AmeriCeltic Newsletter

Published Friday, 2017-05-26


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Cecilia Fabos-Becker reviews The Saint Andrews Society of San Francisco. (See Below)

• TONIGHT, Friday, May 26 at 7:00 PM, the Mullen-Jones Project, featuring Tempest alumni Michael Mullen and Greg Jones, make Celtic Jazz again at Ale Industries, 3096 East 10th Street in Oakland. (See Below).
• Also TONIGHT, Friday, May 26 at 9:00 PM, Jon Rubin and David Boyden, as Hardly Strictly Jazz, present their Celtic Jazz interpretations at Rite Spot Cafe, 2099 Folsom St in San Francisco. (See Below).
• TOMORROW, Saturday, May 27, Hot band Charmas has a gig at the Silver Mountain Winery 1:00 - 4:00 pm as well as 12:00 - 3:00 pm Saturday June 24, & Sunday June 25. On Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 - 8:30 pm they are at @ Pasatiempo Golf Resort, and on Saturday, June 9th, at 6:30 PM at the UICC in San Francisco (See Below).
• This Wednesday, May 31st, The Colleen Raney Trio, with Stuart Mason and Ryan Davidson, performs in SLO to kick off four days in California. (See Below)
Wake the Dead launches their Summer of Love tour with a Benefit Concert For The California Revels in Oakland on Thursday, June 1st, and on Friday, June 2nd, follows with a gig at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. (See Below).
• New group The Erica Hockett Quartet performs Saturday, June 3rd at 8:45 PM, at The Chieftain in San Francisco. (See Below)
• On Saturday, June 24th, 7:00 PM, hot singer Erin Ruth Thompson entertains at Sláinte Pub, Jack London Square, Oakland accompanied by David Chadwick. (See Below).

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Mullen Jones Project

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

Friday, May 26 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 tune, O'Carolan's Concerto, Click Here!
And another, A Fig For A Kiss

This will be the duo's second appearance at Ale Industries in Oakland. 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:


Hardly Strictly Jazz @ The Rite Spot

Jon Rubin and David Boyden | Friday, May 26, 9-11pm

The Rite Spot Cafe, 2099 Folsom St., San Francisco

Tonight, The Rite Spot Cafe, in The Mission District of S.F., presents "one of my favorite Celtic genre-bending local artists" as the acoustic fingerstyle guitar of Jon Rubin joins with the improvisational violin of David Boyden in the instrumental folk/blues/celtic/jazz duo, Hardly Strictly Jazz. Jon may be familiar to AmeriCeltic followers for his past work with sopranos Aine Brolly and Erica Hockett, (Hardly Strictly Trad.) and David with Lee Corbie-Wells (Kaptain Bottletop). Free show, dining and drinks avail.


Charmas New Album Songs of the Sea!

Charmas Concerts in Scotts Valley, Los Gatos & San Francisco

Charmas 19-track album, Songs of the Sea!, is now available on CD Baby and they have and five more concerts coming up in the next six weeks.

This unique sea music collection includes traditional Celtic and Afro-Carribean sea chanteys, Scottish boat songs, sea-themed sailors' ballads, Irish pub songs, Canadian folk rock, instrumental water music, and one original sailor song.

To preview a full length sample song Isle Au Haut, Click Here!

Charmas Upcoming Shows

• Saturday, May 27 1:00 - 4:00 PM & Saturday June 24 & Sunday June 25 12:00 - 3:00 pm @ Silver Mountain Winery, Silver Mountain Drive, Los Gatos
• Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 - 8:30 pm @ The Hollins House Restaurant at Pasatiempo Golf Resort, Pasatiempo Golf Resort, 20 Clubhouse Road, Scotts Valley
• Friday, June 09 & Saturday July 08 6:30 - 9:00 pm @ United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco

Listen to more samples or download your copy of the CD today by visiting Songs of the Sea!

Full Details at, or email Elise MacGregor Ferrell at


Danny Carnahan and Wake the Dead

Your Summer of Love Party Band

Oakland - June 1st | Santa Cruz - June 2nd

WAKE THE DEAD, the World's Only Celtic All-Star Summer of Love Party Band has two new shows to celebrate this Anniversary! Let's ratchet this warm and fuzzy feeling right into Summer of Love mode!!



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

Here are a couple of sample Studio-Produced Videos of Wake the Dead:
Wake the Dead - Down the Days / Andy McGann's / Music For A Found Harmonium
Wake the Dead - Waiting For Snow / Darkness Darkness / Reel Mattawa

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

Seventeen years of rocking acoustic joy and still going strong - spotlighting songs from the brand-new CD 'Deal'. Fans are guaranteed brand-new surprises at every show.

Wake the Dead Summer of Love Tour


2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA
Doors open: 7:30 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Advance Tickets: $30 adults/$20 kids 5-18 (and slightly more at the door... hey, after all, this is a benefit!)
Advance tix through Brown Paper Tickets:
For more details, visit:

Opening set by famed Gaita Gals bagpipe and drum band. Plus other Surprise Guests!

Nearly every member of WTD has performed at one time or another with the Revels, a wonderful Bay Area holiday tradition of many years' standing. We love this show and we love these people and we want to help assure that the tradition continues on, despite the cruel vagaries of economics in these peculiar times. So bring the whole family out for this show... held at a big and beautiful church space in which we will absolutely make some joyful noise. Our last Bay Area show till the fall... just sayin'. Now we're off to smell the flowers some more.


320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Doors open: 7:30 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $20
Advance fix through Brown Paper Tickets:
For will-call and more details, visit:
For more info about Kuumbwa, call: 831-427-2227

Oh my, we always love the Kuumbwa, and it's been several years since we played here! Such a sweet room with delightful sound and equally delightful refreshments on offer. It's a listening room, but dancers always have room around the edges to follow any and all bliss.

Full Details, updates and ticket links at


Colleen Raney Trio

California Tour Wed. - Sat. this week

San Luis Obispo | Soquel | San Diego | Los Angeles

Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, Portland, Maine's Colleen Raney has just returned from a tour with Irish-American supergroup, Solas, and will be doing a swing down through California. Colleen grew up inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes in the rich Irish community of Seattle. Her four solo CDs have staked her claim as a serious presence in Celtic music today. For the Canadee-I-O video by Colleen Raney, Click Here!

Veteran artists Stuart Mason (guitar, mandola, banjo, vocals), and Ryan Davidson (bouzouki, vocals) accompany Colleen.

Stuart Mason (guitar, mandola, banjo, vocals) is a member of the popular Celtic band, Molly's Revenge and the old-time bluegrass band Little Black Train and has played at festivals from China to Ireland. He has also won awards for traditional singing and for song writing. His music blog, Fiddlefreak, is now 9 years old.

Ryan Davidson (bouzouki, vocals) is known for his powerful vocals and soulful style of folk storytelling. After a decade on the road playing rock-n-roll, he studied voice and jazz and then he was accepted into the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance in Limerick, Ireland where he studied the Irish Bouzouki and received an MA in Ethnomusicology.

Colleen Raney California Tour

• Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 7:00 PM SLO Houseconcerts, San Luis Obispo, CA
• Thursday, Jun 01, 2017, 7:30 PM The Ugly Mug, Soquel, CA
• Friday, Jun 02, 2017, 7:30 PM Trinity Concerts, San Diego, CA
• Saturday, Jun 03, 2017, 8:00 PM MacLeod Ale Brewing, Los Angeles, CA

For more on Colleen, check


Erica Hockett Quartet @ the Chieftain

Saturday, June 3rd, 8:45 PM

Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, 198 5th St, San Francisco

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, 198 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, is a bustling SoMa spot with Irish pub grub & beers on tap plus sports on the satellite TV.

The Chieftain is a local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to San Francisco, with 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.

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

On Saturday, June 3rd, @ 8:45 PM, The Chieftain presents the The Erica Hockett Quartet. This is the new folk and traditional band putting out great folk music, a mix of upbeat jigs and reels, pub songs and ballads from all around the British Isles and Ireland.


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

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

Chris Hammond a.k.a. Alonzo Garbanzo – Guitar/Vocals Chris Hammond’s first musical love is Bluegrass and Appalachian music. He plays a beloved guitar which was made in the 1930s and he loves to sing those high lonesome harmonies.

Troy Dillinger – Accordion/Vocals Troy Dillinger, tired of selling jeans in retail, took up the accordion in hopes of landing a job playing at the Macaroni Grill in Escondido, California. After many an evening of playing O Sole Mio to pasta-devouring patrons, Troy turned his sights to gypsy jazz and played with the illustrious quintet John Coffee & the Dark Roast. Most recently Troy has been studying the incorporation of piano accordion in traditional Irish music.

For the Erica Hockett and Friends video, just Click Here! For even more music, check their Soundcloud site!


Mother Lode Highland Games

Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, 2016

Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St, Plymouth, CA

Join the fun at the first annual Motherlode Scottish Games at the Amador County Fairgrounds. Come a few days early, or stay a few days after and enjoy the charming town of Plymouth, CA, do a wine tasting tour, or go white water rafting in the American River! There is an exhaustive list of accommodations on the Motherlode website.

The Scottish Highland Games are a unique mix of sports, culture and community. The Games consist of field and track events, piping & athletic events such as caber tossing, hammer throw, and weight for distance and more.

For more information contact email Carl McDanel or call him at (209) 296-4290.


Highland Games, Food, Music and Activity Highlights

Avalon Rising

Black Irish

Celtic Spring


Children's Activities - Celtic Clans - Clan Village
Dancing: Cape Breton Step Dancing | Highland Dancing | Irish Dancing | Scottish Country Dance
Gold Rush Era Sawmill - Gold Panning
Athletic Events - Caber - Weight for Distance - Weight Over Bar - Open Stone
Living History - Historic Re-Enactment - Village Marketplace
Whiskey & Wine Tasting Seminars
Piping & Druming - Fiddlers & Harpers - Celtic Foods

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Harp and Fiddle Sessions

The Mother Lode Scots would like to invite you to join the Sacramento Scottish Fiddlers / Harpers Hall session at the Mother Lode Highland Games. These sessions are a great success for many years past at the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Gatherings, and are now here at the Mother Lode event. Its a great way to bring the world of Harp and Scottish Fiddle music to the Sierra Foothills.

Sessions run both days between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, alternating between the Scottish Fiddlers and Harpers Hall. The Scottish Fiddlers organize as a session and The Harpers Hall play in a rehearsed ensemble as well as with solos and duos, along with opportunities for people to try out the harps in their 'harp petting zoo'.

Here is a video about the Harpers Hall

For more information on participating with the Sacramento Scottish Fiddlers, contact Janet Kurnick. Call (916) 446-4404 or email

For more information on participating with Harpers Hall, contact Verlene Schermer by email or check


The St. Andrew's Society of San Francisco

Our Ain Ills Hae Strength To Bear Anither's Aye Hae Heart To Feel

Meetings 3rd Monday, 7:30 PM, 1088 Green Street, San Francisco

By Cecilia L. Fabos-Becker

The St. Andrew's Society of San Francisco, (SASSF), is a very old, friendly and well-regarded Scottish organization. Its members first gathered to celebrate their heritage and help one another in the 1850's but was formally established as a registered Society in 1863. It is one of the oldest cultural-combined-with-charitable organizations in California history.

From its website page of history and purposes: "Our Society joins persons of Scottish birth and those of the same heritage in a bond of cultural and benevolent purpose, the latter best expressed in their motto:

'Our Ain llls Aye Hae Strength to Bear, Anither's Aye Hae Heart to Feel.'

The organization does a significant amount of charitable works.

'Aid to people of Scots origin or descent in distress remains an important function to us.' and the organization joins other Scottish and British organizations in special projects from time to time to accomplish this.'Our Board of Student Assistance helps students of the same background who are from Northern California or Scotland and in their last two years of college or are in graduate study. In terms of cultural promotion, encouragement in tangible form is given to bagpipe bands, Highland dance groups, and Celtic music study.'

As for fun, SASSF hosts all the usual Scottish celebrations, including a posh St. Andrews Day Banquet and Ball in November, a Robert Burns Dinner in January, and a Scottish-born John Muir tribute in April. These events and monthly meetings all likely include distinguished guests and speakers, business persons, technicians, doctors, educators, high technology experts, lawyers, engineers, specialists in banking and investment, and active and retired military personnel, and frequently notable people from the Mother Country all of whom have a special interest in their Scottish inheritance and background.

SASSF is a membership organization that accepts members of both sexes who have some Scottish heritage and an interest in Scots culture and history, current events, and the charities this organization supports as well as fun. Members and officers are genial, friendly people and will gladly help you become a member if you are interested. Its regular monthly meeting is the third Monday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. in its Historic Engine Co. #31 Firehouse at the top of Russian Hill in San Francisco, with a "summer recess" of July and August. There are refreshments and beverages in a short social before the meetings, and valet parking for members and invited guests.

Membership requirements for joining The SASSF do not require an extensive documented pedigree back to a particular ancestor who left Scotland at a particular date, and are simply stated on their website as "members are persons of Scottish birth or descent". Bona fide interest in the society, and its activities and events, is of primary importance. Its current leadership also recognizes that Scots-Irish are also "of Scottish descent", that a very large part of the early U.S. population were Scots and Scots-Irish immigrants, and that modern DNA tests are pretty helpful and reliable in confirming the stories that parents and grandparents might have told about having Scottish ancestors.

Since "two members in good standing (must be) proposing and seconding the applicant", it is helpful to come and meet members of the Society at a few events, and to get to know them a little before applying for full membership in this organization. The SASSF maintains a hospitality and information booth at the San Francisco Caledonian Club Gathering and Games on the Labor Day Weekend at the Alameda County Fairgounds in Pleasanton, and a few other events. Members and officers are usually in attendance at other Celtic events.

For full Details on The SASSF, Click Here.


Celtic Society of Monterey Bay

The venerable Celtic Society of Monterey Bay has a 24 year record of bringing world class Celtic musicians to the Monterey Bay Area and is a key sponsor of AmeriCeltic.

Molsky's Mountain Drifters

Sunday, June 18th 2017, 7:30PM

Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz

Mari Black Trio

Sunday, June 18th 2017, 3:00PM

St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove

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.)


Erin Ruth Thompson @ Sláinte Pub

with David Chadwick | Saturday, June 24th, 7:00 PM

Sláinte Pub, Jack London Square, 131 Broadway, Oakland

Sláinte (slahn-cha) is an authentic Irish pub offering a menu of traditional Irish cooking and classic cocktails in the heart of Jack London Square.

The menu features Irish cuisine from Irish-born Executive Chef, Jackie Gallanagh, with dishes that include both imported & local ingredients. Many ingredients come from Ireland, including rashers, sausages and black and white puddings for the all-day Irish breakfast, Dubliner cheese and Kerrygold butter. The shepherd's pie is made with lamb, not beef!

Owner and Beverage Director, Jenny Schwarz, of Oakland's popular restaurant, Hopscotch, offers a bar menu with classic cocktails, a well-stocked selection of whisky, (three vintages of Redbreast Irish Whisky on the top shelf from 21-year-old on down.) premium spirits, and local & imported beers.

Sláinte is open Tuesday - Sunday : 12pm-midnight Closed Monday. Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website Sláinte also features some of the finest local and regional singers and musicians, in live, acoustic performance.


Rising star vocalist Erin Ruth Thompson came to the Bay Area in late 2012 from Tuscon via Hawai'i and makes her home in Albany. With encouragement from Jack Gilder at the Plough & Stars Irish Pub in San Francisco, and Shay Black at the Starry Plough Irish Pub in Berkeley, Erin quickly fell in love with Celtic music, and has followed her heart, building an impressive repertoire traveling this path ever since. Erin is also an accomplished songwriter, keyboardist, and guitarist.

Noted Santa Cruz guitarist and mandolinist David Chadwick will accompany Erin.



Click on these links to see video samples:

Erin Thompson singing, Hard Times at the KKUP studios in March 2017 accompanied by The Black Brothers Band.
Erin Thompson singing her original composition, Miles Away at the KKUP studios in March 2017 accompanied by David Chadwick.
Erin Thompson singing A Lady Fair at the 'Spirit of Ireland' Award Luncheon in March 2017 accompanied by David Chadwick.
Erin Thompson singing The Rocks of Bawn 'Sean Nos' style in February 2017.
Erin Thompson singing The Foggy Dew accompanied by Tony Becker at the Mick McDonnell Memorial in November 2016.

More information on Erin's website at and sample tracks at her Soundcloud site


Lark In The Morning's 37th Lark Camp

Music, Song & Dance Celebration July 28 - August 5, 2017

Worldwide Workshops, Including Extensive Celtic Music and Song!

Unique in California, Lark Camp provides an open forum for the exchange of creative ideas between musicians, singers, dancers and composers. The Lark Camp experience is enhanced by motivational instructors and inspired students, who also share their passions and skills with the rest of the participants, while have one @&%!** of a good time!

For Lisa Lynne's Lark Camp Video, Click Here!

Lark Camp Adult & Family Camp features Music and Dance from the World Over
Music, Song & Dance Workshops • Cabins • Dances • Parties • Sessions • Great Food • Dance Hall • Dining Hall • Camping • Fire Circles • Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods • Full Camp 8 Days or Half Camp 4 Days

Lark Camp 2017 Registration Is Open Register Now to save your place.

Imagine idyllic days & nights in the magical redwood forest filled with all the music, dance, and good times you could possibly stand, and that's kind of close to what Lark's Music Celebration is like. You are free to take as many or as few of the workshops offered as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation. Truly a unique total immersion into the joys of nature, music and dance. Many workshops for the professional as well as the beginner!

To review the Lark Camp Music & Dance Staff 2017, Click Here. For pictures and videos of past Lark Camps Click Here, or check the history, layout, what happens at camp, and much more, at the Lark Camp website,

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