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Friday, 2021-09-24
Updates, Features, & Events
Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,
• On Saturday, September 25th, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT the 1st Annual Mini Mabon Harvest Festival arrives, with Celtic food, music, and shopping in San Jose, CA. (See Below)
• Multi-instrumentalist Bruce Honeyman has spent the pandemic productively in his Fresno studio, and has just released an exciting album, Old Roots, New Branches – Irish / Celtic Edition. (See Below)
Events: (one-time)
• On Friday, September 24th, from 1 - 4 PM PDT, and for two more days, the An Góilín Traditional Singers Club, host their 16th Annual Frank Harte Festival, including a 'Room & Zoom' live singing session, accessible world-wide from Dublin, Ireland, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• From Friday September 24th – Saturday September 26th, at 7:00 PM, the 17th Annual San Francisco Irish Film continues at Delancey Street Theater in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 25th, at 11:00 AM The Johnson Girls will give a concert of Sea Music, presented by The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 25th, from 3:00 - 8:00 PM at the United Irish Cultural Center, Wawona Gates is serving hot food and a full bar, outdoors under their 1800 sq.ft. 'Big Top', and from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, LIVE Irish Music as Perry Sings Sinatra, at their spacious facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 25th, & Sunday, September 26th, at 4:00 PM PDT, The Eugene O'Neill Festival returns this fall with both Online and In Person performances of O'Neill's Pulizer Prize winning Play, Beyond the Horizon from Danville, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 25th from 8:30-10:00 PM PDT, Stepping Stone will be playing outside at the Kenesset Israel Torah Center at 1165 Morse Ave. in Sacramento, and on Saturday, October 2nd from 12:00 - 1:00 outside the Clara Auditorium on the ballet stage at the McKeever School of Irish Dance Feis. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 25th at 6:00 PM the legendary The Black Irish Band will be LIVE and IN PERSON at the Murphys Irish Pub in Murphys, CA. (See Below)
• On Shipping Monday, September 27th, Noctambule, (Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor), will begin shipping the CDs of their new album, EVERY MIGRANT IS MY FELLOW. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 2nd, at 6:00 PM indefatigable Celtic Rockers Tempest will begin a West Coast Fall Tour with stops in Eureka, NV, and McCloud, Woodland, Blue Lake and Fresno CA. (See Below)
• On Sunday, Ocober 3rd, 11:00 AM PDT, the Facing Our History series examines How do the Colonized who became Colonizers become Allies live Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, October 16th, at 10:00 AM PDT and every third Saturday, Linn Phipps conducts a free Learn Scottish Gaelic Songs Workshop online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday and Sunday, October 16th - 17th the re-scheduled Midsummer Fairy Tale, An Indie Music & Faire Fantasy Experience, happens at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, CA. (See Below)
• From Thursday, October, 21st 7:00 AM CDT through Sunday October 24th, the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, the Irish Music Camp Like No Other, convenes in Midlothian, TX. (See Below)
• On Friday October 22nd, Saturday October 23rd & Sunday October 24th, the 10th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival Of Music & Dance overruns the small town of Fairfax, CA, which, for the weekend, resembles a town in Ireland full of songs, tunes and dance. (See Below)
Events: (recurring)
• On Fridays, at 5:30 PM, the Cross Keys band, Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O'Neill, sing out at the Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden in Fairfax, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday evenings, from 7:00-8:30 PM Pacific Time, its the Andronicos San Francisco Jam, hosted by Dinah and Noah Stroe on Zoom from San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursdays, multi-instrumentalist Michael Eskin hosts the best and most popular online Irish traditional music online, The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Session. (See Below)
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• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker's e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, the local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown San Francisco at 5th and Howard. (See Below)
• Music is returning to the cherished San Francisco Celtic cultural institution, The Plough and the Stars, now open from Wednesday through Sunday, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM. (See Below)
Sláinte Pub Jack London Square in Oakland, CA is open Tuesday - Sunday, with a full menu of great food and drink with outdoor and limited indoor dining service and on Sundays from 4 PM to 7 PM offers traditional Irish music from their house band, Buncrana. (See Below)
• On the first Sunday of each month, a small group of Starry Plough regulars stream a re-newed online Irish Session from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. (See Below)
• Multi-genre violin teacher (especially Irish Traditional Music) and performer Darcy Noonan is available for gigs and lessons. (See Below)
• Sport your Celtic heritage! AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo. (See Below)
The Celtic Tea Shoppe, in San Jose is your source for Celtic and Celtic inspired carry-out fresh baked foods, confections and rare teas! (See Below)
• While Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA and Exploring Music in the outer sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, CA are closed for walk-ins, both stores are open for online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
• The 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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Mini Mabon 2021

1st Annual Mini Mabon Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 25th, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT

Branham Plaza @ Pearl, 4432 Pearl Ave., San Jose, CA

12:30 - 1:15 & 2:00 - 2:45 PM PDT
 Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association
1:15 - 2:00 & 2:45 - 3:30 PM PDT
 Peter Daldry

The Celtic Tea Shoppe is hosting the 1st Annual Mini Mabon Harvest Festival, a FREE authentic Celtic festival at our shop on September 25, 2021 from 11-5 pm, featuring Irish and Scottish food, vendors and music. Bring a chair so you can enjoy the live music, and eat the fine foods.

Tips (cash and electronic) will be much appreciated by the entertainers, who represent some of the best Celtic music and dance groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Masks are requested when shopping inside, and when gathering in groups. Vendors from the Scottish Games and Irish Festivals will be on hand with their authentic Celtic wares for sale.

For more details, check The Mini Mabon Harvest Festival Website, Facebook Event, or email or call Kristen at 408-267-7090.

  • Fresh scones - Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry Orange, Meyer Lemon and Buttery Sweet, served with your choice of butter or house-made clotted cream
  • Tea, hot and iced
  • Coffee
  • Lunch menu: Shepherd's Pie (beef), Bridies (Beef, Curry Chicken, The Hobbit), and Sausage Rolls. Sides include buttered peas, colcannon and beans.

Old Roots

Album Review: Old Roots, New Branches
(Irish / Celtic Edition)

by Bruce W. Honeyman

Published 2021-09-24

1.3:20Hogmanay Reel
2.1:44Well May the World Go
3.2:09The Irish Channel Jig
4.3:33The Irish Dance Teacher
5.3:10Distant Shores
6.4:52The Fresno Reel Medley
7.5:10The Kaw Haven Medley
8.4:58The Fibish Jig Medley
9.4:48The Afro-Celt Medley
10.3:15Homage Ostroushko
11.3:18Bonaparte Crossing the San Joaquin
12.3:16The Spencer and Jane Waltz
13.1:32The Dare I Say Polka?
14.2:27Theo in the Apple Tree
15.4:06The Irish Goodbye

Old Roots, New Branches is a brand new collection of several albums filled with original music from multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Bruce Honeyman and this one, the 'Irish / Celtic Edition', focuses on that style.

Bruce Honeyman says:
Old Roots, New Branches – Irish / Celtic Edition has 23 new tunes (15 tracks including 4 medleys of 3 each), all original, and I provided all the parts of the production, instrumentation, to bring my vision to life. It is now available on all the important platforms: Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Apple, YouTube, and Facebook. For physical CD sales contact me directly at

To Listen to Bruce's Album, Click Here

Reviewers Comments:
Kudos to Bruce Honeyman on his massive debut project Old Roots, New Branches: Irish/Celtic Music Edition - conceived, composed, performed and recorded all on his own during the pandemic. Thank you for giving us the chance to have a peek inside your musical self - it's a lovely place to explore! — Marla Fibish

With original melodies that sound almost familiar, multi-instrumentalist Bruce Honeyman brings a deep knowledge of acoustic music and traditional Irish to this album of well-crafted original tunes. Bruce's subtle and creative use of percussion help bring a distinct world music influence to many of the tunes. A highly enjoyable listen. — Kathy Barwick

Bruce Honeyman is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who retired as self-employed Clinical Psychologist after a long career of practice in his adopted hometown of Fresno, CA.


An Goilin
An Góilín

An Góilín Traditional Singers

International Singing Session
Online occasional Fridays, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT
(See Calendar )

Online via Zoom

Since 1979, Dublin's An Góilín Traditional Singers Club members have gathered each Friday evening at 9:00 PM local time for singing sessions.

When these indoor gatherings were restricted on March 27th, 2020, An Góilín joined the mass migration of such musical gatherings to the Zoom online meeting platform, and to their surprise, An Góilín members have found a much wider audience joining in!

Friday, September 24th, will be the first night of our 16th annual festival celebrating one of the most important singers and song collectors of the late 20th century, the Frank Harte Festival. Tonight's session will be on Zoom, so log on to to find out all of the details and how book for the various events over the weekend. This year's Frank Harte Festival (24 - 26 September 2021) will be a hybrid festival, with a pre-recorded singing walk (normally a themed singing and walking tour which takes place at locations around Dublin city), a live streamed workshop and concert (subject to restrictions in force at the time) and live Zoom singing sessions. The walk, workshop and concert will all be streamed from the Frank Harte Festival Facebook page and from An Góilín's YouTube channel. All information on Festival guests etc. is available now at

Máire Ni Chróinin says:
The shift to Zoom has allowed us to connect with an unexpected global audience. It has been a pleasure to hear traditional songs from singers all around the world and to get to know singers from Australia, the USA and from different parts of Europe. It has also allowed us to reconnect with our friends all across the UK who have more opportunity to come to our in-person sessions during 'normal' times, but who were grounded just like everyone else when the pandemic broke out.

It is our intention to use technology to connect every so often with the international section of our community and our first will be this Friday, September 17th. This will be our first ever 'hybrid' open singing session - we are calling it a Room & Zoom session.

If you have previously joined our email list, your Zoom link will have reached your inbox early this week. If not, you can send us and email at and ask to be added to the list, but we are busy with preparations today and may not get to it until next time. — Máire.

For details and more information about An Góilín, including our calendar of events, check their website You can also find them on their Facebook Page,



17th Annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival
Online and In-Person

Continuing Friday September 24th – Saturday September 26th

Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Click to watch the 2021 SF Irish Film Festival Trailer

San Francisco Irish Film is pleased to bring Bay Area audiences an extraordinary, diverse line-up of award-winning Irish films to its 17th Annual Festival.

The screenings are available in-person at the Delancy Theater in San Francisco and via online streaming. 

Featuring both first-time and established directors, and the lineup, showcases a mix of seven documentaries, animation, features and shorts, including three U.S. premieres and the new animated feature, Wolfwalkers, by the team who brought you the Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells.

An All-Access Ticket Pass is just $50. Click Here to View the Online Program or Purchase à la carte tickets

Click Here for the 2021 Film Festival Trailer


Johnson Girls
Johnson Girls

Sea Music Concert: Johnson Girls

Saturday, September 25th, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Online via website

This Saturday, September 25th, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time (USA), Johnson Girls will be performing a virtual sea music concert, presented by the The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Registration required to receive the livestream link. Registration, plus photos and bios of the performers at: Get Tickets Here:

Formed in 1997, The Johnson Girls are the leading all-woman maritime song group in the world. Sea chanteys and songs, as the first real 'world music', captured their imagination. Just as sailors who were heavily influenced by the songs they heard while traveling the world over, each of the Johnson Girls brings a special style to the ensemble. Their extensive repertoire of both traditional and contemporary material includes sea chanteys and work songs of other traditions, African-American, Canadian, Caribbean, Irish, French, Italian as well as songs from the inland waterways and fisheries. Widely acclaimed for their powerhouse performances of rousing work songs, sensitive renderings of haunting ballads and laments, and hair-raising harmonies, The Johnson Girls dazzle audiences wherever they perform. Learn more at

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


Thomas Mossy Power
Indoors - Vac card, and Masking when eating or drinking.
Outdoors - masking when not eating and drinking.

Check San Francisco County's COVID-19 related Public Health Orders

United Irish Cultural Center
Saturday, September 25th

Whats On?
Saturday, September 25th
• 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wawona Gates Open Outdoors
• 5:00 PM Live music 'Perry Sings Sinatra'

More Details

United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

On Saturday, September 25th, at 5:00 PM, it's LIVE music from from Perry D'Andrea as Perry Sings Sinatra on "Frank Sinatra Tribute Night", an opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy a music show like no other on the #WawonaGates stage under the lights/tent at the Irish Center.

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

And now, the UICC is also offering Private Events in their spacious Saint Patrick's Room!

Saturday, October 16th its the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest By The Beach at the Irish Center SF. Anne Cassidy Carew is busy collating photos and stories for the San Francisco Irish Dance Exhibition later on this year.

UICC website
UICC Facebook Page


The Eugene O'Neill Festival Returns
Featured Play: Beyond the Horizon

Saturday, September 25th, & Sunday, September 26th, 4pm

Eugene O'Neill's Tao House Barn, 1000 Kuss Rd, Danville, CA

COVID Policy
The National Park Service and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House comply with Covid-19 protocols at the time of in-person events. Masks are required at this time (as of Aug 15, 2021). Live events will have reduced capacity seating.

Please read our full FAQs before purchasing tickets.

The Eugene O'Neill Festival returns this fall with a combination of live and virtual events. The festival centerpiece will be a filmed production of O'Neill's first great drama Beyond the Horizon. The play was the playwright's first to appear on Broadway and won him the first of his four Pulitzer prizes. In addition to the film, there will be two live performances of Beyond the Horizon on the last weekend of September.

The festival will be rounded out with the premiere of EONF Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes' playful and informative theatrical lecture Eugene O'Neill: 51 Plays in 51 Minutes at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, as well as a hike, a downtown walk, and a special storytelling campaign entitled 'Tiny Horizon Stories.'

An unexpected romance turns the Mayo family farm upside down and changes the course of lives, the family, and the farm in what many consider America's first great tragic drama. Robert and Andrew Mayo, and neighbor Ruth Atkins grew up together as brothers and sister, but when love joins the picture everything changes. Destinies are disrupted and a chain of well-intended decisions leads to dire consequences. Beyond the Horizon won Eugene O'Neill his first Pulitzer Prize and put O'Neill on the Broadway map.

The play Beyond the Horizon calls for a combination of outdoor and indoor scenes, which have traditionally been difficult to represent. Our production will be filmed to highlight the natural beauty and farm-like qualities of the Tao House property.  Additionally, two live performances of the play will take place with seating at reduced capacity. These special live performances will utilize a combination of outdoor and indoor settings which require some minimal walking.

Beyond the Horizon Tickets:


Stepping Stone
Stepping Stone
Stephen Davis - guitar, Linda Keen - fiddle, and James Wilson - mandolin, whistles, bouzouki.

Stepping Stone

Sacramento Based Traditional Celtic Music

Upcoming Shows
Friday, September 25th, 8:30-10:00 PM PDT
Kenesset Israel Torah Center, 1165 Morse Ave., Sacramento, CA
No Cover

Saturday, October 2nd, 12:00 - 1:00 PDT, Outdoor Concert
Clara Auditorium, on the ballet stage
McKeever School of Irish Dance Feis, 2420 N St, Sacramento, CA
No Cover

Check Sacramento County's COVID-19 related Public Health Orders

Linda Keen learned to play fiddle as a young child in her hometown is Sacramento, but over the decades has had numerous experiences in tradtional music, starting at the Starry Plough with Kevin Keegan and his Graineog Ceili Band in the '70s, followed by 16 years based in the Netherlands, where she married, a series at Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a season studying fiddle music in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland just to mention a few. Stepping Stone, founded in June of 2012, is a dream unfolding as Linda and her band members pay homage to the precious gifts of older musical traditions and to the industrious and magical people who were successful in keeping them well and alive.

Multi-instrumentalist James Wilson enjoys a good tune. His road to Stepping Stone has been a long and winding one. His affinity for Irish music comes from his parents Jim and Patricia who immigrated to the United States in the late 1950’s. His father played a small one-row Hohner button accordion called a melodeon, and his mother sang; thus, James grew up listening to homegrown music in addition to the Clancy Brothers, Irish Rovers, and, of course, The Chieftains.

Stephen Davis grew up listening to folk songs that his mother used to sing to him at an early age, and he has been singing ever since. Stephen started playing guitar at the age of eleven and became an avid listener of early English folk songs and tunes from the Renaissance and Medieval period. For the past decade, Stephen has been a back-up sessions guitar player and that is where he first met up with fiddler, Linda Keen.

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Stepping Stone Facebook Page


The Black Irish Band

New Year's with The Black Irish Band

Saturday, September 25th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Murphys Irish Pub, 415 Main St, Murphys, 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 Murphy's Irish Pub in Murphys, CA!

Here a link to their many music videos

Get Full Details here:

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:


Every Migrant is My Fellow

Noctambule Album Launch
Marla Fibish & Bruce Victor

Shipping Monday, September 27th

Online via YouTube Live and Facebook Live

Bruce Victor & Marla Fibish
(photo by Alli Novak)
Marla & Bruce say:
We are thrilled to let you know that our new album Every Migrant is My Fellow is at the printers, and will be boxed up and shipped to us on Monday, September 27!  All the music on it depicts, celebrates, or mourns for those who are in life-altering transit: vagabonds of all sorts, migrants, refugees, those newly born, those departing this life.

In keeping with our theme and out of respect for those in these passages, our album sales will benefit the International Rescue Committee. The IRC responds to the world's most dire humanitarian crises and helps those whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and get control over their lives. In more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, their dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.

So all you lovely people who have pre-ordered the album should have your copies in hand in the first week of October. We are more than grateful!  So far your pre-orders have generated $560 for the International Rescue Committee.

Originally, the pre-order window was just for August, but we've extended it to the end of September. Until then, for every pre-order, we will send half the price ($10) to the IRC.  PREORDER HERE!

Noctambule is Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor. They play a variety of musical forms – traditional Irish tunes and songs, their own compositions written in traditional forms, and compelling settings of a broad range of poetry. This unique collaboration brings out surprising qualities in these seasoned musicians. Their work is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humour on an unusual array of strings - different guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, cittern, tenor guitar - and their blended voices. A Noctambule experience is like no other - a wake-up call for body and soul.

Noctambule video samples

More music and info: | or call 510-205-1617



Celtic Rock with Tempest

October 2020 West Coast Tour

Upcoming Shows
Saturday, October 2nd, 6:00 PM, Eureka Heritage Days, Perdiz Sport Shooting Range, 1 Windfall Rd., Eureka, NV, (775) 230-2232
Saturday, October 9th, Afternoon Show, times TBA, Apple Harvest Festival, Main Street McCloud, McCloud, CA, at the foot of Mount Shasta, (530) 964-3113
Saturday, October 16th, 8:00 PM, Father Paddy's Irish Public House, 435 Main St., Woodland, CA, (530) 867-2939
Saturday, October 23rd, 8:00 PM, Blue Lake Casino, 777 Casino Way, Blue Lake, CA, (707) 668-9770
Saturday, October 30th, 7:30 PM, Full Circle Brewing Co., Special Halloween Show -- Come in costume and celebrate with us!, 712 Fulton St., Fresno, CA, (559) 319-8195, Tempest returns to Fresno by popular demand. Full Circle Brewing Co. has moved to a fab new location, and we're excited to be back!

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 30 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.

Signed to Magna Carta Records, Tempest's releases are acclaimed worldwide.

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 while supplies last.

Mail order CDs directly from Tempest:

Artist sites and sounds:


Òmar Bhochanan and Scott Morrison

Facing Our History: How do the Colonized who became Colonizers become Allies

Sunday, Ocober 3rd, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT (2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT)

Online via Zoom

Free Registration
Join us for an an online conversation between:
Dr. Òmar Bhochanan, Gàidhlig teacher and activist from Cape Breton
Scott Morrison, Co-founder and Head Teacher of Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir
Free event but registration is required. Join us as we examine:
• Specific historical examples of the implementation of the process of colonization and the development of capitalist economy in Scotland.
• How the different social strata of Scottish Gaelic society were affected at home and in the diaspora.
• Some of the multiple actors involved in the transformation of Gaelic Scotland.
• The power of historical narrative and why it can mislead us.

We are excited to announce episode three of Facing Our History – The North American Gael. This is the first episode where our guest comes from a Gàidhealtachd; in this case the Nova Scotia Gàidhealtachd. To date, the Facing Our History series has examined the colonization and oppression of the Gael and their dispersal in North America from a national and cultural perspective, and from an economic or class perspective. This dialogue between Òmar Bhochanan and Scott Morrison will examine the legacy of settler colonialism and its impact on the Gael.

Òmar is a partner and consultant in Inside Out, a Gàidhlig and yoga teacher, a weaver, and a Gaelic activist.  She  lives on the Bras d'Or lake in Grass Cove, Mi'kma'ki | Cape Breton Island with her 12 year old daughter Sadie. She's been working toward her own healing and her Gàidhlig community's healing from colonization for the past 15 years.  Amber teaches Gàidhlig language and traditional cultural practices both in community and at Baile Nan Gàidheal | Highland Village Museum. Òmar has also been building connections with Gaels and Cape Breton's Indigenous people, the Mi'kmaq, noticing similarities and celebrating uniqueness with the intention to forge peace, friendship and collective resilience. 

In the only surviving Gaelic settlement in North America, we see in a modern context the effect of colonialism and imperialism on a people’s historical narrative, their culture, and their relationship with the land and Indigenous people. In this unique conversation, we will obtain a first person view point from someone living in the Nova Scotia Gàidhealtachd about that community’s historical, environmental, and cultural impact on the region, and their efforts to redress relationships with Indigenous nations.

Check the Facebook Event


Linn Phipps
Linn Phipps

Linn Phipps Learn Scottish
Gaelic songs Workshop

10:00 AM PDT on the third Saturday
Saturday, October 16th, 2021
Saturday, November 20th, 2021
Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Online via Zoom

Aim: learn a Gaelic song: words, translation, phonetics, and mp3 audios of words and song will be provided on Linn's website, Over the year we can learn songs from many different genres of Gaelic song. These include waulking songs (orain luaidh), other work songs (eg rowing, milking, churning, spinning), other sea songs, dance songs (puirt-a-beul), Oran mor (big songs), laments, love songs, lullabies, night-visiting songs, piping songs, fairy/mythical creatures songs, etc. Requests welcome.
For: singers interested in learning a Gaelic song - no knowledge of Gaelic required, musicians also welcome! Please feel free to share the Zoom link.
Cost: free!
Links: Join Zoom Meeting - link kindly provided by Dawn Berg - recurrent meeting:
Meeting ID: 868 4516 2455, Passcode: 206097

Please note that Linn also co-hosts a monthly Gaelic-only ceilidh-sing - Srùbag (all welcome to sing a Gaelic song or join to listen), this too has a recurrent meeting link. If you would like to be added to the invite list (and you are not already receiving the invite), pls let Linn know with an email to Linn Phipps


Shows, Food and Activities
Armored warriors fight for glory, mystical beings run amok, and high energy top notch musicians from a variety of genres rule the stage.
Bountiful and delicious array of themed foods and drinks.
Kingdom Concession will have a variety of themed foods
Auburn Odd Fellows will have a variety of meads, wines and beers from local breweries.
Wicked Stage Shows, Mesmerizing Characters, Interactive Experiences…

Midsummer Fairy Tale
An Indie Music & Faire Fantasy Experience

Saturday, October 16th 10:00 AM - Sunday, 17th, 5:00 PM

Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St, Plymouth, CA

The Milk Carton Kids
The Tossers
Young Dubliners
Old Sea Brigade
The Hunt's
Brother Angus
Adam Hurst (Worldcello)
The Pikeys
Beta Radio
Jessica Malone
Adam Hurst
Black Eyed Dempseys

Come and get lost in dance to the thrilling tribal drums, watch in awe of Indie, Celtic, and Folk bands, be a part of amazing stage shows that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and entangle yourself with otherworldly entertainers and beings…

Buy Tickets NOW!

Full Details at or on the Facebook event


O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat
An Irish Music Camp Like No Other!

Thursday, October, 21st 7:00 PM CDT - Sunday October 24th

Hoblitzelle Camp & Conference Center, 8060 Singleton Rd, Midlothian, TX

COVID Policy
After considering the current state of the pandemic worsened by the Delta variant, we have decided to require all our participants at the 2021 O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat to be fully vaccinated and, under certain conditions, masked. We apologize for any inconvenience or disruption this may cause those who have already enrolled. Here is our new COVID Policy --

The 18th annual O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat will be this year's premiere gathering of Irish music lovers nurturing the tradition that we hold close to our hearts.

This unique event immerses you in a complete traditional Irish music community for four days of classes, sessions, concerts, dances, camaraderie and learning in depth on dozens of aspects of Irish culture, including Enrichment classes, Informances, and dozens of Workshops.

Each year we invite internationally respected musicians from within the Irish music tradition to perform and teach our classes. Organized by the Traditional Irish Music Education Society (TIMES), we also engage a core group of local and area-wide volunteers and staff who are dedicated to making the retreat a memorable experience for each participant.

This year, we gather on Thursday, October, 21st at 7:00 PM CDT for a BBQ dinner followed by a concert and the airing of a documentary video that was made about last year's virtual event. Classes and other activities begin Friday morning.

Check out our YouTube Channel for videos of everything you can expect at O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.

Named in honor of Jim O'Flaherty, a musician who immigrated from Ireland to North Texas spreading the Irish music tradition through his family, friends and community, the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat continues with Jim's commitment to help others learn, enjoy, and grow in these rich traditions. Read More about our history…

For details, tickets, lodging, etc., please go to our website!



10th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival

Friday, October 22nd
Saturday, October 23rd
Sunday, October 24th

just 22 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge — ALL FREE

around Fairfax, CA
The Pavilion
Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden
Wu Wei Tea Temple
Sorella Cafe
Revolution 9
Iron Springs Brewery

Heartbeat Music is delighted to present, the 10th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival Of Music & Dance.

Click here for the full details available now and later for a schedule of performances

For more info, check Fairfax Fleadh Website, or The Fairfax Fleadh Facebook Page, or email or call Cormac Gannon at 415-902-2947.

Culann's Hounds
The Pure Drops
Erica & Friends
Vince Keehan
Kenny Somerville
Comhaltas Irish Set Dancers
David Winter & The SF Pipers Band
The Turf Cutters
Riggy Rackin
Catherine John
Rebecca Richman
Rory McNamara
Jason Pollock & Valerie Rose
Darcy Noonan & Hector Bragado
Susan Spurlock
Tedd Colt
Eamonn Flynn
Felim Egan
Todd Silverstein & Rodney Miller
Elizabeth Roddy
Dana Trillo
Daniel Schoenfeld
Anne Goess
Suzuki Cady & Liam Kaplan
Neil O'Neill & Stacy Samuels
Robert Shaw
Brosnan Irish Dancers
Savage Craic

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

The Cross Keys

Fridays, 5:30 - 8 PM PDT

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

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

Cormac says:
Looking forward to playing with my comrades!

Here is a sample video featuring Stacy Samuels:

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

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


Andronicos San Francisco Jam

Andronicos San Francisco Jam

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PDT

Online via Zoom

This gathering on Zoom is hosted every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 PM Pacific Time, by Dinah and Noah Stroe. It's organized as a friendly, eclectic round robin mix of old time music, some Irish, some Québécois and more.

Dinah says:
In addition to the great tunes, there are always a few 'sketchers' creating drawings of the participants (with permission)

It's sprinkled with jokes, books and TV recommendations and we conclude with our sketchers showing their pictures in the big reveal.

Join the fun!

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 862 8705 8150
Passcode: 312389

More info here: Old Time Open Jams Facebook Group

Contact Dinah Stroe


Ould Sod Zoom Session
The Ould Sod Virtual Irish Traditional Session on Zoom

The Ould Sod

Virtual Irish Traditional Session
every Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Pacific

Online via Zoom

The Ould Sod
Virtual Irish Traditional Session
Every Thursday
6:00 - 8:00 PM Pacific

(9:00 - 11:00 PM Eastern)
Meeting ID: 619 368 1854
Password: session

When COVID restrictions began in March, 2020, many weekly gatherings shifted to meeting online via the Zoom platform. With restrictions in California easing a bit, some are reducing or ending their Zoom musical meetings, but Michael Eskin says his, and since he has hosted over 70 of these accessible performances so far, I believe him!

Michael Eskin says:
With other Zoom sessions either closing down or changing to once-a-month format, and a few in person sessions restarting, I wanted to remind everyone that I'll continue to host The Ould Sod Virtual Session on Zoom every Thursday evening for as long as there are enough players each time, and we've generally been between 20 and 30 players on the past few Thursdays.

Players: Please join us and let other players know about our weekly Zoom event!
Punters: You are welcome to attend and listen, but please also and let others know about our weekly event!

More information at:


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

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

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

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

Debbie and Mark Nagle
Debbie and Mark Nagle

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

Open 7 days a week
Monday — Thursday 3:00 PM til close
Friday — Sunday 12:00 PM til close

The Chieftain, 198 5th St, San Francisco, CA

Chieftain Logo
We Are Open!

COVID Policy
Un-Vaccinated Guests must wear Masks
& Practice Social Distancing
Except when Eating or Drinking

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with delicious food offerings to choose from. Large beer selection, wine menu and cocktail list to feast from.

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 and our signature Spicy Potato Bites which go with any style of sport, music or fun.

Says Publican, Mark Nagle:

We are glad to be back in action and are since re-opening Thursday, July 8th. We plan to go back to 'normal' as best as possible, asking only that you wear a mask and practice Social Distancing if you are not vaccinated.

Good health to you all and look forward to seeing you back at The Chieftain soon! — Mark Nagle

The Chieftain hosts live performers every Friday and Saturday, often featuring new musical talents.

For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-615-0916, or email Mark Nagle at or check



The Plough and Stars Update

Wednesday — Sunday 4 to 12 PM

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

COVID Policy
Vaccination and Masks
Required Indoors
Make sure you bring your proof of vaccination when you come to The Plough.
Sean Heaney says:
Music at the Plough is back. We aren hosting an instrumental Irish Traditional session Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM and a song session lead by Christy O'Connell and Vince Keehan on the second Wednesday of every month at 8:00 PM. Drop by for a pint!

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

Over the years The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco has hosted many well-known musicians from Ireland and around the globe, but the COVID pandemic and related public health restrictions put a stop to all that for over a year. The resulting business losses threatened to put The Plough out of business permanently, but a sustained community crowdfunding effort helped keep it going, and now it appears to have emerged intact.

Check The Plough and Stars Website for the latest updates.


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

Sláinte Pub, Open Outside

Tuesday — Sunday, 12-8 PM PDT

Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA


Sundays, 4 PM to 7 PM PDT

COVID Policy
Masks Required Indoors
Except when eating or drinking

Since opening in April 2017, Sláinte has also featured some of the finest local and regional singers and musicians, in live, acoustic performance and quickly become the hot new place for Irish music in the East Bay.

Host Jackie says:
Welcome back to Sláinte Oakland! We're here Tuesday through Sunday, noon - 10 PM and until midnight Thursday - Saturday with over 75 whiskeys, the perfect pints and a delicious new menu. Come on by. Cead Mile Failte!!!

We are overwhelmed by the support you all gave us on St Patrick's Day! After only being open for a few days before, it was super crazy and we apologize for the long wait times and thank you for your patience and advice. Hopefully we entertained you all while you were waiting. Here's a photo of just one of the wonderful things you might have missed due to the insane crowd - our brand new Irish house band Buncrana! - and they will be back this Sunday, 4 PM to 7 PM!

Thanks again-and if you missed out on St Patrick's Day, we're back in the kitchen today for delicious Irish food, rain or shine because of our new table coverings!

The menu at Sláinte features Irish cuisine from Irish-born Executive Chef, Jackie Gallanagh, with dishes that include both imported & local ingredients and a bar menu of classic cocktails, a well-stocked selection of whisky, premium spirits, and local & imported beers.

More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.

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


Starry Session

Starry Session Online

First Sunday of each month, from 8:00 to 10:00 PM

Online via YouTube for The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

The pandemic shut down the well loved Starry Plough in Berkeley a year ago, halting the Sunday night Irish session and Monday night Irish dancing that had been hosted there for decades.

A small group of Plough regulars are convening electronically, and have begun a monthly open session online, on the first Sunday of the month, running for two hours and starting at 8:00 PM. It kicked off on Easter Sunday, as that holiday has always been a time for new beginnings--particularly in Ireland.

The online Starry Session is live-streamed on YouTube allowing other people listen, play, sing or dance along. It works like this: individuals among a pre-selected group of musicians will be called upon to lead a dance tune or song in rotation. Everyone else is on mute; they can follow the music at home with their own instruments or voices or whatever. It's not as magical as being able to hear each other, but it can still be surprisingly therapeutic.

You can tune in on THIS YouTube channel:

Other ringleaders of this effort are Don Clark, Sean Wahl, Michele Delattre and Shay Black, so you might see communications from any of them as this process goes forward. ↑Top↑

Darcy Noonan
Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Available for Performances or Lessons

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

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

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

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


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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, 1001 Camelia Street, Berkeley, CA
and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street, Inner Richmond of San Francisco

Eric says:
"Our Berkeley location, 1001 Camelia Street, 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 open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00 PM, and 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.

You can shop online at, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

Open 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM every day of the year

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA

Many of you have heard the rumors about the The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant.

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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