Upcoming Celtic Events

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Lisa Ornstein, Johnny Connolly, Dan Compton
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Saturday, November 8th at 7:30pm
Haworth House Concert, address provided upon seat reservation


(All proceeds go to the performer)

(831) 464-9778 or reservations@haworths.org.
American fiddler Lisa Ornstein is, perhaps, best known for the brilliance of her performances of the joyous French-Canadian traditional music during her dozen years as a member of La Bottine Souriante, Quebec's internationally renowned traditional super group. She is a leading authority on French-Canadian fiddle traditions, having learned many beautiful tunes from home visits with older musicians. Lisa's talent for creating compelling, informed, and inventive fiddle accompaniments for traditional Quebecois songs have made her a sought-after collaborator with some of Quebec's finest musicians. Atma Classique's 2008 release, La traverse miraculeuse, on which Lisa participated as both performer and arranger, won the 2009 ADISQ awards (Quebec's equivalent of the Grammy) for best traditional music album. Recently having moved to Portland, OR, Lisa has turned her fiery fiddling to the Appalachian repertoire of her upbringing.

Lisa is accompanied by Northwest folk veteran, Irish-style DADGAD guitarist Dan Compton. This tour celebrates Lisa & Dan's dazzling debut duo CD, 'The Magic Paintbrush,' which includes tunes from French-Canada and Appalachia, as well as sizzling self-penned compositions.

Multi-instrumentalist Dan Compton has been part of Pacific Northwest folk music scene for many years. With a strong background in classical guitar and traditional Irish fiddle, Dan melds both worlds in exploring what the guitar can do in traditional music. Equally adept with a flatpick or fingerstyle, he uses an array of textures and a sophisticated sense of harmony to take traditional music new places.

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Johnny has been immersed in Irish traditional music since he was eight years old. By the age of 15 he was a regular feature around his hometown, performing with musicians sometimes twice his age. Johnny's dexterity on the accordion earned him a slot with established Celtic ensemble Anam at the age of 17. For the next two years, he continued to build his reputation back home in Dublin's trad music scene and abroad with Anam, touring festivals throughout Europe and Ireland. Johnny has toured with such artists as Solas, Kevin Burke, Nuala Kennedy and Ged Foley, Tony Furtado, Aidan Brennan, and Casey Neill, and appeared at numerous festivals including The Dublin Ohio Irish Festival, The North Texas Irish Festival and The Austin Celtic Festival and ICONS Festival in Boston.

For more visit ornsteincompton.com.
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30pm
Kuumbwa, 320 Cedar St. in Santa Cruz

ADMISSION: $20 advance/$22 at door or $18 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: On sale at More Music, 512 Front St. in downtown Santa Cruz. You may also reserve your tickets by calling (831) 464-9778, (408) 847-6982 or contact Bob Breheny at celtsoc@aol.com. Tickets are also available on-line here:
Celebrating the recent release of their fourth CD, 'Abundance,' the dazzling and dynamic duo of Fraser and Haas return to Kuumbwa for a full-length evening of traditional Scottish fiddle and cello music of unrivalled beauty, eloquence and passion.

Long regarded as Scotland's premiere fiddle ambassador, as much for his warm personality as his powerful playing, Fraser has inspired and encouraged an entire generation of aspiring and accomplished musicians through his energetic performances, award-winning recordings and music camps, earning numerous accolades, including induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

The sizzling, young, celestial California cellist Haas first met Fraser at his nearby Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp. The sparks ignited there served to fire an enormously successful international touring as one of Celtic music's most in-demand 'live' acts and albums acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic.

As the Boston Globe noted, '... you would think they have been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly and plucks puckishly. Then [Haas] opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains and sudden jazzy explosions.'

For more info, sights and sounds, visit alasdairfraser.com.

All items on this site are listed free of charge. To have your event listed, contact Bob Breheny by email at celtsoc@aol.com or phone (408) 847-6982.