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Friday, 2021-04-23
Updates, Features, & Events
Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,
• On Friday, April 23rd, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM PDT it's Accordion Fridays, with TOP NOTCH Celtic accordion masters streaming Online via Facebook Live. (See Below)
• On Friday, April 23rd at 5:30 PM, 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 Friday, April 23rd, at 7:00 PM PDT, the faculty of the Community Music School Spring Session, including David Brewer (whistle, bodhran), Adam Hendey (guitar), Janet Herman (Irish tenor banjo, mandolin), Éilís Kennedy (voice), Rebecca Lomnicky (Scottish fiddle), and John Weed (Irish fiddle), will present a free concert, online via YouTube. (See Below)
• On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, at 7:00 PM, The Black Donnellys, Dave Rooney and Dave Browne, will stream their high-energy show to you from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV as you stay safely sequestered in your homes. (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 24th, at 9:00 AM PDT, Community Music School of Santa Cruz will present Spring Session, a weekend of online Celtic music workshops as part of our Redwood Music Camp, online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 24th, at 12:00 PM PDT, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas will present the fifth in their series of seven retrospective concerts, online via (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 24th, at the United Irish Cultural Center, there will be outdoor dining from 1:00 - 8:00 PM under their 1800 sq.ft. 'Big Top', as well as LIVE music from 4:00 PM by Fret & Fiddle, in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 24th, at 1:00 PM, Sin Silver, will perform her piano bar show with the theme Songs with 'Crazy' in the title. Stay safe at home, and stream it online from from 'Murray's Pub' (her recreation/piano room) in Concord, CA. (See Below)
On Saturday, April 24th at 2:00 PM PST John Whelan conducts the 22nd in his series of Online Master Sessions, featuring singers Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan! Also, on Wednesday, John offers two free events, a 'Tune Teach' and John's 'Taking Time' Session (See Below)
• On Saturday, April 24th at 6 PM PDT, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Cooley-Keegan Branch of San Francisco, presents an international selection of young musicians, singers, and dancers, in Step into San Fran, LIVE Online via Zoom from San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Saturday April 24th, at 7:00 PM, The Pagan Interest Circle Invites You just 2 days after The International Earth Day dedicated to our sacred Earth on Zoom. (See Below)
• Sunday, April 25th at 11:00 AM, it's the Piper Sundays, Zoom meeting for an hour and one half with host Patrick D'Arcy and his guest Donnchadh Gough, joining us from Dungarvan, Ireland. (See Below)
• On Sunday April 25th, at 1:00 PM Anne Carew of the UICC interviews Manchan Magan live online from the UICC in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, April 25th, at 3:00 PM PDT, you can join a Canadian fiddling workshop with April Verch online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Thursday, April 29th, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Michael Eskin offers a free, Irish Whistle Master Class / Workshop / Geekfest live on Zoom! (See Below)
• On Friday, April 30th at 7:00 PM, its Lark Camp Cabaret Episode 6, via Facebook LIVE, YouTube LIVE and Twitch, from All around Northern, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, May 1st, at 3:00 PM, Blame the Whiskey will present another LIVE streaming show Online via Facebook Live from Vallejo, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, May 2nd, at 6:30 PM, Brian Walker, the main sound engineer at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, begins a 6 week course for those that want to learn how to play music with others over the Internet, held online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Tuesdays, beginning May 4th at 7:00 PM PDT, whistle and pipes wizard David Brewer is offering his three part Master Class LIVE online via Zoom. (See Below)
• Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th, The Celtic Heritage Celebration returns with regional bands, famous jousting and much much more happens in Angels Camp. (See Below)
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• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker's e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
Sláinte Pub 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)
• Over this pandemic period, Autumn Rhodes organized a phenomenal international project, Playing for The Plough and Stars to support that cherished Celtic cultural institution, and now you can enjoy the dozens of resulting videos. (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)
• Live music is slowly re-emerging in California! On Sunday, April 18th, and every Sunday, their are now LIVE Irish tunes at the Auld Dubliner in Long Beach, CA. (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 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)
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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Renée De La Prade

Accordion Fridays

Celtic Accordion World Masters in Concert

Online via Facebook Live!

Show Schedule
(Pacific Daylight Time)
11 AM - Renée de la Prade
12 PM/noon - Will Allen
6 PM -- Calvaleigh Rasmussen

7 PM -- 'The Dark Family Hour' with Salane

Then, to see these live online concerts, click the links and look for the little red LIVE button.

Check the Facebook Event for updates!

Accordion Fridays live concert series is back featuring: Renée de la Prade from Hamburg, Germany, Will Allen from Kent, UK, STAGG from London, UK via Scotland, Calvaleigh Rasmussen from Berkeley, CA, and Salane from Oakland, CA.. The hidden thread here is Celtic Music!

Renée de la Prade, brings a set of stomp-and-holler tunes with her button accordion, voice, and her boots, mixing Cajun, blues, reggae, Irish, French, punk, and other flavors that taste good together for a rocking show.

Will Allen plays English, Scottish and Irish dance tunes on melodeon. (Though he swears he's playing all English tunes for St. George's Day). Will's playing is very rhythmic, hypnotic and soulful. He's a member of the Ship Band; the U.K.'s Premier Ceilidh band.

Calvaleigh Rasmussen plays dance music from across the centuries, weaving medieval songs with strands of 20th century folk music into big cozy sound tapestries. You'll hear lots of European and American folk music, lots of great rhythm and a bit of singing.

Salane's 'The Dark Family Hour': dark mysterious music, polkas and waltzes, psychedelia, comedy and Tom Waits covers. Salane is an unforgettable performer who brings us to other worlds.

All shows are LIVE, FREE, and HAVE ACCORDIONS. You know you want - some bellows-shaking cheer!


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

The Cross Keys

Friday, April 23rd, 5:30 PM

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

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

Cormac says:
Looking forward to playing with my comrades!

Here is a sample video featuring Stacy Samuels:

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

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


Black Donnellys
The Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys LIVE

Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more, check Dave Browne's Facebook Profile.


CMS Spring 20210424

Community Music School of Santa Cruz
Spring Session

Saturday, April 24th, 9:00 AM PDT

Online via Zoom

Saturday April 24th
9:00-10:15 Singing in Irish (Éilís Kennedy, all levels)
10:30-11:45 Advanced Donegal Irish Fiddling (John Weed, int/adv fiddle)
12:00-1:15 Rowdy Reels for Harps, Part 1 (Jesse Autumn, int/adv harp)
1:30-2:45 Accompaniment Techniques for DADGAD Guitar (Adam Hendey, beg/int)
3:00-4:15 Intermediate Whistle (David Brewer)
4:30-5:45 Happy Hour and Pub Quiz (Rebecca Lomnicky, all)

Sunday April 25th
9:00-10:15 Tenor Banjo Breakfast (Janet Herman, int. banjo, mandolin)
10:30-11:45 Irish/Celtic Fiddle Bootcamp (John Weed, late beginners–adv fiddle)
12:00-1:15 Rowdy Reels for Harps, Part 2 (Jesse Autumn, int/adv harp)
1:30-2:45 Flatpicking Tunes for DADGAD Guitar (Adam Hendey, int/adv guitar)
3:00-4:15 Intermediate Bodhran (David Brewer)
4:30-5:45 Contemporary Scottish Fiddle (Rebecca Lomnicky, int/adv fiddle)
6:00-7:15 Group Jam Session (John Weed, host)

Community Music School of Santa Cruz presents their third online Redwood Music Camp this weekend, on April 24th and 25th. 'Spring Session' is a series of eleven instrument-specific Celtic music workshops conducted over Zoom. Faculty include Jesse Autumn (harp), David Brewer (whistle, bodhran), Adam Hendey (guitar), Janet Herman (Irish tenor banjo, mandolin), Éilís Kennedy (voice), Rebecca Lomnicky (Scottish fiddle), and John Weed (Irish fiddle).

Workshops are $10 each, or you can buy an all-weekend pass for $75.

Both the Happy Hour and Pub Quiz (Saturday afternoon) and the Group Jam Session (Sunday afternoon) are included with the price of any registration.

There will also be a free faculty concert at 7 PM this Friday, April 23rd; you can find the link on their Facebook event or on their YouTube channel All donations received during the screening of the concert video will be divided among the performers. To donate, go to

More details, along with workshop descriptions, are available on the Community Music School website

For more information, email Susan Willats


Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
The Golden Age of Scottish Fiddle Music

Saturday, April 24th, 12:00 PM PDT

Online via


Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas say:
This will be the fifth in a series of seven retrospective concerts, each dedicated to revisiting and updating part of their 20 years of recording and performing together. This concert celebrates their early recording, 'Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Volume 2.' Tunes from the Golden Age of the Scottish Fiddle.

More on the Facebook Event.


Fret & Fiddle

United Irish Cultural Center

Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining
Now offering limited Indoor Dining
All Saturdays in April from 1-8 PM

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, April 24th
LIVE music from 4:00 PM
Join Fret & Fiddle for upbeat Irish music!
Food Menu Weekend:
1. Grilled Hamburger $8
2. Grilled Cheeseburger $9
3. Special: Shepherd's Pie $11
4. Grilled Hot Dog on Bun $7
5. Irish Sausage on Roll/Grilled Onions $8
6. Ron's Grilled Cheese $6
7. Chicken Wings with choice of sauce $7
8. Special: Corned Beef Slider $10
Soft Drinks:
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Root Beer
Hot Chocolate | Lucozade
Bottled water, sparkling water
Wine: Chardonnay, Cabernet, Rose
S. Blanc, Prosecco or Champagne
Draft Guinness and 805
Bud, Bud Light
Coors, Coors Light
Sierra Nevada Hazy
Lagunitas IPA
Corona and Modelo
Magner's Cider
White Claw
Margaritas, Mai-Tai, Hot Toddy,
Irish Coffee, Bailey's Coffee
Club Orange, Club Lemon
Club Rock Shandy
Wear mask unless eating or drinking
Maximum six per table
Respect social distance rules

Despite the pandemic, the United Irish Cultural Center has successfully operated a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, in the Sunset District of San Francisco. Thanks to our hard working small staff and dozens of volunteers, the UICC Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining has operated a bustling outdoor dining space under a 1,800 square foot open-sided canopy since January 2021.

And now, thanks to the just announced reductions in related restrictions, the UICC is also offering limited indoor dining in their spacious Saint Patrick's Room!

All this month, we will show NCAA basketball on our four outdoor TV's when open. At $13/month, UICC membership costs less than a Netflix subscription, and is an whole lot more fun! Sign up today at the UICC website.

Facebook Event
UICC website
UICC Facebook Page
'Irish Shoppe' Facebook Event


Sin Silver
Sin Silver

Sin Silver

Saturday, April 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 PM PDT

Online via YouTube and Facebook LIVE, from Concord, CA

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

Sin live-streams from 'Murray's Pub' (her recreation/piano room) every week and this week's theme is Songs with 'Crazy' in the title. Find Sin's Live Performance by checking Sin's YouTube channel or Sin's Facebook Profile, or go to and search for Sin Silver.

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

Virtual Tip Jar:
Venmo @Sin-Silver

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

Check out her website here: or email her at


Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan
Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan

Whelan Master Session #23:
with Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan

Saturday, April 24th, 2:00 PM

Online via Zoom

Since March 2020, John has stepped up his online activities, and his latest project is Master Sessions with John Whelan. This edition of Whelan Master Sessions features Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan.

Siobhan Peoples's musical history is a combination of Donegal through her father, Tommy, and Clare through her grandmother, Kitty Linnane, who was the pianist with the original Kilfenora Ceili Band. Raised in Clare, she has been involved in music in the community from the age of 11. Discovering the expansive fiddle music of Donegal in her mid teens led Siobhan to take a different approach to the fiddle, becoming immersed in the vastly different style and repertoire of the county. She has been a tutor in the University of Limerick for the past 18 years and enjoys teaching all over Ireland and Europe.

Murty Ryan is a button accordion player from a small, north-Tipperary village called Toor; he now resides in Ennis, Co. Clare. He comes from a musical family and his brother Noel was a one-time member of the renowned group Danu. In 2002, Murty released a CD with Clare fiddle player Siobhan Peoples, and their musical partnership which has taken them to many festivals both here and abroad. He is part of the vibrant music scene that exists in the town of Ennis and more recently has become one of the organisers of the Ennis Trad Festival.

John says:
I'm very excited to be hosting Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan - two incredible musicians that should not be missed. I know the weather is getting better in a lot of places and there are many many virtual and live things happening but things are not what they should be in Ireland and that is why I continue to do this to help support these musicians that have lost so much. Lets take the time to support these artists and help make up some of their losses but more important be a part of something special.

Go to for details on how to get your zoom link.

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

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

Get more details on John's website:


Step into San Fran

Step into San Fran

Saturday, April 24th at 6:00 PM PDT

Online via Zoom

Caoimhe says:
As the Youth Officer of the Cooley-Keegan branch of San Francisco, I wanted to engage with other youth who are equally as passionate about Irish culture. While virtually connecting with others does not compare to playing a tune alongside others or dancing at a céilí­, it has allowed us to create international relationships.

In order to bring together children from around the globe and to celebrate the many talents found within Comhaltas, we decided to create an all youth concert. We are very excited to present an international selection of musicians, singers, and dancers who will share their amazing gifts. This free event will occur on April 24th at 6 PM PDT over Zoom. For more information and to receive the link for the event, please reach out to We can't wait to see you on the 24th and for you to participate in the many connections we are building right now! Go raibh maith agaibh!

Many thanks
Caoimhe Lyons
S.F Cooley-Keegan Youth Officer

Since the early 1970's, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Cooley-Keegan Branch of San Francisco has played a crucial role in keeping Irish traditions alive in Northern California. CCESF Dance classes and dancing events are open to everyone. We do not have any religious affiliations — you need not be Irish to join in!

Check out the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Cooley-Keegan Branch of San Francisco Website for more information.


Donnchadh Gough
Donnchadh Gough

Piper Sundays

Sundays at 11:00 AM
Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club

Online via Zoom
Join the Zoom Event:

Event Website:

Host Patrick D'Arcy says:
'It's every Sunday from 11:00 AM (PDT) for about 90 minutes. I try to get high profile Uilleann piper guests from Ireland and elsewhere. It's not so much a concert as it is a talk show with the guest playing a handful of tunes throughout. Drop by this Sunday to check it out. Our guest will be Patrick Hutchinson, joining us from Dungarvan, Ireland.
  • April 25th, Donnchadh Gough — Details
  • May 2nd, Chris McMullan — Details
  • May 9th, Tom Klein — Details
  • June 13th, Eoin O Riabhaigh — Details

From 1:30 PM on this will become our monthly So Cal Pipers Club social call

Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events:


Manchan Magan
Manchan Magan

Manchan Magan Interview
with Anne Carew

Sunday April 25th, 1:00 PM

Online via Zoom

Join Anne Cassidy Carew, Cultural Director of the UICC in a live Zoom chat with Manchán Magan, author of 32 Words for Field and Sea Tamagotchi.

32 Words for Field: The richness of a language closely tied to the natural landscape offered our ancestors a more magical way of seeing the world. Before we cast old words aside, let us consider the sublime beauty and profound oddness of the ancient tongue that has been spoken on this island for almost 3,000 years.

In Thirty-Two Words for Field, Manchan Magan meditates on these words - and the nuances of a way of life that is disappearing with them.

Sea Tamagotchi: Manchán Magan embarked upon a journey along the coast roads of Mayo, Donegal, Sligo and Galway, seeking out forgotten sea words, maritime terms and coastal customs. This book contains 38 sea words in Irish he selected and drawings, collages and photographs by Antic-Ham.

In February 2020 Manchán set out along the coast roads of Mayo and Donegal seeking out sea words, maritime terms & coastal customs.In autumn 2020 he continued his search in Connemara and Inishmore.

A selection of the words he encountered are gathered on these pages.

Sea Tamagotchi: (Foclóir Farraige) was been made possible by Galway2020 and the fishermen and folklorists who generously shared their wisdom. The following pages have recordings of over 200 words. Short films have been made of some, and a little book too.

Check out the Facebook Event

Check Manchán's website:


April Verch
April Verch

April Verch
Fiddle Workshop

Sunday, April 25th, 3:00 PM PDT

Online via Zoom

Sign Up via Eventbrite

There are many regional styles of fiddling in Canada including Ottawa Valley, Western Canadian, Métis, Maritime, Cape Breton and French Canadian. April Verch will be choosing 2 tunes to teach, that represent 2 of these regions. Instruction will be 'by ear' where April will break the tunes down slowly into small, repeatable sections.

April will show how to take the tunes and build them from the basic melody into your own version of the tunes by implementing left hand ornamentation and bowing techniques. These “tools” will be useful for you to apply to other tunes you play as well. She is mindful of keeping with the roots of this tradition – getting together to make music and have a great time in a relaxed, social environment!

For over two decades, fiddler, singer, songwriter and step dancer April Verch has been recording and captivating listeners worldwide. The Ottawa Valley native has garnered praise from music's heavy hitters including NPR, Rolling Stone, No Depression and more, for her fresh and feisty approach to deep North Americana. Verch's signature sound blends together regional Canadian, American old-time, classic country and more, resulting in a well-rounded tour-de-force of traditional sounds.

On stage is where her diverse repertoire comes to life, with a presence that is versatile, robust, and masterfully executed. Her delicate voice, energetic footwork and stunning playing have brought her to stages across the globe, wowing audiences with her jaw-dropping performance. With 13 albums and over two decades of touring under her belt, she is a seasoned veteran.

Verch won't be the one to tell you about her championship titles, nominations, and awards, or the fact that she was one of 6 fiddlers who represented the Canadian fiddle tradition to the world at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, as part of a segment called 'Fiddle Nation'. Instead, in speaking with her, you'll hear about how passionate she is about sharing her music; in small gatherings in remote communities in Iqaluit, to large prestigious concert halls like Mozartsal in Vienna.

Verch's ability to preserve the authentic folk traditions of the past and reintroduce them into the musical landscape of the present is a testament to her masterful musicianship and widespread appeal.

On July 24, 2020 April Verch released a new album, Top of the Hill , made for children & for the young at heart! April has also released a video, I Want to Help (an April Verch original) of one of ten tracks from Top of the Hill

More details and downloads on April's website:


Michael Eskin
Michael Eskin

Irish Whistle
Master Class / Workshop / Geekfest
with Michael Eskin

Thursdays, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM PST

Live via Zoom

Free workshop best suited for intermediate level tin whistle players with some experience on the instrument.

The next workshop will be a open one. It would be ideal if you already can play some tunes on the instrument and have at least some basic understanding of ornamentation on the whistle. This is not a new beginner's class, but certainly newer players may benefit from the workshop.

Here’s the Zoom meeting link:
or if you prefer:
Meeting ID: 6193681854
Password: session

Bookmark my Website here:

Check the Facebook Event:

This workshop is free, but if you find the event useful, I would very much appreciate it if you would consider donating a few dollars to my PayPal tip jar:
Venmo: @MichaelEskin

Michael Eskin
Michael's Facebook Profile


Lark Camp Cabaret Episode 5

Friday, April 30th at 7:00 PM

Online Event via Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live

Join us for a Lark Virtual Cabaret!

Our next Virtual Cabaret will be Friday, April 30 (not the 23rd as previously reported). It will run about an hour and feature such luminaries as Jason Adajian, Ashley Lounsbury, Alex Bernstein, Kevin Hughes, Scott Gifford, Jenette Sellin, Greg Jenkins, Mark Sellin, and Evan Sellin. Join your emcees, Kevin Hughes and Calvaleigh Rasmussen at 7:00pm via the Lark Camp Facebook Group, our YouTube. See you there!

As you know, there will be no in-person Lark Camp until 2022, but the Lark Camp team is working on plans for Lark Camp Online. Via Zoom, we'll offer a full five days of workshops, happy hours, a swap meet, and breakout rooms for sessions. Be sure to save August 4 - 8 (Wednesday through Sunday).

Watch for updates, and if you have friends who might like to attend, be sure to share this email with them, or send them this link so they can get on the Lark Camp newsletter mailing list:

More info on the website:


Blame the Whiskey
Blame the Whiskey

Blame the Whiskey
Their Good Friends Everything Nowadays!
Live at Front Porch Festival, Vallejo

Saturday, May 1st, 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Online via Facebook Live and in person at 615 Napa St, Vallejo, CA

Click Here to go to the Blame the Whiskey Facebook Page, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Join us, Blame The Whiskey, along Their Good Friends Everything Nowadays! (All Artists live in the household and/or have quarantined together). In person attendees must observe social distancing and wear a mask. No exceptions.

Blame the Whiskey is:
• Meghan Jean Arthur, formerly of Play Naked, vocals and guitar
• Joseph Paganucci, vocals, percussion and guitar
• Bob McGowan, resident bass vocals, mandolin and soloist
• Randy Carnahan, vocals, fiddle

Blame the Whiskey is a five piece Irish Ensemble with a Rock and Bluegrass influence and a diverse musical background. Highly versatile, our songs and melodies carry you through the ages of traditional Irish and Medieval, through solid rock and into today's acoustic folk stylings including Traditional Irish dance tunes and songs and not so traditional classic rock, all with a stylized Rock and Roll Flair. For energy, instrumentation, and musical eclecticism, Blame the Whiskey holds a unique niche in the greater San Francisco Bay Area as the firestarter for your party, festival, or fundraiser.

For more on Blame the Whiskey, email or check

For more on the Facebook Event.


Jam over Internet
Jam with others over the Internet

Brian Walker
Jamming Over the Internet

Sunday, May 2nd, 6:30 PM

Online via Zoom

This class is lead by Brian Walker, the main sound engineer at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Brian's class consists of six weekly 75-minute sessions held online via Zoom.

Brian says,
Like a lot of people, I've been frustrated by my inability to play music with others in-person and joining a zoom session where only one person at a time can be heard just didn't feel like playing together. So last year I started researching ways to actually play with other people in real-time over the internet and it's been a great experience - I now have weekly rehearsals with two groups, and it's fantastic.

Now that I've done the research, I thought it might be helpful to teach a class on the subject. It starts on May 2nd.

Here's the details:


David Brewer Tune Writing

Celtic Tune Writing
with David Brewer

Three part Master Class over Zoom
Tuesdays, May 4th, 11th, & 18th 7:00 PM PDT

Online via Zoom

Building on the recent popular class taught at Redwood Music Camp Online, David Brewer is offering a three part master class over Zoom for people interested in developing their knowledge and craft of Celtic-style melody composition.

During these upbeat sessions, David will guide you through every form of Celtic melody, from jigs and reels to hornpipes and pipe marches, dissecting traditional tunes to highlight what makes them tick. With over two decades of experience and hundreds of original tunes to his name, David offers a deep dive into his compositional thought process, as well as tips and tricks for crafting your own melodies.  

Open to musicians and non-musicians of all levels.

To register or for more info, email David at

$75 per person includes all three sessions, 1.5 hours long each: Tuesday May 4, 11, 18 @ 7:00 PM PDT

David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and composer, from the band The Fire.


Celtic Celebration 2021

The Celtic Heritage Celebration

Saturday, June 19th — Sunday, June 20th,

Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gunclub Rd, Angels Camp, CA

 Wicked Tinkers
 Young Dubliners
 The Fire
 Golden Bough
 Black Irish Band
 Emerald Society
 Bagpipe Band
 Imperial Knights
 The Incredible
 Kevin Axtell
Living History
Guild & Societies
Celtic Marketplace
Cultural Dining
(subject to change)

The 35th Annual Celtic Heritage Celebration returns with the Largest and Biggest Celtic Event on the West Coast! Celebrating the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Isle of Mann, Galacia and Asturias

We are welcoming back the Imperial Knights Tournament of Champions!

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

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

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

For complete details, show schedule and tickets, check


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Break Through your Ancestry Brick Walls!
A printable e-book
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker
Ancestry & DNA
Family History Research: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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Author Celia Fábos-Becker
My Book includes:
• Introduction to Family History Documents
• What are REAL Primary Sources?
• America's Dark Age (1783 to 1850)
• Finding Family Records with online services
• Introduction to Family History DNA
• Using DNA Tests to help Find Family History
• How autosomal, MtDNA, or Y-DNA tests can help
• DNA Testing Company Reviews
• Loads of Examples
Download Ancestry & DNA - Beyond the Basics here:

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

"Buncrana" @ Sláinte Pub, Oakland Sundays

Sláinte is open outside Tuesday through Sunday, 12-8 PM

Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 12-9PM (Kitchen closed at 8:30)
Thursdays: 12-10PM (Kitchen closed at 9)
Fridays and Saturdays: 12-11PM (Kitchen closed at 9:30)
Sundays: 12-9PM (Kitchen closed at 8:30)
Mondays: Closed
Sundays, 4 PM to 7 PM

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, 12-8pm 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↑

Playing for The Plough and Stars

A Musical Benefit for a San Francisco Landmark Pub

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

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 current pandemic and related public health restrictions have put a stop to all that for over a year now. The resulting business losses threaten to put The Plough out of business permanently, but there has been a sustained community crowdfunding effort that gives hope to resist and keep this iconic Celtic business going, if the community can sustain this support long enough.

To that end, Uber-Irish Culture Maven Autumn Rhodes organized this online series of short vignettes, and back on February 12th of this year, local Irish mandolinist Marla Fibish kicked the project off with this post on the Plough and Stars Facebook Page:

I'm proud to kick off our effort to save the Plough and Stars in San Francisco! For 45 years, The Plough and Stars has been the heart of live Irish and Americana music in the San Francisco area. COVID-19 and its subsequent aftermath are threatening the Plough's existence. Let's play tunes for the Plough so we can have a home for music for the next 45 years. Show your support here:

Join in the fun by recording yourself playing a tune or singing a song and tagging @ThePloughandStars and #playingfortheplough. Share the GoFundMe link and nominate friends to participate!

Marla Fibish

One year on, the Plough was still closed on Saint Patrick's Day, but proprietor Sean Heaney and his team got a boost with this detailed article by Dianne de Guzman in the San Francisco newsletter, 'SF Gate'

So now you, our reader, can help support this cherished Celtic cultural institution, while enjoying the dozens of resulting videos by clicking on the links to the right, and then on this one,, and making a contribution!


Darcy Noonan
Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Available for Performances or Lessons

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

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

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

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


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

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

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The Celtic Tea Shoppe

Home of Artisan Candies

4432 Pearl Avenue, San Jose CA | 408-267-7090

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

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

To check The Celtic Tea Shoppe Facebook Page, Click Here!

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


Lark In The Morning SF Store
New Store in San Francisco

Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco

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

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

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

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi

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

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


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

Breaking News at The Duke

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM every day of the year

Publican Stan Gamble and his partners have an update! Many of you have heard the rumors about the The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant.

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

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

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

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

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

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



The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay

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


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



Irish Culture Bay Area

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


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


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