Elias Alexander and The Bywater Band
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Wed, Sep 25th 2019, 7:00PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
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Tickets
Advance $20 Door $23
Child Advance $10 Child Door $12
Member discount $2


St. Mary’s-By-The-Sea is gearing up for a splendid line-up of music this fall, kicking off with Elias Alexander and the Bywater Band, a talented young group from Boston. The Bywater Band draws on their Scottish and Irish roots to create blazingly tight tune sets and emotional song renditions. Their music is infused with original compositions, improvisation, and tones of American roots , giving their music a fresh and unique feel. The band is led by singer/piper Elias Alexander, (Soulsha, MAC, Seven Nations, Fàrsan) who has performed at St. Mary's several times with MAC. It also features the talents of Scottish National Fiddle Champion and Glenfiddich champion Maura Shawn Scanlin on fiddle, Eamon Sefton on guitar, and Patrick Bowling on flute, whistle, bodhran, and step dance.

Here is what the critics say:

“A fiercely melodic and compelling sound…. Each number is something of a marvel.”
~Jerome Clark, Rambles

“Played with feeling and skill… top-notch music in the Scottish tradition with lots of contemporary influences.”
~Gary Whitehouse, The Green Man Review

Bywater Band “illustrates once again how much fantastic Celtic music is being produced in the United States these days.”
~Rick Anderson, CD Hot List

“Elias wields Highland and Border pipes with the ability to be both strictly traditional and seriously innovative.”

-Alex Monaghan, FolkWorld

Daimh
Sat, Oct 26th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets
Prices include 5% City Of Santa Cruz Admissions Tax
Advance $20 Door $22
Member discount $2


Daimh – Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye.

Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco.

With a reputation as giants of the Bagpipes and Fiddle, Angus Mackenzie and Gabe McVarish lead the melodic powerhouse with fellow founder member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the Guitar. The Band are joined by “new guy” Murdo “Yogi” Cameron on Mandola and Accordion to complete the instrumental line up.

Daimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current line up only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the Gaelic firmament’s most rapidly rising star, Ellen MacDonald on vocals.

Recent accolades include last year’s award for the “Best Folk Band in Europe” at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and most recently winner of “Folk Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.
Daimh
Scottish Supergroup Sunday Matinee
Sun, Oct 27th 2019, 3:00PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
Tickets
Advance $23 Door $25
Child Advance $10 Child Door $12
Member discount $2


Daimh – Pronounced "Dive," Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye.

Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco.

With a reputation as giants of the Bagpipes and Fiddle, Angus Mackenzie and Gabe McVarish lead the melodic powerhouse with fellow founder member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the Guitar. The Band are joined by “new guy” Murdo “Yogi” Cameron on Mandola and Accordion to complete the instrumental line up.

Daimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current line up only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the Gaelic firmament’s most rapidly rising star, Ellen MacDonald on vocals.

Recent accolades include last year’s award for the “Best Folk Band in Europe” at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and most recently winner of “Folk Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.
Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O'Leary
Mon, Nov 4th 2019, 7:30PM
House Concert, Soquel
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Suggested Donation $20


We're excited to present the first half of an almost-back-to-back couple of house concerts. Both excellent examples of Irish traditional music at its best, but each very different from the other, Nuala and Eamon's flute, guitar, and vocal contrasted with Kevin Burke's immaculate solo fiddle playing. We hope to see you at both concerts.

Long time friends and musical collaborators, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’ Leary have toured together widely, both in duo and as part of The Alt, alongside celebrated Irish guitarist John Doyle. Both are internationally recognized members of the traditional music community, noted for their instrumental skills and diverse repertoire of traditional and contemporary song. Both are songwriters, who love and research traditional Irish/Scottish songs. With an engaging stage presence and understated virtuosity, they present a timeless selection of songs and instrumentals. Nuala and Eamon offer a memorable concert experience, as their songs range from the ancient Irish tradition to reflections on the present day.
Kevin Burke
Sat, Nov 9th 2019, 7:30PM
House Concert, Soquel
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Suggested Donation $22


Hailed in the New York Times, ‘Burke imparts a rhythmic intensity that is remarkably powerful… a superior instrumentalist in any idiom… impressively virtuosic… one of the great living Celtic fiddlers’ & in the Irish Times, ‘Burke’s fiddling is one of the high spots of the current Irish music scene.’

For over 30 years Kevin Burke has been enthralling people around the planet with his performances & recordings, at the same time as influencing an entire generation of fiddlers with his unique, sly spin on the silken-smooth Co. Sligo style of Irish fiddling. Kevin has been a member of such illustrious ensembles as the Bothy Band, Open House, Patrick Street & the Celtic Fiddle Festival & formed notable musical partnerships with Micheal O’Domhnaill & Cal Scott.

This special solo concert in an intimate house concert setting will give full flavor to the force & frolicsomeness of Burke’s fabled fiddling & his wicked sense of humor in tune introductions & stories.
Kevin Burke
Cozy Afternoon With Kevin Burke
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Sun, Nov 10th 2019, 3:00PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
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Tickets
Advance $22 Door $25
Child Advance $12 Child Door $10
Member discount $2


Come join us for a cozy afternoon in St. Mary's gorgeous Victorian sanctuary with sublime fiddler, Kevin Burke. Kevin's fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the 1970s. His far-reaching solo album, “If the Cap Fits” and his work with such distinguished performers as Arlo Guthrie, Kate Bush, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band established him as a first class musician. Never one to be restricted by geography or genre, his decades long career has seen several innovative collaborations with notable musicians of differing styles - Classical, Old Time, Bluegrass, Pop and Rock as well as the Irish Traditional music for which he is so well known. Some of the eminent players he has worked with are: Grammy winner, singer and instrumentalist Tim O’Brien; Liam O Maonlai, lead singer of the Hothouse Flowers; classical violinists Gilles Apap and Greg Ewer; Old Time favourites, The Foghorn String Band; renowned Irish bands Dervish, Solas and Lunasa and his most recent recording is a collaboration with veteran Rock guitarist John Brennan (Poco, Chris Hillman Band and others).

Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including the exciting Celtic Fiddle Festival and Ireland’s long admired and respected Patrick Street. In 2007 he also set up his own record label, “Loftus Music”, which soon developed a reputation for excellence in both its musical output and its unique eco-friendly packaging.

His contribution to music has received formal acknowledgement on both sides of the Atlantic where he has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland’s “Gradam Ceoil” (Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016), and a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA's highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. (Previous National Heritage Fellows include B.B. King, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe.) Kevin has also been honoured by his adopted home state with his induction to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame .

In 1980 Kevin settled in the USA and was performing with Bothy Band colleague Micheal O Domhnaill. Their 2 albums, “Promenade” and “Portland”, became, and still are, very influential resources for many traditional musicians.

Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it. This is very evident in his new live solo release, “An Evening with Kevin Burke”, a collection of performances and stories before audiences in Ireland and US, including his home town of Portland, Oregon.
The New York Times describes Kevin as “a superior instrumentalist in any idiom......impressively virtuosic”, The Washington Post writes of his “lyrical style that is always emotionally electric”, and the Irish Times says that “Burke’s fiddling is one of the high spots of the current Irish musical scene”.

“Sublime fiddle playing from Burke …. each moment, just right” Folk Roots


John Doyle and Mick McAuley
Thu, Dec 12th 2019, 7:30PM
Michael's On Main, Soquel place
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Tickets
Advance $20 Door $22
Member discount $2

Tickets are also available in person at Michael's On Main, Main Street, Soquel.


If you are interested in Irish music at all, you'll surely know the name John Doyle. Guitar wizard extraordinaire, John started his career as a founding member of Solas and in recent years has toured solo and with many different performers, including Liz Carroll, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, Eamaon O'Leary, Nuala Kennedy and others too numerous to mention.

John and Mick's nearly telepathic musical connection began in the early '90's in the truly groundbreaking Irish-American band, Solas. Now, both have flourishing high profile solo careers but periodically come together to brush off some Solas standards and lots of their individual material, played together, for these magical musical offerings.

It's impossible to describe John's guitar playing whether picking out a tune or accompanying with chords nobody but he could come up with. The only way to get a taste is to click on the video link above, imagine yourself sitting in Michael's On Main, then click the Buy Tickets button to make it real
Irish Christmas In America
Thu, Dec 19th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets
Prices include 5% City Of Santa Cruz Admissions Tax
Advance $25 Door $30
Child Advance $13 Child Door $15
Member discount $2


The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 14th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humour and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2018 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell.

This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2018.

The holiday show was first conceived in 2005 with past tours featuring such stellar guest vocalists as Séamus Begley, Teresa Horgan, Méabh Begley, Lumiere, Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cathie Ryan and Michael Londra. Mac Diarmada enthuses about the program as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”

A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season.
Molly's Revenge Winterdance
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Thu, Dec 19th 2019, 7:30PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
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Tickets
Advance $25 Door $28
Child Advance $10 Child Door $12
Member discount $2


This show will leave you feeling in the spirit! By popular demand, Molly's Revenge returns to St. Mary's beautiful Victorian sanctuary, which will be aglow in the light of the season. In this perfect setting, the lilting vocals of special guest Amelia Hogan will blend with the superb talent of Stuart Mason, John Weed and David Brewer, as they ring in the holiday with a decidedly Celtic "take" on old favorites. Angelic Irish Dancers, will take flight and will bring some dazzling Christmas magic to the evening, too. An annual event not to miss! Tickets make a great gift for family and friends.

Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly's Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.

"Revered in California as one of its most energetic, exciting and innovative bands." --Shay Black, of the legendary Black family.

"They bring to the music a vital and joyous creativity that excites even the hardest of hearts." --John Doyle, founding member of Solas.

"The instruments are traditional... but the wild passion they exhibit is thoroughly modern." --Metro Santa Cruz (CA).

"There is an engaging freshness and yet an impressive maturity in their playing." --Mick Moloney, National Heritage Award recipient.


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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.

Join the Santa Cruz Traditional Irish Seisiun every Thursday for lively Irish tunes and songs in the spirit of the tradition. Hosted by Julie Horner, David Chadwick, and Mark McCornack. All ages welcome, bring the family for dinner and stay for the taste o' the pure drop. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SantaCruzTradIrishSeisiun, or www.meetup.com/Santa-Cruz-South-Bay_Irish-Music-Meetup/.

Doors open: 6:30, Concert 7:00-9:00

Reserve your place NOW! with an email to Bill at RSVP@cope-a-cabana.com.

The internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions. Praised for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements,” Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

Much more on the Windborne website.

Over the past two years, San José fans of traditional music have gained a new venue, through the good works of local lad Bill Cope and his bed and breakfast, Cope-a-cabana!

This September, Bill will be hosting four great shows and AmeriCeltic will be there to help ensure that they are all a huge success! So lets show Bill how much we appreciate his hospitality and service to San José folk-fans, by filling the seats for all three shows.

This moderate-to-fast tempo session happens every Saturday from 1pm - 4PM. We play outdoors on the East Side of Main Street -- approx address would be 425 Main St -- between the Half Moon Bay Electric store and the Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese Company. Celtic/Old-Time. All players welcome.

Contact Raymond (mtn_kahuna@yahoo.com) for more information

Doors open: 6:30, Concert 7:30-9:30

Reserve your place NOW! with an email to Bill at RSVP@cope-a-cabana.com.

The New World String Project brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly's Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.

Check out all their info at https://newworldstringproject.com, or email Lisa Lynne

Over the past two years, San José fans of traditional music have gained a new venue, through the good works of local lad Bill Cope and his bed and breakfast, Cope-a-cabana!

This September, Bill will be hosting four great shows and AmeriCeltic will be there to help ensure that they are all a huge success! So lets show Bill how much we appreciate his hospitality and service to San José folk-fans, by filling the seats for all four shows.

A traditional Irish seisiún for experienced Irish style musicians every Tuesday evening. The South Bay's longest running and only up-tempo seisiún! Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OFlahertys.Irish.Seisiun).

Contact Julie Horner (831-325-1974, leap2three@gmail.com) for more information

Doors open: 7:30, Concert 8:00-10:00

Reserve your place NOW! with an email to Bill at RSVP@cope-a-cabana.com.

Dáimh – Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye. Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for 'kinship' Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco.

With a reputation as giants of the Bagpipes and Fiddle, Angus Mackenzie and Gabe McVarish lead the melodic powerhouse with fellow founder member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the Guitar. The Band are joined by 'new guy' Murdo 'Yogi' Cameron on Mandola and Accordion to complete the instrumental line up. Daimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current line up only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the Gaelic firmament's most rapidly rising star, Ellen MacDonald on vocals.

Check out the Daimh Website.

Over the past two years, San José fans of traditional music have gained a new venue, through the good works of local lad Bill Cope and his bed and breakfast, Cope-a-cabana!

This September, Bill will be hosting four great shows and AmeriCeltic will be there to help ensure that they are all a huge success! So lets show Bill how much we appreciate his hospitality and service to San José folk-fans, by filling the seats for all four shows.

Founded in 1996, the KVMR Celtic Festival includes eleven performance areas including five musical and six demonstration stages and a weekend-long youth arts instruction that has included Celtic music, magic, dance and songwriting.

The Festival is the main fundraising event of the year for KVMR Community Radio which operates as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity. Held in the early fall, the festival regularly draws over 7,000 attendees for the two days and the promotional outreach extends throughout KVMR’s listening area including a worldwide live streaming broadcast over the internet through iTunes and the KVMR website.

We continue to bring international performers to Nevada County and showcase an ever-increasing cadre of regional talent including musicians, dancers, and performing artists of every type. Featuring: Diamh, Skerryvore, Seven Nations, Molly's Revenge, Bywater Band, John Whelan & Haley Richardson, and many more...Bring your instruments! Festival headliners offer workshops or jams on the Pine Tree Stage. Check the program for the schedule. Musicians of all levels get together to play in the Oak Grove. These range from informal gatherings of friends and neighbors to performances by professional musicians.

The Celtic Festival is held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949

More information, camping, and tickets: https://kvmrcelticfestival.org/

If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

Come and join in the fun on the second Thursday of every month.

For more information call  Michael at (831) 426-8621, or e-mail him at mking@cruzio.com. For even more information, visit our website at http://www.englishcountrydancing.net

Just what is a hooley? A hooley is day of festivities centered around dancing, singing, and general merriment in the traditional Irish fashion. Some say the very soul of Ireland is expressed most perfectly is the joyous exuberance of her traditional dances. Others pine for the melodies and spring of the unmistakable music. But still more find that Irish identity is found intertwined in folk stories, which will be told for all to enjoy.

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate Irish heritage at the Irish Hooley on October 13 from 3:00 until 7:00 PM at Peace United Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz. Music by the best local Irish style musicians and dances called by San Francisco's Michael Murphy. May the luck of the Irish be with you. www.facebook.com/events/1391205617695355

Celtic Music On The Radio

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

90.1 FM

The Mountain Road

Julie Horner

Monday 8 PM - 10 PM


91.5 FM

Friday Folk-Off

Dave Stafford

Friday 3 PM - 6 PM

The Lark In The Morning

Greg Winslow

Wednesday 6 AM - 8 AM

New Wood

Peter Schwarz

Thursday 7 AM - 10 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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