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Friday, 2019-06-21
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,


• Co-founders Tony and Celia offer their assessment on how the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom could resolve the issues surrounding the stalled Brexit process. (See Below)


• TODAY, Friday, June 21st, is the traditional date for the celebration of Midsummer / Litha in the Celtic calendar, and we offer a primer on this ancient holiday. (See Below)


• TODAY, Friday, June 21st, 7:30 PM, fresh, new, Boston based Corner House Band continues a West Coast Tour with 1 show each in Santa Rosa, Richmond, and Arcata CA, 3 shows in Coos Bay, OR, 1 each in Olympia, Gig Harbor, WA and a final stop in Twain, CA. (See Below)
• TODAY Friday, June 21st, seminal Scottish band, Old Blind Dogs begins a tour with stops in eleven cities throughout California and Oregon. (See Below)
• On Friday, June 21st at 9:00 PM, catch One Eyed Reilly at The Boxing Donkey Irish Pub in Roseville, CA. (See Below)
• From Monday, June 24th to Saturday, June 29th, Freight & Salvage and a host of sponsors offer the annual Fiddlekids Camp, in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, June 28th, 8:30 PM, See Máirtín de Cógáin perform the perennial favorite De Bogman at the UICC in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 29th, at 12:00 PM, the Irish American Democratic Club holds their annual JFK’s Birthday Luncheon at the UICC in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 29th, at 9:30 PM Culann’s Hounds rock the Shanachie Pub and Cider House, in Willits, CA. (See Below)
• From Saturday, June 29th through Wednesday, July 3rd, Skerryvore, tours the West Coast, with stops in Santa Cruz & Berkeley, CA as well as Roseburg, OR and Reno, NV. (See Below)
• On Sunday, June 30th, at 3:30 PM, Central Coast duo Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen will present their new show, Roots to Rock & Roll at Dala’s Nest in Menlo Park. (See Below)

• Beginning Wednesday, July 3rd, Celtic Rock band Tempest has 3 Northern California shows with stops in Redwood City, Auburn and Isleton, CA, plus Festival shows in Ashland, OR and Enumclaw, WA. (See Below)
• Beginning Sunday, July 7th through Thursday, July 12th brings the Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp at Wallowa School in Wallowa, OR. (See Below)
• On Monday, July 8th, at 7:00 PM, you can catch a rare appearance of Igam-Ogam, Lee Corbie-Wells and Scott Stobbe, as they gear up for a tour of Europe at East Cliff Brewing Company in Santa Cruz, CA. (See Below)
• On Tuesday, July 16th, at 8:00 PM at the Freight in Berkeley, CA, on Wednesday, July 17th in Mendocino, CA at 7:30 PM and again on Thursday, July 18th, at 7:00 PM, it’s Québécois band Le Vent du Nord. (See Below)
• On Thursday, July 18th at 5:30 PM, and on four more Thursdays throughout the summer, there will be Celtic session music at Filoli Historic House & Garden in Woodside, CA. (See Below)
• On Thursday, July 18 @ 6:00 PM, Tim Myers will lend his storytelling (Seanchaí) to Irish Culture Night at Filoli Historic House & Garden in Woodside, CA. (See Below)
• On July 20, 2019 @ 5:00 PM, The Summer Ceilidh, co-sponsored by PBFSCO, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco, the St. Andrew’s Society of San Francisco and the St. Andrew’s Society of Oakland, returns to Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda, CA. (See Below)
• Beginning on July 26th and running through August 3rd, it’s the 40th Annual Lark Camp World Music, Song & Dance Celebration, in the Mendocino Redwoods. (See Below)
• Saturday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 4th, it’s the 52nd Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival returns to the Fairgrounds in Monterey, CA. (See Below)
• On Friday, August 16th, at 6:30 PM, and on five more dates this summer, Santa Cruz Bagpiper Elise MacGregor Ferrell has a series of gigs at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA. (See Below)
• On Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, August 31st & Sunday, September 1st, from 9AM to 6:30PM, its the 154nd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, in Pleasanton. (See Below)

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• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker’s e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
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• Publican Carlos answers the many recent rumors about The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant with a New Video. (See Below)
Lark In The Morning is opening a new store location in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. Full service continues at their original shop in Berkeley, CA. (See Below)
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Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson

Editorial: Brexit Update

‘Something Else’ Possibilities

By Tony Becker and Cecilia Fábos-Becker – Published 2019-06-20

As we all should know, Theresa May resigned from her post as Prime Minister (PM) of the United Kingdom (UK) last May 24th. As a result, the Conservative Party, (Tory), Members of Parliament (MPs) must select two candidates for Prime Minister and put them to a vote of the Tory party membership. But whoever is selected, that new PM will face the same Parliament and the same Brexit dilemmas, some of which are only now beginning to be discussed.

Recall that, as a result of the ‘Snap’ election on June 8th, 2017, the Tories lost their majority in the UK Parliament, and to form the UK government, the Tories needed the support of another group. Seeing that, until the next general election, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland and it’s 10 MPs were the Tories only practical allies, on June 26, 2017, Ms. May, and the the DUP entered into a Coalition Agreement. Here is a link to a Wikipedia article on that June 26, 2017 Agreement that covers all it’s major points, and is supported by numerous primary sources.

It is important to be aware that, according to this deal, DUP Members do not have any voting rights in the current PM selection process and that the fundamental principles of the DUP call for Northern Ireland to remain a part of the UK. For now, the deal must remain in place, because without DUP support, the Tories lose the right to form the UK government, or to name the new Prime Minister–unless the Tories can find another ‘something else’ alliance.

As of 6 PM GMT last Thursday, initial rounds of the selection process have whittled the field of candidates down to two: former foreign secretary Boris Johnson received 160 votes, and current foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt received 77 votes. At 75, current Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove just missed the cut, and since Mr. Gove had once called Boris Johnson ‘unfit to be Prime Minister’, this was Mr. Johnson’s preferred result.

Over the next month, we will see a more public battle between Johnson and Hunt at 16 regional ‘hustings’, some to be televised in the UK, and then these two will be on a postal ballot sent to ~160,000 Conservative Party members in the UK, with the results due in the week of July 22nd.

Recall that the main ‘sticking point’ in the present Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union, (EU), is the ‘Backstop’ provision for preventing a ‘hard border’ between Ireland, which will still be in the EU, and Northern Ireland, which would be leaving the EU along with the UK. This ‘Backstop’ is the largest problem with the UK parliament to approve the present EU Withdrawal Agreement, and completely unacceptable to the DUP. It is the main reason that the DUP opposes the present Withdrawal Agreement. (See this ‘The Backstop‘ wikipedia article for more detail).

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Summer Solstice | Midsummer | Litha

Friday, June 21st, 2018, 8:54 AM PDT

Midsummer is one of the four solar holidays, and is the turning point at which summer reaches its height and the sun shines longest. Here are some brief descriptions of how some of the Celtic cultures celebrate this annual event.

Many towns and cities have ‘Midsummer Carnivals‘ with fairs, concerts and fireworks either on or on the weekend nearest to Midsummer. In rural spots particularly the northwest, bonfires are lit on hilltops. This tradition harks back to pagan times and is now associated with “St. John’s Night“. After much initial upset in the west of Ireland, The Irish Environmental Protection Agency, created an exemption for the burning of bonfires outdoors during midsummer night. Traditionally the longest day of the year in Ireland falls on June 21.

Midsummer festivals are celebrated throughout Scotland, notably in the Scottish Borders where Peebles holds its Beltane Week. The Eve of St. John has special magical significance and was used by Sir Walter Scott as the title, and theme, for a pseudo-ballad poem. He invented a legend in which the lady of Smailholm Tower, near Kelso, keeps vigil by the midnight fires three nights in a row (see above) and is visited by her lover; but when her husband returns from battle, she learns he slew that lover on the first night, and she has been entertained by a very physical ghost.

In Wales it is called Gwyl Ifan, or Gwyl Ifan Ganol Haf (St John’s of Midsummer) to distinguish it from Gwyl Ifan Ganol Gaeaf (St John’s of Midwinter, the feast of John the Evangelist). Great agricultural fairs used to be held at this time, along with merriment, dancing, and a bonfire. With the advent of non-conformist beliefs on the Welsh socio-political culture, this (among so many other similar festivals) suffered greatly, and its observance finally died out in south-east Wales by the end of the 19th century. However, since 1977, a folk-dance revival started in Cardiff, and is held now annually on this feast day.

Some Wiccan traditions call the festival Litha, a name occurring in Bede’s The Reckoning of Time, which preserves a list of the (then-obsolete) Anglo-Saxon names for the twelve months. Ærra Liða (first or preceding Liða) roughly corresponds to June in the Gregorian calendar. Bede writes that “Litha means gentle or navigable, because in both these months the calm breezes are gentle and they were wont to sail upon the smooth sea”.

Source – Wikipedia


Corner House Band

Corner House Band

Casey Murray – cello
Louise Bichan – violin, vocals
Ethan Hawkins – guitar, vocals
Ethan Setiawan – mandolin, vocals

Happy Now
Door County #2

Corner House Band

Fresh new Boston Band Tours West Coast

Santa Rosa CA | Richmond CA | Arcata CA | Coos Bay OR | Olympia WA | Gig Harbor WA | Twain CA

From the fertile Boston music scene comes Corner House Band, a fresh new string band that puts their own unique spin on traditional music.

Founded just a few years ago by like-minded musicians who compose and arrange tunes and songs influenced by Irish, Scottish, Appalachian stringband, and bluegrass traditions, Corner House has already developed an enthusiastic following in the eastern U.S. In 2018, they released their first album, and performed on tour in Scotland. In Summer 2019, they are launching their first U.S. tour with a 2-week series of concerts up and down the West Coast.

Discover more about this exciting new band and listen to samples of their music at their website!

Corner House Band Tour Dates:
• Friday, June 21st, 7:30 PM, House Concert, Santa Rosa, CA
• Saturday, June 22nd, Workshops 3:30 PM – 5 PM, Casa Verde, Richmond, CA, RSVP to
• Saturday, June 22nd, 7:30 PM, Casa Verde, Richmond, CA, RSVP to for address.
• Sunday, June 23rd, 7:00 PM, Crib Concerts, Arcata, CA, RSVP to or (707)-499-8516.
• Monday, June 24th, 7:00 PM, House Concert, Coos Bay, OR
• Tuesday, June 25th, 7:00 PM, Blue Barn Farms, Coos Bay, OR
• Thursday, June 27th, 7:00 PM, Traditions Cafe, Olympia, WA, Details or call 360-705-2819, Tickets $15, $10 for students and low income folks.
• Friday, June 28th, 7:00 PM, Gig Harbor BoatShop, 3805 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA
• Saturday, June 29th, 8:00 PM, Wee Ceili Room, Tualatin, OR, 20 at door. Reserve seats by emailing
• Sunday, June 30th, 7:00 PM, 7 Devils Brewing Co., 247 S 2nd St, Coos Bay, OR
• Tuesday, July 2nd, 7:00 PM, Feather River Hot Springs, 29186 CA-70, Twain, CA, The Chicken Coop Stage at Feather River Hot Springs.


Old Blind Dogs

2019 Tour of California and Oregon

Since forming in the early 1990’s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes.

California / Oregon Tour 2019

• Friday, June 21st, Bethany Lutheran Church, San Diego, CA, Tickets
• Saturday, June 22nd, Ramo Auditorium, Pasadena, CA, Tickets
• Sunday, June 23rd, St Mary’s Church, Pacific Grove, CA, Tickets
• Tuesday, June 25th, 7:30 PM, Duffy’s Tavern, Chico, CA, (530) 343-7718
• Wednesday, June 26th, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA, Tickets
• Thursday, June 27th, Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA, Tickets
• Friday, June 28th – Sunday, June 30th, Kate Wolf Festival, Laytonville, CA, Tickets
• Tuesday, July 2nd, American Music Festival, Brookings, OR, Tickets
• Thursday, July 4th, The Park at Peacetown, Sebastopol, CA, Tickets
• Friday, July 5th, Ojai Womens Club, Ojai, CA, Tickets
• Saturday, July 6th, Castoro Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA, Tickets
• Sunday, July 7th, Kuumbwa Jazz Club, Santa Cruz, CA, Tickets

One of the most highly touted Celtic groups of our time, OBD is the only multiple winner of the prestigious Scots Trad Music ‘Folk Band of the Year‘ Award . With 12 CDs already in the bag, you’ll have a chance to collar their 13th offering, titled Room With A View.

Old Blind Dogs continues to distinguish themselves as vital, innovative ambassadors of Scots music by subtly and ingeniously expanding upon the very tradition they celebrate in harnessing the rich resonance and timeless themes of the songs and tunes of their homeland and weld them to new rhythmic frameworks, dynamic arcs and textural expanses, This produces a uniquely identifiable sound that reflects the rich heritage of their forefathers, yet comes across as resoundingly fresh and immediate. OBD’s Dynamic percussion, virile vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs generate rave reviews, like this one:

Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm as players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion. Come out and see what the excitement is all about!’ – The Scotsman



One Eyed Reilly

One Eyed Reilly at Boxing Donkey

Friday, June 21st at 9:00 PM

The Boxing Donkey Irish Pub, 300 Lincoln St, Roseville, CA

One Eyed Reilly is a genre-bending Celtic/Americana rock band from Sacramento that blends dynamic originals with Celtic rock, Americana, and energetic, innovative versions of Irish trad. One Eyed Reilly’s original songs draw on musical influences from Irish folk to Celtic punk with occasional unexpected nuggets ranging from the likes of Bob Dylan, John Prine, Tom Waits, Wilco or the Old Crow Medicine Show. This musical mash-up forms the perfect beer-and-whiskey drenched milieu for a good time night out at the Pub.

For a One Eyed Reilly sample video, Tipperary Blood, Click Here.

More on One Eyed Reilly on their website, Facebook Page, or Reverb Nation Page.

One Eyed Reilly is:
• Rick Meagher, lead vocals/acoustic guitar
• Geith St John Fraser, fiddle; harmony vocals
• Aaron Hendel, bass & electric guitars
• Tim Kurteff-Schatz, drums/percussion

More on the Boxing Donkey at or call (916) 797-3665


Fiddle Kids

Fiddlekids 2019 June 24-29!

Old Time, Irish, Regional Mexican, Jazz, Latin, Cajun-Creole and Hillbilly Rags

Berkwood Hedge School, 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

A week-long day camp devoted to Traditional Fiddle Music featuring inspiring teachers, fiddling by ear, improvisation, traditional dance, music-based art, and an end-of-camp performance at the Freight & Salvage. Fiddlekids is a great opportunity for children to explore a wide range of fiddling styles from all over the world through tunes, songs, and dance.

Here is a link to their introductory video

Fiddlekids was founded by Bay Area fiddle player and educator Bobbi Nikles in 1997. Now in its twenty-second year, Fiddlekids is a unique, fun-filled summer day camp devoted to traditional fiddle music. We welcome young violinists and fiddlers, ages 7 to 14, with at least one year of violin playing experience. No previous fiddle knowledge is required. Camp is divided into skill-based groups of roughly 15 fiddlers. Students attend classes with three of the camp’s fiddle instructors and learn a wide range of traditional styles — this year’s teachers specialize in Old Time, Regional Mexican, Irish, Jazz, Latin, Cajun-Creole and Hillbilly Rags. Students also explore the music through daily art and dance classes. Boasting an experienced teaching staff and a wonderfully supportive atmosphere, Fiddlekids has introduced hundreds of youngsters to a lively and expansive fiddle repertoire. We’ve inspired many of our alumni to enjoy a life-long relationship with their instrument, traditional fiddle music, and folk music culture.

For more information, check out the webpage,, or contact the Freight & Salvage, email, or call 510-859-1117.


De Bogman

De Bogman

De Bogman @ UICC

Friday, June 28th, 8:30 PM
Fundraiser for Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

De Bogman is an hour-long tour-de-force of storytelling and physical comedy. It charts the story of Declan who, from his humble origins as a village idiot in Ireland, goes to America to become World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. The story is at once a homage to the Hollywood boxing movie, and also to the epic tales of the Irish in America. Performer Máirtín de Cógáin narrates the story at a furious pace, while also performing over twenty characters. Full of spectacular plot twists, De Bogman has had audiences howling with laughter (not to mention roaring on the loveable Declan) for nearly twenty years.

ON SALE NOW! Tickets: $20 – See full information and buy tickets here:
Info and tickets

Doors open 7.30 PM – Beer & Wine
Show starts at 8.30 PM
21 and over
Proceeds benefit Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

Questions? Contact Josephine Brogan, by email at or call 415-264-8856.


Irish Dems JFK

JFK’s Birthday Luncheon

Irish American Democratic Club

Annual JFK Birthday Luncheon – Saturday, June 29th, 12:30 PM

Celebration The life and spirit of our 35th President John F. Kennedy

United Irish Cultural Center, St. Patrick’s Room, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Annually, the Irish American Democratic Club celebrates our beloved President John F. Kennedy’s birthday by honoring individuals or a group who exemplify the the life and spirit of the former President within our community.

Join the club for a celebration of our 35th President’s legacy by honoring the Young Women’s Freedom Center, whose goal ‘Towards Justice’ makes systematic change every day.

Guests Sheriff Vicki Hennessy and Roma Guy, Social Justice Activist will address
A Radical Model for Decriminalization

Luncheon $65 indicate vegetarian or chicken salad
RSVP by sending check to: San Francisco Irish American Dems
c/o 1494 7th Avenue, San Francisco, 94122 or through before June 24th.
For suggestions or more information, please contact Sharon at


Hounds 2019

More Culann’s Hounds…

• Sunday, June 30th, 7:00 PM, Arcata Plaza, Arcata, CA, Fairy Festival & Twilight Ball
• Sunday, July 7th, 2:00 PM, Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA Summer Sundays

Culann’s Hounds

Saturday, June 29th, 9:30 PM

Shanachie Pub and Cider House, 50 B South Main St., Willits CA

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.

Shanachie Pub and Cider House For Tickets and Info., Click Here.

Steve says…

‘Admit it, you dig Willits.’

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.

Longtime Bassist Dan Duffin and Bodhran player Jon Tait complete this evening’s lineup.

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.

More Details on the Facebook Event or the Hounds Website.




Skerryvore on the West Coast

6/29 Santa Cruz, CA | 6/30 Berkeley, CA | 7/2 Roseburg, OR | 7/3 Reno, NV

Skerryvore create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the 8 band members who hail from different regions of Scotland. A fast and furious mix of tunes, combined with clever songs and more gentle airs, produces great, contemporary, high-energy Scottish music.

Video: Skerryvore – 2018 Promo

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China.

Formed in 2005, the band marked their 10th anniversary in 2015 with a ‘Decade’ concert at Mossfield Stadium, Oban. After selling 3,000 tickets in ninety minutes, the capacity was increased and 6,000 visitors from all over the world enjoyed SKERRYVORE, joined by a host of guests including Dougie MacLean and legendary Irish musician Sharon Shannon.

• Saturday, June 29th, 8:00 PM, Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA, $35 Tickets
• Sunday, June 30th, 7:00 PM, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA, $24 Tickets
• Tuesday, July 2nd, 7:00 PM, Music On The Half Shell, Roseburg, OR, Free
• Wednesday, July 3rd, 5:00 PM, Whisky Tasting at Ceol Irish Pub, Reno, NV, Free
• Wednesday, July 3rd, 7:30 PM, Wingfield Park, Reno, NV, Free


Dan and Laurel

Dan and Laurel

Roots to Rock & Roll @ Dalas Nest
Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen

Sunday, June 30th, 2019 3:30 PM

Dala’s Nest, 371 O’Connor St, Menlo Park, CA

Canadian-American duo Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen, ‘Prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart,’ combine emotive, soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, and unique vocal chemistry for a ‘…match made in heaven.’

Dan and Laurel flow seamlessly through genres, tempos, stories, and moods, ranging from Folk-Rock, Classical, Old Time, and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock n’ Roll, Blues, Ragtime, and Bluegrass embodying each style with virtuosic command and keeping fans on the edge of their seats. The enjoyment is palpable!

$20.00 tickets will be available at the door – All proceeds to the artists. Follow curbside and on-site signage to the secret hidden garden venue. Check the Dala’s Nest Facebook Page here: Dala’s Nest Facebook Page

Now touring their recently released fourth album, 2018’s Driving By Candlelight, Dan and Laurel combine soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, compelling storytelling, a dash of harmonica and plenty of humor, and unique vocal rapport for a dynamic, engaging, polished performance.
Their 2017 European concert tour to Ireland, the UK, Denmark, France, and Germany performing pre-release Driving By Candlelight songs demonstrated their blended influences with 13 new original songs ‘pondering contemporary subject matter with vintage sensibility.’

Dan Frechette was signed to EMI publishing at age 17 with a bursting catalogue of over 500 original songs already to his credit. Since 1992 he has gone on to release over 40 albums of original material, and perform high-energy, soulful concerts throughout North America and Europe ever since. Dan has opened for the likes of Dar Williams, Richard Thompson, Ron Sexsmith, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and Iian Matthews of Fairport Convention. ‘Dan Frechette has never written a song I don’t like’ says Ismaila Alfa of CBC Radio.

Laurel Thomsen, a California genre-bending violinist and violist, composer, author, and educator, has performed Classically and with a variety of bands and artists since she was a child. Once dubbed ‘The Hookmeister’ by one California Bay Area recording engineer (a hook being a catchy musical motif in this instance), her knack for creating infectious melodies has saved more than one songwriter’s song from the chopping block. A composer since childhood, and an emerging songwriter and singer with a ‘remarkable singing voice’ and ‘fascinating undertones and range,’ Laurel’s writing explores emotion, empowerment, and life’s deeper questions.

Dan and Laurel’s dedication is only a facet of their relationship; as those who meet and hear them soon discover, ‘there is something incredibly romantic about these two and the way that their love story is told through their music.’ It’s clear to those who witness these two that their harmony extends well beyond the notes.

Here are few videos: and

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Tempest West Coast Upcoming Shows

Celebrating more than 30 years of Celtic Rock!

‘Tempest Rocks, all right, but it’s forte is folkrock with a decidedly Celtic accent, drawing on traditions stretching hundreds of years.’
— Chicago Tribune

July West Coast Tour Dates

• Wednesday, July 3rd, 6:00 PM, Redwood City, CA, Music In The Park, Stafford Park, Corner of King St. & Hopkins Ave, (650) 780-7250, Tickets
• Sunday, July 7th, 7:00 PM, Auburn, CA, Auburn Library Concert Series, Garden Theater, 350 Nevada St., (530) 886-4900, Tickets
• Saturday, July 13th, 4:00 PM, Isleton, CA, Bikes, Boats & Bikinis, Moores Riverboat, 106 West Brannan Island Rd., (209) 642-8632, Tickets
• Wednesday, July 24th – Thursday, July 25th, 6:30 PM, Ashland, OR, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Green Show, 15 South Pioneers St., (541) 482-2111, Tickets
• Saturday, July 27th – Sunday, July 28th, Enumclaw, WA, Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games, Enumclaw Expo Center, South Stage 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm both days + Ceilidh Sat. 6pm, (206) 522-2541, Tickets

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 30 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.

Signed to Carta Records, Tempest’s releases are acclaimed worldwide. Last year, the group celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary with a fab new studio CD, Thirty Little Turns, a collection of inspired new original and traditional material — with a cheeky surprise or two.

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Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp

Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp

Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp 2019

Roots and Branches | Sunday, July 7th – Thursday, July 12th

Wallowa School, 315 E 1st St, Wallowa, Oregon

Discover Appalachian Southern fiddle tunes this summer at Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp, by lead instructors Maggie Lind (banjo), Patrick Lind (guitar) and Lisa Ornstein (fiddle), all current NW leaders in the revival of the Southern fiddle tunes style music.

Support given by our wonderful team of camp instructional staff members; John Weed (fiddle), Andy Emert (fiddle), Linda Robertson (fiddle), Stuart Mason (guitar), Matt Bell (guitar), and Duane Boyer (beginning guitar). Larry B. Smith will keep the fun going and the blood moving by offering traditional buck dancing as well as square and contra dances for campers as well as the community.

Full Details at

Register Here!

Mornings will be an all-inclusive community music class, led by Maggie, Patrick and Lisa, introducing the fiddle tunes for the day. Students will break into into smaller instruction groups to focus on learning the morning tunes. Appropriate levels of instruction will be available for each instrument so all can learn the tunes at their own level. This will provide enhanced jamming opportunities throughout camp during the week as more people will be learning the same tunes.

Afternoons will round out daily instruction and will include a re-cap of the morning tunes, small band ensemble practice, and specific electives (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) focussing on various fiddle genres (Swing, Cajun, Irish, Old time) as well as topics supporting making of music with others. Topics will be made available and posted on a schedule before camp begins.

Small groups of musicians (fiddle, claw hammer banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass) will experience playing together as a string band. This will be a daily afternoon/evening focus. New, or old friends, play newly learned tunes, under the designated watchful coaching and guidance from an instructional staff. Student bands volunteer to perform as the end-of-week concert on Friday morning.


Igam Ogam

Igam Ogam

Igam-Ogam | Scott Stobbe and Lee Corbie-Wells

Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM

East Cliff Brewing Company, 21517 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA

Scott Stobbe (New Orleans) – guitar and Lee Corbie-Wells (San Francisco) -violin/vocals, also known as Igam-Ogam, will be gearing up for their upcoming European tour of Spain, France and Portugal with this one show in Santa Cruz.

The name Igam Ogam, is Cornish for ‘zig-zag‘ — and a fitting title for this project that spans New Orleans and San Francisco. Lee and Scott zig-zags across genres and continents with skillful playing and clever arrangements.

Lee sings in a variety of languages as the groups repertoire travels across France, Greece, Ireland and Romania as well as covering Jazz, Blues and Bluegrass from the United States.

For a ‘Teaser’ Igam Ogam video, Click here!

Full Details at

More on Scott’s website,


Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord 2019 Quintet

Le Vent du Nord

Québécois and more

7/16 Berkeley | 7/17 Mendocino | 7/18 Sacramento

Le Vent du Nord is a Canadian folk music group from Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu in Quebec. The band performs traditional Québécois music, as well as original numbers in this style, in French. In 2019 the group’s membership has expanded to include Simon Beaudry, Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet and André Brunet.

For a video preview, click here to watch Le Vent du Nord at Edinburgh International Festival 2018 as they discuss their new, expanded lineup and their their new album, Territoires.

Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.’ — Boston Herald

Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over 5 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and Artist of the Year at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. They’ve collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.

More info. on their website:

• Tuesday, July 16th, 8:00 PM, $22, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, CA,

• Wednesday, July 17th, 7:30 PM, $15 – $42, Mendocino Music Festival, 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA Tickets
• Thursday, July 18th, 7:00 PM, $35, The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for The Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA, Tickets


Filoli 2018

Session at Filoli

Summer Sessions @ Filoli estate

Celtic Sessions by the Pool
select Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Filoli Historic House & Garden, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA


• Thursday, July 18th hosted by Walter Levinson of Savage Craic
• Thursday, July 25th hosted by Mo Robinson of Shanachie
• Thursday, August 8th hosted by Leslie Allen Conaghan of Fret & Fiddle
• Thursday, August 22nd hosted by Shauna Pickett-Gordon of Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers
• Thursday, August 29th hosted by Raymond Tsang of Lighthouse String Band.

Lighthouse String Band, Fret & Fiddle, Savage Craic, Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers and others, will host Celtic Sessions on select Thursday’s this summer at Filoli Historic House & Garden. The music is next to the pool in the evenings, and the no host bar is ten feet away.

Many people come to Filoli to sit in the garden as the evening falls and listen, and some even dance.

Check Filoli’s calendar at For more on Filoli Historic House & Garden, check, email or call (650) 364-8300.


Tim Myers

Tim Myers, Seanchaí (Storyteller)

Irish Culture Night @ Filoli

Tim Myers, Seanchaí (Storyteller)
Thursday, July 18th @ 6:00 PM

Filoli Historic House & Garden, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA

Tim Myers is a Guitar Finger Picker, poet, songwriter, professional storyteller, author, and Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA.

For Irish Culture Night at Filoli Historic House & Garden, Tim will reprise the role of traditional Gaelic Seanchaí or Storyteller, and tell his audience about Irish folklore, throuogh his words, songs, and poetry.
Full Details here

Hear Tim in these videos from 2014:
KKUP 2014 interview Tim J Myers “Out Of Our Minds”
KKUP 2014 interview Tim J Myers “Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood”

Learn more about Tim Myers on his website,, on his YouTube Channel, or email him at

Check Filoli’s Summer Nights program at or their calendar at For more on Filoli Historic House & Garden, check their website,, email or call (650) 364-8300.


Ceilidh Dancing

The Summer Ceilidh @ Encinal Yacht Club

The Summer Ceilidh

July 20, 2019 | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina, Alameda, CA

The Summer Ceilidh, returns to the Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda on July 20, 2019. Presented by PBFSCO, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco, the St. Andrew’s Society of San Francisco and the St. Andrew’s Society of Oakland. Bring your dancing shoes for a night of traditional ceilidh dancing to the music of 3/8 Reel of Seven, led by Andy Imbre with calling by Juliet Davoren. The dances will range from the well know Dashing White Sergeant and Gay Gordons, but you will also have the opportunity to learn some new moves under Juliet’s expert guidance.

Prior to the Ceilidh, wet your thrapple with a whisky tasting presented by Rory Glasgow of Brown-Forman. Rory will lead you through a fine selection of whiskies: The Glendronach, The Benriach and Glenlassaugh.

The Encinal Yacht Club will provide a full buffet dinner, including favorites such as bangers and mash and fish and chips, and a cash free (credit/debit cards only) no-host bar during the evening.

You will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a fine bottle of single malt scotch and other prizes. All proceeds from the raffle will go to support Fisher House in Palo Alto and their charitable work   to provide lodging to veterans and active military personnel while they undergo treatment.

Advanced Reservations Required by July 14th! Please sign up early as space is limited. Online Tickets and more information available at or at, or email Susan Spiegel at



Lark Camp’s 40th Anniversary

Music, Song & Dance Celebration July 26th – August 3rd, 2019

World Music, Song and Dance Celebration

Lark Camp Features

Music, Song & Dance Workshops • Family Friendly • Dances, Parties & Sessions • Great Food • Camping • Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods • Full Camp for 8 Days or Half Camp for 4 Days

Three camps – three themes: Camp One – Music of Ireland, British Isles, Greece, Eastern Europe, and Sweden; Camp Two — Latin American, North American, Spanish, French, and Swing Styles; Camp Three — Middle Eastern, Greek, Asian, and African music!

Spend idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with all the music, dance, and good times you could possibly stand — that’s the Lark Camp World Music & Dance Celebration.

Click Here for the Video by Doug Plummer.

Take as many or as few of the workshops as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation for adults and families. Workshops for professional and beginner, alike.

To review the Complete Lark Camp Music & Dance Staff for 2019, Click Here

Check out the Mendocino Woodlands site: Click Here

Questions, email: or call (707) 397-5275 (LARK)



52nd Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival

Saturday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 4th

Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey, CA

Travel to Scotland, Ireland and England without leaving the Monterey Peninsula. Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment. The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment including Seamus Kennedy and legendary Celtic Rockers, Tempest.

For a video of a past Monterey festival, Click here!

For Advance Tickets, Click Here)
One-Day Adult – Presale $15.00 – At Gate $20.00
One-Day Senior (65+) Military or Child (9-15) – Presale $12.00 – At Gate $15.00

Two-Day Adult – Presale $20.00 – At Gate $30.00
Two-Day Senior (65+) Military or Child (9-15) – Presale $15.00 – At Gate $20.00

Children 8 & under free

Attractions include, the thrilling sights and sounds of the massed pipe bands on parade featuring hundreds of pipers and drummers, exciting Scottish heavy athletic competition events seen in award-winning films such as Braveheart, Rob Roy and Brave, including the famous caber toss, hammer and stone throw, weight for distance and height, and the sheaf toss, talented Highland, Country and other types of costumed dancers, dozens of clans, two very popular whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, beautiful jewelry and craft, sheepdog and duck herding.

Vendors offer tasty and British and Scottish food and drink, and unique Scottish, British and Irish crafts, jewelry, clothing, and music that will be enjoyed by all. There’s always great shopping with authentic products imported from Scotland, Ireland and England and hand-made items with Celtic themes.

Step back in time with costumed historical re-enactment Groups depicting life in 16th Century Scotland or meet and greet for tea with Mary Queen of Scots. Festival attendees will also enjoy researching their own clans at the clan and Celtic association tents as they stroll through the Avenue of Clans.

There are lots of fun interactive children’s games activities planned for the wee ones at the Children’s Glen, too. Little ones can participate in scaled down athletic events (mini-Caber toss, pillow over the bar, mini braemar stone putt), plus enjoy fun Celtic craft projects and the popular Celtic Quest. Don’t miss the popular whisky tasting seminar that celebrates one of Scotland’s greatest exports-fine, single malt Scotch whisky. Learn more about the history, distillation process and various tasting characteristics of fine whiskies. Guinness beer and other beverages are abundant as well.

For more information: or call 831-682-2022.


Elise MacGregor Ferrell, Bagpiper

Elise MacGregor Ferrell, Bagpiper

Silverado Resort Beginning of Summer Scotch and Cigar Event
Elise MacGregor Ferrell, Bagpiper

6:30 – 9:00 PM | 6/14 6/15 8/16 8/17 8/23 8/24 8/31 9/1

Silverado Resort and Spa, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa, CA

Serial Celtic music innovator and competitive Canadian bagpiper Elise MacGregor Ferrell of Santa Cruz has a new series of a dozen gigs in Napa, CA. Doubtless Silverado Resort is not known as a Celtic venue, but this summer, from 6:30 on, one can sip wine or Scotch and enjoy her piping a broad list of pipe tunes as Elise roams the lovely the swanky Silverado Resort and Spa, from 6:30 — 8:00 PM. Along with their lovely Golfing, the resort is offering their first scotch tastings of the Dalmore “Cigar Malt”, a live cigar roller and appetizers on the new Mansion Terrace @ $25, there is no charge for listening.

Click here for a sample of Elise MacGregor Ferrell piping: The Mermaid’s Song.

Click Here for full details and tickets online, or call Jennifer at 707-339-9854.

Elise’s Show dates and Programs:
• Friday, August 16th, Romantic Ballads, Wedding Music
• Saturday, August 17th, Scots Canadian Songs of Glory
• Friday, August 23rd, Scottish Anthems and Palace Marches
• Saturday, August 24th, Competition Music
• Saturday, August 31st, American Patriotic, Battle Marches, Commemorative Ballads
• Sunday, September 1st, Scots Canadian Songs of Glory

For more on Santa Cruz Bagpiper Elise MacGregor Ferrell, check the website,, or email Elise at
For more on the Silverado Resort and Spa, check the website,, or call (707) 257-0200.



154th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

Labor Day Weekend, August 31st and September 1st, 9:00 AM to 6:30PM

What if you gave a party and EVERYBODY came?

Come join us for some Celtic Craic! Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st at the enormous Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco presents The 154nd 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 $25, youth $20, seniors $13, and active 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!

Fairgrounds Map

2019 Scottish Highland Gathering and Games Map
(Click to Enlarge)

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.

Map of Event

The Huge 154th consecutive Scottish Highland Gathering and Games takes place on Labor Day Weekend (August 31st – September 1st) 2019 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton

The new area for Clans and Societies is the green shaded area on the map at the West end of the fairgrounds, in the old orchard with lots of shade from the walnut trees.


Alan Purves, David Scott, and Floyd Busby
Fundraising at the Monterey Games

The American Friends of Erskine

Bay Area fundraiser for Scottish Disabled Vets

Look for the Purple Buckets at the Pleasanton Scottish Games

2018's AFoEH donated Minibus at Erskine Hospital

Minibus donated to Erskine Hospital in 2018

Erskine Hospitals, based in Bishopton, near Glasgow, Scotland, was originally founded in 1916 to care for soldiers and sailors returning from those bloody battlefields. Unfortunately, they remain as relevant today as upon inception, and Erskine Hospitals now care for around 800 elderly and disabled ex-Service men and women, their spouses and widows/widowers each year through residential, nursing, dementia, palliative and respite care. Thankfully these services make life at the Erskine homes comfortable, caring and relatively joyful.

In 2006, AFoEH was formed as a 501(c)(3) Corporation in Delaware, meaning that donations made are tax-deductible to the donors. In 2010, Past Chief David J Scott introduced AFoEH to The Caledonian Club of San Francisco, beginning a strong partnership which lasts to this day. David recruited Past Chief Alan Purves and Clansman Floyd Busby as directors and from that point, the activity and fundraising really took off.

Davie Scott says,
“At the Pleasanton Highland Games, on Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st, AFoEH will be joined by approximately 25 U.S. Navy Sea Cadets. Easily spotted in their ‘Blueberry’ camouflage uniforms, but armed only with our Purple Erskine donation buckets, the Cadets will patrol the Grandstand area, looking for your donations.”

Navy Sea Cadets at Pleasanton in 2017

Navy Sea Cadets with Erskine donations at Pleasanton in 2017

Recent Outings for Erskine Edinburgh Residence Vets, enabled by new minibuses

• Attending a variety of Christmas events offered by a range of local groups and associations
• Trips to Portobello Beach
• A day in North Berwick enjoying the scenery, beautiful walks and fish and chips!
• Stirling Castle
• Visiting the local garden centre and cafe
• A range of museums and art galleries
• Visiting the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens
• Arthurs Seat
• Dalkeith and Bogrie Country Parks
• Trips to theatre for a range of plays, musicals and concerts
• Soccer games for a range of teams, depending on which team residents support
• The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
• The Scottish Parliament

We urge all interested parties to dig down and donate to this worthy local charity. Just look for the Cadets and their Purple Buckets at the Pleasanton Games this coming Labor Day weekend, or visit them on Facebook at: to make an online donation.


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Break Through your Ancestry Brick Walls!

A printable e-book
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker

Ancestry & DNA
Family History Research: Beyond the Basics

There are many good basic manuals, both in print and online, that can help you get started researching your ancestors and finding lost cousins, but in over fifty years of research into our own Scots-Irish, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry, I’ve learned what works well and what doesn’t, as well as many useful sources and links.

Now, I have written a book, Ancestry & DNA – Beyond the Basics, to help you, and all Americans find their origins. My book will be especially useful to especially Celtic Americans doing family history research, and it is available for immediate download!

Celia 2016

Author Celia Fábos-Becker

My Book includes:

• Introduction to Family History Documents
• What are REAL Primary Sources?
• America’s Dark Age (1783 to 1850)
• Finding Family Records with online services
• Introduction to Family History DNA
• Using DNA Tests to help Find Family History
• How autosomal, MtDNA, or Y-DNA tests can help
• DNA Testing Company Reviews
• Loads of Examples

Download Ancestry & DNA – Beyond the Basics here:


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The AmeriCeltic logo, styled like a coat of arms, commemorates your MIXED, Scots, Irish, Welsh Celtic American heritage! Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the thirteen colonies of mostly Scots, Scots-Irish, Irish and Welsh who joined with many others from many other countries, and together fought tyranny to assert our Independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

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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.


Lark In The Morning SF Store

New Lark In The Morning Store in San Francisco

Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco

Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 6 PM
Sundays, noon – 5:00 PM

Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley
and soon in the Inner Richmond of San Francisco

Eric says:
“We’re soft-opening a new location at 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, (currently Exploring Music). So far, this new store only has a sampling of the instruments available in our Berkeley location, but we’re slowly adding more as we reconfigure the space.”

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi
Lark in the Morning Store, Berkeley

Lark in the Morning has been a folk musician’s favorite since 1974 and has musical instruments and instructional material from all over the world.

Shop online at, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page



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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