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Friday, 2021-02-05
Updates, Features, & Events
Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,
• Guest author Vince Piantanida issues a call to action in support of one of our beloved local weekly radio shows, Folk Music and Beyond . (See Below)
Online Events & Outdoor Events with Social Distancing:
• THIS WEEKEND, from Friday, February 5th - Sunday, February 7th, from 12:30 - 10:30 PM, Lark Traditional Arts presents its Virtual Lark weekend, three days of Zoom workshops, plus streaming concerts via Facebook LIVE, YouTube LIVE and Twitch. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 5th, at 1:00 PM, Sin Silver, will perform piano bar show with the theme 'Disco'. Stay safe at home, and stream it online from from 'Murray's Pub' (her recreation/piano room) in Concord, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, February 5th, 7:00 PM, join Kathryn Rose entertains with Folktastic Fridays With Kathryn Rose, via Facebook LIVE from Portland, OR. (See Below)
• From Friday, February 5th through Sunday, February 21st, Jim & Suzie Malcolm will continue their Virtual Tour of Northern California and PNW online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 6th, 10:00 AM PDT, the Mystic Seaport Museum hosts their virtual Chantey Blast, online at their website (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 6th at 2:00 PM PST John Whelan conducts the 13th in his new series of Online Master Sessions, featuring Tony DeMarco and Isaac Alderson! (See Below)
• On Saturday, February 6th, at 8:00 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)
• Sunday, February 7th 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 Máire Ní Ghráda joining us from Cork, Ireland. (See Below)
• On Monday, February 8th, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Michael Eskin offers a free, Irish Whistle Master Class Workshop live on Zoom! (See Below)
• On Wednesday, February 10th at 7 PM, Eric and Cheryl Behlmer of The Barn in Gilroy present J.P.Cormier and his Nova Scotia friend Dave Gunning in a online virtual concert (See Below)
• On Thursday, February 11th, at 2:00 PM PST Tune Supply presents online, Virtual Irish Music Session #60, featuring John Redmond (accordion) and Matt Stapleton (See Below)
• From Friday evening, April 9th through Sunday evening, April 11th, the Spring Harmony 2021 will happen online on Zoom, sponsored by the San Francisco Folk Music Club. (See Below)
Indoor Events:
NOTICE! Due to public health officials orders for social distancing to limit the spread of the COVID-19 infections, all in person events and festivals, especially those involving singing, wind instruments, etc. have been postponed or cancelled, and many will continued to be cancelled through at least the Winter. If you have plans to attend ANY such event, large or small, we recommend that you call and confirm that they are NOT cancelled.
• Returning from July 30th through August 7th 2021 Lark Camp, the annual Music, Song, & Dance event will return to the Redwoods near Mendocino, CA. (See Below)
Please support our sustaining Sponsors with your Celtic business!
• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker's e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
• The United Irish Cultural Center, hosts many Irish and other events in their large facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
Cedar Dobson offers one-on-one whistle lessons live on Zoom! (See Below)
Michael Eskin offers one-on-one Irish whistle and flute, Uilleann pipes, and Anglo concertina lessons live on Zoom! (See Below)
• Sport your Celtic heritage! AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo. (See Below)
The Celtic Tea Shoppe, in San Jose is your source for Celtic and Celtic inspired carry-out fresh baked foods, confections and rare teas! (See Below)
• While Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA and Exploring Music in the outer sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, CA are closed for walk-ins, both stores are open for online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has just recently re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
Sláinte Pub offers a full menu of great food and drink with outdoor dining service Wednesday through Sunday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at their location at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
The Plough and Stars, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, has a 32 year record of producing Celtic Concerts in various venues in and around Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA. (See Below)
Catherine Barry's Irish Culture Bay Area , offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area. (See Below)

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Folk Music and Beyond
Bob Campbell and JoAnn Mar

Will Folk Fizzle on KALW-FM?

Help Bring Back Live, Local Celtic & Folk Music Programming

by Vince Piantanida, published 2021-02-04

Kevin Vance
Kevin Vance

Readers of this newsletter may have had the pleasure of listening to, or performing on, one of the Celtic or folk music oriented shows on community radio station, KALW, owned by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). KALW is at 91.7 on the FM dial and streams both the live programs and some archives of recent previous shows on

If you have not experienced this yet, be sure to check out KALW's Saturday afternoon block of Folk Music programming. The schedule starts at 3:00 PM with Folk Music and Beyond as hosts JoAnn Mar and Bob Campbell bring you, in their own words, 'some of the best in contemporary folk, traditional, and original music from America, England, Ireland, Scotland, and other parts of the world'. As a long-time listener, I can attest that this is not hyperbole. The show began in 1988, and has a well curated web site,, with playlists going back twenty years and lots of information about music and musicians.

At 5:00 P.M. Kevin Vance plays music from the Celtic and American traditions and interviews singers and songwriters.

Kevin is followed at 6:30 P.M. by Peter Thompson, with the Bluegrass Signal , a showcase for traditional and contemporary bluegrass, often featuring Bay Area musicians. Peter maintains a calendar of regional events on the Bluegrass Signal website at

KALW is changing. The continued presence of these Celtic & folk oriented shows is not guaranteed. Until the fall of 2019, Fiona Ritchie's The Thistle and Shamrock, was the first show of the Saturday folk lineup, but despite its popularity on the station it was dropped. Folk Music and Beyond may well be the next to go. KALW management and the SFUSD board need to know about your interest in and support of this type of programming. If your membership or other support of KALW is based primarily on this type of programming, mention that as well.

In addition to discontinuing The Thistle and Shamrock, new management has asked Folk Music & Beyond to pre-produce shows or air reruns for automated playback on Saturday afternoons. Folk Music & Beyond shows have recently been preempted with little or no prior notice to the hosts. In one case a special memorial show was preempted for an automated rerun after the special had been promoted on air. Live hosting offers ability to rapidly respond to events in the music scene and to have live performances on air. This is the very soul of the show and its bond with the audience. Prohibiting the successful live format could kill the show's relevance and the additional pre-production workload could reduce the amount of new programming. These changes do not send a message of management support for Celtic and folk programming, so you should be sure to express support before it is too late.

Express your support by emailing KALW station management with your comments at, or to the general manager, Tina Pamintuan, at You should also share your comments with a CC to Gabriela Lopez, president of the SFUSD board, at, and ask Gabriela to share your comments with the rest of the SFUSD board.


Virtual Lark Camp

Friday, February 5th - Sunday, February 7th 12:30 - 10:30 PM

Online Events via Zoom, with evening concerts on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live

Join us Feb 5 — 7 (three days) of special Virtual Lark events! REGISTER FOR FREE to register for free to attend all 3 days of wonderful sessions and concerts, workshops and good craic!

Each day will include a combination of Zoom workshops and concerts:

  • Eight virtual workshops via Zoom (yes — each day!)
  • Zoom Happy Hours with fellow Larkies
  • One hour performances by instructors and campers
  • One+ hour Zoom Jam Sessions

Lark Traditional Arts is dedicated to creating educational events that bring people together through traditional song, music, dance, and arts, and hosts  Lark Camp, the annual eight-day music, song, and dance camp held in the Mendocino Woodlands.

On Sunday, February 7th at 3:00 PM PST, it is Amelia Hogan's Sean Nos singing seminar.

Check out the Virtual Lark schedule, the workshop instructors, and the concerts here:

More info on the website:


Sin Silver

Sin Silver

Friday, February 5th, 1:00 - 2:00 PM PDT

Online via 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 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 'Disco'. Find Sin's Live Performance by checking 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


Kathryn Rose
Kathryn Rose

Folktastic Fridays with Kathryn Rose

Friday, February 5th 7:00 PM

Online via Facebook Live

Join Kathryn for Folktastic Fridays! Click Here to go to her Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Kathryn Rose is a folk singer and recording artist from Oregon. She has been singing since she could talk and grew up listening to Irish and Scottish folk music.

Kathryn says:
Join Me For My FRIDAY Evening Live-Stream Show!! Message Me With Any Requests. Your tips mean more than you could ever know! or Venmo -- @kathrynrosefolk
I Am Official Now!! Listen - Buy The New CD Here!!

Kathryn began seriously collecting songs after her grandmother passed away and she discovered a treasure trove of handwritten Irish folk songs tucked inside the piano bench. After that discovery, Kathryn transitioned from a classical singing background into the folk world. Her favorite musical style is Sean-nós, and she is working on her Gaeilge to perform more of these songs in the future. She performs folk music from both sides of the pond, with an emphasis on Ireland and even a dash of Gaeilge here and there.

Kathryn accompanies herself on the tenor guitar, but at various times in her life has had encounters with the piano, violin, lap harp, ukulele, and tin whistle. Her influences include Susan McKeown, Christy Moore, the Clancy Brothers, Seamus Begley, Sarah Ghriallais, Moya Brennan, and more. With her melodic voice, her love of world cultures and her attention to detail, she continues the tradition of Celtic folk music as an artist, a performer and an inspiration for peace and harmony in a complicated world. Kathryn and her husband live in somewhat peaceful harmony with their brood of hooligan cats.

More on Kathryn Rose Facebook Profile: or check the Facebook Event.


Jim Malcolm
Jim Malcolm

Jim and Susie Malcolm
Virtual Tour of NM, CA, OR, WA

Friday, February 5th through Sunday February 21st, 2020

Online via Zoom

Concert Schedule
Email for reservations
• Friday, January 29th, 7:00 PM (MST), Las Cruces, NM
• Saturday, January 30th, 3:00 PM, Santa Monica, CA
• Sunday, January 31st 3:00 PM, Tehachapi, CA
• Tuesday, February 2nd 7:30 PM, Soquel, CA
• Thursday, February 4th 7:30 PM, Berkeley & San Francisco, CA
• Friday, February 5th 7:30 PM, Lakeport, CA
• Sunday, February 7th 3:00 PM, Auburn, CA
• Monday, February 8th 7:00 PM, Mendocino, CA
• Saturday February 20th 7:00 PM, Salem, OR
• Sunday, February 21st 2:00 PM, Bellingham, WA

Jim Malcolm's family roots are in Perthshire and Strathclyde, and he is a graduate of Edinburgh University. Like many folk musicians, he began his career by singing in pubs, clubs and hotels in his native country. Solo tours to England, Ireland, Denmark and Germany followed, and then further adventures to such far-off places as Uganda in Africa. Joining the already established and popular Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs brought him fame in the acoustic music festival scene across Europe and North America.

Video - Jim Malcolm: Flowers of Edinburgh

Malcolm is considered one of the finest voices and interpreters of Robert Burns songs in Scottish traditional music today. He was the lead singer for the world-renowned band Old Blind Dogs for eight years before returning to his solo career as a singer-songwriter.

A Jim Malcolm concert is always an entertaining mix of his own and traditional songs, including those of Burns, peppered with funny stories and observations in the tradition of Scottish bards through the ages. An accomplished guitarist, he plays mostly in the Celtic tuning dadgad. He is also considered to be one of the top simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world.

For this tour Jim will be joined by his wife Susie Malcolm, herself a prizewinning traditional singer. Susie has a special interest in the bothy ballad tradition and loves the old ballads, though she is in her element adding harmony to Jim’s performances.

Malcolm has recorded ten solo CDs, and has performed his songs with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2004, he was voted songwriter of the year at the annual Scots Traditional Music Awards. Along with his own songs, he enjoys reworking old songs that form the kernel of Scotland's great folk tradition.

Donations: or to PayPal account


Traditional Instruments
Traditional Instruments aboard Sailing Ships

Mystic Seaport virtual Chantey Blast

Saturday, February 6th, 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT

Online at

Wondering what the #ShantyTok trend is all about? Join us for our socially-distanced Virtual Chantey Blast and you will find out! Bring your singing voice, instrument (or both), cozy up with your computer, phone, or other streaming device and enjoy this online musical experience.

This event is free with a recommended donation, so Sign Up Here!, and then, on Saturday, February 6th, at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, join us at

Traditionally, we host a Chantey Blast every year as a fundraiser for our annual Sea Music Festival. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Sea Music Festival was canceled. However, thanks to two generous gifts from a festival supporter, the Museum saw the safe return of sea music to its grounds. Exclusively via this fund, performers A.J. Wright, Richard Donohue, Don Sineti, Geoff Kaufman, Rick Spencer, Dawn Indermuehle, Denise Kegler, Marc Bernier, Chris Koldewey, Craig Edwards, Chris Maden, Yves Corbiere, Mark Lambert, and April Grant as well as the delightful and renowned musical groups 'The Johnson Girls,' 'The Vox Hunters,' and 'Skylark' were invited to perform throughout the summer, fall, and early winter months of 2020.

The Museum continues to follow the guidance of public health officials with all of its programming decisions and the feasibility of a live Sea Music Festival in 2021 remains to be seen. What is certain, however, is the need for financial support to keep sea music and its traditions alive at Mystic Seaport Museum.

So bring your voice and join the fun!

While the event is free, your donations are greatly appreciated. We encourage you to make your donations online. Donations are also accepted by check payable to 'Mystic Seaport Museum' as well. On the check memo line or in the online tribute box please write either 'Music at Mystic Seaport Museum' or 'Stan Hugill Endowment.' Checks can be sent here.

Explore the #ShantyTok trend by starting on our TikTok account.


John Whelan
John Whelan

John Whelan Master Sessions #13

Tony DeMarco and Isaac Alderson
Saturday, February 6th, 2:00 PM

Online via Zoom

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.

Since last March, John has stepped up his online activities, and his latest project is Master Sessions with John Whelan.

John says:
My next Whelan Master Session is happening next Saturday, February 6th, 2:00 PM, with my friends Tony DeMarco and Isaac Alderson.

Tony DeMarco was born on May 20, 1955, the second of three children raised in East Flatbush by Paul DeMarco and his wife, the former Patricia Dempsey. Musical ability runs on both sides of Tony’s family. During the Prohibition years, his maternal great-grandfather ran a speakeasy in East New York, where he played the piano and mandolin. Tony’s paternal uncle Louie DeMarco was a singer who performed with 1950s doo-wop groups, including “Dickie Dell and the Ding Dongs.”

Tony’s cousin John Pattitucci, from the Fenimore side of the family, is a leading professional bass player who has recorded with jazz stars Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter. But Tony definitely found his way to Irish traditional music via a different path than the one trod by musicians raised in Irish immigrant households.

More typical young Irish traditional musicians in New York in the 1970s had at least one parent born in Ireland. They may well have attended step dancing classes with one of the many dance schools in the region, and most likely went to group music classes conducted in the Bronx, Brooklyn, New Jersey, or Long Island by Pete Kelly, Martin Mulvihill, and Maureen Glynn. They would have joined a branch of the international Irish traditional music organization Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and competed each year at the regional fleadh cheoil at Manhattan College in the Bronx.

Tony had a different background altogether. As he puts it: “I never grew up with the competitive Comhaltas scene—I came through the hippie scene, the folkie scene.” It is worth noting that his first exposure to Irish traditional music was through a Folkways recording of the County Sligo fiddler Michael Gorman. Tony had many other musical influences before this, and would have many more afterward, but for him the appeal of the Sligo fiddle style would never fade.

Isaac Alderson began playing Irish traditional music as a teenager in Chicago and moved to New York City in 2001, where he has spent years learning from and playing with countless great musicians in the genre. In 2002, at the age of 19, Isaac won the senior All-Ireland championship titles on Irish flute, whistle and uilleann pipes. He has toured with Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, Celtic Crossroads, Runa, and Comas, and has worked in the pit orchestra in Sting’s musical The Last Ship.

Isaac is a founding member of the critically acclaimed band, The Yanks, and tours regularly with Ensemble Galilei. In 2014-2015 he performed in the show Riverdance on their 20th anniversary three-month tour of China. He has also performed across the United States and in Canada, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, and Colombia. Recently, he has been a member of the band for the musical theater show Come From Away as a sub on the Broadway company, and as the full-time winds chair holder in the North American touring company.

Isaac is looking very much looking forward to resuming the tour of that show, as well as pursuing his other musical endeavors, when the world is released from the grip of the pandemic. Though he has traveled extensively for many years, Isaac has been proudly based in the Bronx since 2005.

The Saturday master session is open to players and listeners of all levels, from anywhere in the world. It'll start at 2pm Pacific time, 5pm Eastern time, 10pm GMT, and run for two hours. The master sessions do have a requested $20 donation for attending and we need at least 30 attendees to ensure the musicians are adequately compensated, so please share this with anyone you know who might be interested. Just email John at for more details.

All attendees need to do is make their donation via or by Venmo to John-Whelan-37, and make sure to note that it is for Whelan Master Session #9. We'll send out the Zoom link and tune list for the master session on Friday, and any last-minute sign-ups will get the link and tune list about an hour before the session starts on Saturday.

Easily sharable information on all John's master sessions lives here.

P.S. John's Wednesday 'Taking Time' slow session is still continuing as well - Check it out here: It remains free and open to all, and we'll send out a tune list and Zoom link for tomorrow's 'Taking Time' Wednesday sessions. Email John at to get on the list or for more details.

Get more details on Johns website:


Black Donnellys
The Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys LIVE

Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
Saturday, January 23nd, 8:00 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.


Michael McGoldrick
Michael McGoldrick

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 Michael McGoldrick joining us from Cork, Ireland

Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events:


Michael Eskin
Michael Eskin

Irish Whistle Master Class with Michael Eskin

Monday, February 8th, 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.

This week we'll be back to the theme format, and we will be covering how to play 'Slow Airs'.

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


JP Cormier
J.P. Cormier

J.P. Cormier Virtual show
hosted by the Barn music series

Wednesday, February 10th at 7 PM


J.P.Cormier, genius Nova Scotia guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter.

Eric and Cheryl Behlmer, the hosts of the Barn series in Gilroy are presenting a virtual concert on Wednesday evening, February 10th at 7 PM, in which J.P.Cormier will be joined by another Nova Scotia star musician, Dave Gunning. Go to: for examples.

Here is how to sign up for this show:
1. Click the link and donate $15 to JP's Paypal. (You don't need a PayPal account to buy this way).
2. Send a copy of your receipt to
You will receive the link to the show about 1/2 hour before the showtime.

If you don't want to use Paypal, contact Eric at for alternate payment possibilities.

Award winning folk singer, songwriter, vituoso multi instrumentalist, producer, recording artist, teacher, collaborator, innovator and award winner; no matter what you call him, J.P. Cormier's talent is comparable to none. Underlying it all is a young man from Nova Scotia with an ancient soul who has traveled the world for the past 30 years bringing joy to audiences wherever he goes.

At the age of 5, JP began teaching himself to play the guitar. At 9, he won his first guitar competition against 30 other players 4 times his age. By his mid teens, he was playing a variety of stringed instruments, including the fiddle, mandolin and banjo. He recorded his first album of bluegrass instrumentals at 16, which led to 10 years of living and performing in the US. His time there included many memorable nights at the Grand Ole Opry with artists such as Waylon Jennings, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Charlie Louvin and Vince Gill.

Since returning to Canada, JP has released over a dozen award-winning albums. His impressive body of work has earned him a loyal fan base and multiple award nominations and wins. He continues to dazzle and delight audiences while performing 250 shows a year.

More on the website:


John Redmond

Tune Supply Presents:
John Redmond (accordion) and Matt Stapleton (guitar)

Thursday, February 11th, 2:00 PM PST

Online via Facebook Live, YouTube Live, or Instagram Live

Limelight Series
Every Tuesday and Saturday, we'll release a short performance by a TS artist on all of our channels at 2:00 PM PST (5:00 PM EST), beginning NOW!
• Tuesday, February 2nd, Andrew Finn Magill: PLAY
Here's the rest of the February schedule!
• Saturday, February 6th, Mari Black
• Tuesday, February 9th, Alsdair White/Anna Colliton
• Saturday, February 13th, Bernadette Nic Gabhann
• Tuesday, February 16th, Sarah Wilfong
• Saturday, February 20th, Ethan Setiawan
• Tuesday, February 23rd David Munnelly
• Saturday, February 27th, Christine Hedden
We intend to keep this going as long as we can, so we'll post the March schedule in a couple weeks.

Tune Supply is proud and honored to present Virtual Irish Music Session #60, featuring John Redmond (accordion) and Matt Stapleton (guitar) YouTube link:

Watch LIVE at Facebook Live, YouTube Live, or Instagram Live

The performances are all free and open to the public...however, we are of course paying the artists for their time and work, since that's what Tune Supply is about! If you'd like to chip in, you can do so at the Tune Supply Fund, with our sincere thanks for helping us help musicians, while providing a bit of extra joyful tuneage for the community.

Our concerts are free and open to the public, but it is entirely made possible by community contributions. If you are able, please consider contributing what you would pay for a concert ticket, with our sincere thanks!

More in the Facebook Event
Check the Tune Supply Website


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 Camp Harmony on Zoom and navigate Breakout Rooms.

Spring Harmony 2021

Friday evening, April 9th through Sunday evening, April 11th
Pacific Daylight Time

Online via Zoom
Sponsored by the San Francisco Folk Music Club

Join with friends new and old to celebrate our global music community with participatory workshops, concerts, and open sessions for singing, playing, and dancing to traditional music. Spring Harmony 2021 is a benefit in support of Camp Harmony, our annual New Year's gathering, and other San Francisco Folk Music Club programs.

Spring Harmony 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.

  • You must register to gain entry to the event.
  • Registration will open on March 1st and close on April 1st.
  • Workshop proposals will be accepted through March 15th. (See registration form for details.)

Register at:

If you would like to volunteer for this event, prior or during, in any capacity, please contact us

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

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

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



Lark Camp

July 30th - August 7th, 2021

World Music, Song, and Dance Camp

Mendocino Woodlands State Park

Lark Camp Features
Music, Song & Dance Workshops • Family Friendly • Dances, Parties & Sessions • Great Food • Camping • Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods • Full Camp for 8 Days or Half Camp for 4 Days

Three camps – three themes: Camp One - Music of Ireland, British Isles, Greece, Eastern Europe, and Sweden; Camp Two — Latin American, North American, Spanish, French, and Swing Styles; Camp Three — Middle Eastern, Greek, Asian, and African music!

Spend idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with music, dance, and good times — that's the Lark Camp experience.

Click Here for the Video by Doug Plummer.

Take as many or as few of the workshops as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation for adults and families. Workshops for professional and beginner, alike.

Check out the Mendocino Woodlands website: Click Here

Visit, Questions, email: or call (707) 397-5275 (LARK)


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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:


United Irish Cultural Center

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Wawona Gates
Open Dates
• Saturday, February 6th, 1 - 6 PM, Irish Music @2:30 PM
• Sunday, February 7th, 1 - 7:30 PM Super Bowl!
• Saturday, February 13th
• Saturday, February 20th
• Saturday, February 27th

Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining with Full Bar returns on Saturday, February 6th from 1:00 - 6:00 PM. LIVE Irish Music at 2:30 PM.

The United Irish Cultural Center operates a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, at 2700 45th Ave in the Sunset District of San Francisco near the Zoo.

UICC website
UICC Facebook Page


Michael Eskin
Michael Eskin

Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, Uilleann Pipes
and Anglo Concertina Lessons with Michael Eskin

Live via Zoom

I am now offering beginner and intermediate level on-line lessons using Zoom for Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, Uilleann pipes, and Anglo Concertina.

I don't have a fixed teaching curriculum. My focus is entirely on learning your goals, understanding your challenges, identifying areas to work on, and then giving you the feedback and specific tools you can use to take your playing to the next level.

I started out playing classical flute when I was 6 years old. I've now been playing Uilleann pipes, flute, and whistle in sessions for over 20 years and Anglo Concertina for 15 years. My concertina playing is based on the style and technique I learned from Noel Hill at his workshops.

Before COVID-19, I was the co-host of the weekly session for over 20 years at The Ould Sod Pub in San Diego, CA as well in the paid hosting rotation for the session at The Auld Dubliner in Long Beach, CA. Since COVID-19 restrictions went into place, I've been hosting a weekly session on Tuesday nights on Zoom that has turned into a lovely and consistently popular event.

My rate is $45.00 for a 45-minute lesson.

If you have any questions, please email me at: or call me at 619-368-1854.

Cheers and thanks,
Michael Eskin Michael on Facebook.


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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.



Sláinte Pub, Oakland

Please DONATE!

Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA


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:
Well folks, Sláinte has joined the rest of the Bay Area bars, pubs, and restaurants that are "hibernating" for the winter. We've held on trying everything we could think of but we've exhausted our reserves, are low on supplies, and after meeting with some trusted advisors, we've decided to temporarily close our doors.

Rest assured, we will do everything we can to reopen as soon as we safely can but we can't keep asking our volunteers to risk themselves with our recent numbers. With the weather changing and the drastic drop in hours and numbers we feel that this is the best and only option for us right now. Please keep the craic alive and our fundraiser in mind while we take this time to figure out our next steps. 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.

Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website



Plough and Stars Fundraiser

Please DONATE!

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

The Plough, like many bars and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, is struggling to survive. It is extremely difficult to support our family and employees with no ability to earn an income.

We have long prided ourselves on being ago to place for Irish traditional experiences. Over the years we have been privileged to host many well-known musicians from Ireland and around the globe. The Plough hosts weekly traditional Irish seisuns and dance. At our Irish Seisuns customers listen as musicians share tunes or even learn to play themselves. The Plough is also a vital venue for bluegrass jams and gigs, as well as a place where local musicians can be heard. We want to make sure that the Plough can continue in those efforts. We have been so touched by the support of friends, musicians, dancers, and patrons. They are what make the Plough the institution that it is and we can't thank them enough for their support at this difficult time. Please consider a donation to help us continue at Thank You!
- Sean Heaney

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

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

For a video of a Plough session from 2014, Click Here.

For more about the Plough, check, call 415-751-1122, or email Sean Heaney at



The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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