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Friday, 2019-11-29
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


• Just released: Black Coddle, a new album from Dublin bred Eamonn Flynn with many well known contributors, both local and from Ireland, and accompanied by a new music video. The Release concert is Thursday, December 19th, 8:00 PM at Armando’s in Martinez, CA. (See Below)
• Just announced: A Statue for Ballybunion, a play by former Mayor of San Jose, Tom McEnery, will make it’s U.S. debut in San Jose, CA on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2020. (See Below)


• On Saturday, December 21st, 2019 at 8:19 PM, the Winter Solstice arrives here in Northern California. We offer a historic celebration of this annual marker of the turn of the seasons. (See Below)


• On Friday December 6th, at 7:30 PM, the fabulously popular Winterdance Christmas Show tour continues in Carmichael, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, December 6th, 7:30 PM, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter continue touring their show A Winter Gift in Astoria, OR. (See Below)
• On Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 8th, Tony McManus and Clive Carroll will be holding a 3nd Guitar Weekend in beautiful Healdsburg, CA, followed by a concert by Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern on Sunday, at Sally Greenberg’s in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, December 6th, at 7:00 PM Paddy Homan leads The Noble Call Christmas Show at the UICC in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, December 6th, at 7:30 PM illustrious players and Solas alumni John Doyle & Mick McAuley begin a tour of 7 Northern California cities in Chico, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, December 6th, 8:00 PM multi-genre Celtic rockers Tempest will play Father Paddy’s Irish Public House in Woodland, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, December 7th, 2019, 5:00 PM, the Mother Lode Scots will host their annual Christmas Walk followed at 6:00 PM by their Christmas Ceilidh, all in Volcano, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday December 7th, 5:00 PM, the South Bay Scottish Society is hosting a Toys for Tots collection at Off The Rails Brewery Sunnyvale, CA. (See Below)
• Saturday, December 7th, 6:00 PM brings the 5th annual Irish Christmas Hooley at the Rotary Center in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, December 7th, 7:30 PM, Golden Bough continues their holiday season tour of California, in Los Gatos, CA. (See Below).
• On Saturday, December 7th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 8th at 5:00 PM, Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover perform for the annual Holiday Concert & Community Dance and in San Leandro, CA and the annual Wassail House Concert in Livermore, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, December 8th, at 2:00 PM, Men of Worth give a free show at the Civic Center Library in Livermore, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, December 8th, 3:00 PM in Saratoga, CA and again on Sunday, December 15th, 3:00 PM in San Carlos, CA the Silicon Valley Pipe Band presents their annual, 26th Annual A Celtic Christmas Concerts. (See Below)
• On Sunday, December 8th at 7:00 PM, Gabe Duffin will reprise his 10th Annual Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. (See Below)
• On Beginning Thursday, December 12th at 8:00 PM, Waterford Ireland’s Danú will perform An Emerald Isle Christmas at four California cities in Irvine, CA, then on 12/13 in Rohnert Park, CA, 12/14 in Davis, CA and 12/16 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore. (See Below)
• From Friday, December 13th – Sunday, December 22nd, the California Revels present A Solstice Journey Through Time at the First Congregational Church in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
• On Suturay, December 14th, 7:30 PM, Keven Burke completes a seven city tour of the West Coast in Portland, OR. (See Below)
• On Sunday, December 15th, at 3:15 PM, director Mary McKeever will lead the Celtic Voices Choirs in their annual concert at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory Auditorium, in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, December 18th, 7:30 PM, Oisín Mac Diarmada’s touring show Irish Christmas in America begins their annual tour of California in Escondido, CA with 4 more stops in Santa Cruz, Grass Valley, Sacramento, and Burbank, CA. (See Below)
• Thursday, December 19th, 7:30 PM, brings Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas, extravaganza to the CPA in Mountain View, CA, and Saturday, December 21st at 7:30 PM brings them to the Cascade Theatre in Redding, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, December 22nd, at 9:30 PM, Michael Mullen’s Trio Of One returns to Johnny Foley’s Irish House in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)

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• Publican Carlos answers the many recent rumors about The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant with a New Video. (See Below)
Lark In The Morning is opening a new store location in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. Full service continues at their original shop in Berkeley, CA. (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)


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Black Coddle

New Album Black Coddle
by Eamonn Flynn

Released TODAY, December 6th, 2019
Release Concert December 19th, 8:00 PM

Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista Ave, Martinez, CA

This new album, Black Coddle, comes from Dubliner Eamonn Flynn, with a unique blend of Irish and American music and featuring Eamonn’s original songs, vocals and piano front and central. The album features contributions from some amazing Irish and American musicians, including Michael, Shay and Róisín O from the Black Family, Chris Cain, Jeff Tamelier, Todd Denman, Darryl Anders, Kevin Hayes, Tamar Gillette, Sanara Pippins, Jamie Brewer, Conor Brady, Joel Jaffe, Mike Rinta, Shelly Bukspan, Jorden Bukspan, Andrew MacNamara, Cormac Gannon, Blyss Gould and Ruth Davies.

The title track Black Coddle has an accompanying video: Click Here to view the music video ‘Black Coddle’ The video is set in Dublin and directed by Molly Keane, who also directed ‘Big’ by fellow Dubliners, Fontaines D.C.

The CD release concert will be at Armando’s in Martinez on December 19th from 8:00 pm to 10 pm. Tickets are available here: Black Coddle CD Release Show

The album is available digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music etc… and on CD at CD Baby. Eamonn will also have physical CD’s for sale at the Armando’s show.

Black Coddle was mixed by John Porter (The Smiths, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Roxy Music, and Ryan Adams) and is the second album by Dublin, Ireland born and Bay Area based keyboardist/songwriter/singer Eamonn Flynn. Eamonn was the keyboard player on the 14 million selling soundtrack album ‘The Commitments’ and since moving to San Francisco has toured and recorded with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Maria Muldaur, Elvin Bishop, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Zigaboo Modeliste, Coco Montoya, Shay and Michael Black among a long list of artists.


A Statue for Ballybunion

New comedy featuring Bill Clinton’s historic visit to Ireland makes U.S. premiere

Playwright Tom McEnery comes to San Jose after a successful launch of his production in Dublin, Ireland

November 21, 2019, San Jose, CAKilnasheen Productions, in partnership with Guggenheim Entertainment and Buck Hill Productions, announces a new play penned by former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery. The original comedy, A Statue for Ballybunion, makes its U.S. premiere in San Jose after a successful world premiere in Dublin, Ireland.

A Statue for Ballybunion is based on the true story of a group of Ballybunion residents who hatch a cunning plan to unveil the world’s first statue to the leader of the free world – then U.S. president, William Jefferson Clinton.  However, well-publicized events in the Oval Office with a certain intern put his visit to ‘The Kingdom of Kerry’ in jeopardy. As if that were not enough, something unexpected has happened to the statue.  How will this affect events in Ballybunion as it awaits immortality on the world stage? As Bill Clinton himself said, ‘You just have to keep swinging and know it will all even out!’

Says Tom McEnery:
‘I am thrilled that A Statue for Ballybunion will have its American debut in my hometown of San Jose. My play tells a tale about how a town on the edge of the wild Atlantic fights for its self-respect and very survival. As in all such stories, there is real humor in the lives of its people and an ever-present and sorrowful past.’

The production will be directed by former San Jose Repertory Theatre Associate Artistic Director John McCluggage, a professional theatre artist with over 30 years of experience as a director and teaching artist. ‘I am very excited to present ‘A Statue for Ballybunion’ with Tom and the team at 3Below Theaters, as it’s a unique play given the facts and authenticity of the story,’ said McCluggage.

In addition, Santa Clara University faculty members Jerald Enos and Derek Duarte have been announced as Set Designer and Lighting Director, respectively. A Statue for Ballybunion will open on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2020, at 3Below Theaters & Lounge in downtown San Jose.

$45 – $55 – Get Tickets NOW!

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Yule / Winter Solstice

Saturday, December 21st, 2019 at 8:19 PM

Officially the first day of winter, the Winter Solstice occurs when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun, which this year occurs on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 8:19 PM PST. This is the longest night of the year, and the effect on the the local daylight hours is most pronounced in the highest latitudes. After the winter solstice, the hours of daylight get progressively longer until the summer solstice. Since ancient times, the winter solstice has been celebrated by northern peoples around the world as the beginning of the return of the sun’s power, as hours of darkness transform into hours of light.

Amongst Germanic peoples, the season is known as Yule or Yuletide. Scholars have connected the original celebrations of Yule to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon god Modraniht. The Talmud recognizes the winter solstice as ‘Tekufat Tevet.’ In China, the Dongzhi Festival is celebrated on the Winter Solstice by families getting together and eating special festive food.

Until the 16th century, the winter months were a time of famine in Northern Europe. Most cattle were slaughtered so that they wouldn’t have to be fed during the winter, making the solstice a time when fresh meat was plentiful. Most celebrations of the winter solstice in Europe involved merriment and feasting. In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Yule, lasted for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun and giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log.

In ancient Rome, the winter solstice was celebrated at the Feast of Saturnalia, to honor Saturn, the god of agricultural bounty. Lasting about a week, Saturnalia was characterized by feasting, debauchery and gift-giving. With Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, many of these customs were later absorbed into Christmas celebrations.

Today, one of the most famous celebrations of the in the world today takes place in the ancient ruins of Stonehenge, England. Thousands of modern Druids and Pagans gather there to chant, dance and sing while waiting to see the spectacular sunrise.



Winterdance 4

WinterDance Shows:

• Friday December 6th, 7:30 PM Carmichael, CA, Tickets
• Saturday December 7th, Sutter Creek, CA, Tickets
• Sunday, December 8th, Santa Cruz, CA, Tickets
• Thursday December 12th, Lincoln City, OR, Tickets
• Friday December 13th, Roseburg, OR, 505-310-1525
• Saturday December 14th, Corvallis, OR, Tickets
• Sunday December 15th, Ridgefield, WA, Tickets
• Wednesday, December 18th, Los Osos, CA, Tickets
• Thursday December 19th, Monterey, CA, Tickets
• Friday December 20th, Pasadena, CA, Tickets
• Saturday December 21st, San Diego, CA, Tickets
• Sunday December 22nd: Tehachapi, CA, Tickets

Molly’s Revenge
Amelia Hogan, vocalist
The Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers
→ Watch the 2019 Show Videos ←

The annual, fabulously popular Winterdance Christmas Show is touring the West Coast once again!

‘A seriously joyous, masterly musical experience.’ — Tom Clancy, Irish Music Magazine

Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan

Molly’s Revenge, starring David Brewer, John Weed and Stu Mason with guest vocalist Amelia Hogan, and the award winning Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers will present an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, and something new for our regulars.

Molly’s Revenge, whose lineup includes bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, have toured the world with their unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm. Their arrangements of traditional jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.

As always, this 14th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration will capture the traditional spirit of the season and warm the hearts of all who attend. Vocalist Amelia Hogan, and her voice of lilting grace and a subtle power will again balance the evocative storytelling of these great songs, and the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers will bring a percussive, joyful, and colorful exuberance to the stage.

California-based Molly’s Revenge has toured since 2000 as a four and five-piece acoustic band, releasing eleven CDs along the way, and in 2014, Molly’s Revenge and Christa Burch recorded a collection of Celtic Christmas and winter-themed music at a remote windswept retreat in the redwoods of the Mendocino coast. This beautiful Winterdance holiday album will be available at the shows.



A Winter Gift

A Winter Gift

Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter

A Winters Gift is presented by three of the premier Celtic Harpists in the world. Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter return with a collection of new stories and music perform Celtic legends, along with Irish and English literature woven together with beloved and rare pieces of holiday music.

This trio is well known for their first show Legends of the Celtic Harp which tells stories and legends of the harp through time, and in this new show, storyteller and wire-strung harpist Patrick Ball along with harpers and multi-instrumentalists Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter step into a magical world of Irish and English literature. The trio presents a heartwarming collection of tales and music from Celtic legend and traditional folk stories. They perform a Child’s Christmas in Wales, a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy, and mingle them with beloved and original pieces of seasonal music. Audiences will hear three Celtic Harps, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Fiddle, Bandura, Bouzouki and more.

Admission is $20 for adults and kids 12 and under are $10.

For the Video: “Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter – A Winter Gift“, Click Here.

Patrick Ball is an American master of the Irish harp and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over a half million copies internationally, winning national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Patrick’s critically acclaimed concerts and solo theatrical productions have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and the UK, and have been awarded grants by the California Arts Council and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association.

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness,” amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films.

Aryeh Frankfurter is also a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi- instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic Music. He began with Classical violin at the age of three, his early studies and successes led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres. Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments bowed and plucked and most recently the rarely seen Swedish Nyckelharpa. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities.

Winters Gift Shows:
• Friday, December 6th, 7:30 PM, Astoria, OR, Clatsop Community College, Info
• Saturday, December 7th, 7:30 PM, Mount Vernon, WA, Celtic Arts Foundation, Info
• Sunday, December 8th, 7:30 PM, Seattle, WA, Green Lake United Methodist Church, Info


Tony McManus with Julia Toaspern

Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern House Concert:
• Sunday, December 8th, 7:30 PM, Berkeley, CA, RSVP.

Tony McManus and Clive Carroll

3rd Healdsburg Guitar Weekend Retreat
Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 8th

House Concert by Tony McManus with Julia Toaspern December 8th

If you’ve had a busy year what better way to wind down in December than to come to warm and beautiful Healdsburg, California for some guitar time with Tony and Clive Carroll.

This is built on the model of the now oversubscribed Elora Guitar Weekend now in its 12th edition. Three days of music, world class instruction, beautiful boutique accommodation, great food, wonderful camaraderie and a public concert with Clive and Tony. By December Tony will have taught in Glasgow, University of Ulster, La Conner, Washington, Boston, Elora, Ontario, Big Indian NY with Richard Thompson, Arlanzon Spain with Alasdair Fraser and for the 8th time at The Swannanoa Guitar Week…..and that’s just 2018.

Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists.

No level of ability is required, just a desire to dive into some great music, expand your ideas on the instrument, ask all the questions you wanted to ask….and all in an intimate and beautiful setting.

Send any enquiries to and we’ll get back to you immediately. Or check the websites and

Sunday Evening will see Tony and Julia Toaspern performing a HouseConcert in Berkeley (See Box).

‘One of the premiere purveyors of Celtic music, McManus displays an incredible ability to capture the melodic nuances of that ancient genre.’ — Guitar Player Magazine
‘Julia Toaspern’s bell like voice and her filigrane fiddle playing are thrilling. She moves effortlessly from fiddle to guitar, her solo is impressive.’ — SalonFestival

Here are sample videos of Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern performing:
La Valsounette et la Valse des Pastouriaux


The Noble Call

The Noble Call – Christmas Time in Ireland

with Paddy Homan | Friday, December 6th, 7:00 PM

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

The Noble Call Christmas show takes audiences back to the ‘hearth’ of an Irish Christmas, filled with songs, stories, rousing music and traditional Irish dancing.

On Sale Now at Secret Sale Pricing for limited time!
Become a UICC member and claim 1 free ticket to this show. UICC membership is only $13/month! To claim your free ticket after becoming a member, please email Liam Reidy

The Noble Call is that age-old Irish tradition,where, in the ‘wee’ small hours of the morning when everyone gets a chance to sing a song or tell a story. This Noble Call tradition is very popular at Christmas time in Ireland, as family’s gather together, to welcome home their sons and daughters from distant shores and to share in the festivities. And no better way to do that than through music!

Lead by one of Ireland’s foremost traditional Irish Tenors- Paddy Homan, musicians Mick Broderick on Bozouki and Dave Curley on Guitar, Banjo and Vocals, from the Band, Slide. With Homan hailing from Cork City, Broderick from Dublin and Curley from Galway, the ‘banter’ and fun is always high! There will be many special guests and dancers for what promises to be an incredible night of music, song and dance.

‘The Noble Call is something a lot of people have been waiting for a long time to hear. Joined by Mick Broderick and a group of superior musicians, Paddy Homan sings his way through the best of real Irish music in a total package. Really, this group has everything. Best of all, they really know how to deliver in a concert. The Noble Call is here, and we hear them calling! Wow!’



John Doyle & Mick McAuley Tour of Northern California

John Doyle, Singer, Songwriter and Left-Handed Irish Guitar Legend

Impossibly in demand in the studio and on the road, immensely talented and blessed with an acute ear, a wicked sense of rhythm and seemingly endless stream of magic in his playing, composing, performing and producing, John Doyle is solidly establishing himself as one of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music.

Check out John’s 2017 show on YouTube:

Mick McAuley is an Irish musician, composer and songwriter who has recorded and toured internationally for many years. While his music is rooted firmly in the Irish tradition, he has been part of a movement which continues to push the musical boundaries of that tradition to bring Irish music to a wider and more diverse audience around the world. As a long-time member of the Irish-American ensemble SOLAS, he has recorded and toured nine albums with them and received widespread international acclaim. The Boston Herald hailed SOLAS as ‘the best Irish traditional band in the world’.

More on John Doyle at
More on Mick McAuley at

• Friday, December 6th, 7:30 PM, ARC Pavilion, Chico, CA,
• Saturday, December 7th, 7:00 PM, Sofia Tsakapolous Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA,
• Sunday, December 8th, 3:00 PM, United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco,
• Monday, December 9th, 7:30 PM (doors open 7 PM), Berkeley house concert,
• Tuesday, December 10th, 7:30 PM, Woodpecker Hill House Concerts, Mt. Aukum, CA, (near Placerville),
• Wednesday, December 11th, 8:00 PM, Tree House Concerts, St. Anselmo, CA,
• Thursday, December 12th, 7:30 PM, Michael’s On Main, Soquel, CA,



Tempest videos: Click Here!
Artist sites and sounds:
Artist Booking: 510-817-4736

Tempest! @ Father Paddy’s

Friday, December 6th, 8:00 PM

Father Paddy’s Irish Public House, 435 Main St., Woodland, CA

‘Tempest Rocks, all right, but it’s forte is folkrock with a decidedly Celtic accent, drawing on traditions stretching hundreds of years.’
— Chicago Tribune

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.

Signed to Carta Records, Tempest’s releases are acclaimed worldwide. Last year, the group celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary with a fab new studio CD, Thirty Little Turns, a collection of inspired new original and traditional material — with a cheeky surprise or two.

Mail order CDs directly from Tempest:

More at on the event on the Facebook Event.
More on Tempest at

Former bass player Patrick Redmond took over the most impressive building in Woodland, CA re-opened it as Father Paddy’s Irish Public House in May 2016. Father Paddy’s has quickly become the center of all things Irish around with plenty of beer, whiskey and Craic. For more information, check, call 530-668-1044 or email



Volcano Christmas Walk

Volcano Candlelight Christmas Walk & Ceilidh

Saturday, December 7th, 2019, 5:00PM Walk, 6:00PM Ceilidh

Armory Hall, Corner Consolation & Emigrant streets, Volcano, Amador County, CA

This ancient Celtic tradition has been recreated by the Mother Lode Scots in Volcano, California, on the first weekend in December since 1982. Organizer Stuart McNaughtan describes this annual event:

“Of course, we begin with the candle light walk through the wee town to St Bernard’s Church where the Scottish Gaelic blessing is bestowed upon the crowd to bring peace and prosperity in the coming year and as always we will feed as many people that we can with stews, soups, breads, cider and desserts. I hear that there may be a lasagna or two available!!! Yes, that’s right, no cost to you! Not very Scottish is it? Come on out and join in this event based on old Scottish customs.


Volcano Christmas Ceilidh

Ceilidh – Armory Hall

Entertainment: This year, there will be Christmas music, Irish Music, Cape Breton and Ceilidh dances by Stepping Out, Pipers, and MLS members Rich Hoffman, Roger Schaller, Jack Magee sing some Scots tunes and Christmas Carols!


Potluck Soups & Stews. If you wish to donate bread, stew, soup or dessert just bring it to the Christmas Walk! All is appreciated!”

Apple Cider, Coffee or Tea provided.

Details at call (209) 304-3821 or email


Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots with South Bay Scottish Society

Saturday December 7th, 5:00 PM

Off The Rails Brewery, 111 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA

South Bay Scottish Society will host a Toys for Tots Event on Saturday December 7th 5:00 PM at Off The Rails Brewery 390 Saratoga Ave San Jose, CA 95129.

Your admission is an UNWRAPPED Toy. This is a no host bar, no host dinner event. Come enjoy a great evening while at the same time helping to give a local needy child a little joy this Christmas!

  • U.S. Marine Corps Reserve guests will be on hand to pick up your donated unwrapped gift for a child.
  • Games – Plus a Raffle
  • Full Bar
  • Entertainment !!!

Cheryl Comento, SBSS Website


An Irish Hooley

5th annual Irish Christmas Hooley

Saturday, December 7th, 6:00 PM

Rotary Summit Center, 88 South 4th St (7th floor), San Jose, CA

We hope you can join us for our 5th annual Irish Christmas Hooley – dinner, drinks & craic at the Rotary Summit Center, operated by the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose.

• Drinks Reception: 6:00 PM
• Dinner: 7:00 PM
• Music, Dancing & Sing Song 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Dress code: Cocktail Attire.
Tickets $155
All Sales final.

Organizers: Aine O’Donovan, Helen Hartnett & Sandra Pelino

Questions: Email us at


Golden Bough

Golden Bough Christmas Tour

Golden Bough Christmas Tour

12/7 Los Gatos, CA | 12/8 Merced, CA | 12/13 Winters, CA | 12/14 Auburn, CA | 12/21 San Francisco, CA

Share the laughter, song and joy as Golden Bough performs rare versions of Celtic songs of Winter, as well as their unique take on better known Christmas Carols.

‘There is a love of this music by the performers that is obvious. All in all, a great example of how to do something the right way when many are just doing it, period.’ Wind & Wire Magazine

Golden Bough is:
Margie Butler, lead vocals, harp, whistles, recorders
Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, accordion
Kathy Sierra, fiddle, whistles
For more information, email or check the website,

CLICK HERE to see Golden Bough’s 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 bodhrán, 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.

Golden Bough Shows:
• Saturday, December 7th, 7:30 PM, Woodhaven West Concert Series, Los Gatos United Methodist Church, 111 Church Street, Los Gatos, CA, (408) 354-4730.
• Sunday, December 8th, 7:00 PM, Merced Theatre, 301 W Main St, Merced, CA, Tickets.
• Friday, December 13th The Palms, Winters Opera House, 13 Main Street, Winters, CA, (530) 795-1825
• Saturday, December 14th, 8:00 PM, Music and More Performing Arts and Visual Center, 3116 Olympic Way, Auburn, CA, (530) 885-0594
• Saturday, December 21st, 7:30 PM, Old First Concert Series, 1751 Sacramento St., Corner of Van Ness and Sacramento Streets, San Francisco, CA, (415) 474-1608


Margaret and Kristoph

Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover

Margaret & Kristoph
12/7 Holiday Concert & Community Dance
12/8 The Watersons-Malpas Wassail House Concert

Now the harvest being over
And Christmas drawing in
We open our door
And welcome you in
With wassail
Wassail, wassail
And joy come to our jolly wassail

Holiday Concert & Community Dance

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church, 911 Dowling Blvd, San Leandro, CA

Join us to sing and dance in the holidays! Celtic/Early Music duo Margaret & Kristoph join forces with Community Dance leader Maureen Atkins for a fun and festive event for all ages. All dances are taught — dancing is fun, accessible, and of course, completely optional! First half of event is dancing with live music accompaniment and second half is a carolling concert. Complimentary baked goods, tea, and coffee! $15 at the door, kids with parents free.

Wassail House Concert

December 8th 2019, 5:00 PM
Vineyard View House Concerts, 3227 Saratoga Ct. Livermore, CA 94550

Please RSVP early, and forward this invitation to your friends and family.
Potluck and meet the musicians at 5:00 PM
Music starts at 6:30 PM
Suggested donation (all proceeds to the band)
$15 – 20/adult / $5/ kids & teens / $10/financially challenged

Join us for some Holiday Cheer and traditional music as we host SUGO MUSIC recording artists Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover (former Livermore native) who will perform original arrangements of melodies from the British Isles, European courts and countrysides.

Margaret and Kristoph Video: Bells of Norwich

Margaret & Kristoph perform professionally as a duo, and are the leaders of Celtic rock band Avalon Rising, and the Celtic/Medieval ensemble Broceliande. They record in and own the studio Flowinglass Music. They are award-winning operatically trained vocalists, and between them play Celtic harp, 6-string, 12-string, and electric guitar, Irish bouzouki, flute, 4 sizes of recorders, oboe, tin whistles and percussion. They are the only American musical group to have received permission from the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to set and record his songs from The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. They’ve toured to China, Germany, England, and throughout the U.S. They were in the Disney movie Bedtime Stories, and are frequent guests at science fiction and music conventions. They are the recipients of the Lost Chord Award for being valuable to the local music community. |


Men of Worth

Men of Worth

Men of Worth – Free Concert

Sunday, December 8th at 2 PM | Irish and Scottish folk music

Storytime Room, Livermore Public Library, 1188 S Livermore Ave, Livermore, CA

In 1986, Scotsman Donnie Macdonald and Irishman James Keigher came together to perform Irish and Scottish folk music, combining traditional and contemporary styles.

The name ‘Men of Worth’ was chosen from the title of a folk song written by the Scottish singer/songwriter Archie Fisher.

Together Men of Worth blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments. They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and in keeping with tradition, remain true to the music and story. Their show is a unique combination of humour, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads.

Men of Worth are an international act, and have earned much respect and success in over thirty years of touring together. Performing concerts and festivals, with twelve albums to their credit, Men of Worth continue the very tradition from which they’ve evolved.

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26th Annual A Celtic Christmas

Free Scottish Holiday Concerts

Sunday, December 8th, 3:00 PM, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga, CA
Sunday, December 15th, 3:00 PM, Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 1839 Arroyo Ave, San Carlos, CA

Silicon Valley Pipe Band, Saratoga, CA, presents their 26th Annual Free Holiday Scottish Concerts!

These concert features Bagpipes & Drums, Scottish Fiddlers, Highland Dancing (San Jose School of Highland Dancing at Saratoga and Piedmont Highlanders Dancing School at Menlo Park) and Carols and special guest appearances by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers, vocalist Burr Nissen and the San Jose School of Highland Dancing (Saratoga) or Piedmont Highlanders Dancing School (San Carlos).
Families are welcome (and encouraged to come).

Here is a video of the SVPB marching in the 2019 San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day.

Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers are exemplars of Scotland’s classical-traditional string music, offering strathspeys, reels, marches, jigs, airs, and waltzes in the authentic styles of the Northeast, the Highlands, the Borders, the Shetland Isles, and Cape Breton. The Fiddlers are co-directed by master fiddler-violinist Colyn Fischer and pianist-arranger Shauna Pickett-Gordon.

The band is a relaxed group of musicians, drawn together as much by the camaraderie of the band as our shared interest in the music‘, said Paul Olson, Drum Major. Current membership is thirty-five, with experience ranging from one year to fifty plus years. New pipers and drummers are always welcome. The band practices at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Saratoga, CA, on Tuesday evenings. The band sponsors two competitive bands, one in Grades 3 and one in Grade 4 within WUSPBA (Western United States Pipe Band Association), as well as a non-competitive parade band.

Other notable band performances include a mix of parades, shows, birthdays, weddings and special events, Disneyland, PGA’s The President’s Cup golf tournament, Silicon Valley Open, SF Giants pre-game, Oakland Raiders pre-game, Davies Symphony Hall, Grace Cathedral, FaceBook and the Mountain Winery with the Chieftains and The Piano Guys. The Holiday Concert is the highlight of the season.

Silicon Valley Pipe Band is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. Free will donations gratefully accepted.

For more information, check the website:
Sue Nissen



Celtic Christmas at the Bothwell

10th Annual Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering

Sunday, December 8th, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St, Livermore, CA

The Bothwell Arts Center again hosts their Annual Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering, a spirited community celebration filled with music, food, and laughter. The event is produced by folksinger Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Duffin.

Gabe hails from Belfast, Ireland and his band, Pog Mo Thoin, features talented musicians from around the Bay Area. Known for their rich Irish ballads and lively Irish folk tunes, the band will happily follow their leader and throw in an unexpected rock song while serving up, many Christmas favorites with a Celtic flair.

Gabe says:
“Please come to Livermore for the 10th annual Celtic Xmas Concert at the Bothwell center, on 8th & J Streets. This will be on Sunday, December 8th, doors open at 6:15 and showtime at 7:30. Pot luck food, full bar. Great line up of musical talent this year including myself, Gabe Duffin, (guitar and vocals), Michael Mullen (fiddle), Alison Kline (recorders), Davey Hearn (mandolin), Paul Schimmelman (bass & vocals) and Albert Robles (percussion).

Tickets will be on sale for the Livermore downtown Bankhead theatre box office: Bothwell Celtic Christmas Concert tickets. $18 advance, $23 at the door.
See you all then.” — Gabe

Duffin conceived of the Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering as a fundraiser for the Bothwell Arts Center back in 2009, and this family-friendly celebration has become a local tradition, an opportunity to meet and mingle with friends both old and new before the Holiday whirl begins. Cider and tea are offered for free, and wine, beer and Irish Whiskey are available for purchase.

Guests are encouraged to bring a potluck dish of their choice to share. In the past, buffet items have ranged anywhere from traditional beef stew to a platter of McDonald’s cheeseburgers or fancy holiday treats.

For full Details on Facebook, Click Here For more information, or contact: Anne Giancola, (925) 373-6800,



Christmas Revels 2019
A Solstice Journey Through Time

Oakland Christmas Revels

Christmas Revels 2019: A Solstice Journey Through Time

Performances December 13th – 22nd, Oakland, CA
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA

Performance Schedule:
Day Date Time
Friday December 13th 7:30 PM
Sunday December 15th 4:00 PM
Sunday December 15th 7:30 PM
Friday December 20th 7:30 PM
Saturday December 21st 1:00 PM
Saturday December 21st 4:00 PM
Sunday December 22nd 4:00 PM
Sunday December 22nd 7:30 PM

Join us this December for our 34th annual Christmas Revels 2019 A Solstice Journey Through Time., a celebration of the Winter Solstice.

It is the turning of the year, and the Spirits of Solstice Revelers, driven from their customary haunts, are coming together. They summon the Revels family to sing the glorious music of many ages and myriad places. They enact familiar customs, dances and joyful festivities drawn from the many decades of Revels celebration. Young and old, the spirits embrace the rich variety of favorite traditions.

Times shift and the world changes, but wherever these spirits gather, that place is where the heart and soul of Revels lives.

Not specific to any location nor time period, this year is about history – our history – and togetherness through generations and culture. We are recalling our favorite songs and dances from the totality of our Christmas Revels, using our entire range of costumes, customs, and traditions. This is a show you do not want to miss!

Use Coupon Code ‘YULE2019’ for 10% off your ticket order!

Tickets are priced $15 to $70. Special discounted pricing for all patrons under 25. Groups of 10+ receive a 10% discount. The Main Floor is fully accessible for walkers and wheelchairs. There is limited FREE onsite parking at the venue and at the school next door.

About The California Revels
Since 1986, California Revels has brought their unique theatrical, participatory arts form to audiences in the Bay Area. Founded by singer, author and music educator John Langstaff in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1971, The Christmas Revels crosses religious and ethnic boundaries and appeals to young and old alike. The Christmas Revels is a joyous production welcoming the return of the light back from the darkness of winter. Performed by a number of highly-talented professional actors, singers, musicians, dancers, and artists, and featuring a chorus of ages 7 and up, the audience is drawn into a magical revelry of song and dance. The Christmas Revels blends traditional music, dance, ritual and folk plays from many different cultures, presented by a large volunteer chorus of children and adults drawn from the community, accompanied by highly talented professional actors, musicians, artists, directors, and ‘bearers of tradition.’

For more information visit or call 510-452-9334, or check our Facebook Event.

Media Contact: Gary Carr, Rising Moon Marketing & Public Relations Cell (925) 890-7839


Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke Tour

‘One of the great living Celtic fiddlers’

Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer. He has been established as a first class musician ever since his work in the early 1970’s (with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band and with his far-reaching solo album, If the Cap Fits). During his long musical career Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including Celtic Fiddle Festival, and Patrick Street. He is also a featured member of Grammy winner Tim O’Brien’s wonderful crossover band, The Crossing.

Kevin’s contribution to music was acknowledged by The National Endowment for the Arts when he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA’s highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. In Ireland he was given the prestigious Gradam Ceoil award, both acknowledging him as a master of the tradition.

Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the ‘naked fiddle‘ as he himself sometimes puts it. This is very evident in his live solo release, In Concert, a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces.

“Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be…probably the greatest Irish fiddler living.”
— The Village Voice
“With the great popularity of various groups over the last 25 years or so, many people have forgotten that this kind of music used to be played mainly solo. The bands, groups and accompanists are a relatively recent development… so I thought it would be interesting to let people hear the ‘naked’ fiddle once more.”
– Kevin Burke

“The great Irish fiddler Kevin Burke…plays the fiddle so smoothly, with such buoyancy, and with such relaxed showmanship, that even a large concert hall becomes intimate.” – The New Yorker Magazine

“One of the great living Celtic fiddlers.”
– The New York Times

More Details on

• Saturday, December 14th, 7:30 PM, Tualatin, OR, 2nd Saturday Community Concerts at Winona Grange,


IIPC Decking the Halls for a Decade Concert

Celtic Voices Christmas Concert 2018 | Sunday, December 15th, 3:15 PM

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory Auditorium, 1100 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the annual Celtic Voices Christmas concert, Celtic Voices Choirs, directed by Mary McKeever, with local artists, present Decking the Halls for a Decade a special selection of the best in Irish music from the past 20 years, including all your Christmas favorites!

Doors will open for no host refreshments at 3:15 p.m. and the show begins at 4:00 p.m. SHARP, at the Sister Caroline Collins Theater at Sacred Cathedral Preparatory High School, 1100 Ellis Street, San Francisco.

It promises to be a very special evening with the best in Irish music from the past twenty years and Christmas classic to bring holiday cheer!

We look forward to seeing you there! Check the Facebook Event or email us at or call (415) 752-6006.


Irish Christmas In America

15th Irish Christmas In America


Niamh Farrell – vocals / flute (Neeve)

Séamus Begley – vocals / button accordion (Shay-mus)
Oisín Mac Diarmada – fiddle [Oh-sheen Mac DER-muddah]
Samantha Harvey – dance / piano
Gráinne Hambly – harp / concertina (Grahn-yuh)
Sean Gavin – uilleann pipes / flute (Shawn) (“illin” pipes)

Produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, the hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in humour and boundless energy. The 2019 tour again features Sligo vocalist Niamh Farrell, and legendary West Kerry singer Séamus Begley, famous for his charming wit and stunning voice.

Video Clips: Irish Christmas in America – The Show

This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish dancing from Samantha Harvey. In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland, bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season.

A recent CD “Last Night in Chicago” accompanies this anniversary tour, recorded live at tour’s end in 2017. NEW CD “Last Night in Chicago”

‘Full of exceptional music and dance, relaxed good humor, and interesting historical commentary’, an ‘Irish Christmas in America is one of the few standouts. It was as relaxed and enjoyable as any Irish Christmas-themed concerts I’ve ever attended.’ Irish Echo

• Wednesday, December 18th, 7:30 PM, Escondido, CA, California Center For the Arts, Tickets
• Thursday, December 19th, 7:30 PM, Santa Cruz, CA, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Tickets
• Friday, December 20th, Grass Valley, CA, The Center for the Arts, Tickets
• Saturday, December 21st, Sacramento, CA, The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, Tickets
• Sunday, December 22nd, Burbank, CA, Garry Marshall Theater, Tickets

For more info, sights and sounds, visit or connect on Facebook



Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas


• Thursday, December 19th @ 7:30pm
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA
$52-$62, $32 students (21 & Under)
Tickets, or 650-903-6000.

• Saturday, December 21st @ 7:30 PM
Cascade Theatre
1731 Market Street, Redding, CA
Tickets, or 530-243-8877.

Every Christmas for the past 20 years, William Coulter (lecturer in guitar and UCSC alumnus) has performed with and acted as Music Director for Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas. Featuring Irish music, dance, song, and storytelling, A Celtic Christmas. has packed concert halls across the U.S., bringing an authentic remembrance of a way of life that is, alas, no longer with us. The show brings an unforgettable staging of a December night in a remote Irish farmhouse in the 1940s or 50s-in the days before the motor car, the television, and the telephone.

Click Here for Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas Videos

The spirit of Christmas dances to life when neighbors gather at each others’ homes to grace the wintry night with traditional Irish Christmas carols. They raise the rafters with the joy of their music, knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances, and, most of all, fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas brings a wholesome, cultural, family feast direct from the rich table of communal life in the west of Ireland. Featuring William Coulter (guitar and music direction), Tomáseen Foley (Seanchaí/native Irish storyteller), Brian Bigley (uilleann pipes, Irish flute, dance), Eimear Arkins (fiddle, vocals and dance), Kara Mathias (Irish song), and Alyssa Reichert and Marcus Donnelley (Irish dance).

‘ an imagined moment in time co-existing peacefully with the spirit of Christmas, recreating the innocence and charm of times gone by…’ –The State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL

Show Site:
For more info, sights and sounds, visit


Mullen's Trio

Michael Mullen’s Trio of One

Michael Mullen’s Trio Of One

Hard Driving Live Looped Celtic Acoustic Rock
Sunday, December 22nd, 9:30 PM

Johnny Foley’s Irish House, 243 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA,

Michael Mullen’s Trio Of One makes another appearance at the Johnny Foley’s Irish House.

Says Michael:

“I am very happy to be invited back to Johnny Foley’s Irish House. Come out and hear what I do and support this great San Francisco venue.”

Click Here for Michael Mullen’s videos.

Never pre-recorded, always immediate and created fresh, the masterful Michael Mullen makes live looping an art form. Experiencing this solo musician building his TriaSoli ‘ensemble’ group gives the audience a unique and powerful connection with old chamber favorites – You may have heard them a thousand times, but never like this. Then, in Trio of One, the Mullen brings to life the music of his Celtic roots, creating a full band while you watch and listen. In the end, you’ll understand why his old Tempest bandmates dubbed him The Mad Fiddler.

More info:
Johnny Foley’s
Johnny Foley’s Irish House Facebook Page or Website, or call , (415) 954-0777

Michael Mullen’s Facebook Profile
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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:


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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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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, 11:30am – 2:00am every day of the year

Publican Carlos and his partners have an announcement to make! Many of you have heard the rumors about the at The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant. To paraphrase Sam Clemons, aka Mark Twain:

The rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated!
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.


Lark In The Morning SF Store

New Lark In The Morning 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 St, Berkeley
and soon in the Inner Richmond of San Francisco

Eric says:
“We’re soft-opening a new location at 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, (currently Exploring Music). So far, this new store only has a sampling of the instruments available in our Berkeley location, but we’re slowly adding more as we reconfigure the space.”

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi
Lark in the Morning Store, Berkeley

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

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



Plough and Stars Honored

Added to SF Legacy Business Registry

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

The Plough & Stars is thrilled to announce we’ve been honored with ‘Legacy’ status as an historic asset to the city by the San Francisco Office of Small Business … Join us for great music & the best Guinness pint in town.

What a diverse and vibrant mix of businesses added to the Legacy Business Registry yesterday! Join us in congratulating Babylon Burning, the Lab SF, The Mindful Body, The Plough and Stars and Slim’s! Thank you for your commitment and service to our communities.

The Plough and Stars (116 Clement St): An Irish pub and known gathering place for the Irish community for over 40 years. The bar showcases musicians across genres and maintains a tradition for over 35 years of hosting seisiúns, informal Irish jam sessions. Stop by for a perfectly-poured Guinness and see why?? they’ve been voted Best Irish Bar by SF Weekly.

I would like to thank all the Musicians who have played in the Plough. Without their contributions this would not have happened — Sean Heaney

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

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

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


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