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Friday, 2021-11-26
Updates, Features, & Events
Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,
• Co-founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker offers us Thanksgiving thoughts on the sustainable lifestyle of the Irish and Scots-Irish in Early America. (See Below)
• On Sunday, November 28th, at 11:00 AM Pacific, Linn Phipps is the guest artist at the Song House in Dublin, Ireland, and on Friday, December 10th, at 11:30 AM Pacific, Linn hosts the free monthly world-wide Gaelic Song Session, Srùbag, with a special guest TBA. Then on Saturday, December 18th, at 10:00 AM Pacific, Linn conducts another of her Learn Scottish Gaelic songs Workshops. All of these are available to anyone, anywhere, live, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
Events: (one-time)
• On Friday, November 26th @ 8:00 PM PST, the Irish Christmas in America holiday show begins their live, in person tour at The Bankhead Theater in Livermore, CA, with four more California stops to follow, including Santa Cruz, Grass Valley, Escondido, and Sacramento. (See Below)
• On Sunday, November 28th, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST, its the Highland Winter Festival, brought to you gratis by The Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco at the outdoor Music Concorse, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, December 1st, the annual tour of An Irish Christmas begins it's 14 city run in Turlock, CA. (See Below)
• From Thursday, December 2nd — Thursday, December 9th, 11:00 AM PST each morning, Clifton House, Belfast is offering Irish History lectures available to anyone, anywhere Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Friday, December 3rd and again on Friday, December 10th, from 1 - 4 PM PST, the An Góilín Traditional Singers Club, of Dublin, Ireland, host their live singing session, accessible world-wide from Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Friday, December, 3rd, the 15th Annual Winterdance Christmas Celebration returns with shows in Seattle, WA, Mount Vernon, WA, Tualatin, OR, Ridgefield, WA, Carmichael, CA, Pacific Grove, CA, and Luis Obispo, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, December 3rd, The Fire's Very Scottish Christmas begins it's inaugural tour in Sutter Creek, CA, with more dates to follow in the Bay Area and Corvallis, OR. (See Below)
• On Saturday, December 4th, at 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 4th at 7:00 PM PST, the United Irish Cultural Center offers rocking craic from the Young Dubliners with an opener from Lucky Fiasco, at their spacious facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, December 5th, at 6:00 PM, The San Jose School of Highland Dancing invites you to it's 15th Annual Extravaganza of Scottish Dance and Music in Saratoga, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, December 5th, at 7:00 PM, The Cooley Keegan Branch of Comhaltas is hosting a Christmas Ceili with lots of Irish Ceili dancing to live music at the UICC in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, December 11th, at 11:00 AM, it's SF Virtual Chantey Sing! After years singing from the wooden decks of the historic 1886 sailing ship Balclutha at the Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, CA, this 39 year old maritime cultural tradition rises like the Phoenix from your computer or device. (See Below)
• On Saturday, December 11th at 7:00 PM, the legendary The Black Irish Band performs a LIVE and IN PERSON show, featuring Michael Mullen, at the Sutter Creek Theater in Sutter Creek, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, December 12th, 11:00 AM Anne Lister & Danny Carnahan will host a Workshop / Song Swap, Conversation & Q&A on Songwriting Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th and again on Friday, December 17th through Sunday, December 19th California Revels presents La Sirène ONLINE! (See Below)
• On Friday, December 17th, @ 7:30 PM, PST Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas hits the road for another Christmas tour through Santa Cruz, CA, Medford, OR, Redding, CA, & Mountain View, CA. (See Below)
• From Thursday, December 30th, 12:00 PM (ish) until Sunday, January 2nd, 2:00 PM, the San Francisco Folk Music Club offers their Camp Harmony and this time it will happen Online on Zoom. (See Below)
Events: (recurring)
• On Fridays, at 5:30 PM Pacific Time, the Cross Keys band, Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O'Neill, sing out at the Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden in Fairfax, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday evenings, from 7:00-8:30 PM Pacific Time, its the Andronicos San Francisco Jam, hosted by Dinah and Noah Stroe on Zoom from San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Pacific Time, multi-instrumentalist Michael Eskin hosts The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Session, the best and most popular participatory online Irish traditional music event. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, at 6:00 PM Pacific Time, One Eyed Reilly plays at The Delta King Bar & Grill in Sacramento, CA, and can be heard at several other venues in the Sacramento Valley. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, from 7:00 PM on, Stout Rebellion leads their community fun time at Father Paddy's Public House in Woodland, CA. (See Below)
Please support our sustaining Sponsors with your Celtic business!
• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker's e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, the local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown San Francisco at 5th and Howard. (See Below)
• Music is returning to the cherished San Francisco Celtic cultural institution, The Plough and the Stars, now open from Wednesday through Sunday, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM. (See Below)
Sláinte Pub Jack London Square in Oakland, CA is open Tuesday - Sunday, with a full menu of great food and drink with outdoor and limited indoor dining service and on Sundays from 4 PM to 7 PM offers traditional Irish music from their house band, Buncrana. (See Below)
• On the first Sunday of each month, a small group of Starry Plough regulars stream a re-newed online Irish Session from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. (See Below)
• Multi-genre violin teacher (especially Irish Traditional Music) and performer Darcy Noonan is available for gigs and lessons. (See Below)
• Sport your Celtic heritage! AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo. (See Below)
The Celtic Tea Shoppe, in San Jose is your source for Celtic and Celtic inspired carry-out fresh baked foods, confections and rare teas! (See Below)
• 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 re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (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)
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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Editorial: Are Scots and Irish Americans still capable?

Are Self-Sufficiency, Durability
and Sustainability Gone?

by Celia Fábos-Becker

Scots-Irish Frontier Family
Scots-Irish in Early America were Self-Sufficient

Thanksgiving is when we are supposed to be grateful for our lives, our health and what we have. It has become a commercial frenzy of buying unneeded imported junk and doesn't last, and stealing luxury goods to resell to people who don't care that they were stolen.

This is a far cry from what the founding fathers of this nation envisioned for us. Consider the experience of George Washington. Washington decided to buy some nice furniture and believed that England made the best. He sent a lot of money to England, and requests that went through a couple of middlemen. Washington thought he was buying high quality and ended up with inferior junk because the English merchants and manufacturers didn't care about the real wishes and needs of the colonial British in the Americas. Although, families could make their own goods and small community co-ops of weaving, sewing/tailoring, furniture making, and more were allowed, the colonies were forbidden to build large scale manufacturing facilities, and were a captive consumer market for English manufacturing firms.

But in contrast, Early America's Scots-Irish colonists in particular made the most of what was allowed and had the sense to acquire land that had diverse resources and used all these resources. Washingtons English neighbors generally planted every acre with exportable tobacco or produce and limited themselves to just one species of livestock. But Washington had married a Scottish wife, and remembered his time as both a surveyor and militia officer roving about on the frontier saw how differently the Scots settlers lived and it impressed him favorably. He began directing those on his own plantation to follow the example of the thrifty Scots and Scots-Irish and do the same and encouraged all Americans to do so and improve the quality of their work.



Linn Phipps December Dates
Linn Phipps
Lynn Phipps

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

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

Linn Zoom-hosts a monthly free Learn-Gaelic-Song session, and co-hosts, Srùbag, a monthly Gaelic/Celtic language sing based in Edinburgh. She has contributed to many to virtual folk festivals from the USA to Australia, as a Zoom host and the host of workshop sessions to Learn-a Gaelic Song. She has created a Youtube channel featuring solos songs, and collaborations with Australia – Gaelic songs 'Cho sean ris na cnuic' and 'Tha mi duilich, cianail, duilich', and 'Amazon' (about the burning rainforest).

Linn has issued 5 CDs – 'Andes to Antarctica' (live-recording from on-ship in Antarctica), Leth Linn (re-issue), Salute to Rona Lightfoot (double CD, Rona's life and piping stories, Rona's piping songs and piping of the tunes/ pibrochs, all on Linn's Website to listen or buy. And a new CD as Sillertides with her co-sing partner Doug Huggins in Colorado – on bandcamp at The CD launch concert is on the Sillertides' new Youtube channel at

Check Linn's website: for full details.

The Song House, Ireland
Sunday, November 28th
11:00 AM Pacific 7:00 PM GMT
Linn Phipps, special guest artist
Online via Zoom – Click for Details
Srùbag Sing Session
Friday, December 10th
11:30 AM Pacific 7:30 PM GMT
Linn Phipps, co-hosts
Online via Zoom – Join Zoom Meeting
Learn Gaelic Song
Saturday, December 18th
10:00 AM Pacific 6:00 PM GMT
Linn Phipps leads Workshop
Online via Zoom – Join Zoom Meeting

Irish Christmas in America

Irish Christmas in America

Friday, November 26th, @ 8:00 PM
Bankhead Theater, Livermore, CA
Bankhead Tickets
Use promo code AmeriCeltic
for $10 off section A seats only
Saturday, November 27th, @ 7:30 PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Kuumbwa Tickets
Sunday, November 28th, @ 7:30 PM
Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, CA
Grass Valley Tickets
Wednesday, December 1st, @ 7:30 PM
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA
Escondido Tickets
Wednesday, December 22nd, @ 7:00 PM
The Sofia, Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Tickets

Now in its 16th season, Irish Christmas in America brings together world-class musicians, singers, and dancers in an intimate and engaging performance rich in history, humor, and boundless energy. Pensive ballads, lively instrumentals, and thrilling Irish dance, plus evocative photographic images, create an enchanting start to the holiday season.

Click for sample video.

Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of the award-winning Irish group Téada, the show features TG4's Traditional Singer of the Year, Séamus Begley, and the remarkable vocal talents of Sligo's Niamh Farrell. With lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, and thrilling Irish old-style dancing by Samantha Harvey, this is a holiday celebration to remember. This family-friendly performance offers a view into some of the rich historical traditions of the Emerald Isle.

The show was originally conceived to share traditional, if sometimes unknown, seasonal Irish customs in a heartfelt demonstration of how music kept early Irish immigrants close to home as they made their way in the new world and powerful photographic images provide a backdrop to rich historical traditions of Ireland.

Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you a fun-filled start to the holiday season.

'Lively and reflective…a powerful evocation of the season'


Highland Winter Festival

Highland Winter Festival

Sunday, November 28th, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST

Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118

Come one, come all to Bagpipes, Fiddles, Frolic and Fancies with the first annual Highland Winter Festival!

On Sunday, November 28th, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST, The Saint Andrew's Society of San Francisco is proud to present a FREE open-air concert for everyone to enjoy. With the generous support from San Francisco Parks and Rec., The Caledonian Club of San Francisco, Daughters of the British Empire, we welcome you for a day of music, dance and song in the heart of Golden Gate Park.

Register here for Free Seating

Entertainment will include the Prince Charles Pipe Band, Silicon Valley Pipe Band, Fret & Fiddle, Peter Daldry, and maybe some surprises along the way. Bring your family and enjoy a picnic to some of Scotland's greatest traditional music.



An Irish Christmas

As Seen on PBS
Christmas magic from the Emerald Isle

Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Turlock Community Theatre
Box office: (209) 668-1169
Tickets for Turlock

Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Golden State Theatre
Box office: (831) 649-1070
Tickets for Monterey

Fri, Dec 3, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Uptown Theatre, Napa
Box office: (707) 259-0123
Tickets for Napa

Wed, Dec 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM
UICC, San Francisco
Box office: (415) 661-2700
Tickets for San Francisco

Sun, Dec 5, 2021 at 2:30 PM
Lobero Theatre
Box office: (805) 963-0761
Tickets for Santa Barbara

Fri, Dec 10, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Fox Rialto, Tuscon
Box office: (520) 547-3040
Tickets for Tuscon
Sat, Dec 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Irish Cultural Center, Phoenix
Box office: (602) 258-0109
Tickets for Phoenix

Sun, Dec 12, 2021 at 2:30 PM
Sedona PAC Arizona
Box office: (928) 204-6766
Tickets for Sedona

Thousand Oaks 2 Shows:
Thu, Dec 16 at 7:30 PM
Fri, Dec 17 
at 7:30 PM
Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks
Box office: (805) 449-2787
Tickets for Thousand Oaks for Thu
Tickets for Thousand Oaks for Fri

Sat, Dec 18, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Clark Center, Arroyo Grande
Box office: (805) 489-9444
Tickets for Arroyo Grande

Sun, Dec 19, 2021 at 2:30 PM
Balboa Theatre, San Diego
Box office: (619) 615-4000
Tickets for San Diego

Yucaipa Two Shows:
Mon, Dec 20, 2021 at 7 PM
Tue, Dec 21, 2021
 at 7 PM
Yucaipa Performing Arts Center
Box office: (909) 500-7714
Tickets for Yucaipa

Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, traditional singing and authentic Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.

Back by popular demand after sell out performances last year, An Irish Christmas returns to Northern California with an exhilarating exhibition of Christmas magic from the Emerald Isle. The show brings together all the joy, hope, laughter and spirit of the season with traditional songs, dances, and lively storytelling.

Click Here for An Irish Christmas 2021 Official Promo video!

Starring World Champion Dancers: Tyler Schwartz and Emily MacConnell
AS SEEN ON PBS! Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing, and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season. Join an award-winning cast led by World Champion dancers Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, An Irish Christmas, Celtic Fyre, Celtic Wings, and ReelRhythm) and Emily MacConnell (Dance Masters, Rockin' Road to Dublin, Magic of the Dance, An Irish Christmas Celtic Fyre and Celtic Wings) in a celebration of the great traditions of Christmas in Ireland. A PERFECT FAMILY EVENT!

'Genuinely astonishing–electric!'
– The Village News

An Irish Christmas represents the best of modern Ireland while also introducing audiences to the beauty, passion and uniqueness of their history. Authentic Irish traditions and customs are cleverly woven into the show including exhilarating step dancing and age-old dances over brooms, on half doors and around butter churns. From soothing ballads to vigorous dance tunes, from Carol of the Bells to ancient Irish hymns and melodies, the music of Ireland comes to life on traditional instruments such as the bodhran and the uilleann pipes, along with fiddles, flutes and drums.

For more details on Facebook, Click Here!


Clifton House
Clifton House, Belfast

Irish History Talks from Belfast
New online History talks
from Clifton House, Belfast

Thursday, November 11th — December 9th
11:00 AM PDT / 7:00 PM BST

Online via Zoom

Series Schedule
7pm UK / 11 AM in California
  • Thursday, 2 Dec | Emerging Identities: Women in Belfast 1900-25 | Dr Myrtle Hill
  • Thursday, 9 Dec |  Supping at the Bitter Gourd: The Belfast Labour Movement 1900-25 | John Gray

The talks will be held weekly on Thursdays from 4 November, with the exception of 18 November, and cost £6 each or £25 for a block booking of all five. Find out more here:

In addition, on the 18th November, the Belfast Charitable Society and the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation will host their inaugural annual lecture entitled 'Women's Role in Society: The Experience in Afghanistan.

Those attending will hear from Sima and Sara, who both left the country to escape the Taliban. Contributions to this event also come from Bilal, an Afghan national who served as Cultural Advisor and Interpreter for British Forces in Afghanistan. Bilal was forced to move to Australia at the end of 2014 following death threats from the Taliban. A recent BBC Spotlight programme highlighted the recent escape from Afghanistan to Ireland of Bilal's family after similar threats were made.

To find out more or to book, visit

If you would like further information, please don't hesitate to contact us


An Góilín
Traditional Singers

International Singing Session
Online occasional Fridays
Friday, December 3rd
Friday, December 10th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST
(See Calendar )

Online via Zoom

An Goilin
An Góilín

Since 1979, Dublin's An Góilín Traditional Singers Club members have gathered each Friday evening at 9:00 PM local time for singing sessions.

But when these indoor gatherings were restricted on March 27th, 2020, An Góilín joined the mass migration of such musical gatherings to the Zoom online meeting platform, and to their surprise, An Góilín members have found a much wider audience joining in!

Máire Ni Chróinin says:
The shift to Zoom has allowed us to connect with an unexpected global audience. It has been a pleasure to hear traditional songs from singers all around the world and to get to know singers from Australia, the USA and from different parts of Europe. It has also allowed us to reconnect with our friends all across the UK who have more opportunity to come to our in-person sessions during 'normal' times, but who were grounded just like everyone else when the pandemic broke out.

Due to continued high levels of COVID-19 infection rates and the call from Irelands Health Service Executive and Chief Medical Officer to reduce our social contacts, An Góilín will be returning to your Zoom screens on Friday, December 3rd and Friday, December 10th.

Over the next few months, we will base our decision to move between live and Zoom sessions on what we feel is safe and responsible and we will try to balance flexibility and responsiveness to the current situation as we do so.

I will share links to each of these nights in the preceding week but in the meantime we hope you can join us for these winter sessions. In the meantime, wash your hands, wear a mask, cut your contacts and stay safe! If you have previously joined our email list, your Zoom link will have reached your inbox early this week. If not, you can send us and email at and ask to be added to the list, but remember that on the day of the event, we are busy with preparations and may not get to it until next time. — Máire.

For details and more information about An Góilín, including our calendar of events, check their website You can also find them on their Facebook Page,



15th Annual Winterdance Christmas Celebration

Seasonal Music of the Celtic and Nordic Lands

with New World String Project and Champion Irish Dancers

Winterdance Shows
Friday, December, 3rd @ 6:30 PM – Frontier Home Concert, Seattle, WA
Get Tickets
Saturday, December, 4th @ 7:00 PM – Littlefield Celtic Center, Mount Vernon, WA Get Tickets
Saturday, December, 11th @ 7:30 PM – Grange Hall, Tualatin OR Get Tickets
Sunday, December, 12th @ 7:00 PM – Old Liberty Theater, Ridgefield, WA Get Tickets
Friday, December, 17th @ 7:00 PM – St Michaels Church, Carmichael, CA Get Tickets
Saturday, December, 18th – St Marys Church, Pacific Grove, CA (Tickets TBA)
Sunday, December, 19th @ 4:00 PM – Milking Parlor at the Octagon Barn, San Luis Obispo, CA Get Tickets

Please join us for the 15th Annual Winterdance Christmas Celebration, with seasonal music of the Celtic and Nordic Lands, featuring the New World String Project ensemble and Champion Irish Dancers at most shows.

The band for our cherished holiday tradition this year includes members of Molly's Revenge, Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason, joined by Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride, and for Winterdance, they will be joined by the flash and percussion of Irish Dancers with returning champion dancers Marisa Gilman and Cameron Carlson-Riddle.

This year's music will include Celtic seasonal favorites from previous years, as well as new music with a decidedly Nordic twist with virtuosic performances on exotic instruments like nyckelharpa, cittern, Celtic harp, and cajon, as well as fiddle, guitar, and octave mandolin.

Check out all their info at, or email Lisa Lynne


The Fire's Very Scottish Christmas

The Fire
Rebecca Lomnicky, fiddle, David Brewer, whistle, Adam Hendey, guitar

We are proud to present the inaugural season of The Fire's Very Scottish Christmas. This celebration of music and dance will premier across the West Coast in an array of historic and state of the art theaters.

Due to continued precautions surrounding COVID-19, our concert dates and ticket availability are limited. Please purchase your tickets early as all shows are likely to sell out!

Sacramento Area
Friday, December 3rd
Sutter Creek Theatre
Sutter Creek, CA

Purchase tickets here.

South Bay Area
Saturday, December 4th
Starbright Theater
Campbell, CA

Purchase tickets here.

Pacific Northwest
Friday, December 19th
The Whiteside Theatre
Corvallis, OR

Purchase tickets here.

Rebecca Says:
The Fire just released The Fire's Very Scottish Christmas, check it out here.

'We are thrilled to announce the official release of our new album, 'The Fire's Very Scottish Christmas.' This holiday album is available as a physical CD and/or digital download. By ordering today, you both support independent musicians and get your Christmas shopping done early!

'The Fire's Very Scottish Christmas' celebrates the holidays with yuletide cheer as Scottish fiddle, highland bagpipe, and heartfelt singing join in festive harmony. Lively dance tunes and classic Christmas carols are presented in richly ornamented arrangements, and delivered with vivacious Scottish style.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing an evening of holiday cheer! If you are unable to join us this year, we will be expanding the show to more locations next year and hope to see you then!

For more information, please visit:


Volcano Christmas Walk

Volcano Candlelight Christmas Walk & Ceilidh

Saturday, December 4th, 5:00 PM Walk, 6:00 PM 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 Stuart McNaughtan (209) 304-3821 or email him at


United Irish Cultural Center

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

The Young Dubliners
Indoors - Vac card, and Masking when eating or drinking.
Outdoors - masking when not eating and drinking.

Check San Francisco County's COVID-19 related Public Health Orders
Whats On?
Lucky Fiasco
• Saturday, December 4th at 7:30 PM
— Opening set from local rock band, Lucky Fiasco

the Young Dubliners
• Saturday, December 4th at 9:00 PM
— Unplugged downstairs in our cosy Emerald Pub
Click Here to Get Tickets

On Saturday, December 4th, the UICC offers for rocking Craic from the Young Dubliners, with an opening set from local rock band, Lucky Fiasco!

Tickets are on sale NOW.

The show will take be an up-close and personal performance, downstairs "unplugged" in the Emerald Room, with doors open at 7:00 PM. The bands will set up on the old dining floor, making the original pub, Emerald floor, and Members room all great places to claim your table. This show is a fundraiser for the UICC, to help with operating costs and fund cultural programs.

The United Irish Cultural Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3* non-profit corporation in the City and County of San Francisco, and all net proceeds help fund the cultural programs at the UICC, and through this Fall and Winter, the UICC is offering Holiday shows in their spacious Saint Patrick's Room as well as intimate concerts in their cosy Emerald Pub.

UICC website
UICC Facebook Page


15th Annual Scottish Extravaganza

Sunday, December 5th, 6:00 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church,
The Fellowship Hall, 12770 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

15th Scottish Extravaganza

After the long pandemic pause of 2020, once again, The San Jose School of Highland Dancing invites you on a journey into Scottish traditional music and dance featuring Highland Dancing performed to harmonies of the highland pipes and Scottish Country Dancing from the Red Thistle Country Dancers following the traditional tunes on fiddle and bodhran.

This is an evening of swinging kilts, and traditional and new costumes. The program also includes new, fun, choreographies set to more modern music, as we say 'Fàilte air ais,' (Welcome Back). Make the evening even more festive by airing your kilt and/or tartan sash if you have one.

This show, raffle, and bake-sale support workshops for our dancers and local highland dance competitions.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are on sale now at

Solo piper: Josh Agee
Fiddler: Susan-Worland-Bentley
On Bodhran: Michael Bentley
Learn more at
Face masks are required for audience members.


Cooley Keegan CCE Christmas Ceili

Sunday, December 5th, 6:30 PM

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

Irish Ceili Dancing
Proof of vaccination and ID are required to attend this event.

Check San Francisco County's COVID-19 related Public Health Orders

The Cooley Keegan Branch of Comhaltas is hosting a Christmas Ceili with lots of Irish Ceili dancing. The Golden Gate Ceili Band will be playing and so there will be some great, live, Irish dance music.

Please feel free to bring a treat to share during break time. Tea and coffee will be provided. Admission is $15.

Josephine says:
Don't miss the Cooley Keegan CCE Christmas Ceili, this Sunday night, from 6:30 until 9:30 PM at the United Irish Cultural Center.

We will have some Ceili dances and some Set Dances as well as a Waltz or two.

It's always a great party with a chance to set dance your way into Christmas with some great friends.

Admission is only $15 for adults. Come along! You'll be sorry if you miss it!

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!S

Entrance will be through Wawona Gates on Wawona Street and up the steps to the St. Patrick's Room. Elevator access from Wawona Gates (parking lot) to the St. Patrick's Room will also be open.

Any questions can be emailed to Josephine Brogan.


SF Virtual Chantey Sing Series

Saturday, December 11th, 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM PDT

Online via Zoom from SF Maritime Association

A folk music 'landmark' on the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, this 39-year San Francisco singing tradition continues in the virtual realm, hosting singers from across the Bay Area – and the country - and now all around planet Earth!

Peter Kasin says,
Ahoy -
2021 is the San Francisco Chantey sing's 40th year, and this 2nd Saturday of December, on Saturday, December 11th, 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM Pacific time, USA, around 7pm in London and 8pm in Paris is our big virtual 40th Anniversary chantey sing celebration!

Amidst all the chaos going on around us, we still have the monthly virtual chantey sing to help bring joy, calm the nerves, and help us get through these trying times.

Lead singers will receive a separate link in another email. Since the sings have gone virtual, they have gone international. We have singers from across the country, the UK, and the Czech Republic lined up to lead us in song. All but the lead singer will be muted. Enjoy singing along on the choruses to chanteys from home.
Link for signing up to lead a song: Please use this link ONLY if you are signing up to lead a song. You will be sent a link a few days prior to log on.

For general information,. and for non-song leaders to log in on the day and time:

Visit for details, including links to a signup sheet, info for lead singers, and some suggested virtual backgrounds. You should have a good internet connection and be ready to have fun!

Fair winds,
- Peter Kasin

• Sign up to Lead a Song Here:
• Virtual Backgrounds required for lead singers available here:
• Song Leader On-boarding Instruction Here: Chantey Sing Song Leader Guide

Donations to the Association will be accepted during the event, which will be used to buy virtual technologies to broadcast more events from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

For more details, check this Facebook Page


The Black Irish Band

Paul Espinoza
The Black Irish Band with Michael Mullen

Saturday, December 11th, 7:00 PM
Sutter Creek Theater - (916) 425-0077
44 Main St.,Sutter Creek, CA
Featuring Michael Mullen

The legendary Black Irish Band is back, with your favorite Christmas Classic ballads, and original Black Irish Band songs of the seasons.

Here a link to their many music videos

The Black Irish Band is Patrick Michael Karnahan, banjo, melodeon, octave mandolin, trumpet, guitar, concertina, french horn, vocals, Steve McArthur, banjo, guitar, accordion, mandola, piano, vocals, James Dean Nelson, banjo, guitar, vocals, along with new members Michael Mullen, fiddle, vocals, and Paul Espinoza, guitar, bouzouki, vocals.

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

More Details on Facebook:

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


Danny Carnahan
& Anne Lister
Art & Inspiration of Songwriting
Workshop / Song Swap, Conversation & Q&A
Sunday, December 12th, 11:00 AM Pacific Time, 7:00 PM GMT
Online via Zoom
Anne Lister & Danny Carnahan
Anne Lister & Danny Carnahan

What do the Wake the Dead bandmates do till the 2022 shows crank back up?

Well, for starters, Danny Carnahan is co-hosting a Zoom songwriting workshop!

Danny is the songwriter of Wake the Dead, with more than 50 songs gracing a dozen albums over four decades.

The Celtic-tinged works that got his career going have been joined by contemporary songs with drive, political bite, and closely-observed emotional depth.  He has taught songwriting at camps and community colleges for over 30 years.

Lots more about Danny's songs and songwriting can be found at:

Danny met English songwriter Anne Lister at the Norfolk Festival 30 years ago and they've been fast friends ever since. Anne is a master story-teller with a seemingly bottomless well of mythic and historical inspiration and a rare gift for drawing the listener into a song.  Danny has performed Anne's songs over the years, including her haunting masterpiece 'Macbeth'.

Anne now lives in Wales, writes, teaches, blogs, and posts podcasts—you can get to know her better at: In this 90 minute workshop, Danny and Anne will share songs back and forth, chat about how they write and how they craft their lyrics and melodies, and open the conversation up to the other participants for questions and comments as time allows.

Danny says,
There will be no advance charge for the workshop, but a PayPal tip jar will be in place for donations of any amount — say from $5 to whatever value you attach to your experience. To join Anne and me in the workshop, simply email me at: to get the link. When the workshop starts, open the link and you will be invited in. Space is limited. Just sayin'.
- Danny

La Sirène

Christmas Revels 2021 — La Sirène

December 12th-13th and 17th-19th

First Congregational Church Of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland, CA

Performance Schedule
  • Saturday, December 12th at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
  • Sunday, December 13th at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
  • Friday, December 17th at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, December 18th at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
  • Sunday, December 19th at 1:00pm and 6:00pm

Join us this December for our 36th annual Christmas Revels 2021 show, La Sirène.

This year California Revels dives into the Age of Sail, blending 19th Century London with folklore and traditions from the Caribbean and Gullah Islands in an odyssey across the Atlantic. From sea chanties, mermaids, and Christmas carols to Jonkonnu and Papa Bois, we'll celebrate the Winter Solstice through the eyes of Joseph Johnson, a man who lived his life in all these traditions.

We invite all Revelers, regardless of age and vaccination status, to 'attend' our on-demand streaming version of La Sirène, available for purchase on the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2021.

The ancient traditions of bonfires, rituals, dances and songs that have sustained generations through struggle and celebration are rekindled this Solstice, proving that tradition—and magic—lives on.

About 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 sun back from the depths 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 blend 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 Events.


Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas
Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas

Tomáseen Foley's
A Celtic Christmas

December 2021

Santa Cruz, Medford, Redding, Mountain View (See Below)

Friday, December 17th, @ 7:30 PM PST
Rio Theatre
1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
Tickets:, Box Office: 831-566-2081

Sunday, December 19th, @ 3:00 PM PST
Craterian Theater
23 S. Central Avenue, Medford, OR 97501
(Our 24th year at the Craterian)
Tickets:, Box Office: 541-779-3000

Sunday, December 19th, @ 7:30 PM PST
Craterian Theater
23 S. Central Avenue, Medford, OR 97501
(Our 24th year at the Craterian)
Tickets:, Box Office: 541-779-3000

Tuesday, December 21st @ 7:30 PM PST
Cascade Theater
1731 Market Street, Redding, CA 96001
(Our 15th year at the Cascade)
Tickets:, Box Office: 530-243-8877

Wednesday, December 22nd @ 7:00 PM PST
Mountain View Center For The Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Tickets:, Box Office: 650-903-6000

Click for a sample video:

Every Christmas for the past twenty-six years, Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas has crisscrossed the country, bringing to packed venues his authentic remembrance of a way of life that is, alas, no longer with us. A truly family-friendly event.

'When I was a child, it was around the fireplaces of my neighbors' thatched cottages that I experienced the last remnants of the old communal way of life,' says Tomáseen. 'The family was the center of the community then, and the community was the center of life itself, the shining axle around which the great wheel of the universe revolved. Stories, music, song and dance were the spokes of that slowly turning wheel.' - Tomáseen Foley

Now in its 26th season of touring nationally, Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in his native parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland in the 1950s — when the neighboring families would gather around the fire to grace the wintry night with traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music; to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with their traditional dances. And, of course, there were stories — they filled the night with the laughter of their stories.

Michelle Drown of The Santa Barbara Independent has said of Foley: 'A good storyteller can spin a captivating yarn from the most mundane topics. They can carry their audience to another time and place. It's an art—and a gift—and Tomáseen Foley has it in spades. Called a seanchaí in Gaelic, the storyteller has played an invaluable role in Ireland's long, ancient history. Foley thankfully is doing his part to keep that tradition alive.' She continued, 'Peppered throughout the storytelling were music and dance. With today's world of lightning-fast communication, it was a privilege to spend time in a rural cottage in the west of Ireland, listening to 'old lore' and traditional music.'

Storyteller/Director Tomáseen Foley grew up cradled in a culture unique to the old communal way of life, and continues to share the joy of that upbringing. In conjunction with the Omaha Symphony and other orchestras, he performs in Celtic Journey as well as occasional performances with Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. He has released two CDs: Parcel From America, and a live recording, The Priest and the Acrobat. Rego Irish Records said of Foley, 'He is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture.' For further information, visit:

Santa Cruz resident and Grammy Award winner William Coulter is the show's longtime Music Director. An internationally recognized master of the steel-string guitar, he has been performing and recording traditional Celtic and American folk music for more than 30 years. Coulter studied classical guitar and earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of CA Santa Cruz, a master's degree in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an a second master's degree from the University of CA Santa Cruz in Ethnomusicology. He now teaches guitar at UC Santa Cruz as well as the National Guitar Summer Workshop, Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School, and the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. For further information, visit

Violinist Edwin Huizinga is a world-travelled artist known for combining traditional and classical pieces with new sounds and ideas. He loves to compose and works with a vast number of artists in the worlds of rock and roll, ambient music, folk music, Baroque music, and opera. He and co-star William Coulter are the musical duo Fire & Grace, well known in the Santa Cruz area; in addition, Huizinga is also on the Artistic Leadership team of the Carmel Bach Festival; a founding member of ACRONYM, a world-renowned baroque ensemble; and has recently become the Artistic Director of the Sweetwater Music Festival. His latest commissions are for Opera Atelier and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada. For further information, visit Huizinga will be in the Santa Cruz performance only.

Other performers in A Celtic Christmas, all acclaimed artists in their own right, include Brian Bigley (; Uilleann Pipes, Irish flute, Whistles, and Traditional Irish Dance); Eimear Arkins (; Singer, Irish Dance, Multiple Instruments); Natalie Wagner (Irish Dance); and Marcus Donnelly (Irish Dance).

For more information, visit


SFFMC Campers

Labor Day Weekend Campout 2021

Thursday, December 30th, 12:00 PM until Sunday, January 2nd, 2:00 PM

Online via Zoom
Sponsored by the San Francisco Folk Music Club

Camp Harmony will again take place on the Zoom conferencing platform, from Thursday, December 30th 2021 through Sunday, January 2nd, 2022, and registration closes December 28th so please Register Here by December 28th.

Part 2 of the registration will be sent around to everyone who completed part 1 above, one week before camp, to get your personal login link.

Unusual circumstances and health alerts persist here and everywhere with rising Covid-cases, and Walker Creek Ranch has informed us that they have decided to remain closed at least until January due to Covid-19 and the Delta variant. Therefore, we are holding Camp Harmony Online again for 2021-2022 on zoom, which is open to all our folk-music loving community to attend.

Every part of Camp Harmony is volunteer-run, and supported by you as attendees, so just link at in-person camp, you make the sessions happen and the final schedule of workshops forms as attendees decide to host what they most want to do.
We will again hold Camp without registration fees but welcome donations to support current and future activities.

-WorkshopsAs a current club-member or member-sponsored guest, you can sign up to lead a workshop, or two! by filling out the fields toward the end of the registration form, by December 10 (if you want a session assistant). If you miss the deadline don't worry; there will be plenty of space for impromptu music-making throughout the run of 'camp'. 

- Concerts are open to all, and will include a sign-up list for a Friday Night, Saturday Night, or Sunday AM slot. Please confirm interest, by filling out the section at the end of the form. We'll confirm line-up and performance order, a few days before camp starts. 

-Jams play with other musicians, and enjoy a variety of styles, times, 

-Dances- called, accompanied, and danced by wonderful dance hosts and instructors. I know it's different from in-person social dances, Get your household together, and dance in your living rooms, or with someone through a screen.

-Conversation and Games, happen every year, sometimes word games, Jokes, stories, and friends connecting again after a year-long absence, are a big part of what we love about Camp Harmony. There will be ample space to pull friends aside and catch up in a break-out room that doesn't currently a workshop or session happening in it. 

-NYE, we will absolutely have a new years eve special celebration as only harmonites can make happen! And yes, we'll ring in the new year with a modified/ limited round so that we can share in this unique tradition. 
Tell friends! The more the merrier.

The good news is that we will not have to worry about the safety of all campers for housing, meals, and shared indoor spaces. We will again invite music friends near and far to join our celebrations.

*****As last year, there will be simple instructions to get your personal Camp zoom site link, and we'll send it out 1 week before camp so it doesn't get lost between now and then.*****

For additional questions: you can send an email to and we'll be happy to help!


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

The Cross Keys

Fridays, 5:30 - 8 PM PDT

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

The Cross Keys are a Folk Explosion, with Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O'Neill.

Cormac says:
Looking forward to playing with my comrades!

Here is a sample video featuring Stacy Samuels:

Located in beautiful Fairfax, in the heart of Marin County, the Way Station has risen from the site of a former gas station into a family-friendly beer garden and smokehouse. The Way Station team prides itself on super friendly customer-focused service.

Check or The Facebook Page or call (415) 300-3099.


Andronicos San Francisco Jam

Andronicos San Francisco Jam

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PDT

Online via Zoom

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

Dinah says:
In addition to the great tunes, there are always a few 'sketchers' creating drawings of the participants (with permission)

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

Join the fun!

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 862 8705 8150
Passcode: 312389

More info here: Old Time Open Jams Facebook Group

Contact Dinah Stroe


Ould Sod Zoom Session
The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Traditional Session on Zoom

The Ould Sod

Virtual Irish Traditional Session
every Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Pacific

Online via Zoom

The Ould Sod
Virtual Irish Traditional Session
Every Thursday
6:00 - 8:00 PM Pacific

(9:00 - 11:00 PM Eastern)
Meeting ID: 619 368 1854
Password: session

When COVID restrictions began in March, 2020, many weekly gatherings shifted to meeting online via the Zoom platform. With restrictions in California easing a bit, some are reducing or ending their Zoom musical meetings, but Michael Eskin says his, and since he has hosted over 70 of these accessible performances so far, I believe him!

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

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

More information at:


Stout Rebellion

Stout Rebellion Returns

Thursdays, beginning October 14th, 7:00 PM PST

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

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

James Wilson says:
For the past several weeks, Stout Rebellion has been gigging Jackrabbit Brewing Company on Thursday evenings. They are switching to winter hours and closing earlier, so, beginning Thursday, December 9th at 7:00 PM, we will be the regular Thursday house band at the great Father Paddy's Public House in Woodland! You now know where to go on Thursday evenings to sing along with Irish favorites and enjoy Irish music in an Irish pub. Thanks to Patrick Redmond for the invitation. See you in Woodland!

Come be part of the debut performance with original members Bobby Waller (lead vocals), Linda Easton (percussion), and James Wilson (mandolin), as well as new members (but old friends) Adrian Baxmeyer (bass) and Trevor Miller (whistle).

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

Find more details:
Stout Rebellion Facebook Page
Facebook Event


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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:

Debbie and Mark Nagle
Debbie and Mark Nagle

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

Open 7 days a week
Monday — Thursday 3:00 PM til close
Friday — Sunday 12:00 PM til close

The Chieftain, 198 5th St, San Francisco, CA

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We Are Open!

COVID Policy
Un-Vaccinated Guests must wear Masks
& Practice Social Distancing
Except when Eating or Drinking

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

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

Says Publican, Mark Nagle:

We are glad to be back in action and are since re-opening Thursday, July 8th. We plan to go back to 'normal' as best as possible, asking only that you wear a mask and practice Social Distancing if you are not vaccinated.

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

The Chieftain hosts live performers every Friday and Saturday, often featuring new musical talents.

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



The Plough and Stars Update

Wednesday — Sunday 4 to 12 PM

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

COVID Policy
Vaccination and Masks
Required Indoors
Make sure you bring your proof of vaccination when you come to The Plough.
Sean Heaney says:
Music at the Plough is back. We aren hosting an instrumental Irish Traditional session Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM and a song session lead by Christy O'Connell and Vince Keehan on the second Wednesday of every month at 8:00 PM. Drop by for a pint!

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

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

Check The Plough and Stars Website for the latest updates.


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

Sláinte Pub, Open Outside

Tuesday — Sunday, 12-8 PM PDT

Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA


Sundays, 4 PM to 7 PM PDT

COVID Policy
Masks Required Indoors
Except when eating or drinking

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:
Welcome back to Sláinte Oakland! We're here Tuesday through Sunday, noon - 10 PM and until midnight Thursday - Saturday with over 75 whiskeys, the perfect pints and a delicious new menu. Come on by. Cead Mile Failte!!!

We are overwhelmed by the support you all gave us on St Patrick's Day! After only being open for a few days before, it was super crazy and we apologize for the long wait times and thank you for your patience and advice. Hopefully we entertained you all while you were waiting. Here's a photo of just one of the wonderful things you might have missed due to the insane crowd - our brand new Irish house band Buncrana! - and they will be back this Sunday, 4 PM to 7 PM!

Thanks again-and if you missed out on St Patrick's Day, we're back in the kitchen today for delicious Irish food, rain or shine because of our new table coverings!

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


Starry Session

Starry Session Online

First Sunday of each month, from 8:00 to 10:00 PM

Online via YouTube for The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

The pandemic shut down the well loved Starry Plough in Berkeley a year ago, halting the Sunday night Irish session and Monday night Irish dancing that had been hosted there for decades.

A small group of Plough regulars are convening electronically, and have begun a monthly open session online, on the first Sunday of the month, running for two hours and starting at 8:00 PM. It kicked off on Easter Sunday, as that holiday has always been a time for new beginnings--particularly in Ireland.

The online Starry Session is live-streamed on YouTube allowing other people listen, play, sing or dance along. It works like this: individuals among a pre-selected group of musicians will be called upon to lead a dance tune or song in rotation. Everyone else is on mute; they can follow the music at home with their own instruments or voices or whatever. It's not as magical as being able to hear each other, but it can still be surprisingly therapeutic.

You can tune in on THIS YouTube channel:

Other ringleaders of this effort are Don Clark, Sean Wahl, Michele Delattre and Shay Black, so you might see communications from any of them as this process goes forward. ↑Top↑

Darcy Noonan
Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Available for Performances or Lessons

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

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

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

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


AmeriCeltic Products
AmeriCeltic Logo Items

→ AmeriCeltic Logo Gifts! ←

Shirt, Hat, Mug, Apron or Patch


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.

Click for more information about the AmeriCeltic Logo design


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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, 1001 Camelia Street, Berkeley, CA
and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street, Inner Richmond of San Francisco

Eric says:
"Our Berkeley location, 1001 Camelia Street, 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 open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00 PM, and 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.

You can shop online at, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

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

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay

Upcoming Events
Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas
Friday, December 17th, 7:30 PM PDT
Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

Read the Rio Theater Covid-19 Policy

The venerable Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay has a 33 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.

Pete Haworth says:
I'm sure, like me, you have missed live music a lot over the last many months so I'm happy to let you know that we have finally started booking concerts again! Newly added on our website is Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas at The Rio Theater on Friday, December 17th - Tickets:

In the queue: Concerts by Jim and Susie Malcolm (February 1st 2022, house concert), Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (February 11th 2022, Kuumbwa), and Lunasa (March 4th 2022, Kuumbwa). We may also hope to have the Irish Christmas In America show but it's still not certain if the performers will get their visas in time.

Please be sure to check each venue's website for their COVID policies before purchasing tickets. Some require that everyone, performers included, must show proof of vaccination, others require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. There will be more information about that on our website for each concert.

Click here for full details of All Celtic Society of Monterey Bay Concerts on the CSoMB website!



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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