Jim Malcolm
Tue, Jan 29th 2019, 7:30PM
House Concert, Soquel
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Suggested Donation $20

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A review of Jim's album "Live In Perth" in Folkworlds

Scotland’s first and foremost singer/songwriter Jim Malcolm is presented on this album at his very best – in a solo concert in front of a home audience.

Jim’s songs come best to life when performed to an audience, so this is a wonderful follow on from his previous live album “Live in Glenfarg” – I can’t quite believe that this was released already 12 years ago.

The new album features many of his greatest songs, including his version of Brian McNeill’s “Lads of the Fair”, the traditional songs “Jolly Beggar” and “Lochaber no more”, and his very own songs “The train from Perth to Lochearn”, “First Cold Day” and “Corrievrechan”. There is also the usual fair dose of good humour, and I enjoyed listening to his storytelling of the amusing story “The Pickpockets” or a somewhat political comedy song about a member of the gentry cleaning out his moat – featuring many frogs.

Having been on the road for 30 years, Jim’s new album sees him in superb voice, backed by his guitar and characterful harmonica playing. This is wonderful and classy entertainment of the old style – a singer presenting great songs with good stories to a live audience.

© Michael Moll
The Outside Track
Wed, Feb 6th 2019, 7:30PM
Michael's On Main, Soquel place
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Tickets:
Advance $20 Door $23
Member discount $2

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


Winner of 'Best Group' in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. They were 'Best Live Act' nominees in the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards, and won the German Radio Critics Prize, for their album Flash Company. Live Ireland called them, 'Among the top bands in the world - stunning on every cut!'.

The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. Their blend of boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre has won them a large following around the globe.
The Fire
Scottish trio radiates with new CD
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Sun, Feb 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 $10 Child Door $13
Member discount $2

"Radiance" is not only the name of the new CD, it perfectly describes this high energy trio, featuring world class fiddling, bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. This vibrant group includes lovely International Scottish Fiddle Champion, Rebecca Lomnicky; engaging multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge; and fresh new talent, Adam Hendey, driving home the rhythm on guitar and bouzouki. For this trio, the Scottish roots go deep, each has lived and studied in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the highlands of Scotland. Together, The Fire performs captivating music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe--two worlds united--into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. The Fire calls Santa Cruz home, but performs nationally and internationally, and has released three studio CDs. For more about The Fire, including music videos, please visit: www.firescottishband.com


Tommy and Saundra O'Sullivan
An evening in Dingle, Ireland
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Sat, Feb 23rd 2019, 7:00PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
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Tickets:
Advance $20 Door $22
Child Advance $8 Child Door $10
Member discount $2

This delightful couple are the proprietors of the iconic Courthouse Pub in Dingle, Ireland, a quaint town that is one of the epicenters of traditional music on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. The warmth of their voices are sure to provide you with a memorable evening. To make the experience even more cozy, we will meet in the intimate space of St. Mary's lovely Victorian sanctuary. This is a return engagement to the Monterey Peninsula, and we could not be more pleased to host our talented friends from Dingle. Check out their website where you will find some beautiful cuts from their recent CD, "Safe Home."

Here is what the experts are saying:

The album shines with folk classics...
– Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine

The husband and wife team from Dingle must surely be the best exponents of what Irish folk should be.
– Nicky Rossiter

A tenor voice that has all the ring of Waterford crystal which has only ever served smokey whiskey
– Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine

Tommy and Saundra’s paths crossed when she attended an annual traditional Irish music retreat in Midlothian, Texas, where Tommy was an Irish guest instructor on guitar and vocals, and Saundra, a Texas native, was a vocal student with a challenging career as a flight nurse. As they explored singing together, they discovered her alto harmonies to be a perfect match to his tenor vocals. They found they were "a perfect match" in other ways, too. They married in Houston, Texas, and now make Dingle their home.

O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub was cited by National Geographic as the "go to" pub for traditional Irish music on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Those who have been to the pub would heartily agree--the venue is frequented by some of the most well-known names in traditional Irish music, and the couple's reputation for hospitality is legendary.

Tommy has an impressive resume as a full-time touring musician, too. As a member of Sliabh Notes, a well-known band from Kerry, he recorded 3 albums. He also toured for years with Irish piper Paddy Keenan with whom he recorded a duet album, The Long Grazing Acre. He also has two solo albums, Song Ablaze and Legacy.


Lunasa
Sun, Feb 24th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets:
Advance $27 Door $30
Child Advance $13 Child Door $15
Student Advance $13 Student Door $15
Member discount $2

Tickets are also available in person at More Music, Front Street, Santa Cruz (from Feb 1st, 2019).


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.”
Realta
Sun, Mar 3rd 2019, 7:30PM
Michael's On Main, Soquel place
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Tickets:
Advance $27 Door $30
Member discount $2

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


Described by Irish Music Magazine as “a full bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza”, Réalta carry on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames!

Hailing from the Ulster city of Belfast, this award winning multi-instrumentalist group present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song. While Conor Lamb and Aaron O’Hagan pursue the melody on uilleann pipes and whistles, guitarist and vocalist Deirdre Galway explores the harmony and rhythms within the tunes. All-Ireland champions Dermot Mulholland and Dermot Moynagh complete the line-up with dynamic accompaniments on double bass, bouzouki, banjo, voice and bodhrán, making this one of the most exciting acts on the Irish music scene today.

The release of their second album, Clear Skies, has brought Réalta widespread critical acclaim, with the Irish Music Magazine summing things up by writing "Réalta have grown bigger, bolder and braver and this is one of the best CDs to have come out of Ireland this year". A performance by Réalta is joyous, energetic, foot-stomping, unforgettable and unmissable.
Imar
Thu, Mar 14th 2019, 7:30PM
Michael's On Main, Soquel place
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Tickets:
Advance $20 Door $23
Member discount $2

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


There are many reasons to be excited about new Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar – not least a line-up featuring current and former members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara, Mabon and The Lowground, whose collectively crammed trophy-cabinet includes a BBC Young Folk Award and several All-Britain/All-Ireland titles. By far the best and biggest reason, however, is how excited the band are themselves.

“As soon as we all sat down to play together properly, it just worked,” says bodhrán player Adam Brown (RURA), originally from Suffolk. “We were a bit stunned, to be honest; all looking round at everyone else, thinking, ‘Is it just me, or was that really good?’”

“It’s definitely more of a pure-drop trad sound than most of the other bands we’re involved in,” adds Cork-born uilleann piper, flautist and whistle player Ryan Murphy (Mànran), “but I think that’s partly why it feels so natural. We’re going back to the music we started out playing – which is ultimately the reason why we’re all here as musicians.”

Ímar’s formation also embodies a more personal reconnection with its members’ formative years, dating back long before their recent camaraderie around Glasgow’s justly celebrated session scene. All five of them – also including fiddler Tomás Callister and bouzouki ace Adam Rhodes (Barrule/Mabon), both from the Isle of Man, plus Glasgow native Mohsen Amini (Talisk) on concertina – originally met as teenagers through Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the Irish traditional music network that tutors budding players throughout the British Isles and beyond, and stages the annual schedule of Fleadh competitions.
Molly's Revenge
The Party for Paddy with Molly's Revenge and Irish dancers
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Sun, Mar 17th 2019, 2:00PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
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Tickets:
Advance $22 Door $25
Child Advance $10 Child Door $12
Member discount $2

The quintessential St. Patrick's Day tradition continues, with the exuberant sound of Molly's Revenge, the high flying Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers, and St. Mary's festive bistro offerings. Yes, it's the party for Paddy 2019!! 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.


Väsen
Tue, Apr 9th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets:
Advance $22 Door $25
Child Advance $10 Child Door $13
Student Advance $10 Student Door $13
Member discount $2

Tickets are also available in person at More Music, Front Street, Santa Cruz (From Mar 15th 2019).


While they do occasionally break into a jig or a reel, Väsen's music is rooted in the centuries old traditional folklore of Sweden. Be sure to listen to their music and watch their videos at www.vasen.se/video and you will see what an enjoyable evening you will have in store.

Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, now in its 27th year of touring together.

The parts: a five-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their own right, and together they form a unique supernatural being. To experience Väsen is to witness ensemble playing at its finest.

The band's origins are deeply rooted in the forests and rich earth of the Swedish countryside, in the centuries-old tradition of the folk music of Uppland. It's a tradition spiced with consummate playing skills. But this is more than just a traditional sound.

There's a playfulness to their music, a joyousness, and a delight in making exciting new arrangements of centuries-old tunes, and new originals inspired by the tradition. Rock, jazz, traditional, and classical influences weave together, making a music that's beautiful but never cloying. You always hear the inspiration and improvisation of the moment. And we can promise that you’ll never know what will happen next.
Andrew Finn Magill
Accompanied by Cary Novotny on guitar
Fri, Apr 19th 2019, 7:30PM
House Concert, Aptos
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Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill grew up studying with many of the world’s best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. At age 18, his debut album Drive & Lift was featured multiple times on NPR and his 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Says grammy-winner Americana artist Tim O’Brien:

“He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.”

Finn has built his career on Irish music having performed with John Doyle, Liz Carroll, the Paul McKenna Band, and Martin Hayes among many other Irish luminaries. He currently has a duo with Irish multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley which performs the festival circuit and concerts all over the U.S. Between this project and more he has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, the Austin Celtic Festival and hundreds of venues.
Old Blind Dogs
Sun, Jul 7th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets:
Advance $22 Door $25
Member discount $2

Tickets are also available in person at More Music, Santa Cruz starting June 7.


The Celtic Society has been privileged to promote concerts by many of the finest performers of Scottish and Irish music over the years and perhaps none better than Old Blind Dogs.

The band has had to tour the USA without their founding member and fiddle player Jonny Hardie for the last few years due to visa issues (perhaps one of the dogs ate it?). We're happy to report that visa issues have been resolved and Jonny is foaming at the mouth at the prospect of marking his territory again in the USA.

One of the most highly touted Celtic groups of our time, OBD is the only multiple winner of the prestigious Scots Trad Music Award as 'Folk Band of the Year'. With 12 CDs already in the bag, you'll have a chance to collar their13th and brand new offering titled "Room With A View",

OBD continues to distinguish themselves as vital, innovative ambassadors of Scots music by subtly and ingeniously expanding upon the very tradition they celebrate in harnessing the rich resonance and timeless themes of the songs and tunes of their homeland and weld them to new rhythmic frameworks, dynamic arcs and textural expanses, This produces a uniquely identifiable sound that reflects the rich heritage of their forefathers, yet comes across as resoundingly fresh and immediate.

OBD's incandescent instrumental arsenal of pipes, fiddle, whistles, bouzouki, guitar and percussion and their vibrant, virile vocals have left concertgoers raving for more and led to rave reviews, such as from The Scotsman, 'Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm as players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion.'
New World String Project
Thu, Aug 15th 2019, 7:30PM
Michael's On Main, Soquel place
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Tickets:
Advance $16 Door $18
Member discount $2

The New World String Project is John Weed (fiddle), Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa, harp), Lisa Lynn (cittern, harp), and Stuart Mason (guitar, bouzouki). The new quartet presents a lush blend of extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions.

Science tells us that cross pollination can result in hybrid vigor and transcend the sum of its parts. Likewise, the vibrant West Coast traditional music community has given birth to the New World String Project. These four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists -- two veteran duo acts -- recently joined forces to create an exciting weave of traditional world music. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Singing is also a part of the show, with Stuart Mason sharing his unique arrangements of ballads as old as the hills where he was born.

Fiddler John Weed is a classically-trained violinist who has spent the last 25 years immersed in traditional Irish fiddle styles. John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. 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. For years, Aryeh Frankfurter has been delighting audiences around the globe with his passionate, enduring and evocative music on Celtic harp, Swedish nyckelharpa (or keyed fiddle) and other stringed instruments. Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skills on guitar, mandola, and banjo. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.
Daimh
Sat, Oct 26th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets:
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.
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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.

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

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

Moderate temp session form 3PM to 5PM on the 4th Sunday of every month. Contact Jamie Wylde <jwylde@gmail.com> for more information

Lively Irish music and dance from The Crooked Road and a posse of fierce local Irish style players. Representing trad Celtic heritage in the Santa Cruz Mountains, The Crooked Road honors the famous Trout Farm ceili dances by bringing the craic to the newly remodeled Henflings of Ben Lomond. Bring your dancin' shoes! There is nothing else like this anywhere, so make plans to bring friends and family (21 and over) to experience the true Irish music and dance tradition! 

If you are new to traditional Irish Dancing  & Music that's great, read on! Ceili Dance: A ceili  (kay-lee) is a traditional Irish gathering for fun, fellowship, and laughs (or craic, as the Irish might say).   Traditional ceili dances were enjoyed at house parties and corner road gatherings in the rural countrysides in Ireland. Decades later,  they are still danced in Ireland and throughout the States.

Henflings of Ben Lomond has a fully functional kitchen and robust bar menu. Come early for nosh and be prepared for an intimate evening of laughter, dancing, and Irish music! No cover, seating is first come first served - this is a cozy venue!

Join the craic: www.facebook.com/events/350615609065275

Kyle performs original and traditional music that trace 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. 
 
She will be performing songs from her latest CD  Art of Forgetting which has been chosen in FolkMatters best 20 albums of 2018 list.

 Kyle's songs combine the American folk & Celtic genres into something entirely new & arrestingly beautiful, a synthesis she calls `Gaelic Americana' music.
 
For reservations, contact
concerts@wcliff.org or
831.469.4307

 For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.kyleannecarey.com.

A slow-play session from 2PM to 4PM on the second Sunday of every month for those learning the intricacies of Irish traditional music.

Contact Tane Tachyon (tachyon@tachyonlabs.com) for more information.

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

Join the Santa Cruz Traditional Irish Seisiun every Third 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.

Celtic traditional music infused with Swedish, Norweigen, Cape Breton, QUebequois, and much more.  A total variety show with 120 fiddles, cellos, guitars, harps, pianos, percussion.  Will have you dancing in your seats!

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

New Wood

Peter Schwartz

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


88.1 FM

Backroads

Chris Jong

Sunday Noon - 2 PM


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