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.
Irish Christmas in America
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:30pm
Kuumbwa, 320 Cedar St. in Santa Cruz

ADMISSION: $25 advance/$27 at door or $22 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: Available 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:
Now in its 10th season, this popular, atmospheric, family-friendly entertainment, rich in history, humor and boundless enthusiasm, returns to Santa Cruz.

The energetic extravaganza features lively traditional tunes, evocatively sung Irish ballads and carols, thrilling Irish dancing and stirring narration bringing to life ancient customs and stories.

The stellar cast of Irish luminaries includes All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and show producer Oisin Mac Diarmada from the award-winning Irish group Teada, the ebullient West Kerry TG4 Singer of the Year and brilliant button accordionist Seamus Begley, virtuoso uilleann piper and flute player Sean gavin from the acclaimed band Bua, cynosure Champion Irish step dancer Samantha Harvey and, for the first time, Seamus' daughter, Meabh Begley, who despite her youth is widely regarded as one of Ireland's most respected singer and button accordionists.

Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas as some of Ireland's finest traditional performers take you on a distinctively Irish journey during the 2014 holiday season.

For more, visit www.irishchristmasinamerica.com.
A Winter Gift
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Friday, December 12th at 8:00pm
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.
"A Winter Gift" is presented by three of the premier Celtic Harpists in the world. Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter perform Celtic legends, along with Irish and English literature woven together with beloved and rare pieces of holiday music.

Audiences will hear three Celtic Harps including the rare wire strung, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Fiddle, Irish Bouzouki and Ukrainian Bandura intertwined with moving stories of the Season.

Patrick Ball is an American master of the Irish harp and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over a half million copies internationally, winning national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Patrick's critically acclaimed concerts and solo theatrical productions have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and the UK, and have been awarded grants by the California Arts Council and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association.

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa's music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special "Alone in the Wilderness," amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films. Lisa was recently named one of 50 Most Inspiring Women by LA Magazine.

Aryeh Frankfurter is also a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi- instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic Music. He began with Classical violin at the age of three, his early studies and successes led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres. Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments bowed and plucked and most recently the rarely seen Swedish Nyckelharpa. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities.

For more, visit www.legendsofthecelticharp.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.