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Friday, 2022-09-30
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


New! From Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd, the Sisters Folk Festival, which includes a few Celtic shows, happens in Sisters, OR. Check out the website here.
New! From Friday, October 7th, 3:30 PM PDT (7:30 PM ADT) through Saturday, October 15th, the Celtic Colours International Festival offers a bakers week of Cape Breton song and tunes and much more with a new live streaming Concert every afternoon Pacific Time, accessible from anywhere. Check out the full details on their website.


New! On Thursdays, beginning October 6th, at 11 AM PDT, Scoil Scairte offers a 9 week immersion program to learn Gaeilge, (The Irish language), all Online. (See Below)

Events: (one-time)

• From Friday September 30th – Saturday October 1st, at 7:00 PM, its the 18th Annual San Francisco Irish Film at Delancey Street Theater in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 30th at 7:00 PM The Byrne Brothers appear at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Grove, CA. Then Sunday, October 2nd at 5:00 PM they appear at the Directors Guild of America, in Westwood, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 30th, at 7:00 PM, legendary musicians Four Shillings Short conclude their concerts at the Center For The Arts in Occidental, CA, and then on Friday, September 30th, 7:00 PM a final show in Occidental, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 30th, at 7:30 PM, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas continue their tour in OR with a concert in Hillsboro, OR, with several more shows in OR, concluding Wednesday, October 5th, 7:00 PM at Grizzly Peak Winery, in Ashland, OR. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 30th, at 8:00 PM, Québécois and more band Le Vent du Nord finish up their tour at the Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., in Sisters, OR. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd from noon onwards, its the Hinterland West 2022 2-Day Literary Event, all at the United Irish Cultural Center’s spacious facility in San Francisco, CA (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 1st, at 12:00 PM, Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band Wake the Dead, plays at the Berkeley Horticultural Nursery. On Tuesday, October 4th, at 8:00 PM WTD is at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA for their John Prine Celebration, on Friday, October 7th, at 8:00 PM at The Barn in Gilroy, CA, on Saturday, October 8th, at 4:00 PM at Peri’s in Fairfax, CA for the Owsley Stanley Foundation Benefit Bash, and on Saturday, October 29th, at 8:00 PM, it’s the Annual Day of the Dead Party at the Freight in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, October 1st, and Sunday October 2nd at 9:00 AM, it’s the McMinnville Scottish Festival with all your favorite Scottish Games, Wicked Tinkers and much more at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds, in McMinnville, OR. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, October 1st, at 2:00 PM, Tempest plays the Medieval Festival of Courage in Blue Lake, CA and has gigs all but one weekend in October. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, October 1st, at 6:00 PM, Grass Valley based Three Times Through plays One Eleven Kitchen in Nevada City, CA, and then on Sunday, October 2nd, at 5:00 PM, at Tofanelli’s Bistro, in Grass Valley, CA. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, October 2nd at 4:00 PM,The Sheep Stealers, Brenda Castles, Joey Abarta and David MacKindley Ward, begin a tour of California, New Mexico and Arizona with a Concert in Altadena, CA. (See Below)
New! On Sunday October 2nd at 4:00 PM PDT / 7:00 PM EDT, legendary Scottish band Old Blind Dogs will be streaming live from the historic venue Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY. (See Below)
New! On Friday, October 7th, 7:00 PM Irish singer/songwriter Vince Keehan will debut his new album, Great Highway, at the The Balboa Theater in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 8th, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM, the 13th Annual El Cerrito Free Folk Festival, happens at El Cerrito Community Center, in El Cerrito, CA. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, October 9th, at 3:00 PM, in honor of the 350th Birthday of Turlough O’Carolan, faculty and alumni of UC Santa Cruz will give a concert of his works at the County Veterans Memorial in Santa Cruz, CA. (See Below)
New! On Tuesday, October 11th, at 7:00 PM John Whelan and Seán Cleland will perform on Abbie Weisenbloom Presents’s Live Streaming Broadcasts, with a small in-person audience all from a Private Residence in Portland, OR. (See Below)
New! Beginning Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 PM in Olympia, WA, the Tannahill Weavers, tour West Coast with stops in a dozen cities. (See Below)
New! On Thursday, October 13th, 5:00 PM, Fret & Fiddle will perform at Alice’s at Skylonda in San Mateo, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, October 14th at 11:30 AM Pacific, Linn Phipps hosts another free monthly world-wide Gaelic Song Session, Srùbag, with special guest Jim Fitzgibbon. Then on Saturday, October 15th, at 11:00 AM Pacific, Linn Phipps conducts another of her Learn Scottish Gaelic songs Workshops. These are both available to anyone, anywhere, live, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
New! From Tuesday, October 18th – Sunday, October 23rd, its the West Coast’s Largest Irish Music Festival, the 19th Annual Galway Bay Celtic Music Feis, in Ocean Shores, WA. (See Below)
New! On Friday October 21st, Saturday October 22nd & Sunday October 23rd, the 11th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival Of Music & Dance overruns the small town of Fairfax, CA, which, for the weekend, resembles a town in Ireland full of songs, tunes and dance. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, October 23rd at 4:00 PM, The Gaelic Muses will be playing at the Wheelhouse of Willow Glen in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, October 27th, at 12:00 PM PDT, Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps will host another Big Sing, this time based on the song, Johnny come down to Hilo/Hilo, accessible from anywhere, Online via Zoom. (See Below)

Events: (recurring)

• Each first Friday 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 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)
• Each 2nd Saturday of the month, at 11:00 AM, it’s the San Francisco Virtual Chantey Sing! After years singing from the wooden decks of the historic 1886 sailing ship Balclutha at the Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, CA, this tradition now happens 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 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, multi-instrumentalist Mark Wallis and Tony Becker host the Trans-Atlantic Session, a participatory online Irish music event timed so our friends from Ireland and the UK and join in. (See Below)
• On Wednesdays, at 2:30 PM John Whelan conducts his free series of ‘Tune Teach’ and ‘Taking Time’ Sessions (See Below)
• New band Stepwise performs on Wednesdays and third Fridays, at 7:30 PM, at RT Rogers Brewing Company in Sierra Madre, CA, and Saturdays from 12:00 PM at O’ Connor’s Irish Pub in Lakewood, CA. (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)
Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs has begun a series of online Irish Traditional Learners Sessions on Thursdays, at 3 PM Pacific, 6 PM Eastern or 11 PM Ireland/UK (just before the Ould Sod Virtual Session, Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific), for those who are just beginning to learn to play an Irish Instrument. (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)
• 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)
Alex Sinclair, proprietor of Willow on the Green, located on 9th Avenue in San Francisco, CA, provisions Picnics in the adjacent Golden Gate Park and beyond. (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! (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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Scoil Scairte
9-week Gaeilge Immersion
Thursdays, Oct 06 – 1 Dec 01
7 PM Ireland | 2 PM ET | 11 AM PT

Watch the Video Trailer

Scoil Scairte is the Irish Language School you always dreamed of. Following the sell out success of our first two immersions in September 2021 and February 2022, we are thrilled to commence our third semester in October, 2022.

Created by The Trailblazery in collaboration with Manchán Magan and supported by Foras na Gaeilge, Scoil Scairte is a dynamic Irish language learning experience that weaves culture, creativity, heritage, folklore and indigenous wisdom with individual, social and ecological wellbeing. This 9-week voyage of discovery invites people to gather together online to explore, experience and learn the Irish language in a global learning community.

More than an Irish class, Scoil Scairte is an immersion in the psyche and soul of a powerful language, culture and place. It provides a supportive environment to inspire people to connect with themselves, each other and the living world through the potency of this ancient living language.

Join Scoil Scairte and explore how language can shape how we see the world and our place in it.

To find out more you can watch our video trailer here or visit our website.


18th Annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival
Online and In-Person
Friday September 30th – Saturday October 1st
Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Thursday, 7:00 PM: ‘Nothing Compares’
Friday 6:30 PM: ‘Short Stories, Tall Tales’
Saturday 4:30 PM: ‘Young Plato’
Saturday 6:30 PM: ‘Ulysses’
Saturday 8:00 PM ‘Joyride’


San Francisco Irish Film is pleased to bring Bay Area audiences an extraordinary, diverse line-up of award-winning Irish films to its 18th Annual Festival.

The SF Irish Film Festival at Delancey St. Theater in September opens with ‘Nothing Compares,’ the story of Sinéad O’Connor’s rise to fame, and closes with ‘Joyride’ a charming road-trip comedy starring Olivia Colman. Mid-festival you can enjoy an evening of short film and two documentaries, ‘Young Plato’ and ‘Ulysses.’ Visit the Festival website for updates.

The screenings are available in-person at the Delancy Theater in San Francisco and via online streaming. 

Click Here to View the Online Program or Purchase à la carte tickets (Available September 1st)

Click Here for the Facebook Page

Click Here for the 2021 Film Festival Trailer


The Byrne Brothers


Friday, September 30th
7:00 PM
St. Mary’s by-the-Sea, Pacific Grove, CA

Sunday, October 2nd
5:00 PM

Byrne Brothers

The Byrne Brothers

The Byrne Brothers are a multi award winning family band and Irish dancers from Dublin and one of the biggest names in traditional Irish music today.

The Byrne Brothers are: Luca 18 on Accordion, Finn 16 on Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar, Dempsey 12 on Bodhran & Whistle and Dad, Tommy on Uilleann Pipes, Bagpipes, Fiddle and Guitar. All County Champions on their instruments and Ulster Champion Irish Dancers.

Having moved to Orlando Florida in 2018 they became the youngest ever Cast Members of Walt Disney World.

American Celtic Radio Listeners voted them “Rising Stars of the Year 2021, and Best CD Cover of 2021 for Living the Dream” and ” Young Artist Academy Award winners for Music Ensemble 2022.”

The Byrne Brothers and Dad Tommy are Ireland’s biggest band on social media with millions of views on Facebook and YouTube all over the world.

“Possibly the best night of music I’ve watched/listened to in my life”
“Taking Irish Music and Dancing to a whole new level”
Grainne McCool, Irish Music Magazine

CLICK HERE for their Byrne Brothers Videos.

For more information on The Byrne Brothers, check or email


Four Shillings Short


Friday, September 30th, @ 7:00 – 9:00pm
Occidental Center For The Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA 95465
(707) 874-9392  Tickets are $25 GA / $20 for OCA Members. Tickets

Four Shillings Short

Four Shillings Short

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

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

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

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


Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

West Coast Shows

Friday, September 30th, 7:30 PM
Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR

Saturday, October 1st, 12:00 PM
Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, OR

Sunday, October 2nd, 7:30 PM

Shedd Institute for the Arts, Eugene, OR

Tuesday, October 4th, 7:00 PM
Workshop @ Grizzly Peak, Ashland, OR

Wednesday, October 5th, 7:00 PM
Grizzly Peak Winery, Ashland, OR

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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Le Vent du Nord
Québécois and more


Friday, September 30th
8:00 PM Tickets
Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., Sisters, OR

Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord 2019 Quintet

Le Vent du Nord is a Canadian folk music group from Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu in Quebec. The band performs traditional Québécois music, as well as original numbers in this style, in French. In 2019 the group’s membership has expanded to include Simon Beaudry, Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet and André Brunet.

For a video preview, click here to watch Le Vent du Nord at Edinburgh International Festival 2018 as they discuss their new, expanded lineup and their their new album, Territoires.

Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.’ — Boston Herald

Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over 5 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and Artist of the Year at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. They’ve collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.

More info. on their website:


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

Hinterland West 2022

Hinterland West 2022: 2-Day Literary Event Saturday, October 1st @ 12:00 noon – 6:00 PM and Sunday, October 2nd, 12 noon to 6 PM. This two-day literary festival at the Irish Center features a compelling lineup of leading writers, thinkers, and creative talents from Ireland and the Bay Area. Hinterland West is a San Francisco-based collaboration with the Hinterland Festival in Kells, County Meath, Ireland.

More Information:

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Shop at our Irish Shoppe — even better, order online to pick up. UICC Shop Online

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.

Wawona Gates Thanks to our hard working small staff and dozens of volunteers, the UICC has operated this bustling outdoor event and 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!

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Wake the Dead


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Saturday, October 1st, 12:00 PM
100th Anniversary Party

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, 1310 McGee Ave., Berkeley, CA

Tuesday, October 4th, 8:00 PM
A Celebration of John Prine

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA

Friday, October 7th, 8:00 PM
The Barn in Gilroy, Gilroy, CA

Email Eric Behlmer (The Barn)

Saturday, October 8th, 4:00 PM
Owsley Stanley Foundation Benefit Bash

Peri’s Tavern 29 Broadway, Fairfax, CA

Saturday, October 29th, 8:00 PM
Annual Day of the Dead Party

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA


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.


McMinnville Scottish Festival
Saturday, October 1st, 9:00 AM

Sunday October 2nd, 9:00 AM
Yamhill County Fairgrounds, 2070 NE Lafayette Ave, McMinnville, OR

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McMinnville Scottish Festival

Celtic Heritage Alliance presents the McMinnville Scottish Festival

Buy Tickets today for early bird discount AND beat the ticket lines at the gate! Admission includes exhibits, highland games, all concerts, and more! Visit ticket link to view pricing and packages.

Join us for the 2022 McMinnville Scottish Festival, Oct 1st and 2nd at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds, in McMinnville, Oregon! This festival originated as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture, especially that of the Scottish Highland Games, and is a favorite of those who attend!
Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss.

While centered on competitions in Scottish heavy athletics, piping and drumming, the games also include scotch tasting, craft beverages, food vendors, dancing, entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.

McMinnville Scottish Festival Website
McMinnville Scottish Festival Facebook Page:


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Celtic Rock with Tempest


Saturday, October 1st – Sunday, October 2nd
2 PM each day
Medieval Festival Of Courage
Horse Arena, 210 Chartin Rd., Blue Lake, CA
(707) 825-8804 ex 0

Friday, October 7th – Sunday October 9th
Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival
Fri. Fiddler’s Green Stage: 3 PM, 4:15 PM, 5:15 PM
Sat. Fiddler’s Green Stage: 5:45 PM, 6:45 PM
Sun. Royal Pub Stage: 11:30 AM
Sunset Park, 2601 East Sunset Rd., Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, October 15th, 7 PM
With Stag & Thistle Pipe Band, Celtic Alchemy and more!
Full Circle Brewing Co.
712 Fulton St., Fresno, CA
(559) 319-8195

Friday, October 28th, 8 PM
1317 San Pablo, Berkeley, CA
(510) 525-5099



During these last two years, during the height of COVID, Tempest still produced two great CDs; ‘Live At SoundTek Studios’ The Lockdown Sessions, and ‘Live On The Air’ The Radio Sessions 1992 – 2018, and now Tempest has just released a brand new album! Going Home, was released on March 17th. The Tempest ‘back catalog’ remains with Magna Carta Records, but Going Home is on their own ‘Celtodelic’ publishing label. You can order it on their website Tempest Web Site while supplies last. All Tempest’s albums are limited edition, collectors items, and autographed copies are only available from there.

Here is Tempest’s Tempest Spring Tour 2022 Video.

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 30 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.

Artist sites and sounds:


Three Times Through


Saturday, October 1st
6:00 PM
One Eleven Kitchen and Bar
300 Commercial St, Nevada City, CA

Sunday, October 2nd
5:00 PM
Tofanelli’s Bistro
302 W. Main St. Grass Valley, CA


Three Times Through

Three Times Through will be mashing up the Celtic tunes. 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


The Sheep Stealers

Sheep Stealers

The Sheep Stealers

The Sheep Stealers are coming West to the West Coast for a tour. A night of good ole traditional Irish music from some of the finest players around!

The Sheep Stealers are:
Brenda Castles (concertina)
Joey Abarta (pipes, whistle)
David MacKindley Ward (guitar, songs)

Brenda says:
The Sheep Stealers are hitting the road in October with some of the best traditional music of this Fall, We’ll be in California, New Mexico and Arizona.


Sunday, October 2nd, 4:00 PM, Coffee Gallery, 2029 Lake Ave., Altadena, CA,
Monday October 3rd, 4 PM concertina workshop and 7 PM, House Concert, Judy Carlstrom, Poway, CA
Tuesday, October 4th, No gig so far!! Contact us to book us for a show!
Wednesday, October 5th, 6:30 PM, Phoenix Comhaltas-Irish Cultural Center, Concert, Ciara Archer, Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, October 6th, 2 PM, Workshops, 7 PM, Concert, Brenda Castles, Tucson, AZ
Friday, October 7th, 7 PM, Concert, The Capitol Bar & Brewery, Concert, Socorro, NM
Saturday, October 8th, 7:30 PM, Concert, GiG Performance Space, Santa Fe, NM
Sunday, October 9th, 12 noon Concert, 2:30 PM Jam, Albuquerque Folk Festival, Albuquerque, NM

For full details, Contact us as follows.

Concerts: Email Brenda Castles
House Concerts and Workshops: Email

Facebook Page:


Old Blind Dogs Live Stream!
Sunday October 2nd at 4:00 PM PDT

Old Blind Dogs 2017

Old Blind Dogs

On Sunday October 2nd at 4:00 PM PDT / 7:00 PM EDT, Old Blind Dogs will be streaming live from the historic venue Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY! Caffe Lena broadcasts with three dynamic HD cameras and studio quality live audio mixed by 7-time GRAMMY winner Joel Moss. Tickets are available for $5 on their new live stream platform and include archive access for one week after broadcast. And 100% of all live stream ticket sales directly support the band!

To find out more including how you get your tickets to the live stream visit by clicking here.

Hopefully we’ll see you all along the road soon. If you can’t make a show then you can stream our music here or check out the latest videos on our YouTube channel here. Please subscribe!

Since forming in the early 1990’s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes.

One of the most highly touted Celtic groups of our time, OBD is the only multiple winner of the prestigious Scots Trad Music ‘Folk Band of the Year‘ Award . With 12 CDs already in the bag, you’ll have a chance to collar their 13th offering, titled Room With A View.

Old Blind Dogs continues to distinguish themselves as vital, innovative ambassadors of Scots music by subtly and ingeniously expanding upon the very tradition they celebrate in harnessing the rich resonance and timeless themes of the songs and tunes of their homeland and weld them to new rhythmic frameworks, dynamic arcs and textural expanses, This produces a uniquely identifiable sound that reflects the rich heritage of their forefathers, yet comes across as resoundingly fresh and immediate. OBD’s Dynamic percussion, virile vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs generate rave reviews, like this one:

Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm as players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion. Come out and see what the excitement is all about!’ – The Scotsman

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Click for OBD Website


Vince Keehan
Album Great Highway
Release Concert
Friday, October 7th, 7:00 PM
The Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, CA

Great Highway

Irish singer/songwriter Vince Keehan has put his catalog of songs into a brand new album, and titled it Great Highway.

Vincy says:
After years of being involved in the Irish Music scene here in San Francisco I finally got around to recording some of my original songs. The result was Great Highway which consists of some songs I wrote 30 years ago and some only written last year with plenty in between.

On October 7th there is going to be a release show for the album at the The Balboa Theater at 3630 Balboa St where I will be joined by a lot of the musicians and great people who helped me put this thing together.

Everyone who buys a ticket to the release show will receive a copy of the CD & Booklet (info on ticket sales soon to come) but in the meantime there’s a few songs available to listen to on my bandcamp as part of the digital download presale.

Check out the album at his webpage:


13th Annual El Cerrito
Free Folk Festival
Saturday, October 8th
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, CA

El Cerrito FFF

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

This year the Festival offers a stage of music performances, a workshop space, and a room for children’s activities. Join us to listen, learn, play and enjoy live music in our community. This exciting event features performances and workshops from world-renowned and local musicians alike, and will include space in the garden for an unplugged open mic.

Check the 2022 program page for this year’s schedule of performers and workshops. Use this link to get up-to-date information on the event program.

Learn more about the Program on our Facebook Page.

You must be vaccinated to attend. Masks are recommended for indoor spaces.

Enjoy! – Hali Hammer


UCSC Music Department
Turlough O’Carolan
350th Birthday Concert
Sunday, October 9th, 3:00 PM
Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA


Turlough O’Carolan

A contemporary of J.S. Bach, Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) was Ireland’s most famous harper. Though blinded by smallpox at age 18, a patron gave him a harp, a horse and a guide, and he supported himself for 50 years as an itinerant harpist, becoming the most famous of all Celtic composers. O’Carolan composed in part by improvising, his works transcribed by others. The melodic lines that have come down often run through an ornate chordal harp texture. To play the tunes, musicians must decide suitable tempos, rhythms, harmonies, textures, and ornaments—and, like O’Carolan, never repeat anything exactly. His music includes the most joyous tunes in the entire ‘6 Celtic Nations’ repertoire as well as airs of extraordinary melancholy.

• Linda Burman-Hall, Director, harpsichord
• Shelley Phillips, harp Baroque oboes, folk flutes
• William Coulter, guitar, bodhrán (drum)
• Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer
• Deby Benton Grosjean, traditional fiddle, Baroque violin
• John Weed, fiddle
• Barry Phillips, ‘cello

This project is supported by UC Santa Cruz, in honor of Linda Burman-Hall‘s award of an Edward A. Dickson Emerita Professorship (2019-2023). The performance will be eventually released as a CD recording. The event team extends thanks to UCSC Emeriti Associates, the Committee on Emeriti Relations, the Vice Chancellor, Chancellor, UCSC Endowments, and the Music Department for support.

• Free and open to the public.
• Tickets are required for entry and are available here at
• Maximum 3 tickets available for purchase per individual/transaction.
• Tickets are available online only and there will be no sales window or will-call tickets for pick up at the event.
• Audience members who do not arrive by 2:50 p.m. (10 minutes prior to the advertised start time), may forfeit their tickets/seats.
• Doors are scheduled to open at 2:30 (approximately 30 minutes prior to event start time).
• Masks are strongly encouraged but not required.

Details: UCSC Music Department


John Whelan and Seán Cleland
Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00 PM
Hybrid with Live Stream

John Whelan and Seán Cleland

John Whelan and Seán Cleland

John Whelan and Seán Cleland (Irish Button Accordion & Fiddle) will perform in an Abbie Weisenbloom Presents hybrid show. Abbie has room for a small in-person audience and starts the evening with a potluck. The living room show is always live streamed as well. Full details on Abbie’s website:

Seán Cleland is an Irish fiddle player, Irish music teacher, adjudicator, collaborator, producer and executive director of the Irish Music School of Chicago, a non-profit traditional Irish music, language, song and dance school, which he founded in 2003.

Seán grew up on the North side of Chicago in an Irish-American household. He started classical violin lessons at age 7, and at age 9 his parents took him to one of the first North American concert tours of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Ireland’s national music organization. Seán’s many performances and accomplishments number in the hundreds. In 2003 he founded the Irish Music School of Chicago where he is currently Executive Director.

Find more information on Seán on his Facebook Profile:

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

Get more details on John’s website:


Tannahill Weavers
Scotland’s premier traditional band

Tannahill Weavers

Tannahill Weavers

West Coast Tour

• Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 PM, Olympia, WA New Traditions Café, Tickets
• Thursday, October 13, 7:30 PM, Port Townsend, WA Rainshadow Recording, Tickets
• Friday, October 14, 7:00 PM, Bellingham, WA Bellingham Celtic Festival, Tickets
• Saturday, October 15, 7:00 PM, Seattle, WA Phinney Center, Tickets
• Sunday, October 16, 7:30 PM, Langley, WA Whidbey Island Center Arts, Tickets
• Tuesday, October 18, 12:00 PM, Ocean Shores, WA Galway Bay Celtic Feis, Tickets
• Friday, October 21, 7:30 PM, Portland, OR Abbie Weisenbloom Presents, Tickets
• Saturday, October 22, 7:00 PM, Corvallis, OR Whiteside Theatre, Tickets
• Sunday, October 23, 2:00 PM, Lincoln City, OR Lincoln City Cultural Center, Tickets
• Friday, October 28, 7:30 PM, Auburn, CA Auburn State Theater, Tickets
• Saturday, October 29, 7:00 PM, Pasadena, CA Pasadena Folk Music Society, Tickets
• Sunday, October 30, 4:00 PM, Carlsbad, CA San Diego Folk Heritage, Tickets

Traditional Celtic music at its best! The Tannahill Weavers has been THE stand out among Scotland’s premier traditional bands, for over 53 years, weaving the beauty of classic melodies with the power of modern rhythms. The Tannahill Weavers’ diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour. Their new album Òrach (“Golden” in Gaelic) was released in 2019.

Tannahill Weavers videos:
Gordon Duncan Set (recorded by Ceòlmhor at the Piping Live festival):

Johnnie Cope (recorded at the Paisley Arts Centre):

The group features founding member Roy Gullane on guitar and lead vocals, founding member Phil Smillie on flute and bodhran, Malcolm Bushby on fiddle, and Mike Katz of Battlefield Band fame on bagpipes.

The Tannahill Weavers – properly harnessed – could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night’s concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.‘ — Winnipeg Free Press

Tannahill Weavers Info: | |


Fret & Fiddle
Thursday, October 13th, 5:00 PM
Alice’s at Skylonda, 4645 La Honda Rd, San Mateo, CA

Fret & Fiddle

Voted ‘favorite local band’ in the Half Moon Bay Review’s Best of the Coast 2018 and 2019, Fret & Fiddle plays traditional Irish, Scottish and Bluegrass music.

Fret & Fiddle are Leslie Conaghan (fiddle) and Dave DeLang (fret)

Check out their video samples on the Fret and Fiddle video playlist

More details on the Facebook event,

More on Fret and Fiddle on their website:

Check out the Alice’s at Skylonda Facebook Profile call (650) 747-0252.


Linn Phipps via Zoom

Friday, October 14th
11:30 AM Pacific Daylight
7:30 PM British Summer Time
Special Guest: Jim Fitzgibbon
Online via Zoom –
Join Zoom Meeting / Mtg ID 853 4777 6195, Passcode  413871

Saturday, October 15th
Learn Gaelic Song
11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
7:00 PM British Summer Time
Online via Zoom –
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Linn Phipps

Linn Phipps

On October 14th at 11:30 AM Pacific, Linn Hosts the monthly Srùbag Gaelic singing session online via Zoom.

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 for the Zoom link and/or more information.

On October 15th, at 11:00 AM Pacific, Linn conducts another of her Learn Scottish Gaelic songs Workshops online via Zoom. All aspiring Scottish Gaelic singers, as well as other Scottish traditional singers, are welcome!

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.

Upcoming Srùbag Dates

• Friday, November 18th
• Friday, December 9th TBC

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.


19th Annual Galway Bay Celtic Music Feis!
West Coast’s Largest Irish Music Festival
Ocean Shores, WA

CMF 2022

Now celebrating their 19th Anniversary, Galway Bay Irish Restaurant & Pub again hosts West Coast’s Largest Irish Music Festival in Ocean Shores, WA. An eclectic mix of Irish bands, choirs and dancers hailing from throughout the United States, Canada and, of course, Ireland will be rounding out this year’s best Feis ever, celebrating Irish songs, ballads, players and bands with music and fun for seven days this October. Come tip a pint and kick up your heels.

This Years Lineup:

• Bill Mullen – Scotland
• Carter Junction, Challis, ID
• Coming Up Threes – Portland, OR
• The Crooked Jacks – Ireland
• Cul an Ti – Potland, OR
• Harmony Ridge – Centralia, WA
• Heavy Hammer – Buckley, WA
• Kim Cooney – Redmond, WA
• Mudmen – Canada
• Ockham’s Razor – Seattle, WA
• Peter Daldry – Mountain View, CA (Glasgow, Scotland)
• Sean Daly and the Shams – Portland, OR (Ireland)
• SeaStar – Seattle, WA
• St. James – Portland, WA
• Stark Raving Plaid – Seattle, WA
• Stout Pounders – Seattle, WA
• Stomptowners – Seatte, WA
• Swagger – Utah
• Tannahill Weavers – Scotland
• That Irish Guy – Gig harbor, WA (Omagh, Ireland)
• The Whiskey Dicks – Vancouver, Canada
• Seattle Irish Dance Co. – Seattle, WA
• Shannon Sisters Dancers – Pacific Northwest

For Online Tickets, Click Here:

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


Gaelic Muses


Sunday, October 23rd
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wheelhouse of Willow Glen
1173 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, CA

The Gaelic Muses

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

Lynda says:
The 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!

To watch the Gaelic Muses videos, Click Here.

More on The Gaelic Muses Facebook Page


Big Sing Series
Online via Zoom


Thursday, October 27th, 12:00 PM
Johnny come down to Hilo/Hilo

Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps

Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps

Do you sing a version of the song, Johnny come down to Hilo/Hilo? Or are you curious – again! – about how many different versions we have to share? Welcome to our Sixth single-shanty Big Sing – as usual all welcome to join to sing any version or to listen.

The next BigSing will be Thursday, October 27th – featuring the Johnny come down to Hilo/Hilo family of chanteys.

In advance of this event, Linn will post the link to the Zoom meeting on her 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. Shortly, Linn will share an editable google-doc with space for each singer, to add some information about their own version of our shanty. If you can’t, please say something about your version or post info in the chat during the sing. 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.

Repeat versions, shanties/ related songs in another language, parodies, solo, partner and small group singing, instrumental accompaniment and listeners all welcome.  We understand that Shanties are of their time, however we ask that you avoid versions or verses that are significantly racist or misogynistic. If in doubt, check in with the singing group.

Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps originally exchanged words about the Santy Anna shanty and noted that there were several versions, which lead to the idea of inviting shanty-singing pals on both sides of the Pond to a single-shanty Zoom Sing to share and sing versions of Santy Anna, which PMFF kindly sponsored. We all enjoyed it so much that we scheduled a whole series! The 4 previous BigSings are on Linn’s YouTube channel here:

Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, (PMFF), is delighted to sponsor these single song events, available world-wide on Zoom.

See you soon!
Linn Phipps + Jim Lucas


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.


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 Virtual Chantey Sing
A San Francisco Singing Tradition
2nd Saturday of each month, 11 AM to 1 PM
Online via Zoom from SF Maritime Association

SF Chanteys on Zoom

SF Virtual Chantey Sing on Zoom

The beloved Bay Area musical traditions is in its 41st year – and you can join in from your own home!

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

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

Peter Kasin says,
Ahoy –

Amidst all the chaos going on around us, we still have the monthly virtual chantey sing to help bring joy, calm the nerves, and help us get through these trying times. If not leading a song, no registration necessary. will activate at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 13th, where lead singers will be in the “Hollywood squares” (gallery view) and you can sing along from home!

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

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

For more details, check this Facebook Page

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

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

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


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


Andronicos San Francisco Jam
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PDT
Online via Zoom

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


Andronicos San Francisco Jam

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

Dinah says:

More info here: Old Time Open Jams Facebook Group

Contact Dinah Stroe


The Trans-Atlantic Session

Every Wednesday
12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific
3:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern
8:00 – 10:00 PM GMT

Mark Wallis
07866 600368

Tony Becker
M 408 600-8783

Trans-Atlantic Session

The Trans-Atlantic Session on Zoom
Join the Zoom Meeting!

Tony Becker of San Jose, California and Mark Wallis of Truro, England host this Transatlantic 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’ Session
Wednesdays, 2:30 PM
Online via Zoom

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

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

John Whelan

John Whelan

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

Since March 2020, John has stepped up his online activities.

John says:
My Dear friends, the tune learning and slow session 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:


Olivia Breidenthal & Liam Lewis
Native Angeleno fiddlers

Upcoming Shows

Wednesdays and third Fridays 7:30 – 9:30 PM
RT Rogers Brewing Company, 38 E Montecito Ave., Sierra Madre, CA

Saturdays 12:00 – 3:00 PM
O’Connor’s Irish Pub, 4130 Paramount Blvd
Lakewood, CA



Stepwise is a traditional Celtic folk duo consisting of Liam Lewis (mandolin, guitar, fiddle, voice) and Olivia Breidenthal (fiddle and voice). They perform a mixture of traditional Irish songs with tight vocal harmonies and traditional Irish tune sets. Olivia is a practitioner of the Galway fiddle style with influences including Kevin Burke, the Kane Sisters, and Liz Carroll. Together, their instrumental arrangements feature intricate twin fiddles or groovy rhythm guitar fit for a traditional Ceili or the discerning ears of an Irish-enthusiast audience.

Seeking a safe and socially distant place to meetup and play tunes, Stepwise was created very organically in the park; purely because it was too much fun to play so many good tunes together and not share it with an audience.

Check the Website.
Check their Facebook Page.
Email Stepwise:


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:


Learners Session
Irish Traditional Instruments
3 PM – 4 PM Pacific
6 PM – 7 PM Eastern
7 PM – 8 PM Atlantic
11 PM – Midnight Ireland & UK
Online via Zoom

Irish Traditional Instruments

Irish Instruments Learners 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:


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


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:


Willow on the Green
Grand Opening May 1st!
1327B 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA

7 days a week
Weekdays 10:00-6:30
Weekends 8-6:30

Willow on the Green

Alex Sinclair, operates a Willow on the Green, located on the not-so-quiet 9th Avenue, which is directly in front of the main entrance to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.

The shop caters to the ‘Day in the Park’ crowd there, 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’.

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Perusing Goodies

Alex says:
Willow on the Green is a new local store dedicated to British and Californian fine foods, cheeses, meats, provisions, and products. Located in the heart of the Inner Sunset District, San Francisco, we are a stone’s throw from the entrance to Golden Gate Park. Next time you are on 9th and Irving, come say hi and check out our unique goods.

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


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, San Jose CA | 408-267-7090

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

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

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


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

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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!”

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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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