Upcoming Celtic Events

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Celtic Fiddle Festival
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Sunday April 13th 2014 at 7:00pm
Where
Don Quixotes International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

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 at www.donquixotesmusic.info or via the Don Quixote's hotline (831) 603-2294 or by contacting Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or celtsoc@aol.com. Tickets are also available on-line here:
Celtic Fiddle Festival mark twenty years of joyful, compelling and powerful music with the release of their sixth recording, 'Live in Brittany.'

Featured are a giant of Irish music, Kevin Burke (The Bothy Band, Patrick Street); revered Breton fiddler, Christian Lemaître (Kornog) and charismatic Quebecois musician, André Brunet (De Temps Antan, La Bottine Souriante).

Called 'three of the finest folk violinists anywhere' by the Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations.

Along with acclaimed Breton guitarist Nicholas Quemener, the quartet combines their talents, musical traditions and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace.

In concert, each artist plays a solo set showcasing their individual musical styles and traditions followed by a collaborative set featuring all four musicians. Together, they play with such relentless precision and fire that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers leaving the audience with a memorable musical experience.

For more info, visit celticfiddlefestival.com.
Lisa Ornstein, Dan Compton & Johnny B. Connolly
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Sunday, May 4th 2014

6:00pm (potluck)

7:00pm (concert)
Where
At a house concert in Santa Cruz

SUGGESTED DONATION: Please call (831) 469-4307 or write Mark at spiral@wcliff.org. (All proceeds to performers.)

RESERVATIONS & DIRECTIONS: By phone (831) 469-4307 or by email to spiral@wcliff.org.
The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay proudly present an intimate evening of music from Appalachia, French-Canada, Celtic climes & beyond by fiddler Lisa Ornstein, guitarist & fiddler Dan Compton & Irish button accordionist Johnny B. Connolly.

Ornstein is an outstanding interpreter of the traditional music of French Canada & Appalachia blending compelling & inventive playing with an innate ability to discover, as well as compose, beautiful & rare tunes.

Befriended by North Carolina fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell while in her teens, Lisa quickly became a master in the Round Peak style. A planned short visit with Franco-American fiddler Louis Beaudoin in Quebec turned into a 12 year stay when she was invited by the internationally renowned traditional Quebecois ensemble La Bottine Souriante to join the band.

Moving to Portland, Oregon, Lisa quickly hooked up with a mainstay of the Pacific Northwest music scene, Compton, a classically trained guitarist & traditional fiddler in the Irish style. Together they relish in musical conversation, playing completely together from somewhere deep inside the music with sparkling interplay.

Albeit Lisa & Dan have been generally playing as a duo, which has produced a gem of a CD, "The Magic Paintbrush," both are looking forward to being joined by fellow Portland resident, the Dublin-born brilliant button accordionist Connolly.

In this area we've had the opportunity to thrill at Johnny's guest appearances with Molly's Revenge, Story Road & Colleen where he can blast out the Irish tunes with the best of them but with Lisa & Dan, Johnny has been relishing playing music from further afield & adding a richness to the proceedings.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.ornteincompton.com.
David Francey
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Monday, May 12th at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixote's, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

ADMISSION: $15 advance/$17 at door or $13 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: On sale at More Music, 512 Front St. in downtown Santa Cruz. You may also reserve your tickets at www.donquixotesmusic.info or via the Don Quixote's hotline (831) 603-2294 or by contacting Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or celtsoc@aol.com. Tickets are also available on-line here:
Scots-born construction worker turned Canadian singer-songwriter, Francey released his first album at age 45 in 1999 and is now regarded as one of the finest performers on the international folk scene.

A three-time winner of the Juno Award (Canadian Grammies) for 'Roots and Traditional Album of the Year,' David returns to the area celebrating his new Juno-nominated CD, 'So Say We All,' full of instant classics.

Hailed in the press as 'one of Canada's best loved troubadours' by the Toronto Star and 'the closest thing this country has to Woody Guthrie' by Vancouver's Georgia Strait, Francey's peers have also raved; from Eric Bogle, 'He takes the everyday, often mundane, business of living and transforms it into something infinitely more noble and memorable' and Nashville's Kieran Kane said 'words of eloquence, beauty and charm hung on a jewel of a voice.'

Perhaps the Shelter Folk Festival summed it up best; 'Francey's straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter... his songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day.'

In concert, accompanied by guitarist Mark Westerberg, David adds to his open-hearted singing style his superb skills as a storyteller, replete with wry humor and astute observations.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit his website at www.davidfrancey.com.
Andy Irvine
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Wednesday, June 18th at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixote's, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

ADMISSION: $15 advance/$17 at door or $13 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: On sale at More Music, 512 Front St. in downtown Santa Cruz. You may also reserve your tickets at www.donquixotesmusic.info or via the Don Quixote's hotline (831) 603-2294 or by contacting Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or celtsoc@aol.com. Tickets are also available on-line here:
Celebrating the recent release of his critically acclaimed CD, 'Parachilna,' one of the truly great Irish singers, among the handful that get s to the very soul of Ireland, Andy Irvine returns to our area.

Hailed in the Irish Press as 'a tradition in himself,' Andy's highly individual performing skills have been cheered audiences around the world from the mid-60's with the groundbreaking band Sweeney's Men, the enormous success of Planxty in the 70's to the Irish supergroup Patrick Street from the 80's and currently with the world music powerhouse Mozaik.

As a soloist Andy fills the role of an archetypal troubadour reflecting his travelling lifestyle and life-long influence of Woody Guthrie in a rich and varied program of traditional Irish songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes and a compelling canon of self-penned compositions.

As the Sydney Morning News observed, ' What makes an evening with Irvine so special is that every note he picks and every line he sings comes from the heart. Everything he touches is performed with honesty and conviction and his playing is never less than breathtaking, By any measure Irvine is one of the towering talents on the international folk scene.'

For more info, sights & sounds, visit his website at www.andyirvine.com.
Tony McManus
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Tuesday, June 24th at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixote's, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

ADMISSION: $15 advance/$17 at door or $13 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: On sale at More Music, 512 Front St. in downtown Santa Cruz. You may also reserve your tickets at www.donquixotesmusic.info or via the Don Quixote's hotline (831) 603-2294 or by contacting Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or celtsoc@aol.com. Tickets are also available on-line here:
Tony McManus has been hailed by English guitar legend John Renbourn as 'the best Celtic guitarist in the world' and by BBC Scotland as 'the finest guitarist Scotland has ever produced.'

To find a unique voice in so ubiquitous instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement; to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable. From early childhood Tony's twin obsessions of traditional music and guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In his hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddle & pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.

Over the course of a 20 year career Tony has appeared on over 60 albums, the soundtrack of the Neil Jordan film Ondine and performed around the world at guitar specific festivals where but for him reels and jigs would be unheard of.

Among his albums are notable duo recordings with Alasdair Fraser and Alain Genty while Tony's solo CDs, Ceol More and The Maker's Mark were chosen by Acoustic Guitar magazine as 'Essential Recordings Made in the Past Two Decades.' Tony's new release, 'Mysterious Boundaries,' is an excursion into classical music, of which Renbourn enthused, 'The playing is phenomenal. It;'s a masterpiece. I'm reeling.'

For more info, sights & sounds, visit his website at www.tonymcmanus.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.