Upcoming Celtic Events

Click on the group's photo to hear a sample of their music.
For more local celtic events, see also the Celtic Society's Facebook page and the AmeriCeltic calendar.


Alan Kelly & Steph Geremia
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Saturday, June 27th, 2015

6:30pm (optional potluck)

7:30pm (concert)
House concert on the West side of Santa Cruz

SUGGESTED DONATION: $15 or $13 for Celtic Society members. 100% of proceeds goes to the performers

INFO/RESERVATIONS: Phone Mark Conover at 831-469-4307 or email him at spiral@wcliff.org or contact Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or celtsoc@aol.com.

Irish-American flute player and singer, Steph Geremia, and Alan Kelly, the man who brought the piano accordion back to Irish music, together in an intimate house concert in the Santa Cruz area! Stay tuned for location and RSVP info!

Described by New York's Irish Voice as 'in league with the best piano accordionists in the world', Alan Kelly is regarded as one of Ireland's most accomplished musicians in any genre. He is a piano accordionist, composer and arranger, utterly at home in his own skin. Well known for his work with Scottish singer Eddi Reader, Alan has also toured with De Dannan, Michael McGoldrick, Karen Casey, Cathal Hayden, LĂșnasa, John Carty and Arty McGlynn, just to name a few. His own band, The Alan Kelly Gang are in huge demand on the festival circuit performing at top festivals across Canada, Australia and Europe.

Bringing a sweet, soulful yet energetic air to her music, Steph Geremia is a vibrant and versatile musician who officially debuted on the scene in 2009 with the release of her critically acclaimed album, The Open Road. Described by Irish Music Magazine as 'one of the most promising young flute players around' and 'an unexpected treasure', The Open Road was also named as one of Folk Worlds 'top ten trad albums of 2009'. Taking inspiration from the Irish greats, such as Matt Molloy, she has also delved deep into other world music traditions giving her music a fresh perspective with depth and maturity. Steph has performed at top festivals worldwide as a member of the Alan Kelly Gang and has performed and toured with icons such as The Chieftains, Eddi Reader and Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh.

For more info, sights and sounds, visit stephgeremia.com.
De Temps Antan
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 at 7:30pm
Don Quixotes International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

ADMISSION: $18 advance/$20 at door or $16 to Celtic Society members

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

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

Celebrate Bastille Day with De Temps Antan who will steal your heart away with their full-attacking, take-no-prisoners style of unfettered freedom. Using Quebec's vibrant, living music tradition as a springboard for musical innovation, this power trio with brio catapults audiences into the future of French-Canadian music & culture.

It takes a special combination to revisit & revitalize traditional music with equal measures of reverence, joy, humor & turn-on-a-dime instrumental virtuosity but this is what the triumphant triumvirate accomplish with astonishing ease.

Formed in 2003 by members, at the time, of the esteemed ensemble La Bottine Souriante, the charismatic dynamo Andre Brunet (who also tours & records with the Celtic Fiddle Festival), Eric Beaudry & Pierre-Luc Dupuis, have since released three critically acclaimed CDs while performing around the world time-honored songs & melodies on fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki & foot percussion.

Blending boundless energy with infectious joie de vivre, with De Temps Antan you will enjoy a musical event unlike any other.

For more info, sights and sounds, visit www.detempsantan.qc.ca/en/.
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Tuesday, July 21st at 7:30pm
Kuumbwa, 320 Cedar St. in Santa Cruz

ADMISSION: $20 advance/$22 at door or $18 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: Available from 5/9 at More Music, 512 Front St. in downtown Santa Cruz. You may also reserve tickets by calling (831) 464-9778, (408) 847-6982 or e-mail Bob Breheny at celtsoc@aol.com, or purchase on-line here:

Proclaimed 'the most significant Swedish export since the Vikings,' Väsen returns for a midsummer night's dream of a concert celebrating their latest release, a combination DVD/CD, 'Live pa Gamla Bion,' recorded last July in their homeland.

Hunched like giant trolls over their instruments, nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), viola & guitar, Väsen magically & mesmerizingly perform traditional & originals written in traditional folk styles.

As Wired phrased it, 'The sound may be traditional but the attitude is completely modern, mixing up the ideas of folk, the virtuosity of prog & the humor of the insane asylum into a Cuisinart of acoustic bliss. Visualize whirled music.'

National Public Radio's 'All Things Considered' raved, 'The absurdly broad term 'world music' is rendered completely useless in the face of these musicians who play with such genuine passion & glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their home fires. This is 'local music' in the best sense of word—believable, human-scaled & fluent in the international language of musical interplay.'

Don't delay. Get your tickets & reservations tout de swede.

For more, visit www.vasen.se.

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.