Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Outstanding Fiddle and Cello Duo In Pacific Grove!
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Fri, Apr 12th 2024, 7:00PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas photo
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Tickets
Advance $30 Door $35
Child Advance $12 Child Door $15
Member discount $3


St. Mary's is pleased to welcome back the exciting and innovative duo of Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented Californian cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one, but the duo's dazzling teamwork, driving rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes has helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello. They have toured internationally for over twenty years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound and have released six critically acclaimed and award winning albums along the way.  Come join us for a fantastic evening of music in St. Mary's sanctuary.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.



Old Blind Dogs
Return of the Scottish Supergroup!! Wednesday Evening Performance
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Wed, May 1st 2024, 7:00PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
Old Blind Dogs photo
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Tickets
Advance $30 Door $35
Child Advance $12 Child Door $15
Member discount $3


The musical evolution of Old Blind Dogs began in Aberdeen in 1992 with roots that grew from the eclectic music scene that flourished in the Granite City during the early 90’s. Four musicians from very different musical backgrounds came together to create a full-time professional touring band with the aim of showcasing the rich tradition of songs and tunes of the North East of Scotland on an international stage. Like many of the early flag bearing Scottish folk bands, the Old Blind Dogs line up has faced inevitable changes over the years but the core values at the band's musical heart continue to beat strong. The current band line up has been settled for several years now and consists of four of Scotland's finest traditional musicians at the top of their game. Original member Jonny Hardie (fiddle/vocals) is joined by Aaron Jones (cittern/guitar/vocals), Ali Hutton (pipes/whistles) and Donald Hay (percussion/vocals) and collectively they comprise one of the hottest live tickets on the traditional Scottish music scene today. As recent inductees to the BBC ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 'Trad Music Hall of Fame' the 'Dugs' will celebrate thirty years on the road in 2022 by launching their fourteenth studio album 'Knucklehead Circus’ in Winter 2021. A joyous, uplifting and fun album full of compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm on which ‘OBD' continue to innovate within their tradition while faithfully revealing its essence. Here’s to many more years of Old Blind Dogs!
OLD BLIND DOGS
Fri, May 3rd 2024, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
OLD BLIND DOGS photo
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Tickets
Prices include 5% City Of Santa Cruz Admissions Tax
Advance $28 Door $30
Child Advance $12 Child Door $15
Student Advance $12 Student Door $15
Member discount $3


The musical evolution of Old Blind Dogs began in Aberdeen in 1992 with roots that grew from the eclectic music scene that flourished in the Granite City during the early 90’s. Four musicians from very different musical backgrounds came together to create a full-time professional touring band with the aim of showcasing the rich tradition of songs and tunes of the North East of Scotland on an international stage. Like many of the early flag bearing Scottish folk bands, the Old Blind Dogs line up has faced inevitable changes over the years but the core values at the band's musical heart continue to beat strong. The current band line up has been settled for several years now and consists of four of Scotland's finest traditional musicians at the top of their game. Original member Jonny Hardie (fiddle/vocals) is joined by Aaron Jones (cittern/guitar/vocals), Ali Hutton (pipes/whistles) and Donald Hay (percussion/vocals) and collectively they comprise one of the hottest live tickets on the traditional Scottish music scene today. As recent inductees to the BBC ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 'Trad Music Hall of Fame' the 'Dugs' will celebrate thirty years on the road in 2022 by launching their fourteenth studio album 'Knucklehead Circus’ in Winter 2021. A joyous, uplifting and fun album full of compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm on which ‘OBD' continue to innovate within their tradition while faithfully revealing its essence. Here’s to many more years of Old Blind Dogs!
DÀIMH
Fri, Oct 11th 2024, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
DÀIMH photo
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Tickets
Prices include 5% City Of Santa Cruz Admissions Tax
Advance $28 Door $32
Child Advance $14 Child Door $16
Student Advance $14 Student Door $16
Member discount $3


We're proud to welcome back Scottish band Dàimh. We've had some excellent concerts with them in the past and this is sure to be another one. If you love bagpipes and fiddle mixed in with some Gaelic singing, be sure to attend this one.

Dàimh – 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” Dàimh (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.
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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!

Registration is open for Community Music School Summer Celtic Music Camps. Local opportunities for kids, teens, and adults to dive deeper into their love of Celtic music. Register: www.communitymusicschool.org

Redwood Music Teen Camp
A Week-Long Overnight Camp For Teens 12-18
Monte Toyon Conference Center, Aptos, California.
June 10 - June 15, 2024

Redwood Music Camp
Adult Weekend Celtic Music Immersion
Saturday, June 15th and 16th, 2024
Monte Toyon Conference Center, Aptos, California

Redwood Music Kid Camp
A Two-Week Day Camp For Young Musicians Ages 7-13
July 22nd–August 2nd
St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Scotts Valley

Celtic Circle Scottish sessions happen on first and third Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, hosted by North Santa Cruz Coast piper Jay Salter at Steel Bonnet Brewery, Scotts Valley.

Fàilte! Welcome experienced Scottish style musicians. Pipes, low D whistle, fiddle, guitar, and more. Connect with Jay directly for more information: jaysalter @ cruzio.com

21 inside the nanobrewery located at 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley, near the Granite Creek exit from Highway 17. Warm weather sessions outdoors on the patio.

Follow the event on social: @https://fb.me/e/3AxUBrkPQ

YouTube: https://youtu.be/NYygvoxVFVA

#bagpipes #scottishmusic #scottishgames #tradition #santacruzmountains #slvpost #craftbeer #scottsvalley

You are invited to O'Flaherty's Traditional Irish Session every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm or so at O'Flaherty's Irish Pub in downtown San Jose! Experienced Celtic musicians 21 and well behaved dogs. We play in the open doorway looking out onto the parklet on San Pedro Street. Celebrating 18 years of playing Irish music together on Tuesday nights at O'Flaherty's, where you are a stranger but once!

Follow on social: @OFlahertysIrishSeisiun

#livemusic #irishmusic #celticmusic #irishsession #irishjam #sanjose #sharks #oflats

You are invited to O'Flaherty's Traditional Irish Session every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm or so at O'Flaherty's Irish Pub in downtown San Jose! Experienced Celtic musicians 21 and well behaved dogs. We play in the open doorway looking out onto the parklet on San Pedro Street. Celebrating 18 years of playing Irish music together on Tuesday nights at O'Flaherty's, where you are a stranger but once!

#livemusic #irishmusic #celticmusic #irishsession #irishjam #sanjose #sharks #oflats

A community gathering of the finest kind. Join the Santa Cruz Irish music scene as we play rollicking tunes every third Thursday in downtown Santa Cruz. Join us at Rosie McCann's Irish Pub on Pacific Avenue from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. All ages. 

You are invited to O'Flaherty's Traditional Irish Session every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm or so at O'Flaherty's Irish Pub in downtown San Jose! Experienced Celtic musicians 21 and well behaved dogs. We play in the open doorway looking out onto the parklet on San Pedro Street. Celebrating 18 years of playing Irish music together on Tuesday nights at O'Flaherty's, where you are a stranger but once!

Follow on social: @OFlahertysIrishSeisiun

#livemusic #irishmusic #celticmusic #irishsession #irishjam #sanjose #sharks #oflats

Announcing the First Annual Ceili on the Lake Irish Music and Dance Festival at Lagoon Park, Marin County Fairgrounds.

Produced by Red Barn Productions, based in Marin County in California, a full-service event production company with decades of experience in the design and production of large and small-scale events. Together with an expanding community of over 1,000 enthusiastic artists, theatrical performers, musicians, directors, designers, and event professionals, we specialize in theatrically entertaining, historically authentic events, encouraging participation and learning. Founded in 1963 by the Patterson family, creators of the popular Great Dickens Christmas Fair.

Tickets go on sale March 15, 2024: https://ceilionthelake.com/
$20 Adults | $10 Children under 12

Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903

You are invited to O'Flaherty's Traditional Irish Session every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm or so at O'Flaherty's Irish Pub in downtown San Jose! Experienced Celtic musicians 21 and well behaved dogs. We play in the open doorway looking out onto the parklet on San Pedro Street. Celebrating 18 years of playing Irish music together on Tuesday nights at O'Flaherty's, where you are a stranger but once!

Follow on social: @OFlahertysIrishSeisiun

#livemusic #irishmusic #celticmusic #irishsession #irishjam #sanjose #sharks #oflats

On their first visit to the West Coast, the electrifying duo of Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy combine the Scottish harp with the acoustic guitar. Performing an exquisite mix of Scottish traditional music, they balance virtuosity with emotion, embracing the rich cultural tradition of Scotland, whilst charming audiences as they go.

Rachel and Ron will perform one night only in Santa Cruz County on Thursday, May 2nd, at 7:30pm, presented by Community Music School of Santa Cruz. The performance will take place at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Scotts Valley. General admission tickets are $25 advance/$30 at the door. College students get in for $15, and kids under 18 for $10. Doors open at 7:00pm, and refreshments will be available during intermission.

WORKSHOPS FOR HARP AND FIDDLE PLAYERS will take place the following day, on Friday, May 3rd, at 4:30pm in the same location.

Details and tickets are online at CommunityMusicSchool.org.

Step into the enchanting realm of the 26th annual KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace, where the convergence of Celtic music, culture, and music magic unfolds at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA, from May 3-5, 2024. Come for the Music, stay for the Magic!

https://kvmrcelticfestival.org/tickets/

Featuring meticulously curated stages showcasing world-class Celtic musicians known on the global stage, plus a variety of regional artists and Celtic Sessions players. Musical headliners include Old Blind Dogs, Mec Lir, Wake the Dead, Heron Valley, Socks in the Frying Pan, and more for two full days of music.

Elevating beyond a music festival and into the sphere of immersive living history event, this annual gathering serves as the primary fundraising cornerstone for KVMR Community Radio, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity based in Nevada City, CA. Drawing over 8,000 attendees and participants, the event presents a unique cultural experience of the Celtic diaspora combined with a full scale production music festival against the picturesque backdrop of the Ponderosa Pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA. Driving distance from most of Northern California, the festival appeals to all ages and diverse backgrounds through the welcoming Celtic culture.

Founded in 1996, the KVMR Celtic Festival includes multiple performance stages and a weekend-long youth arts program that includes Celtic music, magic, dance, songwriting and camaraderie.

Friday, May 3rd [Pre-festival Activities]
- Youth Arts Program 4 PM -7 PM
- Ceilidh (Celtic Dance Party!) 8 PM - 11 PM

Saturday, May 4th [10 AM - 10 PM]
Sunday, May 5th [10 AM - 10 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 8 PM - 10 PM


91.5 FM

New Wood

Peter Schwarz

Thursday 7 AM - 10 AM

Friday Folk-Off

Greg Winslow

Friday 3 PM - 6 PM

The Rising of the Moon

Captain Nashville

4th & 5th Mondays, 6 AM - 9 AM


90.7 FM

Celtic Cauldron

Cindy Odom

Friday 11 AM - 12 PM


88.1

Bushwackers Breakfast Club

Dangerous Dan

Friday 6M - 9AM


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