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Friday, 2024-02-16
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,

Events: (One-time)

• The United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA offers many upcoming events, including a concert by Aoife Scott on Friday, February 16th, at 7:00 PM, followed by concerts from The Young Wolfe Tones on Saturday, February 17th at 8:00 PM and Sunday, February 18th at 4:00 PM. On Thursday, March 7th, 7:00 PM, UICC hosts Seanchaí Patrick Ball, and as always, Irish Sessions on Saturday, February 24th, 2:00 PM, and ongoing Youth Music Classes at 7:00 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 16th, at 7:30 PM, the Scottish band Cantrip wraps up their tour of the West Coast with Oak and Thorn in Caspar, CA followed a show on Saturday, February 17th, at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 16th, at 8:00 PM, Väsen Duo, Olov Johansson and Mikael Marin, begin a six city tour of the West Coast in collaboration with new band Hawktail, with a concert in Bakersfield, CA, followed by shows three more shows on the weekend in Los Angeles, CA, Ashland, and Eugene, OR. (See Below)
New! On Friday, February 16th, 7:00 PM at Smog City West, and on Saturday 9:30 AM at Torrance Moose Lodge and Sunday at Project Barley Square in Torrance, CA, it’s the West Coast Tionol. Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM at Project Barley Square will be filled with three full days of Uilleann Pipe related Workshops, with instructor’s Fiachra O’Regan, Nicolas Brown, Tom Klein and Joseph Sampson. (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 17th, 10:00 AM Celia Ramsay and Libby McLaren offer another Harmony Singing: HOOT! Camp at The Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
New! On Friday, February 17th, at 4:00 PM The Black Brothers Band kicks off their annual Saint Patrick’s Day tour at the Occidental Center for the Arts in Occidental, CA, followed by shows in San Francisco, Pacifia and Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, February 17th, at 7:00 PM, the The New World String Project, performs in Arcata, CA, and then on Sunday, February 18th, at 2:00 PM, in Ukiah, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 17th, at 8:00 PM, the legendary The Black Irish Band performs at The Starry Plough, in Berkeley, CA, and then on Saturday, March 9th, at the Calaveras Celtic Faire in Angels Camp, CA. (See Below)
• Scottish Gaelic singer Linn Phipps hosts two monthly online Scottish Gaelic events. On Friday, February 23rd, at 12:00 PM Pacific, Linn hosts Srùbag, a Gaelic singing session, with special guest Margaret Bennett. On Saturday, February 24th, at 10:00 AM Pacific, Linn hosts her Siansadh Learn Gaelic Song Workshop. Both are accessible from anywhere Online via Zoom. (See Details)
New! On Friday, February 23rd, 5:00 PM, the Katie Jane Band plays at the Freehand Cellars in Wapato, WA, followed by three more gigs in the week leading up to Saint Patricks Day. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, February 24th, at 4:00 PM, Low Lily’s Flynn Cohen and Liz Simmons kick off a pair of Concerts in in Mendocino, CA, followed another on Sunday, February 24th, at 3:00 PM, in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, February 27th, at 7:00 PM, fiddler Gerry O’Connor will begin a three week tour of the West Coast with Don Penzien in Vashon, WA. (See Below)
New! On Thursday, February 29th, at 7:30 PM Noctambule, Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor, perform at The Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, March 3rd at 2:00 PM, Hillside Echos presents Celia Ramsay & Friends, including Celia Ramsay, Eamonn Flynn, Amelia Hogan, Leah Wollenberg, and Felim Egan at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
New! On Wednesday March 6th, at 8:00 PM, Countercurrent will give a House Concert in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
New! From Friday, March 8th through Sunday, March 10th, The Calaveras Celtic Faire returns with regional bands, famous jousting and much much more happening in Angels Camp, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, March 9th, at 12:30 PM, Irish band Sixpenny performs at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, March 10th, at 4:30 PM, the new female duo Celtic Moon, returns to the Wheelhouse of Willow Glen in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
New! On Wednesday, March 20th, at 7:00 PM, Irish comic David Nihill will present his new show, Shelf Help, at the Punchline Comedy Club in Sacramento, CA, followed by five shows at the Punchline Comedy Club in San Francisco, CA, Thursday 8:00 PM, Friday at 7:30 & 9:45 PM, and Saturday 7:00 & 9:15 PM, and finishing with a 7:00 PM show on Sunday, March 24th, at the Improv in San Jose, CA. (See Below)

Events: (Recurring)

• On Fridays, at 4:00 PM John Whelan conducts his free series of ‘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 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 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 8:00 UK time / 12:00 PM Pacific, it’s the Loch Down Folk Club, timed so our friends from the US and Canada can join in, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On 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)
• On Mondays, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific Time, Mark Wallis & Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs host a Traditional Irish Music Session, a participatory online Irish instrumental music event, timed so our friends from Ireland and the UK and join in. Online via Zoom. (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 8:00 PM UK / 12:00 PM Pacific 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)
• The The Philo-Celtic Society offers four full quarters of multiple free classes focused on learning the Irish Language, including a couple of classes in Irish Song. Spring Quarter classes began on Wednesday, February 7th, and all are accessible to everyone everywhere, Online via Zoom. (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 First 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 1st Thursdays at 8:00 PM, and other Thursdays at 8:30 PM, Irish Dance – San Francisco Bay Area organizes Irish set dancing at the Plough and Stars Irish Pub in San Francisco, CA. They also sponsor dances at 7:30 PM on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at Ireland’s 32 Pub in San Francisco, CA as well as set dancing lessons there on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. (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)
• From Thursday, February 8th, and continuing on the following three Thursdays, Sean Murphy will present a weekly 1st course episode covering the History of Dublin/Baile Áth Cliath, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM PDT, followed by a 2nd course episode covering The Norman Invasion of Ireland from 4:30 – 6:00 PM PDT, both offered Online via Zoom. (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)
Sláinte Pub has reopened it’s doors as of Friday, December 15th, 2023 at 5:00 PM. The New partners are offering a limited menu of great food as well as great drinks and Irish Music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, at the same location at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
• Now in their 3rd year, Willow on the Green, operated by friend of the family Alex Sinclair and located on 9th Avenue in San Francisco, CA, is especially convenient to Golden Gate Park, and caters to 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)
• The Starry Plough is open, with all the events it’s many long term customers had before the pandemic, on Sundays – Wednesdays in Berkeley, 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)

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

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

One Time Events:

Aoife Scott Concert
Friday, February 16th, at 7:00 PM
Emerald Pub

The Young Wolfe Tones
Saturday, February 17th
8:00 PM in the St. Patrick’s Room
Sunday, February 18th
4:00 PM in the Emerald Pub

Seanchaí Patrick Ball
Thursday, March 7th
7:00 PM in the St. Francis Room

Irish Sessions
Saturday, February 24th
2:00 – 4:00 PM Members’s Room: Slow Session.
4:00 – 7:00 PM Emerald Pub: Fast Session

Ongoing Events:

Youth Music Classes
Wednesdays 7:00 PM: Fiddle/Whistle
Thursdays 7:00 PM: Bag Pipes


On Sunday, February 11th, at 2:00 PM, UICC-SF will host a Super Bowl Watch Party in their Emerald Pub, with Multiple TVs so everyone has a great seat.

On Friday, February 16th, at 7:00 PM, the UICC-SF will host award-winning folk singer songwriter, Aoife Scott, from Ireland’s 1st family in song. Aoife will perform an intimate concert in the UICC’s Emerald Pub.

Born into the legendary Black Family, and based in Dublin, Ireland, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, and has long enjoyed success as an established artist in her own right. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, her dynamic and profound vocals explore the emotional depths of her lyrics, leaving the audience entranced.

Aoife has a unique sound. Her music has a broad creative scope but is largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music.

On Saturday, February 17th at 8:00 PM in the St. Patrick’s Room and on Sunday, February 18th at 4:00 PM in the Emerald Pub, UICC hosts The Young Wolfe Tones.

Derek Warfield’s 50 years of experience coupled with the talent and energy of The Young Wolfe Tones brings the old tradition of Irish balladry into a new age. The story of Ireland is transmitted in their music and song and illuminated by the outstanding musicianship of three wonderful ambassadors of a new generation of traditional players.

Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones deliver Ireland’s traditional music and folk songs with an energy and skill that shows the quality of contemporaries within that tradition. The patriotic spirit of Irish music carried through the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s by the Wolfe Tones now marches on in the dynamic sound of The Young Wolfe Tones.

For more information about the band, see

On Thursday, March 7th, 7:00 PM, UICC hosts Seanchaí Patrick Ball, in the St. Francis Room, in 2 45-minute acts with a brief intermission.

Come Dance with Me in Ireland is the story of an elderly Irish couple who had emigrated to America early in their married life. The husband had always loved Yeats’ poetry and knew much of it by heart. But, now he is suffering severe memory loss, and even those beloved poems are leaving him. The wife has arranged for them to return to Ireland and go on a ‘Yeats Country’ tour in hopes of recapturing, if only briefly, some of those swiftly fading memories. They visit the magical landscape of Inishfree, Thoor Ballylee, Glencar, Knocknarea, and Drumcliffe. They hear again some of Yeats’ most beautiful poems, The Lake Isle Of Innisfree, When You Are Old, The Song Of Wandering Aengus, The Host Of The Air, The Wild Swans At Coole…and their story unfolds. St. Francis Room offers bar service; doors at 6:30 PM and show at 7 PM;

Read More …

On the last Saturday of every month, there are free, Irish Traditional Music Slow Sessions in the UICC’s Members’s Room.
Email Matt Moore for details. Later that day, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, there are free Irish Traditional Music Fast Sessions in the UICC’s Emerald Pub. Email Cormac Gannon for details.

Youth Music Classes are ongoing at UICC-SF on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 PM.

Currently, there are classes on Wednesdays for fiddle and tin whistle and bag pipe classes on Thursdays. They are gauging interest in button accordion classes, and organizing a youth ceili band.

These music classes are offered in partnership with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Cooley Keegan Branch, and scholarships are available to defray the cost of tuition.

For info., email class instructor Dan Cotter or call him at 650-784-9347, or email organizer Liam Reidy or call him at 415-860-1854.

Despite the pandemic, the United Irish Cultural Center has successfully operated a large event facility serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, in the Sunset District near the Zoo in 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 offers indoor events in their St. Francis Room as well as their spacious Saint Patrick’s Room!

UICC website
UICC Facebook Page




Friday, February 16th, 7:30 PM

Oak and Thorn, Caspar, CA. Details

Saturday, February 17th, 7:30 PM

Fifth Street Farms House Concert, Berkeley, CA. Details



The name Cantrip is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Swirling border pipes, raging fiddle, thunderous guitar and three rich voices blend to create a sound energetic enough to tear the roof off.

After 20 years of touring, Cantrip has found a character like no other. Echoes can be heard of trad music from the 1960s and 70s, but the years have slowly infested their music with the sounds of funk, metal, bluegrass, swing, and even klezmer.

Here is a Cantrip video: Zito The Bubbleman

Dan Houghton, Jon Bews, Alasdair White and Eric McDonald stir the elements in a witches’ cauldron, slowly coalescing into chaotic order. The they are the closest of friends, and it is this friendship that has cemented the band’s musicality through the years and across ponds. Dan began his career with the whistle at age seven and started playing bagpipes in the early nineties, proceeding to win the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society Open Borderpipes and New Composition events (multiple times), as well as the Maitre de Cornemuse at St. Chartier. He is also an accomplished player on flute, bouzouki and DADGAD guitar. Jon is a veteran fiddler, having started at age four. A prizewinning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 1994, he has performed and recorded with a diverse roster of artists. Eric studied mandolin and guitar at Berklee College of Music. He cut his teeth playing for contra dances in New England, where he can still often be seen from the dance floor, in addition to his work with Cantrip. Alasdair White’s deep rooted yet wide-ranging musicality reflects his Isle of Lewis birthplace, current New York City home, and over 20 years globe-trotting with some of the best known names in Scottish, Irish, and Breton music, including Battlefield Band, Alan Kelly, and Gaelic Super-group, Dàimh

Cantrip Website
Cantrip Facebook Page


Väsen / Hawktail


Friday, February 16th, 8:00 PM

World Records, Bakersfield, CA. Details

Saturday, February 17th, 8:00 PM

Nichols Canyon Music, Los Angeles, CA. Details

Monday, February 19th, 7:00 PM

Grizzly Peak Winery, Ashland, OR. Details

Tuesday, February 20th, 7:30 PM

Jaqua Concert Hall, Eugene, OR. Details

Wintergrass Festival
Friday, February 23rd, 7:45 PM

Grand Stage

Saturday, February 24th, 9:45 PM

Regency Stage, Belleview, WA. Details

Vasen Duo

Väsen / Hawktail

Out of Nashville, come four luminaries of acoustic music today have united as Hawktail! Brittany Haas (fiddle), Paul Kowart (string bass) and Jordan Tice (guitar), united to create modern, original instrumental music, a dormant category for bands within the American folk realm.

Väsen-Duo, Mikael Marin and Olov Johansson have, after almost 40 years of interaction and touring, refined their sound and their stage presence to the extent that today they are unique in their kind. With their playful and perfect interplay, they seem to defy the laws of physics in what appears to be a telepathic communication.

The music is intense and full of humour. They create their very own musical language which in its appeal is as modern as it is ancient. With the foundation firmly rooted in the traditional music of Uppland, they have always looked curiously at new musical goals.

Väsen’s Nyckelharpa player, Olov Johansson, says

The members of Hawktail are brilliant musicians I met when they were teenagers coming to Väsen-gigs on our US tours. It’s been amazing to follow their path and now we get to create new Hawktail-Väsen music together!

And now, Hawktail + Väsen have joined in a culmination of decades of influence and musical relation. Brittany, Jordan and Paul met while in college on the east coast, jamming on Väsen tunes and seeing their concerts whenever possible. These experiences proved highly formative to their musical identities and Väsen continues to inspire their direction. ‘Their music was highly relatable, yet also felt strange and new,’ says bassist Paul Kowert. ‘Meeting someone else who also knew their tunes was exciting. Playing them together: even better.’

Check out this Väsen / Hawktail video, Tell Me Whatcha Gonna Do

Check out the Hawktail Website

Check out the Väsen Website


2024 West Coast Tionol
Friday, February 16th, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday, February 17th 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday, February 18th 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

West Coast Tionol

West Coast Tionol

Click for full details and registration: Registration And Event Details

Guest Pipers/Instructors: Fiachra O’Regan, Nicolas Brown, Tom Klein
Reeds: Joseph Sampson

The Saturday workshops require pre-registration, $150 until February 7th ($160 on-site). The other events are open to the public (no cover charge, donations gladly accepted).

To register for this event, fill out this online (Google Registration Form).

Check out the The Facebook Event


Friday, February 16th: Meet & Greet and Session, 7:00-10:00 PM, Smog City West, 22755 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505

Saturday, February 17th: Doors open at 9:30 AM, Workshops 10:30 AM-12:30 PM and 2:00-4:00 PM, Torrance Moose Lodge, 1020 Sartori Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
Saturday night concert and session: 7:30-11:00 PM, Project Barley Square, 1109 Van Ness Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

Sunday, February 18th: Brunch, presentations and Piper’s Chair, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Project Barley Square, 1109 Van Ness Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Sunday afternoon session, 4:00-7:00 PM, The Auld Dubliner, 71 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach. CA 90802

Contact: Larry Dunn,


Harmony Workshops @
HOOT! Camp by Celia
Ramsay & Libby McLaren
Saturday, February 17th
10:00 AM – noon
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA


Celia Ramsay and Libby McLaren, the creators of Carmony: Learn to Sing Harmony While You Drive, will teach you the basics of singing harmony by ear. Libby & Celia use familiar songs you may already know in an informative and entertaining two-hour workshop. All voices welcome! Bring a Friend!

Register now for our workshop, sponsored by HOOT!:

WE CAN BRING OUR WORKSHOPS TO YOU! If you have a group of 8 – 12 like-minded folks who want to learn to sing harmony, and have a living room or public hall where we can all meet, we’ll be happy to drive anywhere within two hours of Berkeley.

Introductory Video:

Tickets: $50 per person

Celia Ramsay has been singing all her life, and is known for her jazz-flavored original songs, and for singing traditional Scottish music. A versatile vocalist, she coaches hesitant singers to find their own voice at Lark Camp in Mendocino, and in project-based private lessons at her home studio. She is a well-liked teacher and performs regularly around Berkeley – including the Freight – with a variety of fine local musicians.

For more, email Celia Ramsay

Or contact us at or


The Black Brothers


Saturday, February 17th, 4:00 PM

Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental, CA. Details

Friday, March 8th, 7:00 PM

United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. Details

Saturday, March 9th, 7:30 PM

Mildred Owen Concert Hall, Pacifia, CA. Details

Sunday, March 17th, 7:00 PM

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, CA. Details

Black Brothers Band

Black Brothers Band

Shay & Michael Black are singing siblings from Ireland’s foremost family of song, The Black Family, which also includes their sisters Mary & Frances, & brother, Martin. Hailed in the Irish Echo as “one of the most impressive groups of Irish singers to be found anywhere; exquisite, exhilarating and nothing short of thrilling” they raise their sibling rivalry to revelry, The Blacks adroitly accompany themselves on banjo, cittern & guitar.

Black Brothers Band line-up is Shay Black, guitar and vocals, Michael Black, banjo, cittern and vocals, Eamonn Flynn, keyboards, and Felim Egan, accordion.

At their concerts one can expect to hear Irish traditional ballads, Dublin street songs, music hall ditties, contemporary folk compositions, rollicking reels & joyful jigs, all interspersed with comic stories, jokes & humorous childhood anecdotes that invariably have audiences smiling broadly & joining in on the choruses. Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that includes their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories.

Click to see Black Brothers Band videos

The 2020 Black Brothers Band album, named Glackanacker for the townland on Rathlin Island where the Blacks have a house, is available now on their website and will be available at this show.

Click to Hear the Bonus Track from Glackanacker: Roller Bowler

More on their Website:


New World String Project


Saturday, February 17th, 7:00 PM

Relevant Music, Arcata, CA. Details

Sunday, February 18th, 2:00 PM

Mendocino College Center Theater, Ukiah, CA. Details

The New World String Project

This Celtic Supergroup brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.

Click Here for their videos.

Check out all their info at, or email Lisa Lynne


The Black Irish Band


Saturday, February 17th, 8:00 PM

The Starry Plough, Berkeley, CA. Details


Saturday, March 9th

Calaveras Celtic Faire, Angels Camp, CA. Details


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

Formed in 1989 in the historic Gold Rush Town of Sonora, CA, The Black Irish Band presents the songs of the working people from the 19th Century to the present. A large compliment of Maritime, Railroad, Celtic, Italian, American and original music that brings to life the adventures of the people who built the world on which we now live. Listen to the stories, sing along, and take a musical trip through history with the Black Irish Band.

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

Here’s a link to their many music videos

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


Friday, February 23rd

8:00 PM Ireland/UK
3:00 PM Eastern
12:00 PM Pacific
Special Guest – Margaret Bennett
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 853 4777 6195
Passcode: 413871

Upcoming Guests:
Friday, March 15th, Tom Finn


On the first or second Friday of each month, Linn Phipps hosts a Srùbag Gaelic singing session online via Zoom. Linn always invites a Special Guest who sings five songs and the rest of the time is a participatory singaround.

Our next Srùbag, will be on Friday, February 23rd at 20:00 UK / Ireland time. For this one we welcome US singer Margaret Bennett 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.

Saturday, February 24th
Siansadh / Learn Gaelic Songs
6:00 PM Ireland/UK
1:00 PM Eastern
10:00 AM Pacific
Online via Zoom –
Join Zoom Meeting

On the Third of Fourth Saturday of each month, Linn Phipps conducts her Learn Scottish Gaelic songs / Siansadh Workshop, for singers interested in learning a Scottish Gaelic song with no knowledge of Gaelic required. This participatory event is accessible to all online via Zoom. Check the box at left for full details.

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 well as other Scottish traditional singers of ceilidh songs so we can all join in.

Words, translation, phonetics, and mp3 audios of words and song will be provided on Linn’s website or by email. Over the year we can learn songs from many different genres of Gaelic song. These include waulking songs (orain luaidh), other work songs (eg rowing, milking, churning, spinning), other sea songs, dance songs (puirt-a-beul), Oran mor (big songs), laments, love songs, lullabies, night-visiting songs, piping songs, fairy/mythical creatures songs, etc. Requests welcome.


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.

For the past several 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 two monthly, free Zoom meetings: 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.


Katie Jane Band
Firey Fiddling


Friday, February 23rd, 5:00 PM

Freehand Cellars, Wapato, WA. Details

Sunday, March 10th, 4:00 PM

Shamrock Cruise, Portland, OR. Details

Saturday, March 16th, 5:30 PM

Mcmenamins Edgefield, Troutdale, OR. Details

Sunday, March 17th, 7:00 PM

McMenamins Kennedy School Theater, Portland, OR. Details

Katie Jane Band

Katie Jane Band

The Katie Jane Band is a high-energy Celtic fiddle band from Portland, OR. Known as ‘Portland’s hottest fiddler,’ Katie Jane’s dynamic performance features virtuosic, high-speed fiddling, her contagious smile, and unstoppable dancing feet. The Katie Jane Band performs traditional and original fiddle music spanning Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Canada, and the USA. Their music takes listeners on a joyful journey through the folklore of Celtic music, and their engaging storytelling relates the audience to the sweetness of everyday human experience.

The Katie Jane Band shares their dynamic stage performance at Celtic festivals, Scottish Highland Games, and theaters up and down the West Coast. Some notable performances include performing at the Pleasanton Scottish Gathering, headlining the Celtic Fantasy Faire in Portland, OR, headlining the Douglas County Scottish Highland Games, performing the live music for Artist Repertory Theater’s production of the Scottish play, ‘The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,’ and producing their own multi-media productions with the Celtic Light Orchestra.

Learn More about the Katie Jane Band:


Flynn Cohen and Liz Simmons


Saturday, February 24th, 4:00 PM

The Well Spiritual Center, Mendocino, CA. Details

Sunday, February 25th, 3:00 PM

The Back Room, Berkeley, CA. Details

Flynn Cohen and Liz Simmons

Flynn Cohen & Liz Simmons

Acoustic guitar, mandolin player, and singer Flynn Cohen tours with his award-winning folk band Low Lily and is a long-time sideman to Irish button accordion legend John Whelan.

With the energy of fiddle music, the introspective quality of contemporary folk, the precision of bluegrass, and the drive of Americana, two members of Low Lily (Liz Simmons and Flynn Cohen) combine their individual talents into one stunning soundscape.

Cohen’s 2024 US tour features duo performances with Simmons of original and traditional instrumentals from multiple fiddle music traditions as well as original, traditional, and contemporary folk songs. His guitar playing is influenced by a wide range of flatpicking, strumming, and fingerpicking styles and his mandolin work is inspired by bluegrass, old time, Irish, and classical playing.

Flynn is a former guitar student of John Renbourn, Davey Graham, and Scott Nygaard and also studied composition with Pauline Oliveros. His original music is simultaneously both experimental and traditional, staying within the bounds of his many stylistic influences but always pushing subtly against the conventions. He will be joined on his West Coast dates by Low Lily bandmate Liz Simmons (vocals, acoustic guitar).

[Low Lily has] an incredible knack for putting a little pop twist on a traditional Folk/Americana sound… its a blend that works beautifully. – PopMatters

Low Lily brandishes their formidable individual Folk foundations within a collective sound thats as smart with sense of pop phrasing and flair as it is roots-savvy. – Roots Music Report

A pair of versatile string virtuosos – Dirty Linen Magazine



Gerry O’Connor

Concerts and Workshops

Tuesday, February 27th, 7:00 PM

Havurat Hall, Vashon, WA. Details

Wednesday, February 28th, 7:00 PM

New Traditions Café, Olympia, WA. Details

Thursday, February 29th, 7:00 PM

Eaglemount Winery, Port Townsend, WA. Details

Friday, March 1st 7:00 PM

Celtic Arts Foundation, Mount Vernon, WA. Details

Saturday, March 2nd Workshops

9:00 AM @ Celtic Arts Mount Vernon, WA Details
3:00 PM @ Dusty Strings, Mount Vernon, WA. Details

Saturday, March 2nd, 7:30 PM

Seattle Folklore Society/Phinney Hall, Seattle, WA. Details

Sunday, March 3rd, 7:30 PM

Abbie Wiesenbloom Concerts, Portland, OR. Details

Monday, March 4th, 6:00 PM

Workshop @ Nancy Conescu’s, Portland, OR. Details

Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00 PM

Mike Meyer, Eugene, OR. Details

Wednesday, March 6th, 7:00 PM

Cage Free Concerts, Ashland, OR. Details

Thursday, March 7th, 7:00 PM

Trinity Alps Perf. Center, Weaverville, CA. Details

Friday, March 8th, 7:00 PM

McCloud River Mtn Music, McCloud, CA. Details

Saturday, March 9th, 9:00 PM

Plough & Stars, San Francisco, CA. Details

Monday, March 11th, 7:30 PM

Berkeley Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA. Details

Thursday, March 14th, CCE, San Diego, CA

Workshop @ 4:30 PM / Concert @ 6:00 PM. Details

Saturday, March 16th, 7:00 PM

Hooley’s Bar Pvt Room, La Mesa, CA. Details


Gerry O’Connor & Don Penzien

Gerry O’Connor is from Dundalk, Co. Louth, where he grew up in a family of musicians, dancers and singers, all taught at home by his mother, Rose. From an early age Gerry was involved Irish music, winning numerous All Ireland awards in a range of duets, trios and céilí band titles. Gerry is a four time winner of the Fiddler of Oriel competition, and adjudicates it now. In 2018 Gerry was awarded ‘Ceannródaí’, the prestigious Bardic Award by Comhaltas for his valued contribution to the Traditional Arts. In the same year he launched his second solo album ‘Last Nights Joy’ and published ‘The Rose in the Gap’ Dance Music for Oriel from the Donnellan Collection, not heard for a hundred years. Unanimously considered a master fiddler by his peers, Gerry tours the world teaching and performing solo.

Don Penzien has long been a top-flight performer of Irish traditional music. He frequently is on the road playing concerts and festivals with Gailfean, The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, and Haley Richardson and he has served as accompanist for numerous other well-known performers (e.g., Gerry O’Connor, Randal Bays, Tim Britton, John Williams, Pat Broaders, Gabe Donohue, Ben Jaber, Tony DeMarco, Billy McComiskey, Sean Clohessy, Bridget Fitzgerald, Kevin Doyle). Widely recognized for his reserved backing style, Don’s dexterous work on DADGAD-tuned guitar provides solid, driving rhythms to traditional tunes as well as perceptive and sensitive accompaniments to songs and airs. Don is a Michigan native with strong roots in Irish culture and an affinity for Irish traditional music. He now resides in NC where he works as Professor at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
We are fortunate to present them here.

… this is one fiddler whose pulse is quickened by the sheer delight in the tunes, rather than in the accolades that might accompany them – The Irish Times

For a video of Gerry O’Connor – The American Polka & Kingdom Coming, Click Here!

More information on Gerry’s website,




Saturday, March 9th, 12:30 PM

Retzlaff Vineyards, Livermore, CA. Details

Sunday, March 17th, 12:45 PM

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Dublin, CA. Details



New Celtic band Sixpenny is a fiddle-forward band playing reels, jigs and all manner of traditional Celtic music.

Members include Jean Olds (fiddle), Ken Passeri (fiddle, guitar), Nancy McGhee (acoustic bass, cello), Larry Milder (guitar, mandolin), and Lauren Nourse (flute, penny whistle).

For more information, email or call Ken Passeri at 650-224-4653.


Thursday, February 29th, 7:30 PM
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA



Bruce Victor & Marla Fibish
(photo by Alli Novak)

Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor together take the name Noctambule, French for ‘night-owl,’ from a Robert Service poem about a nocturnal ramble through the back alleys of Paris, which they set to music and included on their first CD together, Travel in the Shadows, released in 2013. Since then, they have released another three recordings — The Waking in 2015, A Sweetish Tune in 2017, and most recently, Every Migrant is my Fellow in 2021.

In performance, Bruce and Marla will take you on a journey. Their love of traditional music will shine through their instruments, and they will wrap you in their beautifully crafted songs, bringing an unusual array of poetry to life with their music and their voices.

Much more info, tracks for listening and videos here!

Noctambule YouTube videos:

More music and info:
| or call 510-205-1617


Celia Ramsay & Friends
Sunday, March 3rd, 2:00 PM
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA

Celia Ramsay & Friends

Celia Ramsay & Friends

Join Celia Ramsay and her fabulous music pals for a Celtic-flavored variety show. Featuring five Bay Area big-deal musicians, you’ll enjoy both solo and collaborative songs and tunes by Eamonn Flynn, Amelia Hogan, Leah Wollenberg, Felim Egan, and of course, Celia—your emcee du soir. Celia’s main focus is Scottish traditional music, but she has a few juicy original songs to share. Dublin-born Eamonn forges his own kind of Irish soul that has distinct New Orleans influences. Amelia is a fine American sean nòs singer of traditional Irish songs. Leah plays everything on fiddle from old time to jazz, and Celtic to Balkan in addition to having a beautiful voice. Felim comes from a very musical family in County Offaly and his rock-solid accordion playing is much sought after. Together you’ll have a delightful afternoon in the jewel box that is the Hillside Club.

Celia Ramsay grew up with a passion for the ballads of Scotland, but she was also heavily influenced by popular music from the 1930s and 1940s. She likes to point out that the jazz ballads from the mid-20th century and much older ballads from the British Isles lean heavily on songs about love, and its trials, tribulations and triumphs. Celia performs her original songs, music from the Great American Songbook, and Scottish roots music from a vast repertory. She has performed at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley in her own shows, and in shows with The Black Brothers, Holdstock and MacLeod, and Flower and McLaren. She has performed in many duo-style house concerts with Eamonn Flynn, Steve Baughman, Dave Nachmanoff, and Ken Risling.
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Irish keyboardist, singer and songwriter Eamonn Flynn forges his own kind of Irish soul. Growing up in Dublin, he was steeped in rock and roll as well as Irish songs sung around his home. He draws from both, his deftly written songs and Dublin humor buoyed by his soulful vocals and formidable piano and Hammond organ chops. Locally known for his work with the Black Brothers and Zigaboo Modeliste, Eamonn is currently playing piano and organ with the Glide Ensemble for their legendary Sunday Celebrations at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. He’s released three albums of original music: ‘The Irish Channel’, ‘Black Coddle’ and ‘Anywhere But Home’.

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Amelia Hogan is an impeccably authentic singer of Celtic music, and her deep understanding of the tradition comes through in honeyed tones on Irish, Scottish, British, and American-styled vocals. She sings strongly influenced by her roots in the IrishSean-Nós, or ‘old style’ tradition, a highly lyrical solo a cappella style, as well as with accompaniment, plays shruti box and a small 22-string Welsh lap harp, and has toured internationally to global acclaim. Hogan recently recorded and released Taking Flight, charting in the top 10 global folk albums, in the season of its release with Steve O’Neill of Foxtail Sound, co-produced by Ray Frank, Richard Mandel, David Brewer, Marla Fibish, Maureen Brennan, Rebecca Richman, and Christa Burch under her solo label.

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Félim Egan’s romance with the accordion began when he was four years old. Some of his musical influences include Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples, Charlie Lennon and Frankie Gavin. Originally from County Offaly, he has lived in Portland, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can often find him performing with The Black Brothers, and with Eamonn Flynn in ‘Dublinesque’.

After having a dream she could play violin when she was six years old and waking up very sad that shedidn’t know how, Leah Wollenberg decided it was high time to learn. She started with a variety of fiddle styles, and now she plays everything from old-time to jazz, Celtic to Balkan.

Video link:


Wednesday March 6th, 8:00 PM
House Concert, Oakland, CA

Alex Sturbaum & Brian Lindsay


The Oakland house concert folks will present the band Countercurrent from Olympia, WA. Countercurrent is the powerhouse acoustic duo of Alex Sturbaum & Brian Lindsay, featuring fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals, and foot percussion. Though perhaps best known in the Bay Area from playing for contra dances, they have played concerts at such storied venues as Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.

Their high-energy style draws on deep traditional roots from Ireland and North America while incorporating new influences to create a sound that is at once unique and timeless. Alex’s driving guitar and gifted songwriting, Brian’s lyrical fiddle and rock-solid foot percussion, and the duo’s lively interplay, tight vocal harmonies, and unstoppable groove make a Countercurrent performance an event unlike any other. Wherever they go, the question remains the same: ‘How does that much sound come out of just two people?’

Born into a musical household and growing up in Cincinnati OH on the banks of the Ohio River, Alex soon fell in love with the jigs and reels of Irish and Scottish music, the sea songs of the Canadian Maritimes, the fiddle tunes and ballads of Appalachia, and more.

Surrounded by both contra dance and Irish music and dance throughout his childhood, Brian spent much of his youth going to sessions in the NY area and studying with respected Irish fiddle player Brian Conway. An accomplished performer and Mid-Atlantic Irish Fiddle champion by the age of 17, the influences of many other musical styles and traditions have found their way into Brian’s playing.

A donation of $25 ($20 for low income attendees) is requested, payable at the door by cash or a check made out to Alex Sturbaum or Brian Lindsay. All proceeds go to the performers.

Our house concerts are held indoors near the Grand Lake Theater and Lake Merritt in Oakland. 

Countercurrent’s website
Countercurrent’s Facebook page

The Stride / Good Morning To Your Nightcap
Countercurrent’s YouTube Channel

How to reserve:

  • We take reservations only by email to
  • Be sure to tell us the number in your party and the NAME of EACH PERSON for whom you are reserving; we cannot process your reservations without this information. In fairness to those on our waiting lists, our house concert reservations are not transferable.
  • Be sure to tell us WHICH CONCERT you are making reservations for.
  • We will acknowledge your reservation within a few days of receiving it, and send you the address and other details at that time. Once we have reached capacity, we will keep a waiting list in order of receipt, as usual.
  • Masks are optional but recommended. Please cancel if you are not feeling well.


The Calaveras Celtic Faire
Friday, March 8th — Sunday, March 10th
Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gunclub Rd, Angels Camp, CA

(subject to change)

Wicked Tinkers
Golden Bough
Black Irish Band
Stout Rebellion
Blackeyed Dempseys
Hounds of Belfast
Roving Performers
Stage Acts

The Imperial Knights
Armor Combat
Sacramento Siege of Armor
Combat Worldwide
Scottish Highland Games
Living History
Guild & Societies
Celtic Marketplace
Whisky Experience
Craft Vendors
Cultural Dining

Stag and Thistle Pipe and Drum Band
Kevin Axtel Juggler Extraordinaire
Emerald Bag Piping Band
Hearts of Khyber Belly Dancers

Calaveras Celtic Faire 2024


Friday 9:30 AM – Ceili 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The 38th Annual Calaveras Celtic Faire returns with the Largest and Biggest Celtic Event on the West Coast! Celebrating the cultures of Brittany (Breizh), Cornwall (Kernow), Wales (Cymru), Scotland (Alba), Ireland (Éire), Isle of Man (Mannin, or Ellan Vannin) Galicia (Galiza), and Asturias, (Asturies)

We are welcoming back the Imperial Knights Tournament of Champions!

Imperial Knights Production Company produces an exciting medieval tournament with spectacular stunts on horseback, jousting and top-of-the-line, hand-to-hand combat with a variety of medieval weapons, cheer on your favorite knight!

We pride ourselves on our sword fighting and heavy armor jousting capabilities. With practice and hard work, we get better every day. Don’t miss any of the excitement when the Imperial Knights take the field!

Friday is an educational day for families and students. No alcohol is served, because it is a day for cultural and historical learning. See schedule for educational entertaiment and exploring.

Here is their promotional video: 2019 Celtic Faire Promo — Joust.

For complete details, show schedule and tickets, check


Celtic Moon
Sunday, March 10th, 4:30 PM
Wheelhouse of Willow Glen, 1173 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA

Celtic Moon

Celtic Moon

Please join Lynda and Verlene as they continue to enchant you on their new musical duo band, Celtic Moon in Downtown Willow Glen in San Jose on Sunday, February 4th from 4:30-7:30 PM.

You can expect to be enchanted, by all the vocal melodies, and harmonies, inspired, by the original songs and unique folk instrumentation, mesmerized, by the double harp tunes, energized, by the blend of traditional tunes and genres like jazz, blues, country, movie themes, and world folk music, and entertained, by the multi-instrumental skills, sing-a-longs, and special guest artist appearances.

Celtic Moon is:
Lynda MacNeil: keyboard, harp, guitar, vocals
Verlene Schermer: fiddle, nyckelharpa, mandolin, concertina, harp, vocals

Verlene and Lynda hope that you can join us indoors as we explore Celtic music through the lens of many genres. This Sunday’s playlist will include John Coltrane, Taylor Swift, Emmy Lou Harris, Downton Abbey, Bridgerton, Dr. Who, Verlene Schermer, Zelda, and Lynda MacNeil. We will play double harps, guitar, nickelharpa, melodica, fiddle, keys, and tenor banjo, and we will sing melodies and harmonies, recite poetry, and limericks.

Great Pizza! Beer and Cider on Tap!

To watch the Celtic Moon videos, Click Here.

Check out:
The Celtic Moon Website
The Wheelhouse website


David Nihill
Shelf Help Tour


Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00 PM

Punchline Comedy Club, Sacramento, CA, Details

Thursday, March 21st, 8:00 PM
Friday, March 22nd, 7:30 & 9:45 PM
Saturday, March 23rd, 7:00 & 9:15 PM.

Punchline Comedy Club, San Francisco, CA, Details

Sunday, March 24th, 7:00 PM.

San Jose Improv, San Jose, CA, Details

David Nihill Shelf Help

Leaving Dublin, Ireland where he was born and raised until the age of 22, Dave Nihill got drunk on travel and never quite hit sobriety of it. He has lived and worked in twelve countries and visited over seventy. His shows draw on his wide travels, cultural observations, attempts at language study, (occasional) international drinking session(s) and being a mildly confused immigrant.

You can watch excerpts of David’s previous comedy shows online on his YouTube channel at this link: David Nihill videos. I (Tony Becker) personally enjoyed this one: Under The Banner of Ireland: Morgan Bullock’s Story

This March, David’s new show, Shelf Help, is going on tour to Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose, CA (see box). If you want to see David in person, you’ld better act quickly, because these shows are mostly sold out.

From Dublin, Ireland, David is the winner of the prestigious annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, (previous finalists include Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Carvey) and runner up in the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition. Also a bestselling writer, David recorded his debut special for Dry Bar Comedy in 2019 and has been featured on, Sirius XM, Just For Laughs,The Irish Independent, Inc, NPR, and the Huffington Post among others. A festival favourite, David’s videos have also gone viral many times over with over 400 million views and a social following of over 1.5 million people.

Check out David Nihill website:


John Whelan ‘Taking Time’ Play Along Sessions
Online via Zoom

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’ play along style slow session on Zoom at 4:00 PM Pacific time/ 7:00 PM Eastern time. It 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.

John says:
Well here we are again at the start of a new year full of hope and renewed purpose! I am delighted to be doing the slow session again and hope that many of you can make it from time to time. I have decided not to do the tune learning but am open to doing it if I have enough people, so let me know if you are interested and I will do my best to do it again before the session starts.

I have Friday and Saturdays off from work so it is a big commitment for me and a lot of work goes into compiling the tunes every week to keep things interesting for you along with getting the notices out. So this year I will be asking for any contribution you might consider to help with the cost of my time and maintaining the Zoom and Mailchimp accounts. As I explained last week I have been going to various doctors for medical issues and blood tests and while we are lucky to have medical coverage for most of it we still have a substantial portion to pay and i’m not sure what lays ahead for me. This is not a mandatory donation but I would hope that you would consider it. Thank you for all your support last year and for bringing me much joy and I look forward to that this year.

The Taking Time Slow Session will be at it’s usual time of 4pm Pacific and 7pm Eastern every Friday unless I have to go for medical testing or procedures. I apologize for the confusion last week as many people thought that Mondays With John was the session day. I have been doing Mondays since 2014 and will continue that as long as I can and of course I would love to see you then if you tune in live on Facebook.

Below is the link for today’s January 5th zoom login. I have set up 7 weeks with this same link I believe and feel free to share it with anyone you think might enjoy playing along.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 3315 9301
Passcode: 746803

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 John’s Facebook Page or 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


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

Lets 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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Irish Dance San Francisco Bay Area

Set Dance Events
1st Thursdays, 8:00 PM
2nd, 3rd, & 4th Thursdays, 8:30 PM
The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30 PM
Ireland’s 32, 3920 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA

Set Dance Lessons
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 PM
Ireland’s 32, 3920 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA

Irish Set Dancers

Irish Set Dancers

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go partner dancing in Ireland? Well, set dance events have been happening in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years, and more recently, Irish Dance – San Francisco Bay Area has been continuing that tradition.

Set dancing is the social form of folk dancing. It is NOT the performance style dancing you may have seen on ‘Riverdance’, rather, set dancing is very beginner friendly, but engaging enough to appeal to experienced dancers. So whether you are an experienced dancer looking to try something new, or an absolute beginner who wants to give dancing a try, set dancing may be for you.

If you would like to see what set dancing looks like, here are a few example videos:
• Dance: Polca an Ri – Clare Lancers

• Dance: Clare Meserks – Sona Sól


Set dancing may look complicated if you have never done it before, but it is fun and the moves and patterns become easy to do with a bit of instruction. Irish Dance – San Francisco Bay Area offers set dancing lessons on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Ireland’s 32 pub in San Francisco. Lessons are taught by Michael Murphy and Michael Riemer and are typically attended by 10-20 other dancers.

No prior dance experience of any kind is necessary. You don’t need to bring a partner – there will always be one available – but feel free to take one (or more!) along. You can wear any clothes and shoes that you’re comfortable dancing and sweating in, as dancing can be quite a workout. Removable layers are suggested, and flat shoes are recommended over heels.

Admission is only $10 per person.

If you are not yet a set dancer but are curious, their ‘Meetup’ group is the easiest way to get started: If you are already a dancer, you too should join the Meetup group to get updates on upcoming events and stay in touch with other dancers.

Thank you for supporting over three decades of Irish dancing in the Bay Area!


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
Last Sundays at 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, 3:00 PM
Grass Valley Brewery, 141 E Main St. Grass Valley, CA

2nd Fridays, 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



Traditional Irish
Music Session

8:00 PM Ireland/UK
4:00 PM Atlantic
3:00 PM Eastern
12:00 PM Pacific

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Irish Traditional Music Session

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

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

Please also join our FB Group:


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


Play Along with Irish Tunes at a steady pace

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Passcode: 245476


Song and Tune Round Robin

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Passcode: 715687


Play Along with Irish Tunes at Full Speed

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Passcode: 245476

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.

Please email questions to:


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

Dinah and Noah Stroe are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Every week on Tuesday at 7:00 PM
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, with a mix of old time music, some Irish, some Québécois and more.

Dinah says:
We’ve been at it since 2020 with a good system: lead tunes, you mute and play along, and every three tunes we do a friendly, eclectic round robin, where anybody who wants to lead a tune or two. If we like it — we play it!

In addition to the great tunes, there are sometimes a few ‘sketchers’ creating drawings of the participants (with permission)

It’s sprinkled with jokes, books and TV recommendations and we conclude with our sketchers showing their pictures in the big reveal.

Spread the word, please and join the fun!

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
Join the Zoom Meeting!

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!


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.

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

Like a physical classes, the use of a separate webpage for administration functions avoids having the teachers directly collect and email reminders to every student. To attend class, students simply point a browser at the Class webpage, and then open the Zoom link posted there. Since the meetings are video recorded, they remain accessible on along with class materials, if one misses a class, one can always review them and ‘catch up’.

Here is a document that will guide you, step-by-step, through the registration process on Getting Started Guide (PDF)

Ongoing Irish Language Classes

Starting to Learn Irish – Class for Absolute Beginners
Fridays, February 2nd – April 19th, 5:00 PM Pacific

The ‘Starting to Learn’ class for Absolute Beginners in the Irish language happens on Friday evenings, beginning February 2nd, and runs through to June 21st, at 8:00 PM Eastern Time / 5:00 PM Pacific Time ‘Starting to Learn’ is suitable for Absolute Beginners — This is where you start.

Sean nós Irish Songs Class
Wednesdays, February 7th – April 24th, 10:00 AM Pacific

This is Bi-lingual class for beginners in the Sean-Nós (Old-Style) of singing Irish songs in the Irish language. These Wednesday classes begin on February 7th at 1:00 PM Eastern time 10:00 AM Pacific Time, and the teachers are Bréanann Ó Catháin assisted by Sandra Ní Chinnéide. Go to for the Zoom link and other updates.

Intermediate Irish Songs Class
Saturdays, February 24th – May 11th, 1:00 PM Pacific

This class will devote an hour towards studying a variety of songs, one at a time, in Irish from our great song tradition, for pronunciation, definitions, and grammar aspects. No singing requirements are needed. The class is best suited for those who have attended the beginner Irish Song Study Group and beginner/intermediate level Irish language classes. However, all are welcome to join in for a fun way to practice pronunciation and vocabulary skills in this song only class. The first class begins Saturday February 24th at 4:00 PM Eastern time 1:00 PM Pacific Time, and the teachers are Donna Charielle and Gwen de Buitléir. Go to for the Zoom link and other updates.

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

The Philo-Celtic Society Main webpage:


Autumn Rhodes Lessons
Online via Zoom from San Francisco, CA


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

Autumn Rhodes

Autumn Rhodes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook Page:
Email Autumn:


The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Traditional Session

First Thursdays
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:


Sean Murphy
Irish History Online
Thursdays, February 8th — January 25th

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

This next month, Irish historian Sean Murphy is presenting a pair of weekly lectures over four Thursdays beginning February 8th. Each lecture lasts 60 minutes followed by a Q&A session. They run consecutively, beginning at 3:00 PM Pacific Time (6 PM Eastern Time) and 4:30 PM Pacific Time (7:30 PM Eastern Time), respectively. Each series of lectures carries a fee of $90 per 4 week course.

History of Dublin/Baile Áth Cliath 3:00 – 4:30 PM PDT
The first known inhabitants of the Dublin region were hunter-gatherers living during the Middle Stone Age, around 5500 BC.

The first farmers appeared shortly after 4000 BC. Evidence of their culture survives in the burial cairns, passage tombs, portal tombs and wedge tombs in the Dublin Mountains and on the coastal lowlands. Archaeological excavations have uncovered prehistoric copper axe-heads, bronze and gold artifacts, and iron age items. The existence of ringforts or ráthsmay be deduced from the names of several of the modern city’s suburbs: Rathmines, Rathgar, Rathfarnham etc

Introductory Video:
Read the full Details.

The Norman Invasion of Ireland 4:30 – 6:00 PM PDT
This course examines the period from the arrival of the Normans in 1169 to the start of the Tudor Dynasty in 1485. The Normans led by “Strongbow” arrived during the reign of King Henry II, at the invitation of the exiled King of Leinster. He recruited mercenary forces in Wales to come to Ireland to assist him recover his titles and property. Once in Ireland they set about making Ireland their own.

This led to over 400 years of warfare resulting in the forceful confiscation of property, and the loss of life and freedom for many people and their communities.

Introductory Video:
Read the full Details.

This year I am offering Gift Vouchers for my 2024 Irish History courses. You might like to introduce your spouse, a family member, a colleague or friend to your Irish heritage by giving them a Gift Voucher for a course in Irish History.

The gift vouchers are available in multiples of $50. I am including and attaching some samples. When you purchase a voucher I will customise it for the recipient. I will then send a copy to you by email and you can download it. The voucher can be used for any of my courses in 2024. In 2024 the enrollment fee for my four week courses will be $100.

If you are interested in joining either or both of these lecture series, or ordering a Gift Voucher, please respond directly to Sean by email:

More Details on Sean’s website:


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

Stout Rebellion

Stout Rebellion is back and ready to do what it does best–building a community of fun around the love of Irish music with a weekly evening gig.

Stout Rebellion is the regular Thursday house band at the great Father Paddy’s Public House in Woodland! You now know where to go on Thursday evenings to sing along with Irish favorites and enjoy Irish music in an Irish pub. Thanks to Patrick Redmond for the invitation. See you in Woodland!

Come be part of the debut performance with original members Bobby Waller (lead vocals), Linda Easton (percussion), and James Wilson (mandolin), as well as 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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Break Through your Ancestry Brick Walls!

A printable e-book
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker

Ancestry & DNA
Family History Research: Beyond the Basics

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

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

Celia 2016

Author Celia Fábos-Becker

My Book includes:

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

Download Ancestry & DNA – Beyond the Basics here:


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


Sláinte Pub
Fridays 12 PM – 12 AM
Saturdays: 11 AM – 12 AM
Sundays: 11 AM – 10 PM
Tues, Wed, & Thurs: 3 PM – 10 PM
Pacific Time
Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Sundays: Buncrana

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

After opening in April 2017, Sláinte Pub in Oakland featured some of the finest local food, drink, and regional singers and musicians, in live, acoustic performance and quickly become the hot new place for Irish hospitality, culture and music in the East Bay. But unfortunately, post pandemic, Sláinte Pub had to close it’s doors last October.

But now, Sláinte Pub is rising from the ashes! Here is what publican Jackie Gallanagh has to say:

Well folks, we closed our doors on Oct. 31, 2023 but are reopening them on Friday, December 15th, 2023.

Summer was very slow and between decreasing business and increasing costs of supplies and labor, along with the rising crime in the area, we just couldn’t make the numbers work anymore. This means that we, like so many others, made the heartbreaking decision to close on October 31st, 2023.

However, Sláinte Oakland is now rising from the ashes!!

A few of our oldest friends (and former employees), Joe Lee, Ginny Brown, and Eddie Bustos, have joined together to bring the pub back to life!! Sláinte’s doors reopen on Friday December 15th, 2023 at 5 PM and the live, Irish music we’re famous for starts at 6 PM to help us celebrate.

We’ll have a very limited menu and limited hours to start but keep an eye out for expanding menus, specials, and increasing hours of operation over the next few weeks and months.

In the meantime, we’ll see you Friday and Saturday night from 5 PM – 12 AM (Kitchen closed at 10 PM) and Sunday from 5-10 PM (Kitchen closed at 9 PM) starting This Weekend!!

We can’t wait to see you all. We love you. XX

Slainte (Jack London Square, Oakland)

Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website


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.

WotG Grand Opening 1

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

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

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The Celtic Tea Shoppe
Home of Artisan Candies
4432 Pearl Avenue, 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!”

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Call us at 707-964-5569
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Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

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

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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