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Friday, 2017-11-17
Updates, Features, & Events

Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,

• AmeriCeltic co-founder Cecilia Fabos-Becker offers a tutorial on Locating your Ancestors lands in Ireland and Scotland (See Below)

• TODAY, Friday November 17th at 7 PM, the Mullen-Jones Project continues its genre-bending with another show at Ale Industries in Oakland. (See Below)
• TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND Hot Celtic dance band The Syncopaths continues its tour of Northern California with stops in Little River Friday, November, 17th, Pacific Grove Sunday, November, 19th, and on Saturday, November, 18th, a Fire Relief Fundraiser Dance in San Francisco. (See Below)
• THIS SATURDAY, at 7 PM, the San Jose School of Highland Dancing holds its 12th Scottish Extravaganza at Sacred Heart School's Gymnasium in Saratoga. (See Below)
• THIS TUESDAY, at 7 PM, David Brewer continues his Celtic Music Night at St. Andrews Church Aptos with the Community School of Santa Cruz Teen Band Celtic and World folk ensemble. (See Below)
• After Thanksgiving, the Holiday Affairs kick off on Saturday, November 25th with the Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco Saint Andrews Day Dinner at the Marines' Memorial Club, in San Francisco (See Below)
• Sunday, November, 26th at 9:30 AM Annual Irish Social Club Memorial Service at the Carmelite Monastery in San Jose. (See Below)
• Also Sunday, November, 26th at 7:00 PM Molly's Revenge begins its holiday shows with the Rosemary Turco Dancers at Angelica's in Redwood City.
BEST NEWS! December 1st, through 22nd, Winterdance, has it's annual holiday run with 10 shows in 9 cities! CLICK FOR THE VIDEO! (See Below)
• Teada's Irish Christmas plays at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Thursday, November 30, and Placer Arts At The State Theater on Friday, December 1. (See Below)
• Saturday, December 2nd, at 5:00pm, it's the annual Candlelight Christmas Walk & Ceilidh, at Armory Hall, in Volcano. (See Below)
• Saturday, December 3rd, at 2:00pm, the The Shamrock Club of Sacramento & The Caledonian Club of Sacramento, host their Annual Christmas Party, in Sacramento. (See Below)
GREAT NEWS! On Tuesday, December 5th, at 7:00 PM, the HOT show Fabulous Folk, returns to the South Bay with a free show at the Theatre on San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose. CLICK FOR A NEW VIDEO! (See Below)
• Thursday, December 21st at 7:30 PM, An Irish Christmas returns to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. (See Below)

Scan our feature articles below, or as always, you can click here to check the next month of listings on our website.

Mullen Jones Project

Mullen Jones Project in Oakland TONIGHT!
'Miles Davis meets Riverdance'

Friday, November 17th at 7pm @ Ale Industries, 3096 East 10th Street, Oakland

Greg Jones and Michael Mullen, both lately of the legendary Celtic rock band Tempest, have created a new group, Mullen Jones Project. This "Celtic Bop" band plays Celtic music with a jazz accent, fusing Celtic melodies with the rhythms and harmonies of various jazz idioms, from New York to Brazil via Dublin and Edinburgh – Kinda like Miles Davis meets Riverdance. Celtic with too much jazz, or jazz with too much Celtic, depending on your point of view, Greg Jones and Michael Mullen are certain to give your musical palate some excellent new flavors to savor!

To hear Mullen Jones Project put their formula to work on the ancient tunes, like O'Carolan's Concerto, Click Here!

For more information on the venue, check or

For more information on Mullen Jones Project music, email Michael Mullen at, or call 510-414-6063, or check his websites:


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.

For a Syncopaths video, Click Here!

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 for tickets,
• Nov 18, San Francisco BACDS Fire Relief fundraiser Contra Dance, San Francisco, CA,
• Nov 19, St Mary's Celtic Music Series, Pacific Grove, CA, or email

For more on the Syncopaths, check or


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
• Bruce Cotter, dance piper
• Macintosh Pipe Band

Tickets Adults: $20.00
Youths 5-12 years old: $15.00
Children under 5 years old: free

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.
• Tuesday November 28th, 7PM -- The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers -- Scottish fiddle orchestra featuring US National Scottish Fiddle Champion Colyn Fischer, & pianist Shauna Pickett-Gordon.

Celtic Music Night website:
Celtic Music Night Facebook page:

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:


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.

The Syncopaths

• Sunday, November 19th 2017, 3:00PM, A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series, St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove

Irish Christmas In America

• 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.

For a Scottish Clan Map, Click Here!

For an Irish Surname Map, Click Here!

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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.
Patron: His Grace the Duke of Hamilton
Reception: 6:00PM
Dinner, Evening Program & Dancing: 7:30PM
Pipe Band
Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers

Formal or Highland Dress RecommendedFounded in 1863, Saint Andrews Society San Francisco joins men and women of Scottish birth and those of the same heritage in a bond of culture and benevolent purpose, the latter best expressed in our motto:

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 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 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 or call 408-866-0791.

Winterdance 4 WinterDance!


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!

To watch the Event Video, Click Here!

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, or check the Cathedral website at 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
• Sat Dec 2, 2017, 8:00pm, Sutter Creek, Sutter Creek Theatre
• Sun Dec 3, 2017, 7:30pm, Culver City, Boulevard Music
• Thu Dec 7, 2017, 7:30pm, Felton, Flynn's Cabaret (fka Don Quixote's International Music Hall)
• Fri Dec 8, 2017, 7:30pm, Carmichael, St Michael's Episcopal Church
• Sun Dec 10, 2017, 7:30pm, Roseville, St. John's Episcopal Church
• Fri Dec 15, 2017, 7:00pm, San Jose, Trinity Cathedral
• Sat Dec 16, 2017, 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Tehachapi, The BeeKay Theatre
• Fri Dec 22, 2017, 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Pacific Grove, St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

Artist sites and sounds:
Molly's Revenge
Christa Burch


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.

Click Here to see Niamh Farrell perform I'm Going to Set you Free with Project West on on FleadhTV.

For a video of Irish Christmas in America @ CMU, Mount Pleasant, MI, Click Here.

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

• Nov 30, 7:30PM, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA, Tickets
• Dec 01, 8:00PM, State Theatre, Auburn, CA, Tickets

For more info, sights and sounds, visit or connect on Facebook


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!!!

If you wish to donate bread, stew, soup or dessert just bring it to the Christmas Walk! All is appreciated!"

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.

Details at call (209) 304-3821 or email


The Shamrock Club of Sacramento &
The Caledonian Club of Sacramento
Annual Christmas Party

Sunday, December 3, 2017 2:00 - 5:30 PM

Residence of Sharon Young (17th between Capitol & N) Sacramento

• Pot Luck: beginning at 2:30, Please bring whatever drinks you think you will enjoy most.
• Paper plates, utensils and condiments will be supplied by the Caledonian Club.
• Music: We encourage any of our members to bring instruments.
• Yankee Trade Gift Exchange
• Christmas Box for Troops. Make Christmas brighter for some of America's best by sending snacks (in mailable packaging), paperbacks/magazines, chap stick, razors, etc. Chuck Jameson will get these packed, mailed and delivered to the troops.

Check Shamrock Club of Sacramento Christmas Party Details, Click Here.

RSVP to:
Jane Lamborn: (916) 505-1356,
Sharon Young: (916) 539-8931,

EricaFriendsFairfaxTrio Fabulous Folk!

Erica & Friends / Moonshine Jelly

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 7:00 PM! LIVE SOUTH BAY CONCERT
Theater on San Pedro Square, 29 N San Pedro St, San Jose

Theater on San Pedro Square and bring you 'Fabulous Folk', featuring two GREAT Acts on Free Tuesday December 5th!


To watch the Event Video, Click Here!

Erica and Friends is the Bay Area's HOTTEST new folk and traditional band. Born of the rich Berkeley Arts culture, they've served up an upbeat mix of jigs and reels and pub songs, along with jazz, standards, and sweet ballads all over the East Bay and San Francisco. With Erica Hockett's vocals, Lee Corbie-Wells' fiddle, Troy Dillinger's accordion, and Chris Hammond's guitar, they are destined to become one of our great regional folk music resources. For the first time, hear them in the South Bay, at Theater on San Pedro Square!

For more on Erica & Friends, check their websites: YouTube Videos | Facebook Page | Soundcloud | or Reverbnation

Moonshine Jelly have stunned the Bay Area Folk scene, venturing into Celtic, Americana, Blues, and Swing genres. Lee Corbie-Wells performs Gaelic, Russian and Welsh songs, along with the duo’s original tunes with Lee on violin and guitar. Accompanying her is Kent Kessinger on guitar and banjo.

For more on Moonshine Jelly, check the websites: YouTube Videos | Facebook Page |

More Details in the Facebook Event

For more on Theater on San Pedro Square, check, call 408-679-2330 or email Nick Nichols


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.

For the An Irish Christmas Tour 2017 video, Click Here.
For $40.00 to $80.00 Tickets, Click Here.

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


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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