irish song repertoire / Shay Black
• Salsa Dancing / Carrie Souza

Click Here for our schedule for Occidental World Music and Dance day, June 3! Bring your dancing shoes, your singing voice, your fiddle, guitar, uke or mando, your drum, darbuka or djembe and help us introduce new friends to the Lark Camp community.

More information:
Email: or Mark Sellin:
Check the website:
Check the Facebook Page:


Cooley Keegan CCE
Summer Céili Dance
Sunday, June 4th, 6:30 PM
United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA


CCE Irish Céilí Dancing

Join the Cooley Keegan Branch of Comhaltas for a fun night of music and dancing during our annual Summer Céilí on Sunday, June 4th in the large upstairs ballroom of the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco!

céilí is a traditional Irish dance event. Complete beginners and advanced dancers alike are welcome. No experience or partner needed to attend. Live traditional Irish music will be performed by the Tune Station Band!

Snacks, tea, and coffee will be provided. Please feel free to bring a treat to share during break time.

• $15 for members of Comhaltas. You can become a member by following this link.
• $20 otherwise

How to find us: The ceili is on the 2nd floor in St. Patrick’s Room (the large ballroom). Entrance will be from the REAR of the UICC through Wawona Gates on Wawona Street and up the steps from the parking lot. Elevator access will also be open.

Any questions can be emailed to Susan Keith.




Sunday, June 4th, 6:00 PM

Fairy Fest, Arcata, CA, Details

Wednesday, June 21st, 6:30 PM

Oregon Shakespeare Fest, Ashland, OR, Details

Friday, June 23rd, 12:00 PM

Sunday, June 25th, 12:00 PM

Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze, Westport, WA, Details



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 plus years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release eighteen 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 progress in delightful ways with each new member.

Here is Tempest’s 2022 Video Jolly Roger.

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit.

San Francisco native fiddler and singer Lee Corbie-Wells, comes to the band with a special passion for Celtic and Scandinavian music and Gaelic language traditions. A touring and performing child of a musical family, she plays fiery traditional fiddle tunes, and is also known to keep a bit of Blues and folk improvisation up her sleeve.

Nikolay Georgiev, studied modern rock guitar under Martin Goulding at the Guitar Institute of Technology in London, U.K. and classical guitar performance in his native Bulgaria. He also attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, while remaining active in a number of bands. Nikolay brings a fresh and global flavor to Tempest’s brand of Rock-driven World Music.

The latest addition to the band is the seasoned Bass Player Hugh Caley. Hugh is a Michigan transplant, who brings energy, genuine enthusiasm and a damn fine kilt to this frisky iteration of Celtic and roots music.

Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, thickens the band’s sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.

Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has also appeared at Denmark’s Skagen Festival, Britain’s Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals, as well.

Tempest is busting out of a two years’ pandemic-enforced hiatus from extensive touring with a new, powerful release. Going Home is the band’s first studio album of new material in four years, and one of their best to date!

Artist sites and sounds:


American Conference for Irish Studies
Wednesday, June 7th through
Saturday, June 10th
San Jose State University


The 2023 National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies will be held at San Jose State University from June 7-10, 2023. The deadline for registration was April 28th, but registrations are still available with a $50 late fee.

The conference will host two special guests who will deliver plenary lectures at the conference. Caitriona McLaughlin is the Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre. As an award-winning theatre director, her many credits include The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh, Citysong by Dylan Coburn Gray, and On Raftery’s Hill by Marina Carr for which she won the 2019 Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Director. Myles Dungan is the author of eleven books on Irish history, the American west, and the Great War. Additionally, he is the presenter of RTÉ’s The History Show, and has had a long career in broadcasting.

On Wednesday, June 7th, as part of the 1st Session, SJSU’s own Michael Fallon will be making a presentation about his new book, Ulysses Abridged, titled How Dare I Abridge Ulysses at 4:30 PM.

On the following Friday, on Bloomsday, June 16th, Michael Fallon will also be making an appearance on Saturday, June 17th 1:00 PM, as part of the Bloomsday event at the UICC in San Francisco, CA, which will include a lengthy, inclusive reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Conference organizers are Dr. Matthew Spangler (San José State University) and Dr. Cian T. McMahon (University of Nevada, Las Vegas).

The conference has also received financial support from San José State University, the Dean’s Office, College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Emigrant Support Programme of the Consulate General of Ireland – Boston, and the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Questions can be directed to
Conference website:


Gaelic Muses


Friday, June 9th
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

1710 West Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA

Sunday, June 18th
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

1173 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA

The Gaelic Muses

Gaelic Muses is a high-energy, three-person, all-female band playing Celtic-inspired music from many genres, including Traditional Folk, Rock, and Movie Soundtracks. With a vast array of instruments to match the mood of any song, Gaelic Muses is a powerhouse of musical prowess with a repertoire to match! Jigs, Reels, Airs, Movie Themes, Pirate Songs, Celtic Rock, and original pop-Celtic mashups combined with strong vocals and a playful stage presence make this band a must-see and hear!

The Gaelic Muses are:
Alison Kline: recorders, violin, guitar
Lynda MacNeil: keyboard, harp, guitar, vocals
Verlene Schermer: fiddle, nyckelharpa, mandolin, concertina, harp, vocals

Gaelic Muses are really fun and sound fantastic! They would make a great addition to nearly any event you might have in mind. Always responsive and easy to schedule. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed! – Frank Adessa, Lilly Mac’s

To watch the Gaelic Muses videos, Click Here.

Check out: The Gaelic Muses Facebook Page
The Gaelic Muses Website


Community Music School
Summer Music Camps


This summer, Community Music School of Santa Cruz is bringing back Redwood Music Camp, Redwood Music Teen Camp and Redwood Music Kid Camp.

Redwood Music Camp
for adults happens
Saturday, June 10th – Sunday, June 11th
10:00 AM
at Monte Vista Christian School, 2 School Way, Watsonville, CA Here is a sample video:

Redwood Music Camp is two days of outdoor music workshops the weekend of June 10th and 11th for musicians ages 18 and up. Musical styles this year include Celtic, Canadian, Swedish, and Americana. Participants choose from over 30 workshops in the mornings and early afternoons, and can participate in group ‘sessions’ (a choice of slow or fast) at the end of each day.  Redwood Music Camp is designed for players of fiddle, guitar, harp, Irish flute, tin whistle, concertina, Irish tenor banjo, dulcimer, accordion, and mandolin; singers are also welcome. Introductory classes are offered for harp, mountain dulcimer, and bones; instruments for these classes will be provided. 

Redwood Music Camp takes place at the Monte Vista Christian School campus near Watsonville. Participants can pay for the full weekend, one day, or for individual workshops. New this year is the option to stay in the dormitories on Saturday night. The class schedule, workshop descriptions, faculty bios, and link to the registration form are all online at

Redwood Music Teen Camp
for Ages 12-18 happens
Monday, June 12th – Saturday, June 17th
9 AM
at Monte Toyon Conference Center, 220 Cloister Lane, Aptos, CA Here is a sample video:

Redwood Music Teen Camp is a weeklong overnight camp for musicians ages 12-19 that takes place in Aptos, June 12-17. Campers learn and perform the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, America, and more. This full-immersion music experience is for players with at least two years of experience on fiddle, flute, tin whistle, recorder, harp, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, accordion, small keyboards, or cello. Students practice and perform in instrument-specific groups, with the entire ensemble, and in informal jam sessions. Other activities include singing, dancing, crafts, movies, and a talent show. Details, scholarship information and registration are all online at

Redwood Music Kid Camp
for Ages 7–13 happens
Monday, July 31st – Thursday, August 4th
10 AM–3 PM
at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley, CA Here is a sample video:

Redwood Music Kid Camp returns after a four year hiatus! This one week day camp program is for musicians ages 7-13, and will take place in Scotts Valley the week of July 31-August 4. The program goes from 9am-3pm Monday through Friday, and concludes with a concert for family and friends on Saturday, August 5 at 10am. Kid Camp teaches the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, and more to players with at least two years of experience on fiddle, flute, tin whistle, recorder, harp, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, accordion, small keyboards, and cello. Students practice and perform in instrument-specific groups, and with the entire ensemble. They also sing and do crafts. Details, scholarship information and registration are all online at

Questions about all three music camps can be directed to or 831-471-5184.
Facebook Page:


The Black Irish Band


Saturday, June 10th, 7:00 PM

Jack Douglass Saloon, Columbia, CA, Details

Saturday, July 8th, 7:00 PM

Jack Douglass Saloon, Columbia, CA, Details

Saturday, July 22nd, 7:00 PM

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown, CA, Details


The Black Irish Band is Patrick Michael Karnahan, banjo, melodeon, octave mandolin, trumpet, guitar, concertina, french horn, vocals, and Erich Quinn, bass, vocals, along with Michael Mullen, fiddle, vocals and James Dean Nelson, banjo, guitar, vocals. For these shows, the Band will be joined by Micha Dunston on whistles.

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.

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

Here’s a link to their many music videos

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


‘The Flying Scotsman’
Niles Canyon Train Ride on Sunday, June 11th, 12:30 PM, Sharp
Sunol Train Station, 6 Kilkare Road, Sunol, CA

The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman

About Pacific Locomotive Association / Niles Canyon Railway

This year is the 154th Anniversary of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad on May 29, 1869. On May 10, 1869, a Golden Spike was driven at Promontory, Utah. A 17.6 karat golden spike was ceremoniously driven by Leland Stanford to join the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads. Each week after May 10th, 2019 had a celebration theme and there was one major weekend event each month through the summer, with a final event in early September 2019, celebrating when the last link of the transcontinental railroad was opened between Sacramento and Oakland on September 6, 1869.

The Niles Canyon Railway runs on a portion of that same first Transcontinental Railway line. The Niles Canyon Transcontinental Railroad Historic District consists of the railway, right-of-way and associated structures. On October 13, 2010, the District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

ALL ABOARD! Wear your tartan and bring your children. Aye, there will be pipes on the journey!

Pleasanton-Blairgowrie-Fergus Sister City Organization, (PBFSCO), and South Bay Scottish Society, (SBSS), invite you to join them for for our annual Niles Canyon Train Ride. This year we have the pleasure of riding on a STEAM TRAIN!

The train will take us from the Sunol Station to Niles, and up Niles Canyon, and then back. The train leaves promptly at 1:00 PM , so please arrive early, say by 12:30 PM. There is free parking at Sunol Train Station. The ride is about 1.5 hours but you may stop in Niles for a walkabout if desired.

After the train ride, PBFSCO will have their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and picnic with family and friends in the adjacent park. All are welcome. Lunch is NOT included in the ticket price so don’t forget to bring your own lunch! Space is limited so get your reservations soon!

TICKET INFORMATION: or reserve online at – Price includes a wee processing fee
– Please include number of “infants” even though they enjoy the ride for free.
– Beverages and snacks are available on the train ride.


Erica and Friends


Sunday, June 11th, 4:00 PM

Calliope East Bay Music & Arts, Albany, CA, Details

Saturday, June 24th, 2:00 PM

Riggers Loft Winery, Richmond, CA, Details


Erica and Friends

Erica and Friends is a Berkeley based folk and traditional band lead by Erica Hockett that you really should hear if you get the chance, for example, at their concerts around Berkeley!

Erica Hockett has a voice of breathtaking beauty that brings to mind the likes of Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) and Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries). Accompanied by a fine ensemble of multi-instrumentalists, they share a repertoire from England, Scotland and Ireland, including narrative ballads of love, lust, murder and more!

Erica and Friends are, Erica Hockett, Vocals/Bodhrán, Anne Goess, Violin/Vocals/Tin Whistle, Chris Hammond, Guitar/Vocals, Charlie Hancock, Accordion/Keyboards, Jason Courtney, Bouzouki, Thomas Lindemuth, Vocals, Winds, Percussion.

Their debut album, Hillside Avenue (2018), received wide acclaim, and is widely available on all the main music platforms. Their next album is expected later this year.

Awesome group of performers, who guarantee a good time with superb vocal and instrumental talent across thhe board. Each show is a little different, and I am always blown away by their performances. – Sean Lawlor

For Erica Hockett and Friends videos, just Click Here!

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


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

UICC Events

Monday, June 12th – Friday June 30th
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Irish Camp for young people 8-20

Bloomsday @ UICC

Saturday, June 17th
1:00 – 5:00 PM

Belfast—Conflict to Peace
A Photo Exhibition by Sean McKernan
Opening Reception: Friday, June 23, at 7:00 PM
Artist Talk : Sunday June 25, at 2:00 PM

Exhibition Hours:
Friday, June 23 7-9 pm
Saturday, June 24 2-5 pm
Sunday, June 25 2-5 pm
Monday, June 26 7-9 pm
Tuesday, June 27 7-9 pm

Wawona Gates
3rd Anniversary Party
Saturday, June 24th
2:00 – 6:00 PM


Beginning on Monday, June 12th, and continuing through Friday, June 30th, from 9 AM — 3 PM, it’s Irish Youth Camp is available to young people 8-16 years old. Joining Irish Camp Director Maire Clerkin, are instructors Jennifer Corry, Amelia Hogan, and Valerie Rose. Register online at

Be part of the worldwide Bloomsday events at UICC! Celebrate the life and work of James Joyce by reading an excerpt from Ulysses, and listening to excerpts read aloud by other fans of this great Irish writer. Special guest reading and Ulysses discussion with author Michael Fallon who recently published Ulysses, Abridged. Traditional Irish Music featuring Cormac Gannon and friends included in the program, with a seisiún to wind up the afternoon. Light appetizers as mentioned in the text of Ulysses, with no-host drinks. All ages welcome. Period garb encouraged but not required. Details and Tickets here:

On Friday, June 23rd, the UICC is delighted to welcome Belfast documentary photographer Sean McKernan presents an exhibition: Belfast – Conflict to Peace featuring a stunning series of images of life in Belfast from the Hunger Strikes through the Peace Process and beyond. The series portrays his personal 40-year documentation of a deeply divided city, it’s turbulent path to peace, and transformation into city determined to succeed. Fresh from a show at the London Irish Centre as part of an event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary Year of the Good Friday Agreement, Sean brings his collection to San Francisco for a series of events with Irish Consul General Office in San Francisco and the UICC. Registration and Details Here:

On Saturday, June 24th, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, its the Wawona Gates 3rd Anniversary Party. Join us as we celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of Wawona Gates! We will provide live music, Irish Pipers, Irish Dancing—bring your friends, mix and mingle with your community, celebrate this wonderful vision which has been a port in the storm, a beacon of Irish hospitality, a community oasis, and so full of heart! More Info here!

Despite the pandemic, the United Irish Cultural Center has successfully operated a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, in the Sunset District of San Francisco.

Thanks to our hard working small staff and dozens of volunteers, the UICC Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining has operated a bustling outdoor dining space under a 1,800 square foot open-sided canopy since January 2021.

And now, UICC is also offering limited indoor events in their spacious Saint Patrick’s Room!

UICC website
UICC Facebook Page


Friday, June 16th

7:30 PM Ireland/UK
2:30 PM Eastern
11:30 AM Pacific
Special Guest – Calum MacColl

Friday, July 14th, Marianne McAleer
Friday, August 11th, Simon Stallard


On the Second Friday of each month, Linn Phipps hosts a Srùbag Gaelic singing session online via Zoom. Linn always invites a Special Guest to add an exciting new element to each occurance – check the box at left for full details. For this one we welcome Calum MacColl as our special Guest.

Srùbag has become an ambassador for Gàidhlig and Celtic languages and we all enjoy joining in the Srùbag adventure, whether occasional or regular. As usual everyone who wants to join in to listen to or to sing a Celtic language (Scottish/Irish Gaelic, Breton or Welsh) song is very welcome, as are ceilidh songs so we can all join in.

There are a lot of pre-recorded ceilidhs out there – we wanted to create a space for sharing Gaelic songs live online. Scottish and Irish Gaelic songs are welcome, as are songs from the wider Celtic family such as Breton songs. We have a monthly Guest singer and additionally the song turn goes round the virtual ‘Room’. Please drop in and bring your own Srùbag (cuppa) and a song, or drop in to listen. Please see our Facebook page or contact me at for the Zoom link and/or more information.

Saturday, June 17th
Learn Gaelic Song
6:00 PM Ireland/UK
2:00 PM Eastern
11:00 AM Pacific
Online via Zoom –
Join Zoom Meeting

On the Third Saturday of each month, Linn Phipps conducts her Learn Scottish Gaelic songs Workshop, a participatory event is accessible to all online via Zoom.

All aspiring Scottish Gaelic singers, as well as other Scottish traditional singers, are welcome!

Everyone who wants to join in to listen to or to sing a Celtic language (Scottish/Irish Gaelic, Breton or Welsh) song is very welcome, as are ceilidh songs so we can all join in.


Linn 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 years, 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 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.


Bloomsday Celebration LA
Friday, June 16th, 6:30 PM
The Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA



Now in its 14th year at the Hammer, Bloomsday is a worldwide annual celebration of James Joyce and his landmark novel Ulysses . This lively celebration features a cast of veteran actors delivering dramatic readings from Ulysses interspersed with songs and followed by festivities in the museum’s courtyard with live music and Guinness on tap.


6:30 PM – Cash bar with Guinness on tap in the courtyard, plus live traditional Irish music by Rattle the Knee
7:30 PM – Staged reading inside the Billy Wilder Theater
9:00 PM – Cash bar with Guinness on tap in the courtyard, plus live traditional Irish music by Rattle the Knee

Rattle the Knee is Kira Ott (fiddle, viola) and Jimmy Murphy (guitar, vocals, mandolin), plus Skyler Blakeslee (flute, pipes, vocals) and Marla Fibish on mandolin.

Full Details on their website here:


Bloomsday @ UICC

Saturday, June 17th
1:00 – 5:00 PM
(Costumes Optional)
United Irish Cultural Center, St. Frances Room, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco, CA

Bloomsday @ UICC

Bloomsday @ UICC-SF

Be part of the Worldwide Bloomsday events. Celebrate the life and work of James Joyce by reading an excerpt from Ulysses, and listening to excerpts read aloud by other fans of this great Irish writer. Special Guest Reading and Ulysses discussion with author Michael Fallon who recently published Ulysses, Abridged.

Traditional Irish Music, featuring Cormac Gannon and friends, included in the program, with a seisiún to wind up the afternoon.

Light appetizers as mentioned in the text of Ulysses, with no-host drinks. All ages welcome. Period garb encouraged but not required. Held in the St. Francis Room, UICC. Enter via the Wawona Street door.

Full event: $15- general admission
$10- active UICC member
$5- under 17
Seisiún only, 3-5 pm $5- per person
Tickets available at Eventbrite, Patrick J. Dowling Library, or at the door.


Alasdair Fraser
Sierra Fiddle Camp
Saturday, June 17th, 4:00 PM –
Sunday, June 26th, 11:00 AM
Shady Creek Camp on the San Juan Ridge (near Nevada City, CA)

Sierra Fiddle Camp

Sierra Fiddle Camp

Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp in northern California at Shady Creek Camp on the San Juan Ridge (near Nevada City) invites you to a week of intensive study, recreation, and good times with people who share an interest in the music and dance traditions of Scotland and beyond.

Sierra Fiddle Camp is about to celebrate its 17th year of in-person gatherings in the Sierra foothills! We’ll gather once again in our inimitable style for a week of intensive study and good times with people who share an interest in the music and dance traditions of Scotland and beyond. In a beautiful setting near Nevada City in northern California, fiddlers and other musicians of all ages and abilities are encouraged to explore their own musical expression and potential in a supportive, non-competitive environment. The camp provides a total immersion experience, with participants and instructors living, learning, jamming and playing together in community. The main teaching focus is on the fiddle, featuring Scottish and related fiddle styles; there are also guitar, cello, keyboard, dance, song, and percussion classes. All classes are taught by ear without written music. Evening activities feature, jamming, dancing and generally uproarious fun; recreational opportunities include swimming, hiking, volleyball and exploring the creek.

Alastair says:
“Let’s gather for a week of intensive study, recreation, and good times with people who share an interest in the music and dance traditions of Scotland and beyond”

More Details on the Website:


The Weeds & Adam Hendey
Saturday, June 17th at 7:30 PM
House Concert in Berkeley, CA

Weeds & Hendey

The Weeds & Adam Hendey

Join duo John and Tyler Weed with Boston’s own singing multi-instrumentalist Adam Hendey for an evening of Celtic and Nordic fiddle tunes, old-timey mountain music, and song.

This concert will celebrate the music of the Emerald Isles and follow it to one of its many landing spots in the United States. Watch the folk process unfold as John Weed (New World String Project, Molly’s Revenge) and Adam Hendey (former member of The Fire), pass this musical lineage to next-gen banjo, mandolin, fiddler, and composer Tyler Weed. The event will feature compositions from Tyler Weed and Adam Hendey, two fresh voices on the U.S. folk scene.

Check out this September 10th, 2022 video of them playing a set together Live at Whiffle Tree Ranch in Cachagua, CA.

Masking will be required indoors. Once you make a reservation, you will receive a confirmation email within a few days. This email will also contain address and directions.Suggested donation: $25 for adults, $10 for youth up to 18 years.

For reservations, email or call John at (831) 818-5021.


Karan Casey with
Niamh Dunne &
Seán Óg Graham
Sunday, June 18th, 7:30 PM
Winona Grange, 8340 SW Seneca St, Tualatin, OR

Karan Casey with Niamh Dunne and Seán Óg Graham

Karan Casey
Niamh Dunne and Seán Óg Graham presents legendary Irish folk singer Karan Casey,, had the No. 1 CD of the Month in March 2023 with the Folk Alliance International Folk Charts, plus 8 Songs in the Top 20 and has released 11 albums to date. She has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Japan, singing songs charged with a sense of social responsibility in a career spanning over 25 years. Karan is joined by Niamh Dunne on fiddle and vocals, and guitarist and backing vocals Seán Óg Graham, both members of the Irish folk band Beoga,

Click Here to Get Tickets NOW!

The evocative trio have toured together for several years and this show premieres new material developed and recorded since the start of the pandemic as well as favourites from Karan’s back repertoire. The songs draw inspiration from a wide range of sources from the personal to the historical and political, touching on themes of family, loss, love, the empowerment of women and Irish revolutionary struggle.

Winona Grange is not wheelchair accessible. Free on-site, street and city parking are available.


Natalie & Brittany Haas
Wednesday, June 28th, 7:00 PM
Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E Nevada St, Ashland, OR

Natalie & Brittany Haas

Natalie & Brittany Haas

Sisters Natalie Haas (cello) and Brittany Haas (fiddle) began musical lives together, filling their childhood home with Bach suites and Old-Time tunes alike.

Their paths diverged for a time as they individually explored and mastered musical traditions from Nashville to Norway, the Celtic Isles to California. Natalie and Brittany have absorbed, adapted, and made own world of music. both emerging as virtuosi and composers at the highest levels of contemporary string music.

As many Cage Free Concert-goers can attest, Natalie fashions a tone and rhythmic sense that transcends any single tradition. Along with her longtime collaborator Alasdair Fraser, Natalie has charted a new course through the string music of Scotland, Ireland, Spain, and beyond.

Now, with one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation, who happens to be her sister, Brittany, these two combined super-talents.

Find out more about these illustrious artists at:

Reservations recommended. ($25 at the door):


Shanty Big Sing Series
Online via Zoom


Thursday, June 29th, 11:30 PM
Fire down Below / The Fireship

Thursday, July 27th, 11:30 PM
Songs & Shanties of Britain’s East Coast

Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps

Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps

The next Big Sing, hosted by Linn Phipps and Jim Lucas, will feature the Fire down Below/ The Fireship family of chanteys and all are welcome to join to sing any version or to listen.

In advance of this event, we will post the link to the Zoom meeting on on our Shanty Big Sings Website: Please ask others if they would like to join us, but please do NOT share zoom links on social media!

The aim of these Big Sing events is to involve our Trans-Atlantic European / American and indeed world-wide Zoom singing friends in singing as many versions of our song as possible – related song versions welcome, including those with non-English verses, or which creatively use the theme.

If you’d like to sing, please contact Linn at, so that we can create a singer roster. We will record the session for ultimate upload to YouTube. If you’d rather sing but not be recorded, please say and we will edit out your recording.

You can find more information on our Shanty Big Sings Website, Most of the previous BigSing YouTube videos are available for viewing there and on Linn’s YouTube channel here:


Lark Camp
World Music, Song, and Dance Camp
Friday, July 28th – Saturday, August 5th
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!


Lark Camp by Vicky Yancy

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)


Kindred Gathering Dulcimer Festival XLIX
Thursday, August 3rd, 3:00 PM — Monday, August 7th, ~11:00 AM
ZigZag Mountain Farm, 70803 E. Mountain Drive, ZigZag, OR

Kindred Gathering

Kindred Gathering

Yes, YOU have been invited to a Kindred Gathering, (KG), happening. You don’t need to play fretted dulcimer to come.

The site is a former farm on the flank of Mount Hood. At the site there is a central area with a bus converted to a common-use kitchen. A large deck includes a stage space with electricity. Excellent hiking opportunities abound. Accommodations include a mix of tent sites, RV/camper(no hookups), and yurts with electricity for glamping. There are also motels in the area – including the famous (and expensive) Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood.

We’ve rented Homestead Cabin for KG Central which includes a residential-style kitchen, bathroom, large dining room, and deck with a gas grill. Though we’ve reserved Niko’s Meadow, a tent-camping site next to the Cabin, you’re free to reserve a camping site in a different part of the fifty-acre property if you prefer.

USE WEBSITE: Click [CHECK AVAILABILITY] for the reservation page with the various options. On that page is a zoom-able map showing ZigZag’s location off Hwy 26. And just below the map is ZigZag’s.

Bring flashlights & camp lights. Bring chairs or stools to sit on. Yurts need linens, blankets and pillows.

Cost of the KG: Per tradition, the KG meeting is free, and there is no registration for the gathering, but you’ll pay the Farm a nominal sum for the nights you sleep there. And there’s a cost for your dog to sleep with you. (Dogs at the Farm need to be leashed, licensed and vaccinated for rabies. You’re responsible for their behavior and poop pick-up.) And, you’re not obligated to help reimburse this year’s KG planners for their costs, but you will have the opportunity to donate…

Covid is not over. ZigZag’s Covid guidelines describe using distancing and masks when around people you don’t live with. They don’t mention vaccination, but for the KG we do expect full vaccination. (Covid deaths are still several times flu deaths. Act like it’s over & they spike downstream from us.) Fully vaccinated today means having one dose of the newer bivalent vaccine if you are under 65 …and (if you wisely got your first bivalent dose not too long after it was available) two doses for those 65 and up. By early August, an extra dose (maybe an even newer trivalent version) may be added to both definitions.

Wifi is available! The best reception is near the office and the main deck / stage. There is good cell coverage for AT&T and Verizon! Other carriers less.

Cuisine: Bring what you need for comfort and to share. Bring coolers: There’s only a small fridge.



Directions: About an hour drive east of Portland, OR, a short distance off Highway 26. Turn at the picturesque ZigZag Mountain Store (coffee, ice cream here) and Watch for the KG paper plates.

The farm’s phone is (503) 922-3162, The farms website is here:

The printable event flyer is here:, and the event website is here: You can also join the Facebook Group,, and post inquiries there.

If you have last minute questions about the KG, Robert can be reached on his cell (360) 774-6117 when he’s at ZigZag.


Learners Session
Irish Traditional Instruments
12 PM – 1:30 PM Pacific
3 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern
4 PM – 5:30 PM Atlantic
8 PM – 9:30 Ireland & UK
Online via Zoom

Irish Traditional Music Session

Students of Traditional Irish Session Music are welcomed to join our weekly Zoom sessions that have been designed for those who are learning their instrument, or new to Irish sessions! All are welcome to participate!

We would encourage our participants to bring along a couple of tunes that you have been working on to share at our session. Ideally, you might also have the sheet music, tabs or link to the tune to share so that others can follow along. You are welcome to set your pace and play at your own speed.

To attend our sessions, Click this link:
The Learner’s Session Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 841 1334 4367
Passcode: session

We welcome you to join our Facebook group for regular updates:

You might also wish to email me, Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs at to be added to our mailing list and included in the weekly invitations to join our session.

Facebook Group:


First and Third Fridays
Guth na Coimhearsnachd
Scottish Gaelic sessions
1st Fridays 5:00 PM Pacific Time
3rd Fridays 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Guth na Coimhearsnachd

Guth na Coimhearsnachd

Guth na Coimhearsnachd is a project of Adam and Dhanya Dahmer, and is actually how the couple met, when they were still living in Edinburgh, Scotland!

It’s a Gaelic song group that has occasionally taken part, in various guises, in the festivals of Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Society, and in the festivities surrounding the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

These days, it’s not possible to convene in-person song sessions in Edinburgh because the couple is based in Calgary, Canada. But the singing group still meets up every 1st and 3rd Fridays as follows:

The first-Friday sessions will be held at 3 PM Hawaiian time / 5 PM Pacific time / 6 PM mountain time / 7 PM central time / 8 PM eastern time / 9 PM Atlantic time / 1 AM Scottish time. This is for the convenience of North American attendees.

The third-Friday sessions will be held at 10 AM Hawaiian time / 12 PM Pacific time / 1 PM mountain time / 2 PM central time / 3 PM eastern time / 4 PM Atlantic time/ 8 PM Scottish time. This is for the convenience of attendees in Ireland and UK and their outlying islands.

Zoom Link:



The Cross Keys
First Fridays, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden, 2001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA

Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

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.


Pub Scouts
Fridays, 5:00 PM
Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main Street Chico CA

Pub Scouts

Pub Scouts

The Pub Scouts, an Irish band, plays every Friday (30+ years) at Duffy’s Tavern, Chico, from 5pm-8pm.

A Chico Tradition for over 30 years – Great Tunes – Good Friends – Cocktails and Pints


Shipwrecked Shanty Band
First Saturdays at 7:00 PM
Live at Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA
also Online via YouTube & Facebook LIVE

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


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

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

For the live stream, just navigate to the crew’s YouTube Channel or Facebook group at appropriate hour!

Micha says:
Strike The Bell! Shipwrecked Shanty returns to Sláinte Oakland every first Saturday with a boat load of sea songs!.

We will have 2 cameras and stream to both Facebook AND Youtube! It costs a few bucks to stream both, so send us what you can, and we’ll keep the stream a’Comin!

If you come down in person, better get there early, seating is limited!

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

More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.

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


San Francisco In-Person & Virtual Chantey Sings
A San Francisco Singing Tradition
1st Saturdays, at 6:00 – 9:00 PM in person
3rd Saturdays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Online via Zoom

SF Chanteys on Zoom

SF Virtual Chantey Sing on Zoom

The San Francisco Chantey Sing is a beloved Bay Area musical tradition. Chanteys are 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.

Now in its 41st year, Park volunteer and retired Park Ranger Peter Kasin continues as emcee for 2 monthly sings taking the role of chantey Empresario, introducing singers and setting up the songs, and you can join either in person or from your own home via online connections, to help bring joy, calm the nerves, and help us get through these trying times!

Peter Kasin says,
Ahoy –
In-person chantey sings have returned to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park every first Saturday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, in the Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, foot of Polk.

RESERVATIONS: To reserve, please email me here Your last name with the number in your party will be on the reservation list held inside the museum entrance by a volunteer.

We will also continue the monthly virtual chantey sing online. Virtual 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.

If not leading a song, no registration necessary. activates at 11:00 AM on 3rd Saturdays, 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

The San Francisco 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


Lets Learn Irish

First Sundays Online Workshop
9:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Eastern | 5:00 PM Ireland/UK

Lets Learn Irish

Let’s Learn Irish is an online Irish community, providing daily classes, conversation sessions and workshops for learners throughout the world. First established by Dr. Ronan Connolly in Washington DC in 2009, and the Let’s Learn Irish story of ‘the online Gaeltacht’ has resonated with a global online audience. Let’s Learn Irish is now the largest provider of online Irish courses and comhrá sessions for learners.

Check out their Free Workshop on the first Sunday of every month. This one hour online session is suitable for those who are new to Irish, as well as for those who are currently studying the language! Click Here to get register for the Zoom Link. After the Free Workshop, Attendees are welcome to stay on afterwards to ask questions and learn about the online Irish language community.

Registration closes one hour before the workshop begins early on Sunday mornings, so do it now to be ready for the next first Sunday.

They also offer a free three video self-directed phrase course,, you can take at a time convenient to you.

The Let’s Learn Irish online community was developed at University of Galway, Ireland to support Irish learners throughout the world.

They provide daily online classescomhrá sessions and community workshops. The Mar/Apr 2023 term, offers 11 courses each week, for all levels. Learners from all over the USA and further afield attend these classes, and since all sessions are video recorded, many more learners follow along in their own time and/or timezone each week.

The upsurge in interest in the language, and the success of the Oscar-nominated ‘An Cailín Ciúin‘, marks a watershed moment. On their website, there are links to learner profilesarticles and news from their community. Their Press page provides further insights into their story and online activities.

YouTube Videos:
Learner Profiles:
Contact Info:
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The Mermaid’s Tavern
Twice Monthly Int’l Sings
1st and 3rd Sundays
11 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time
Online via Zoom

Mermaid's Tavern

The Mermaid’s Tavern

The Mermaid’s Tavern is the moniker Lynn Noel gave the online folk club she founded when the COVID pandemic began. Lynn hosts two monthly participatory sings from her home digital studio. On the first Sundays, Ballads, and on third Sundays, Sea Chanteys and Tavern Songs.

The time slot for these sessions is a bit inconvenient for those in South Asia, (11:30 PM – 1:30 AM in New Delhi), and in Australasia, (4 – 6 AM Monday morning in Sydney), but for participants in the rest of the English speaking parts of the world it is daytime or evening on Sunday: 11 AM – 1 PM in the Pacific Time Zone / 2 PM – 4 PM Eastern / 7 PM – 9 PM in Ireland and the UK.

David Kidman is a regular participant from Yorkshire, UK. David says,

The sessions are well steered, with no idle chat – and yet there’s always time for a cordial welcome. The host’s respect for the participants goes hand-in-voice with the sense of mutual trust that this engenders. Singers therefore experience a feeling of being valued, not least for adding value to the shared experience.

Lynn has undertaken a significantly larger role in the ‘new online music community’. Lynn Noel says,

We connect and coach participatory audiences, session leaders, and performers pivoting to digital to create and cultivate online community.

For details and links, check out The Mermaid’s Tavern website, and then check out the rosters to see who joins us and what we sing, and join the mailing list for links to more online sessions.

Tips and patrons keep us on the air and releasing new music on Bandcamp, so thanks for your donations toward studio services.

More details on Lynn Noel’s personal website


Trans-Atlantic Session

Maria Hawthorne

Loch Down Folk Club
8:00 PM in Ireland/UK
4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Do you fancy going to the Folk Club?

Join Maria Hawthorne Boyle and her world-wide group of singing friends using Zoom, and you can give us a song or a tune from the comfort of your own home or just listen in.

This singing circle will be hosted by Pete Grassby as Caretaking Loch Down folk club while Maria Hawthorne Boyle is recovering from her illness, every Sunday evening at 8-10 PM GMT / 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Description: Pete Grassby is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Meeting ID: 897 0884 9837
Passcode: 650509

Share this as far as you wish. 

Pete’s email is, phone 07768683015. Stay safe folks, see you soon. 

To find out more contact: or take a look at


Irish traditional instrumental music Session
6:30 PM
Sayla Music Academy, 2:, Building 1: 21 W Locust St Building, 210 N School St, Lodi, CA

Irish Traditional Instruments

Join Alexandra Annen as she leads a free community class in Irish traditional instrumental music. No experience is required to join us on the last Sunday of each month. Bring an Irish instrument.



Three Times Through


Friday, June 3rd, 6:00 PM
One 11 Kitchen & Bar,
300 Commercial Street, Nevada City, CA

1st Sundays, 3:00 PM
Grass Valley Brewing Co, 141 E Main St, Grass Valley, CA


Three Times Through

Three Times Through will be mashing up the Celtic tunes every 1st Sunday. Come Curious, Leave Refreshed!

People stop, stare, and ask us, “What is that instrument?” We are a colorful funky kinda Celtic string quartet. We re-imagine and blend traditional and modern tunes and songs with hammered dulcimer, bodhran, concertina, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, fiddle and guitar. The emphasis is on eclectic Celtic music; spirited instrumentals, engaging vocals and haunting melodies.

Our a cappella vocals transport you to the North Sea, the Caribbean, or to a remote village pub in County Clare . . . Come curious, leave refreshed!

Here is a link to some sample videos:
Three Times Through Videos

For more on the band, check their website,, Three Times Through Facebook page, Facebook Event Three Times Through YouTube Channel or email Jeff Peach at


Phoenix Folk
3 Weekly Online Sessions
12:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM UK
Online via Zoom


Play Along with Irish Tunes at a steady pace

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Song and Tune Round Robin

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Play Along with Irish Tunes at Full Speed

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Phoenix Folk

Established in 2009, Phoenix Folk exists to promote performance and participation in folk music, song and dance. We offer regular folk sessions, events and ensemble opportunities, both in the North East of England and online. Additionally, we provide a range of resources aimed at helping people to engage with folk music as both participant and listener. We put participation at the centre of all that we do, and aim to provide a comfortable space where musicians of all levels of ability can experience the joy of making music with others, extend their repertoire, challenge themselves and be inspired.

On Mondays, Maurice & Marina host a Play Along tune session leading mostly Irish Traditional Music tunes at a steady pace.

On Tuesdays, Maurice & Marina host a ‘Folk Singaround’, featuring mostly (but not exclusively) folk and traditional tunes and songs from the British Isles and North America. This regularly includes acappella and self accompanied songs, tunes, poems and readings from many attendees.

On Thursdays, Maurice & Marina host another ‘Play Along’ tune session, leading lots of Celtic tunes at full speed. They have a particular interest in Northumbrian music and see their online presence as a great opportunity to share local tunes with musicians from outside the region/outside the UK.

Phoenix Folk Website:


Traditional Irish
Music Session
Noon Pacific
3 PM Eastern
4 PM Atlantic
8 PM Ireland/UK

Join the Zoom Meeting!

Irish Traditional Music Session

Welcome to the ONLINE ZOOM Traditional Irish Music Session! Hosted by Mark Wallis & Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs, we meet every Monday at 8 PM Ireland/UK | 3 PM Eastern | Noon Pacific.

All are welcome to attend to play, and/or listen and enjoy! This is a traditional Irish tune [instrument] session only.
Meeting ID: 891 5533 0559
Passcode: tunes

Please also join our FB Group:


Ag Teacht Le Chéile Irish Session
3 PM Pacific
6 PM Eastern
11 PM Ireland/UK

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Irish Traditional Music Session

Welcome to the Ag Teacht Le Chéile Irish Session! Hosted by native Irish singer Maureen McNally, this Traditional Irish Tune and Song Session meets every Monday at 11 PM Ireland/UK | 6 PM Eastern | 3 PM Pacific, online via Zoom.

All are welcome to attend to play, sing, and/or listen and enjoy!

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Long time participant Cornelius (Connie) McEleney passed on in early 2023, but we still have his playlist, with lyrics and recordings of Connie singing 33 of his Irish songs to learn ourselves. Cornelius McEleney Collection.

Please email questions to:


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
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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


The Trans-Atlantic Session

Every Wednesday
12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific
3:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern
8:00 – 10:00 PM UK/Ireland

Tony Becker
M 408 600-8783

Trans-Atlantic Session

The Trans-Atlantic Session on Zoom
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Tony Becker of San Jose, California, and occasionally Mark Wallis of Gloucester, England, host a Trans-Atlantic session for all interested parties on Wednesdays, at 8:00 PM Ireland and UK time, 3:00 PM Eastern or 12:00 PM Pacific in the USA.

Click here to Join the Zoom Meeting!

Open for a couple of hours to all who play traditional Irish music and with the obvious limitations of Zoom in that only one musician can play at a time but we go round the ‘room’ and take it in turns – no pressure though and the baton can be passed if you just want to listen.

On a good day we have a variety of tunes with instruments from pipes to melodeon, banjo to fiddle and a song or two. It is very friendly and we welcome everyone – it can be a good way to pick up either! The only criterion is we try to stick to the Celtic traditional genre.

Please come along if you can!


John Whelan Free Tune Teach and ‘Taking Time’ Play Along Sessions
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

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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.

John says:
My Dear friends, the tune learning and slow Play Along sessions again are back on Wednesdays, and I do hope that you join me. 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:


Autumn Rhodes Lessons
Online via Zoom from San Francisco, CA


• Wednesdays at 8 – 9:30 PM Eastern / 5 – 6:30 PM Pacific (Early for East Coast)
• Thursdays at 8 – 9:30 PM Pacific / 11 – 12:30 AM Eastern (Late for West Coast)

Autumn Rhodes

Autumn Rhodes

Autumn Rhodes was raised in a rural Indiana household full of Irish music. At the age of 12, Autumn got a tin whistle for a birthday present and a year later was performing professionally

Shortly after, Autumn progressed to the flute and concertina and learned from master players such as Laurence Nugent, Kevin Henry, and John Williams. Autumn is equally renowned as a singer in the Sean-nós style of Irish tradition.

Autumn plays wooden flute, tin whistle, uilleann pipes, and concertina in several bands, including Buncrana, Soltre, Bardic Apostles, Slaggy Maggie, Meitheal, Mira, Na Cailini, and a few others, in styles including traditional Irish, jazz, classical, Breton, folk, and Bulgarian/Romanian music.

Autumn says:
Join us for a weekly drop-in Irish tune learning class for all instruments. The only requirements are for you to have an instrument that can play in D, a little bit of experience playing Irish music, and an internet connection.

I have more than 20 years of experience teaching students of all levels. Join my class for all instruments and learn classic session tunes along with technique, ornamentation, and phrasing. We will be mostly learning by ear, but I’ll provide sheet music and recordings.

On my website,,
I’ll be posting tunes, sheet music, recordings, history, and other resources. It’s a work in progress at the moment, but you can e-mail me with questions: (yes, it’s a real email address). Stay tuned (pun 100% intended).

$15-20 suggested donation (but nobody turned away) via PayPal, or @Autumn-Rhodes on Venmo, or CashApp $ConcertinaChick, Apple Pay, or other.

Facebook Page:
Email Autumn:


The Ould Sod

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

(9:00 – 11:00 PM Eastern)

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
Thursdays, 7:00 PM Pacific
Father Paddy’s Irish Public House, 435 Main St., Woodland, CA

Stout Rebellion

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:
Stout Rebellion is now the regular Thursday house band at the great Father Paddy’s Public House in Woodland the place to go on Thursday evenings to sing along with Irish favorites and enjoy Irish music in an Irish pub. Really enjoy playing and hanging out with these folks. See you in Woodland!

Original members Bobby Waller (lead vocals), Linda Easton (percussion), and James Wilson (mandolin), are joined by 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:


The Plough and Stars
Wednesday — Sunday 4 to 12 PM
The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Tune Session
Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Various hosts and players

Song Session
2nd Wednesdays, 8:00 PM
Christy O’Connell and Vince Keehan

Set Dancing
Thursdays, 8:00-10:30 PM

Dancing Details: Irish Dance Meetup Group


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.

Sean Heaney says:
Music and Dance at the Plough are back. See the boxes for the latest details or check our website or just drop by for a pint!

Check for the latest updates:
The Plough and Stars Website
The Plough and Stars Facebook Page


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

Debbie and Mark Nagle

Debbie and Mark Nagle

Chieftain Logo

We Are Open!

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 last summer. 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, and Live Irish Music on Sundays from 6:30 PM.

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


Willow on the Green
1327B 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA

Open 7 days a week
Weekdays 11:00-7:00
Weekends 10:00-7:00

Willow on the Green

Willow on the Green

Friend of the Family Alex Sinclair, has now operated his Celtic business Willow on the Green, for a more than a year.

The shop is on the not-so-quiet 9th Avenue, which is directly in front of the main entrance to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.

Alex says:
We cater to the ‘Day in the Park’ crowd, offering all manner of Scottish, Welsh, English and Irish goodies, one might like to have for a Picnic In The Park, including cheese, chutney, clotted cream, cuppa, kippers, and many other delectable wares that don’t begin with a ‘c’. With a bit of prior notice, Celtic musicians and buskers are welcome to our store front on 9th Avenue, just a stones throw from the main entrance to Golden Gate Park.

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Perusing Goodies

Willow on the Green is dedicated to British and Californian fine foods, cheeses, meats, provisions, and products. Located in the heart of the Inner Sunset District, San Francisco, just a stone’s throw from the entrance to Golden Gate Park.

Facebook Page: Willow on the Green
Phone: (415) 259-1811


David Brewer Music Lessons
Online via Zoom!

David Brewer Lessons

David Brewer Music Lessons

Celtic music recording artist and multi-instrumentalist David Brewer is Fired up on teaching music over Zoom—Anytime, from Anywhere!

David is offering relaxed and fun, yet informative and in-depth lessons on any or all of these topics:

• Penny-whistle
• Bodhran
• Scottish Bagpipes
• Uilleann pipes
• Tune-writing & composition
• Music theory
• Accent City & phrasing
• Performance techniques
• Guided recording project consulting
• And more!

For more information, to schedule a lesson on Zoom, or to find out more about David’s upcoming tutorial series launching on Patreon later this summer, please email:

David Brewer is a member of the Scottish folk band, The Fire, and has performed around the world with Molly’s Revenge, The Chieftains, and The Old Blind Dogs.

For more about David Brewer, visit:


The Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA
Sunday-Wednesday 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Sunday: Irish music sessions
5:30-7:00 PM Moderate-Pace
7:30-10:30 PM The Starry Session
Monday: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Irish Ceili Dancing
Tuesday: 7:30 PM Open Mic Night
Wednesday: 8:00 PM The Berkeley Poetry Slam

Closed Thursday through Saturday

Manager Shahin Naima reopened The fabled Starry Plough on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022. Hours will be Sunday through Wednesday as Naima works on hiring staff.

All of the Plough’s treasured events are returning, from Irish dancing to open mic nights (except Funk Night, for now).

We Are Back! A big thank you to everybody who has supported us throughout the pandemic, we are not certain we would still be here without you. As of April 3rd, 2022, we are open 4 days a week Sunday-Wednesday 4pm-2am. We are so happy to be back and look forward to serving you all for many years to come. To keep our community space thriving we have partnered with our fiscal sponsorship, Haven of Hope, to begin accepting donations from our loyal patrons and members of The Starry Plough community. This provides the opportunity to contribute to the cost of the expenses that go into making our famous community events so special. Please consider donating through to keep the Starry Plough in our amazing community for the future generations of Berkeley.’ — Starry Plough manager Shahin Naima

The pub was open for Saint Patrick’s day with a ‘scratch band’ of staff to serve the traditional corned beef and cabbage, and songs, tunes and dancing filled this treasured Arts institution one again, as explained in this Detailed Article by Madeline Wells of SFGATE.

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Sláinte Pub
Tuesday — Sunday, 12-8 PM Pacific Time
Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Sundays, 4 PM to 7 PM

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

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 we finally had a proper St. Patrick’s Day celebration from Thursday, Mar. 17th – Sun. Mar. 20th, 2022 we’ll had special menus, drinks, Irish dancing, Irish music, and more.

But the fun has just begun! Come in and help us celebrate the Irish season for a long, long time!!

Come on by. Cead Mile Failte!!!

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


Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Available for Performances or Lessons

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

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

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

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


AmeriCeltic Products

AmeriCeltic Logo Items

→ AmeriCeltic Logo Gifts! ←

Shirt, Hat, Mug, Apron or Patch


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

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

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

Click for more information about the AmeriCeltic Logo design


The Celtic Tea Shoppe
Home of Artisan Candies
4432 Pearl Avenue, Ste. 2, San Jose CA

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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

Scottish / Irish dance scholarships

Dean Scott


Important Announcement: Going forward in 2023, we are looking to give scholarships to young dancers in local Scottish and Irish dance schools, and would love to have your help. Dance is very near and dear to Dean and Kristen’s hearts, and they want to help those dancers who show much promise and talent, but who have less resources and thus barriers to success compared to others who do.

If you are interested in participating, please let us know and how much you would like to give toward this scholarship. We are currently looking at a candidate for whom we’d like to raise $1000 – to help them with their dance studies, whether it be shoes, costumes, lessons, travel funds, etc. If you are interested in contributing, please let us know ASAP. We must stress that this is not a charity organization we are contributing to, but it is a fundraiser to help local dancers in need. Cheers!

(photo is of Dean Scott in a Los Angeles professional company of Brigadoon, 1984)


Lark In The Morning
Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 6 PM
Lark In The Morning, 1001 Camelia Street, Berkeley, CA

Lark Berkeley


Lark in the Morning has been a folk musician’s favorite since 1974 and has an amazing selection of musical instruments and instructional material from around the world.

Eric says:
“Our Berkeley location, 1001 Camelia Street, Berkeley, CA, is open for online lessons and instrument sales Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00 PM!”

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi

Call us at 707-964-5569
Shop online at
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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.



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