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Hello AmeriCeltic Reader
• Tickets Now On Sale
for the International St. Patrick's Day Celebration
, Saturday, March 13th, 12:30 - 8:00 PM. (See Below)
• Today, Friday, March 5th, and on March 5th every year, it is time for the Cornish to show their National Pride, as Piran is the Patron Saint of Cornwall
. (See Below)
Online Events & Outdoor Events with Social Distancing:
• On Friday, March 5th, at 1:00 PM, Sin Silver
, will perform piano bar show with the theme '1971'. Stay safe at home, and stream it online from from 'Murray's Pub' (her recreation/piano room) in Concord, 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 Friday, March 5th, at 7:00 PM, join Kathryn Rose entertains with
Folktastic Fridays With Kathryn Rose
, via Facebook LIVE from Portland, OR
. (See Below)
• On Saturday, March 6th, 1:00 PM, the Irish-American Crossroads Festival
will host a virtual event on Zoom to bring together everyone impacted by the works and legacy of Hillary Flynn
. (See Below)
• On Saturday, March 6th at 2:00 PM PST John Whelan
conducts the 17th in his series of Online Master Sessions
, featuring The Young Fiddlers: Tara Breen, Finn Magill, Brónagh Barnes with Feargal Barnes (John’s cousins!), the Carroll Sisters, and Shannon Muenchow
! (See Below)
• Sunday, March 7th at 11:00 AM, it's the
, Zoom meeting for an hour and one half with host Patrick D'Arcy
and his guest Joe Doyle
joining us from Deansgrange, Dublin, Ireland (See Below)
• Beginning Monday, March 8th, and continuing through Sunday, March 21st, Tune Supply offers TWO concurrent St. Pat's Subscriber Series
, delivered via email, and a Sunday, March 22nd @ 2 PM PST (5 pm EST) Finale Concert. (See Details)
• On Wednesday, March 10th, at 5:00 PM, hosted by Irish Studies at UC Berkeley
, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall
, will give a free public presentation on Ireland's most beloved poet, W.B. Yeats
, his poetry, and the impact on Ireland as it transformed itself in the first quarter of the 20th century. Online via Zoom
. (See Below)
• On Thursday, March 11th, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Michael Eskin
offers a free, Irish Whistle Master Class Workshop
live on Zoom! (See Below)
• On Saturday, March 13th, at 11:30 AM, the United Irish Societies of San Francisco
will stream the 170th annual San Francisco Saint Patrick's Day Parade
on their YouTube Channel
. (See Details)
• On Saturday, March 13th, from 12:30 - 8:00 PM, its the International St. Patrick's Day Celebration
, with a full day of performances and workshops, direct from Ireland as well as the Bay Area. Check out the full details! (See Below)
• On Saturday, March 13th, at 6:00 PM indefatigable
Celtic Rockers Tempest
will perform a special drive-in Concert at Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center in Dublin, CA
. (See Below)
• On Sunday, March 14th, 1:00 PM, the Irish-American Crossroads Festival
will host a virtual event as NOLA knowledgeable pair, musician Eamonn Flynn
and scholar Dr. Laura D. Kelly
The Irish in New Orleans
. (See Below)
• On Sunday, March 14th, at 2:00 PM, the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula presents An Afternoon with Shannon Warto
virtual Zoom concert. (See Below)
• On Sunday, March 14th at 4:00 PM, The Fire Scottish Band
will stream a live, free concert, Crossing to Ireland, Online via Zoom
. (See Below)
• On Sunday, March 14th, 7:00 PM, it's the The Party for Paddy--NextGen! with John and Tyler Weed
live in your home Online via Zoom
. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, March 17, from 12 PM PDT to 9 PM PDT it's the United Irish Cultural Center's Wawaona Gates
for Saint Patrick's Day Outdoor Dining, with Food, Drink, Dancing
with Guinness on tap. (See Below)
• On Friday, March 17th at 5:30 PM the legendary The Black Irish Band
will be LIVE and IN PERSON at the Dream Inn
in Santa Cruz, CA
. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, March 17th, at 7:00 PM, Golden Bough
perform a virtual concert benefitting The El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation in Online via Vimeo
. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, March 17th, 7:30 PM and again on Saturday, March 20th, 12:00 PM, Michael Dillon
and his Irish Youth Theatre company Bosca Beagaí
will stream an international dance and music spectacular,
Paint the Bridge Green
benefiting the UICC. (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)
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 at least through 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
• On Wednesday, March 17th at 5:30 PM, the Crooked Road Céilí Band
will play live and in person at the Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz, 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 outdoor dining under their 1800 sq.ft. 'Big Top', and 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)
Scan our feature articles below, or as always, you can click here to check the full listings on our website.
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International St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Saturday, March 13th, 12:30 - 8:00 PM PST
Online via Zoom
Pacific Standard Time
The International Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration will be a series of three consecutive ticketed Zoom Events, bringing new performances by Irish and Irish-American performers and instructors directly into your computer, tablet or smartphone.
See and hear these top Irish Performers and Instructors, safe at home, in a massive Zoom meeting with all your friends and contemporaries, LIVE and in Person!
Balladeer, Niamh Parsons, and guitarist, Graham Dunne are each a force to be reckoned with in their own right, and together they are simply sublime! Niamh’s singing has been described as “both emotionally haunting and tonally as clear as crystal”, while Graham’s expert accompaniment creates the perfect foil for a rich and warm delicacy.
Socks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the West coast of Ireland, the universal hub of Irish traditional music. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and their onstage wit has captured and captivated audiences the world around. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues!
Three hours of workshops and instruction in Irish dance, vocal, instrumental from artists of global acclaim. World-class education and participatory sessions to learn about Irish Music and Culture. Six live instructors bring you decades of careful study and honing skills.
Shay & Michael Black are the singing siblings from Ireland's foremost family of song, The Black Family, which also includes their sisters Mary & Frances, & brother, Martin. Hailed in the Irish Echo as “one of the most impressive groups of Irish singers to be found anywhere; exquisite, exhilarating and nothing short of thrilling” as they raise their sibling rivalry to revelry, and accompanied by keyboardist, Eamonn Flynn.
Saint Piran riding the Millstone
Saint Piran's Day
Cornwall's National Holiday
Friday, March 5th
St Piran's Day is today, which means much merriment and Cornish greetings.
The Cornish celebration is held on March 5th every year and celebrates all things Cornish.
There will be celebrations across the county, parades and parties as well as poetry, live music and games.
Events are held from Bodmin to Bude, Penzance to Truro.
But what is St Piran's Day all about and why do we celebrate it?
Here's what you need to know.
Who is St Piran?
St Piran's Day is the national day of Cornwall, held on 5 March every year. The day is named after one of the patron saints of Cornwall, Saint Piran, who is also the patron saint of tin miners.
What do people do on St Piran's Day?
Apart from party hard, there aren't any specific traditions associated with the day apart from the consumption of large amounts of alcohol and food during 'Perrantide', the week leading up to March 5.
Friday, March 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 '1971'. Find Sin's Live Performance by checking Sin's Facebook Profile, or go to www.livestream.com/watch and search for Sin Silver.
During the live stream, just drop your requests in the comments.
Virtual Tip Jar:
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: www.sinsilverandtheavenue.com or email her at email@example.com.
The Black Donnellys
The Black Donnellys LIVE
Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 7:00 PM
Facebook LIVE, from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV
Each Saturday, The Black Donnellys, (Dave Rooney and Dave Browne), stream their high-energy show to you from Las Vegas, NV as you stay safe at home.
Watch the Black Donnellys streaming show via Facebook LIVE by pointing your browser to the Black Donnellys Facebook Page, where you will find the little red LIVE button.
The Daves say:
Tune into our Residency Gig at Rira at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay!! Join us and our audience for a live performance and a few Requests!!
Last year, the two Daves from Dublin had the crazy idea to attempt a new World Record: 60 shows. 50 states. 40 days. What could go wrong? Find out what happened along the road as their beloved Irish band, The Black Donnellys set out to break this ambitious world record when Vision Films and Frequency Pictures present
An Irish Story: This Is My Home.
The film was released, on March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day, 2020 and is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo. Here is a link to the WATCH IT NOW!
For more, check Dave Browne's Facebook Profile.
Folktastic Fridays with Kathryn Rose
Friday, March 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.
Join Me For My FRIDAY Evening Live-Stream Show!! Message Me With Any Requests. Your tips mean more than you could ever know!
paypal.me/kathrynrosefolk 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: https://facebook.com/kathrynrosefolk or check the Facebook Event.
Irish-American Crossroads Festival Founder
Saturday, March 6th, 1:00 PM
Sponsored by Irish-American Crossroads Festival
Online via Zoom
Hillary Flynn passed away in November 2020 following a courageous battle with cancer. Hillary was the guiding force behind the launch of the Irish-American Crossroads Festival in 2004. She held a vision for the Festival and worked tirelessly to see it come to fruition.
The March 6th memorial is open to the community, offering everyone an opportunity to share memories and reflections on Hillary's continuing impact on us as individuals and as a community. Please join us as we pay homage to our dear friend.
Registration is required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtdumrqT0vGdLkc2Q07TwuzlelG17QEB9a
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
How did you meet Hillary? How can you best describe her impact on you? How would you describe the contributions that Hillary has made to the Irish-American community?
You are also very welcome to bring any other kinds of remembrances that you are moved to share, or to read, sing, play material in homage to our dear friend.
The Young Fiddlers: Tara Breen, Finn Magill
Brónagh Barnes with Feargal Barnes (John’s cousins!)
the Carroll Sisters, and Shannon Muenchow
John Whelan Master Sessions #17
Saturday, March 6th, 2:00 PM
The Young Fiddlers: Tara Breen, Finn Magill, Brónagh Barnes with Feargal Barnes (John’s cousins!), the Carroll Sisters, and Shannon Muenchow
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.
My next Whelan Master Session is happening next Saturday, March 6th, 2:00 PM, with my friends The Young Fiddlers: Tara Breen, Finn Magill, Brónagh Barnes with Feargal Barnes (John’s cousins!), the Carroll Sisters, and Shannon Muenchow.
Tara Breen, a highly talented multi-instrumentalist from Co. Clare, has achieved All-Ireland titles on fiddle in every age category over the years, culminating with the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Title in 2012. Tara is also an All-Ireland winner on the flute and saxophone. Tara has won 11 solo All-Ireland Fleadh titles and 10 group All-Ireland Fleadh titles. In 2011, Tara was chosen to play at Dublin Castle for the Queen of England during her State visit to Ireland. In 2014, she joined six-time Grammy award winning band, The Chieftains for their North American tour, and currently plays with them at various venues both at home and abroad.
For twenty years North Carolina-native violinist/fiddler Andrew Finn Magill has been pursuing parallel careers in traditional Irish music, Brazilian choro, jazz and American fiddle. Magill learned from the best fiddlers in the world at The Swannanoa Gathering and has gone on to perform with many of them including Liz Carroll and Martin Hayes. He is a Fulbright fellow, North Carolina Arts Council Fellow, and Ropeadope Recording artist and has been featured on MTV, TEDx, Avianca in-flight entertainment and multiple times on NPR's The Thistle & Shamrock.
The Carroll Sisters are Emilie and Nora, now 15 and 13 years old and hailing from Connecticut. They fell in love with Celtic fiddle music almost before they were old enough to walk, and have honed that passion under the guidance of Jeanne Freeman and John Whelan. In 2018, they qualified to compete for the All-Ireland title in Ireland. The Carroll Sisters have generously shared their lively traditional tunes and beautiful harmonies in a number of settings, including ceilis, baseball stadiums, house concerts and at Sober St. Patrick's Day in New York City. They hope to record their first CD in the summer of 2021.
Jared Bogle took up the fiddle at age 12, inspired and taught by his older sister Mandy. But it was Jared's love for listening to traditional Irish music that really taught him the ins and outs of his expressive, animated and soulful playing style. He is hard at work on an album, The Old Road Home, and offers frequent free, live concerts on Facebook.
Brónagh Barnes and Feargal Barnes are siblings hailing from the 'wee' county, Co. Louth in the north-east of Ireland. They are both fluent Gaelic speakers and their interest in Irish traditional music began from a young age. Brónagh plays fiddle and is a student of the renowned Zoe Conway, having being introduced to the fiddle by Gerry O'Connor. Brónagh has played with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, The Irish Memory Orchestra, Nós Nua-Louth Folk Orchestra and Oriel Traditional Orchestra. She has perfomed alongside legendary musicians Dónal Lunny, Mick O’ Brien and Mairtín O’ Connor.
Feargal began learning guitar accompaniment with John McIntyre as well as the fundamentals of Irish traditional music. After meeting Donal Lunny he became enamoured with the bouzouki and its role in Irish Music, and has been playing one ever since. Feargal has had the opportunity to perform at Fleadhs and on Fleadh TV as well as with the likes of Shane Meehan, Ultan O'Brien, Hughie Kennedy and Seán Conway.
Shannon Muenchoew is a young fiddler player who was brought up in the Irish music and dance community in Denver, Colorado. Her parents brought her to sessions at the same time she began to play violin and Irish step dance. She danced competitively with the Wick school of Irish dance, often playing fiddle at the dance performances. In high school, Shannon was fortunate enough to compete in the World Championships for Irish Dance in London. After Worlds, Shannon decided to devote more time to her music. During the summer, Shannon attended fiddle camps where she studied traditional Irish music with Oisin Mac Diarmada and Liz Carroll. In preparation for the All-Ireland fleadh in 2013, Shannon enjoyed lessons with one of her trad music idols, James Kelly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
All attendees need to do is make their donation via paypal.me/buttonboxman 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: http://johnwhelanmusic.com/slow-session. 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 email@example.com to get on the list or for more details.
Get more details on Johns website: http://johnwhelanmusic.com
Sundays at 11:00 AM
Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club
Event Website: http://socalpipers.com/piper_sunday.html
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 Joe Doyle joining us from Deansgrange, Dublin, Ireland.
From 1:30 PM on this will become our monthly So Cal Pipers Club social call
Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events: https://www.facebook.com/SCUPC
Yeats and His Time: A Talk by Daniel Mulhall
Wednesday, March 10th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Hosted by Irish Studies at UC Berkeley
Sponsored by United Irish Cultural Center and Dowling Library at the UICC
Online via Zoom
RSVP for this virtual event - REGISTER HERE: U.C. Berkeley Event Website
W.B. Yeats lived through some of the most consequential years in modern Irish history. Born just two years before the failed Fenian Rising of 1867, by the time he died on the eve of World War II, Ireland had become an independent republic in all but name. Yeats was no disinterested spectator of the Ireland of his time. He took an active interest in the events taking place around him and wrote powerfully about Ireland in poems stretching over the decades from 'To Ireland in the Coming Times' in the 1890s to 'Under Ben Bulben' in the last months of his life.
This talk by Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, will explore the interaction between Yeats, his poetry and the set of developments that transformed Ireland in the first quarter of the 20th century. It will seek to assess Yeats's historical significance and the extent to which its Irish backdrop enhanced the power and impact of his poetry.
Moderated by Catherine Flynn, Director of the Irish Studies Program and Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley
NOTE: All participants are required to sign into a Zoom account prior to joining meetings hosted by UC Berkeley. Participants who are not eligible for a UC Berkeley-provided Zoom account can use a Zoom account provided by their institution, can create a free Zoom account (at https://zoom.us/freesignup), or can dial in via the phone.
Saturday, March 13th, 6:00 PM
Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center, 4980 Dublin Blvd., Dublin, CA
Details: Dublin St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Venue phone: (925) 556-4508
Okay, Y'all, get out of the house, and come rock out to Tempest from the COVID-free comfort of your own cozy automobile! Tickets are only $40 per vehicle, so be sure to bring your pod-friends and family! After a full year away from the stage, (not counting our two Livestreams) we are truly excited to be performing in front of a live audience again. Following a delightful short set from our special guests, CaliCeltic, we'll take the stage for a non-stop-romp that's sure to get you exercising the shocks and bouncing off the glove box!
Inside tip: the concert is expected to sell out fast – so get your tickets now!
Last year, during the height of confinement, Tempest produced two great CDs; 'Live At SoundTek Studios' The Lockdown Sessions, and 'Live On The Air' The Radio Sessions 1992 – 2018. Both CDs have received tremendous response, and totally energized our mail order business! But you should know, these albums are limited edition, collectors items, and autographed copies are only available from the Tempest Web Site http://www.tempestmusic.com/html/cdorder.html while supplies last.
See you all at the Shindig!
Laura D. Kelley in front of St. Alphonsus Church
in the heart of the Irish Channel New Orleans, Louisiana
The Irish in New Orleans
Sunday, March 14th, 1:00 PM
Sponsored by Irish-American Crossroads Festival
Eamonn Flynn and Dr. Laura D. Kelly will lead us on this exploration of New Orleans, focusing on various waves of emigration from Ireland to the second biggest port in America at that time, and on how by the mid-19th century, 25% of the population of New Orleans was born in Ireland. We’ll look at how Irish culture influenced New Orleans in terms of language, neighborhoods, food, sport, music, dance, religion, politics, race, rituals around death, and parades.
The Irish in New Orleans Book:
The Irish in New Orleans Facebook Page:
Laura D. Kelley, PhD
An Afternoon with Shannon Warto
Sunday, March 14th, 2:00 PM
Online via Zoom
Hosted by Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula
We invite you to join us on Sunday, March 14th, at 2 PM for a virtual concert with gifted Celtic singer and songwriter Shannon Warto, who has been a guest musician during services at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula (UUCMP). Shannon will sing a variety of traditional Celtic tunes as well as an assortment of her original pieces. There will be a requested donation to attend. Please check the events section of the UUCMP website for the concert link. https://uucmp.org/congregation-news/events/
Shannon Warto is a singer/songwriter and children's book author, and has been performing in California around the Monterey Bay Area and beyond for the past 20 years. She shares her soul through singing and forms a heart connection with her listeners. This event is not to be missed!
Click Here for more info. on UU Carmel's:
An Afternoon with Shannon Warto, call 831-624-7404, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fire Scottish Band
The Fire: Crossing to Ireland
Sunday, March 14th, 4:00 PM
Online via Zoom
On Sunday March 14th at 4pm PDT, The Fire will stream a FREE concert titled 'Crossing to Ireland' via YouTube and Facebook. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, this concert explores the musical connections between Ireland and Scotland. Join the Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/240423124083198 to receive the latest updates and streaming links for the concert.
Ticket information: We know that times are tough right now and that everyone is operating on a tighter budget, therefore we are making this event by donation only.
Perks of donating:
1) You feel great about supporting independent musicians.
2) Your donation of any size gives you special access to the Zoom After-party directly following the concert with band members David, Rebecca, and Adam. Donate here to get the after-party details: PayPal.me/thefirescottishband
BYOB and come party with us!
John and Tyler Weed
The Weeds--The Party for Paddy--NextGen!
Sunday, March 14th, 7:00 PM
Online via Zoom
These two familiar faces are well-known to the Celtic music crowd. John and Tyler Weed have been playing music together since Tyler was 10 and learned his first chords on guitar. John Weed (Molly's Revenge, New World String Project) is of course our all-time favorite fiddler and recording artist. But, you many not yet be acquainted with Tyler Weed, an emerging powerhouse of versatile musical talent. The maturity and depth of Tyler's playing matches perfectly with the finesse, texture and musicality that Dad brings to the stage. Well, when a lad has been listening to "pure drop Irish" since the cradle, it just comes naturally, I guess. This will be the real deal.
Tyler has expanded to mandolin, tenor banjo, clawhammer banjo, jazz guitar, and composition. Tyler grew up immersed in traditional music with heavy exposure to John's various projects with Stuart including Molly's Revenge and Little Black Train. Tyler has performed on stage with both Molly's Revenge and New World String Project, Stuart and John's Scandinavian/Celtic quartet with Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter.
Put this date and time on your calendar and don't miss out. I will be sending a follow-up email with the concert link closer to the show. No reservation required. Just tune in, we will have a "virtual tip jar" for those who can generously support the music. For those who are pandemically challenged, just come and be with us and enjoy a fun evening of merriment.
This show will support the artists, but will also support Johns ongoing weekly music jam at St. Mary's and St. Mary's Celtic Concerts, which we hope to resume after we are all vaccinated. Oh, and bring your own Guinness, and don't forget to wear something green and put on your dancing shoes... For more info about the show or about our weekly community music jam, send an email to Jackie Pierce, or call or text her at 831-224-3819.
More details in the Facebook Event
The Black Irish Band
New Year's with The Black Irish Band
March 17th, 2021, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Dream Inn, 175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
The Black Irish Band
Formed in 1989 in the historic Gold Rush Town of Sonora, Ca. The Black Irish Band presents the songs of the working people from the 19th Century to the present. A large compliment of Maritime, Railroad, Celtic, Italian, American and original music that brings to life the adventures of the people who built the world on which we now live. Listen to the stories, sing along, and take a musical trip through history with the Black Irish Band. Happy New Year!
The legendary Black Irish Band will be performing live on St. Patrick's Day at the Dream Inn Santa Cruz! There is no better way to attend a live event, than watching it from the safety of your own personal guestroom and balcony the band plays live from the pool deck.
Here a link to their many music videos
All ticket packages include overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Ocean View room with a private balcony or patio overlooking the pool deck/stage, and all hotel room conveniences. Get Full Details and Tickets here: https://www.dreaminnsantacruz.com/st-patricks-day
The Black Irish Band is Patrick Michael Karnahan, banjo, melodeon, octave mandolin, trumpet, guitar, concertina, french horn, vocals, Steve McArthur, banjo, guitar, accordion, mandola, piano, vocals, James Dean Nelson, banjo, guitar, vocals, and Stan Emmons, acoustic bass, vocals.
More information, downloads and videos can be found on their website: http://blackirish.com.
Golden Bough LIVE online
St. Patricks Day Concert
Wednesday, March 17th, 7:00 PM
Online via Vimeo
Acclaimed trio, Golden Bough, will perform a virtual concert benefitting The El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation, including their new Theatre Academy.
Tickets are only $10 for the entire household. https://us.patronbase.com/_ElCampanilTheatre/Productions/ST12/Performances
Here a link to their many music videos
Golden Bough is:
Margie Butler, lead vocals, harp, whistles, recorders
Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, accordion
Kathy Sierra, fiddle, whistles
For more information, email email@example.com
or check the website, www.goldenboughmusic.com
Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over. Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.
For more on Golden Bough, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website: www.goldenboughmusic.com.
For more on the venue, check the website: http://beniciahistoricalmuseum.org.
Fill your cup of gladness, don your green, and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with us!
'Bringing you the happiness of leprechaun's gold, and an evening of song that will never grow old!'
Paint the Bridge Green
Wednesday, March 17th, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 20th, 12:00 PM
Presented by and benefiting UICC Cultural Events
Online via Zoom
Wednesday, March 17th, 7:30 PM and again on Saturday, March 20th, 12:00 PM, The United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco and Bosca Beagaí Productions present
Paint the Bridge Green a star-studded virtual event that gathers musicians and dancers from around the world to perform in your own living room.
Co. Clare native, Michael Dillon, is the Artistic Director at Irish Youth Theatre company Bosca Beagaí, and has rounded up another spectacular line-up for this pair of St. Patrick's concerts, marshalling a high caliber group of entertainers for this virtual show, all to support Cultural Events at the UICC.
Michael Dillon says:
We have Irish pianist and composer Phil Coulter, Mundy (Galway Girl), and Out the Gap (Clare musicians) confirmed. In addition, Ten local Irish Dance schools will participate in the show performing steps choreographed by Amymae Dolan from Riverdance, and a host of local and national US talent from Chicago, and New York will also perform.
All in all a great lineup for the two-hour concert, and not to be missed!
Paint the Bridge Green Tickets NOW! https://paintthebridge.eventbrite.com
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 6th.
- Workshop proposals will be accepted through March 15th. (See registration form for details.)
Register at: sffmc.org
If you would like to volunteer for this event, prior or during, in any capacity, please contact us at:email@example.com
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 www.sffmc.org 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 www.sffmc.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crooked Road Céilí Band
St. Patrick's Day at The Chaminade
Wednesday, March 17th, 5:30 PM
Chaminade Resort & Spa, 1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA
The Crooked Road Céilí Band plays traditional Celtic music on the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and guitar. The word "céili" is pronounced "kay-lee," and is the Irish Gaelic word for "party!" Spirited jigs and reels brought to life, Irish folk music pure and simple, unique and magically atmospheric for an intimate evening under the stars.
The hammered dulcimer has a harp-like quality, and paired with the lilt of the fiddle and drive of the acoustic guitar, the band weaves melodies that will take you back to the cozy little pub you discovered the last time you visited Ireland. The Crooked Road Céilí Band is Irish music played in the spirit of the tradition.
Julie Horner: Hammered dulcimer and fiddle
David Chadwick: Fiddle and guitar
Shawn Prudhomme: Fiddle and tin whistle
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!
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
Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining
2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
We are Open!
Saturday, March 6th, (Noon-8 PM)
Sunday, March 7th, (Noon-5 PM)
Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining with Full Bar is back!.
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.
Since January 2021, we have a 1,800 square foot open-sided canopy to cover the outdoor dining space.
'Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining with Full Bar Open' Facebook Event
UICC Facebook Page
One on one from Cedar Dobson
Live via Zoom
Cedar Dobson, 20, is a visual artist, photographer, videographer, musician and composer specializing in traditional Irish and Scottish music Cedar plays the Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, Bodhrán, mandolin, Uilleann pipes, and guitar.
Cedar will be taking online music production classes from Pulse College in Dublin, Ireland this fall.
She has played music with Nelidh Mulligan, Alan Doherty, David Brewer and the Fire, John Doyle, and other Irish and Scottish musicians. Cedar has performed in Ireland, Scotland, Brazil, and the US, and is a member of the band Tapistree with John Kilburn and Amy Duke.
Cedar offers private, safe and enjoyable tin whistle lessons via Zoom! Safe and enjoyable). Her one-on-one rates are $35 for a half-hour lesson and $50 for an hour lesson. Message Cedar on Facebook or email Cedar at email@example.com or message her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100016521466423
Cradling Arms of Croaghan/Back to Belfast
Two Jigs and Two Reels with John Doyle
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 619-368-1854.
Cheers and thanks,
Michael on Facebook.
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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 www.celticteashoppe.com 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
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
OPEN for your ONLINE BUSINESS!
"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 https://larkinthemorning.com, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/LarkInAM.
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
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Publican Stan Gamble and his partners have an update! Many of you have heard the rumors about the The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant.
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 www.theduke.com or call 408-446-3853.
Sláinte Pub, Oakland
Now open Tuesday through Sunday, 12-8 PM
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:
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.
Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website https://slainteoakland.com.
Plough and Stars Fundraiser
The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE but ACCEPTING DONATIONS
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 https://www.gofundme.com/f/sfplough. 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 www.theploughandstars.com, call 415-751-1122, or email Sean Heaney at email@example.com.
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant
198 5th St, San Francisco
CLOSED DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or check www.thechieftain.com.
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