Upcoming Celtic Events

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Kevin Crawford & Cillian Vallely
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Wednesday, January 21st at 7:30pm
Where
Haworth House Concert, address provided upon seat reservation

SUGGESTED DONATION: $20 or $17 to celtic society members

(All proceeds go to the performer)

RESERVATIONS/DIRECTIONS:
(831) 464-9778 or reservations@haworths.org.

Reserve early and reserve often for this truly rare chance to get up close and personal in an intimate & friendly house concert setting with two of the most exceptional & admired traditional Irish musicians performing today, both from the award-winning powerhouse Irish ensemble Lunasa.

Flute, whistle & bodhran player & witty front man, Kevin Crawford is a past winner of the prestigious Irish Echo's, 'Traditional Musician of the Year' award & Cillian Vallely has been hailed as one of the finest uilleann pipers of his generation & is equally adept on the low whistle.

Kevin & Cillian's duo CD, 'On Common Ground,' was awarded 'Album of the Year' in 2010 from the Irish American News and had the Irish Echo rave, "Tasty tunes and terrific playing make 'On Common Ground' one of the recording triumphs of this year."

The craic will be mighty; hope you can join us.

For more, visit the websites at cillianvallely.com and www.myspace.com/crawfordvallelymusic.
Jim Malcolm
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30pm
Where
Haworth House Concert, address provided upon seat reservation

SUGGESTED DONATION: $15 - $20

(All proceeds go to the performer)

RESERVATIONS/DIRECTIONS:
(831) 464-9778 or reservations@haworths.org.

Celebrating the November 2014 release of his twelfth solo CD, 'The Corncrake', an outstanding collection of 11 songs from the Scottish canon, the stellar Scots singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player Jim Malcolm returns to the area for an evening of warmth and wit.

The former lead singer of the popular Scottish band Old Blind Dogs is a former winner of 'Songwriter of the Year' and a multiple nominee as 'Singer of the Year' from the Scots Trad Music Awards, has released twelve critically acclaimed albums, a DVD of his hilarious one-man-show as Robert Burns entitled 'Bard Hair Day' and published the much-requested 'Jim Malcolm Songbook.'

Jim has been hailed in Living Tradition as 'One of the finest singing voices in Scotland in any style,' in The Independent as 'One of the outstanding talents to have emerged through the Scottish folk scene in years,'in Dirty Linen as 'One of those pure, warm folk voices that one never tires of listening to' and in The Scotsman as 'Utterly authentic yet completely modern and accessible.'

Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Scots troubadour Jim Malcolm has taken the traditional songs of Scotland out on the road, performing beautiful old ballads and rip-roaring calls to arms alongside an impressive repertoire of original songs, to deliver a tour de force of Scots culture to audiences around Europe and North America.

Regarding his new CD, Jim says, "A couple of years ago a friend in California, who has since sadly passed away but who was quite an authority on Scottish music, sent me a list of songs he said he'd like to hear me sing. I spent a long time listening to all his suggestions, and these old songs got under my skin... it was as simple as that. I already knew several of them, but immersing myself in our traditional song in a way I hadn't really done for a long time just made me want to work with these beautiful old melodies and lyrics, and it was clear quite quickly that this was going to be a two-CD project. [His previous CD called] 'Still' seemed to hit a chord with my audiences, and that spurred me on to make 'The Corncrake,' which was a pleasure to record - not nearly as angstridden as I've always found making an album of my own compositions."

'The Corncrake' features sweet fiddle from Pete Clark, Marc Duff of Capercaillie fame on whistles and bodhran, the dancing banjo of US champion Scooter Muse from Alabama, keyboards and melodica from Glenfarg maestro Dave Watt, and subtle harmonies from Jim's wife Susie. The results are lovely, a sound as rare as the shy corncrake (a species of bird) itself, which features in two of the songs.

For more visit jimmalcolm.com.
Kyle Carey
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Saturday, January 31st at 6:30pm (potluck)

7:30pm (concert)
Where
House concert in West Side Santa Cruz

For SUGGESTED DONATION, RESERVATIONS, and DIRECTIONS: (831) 469-4307 or spiral@wcliff.org
Touring in celebration of the release of her second CD, 'North Star,' produced by Seamus Egan of Solas and featuring an all-star cast including Natalie Haas & Dirk Powell, the young American songstress Kyle Carey burst unto the international folk scene with the release of her dazzling debut CD, 'Monongah,' which landed on many 'Best of 2011' lists.

Produced by former Lunasa guitarist Donogh Hennessy, & featuring many Celtic music luminaries, including singers Pauline Scanlon & Aoife Clancy, Cape Breton fiddler Rosie MacKenzie & Lunasa bass player Trevor Hutchinson, the nine original & one traditional songs on the album trace the music of her Celtic ancestors; from Appalachia to Cape Breton, where Carey was on Fulbright Scholarship, to the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where Kyle immersed herself in Gaelic song & achieved fluency in the language under the tutelage of renowned Scots singer Christine Primrose.

Kyle's songs combine the American folk & Celtic genres into something entirely new & arrestingly beautiful, a synthesis she calls 'Gaelic Americana' music.

Performing in a warm & friendly setting, Kyle's appearance is guaranteed to delight.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.kyleannecarey.com.
The First Annual Santa Cruz Moutains Winter Ceili and Set Dance
When
Saturday, January 31 at 8:00pm until midnight
Where
Felton Trout Farm Inn, 7701 E Zayante Rd, Felton, CA 95018

ADMISSION: $5 at the door for the dancing and music. Bring the whole family for dinner and stay for a bit of the pure drop! Dinner reservations are recommended.

You are invited to an Irish dance party featuring live traditional music by The Crooked Road Ceili Band at the historic Trout Farm Inn. Set dancing and ceili will be called by San Francisco's Michael Murphy. An Irish seisiun follows the dancing.

For more, visit www.leap2three.com.
Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Saturday, February 7th at 6:30pm (potluck)

7:30pm (concert)
Where
House concert in West Side Santa Cruz

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

Longtime friends & musical collaborators, Irish singers & multi-instrumentalists, Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary have toured the US both as a duo & as part of 'The Alt,' the new trio alongside John Doyle.

Highly respected members of the Celtic music community, they are noted for their diverse repertoire of traditional & contemporary songs, incredible instrumental skills, engaging stage presence & understated virtuosity in presenting timeless songs & instrumentals featuring flute, whistles, bouzouki, guitar & vocal harmonies, which the Irish Echo called, "Inspired song selection & thoughtful arrangements reveal the strong chemistry these top musicians share."

The release of Nuala's third 'solo' CD on Compass Records, 'Nobel Stranger,' was met with great critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including "She is not only an exceptional interpreter of the tradition, her own music glistens with freshness," from the Irish Times.

A member of the duo The Murphy Beds, Eamon has been lauded for his songwriting, sensitive accompaniment & stirring singing.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.nualakennedy.com and www.eamonoleary.com.
Celtic Fiddle Festival
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Saturday, February 14th at 8:00pm
Where
Don Quixote's International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

TICKETS: $20 advance/$22 door or $18 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.
Celebrate St. Valentine's Day with the Celtic Fiddle Festival; their fiddle bows shoot Cupid's arrows straight at your heartstrings.

Last year the Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrated their 20th year of mesmerizing, breathtakingly virtuosic & powerful music making with the release of their sixth CD, 'Live in Brittany.'

Called 'three of the finest folk violinists anywhere' by the Washington Post, the group features giant of Irish music Kevin Burke (The Bothy Band, Patrick Street), renowned Breton musician Christian Lemaître (Kornog) & charismatic Quebecois dynamo André Brunet (De Temps Antan, La Bottine Souriante).

Accompanied by acclaimed Breton guitarist Nicholas Quemener (Arcady, Kornog), the high-octane quartet combine their tremendous talents, musical traditions and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace.

In concert, each artist plays a set showcasing their individual style and Celtic region followed by a collaborative climax where together they play with such relentless precision and fire that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographic barriers and leaves the audience with a memorable musical experience.

For more, visit www.celticfiddlefestival.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.