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Mullen Jones Project in Oakland TONIGHT!
Traditional Dance Band - The Syncopaths
Northern California Tour
Little River 11/17 | San Francisco 11/18 | Pacific Grove 11/19
100% of the proceeds of the San Francisco event will go to helping victims of the North Bay Fires
The hottest 'AmeriCeltic' trad dance band on the West Coast, the Syncopaths, making a tour of Northern California with some high energy tunes and soulful vocals.
From Dance Floors to Concert Halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. Evolving beyond their contra dance origins, they are creating a "chamber folk" sound characterized by the compelling, rhythmic interplay of fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious. All in all, the Syncopaths are equally at home with pulsing, high-energy dance tunes and beautiful, contemplative songs. They ably stretch melodic boundaries while keeping a steady, compelling, danceable beat.
At the heart of the band's sound are the twin engines of Ryan McKasson's dynamic, Scottish-based fiddling and the understated-but-monster picking of mandolinist Ashley Broder. Jeff Spero provides wonderfully inventive and surprising piano accompaniment, anchored by the driving power of Christa Burch's non-traditional bodhrán. Christa also lends her singular voice - warm, supple, expressive, and intimate - to the band's songs.
The Syncopaths tour nationally, and have released two CDs, Five Gears (2010) and Rough Around the Edges (2005).
Northern California Tour Dates
• Nov 17, Oak and Thorn Concert series, Little River, CA, Reservations 707-937-5942 or info@LittleRiverInn.com for tickets, www.facebook.com/events/271375783347177
San Jose School of Highland Dancing Scottish Extravaganza 12
A Magical Gathering - Scottish Music & Dance
Saturday, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
Sacred Heart School's Gymnasium, 13718 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga
This is the story of Clan Macintosh, a joyful Scottish clan that loved to dance and play music. Their chief, a bagpiper, and his wife, a dancer, had a daughter who was weary of the old ways and traditions. In desperation, the daughter seeks the help of the witch at the stone circle who gives her a potion, powerful enough to change her mother. However, it comes with a warning, 'Only a magical dance can break this spell.' When the daughter realizes her mistake, the chieftain summons help from the Magical Kingdom to break the spell.
• Scottish Highland dancers
Tickets Adults: $20.00 http://www.sanjosehighlanddance.com/school/extravaganza.php
There will also be a Scottish tea party with wonderful, homebaked goodies and a raffle.
All proceeds benefit the San Jose School School of Highland Dancing, our programs in the Bay Area including workshops for our dancers, financial support of local competitions, and FUSTA WEST for USIR 2019 (the U.S. Championships of Highland Dancing). The San Jose School of Highland Dancing was founded in the 1960's by Norine Harmon who retired in December of 2005. The school was relocated to Campbell and re-opened in January of 2006, ensuring that the scottish highland dance tradition continued in the San Jose area. The school's dancers compete at scottish/highland games at the local, regional and national level. Dancers also enjoy performing at festivals, parties, parades and demonstrations.
Celtic Music Night
7 PM, Tuesdays November 14th through November 28th
St. Andrews Church, 9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos, CA
Celtic Music Night is a donation based series, and as is tradition, each of these fun-filled evenings include a bagpipe procession, concert of music by a featured special guest artist, Q&A with the group, complimentary refreshments, and an open Celtic music jam session with the players afterward, and is open to ALL ages. Come be a part of it! Mark your calendars now! Spread the word! Grab your friends, family, neighbors, and instruments!
Celtic Music Night Fall 2017 Series
• Tuesday November 21st, 7PM -- The Community School of Santa Cruz Teen Band -- Celtic and World folk ensemble.
Celtic Music Night is a FREE event, run by donations of any amount at the door if possible to help it continue-- just contribute what you can that makes sense for you, and your support is greatly appreciated in keeping folk tradition going. CDs and recordings of the artists are also available for purchase.
As is tradition, each of these fun-filled evenings at Celtic Music Night include a bagpipe procession, concert of music by a featured special guest artist, Q&A with the group, complimentary refreshments, and an open Celtic music jam session with the players afterward, so bring your instruments, questions, and good vibes and ALL of this is ALL ages, and ALL for a nominal donation of any size at the door. So grab your friends, family, instruments, and head out to Aptos for a good time the way nature intended!
Sunday November 19, Celebrate St Andrews Day, at St Andrew Church!
Come celebrate with me and the wonderful folks of St Andrew, as we honor the life's work of Scotland's patron Saint, with a nod to Scottish heritage.
10:15AM bagpipes in the courtyard, 10:30AM Church Service with Kirking o' the Tartans, 12PM Refreshments and Celtic entertainment in fellowship hall. Thanks to "style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"St. Andrew Church of Aptos; Check out their website: www.aptospresbyterianchurch.org
Celtic Society of Monterey Bay
The venerable Celtic Society of Monterey Bay has a 25 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.• Thursday, November 30th 2017, 7:30PM Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz
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.)
Ancestry - Your Scottish or Irish Immigrant Ancestors'
Finding them and Visiting Home Areas
Most people, when they visit another country, are looking for at least a few experiences and areas to see that aren't just the same places that everyone else has gone. For many U.S. citizens, Scotland and Ireland are at the top of their travel lists because they are the countries grandparents or great-grandparents originated, and the countries' people speak forms of English. In this article, we will give you some of our insights on how to go about identifying where your ancestors were living within the Celtic homelands and from where they emigrated.
Along with other Celtic societies, Clans, etc., AmeriCeltic often hosts a hospitality booth at Irish and Scottish festivals, where these questions are often asked. Hundreds of times a weekend, festival visitors ask us for help in determining, at least the county, and if possible, the particular part of the Irish counties or Scottish shire that their Scottish and Irish families came from. Most of these visitors take notes, or photograph pages of our reference books and or or maps. Many intend to travel to those countries someday, and visit their ancestors lands.
There are many useful reference materials where such information can be found, but visitors don't often realize a lot of the information is time specific, and that is very important and useful in understanding what they can tell us.
To help find the locations of Irish and Scottish families, we use most often three particular books, and three particular maps.
Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco
154rd Annual Banquet and Ball Saturday, November 25th, 2017, 6:00PM
Marines' Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco
Non-Member Tickets: $100 per person, or $190 per couple, available now.
Our Ain Ills Hae Strength To Bear Anither’s Aye Hae Heart To Feel
Aid to people of Scots origin or decent in distress remains an important function for us. We cooperate frequently with the British Benevolent Society of San Francisco, and join with such organizations as the Caledonian Club, the PBFSCO and the St. Andrew’s of Oakland and St. Andrew’s of Los Angeles in special projects.
Full details and online tickets are available online. Click here!, or email David Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 415-225-9307.
Annual Irish Social Club Memorial Service
Sunday November 26th, 2017, 9:30 AM
Carmelite Monastery, 12455 Clayton Road, San Jose, CA
Reception in the Library to follow
A Chairde, / Friends,
The annual memorial Mass for deceased members of the The Irish Social Club of Santa Clara County will be held at the Carmelite Monastery at 12455 Clayton Road, San Jose, on Sunday November 26th, 2017 at 9:30 AM. This is your opportunity to honor and commemorate our friends and relatives who have passed on. You are invited to submit the names of loved ones, who have died in the past year or so, for inclusion in the prayers for deceased members.
As may of you know, no collection is taken up during the Mass, but a collection box is placed discreetly near the front door, where you may deposit donations to support our hosts.
After Mass all the faithful are invited to the Library for refreshments, renewed acquaintances, and conversation. Tea and coffee will be provided by the Carmelite Fathers and Brothers, and as usual guests are welcome to bring cakes, snacks, donuts, or other goodies to share for the occasion.
The Irish Social Club of Santa Clara County was founded in 1960 by Irish immigrants. Patrick Ryan, (RIP), from Dublin was the first President. We would like any of you, who has the list of the successive presidents since then to send it to Gerry Mooney email@example.com for sharing with the group. The Club thrived for fifty years in the South Bay, before it became Silicon Valley, with unceasing support from the Carmelite Fathers. If you need any more directions, or have any information to contribute, please Email Pat Delaney firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-866-0791.
WINTERDANCE CELTIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Molly's Revenge, Christa Burch, The Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers
Friday, December 15th, 7:00PM @ Trinity Cathedral, 81 North Second Street, San Jose - Advance tickets $20
With the holiday season underway, the Annual Winterdance Tour is on, and to raise funds for their scholarship program, the San José - Dublin Sister City Program again offers a fourth year at Trinity Cathedral, 81 North 2nd Street, Downtown San Jose on Friday, December 15th, 7:00 PM!
Click Here for $20 Advance Tickets. ($24 at the door)
Molly's Revenge, starring David Brewer, John Weed and Stu Mason with stunning vocalist Christa Burch of the Syncopaths, and the award winning Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers "style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"will present an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, and something new for our regulars.
Molly's Revenge, whose lineup includes bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, have toured the world with their unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm. Their arrangements of traditional jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.
Guest vocalist Christa Burch possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive, intimate, and instantly recognizable. Part of a vibrant new generation of American folk singers, Christa deftly marries intuitive musicianship and storytelling through song, and to balance the gentle beauty of Christa's songs, the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers "style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"bring a percussive, joyful, and colorful exuberance to the stage.
California-based Molly's Revenge has toured since 2000 as a four and five-piece acoustic band, releasing eleven CDs along the way, and in 2014, Molly's Revenge and Christa Burch "style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"recorded a collection of Celtic Christmas and winter-themed music at a remote windswept retreat in the redwoods of the Mendocino coast. This beautiful Winterdance holiday album will be available at the shows.
As always, this 12th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration will capture the traditional spirit of the season and warm the hearts of all who attend.
"A seriously joyous, masterly musical experience." --Tom Clancy, Irish Music Magazine
Full details at www.mollysrevenge.com/shows.shtml, or check the Cathedral website at www.trinitysj.org or call at (408) 293-7953. The performance is made possible in part by the Harold R. Hayes fund and the proceeds benefit our Pat McMahon Scholarship Programs.
2017 Winterdance Tour
• Fri Dec 1, 2017, 7:00pm, Los Osos, South Bay Community Center
Irish Christmas In America
Santa Cruz 11/30 | Auburn 12/1
Produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, the hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in humour and boundless energy. The 2017 tour again features Sligo vocalist Niamh Farrell, and legendary West Kerry singer Séamus Begley, famous for his charming wit and stunning voice.
This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish dancing from Samantha Harvey. In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland, bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season.
'Full of exceptional music and dance, relaxed good humor, and interesting historical commentary', and 'Irish Christmas in America is one of the few standouts. It was as relaxed and enjoyable as any Irish Christmas-themed concerts I’ve ever attended.' Irish Echo
Northern California Tour Dates
Volcano Candlelight Christmas Walk & Ceilidh
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, 5:00PM Walk, 8:00PM Ceilidh
Armory Hall, Corner Consolation & Emigrant streets, Volcano, Amador County, CA
This ancient Celtic tradition has been recreated by the Mother Lode Scots in Volcano, California, on the first weekend in December since 1982. Organizer Stuart McNaughtan describes this annual event:
"Of course, we begin with the candle light walk through the wee town to St Bernard’s Church where the Scottish Gaelic blessing is bestowed upon the crowd to bring peace and prosperity in the coming year and as always we will feed as many people that we can with stews, soups, breads, cider and desserts. I hear that there may be a lasagna or two available!!! Yes, that’s right, no cost to you! Not very Scottish is it? There will be Christmas music, Irish Music, Cape Breton dances by Stepping Out, Pipers. Come on out and join in this event based on old Scottish customs. It’s a great way to begin the Advent Season!!!
Ceilidh - Armory Hall
Entertainment: Cape Breton Step Dancers, Stepping Out
Cape Breton Step Dancing began in the early 1700s when Gaelic speaking settlers from Scotland's Western Isles and Highlands started arriving in Cape Breton, the Island portion of Canada's Nova Scotia.
Although it disappeared in Scotland, this form of hard shoe dancing, which has similarities to Irish Step Dancing and to Appalachian Clogging, flourished and evolved in Cape Breton, Canada.
Potluck Soups & Stews. Please bring a pot of piping hot soup or stew to share or a loaf of crusty bread. Desserts are welcome too.
Apple Cider, Coffee or Tea provided.
The Shamrock Club of Sacramento &
Erica & Friends / Moonshine Jelly
Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 7:00 PM! LIVE SOUTH BAY CONCERT
An Irish Christmas
Christmas magic from the Emerald Isle
Thursday December 21st, 7:30 PM, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore
Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, traditional singing and authentic Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.
Back by popular demand after selling out last year, An Irish Christmas returns to the Bankhead with an exhilarating exhibition of Christmas magic from the Emerald Isle. The show brings together all the joy, hope, laughter and spirit of the season with traditional songs, dances, and lively storytelling.
Leading the Kerry Dance Troupe in 'An Irish Christmas' will be principal dancers Tyler Schwartz and Scott Doherty. Both these dancers have won numerous awards and championships in Irish dance as well as created and produced their own Irish dance productions.
An Irish Christmas represents the best of modern Ireland while also introducing audiences to the beauty, passion and uniqueness of their history. Authentic Irish traditions and customs are cleverly woven into the show including exhilarating step dancing and age-old dances over brooms, on half doors and around butter churns. From soothing ballads to vigorous dance tunes, from Carol of the Bells to ancient Irish hymns and melodies, the music of Ireland comes to life on traditional instruments such as the bodhran and the uilleann pipes, along with fiddles, flutes and drums.
The Bankhead Theater ticket office, 2400 First Street in Livermore, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On performance days the ticket office is open from two hours before to 30 minutes after the scheduled start of each show. Tickets are also available by phone (925) 373-6800, or online lvpac.org.
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!!"
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.
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