Upcoming Celtic Events

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Hanz Araki with Stuart Mason and Colleen Raney
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Sunday, March 1st at 7:00pm
House concert in West Side Santa Cruz

FOR SUGGESTED DONATION, RESERVATIONS and DIRECTIONS: (831) 469-4307 or spiral@wcliff.org

Award-winning traditional Irish flute player and singer, Hanz Araki will be joined by singer and bodhrán player Colleen Raney, and guitarist Stuart Mason for an exclusive run of shows in Northern California in late February 2015.

Recently called 'An Irish Music phenomenon in West Coast America' by Irish Music Magazine, Araki is known for his uncluttered and honest approach to traditional Irish and Scottish music. Hanz Araki, whose full name is Hanzaburo after his grandfather's grandfather, is the 6th generation of his family to earn the title of Kodo Araki, a grand master of the shakuhachi. While he honed his musical ability perfecting the traditions of his father's family, his love of the music of his Irish mother's family lead to a career in Irish music that spans twenty-five years and has produced multiple award-winning albums and international accolades. His critically acclaimed new album Foreign Shore, his eleventh release, is a collection of songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, and America that illustrates the path of the music and the tradition as it traveled, as Araki's forbearers did, from homeland to new home. Hanz Araki faithfully showcases the inherent beauty of traditional Irish music with performances that are inspired, detailed, and authentic.

Portland, Oregon's Colleen Raney is a gifted traditional singer who recently released her fourth album, titled 'Here This is Home' which was produced by guitarist, singer, and producer Aidan Brennan and engineered by Trevor Hutchinson over the summer of 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, Colleen Raney grew up inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes in the rich Irish community in Seattle. Her four solo CDs have staked her claim as a serious presence in Irish music today and provoked Hearth Music to enthuse, "Singing with a deep love for the tradition and the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from old ballads and renewing our love for Irish music."

Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skill on guitar, mandola, and banjo. He has won awards for traditional singing (Goleta Old-Time Fiddler's Convention), mandola (Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest), and songwriting (West Coast Songwriters Association). He is a member of international touring Celtic band Molly's Revenge, and has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and across the United States. He also tours with old-time bluegrass band Little Black Train and Celtic folk band Story Road, and performs with the Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Show.

For more visit www.hanzaraki.com, stuartmasonmusic.com, and colleenraney.com.
The Black Brothers Band March 1 2015 St. Mary's by the Sea Church, 146 12th St., Pacific Grove, CA

Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30pm
Don Quixotes International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

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

TICKETS: On sale online at Brown Paper Tickets & in person at Don Quixote's.

RESERVATIONS: www.donquixotesmusic.info, (831) 603-2294, (408) 847-6982 or by email to celtsoc@aol.com.

The outstanding outfit Goitse, (pronounced 'Gwitcha,' is an informal greeting in Irish meaning 'Come here'), is comprised of former students forged in the crucible of the University of Limerick's world-famous Traditional Music and Dance School.

Goitse returns to the area celebrating the release of their third CD, 'Tall Tales and Misadventures,' hailed in Irish American News as 'A blockbuster & their best work yet... flawless, powerful & full of humor & energy that this band is famous for.'

Goitse are still riding the crest of the wave from their Donal Lunny produced second recording, 'Transformed', which landed on numerous Top 10 Traditional Albums lists in 2012, & of which Irish Music Magazine raved, 'Transformed see Goitse transformed from the periphery of Irish music to the Big Leagues.'

Goitse's compelling combination of infectious youthful enthusiasm, gleeful high-energy, remarkable musical maturity & sparkling skills from their line-up of All-Ireland Champions performing raucous, rollicking reels & juggernaut jigs on piano accordion, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, keyboards & bodhran & sultry vocals, led Dublin's Hot Press to proclaim, 'Those fretting over the future of Irish trad can rest more easily at night.'

The bewitching Goitse is out to getcha so come hear 'Come here' & share in the fun.

For more info, sights and sounds, visit www.goitse.ie.
Charmas March 6 2015, 5:30pm to 7:45pm The Ugly Mug, 4640 Soquel Ave.

$8 door, $12 per family.

Full band performing. Kid friendly show. 70% of the proceeds go to Santa Cruz Waldorf School. charmasband.com
The Black Brothers Band March 13 2015 at 7:30pm Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. 2nd St., San Jose CA 95113

Charmas March 13 2015, 6:00pm to 8:30pm The Claddagh, 1300 1st St, Gilroy

Free admission

Full band performing. charmasband.com
Charmas March 14 2015, 1:00pm to 4:00pm Silver Mountain Winery, Soquel Mtns.

Performed by the roving trio, not the full band. Elise will also be playing her Great Highland Bagpipes. charmasband.com
Charmas March 14 2015, 9:30pm to 12:00am The Crow's Nest, 2218 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz

$7 at the door

Performed by the full band. charmasband.com
The Black Brothers Band
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Sunday, March 15th at 7:00pm
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 Don Quixote's and More Music, 512 Front St. in Santa Cruz. You may also make your reservation by phone or e-mail at (408) 847-6982 or celtsoc@aol.com or purchase your tickets on-line here:

Kick off your St. Patrick's Week festivities with a special Black Sunday concert at which there'll be a Blackout by an ensemble who cannot be eclipsed, the Black Brothers Band.

Led by the charismatic charmers from Dublin, Shay and Michael Black, the singing siblings from Ireland's first family of song, the Black Family, which includes sisters Mary and Frances and brother Martin, have been hailed in The Irish Echo as 'One of the most impressive groups of Irish singers to be found anywhere... exquisite, exhilarating and nothing short of thrilling.'

Raising sibling rivalry to revelry, Shay & Michael adroitly accompany their sheer joy of singing with banjo, cittern and guitar with the Black and Black Minstrel Show also featuring fiery fiddler Bobbi Nikles, celestial cellist Myra Joy and captivating keyboardist Eamon Flynn.

The concert will include Irish traditional ballads, Dublin street songs, sea shanties, contemporary compositions, rollicking reels and jaunty jigs, interspersed with hearty Irish humor that is guaranteed to have the audience roaring with laughter and joining in on the choruses.

For more information, visit the website at black-brothers.com.
Charmas March 17 2015, 12:00pm-2:00pm Back Nine Bar & Grill, 555 Hwy 17, Pasatiempo

Free admission

Performed by the 'gang of four,' not the full band. charmasband.com
Charmas March 17 2015, 5:00pm-8:00pm Rosie McCann's, 1220 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz

Free admission

Great highland bagpipes 5:00 to 5:30. Full band from 5:30 to 8:00. charmasband.com
Paddy Keenan
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Wednesday, March 25th at 7:30pm
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 Brown Paper Tickets & at Don Quixote's.

RESERVATIONS: www.donquixotesmusic.info, (831) 603-2294, (408) 847-6982 or by email to celtsoc@aol.com.

As Irish music critic John O'Regan observed, 'In Irish music there are legends and legends and then there's Paddy Keenan. Bursting on the Irish traditional music scene as the turbo engine propelling the groundbreaking group The Bothy Band, Keenan is now widely regarded as the most accomplished and exciting uilleann piper today; the King of the Pipers.

Paddy's innovative, inspired and innovative playing in the wild and unfettered 'open' style, that his been handed down in his Travelling (Irish gypsies) family for generations, led his fellow Bothy Band member Donal Lunny to call Paddy, 'the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes.'

A recipient of the prestigious 'Musician of the Year' award from TG4, the Irish language TV station, Paddy is equally adept on the low whistle, ripping out roisterous reels and also be sublimely soulful in slow airs.

Joined in concert by acclaimed Irish guitarist and singer Padraic Conroy, hearing this traditional master will be a true treat not to be missed.

For more info, visit www.paddykeenan.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.