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Friday, 2023-08-22
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,

Events: (One-time)

• On Friday, September 22nd – Sunday, September 24th, The Celtic + Castilian fiddle duo, San Miguel Fraser wrap up a series of West Coast concerts at Bellingham Celtic Festival, Bellingham, WA, and a final concert on Sunday at 6:00 PM, at the
New Traditions Fair Trade in Olympia, WA. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 22nd, at 4:30 PM, Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band Wake the Dead, plays the Hog Farm & Friends Celebration at the Black Oak Ranch, in Laytonville, CA, and then on Saturday, September 23rd, at 8:00 PM, plays at the at The Dance Palace, in Point Reyes, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 22nd, at 5:30 PM, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas perform a concert at Inverness Yacht Club in Inverness, CA. and then in 3 more cities around Northern CA over the following 2 weekends before joining in at the KVMR Festival. (See Below)
• From Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM – Saturday September 23rd, at 7:00 PM, the 20th Annual San Francisco Irish Film continues at the Delancey Street Theater in San Francisco. (See Below)
New! On Friday, September 22nd, at 7:00 PM, The Irish Newsboys re-appear at Chief Sullivan’s Irish Pub in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Scottish Gaelic singer Linn Phipps hosts two monthly online Scottish Gaelic events. On Saturday, September 22th, at 10:00 AM Pacific, Linn hosts the Siansadh Learn Gaelic Song Workshop. On Friday, October 23rd, at 11:30 AM, Linn hosts Srùbag, a Gaelic singing session, with special guest Simon Stallard. Both are accessible from anywhere Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 23rd, beginning at 11:00 AM, the Celtic Tea Shoppe hosts their the 2nd Annual Mini Mabon Harvest Festival in San Jose, CA featuring the Gaelic Muses and SCVFA fiddlers. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 23rd at 4:30 PM, the Uber-Irish Kavanaugh Bros Celtic Experience, will perform rowdy and fun Celtic songs in person at Wheelhouse of Willow Glen in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 23rd, at 9:00 PM, Scottish supergroup Talisk gives a concert at the Blue Room, in Bellingham, WA, and continues through the week with 3 more shows around BC, WA and CA. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, September 24th, from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, at Arden Park in Sacramento, CA, The Shamrock Club of Sacramento is hosting their 15th Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Picnic. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, September 24th at 5:00 PM PDT, the Irish Literary and Historical Society will host Professor Patrick Bixby presenting The Travels of Kathleen M. Murphy, ‘Ireland’s Super-Tramp’, accessible to all Live Online via Zoom. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, September 30th, 10:00 AM, and Sunday, October 1st, 10:00 AM, its the return of the KVMR Celtic Festival, to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 30th, 4:00 PM at the United Irish Cultural Center, its ‘Octoberfest by the Beach’, and then on Thursday, October 5th & Friday, October 6th, at 7:00 PM, it’s Arán & Im with Manchán Maganall, all at their spacious facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
New! Thursday, October 5th, at 3:00 PM, it’s the Fire and Grace Duo, with Edwin Huizinga and William Coulter at the Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco, CA, followed by five more dates around Northern CA. (See Below)
New! On Thursday, October 5th, at 7:00 PM iconic Irish band Clannad brings their Farewell Tour to the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, followed by three more final shows on the West Coast. (See Below)
New! From Friday, October 6th to Monday, October 9th, the 2nd annual Lark Campout, returns to the Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center near Caspar, CA. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, October 7th, at 7:00 PM,
St Mary’s By The Sea, presents the new trad trio Novotmy-Weed-Connolly in Carmel, CA, and on Sunday, October 8th, at 7:30 PM, they perform at a House Concert in Soquel, CA. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, October 8th, at 2:00 PM, the Community Music School will present a fundraising afternoon of live Celtic music from Fire and Grace and the John Weed Trio at the El Vaquero Winery Tasting room in Corralitos, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 14th, at 4:00 PM, Celtic Rock Band Tempest celebrates Octoberfest with the Young Dubliners in Reno, NV, followed by their 35th Anniversary and Reunion Concert on Friday, October 27th, 8:00 PM at the Starry Plough, in Berkeley, CA and one more Festival appearances at the All Hallows Fair, in Angels Camp, CA on Saturday, October 28th. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, November 4th, at 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM, the San Jose School of Highland Dance presents, The Wizard of Oz – a Scottish Inspired Version, at the Starbright Theater in Campbell, CA. (See Below)

Events: (Recurring)

• On Fridays, at 2:30 PM John Whelan conducts his free series of ‘Tune Teach’ and ‘Taking Time’ Play Along Sessions Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Fridays, from 5:00 PM on, Pub Scouts, plays great tunes at Duffy’s Tavern in Chico, CA. (See Below)
• On Fridays, at 6:30 PM, there are a SingAsong, Chantey Alongs with the Sons of the Buccaneers at the Brotzeit Lokal Biergarten 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 Sundays, from 1:00 PM PDT, it’s the Loch Down Folk Club, timed so our friends from the US and Canada can join in, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• Each first Sundays of the month, at 1:00 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 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 First Sundays, Grass Valley based Three Times Through plays at Grass Valley Brewing Company in Grass Valley, CA, plus several other weekend dates around the Gold Country of California. (See Below)
• On the first Sunday of the month, from 11 AM – 1 PM Pacific / 2 PM – 4 PM Eastern time, Lynn Noel hosts the Mermaid’s Tavern Ballad sing-around, online via Zoom from her home studio. (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 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 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)
New! Ongoing: For Fall, 2023 the The Philo-Celtic Society offers many free classes focused on learning the Irish Language, including a couple of classes in Irish Song, all accessible to everyone everywhere, Online via Zoom. (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)

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

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San Miguel Fraser
Galen Fraser & Maria San Miguel


Friday, September 22nd – 24th, 9:30 AM

Bellingham Celtic Festival, Bellingham, WA. Details

Sunday, September 24th, 6:00 PM

New Traditions Fair Trade, Olympia, WA. Details

Galen Fraser y Maria San Miguel

Galen Fraser & Maria San Miguel

San Miguel Fraser is the Celtic + Castilian fiddle duo, María San Miguel and Galen Fraser. These multi-instrumentalists and educators celebrate the values of community and traditional music in their unique chamber music style.

San Miguel Fraser is a project that will always stand for connection, celebrating the joy of music and shared inspiration. The dynamic duo was born as a result of the 2020 quarantine with the ‘Stay At Home Festival’. Thanks to the beautiful and universal folk community, they raised over $60,000 with the aim of bringing light to the world, maintaining morale and financially helping musicians around the globe. The ‘Stay At Home Festival’ family lives on today with San Miguel Fraser.

With violins, cittern and voices, the Castilian artist María San Miguel and the composer Galen Fraser, born in California and connected familiarly with Scottish and American folk, go up to the CAT stage for the first time, to present a project which connects them to the traditional music they understand as a social and cultural evolution. “For us the message is to show how we are, all cultures have traumas that have had to be overcome, it is what we have to accept, there are sad aspects but we must also celebrate it to keep moving forward,” says the artist, a benchmark in the contemporary development of the new tradition of Castile. The two protagonists have an international projection and have performed in various concert halls, music cycles and festivals in Europe and the USA. — L’independent

Fraser’s fiddling entwines the robust crunch and skirl of the old world with the airy ostinato and shimmering tremolo of the new.
Strings Magazine


Wake the Dead


Friday, September 22nd, 4:30 PM

Hog Farm & Friends Celebration
Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA. Details


Saturday, September 23rd, 8:00 PM

The Dance Palace, Point Reyes, CA. Details


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

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

After 22 years of touring, Wake The Dead has grown to embrace the entire Summer of Love—the Airplane, the Youngbloods, Buffalo Springfield, and even the Beatles now joyful parts of the mix. Local fans are guaranteed many brand-new surprises. Their sound is unique, their energy extraordinary — a rare collision of worlds that leaves everybody dancing & grinning.

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

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

Wake The Dead Website
Wake The Dead Facebook Page.


Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas


Friday, September 22, 5:30 PM

Inverness Yacht Club, Inverness, CA. Details

Saturday, September 23, 7:30 PM

Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA. Details

Sunday, September 24, 7:30 PM

Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA. Details

Thursday, September 28, 6:30 PM

Town Hall Theatre, Quincy, CA. Details

Friday, September 29, 7:30 PM

Nashville Social Club, Carson City, NV. Details

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

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

Over the last 20 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding, and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo’s debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record five more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

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

As many gigs as they must have played together over the past decade or so, there remains a striking spontaneity about Fraser and Haas’s music-making. He has tonal variation and attack to spare, but what makes them so consistently absorbing is the responsiveness each shows to the other. Haas is more than a cellist: she’s the rhythm section who uses the percussive chip’n’chop of her bowing and the double bass-like pulse of her pizzicato playing to great effect. The accompanist’s role moves so fluently between them, building tension all the while, and then they’ll slip into unison and it’s like floodgates opening. — The Herald

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Mini Mabon Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 23rd, 11 AM – 5 PM
Celtic Tea Shoppe, Branham Plaza @ Pearl, 4432 Pearl Ave, San Jose, CA

Celtic Muses

Gaelic Muses

Celebrate the 2nd Celtic harvest Festival, Mabon, in person featuring Irish and Scottish food, vendors and music, Saturday, September 23rd, 11 AM – 6 PM at San Jose’s Celtic Tea Shoppe!

There will be Live Entertainment from Gaelic Muses from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and the Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association thereafter.

Local vendors Heather Glen Designs and Kitty Kate Cozies will be there with their local creations.

The hosting business, Celtic Tea Shoppe, will offer a special menu including Fresh scones – Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry Orange, and Buttery Sweet, served with your choice of butter or house-made clotted cream and a Lunch menu of Shepherd’s Pie (beef), Bridies (Beef, Curry Chicken, Veggie), and Sausage Rolls.

Bring a chair or lawn blanket so you can enjoy the live music, and eat the fine foods.

Check the Festival Webpage for more Festival Details and food orders.


20th Annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival
Online and In-Person
Thursday September 21st – Saturday September 23rd
Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Thursday, 7:00 PM: ‘The Miracle Club’
Friday 7:00 PM: ‘Short Stories, Tall Tales’
Saturday 4:00 PM: ‘The Ghost of Richard Harris’
Saturday 6:15 PM: ‘Lakelands’
Saturday 8:00 PM ‘Nothing Compares’


San Francisco Irish Film is pleased to bring Bay Area audiences an extraordinary, diverse line-up of award-winning Irish films to its 20th Annual Festival.

The SF Irish Film Festival at Delancey St. Theater in September opens with ‘The Miracle Club’, the story of Sinéad O’Connor’s rise to fame, and closes with ‘Nothing Compares,’ the story of Sinéad O’Connor’s rise to fame. Mid-festival you can enjoy an evening of short film and two documentaries, ‘The Ghost of Richard Harris’ and ‘Lakelands.’ Visit the Festival website for updates.

The screenings are available in-person at the Delancy Theater in San Francisco. Click Here to View the Program or Claim à la carte tickets (Available Now)

Click Here for the Facebook Page

Click Here for the 2023 Film Festival Trailer


The Irish Newsboys @ Chief Sullivan’s Irish Pub
Friday, September 22nd, 7:00 PM
Chief Sullivan’s Irish Pub, 622 Green St., San Francisco, CA


The Irish Newsboys

The Irish Newsboys are Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton, guitar and vocals; Peter ‘Four Strings’ Albin, bass; and Dick ‘Maestro’ Bright, fiddle, along with Kevin ‘The Scribbler’ Fagan, guitar and vocals; Jay ‘The Hat’ Johnson, vocals; Steve ‘Rube’ Rubenstein, harmonica; Bob ‘Pipes’ Loomis, flute, whistle, vocals; Richard ‘Sailor’ Geiger, banjo and vocals; Josh ‘The Wizard’ Zucker, Ellen ‘Facetious Flautist’ Huet, and our newest players, Jean ‘Red’ Moshofsky, accordion and Catherine ‘The Colleen’ McSharry.

Here is a video of the Newsboys doing ‘Belfast Mill‘ at Lefty O’Doul’s

More about the Irish Newsboys:

For more on Chief Sullivans:
Phone: 415-800-6659


Saturday, September 23th
Siansadh / Learn Gaelic Song
6:00 PM Ireland/UK
1:00 PM Eastern
10:00 AM Pacific
Online via Zoom –
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On the Third Saturday of each month, Linn Phipps conducts her Siansadh 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.

Friday, October 23rd

7:30 PM Ireland/UK
2:30 PM Eastern
11:30 AM Pacific
Special Guest – Domhnall O Braonain
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 853 4777 6195
Passcode: 413871

Friday, October 23th, Simon Stallard
Friday, November 3rd, Kate Crossan
Friday, December 8th, tbc


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 Domhnall O Braonain as our special Guest.

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.

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.


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.


Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience
Saturday, September 23rd, 4:30 PM
Wheelhouse of Willow Glen, 1173 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA/b>


The Kavanaugh Brothers
Celtic Experience

It’s just about half-way to St. Patrick’s Day and no doubt you miss hearing rowdy and fun Celtic songs played loudly! Art Boutiki is here for you!

The Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience is a foot-stomping traditional Celtic band steeped in the tradition of Irish folk songs, rebel tunes and pub songs, as well as with a bit of Americana, blues and country. Influenced by the Clancy Brothers, the Dubliners, the Pogues, the Grateful Dead, and all points between and beyond, so a rollicking good time is guaranteed.

KBCE is:
Kevin Kavanaugh – harmonica, guitar, banjo, vocals
Tim Kavanaugh – guitar, vocals
Tom Kavanaugh – harmonica, whistles, vocals
Nate Kavanaugh – mandolin, vocals
Sean Kavanaugh – percussion, vocals
Alan Wieteska – percussion, vocals
Mark Cosentino – mandolin, vocals
Sal Ventura – guitar, vocals

Click here for KBCE videos.

More on the Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience Website
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Upcoming Shows

Saturday, September 23rd, 9:00 PM

Blue Room, Bellingham, WA. Details

Sunday, September 24th, 8:00 PM

Mel Lehan Hall at St. James, Vancouver, BC. Details

Tuesday, September 26th, 8:00 PM

High Dive, Seattle, WA. Details

Friday, September 29th, 8:00 PM

Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA. Details



Ground-breaking, chart-topping, genre-bending, globetrotting, instantly enthralling… it’s little wonder that Talisk rank highly amongst the most in-demand folk-based groups to emerge from Scotland in the last decade and more.

Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018), Graeme Armstrong and Benedict Morris (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019) fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce a truly innovative, multi-layered signature that has captivated audiences around the globe. At its core, three seemingly acoustic instruments – but in the hands of three master craftsmen; one unmistakable, bold sound and a captivating live show.

Alongside extensive touring, Talisk have stacked up major awards for their explosively energetic, artfully woven sound – including Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and the Belhaven Bursary for Innovation. Appearances at leading festivals across multiple continents have amassed a die-hard following – including closing out Saturday night’s main stage at the 2019 Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder Festival, the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysian Borneo, WOMADs UK, Chile and Las Palmas, Edmonton Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, three back-to-back years at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and six appearances at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections.

Following their critically acclaimed debut, Abyss, Talisk’s sophomore album, Beyond, quickly amassed five star reviews and rose to No.1 in the iTunes world music charts upon its late 2018 release. With streaming figures into multiple millions, and new music on the horizon in 2022, audiences worldwide are hotly anticipating the latest chapter from a group lauded by leading world music magazine Songlines as: ‘incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished.’

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The Shamrock Club
of Sacramento
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Picnic
Arden Park, 1000 La Sierra Drive, Sacramento, CA

Shamrock Club of Sacramento

After 3 long years of waiting, Shamrock Club of Sacramento is happy to announce our 15th Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Picnic will happen on Sunday September 24th from 11am to 4pm at Arden Park.

We are very excited to be holding this event again and spending time with our local Celtic community friends. This is an open invitation for anyone who would like to attend. We ask that you RSVP by September 10th with the following link. There will also be a link to RSVP on our webpage under news and info.

RSVP Link:

• This is a potluck event, hamburgers, hotdogs, soda and water will be provided by the club. The food is free for members and a $5 donation for each nonmember. Please bring a side or desert to share with everyone. Sorry, no alcohol is allowed at the park.
• Please bring a camping chair as seating may be limited, depending on attendance.
• We will be holding a raffle. Tickets will be on sale at the picnic.
Musicians: Please bring your instruments. We will be having jam sessions throughout the day. All are welcome.

Dancers: Irish/ Highland dancers, if you would like to showcase your talent at the picnic it would be welcomed, but not mandatory. No special costumes or outfits needed, just come as you are.



ILHS Presents:
Professor Patrick Bixby
The Travels of Kathleen M. Murphy, ‘Ireland’s Super-Tramp’
Sunday, September 24th, 5:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Meeting ID: 819 2455 5394

Patrick Bixby

Patrick Bixby

The ILHS will present a talk by Professor Patrick Bixby entitled The Travels of Kathleen M. Murphy, ‘Ireland’s Super-Tramp’ on Sunday September 24th at 5pm Pacific Time on Zoom.

At the time of her death in 1962, Kathleen M. Murphy was recognized as ‘the most widely and most knowledgeably travelled Irish woman of her time . . . insofar as she let herself be known to the public at all.’ An abiding interest in sacred sites and ancient civilizations took Murphy down the Amazon and over the Andes, into the jungles of Southeast Asia and onto the deserts of the Middle East, above the Arctic Circle and behind the Iron Curtain. After the Second World War, Murphy began publishing a series of vivid, humorous, and often harrowing accounts of her travels in The Capuchin Annual, a journal reaching a largely Catholic and nationalist audience in Ireland and the United States. At home in the Irish midlands, Murphy may have been a modest and retiring figure, but her travelogues shuttle between religious devotion and searching curiosity, primitivist assumptions and probing insights, gender decorum and bold adventuring.

Patrick Bixby is Professor of English at Arizona State University, where his research ranges across mobility studies, modernist studies, and Irish studies. His recent books include Unaccompanied Traveler: The Writings of Kathleen M. Murphy, License to Travel: A Cultural History of the PassportNietzsche and Irish Modernism, and, with Gregory Castle, A History of Irish Modernism. Professor Bixby also serves as President of the Samuel Beckett Society, Director of the USAC summer program at NUI Galway, and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Letters of Samuel Beckett Database Project at Emory University.

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The Irish Literary and Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area is a community of scholars and lovers of knowledge in appreciation of the best in Irish and Irish American history and literature. We present a broad range of fascinating speakers from the heights of contemporary literature and academia as well as some of the finest lay scholars in the field. We have supported and celebrated Irish studies for more than 70 years in the great City of San Francisco.

For more information in the Irish Literary and Historical Society, check the website: or email to:, or phone: 415-350-6025.


KVMR Celtic Festival
Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st
Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley

KVMR 2023

Festival Schedule

Saturday, September 30th:10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, October 1st: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
On Sunday only, Seniors are admitted at 9:00 AM
for complimentary coffee, scones and preferred seating.

Every fall, the Nevada County Fairgrounds, are transformed into a Celtic Village and concert venue, with eight stages and performance areas. Join publically supported KVMR radio for another spectacular mix of Celtic music and magic in their bucolic setting amidst 100 acres of giant ponderosa pines.

First founded in 1996, the KVMR Celtic Festival includes eleven performance areas including five musical and six demonstration stages and a weekend-long youth arts instruction that has included Celtic music, magic, dance and songwriting.

The Festival is the main fundraising event of the year for KVMR Community Radio which operates as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity. Held in the early fall, the festival regularly draws over 7,000 attendees for the two days and the promotional outreach extends throughout KVMR’s listening area including a worldwide live streaming broadcast over the internet through iTunes and the KVMR website.

We continue to bring international performers to Nevada County and showcase an ever-increasing cadre of regional talent including musicians, dancers, and performing artists of every type.

KVMR Celtic Festival has a free Youth Arts program on Friday, September 29th! Check out the workshops at Each year, the festival provides a professional performance venue for many young student musicians and dancers to perform in front of a live audience and hone their craft. Workshops and sessions are held throughout the event to provide musicians of every age and caliber an opportunity to learn from each other in a synergistic and fun atmosphere.

This year the KVMR Celtic Festival will get a running start on Friday night with the return of our Friday Night Ceilidh (KAY lee) from 8 PM onwards. Get your separate Ceilidh ticket now an evening of Celtic music and dance featuring San Miguel Fraser and Summer McCall. The dances can accommodate most ages and abilities. No need to come with a partner – it’s a great way to socialize and meet folks. The Friday Night Ceilidh will be held at the Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. There will be indoor space for dancing and, outdoor deck with food and beverages and beautiful garden space for relaxing and enjoying the evening.

The Friday Night Ceilidh is a separate ticket – not included in the Saturday & Sunday Festival ticket price. Tickets to the Ceilidh will be available September 15th.

Can’t make it? Click here to make a donation.

More information check The KVMR Celtic Festival website or email or call 530-265-9073.


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

UICC Events

Saturday, September 30th

Emerald Pub: Slow session for beginners
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Wawona Gates: 5th Annual Octoberfest by the Beach with Alpine Sound
4:00 – 10:30 PM

Thursday, October 5th & Friday, October 6th
St. Francis Room: Arán & Im, a theatrical performance with Manchán Magan
7:00 PM


On Saturday, September 30th, UICC-SF hosts our 5th Annual Octoberfest by the Beach.

All of the fun takes place in our large bier hall and outdoor beer garden.
Your admission ticket includes:
• Music and Dancing by Alpine Sound
• Stein holding contests for Men’s and Women’s category
• Authentic dancing by the Golden Gate Bavarian Club, the largest Trachtenverein in the San Francisco Bay Area, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional Bavarian culture.

On Thursday, October 5th & Friday, October 6th, UICC-SF hosts a live, in person performance by Manchán Magan of his show, Arán & Im. Arán & Im explores the insights the Irish language offers into the landscape, culture, pysche and Otherworld of Ireland using the baking of sourdough bread and the churning of butter as metaphors.
Watch the Trailer:

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


Fire and Grace
William Coulter • Edwin Huizinga
Folk Baroque Chamber Duo playing Bach, Celtic, American and World Music


Thursday, October 5th, 3:00 PM

Morrison Planetarium, San Francisco, CA. Details

Saturday, October 14th, 7:00 PM

Howard Booster House Concert, Santa Rosa, CA. Details

Sunday, October 15th, 3:00 PM

St. Columba’s Amphitheater, Inverness, CA. Details

Friday, October 20th, 7:00 PM

Kuumbwa, Santa Cruz, CA. Details

Saturday, October 21st, 7:00 PM

Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur, CA. Details

Sunday, October 22nd, 3:00 PM

Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach, CA. Details

Fire and Grace and Ash

Fire and Grace

Fire & Grace Fire & Grace is an eclectic collaboration between guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga. This unique duo explores the connective musical elements of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. Fire & Grace’s repertoire is vast, ranging from Bach to Vivaldi, tango to Celtic tunes, traditional Bulgarian to American fiddle tunes and waltzes, all played with a sense of discovery and commitment to the elements of passion and virtuosity — fire and grace — found in these diverse traditions.

The concert on Friday, October 20th at the Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, CA will be enahanced by the presence of Eilis Kennedy, a native Irish singer from Count Kerry, and a performance of Liquid Gold Suite a Folk / Barolk Suite blending the music of Bach with Traditional Irish Music.

Recent and upcoming performances have included engagements at the Carmel Bach Festival, the Mozaic Festival, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, the Electric Earth Concerts, the Monterey Museum of Art, and with Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas. In March and April 2017, Fire & Grace toured to New Zealand with appearances at the UPSURGE Festival, the Festival of Colour, and the New Zealand School of Music. The group’s self-titled debut album combines melodies from Argentina, Bulgaria, and Western Europe with dance elements from baroque and folk musical traditions.

Check out their Orange Blossom Special video to add a little humor to your day!

Check out their Facebook Page
More details at their websites:
Edwin Huizinga:
William Coulter:
Fire & Grace:
Guest Performer Eilis Kennedy:




Thursday, October 5th, 7:00 PM

Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA. Details

Friday, October 6th, 7:00 PM

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA. Details

Saturday, October 7th, 7:00 PM

Crest Theatre, Sacramento, CA. Details

Monday, October 9th, 7:00 PM

Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA. Details


Clannad: In a Lifetime

In 1970, in the remote parish of Gweedore, County Donegal, three siblings and two of their uncles decided to fuse folklore with an intrinsic passion for singing. For Pól, Ciarán and Máire (Moya) Brennan and the Duggan twins, Pádraig (1949-2016) and Noel, there was nothing beyond such simple pleasures. There were no thoughts of making it big (whatever ‘big’ actually meant) or of anything other than the celebration of the wealth of music that enveloped them like a hug and the nature that surrounded them like an invisible cloak.

Thus, Clannad was born.

The journey, circuitous though it may have been, has been completed. ‘Unknown to ourselves,’ admits Ciarán, ‘we created something that just came very naturally.’ For Moya, the grand finale of a celebratory world tour is a perfect and gentle closing of the door. ‘It’s nice to feel that we are leaving in such a way. We have been really blessed.’

Blessed with music, blessed with landscape, but most of all, blessed with family.

Clann As Dobhar. 1970-2023. It’s a lifetime. In a lifetime.

Clannad Farewell Tour


2nd annual Lark Campout
Friday, October 6th – Monday, October 9th
Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center, 15501 CA-1, Caspar, CA

Lark Camp Online

Lark Traditional Arts is pleased to announce the second annual Lark Campout, October 6-9, 2023 at the Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center in Caspar, CA on the Mendocino Coast. The campout will be “an informal gathering of Lark-minded individuals”, intended to supplement our regular camp with a smaller event that is more financially and physically accessible. It will be a mostly acoustic, world folk music campout that will include some volunteer workshops, jamming on the back porch of the farmhouse, lots of playing around the campfire, and one or two organized dances.

Use this link to register! Register Here!

If you require special accommodations or prefer to register by phone, call us at 707-397-5275.

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




Saturday, October 7th, 7:00 PM

St Mary’s By The Sea, Carmel, CA. Details

Sunday, October 8th, 7:30 PM

House concert, Soquel, Soquel, CA. Details

Join three of West Coasts’ finest exponents of traditional music for a rare full-length concert: Dublin IR button accordion player Johnny B. Connolly, Carmel fiddle player John Weed, and Portland OR guitar wizard/vocalist Cary Novotny are uniting for a limited run of fall shows in the California Bay Area and Central Coast.

The concerts will intertwine driving sets of jigs and reels, rhythmic old time tunes highlighting the interplay between squeezebox and fiddle, and Americana ballads that’ll delight the soul.

Johnny B. Connolly, a Dublin-born master of Irish traditional music, gained early recognition in his hometown before joining the renowned ensemble Anam. Touring extensively, he eventually made his home in Portland, Oregon. Settling in Portland, Oregon, Johnny’s friendship with legendary fiddler Kevin Burke led to a record deal with Green Linnet Records in 2001. His album ‘Bridgetown’, a fusion of traditional Irish and French tunes, garnered widespread praise with guest appearances by Burke and production by guitarist Ged Foley. Joining the esteemed Irish band Solas in 2014, Johnny showcased his exceptional talent on their latest CD, ‘All These Years.’ He has also toured and performed alongside notable artists such as Eammon McElholm, Kevin Burke, Nuala Kennedy, Tony Furtado, Aidan Brennan, and Casey Neill.

John Weed, fiddler for Molly’s Revenge and New World String Project, has spent the last 30 years immersed in various fiddle styles. With an affinity for folk traditions, John’s exploration has emphasized Irish, Scottish, Swedish, and Old-Time fiddle. While he holds a bachelor’s degree of music from CSU Chico, the musical education that charted his path began through a long series of Irish sessions. There, he learned the nuance of aural passing of melodies and the tradition of conversing in a deeply musical manner. John’s passion for the vital expressiveness of the session lead to performing across the United States and internationally. In addition to being a full time performer and instructor, John is currently on faculty at Palenke Arts, a multicultural arts organization in Seaside, California.

Cary Novotny was born in South Dakota. He studied classical guitar in Bowling Green, KY where he was also influenced by country, folk, and bluegrass. Cary earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Portland and began a career as a professional guitarist, singer and songwriter in the Northwest. His band, Cul an Ti, is hugely popular for their lively traditional Irish tunes and unique blend of Irish and popular songs. Having recorded and performed with many other notable musicians including Kevin Burke, The Bridies, Johnny Connolly, Tony Furtado, Hanz Araki, Winifred Horan, and the touring Irish dance show Celtic Legends, Cary is described as ‘a masterful guitarist with an epic sense of harmony, song structure, and a soulful and captivating vocalist’ by the Willamette Week newspaper in Portland, Oregon.


Celtic at the Winery
Sunday, October 8th, 2:00 PM
El Vaquero Winery Tasting room, 2901 Freedom Blvd, Corralitos, CA

Celtic at the Winery

Come help us celebrate 31 years of Community Music School! We have a wonderful afternoon of live music planned in the outdoor area of El Vaquero Winery Tasting Room in Corralitos, CA. An assortment of wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, as well as charcuterie plates, cheese and cracker assortments, hummus and chips, and cookies. 

The event features William Coulter and Edwin Huizinga (Fire and Grace), and the new John Weed Trio, (John Weed, Johnny B. Connolly, and Cary Novotny). We’ll end the afternoon with an open traditional Irish session, where attendees can bring their instruments and join in playing Celtic standards with the performers for the last hour (4-5pm).

Tickets are $25 in advance and youth under 18 get in for $10 in advance. All proceeds from ticket and food sales will go towards funding Community Music School’s youth programming.

Get full details and tickets in advance right here:

Questions? Please email




Friday, October 27th, 8:00 PM

35th Anniversary and Reunion Concert!
This special evening will feature the original line-up, as well as the current version of the band.
Starry Plough, Berkeley, CA. Details


Saturday, October 14th, 4:00 PM

Octoberfest with the Young Dubliners
Glow Plaza, The J Resort, Reno, NV. Details

Saturday, October 28th, 5 & 7:30 pm

All Hallows Fair, Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, CA. 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:


The Wizard of Oz – a Scottish Inspired Version
Saturday, November 4th
2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Starbright Theater, 1770 W. Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA

The Wizard of Oz

Experience an enchanting journey to the land of Oz and meet all your favorite characters. This Scottish inspired version features Scottish music and dance, and well-known music from classic OZ movie.

Tickets on sale now at:

• Scottish Highland and Country Dancers
• Solo piper: Bruce Cotter
• The Macintosh Pipe Band

Before each show and during intermissions: bake sale and raffle.

The San Jose School of Highland Dancing school’s dancers compete at Scottish/Highland games at the local, regional and national level. Dancers also enjoy performing at festivals, parties, parades and demonstrations.
Check out their website here:


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

John Whelan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Tune Learning & Taking Time Slow Session
Time: 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Friday.

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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.

Every Friday, John hosts a free, live “Taking Time” slow session on Zoom. The Tune learning earlier, starts at 1:00 PM Pacific time/ 4:00 PM Eastern/midnight Irish/UK time, lasts for about two hours, and regularly draws attendees from around the world.

Players and listeners of all levels are very welcome to enjoy playing or hearing favorite tunes at a moderate tempo, along with the all-important warmth of connection that shared music brings into our lives, even — or rather, especially — now.

This is also a great opportunity for learning new tunes, as everybody but the session leader (John) will be muted while they play. Unlike an in-person session you can noodle along to your heart’s content, and nobody will ever know unless you tell them.

The tune learning is followed by a play-along session from about 3:30 to 4:30 Pacific.

John says:
Since August, 2023, I’m now working full time, and as of September 8th I am offering to schedule these Tune Learning and Session Zoom meetings on my days off which are Friday and Saturday. Please let me know if either of these days work for you. If enough people respond I will start up again and maybe do the Tune learning earlier, say 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and the session from 3:30 to 4:30ish.

The music business has changed so much over the last few years that it has become impossible to tour and sustain a living and so I had to make the difficult choice of going back to a full time working environment. At 64 years old the arduous task of doing construction is not attainable physically so working at the the Home Center & Lumber on Vashon with my experience seem to be the best choice. I will still perform from time to time and will start back doing Mondays with John at 4:15 instead of 4pm as the company is allowing me to work earlier hours on Monday to accommodate.

I have had a great career and been blessed to play, work, and meet some incredible people along the way, some of which have become life long friends. My will still happen September 14th through the 21st 2024 and that may be my last if I can’t get enough people. I never thought that after such a career I would be in this position but if you can’t draw a crowd it doesn’t matter if everyone likes you as it is after all a business.

God Bless you all and thank you for your support over 52 years of playing and promoting Irish Music

John Whelan

Check them out here: We send out a tune list and Zoom link for them on Friday mornings. Email John at to get on the list or for more details.

Get more details on John’s website:


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


Sons of the Buccaneers
SingAsong/Chantey Along
Fridays, 6:30 PM
Brotzeit Lokal Biergarten, 1000 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA


On Thursdays, Sons of the Buccaneers bring their mayhem to the Brotzeit Lokal Biergarten on the waterfront in Oakland, CA

The S.O.B.s are Banjo pickin’ Jim Nelson,– concertina squeezin’ and upright bass thumpin’ Alan Lochhead,– Mordecai torturing his brand old melodeon and …, and Ruup, on his magical Irish pennywhistle. They all sing.

Admiral Benbow says:
Admiral Benbow
No fee, but we’d be alright if you buggers all would sing.

Hear the SOBs on their website
Email us at


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, and weekly courses 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. If you want to attend one of our Cúrsaí, but are unable to attend the live sessions, then you can still join us by following our video recordings! Use coupon ‘VideoOnly’ at the checkout for a 25% discount.

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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Loch Down Folk Club
8:00 PM in Ireland/UK
3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Trans-Atlantic Session

Maria Hawthorne

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.

Loch Down folk club is hosted by Pete Grassby, Andy Clapham, and/or the recovering Maria Hawthorne Boyle every Sunday evening at 8-10 PM GMT / 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time / 12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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To find out more contact:
Pete Grassby:
Andy Clapham:
Maria Hawthorne Boyle: or or take a look at


The Cross Keys
First Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 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.


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


1st Sundays, September 3rd, 3:00 PM
Grass Valley Brewery, 141 E Main St. Grass Valley, CA

2nd Fridays, October 13th, 5:30 PM
Tofanelli’s Bistro, 302 W. Main St. Grass Valley, CA


Three Times Through

People stop, stare, and ask us, ‘What is that instrument?’ Whether you’re a devoted fan of Celtic music or simply curious to experience its enchanting allure, Three Times Through invites you to join them for an unforgettable musical experience.

People often don’t realize they love Celtic music until they hear it, and the mashups are only adding to the popularity. Our a cappella vocals transport you to the North Sea, the Caribbean, or to a remote village pub in County Clare

Three Times Through is Gale Peach, Jeff Peach, Greg Mirke and Margie Mirke. 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.

Watch a video of the Band here:

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


The Mermaid’s Tavern
First Sunday of the month
11 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time

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Meeting ID: 816 4596 2218
Passcode: 131111

Mermaid's Tavern

The Mermaid’s Tavern

The Mermaid’s Tavern is the moniker Lynn Noel gave the online folk sings she began when the COVID pandemic began and as of October, 2023, Lynn still hosts a monthly Ballad sing on the first Sunday of each month, online via Zoom.

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


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:


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.

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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 GMT


Tony Becker (email)
M 408 600-8783 (text)

Trans-Atlantic Session

The Trans-Atlantic Session on Zoom
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Tony Becker of San Jose, California hosts this 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 or sing traditional 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 perhaps a song or two, and some in Irish or Scottish Gaelic! It is very friendly and we welcome everyone – it can be a good way to pick up any of the above! The only criterion is we try to have regular offerings in Celtic traditional genre(s).

Please come along if you can!


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:
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The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Traditional Session

On Hiatus until Thursday, October 12th
Then, 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
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The Philo-Celtic Society
Free Irish Language Classes
Accessible to all on Zoom

The Philo-Celtic Society

The Philo-Celtic Society

Philo-Celtic Society History

In 1872, teacher and school principal Mícheál Ó Lócháin started The Philo-Celtic Society in Brooklyn, NY, to establish a worldwide renaissance of the Irish language.

There were and are other organizations and people dedicated to other areas of Gaelic culture, such as dance and music, and we have great respect for them and we praise their work on behalf of those arts. At other periods of our history, we tried to be active in various other aspects of our culture besides the Irish language, all things for all people, until the Irish language wasn’t important at all to most of our membership. In that way, we forgot our original purpose of supporting the Irish language and the organization was on the brink of going out of existence.

However, Mícheál Ó Lócháin’s vision was still remembered, especially as the name, ‘Philo-Celtic’ literally means ‘lover of the Celtic language’, and since December of 2004, The Philo-Celtic Society has re-focused it’s activities on teaching the Irish language. Our activities went on-line, conducting classes in the Irish Language around the world using emails and through, at first on the Yahoo Groups platform, and later in By Fall of 2020, all our classes are offered as video classes on Zoom, making them accessible to students throughout the world.

The Philo-Celtic Society offers many Online Irish Language Zoom classes, and the in-person classes are available at The Gerry Tobin Irish Language School.

Their Fall 2023 term begins in the third week of September, and the online classes include ‘Starting to Learn’, Fridays at Noon and 8:00 PM Eastern Time / 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time, from September 22nd, 2023 to January 12th, 2024. ‘Starting to Learn’ is suitable for Absolute Beginners — This is where you start.

With so many different classes running at once, the school is organized using the Group membership method. Join the ‘Group’, then ‘sign in’ to the particular Class page and you are registered to attend that class.

For example, this Fall 2023, curriculum also includes an Irish Song Study Group, suitable for those with beginner level Irish language abilities and knowledge of Irish song history. However, all are welcome. The classes will begin September 23rd, 2023 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time/3:00 PM Pacific Time, and continue every Saturday for 12 weeks.

This song class will cover the exciting, tragic and inspiring history of Irish music from ancient times to the present and discuss how historical events affected language, culture and song. Students will study the pronunciation and meaning of a different Irish language song each week, and sing!

Here is the Link to the song course webpage: Once you have joined here, you are full registered; just return to this webpage, and click on the Zoom link to ‘attend’ class.

Like a physical classroom, this method avoids having the teachers directly collect and email reminders to every student. To attend class, students simply arrive at the Class webpage, and open the Zoom link posted there. Since the meetings are video recorded and remain accessible on along with class materials, if one misses a class, one can always review them and ‘catch up’.

There are many currently available Irish language classes listed on their Messages webpage here: Follow the links and sign into your class(es), and spread the word !!! webpage:


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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

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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

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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


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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
Check out our Facebook Page


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

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

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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