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Friday, 2020-09-25
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


Is COVID-19 Cramping your Hallowe’en Hooley? We’ve got a cure! An Online International Samhain Celebration! (See Below)


• Every Sunday at 1:00 PM, join the Zoom meeting Piper Sundays, for an hour and one half with host Patrick D’Arcy’s guest Uilleann Piper. (See Below)
• Last Tuesday, September 22nd, at 6:31 AM, marked the astronomical Fall Equinox and the festival of Mabon. (See Below)

Online Events & Outdoor Events with Social Distancing:

NOTICE! Many of our favorate Pubs and Restaurants are offering outdoor service and a few areas allow outdoor entertainment as well. Our personal technology is quite capable of bringing live streaming shows right into our homes, and many of our favorite performers are offering live streaming performances for your at-home enjoyment. Here are a few:
• On Friday, September 25th, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM PDT it’s Accordion Fridays, with TOP NOTCH Celtic accordion masters streaming Online via Facebook Live. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 25th, 7:00 PM, join Kathryn Rose entertains with Friday Night Irish Folk, via Facebook LIVE from Portland, OR. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 25th at 8:00 PM, and again Tuesday, September 22nd at 4:00 PM, Amelia Hogan will perform a few Songs LIVE Online via Facebook Live from the Hobbit Hole in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 26th, at 1:00 PM, Sin Silver, will perform piano bar show with the theme ‘Friendship’. Stay safe at home, and stream it online from from ‘Murray’s Pub’ (her recreation/piano room) in Concord, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 26th, at 8:00 PM (Standard Time in NV is the same as Pacific Daylight Time), The Black Donnellys, Dave Rooney and Dave Browne, will stream their high-energy show to you from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV as you stay safely sequestered in your homes. (See Below)
• On Sunday, September 27th, at Noon – 1:30 PM, Golden Bough duo Paul & Margie will entertain from their backyard in Modesto, CA, and on Tuesdays at 3:00 PM, it’s Kathy’s Celtic Hour via Facebook Live from Oakley, CA, both shows via Facebook Live. (See Below)
• On Sunday, September 27th, at 5:00 PM, the Irish Literary and Historical Society presents a Elgy Gillespie speaking about her book A Friar’s Tale, via Zoom from San Francisco. (See Below)

Indoor Events:

NOTICE! Due to public health officials orders for social distancing to limit the spread of the COVID-19 infections, all in person events and festivals, especially those involving singing, wind instruments, etc. have been postponed or cancelled, and many will continued to be cancelled through at least the Fall. If you have plans to attend ANY such event, large or small, we recommend that you call and confirm that they are NOT cancelled.

• POSTPONED for 2020, but returning in 2021, Lark Camp, the annual Music, Song, & Dance event will return to the Redwoods near Mendocino, CA from July 30th, through August 7th 2021. (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)
Cedar Dobson offers one-on-one whistle lessons live on Zoom! (See Below)
• On Friday, September 25th, at 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Saturday, September 26th, at 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Sunday, September 27th, 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM, the United Irish Cultural Center offers dining, at #WawonaGates, the Irish Center’s Outdoor Beer Garden & Dining option, at their large facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Sport your Celtic heritage! AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo. (See Below)
Sláinte Pub offers a full menu of great food and drink with outdoor dining service Wednesday through Sunday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at their location at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (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)
• While Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA and Exploring Music in the outer sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, CA are closed for walk-ins, both stores are open for online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has just recently re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
The Plough and Stars, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, has a 32 year record of producing Celtic Concerts in various venues in and around Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA. (See Below)
• The United Irish Cultural Center, hosts many Irish and other events in their large facility in San Francisco, CA. (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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Samhain Celebration

Saturday, October 31st, from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Watch on YouTube Live!
Watch on Facebook Live!

International Samhain Celebration
and Costume Contest

Saturday, October 31st
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Online via YouTube Live and Facebook Live

Costume Contest

At the mid-show break, there will be an open, costumed impression competition by video!!! To enter, you must submit a video, 15 seconds in length or less, to us at prior to midnight, Thursday, October 29th to enter the contest. Impressions of Classic Hallowe’en schtick are encouraged! Our panel of judges will be the sole authorites on who gets their costumed video featured in the show! All submissions become the property of AmeriCeltic.

Since COVID-19 restrictions will stop most folks from the usual Hallowe’en trick or treating, parties, etc., our Craic Team (AmeriCeltic, Cope-a-cabana, SASSF and Cedar Dobson) is planning another show as a healthy, safe alternative.

This will be another AmeriCeltic style (like last Thursday’s Saint Patrick’s Day – Take 2), online festival, and the theme will be Celtic traditions of ‘Samhain’, as practiced in Ireland, Scotland, etc. for many thousands of years, as well as the modern descendant we generally call Hallowe’en. There will be spooky tunes, songs, Seanchaí stories that evoke the season, ghosts, pirates, banshees, witches, faeries, elves, etc.

Our International Samhain Celebration, is scheduled for Saturday, October 31st, from 1:00 PM PDT – 5:00 PM PDT, here on the US West Coast, in the UTC-7 time zone. For those of you in Europe, (UTC+1 time zone), that is Saturday 2020-10-31 21:00 through Sunday 2020-11-01 01:00, and in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, (UTC+0 time zone), Saturday 2020-10-31 20:00 through midnight.

More details to follow…


Joey Abarta

Joey Abarta

Piper Sundays

Sundays at 1 PM
Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook

Online via Zoom
Join the Zoom Event: 

Event Website:  

Host Patrick D’Arcy says:
‘It’s every Sunday from 11:00 AM (PDT) for about 90 minutes. I try to get guests from Ireland and high profile Uilleann pipers. It’s not so much a concert as it is a talk show with the guest playing a handful of tunes throughout. Drop by this Sunday to check it out.’

  • Sep 27, 2020: Joey Abarta — Details
  • Oct 04, 2020: Peter Browne — Details
  • Oct 11, 2020: Mikie Smyth — Details
  • Oct 18, 2020: Pamela Schweblin — Details
  • Oct 25, 2020: Barry O’Neill — Details
  • Nov 01, 2020: Brian McNamara — Details
  • Nov 08, 2020: Nollaig McCarthaigh — Details
  • Nov 15, 2020: Rob Fell — Details
  • Nov 29, 2020: Seán McKiernan — Details

Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events:


Mabon by Bonny Hut

Mabon | Fall or Autumn Equinox

Mabon Festival

Fall or Autumn Equinox

Tuesday, September 22nd, 6:31 AM

Happy Mabon!

On Tuesday, September 22nd, at 6:31 AM Pacific Daylight Time, the hours of daylight and night will be very close to equal throughout Planet Earth. This event is called the Fall Equinox.

More precisely, the axis of the Earth’s rotation will be precisely orthogonal to the rays of the sun, and the Earth will be precisely 50% in sunlight and 50% in darkness.

At Equinox, night and day are again of equal length and in perfect equilibrium – dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. As at Spring Equinox we are again on the cusp of transition and from now the year now begins to wane and from this moment darkness begins to defeat the light. The cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion, the Sun’s power is waning and from now on the nights grow longer and the days are are shorter and cooler. The sap of trees returns back to their roots deep in the earth, changing the green of summer to the fire of autumn, to the flaming reds, oranges and golds. We are returning to the dark from whence we came.

This is the season of Second Harvest, Fruit Harvest and the Great Feast of Thanksgiving. The Goddess is radiant as Harvest Queen and the God finally dies with His gift of pure love with the cutting of the last grain. He will return. As the grain harvest is safely gathered in from Lammas and reaches completion, we enjoy the abundance of fruit and vegetables at this time. It is time to thank the waning Sun for the wealth of harvest bestowed upon us. It sometimes seems that each Festival requires the making of celebration and the giving of thanks, but this really is so, each turn of the Wheel brings both inner and outer gifts and insights.

Its counterpart is Ostara or the Spring Equinox. Also known as Feast of Avalon, Alban Elved (Druid), Alban Elfed (Caledonii), the festival was named after the God of Welsh mythology, Mabon. Mabon is the Child of Light and the son of the Earth Mother Goddess, Modron. However, there is little evidence that Fall Equinox was celebrated in Celtic countries and the term Mabon was only applied as recently during the 1970’s as part of the modern reconstruction of Paganism.

Still, Mabon is a celebration and also a time of rest after the labor of harvest. In terms of life path it is the moment of reaping what you have sown, time to look at the hopes and aspirations of Imbolc and Ostara and reflect on how they have manifested. It is time to complete projects, to clear out and let go that which is no longer wanted or needed as we prepare for descent, so that the winter can offer a time for reflection and peace. And it is time to plant seeds of new ideas and hopes which will lie dormant but nourished in the dark, until the return of Spring.


Accordion Fridays
Calvaleigh Rasmussen

Accordion Fridays

Celtic Accordion World Masters in Concert
Friday, September 25th, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM PDT

Online via Facebook Live!

All times listed in Pacific Daylight Time

• Steve Normandin (Brittany, France) 10 AM
• Will Allen (London, England) 11 AM
• Renee de la Prade (Thuering, Germany) 12 PM noon
• Rowan Lipkovits (Vancouver, Canada), 5 PM
• Calvaleigh Rasmussen (Berkeley, CA) 6 PM
• Salane’s The Dark Family Hour (Oakland, CA) 7 PM

Accordion Fridays September 25th is when we remember what life is really about by playing great tunes for ourselves and our friends. Accordion Fridays September 25th is bringing you some swinging folk, French, jazz, rock, pop, blues and zydeco music. We’re featuring a recent live video of the Everett Smithson Band, plus live shows from: Steve Normandin, Will Allen, Renee de la Prade, Rowan Lipkovits, Salane, and Calvaleigh Rasmussen (pictured here).

10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 6 PM WEST / 7 PM CEST: Steve Normandin
Steve plays a mix of fiery, rhythm-heavy Quebequois dance tunes and folk music both on diatonic and piano accordion. He will also add some Jazz Manouche and announce for us in English and French. Ooh la la! He’s a French-Canadian accordion master of swing.
Playing live here: More information on the artist:

11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm U.K./8pm CET: Will Allen plays a traditional dance music set on melodeon from his home in London. Will is a member of the Ship Band – The UK’s Premier Ceilidh Band; as well as the fiddle-accordion duo Brown Boots. This is a must-see show for lovers of traditional music from the British Isles and beyond, Will’s playing is very rhythmic, hypnotic and soulful.

12 PM PDT/ 3 PM EDT / 8 PM WEST / 9 PM CEST: Renee de la Prade brings a set of lively stomp-and-holler tunes with her button accordion, voice, and her boots, mixing Cajun, blues, reggae, Irish, French, punk, and other flavors that taste good together for a rocking-good show. Playing live in Hamburg, Germany

5pm PDT/8pm EDT: Rowan Lipkovits live from Vancouver, Canada.

6pm PDT/9pm EDT: Calvaleigh Rasmussen plays dance music from across the centuries, weaving medieval songs with strands of 20th century folk music into big cozy sound tapestries. You’ll hear lots of European and American folk music, lots of great rhythm and a bit of singing, live from Berkeley, California.

7pm PDT/10pm EDT: Salane’s ‘The Dark Family Hour‘ show has equal parts skill and wackiness. Salane is one of the most dynamic keyboard/and accordion players out there, and sings darkly funny songs in a sweet, girlish voice. Her shows are always full of energy and surprises; part music and part performance art.


Kathryn Rose

Kathryn Rose

Kathryn Rose
Friday Night Irish Folk

Friday, September 25th 7:00 PM

Online via Facebook Live

Join Kathryn for a Friday Night Irish Folk! Click Here to go to her Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Kathryn Rose is a folk singer and recording artist from Oregon. She has been singing since she could talk and grew up listening to Irish and Scottish folk music.

Kathryn says:
Join Me For My FRIDAY Evening Live-Stream Show!! Message Me With Any Requests. Your tips mean more than you could ever know! or Venmo — @kathrynrosefolk
I Am Official Now!! Listen – Buy The New CD Here!!

Kathryn began seriously collecting songs after her grandmother passed away and she discovered a treasure trove of handwritten Irish folk songs tucked inside the piano bench. After that discovery, Kathryn transitioned from a classical singing background into the folk world.  Her favorite musical style is Sean-nós, and she is working on her Gaeilge to perform more of these songs in the future. She performs folk music from both sides of the pond, with an emphasis on Ireland and even a dash of Gaeilge here and there.

Kathryn accompanies herself on the tenor guitar, but at various times in her life has had encounters with the piano, violin, lap harp, ukulele, and tin whistle. Her influences include Susan McKeown, Christy Moore, the Clancy Brothers, Seamus Begley, Sarah Ghriallais, Moya Brennan, and more. With her melodic voice, her love of world cultures and her attention to detail, she continues the tradition of Celtic folk music as an artist, a performer and an inspiration for peace and harmony in a complicated world. Kathryn and her husband live in somewhat peaceful harmony with their brood of hooligan cats.

More on Kathryn Rose Facebook Profile: Check the Facebook Event here:


Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan LIVE ONLINE
from the Hobbit Hole in San Francisco

Fridays at 8:00 PM & Tuesdays at 4:00 PM

Online via Facebook Live

Click Here to go to Amelia’s Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Amelia Hogan sings traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American folk songs for over 30 years and plays a small Welsh lap-harp, across both sides of various ponds.

Amelia says:
Come sit a spell and sing along if you’d like, Tuesdays at 4:00 PM PT for Experimental renditions and all new songs, and Fridays at 8:00 PM for favorites you’ve already heard from my repertoire. These are mini-busking/ fireside chat sessions from my home in San Francisco, to make rent for August.

Tip Jar: and if you’d like more content, Song-lists, blogposts, additional tracks, and other goodies, you can subscribe to my patreon at Thanks a million!

Here is a sample video of Amelia Hogan singing Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore

Check Amelia’s Facebook Page here:


Sin Silver

Sin Silver

Saturday, September 26th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM PDT

Online via Facebook LIVE, from Concord, CA

Sin Silver is an Irish singer songwriter based in the Bay Area in California. To watch the show, go to Sin Silver’s Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Sin live-streams from ‘Murray’s Pub’ (her recreation/piano room) every week and this week will be an This weeks theme is ‘Friendship’. Find Sin’s Live Performance by checking Sin’s Facebook Profile, or go to and search for Sin Silver.

During the live stream, just drop your requests in the comments.

Virtual Tip Jar:
Venmo @Sin-Silver

With a unique style, her ‘Irish piano’ and angelic voice are delighting audiences. A featured artist at Northern California’s Graton Casino Resort, she brings a unique flavor to her craft. Whether she is playing her expertly crafted originals, covers with her own twist or celtic music, Sin Silver is someone that deserves to be heard live.

A true singer-songwriter at heart, Sin Silver weaves a silver tapestry drawing from diverse influences such as David Bowie, Elton John, Sinead O’Connor, Jack White and Joni Mitchell.

Check out her website here: or email her at


Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys LIVE

Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
Saturday, September 26th, 8:00 PM

Facebook LIVE, from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV

Each Saturday, The Black Donnellys, (Dave Rooney and Dave Browne), stream their high-energy show to you from Las Vegas, NV as you stay safe at home.

Watch the Black Donnellys streaming show via Facebook LIVE by pointing your browser to the Black Donnellys Facebook Page, where you will find the little red LIVE button.

The Daves say:
Tune into our Residency Gig at Rira at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay!! Join us and our audience for a live performance and a few Requests!!

Last year, the two Daves from Dublin had the crazy idea to attempt a new World Record: 60 shows. 50 states. 40 days. What could go wrong? Find out what happened along the road as their beloved Irish band, The Black Donnellys set out to break this ambitious world record when Vision Films and Frequency Pictures present An Irish Story: This Is My Home.

The film was released, on March 17th, Saint Patrick’s Day, 2020 and is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo. Here is a link to the WATCH IT NOW!

For more, check Dave Browne’s Facebook Profile.


Golden Bough
Margie Butler, lead vocals, harp, whistles, recorders
Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, accordion

Golden Bough members Streaming shows

Sundays @ Noon – 1:30 PM – Backyard with Margie and Paul
Tuesdays @ 3:00 PM – Kathy’s Celtic Hour

Online via Facebook Live

Golden Bough
Kathy Ross Sierra, fiddle, whistles

On Sundays, from Noon – 1:30 PM, LIVE on Facebook from their beautiful backyard in Modesto, CA, Golden Bough founders Margie Butler and Paul Espinoza will entertain you with Celtic, Beatles, Oldies, originals etc. with Backyard Streaming Concerts. Then, on Tuesdays from 3:00 PM, Golden Bough fiddler Kathy Ross Sierra, hosts Kathy’s Celtic Hour.

Join them at the appointed time for either show by pointing your browser to the Golden Bough Facebook Page, and where you will find the little red LIVE button.

Here a link to their many music videos

Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over. Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.

All three Golden Bough bandmates, are well versed in all genres of traditional folk songs, and have recently added favorites of the American Folk Revival from the 50’s-60’s. From working on the Railroads to leaving on that Jet plane, Golden Bough brings you the songs America loves.

For those of you seeking an entertaining respite that offers a bit of history, virtuosic instrumentation, sweet and seamless vocals, the occasional yarn and irrepressible toe-tapping, seek no more. Golden Bough is your answer.

For more on Golden Bough, email or check the Golden Bough Facebook Page, or the Golden Bough website.


Elgy Gillespie
Elgy Gillespie

ILHS Speaker Series
with Elgy Gillespie
A Friar’s Tale

Sunday, September 27th, 5:00 PM

Online via Zoom

The ILHS Speaker Series returns on Sunday, September 27 at 5:00 PM via Zoom. This month’s speaker is author Elgy Gillespie who will speak about her recent book A Friar’s Tale, the story of Father Pat Hudson and his work in Latin America and Siberia. More information coming soon.

For more information in the Irish Literary and Historical Society, check the website:



Lark Camp

July 30th – August 7th, 2021

World Music, Song, and Dance Camp

Mendocino Woodlands State Park

Lark Camp Features

Music, Song & Dance Workshops • Family Friendly • Dances, Parties & Sessions • Great Food • Camping • Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods • Full Camp for 8 Days or Half Camp for 4 Days

Three camps – three themes: Camp One – Music of Ireland, British Isles, Greece, Eastern Europe, and Sweden; Camp Two — Latin American, North American, Spanish, French, and Swing Styles; Camp Three — Middle Eastern, Greek, Asian, and African music!

Spend idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with music, dance, and good times — that’s the Lark Camp experience.

Click Here for the Video by Doug Plummer.

Take as many or as few of the workshops as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation for adults and families. Workshops for professional and beginner, alike.

Check out the Mendocino Woodlands website: Click Here

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


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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:



United Irish Cultural Center

Outdoor Dining and Live Irish Music!

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

#WawonaGates Menu

Friday: Free pint of Guinness with $8 or more meal purchase (via rebate)

Menu on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
1. Hamburger with Potato Chips $8
2. Cheeseburger with Potato Chips $9
3. Hot Dog on Roll with Potato Chips $7
4. Ron’s Grilled Cheese with Potato Chips $6
5. Herb’s Meatball Sandwich with Potato Chips $9
6. Irish Sausage + Grilled Onions on a Roll with Potato Chips $8
7. City Forest Pesto Pasta Salad (Cheese tortellini with pesto, onions, tomatoes, and nuts) $9
More Details in the Facebook Event.

The United Irish Cultural Center operates a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, at 2700 45th Ave in the Sunset District of San Francisco near the Zoo.

Join us this Friday, September 25th, at 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Saturday, September 26th, at 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Sunday, September 27th,, 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM at #WawonaGates, the Irish Center’s new Outdoor Beer Garden & Dining option.

Enter #WawonaGates on Wawona St. between 44th and 45th Ave.

Music while you eat: Paddy Reilly, Christy Moore, Luke Kelly, Dubliners, Wolfe Tones etc. plus the Eagles, country, CCR, and more.

The UICC Irish Shoppe is available online and onsite during #WawonaGates hours. Buy online and pickup on weekend, or buy from the Shoppe onsite!

There is a list of upcoming events there, linked to their UICC website


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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!

Click Here for the full line-up of AmeriCeltic Logo items.

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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Sláinte Pub, Oakland

Open Wednesday — Sunday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA

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:
Sláinte is open Wednesday – Sunday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM for outdoor dining. Did you know that we celebrate #ThirstyThursday? It’s true! You can get hot or iced Irish coffees for only $8 every Thursday. (But you must order food to drink, don’t forget!)

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


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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.

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


Lark In The Morning SF Store

New Store in San Francisco

Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco

Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 6 PM
Sundays, noon – 5:00 PM

Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA
and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street, Inner Richmond of San Francisco


Eric says:
“Our Berkeley location, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, is open for online lessons and instrument sales and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, CA, is open and actively seeking new online students. Lark Berkeley is offering free lessons with the purchase of a ukulele or guitar!”

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi

Lark in the Morning has been a folk musician’s favorite since 1974 and has musical instruments and instructional material from all over the world.

Shop online at, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

Breaking News at The Duke

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA, 4:00am – 2:00am every day of the year


Publican Stan Gamble and his partners have an update! 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.



Plough and Stars Fundraiser

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The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco


The Plough, like many bars and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, is struggling to survive. It is extremely difficult to support our family and employees with no ability to earn an income.

We have long prided ourselves on being ago to place for Irish traditional experiences. Over the years we have been privileged to host many well-known musicians from Ireland and around the globe. The Plough hosts weekly traditional Irish seisuns and dance. At our Irish Seisuns customers listen as musicians share tunes or even learn to play themselves. The Plough is also a vital venue for bluegrass jams and gigs, as well as a place where local musicians can be heard. We want to make sure that the Plough can continue in those efforts. We have been so touched by the support of friends, musicians, dancers, and patrons. They are what make the Plough the institution that it is and we can’t thank them enough for their support at this difficult time. Please consider a donation to help us continue at Thank You!

Sean Heaney

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

The first Saturday is always Americana Jukebox and every third Friday is Bluegrass Bonanza! We welcome you to stop in for a drink and try our famous, award winning pints of Guinness, or indulge in any of our other specials. We host Happy Hour all day every Monday with free pool, and the first Monday of the month has a Pub Quiz at 8:30 PM. Check out our website for a full calendar of events!

For a video of a Plough session from 2014, Click Here.

For more about the Plough, check, call 415-751-1122, or email Sean Heaney at



The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco


The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with Irish pub grub & beers on tap plus sports on the satellite TV.

This local Irish Pub brings the culture of Ireland to San Francisco, offering a full bar, Happy Hour specials, and a full Irish restaurant menu, including favorites like fish and chips which goes with any style of sport, music or fun.

‘I am in the city every 2-3 months and The Chieftain is an absolutely integral part of every trip. Mark runs an amazing, authentic Irish pub. Major plus, the only place I know of in northern California to get Kilkenny!!’

‘Walked in, Saturday night about 7pm and there was a table right inside the door. We had a shepherds pie and an Irish stew. The shepherds pie was actually made with lamb! The live music was great entertainment too!’

For a video of some the Chieftain’s food menu, Click Here.

The Chieftain hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Click Here for the current schedule! The live Irish traditional music and song session every Sunday evening is always great Craic! Here is a sample Irish Session from 2009: Live Irish Session at the Chieftain.

For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-625-0436, or email Mark Nagle at or check



Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay

The venerable Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay has a 32 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.


Click here for full details of All Celtic Society of Monterey Bay Concerts on the CSoMB website! (Click on ‘Video’ button for videos.)



Irish Culture Bay Area

Catherine Barry maintains a separate Irish Culture Bay Area website, with a calendar focused on Bay Area Irish events, supported by the Consulate of Ireland in San Francisco.


Click here for details of these events and more on the Irish Culture Bay Area website!


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