Like Album: I am of Ireland, Accordions, MLS Picnic, Kevin Roche @ UICC, James Kelly, Fraser & Haas, Pipers Caoimhín Fearghail, Mary Ann McCracken & more! on Facebook us on Facebook is a non-profit public service, supported by you, our readers and performers.

Your $<<Amount>> donation of any amount is very welcome and will help us prepare and distribute these newsletters, support our Mission, and continue our public outreach, as we did at several Celtic Events last year and will do online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing period.

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!

Join Us on Facebook!
Connect with Celtic Culture!
Join our Celtic-compatible community on Facebook in a modestly moderated meetup.
Facebook Group

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

3de944ea-2182-4bdf-9f76-366f930146e8.png. Learn more in our Video Introduction

Friday, 2021-06-04
Updates, Features, & Events
Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,
• Next month, the new album, I am of Ireland/Yeats in Song, created during the COVID pandemic lockdowns by a virtual pantheion of multi-talented Irish artists under the direction of Raymond Driver will be released. (See Below)
Events: (one-time)
• On Friday, June 4th, 11:00 AM PDT it's Accordion Fridays, with TOP NOTCH Celtic accordion masters streaming Online via Facebook Live. (See Below)
• On the weekend of Saturday, June 5th — Sunday, June 6th, Random Acts of Harping will be happening Everywhere. (See Below)
• Saturday, June 5th, 11:00 AM its the Mother Lode Scots Picnic at the Windwalker Vineyards & Winery in Somerset, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 5th, at the United Irish Cultural Center, there will be outdoor dining from 1:00 - 8:00 PM with LIVE songs from 4:00 PM from Kevin Roche Trio, all under their 1800 sq.ft. 'Big Top' in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 5th at 2:00 PM PST John Whelan conducts his next Online Master Session, featuring James Kelly! Also, on Wednesdays, John offers two free events, a 'Tune Teach' and John's 'Taking Time' Session (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 5th at 5:30 PM, The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay and the The Freight and Salvage and others offer an online live-streaming concert from Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. (See Below)
• On Sunday, June 6th at 11:00 AM, it's the Piper Sundays, Zoom meeting for an hour and one half with host Patrick D'Arcy and his guest Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, joining us from An Rinn, Waterford, Ireland. (See Below)
• From June 10th — July 14th, 5:00 AM & 11:00 AM PDT each morning, Clifton House, Belfast is offering 11 lectures on humanitarian and activist Mary Ann McCracken, and it is available to anyone, anywhere Online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 12th, from 10:00 PM - 6:00 PM, the still completely FREE, 45th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, this year happening online at via Zoom. (See Below)
• Saturday, June 12th at 5:00 PM, the fabulous Shipwrecked Shanty Band are back online via Facebook Live and in person (keepin' their distance) from Sláinte Irish Pub in Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
• Beginning Monday June 14th @ 9:00 AM — Saturday, June 21st @ 12:00 PM, the Community Music School of Santa Cruz holds their annual Teen Redwood Music Camp, at their new location, Monte Toyon Conference Center, 220 Cloister Ln, Aptos, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, June 15th, beginning at 6:30 PM the Cooley-Keegan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann sponsors two sessions of dance instruction by Boston based Kieran Jordan, at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th, The Celtic Heritage Celebration returns with regional bands, famous jousting and much much more happens in Angels Camp. (See Below)
Events: (recurring)
• On Fridays, at 5:30 PM, the Cross Keys band, Cormac Gannon, Stacy Samuels, Neil O'Neill, sing out at the Way Station Smokehouse & Beer Garden in Fairfax, CA. (See Below)
• On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, at 7:00 PM, The Black Donnellys, Dave Rooney and Dave Browne, will stream their high-energy show to you from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV as you stay safely sequestered in your homes. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 4th, at 1:00 PM, Sin Silver, will perform piano bar show with the theme 'Gone too Early'. Stay safe at home, and stream it online from from 'Murray's Pub' (her recreation/piano room) in Concord, CA. (See Below)
Please support our sustaining Sponsors with your Celtic business!
• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker's e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
• The cherished San Francisco Celtic cultural institution, The Plough and the Stars, has re-opened (softly) 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)
• Live music is slowly re-emerging in California! Every Sunday, there are now LIVE Irish tunes at the Auld Dubliner in Long Beach, CA. (See Below)
• While Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA and Exploring Music in the outer sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, CA are closed for walk-ins, both stores are open for online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, has a 32 year record of producing Celtic Concerts in various venues in and around Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA. (See Below)
Catherine Barry's Irish Culture Bay Area , offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area. (See Below)

Scan our feature articles below, or as always, you can click here to check the full listings on our website.

AmeriCeltic Mobile
Get the AmeriCeltic Calendar on your mobile device

I am of Ireland
Leonard Barry uilleann pipes, tin whistle
Kevin Burke fiddle
Christine Collister vocals
Dave Curley vocals, guitar, tenor guitar
Cormac De Barra harp
Colin Farrell fiddle, whistles
David Gossage whistles
Natalie Haas cello
Niall Hanna guitar
Trevor Hutchinson bass
Danny Levin strings
Dana Lyn violin
Mick McAuley vocals, guitars, tin whistle, low whistle, melodeon, bouzouki
Mick O'Brien uilleann pipes & low whistle
Seamie O'Dowd vocals, backing vocals, banjo, bouzouki, fiddles, harmony fiddle, guitars, harmonica, mandolin, percussion, piano, pipes, whistles
Stephen O'Dowd pipes
Bríd O'Riordan vocals
Derek O'Sullivan guitar
Jackie Oates vocals, fiddle
Gabriel Rhodes guitar, accordion, string arrangement
Rick Richards percussion
Jack Rutter bouzouki
Cal Scott bass, guitar, piano, arranger
Eleanor Shanley vocals
John Spiers melodeon
Cillian Vallely uilleann pipes, low whistle
Laura Zaerr harp
Joel Zifkin fiddle

Album Review: I am of Ireland/Yeats in Song

New from Raymond Driver

Pre-Orders @ $9.98 from June 11th, 2021
Release Date: July 23rd, 2021

By Celia & Tony Becker - Published 2021-05-28

I am of Ireland Tracks
1. 'I am of Ireland' Cathy Jordan
2. He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven John Doyle
3. The Lake Isle of Innisfree Christine Collister
4. He tells of the Perfect Beauty Dave Curley
5. The Falling of the Leaves Eleanor Shanley
6. The Wild Swans at Coole Fergal McAloon
7. Brown Penny Jackie Oates
8. The Song of Wandering Aengus Seamie O'Dowd
9. The Two Trees Christine Collister
10. The Folly of Being Comforted Mick McAuley
11. The Pity of Love Ashley Davis
12. Faery Song Cathy Jordan
13. When You are Old Fergal McAloon
14. An Irish Airman foresees his Death John Doyle
15. The White Birds Jackie Oates
16. The Lover tells of the Rose in his Heart Mick McAuley
17. The Mask Christine Collister
18. The Ballad of the Foxhunter Fergal McAloon
19. September 1913 John Doyle
20. The Cradle Song Jackie Oates
21. Never give all the Heart Dave Curley
22. Ephemera Bríd O'Riordan
23. He tells of a Valley full of Lovers Fergal McAloon
24. The Fiddler of Dooney Seamie O'Dowd

'I am of Ireland, and the Holy Land of Ireland, and time runs on, cried she,' ' sings Cathy Jordan on the spellbinding title track from the new album I Am Of Ireland/Yeats in Song . The collection of 24 poems by William Butler Yeats, set to new music by Raymond Driver, features some of Celtic and folk music's most distinctive voices. The digital-only release comes out Friday, July 23 on Merrow Records. (Pre-orders for the album begin June 11, at .)

Over two years in the making, with 32 artists across three continents working remotely through the pandemic, the album is a triumph of collaboration.

Celia says:
The album is very well produced and mixed with both excellent instrumentals and voices. It is a romantic, dreamy album as most of Yeats poetry is, but also has a few poems suitably set to jigs. Some of the tunes evoke mental images of the Irish countryside.. Serve some wine and find a slide show, or Youtube video, of the countryside of Ireland without sound (or turn the sound off) and listen to this album instead with a significant other on a nice quiet evening.

Jordan, frontwoman for Dervish and one of Ireland's leading singers, is joined on the new album by John Doyle (Solas), Christine Collister (Richard Thompson), Eleanor Shanley (De Danaan), Seamie O'Dowd (Dervish), Dave Curley (Lúnasa), Mick McAuley (Solas), Fergal McAloon (The Whistlin' Donkeys), Ashley Davis (Moya Brennan), Jackie Oates (The Unthanks), and newcomer Bríd O'Riordan, a traditional singer from West County Cork.

The impressive group of instrumentalists includes renowned fiddle player Kevin Burke (The Bothy Band), Lúnasa's Cillian Vallely, Trevor Hutchinson, and Colin Farrell, guitarist Niall Hanna, cellist Natalie Haas, harp player Cormac De Barra, and pipers Mick O'Brien and Leonard Barry.

Yeats (1865-1939) is widely considered Ireland's greatest poet.  A visionary artist, he wrote with passion on spiritualism and art, aging and death, his love of Ireland, and romantic love- a third of the songs are on his unrequited love for Maud Gonne, the beautiful Irish revolutionary.

The album was also a labor of love for Driver, who had never before composed music. A retired illustrator and life-long Yeats fan, he was walking in the Maryland woods trying to recall a Yeats poem when 'a melody just came to me,' he says. 'Where it came from is a mystery.' He eventually set over 100 Yeats poems to song. Nearly a quarter of those appear on the new album.

Yeats hoped that his poetry would be sung, Driver adds. 'His early poems, especially, are lyrical and lend themselves to melody.'



Accordion Fridays
Accordion Fridays

Accordion Fridays

Celtic Accordion World Masters in Concert

Online via Facebook Live!

Show Schedule
(Pacific Daylight Time)
11 AM - Renée de la Prade (Hamburg, Germany)

7 PM - The Dark Family Hour with Salane (Oakland, CA)

8 PM - Duckmandu (Oakland, CA)
Duckmandu's Facebook page

Then, to see these live online concerts, click the links and look for the little red LIVE button.

Check the Facebook Event for updates!

Accordion Fridays is back! Come by this Friday for some wonderful free live shows!

Renée de la Prade, brings a set of stomp-and-holler tunes with her button accordion, voice, and her boots, mixing Cajun, blues, reggae, Irish, French, punk, and other flavors that taste good together for a rocking show.

Salane's "The Dark Family Hour": dark mysterious music, polkas and waltzes, psychedelia, comedy and Tom Waits covers. Salane is an unforgettable performer who brings us to other worlds. Oakland, CA USA

Duckmandu's fiery fingers play everything from punk to klezmer to classical. He'll be doing a bunch of extra Broadway show tunes and his bringing his mad skills in Klezmer, Balkan, and accordion punk and some of his own accordion pieces. Duckmandu's Facebook page

All shows are LIVE, FREE, and HAVE ACCORDIONS. You know you want - some bellows-shaking cheer!


Random Acts of Harping

Random Acts of Harping!

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


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

Joanna says:
Random Acts of Harping will take place on June 5 and 6 this year! Most people have never seen or heard a harp up close and personal before, so - all you harpers, harpists, etc., take your beautiful harp out into public - a park, a library, outside the local food market - wherever! and make someone's day.

If you would like to be included in the Folk Harp Journal article, snap a pic and send it to me via PM, or email, along with a short paragraph of your experiences. Happy Harping!

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

More Details in the Facebook Event


Mother Lode Scots Picnic

Mother Lode Scots Picnic

Saturday, June 5th, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT

Windwalker Vineyards & Winery, 7360 Perry Creek Rd, Somerset, CA

Hey all you Scots, Irish, Celts, and all other Americans of a diaspora! Come and hang out at the Windwalker Vineyards & Winery for a fun picnic.

The Mother Lode Scots will provide the hotdogs, hamburgers, buns, and condiments. They will also provide paper plates, napkins, and plastic utensils. Please bring a side dish to share with all. (potato salad, green salad with dressing, macaroni salad, etc. or desserts) Also, please bring a serving spoon for your side dish.

Bring your instruments and voices to join in the merriment! Also bring your own: drinks, water, whiskey, etc. you'll need a chair and sunscreen. Wear a kilt if you have it, lots will be wearing them.

The Windwalker Vineyards & Winery offers wine tasting:



United Irish Cultural Center

LIVE MUSIC from Kevin Roche Trio!
Wawona Gates Outdoor Dining
Now offering limited Indoor Dining

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, June 4th 1:00-8:00 PM
Kevin Roche Trio LIVE from 4:00 PM
Soul, Funk & Irish music!
Food Menu Weekend:
1. Grilled Hamburger $8
2. Grilled Cheeseburger $9
3. Special: Shepherd's Pie $11
4. Grilled Hot Dog on Bun $7
5. Irish Sausage on Roll/Grilled Onions $8
6. Ron's Grilled Cheese $6
7. Chicken Wings with choice of sauce $7
8. Special: Corned Beef Slider $10
Soft Drinks:
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Root Beer
Hot Chocolate | Lucozade
Bottled water, sparkling water
Wine: Chardonnay, Cabernet, Rose
S. Blanc, Prosecco or Champagne
Draft Guinness and 805
Bud, Bud Light
Coors, Coors Light
Sierra Nevada Hazy
Lagunitas IPA
Corona and Modelo
Magner's Cider
White Claw
Margaritas, Mai-Tai, Hot Toddy,
Irish Coffee, Bailey's Coffee
Club Orange, Club Lemon
Club Rock Shandy
Wear mask unless eating or drinking
Maximum six per table
Respect social distance rules

On Saturday, we kick off the Summer at Wawona Gates with Kevin Roche Trio beginning at 4:00 PM LIVE on the #WawonaGates stage.

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

And now, thanks to the just announced reductions in related restrictions, the UICC is also offering limited indoor dining in their spacious Saint Patrick's Room!

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


James Kelly
James Kelly

Whelan Master Sessions
with James Kelly

Saturday, June 5th, 2:00 PM

Online via Zoom

Since March 2020, John has stepped up his online activities, and his latest project is Master Sessions with John Whelan. This edition of Whelan Master Sessions features James Kelly.

John says:
James Kelly (Irish: Séamus Ó Ceallaigh; born 1957) is an Irish fiddler, composer, collector, researcher and teacher from Dublin. He is the son of Clare fiddler, John Kelly, and has played with various groups including Patrick Street and Planxty. Kelly has been described by The Journal of Music as "one of the greatest Irish traditional fiddlers alive today" and by Cathy Benton, Professor of Music at Missouri Baptist University, as "one of the top 10 fiddlers in the world".

Go to for details on how to get your Zoom link.

On Wednesdays, John also offers a free one-hour tune teach from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM followed by John's 'Taking Time' slow session at 4:00 PM Pacific - Check them out here: John sends out a tune list and Zoom link for them on Wednesday mornings. Email John at to get on the list or for more details.

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

Get more details on John's website:


Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Saturday, June 5th, 5:30 PM

Online via Tessatura at Live

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

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

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

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

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


Caoimhín Ó Fearghail
Caoimhín Ó Fearghail

Piper Sundays

Sundays at 11:00 AM
Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club

Online via Zoom
Join the Zoom Event:

Event Website:

Host Patrick D'Arcy says:
'It's every Sunday from 11:00 AM (PDT) for about 90 minutes. I try to get high profile Uilleann piper guests from Ireland and elsewhere. It's not so much a concert as it is a talk show with the guest playing a handful of tunes throughout. Drop by this Sunday to check it out. Our guest will be Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, joining us from An Rinn, Waterford, Ireland.

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

  • Sunday, June 6th, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail —  Details
  • Sunday, June 13th, Eoin Ó Riabhaigh —  Details
  • Sunday, June 20th, Nicolas Brown —  Details
  • Sunday, June 27th, Tim Hill —  Details

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

Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events:


Mary Ann McCracken
Mary Ann McCracken

Mary Ann 250: Series of FREE
Irish History Talks from Belfast

June 10th — July 14th, 5:00 AM & 11:00 AM PDT
(1:00 & 7:00 PM BST)

Online via Zoom

Series Schedule
(Pacific Daylight Time)
• Thursday, June 10th, 11:00 AM - A Life in Letters (1770-1866), Cathryn McWilliams
• Friday, June 11th, 5:00 AM - A Spirit of Inquiry': A Panel Discussion
• Monday, June 14th, 11:00 AM - Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies: Linen Hall Library
• Friday, June 18th, 5:00 AM - Paper and Politics: The Joy Family Online Talk
• Wednesday, June 23rd, 11:00 AM - Framing Irish Complicity in Transatlantic Slavery
• Friday, June 25th, 5:00 AM - HERstory: The Women of Clifton House
• Tuesday, June 29th, 11:00 AM - Mary Ann McCracken and Edward Bunting Manuscripts
• Friday, July 2nd, 5:00 AM - Children and the Poor House: Our Archives Stories
• Thursday, July 8th, 11:00 AM - Who and What Did Mary Ann McCracken Fight for?
• Friday, July 9th, 5:00 AM - 'The Writing of Mary Ann McCracken's Story'
• Wednesday, July 14th, 7:00 AM - 'Bastille Day' Belfast 2021

From 10th June 2021 to the 14th July 2021, Clifton House in Belfast, along with our partners, will run a series of unique free events to celebrate the life, legacy and relevance today of Mary Ann McCracken, on what would have been her 250th birthday.

Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866) was born and lived in Belfast. In life and in the recorded history that followed, she was often overshadowed by her brother, executed United Irishman Henry Joy McCracken. However recently her name and her achievements are becoming more widely known. Mary Ann was an abolitionist, social reformer and activist who fought for the rights of women and championed the disadvantaged at both home and abroad. She lived a long life that encompassed the most turbulent years of Irish history. Her radical, humanitarian zeal and generous strength of character were indefatigable, and her contribution to Belfast life is still felt and celebrated today.

To see the full list of events and to register, visit

We look forward to welcoming visitors from across the pond to these events. If you would like any further information, please don't hesitate to contact me:
Caroline McCoubrey
Freelance Marketing Consultant on behalf of Clifton House, Belfast

Follow us on Facebook



45th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival

A full day of music and storytelling!
Saturday, June 12th, 10:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Online via Zoom as well as on demand on Facebook YouTube etc. (See Schedule for Details)

The San Francisco Folk Music Club presents the 45th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival. The festival has been a cornerstone celebration of folk music's rich history for the past 45 years, and again this year it will be a mix of recorded events and interactive online events on festival day (still Saturday June 12th), with all events and workshops free and open to anyone who wants to drop in via Zoom and participate or just listen. All details are included in the new, color-coded schedule, available online here:

Registration is REQUIRED! Register Here

Click for full details and information on the San Francisco Free Folk Festival Website.
More Details in the Facebook Event and on the Facebook Group
Here is a promotional video from past years events:


This is a free event as always, but donations are appreciated Click Here to donate.


The Shipwrecked Shanty Band

Sláinte's Sea Shanty Saturday

Saturday, June 12th at 5:00 PM

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

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

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

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

Sláinte! host Jackie says:
Welcome back to Sláinte Oakland! We’re here Tuesday through Sunday, 12-8pm with over 75 whiskeys, the perfect pints and a delicious new menu. Come on by. Cead Mile Failte!!!

We love you all so very much xxx.

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

More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.

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


Redwood Music Teen Camp 2021
Redwood Music Teen Camp

Redwood Music Teen Camp

Monday June 14th — Saturday, June 21st

Monte Toyon Conference Center, 220 Cloister Ln, Aptos, CA

Redwood Music Teen Camp is a weeklong overnight camp for teen musicians (ages 12-19) begins June 14th in Aptos. Learn and perform the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, America, and more. This full-immersion music experience is for players of fiddle, viola, flute, pennywhistle, recorder, harp, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, accordion, keyboards, and cello. Students practice and perform in instrument-specific groups, with the entire ensemble, and in lots of informal jam sessions. Other activities include singing and dancing (outdoors), crafts, a movie night, and a talent show. Information and registration online at or e-mail

Have a great time playing your instrument, singing, dancing, and sessioning! Program includes all meals and boarding.

More details on the Facebook event,


Kieran Jordan
Kieran Jordan

Kieran Jordan Dance Workshops

Tuesday, June 15th
6:30-7:30 PM Old-style step dance
7:30-8:30 PM Intermediate sean-nós dance

Sponsored by Cooley-Keegan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco, St. Francis Room, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

$20 for one class / $35 for both classes

Attendance is limited. Pre-registration required. To reserve your space, send payment to:
Venmo to:@Kieran-Jordan-1

We request that you be fully vaccinated, wear a protective face mask, and maintain physical distance during the event. Do not attend if you are sick or have a fever.

Kieran Jordan, based in Boston, is an Irish dance performer, teacher, director, and choreographer, and owner of the Kieran Jordan Dance Studio. With a professional freelance career spanning more than 15 years, Kieran is best known for her original stage productions and recordings, and her innovative teaching programs that have brought sean-nós and old-style Irish step dance to students and audiences internationally.

'Boston's first lady of contemporary Irish dance' - Boston Globe

'She's a living musical instrument in and of herself.' - The Living Tradition 'One of America's premier dancers and instructors.' - Irish Echo

Celtic Celebration 2021

The Celtic Heritage Celebration

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

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

 Imperial Knights
 The Incredible
 Kevin Axtell
Living History
Guild & Societies
Celtic Marketplace
Cultural Dining
(subject to change)

The 35th Annual Celtic Heritage Celebration returns with the Largest and Biggest Celtic Event on the West Coast! Celebrating the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Isle of Mann, Galacia and Asturias

We are welcoming back the Imperial Knights Tournament of Champions!

Imperial Knights Production Company produces an exciting medieval tournament with spectacular stunts on horseback, jousting and top-of-the-line, hand-to-hand combat with a variety of medieval weapons, cheer on your favorite knight!

We pride ourselves on our sword fighting and heavy armor jousting capabilities. With practice and hard work, we get better every day. Don’t miss any of the excitement when the Imperial Knights take the field!

Here is their promotional video: 2019 Celtic Faire Promo — Joust.

For complete details, show schedule and tickets, check


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

The Cross Keys

Fridays, 5:30 - 8 PM PDT

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

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

Cormac says:
Looking forward to playing with my comrades!

Here is a sample video featuring Stacy Samuels:

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

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


Black Donnellys
The Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys LIVE

Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 7:00 PM

Facebook LIVE, from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV

Each Saturday, The Black Donnellys, (Dave Rooney and Dave Browne), stream their high-energy show to you from Las Vegas, NV as you stay safe at home.

Watch the Black Donnellys streaming show via Facebook LIVE by pointing your browser to the Black Donnellys Facebook Page, where you will find the little red LIVE button.

The Daves say:
Tune into our Residency Gig at Rira at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay!! Join us and our audience for a live performance and a few Requests!!

Last year, the two Daves from Dublin had the crazy idea to attempt a new World Record: 60 shows. 50 states. 40 days. What could go wrong? Find out what happened along the road as their beloved Irish band, The Black Donnellys set out to break this ambitious world record when Vision Films and Frequency Pictures present An Irish Story: This Is My Home.

This EMMY nominated film was released, on March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day, 2020 and is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo. Here is a link to the WATCH IT NOW!

For more, check Dave Browne's Facebook Profile.


Sin Silver

Sin Silver

Saturday, June 4th, 1:00 - 2:00 PM PDT

Online via YouTube and Facebook LIVE, from Concord, CA

Sin Silver is an Irish singer songwriter based in the Bay Area in California. To watch the show, go to Sin Silver's YouTube channel or Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Sin live-streams from 'Murray's Pub' (her recreation/piano room) every week and this week's theme is 'Gone too Early'. Find Sin's Live Performance by checking Sin's Facebook Profile, or go to and search for Sin Silver.

During the live stream, just drop your requests in the comments.

Virtual Tip Jar:
Venmo @Sin-Silver

With a unique style, her 'Irish piano' and angelic voice are delighting audiences. A featured artist at Northern California's Graton Casino Resort, she brings a unique flavor to her craft. Whether she is playing her expertly crafted originals, covers with her own twist or celtic music, Sin Silver is someone that deserves to be heard live.

Check out her website here: or email her at


Book GIF
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:

Playing for the Plough Videos
Over this past few months, Autumn Rhodes has organized a phenomenal international project, Playing for The Plough and Stars to support that cherished Celtic cultural institution, and now you can enjoy the dozens of resulting videos

The Plough and Stars has Re-Opened

Soft Opening Hours: Wednesday — Sunday 4 to 12 PM

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

Sean Heaney says:
We have opened as of Friday, May 14th. It is a kind of 'soft' opening. We shall see how it goes. Seating is limited to 25% indoors but we have added additional seating out front. 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 current pandemic and related public health restrictions have put a stop to all that for over a year now. The resulting business losses threaten to put The Plough out of business permanently, but there has been a sustained community crowdfunding effort that gives hope to resist and keep this iconic Celtic business going, if the community can sustain this support long enough.

For now, there is no music, but Autumn Rhodes has organized a series of new videos from many of these musical alumni to help keep the Plough going. Just click on the links to the right, and then please show your support with a contribution here:


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

"Buncrana" @ Sláinte Pub, Oakland Sundays

Sláinte is open outside Tuesday through Sunday, 12-8 PM

Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Sundays, 4 PM to 7 PM

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

Host Jackie says:
Welcome back to Sláinte Oakland! We’re here Tuesday through Sunday, 12-8pm with over 75 whiskeys, the perfect pints and a delicious new menu. Come on by. Cead Mile Failte!!!

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

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

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

More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.

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


Starry Session

Starry Session Online

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

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

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

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

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

You can tune in on THIS YouTube channel:

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

Darcy Noonan
Darcy Noonan

Darcy Noonan

Available for Performances or Lessons

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

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

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

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


AmeriCeltic Products
AmeriCeltic Logo Items

→ AmeriCeltic Logo Gifts! ←

Shirt, Hat, Mug, Apron or Patch


Celebrate your rich AmeriCeltic history and heritage in style and class and support AmeriCeltic by sporting a shirt, hat, mug, apron or patch, all except the mug, embroidered in full color with the AmeriCeltic logo! And don't forget to give one to yourself!

Click Here for the full line-up of AmeriCeltic Logo items.

The AmeriCeltic logo, styled like a coat of arms, commemorates your MIXED, Scots, Irish, Welsh Celtic American heritage! Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the thirteen colonies of mostly Scots, Scots-Irish, Irish and Welsh who joined with many others from many other countries, and together fought tyranny to assert our Independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Click for more information about the AmeriCeltic Logo design


AC logo 2017

The Celtic Tea Shoppe

Home of Artisan Candies

4432 Pearl Avenue, San Jose CA | 408-267-7090

The Celtic Tea Shoppe offers a great selection of Celtic and Celtic inspired foods, including:
• Meat Pies
• Sausage Rolls
• Liquor Cakes
• Irish Soda Bread
• Salted Caramels
• Gift Boxes
• Premium Loose-leaf Teas

Everything is handmade at our shoppe in San José, CA and curbside pickup service and shipping are available.

To check The Celtic Tea Shoppe Facebook Page, Click Here!

Call us directly at 408-267-7090 or check our website for all our other baked goods and confections. To order, contact Kristen Scott with a call to 408-267-7090, or an email to sales@artisancandies


Lark In The Morning SF Store
New Store in San Francisco

Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco

Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 6 PM
Sundays, noon - 5:00 PM

Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA
and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street, Inner Richmond of San Francisco

Eric says:
"Our Berkeley location, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, is open for online lessons and instrument sales and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, CA, is open and actively seeking new online students. Lark Berkeley is offering free lessons with the purchase of a ukulele or guitar!"

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi

Lark in the Morning has been a folk musician's favorite since 1974 and has musical instruments and instructional material from all over the world.

Shop online at, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

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

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay

The venerable Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay has a 32 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.


Click here for full details of All Celtic Society of Monterey Bay Concerts on the CSoMB website! (Click on 'Video' button for videos.)



Irish Culture Bay Area

Catherine Barry maintains a separate Irish Culture Bay Area website, with a calendar focused on Bay Area Irish events, supported by the Consulate of Ireland in San Francisco.


Click here for details of these events and more on the Irish Culture Bay Area website!


Wanna help, comment or get published?

We publish articles or comments that relate to our Mission (see below), to our thousands of Celtic concordant readers. If you have one, email us: Tony and Celia Becker,


Click to display the combined AmeriCeltic Calendar, covering the Northern California Coast and Bay Area, and the Celtic Events Calendar, from Chuck Jamison, covering the Central Valley.
To submit an event for listing in our Calendars, email your Celtic event info., including Who, What, Where, Why & Description to us.
Coastal Celtic events - Email AmeriCeltic. Central Valley events - Email Chuck Jamison.
Click Here to use the online form.
We love videos! Include a link to an online video, and you will likely get featured in this weekly newsletter!

AmeriCeltic Mission

AmeriCeltic is a user supported, non-profit service organization. Our Mission is to restore awareness, celebrate and preserve the culture and history of Celtic Americans by promoting live Celtic music, festivals, history & ancestry as well as report and comment on related current events. To help fund our efforts, click here or click on the Donate Button on our AmeriCeltic Website


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
AmeriCeltic · 3273 B Rocky Water Lane · San Jose, Ca 95148 · USA