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Friday, 2021-05-14
Updates, Features, & Events
Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,
• Co-founders Tony and Celia report the results of last week's Elections in Scotland and Wales wherein Scots elected a 55.8% majority of representatives in the Scottish Parliament who support Independence for Scotland. (See Below)
Events: (one-time)
• On Friday, May 14th at 5:30 PM, The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay and the The Freight and Salvage and others offer an online live-streaming concert from Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. (See Below)
• On Saturday, May 15th, 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, May 15th, at the United Irish Cultural Center, there will be outdoor dining from 1:00 - 8:00 PM with LIVE music from 4:00 PM by The Gasmen, all under under their 1800 sq.ft. 'Big Top' in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, May 15th at 2:00 PM PST John Whelan conducts the 26th in his series of Online Master Sessions, featuring Karen Ryan! Also, on Wednesdays, John offers two free events, a 'Tune Teach' and John's 'Taking Time' Session (See Below)
• On Saturday, May 15th, at 6:30 PM Kaptain Bottletop will perform in a Live Stream concert from Art Boutiki in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, May 16th 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 Tom Klein, joining us from Attleboro, MA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, May 22nd, 11:00 AM Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham will give a concert of Sea Music from the UK, presented by The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. (See Below)
• Saturday, May 22nd at 5:00 PM, the fabulous Shipwrecked Shanty Band are back online via Facebook Live and in person (keepin' their distance) from Sláinte Irish Pub in Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, May 22nd, 7:00 PM, new, young Scottish Trad quartet, Fàrsan, will give a free, live stream concert, sponsored by the good folks at the Seattle Folklore Society. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, May 25th, 12:00 - 1:00, Catherine Flynn will interview Peter Glazer, of UC Berkeley's Theater Dept. about about AIrish, Flynn's research project. Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• From Friday evening, May 28th through Sunday evening, May 30th, the San Francisco Folk Music Club offers their regular Memorial Day Weekend Campout but this time it will be Virtual (online via Zoom). (See Below)
• On the weekend of Saturday, June 5th — Sunday, June 6th, Random Acts of Harping will be happening Everywhere. (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)
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 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 Saturdays, April 24th, at 1:00 PM, Sin Silver, performs a 'piano bar' show from her recreation/piano room. This week's theme is 'New York'`. Stay safe at home, and stream it online from from 'Murray's Pub' in Concord, CA. (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)
• 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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Nicola Sturgeon celebrates her re-election

Editorial: UK Election Results

Wales stands pat, but a clear majority of
Scottish voters support Independence

by Tony Becker and Cecilia Fábos-Becker 2021-05-14

The results of the Thursday, May 6th 2021, elections in the United Kingdom (UK) are as follows

In Wales, all 60 members of the Senedd Cymru, (the 'devolved' Welsh Parliament), were up for election. The Labor Party won 30 seats, a gain of +1, and will continue to govern. The Conservatives (Tories) won 16 seats, a gain of +5, essentially absorbing the Brexit minded UKIP party. The independence-minded Plaid Cymru won 13, a gain of +1, and the Liberal Democrats won a seat after having none. 47% of Wales registered voters cast a ballot, an increase of 1.2% over the previous election. Here is a link to the complete results for Wales: In Scotland, all 120 members of the devolved Scottish Parliament (MSPs) were up for election. Both the independence-minded parties increased their number of seats: Scottish National Party, (SNP), gained 1 and now holds 64 MSPs, (one short of an outright majority, and the Scottish Green Party won 8 seats, a change of +2. The Tories held steady at 31 MSPs. The Labour Party won 22 seats, a change -2 Liberal Democrats won 4 seats, a change of -1. 63% (an increase of over 10%) of the Scottish electorate came out to vote. Here is a link to the complete results for Scotland:

The 63% Scottish turnout is a full 10 percentage points above the average of previous elections, going back to 1999 when Scotland's 'devolved' parliament was established. The SNP and Greens coalition government now has a super majority of 72/129 MSPs, (55.8%).

Prior to 1707, Scotland was an independent country, with its own independent parliament, and this election result seems to foreshadow a return to independence for Scotland.



Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Friday, May 14th, 5:30 PM

Online via Tessatura at Live

The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay is joining with The Freight and Salvage and several other promoters to present an online concert with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas on Friday May 14th 2021 at 5:30PM.

This will be the sixth in a series of seven retrospective concerts, each dedicated to revisiting and updating part of their 20 years of recording and performing together. And it will be a celebration of Alasdair's birthday! Join Alasdair & Natalie on a Zoom call after the concert to continue the festivities.

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, 'the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,' and brilliant Californian cellist, Natalie Haas, spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding, and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

For a sample of what to expect at the concert, check out this video:

Tickets are available on a $5.00 - $20 sliding scale at this link. You'll receive instructions on how to tune in to the concert after your purchase.



SF Virtual Chantey Sing Series

Saturday, May 15th, 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 -
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. The next one is on Saturday, May 15th, Noon to 2:15 PM Pacific time, USA, around 8pm in London and 9pm in Paris.

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 Gasmen

United Irish Cultural Center

LIVE MUSIC by The Gasmen!
Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining
Now offering limited Indoor Dining

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, May 15th 1:00-8:00 PM
LIVE music from 4:00 PM
Join The Gasmen for Traditional Irish Songs and Tunes!
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, "The Gasmen", bring their Irish songs and tunes to the #WawonaGates stage at 4pm.

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!

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


Karen Ryan
Karen Ryan

Whelan Master Session #26:
with Karen Ryan

Saturday, May 15th, 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 Karen Ryan.

John says:
In 1975 my father and I were invited by a friend to visit and play a few gigs around County Fermanagh and the surrounding Counties. Little did I know it would be the beginning of a lifelong friendship. Karen Ryan will be our guest this coming Saturday, May 15th, for the Whelan Master Sessions. Laurence is one of the finest flute/whistle players to come from the North Of Ireland. Many of you know him but if not I hope you join us as we discuss our friendship and music along with great tunes.

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:


Tom Klein
Tom Klein

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 Torrin Ryan, joining us from Attleboro, MA.

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

  • Sunday, May 16th, Torrin Ryan —  Details
  • Sunday, May 23th, Emer Mayock —  Details
  • Sunday, May 30th, Brendan Ring —  Details
  • Sunday, June 6th, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail —  Details
  • Sunday, June 13th, Eoin Ó Riabhaigh —  Details
  • Sunday, June 20th, Nicolas Brown —  Details
  • Sunday, June 27th, Tim Hill —  Details

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

Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events:


Kaptain Bottletop
Kaptain Bottletop
David Boyden: Violin, viola, hardanger d'amore, hardingfele
Lee Corbie-Wells: 5-string violin, hardanger d'amore, vocals

Kaptain Bottletop

Saturday, May 15th, 8:30 PM

Streaming Live online via 'Passage' from Art Boutiki Music Hall, 44 Race St, San Jose

San Francisco-based 'Appalachian Gothic' band Kaptain Bottletop was founded by Lee Corbie-Wells and David Boyden in the fall of 2015 with the intention of making music inside and outside of the styles we love. Inspired by Celtic, Scandinavian and bluegrass music, Kaptain Bottletop plays tunes old and new, along with original compositions. Chief among their various instruments are two 10-stringed hardanger d'amores (#18 and #19) built by Norwegian luthier Salve Håkedal.

Check them out FREE online from Art Boutiki

Donations gently demanded: All Ages.

For more on Art Boutiki, check, call 408-971-8929 or email Dan Vado

David Boyden
David Boyden is a violinist and fiddler born and bred in the San Francisco Bay Area. From 2004 to 2008, he attended the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts while studying with several noted violinists, including Kate Stenberg of the Del Sol String Quartet. From 2008 to 2013, he studied with Fred Lifsitz and the Alexander String Quartet at San Francisco State University, where he earned a BM in violin performance. He currently works as a freelancer and teacher, and plays regularly in several groups, including the Pine Needles and the 29th Street Swingtet, and irregularly in several others. From 2012 to 2014, he was intern and musician at the Chrysalis Foundation, playing the original acoustic instruments and music of Cris Forster.

Lee Corbie-Wells
Lee Corbie-Wells has been playing violin since the age of 6. Her father, a music teacher in San Francisco (Lee's hometown) and her mother, a music teacher in the Oakland Public School District, taught her Celtic and American tunes by ear, fostering her love of folk music. At the age of 11, she began formal training. In addition to her instrumental studies, Lee sang first soprano in the San Francisco Girls Chorus for five years.

She started performing solo at Brava Theatre at the age of 14, but soon got heavily into Celtic roots music. At age 18, Lee toured Southern Ireland with her first band, Drowsy Maggie, along with one of her former violin teachers, Alison Stretch. Since then, she has played in numerous Celtic and Americana bands and her also performed at military functions such as house-concerts at Airforce bases in Travis, CA and in Kuwait.

Although she primarily pays Celtic and American fiddle music, Lee has taken her years of experience in Blues and folk improvisation and branched out into explorations of Jazz, Swing, Ragtime, and Latin genres. Before Lee was in Kaptain Bottletop, she helped start the Celtic/Americana/Eastern European folk band Moonshine Jelly, where she sings in English, at least half of the Celtic languages (Lee is a huge language enthusiast), Russian, Greek, and various other languages. She also teaches violin and guitar in the Bay Area.

Facebook Event
Kaptain Bottletop Videos
Kaptain Bottletop Facebook Page


Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham
Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham

Sea Music Concert: Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham
Streaming live from their home in Derbyshire, England!

Saturday, May 22nd, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Online via website

Get Tickets Here:

Keith and Sylvia sing mainly English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs and work extensively all over the globe.

Both have a wide ranging (predominantly English) repertoire, frequently accompanying themselves and playing lively dance tunes on three different systems of the only English invented musical instrument – the Concertina. Their strong voices and uncannily compatible styles of delivery produce striking acapella harmonies.

With a formidable history of performing experience behind them, their recorded work is matched only by their live gigs which are always a vocal and musical revelation as well as a hoot and when they're not doing that, you'll probably find them playing the music for the Winster Morris Dancers.

Ticket registration (free) required: 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.


The Shipwrecked Shanty Band

Sláinte's Sea Shanty Saturday

Saturday, May 22nd at 5:00 PM

Online via Facebook LIVE, from Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Born out of Covid, kicked out of venues, a rag-tag group of Sea Shanty lovers became shipwrecked...but the band played on! The Shipwrecked Shanty Band, appears LIVE and LIVE STREAMIN' on Facebook for you land-locked, from Sláinte in Oakland! For the live stream, just navigate to the Shipwrecked Sea Shanty Crew Facebook group, click 'Join', and then look for the little red LIVE button.

The Shipwrecked Shanty Band:
• Jim Nelson - Banjo
• Micha Dunston - Whistle, Bodhran
• John Palme - Guitar
• Steven Strauss - Stand up bass

Micha says:
Come and SHANTY with us OUTSIDE, AGAIN at Sláinte's! Sláinte's is OPEN for drinks and take out food, so Bring yer' mask and Keep yer' distance!

Sláinte! 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 love you all so very much xxx.

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.

Check the Sláinte's & Shipwrecked Sea Shanty Crew Facebook group
for updates. Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website



Fàrsan Live Streaming Concert

Saturday, May 22nd, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Online via Zoom from Seattle Folklore Society

Buy Tickets here:

Powered by four of the brightest voices in a new generation of traditional musicians, Fàrsan unites song, dance and instrumental music from the Gaelic traditions of Scotland and North America. Gaelic has long been a culture on the move; with strongholds in Scotland and Cape Breton, the language and music have travelled to the farthest corners of the New World, finding new homes and nurturing communities in the unlikeliest of places.

Fàrsan's music is a product of this legacy of movement and migration. Màiri Britton, Katie McNally, Neil Pearlman and Elias Alexander each represent an engaging new take on their cultural traditions. Màiri's Gaelic song and stepdance repertoires have a foundation in her native Scotland but are heavily influenced by her current work teaching and researching song and dance in Nova Scotia. Katie's fiddling and Neil's piano and stepdance continue the strong connection between New England and Maritime Canada, both having grown up in the Scottish and Cape Breton music community that surrounds Boston. Elias brings an American flair to the Scottish border pipes, merging a love of the tradition with a wealth of new ideas.

Song, instrumental and dance traditions are sometimes viewed as three separate worlds, but Fàrsan challenges that notion. They bring together the melodies of Gaelic songs and puirt-à-beul (mouth music) with their instrumental counterparts and draw rhythmic stepdance seamlessly into the mix. The result is a unique combination of sound and movement which delivers vibrant energy to every performance.

The Seattle Folklore Society mission is to preserve and foster awareness and appreciation of folk and traditional arts in the Seattle area. Check us out at



'AIrish': Exploring Irish Theater and Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday, May 25th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Hosted by Irish Studies at UC Berkeley
Sponsored by United Irish Cultural Center
Online via Zoom

Collective life and individual subjectivity are increasingly routed through and constituted by data and digital space. Meanwhile, the use of AI increases in nearly every domain of human endeavor. How are areas of culture that we understand to be deeply human€'the arts, creativity, the humanities - reshaping and reshaped by ever-improving forms of machine intelligence? How can theater respond to machine learning? What would it mean to read or write a play composed by artificial intelligence?

Peter Glazer (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies) will talk with Catherine Flynn (Department of English, Director of Irish Studies) about AIrish, Flynn's research project that blends traditional and digital humanities methods to explore Irish drama from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. The conversation will focus on an undergraduate seminar Flynn taught during the Spring 2021 semester on a set of Irish plays, using computational analyses to enhance the discussions of dramatic works that span 250 years. Flynn and Glazer will also discuss the plays the students composed using lines from plays on the syllabus, lines composed by an AI text-generator, and lines of their own composition.

For details, visit:

AIrish is generously supported by the Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme.


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.

Memorial Day Weekend Virtual Campout 2021

Friday evening, May 28th through Sunday evening, May 30th

Online via Zoom
Sponsored by the San Francisco Folk Music Club

(Pacific Daylight Time)
Friday, May 28th
6:00 - 7:00 PM BYO Everything Pot Luck/Checkin
7:00 - midnight Cyprian's 4th Friday Sing
(Breakout Rooms available)

Saturday, May 29th
11:00 AM - noon Funny Songs with Hali Hammer
12:30 - 1:30 PM Bob Dylan Workshop with Ed Hilton
2:00 - 3:30 PM Mountain Dulcimer with Peter Tommerup
3:30 - 4:30 PM Adventure and Fantasy with Ed Hilton
5:00 - 7:00 PM Open Mic

Sunday, May 30th
11 AM - noon Intro. to Greek Trad. Music with Cathie Whitesides
12:30 - 1:30 PM Irish Session with Peter Tommerup & Lee Ann Welch
2:00 - 3:30 PM Songs of Labor & Leisure with Yvette O’Tannenbaum
3:30 - 4:30 PM 70s Trad., Folk & Folk-Rock with Marlene McCall
5-7 PM Open Mic
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. Memorial 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.

Memorial 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 within the registration form questions at the end of the form. 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


Random Acts of Harping

Random Acts of Harping!

Saturday, June 5th & Sunday, June 6th, all day


In June of 2011, Harpist Joanna Mell started an idea called Random Acts of Harping in Perkasie, PA. To participate, take your harp to any public place and play for an hour or as long as you like, perhaps move around and play in several places if that appeals to you. The important point to remember is that this is to be offered for FREE.

Joanna says:
It's the MOST wonderful time of the year when we share the beauty of the harp with people in our communities! Random Acts of Harping takes place on June 5 and 6. So - all you harpers, harpists, etc., take your beautiful harp out into public - a park, a library, outside the local food market - wherever! and make someone's day. Most people have never seen or heard a harp up close and personal. If you would like to be included in the Folk Harp Journal article, snap a pic and send it to me via PM, or email, along with a short paragraph of your experiences. Happy Harping!

Remember to get permission first from the owner of the property where you choose to play. Some towns have rules about public performances so even if you play in the park, it would be wise to check out those rules. Bookstores, farmer's markets, and nurseries are very pleased to have live music, especially the harp.

More Details in the Facebook Event


Celtic Celebration 2021

The Celtic Heritage Celebration

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

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

 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


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.


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.

This EMMY nominated 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.


Sin Silver
Sin Silver

Sin Silver

Saturdays, 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 New York. 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


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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:

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, 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↑

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!

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, 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


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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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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