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Friday, 2021-09-17
Updates, Features, & Events
Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,
• On the morning of Thursday, September 16th, Bay Area Legend and leader of the Starboard Watch pirate band, Skip Henderson succumbed to COVID. Many will miss him. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 17th, from 1 - 4 PM PDT, the An Góilín Traditional Singers Club, host their first hybrid, 'Room & Zoom', live singing session, accessible world-wide from Dublin, Ireland, Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• Next Wednesday, September 22nd, at 12:20 PM PDT, marks the astronomical Fall Equinox and the festival of Mabon, and the beginning of the Celtic New Year. (See Below)
Events: (one-time)
• On Friday Evening, September 17th, from 5:00 PM and Saturday, September 18th, from 8:00 AM (for the Irish Dance Feis - See box below) and again on Saturday, September 17th, from 3:00 AM - 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 4:00 - 6:00 PM, LIVE Irish Music from Thomas Mossy Power, at their spacious facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, September 17th, 2019 at 9 PM, three River City based post-punk Celtic bands will be on stage for Halfway to St. Patrick's Day at Old Ironsides! in Sacramento, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 18th at 9:00 AM, its the 44th Annual Fresno Highland Games, at Kearney Park in Fresno, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 18th, 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, September 18th, at 11:00 AM, it's SF Virtual Chantey Sing! After years singing from the wooden decks of the historic 1886 sailing ship Balclutha at the Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, CA, this 39 year old maritime cultural tradition rises like the Phoenix from your computer or device. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 18th at 2:00 PM PDT, Whelan Master Sessions return, Online via Zoom, with guests Paul de Grae & Reidun Schelisnger Lynch et. al., conducted by John Whelan. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 18th @ 2:00 PM at the UICC, and then on Sunday, September 19th at 12:15 PM, in Golden Gate Park, The United Irish Societies of San Francisco sponsors another of their pair annual events honoring Irish Patriot Robert Emmet both in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Sunday, September 19th Oliver and Rose McElhone, proud owners, celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Fiddlers Green Irish Pub & Restaurant with a host of Irish Bands and Dancers in Millbrae, CA. (See Below)
• From Thursday September 23rd – Saturday September 26th, at 7:00 PM, its the 17th Annual San Francisco Irish Film 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, & 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, 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 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)
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)

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Skip Henderson
Skip Henderson

R.I.P. Skip Henderson

'Starboard Watch' Pirate Band Leader

Bay Area Legend and leader of band Skip Henderson and the Starboard Watch. Skip Henderson succumbed to COVID on the morning of Thursday, September 16th at the assisted living home in Eureka where he had lived in for the past few years. Here are a few comments from his many friends.

Our family has lost a dear old friend today, both my personal family and larger family of music and traditional sailing friends. Skip Henderson was a true character and well loved in both the sailing and folk music scene of the Bay Area for 60 years. I met him sometime around 1979 when he was managing acts at the Wine Celler in Ghirardelli Square. With a B.S. in Chemistry and Masters in philisophy he chose to work in the Southern Pacific Railyards. He once told me that his father (a ship captain) told him if he was going to sing folk songs he should do some work 'folks' do. He got a job in the SP yard in Brisbane.

Skip will be missed by so many of us. His song Billy Bones has become a standard all over the world. His song along with his Two Hornipes were bought by Disney for use in their movie Pirates of the Carribean but the scene was cut. They used the Two Hornpipes set for the bar room brawl in the second movie. Just the way Skip wanted it to be when we recorded it at Canyon Studios. We laughed our heads off as we simulated the tavern fight sounds for Neal behind Skips playing.

We of the Chainwale Chorus raise a glass to you Skip! - Gary Keep

During the 1960s, San Francisco’s North beach area was transitioning, and was known as International Settlement, at Broadway, Columbus and Upper Grant Avenue.

Music thrived in the area. Night clubs like “The Hungry I” flourished and Big Name Folk performers were the norm. There was room for many up and comers too, especially at the Folk Scene on Upper Grant Ave. Lots of small club and Coffee Houses took solo acts and small groups.

Skip Henderson was one of the regular performers. Doing this set of clubs, Skip became good friends with Hoyt Axton, recently out of the Navy, also performing in that Scene. They traveled and gigged together a bit before Hoyt headed to LA. and song writing fame.

There are quite a few more stories about the shenanigans of those two…but not now.”

R.I.P. Skip… John Blakemore

A Great Lighthouse Has Dimmed: For the last week, Skip Henderson has been coming into my dreams to say goodbye. Today, he left us to sail across the sea, and was undoubtedly met by his dear wife, Patty. A great light has gone out in our community. RIP, dear Shantyman. He passed of COVID Thursday morning. Please post your thoughts, memories. Memorial information is pending. We will remember you every time we sing and with every breath in the sails!

Skip is best known for the song he authored Billy Bones and for his music appearing in Pirates of the Caribbean 2, in the bar fight scene, here: Pirates of the Caribbean - Tortuga fight scene 4K video. Skip told me that the Director, Gore Verbinksy, loved the tune and wanted it in the film.

I had the honor of creating several videos of Skip and this one has a REALLY good close up of Skip:
Sea Shanty: A Fine Sea Song by Skip Henderson and the Starboard Watch
This one, with fiddler Brian Theriault at Heinold's, is another GREAT close up of Skip, and shows his passion for the music:
Irish / Scottish fiddle at Heinold's Pub in Oakland
and finally, Skip is real happy in this video of "Plaisir d'Amour" at Heinhold's:
Traditional Accordion and Fiddle: French Waltz "Plaisir d'Amour" at Heinhold's

Fair winds and following seas, Skipper - Micha Dunston

Post your condolences here.


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.

But 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!

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.

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, and ticketing information will be available shortly. — 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,


Mabon by Bonny Hut
Mabon | Fall or Autumn Equinox

Mabon Festival

Fall or Autumn Equinox

Wednesday, September 22nd, 12:20 PM PDT

Happy Mabon!

On Wednesday, September 22nd, at 12:20 PM PDT Pacific Daylight Time, the hours of daylight and night will be very close to equal throughout Planet Earth. This event is called the Fall Equinox.

More precisely, the axis of the Earth's rotation will be precisely orthogonal to the rays of the sun, and the Earth will be precisely 50% in sunlight and 50% in darkness.

At Equinox, night and day are again of equal length and in perfect equilibrium - dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. As at Spring Equinox we are again on the cusp of transition and from now the year now begins to wane and from this moment darkness begins to defeat the light. The cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion, the Sun's power is waning and from now on the nights grow longer and the days are are shorter and cooler. The sap of trees returns back to their roots deep in the earth, changing the green of summer to the fire of autumn, to the flaming reds, oranges and golds. We are returning to the dark from whence we came.

This is the season of Second Harvest, Fruit Harvest and the Great Feast of Thanksgiving. The Goddess is radiant as Harvest Queen and the God finally dies with His gift of pure love with the cutting of the last grain. He will return. As the grain harvest is safely gathered in from Lammas and reaches completion, we enjoy the abundance of fruit and vegetables at this time. It is time to thank the waning Sun for the wealth of harvest bestowed upon us. It sometimes seems that each Festival requires the making of celebration and the giving of thanks, but this really is so, each turn of the Wheel brings both inner and outer gifts and insights.

Its counterpart is Ostara or the Spring Equinox. Also known as Feast of Avalon, Alban Elved (Druid), Alban Elfed (Caledonii), the festival was named after the God of Welsh mythology, Mabon. Mabon is the Child of Light and the son of the Earth Mother Goddess, Modron. However, there is little evidence that Fall Equinox was celebrated in Celtic countries and the term Mabon was only applied as recently during the 1970's as part of the modern reconstruction of Paganism.

Still, Mabon is a celebration and also a time of rest after the labor of harvest. In terms of life path it is the moment of reaping what you have sown, time to look at the hopes and aspirations of Imbolc and Ostara and reflect on how they have manifested. It is time to complete projects, to clear out and let go that which is no longer wanted or needed as we prepare for descent, so that the winter can offer a time for reflection and peace. And it is time to plant seeds of new ideas and hopes which will lie dormant but nourished in the dark, until the return of Spring.

The Pagan Interest Circle invites you to their Ritual Circle

Saturday, September 18th, at 7:00 PM

The Chapel, 1187 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA

September's Full Moon is also known as the Harvest Moon, just days away from the Fall Equinox, when the daylight hours are equal to those of the night. It's the official end of the summer season, according to our Western calendar. For Wiccan practitioners, it is the solar holiday of Mabon, the second and most abundant harvest on the Wheel of the Year. We will honor this time by symbolically sharing our personal wealth with our community. We'll have a Pagan Potlatch as we contemplate what brings us into Balance.

Please bring any altar or ritual objects, or perhaps, something from your garden that you are ready to pass on, and find 'new' treasures from the wealth of our community! 

For more information, contact Betsy Darr at

If you are not fully vaccinated or do not chose to be vaccinated, please text Christine Patch-Lindsay at (415) 424-6964 to set up a time to talk about protocols before attending the ritual.


Thomas Mossy Power
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 18th

Whats On?
Friday Evening, September 17th
• 5:00 PM Open indoors for the Help Save
  the Planet Black Out Irish Dance Feis
• 5:00 - 9:00 PM Wawona Gates Open Outdoors
  for the Giants - Braves Game

Saturday, September 18th
• 8:00 AM Open indoors for the Help Save
  the Planet Black Out Irish Dance Feis
• 11:30 AM - Late Mora's Taco Truck
• 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wawona Gates Open Outdoors
• 4:00 PM Live music 'Thomas Mossy Power'

More Details

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

On Saturday, September 18th, at 4:00 PM, it's LIVE music from Thomas Mossy Power on the #WawonaGates stage 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


Old Ironsides 20210917
September 17th is Halfway to St. Patrick's Day at Old Ironsides!

Halfway to St. Patrick's Day
Friday, September 17th, at 9 PM

Whiskey & Stitches / The Pikeys / One-Eyed Reilly / Stout Rebellion

Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St, Sacramento, CA, 95811

This one will be one for the memory books, Irish music lovers! Halfway to St. Patrick's Day will be a blast of Irishness at Old Ironsides with The Jig Monkeys, One-Eyed Reilly, and The Pikeys.

These bands members have all been the mainstays of Celtic Punk - Rock in the Sacramento area for many years, sometimes sharing and trading members. Let's pack the place.

Old Ironsides has been a low-key watering hole since 1934 offering cocktails, casual American fare & nightly live music. For more info, check, call them at (916) 443-9751 or email


44th Annual Fresno Highland Games
A Family Event To Be Enjoyed!

Kearney Park, 6725 W Kearney Blvd, Fresno, CA

Saturday, September 18th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Gate Opens @ 8:00 AM
Event Opens @ 9:00 to 5:00 PM
Scottish Athletic Events @ 9:30 AM
Clan March @ 12:00 Noon

General Admission: $15.00
Seniors (60 +), Students and
Military with ID is: $10.00
Children 12 and Under are Free

Mandatory County of Fresno Parking Fees
$5.00/Vehicle — CASH ONLY!!!

The tradition of gatherings of the clans dates back to the origin of the clans, and in Summer we gather, renew old acquaintances and friendships, make new friends, catch up on news of the clans, and compete. On September 18, 2021 we celebrate that tradition here in California's Central Valley.

You will have the opportunity to hear the pipes, watch, or participate, in the heavy athletic competitions, taste a bit of highland fare, and listen to music both traditional and more contemporary.

Company of The Gauntlet and Rose will perform armored combat — Your paid Admission to the Scottish Games allows you to see their exhibition show. Check them out at

Advance tickets and full details available at


Linn Phipps
Linn Phipps

Linn Phipps Learn Scottish
Gaelic songs Workshop

10:00 AM PDT on the third Saturday
Saturday, September 18th, 2021
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


SF Virtual Chantey Sing Series

Saturday, September 18th, 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM PDT

Online via Zoom from SF Maritime Association

A folk music 'landmark' on the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, this 39-year San Francisco singing tradition continues in the virtual realm, hosting singers from across the Bay Area – and the country - and now all around planet Earth!

The Saturday, September 18th 11:00 AM chantey sing will be followed at 2:00 PM by a virtual celebration of the publication of Dick Holdstock's new history and songbook, Again with One Voice: British Songs of Political Reform, 1768-1868.

Dick Holdstock is certainly one of the prime practitioners of Sea Songs in the world, and this book represents his work of a lifetime - check it out on any of the usual outlets!

Peter Kasin says,
Ahoy -
Amidst all the chaos going on around us, we still have the monthly virtual chantey sing to help bring joy, calm the nerves, and help us get through these trying times. The next one is on Saturday, September 18th, 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM Pacific time, USA, around 7pm in London and 8pm in Paris

Lead singers will receive a separate link in another email. Since the sings have gone virtual, they have gone international. We have singers from across the country, the UK, and the Czech Republic lined up to lead us in song. All but the lead singer will be muted. Enjoy singing along on the choruses to chanteys from home.
Link for signing up to lead a song: Please use this link ONLY if you are signing up to lead a song. You will be sent a link a few days prior to log on.

For general information, and for non-song leaders to log in on the day and time:

Visit for details, including links to a signup sheet, info for lead singers, and some suggested virtual backgrounds. You should have a good internet connection and be ready to have fun!

Fair winds,
- Peter Kasin

• Sign up to Lead a Song Here:
• Virtual Backgrounds required for lead singers available here:
• Song Leader On-boarding Instruction Here: Chantey Sing Song Leader Guide

Donations to the Association will be accepted during the event, which will be used to buy virtual technologies to broadcast more events from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

For more details, check this Facebook Page


Paul de Grae & Reidun Schelisnger Lynch
Paul de Grae & Reidun Schelisnger Lynch

Whelan Master Session with
Paul de Grae & Reidun Schelisnger Lynch

Saturday, September 18th, 2:00 PM PDT

Online via Zoom

Since March 2020, John has stepped up his online activities, which have included dozen of what he calls Whelan Master Sessions.

While I take break to recover from surgery for at least six to eight weeks, I have decided to restart my master sessions on Saturday, September 18th, at 2 PM Pacific / 5 PM Eastern / 10 PM Ireland/UK time.

Our guests will be Paul de Grae and Reidun Schelisnger Lynch along with Paul's wife Dee and Reidun's husband Barry amazing artists all, and wonderful supporters of the Master Session from the beginning, so I hope you do the same for them. I believe it is one of their first appearances in a long long time.

As per usual you can go to to sign up and please tell all your friends even if you can't make it. the bios are below along with the tune list and Zoom link for the tune learning 2:30 til 3:30 pacific followed by the slow session at 4 til 5:30 pacific see you then!! If not I hope to see you in a few weeks after I recover from my surgery. 

I do hope you can support the Master Session as I do believe it is of value to you all. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You — John Whelan

Reidun Schlesinger Lynch, originally from Belgium, has played Irish Harp since 1989, and cross-strung chromatic harp since 1999. Classical harp training in Liège, Belgium, and Harp and Musical Education studies at Musikhochschule Aachen, Germany. She lives in County Kerry, Ireland, since 2008. Teaching activity: regular workshops for Irish harp in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and France; teaching Harp & Irish music in County Kerry, via Reidun's Harp Centre. Performing: played with several folk/trad bands in Belgium (Amorroma/Les Tisserands, CD & DVD projects) & Germany.  Duo 'Amala' with Paul de Grae on guitar. Duo with uilleann piper Barry Lynch. Trio with Barry Lynch & Brendan O'Sullivan (fiddle).

Publishing: 'Mein Schlaues Harfenbuch', tutor for Irish harp (120 pages with CD, in German); 'Let's Have a Tune!', series of workbooks for young learners of Irish traditional music, 'My little Irish Harp Book – First Steps Made Easy for the Young Beginner' (2018) and 'Making Progress on the Irish Harp – Songs and Tunes from Ireland' (2020). Recording: CD with duo Amala 'resonance' (harp & guitar music from Ireland & elsewhere). Reidun's website:

Paul de Grae is a Dublin-born guitarist, pianist and occasional singer, living in Kerry for many years. He has performed and recorded with Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch, The Smoky Chimney, Aoife Ní Chaoimh & Paudie O'Connor, Eoin Duignan and many others. In 1989 he published 'Traditional Irish Guitar', the first such tutor, re-issued by Ossian in 1996 with a companion CD. He contributed several articles, including most of the entry on 'guitar', to 'The Companion to Irish Traditional Music', edited by Fintan Vallely (1999, 2011). He has also written for An Píobaire (the journal of Na Píobairí Uilleann), Irish Music Magazine and other publications. He has a particular interest in the music of Sliabh Luachra, plays regularly at sessions, concerts and festivals throughout Ireland (particularly in Kerry, Cork and Clare) and teaches guitar workshops in Ireland, the USA and France. He is engaged in an ongoing research project on the music collector Francis O'Neill, and has written and lectured on the subject. He is a founder member of the North Kerry Traditional Music Archive. His latest project is the duo Amala, with harpist Reidun Schlesinger; their debut album, 'resonance', was released in June 2016.

Seven-time All-Ireland Button Accordion Champion John Whelan is one of the world's best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. He has over 15 CDs and has performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. John's music has been featured on such TV shows as 'Sex in the City,' 'History's Mysteries' and 'History Detective.' John performs with the John Whelan Band and has also teamed up with his old pal Brian Conway forming the group Gailfean, which also features Máirtin De Cógáin and Don Penzien have released their first new CD. For over a decade, John has performed 'Monday's with John' every Monday evening on his Facebook Profile.

Get more details on John's website:


Unveiling Emmet's Statue in San Francisco

Robert Emmet Days

Saturday, September 18th @ 2:00 PM PDT
Presentation @ UICC @ 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco

Sunday, September 19th @ 12:30 PM PDT
Public Memorial @ Band Concourse, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

One of four statues created by Jerome Connor in 1916, the figure of Robert Emmet stands outside the California Academy of Sciences building overlooking the Band Concourse in the Golden Gate Park. Donated to the Park by James D. Phelan, San Francisco mayor and son of Irish immigrants, the statue was unveiled by Eamon De Valera in July of 1919 while he was on a fundraising tour of the United States. Emmet served as an inspiration to the Irish republicans in the years leading up to 1916 uprising.

Each year the public is invited by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco (UIS), to attend a pair of moving events in his honor.

On Saturday, at 2:00 PM PDT Ethel Rohan, award-winning essayist, novelist, and short-story writer will share her insights on Robert Emmet at his presentation at the United Irish Cultural Center.

'Robert Emmet is arguably the most popular and least understood Irish patriot of his generation. Far more significant within the leadership of the revolutionary United Irishmen than generally acknowledged, Emmet's heroic legacy extended to the USA where he has been memorialized to an extent unmatched in his native country.' —Ruan O'Donnell

Ruan will be joined by local musicians.

On Sunday, the UIS lays a wreath at the foot of Robert Emmet's statue at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., the Band Concourse in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This ceremony commemorates Emmet's struggle for Irish independence and for the civil rights of disenfranchised Irish Catholics. The UIS remembers his heroism with Irish music, dance, and a recitation of his memorable Speech from Dock, which he delivered at his trial on the eve of his execution.

Excerpt from Robert Emmet's Speech from the Dock:
'Let no man write my epitaph: for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them. Let them and me repose in obscurity and peace, and my tomb remain uninscribed, until other times, and other men, can do justice to my character; when my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written. I have done.'

Although they were both leaders of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, Robert Emmet came from a wealthy Anglo-Irish Protestant family unlike Huguenot Theobald Wolfe Tone. The Emmets sympathised with Irish Catholics general disenfrancisement, and especially their lack of fair representation in Parliament, as well as with the rebel colonists in the American Revolution. While Emmet's efforts to rebel against British rule failed, his actions and his Speech from the Dock' after his conviction, inspired his compatriots, and expecially the Irish Republicans in the years leading up to the 1916 uprising.

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To Read More about Robert Emmet, Click Here


Fiddlers Féili

Fiddlers Féili

Sunday, September 19th — 1:00 PM PDT

Fiddlers Green, 333 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA

  • Celtic Scandal
  • Eamonn Flynn & Friends
  • Murphy Irish Dancers
  • Whelan Irish Dancers
  • Kathleen Smyth, Vince Keehan & The Gasmen
  • Sean Daly & The Shams

Vince Keehan & The Gasmen take the stage at 4pm joined by special guests! It’ll be a great day in Millbrae!

Located in downtown Millbrae, Fiddlers is the most traditional pub & restaurant you will find in the Bay Area. We offer a variety of traditional food and beverage along with our traditional Irish hospitality that will make you feel right at home!

Oliver and Rose McElhone, proud owners, opened Fiddlers Green Irish Pub & Restaurant in 1991. This family owned and operated business has an unrelenting focus to keep the business both authentic and traditional while providing friendly service and great food. Many menu items are decided on by their origin and imported Irish foods are used in many dishes. The success and delicacy of the menu is attributed to the owners vow to use only fresh produce and fish, and aged meat.

Most of the staff comes from Ireland and both owners have strong connections to their homeland. Rose was born in San Francisco to Irish parents and spent many summers in Galway and Roscommon, which is where she acquired a taste for fresh fish from Galway Bay. A taste that she had searched for back in the Bay but was not able to find until she opened Fiddlers. Her husband, Oliver, was born in County Derry where he was surrounded by many Irish traditions and sports. His love for sports is evident in Fiddlers where you can watch just about any sport you like.

For info. on Fiddlers Green, Millbrae, check their website:



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

Thursday September 23rd – 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.


Eugene O'Neill and Carlotta Monterey
at home in Danville, CA

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.

email Stepping Stone
Stepping Stone Facebook Page



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:


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!


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!

Celia 2016
Author Celia Fábos-Becker
My Book includes:
• Introduction to Family History Documents
• What are REAL Primary Sources?
• America's Dark Age (1783 to 1850)
• Finding Family Records with online services
• Introduction to Family History DNA
• Using DNA Tests to help Find Family History
• How autosomal, MtDNA, or Y-DNA tests can help
• DNA Testing Company Reviews
• Loads of Examples
Download Ancestry & DNA - Beyond the Basics here:

Debbie and Mark Nagle
Debbie and Mark Nagle

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco

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


Saturday, September 11th, 7:30 PM PDT

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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