Upcoming Celtic Events

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Andy Irvine
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Wednesday, June 18th at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixote's International Music Hall, 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 gets 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 International Music Hall, 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.
John Blake & Ruairi McGorman
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Saturday July 26th 2014 at 7:30pm, with a potluck from 6:30pm
Where
A House Concert in Santa Cruz

For reservations, suggested donation, directions & information
Spiral@wcliff.org or (831) 469-4307, (All proceeds to the performers)
Traditional Irish flute player, guitarist, pianist & producer John Blake is an ex-member of the award-winning Irish band Teada who has performed with the cream of Irish trad musicians, including Liam O'Flynn, Paddy Glackin & Noel Hill. John is taking a leave from his day jobs in Dublin at his own recording studio & at The Pipers Club to tour the U.S. with the brilliant young Irish bouzouki player Ruairi McGorman in celebration of the recent release of his dazzling debut 'solo' flute CD, 'The Narrow Edge,' which has provoked critical acclaim on both sides of Atlantic. Whereas William Blake wrote, 'to see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower,' with every note of John Blake's flute, you can see and hear all Ireland. It won't be bleak; you're guaranteed a dickens of a time at a Blake House concert. For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.johnblakemusic.ie.
Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Tuesday, September 30th at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixote's International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

Tickets: $15 advance/$17 door or $13 to Celtic Society members On sale online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/712084 & at Don Quixote's & More Music, 512 Front St. in Santa Cruz.

Reservations: www.donquixotesmusic.info, (831) 603-2294, (408) 847-6982 or by email to celtsoc@aol.com.
The Celtic music of Scottish Highland settlers brought to the small island community of Cape Breton, off Nova Scotia, Canada, over 250 years has been both pristinely preserved & evolved uniquely by the rich tradition of composing in the folk style. Among the most notable of today's keepers of the flame are the award-winning Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond & fabled fiddler & step dancer, a founding member of the Cape Breton supergroup Beolach, Wendy MacIsaac. Friends for years, their delightful & dazzling debut duo CD, entitled 'Seinn,' pronounced 'Shane' & meaning in the Gaelic, 'to sing & play together,' has catapulted these crowd pleasers to even greater heights by landing on a plethora Best Recording lists, including National Public Radio, and being the winners of the prestigious East Coast Music Award, 'Group Recording of the Year' & 'Traditional Album of the Year' from Canadian Folk Music Awards. The Guardian enthused, 'Anyone who has had the opportunity to hear MacIsaac & Lamond perform together could not help but be struck by the chemistry between them. It's as if they were born to play together.' Joined by gifted guitarist Seph Peters & accordion & Old Blind Dogs-like percussion from Cathy Porter, the concerts features high-energy reels & strathspeys, dizzying mouth music & mournful songs of unrequited love; in short, a Cape Breton Kitchen Party to which you're all invited to share the merriment. For more info, sights & sounds, visit the website at www.maryjaneandwendy.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.