Sons of the Buccaneers
Saturday, June 8th, 7:00 PM
Dana Street Roasting Company, 744 W Dana St, Mountain View, CA
Yer invited to sit in with us in a rowdy, irreverent, and boisterous good time, recreating the rollicking ambiance of a foc’s’le full of off watch sailormen in unrestrained celebration of life at sea… audience precipitation encouraged. We enjoy the occasional unrepressed naughty-cal lyric for the adult taste.
Our crew includes singer James (Banjo Jimmy) Dean, classic bassist and concertina virtuouso Alan Lochhead, the Hindu Dubliner pennywhistler Ruup, Maine-ly fiddlin’ fool Brian Theriault, and our fearless leader, “No Engine No Oars” Mordecai, on melodeon, 12 string guitar and musically humorous surprises…
Dana Street Roasting Company, (650) 390-9638, www.danastreetroasting.com,is a relaxed space with specialty & housemade blends, along with light eats. We don’t think you’ll be needing the free WiFi except for lookin’ up them naughty-cal lyrics. Please be discreet with any coffee lubricants you might bring.
The Black Brothers Harmony in Fraternity
Michael and Shay Black with Eamonn Flynn
Sunday, June 9th, 7:00 PM
Swedenborgian Church, 2017 Lyon Street, San Francisco
Irish brothers Shay and Michael Black from the renowned Black Family sing ballads from the Irish, Scottish and English traditions, old Dublin street songs, music hall songs, rollicking reels & joyful jigs that will have have you joining in on the choruses, interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes.
Here is a sample: https://youtu.be/DuO8sbJvP1I
Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories. The brothers grew up in a household where singing was a normal part of daily life, and have been performig since teenagers as The Black Brothers, frequently with sisters, Mary and Frances, as The Black Family.
They are joined by rollicking pianist Eamonn Flynn, who, like the Blacks, was born into a musical family in Dublin, Ireland. He first came to prominence playing Hammond organ and piano on the 12 million selling movie soundtrack The Commitments. Now living in San Francisco, he has gone on to record and tour worldwide with artists including Michael Franti and Spearhead, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Elvin Bishop, Bernard Purdie, Grant Green Jr. Coco Montoya, Michelle Shocked, Pee Wee Ellis, Donald Harrison, Maria Muldaur, and many more.
The show, and the entire season of concerts at the Swedenborgian Church, is a benefit for three local non-profit organizations that do wonders for the people and environment of San Francisco: Nature in the City, which engages residents in butterfly, bee, and wildlife habitat restoration projects in diverse San Francisco neighborhoods; Young Women’s Choral Projects of SF, which transforms girls’ lives through choral music education and performance; and Canine Companions for Independence which enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support. Attendees are invited to a coffee and food reception for these organizations at 6 pm prior to the concert.
Old Blind Dogs
2019 Tour of California and Oregon
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
Fiddlekids 2019 June 24-29!
Old Time, Irish, Regional Mexican, Jazz, Latin, Cajun-Creole and Hillbilly Rags
Berkwood Hedge School, 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
A week-long day camp devoted to Traditional Fiddle Music featuring inspiring teachers, fiddling by ear, improvisation, traditional dance, music-based art, and an end-of-camp performance at the Freight & Salvage. Fiddlekids is a great opportunity for children to explore a wide range of fiddling styles from all over the world through tunes, songs, and dance.
Fiddlekids was founded by Bay Area fiddle player and educator Bobbi Nikles in 1997. Now in its twenty-second year, Fiddlekids is a unique, fun-filled summer day camp devoted to traditional fiddle music. We welcome young violinists and fiddlers, ages 7 to 14, with at least one year of violin playing experience. No previous fiddle knowledge is required. Camp is divided into skill-based groups of roughly 15 fiddlers. Students attend classes with three of the camp’s fiddle instructors and learn a wide range of traditional styles — this year’s teachers specialize in Old Time, Regional Mexican, Irish, Jazz, Latin, Cajun-Creole and Hillbilly Rags. Students also explore the music through daily art and dance classes. Boasting an experienced teaching staff and a wonderfully supportive atmosphere, Fiddlekids has introduced hundreds of youngsters to a lively and expansive fiddle repertoire. We’ve inspired many of our alumni to enjoy a life-long relationship with their instrument, traditional fiddle music, and folk music culture.
Lark Camp’s 40th Anniversary
Music, Song & Dance Celebration July 26th – August 3rd, 2019
World Music, Song and Dance Celebration
Spend idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with all the music, dance, and good times you could possibly stand — that’s the Lark Camp World Music & Dance Celebration.
Take as many or as few of the workshops as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation for adults and families. Workshops for professional and beginner, alike.
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Breaking News at The Duke
The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA, 11:30am – 2:00am every day of the year
Publican Carlos and his partners have an announcement to make! Many of you have heard the rumors about the at The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant. To paraphrase Sam Clemons, aka Mark Twain:
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.
Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco
Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 6 PM
Sundays, noon – 5:00 PM
Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley
and soon in the Inner Richmond of San Francisco
“We’re soft-opening a new location at 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, (currently Exploring Music). So far, this new store only has a sampling of the instruments available in our Berkeley location, but we’re slowly adding more as we reconfigure the space.”
Thorn Land and Eric Azumi
Lark in the Morning Store, Berkeley
Lark in the Morning has been a folk musician’s favorite since 1974 and has musical instruments and instructional material from all over the world.
Plough and Stars Honored
Added to SF Legacy Business Registry
The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco
The Plough & Stars is thrilled to announce we’ve been honored with ‘Legacy’ status as an historic asset to the city by the San Francisco Office of Small Business … Join us for great music & the best Guinness pint in town.
What a diverse and vibrant mix of businesses added to the Legacy Business Registry yesterday! Join us in congratulating Babylon Burning, the Lab SF, The Mindful Body, The Plough and Stars and Slim’s! Thank you for your commitment and service to our communities.
The Plough and Stars (116 Clement St): An Irish pub and known gathering place for the Irish community for over 40 years. The bar showcases musicians across genres and maintains a tradition for over 35 years of hosting seisiúns, informal Irish jam sessions. Stop by for a perfectly-poured Guinness and see why?? they’ve been voted Best Irish Bar by SF Weekly.
I would like to thank all the Musicians who have played in the Plough. Without their contributions this would not have happened — Sean Heaney
The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, is known around the world for hosting incredible Irish music and pulling beautiful pints of Guinness since 1975. Since then, it has evolved to host live music every night of the week, except Monday, including all genres of music; Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Zydeco, acoustic Americana, and of course, Irish Traditional.
The first Saturday is always Americana Jukebox and every third Friday is Bluegrass Bonanza! We welcome you to stop in for a drink and try our famous, award winning pints of Guinness, or indulge in any of our other specials. We host Happy Hour all day every Monday with free pool, and the first Monday of the month has a Pub Quiz at 8:30 PM. Check out our website for a full calendar of events!
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant
198 5th St, San Francisco
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with Irish pub grub & beers on tap plus sports on the satellite TV.
This local Irish Pub brings the culture of Ireland to San Francisco, offering a full bar, Happy Hour specials, and a full Irish restaurant menu, including favorites like fish and chips which goes with any style of sport, music or fun.
‘I am in the city every 2-3 months and The Chieftain is an absolutely integral part of every trip. Mark runs an amazing, authentic Irish pub. Major plus, the only place I know of in northern California to get Kilkenny!!’
‘Walked in, Saturday night about 7pm and there was a table right inside the door. We had a shepherds pie and an Irish stew. The shepherds pie was actually made with lamb! The live music was great entertainment too!’
The Chieftain hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Click Here for the current schedule! The live Irish traditional music and song session every Sunday evening is always great Craic! Here is a sample Irish Session from 2009: Live Irish Session at the Chieftain.
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