Venues used by the Celtic Society have established various COVID-19 vaccination and test requirements for people who attend their shows. You will find the requirements included in the listing for each show and in some cases, they may be more stringent than those imposed by the venue. In addition we ask that if you are not feeling well on the day of the show, please do not attend. We will happily refund the cost of your tickets.

Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas
Fri, Dec 17th 2021, 7:30PM
Rio Theater, Soquel
Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas photo
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Tickets
Advance $35 Gold Circle $45
Member discount $5
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ATTENDANCE AT THIS SHOW IS SUBJECT TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS ESTABLISHED BY THE RIO THEATER WHICH CAN BE FOUND AT http://www.riotheatre.com/rio. THESE REQUIREMENTS MAY CHANGE BEFORE THE DATE OF THE SHOW.

Now in its 25th season of touring nationally, Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in his native parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland – in the 1950s . . . when the neighboring families gather around the fire to grace the wintry night with traditional Irish Christmas carols . . . to raise the rafters with the joy of their music . . . to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances - and, of course, stories – they filled the night with the laughter of their stories
Winterdance with special guests
This is an evening performance, see alternate listing for matinee.
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Sat, Dec 18th 2021, 7:30PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
Winterdance with special guests photo
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Tickets
Advance $30 Door $35
Child Advance $20 Child Door $25
Member discount $2


ALL ATTENDEES OF THIS SHOW MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION AT THE DOOR. MASKS MUST BE WORN. THIS REQUIREMENT MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Seasonal Music of the Celtic and Nordic Lands with New World String Project: Stuart Mason, Lisa Lynne, John Weed, Aryeh Frankfurter with champion dancers Cameron Carlson-Riddle and Marisa Gilman.


New World String Project will be reviving a cherished holiday tradition this year. The well known Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration will return, with members of Molly's Revenge and returning champion Irish dancers Marisa Gilman and Cameron Carlson-Riddle. This year's music will include Celtic seasonal favorites from previous years, as well as new music with a decidedly Nordic twist. Attendees will enjoy virtuosic performances on exotic instruments like nyckelharpa, cittern, Celtic harp, and cajon, as well as fiddle, guitar, and octave mandolin.

The core of the Winterdance show is New World String Project, comprised of four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists that have joined forces to create an exciting tapestry of traditional music. Band members Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter have played Swedish, Celtic and original tunes for many years together, while John Weed and Stuart Mason are known as long-time members of the legendary Molly's Revenge. Before the pandemic, the quartet honed their chops and found their voice as a band by touring up and down the West Coast, where audiences were enchanted by their rare instruments and masterful skills. The result is something new and uniquely their own--a sound rooted in the older traditions of Scandinavia, Appalachia, and the Celtic lands, yet shimmering with modern influences as well.

“(New World String Project) literally pranced through their hour-long program at St. Mary’s in Pacific Grove, displaying both calculated structure and unbridled abandon.” –Monterey County Weekly (CA).

Our audience certainly enjoyed your performance... You exceeded everyone’s expectations and introduced many of them to a completely new style and sound, which is a rare gift.” –Tim Bray, Oak & Thorn Productions

“Their show was fabulous, well attended, and full of peaceful, humorous, positive, enlivening energy. They took us all somewhere sublime!” — anonymous fan


Winterdance with Special Guests--Matinee Performance
Matinee show, see listing for alternate evening performance.
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Sat, Dec 18th 2021, 3:30PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
Winterdance with Special Guests--Matinee Performance photo
Video videocam Website link
Tickets
Advance $30 Door $35
Child Advance $20 Child Door $25
Member discount $2


ATTENDEES MUST BE VACCINATED AND MUST SHOW VACCINATION CARD AT THE DOOR. MASKS REQUIRED. REQUIREMENTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Seasonal Music of the Celtic and Nordic Lands with New World String Project: Stuart Mason, Lisa Lynne, John Weed, Aryeh Frankfurterchampion dancers Cameron Carlson-Riddle and Marisa Gilman.

New World String Project will be reviving a cherished holiday tradition this year. The well known Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration will return, with members of Molly's Revenge and returning champion Irish dancers Marisa Gilman and Cameron Carlson-Riddle. This year's music will include Celtic seasonal favorites from previous years, as well as new music with a decidedly Nordic twist. Attendees will enjoy virtuosic performances on exotic instruments like nyckelharpa, cittern, Celtic harp, and cajon, as well as fiddle, guitar, and octave mandolin.

The core of the Winterdance show is New World String Project, comprised of four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists that have joined forces to create an exciting tapestry of traditional music. Band members Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter have played Swedish, Celtic and original tunes for many years together, while John Weed and Stuart Mason are known as long-time members of the legendary Molly's Revenge. Before the pandemic, the quartet honed their chops and found their voice as a band by touring up and down the West Coast, where audiences were enchanted by their rare instruments and masterful skills. The result is something new and uniquely their own--a sound rooted in the older traditions of Scandinavia, Appalachia, and the Celtic lands, yet shimmering with modern influences as well.

“(New World String Project) literally pranced through their hour-long program at St. Mary’s in Pacific Grove, displaying both calculated structure and unbridled abandon.” –Monterey County Weekly (CA)

“Our audience certainly enjoyed your performance... You exceeded everyone’s expectations and introduced many of them to a completely new style and sound, which is a rare gift.” –Tim Bray, Oak & Thorn Productions

“Their show was fabulous, well attended, and full of peaceful, humorous, positive, enlivening energy. They took us all somewhere sublime!” — anonymous fan





JIm and Susie Malcolm
Tue, Feb 1st 2022, 7:30PM
House Concert, Soquel
(Address supplied after ticket purchase)
JIm and Susie Malcolm photo
Video videocam Website link
Suggested Donation $25


PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SHOW AND MASKS MUST BE WORN EXCEPT WHEN EATING OR DRINKING. IF YOU FEEL ILL ON THE DAY OF THE SHOW, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SHOW AND WE WILL REFUND THE TICKET COST.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONCERT IS LIMITED TO 20 PAID ATTENDEES.

Jim has been gracing us with his presence for several years now and his unique talents always make for a great, entertaining concert.

This time, Jim is joined by his wife Susie, an award-winning Scottish traditional singer, who has been performing with Jim Malcolm throughout Scotland for 20 years and more. She sings complex harmonies in a traditional style, and is known as a tradition bearer for the ancient ballads of Scotland, with particular expertise in the bothy ballad tradition from North East Scotland. Performing together, Jim and Susie Malcolm offer our audience a unique cultural experience.

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Traveling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, engaging wit (and recently his trumpet!), he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

As a solo performer with ten solo CDs to his credit, Jim can mix it with anyone out there. As well as a renowned singer, he is in the top handful of simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world. He plays mostly in the folk guitar tuning dadgad in both fingerpicking and plectrum styles.

His concerts are always highly entertaining, peppered with funny stories and observations, in the great tradition of Scottish artists through the ages.
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Fri, Feb 11th 2022, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas photo
Video videocam Website link
Tickets
Prices include 5% City Of Santa Cruz Admissions Tax
Advance $25 Door $30
Member discount $2


ALL ATTENDEES OF THIS SHOW MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION AT THE DOOR. FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12, PROOF OF A NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 TEST WITHIN THE PERVIOUS 72 HOURS WILL BE ACCEPTED. MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES EXCEPT WHEN EATING OR DRINKING. THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," and brilliant Californian cellist, Natalie Haas, spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding, and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.
Lunasa
Fri, Mar 4th 2022, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
Lunasa photo
Video videocam Website link
Tickets
Prices include 5% City Of Santa Cruz Admissions Tax
Advance $25 Door $30
Member discount $2


ALL ATTENDEES OF THIS SHOW MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION AT THE DOOR. FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12, PROOF OF A NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 TEST WITHIN THE PERVIOUS 72 HOURS WILL BE ACCEPTED. MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES EXCEPT WHEN EATING OR DRINKING. THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade.

Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys, and later he, with guitarist Donogh Hennessy, would form the dynamic rhythm section of The Sharon Shannon Band.

Ed Boyd (Flook, Michael McGoldrick Band) has recently replaced Hennessy.

Fiddler Sean Smyth is an All-Ireland champion who has played with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin.

Kevin Crawford, considered to be among the finest flutists in Ireland played with the acclaimed traditional group Moving Cloud.

Piper Cillian Vallely of the famous Vallely artistic clan has performed with Riverdance and recently recorded with Bruce Springsteen.

Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an “Irish music dream team.”
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Community Events

These events are not sponsored by the Celtic Society. If you have any questions, please direct them to the contact information in the event listing. Check out the Americeltic and Irish Culture Bay Area events calendars for more local events.

You can now list online shows!

The Golden State Theatre and Kerry Irish Productions, Inc are proud to present "An Irish Christmas" to kick off the holiday season on the right foot!

Show Schedule:
Doors: 7:00pm
Show: 8:00pm

An Irish Christmas as seen on PBS! Join an award-winning cast of Riverdance principals and World Champion Dancers in a celebration of the great traditions of Christmas in Ireland: butter-making, chasing the wren on St. Stephen’s Day, drawing down the half door and more! Come enjoy spectacular dance, the singing of traditional Christmas Carols from the Kerry Voice Squad and superb music from the Kerry Traditional Orchestra in a celebration of the international spirit of the holiday season!

Featuring: Koral Aakre (Soprano), Colm Alba (Kerry Dance Troupe), Emily MacConnell (Principal Dancer), Tyler Schwartz (Principal Dancer), The Kerry Voice Squad, Rosa Evangelina (Vocalist), Jesse Langen (Guitar), Evelyn Thom (Fiddle), and Mark Alfred (Bodhran).

Link to the Monterey show on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/t6c0cyGqk

Note: An Irish Christmas is being performed all over the United States with more dates in California. Read more: https://www.kerryirishproductions.com/irish-christmas

Kerry Irish Productions is an Irish owned production company based in Los Angeles. We proudly promote Ireland and its rich traditions of music, song, dance, storytelling, poetry and literature. The company’s productions are presented in Performing Arts Centers throughout the United States.

COVID-19 INFO:
The Golden State Theatre is committed to the safety and health of every patron. This event's status may change due to developing local, state, and federal safety policies, but we'll keep you posted if that's the case.

Join us for a decidedly different Dickens Christmas event this season. Drive Thru Dickens’ London is a taste of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair experienced from the comfort of your car! Enjoy street scenes and enchanting tableaus from 'A Christmas Carol', lively music, an enticing selection of hearty English foods, and handcrafted holiday gifts available for purchase as you drive through an outdoor version of the Fair’s Grand Concourse!

More information and tickets: https://dickensfair.com/general/drive-through-event-info

Lively Irish music from The Crooked Road Céilí Band welcomes the arrival of Santa Claus as children and adults count down the lighting of the Boulder Creek town tree. An enchanting evening filled with holiday spirit in this small Santa Cruz Mountains town. 

Join the fun as the community gathers to welcome Santa to town and await with a hush the lighting of the town tree in the spirit of the holidays! A longstanding tradition in Boulder Creek. Live Celtic music with a Charles Dickens flair, photos with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, ugly sweater contest, hot cocoa and cookies, local shopping and activities for the kids, and more to be announced.

Tree lighting at 6:30 pm. Free. Link to the event: https://fb.me/e/17RCsHbP8

Cover photo by SLV Steve.

Celtic Music On The Radio

Get your Celtic music fix and support our local radio stations by listening to the following programs.

89.3 FM

The Mountain Road

Julie Horner

Monday 7 PM - 9 PM


91.5 FM

New Wood

Peter Schwarz

Thursday 7 AM - 10 AM

Friday Folk-Off

Dave Stafford

Friday 3 PM - 6 PM

The Lark In The Morning

Greg Winslow

Wednesday 6 AM - 8 AM


107.5 FM

Please Stand By

John Sandidge

Sunday 10 AM - 12 PM


90.7 FM

Celtic Cauldron

Cindy Odom

Friday 11 AM - 1 PM


88.1 FM

Backroads

Chris Jong

Sunday Noon - 2 PM


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