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Friday, 2021-06-25
Updates, Features, & Events
Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,
Lark Camp Online, the Zoom version of Lark Camp's annual Music, Song, & Dance event for 2021 that is usually held in the Mendocino Woodlands will run from Wednesday, August 4th through Sunday August 8th, 2021. Each day will include 18 workshops, beginning at 10 AM and ending at 5 pm, with a Breema session and lunch break in the middle. These will be followed a happy hour and two evening sessions every night. For the schedule, registration form and details, visit their Website:
Events: (one-time)
• From Friday, June 18th, 5:00 AM — July 14th, 5:00 AM & 11:00 AM PDT each morning, Clifton House, Belfast continues its series of 11 lectures on humanitarian and activist Mary Ann McCracken to anyone, anywhere, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 26th, at 11:00 AM Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Alasdair Fraser will give a concert of Sea Music from the UK, presented by The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. (See Below)
• On Saturday June 26th, and Sunday, June 27th, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Albany COVIDchella benefit festival is happening at Various Driveways Albany, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 26th, at the United Irish Cultural Center, there will be outdoor dining from 1:00 - 8:00 PM with LIVE songs from 4:00 PM from Boys of Malin, under their 1800 sq.ft. 'Big Top', and now inside their large facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 26th, at 7:00 PM, The Pagan Interest Circle invites you to join them as they Play with the Fairies, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Sunday June 27th - Friday July 2nd, it's the 35th International Festival for Irish Harp / An Chúirt Chruitireachta, and this year it is accessible Online!. (See Below)
• On Sunday, June 20th 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 Tim Hill, joining us from San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Sunday, June 27th, at 3:00 PM the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band and the Northern Nevada Scottish Highland Dancers will give a Concert, followed by a Traditional Celtic Music Session, both in Virginia City, NV. (See Below)
• From Friday evening, July 2nd through Sunday evening, July 4th, the San Francisco Folk Music Club offers their regular Independence Day Weekend Campout but this time it will be Virtual (online via Zoom). (See Below)
Events: (recurring)
• On Fridays, 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 Wednesdays, well known button accordionist John Whelan offers two free events, a 'Tune Teach' and John's 'Taking Time' Session (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 cherished San Francisco Celtic cultural institution, The Plough and the Stars, has re-opened (softly) 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)
• Live music is slowly re-emerging in California! Every Sunday, there 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)

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Mary Ann McCracken
Mary Ann McCracken

Mary Ann 250: Series of FREE
Irish History Talks from Belfast

June 10th — July 14th, 5:00 AM & 11:00 AM PDT
(1:00 & 7:00 PM BST)

Online via Zoom

Series Schedule
(Pacific Daylight Time)
• Thursday, June 10th, 11:00 AM - A Life in Letters (1770-1866), Cathryn McWilliams
• Friday, June 11th, 5:00 AM - A Spirit of Inquiry': A Panel Discussion
• Monday, June 14th, 11:00 AM - Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies: Linen Hall Library
• Friday, June 18th, 5:00 AM - Paper and Politics: The Joy Family Online Talk
• Wednesday, June 23rd, 11:00 AM - Framing Irish Complicity in Transatlantic Slavery
• Friday, June 25th, 5:00 AM - HERstory: The Women of Clifton House
• Tuesday, June 29th, 11:00 AM - Mary Ann McCracken and Edward Bunting Manuscripts
• Friday, July 2nd, 5:00 AM - Children and the Poor House: Our Archives Stories
• Thursday, July 8th, 11:00 AM - Who and What Did Mary Ann McCracken Fight for?
• Friday, July 9th, 5:00 AM - 'The Writing of Mary Ann McCracken's Story'
• Wednesday, July 14th, 7:00 AM - 'Bastille Day' Belfast 2021

From 10th June 2021 to the 14th July 2021, Clifton House in Belfast, along with our partners, will run a series of unique free events to celebrate the life, legacy and relevance today of Mary Ann McCracken, on what would have been her 250th birthday.

Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866) was born and lived in Belfast. In life and in the recorded history that followed, she was often overshadowed by her brother, executed United Irishman Henry Joy McCracken. However recently her name and her achievements are becoming more widely known. Mary Ann was an abolitionist, social reformer and activist who fought for the rights of women and championed the disadvantaged at both home and abroad. She lived a long life that encompassed the most turbulent years of Irish history. Her radical, humanitarian zeal and generous strength of character were indefatigable, and her contribution to Belfast life is still felt and celebrated today.

To see the full list of events and to register, visit

We look forward to welcoming visitors from across the pond to these events. If you would like any further information, please don't hesitate to contact me:
Caroline McCoubrey
Freelance Marketing Consultant on behalf of Clifton House, Belfast

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Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Alasdair Fraser
Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Alasdair Fraser

Sea Music Concert: Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Alasdair Fraser

Saturday, June 26th, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Online via website

This Saturday, June 26th, 11am-12:30pm Pacific Daylight Time (USA), Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Alasdair Fraser will be performing a virtual sea music concert, presented by the The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Registration required to receive the livestream link. Registration, plus photos and bios of the performers at: Get Tickets Here:

Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh was born and raised in the heartland of the Gaelic speaking area in Northwest Donegal, Ireland. She is a native Gaelic speaker and learned her fiddle playing and songs from her family and neighbors. Mairead is a founding member of the bands: Altan, The String Sisters, and ‘Cairdeas na bhFidileiri (The Fiddler’s Fellowship) which was set up in the late 80’s to preserve, promote and develop the richness of the Donegal fiddling tradition. Mairead is internationally known as one of the most important fiddle players that play in the unique and exciting Donegal style. As well as recording numerous albums with Altan, she has recorded with such dignitaries as Enya, The Chieftains, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Douglas, The Afro Celt Sound System, and Aly Bain, among many others.

Alasdair Fraser is one of the greatest carriers of the Scottish fiddle music tradition, an inspiration to generations of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. He is famous for his warmly expressive playing, a mastery of his instrument, and a deep understanding of his native music as a venerable and continually evolving art. As a fiddler equally capable of playing haunting Gaelic airs and lively dance tunes, Alasdair has worked in a variety of successful partnerships. He has guested with The Chieftains, Itzhak Perlman, The Waterboys and many others. His innumerable broadcasts have included A Prairie Home Companion and CBS TV’s Kennedy Center Honors. He also has appeared on film soundtracks, including The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic.

Please note that our staff will electronically "check-in" your device automatically at 10:55AM on event day. Your browser should automatically start streaming the event around 11AM. If not, please refresh your screen and click on the large image to activate the live event.


COVIDcella V

Albany, CA COVIDchella

Saturday June 26th — Sunday, June 27th
1:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Various Driveways in Albany, CA

COVIDchella Folk Acts
Erica and Friends Saturday, 1:00 PM
Danny Carnahan Saturday 4:00 PM
Burke Trieschmann Sunday 2:00 PM

Other Folk and Americana music acts on Sunday:
Crow for Day
Maggie Forti
Cornbread Willie
John McCord
Rankin Strangers
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The BB’s

The Albany COVIDchella is a safe and socially distant outdoor music festival with 40+ shows played by Albany musicians from their porches and driveways. It is free to attend and encourages tipping to support philanthropic causes chosen for each event.

Due to vast improvements with COVID rates and lifting of related mandates on 6/15/21, COVIDchella V is no longer restricted to Albany locals only and is welcoming friends from outside Albany.

Although there are no requirements for masks and social distancing for fully vaccinated people, we ask that you please continue to follow public health guidelines. Fully vaccinated people may attend without masking or social distancing. Please continue to follow public health guidelines, as needed. In consideration of neighbors and to prevent overcrowding, feel free to invite your friends but please do not post or share the COVIDchella map with the general public.

For full details and a map to the individual shows, please join the Albany COVIDcella Facebook Group:

Albany COVIDchella raises fun and funds for good causes: COVIDchella V (June 26-27) is a "musician's choice" benefit event. Please show your appreciation for the music by donating to the musicians and their favorite causes. You can also help by buying our merchandise:


Boys of Malin
Eamonn Flynn, keyboards
Félim Egan, accordion
Darcy Noonan, fiddle

United Irish Cultural Center

Wawona Gates 2nd Year!
Saturday, June 26th Boys of Malin
Sunday, June 27th, John and Maureen Kennelly Memorial Feis
Outdoor Dining and limited Indoor Dining

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, June 26th 1:00-8:00 PM
Boys of Malin LIVE from 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 27th 12:00-6:00 PM
John and Maureen Kennelly Memorial Feis
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

On Saturday, we kick off the Summer at Wawona Gates with Boys oof Malin at 4:00 PM LIVE on the #WawonaGates stage.

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!

On Sunday, June 27th, The United Irish Cultural Center in association with the Patricia Kennelly School of Irish Dancing, will host its first Irish Step Dancing Feis in over twenty years.

Competition will start at 8am with Championships to follow. Please note that registrations, payments and changes closed at noon on Tuesday, June 22nd.

UICC is delighted to offer light breakfast faire from 8:00 AM Sunday morning with regular hot lunch available at Wawona Gates from 12 noon onwards.

Local singer songwriter Dan Dectis will be playing at the Gates in the afternoon, as the Feis winds down. Looking forward to the Feis which is at capacity!

Anne Cassidy Carew is busy collating photos and stories for the San Francisco Irish Dance Exhibition later on this year.

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


Midsummer Solstice

Pagan Interest Circle Wants to Play with the Fairies

Saturday, June 26th, at 7:00 PM

Online via Zoom

In the times of the Old Religion, our Northern European ancestors, using what is known of the Anglo-Saxon calendar, observed only two seasons. Winter began the eve of the first Full Moon of October and the first day of Summer was celebrated at Beltane (May 1st).

After the 7th century, C.E., a shift from lunasolar to solar calculations set the beginning of the Summer and Winter seasons at the time of the solar equinoxes, corresponding to our Ostara (March) and Mabon (September) on the Wheel of the Year.  This made the Summer and Winter Solstices the mid-point of each season, when Holy Tides, 12-day holidays, were celebrated.

Our Full Moon  PICT Circle meets in the middle of  Midsummer, a time when strawberries ripen, flowers are still blooming and the world is lush with green. The Sun is in His glory and merges with the power of the Earth to produce the medicinal plants and food crops that sustain us. It is no wonder that the Earth Spirits,  the Fey, make magic and dance at this time!

We will respectfully call on  the Fey, using Fairies Oracle Cards, to join us in Sacred Space. Who knows who will appear? Be ready for healing, wisdom or mischief!  We take our chances when we work with the Wild. With Blessings!

For more information, contact  Kristen Stephens @

For the ZOOM link to attend, contact Christine Patch-Lindsay,, no later than 3pm on the day of the ritual.


Harp Fest Faculty
An Chúirt Chruitireachta Faculty

An Chúirt Chruitireachta
35th International Festival for Irish Harp

Sunday, June 27th - Friday, July 2nd

Online via Zoom

Our harp festival, An Chúirt Chruitireachta, ranks among the top international festivals for Irish harp. We warmly welcome harpers of every standard from all over the world. This year our festival is live online from Sunday, June 27th to Friday, July 2nd.

We are passionate about the music of the harp tradition and its place within Irish traditional music. We guarantee top quality workshops, sessions and concerts. You will have an opportunity to engage online with other harpers, gain a better understanding of Irish music, song and dance as well as learning more about the harp and its music.

We have a panel of exceptional tutors and talented artists poised to deliver an outstanding week of harp music for you with top quality workshops, sessions and concerts. You can choose from a wide variety of programme options. Book our full harp immersion package, and attend morning and afternoon workshops and events as well as taking in all our evening concerts. You will have an opportunity to engage online with harp tutors, other harpers and gain a better understanding of Irish music, song and dance as well as learning more about the harp and its music.

Full Details on the Event Website.


Tim Hill
Tim Hill

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 Tim Hill, joining us from San Francisco.

Here is a video preview: Piper Sunday trailer with Tom Kline

  • Sunday, June 27th, Tim Hill —  Details
  • Sunday, July 4th, Éanna Drury — Details
  • Sunday, July 11th, Becky Taylor — Details

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

Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events:


Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band
Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band

Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band Concert
and Traditional Celtic Music Session

Pipe Concert, Sunday, June 27th, 3:00 PM
Piper's Opera House 12 B St, Virginia City, NV

Traditional Celtic Music Session
Sunday, June 27th, 5:00 PM
76 N C Street, Virginia City, NV

On Sunday, June 27th, at 5:00 PM, the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band will play their 60th Anniversary Concert, joined with performances by the Northern Nevada Scottish Highland Dancers. In the past, these two groups have performed at venues including the Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration and the Nevada Society of Scottish Clan's Annual Robert Burns Dinner.

Tickets are $12 in advance through Eventbrite and $15 at the door. All ages welcome! Seating is first come, first serve. Bar provided upstairs.
Members of the band will also warm-up before the show at The Canvas Cafe, 10 N C St. at noon.  
For tickets, go to:

After the show, enthusiasts and musicians familiar with Celtic music are invited to join a Traditional Celtic Music Session at The Red Dog Saloon, 76 N C St., hosted by Sean Cummings (The Tahoe Bagpiper)

For more information on the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band , please visit

For questions or more information about the show, please call 775-847-0433 or email


SFFMC Campers
Important! Watch this video first!
To be able to find the events, you will need to use the latest version of Zoom and know how to move from the 'lobby' to a 'breakout' room to and back. Bruce Reid has prepared this training video to show you how:

How to attend events on Zoom and navigate Breakout Rooms.

Independence Day Weekend Virtual Campout 2021

Friday evening, July 2nd through Sunday evening, July 4th

Online via Zoom
Sponsored by the San Francisco Folk Music Club

(Pacific Daylight Time)
Friday, July 2nd
6:00 - 7:00 PM BYO Everything Pot Luck/Checkin A chance to check in with your friends and eat some dinner (or not) with them. This won't be a musical meeting as much as a way for us just to talk to each other as we would if we were having a pot luck at a live camp.
7:00 - midnight Song Swap. Cyprian's 4th Friday Sing will be held online the following Friday, July 9.
(Breakout Rooms available)

Saturday, July 3rd & Sunday, July 4th
11:00 AM - noon Workshop I
12:30 - 1:30 PM Workshop II
2:00 - 3:30 PM Workshop III
3:30 - 4:30 PM Workshop IV
7:00 - 9:00 PM Open Mic
Breakout rooms will be available from 11 am to 11 pm.

Check for updates at

Join with friends new and old to celebrate our global music community, as with in-person camp, we will have participatory workshops, concerts, 'open mic', and open sessions for singing & playing, Jokes, Stories, Friends, late-night singing. Independence Day Weekend Virtual Campout 2021 is a benefit in support of San Francisco Folk Music Club programs.

As with in-person camp and our online New Year's Camp, there will be Workshops, Jam Spaces, Dances, Games, Jokes, Stories, Friends, late-night singing. There are multiple Scottish and Irish events scheduled on all three days.

Independence Day Weekend Virtual Campout 2021 is open to musical friends everywhere. Donation $0 - $100 or more! (suggested donation $10 per day) No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please share this with folks near and far who may not yet be members of the SFFMC, as attendance will be open to all.

Leading workshops and other events is reserved for Folk Club members so be sure to confirm that you are a paid member and invite friends who would enjoy going to this online event, maybe to become members and lead something! Please visit the main website to become a member through the 'join us' tab.

And if you'd like to lead a workshop, dance, other activity, or perform in a concert this year, let us know Likewise, are you a wiz at Zoom? Let us know and help us fill a chore slot!

Check regularly for updates on zoom tutorials, what to plan for, and on workshop session spaces as they fill up early. For Questions, you can contact the registrars at


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.


John Whelan
John Whelan

John Whelan Tune Workshop & Session

Wednesdays, 2:30 - 5:00 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 The McCarthy Family.

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:


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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:

Playing for the Plough Videos
Over this past few months, Autumn Rhodes has 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

The Plough and Stars has Re-Opened

Wednesday — Sunday 4 to 12 PM

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

Sean Heaney says:
We have re-opened and we had our first live band last Saturday, May 18th. 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 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.

For now, there is no music, but Autumn Rhodes has organized a series of new videos from many of these musical alumni to help keep the Plough going. Just click on the links to the right, and then please show your support with a contribution 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

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, 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


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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.

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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

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.



The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco

Reopening July 6th!

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

Reopening Day has arrived and we are so excited to see life back in our city. We however have to wait a little longer with the construction going on around our building. We are focusing on a July 6th opening and will update you all as we get closer. We can't wait to be back in action. Better days are ahead. Cheers to you all

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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To submit an event for listing in our Calendars, email your Celtic event info., including Who, What, Where, Why & Description to us.
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