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Hello AmeriCeltic Reader
• On Friday, January 1st, 2021, The Fire Scottish Band
, David, Rebecca and Adam, emerged from isolation with a new album, Marigold
, and another new music video,
Mrs. Jamieson's Favourite
from the album. Enjoy, and please consider giving them a little financial support
. (See Below)
and continuing through Sunday, January 3rd 2021, the Camp Harmony New Years Camp
is happening online on Zoom and YouTube, sponsored by the San Francisco Folk Music Club
. (See Below)
• On Monday, January 4th, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Michael Eskin
offers a free, Irish Whistle Master Class Workshop live on Zoom! (See Below)
• NOW through January 5th
join the California Revels
for an on-demand performance of
ONLINE! (See Below)
Online Events & Outdoor Events with Social Distancing:
• On Friday, January 1st, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM PDT it's Accordion Fridays
, with TOP NOTCH Celtic accordion masters streaming Online via Facebook Live
. (See Below)
• On Friday, January 1st, 7:00 PM, join Kathryn Rose entertains with
Folktastic Fridays With Kathryn Rose
, via Facebook LIVE from Portland, OR
. (See Below)
• On Friday, January 1st at 8:00 PM, and again Wednesday, January 6th at 4:00 PM, Amelia Hogan
will perform a few Songs LIVE Online via Facebook and YouTube Live from the Hobbit Hole in San Francisco, CA
. (See Below)
• On Saturday, January 2nd at 2:00 PM PST John Whelan
conducts the 7th in his new series of Online Master Sessions
, featuring Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey
! (See Below)
On Saturday, January 2nd, at 8:00 PM, The Black Donnellys, Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
, will stream their high-energy show to you from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV as you stay safely sequestered in your homes. (See Below)
• Sunday, January 3rd at 11:00 AM, it's the
, Zoom meeting for an hour and one half with host Patrick D'Arcy
and his guest Ivan Goff
joining us from New York, NY. (See Below)
• On Wednesday January 13th, at 6:00 PM and every 2nd Wednesday of the month The St. Andrew's Society of San Francisco
hosts another Whisky Wednesdays
event online via Zoom. (See Below)
• On January 17th, from 4:00-5:30 PM, the SCVFA
is sponsoring a mandolin workshop with Marla Fibish
, all non-contact via Zoom
. (See Below)
Due to public health officials orders for social distancing to limit the spread of the COVID-19 infections, all in person events and festivals, especially those involving singing, wind instruments, etc. have been postponed or cancelled
, and many will continued to be cancelled through at least the Fall. If you have plans to attend ANY such event, large or small, we recommend that you call and confirm that they are NOT cancelled
• POSTPONED for 2020, but returning in 2021, Lark Camp
, the annual Music, Song, & Dance event will return to the Redwoods near Mendocino, CA
from July 30th, through August 7th 2021. (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)
• Cedar Dobson
offers one-on-one whistle lessons live on Zoom! (See Below)
• Michael Eskin
offers one-on-one Irish whistle and flute, Uilleann pipes, and Anglo concertina lessons live on Zoom! (See Below)
• Sport your Celtic heritage! AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items
, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo
. (See Below)
• The Celtic Tea Shoppe
, in San Jose is your source
for Celtic and Celtic inspired carry-out fresh baked foods, confections and rare teas! (See Below)
• While Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA
and Exploring Music
in the outer sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, CA
are closed for walk-ins, both stores are open for online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has just recently re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
• Sláinte Pub
offers a full menu of great food and drink with outdoor dining service Wednesday through Sunday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at their location at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA
. (See Below)
• The Plough and Stars
, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant
, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay
, has a 32 year record
of producing Celtic Concerts in various venues in and around Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA
. (See Below)
• The United Irish Cultural Center
, hosts many Irish and other events
in their large facility in San Francisco, CA
. (See Below)
• Catherine Barry's Irish Culture Bay Area
, offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area
. (See Below)
Scan our feature articles below, or as always, you can click here to check the full listings on our website.
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The Fire Scottish Band
- Pipes, Whistles
- Guitar, Citern, Keyboards, Reed organ and more.
The Fire Scottish Band
New Music Video: Mrs. Jamieson's Favourite
01 The Alaska Set
02 The Sunday Marathon
03 The Robert Burns Medley
04 California Highway 1
05 Mrs. Jamieson's Favourite
06 Rip the Calico
07 The Duchess of Hamilton
08 Farewell to Gibraltar
09 Perilous Pipe Jigs
10 The Blizzard at Donner Pass
11 The -Scotch Paisano- Suite
The Fire Scottish Band
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all of our gigs (concerts, festivals, and music camps) were cancelled for all of 2020, and we have nothing firm for the upcoming 2021 season. As independent artists, we need your support so that we can continue to make music for you now and even after this crisis is over. There are a few ways you can support us:
1. Purchase our album
2. Subscribe to The Fire's Patreon page to gain access to new tracks, behind the scenes videos, band video hangouts, and more! We'll share stories from our adventures and even tell you how we find really good tacos wherever we go. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/thefirescottishband
3. Leave a one time donation: https://paypal.me/thefirescottishband
4. Share our videos and encourage your friends to support us!
On Friday, January 1st, 2021, The Fire Scottish Band, David, Rebecca and Adam, emerged from isolation with a new album,
Marigold. Last week, they released a new music video, from the album:
Mrs. Jamieson's Favourite.
This week, they were kind enough to share a copy of the album with us, and we listened to it immediately.
As you regular fans would expect, this album is full of those blazing fast tunes, uniting the traditional fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland, but there is a lyrical, classical element here as well that is squarely in the great tradition of Scots music.
The new music video
Mrs. Jamieson's Favourite, from the album is one such. A Scottish slow air composed by Charles Grant of Aberlour (1806-1892), who was affectionately known as "schooley Grant" because his ancestors were all teachers and he himself taught in the local schools along the river Spey for many decades, was a man of many other talents. Grant was also one of the best composers of traditional Scottish fiddle music, and lucky for us, his daughter had all his fiddle music printed in book form,
Grant's Strathspey & Reels, or we would have never had any of them, including this one, available for The Fire to record and for us to enjoy today.
This is a great album to take on a road trip, when you want to relax and enjoy some great music with your scenery.
So, even if you were intending to put no time into either the ripping reels and jigs or soothing airs, stop what you are doing, pour yourself a wee dram, and take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to enjoy this free video!
And when you have done with both, remember this Scottish Proverb: 'It's folly to live poor and dee rich', and click on the link above and put a few bucks in their PayPal account by getting your copy of
Important! Watch this video first!
To be able to find the events, you will need to use the latest version of Zoom and know how to move from the 'lobby' to a 'breakout' room to and back. Bruce Reid has prepared this training video to show you how:
How to attend Camp Harmony on Zoom and navigate Breakout Rooms
Camp Harmony New Years Camp
Thursday, December 31st 2020 through Sunday, January 3rd 2021
Registration is now open!
Online via Zoom
Camp Harmony New Years Camp hosted by the SFFMC is going online this year via Zoom and will take place Thursday, December 31st 2020 through Sunday, January 3rd 2021. You can sign up by filling out the registration form using this link: https://forms.gle/o7okgrbiDST9JxgL9
Please share the link above with folks near and far who may not yet be members of the SFFMC, as attendance will be open to all for the first time. So feel free to bring friends who are new and help us ring in the New Year!
As with in-person camp, we'll have Workshops, Jam Spaces, Dances, Games, Jokes, Stories, Friends, late-night singing, and of course, our very special New Year's Eve Celebration, brought online!
Leading workshops and other events is reserved for Folk Club members so be sure to confirm that you are a paid member and invite friends who would enjoy going to this online event, maybe to become members and lead something! Please visit the main website www.sffmc.org to become a member through the 'join us' tab.
And if you'd like to lead a workshop, dance, other activity, or perform in a concert this year, let us know within the registration form questions at the end of the form. Likewise, are you a wiz at Zoom? Let us know and help us fill a chore slot!
Check www.sffmc.org regularly for updates on zoom tutorials, what to plan for, and on workshop session spaces as they fill up early. For Questions, you can contact the registrars at email@example.com.
Irish Whistle Master Class with Michael Eskin
Monday, January 4th, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM PST
Live via Zoom
This is a Free workshop best suited for intermediate level tin whistle players with some experience on the instrument. It would be ideal if you already can play some tunes on the instrument and have at least some basic understanding of ornamentation on the whistle. This is not a new beginner's class, but certainly newer players may benefit from the workshop.
We will be going back to master class format this week, will be happy to work one-on-one with anyone who has a specific question, and will take tune requests and can break down very specifically what I'm doing.
I have no fixed agenda. I'll tailor the event based on the needs and requests of the participants. If it's all advanced players, we can share ideas.
I can play tunes you request, go over my approach to ornamentation and variation, address any specific challenges you might have, whatever the participants would be interested in.
Click Here to join the Zoom meeting!
or if you prefer:
Meeting ID: 6193681854
This workshop is free, but if you find the event useful, I would very much appreciate it if you would consider donating a few dollars to my PayPal tip jar:
https://paypal.me/MichaelEskin | Venmo: @MichaelEskin
If you have any questions, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 619-368-1854.
Cheers and thanks,
Michael on Facebook.
Christmas Revels 2020 —
NOW through January 5th
Online via YouTube on demand
Stream Unruly Magic in HD on-demand via YouTube for $10.00
(Free to those who already purchased tickets to any showing)
Your access link will be emailed to you after checkout.
Look for the subject line: Your 2020 Christmas Revels On-Demand Viewing
Join us NOW through January 5th for our 35th annual Christmas Revels 2020 show, Unruly Magic.
Approaching the longest night of the year, a young Reveler turns to a magical staff to help her find a way through somber and troubled times. The staff, imbued with ancient lore, takes her on an adventure that isn't quite what she had in mind. Magic and mystery, spirits and song take the reins for this journey of the heart.
The ancient traditions of bonfires, rituals, dances and songs that have sustained generations through struggle and celebration are rekindled this Solstice, proving that tradition—and magic—lives on.
About California Revels
Since 1986, California Revels has brought their unique theatrical, participatory arts form to audiences in the Bay Area. Founded by singer, author and music educator John Langstaff in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1971, The Christmas Revels crosses religious and ethnic boundaries and appeals to young and old alike. The Christmas Revels is a joyous production welcoming the sun back from the depths of winter. Performed by a number of highly-talented professional actors, singers, musicians, dancers, and artists, and featuring a chorus of ages 7 and up, the audience is drawn into a magical revelry of song and dance. The Christmas Revels blends traditional music, dance, ritual and folk plays from many different cultures, presented by a large volunteer chorus of children and adults drawn from the community, accompanied by highly talented professional actors, musicians, artists, directors, and 'bearers of tradition.'
For more information visit californiarevels.org or call 510-452-9334, or check our Facebook Events.
Renee de la Prade & Calvaleigh Rasmussen
Celtic Accordion World Masters in Concert
Online via Facebook Live!
Bring on the accordion music for the new year! We've got two shows coming up on Friday January 1st 2021: Shipcats (sea chanty/ punk rock from Hamburg, Germany) with Vanessa Cetin and Renee de la Prade, and Calvaleigh Rasmussen (traditional European folk music from Berkeley, CA). There will be hot women with accordions. Tune in on Facebook live!
Check out the box and click the links to see live online concerts and then look for the little red LIVE button.
More info about the artists:
Shipcats, (Vanessa Cetin and Renee de la Prade), are a duo of high-energy, multi-instrumentalist women with a maritime flair. They're based in Hamburg, Germany, and play a mix of sea music, surf-rock infused with roma rhythms, punk songs, carribean music and whatever else feels like it would make a good party! Accordion, baritone ukulele, saxophone, foot percussion, harmony vocals... fun times! https://www.facebook.com/Accordion-Babes-128066897203923
Calvaleigh Rasmussen plays dance music from across the centuries, weaving medieval songs with strands of 20th century folk music into big cozy sound tapestries. You'll hear lots of European and American folk music, lots of great rhythm and a bit of singing, live from Berkeley, California. https://www.facebook.com/calvaleigh.rasmussen
All shows are LIVE, FREE, and HAVE ACCORDIONS. You know you want - some bellows-shaking cheer!
Folktastic Fridays with Kathryn Rose
Friday, January 1st 7:00 PM
Online via Facebook Live
Join Kathryn for
Folktastic Fridays! Click Here to go to her Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.
Kathryn Rose is a folk singer and recording artist from Oregon. She has been singing since she could talk and grew up listening to Irish and Scottish folk music.
Join Me For My FRIDAY Evening Live-Stream Show!! Message Me With Any Requests. Your tips mean more than you could ever know!
paypal.me/kathrynrosefolk or Venmo -- @kathrynrosefolk
I Am Official Now!! Listen - Buy The New CD Here!!
Kathryn began seriously collecting songs after her grandmother passed away and she discovered a treasure trove of handwritten Irish folk songs tucked inside the piano bench. After that discovery, Kathryn transitioned from a classical singing background into the folk world. Her favorite musical style is Sean-nós, and she is working on her Gaeilge to perform more of these songs in the future. She performs folk music from both sides of the pond, with an emphasis on Ireland and even a dash of Gaeilge here and there.
Kathryn accompanies herself on the tenor guitar, but at various times in her life has had encounters with the piano, violin, lap harp, ukulele, and tin whistle. Her influences include Susan McKeown, Christy Moore, the Clancy Brothers, Seamus Begley, Sarah Ghriallais, Moya Brennan, and more. With her melodic voice, her love of world cultures and her attention to detail, she continues the tradition of Celtic folk music as an artist, a performer and an inspiration for peace and harmony in a complicated world. Kathryn and her husband live in somewhat peaceful harmony with their brood of hooligan cats.
More on Kathryn Rose Facebook Profile: https://facebook.com/kathrynrosefolk or check the Facebook Event.
Amelia Hogan LIVE ONLINE
from the Hobbit Hole in San Francisco
Fridays at 8:00 PM & Wednesdays at 4:00 PM
Online via YouTube Live
Watch LIVE on Amelia's YouTube Channel or on Amelia's Facebook Profile.
Amelia Hogan sings traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American folk songs for over 30 years and plays a small Welsh lap-harp, across both sides of various ponds.
Come sit a spell and sing along if you'd like, Wednesdays at 4:00 PM PT for Experimental renditions and all new songs, and Fridays at 8:00 PM for favorites you’ve already heard from my repertoire. These are mini-busking/ fireside chat sessions from my home in San Francisco.
Tip Jar: https://www.paypal.me/ameliahogan and if you'd like more content, Song-lists, blogposts, additional tracks, and other goodies, you can subscribe to my patreon at https://www.patreon.com/ameliahogan Thanks a million!
Here is a sample video of Amelia Hogan singing
Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore https://youtu.be/pIr7XmLXDIc.
Check Amelia's Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/ameliahogansings
John Whelan Master Sessions #8
Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey
Saturday, January 2nd, 2:00 PM
Online via Zoom
Seven-time All-Ireland Button Accordion Champion John Whelan is one of the world's best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. He has over 15 CDs and has performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. John's music has been featured on such TV shows as 'Sex in the City,' 'History's Mysteries' and 'History Detective.' John performs with the John Whelan Band and has also teamed up with his old pal Brian Conway forming the group Gailfean, which also features Máirtin De Cógáin and Don Penzien have released their first new CD. For over a decade, John has performed 'Monday's with John' every Monday evening on his Facebook Profile.
Since last March, John has stepped up his online activities, and his latest project is Master Sessions with John Whelan.
Hi everyone! Lisa here, The next Whelan Master Session is happening next Saturday, January 2nd, 2:00 PM, with John' friends Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey.
This week's guests will be a still-mysterious line-up of box players. Stay tuned for updates!
The Saturday master session is open to players and listeners of all levels, from anywhere in the world. It'll start at 2pm Pacific time, 5pm Eastern time, 10pm GMT, and run for two hours. The master sessions do have a requested $20 donation for attending and we need at least 30 attendees to ensure the musicians are adequately compensated, so please share this with anyone you know who might be interested. Just email John at email@example.com for more details.
All attendees need to do is make their donation via paypal.me/buttonboxman or by Venmo to John-Whelan-37, and make sure to note that it is for Whelan Master Session #8. We'll send out the Zoom link and tune list for the master session on Friday, and any last-minute sign-ups will get the link and tune list about an hour before the session starts on Saturday.
Easily sharable information on all John's master sessions lives here.
P.S. John's Wednesday 'Taking Time' slow session is still continuing as well - Check it out here: http://johnwhelanmusic.com/slow-session. It remains free and open to all, and we'll send out a tune list and Zoom link for tomorrow's 'Taking Time' Wednesday sessions. Email John at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list or for more details.
Get more details on Johns website: http://johnwhelanmusic.com
The Black Donnellys
The Black Donnellys LIVE
Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
Saturday, January 2nd, 8:00 PM
Facebook LIVE, from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV
Each Saturday, The Black Donnellys, (Dave Rooney and Dave Browne), stream their high-energy show to you from Las Vegas, NV as you stay safe at home.
Watch the Black Donnellys streaming show via Facebook LIVE by pointing your browser to the Black Donnellys Facebook Page, where you will find the little red LIVE button.
The Daves say:
Tune into our Residency Gig at Rira at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay!! Join us and our audience for a live performance and a few Requests!!
Last year, the two Daves from Dublin had the crazy idea to attempt a new World Record: 60 shows. 50 states. 40 days. What could go wrong? Find out what happened along the road as their beloved Irish band, The Black Donnellys set out to break this ambitious world record when Vision Films and Frequency Pictures present
An Irish Story: This Is My Home.
The film was released, on March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day, 2020 and is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo. Here is a link to the WATCH IT NOW!
For more, check Dave Browne's Facebook Profile.
Sundays at 11:00 AM
Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club
Event Website: http://socalpipers.com/piper_sunday.html
Host Patrick D'Arcy says:
'It's every Sunday from 11:00 AM (PDT) for about 90 minutes. I try to get high profile Uilleann piper guests from Ireland and elsewhere. It's not so much a concert as it is a talk show with the guest playing a handful of tunes throughout. Drop by this Sunday to check it out. Our guest will be Ivan Goff joining us from New York, NY.'
- Jan 03, 2021: Ivan Goff — Details
- Jan 10, 2021: Jarlath Henderson — Details
Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events: https://www.facebook.com/SCUPC
Whisky Wednesdays - Charitable Benefit
Presented by The St. Andrew's Society of San Francisco
2nd Wednesdays starting January 13th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online via Zoom - By Alex J. Sinclair
After the success from the first Whisky Wednesdays, the Saint Andrew's Society of San Francisco is proud to announce the next social event in collaboration with The Whisky Shop of San Francisco presented every 2nd Wednesday. Don't Wait — You only have until January 7th to get your ticket for this January 13th event.
This January, in the lead up to our Virtual Burns Supper on January 30th, the St. Andrew's Society Of San Francisco in conjunction with the Isle of Arran Distillers will explore what the Isle has to offer. Whisky Wednesdays will present five tastings from the distillers culminating in their signature Burns Single Malt Whisky.
Whisky Wednesdays tickets are priced at $50 for SASSF members and $75 for non-members. Each ticket holder will receive five curated Scotch whiskies (50ml per tasting, 250ml per ticket) highlighting Scotland's regions during our monthly tasting event from the comfort of your home.
For more information and tickets, go to https://www.tickettailor.com/events/saintandrewssocietyofsanfrancisco
This month's tasting will tour some of Arran's best Whiskies, comparing the differences between their production styles. The month after will go over the basics of Scotch Whisky in our introductory Whisky 101 event.
Flight for January 13th 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Isle of Arran
Flight for February 10th 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Whisky 101
Whisky Wednesdays tickets include free shipping for the whisky within the continental United States. If you are purchasing from outside of California, please order well in advance. There is also a reduced ticket for anyone who only wants to observe. All participants must be aged 21+.
The profits of this event will help fund our benevolent activities. Thank you for supporting this event and let me know if you have any questions!
Alex J. Sinclair
2nd Vice President
Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco
Marla Fibish Mandolin Classes
Irish Mandolin Workshop from Marla Fibish
Free event Sponsored by SCVFA
January 17, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM (doors open at 3:45)
Online via Zoom - Free Tickets from Eventbrite
You've heard it's all in the picking hand, it's true, except for what's in your fingering hand. OK, that was a joke, but it holds within it the truth.
We'll explore three common forms in an hour of workshop time, The Reel, The Slip jig, & The Hop Jig, and for each form I've selected a tune for us to use as a fulcrum to explore the form (and also to enjoy for its own sake!)
• Reel: A Fair Wind
• Slip Jig: The Whinny Hills of Leitrim
• Hop Jig: James Kelly's
I've made basic recordings of these three tunes and posted them here: Marla's Workshop MP3s
Before the workshop: To get the most out of our workshop, it would be great to have a basic grasp of the tunes, as I will use them to illustrate techniques and concepts for giving them 'lift' varying your phrasing and bringing in ornamentation. We'll highlight the unique things that the mandolin brings to the music.
Marla Fibish, email@example.com, 510-205-1617,
Learn how to put the pulse of Irish dance music into your playing! Free Tickets for this workshop are available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marla-fibish-mandolin-workshop-session-tickets-133040683265
San Francisco native, Marla Fibish is one of the prominent mandolinists in Irish music. She brings a deep and distinctive sensibility to the tradition on one of its lesser-heard instruments. She is a dynamic performer and a sought after teacher. Since March, Marla has offered non-contact mandolin classes.
Marla Fibish has performed and taught nationally and in Ireland, and was a featured performer at the 2018 Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry, Co. Cork. Her playing is featured on her 2020 album, The Bright Hollow Fog, the 2017 Noctambule release A Sweetish Tune, and The Morning Star, a duo CD with legendary Irish singer and bouzouki player Jimmy Crowley, as well as on the eponymous Three Mile Stone recording.
An experienced and sought-after teacher, Marla teaches private students and classes, online at Peghead Nation, and has been on the faculty of many music camps including The Swannanoa Gathering, The Mandolin Symposium, O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, Portal Irish Music Week, Lark Camp and others. Her instructional DVD has been a popular self-learning tool, focused on acquiring the foundational technique for playing Irish music on the mandolin. A multi-instrumentalist, Marla is known for her musical settings of works from a variety of poets, as well as original tunes written in traditional forms. This work is featured in the duo Noctambule, her longtime collaboration with guitarist and husband Bruce Victor. Their earlier releases include Travel in the Shadows in 2013 and The Waking in 2015.
'Some of the best mandolin playing in Irish music.' - Dennis Cahill, Guitarist
'Marla is a wonder on the mandolin; rhythmic beyond imagination, clear as a bell tone, great invention, lovely ornaments at just the right times and places, and a sureness and ease that allows the listener to relax and be carried away.' - Kevin Carr, Folkworks
'Though I have taught 1:1 over the web for years, it is only since the pandemic that I've held online classes. To my surprise I've learned that, though it's different and has it drawbacks, it also has a few distinct advantages -- participants really enjoy having the privacy to work on phrases or techniques during class without anyone hearing them, and you never have trouble hearing yourself because the person next to you is too loud! You also get plenty of practice time while others are playing for me, and the chance to hear your classmates individually has proved helpful and enlightening in surprising ways. And you can get a close up view of my hands in a way that would hardly be socially acceptable even if we weren't in a pandemic!' - Marla Fibish
TIP JAR: Instead of paying us for this amazing event, we ask that you leave a generous Tip. 100% of your TIP will go directly to Marla. Thanks for supporting independent musicians. Marla's Tip Jar will be available during the workshop.
CANCELLED - SEE YOU IN 2021!
July 30th - August 7th, 2021
World Music, Song, and Dance Camp
Mendocino Woodlands State Park
Lark Camp Features
Music, Song & Dance Workshops • Family Friendly • Dances, Parties & Sessions • Great Food • Camping • Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods • Full Camp for 8 Days or Half Camp for 4 Days
Three camps – three themes: Camp One - Music of Ireland, British Isles, Greece, Eastern Europe, and Sweden; Camp Two — Latin American, North American, Spanish, French, and Swing Styles; Camp Three — Middle Eastern, Greek, Asian, and African music!
Spend idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with music, dance, and good times — that's the Lark Camp experience.
Click Here for the Video by Doug Plummer.
Take as many or as few of the workshops as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation for adults and families. Workshops for professional and beginner, alike.
Check out the Mendocino Woodlands website: Click Here
Visit http://larkcamp.org, Questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 397-5275 (LARK)
Break Through your Ancestry Brick Walls!
A printable e-book
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker
Ancestry & DNA
Family History Research: Beyond the Basics
There are many good basic manuals, both in print and online, that can help you get started researching your ancestors and finding lost cousins, but in over fifty years of research into our own Scots-Irish, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry, I've learned what works well and what doesn't, as well as many useful sources and links.
Now, I have written a book, Ancestry & DNA - Beyond the Basics
, to help you, and all Americans find their origins. My book will be especially useful to especially Celtic Americans doing family history research, and it is available for immediate download!
Author Celia Fábos-Becker
My Book includes:
• Introduction to Family History Documents
• What are REAL Primary Sources?
• America's Dark Age (1783 to 1850)
• Finding Family Records with online services
• Introduction to Family History DNA
• Using DNA Tests to help Find Family History
• How autosomal, MtDNA, or Y-DNA tests can help
• DNA Testing Company Reviews
• Loads of Examples
Download Ancestry & DNA - Beyond the Basics here:
One on one from Cedar Dobson
Live via Zoom
Cedar Dobson, 20, is a visual artist, photographer, videographer, musician and composer specializing in traditional Irish and Scottish music Cedar plays the Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, Bodhrán, mandolin, Uilleann pipes, and guitar.
Cedar will be taking online music production classes from Pulse College in Dublin, Ireland this fall.
She has played music with Nelidh Mulligan, Alan Doherty, David Brewer and the Fire, John Doyle, and other Irish and Scottish musicians. Cedar has performed in Ireland, Scotland, Brazil, and the US, and is a member of the band Tapistree with John Kilburn and Amy Duke.
Cedar offers private, safe and enjoyable tin whistle lessons via Zoom! Safe and enjoyable). Her one-on-one rates are $35 for a half-hour lesson and $50 for an hour lesson. Message Cedar on Facebook or email Cedar at email@example.com or message her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100016521466423
Cradling Arms of Croaghan/Back to Belfast
Two Jigs and Two Reels with John Doyle
Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, Uilleann Pipes
and Anglo Concertina Lessons with Michael Eskin
Live via Zoom
I am now offering beginner and intermediate level on-line lessons using Zoom for Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, Uilleann pipes, and Anglo Concertina.
I don't have a fixed teaching curriculum. My focus is entirely on learning your goals, understanding your challenges, identifying areas to work on, and then giving you the feedback and specific tools you can use to take your playing to the next level.
I started out playing classical flute when I was 6 years old. I've now been playing Uilleann pipes, flute, and whistle in sessions for over 20 years and Anglo Concertina for 15 years. My concertina playing is based on the style and technique I learned from Noel Hill at his workshops.
Before COVID-19, I was the co-host of the weekly session for over 20 years at The Ould Sod Pub in San Diego, CA as well in the paid hosting rotation for the session at The Auld Dubliner in Long Beach, CA. Since COVID-19 restrictions went into place, I've been hosting a weekly session on Tuesday nights on Zoom that has turned into a lovely and consistently popular event.
My rate is $45.00 for a 45-minute lesson.
If you have any questions, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 619-368-1854.
Cheers and thanks,
Michael on Facebook.
United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY
The United Irish Cultural Center operates a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, at 2700 45th Ave in the Sunset District of San Francisco near the Zoo.
There is a list of upcoming events there, linked to their UICC website
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The Celtic Tea Shoppe
Home of Artisan Candies
4432 Pearl Avenue, San Jose CA | 408-267-7090
The Celtic Tea Shoppe offers a great selection of Celtic and Celtic inspired foods, including:
• Meat Pies
• Sausage Rolls
• Liquor Cakes
• Irish Soda Bread
• Salted Caramels
• Gift Boxes
• Premium Loose-leaf Teas
Everything is handmade at our shoppe in San José, CA and curbside pickup service and shipping are available.
To check The Celtic Tea Shoppe Facebook Page, Click Here
Call us directly at 408-267-7090 or check our website www.celticteashoppe.com for all our other baked goods and confections. To order, contact Kristen Scott with a call to 408-267-7090, or an email to sales@artisancandies
New Store in San Francisco
Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco
Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 6 PM
Sundays, noon - 5:00 PM
Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA
and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street, Inner Richmond of San Francisco
OPEN for your ONLINE BUSINESS!
"Our Berkeley location, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, is open for online lessons and instrument sales and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, CA, is open and actively seeking new online students. Lark Berkeley is offering free lessons with the purchase of a ukulele or guitar!"
Thorn Land and Eric Azumi
Lark in the Morning has been a folk musician's favorite since 1974 and has musical instruments and instructional material from all over the world.
Shop online at https://larkinthemorning.com, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/LarkInAM.
Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park
Breaking News at The Duke
The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM every day of the year
CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY
Publican Stan Gamble and his partners have an update! Many of you have heard the rumors about the The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant.
The Duke is, and will remain, THE only Authentic, (and we do mean AUTHENTIC!), British Pub in the Bay Area, located across the street from Apple Headquarters on Wolfe Road in Cupertino.
The atmosphere at the 'The Duke', is the same as you would find in any pub in the British Isles, full of friendly patrons who come in to socialize, play darts, have a pint or two, and eat a meal. If you are looking for a comfortable elegance, pints of beer and authentic food, in an authentic English Pub, there is no a better choice in the Bay Area. The Duke offers a large number of beers on draft and by the bottle. Almost anything English, Scottish or Irish is available. Murphy's Irish Stout brewed in Cork, Ireland and Scotch Eggs is always a good choice.
The servers are excellent and very knowledgeable about the beer and food menu. The menu is expansive and worth exploring. The dark pubsy feel with old regulars in their respective, but not crowded corners around lunch hour in Cupertino, is a great boon.
You can't find more 'authentic' atmosphere, because the entire building was built in jolly old England, then disassembled, shipped and reassembled on site in Cupertino. With the red velvet seating and wall paper and ornate, dim lighting, you are transported to London as soon as you enter the etched glass door.
More info. on The Duke Facebook Page, website www.theduke.com or call 408-446-3853.
Sláinte Pub, Oakland
Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE but ACCEPTING DONATIONS
Since opening in April 2017, Sláinte has also featured some of the finest local and regional singers and musicians, in live, acoustic performance and quickly become the hot new place for Irish music in the East Bay.
Host Jackie says:
Well folks, Sláinte has joined the rest of the Bay Area bars, pubs, and restaurants that are "hibernating" for the winter. We've held on trying everything we could think of but we've exhausted our reserves, are low on supplies, and after meeting with some trusted advisors, we've decided to temporarily close our doors.
Rest assured, we will do everything we can to reopen as soon as we safely can but we can't keep asking our volunteers to risk themselves with our recent numbers. With the weather changing and the drastic drop in hours and numbers we feel that this is the best and only option for us right now.
Please keep the craic alive and our fundraiser in mind while we take this time to figure out our next steps. We love you all so very much xxx.
The menu at Sláinte features Irish cuisine from Irish-born Executive Chef, Jackie Gallanagh, with dishes that include both imported & local ingredients and a bar menu of classic cocktails, a well-stocked selection of whisky, premium spirits, and local & imported beers.
More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.
Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website https://slainteoakland.com.
Plough and Stars Fundraiser
The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE but ACCEPTING DONATIONS
The Plough, like many bars and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, is struggling to survive. It is extremely difficult to support our family and employees with no ability to earn an income.
We have long prided ourselves on being ago to place for Irish traditional experiences. Over the years we have been privileged to host many well-known musicians from Ireland and around the globe. The Plough hosts weekly traditional Irish seisuns and dance. At our Irish Seisuns customers listen as musicians share tunes or even learn to play themselves. The Plough is also a vital venue for bluegrass jams and gigs, as well as a place where local musicians can be heard. We want to make sure that the Plough can continue in those efforts. We have been so touched by the support of friends, musicians, dancers, and patrons. They are what make the Plough the institution that it is and we can't thank them enough for their support at this difficult time. Please consider a donation to help us continue at https://www.gofundme.com/f/sfplough. Thank You!
- Sean Heaney
The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, is known around the world for hosting incredible Irish music and pulling beautiful pints of Guinness since 1975. Since then, it has evolved to host live music every night of the week, except Monday, including all genres of music; Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Zydeco, acoustic Americana, and of course, Irish Traditional.
The first Saturday is always Americana Jukebox and every third Friday is Bluegrass Bonanza! We welcome you to stop in for a drink and try our famous, award winning pints of Guinness, or indulge in any of our other specials. We host Happy Hour all day every Monday with free pool, and the first Monday of the month has a Pub Quiz at 8:30 PM. Check out our website for a full calendar of events!
For a video of a Plough session from 2014, Click Here.
For more about the Plough, check www.theploughandstars.com, call 415-751-1122, or email Sean Heaney at email@example.com.
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant
198 5th St, San Francisco
CLOSED DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with Irish pub grub & beers on tap plus sports on the satellite TV.
This local Irish Pub brings the culture of Ireland to San Francisco, offering a full bar, Happy Hour specials, and a full Irish restaurant menu, including favorites like fish and chips which goes with any style of sport, music or fun.
'I am in the city every 2-3 months and The Chieftain is an absolutely integral part of every trip. Mark runs an amazing, authentic Irish pub. Major plus, the only place I know of in northern California to get Kilkenny!!'
'Walked in, Saturday night about 7pm and there was a table right inside the door. We had a shepherds pie and an Irish stew. The shepherds pie was actually made with lamb! The live music was great entertainment too!'
For a video of some the Chieftain's food menu, Click Here.
The Chieftain hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Click Here for the current schedule! The live Irish traditional music and song session every Sunday evening is always great Craic! Here is a sample Irish Session from 2009: Live Irish Session at the Chieftain.
For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-625-0436, or email Mark Nagle at firstname.lastname@example.org or check www.thechieftain.com.
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