Upcoming Celtic Events

Irish Christmas in AmericaSat Dec 12th7:30pmSanta Cruz
Tony McManusSun Jan 10th7:00pmFelton
Jim MalcolmTue Jan 26th7:30pmSoquel
CharmasSun Feb 14th7:00pmFelton
Irish Christmas in America
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Saturday, December 12th at 7:30pm
Kuumbwa, 320 Cedar St. in Santa Cruz

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

TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased at More Music, 512 Front St. in Santa Cruz, or to make your reservation, call (831) 464-9778 or you can reach the concert director Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or his email: celtsoc@aol.com. Tickets are also available online here:

Now in its 11th year, this atmospheric, family-friendly entertainment, rich in history, humor & boundless enthusiasm, features lively traditional tunes, evocative Irish ballads & carols, stirring narration bringing to life ancient customs & stories & thrilling Irish dancing.

The stellar cast of Irish luminaries includes All-Ireland Fiddle Champion & show producer Oisin Mac Diarmada from the award-winning Irish group Teada, the ebullient West Kerry TG4 'Singer 0f the Year' & brilliant button accordionist Seamus Begley, virtuoso uilleann piper & flute player Sean Gavin, heavenly harpist & concertina player Grainne Hambly, cynosure Champion Irish Step Dancer Samantha Harvey & special guest Teresa Horgan, rising young Irish singer & flute player.

The Irish Echo raved, "They convey the spirit of the season with uncommon taste & integrity. Full of exceptional music & dance, relaxed good humor & interesting historical commentary, Irish Christmas in America is one of the few standouts, as enjoyable as any Irish Christmas-themed concert I've ever attended."

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.irishchristmasinamerica.com.
Tony McManus
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Sunday, January 10th, 2016 at 7:00pm
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 CD with Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta, 'Round Trip,' Tony McManus makes an always welcome return to our area.

McManus has been hailed by legendary English guitarist John Renbourn as "the best Celtic guitarist in the world" & by BBC Scotland as "the finest guitarist Scotland has ever produced."

To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement but 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 & the guitar have combined to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art where the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles & pipes is transferred to guitar in a manner that preserves the integrity & emotional impact of the music. Tony's 20-year career has seen him appear on over 60 albums & perform all over the world. Among his notable CDs are a duo recording with fiddler Alasdair Fraser & his solo releases 'Ceol More' & 'The Maker's Mark,' both of which were named by Acoustic Guitar magazine to their list of 'Essential Recordings of the Past Two Decades.'

For more info, sights & sounds, visit his website at www.tonymcmanus.com.
Jim Malcolm
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at 7:30pm
Haworth House Concert, address provided upon seat reservation


(All proceeds go to the performer)

(831) 464-9778 or reservations@haworths.org.

The day after the 257th anniversary of the birth of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, the man & musician often linked with Burns, the stellar Scots singer-songwriter Jim Malcolm makes his welcome return to our part of the planet, celebrating the release of his new CD, 'Live in Perth,' for an intimate evening of songs & humor.

An erstwhile lead singer of the award-winning Scottish band Old Blind Dogs, Malcolm's soaring solo career has encompassed eleven albums & being named 'Songwriter of the Year' by the Scots Trad Music Awards, who have also nominated him more times than anyone to date as 'Singer of the Year.'

In concert, Jim shares his shared love with Burns for traditional ballads, his own compassionate, compelling compositions on the Burns themes of love & topical events &, of course, there will be songs by Robert Burns sung by an ideal interpreter, who adroitly accompanies himself on guitar & harmonica, all interspersed with droll stories & wry observations.

Lavishly lauded in the press, among the plaudits for Malcolm; 'One of the best talents to have emerged through the Scottish folk scene in years,' by The Independent, 'One of those pure, warm Scottish folk voices one never tires listening to,' from Dirty Linen and 'Jim Malcolm's voice has the complex individuality of an aged single-malt whisky' from the Boston Globe.

For more visit jimmalcolm.com.

The Crooked Road Ceili Band

The Crooked Road Céilí Band proudly presents stompin' Irish traditional music for their third community dance party at the Felton Trout Farm Inn on Saturday, January 30 2016! Featuring up-tempo Irish music for traditional dancing called by San Francisco's very convivial Michael Murphy, this popular event always packs the house to the gills! Come early for dinner (reservations highly recommended) and enjoy an evening of warmth and merriment with Jack Gilder (concertina, flute), Julia Horner (hammered dulcimer), Doug Lowder (fiddle), David Chadwick (fiddle, banjo), and Ken Bewick (guitar). $5 at the door for the dance, all ages and abilities welcome (21+ after 10:00 pm). Full dinner menu and bar and plenty of free parking. Another joyous evening of Irish music and dance in the spirit of the tradition!

Saturday, January 30 2016 ~ 8:30 pm to Midnight
Felton Trout Farm Inn
7701 E. Zayante Road 95018
(831) 335-4317

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