The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay (CSMB) had its origin in 1989 when Tam Paterson, then host of 'The Eagle's Whistle' on KAZU, announced a meeting at The White Cockade in Boulder Creek for those wishing to form a Celtic Society. About a dozen people showed up. Get-togethers at various private residences followed with local musicians providing entertainment.

The real “heart” in the formation of the CSMB was inspired by local musicians and their followers, who had nowhere to showcase their talents, and – in their undying love of the music, and Celtic tradition, wanted to share it with others. After several years of playing sessions, and house concerts and the odd booking, they decided to officially form a group who could promote the Celtic Culture around the Monterey Bay, and start running folk clubs in the area, with the express intention of making Celtic music a household name.

They did everything legally, and the name Celtic Society Of The Monterey Bay was registered and a bank account opened, with money donated by enthusiastic supporters .

The people behind the movement back then really deserve a mention in the grand scheme of the formation of the society for who knows, without their input, the CSMB might not exist today, as the great success it has become. 

Initial President was Brid Caveney, a multi instrumentalist musician who had played extensively in most of the Celtic Nations of the World, before moving to California in the early 80’s.The very first ever Celtic Society newsletter was sent out from the Caveney household – in Marina CA, by his wife Bronwyn, who was at the time working for a printing firm – who sponsored the project. It appeared in the Spring of 1991 where it was announced, "our aim as a Society is to keep alive Celtic tradition and promote same in the community." It was also noted in the first newsletter that monthly sessions were being moved to The Elkhorn Yacht Club in Moss Landing. Other “officials” at that time were Suzanna O’Sullivan, who took on the treasurer’s job. Her (then) husband Jimmy played the highland pipes, and there was an incredible depth of local musicians who helped get the CSMB up and running. It was at The Elkhorn Yacht Club that The Celtic Society presented their first concert on Sunday, April 12, 1992 by the Irish singer Michael Black.

The group developed several venues in the area, including the “O’James Folk Club” at the Grovemont Theatre in Monterey, before moving “Out of town” and setting up the folk club at the Elkhorn Yacht Club in Moss Landing. Before they could actually afford to book “Major “guests, they had many great “sessions” at the venue, and continued their love of the Celtic traditions.With the setting for sessions gradually moving northwards, with McCarthy's Restaurant ( now The Britannia Arms ) in Aptos succeeding The Elkhorn Yacht Club as the venue, concerts began to be organized in the Santa Cruz area as the most convenient central location for the increasing number of people interested in attending events from the South Bay area.

The first of the Santa Cruz concerts took place at The Kuumbwa on Tuesday, December 14th 1993 by Andy Irvine with an opening set by Martin & Jessica Simpson. This was a co-production made possible by the generous financial support, supplementing the meager bank account, by Lisa Eckstrom and Lynda Fotheringham ( R.I.P. ), both of whom continued to help enrich our lives with future co-productions and individual productions.

In the early 90’s, Bob Breheney took on the gauntlet of keeping the CSMB name alive, and taking it to new level. He has contracted many great stars to play in our area, and the title CSMB is very much alive today. Recently, the CSMB incorporated in California as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is run by the board members shown below.

Gloria Rosson
President

Gloria  has been with the Celtic Society of Monterey Bay since the organization was formed. An avid lover of all music Celtic, she has also served on the Board of Directors for the Folk Alliance and has been a member of Folk Alliance since 2000. She spends her free time traveling to Scotland, Ireland and folk festivals from here to there. Ms. Rosson works as an Attorney in San Jose, and has performed many hours of pro bono work for musicians throughout her career. She aspires to keep the Celtic Society
flourishing, so that the best in traditional music will always find ahome in the Santa Cruz area.

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Kathy Fieberling
Vice President

Recent retiree Kathy Fieberling became a big fan of Celtic and traditional music in the early 60s as a young teenager, and has attended festivals and concerts ever since. She studied sean nós singing with Irish singer/songwriter Mary McLaughlin and was a member of Mary’s Irish Gaelic choir, Cor Aingli. With years of experience working for a local non-profit, Kathy hopes to lend her skills to the Celtic Society doing PR, development, and event and volunteer coordination. She is most enthusiastic about helping to bring the best of Celtic performers to the Monterey Bay area.

Kathy spreads the word about our concerts by sending press releases to the local newspapers and radio stations and is also a member of our Volunteers and Housing Subcommittee.

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Peter Schwarz
Secretary

Peter Schwarz got interested in folk music in the 80’s, during his graduate studies in Pittsburgh, PA. Through concerts hosted by George Balderose at Calliope House, he became a fan of Celtic music, as well as old-time string bands and other forms of acoustic roots music. He also got involved in radio, hosting a folk music program (and a punk music program!) on the Carnegie-Mellon station, WRCT. Upon moving to San Jose in 1985, Peter joined the staff of listener-sponsored radio station KKUP, where he has hosted a program featuring Celtic music and a variety of other forms of folk music ever since, and also serves as Music Director. When not listening to music, Peter works as a Research Staff Member at IBM’s Almaden Research Center.

Peter believes we live in a musical “ecosystem”: a synergistic community of performers, audiences, venues, promoters and media that combine to give the Bay Area its vibrant musical scene. By serving on the Board of the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay, he hopes to help keep this ecosystem thriving for many years to come.

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Pete Haworth
Concert Director/Treasurer

Pete Haworth was a founding member of the 501(c)(3) non-profit version of the Celtic Society.  Pete has been a music fan most of his life, playing guitar in teenage rock bands in England in the 70's and graduatingto folk muisc in general and Celtic music in particular in the 80's.  Along with bagpiper David Brewer, he was a founding member of local Celtic band Molly's Revenge.  Pete is now retired and feels busierthan he ever did when he was in full time employment.

As the society's concert director, Pete is responsible for booking our performers either directly or though their agents, booking the venues we use and making sure that each of our concerts provides a great experience for our audiences and the performers. 

 Pete also serves as the society's treasurer and web designer.

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Lynda Haworth
Membership secretary

I first became interested in Celtic music after listening to the Dubliners in the 1960’s and was a regular at local folk clubs in the North of England. I have attended many of the Celtic Society shows when Pete and I lived in Sunnyvale. When we moved over to Soquel in 2000 we started hosting house concerts. We also offer home stays for many of the visiting musicians and have made many good friends over the years. I am a founding member of the Celtic Society Board, as Secretary and now Membership Secretary. Our membership has almost doubled since we took the Society into a non profit organization. I am an avid gardener and volunteer at the UCSC Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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Ian Walton
Board Member

Ian Walton joined the Board in 2017.  He grew up in Scotland and first participated in Celtic music in the back of a bus with the St Andrews University Mountaineering Club.  He moved to Santa Cruz in 1973 and has been enjoying Celtic Society concerts
since the late 90s. He enjoys playing depressing Celtic ballads from all over the world.  A retired community college mathematics instructor he also volunteers as a Commissioner to accredit two-year colleges in California and the Pacific.  He hopes
to help in maintaining the Celtic Society’s wonderful selection of traditional bands as well as encourage young performers from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton to visit Santa Cruz.

Ian is a member of the our Volunteers and Accommodation Subcommittee

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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

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

Kick off the St. Paddy's season with the legendary Irish Rovers on their last tour through the US. For 55 years, the Rovers have been selling out concerts worldwide. After these last North American dates, they head over to Ireland for lifetime honors.

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.

Not only Irish eyes will be smiling this St. Patrick’s Day. Come get a blast of blarney and Irish laughter just in time for the big day. The Real Irish Comedy Fest showcases the best blend of Irish Comedic talent, accents included and is coming to Santa Cruz for one night only!

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$20-25
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Full fest info and schedule here

Lineup:

Sean Finnerty is based in NYC and originally from Longford. Sean was selected for Comedy Central’s Up Next competition and as a semi-finalist in both the 2014 Florida’s Funniest Comedian Competition and the 2014 Charleston Comedy Festival. Sean this year became the first Irish comic ever to appear on the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon 

Ger Staunton quickly became a regular headline act on the Irish Comedy circuit and has already been described by the International Comedy Club in Dublin as “One of the best comedy writers in Ireland.” 

Dave Nihill: Dave is the founder of the Real Irish Comedy Fest, an NPR featured storyteller, bestselling author, winner of the 43rd annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, and runner up in the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition. His work has been featured in Inc, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Today FM, and on TV3. From Dublin Ireland he now calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit. 

Katie Boyle, based and originally from Co. Kildare. Katie is a regular at The Stand, New York Comedy Club, Broadway, Greenwich, Creek and the Cave and refuses to say ‘third’ on stage. She has toured multiple states and was featured in the Hartford and Albany Funnybones. 

Mark Hayes, has been dubbed “Ireland’s craziest and wittiest comedian and writer, a poet at times.” Saying that he has also been called the “runt of Irish literature” so take your pick. He is the author of three books  and runs his own weekly s

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

Not only Irish eyes will be smiling this St. Patrick’s Day. Come get a blast of blarney and Irish laughter just in time for the big day. The Real Irish Comedy Fest showcases the best blend of Irish Comedic talent, accents included and is coming to Monterey for one night only!

Tickets: here
$25
Full fest info and schedule here

Lineup:

Sean Finnerty is based in NYC and originally from Longford. Sean was selected for Comedy Central’s Up Next competition and as a semi-finalist in both the 2014 Florida’s Funniest Comedian Competition and the 2014 Charleston Comedy Festival. Sean this year became the first Irish comic ever to appear on the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon 

Ger Staunton quickly became a regular headline act on the Irish Comedy circuit and has already been described by the International Comedy Club in Dublin as “One of the best comedy writers in Ireland.” 

Dave Nihill: Dave is the founder of the Real Irish Comedy Fest, an NPR featured storyteller, bestselling author, winner of the 43rd annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, and runner up in the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition. His work has been featured in Inc, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Today FM, and on TV3. From Dublin Ireland he now calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit. 

Katie Boyle, based and originally from Co. Kildare. Katie is a regular at The Stand, New York Comedy Club, Broadway, Greenwich, Creek and the Cave and refuses to say ‘third’ on stage. She has toured multiple states and was featured in the Hartford and Albany Funnybones. 

Mark Hayes, has been dubbed “Ireland’s craziest and wittiest comedian and writer, a poet at times.” Saying that he has also been called the “runt of Irish literature” so take your pick. 

Live Irish music all afternoon with The Crooked Road Ceili Band on the front patio at O'Flaherty's in the heart of downtown San Jose! The Bay Area's best Irish party on St.Paddy's Day with music, dance, and libation starting early and going late into the night.

Corned beef and cabbage feast on the gracious back patio, Irish dancers upstairs and tickling the tiles among the punters downstairs, bagpipes, and additional musical entertainment outside and inside into the wee hours.

No cover, come early to grab a pint and take a seat! Or bring your dancing shoes and kick up your heels at the only place you need to be on St.Patrick's Day! You're a stranger here but once!

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A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series

Advance $22 Door $25
Child Advance $10 Child Door $12
Member discount $2
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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. 

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3:00 PM - Matinee Show
7:00 PM - Evening Show featuring Tempest
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3:00 PM Matinee Show - (Doors open at 2:15 PM)
Kyle Alden, Tim Hill & Steve Gardner

Kyle Alden is an award-winning singer/songwriter and folk musician recognized for his Irish traditional guitar accompaniment, Kyle has several issued several albums of original work and supported many top players in concert.
Steve Gardner and Tim Hill of Culann's Hounds bring their reputation for stage shows filled with tradition and energy. Tim has become one of the top young pipers in America and Steve's virtuosic violin style is clean and uncut, and when he grabs his guitar and sings, he brings his own irreverent style to both classic and original songs.
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7:00 PM Evening Show (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
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The opening set from Michael Mullen's Trio Of One will be Hard Driving Live Looped Celtic Acoustic Rock. Never pre-recorded, always immediate and created fresh, the masterful Michael Mullen makes live looping an art form.
Says Michael:
"If you haven't seen me perform my live looping act, The Trio Of One—perhaps you live too far away to make it to any of my shows—this might be your best chance to see what I do."

With 17 albums & 2,500 gigs, world-famous Tempest needs no introduction — close out your Saint Patrick's Day fun while grooving to Celtic Rock with flavors of Scandinavia, India, Africa & Arabic Nations.

Lief says:
"We are delighted to announce our new line-up for 2019-- please join us in welcoming the big, rich bass playing talent of Mirco Melone, straight from Bologna, Italy, and on blistering lead guitar we now have Kevin Florian -- recently arrived from Chicago - and man, these guys rock! Buckle up, 'cuz it's gonna be a wild ride"

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.

The pipes are calling, and the tribal clans will gather once again on Saturday, April 6 2019 for the annual Tartan Day Scottish Fair at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont.

Sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District and the East Bay Scottish Association, Tartan Day at Ardenwood is always a colorful and enjoyable event for the whole family, whether you’re Scottish or not.

Throw on your kilt and celebrate Tartan Day with music, Scottish dancing, bagpipes, handmade crafts, historical re-enactments, and Highland athletics. Local Scottish clans and societies will share their rich culture and colorful heritage. Children can find magic and fantasy in the Children's Glen and might just see a fairy or dragon. Food and libations will tempt - enjoy a meat pie or other Scottish treat.

For Information call: (510) 544-2797 Free parking. Fees: $12/adults, $8/seniors (62 ), $6/children (4-17 yrs.), 3 yrs. & under free. Advance tickets are available online: (888) 327-2757, option 2. Advance tickets will be mailed within 2 business days of purchase and the same day entrance fees are the same as the advance tickets prices. Pre-sale tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are also available for purchase at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

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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!

Community Music School of Santa Cruz presents a week-long camp through June 22 where teens (12-18 yrs) learn and perform the folk  music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and more. For players  proficient on fiddle, flute, penny whistle, recorder, oboe, harp,  guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, accordion, keyboards, percussion, Irish  tenor banjo, or cello. Other activities include dancing, singing, crafts, campfire, and bamboo flute making. $795 includes all meals and board.  https://www.communitymusicschool.org/redwood-music-teen-camp4/

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 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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