Upcoming Celtic Events

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For more local celtic events, see also the Celtic Society's Facebook page and the AmeriCeltic calendar.

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Leonard Barry & Johnny Connolly
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30pm
Where
House concert in Soquel. Address provided upon seat reservation.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $17 or $15 for Celtic Society members

(All proceeds go to the performer)

RESERVATIONS/DIRECTIONS:
(831) 464-9778 or reservations@haworths.org.

The craic will be mighty when two of Ireland's leading traditional instrumentalists join forces for a 'pure drop' concert at a warm and friendly home.

Leonard Barry's first recording, 'Meet the Piper,' was selected by the Irish Times as 'One of the Top Traditional Albums of 2002.' This was followed by a music hiatus of almost a decade at a day job but then Leonard burst back onto the scene with his second CD which led Live Ireland Music Awards to name him 'Male Musician of the Year,' writing that, 'The Co. Kerry piper has produced a masterpiece in 2014 called 'New Road.' This album not only represents the best of Irish piping today, but also the best of Irish Trad today; a beautifully realized contribution to Irish music from an absolutely terrific musician. A stunner.'

The brilliant button accordionist from Dublin, now resident in Portland, Oregon, Connolly, whose classic CD, 'Bridgetown,' is much prized by connoisseurs, is a frequent visitor to our area performing with Molly's Revenge, Story Road, Colleen Raney & Ornstein & Compton among others & was recently asked to sit in with Solas on a tour Japan.

For more visit www.leonardbarry.ie.
Le Vent du Nord
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Tuesday, April 28th 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 online at Brown Paper Tickets & in person at Don Quixote's.


RESERVATIONS: www.donquixotesmusic.info, (831) 603-2294, (408) 847-6982 or by email to celtsoc@aol.com.

Le Vent du Nord ('North Wind') comes blowing back into our environs with their hurricane-force, incandescent instruments featuring fiddle, accordions, hurdy-gurdy, bouzouki, guitar & foot percussion & vocals celebrating the release of their eighth CD, 'Tetu.'

Playfully innovative, the Québecois quartet knows how to turn the lost past into intense & beautiful performances of the infectiously joyous music of French-Canada, capturing the energy & mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing Old Québec with a cosmopolitan air of the wider world.

Since their founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord have been proclaimed compelling ambassadors of the French-Canadian culture earning audience adulation throughout North America & Europe & critical acclaim including a Grand Prix du Disque, multiple Junos (Canadian Grammys), & Canadian Folk Music Awards & being named by the North American Folk Alliance as 'Artist of the year.'

For more info, sights and sounds, visit www.leventdunord.com.
Frankie and Sean Gavin
When
Friday, May 1st at 8:00pm
Where
House concert in Boulder Creek.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $20

Beverages and snacks provided

RESERVATIONS/DIRECTIONS:
leap2three@gmail.com.

A master workshop for fiddle and for button box will be held for advanced players, time TBD Friday before the show or Saturday morning, May 2.

Space is limited. Please RSVP

Note: Frankie and Sean are also playing at a house concert in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, May 2. Please send RSVPs to leap2three@gmail.com for this show as well. The final Bay Area appearance is Friday, May 8 at the Plough & Stars 116 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA. 94118.

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Legendary Irish musicians from Galway, Frankie Gavin and his brother Sean (button accordion) are performing live in concert in an intimate house setting in Boulder Creek, CA.

Fiddle player Frankie Gavin was born in County Galway, Ireland in 1956 and is the youngest of four siblings from a musical family, with older brother Sean playing the accordion.

Frankie began playing Irish traditional music at a very young age and is largely self-taught. In 1973, at the age of seventeen, he placed first in the All Ireland Under-18 Fiddle Competition and in the All Ireland Under-18 Flute Competition, both on the same day. He, along with Alec Finn, joined the iconic Irish band, De Danann, eventually recording 16 albums.

From his immersion in the traditional repertoire of the regional styles of Galway, Clare, and Sligo/Leitrim, and his study of archival 78 recordings, he maintains a vast store of tunes and a familiarity with arrangements and settings. He also has a gift for absorbing and switching between styles. "Frankie Gavin's fiddle playing is technically complex, unabashedly brilliant, and has a pronounced, driving swing which harks back to the sound of the 1920s."

His solo albums include "Croch suas e" (Gael Linn) in 1983, "Frankie Goes to Town" (Green Linnet) 1991 and his latest cd "Fierce Traditional" (Tara) which features his brother Sean on accordion. Other duet/trio albums include "Irlande" in 1994 with Arty McGlynn and Dermot Byrne recorded live in France, "Jigs and jazz" 1993, a cd and video with Stephane Grapelli, "Omos do Joe Cooley" (Gael Linn) 1996 with Paul Brock and Charlie Lennon and "Traditional Music of Ireland" 1977 with Alec Finn.

He has also been in demand as a guest in the wider music community performing with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones on "Wicked Angel" in 1988, The Rolling Stones "Voodoo Lounge" in 1994, and also with Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs and Yehudi Menuhin. But as with his last solo album Frankie inevitably returns to his traditional roots.
Leonard Barry & Johnny Connolly
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30pm
Where
House concert in Soquel. Address provided upon seat reservation.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $17 or $15 for Celtic Society members

(All proceeds go to the performer)

RESERVATIONS/DIRECTIONS:
(831) 464-9778 or reservations@haworths.org.

The craic will be mighty when two of Ireland's leading traditional instrumentalists join forces for a 'pure drop' concert at a warm and friendly home.

Leonard Barry's first recording, 'Meet the Piper,' was selected by the Irish Times as 'One of the Top Traditional Albums of 2002.' This was followed by a music hiatus of almost a decade at a day job but then Leonard burst back onto the scene with his second CD which led Live Ireland Music Awards to name him 'Male Musician of the Year,' writing that, 'The Co. Kerry piper has produced a masterpiece in 2014 called 'New Road.' This album not only represents the best of Irish piping today, but also the best of Irish Trad today; a beautifully realized contribution to Irish music from an absolutely terrific musician. A stunner.'

The brilliant button accordionist from Dublin, now resident in Portland, Oregon, Connolly, whose classic CD, 'Bridgetown,' is much prized by connoisseurs, is a frequent visitor to our area performing with Molly's Revenge, Story Road, Colleen Raney & Ornstein & Compton among others & was recently asked to sit in with Solas on a tour Japan.

For more visit www.leonardbarry.ie.
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Saturday, May 9th at 7:30pm
Where
Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

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

TICKETS: On sale from 3/25 at More Music, 512 Front St. in downtown Santa Cruz, and on-line here:


Reservations can also be made by contacting Pete Haworth at (831) 464-9778, or Bob Breheny at (408) 847-6982 or celtsoc@aol.com.

The power, passion & panache of the spellbinding partnership of County Clare's charismatic six-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Martin Hayes, hailed in Dublin's Hot Press as 'the most important musician in Ireland right now,' & the greatly gifted Irish-American guitarist Dennis Cahill has led to their performances being proclaimed as the stuff of legend on the traditional Irish music scene.

Concerts by this terrifically talented tandem are epic events that lyrically take listeners on a joyous journey into the music's emotional essence through their fiery creativity & kinetic chemistry which will serve to have you redefine your concept of excellence.

For more, info, sights & sounds visit www.martinhayes.com.
Old Blind Dogs
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
When
Tuesday, May 12th at 7:30pm
Where
Don Quixotes International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

This event was cancelled

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.