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Thursday, 2022-06-30
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,

Events: (one-time)

New! On Thursday, June 30th, at 12:00 PM Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps will host another Big Sing, this time based on the song, Shenandoah, accessible from anywhere, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
New! On Thursday, June 30th at 6:00 PM, new band Sixpenny debuts at Main Street Brewery in lovely Pleasanton, CA. (See Below)
New! From Friday, July 1st – Monday, July 4th, at ~11:00 and ~3:30 PM, the legendary The Black Irish Band, will be LIVE and IN PERSON at the The Great Western Steam Up Festival in Carson City, NV. (See Below)
• On Friday, July 8th at 11:30 AM Pacific, Linn Phipps hosts the free monthly world-wide Gaelic Song Session, Srùbag, for a 2nd Anniversary celebration of Srùbag, with special guest Marcas Mac an Tuairneir. Then, on Saturday, July 16th, at 11:00 AM Pacific, Linn Phipps conducts another of her Learn Scottish Gaelic songs Workshops. These are both available to anyone, anywhere, live, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, July 9th, at 6:00 PM, The United Irish Cultural Center offers a In Person Irish Session with the Gas Men, with their outdoor Wawona Gates amenities, all at their spacious facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
New! On Sunday, July 10th, at 7:00 PM, Tempest plays the Summer Concert Series in Auburn, CA and on Wednesday, July 13th at 6:00 PM at the Music in the Park Fete in Redwood City, CA. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, July 16th – Sunday, July 17th, at 7:30 AM, the 53rd Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival returns to the Fairgrounds in Monterey, CA after a two year hiatus. (See Below)
New! On Saturday, July 16th, from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, the still completely FREE, 46th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, with music performances, workshops, an open Irish session, story telling sessions, open instrumental and song sessions and much more, happens online via Zoom. (See Below)
New! From Wednesday, August 3rd through Sunday, 7th it’s five days of the iconic Lark Camp, again held Online via Zoom. (See Below)

Events: (recurring)

• On every first Friday, at 5:30 PM Pacific Time, the Cross Keys band, Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O’Neill, sing out at the Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden in Fairfax, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday evenings, from 7:00-8:30 PM Pacific Time, its the Andronicos San Francisco Jam, hosted by Dinah and Noah Stroe on Zoom from San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Wednesdays, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific Time, multi-instrumentalist Mark Wallis and Tony Becker host the Trans-Atlantic Session, a participatory online Irish music event timed so our friends from Ireland and the UK and join in. (See Below)
• On Wednesdays, at 2:30 PM John Whelan conducts his free series of ‘Tune Teach’ and ‘Taking Time’ Sessions (See Below)
• New band Stepwise performs on Wednesdays and third Fridays, at 7:30 PM PST, at RT Rogers Brewing Company in Sierra Madre, CA, and Saturdays from 12:00 PM at O’ Connor’s Irish Pub in Lakewood, CA. (See Below)
Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs has begun a series of online Irish Traditional Learners Sessions on Thursdays, at 3 PM Pacific, 6 PM Eastern or 11 PM Ireland/UK (just before the Ould Sod Virtual Session, Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific), for those who are just beginning to learn to play an Irish Instrument. (See Below)
• On Wednesdays, at at 8 – 9:30 PM Eastern / 5 – 6:30 PM Pacific, and again on Thursdays at 8 – 9:30 PM Pacific / 11 – 12:30 AM Eastern, Autumn Rhodes teaches Irish Session Repertoire for All Instruments online via Zoom from San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific Time, multi-instrumentalist Michael Eskin hosts The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Session, the best and most popular participatory online Irish traditional music event. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, at 6:00 PM Pacific Time, One Eyed Reilly plays at The Delta King Bar & Grill in Sacramento, CA, and can be heard at several other venues in the Sacramento Valley. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, from 7:00 PM on, Stout Rebellion leads their community fun time at Father Paddy’s Public House in Woodland, CA. (See Below)

Please support our sustaining Sponsors with your Celtic business!

• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker’s e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
Alex Sinclair proprietor of Willow on the Green, located on 9th Avenue in San Francisco, CA, provisions Picnics in the adjacent Golden Gate Park and beyond. (See Below)
• As of Sunday, April 3rd The Starry Plough has reopened, with all the events it’s many long term customers had before the pandemic, open on Sundays – Wednesdays in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday – Sunday, from 12-10 PM, Sláinte Pub offers a their full menu of great food and drink, at their location at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
• Music and Dance have returned to the cherished San Francisco, CA Celtic cultural institution, The Plough and the Stars, now open from Wednesday through Sunday, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, the local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown San Francisco at 5th and Howard. (See Below)
• Music and Dance have returned to the cherished San Francisco Celtic cultural institution, The Plough and the Stars, now open from Wednesday through Sunday, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM. (See Below)
• Multi-genre violin teacher (especially Irish Traditional Music) and performer Darcy Noonan is available for gigs and lessons. (See Below)
• Sport your Celtic heritage! AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo. (See Below)
The Celtic Tea Shoppe, in San Jose is your source for Celtic and Celtic inspired carry-out fresh baked foods, confections and rare teas! (See Below)
• With an extensive selection of instruments and instructional material from around the world, Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA is open for in person and online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering full service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
Catherine Barry’s Irish Culture Bay Area, offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area. (See Below)

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

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Big Sing 3 –
Thursday, June 30th, 12:00 PM PDT
Online via Zoom


Shenandoah Square Sail Schooner

Do you sing a version of the song, Shenandoah? Or are you curious – again! – about how many different versions we have to share?

Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, (PMFF), is delighted to sponsor another single song event, available world-wide on Zoom. On Thursday, June 30th, at 12:00 PM, Linn Phipps and Jim Lucas co-host another Big Sing, based on the Shenandoah.

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

Jim Lucas and Linn Phipps originally exchanged words for versions of the Shanty Anna shanty and noted that there were several versions. They came up with the idea of inviting shanty-singing pals on both sides of the Pond to a single-shanty Sing to share and sing versions of Santy Anna, kindly sponsored by PMFF. Here’s the YouTube link:

We all enjoyed it so much that we scheduled another, based on the Rio Grande shanty. Here is the link: Next up came Shenandoah on Thursday, June 30th. We will also have Sally/Shallow Brown-end of July and Reuben Ranzo-end of August, again all sponsored by PMFF. Come and join us to sing or listen. Multiple snd repeat versions welcome.

Click this link for details! Facebook Event

If you’d like to sing, please contact Linn at or via her website:, so that we can create a singer roster.

Shortly, we will share a google-doc with space for each singer, to add some information about their own version of our shanty. If you can’t, please say something about your version or post info in the chat during the sing. Linn will post a link to the Zoom meeting in advance. We will record the session for ultimate upload to Youtube. If you’d rather sing but not be recorded, please say and we will edit out your recording.

‘Just listeners’ are equally welcome! Please ask others if they would like to join us, but please do NOT share zoom links on social media! 

See you soon!


Sixpenny Debut in Pleasanton
Thursday, June 30th, 6:00 PM
Main Street Brewery, 830 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA


New Celtic band Sixpenny debuts at a friendly brewpub in lovely Pleasanton.

Sixpenny is a high-energy septet of Tri-Valley musicians, including Jean Olds (fiddle), Dale Olds (guitar, octave mandolin), Ken Passeri (fiddle, guitar), Nancy McGhee (acoustic bass, cello, bodhran), Larry Milder (guitar, mandolin), and Lauren Nourse (flute, penny whistle).

For more information, email

Check out the venue at The Main Street Brewery Facebook Page


The Black Irish Band
Friday, July 1st –
Monday, July 4th
~11:00 and ~3:30 PM
Nevada State Railroad Museum, 2180 South Carson Street, Carson City, NV

The Black Irish Band

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.


The Black Irish Band

From Friday, July 1st through Monday, July 4th, at ~11:00 and ~3:30 PM, the legendary Black Irish Band will be performing live at The Great Western Steam Up Festival in Carson City, NV.

Here’s a link to their music video John Henry from their ‘Lonesome Whistle’ album

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

The Black Irish Band is Patrick Michael Karnahan, banjo, melodeon, octave mandolin, trumpet, guitar, concertina, french horn, vocals, Erich Quinn, acoustic bass, vocals, James Dean Nelson, banjo, guitar, vocals, and Michael Mullen, fiddle, vocals.

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

Check out the The Great Western Steam Up on the Nevada State Railroad Museum Website


Linn Phipps via Zoom

Friday, July 8th
11:30 AM Pacific Daylight
7:30 PM British Summer Time
2nd B-day of Srùbag
Special Guest: Marcas Mac an Tuairneir
Online via Zoom –
Join Zoom Meeting / Mtg ID 853 4777 6195, Passcode  413871

Saturday, July 16th
Learn Gaelic Song
11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
7:00 PM British Summer Time
Online via Zoom –
Join Zoom Meeting

Linn Phipps

Lynn Phipps

On Friday, July 8th at 11:30 AM Pacific, the monthly Srùbag Gaelic singing session celebrates its 2nd Anniversary online via Zoom.

Linn says:
Our next Srùbag will feature my friend Marcas Mac an Tuairneir – Gaelic poet-cum-singer. We both sing with the Lothian Gaelic Choir, and Marcas is one of the two Gaelic tutors.

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

Saturday, July 16th, at 11:00 AM Pacific, Linn conducts another of her Learn Scottish Gaelic songs Workshops. All aspiring Scottish Gaelic singers, as well as other Scottish traditional singers, are welcome!

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

Srùbag 2022 Special Guests

• Friday, August 12th Deirbhile Ni Bhrolchain
• Friday, September 9th Adam Dahmer
• Friday, October 14th Jim Fitzgibbon
• Friday, November 4th Rachel & Emma Deans/Rhona Morrison
• Friday, December 9th Christmas Srùbag – Mary Ann Kennedy

Linn Phipps is a Royal National Mod Medallist having won the Silver Pendant (the highest solo singing prize for learners of Scottish Gaelic) in 2008, along with many other national Gaelic song competitions.

During the pandemic year-and-a half, Linn has hugely enjoyed participating as a Regular in zoom sings around the world, now over 1000 folk and shanty sings, from Western to Eastern USA, through to Ireland (including An Goilin and SEAC), UK, Brittany, Paris and Australia.

Linn Zoom-hosts a monthly free Learn-Gaelic-Song session, and co-hosts, 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.


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

UICC Session

UICC Events

Saturday, July 9th, 6:00 PM
In Person Irish Session with the Gas Men

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

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

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

UICC website
UICC Facebook Page
‘Irish Shoppe’ Facebook Event


Celtic Rock with Tempest


Auburn, CA
Auburn Summer Concert Series

Sunday, July 10th, 7:00 PM

Redwood City, CA
Music in the Park

Wednesday, July 13th, 6:00 PM



Tempest recently completed a month long tour of the Eastern U.S. Here is their brand new Tempest Spring Tour 2022 Video. Take note of the infusion of a second singer, Lee Corbie-Wells, which IMHO, brings a fresh new dimension to this Classic Celtic Rock band’s shows!

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

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

Artist sites and sounds:


53rd Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Saturday, July 16th – Sunday, July 17th 7:30 AM
Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey, CA

New in ’22

• Twice as many performers across two stages
• Twelve pipe bands
• Three world champion judges
• Six traditional and local food vendors
• New beer garden with traditional and local craft favorites
• New VIP Lounge for sponsors and VIP ticket holders
• Two whisky tastings per day
• Twice as many sheep and agility dog trials
• *New kitchen piping contest with over 10 competitors
• *New Saturday night ceilidh at the host hotel ballroom
* requires additional ticket


• 7:30 am – Competitor and vendor access open
• 9:00 am – Gates open for general public
• 11:30-12:00 – Opening Ceremonies (Saturday only)
• 4:30 – 5:30 – Closing Ceremonies
• 6:00 – 9:30 pm – Saturday night ceilidh
• 8:00 – 9:00 pm – Saturday night kitchen piping

Monterey Logo

Join us for our 53rd year of bringing the music, food, athletics, and performing arts of Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales to the Monterey Peninsula. The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment including The Gothard Sisters, The Ploughboys, Xavier Boderiou, The Bard
and the Bird, Ross Miller
, along with favorites Peter Daldry, Seven Nations, and legendary Celtic Rockers, Tempest.

For a video of a past Monterey festival, Click here!

Attractions include, the thrilling sights and sounds of the massed pipe bands on parade featuring hundreds of pipers and drummers, live bagpipe band competitions, exciting Scottish heavy athletic competition events seen in award-winning films such as Braveheart, Rob Roy and Brave, including the famous caber toss, hammer and stone throw, weight for distance and height, and the sheaf toss, talented Highland, Country and other types of costumed dancers, dozens of clans, two very popular whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, beautiful jewelry and craft, sheepdog and duck herding.

Vendors offer tasty and British and Scottish food and drink, and unique Scottish, British and Irish crafts, jewelry, clothing, and music that will be enjoyed by all. There’s always great shopping with authentic products imported from Scotland, Ireland and England and hand-made items with Celtic themes.

Step back in time with costumed historical re-enactment Groups depicting life in 16th Century Scotland or meet and greet for tea with Mary Queen of Scots. Festival attendees will also enjoy researching their own clans at the clan and Celtic association tents as they stroll through the Avenue of Clans.

Don’t miss the popular whisky tasting seminar that celebrates one of Scotland’s greatest exports-fine, single malt Scotch whisky. Learn more about the history, distillation process and various tasting characteristics of fine whiskies. Guinness beer and other beverages are abundant as well.

For more information: email or call 831-298-0009.


46th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Saturday, July 16th, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Traditional Irish Session 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Online via Zoom as well as on demand on Facebook YouTube etc. (See Schedule for Details)


The San Francisco Folk Music Club presents the 46th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival. The festival has been a cornerstone celebration of folk music’s rich history for the past 46 years, and again this year it will be a mix of recorded events and interactive online events on festival day (still Saturday June 12th), with all events and workshops free and open to anyone who wants to drop in via Zoom and participate or just listen.

There will be dozens of music performances, dances, family song swaps, story telling sessions and workshops, an open mic and open sessions to jam, open instrumental and song sessions where you can sing and just play your musical instrument of choice. There will be music for for almost everyone’s taste!

And it’s all free!

One free registration free registration will get you into the open mic and all the workshops. All details are included in this new, color-coded schedule, available online here:

Registration is REQUIRED! Register Here

Click for full details and information on the San Francisco Free Folk Festival Website.

More Details in the Facebook Event and on the Facebook Group

Here is a promotional video from past years events:


This is a free event as always, but donations are appreciated Click Here to donate.


Lark Camp Online
Wednesday, August 3rd
through Sunday, August 7th
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Lark Camp Online

Join us Wednesday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 7th, for five days of Lark Camp Online!

Each day will include 18 workshops, beginning at 10 AM and ending at 5 PM, with lunch and dinner breaks. We’ll top that off with two evening sessions every night.

To prevent ‘Zoombombing,’ all participants in Lark Camp Online workshops, happy hours, and sessions must register in advance. Camp is free and open to all. Register on or after July 1st, 2022! It’s FREE! Once registered, you’ll receive an email that explains how to join us.

How it works: We use Zoom breakout rooms to allow multiple spaces for workshops, all accessible through one Zoom link. You choose the workshop or session you’d like to join.

Be sure to update your Zoom app before camp! Download handy Zoom instructions to help you navigate the rooms (Google doc).

We’ve posted the schedule of workshops online (you might need to scroll left to right as well as up and down to see it all) and remember that instructors and workshops are always subject to change. View the full details on the Lark Camp website.

Your donation to Lark Traditional Arts supports this event. 


Cross Keys

Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O’Neill
The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

First Fridays, 5:30 – 8 PM

Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden, 2001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA

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.


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

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


Andronicos San Francisco Jam

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

Dinah says:

More info here: Old Time Open Jams Facebook Group

Contact Dinah Stroe


The Trans-Atlantic Session

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

Mark Wallis
07866 600368

Tony Becker
M 408 600-8783

Trans-Atlantic Session

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

Tony Becker of San Jose, California and Mark Wallis of Truro, England host this Transatlantic session for all interested parties on Wednesdays, at 8:00 PM Ireland and UK time, 3:00 PM Eastern or 12:00 PM Pacific in the USA.

Click here to Join the Zoom Meeting!

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

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

Please come along if you can!


John Whelan Free Tune Teach and ‘Taking Time’ Session
Wednesdays, 2:30 PM
Online via Zoom

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

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

John Whelan

John Whelan

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

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

John says:
My Dear friends, the tune learning and slow session again are back on Wednesdays, and I do hope that you join me. I hope that this year brings you great joy health and lots of music. May ALL my peers get back working and touring again including me. I will continue the slow session as long as you show up regardless of things opening up or not. I really enjoy our time together.

On Wednesdays, John offers a free one-hour tune teach from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM followed by John’s ‘Taking Time’ slow session at 4:00 PM Pacific – Check them out here: We send out a tune list and Zoom link for them on Wednesday mornings. Email John at to get on the list or for more details.

Get more details on John’s website:


Olivia Breidenthal & Liam Lewis
Native Angeleno fiddlers

Upcoming Shows

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

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



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

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

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


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

Irish Traditional Instruments

Irish Instruments Learners Session

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook Group:


Autumn Rhodes Lessons
Online via Zoom from San Francisco, CA


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

Autumn Rhodes

Autumn Rhodes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook Page:
Email Autumn:


The Ould Sod

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

(9:00 – 11:00 PM Eastern)

Ould Sod Zoom Session

The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Traditional Session on Zoom

When COVID restrictions began in March, 2020, many weekly gatherings shifted to meeting online via the Zoom platform. With restrictions in California easing a bit, some are reducing or ending their Zoom musical meetings, but Michael Eskin says his, and since he has hosted over a hundred of these accessible performances so far, I believe him!

Michael Eskin says:
With other Zoom sessions either closing down or changing to once-a-month format, and a few in person sessions restarting, I wanted to remind everyone that I’ll continue to host The Ould Sod Virtual Session on Zoom every Thursday evening for as long as there are enough players each time, and we’ve generally been between 20 and 30 players on the past few Thursdays.

Players: Please join us and let other players know about our weekly Zoom event!
Punters: You are welcome to attend and listen, but please also and let others know about our weekly event!

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

Stout Rebellion

Stout Rebellion is back! After a seven-year sabbatical, Stout Rebellion is ready to do what it does best–building a community of fun around the love of Irish music with a weekly evening gig.

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

Original members Bobby Waller (lead vocals), Linda Easton (percussion), and James Wilson (mandolin), are joined by new members (but old friends) Adrian Baxmeyer (bass) and Trevor Miller (whistle).

Or join us any Thursday evening from 6:00 to 9:00. We’ll be there with green beads, clappers, and, of course, our patented Sing-O-Vision!

Find more details:
Stout Rebellion Facebook Page
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Break Through your Ancestry Brick Walls!

A printable e-book
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker

Ancestry & DNA
Family History Research: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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Author Celia Fábos-Becker

My Book includes:

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

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

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

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

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

Dancing Details: Irish Dance Meetup Group


The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, is known around the world for hosting incredible Irish music and pulling beautiful pints of Guinness since 1975. Since then, it has evolved to host live music every night of the week, except Monday, including all genres of music; Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Zydeco, acoustic Americana, and of course, Irish Traditional.

Over the years The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco has hosted many well-known musicians from Ireland and around the globe, but the COVID pandemic and related public health restrictions put a stop to all that for over a year. The resulting business losses threatened to put The Plough out of business permanently, but a sustained community crowdfunding effort helped keep it going, and now it appears to have emerged intact.

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

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


Debbie and Mark Nagle

Debbie and Mark Nagle

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

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We Are Open!

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with delicious food offerings to choose from. Large beer selection, wine menu and cocktail list to feast from.

This local Irish Pub brings the culture of Ireland to San Francisco, offering a full bar, Happy Hour specials, and a full Irish restaurant menu, including favorites like Fish And Chips and our signature Spicy Potato Bites which go with any style of sport, music or fun.

Says Publican, Mark Nagle:

We are glad to be back in action and are since re-opening last summer. We plan to go back to ‘normal’ as best as possible, asking only that you wear a mask and practice Social Distancing if you are not vaccinated.

Good health to you all and look forward to seeing you back at The Chieftain soon! — Mark Nagle

The Chieftain hosts live performers every Friday and Saturday, often featuring new musical talents, and Live Irish Music on Sundays from 6:30 PM.

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


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

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

Willow on the Green

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

The shop caters to the ‘Day in the Park’ crowd there, offering all manner of Scottish, Welsh, English and Irish goodies, one might like to have for a Picnic In The Park, including cheese, chutney, clotted cream, cuppa, kippers, and many other delectable wares that don’t begin with a ‘c’.

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Perusing Goodies

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

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


The Starry Plough
Reopening Sunday, April 3rd
Sundays – Wednesdays
3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA

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

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

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

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

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

Sundays, 4 PM to 7 PM

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

Since opening in April 2017, Sláinte has also featured some of the finest local and regional singers and musicians, in live, acoustic performance and quickly become the hot new place for Irish music in the East Bay.

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

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

Come on by. Cead Mile Failte!!!

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

More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.

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


Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Available for Performances or Lessons

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

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

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

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


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The 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, San Jose CA | 408-267-7090

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Call us at 707-964-5569
Shop online at
Check out our Facebook Page


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

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

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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