The Celtic Calendar–September, 2018

Upcoming events of Celtic music interest in the SF Bay Area:


To keep up with Celtic music happenings in the Bay Area, join the CelticSF Yahoo group:

Go to
(or go to and search for celticsf)

Also check the resources listed at the end of this message.

This calendar is also available on the CBA (California Bluegrass Association) website – go to and select Regional Newsletters from the News Features menu.

Session listings after the events – corrections/additions welcome.


new session –
Starry Plough, Berkeley, 2nd Sat 2pm-4pm – Fair Plé session
promoting and supporting Gender based equality in traditional Irish and Folk music


* Shay Black will be at the Freight on Mon Sept 10 “Celebrating One Thousand Songs”

* Tannahill Weavers at the Freight Sun Sept 16

* End of September/beginning of October – KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley,
plus other local appearances by artists coming for the festival.


* 10/16 We Banjo 3 and Skerryvore at the Freight

* April Verch & Joe Newberry – at Walker Creek Music Camp beg of November, with house concerts before & after


Wed Aug 29
Hillbillies from Mars play the Berkeley contra

Aug 31 2018 (Friday of Labor Day Weekend)
Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School Concert
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz.

September 2018 (Sat & Sun of Labor Day Weekend)
Scottish Highland Gathering & Games
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

Sun Sept 2
Adam Agee and Jon Sousa (Irish fiddle & guitar, from Boulder CO)
Adrianna Ciccone & Colin Cotter
Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street SF

Mon Sept 3
Adam Agee and Jon Sousa (Irish fiddle & guitar, from Boulder CO)
Berkeley house concert
RSVP: BerkHouseConcerts AT

Saturday, September 8
Wake the Dead
Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael
(Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads is a mecca for Deadheads)

Mon Sept 10
Shay Black: Celebrating One Thousand Songs

Sun Sept 16
Tannahill Weavers

Thurs Sept 20

Friday, September 21th, 6:30 PM
Concert @ Fraternal Order of Eagles, 210 N Corry St, Fort Bragg, CA

Sept 23 5pm-6:30pm
Forestville United Methodist Church                                
6550 Covey Road, Forestville
free; donations enthusiastically accepted.
Café serving soup & salad dinner benefits local non-profit –   meal: Adults  $10 / Kids $5

Tuesday, September 25th 2018, 7:30PM
One For The Foxes
 Dave Curley (Galway, Ireland; vocals, guitars, banjo, mandolin)
 Tadhg Ó Meachair (Dublin,Ireland; piano, piano accordion)
 Joanna Hyde (Denver, CO, USA;  vocals, fiddle)
Michael’s On Main, Soquel

Sept 24 & Sept 25 (?)
215 Main, Point Arena

Sept 26 & Sept 27 (?)
Cope-A-Cabana,  San Jose, CA

Fri Sept 28 7:30pm
John Whelan & Haley Richardson
Fifth Street Farms, Berkeley

Sep 28
Heron Valley (Scottish)
House of Hamill (duo from Philadelphia Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan) 

Sept 28-30 2018
KVMR Celtic Festival

* Heron Valley (Scottish)

* Connla (North Ireland)

* Recollective (caution – site is hacked?)

* Matthew Bryne (Newfoundland singer)

* House of Hamill (duo from Philadelphia Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan) 

* Seamus Egan Project
(with Moira Smiley, Kyle Sanna & Owen Marshall)

* The Elders

Sept 29
Dan Curley & One for the Foxes / Rory McNamara & The Ring Of Truth Trio
Live Arts at Cyprian’s, SF

Tues oct 2
Heron Valley
Michael’s on Main, Soquel

Oct 2018?
Big Trees Scottish Festival
Felton CA – website broken?

Oct 5-7 2018
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Golden Gate Park SF

Oct 3-8 2018
Portal Irish Music Week
Portal AZ

Oct 5-13 2018
Celtic Colours
various locations in Cape Breton
You can watch streaming performances each night (available on demand until the next day’s concert starts)

Oct 11
The Recollective
Flynn’s Cabaret @ Don Quixotes (caution – site is hacked?)

Oct 13 2018
El Cerrito Free Folk Festival
El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Ave

Sun Oct 14 1pm FREE
Celtic Song Sing-Along with Celia Ramsay and Shay Black: Favorite Songs from Scotland and Ireland
reservations open 9/16/18

Oct 16
We Banjo 3 and Skerryvore

October 17
We Banjo 3 and Skerryvore
Carriage House Theater, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga

October 19
Les Poules a Colin (from Quebec)
Fifth St Farms

Oct 19-21 2018
Fairfax Irish Festival

Oct 23
Martin Hayes Quartet
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

Oct 24
Martin Hayes Quartet

Oct 25
Pan-Celtic Ceilidh Dance

Sunday, October 28
Wake the Dead
Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

Sunday, October 28
April Verch & Joe Newberry
Fifth St Farms, Berkeley

October 31, 2018  7:00 PM
April Verch & Joe Newberry
Mt View house concert
SV.HouseConcerts AT

4 Nov 2018    
April Verch & Joe Newberry; Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood
Homstead House Concert Series
wendyburchsteel AT

Monday November 12  7pm
Open the Door for Three (Liz Knowles, Kieran O’Hare, Pat Broaders)
Arcata house concert

Sat Nov 24
Jeff Warner
Hyde St Pier, SF

Dec 7-9
Tony McManus & Teja GerkenL Guitar Weekend

Wednesday, December 12th 2018, 7:30PM
Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern
Michael’s On Main, Soquel

Fri Dec 21
Irish Christmas in America
Bankhead Theater, Livermore

Thursday, December 27, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Camp New Harmony
SF Folk Music Club
Walker Creek Ranch (west Marin)

Alasdair Fraser Community Music Workshop, Ceilidh Dance Party & Brunch
Grass Valley Elk’s Lodge
sally AT

February 3, 2019 3pm
Jim Malcolm
Auburn house concert

Wed Feb 6 7:30pm
The Outside Track
Michael’s on Main, Soquel

Feb 8
The Outside Track
Eagles Hall, Fort Bragg

Wed Feb 27 2019 7:30pm
Natalie Macmaster & Donnell Leahy
Bankhead Theater, Livermore

Feb 2019
Chief O’Neill’s Irish Music Festival
Tiburon, CA.

Feb-March 2019
Roche Harbor Traditional Irish Music Retreat
do-it-yourself – no formal instruction
Roche Harbor, WA (San Juan Islands)

Thurs Feb 28
Eagles Hall, Fort Bragg

Sun March 3 7:30pm
Michael’s on Main, Soquel

March 13
Freight & Salvage ?

March 14
Michael’s on Main, Soquel

March 16-17 2019
Féile Parkfield
Irish & American music

Apr 5-7 2019
Epicenter contra dance weekend
Mill Valley

Apr 2019
Julian Family Fiddle Camp

Apr 2019
John Muir Birthday Celebration
John Muir National Historic Site
4202 Alhambra Avenue at Highway 4 Martinez
Scottish Fiddlers, bagpipers, other music

Apr 2019 Noon-5pm
SF Festival of the Mandolins
Croatian American Cultural Center
60 Onondaga Ave, San Francisco, California 94112

Fri Apr 26
SF Scottish Fiddlers
Freight, Berkeley

Apr 2019
Woodland Celtic Games & Festival
Yolo County Fairgrounds, Woodland

April 19, 2019
Andrew Finn Magill & Cary Novotny
Santa Cruz?

April 20, 2019
Andrew Finn Magill & Cary Novotny
Mt View house concert
SV.houseconcerts AT

May 2019
Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh
downtown Mountain View

Memorial Day Weekend: 
Redwood Music Camp
Camp Harmon, Boulder Creek,

Memorial Day weekend:
Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle Center.

June 2019?
Berkeley Sunday Streets

June 2019
San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Everett Middle School, 450 Church St (at 16th) SF

June 2019
Faultline Frolic (contra dance weekend)
Santa Rosa

Jun 2019
Sierra Fiddle Camp
Nevada City

June 2019
Folklore Camp

June 2019
Alasdair Fraser’s Ceilidh in the Park
(concluding concert for Sierra Fiddle Camp)
Pioneer Park Nevada City, CA

June 2019
fiddlekids, Berkwood Hedge School, Berkeley

June 2019 11:30am
fiddlekids concert
Freight free

July 2019
BACDS Family Week Camp
Monte Toyon, Aptos (near Santa Cruz)

July 2019
BACDS American Dance & Music Camp
Jones Gulch Camp,  La Honda (west of Palo Alto)

July 2019
BACDS American Week final dance – open to the public
Palo Alto

July 2019
Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
Fort Worden State Park., Port Townsend WA

July 2019
“Mule Barn Camp”
Jefferson County Fairgrounds (next to Fort Worden)
concurrent with Fiddle Tunes
Port Townsend WA

July 2019
California Coast Music Camp (CCMC)
near Auburn, Placer County

July 2019
Shasta String Celebration
hosted by Tristan & Tashina Clarridge
Freight & Salvage

July 26 to August 3, 2019
Lark in the Morning Camp

August 2019
Cascadia Irish Music Week
Evergreen State College, Olympia WA

Aug 2019 (typically 2nd weekend of August)
Balance the Bay (in-town contra dance weekend)
Janet Pomeroy Center, San Francisco (on Skyline Dr near Lake Merced)

Aug 2019
Festival of the Sea
Hyde St Pier SF

Aug 2019 (Thurs before Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp)
Fiddle Summit w/ Scottish Fiddle Camp faculty

Aug  – Sept 2019 (Fri through following Sat, week ending in Labor Day weekend)
Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp
Camp Campbell, Boulder Creek



March 2020
Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis
Auburn house concert, fiddle workshop, illustrated talk

Apr 16-19 2020
CCE (Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann) North American Convention
SF Airport Mariott Waterfront



Items marked with ?? should be verified.

— Irish sessions:

* East Bay:

Starry Plough, Berkeley Sun 8pm & Mon 9pm (playing for ceili dancing)

Starry Plough, Berkeley, 2nd Sat 2pm-4pm – Fair Plé session
promoting and supporting Gender based equality in traditional Irish and Folk music

Slainte (Jack London Square, Oakland)
Sun 4pm-7pm
Thurs 7pm-10pm
Sat 3pm-6pm

Lark in the Morning 830 Gilman Berkeley – occasional

Murray Schoolhouse, Dublin Heritage Center, 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin, CA.
1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesday 7 PM to 9 PM.

* San Francisco:

Plough & Stars Sun & Tuesday

Irish Cultural Center
(Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Cooley-Keegan Branch of San Francisco)
1st Sat of the month 7:30pm (??)

The Chieftain Sunday 6:30pm
198 Fifth Street San Francisco,

* Marin county:

19 Broadway, Fairfax (??) Sunday 2pm (or 1pm?)

Mayflower Pub, San Rafael 1st Tues

St. Isabella’s school, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael
Wednesdays from 7–9pm

Wu Wei Tea Temple,
third Sunday 3pm
1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930

* Sonoma county:

Aqus Cafe Petaluma – 1st Thurs 7pm-9pm

Redwood Cafe, Cotati
2nd Sun 3pm-5pm
2nd & 4th Sun 6pm-9pm
Irish dancing 1st & 3rd Wed 6pm-8pm

* Peninsula/South Bay:

outdoors ~425 Main St, Half Moon Bay Saturdays 1pm-4pm
mtn_kahuna AT

O’Flaherty’s, San Jose – Tuesdays 6:30 to 10:00

Lilly Mac’s Sunnyvale, CA (??)

* Santa Cruz – see

* Davis/Sacramento/Auburn:

Fox & Goose
1001 R Street (at 10th) Sacramento, CA 95811
hosted by Stepping Stone
1st Thursday 8pm-10pm


— Quebecois (French Canadian):
once a month on a weekend afternoon in Albany. Sometimes, but not always, the 4th Sat of the month.

— Scottish

SF Scottish Fiddlers
2nd Sunday, afternoon. Different location every month.
Every Tues 7:15pm-9:30pm North Oakland

See also:


Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St. Berkeley

The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave Berkeley (at Gilman)

Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley (510)841-2082

Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley

The Plough & Stars
116 Clement Street San Francisco (2nd Ave)

SF Jazz
201 Franklin Street, San Francisco

Brick & Mortar

19 Corte Madera Ave. Mill Valley, CA, 94941

Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
390 Morris St., Sebastopol

Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
6275 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018

Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA
320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, CA

St. Mary’s By-The-Sea
146 12th Street and Central Ave., Pacific Grove.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

(see oldtime list for many more)

House Concerts:

Santa Cruz house concert (Daniel Steinberg)
Concerts AT

Sally Greenberg (Berkeley)

Wisteria Ways (house concert series in North Oakland)

Bill Wagman – Davis

Sharon & Jaya Carl – Auburn

Artist websites:

Marla Fibish

Noctambule (Marla Fibish & Bruce Victor)

Richard Adrianowicz, Richard Adrianowicz & Peter Kasin, Out of the Rain

Tipsy House

The Jammy Dodgers (Autumn Rhodes, Darcy Noonan, & Dave Cory)

Bicycle Irish (Autumn Rhodes and Patricia Ross)

Holdstock and Macleod

Black Brothers

Todd Denman

Culann’s Hounds

The Gas Men

Kyle Alden

Story Road

Kilty Town

Michael Mullen

Molly’s Revenge

Stepping Stone (Sacramento)


Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Cooley-Keegan Branch of San Francisco

SF Scottish Fiddlers

Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Community Listings:

Aniar Records

San Francisco Pipers’ Club

Bay Area Country Dance Society (BACDS)

North Bay Country Dance Society

San Francisco Bay Queer Contra Dance & Circle Left

Consolidated California Contra Dance Schedule

Convenient Contra Calendar (consolidated calendar for Greater SF Bay Area)

Sacramento area contra dances

Calendar of Santa Cruz/Monterey dances

Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz

Aromas Community Grange Contra Dance

Monterey Country Dance Community

San Francisco Free Folk Festival

Sonoma County Folk Society


Harmony list (SF Folk Music Club email list):

Set Dancing in the Bay Area:

Tony Becker’s AmeriCeltic website
He also sends out a weekly session/event list via email.

N California Celtic Calendars (Chuck Jamison & Tony Becker)

Irish Culture Bay Area

Sessions in Santa Cruz & South Bay

Jim Scarff’s SF Celtic Music website  (may contain obsolete info)

French and Breton Trad Music in the Bay Area  (may contain obsolete info)

Northwest (Portland, Seattle, etc)
Ceol Cascadia Irish Music Association Seattle WA
Irish music around Seattle
Abbie Weisenbloom – Portland house concerts that are often viewable via Concert Window
Burren Back Room in Boston – often viewable via Concert Window