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Friday, 2018-08-17
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


• AmeriCeltic co-founder Celia Fábos-Becker offers a description of America’s Dark Age where writing and recordkeeping were in decline. (See Below)
Celia also alerts us to the apparent demise of the award-winning family history online resource Rootsweb. (See Below)


• THIS Weekend Saturday, August 18th & Sunday August 19th, the legendary Culann’s Hounds return to the 28th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, with special guest Renée de la Prade. This appearance will be followed by three more shows: Friday, August 24th at the Plough and Stars in SF, Thursday, August 30th with The Gentlemen Soldiers at The Big Easy in Petaluma and Friday, September 14th at The Poet and Patriot in Santa Cruz. (See Below)
• On Saturday, August 18th, 10:00 AM, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents another installment of their annual Festival Of The Sea with dozens of free musical and maritime attractions, in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Saturday August 18th from 9:30 AM-5:00 PM Redwood Dulcimer Day at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aptos. (See Below)
• On Wednesday, August 22, at 8:30 PM, Fab Folk band Moonshine Jelly will be playing at Bar Fluxus, in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Thursday, August 23rd, 8:00 PM, Ashkenaz hosts a second bi-monthly Pan-Celtic Ceilidh dance in Berkeley. (See Below)
• On Saturday and Sunday, August 25th – 26th the NEW Midsummers Fairytale Celtic Renaissance Fair happens at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. (See Below)
• On Saturday, August 25th, 8:00 PM Julie Henigan gives a concert in San Anselmo, and then on Sunday, August 26th, 1:30-4:30 PM Julie presents her Traditional Irish Song Workshop hosted by Ellen Auriti at a private home in Berkeley. (See Below)
Tuesday, August 28th 6:30 PM brings another Santa Cruz County Chantey Sing at the Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn, in Davenport. (See Below)
• On Thursday, August 30th at 7:00 PM its Hardly Strictly Trad./Jazz featuring Jon Rubin and David Boyden at the Redwood City Public Library in Redwood City. (See Below)
• Also on Thursday, August 30th at 7:30 PM, Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen / Rupert Wates present a folk singer songwriter double bill at The Monkey House in Berkeley. (See Below)
• Beginning on Friday, August 31st and throughout this Fall, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation of Danville, CA will celebrate Americas most famous Playwright, Eugene O’Neill, at both the Village Theatre in Danville, CA and St. Michael’s Theatre in New Ross, Ireland offering their inaugural One Festival, Two Countries series of Eugene O’Neill plays, films and performances. (See Below)
• Friday, August 31st at 8:00 PM, Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School presents their 35th Annual Fall Concert in Santa Cruz. (See Below)
• On Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 1st & Sunday, September 2nd, from 9AM to 6:30PM, its the 153nd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, in Pleasanton, and AmeriCeltic has EXTENSIVE COVERAGE! (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 8th, at 6:00 PM, Celtic Music Media Man Steve Behrens is celebrating 67 Music‘s 10th Anniversary with a blow-out Hooley in the Brewery and you’re invited to Oregon City, OR. (See Below)
• Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band Wake the Dead is releasing dates for their Fall Tour, beginning with Saturday, September 8th, 8:00 PM at a new venue, Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. (See Below)
• On Monday, September 10th at 8:00 PM, Folksong Sensei Shay Black will be celebrating One Thousand Songs at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Saturday, September 15th, 7:30 PM, The Fire Scottish Band will bring their much anticipated new album, Radiance to Auburn House Concerts in Auburn, and on Sunday, September 16th, at 3:00 PM in Modesto, followed shows at the NorCal Renaissance Fair in Hollister. (See Below)
• On Sunday, September 16th at 12:00 noon, The United Irish Societies of San Francisco sponsors another annual, moving, wreath laying ceremony at the stature of Irish Patriot Robert Emmet in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Sunday, September 16th, at 7:30 PM, Keyboardist Eamonn Flynn will join vocalist Celia Ramsay for a House Concert in Berkeley. (See Below)
• Beginning Thursday, September 20th, acclaimed new quintet Connla begins a ten day tour of Northern California with a 7:00 PM show at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, culminating with shows at the KVMR Festival September 29th – 30th in Grass Valley. (See Below)
• Beginning Saturday, September 22nd from 2:00 To 4:00PM Celia Ramsay and Libby McLaren offer another round of Harmony Singing Workshops in North Berkeley. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, September 25th 6:30 PM, through — Thursday, September, 27th, 7:00 PM, the Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly bring their summer co-headlining tour to three cities in California. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, September 25th 2018, 7:30PM, the Celtic Society of Monterey Bay sponsors a concert by One For The Foxes, at Michael’s On Main in Soquel. (See Website).

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The Duke is the most Authentic British Pub on the West Coast! In their New Video, Publicans Stan and Carlos answer the many recent rumors about The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant. Yes, we are moving. (See Below)
The Plough and Stars, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)

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Awakening Preacher
Awakening Preacher

America’s Dark Age (1783 to 1850)

When Record Keeping Broke Down in the Appalachians and West

By Cecilia Fábos-Becker – Published 2018-08-17

I, and most researchers in the field of family history, have always encountered great difficulty in researching one particular 40 + year period and area of the Early United States: those new states, as well as parts of existing states, settled after 1783 – 1823, and even up to 1850 or a bit later. After considerable reflection, it seems appropriate to write this article, in an attempt to explain why family history research for this period and area is so hard to accomplish.

The American Dark Age

These Americans created their own ‘Dark Age’, not much less uncivilized and barbaric than its namesake, the so called ‘Dark Ages’ of Western Europe.

The Western European ‘Dark Ages’ refer to the period after the Western Roman Empire collapsed, and before Christianity and powerful, organized nations redeveloped (beginning in the period of the Italian Renaissance). In renouncing civilization, science, mathematics and and literacy to begin their own ‘Dark Age, these Early American people made a choice more deliberate than what the non-Roman West Europeans made 16 centuries ago. This period, 1783-1823, is when there were few towns in the vast new areas of the U.S., and with fewer towns, fewer churches, and few if any schools.  Literacy became almost non-existent. It also meant there were fewer books, including Bibles, in households and no writing instruments to keep any records among families. Yet, after the Revolution, the human population boomed as these new increasingly illiterate Americans spread out westwards.

Here is why and how this ‘Dark Age,’ happened. At the end of the American Revolution in 1783, England dominated the United Kingdom in every way: in parliament, in language, manners, religion, social and economic structures. England had deliberately tried to keep North America economically dependent by prohibiting manufacturing, limiting free trade and financing extraction, exploitation and export to the UK of natural resources. England also controlled religion, deciding not just what religions would be allowed and where, but the social and governmental structures within religion. English overlords insisted that ministers, in all religions that had ministers, be educated. Since education was not free, this meant religious authority was vested in the socio-economic elites. When America revolted against England, many Americans were not just revolting against English government, and its treatment of Americans as second class citizens with fewer political and civil rights, but against everything Americans believed was connected with England that restricted ordinary American lives. With our newly won Independence, everything that was thought to be related to England was repudiated–except for English, the spoken language.

The only reason spoken English lasted, is because it was the common language of all 13 colonies and so could be mutually understood by all 13 (the alternative being a three way civil war over Gaelic, German and English). English had been the language of business, trade and government and we intended to retain and develop business, trade and local government. We wanted the new states’ governments to be able to work together in a federation and otherwise communicate without difficulties. English had also been made the dominant language even among all the Celtic peoples in the UK for at least two centuries before the Revolution. This repudiation of things seen as ‘too English’ lasted until well AFTER the War of 1812, which had been perceived by many as an attempt by England to reconquer the 13 American colonies. The problem with this anti-England fervor was that almost all religion, manners, civility, education, organization and record keeping (taxes are associated with records, after all), were seen as ‘too English.’

But for AmeriCeltic readers, the main reason to be aware of the 40 year American Dark Age happening mostly west of the Appalachians, is that these people were predominantly the Scots-Irish, including recent immigrants from Scotland and Ireland, along with a few English and Germans.

The Great Awakening and Anti-England Fervor

These U.S. ‘Dark Ages,’ had roots in the euphemistically named ‘Great Awakening’. According to most scholars of the subject, there were four stages in the Great Awakening. The two that had the greatest impact on the U.S. were the first (roughly 1740-1770), and the second (roughly 1783-1825).

Read More…



Culann’s Hounds with Renée de la Prade

Culann’s Hounds with Renée de la Prade

This August, Celtic Rockers Culann’s Hounds return with Renée de la Prade fresh off the boat from GERMANY!

Fierce like their namesake, Cu Chulainn, Culann’s Hounds have built a reputation for stage shows filled with high-energy and a ruthless dedication to rocking their audiences. Folk melodies, sensibilities, and stories permeate their music with original in Ireland, France and early America. This mash-up of tradition and energy is at once thought provoking, accessible and infectious. The Hounds original material is a mirror of their lives, tales of distant lands, love, elation and loss.

Steve Gardner brings his virtuosic violin style uncut. With seeming effortlessness he plays Irish traditional music, Cajun, country and rock pairing with the accordion at breakneck speed. Steve also grabs the guitar and sings his irreverent brand of classic and original songs.

Mike Kelleher sings from the gut, giving his own songs and those of centuries past a particular urgency. A key to The Hounds’ tireless rhythm, Mike’s guitar playing cuts to the core of song, strongly framing the vocals and the traditional melodies.

Renée de la Prada is a show within the show. Her ability to rip melodies in unison with Steve, sing in different patios’ in English and French, dance, and deliver her own songs with remarkable emotional depth leaves audiences stunned and enthralled.

Longtime Bassist Dan Duffin and a short list of regulars join the Hounds as the performance demands.

When The Hounds play, they take more than just the stage. They take control and make you love them. Give in to screamingly high energy, dance with wild abandon, and connect to music of the people made on real instruments in front of your eyes.

Culann’s Hounds Videos | Culann’s Hounds Website.

Cotati Accordion Fest

28th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival
August 18th & 19th 9:30 AM — 8:00 PM
La Plaza Park, Old Redwood Highway & W. Sierra Ave., Cotati, CA

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, there are plenty of those darn accordions at the Cotati Accordion Festival. The two main stages feature a cast of rotating acts who play 30- to 45-minute sets, including musical styles range from traditional Tex-Mex to whacky Rock-pop-San Francisco-mischief music, for 2 days of family-friendly wholesome fun! Click for the full list of performers:

Here is a rare, old video as Culann’s Hounds launch their set at the 2006 Cotati Accordion Festival:

If you like to dance there is a separate tent that features polka and zydeco music. In the adjoining club, Friar Tuck’s, there is zydeco dancing both days from 1:00 to 5:00 and zydeco in the polka tent from 5:00 to 6:30. Don’t forget to bring your accordions to the Accordion Jam Tent which is growing each year.

Cruise the vendor displays. There are 100’s of accordions for sale, music books and related merchandise. The vendors also include everything from arts and crafts to food, beer and wine.

Tickets are available online: or at the gate.

Cotati Accordion Festival (the 2018 festival will be the 28th annual) returns under the shade trees of La Plaza Park in Cotati. If you plan to stay for the whole day, bring your own comfortable, short-backed folding lawn chair. A shuttle will be provided from Park and Ride at the corner of Highway 116 and Old Redwood Highway on St. Joseph Way. Handicap parking is available at 102-104 W. Cotati Ave. (kitty-corner from the Korean Baptist Church) and in front of the Korean Baptist Church at 81 West Cotati Ave. Annual attendance reaches 2,000-3,000 a day.

Cotati Accordion Festival | | P.O. Box 809, Cotati, CA 94931 | Phone 707-664-0444 | Fax 707-585-2920

More Shows:
Culann’s Hounds have several more shows for you while special guest Renée de la Prade is with us, so bring your dancin’ shoes, and a thirst for a pint-or-three and imbibe in this rare blend Celtic madness!

• Friday, August 24th 9:00 PM, The Hounds, $8, The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement St, San Francisco, CA, Details
• Thursday, August 30th 8:00 PM, The Hounds and The Gentlemen Soldiers, The Big Easy, 128 American Alley, Petaluma, CA, Details
• Friday, September 14th 9:00 PM, The Hounds, Free, The Poet and Patriot, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, CA, Details

Festival Of The Sea


Festival Of The Sea

Saturday, August 18, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Hyde Street Pier, 499 Jefferson St., San Francisco

Festival of the Sea music schedule

Forepier Stage
10:30-10:55 Patrick Landeza
11:00-11:25 Julie Henigan
11:30-11:55 Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianowicz
12:00-12:25 Dan and Bonnie Milner
12:30-12:55 Felim Egan, Tim Hill and Richard Mandel
1:00-1:25 Ron and Natalie Daise
1:30-1:55 Dogwatch Nautical Band
2:00-2:25 Brass Farthing
2:30-2:55 Adrianna Ciccone and Colin Cotter
3:00-3:25 Amelia Hogan
3:30-3:55 Bill Dempsey

Midpier Stage
12:00-12:30 Adrianna Ciccone and Colin Cotter
12:45-1:15 Brass Farthing
1:30-2:00 Patrick Landeza
2:15-2:45 American Center of Philippine Arts
Rondalla and Percussion Ensemble
3:00-3:30 Ron and Natalie Daise
3:45-4:15 Dave and Anni Fentiman
4:30-5:15 Finale, all hands

11:00-12:20 Songs from the Starry Plough: /
Amelia Hogan / Lewis Santer / Laurel North / Jim Nelson /
Kate Brubeck / Erin Ruth Thompson / Cathy Chilcott
12:30-1:20 Forebitters and Contemporary Songs:
Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman / Richard Adrianowicz /
Bill Dempsey / Steve Canright
1:30-2:40 Irish Traditions: Shay Black /Julie Henigan /
Dan and Bonnie Milner / Felim Egan, Tim Hill and Richard Mandel /
Amelia Hogan / Susan Walsh
2:45-3:15 Dogwatch Nautical Band

Finding yourself, like Ishmael, with little or no money in your purse and growing grim about the mouth?

Then perhaps it’s time to experience San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s free Festival of the Sea. Enjoying live, traditional music; exploring boats large and small; watching historic riggers splice and worm; and making fun, maritime crafts with your younger crew members might be the perfect park prescription for 21st century overload.

Family-friendly activities will include: knot tying; rigging, caulking, steam bending, and rope-making demonstrations; a small boat launch; sail raising; living history performers; kids craft stations; and, as ever, lots of music from two outdoor stages and aboard Balclutha and Eureka.

This year’s Festival welcomes renowned performers from across the country, representing the natural diversity of America’s rich maritime heritage. Ron and Natalie Daise will perform Gullah songs and stories from the South Carolina Sea Islands. Slack-key guitar master Patrick Landeza will offer a set of Hawaiian songs. The American Center of Philippine Arts Rondalla and Percussion Ensemble will perform Philippine heritage music. Shay Black (the eldest member of Ireland’s ‘first family of song’) will lead a seven-singers tribute to 22 years of singing at Berkeley’s Starry Plough Irish pub’s Sunday night sessions, with Kate Brubeck, Cathy Chilcott, Amelia Hogan, Jim Nelson, Laurel North, Lewis Santer, and Erin Ruth Thompson. Other festival favorites (and future favorites) include: Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman (crossing the pond from England), Julie Henigan (trekking from Missouri), Bill Dempsey (following the coast up from San Diego), Adrianna Ciccone and Colin Cotter, Felim Egan, Tim Hill and Richard Mandel, Dogwatch Nautical Band, Brass Farthing, Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianowicz, and Steve Canright.

Here is a long video from 2016’s closing chantey sing.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District.

All events and entry to ships FREE that day!
No reservations or advance ticketing.

For more information:
Check the Facebook Event.
Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS
Call 415-447-5000
Mark Neuweld


Redwood Dulcimer Day
Redwood Dulcimer Day

Redwood Dulcimer Day in Aptos

Saturday August 18th: Workshops from 9:30 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday August 19th 10:00 AM: Episcopal Service and Concert

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Drive, Aptos

Tuition: $75 (advance), or $80 (at the door)
includes workshops, lunch, and matinee concert by Jessica Comeau.

Register online

This event offers beginning to advanced music workshops on playing the mountain dulcimer, a magical sounding instrument that anyone can learn to play and some have taken to lofty heights. Even if you are a complete beginner and do not own a dulcimer, come anyway. We will lend you an instrument and provide beginning level instruction to get you started. And if you already play, come prepared to make musical leaps. Redwood Dulcimer Day offers a low-pressure, low stress environment where everyone can relax and have fun playing and learning about the mountain dulcimer and just making music.

Featuring special guest artist Jessica Comeau. Also teaching will be locals Neal Hellman, Janet Herman, Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, and Laura Devine. Children’s program with Shelley Phillips.

Loaner dulcimers are available – let us know in advance if you need one…
Got an extra dulcimer you wouldn’t mind loaning to a novice for the day? Bring it along!
You may also like to bring a music stand, note-taking supplies, and extra picks, but we will have extras of all these things too.
Free stringing, tuning and small repairs available as well.

$75 (advance), or $80 (at the door)

2018 Schedule:
Saturday August 18th: Workshops from 9:30am-5:00pm, with breaks at noon and 3 for performances and song circle.
Sunday August 19th: We have an opportunity to play for the 10 AM Episcopalian service at our venue (rehearsal at 9:30).

Young Persons Program
We will be making and decorating our own cardboard dulcimers and learning to play a bit. Class size limited – you must RSVP to (sorry, no drop-ins). Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Other information
Light lunch provided, or enjoy the local restaurants.


Moonshine Jelly

Moonshine Jelly @ Bar Fluxus

Wednesday, August 22 at 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM | Hardcore Folk in 5 Languages

Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place, San Francisco

Fab Folk band Moonshine Jelly adds contemporary context to old folk songs of Ireland and the British Isles, Eastern Europe and the Americas. Check out and buy a copy of their Newly Released Second Album, High Tide on Bandcamp here:

Moonshine Jelly is:

Lee White, vocals, fiddle, guitar,
Kent Kessinger, guitar, banjo, vocals

Suggested Donation: $5-$10

Here is a link to their YouTube playlist: Moonshine Jelly on YouTube.

If you love Gaelic music, Eastern European, Americana, early Jazz music or Blues, Moonshine Jelly performs them all with a riveting mix of traditional music, that also inspires their original songs. With their intimate voices, unpredictable harmonies and performance intensity, this group is not only reviving but transforming traditional musics of the world.

More details on the Facebook event,, or the website,

For more on Bar Fluxus, check or call (415) 421-1894.


Ashkenaz Dance
Pan-Celtic Dance at Ashkenaz

Pan-Celtic Ceili Dance plus Dance Lesson

Thursday, August 23rd, 8:00 PM

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

Ashkenaz is proud to host the second of our bi-monthly Pan-Celtic dances! Called a Ceili (Irish) or a Ceilidh (Scottish) they feature of music, dance, and storytelling in Celtic traditions.

This August event will include Scottish traditions with host and caller Alan Kline, and an an Energetic and Versatile band lead by Jim Oakden.

Tickets $8 advance/$10 day of show on Eventbrite.

In Ashkenaz’s inclusive tradition, this second event will combine easy dances everyone can do in many styles including Irish Ceili, Scottish Ceilidh, Contra, English County Dance, as well as Waltzes & other couple dances.

More details on the Facebook Event or email Brandi Brandes



Midsummers Fairytale Celtic Renaissance Fair

Saturday and Sunday, August 25th – 26th 2018

Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St, Plymouth, CA

Shows, Food and Activities

Jousting Show – The Imperial Knights
Pirates, Mermaids, and Fantasy Galore
The buccaneers of Under the Black Flag
with their EPIC pirate ship and sword fighting shows
Jousting Show – The Imperial Knights
Archery: The Twilight Knights
Awesome Stage Shows: Pirates & Falconry
World Dance Stage: Irish dancing to Bellydancing
Great food – Giant Turkey legs, Celtic Truck, BBQ

All day Saturday and Sunday there will be Jousting, Combat, Swordsmanship, Mermaids, Bands, Pirates, Living History Guilds, and a whole lot of fun! There will be music throughout the fair.

Advance Tickets – Buy early and SAVE some MONEY!

Full Details at


Julie Henigan
Julie Henigan

Julie Henigan House Concert

Saturday, August 25th, 8:00 PM

Private Residence in San Anselmo

Tree House Concerts is delighted to present Julie Henigan, a wonderful singer and instrumentalist from the Missouri Ozarks, an area noted for its rich musical traditions.

A $20 donation is requested at the door ($15 for those with restricted incomes). Please contact to make reservations; you will be given the address and parking instructions with your RSVP.

Here is a sample video: Adieu My Lovely Nancy ~ Julie Henigan.

Known for her unerring command of the distinct though related idioms of southern American and traditional Irish music, she has conducted extensive fieldwork in Ireland, interviewing and recording some of the best traditional singers of past two generations, including Neilí Ní Dhomhniall, Aodh Ó Duibheannaigh, Paddy Tunney, Packie Manus Byrne, Jose Sheáin Jack, Éilís Ní Shúilleabháin, and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. A skillful and versatile singer, Julie performs songs in English and Irish Gaelic, specializing in the songs of County Donegal, where she learned to speak the Irish language.  According to Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, ‘I know Julie from years ago, when I was living in Donegal. She used to come to collect songs. She’s a fantastic Gaelic speaker. She’s like one of the locals. She’s like a reflection of the old music in America. I can see where the Irish and Scottish influences are in traditional American music. When she sings, she has the nuances of our older singers.’

Julie’s performances have been characterized as ‘mesmerizing’ and her vocals as ‘stunning.’ She has toured in Europe and North America, has shared the stage with musicians as varied as Tom Paley and Johnny Moynihan, and has opened for such luminaries of Irish music as Altan, Mick Hanly, and Craobh Rua. Author of a popular Mel Bay book/CD on DADGAD fingerstyle guitar, she also has a highly lauded CD on the Waterbug label entitled American Stranger and appears on the compilation CD Sean-nós Cois Locha, an anthology of songs performed at the Sean-Nós Milwaukee festival. With a Master’s in Folklore and Ph.D. in English/Irish Studies, Julie has lectured on Irish song for many Irish cultural groups and organizations, including Irish-language college Oideas Gael in Donegal and the prestigious Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. Her most recent publication on the Irish song tradition is Literacy and Orality in Eighteenth-Century Irish Song (Routledge, 2013).

Check out her Facebook Page

Julie Henigan
Julie Henigan

Julie Henigan’s Traditional Irish Song Workshop

Sunday, August 26th, 1:30-4:30 PM

Private Residence in Berkeley

Ellen Auriti writes


There are a few spots left for Julie Henigan’s Traditional Irish Song Workshop, described below, which is being held at a private home in Berkeley on Sunday, August 26, from 1:30 – 4:30pm.  Julie is in town to perform at the Festival of the Sea being held at Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco the previous weekend. The 3-hour workshop on August 26 will focus on Irish song — history and singing.  The cost is $30 (or $15 for students and low-income folks).  If you are interested, please RSVP to Ellen Auriti at  Address and directions will be sent to those attending.

FYI, here’s a link to Julie’s 1997 album American Stranger, in case you aren’t familiar with her singing:



The Irish song tradition, which, as we currently know it, extends back to the late seventeenth century, is a rich and varied one, featuring a variety of genres, styles, and linguistic features. In this workshop, Julie Henigan will discuss the history of this tradition in both Irish Gaelic and English and (using recordings, slides, and live performance) will illustrate a variety of its genres, from laments to songs of love and courtship, to ballads of emigration and parting and the flowery effusions of the ‘hedge schoolmaster‘ poets. Along with the songs themselves, she will also describe the rich historical and social contexts from which they sprang, as well as the styles and communities in which they are still sung to this day. She will also teach several songs in Irish (and/or English, according to interest). Song lyrics will be provided.

Please RSVP to Ellen Auriti at if you are planning to attend and for directions to her house.  The cost of the workshop is $30 ($15 suggested donation for students and low-income).


Aaron Clegg and ‘Salty’ Walt Askew

Chantey Sing in Davenport

Tuesday, August 28th, at 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn, 1 Davenport Avenue, Davenport

Man-up and sing! It’s another chantey sing at the Roadhouse in Davenport, this month co-hosted by San Francisco seafarer Salty Walt Askew, former resident of the Mystic Seaport, and regular local boy Aaron Clegg. Admission is free. Invite your friends. Invite your family. Kids are welcome.

More on the Facebook Event.

Sea Chanteys intentionally have singalong choruses that are easy to learn on the fly – and you’ll have even more fun if you can lead one yourself. No singing experience is necessary.

Arrive early to enjoy some delicious tacos and micro-brew on tap, because Tuesdays are also Taco Nights at the Davenport Roadhouse.

If you’re not sure what qualifies as a sea chantey, or where to find the lyrics and a recording for learning one, or if you’d like to be put on an e-mail list for reminders and updates about this recurring monthly event, contact Aaron J. Clegg at


Jon Rubin & David Boyden

Hardly Strictly Trad./Jazz

Jon Rubin and David Boyden | Thursday, August 30 at 7 PM

Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA

Redwood City Public Library presents “one of my favorite Celtic genre-bending local artists” as the acoustic fingerstyle guitar of Jon Rubin joins with the improvisational violin of David Boyden in the instrumental folk/blues/celtic/jazz duo, Hardly Strictly Trad.

Free show, all ages.

Jon may be familiar to AmeriCeltic followers for his past work with sopranos Adrianna Ciccone, Aine Brolly and Erica Hockett (Erica and Friends). This Instrumental Acoustic Duo of fingerstyle guitar and violin, performs original compositions and stylized arrangements of standards, Traditional and pop tunes. An eclectic repertoire spans Burt Bacharach to Rickie Lee Jones, Herb Alpert to Joni Mitchell — all infused with folk/blues/celtic/jazz guitar sounds and improvisational violin riffs. Not straight-ahead jazz, but “a jazz-like approach to the small ensemble re-imagined on ten strings“.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library Hosted in the Downtown Library Fireplace Room.

More Details –
Facebook Event | Facebook Page |


Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen with Rupert Wates

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen / Rupert Wates

Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 PM

The Monkey House, 1638 University Ave., Berkeley

It’s a songwriter serenade at the Monkey House in Berkeley featuring Canadian-American duo Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen and London born, US based songwriter Rupert Wates!

Sliding scale donation of $10-20 is requested per person.
To reserve a seat, send an email to

Artists will have CDs and merchandise for sale, so bring a bit extra!

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen: ‘Prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart,’ Canadian-American duo Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen combine emotive, soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, and unique vocal chemistry for a ‘…match made in heaven.’ Now based in Northern California, their third album was top ten on the Canadian Roots charts in 2016. They have toured North America extensively, made their European debut in 2017, and will be releasing their fourth duo album in 2018.

“…beautiful rapport… judicious violin…Frechette and Thomsen maintain absolute harmony while jumping from genre to genre… fascinating undertones and range… phenomenal guitar playing… prodigious players (with) songwriting that sets them apart…” Penguins Eggs Magazine.

Check out a few videos here: | and there are more on the website here:

Rupert Wates: Born in London, Rupert Wates signed an exclusive publishing deal with Eaton Music in the late 1990’s and has been a full-time songwriter ever since. He moved to the USA in Fall 2006. Since 2007 he has won over 40 songwriting awards. He has released eight full-length CDs. Each has received outstandingly good reviews, and has been played regularly by radio stations in the USA, Canada, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Israel and Australia. He averages 120 live shows per year in every state in America, in Canada and in Europe. Everyone who hears him responds to his brand of acoustic, melodic art/folk: haunting songs that ring true.

Check out a few videos here: | and there are more on the website here:

The Monkey House is a BYOB space and the house will supply light snacks and cups.

More on the venue:
or email


Eugene O’Neill and Carlotta Monterey
at home in Danville, CA

Eugene O’Neill Festivals

Twinned Festivals in Danville, CA and New Ross, Ireland

America’s Greatest Playwright a Proud Irish-American

Eugene O’Neill Féile
One Festival, Two Countries

Danville, CA:
• The 19th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival Click for Details

– August 31 and September 1–2, 7–9, 14–16, All My Sons by Arthur Miller, Village Theater, 233 Front Street, Danville, CA. Click for Tickets

– September 21–23, 27–30, Hughie by Eugene O’Neill, @ The Old Barn, Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, Danville. Click for Tickets

• September 20, 8:00 pm, Turlough O’Carolan Concert performed by Melanie O’Reilly and David Creevy, Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville, CA. Click for Tickets

New Ross, Ireland:
• October 11–14, Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre, St. Michael’s Theatre. Click for Details | Click for Tickets.

Eugene O’Neill is by any objective measure America’s greatest playwright. He is the only one to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the only one to receive as many as four Pulitzer Prizes.

Though O’Neill died 65 years ago his plays remain among the hottest tickets on Broadway. This year’s production of The Iceman Cometh starring Denzel Washington was nominated for 8 Tony Awards.

Eugene O’Neill was deeply proud of his Irish heritage. He famously said, ‘The one thing that explains more than anything about me is the fact that I’m Irish.’

And Ireland is proud of O’Neill. Last year Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland and an O’Neill buff, was the banquet speaker at the Eugene O’Neill Society International Conference at the National University of Ireland, Galway. At the dinner Jessica Lange and Gabriel Bryne were honorees for their transcendent performances in the 2016 Broadway production of O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night.

This fall O’Neill will be celebrated with festivals of his plays in Danville, California, and New Ross, Ireland.

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Tao House
O’Neill Foundation Tao House in Danville

Eugene O’Neill Theater Festival in Danville

This September Eugene O’Neill, America’s greatest playwright and a proud Irish-American, will be celebrated at a theater festival in Danville, California.

Why an O’Neill festival in Danville? O’Neill lived in Danville when he wrote his greatest plays, including Long Day’s Journey into Night. His home is now the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site:

The Danville festival will feature two plays, an Irish music concert, and associated events.

All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Hughie by Eugene O’Neill
Turlough O’Carolan: Ireland’s National Composer in Music and Song featuring David Creevy, classical guitarist/composer and Melanie O’Reilly, singer/composer, both of County Wexford.

Get full details and tickets for the Danville festival here:

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New Ross Town
New Ross on the River Barrow

The Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross, Ireland
Why an O’Neill festival in New Ross? James O’Neill, Eugene’s father, lived with his parents and seven siblings in nearby Tinneranny. In 1847, the O’Neills emigrated from the Port of New Ross. James, then five years old, rose from desperate poverty to become one of the most famous actors in America. The New Ross Eugene O’Neill Festival events happen on October 11–14, and feature four plays and a film:

Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill
The S.S. Glencairn Cycle by Eugene O’Neill
My Real Life by Eoin Colfer
Hughie by Eugene O’Neill
The Count of Monte Cristo, starring James O’Neill

New Ross Festival Package:
While each evening will be devoted to theater, each day will be spent touring such sights as Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, Waterford Crystal, Kilkenny Castle, Smithwick’s Brewery, and the Ros Tapestry. Sean Reidy, co-chair of the New Ross festival and former CEO of the JFK Trust, has arranged a special tour of the Kennedy Homestead, the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy.

The Festival Package costs amazingly little–$800. This includes five nights at the four-star Brandon House hotel (bed, breakfast, and dinner), the festival events in the evening, and the day trips, including light lunches. ($100 single supplement)

New Ross Extended Tour Package:
Eugene O’Neill Foundation members will join festival-goers taking the optional extended tour. This tour will include two days exploring Kerry’s Wild Atlantic Way, including the Skellig Islands, the Ring of Kerry, and the Dingle Peninsula. The tour will conclude with a day in Dublin visiting Trinity College, the National Museum, the National Library, and the Parliament. The total cost of the Festival Package and the Extended Tour Package is $1,700. ($250 single supplement)

Get full New Ross details and make ticket reservations here:

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Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School Concert

35th Annual Santa Cruz VOM Concert

Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School

Friday, August 31st, at 8:00 PM | Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz

Indie Award-winning Scottish fiddler, ALASDAIR FRASER leads more than 180 enthusiastic musicians in a lively celebration of music, song and dance – the culmination of the week-long fiddle school held at Camp Campbell. Showcased in this year’s concert will be: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc ANDERS HALL, fiddle diva LAURA CORTESE, dancer NIC GAREISS, cellist NATALIE HAAS, vocalist MOIRA SMILEY, and pianist CALI McKASSON. Also appearing: Hanneke Cassel, Deby Benton Grosjean, Laura Risk, Janette Duncan, Colin Cotter, Adam Johansson, Valerie Thompson, Eric Wright, Duncan Wickel, Jens Linell, Galen Fraser, Jenna Moynihan.

Valley of the Moon video:

Available at, the Civic Box Office, or by phone (831) 420-5260.
Advance Sales: $25.50 Adults, $21.50 Students/Seniors, $14.50 Group Rate (10 or more, advance sales only) and Children 8 and under FREE.
Day of Show: $27.50 Adults, $23.50 Students/Seniors All ticket prices include Box Office fee

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Website Address:
A 501 (c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization: IRS #95-4063752 / CA Non-Profit #767798



153rd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

Labor Day Weekend, September 1st & 2nd, 9:00 AM to 6:30PM

What if you gave a party and EVERYBODY came?

Come join us for some Celtic Craic! Saturday September 2nd and Sunday September 3rd at the enormous Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco presents The 153nd Pleasanton Scottish Highland Games, two glorious days of fun and entertainment for the whole family from 9am to 6:30pm.

Advance tickets are available online, adults $20, youth/seniors $11, and military and ages 11 & under free
or call 1-800-713-3160

Click here to watch the official preview video

Whats On?
Click Here for a Complete Schedule


The Games will feature the best music and spoken word entertainers from Scotland and everywhere Scottish Culture thrives!

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, The Mountain

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
(Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
in the HBO series Game of Thrones)
will be on hand!

The Festival includes more than 30 pipe bands from the US and Canada, plus the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, to the 42nd U. S. Invitational Heavy Event Championship with professional and amateur athletes, and the Western U. S. Open Highland Dancing Championships. There are 7 stages of Traditional and Celtic Rock music, 2 stages of Scottish dancers, fiddlers, harpers, dancers and singing, and 5 large exhibition buildings with more than 100 vendors including, British food and drink the popular Whisky Tasting Pavilion and an Irish Pavillion (Bldg. Q) with Irish dancers and shopping.

Add to that the Living History area with Mary Queen of Scots and her entourage, highland warriors, an invading Roman Legion and fierce Vikings, the Gathering of the Clans providing historic information from nearly 100 clans and societies, Sheep Dog Trials, Children’s Glen, Birds of Prey, Semi-Pro Five-A-Side Soccer Tournament, Kilted Mile, Rugby and Shinty Tournaments, Highland Cattle, Clydesdale Team, Archery participation and an array of British motor cars and you have a full Labor Day weekends worth of entertainment.

For more, check, or call: 1-888-769-2345.

New Albums to release at The 153rd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games

New Album Hillside Avenue from Erica and Friends

Hillside Avenue from Erica and Friends

Erica and Friends is a Berkeley based folk and traditional band that you really should hear if you get the chance. Erica and Friends has a brand new album, Hillside Avenue, showcasing their distinctive, upbeat mix of jigs and reels, pub songs and ballads from around the British Isles and Ireland.

For Erica Hockett and Friends videos, just Click Here! For even more music, check their Soundcloud site, or
their Reverbnation site!

Erica Hockett — Vocals/Bodhrán Erica Hockett grew up in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, nestled in the English Cotswolds, home of Fairport Convention. Growing up singing in the local pubs, Erica came to love folk music from the British Isles and Ireland, especially the tales of woe and the history embedded in the old ballads. After a stint in Tokyo doing electronica and backing vocals in a rock band, Erica arrived in the Bay Area in 2002, and has since performed in many bands and genres including including, rock, pop, EDM and drum and bass. She is a member of several Bay Area bands including Hardly Strictly Trad with Jon Rubin, Ya Elah, an Eastern European vocals and harp group, classical early music group Fweeter, and MacClain and Cole. Erica met Anne Goess while performing in The California Revels vocal ensemble.

Anne Goess — Violin/Vocals/Tin Whistle Fiddler Anne Bingham Goess has played for many a ceili, English Country and contra dance in the Bay Area, with The Raggedy Annes and Raven Hill, among other bands. She has also arranged instrumental music for several theater productions, including Bloomsday and a commemoration of the Easter Rising. When she’s not fiddling, she’s singing with the Christmas Revels and directing the Revels Solstice Singers, a traditional music vocal ensemble that entertains year-round. For more on Anne, Click Here.

Troy Dillinger — Accordion/Vocals Troy Dillinger, tired of selling jeans in retail, took up the accordion and landed a job playing at the Macaroni Grill in Escondido, California. Troy then turned his sights to gypsy jazz and played with the illustrious quintet John Coffee & the Dark Roast. Most recently Troy has been studying the incorporation of piano accordion in traditional Irish music.

Chris Hammond — Guitar/Vocals Chris Hammond’s first musical love is Bluegrass and Appalachian music. He plays several acoustic guitars, including a beloved model made in the 1930s. and he loves to sing those high lonesome harmonies.

For more on Erica and Friends, check their Facebook Page here!

Moonshine Jelly High Tide
New Album High Tide from Moonshine Jelly

High Tide from Moonshine Jelly

Fab Folk band Moonshine Jelly adds contemporary context to old folk songs of Ireland and the British Isles, Eastern Europe and the Americas. Check out and buy a copy of their Newly Released Second Album, High Tide on Bandcamp here:

Here is a link to their YouTube playlist: Moonshine Jelly on YouTube.

If you love Gaelic music, Eastern European, Americana, early Jazz music or Blues, Moonshine Jelly performs them all with a riveting mix of traditional music, that also inspires their original songs. With their intimate voices, unpredictable harmonies and performance intensity, this group is not only reviving but transforming traditional musics of the world.

Lee Corbie-Wells — vocals, fiddle, guitar Lee has been playing violin since the age of 6.  Her father, a music teacher in San Francisco (Lee’s hometown), and her mother, a music teacher in the Oakland Public School district, taught her Celtic and American tunes by ear, fostering her love of folk music.  At the age of 11 she began formal training.  In addition to her instrumental studies, Lee sang first soprano in the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus for five years.  She started performing solo at Brava Theatre at the age of 14, but soon got heavily into Celtic roots music.  At age 18, Lee toured Southern Ireland with her first band, Drowsy Maggie, along with one of her former violin teachers, Alison Streich.  Since then, she has played in numerous Celtic and Americana bands and has also performed at military functions such as house-concerts at Airforce bases in Travis, CA and in Kuwait.  In her early adult years, Lee became passionate about learning Scottish Gaelic as well as other Celtic languages and became dedicated to learning songs from all different Celtic language traditions.  Although she primarily plays Celtic and North American fiddle music, Lee has taken her years of experience in Blues and folk improvisation and branched out into explorations of Jazz, Swing, Ragtime, and Latin genres.  Currently she plays fiddle and sings in a Scandinavian-Bluegrass-Contra band called Kaptain Bottletop.  She also teaches violin and guitar in the Bay Area.

Zina Pozen — piano accordian Zina is a familiar face in the Bay Area and Seattle Balkan music scene.  Originally from Ukraine, she grew up in a family of classical musicians, playing piano from a tender age.  As an adult, Zina picked up the accordion and started playing traditional Eastern European repertoire.  She is a founding member of Seattle’s infamous Bucharest Drinking Team.  Since moving to the Bay Area in 2015, Zina has been playing Klezmer with Orchestra Euphonos, Rembetika with Metanastys, and old Soviet songs at so many after-parties and impromptu jams.

Kent Kessinger — guitar, banjo, vocals Kent is from around Durham, North Carolina.  He used to be a cook. and he once grilled a medium rare filet mignon for Doc Watson.  He became interested in migration issues and made some films around the subject.  He is heavily influenced by the music of Doc Watson, Philipp Glass, Jose Gonzalez  and Rev. Gary Davis.

More details on the website,


Fairgrounds Map
2018 Scottish Highland Gathering and Games Map
(Click to Enlarge)

New at the 153rd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games
The Gathering of the Clans has moved!
How Clans and Societies should Register and Details

The Huge 153rd consecutive Scottish Highland Gathering and Games takes place in just 3 weeks, on Labor Day Weekend (September 1 – 2) 2018 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

As you can see by the green shaded area on the map, the Gathering of the Clans area has moved to the West end of the fairgrounds, into the old walnut orchard. The good news is these spaces will have shade from the walnut trees, similar to the Clans and Societies area at the Woodland Celtic Games and Festival. The uncertain news concerns the nearby restroom – is it large enough to be a baby changing station for clan convenors with tiny tots? If you have questions about this, or still need to purchase your space, or anything else related to the clan area, we’ve been told that you should send an email to the clans chairman, Kris Anderson, at, with URGENT in the subject line.

With only two weeks to go, Kris tells us that he’s swamped with preparations, (as is every other divisional chairman), so be patient for a response.

How to Deal with the Heat

At last year’s event, the thermometer hit 110° F on Saturday and 106° F on Sunday, and this year we should all be prepared for more of the same. With three weeks to go, the long range weather forecast predicts a 50-50 chance of ‘warmer than usual weather’. If the summer continues as it has, it might ‘only’ be 100° F, with a pall of smoke from our many California wildfires. Those of us with asthma, take all your meds and bring your inhaler(s) – you’ll need them. Here are some important suggestions from our experiences at last year’s event.

  1. Clan and Society tents should add inner ceiling tarps in their canopies. A 10’x10′ silverized inner ceiling tarp costs about $12 and functions very effectively, something like an attic, trapping the hot air coming from the thin canopy top and also blocking any remaining burning infrared rays from reaching you, your members and guests–. Bungee the silverized inner ceiling tarp to the lower portion of the pop-up ceiling’s frame. There are plenty of low-cost tarp retailers and you can order them on line.
  2. Add some extra white tarps on the canopy sides to block the radiation from the late afternoon sun, but don’t completely close off the corners – allow some gaps to provide some ventilation. Tents located at the corners of the row will need these in particular.
  3. Bring a BIG ice-and-water filled cooler. We don’t know if there are any water connections for hoses and misters. Buy some of those individual battery operated fans with misting water bottles and rotate them periodically with spares chilled those in your coolers. You’ll be extremely glad if you remember to bring several.
  4. A large cooler filled with ice is probably what literally saved Celia’s life on Sunday tear-down last year amidst the 106° F temperatures. As we took down the tent, the breeze had dropped and the temperature rose another four degrees, and Celia suffered heat exhaustion and possibly a mild stroke (a later MRI says there was one). Clan McLaughlin was at the ready with a large cooler filled with nothing but large and small bags of ice, wet towels, and bottles of ice water. They had Celia in a chair with cold wet towels and ice packs on head and neck, etc. in less than 15 seconds. The EMT’s were impressed! EVERY Clan and Society tent should have one of these! The EMT’s say the most dangerous time is the close of the festival when people are more tired and have already endured two days of heat and exertion. Toddlers and older folks (think 55 and over) are more vulnerable.
  5. In such extreme heat, one also looses minerals expecially salt and potasium as well as magnesium and calcium. To replace these, drinks with electrolytes like V8 juice, and snacks with vinegar like pickles, or a veggie tray with dip are among the most effective. It is also a good idea to pace yourself on carbohydrates like sugary and alcoholic drinks.


67 music's 10th
67 music 10th Anniversary Celebration!

67 Music Tenth Anniversary Celebration

Join us for a Hooley in the Brewery!
Saturday, September 8th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Feckin’ Irish Brewery Co., 415 S McLoughlin Blvd., Oregon City, OR

67 music celebrates it’s tenth year anniversary of Service to the Celtic Music Community this year, and so founder Steve Behrens, and Feckin’ Irish Brewing Co. invite you to join them and the Stout Pounders, Whelan’s Irish Pub, Horse Brass Pub, and StumpTown Kilts for rollicking Music, Beer, Food, Friends, Giveaways and Fun at Feckin’ Irish Brewing Co.

Musicians bring your instruments as there will be massive session to close the hooley! Feckin’ Brewing Brewmaster Mark is releasing a specially crafted beer, ’67Session Ale’, just for the occasion.

Full Details on Facebook at

Check out the Feckin Irish Brewing Co. on their website, or via email or call them at 503-305-5244.

Steve Behrens and his video camera

Steve says:

I’m Steve Behrens, owner of 67 Music, Celtic Music Media and Promotions and host of our web TV show The Celtic Music Journal.

Many of you are familiar with me and what we do. For those unfamiliar with us, please visit our website at and also our impressive YouTube channel, to see examples of all that we do.

But after 10 years of service, we are in desperate need of a newcomputer. a decade’s worth of still photos and hundreds of hours of video have taken their toll over the years. Our camera died last February and our computer is on it’s last legs now. We’re lucky they served us as long as they have.

We’re a visual medium in what we do, so this new equipment is vital to do our job promoting Celtic artists all over the world and informing & entertaining our audience with the best in Celtic music with interviews, video performances and of course, The Celtic Music Journal.

It is genuinely our passion to promote the artists and music they create and to share with our audiences. We wish to continue on with the quality entertainment, news and other media you’ve come to know and expect from 67 Music.

I hope you can help any way you can and I also ask that you share this GoFundMe campaign with all your friends and contacts. Thank you in advance.

Best Regards and Slainte,




Wake the Dead

Wake the Dead Fall Tour

World’s Only Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band

Keeping it Truckin’ for Deadheads and Celtoids alike

WAKE THE DEAD, the World’s Only Celtic All-Star Party Band, at first impressing the Dead themselves enough for them to release the début Wake the Dead CD on Grateful Dead/Arista Records, now extends their reach to embrace the entire Summer of Love.

First known for weaving jigs and reels into the songs of the Grateful Dead, this hot Bay Area acoustic sextet now Celtifies the entire Summer of Love including the Airplane, Youngbloods, Buffalo Springfield and even the Beatles.

Click Here for the Studio-Produced Videos of Wake the Dead!

Wake the Dead is Danny Carnahan (vocals, fiddle, octave mandolin), Sylvia Herold (vocals, guitar), Paul Kotapish (vocals, mandolin), Kevin Carr (uilleann pipes, fiddle), Cindy Browne (bass) and Brian Rice (exotic percussion).

Eighteen years of rocking acoustic joy and still going strong. Fans are guaranteed brand-new surprises at every show.

Wake the Dead Fall Tour

• Saturday, September 8th, 8:00 PM, Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael, Tickets

Danny says: “Phil and Jill Lesh have invited us to play at Terrapin Saturday, September 8th. Details below. This is a major event for us and a show you won’t want to miss, even if you have to drive a while to get there. So mark your calendars and we’ll be providing updates about this and all the other fall shows as we get ’em.”

• Sunday, October 28th, 8:00 PM, Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, Tickets

Danny says: “Details to come on this, our 17th annual Day of the Dead show at the Freight! Whatever could we possibly come up with to top last year? Well, come and find out!”

Full Details, updates and ticket links at


Shay Black, Folksong Sensei

Shay Black: Celebrating One Thousand Songs

Monday, September 10th at 8:00 PM

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley

Shay has been teaching a well-loved folk song repertoire class on Monday nights at the Freight for many years. Hundreds of singers attending his Expanding Your Folk Song Repertoire class have learned songs from the Irish, Scottish, English and American traditions, along with sea songs and more.

Tonight’s concert and singalong celebrates a remarkable milestone: the new class session, which starts the night of this event, will mark the one thousandth song taught by Shay at The Freight. To mark the occasion, Shay will be performing a full concert on-stage with some of his bandmates and special guests, as well as teaching several songs to the audience so that everyone can sing along and get a taste of what has kept Shay’s students coming back year after year.

Please join us for what promises to be a wonderful night of performance, singing and celebration.

Details on the Facebook Event.

Shay Black
As a duo with his brother Michael, both members of Ireland’s foremost family of song, The Black Family, Shay has been entertaining audiences for decades, showing a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus. Each show features many songs are narratives with stories, (here is a sample: interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes. Shay invariably has his audiences smiling broadly & joining in on the choruses (here is another sample:

Check out the facebook event:

Check out the venue:



The Fire Scottish Band

New Album Radiance!

9/15 Auburn | 9/16 Auburn | 9/29 Hollister

The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Traditional Scottish music trio, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky on fiddle, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge on whistle, bagpipes and bodhran, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki.

On August 14th, The Fire released their new 14 track album, Radiance. The collection of tunes on Radiance draws from a variety of Scottish fiddle manuscripts, bagpipe music collections, and the pen of all three band members. Over the last year The Fire has compiled, arranged, and recorded dozens of tunes which range from a scotch-measure published in the first collection of Scottish fiddle tunes in 1700, to a bagpipe anthem, to a medley of contemporary original tunes.

To celebrate the release of Radiance, The Fire will hold an Official CD Release Concert sponsored by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay on August 14th at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. The band will perform a full length concert open to the public and CDs will be available for sale.

Here is a short MP3 audio clip from the new Radiance album, The Meadow Court Lasses
For videos of The Fire, Click Here!

“A masterful blend of subtle fiddling and hard-driving piping” – Kithfolk Roots Music Magazine

“What a fantastic performance these performers give. Rebecca sparkles on the fiddle while David plays several types of bagpipe, flute, whistle and guitar and does it all with unreal energy and verve.” – Jack Baker, Irish American News

The Fire Northern California Tour

• Auburn, CA – Saturday, September 15th, 7:30 PM – Auburn House Concerts – Email Sharon.

• Modesto, CA – Sunday, September 16th, 3:00pm – Moon & Sixpence Music and Art House

• Hollister, CA – Saturday, September 29th, 6:00 PM – Celtic Concert Series, The Northern California Renaissance Faire.

More details on The Fire check their website:


Unveiling Emmet’s Statue in San Francisco

Robert Emmet Day Rememberance

Band Concourse, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Sunday, September 16th @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

One of four statues created by Jerome Connor in 1916, the figure of Robert Emmet stands outside the California Academy of Sciences building overlooking the Band Concourse in the Golden Gate Park. Donated to the Park by James D. Phelan, San Francisco mayor and son of Irish immigrants, the statue was unveiled by Eamon De Valera in July of 1919 while he was on a fundraising tour of the United States. Emmet served as an inspiration to the Irish republicans in the years leading up to 1916 uprising.

Each year the public is invited to attend a moving event as the United Irish Societies of San Francisco (UIS) lays a wreath at the foot of Robert Emmet’s statue at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., the Band Concourse in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This ceremony commemorates Emmet’s struggle for Irish independence and for the civil rights of disenfranchised Irish Catholics. The UIS remembers his heroism with Irish music, dance, and a recitation of his memorable Speech from Dock, which he delivered at his trial on the eve of his execution.

Excerpt from Robert Emmet’s Speech from the Dock:
Let no man write my epitaph: for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them. Let them and me repose in obscurity and peace, and my tomb remain uninscribed, until other times, and other men, can do justice to my character; when my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written. I have done.’

‘Robert Emmet is arguably the most popular and least understood Irish patriot of his generation. Far more significant within the leadership of the revolutionary United Irishmen than generally acknowledged, Emmet’s heroic legacy extended to the USA where he has been memorialized to an extent unmatched in his native country.’ —Ruan O’Donnell

Although they were both leaders of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, Robert Emmet came from a wealthy Anglo-Irish Protestant family unlike Huguenot Theobald Wolfe Tone. The Emmets sympathised with Irish Catholics general disenfrancisement, and especially their lack of fair representation in Parliament, as well as with the rebel colonists in the American Revolution. While Emmet’s efforts to rebel against British rule failed, his actions and his Speech from the Dock’ after his conviction, inspired his compatriots, and expecially the Irish Republicans in the years leading up to 1916 uprising.

To Read More about Robert Emmet, Click Here


Celia Ramsay and Eamonn Flynn

Celia Ramsay and Eamonn Flynn

Sunday, September 16th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Celia’s home in Berkeley

Eamonn Flynn will perform with Celia Ramsay in a private concert at Celia Ramsay‘s house. Grounded in their respective Irish and Scottish musical backgrounds, you’ll also be treated to Eamonn’s New Orleans/soul infused originals and Celia‘s wacky brand of original songwriting!

• Eamonn Flynn – Hammond Organ & Piano
• Celia Ramsay – Vocals
Tickets $20, available online at: .

Free wine and snacks after the show.

Reserve your seat now! Space is limited & we may have a waiting list or have to turn people away. If you reserve and then find you can’t attend, we will refund your money only if we can replace you.

Eamonn’s website:
Celia’s Website:

More Details Here.



Young Sensation Connla

Multi-Awarded Quintet from Northern Ireland

9/20 Berkeley | 9/21 Fort Bragg | 9/22 Point Reyes Station | 9/23 Forestville | 9/24 – 9/25 Point Arena | 9/26 – 9/28 San Jose | 9/29 – 9/30 Grass Valley

Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, Connla is Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles). Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News) Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene.

Since the release of their EP in April 2015, and album River Waiting in July 2016 they have received fantastic reviews at home and internationally, and they have just released The Next Chapter. They have already gathered a huge following in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA. Songlines magazine made Connla their ‘must see act’ for the tour of the UK and stated ‘A band this young shouldn’t be this good‘. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes, have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla.

Connla – Pilot Promotional Video
More Connla Videos:

Awards: ‘Vocal/Instrumental album of the year’ from Live Ireland ‘Livies’ Award 2017 ‘Vocal/Instrumental album of the year’ from Top TIR award – Irish Amercian 2017 Best of the year Awards ‘Best new sound’ from Chicago Irish American News 2016 Best New Group “The Livies” – Live Ireland Music Awards 2016 New Group of the Year – Chicago Irish American News 2016 | | @connlamusic

Northern California Tour

• Thursday, September 20th, 7:00 PM, Concert @ Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo, Berkeley, CA
• Friday, September 21th, 6:30 PM, Concert @ Fraternal Order of Eagles, 210 N Corry St, Fort Bragg, CA
• Saturday, September 22nd, 7:00 PM, Radio Show ‘Celtic Universe’ KWMR, 90.5 FM, Point Reyes Station, CA
• Sunday, September 23rd, 5 – 7pm, Concert @ Forestville United Methodist Church, 6550 Covey Rd, Forestville, CA
• Monday, September 24th, 7:00 PM, and Tuesday, September 25th, 7:00 PM Concert @ Wine Bar, 215 Main, Point Arena, CA
• Wednesday, September 26th, 3:00 PM & 10:00 PM, Workshop & Session, Cope-A-Cabana, 433 S. Henry Ave., San Jose, CA
• Thursday, September 27th, 7:00 AM, Streaming & Radio Show ‘New Wood’ @ KKUP, 91.5 FM, San Jose, CA
• Friday, September 28th, 4:00 PM, Streaming & Radio Show ‘Friday Folk Off’ @ KKUP, 91.5 FM, San Jose, CA
• Friday, September 28th, 7:00 PM, Concert @ Cope-A-Cabana, 433 S. Henry Ave., San Jose, CA
• Saturday, September 29th – Sunday, September 30th, KVMR Celtic Festival, Grass Valley, CA.



Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced
Harmony Singing Workshops

Saturdays, September 22nd, October 6th, & October 20th from 2:00 To 4:00PM

Three Harmony Workshops Registration Open!

Celia Ramsay and Libby McLaren are offering their song workshops again!

“I liked being face to face with you two teachers…singing together and switching roles from high to low, melody to harmony; I was not sure I could do that and was pleasantly surprised!”

Intro to Harmony – Saturday, September 22nd: Using simple rounds and songs, Libby and I help you become accustomed to singing something different than the others you’re singing with. This class is the first step to learning to sing harmony!
Intermediate Harmony – Saturday, October 6th: In this class, Libby and I will teach you one delicious song, which will act as the model for more detail on what is operating with harmony. This is a good choice if you have experience singing in a chorus, but haven’t sung for some years.
Advanced Harmony – Saturday, October 20th: The advanced workshop is for folks who are competent at singing harmony when it’s provided, but want to learn how to find their own harmonies – either on the fly, or by planning ahead, and how to rehearse harmonies with a band.

Time & Place: All are from 2:00 – 4:00pm in North Berkeley, and all cost $75 per person, per workshop.
Register with payment at:
These intimate workshops are for 8 – 12 people, and you get two full lifetimes of singing experience at your service!


Dropkick Murphys Flogging Molly Tour
Dropkick Murphys — Flogging Molly Tour

Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly

9/25 Sacramento | 9/26 Avila Beach | 9/27 San Francisco

Pour up some Irish whiskey and get ready to rock, because for the first time ever, Celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly have hit the road together for a co-headlining tour. After recently wrapping up their wildly popular European tour, they are currently touring together again, in the US, and from Tuesday, September 25th to Thursday, September 27th they will be in California.

More Details on their websites: |

Tour Dates:
• Tuesday, September 25th, 6:30 PM, CalExpo at Papa Murphy’s Park, Sacramento, CA, TICKETS
• Wednesday, September 26th, 5:00 PM, Avila Beach Resort, Avila Beach, CA, TICKETS
• Thursday, September 27, 7:00 PM, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St, San Francisco, CA, TICKETS


Celtic Society of Monterey Bay

The venerable Celtic Society of Monterey Bay has a 26 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.


• Tuesday, September 25th 2018, 7:30PM, One For The Foxes, give a Concert at Michael’s On Main in Soquel
• Tuesday, October 2nd 2018, 7:30PM, Heron’s Valley give a Concert at Michael’s On Main in Soquel


Click here for full details of All Celtic Society of Monterey Bay Concerts on the CSoMB website! (Click on small arrow in the inset photo for the videos. Click on the ‘more info’ link for full details and ticket links.)


Family Tree Magazine
Rootsweb is Down

Rootsweb is Down!

Changes in the AmeriCeltic website under Ancestors’ Sources

by Celia Fábos-Becker – Published 2018-08-17

Since a security breach was discovered on December 20, 2017, we and over 300,000 other family history researchers around the world have patiently waited for and its conglomerate affiliates to restore Rootsweb, which used to be an independent and free data content service for family history and general history researchers, with numerous sites sorted by state and county. The content was digitized or transcribed from original records and uploaded by volunteer contributors. It was to help the less affluent who can’t afford the nearly $300 a year subscription fee and might not be able to get to LDS libraries where they could use for free, be able to do family history research.

The online magazine, Family Tree Magazine, has been publishing news updates on the continuing problems at Rootsweb for more than a year. Click for Rootsweb update of January 11 2018

To begin, the Rootsweb user interface itself, what you start with, has been made very user UNfriendly. For example, to access rootsweb sites, you are asked to log in, which throws you into and not back to rootsweb. To get back to rootsweb you have to re-enter the rootsweb home page URL address! Then select the menu section of what it was you were trying to access in the first place. Then you have to go through a LONG list of sites, not including international sites that used to exist, to ‘select a site.’ Then you find there are multiple parts to the site: access to the county webpage of rootsweb, and links to the content. After all of this, you can now get to some of the county pages, with difficulty, but NOT THE CONTENT. Worse, if you find a broken link or a site that was formery accessible and is no longer, Search’s instructions are to write to them with their form and they will respond, but THE COMPLAINT FORM ITSELF DOES NOT WORK!. We’ve done all this at multiple times, and we know of others who have done the same. We all get the same result: no response at all and no one fixing the problem.

I have watched the downward progression of genweb and rootsweb since it was taken over by and its conglomerate. promised that rootsweb would continue to be free and easily accessible and that content could continue to be added to the sites. Every promise ever made by has been broken. I believe they are slowly destroying this network as they work to remove the content to divisions of the conglomerate where they can charge for access and use. We’ve also seen content on that used to be accessible under one subscription fee split out and put in other subscription entities–increasing the costs greatly to researchers, most of whose income has not increased. Worse and Family Search have been granted unprecedented access to U.S., state and county records, OUR families’ records which we paid our government to make and preserve and to which we expected to be allowed continued access, to then put into its websites and charge us AGAIN to access. The governments themselves should have indexed and put on-line the older records, instead of subcontracting access to an abusive, unresponsive, privately held monopoly. and its affiliate Family Search ARE together an abusive, unresponsive monopoly in exactly the same ways ‘Ma Bell’ used to be, and should be investigated, sued and broken up by the U.S. Attorney General.

Since family history researchers can no longer rely on Rootsweb, most have found other links to our few content sources that once were available there. AmeriCeltic’s website is now free of any links to Rootsweb. Readers, please let us know if you find other broken links that we need to replace.

We suggest a deluge of letters to Mr. Jeff Sessions reminding him that over 60 million Americans are engaged in family history research, some for MEDICAL reasons, and this monopoly has been allowed to abuse its customers far too long. In the meantime, I hope some attorney with equally frustrated relatives who are family history researchers will consider a class action lawsuit.


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

Breaking News at The Duke

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA, 11:30am – 2:00am every day of the year

Publican Carlos and his partners have an announcement to make! Many of you have heard the rumors about the at The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant. To paraphrase Sam Clemons, aka Mark Twain:

The rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated!
For details, Watch the official Video!

The Duke is, and will remain, THE only Authentic, (and we do mean AUTHENTIC!), British Pub in the Bay Area, located across the street from Apple Headquarters on Wolfe Road in Cupertino.

The atmosphere at the ‘The Duke‘, is the same as you would find in any pub in the British Isles, full of friendly patrons who come in to socialize, play darts, have a pint or two, and eat a meal. If you are looking for a comfortable elegance, pints of beer and authentic food, in an authentic English Pub, there is no a better choice in the Bay Area. The Duke offers a large number of beers on draft and by the bottle. Almost anything English, Scottish or Irish is available. Murphy’s Irish Stout brewed in Cork, Ireland and Scotch Eggs is always a good choice.

The servers are excellent and very knowledgeable about the beer and food menu. The menu is expansive and worth exploring. The dark pubsy feel with old regulars in their respective, but not crowded corners around lunch hour in Cupertino, is a great boon.

You can’t find more ‘authentic’ atmosphere, because the entire building was built in jolly old England, then disassembled, shipped and reassembled on site in Cupertino. With the red velvet seating and wall paper and ornate, dim lighting, you are transported to London as soon as you enter the etched glass door.

More info. on The Duke Facebook Page, website or call 408-446-3853.



Plough and Stars Honored

Added to SF Legacy Business Registry

The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco

The Plough & Stars is thrilled to announce we’ve been honored with ‘Legacy’ status as an historic asset to the city by the San Francisco Office of Small Business … Join us for great music & the best Guinness pint in town.

What a diverse and vibrant mix of businesses added to the Legacy Business Registry yesterday! Join us in congratulating Babylon Burning, the Lab SF, The Mindful Body, The Plough and Stars and Slim’s! Thank you for your commitment and service to our communities.

The Plough and Stars (116 Clement St): An Irish pub and known gathering place for the Irish community for over 40 years. The bar showcases musicians across genres and maintains a tradition for over 35 years of hosting seisiúns, informal Irish jam sessions. Stop by for a perfectly-poured Guinness and see why?? they’ve been voted Best Irish Bar by SF Weekly.

I would like to thank all the Musicians who have played in the Plough. Without their contributions this would not have happened — Sean Heaney

The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, is known around the world for hosting incredible Irish music and pulling beautiful pints of Guinness since 1975. Since then, it has evolved to host live music every night of the week, except Monday, including all genres of music; Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Zydeco, acoustic Americana, and of course, Irish Traditional.

The first Saturday is always Americana Jukebox and every third Friday is Bluegrass Bonanza! We welcome you to stop in for a drink and try our famous, award winning pints of Guinness, or indulge in any of our other specials. We host Happy Hour all day every Monday with free pool, and the first Monday of the month has a Pub Quiz at 8:30 PM. Check out our website for a full calendar of events!

For a video of a Plough session from 2014, Click Here.

For more about the Plough, check, call 415-751-1122, or email Sean Heaney at



The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with Irish pub grub & beers on tap plus sports on the satellite TV.

This local Irish Pub brings the culture of Ireland to San Francisco, offering a full bar, Happy Hour specials, and a full Irish restaurant menu, including favorites like fish and chips which goes with any style of sport, music or fun.

‘I am in the city every 2-3 months and The Chieftain is an absolutely integral part of every trip. Mark runs an amazing, authentic Irish pub. Major plus, the only place I know of in northern California to get Kilkenny!!’

‘Walked in, Saturday night about 7pm and there was a table right inside the door. We had a shepherds pie and an Irish stew. The shepherds pie was actually made with lamb! The live music was great entertainment too!’

For a video of some the Chieftain’s food menu, Click Here.

The Chieftain hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Click Here for the current schedule! The live Irish traditional music and song session every Sunday evening is always great Craic! Here is a sample Irish Session from 2009: Live Irish Session at the Chieftain.

For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-625-0436, or email Mark Nagle at or check


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