Upcoming Celtic Events

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Colleen Raney
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Saturday, September 12th, 2015

6:30pm (potluck)

7:30pm (concert)
Where
Garden concert in Gilroy

SUGGESTED DONATION: $15 or $13 to Celtic Society members. (All proceeds go to the performers.)

RESERVATIONS/DIRECTIONS: (408) 847-4746 or etcteach@yahoo.com
Hailed in Irish Music Magazine as 'among the best in her genre,' the stellar Irish-American singer & bodhran player Colleen Raney returns to Gilroy for a special night of songs & music under the stars in a lovely back garden of a home in East Gilroy.

A member of the noteworthy band Story Road, Raney's concerts & four acclaimed CDs have staked her claim to being one of the leading luminaries on the Irish music scene & led Hearth Music to enthuse, 'singing with a deep love for the tradition & the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from old ballads & renewing our love for Celtic music.'

Enhancing an enchanted evening will be two of the Pacific Northwest's most versatile & in-demand musicians, Bob Soper on fiddle & vocals & World Academy of Irish Music & Dance in Limerick, Ireland graduate Ryan Davidson on Irish bouzouki & vocals so expect incandescent instrumentals & heavenly harmonies interspersed among Colleen's soaring & sublime vocals.

For more info, sights & sounds visit www.colleenraney.com.
One Lane Bridge
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixotes International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

ADMISSION: $15 advance/$17 at door or $13 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: On sale at the venue and online at
www.donquixotesmusic.info. You can also make your reservations by calling the concert director Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or his email: celtsoc@aol.com, or online here:



One Lane Bridge, featuring local Celtic music heroes, John Weed from Molly's Revenge, whom I'm sure weed all agree is one of the finest fiddlers on terra firma, Aria DiSalvio, whose cello is songlike & celestial & makes you salivate for more, & William Coulter in whose mighty mitts the guitar can sound as frisky as a colt one minute & bill & coo lovingly the next, perform music guaranteed to be right up your alley as they will mesmerize & delight with their unique & artful arrangements on traditional & contemporary tunes.

Fusing folk styles from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Spain & beyond with modern influences results in something both ancient & cutting edge; a rhythmically vibrant, melodiously engaging chamber-folk music trio with brio.

Sure, it doesn't take a Roads Scholar to know One Lane Bridge's traffic/music jam is one you won't mind being stuck in as your attention span will be riveted. When One has Lane in their lap of luxury, you're bound to let out Bridge of Sighs for more.

For more info, visit http://williamcoulter.com/onelanebridge.
Carlos Núñez
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixotes International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

ADMISSION: $20 advance/$22 at door or $18 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: On sale at the venue and online at
www.donquixotesmusic.info. You can also make your reservations by calling the concert director Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or his email: celtsoc@aol.com, or online here:


From Galicia, the Celtic region of northwest Spain, Carlos Núñez is widely hailed as the leading player of the gaita (Galician bagpipes) as well as outstanding performer on the flute and whistle.

Coming to international prominence in the 1990's when he was 'adopted' by The Chieftains, his frequent tours and recordings with the Irish supergroup leading to his being dubbed 'The Seventh Chieftain,' Núñez has since released ten 'solo' CDs that have attained gold and platinum status in Spain, including, most recently, 'Inter-Celtic.'

Carlos' stage magnetism and magisterial musicianship have led to raves from the world's press; 'Pipe music as if played by Coltrane or Hendrix' - The Guardian (UK), 'The world's only bagpipe star' - Liberation (France), The New King of the Celts' - El Pais (Spain) and 'If it's possible to become a pop star playing the bagpipes, Núñez could be the man. He is handsome and performs with kinetic flair and his playing had the presence and sense of freedom and vitality that are qualities of all exceptional musicians' - Los Angeles Times.

In concert Carlos will joined by his brother Xurxo on percussion and a guitarist and a fiddler TBA.

As Folk Roots noted, 'Carlos is a scorching piper and flautist; his sound has a pristine quality which hones into the core of the melody's emotion. The band is tight and confident, setting a pace, blasting to the front of the stage en masse at high points. It's quite wonderful and the public can't get enough of it.'

For more info, sights and sounds, visit www.carlos-nunez.com.
Dàimh
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixotes International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

ADMISSION: $18 advance/$20 at door or $16 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: On sale at the venue and online at
www.donquixotesmusic.info. You can also make your reservations by calling the concert director Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or his email: celtsoc@aol.com, or online here:



Dàimh, pronounced 'dive' & meaning 'kinship' in the Scots Gaelic, following becoming long-established favorites at festivals in Scotland, Ireland & across Europe, comes to the West Coast of America for the first time celebrating the fab five's hot-off-the-press sixth CD, timed for release with their tour.

A multiple nominee by the Scots Trad Music Awards for 'Band of the Year,' Dàimh have been hailed in Irish Music Magazine as 'One of the most exhilarating bands on the Celtic map.'

Their sound is as spacious & as full of rugged beauty as their native Highlands & Islands of Scotland with incandescent instrumentals powerfully & passionately played on Highland pipes, border pipes, fiddle, whistles, accordion, guitar, mandolin & mandola alternating with heart-achingly poignant songs superbly sung in the Scots Gaelic.

Come out & step into their ring of fans & take a Dàimh; you're sure to be knocked out by them.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.daimh.net.
The Hanneke Cassel Trio
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Friday, October 2nd, 2015

6:30pm (optional potluck)

7:30pm (concert)
Where
House concert on the West side of Santa Cruz

INFO/RESERVATIONS: For suggested donation prices, reservations, and directions, contact Mark Conover at 831-469-4307 or email him at spiral@wcliff.org or contact Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or celtsoc@aol.com.

Celebrating the release of her latest jaw-dropping CD, 'Dot the Dragon's Eye,' U.S. Scottish National Fiddle Champion, Hanneke Cassel, returns to Santa Cruz for a house concert joined by cellist Mike Block, who also performs with the Silk Road Ensemble, whose leader, Yo Yo Ma, hailed him as 'the ideal musician for the 21st century' & Newfoundland-born guitarist Keith Murphy, formerly of the group Nightingale.

Hanneke is noted for bringing the swaggering brashness of her American roots to the music of Scotland & Cape Breton in a manner that is enormously appealing or, as the Boston Globe phrased it, 'Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness.'

Cassel teaches every year at the Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp so we'll let the Camp's Director, Alasdair Fraser, have the final word; 'One of the most talented young fiddlers you could ever hope to meet. This is fiddle music played with great stylish integrity and personal flair – definitely a joy to listen to.'

For more info, sights and sounds, visit www.hannekecassel.com.
David Power
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at 7:00pm
Where
House concert in Ben Lomond. Address provided upon seat reservation.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $20 or $17 to Celtic Society members

RESERVATIONS & DIRECTIONS:
uilleannpipemike@gmail.com or (831) 345-0292.


When Martin Hayes was picking from the cream of the crop of Irish musicians for the Masters of Tradition tour, whose stops included Santa Cruz, as the uilleann piper he selected David Power.

An outpouring of plaudits from the press included the Irish Times, 'Power brings a breathtaking freshness in his fluid, fluent playing, as light as a feather' & the New York Times, 'The open wail of uilleann pipes played by Power beautifully establishes the central opposition of inner pain and public fantasy.'

The recent release of David's third solo CD, 'the eighteen Moloney,' had the Irish Times rave, 'The sheer breadth of expression captured by Waterford piper Power will be enough to stop many listeners in their tracks. The title is a reference to an uilleann pipes chanter that Power received as a gift, made by Thomas & Andrew Moloney before the Famine.

The chanter's picaresque journey through the playing fingers of Willie Clancy & Leo Rowsome & many others fuels Power's attentive & authoritative handling.'

Also adept on whistles & fiddle & a superb storyteller with winning wit, this will make for an enormously entertaining evening.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.davidpowerup.com.
Sarah McQuaid
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Monday, October 12th, 2015

6:00pm (optional potluck)

7:00pm (concert)
Where
House concert on the West side of Santa Cruz

INFO/RESERVATIONS: For suggested donation prices, reservations, and directions, contact Mark Conover at 831-469-4307 or email him at spiral@wcliff.org or contact Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or celtsoc@aol.com.

Sarah McQuaid makes her second visit to this lovely Santa Cruz house concert series.

Sarah McQuaid's voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and 'honey poured into wine' (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.

Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from one of her emotive originals into a 1930s Cuban jazz number, a 16th century lute piece or an unexpected contemporary cover. Like its predecessors, her fourth solo CD has drawn international critical acclaim: The Musician (UK) called it 'A work that grows with each listen,' while Germany's Folker hailed it as 'Ein mutiges Album mit einem potenziellen Pophit' (A courageous album that includes a potential pop hit). 'Sending out a trembling resonance, this is a collection of songs that feel their way into your being,' wrote FolkWords (UK), where it prevailed over stiff competition to be selected as Album of the Month.

'The whole album expresses the eclectic influences from McQuaid's life intertwined with a symbiotic, emotive edge. With a maelstrom of intensity within, it's a totally enthralling listen.' - Eileen McCabe, Irish Music Magazine

'The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They're measured and tranquil but they're never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry.... And it's all lovely.' - Ian Pickles, R2/Rock 'n' Reel

For more info, sights and sounds, visit www.sarahmcquaid.com.
The Tannahill Weavers
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixotes International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

ADMISSION: $15 advance/$17 at door or $13 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: On sale at the venue and online at
www.donquixotesmusic.info. You can also make your reservations by calling the concert director Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or his email: celtsoc@aol.com, or online here:



Hailed in the New York Times as 'an especially eloquent mixture of the old & the new,' the Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, ancient ballads & topical songs. Their music demonstrates to old & young alike the rich & varied heritage of the Celtic people.

The Tannies feature founding members singer & guitarist Roy Gullane & Phil Smilie on flute, whistles, bodhran & vocals, long-time member fiddler John Martin, formerly with the mythic Scots ensemble Ossian & new recruit, Highland piper & Scottish small piper Lorne MacDougall, a three-time BBC Scotland 'Young Musician of the Year' finalist, a Scots Trad Music Award nominee for 'Instrumentalist of the Year' & featured on the movie soundtracks for 'Brave' & 'How to Train Your Dragon 2.'

These versatile musicians have received numerous accolades over the years for their exuberant concerts & recordings which can't seem to get any better, yet continue to do just that.

For more info, visit www.tannahillweavers.com.
The Fretless
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixotes International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

ADMISSION: $15 advance/$17 at door or $13 to Celtic Society members

TICKETS: On sale at the venue and online at
www.donquixotesmusic.info. You can also make your reservations by calling the concert director Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or his email: celtsoc@aol.com, or online here:



One of the hottest new acts on the Celtic music scene is The Fretless.

Winners of the Canadian Folk Award as 'Folk Ensemble of the Year' in 2014 & 2012 & Canada's West Coast Music Award for 'Instrumental Album of the Year' in 2014 & 2012, The Fretless' fresh approach is rapidly gaining many fans around the world as they take string music to fascinating places, transforming fiddle tunes & folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements as they meld the worlds of Celtic, folk & chamber music into an amazing & unique blend they like call 'rad trad.'

The Fretless' virtuosi, a trio of fiddles & a cellist, may look like a string quartet but with their roots firmly based in Celtic & Canadian fiddle styles, The Fretless is fundamentally a Celtic band who just happen to play the instruments of a string quartet.

Come out & share The Fretless' music at a carefree concert & leave all your worries & responsibilities behind for another day.

For more info, sights and sounds, visit www.thefretless.com.
The Bombadils
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Saturday, October 24th, 2015

6:30pm (optional potluck)

7:30pm (concert)
Where
House concert on the West side of Santa Cruz

INFO/RESERVATIONS: For suggested donation prices, reservations, and directions, contact Mark Conover at 831-469-4307 or email him at spiral@wcliff.org or contact Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or celtsoc@aol.com.

Praised in the British publication Penguin Eggs as 'A breath of fresh air,' the captivating Canadian charmers, The Bombadils, return to Santa Cruz celebrating the release of their scintillating second CD, 'Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet.'

Their rich and robust repertoire includes Irish, Canadian, bluegrass & American old-timey, along with sparkling self-penned compositions performed on fiddle, flute, whistles, guitar, mandolin, bass & vocals.

Canadian Folk Music magazine effused over the frolicsome foursome; 'The Bombadils have all the elements of a great band - high level of musical proficiency, deep respect for the traditional roots of their material and an engaging repertoire which holds the listener from beginning to end.'

As Tom Bombadil in The Lord of the Rings helped Frodo & his companions on their journey, so will The Bombadils' hobbit-forming music help you on your life's journey by delighting your ear & gladdening your heart.

For more info, sights and sounds, visit www.thebombadils.com.
Winifred Horan, Johnny Connolly, & Cary Novotny
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 7:30pm
Where
House concert in Soquel. Address provided upon seat reservation.

INFO:
Pete or Lynda Haworth (831) 464-9778 or reservations@haworths.org.

Fiddler Winifred Horan from Solas, Irish button accordionist master Johnny Connolly & guitarist Cary Novotny.

More information coming soon.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.winifredhoran.com.
Ewen Henderson & Gary Innes
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Monday, November 16th, 2015 at 7:30pm
Where
House concert in Soquel. Address provided upon seat reservation.

INFO:
Pete or Lynda Haworth (831) 464-9778 or reservations@haworths.org.

From the mighty Scots band Manran, the puissant pair of Highland piper, fiddler, whistle player & singer Ewen Henderson & accordionist Gary Innes.

More information coming soon.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.manran.co.uk.
Brian Finnegan & guitarist William Coulter
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixotes International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

The return of Irish flute & whistle virtuoso Brian Finnegan & guitarist William Coulter with special guests fiddler John Weed & cellist Aria DiSalvio.

More information coming soon.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.williamcoulter.com/finnegan-coulter.
Irish Christmas in America
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Saturday, December 12th at 7:30pm
Where
Kuumbwa, 320 Cedar St. in Santa Cruz


More information coming soon.

For more, visit www.irishchristmasinamerica.com.

All items on this site are listed free of charge. To have your event listed, contact Bob Breheny by email at celtsoc@aol.com or phone (408) 847-6982.