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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE KUUMBWA IS OPERATING AT A LIMITED CAPACITY DUE TO THE OMICRON SURGE AND ONLY 140 SETAS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THIS SHOW.

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.
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Sat, Feb 12th 2022, 7:00PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas photo
Video videocam Website link
Tickets
Advance $30 Door $35
Child Advance $15 Child Door $20
Member discount $2


ALL ATTENDEES OF THIS SHOW MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION AT THE DOOR. MASKS MUST BE WORN. THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED UPON CHANGING VIRUS CONDITIONS.

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!

Brilliantly commanded instruments––banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and percussion––effortlessly elevate lead singer David Howley’s propulsive voice. Live on stage, their songs carry the listener along until, at the perfect moment, the band crescendos into catchy choruses with pitch perfect harmonies.  We Banjo 3 deliver their music with such palpable rapport, stunning precision, and infectious energy, it’s impossible to pigeonhole what kind of listener might suddenly consider themselves a WB3 fan.  

Actor/comedian and musician Steve Martin says of the band, "We Banjo 3...are making waves...here in America. They are playing the banjo in a style that I didn’t even know could be played like that.”

Tickets: https://firehouse.vbotickets.com/event/We_Banjo_3/63364

More sights and sounds: www.webanjo3

The arrival of a mysterious single woman from Dublin disrupts the routine in a tiny pub in rural Ireland. Pints in hand, the local barflies vie to impress her with tales of the supernatural – but what starts as stories of ghosts and fairies leads to revelations about love and family, forging bonds of friendship and illuminating the healing powers of community and kindness. Playwright Conor McPherson, deft at writing plays that combine a comedic touch with deep resonant themes, was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play for The Weir. 
https://www.jeweltheatre.net/the-weir/

One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years is the multi-awarded winning We Banjo 3. With a 7 time all Ireland banjo champ, a 4 time banjo champ, and another member who is an all Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran, and boasting superb 4 part harmonies as well, they have not surprisingly taken the North American Celtic and Bluegrass worlds by storm.

WB3 has headlined virtually every major US Celtic fest for several years in a row. In ’17 and ’18 they rapidly gained favor in the Bluegrass and Americana world as evidenced by their return invites to Merlefest, ROMP Fest, Sisters Folk Fest, Old Settlers Fest, Four Corners Fest and others.

Tickets: https://secure.thefreight.org/813/we-banjo-3

IMPORTANT: Per City of Berkeley Order proof of vaccination (with Photo ID) is required for entry to our venue. In addition masks/face coverings are now required for vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO BRING PROOF OF VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID FOR ALL MEMBERS IN YOUR PARTY.

The North American Convention of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the highlight of the year on this side of the Atlantic. The San Francisco Cooley Keegan Branch is excited to host, in person,
the 2022 CCÉ Convention ___April 21-24, 2022.

The North American convention brings together the 6 regions in North America (West, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Canada East & Canada West) for a weekend of fun activities, sharing culture, education, and ideas on how to progress into the future.
The 2020 convention which was scheduled for San Francisco had to be postponed as a result of Covid-19, and subsequently, the correct decision was taken to reschedule the next ‘in person’ Convention for 2022.

Comhaltas as an organization has shown its resilience over the decades and its commitment to the aims of preserving and promoting Irish culture. We were delighted to create a virtual Convention for 2021, showcasing incredible musicians, singers, and dancers, and featuring showreels from past conventions & Fleadhanna.

We are excited to now present our 2022 convention hosted by San Francisco Cooley-Keegan Branch, April 21 - 24, 2022. Join us for an amazing weekend!

Our traditions continue, and now all roads lead to San Francisco! Lodging, schedule, and tickets: https://cceconvention2022.com

Additional information: www.facebook.com/cceconventionNA

Thursday, April 21 8:30pm-midnight - Welcome Céilí
Full Class and Dance Schedule 11:00 am to 3:00 am Friday and Saturday, Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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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