Upcoming Celtic Events

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Jim Malcolm
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30pm
Haworth House Concert, address provided upon seat reservation


(All proceeds go to the performer)

(831) 464-9778 or reservations@haworths.org.

Celebrating the November 2014 release of his twelfth solo CD, 'The Corncrake', an outstanding collection of 11 songs from the Scottish canon, the stellar Scots singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player Jim Malcolm returns to the area for an evening of warmth and wit.

The former lead singer of the popular Scottish band Old Blind Dogs is a former winner of 'Songwriter of the Year' and a multiple nominee as 'Singer of the Year' from the Scots Trad Music Awards, has released twelve critically acclaimed albums, a DVD of his hilarious one-man-show as Robert Burns entitled 'Bard Hair Day' and published the much-requested 'Jim Malcolm Songbook.'

Jim has been hailed in Living Tradition as 'One of the finest singing voices in Scotland in any style,' in The Independent as 'One of the outstanding talents to have emerged through the Scottish folk scene in years,'in Dirty Linen as 'One of those pure, warm folk voices that one never tires of listening to' and in The Scotsman as 'Utterly authentic yet completely modern and accessible.'

Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Scots troubadour Jim Malcolm has taken the traditional songs of Scotland out on the road, performing beautiful old ballads and rip-roaring calls to arms alongside an impressive repertoire of original songs, to deliver a tour de force of Scots culture to audiences around Europe and North America.

Regarding his new CD, Jim says, "A couple of years ago a friend in California, who has since sadly passed away but who was quite an authority on Scottish music, sent me a list of songs he said he'd like to hear me sing. I spent a long time listening to all his suggestions, and these old songs got under my skin... it was as simple as that. I already knew several of them, but immersing myself in our traditional song in a way I hadn't really done for a long time just made me want to work with these beautiful old melodies and lyrics, and it was clear quite quickly that this was going to be a two-CD project. [His previous CD called] 'Still' seemed to hit a chord with my audiences, and that spurred me on to make 'The Corncrake,' which was a pleasure to record - not nearly as angstridden as I've always found making an album of my own compositions."

'The Corncrake' features sweet fiddle from Pete Clark, Marc Duff of Capercaillie fame on whistles and bodhran, the dancing banjo of US champion Scooter Muse from Alabama, keyboards and melodica from Glenfarg maestro Dave Watt, and subtle harmonies from Jim's wife Susie. The results are lovely, a sound as rare as the shy corncrake (a species of bird) itself, which features in two of the songs.

For more visit jimmalcolm.com.
Kyle Carey
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Saturday, January 31st at 6:30pm (potluck)

7:30pm (concert)
House concert in West Side Santa Cruz

For SUGGESTED DONATION, RESERVATIONS, and DIRECTIONS: (831) 469-4307 or spiral@wcliff.org
Touring in celebration of the release of her second CD, 'North Star,' produced by Seamus Egan of Solas and featuring an all-star cast including Natalie Haas & Dirk Powell, the young American songstress Kyle Carey burst unto the international folk scene with the release of her dazzling debut CD, 'Monongah,' which landed on many 'Best of 2011' lists.

Produced by former Lunasa guitarist Donogh Hennessy, & featuring many Celtic music luminaries, including singers Pauline Scanlon & Aoife Clancy, Cape Breton fiddler Rosie MacKenzie & Lunasa bass player Trevor Hutchinson, the nine original & one traditional songs on the album trace the music of her Celtic ancestors; from Appalachia to Cape Breton, where Carey was on Fulbright Scholarship, to the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where Kyle immersed herself in Gaelic song & achieved fluency in the language under the tutelage of renowned Scots singer Christine Primrose.

Kyle's songs combine the American folk & Celtic genres into something entirely new & arrestingly beautiful, a synthesis she calls 'Gaelic Americana' music.

Performing in a warm & friendly setting, Kyle's appearance is guaranteed to delight.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.kyleannecarey.com.
The First Annual Santa Cruz Mountains Winter Ceili and Set Dance
Saturday, January 31 at 8:00pm until midnight
Felton Trout Farm Inn, 7701 E Zayante Rd, Felton, CA 95018

ADMISSION: $5 at the door for the dancing and music. Bring the whole family for dinner and stay for a bit of the pure drop! Dinner reservations are recommended.

You are invited to an Irish dance party featuring live traditional music by The Crooked Road Ceili Band at the historic Trout Farm Inn. Set dancing and ceili will be called by San Francisco's Michael Murphy. An Irish seisiun follows the dancing.

For more, visit www.leap2three.com.
Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Saturday, February 7th at 6:30pm (potluck)

7:30pm (concert)
House concert in West Side Santa Cruz

For SUGGESTED DONATION, RESERVATIONS, and DIRECTIONS: (831) 469-4307 or spiral@wcliff.org

Longtime friends & musical collaborators, Irish singers & multi-instrumentalists, Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary have toured the US both as a duo & as part of 'The Alt,' the new trio alongside John Doyle.

Highly respected members of the Celtic music community, they are noted for their diverse repertoire of traditional & contemporary songs, incredible instrumental skills, engaging stage presence & understated virtuosity in presenting timeless songs & instrumentals featuring flute, whistles, bouzouki, guitar & vocal harmonies, which the Irish Echo called, "Inspired song selection & thoughtful arrangements reveal the strong chemistry these top musicians share."

The release of Nuala's third 'solo' CD on Compass Records, 'Nobel Stranger,' was met with great critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including "She is not only an exceptional interpreter of the tradition, her own music glistens with freshness," from the Irish Times.

A member of the duo The Murphy Beds, Eamon has been lauded for his songwriting, sensitive accompaniment & stirring singing.

For more info, sights & sounds, visit www.nualakennedy.com and www.eamonoleary.com.
Celtic Fiddle Festival
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Saturday, February 14th at 8:00pm
Don Quixote's International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton

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

On sale online at Brown Paper Tickets & at Don Quixote's.

RESERVATIONS: www.donquixotesmusic.info, (831) 603-2294, (408) 847-6982 or by email to celtsoc@aol.com.
Celebrate St. Valentine's Day with the Celtic Fiddle Festival; their fiddle bows shoot Cupid's arrows straight at your heartstrings.

Last year the Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrated their 20th year of mesmerizing, breathtakingly virtuosic & powerful music making with the release of their sixth CD, 'Live in Brittany.'

Called 'three of the finest folk violinists anywhere' by the Washington Post, the group features giant of Irish music Kevin Burke (The Bothy Band, Patrick Street), renowned Breton musician Christian Lemaître (Kornog) & charismatic Quebecois dynamo André Brunet (De Temps Antan, La Bottine Souriante).

Accompanied by acclaimed Breton guitarist Nicholas Quemener (Arcady, Kornog), the high-octane quartet combine their tremendous talents, musical traditions and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace.

In concert, each artist plays a set showcasing their individual style and Celtic region followed by a collaborative climax where together they play with such relentless precision and fire that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographic barriers and leaves the audience with a memorable musical experience.

For more, visit www.celticfiddlefestival.com.
Hanz Araki with Stuart Mason and Colleen Raney
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Sunday, March 1st at 7:00pm
House concert in West Side Santa Cruz

FOR SUGGESTED DONATION, RESERVATIONS and DIRECTIONS: (831) 469-4307 or spiral@wcliff.org

Award-winning traditional Irish flute player and singer, Hanz Araki will be joined by singer and bodhrán player Colleen Raney, and guitarist Stuart Mason for an exclusive run of shows in Northern California in late February 2015.

Recently called 'An Irish Music phenomenon in West Coast America' by Irish Music Magazine, Araki is known for his uncluttered and honest approach to traditional Irish and Scottish music. Hanz Araki, whose full name is Hanzaburo after his grandfather's grandfather, is the 6th generation of his family to earn the title of Kodo Araki, a grand master of the shakuhachi. While he honed his musical ability perfecting the traditions of his father's family, his love of the music of his Irish mother's family lead to a career in Irish music that spans twenty-five years and has produced multiple award-winning albums and international accolades. His critically acclaimed new album Foreign Shore, his eleventh release, is a collection of songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, and America that illustrates the path of the music and the tradition as it traveled, as Araki's forbearers did, from homeland to new home. Hanz Araki faithfully showcases the inherent beauty of traditional Irish music with performances that are inspired, detailed, and authentic.

Portland, Oregon's Colleen Raney is a gifted traditional singer who recently released her fourth album, titled 'Here This is Home' which was produced by guitarist, singer, and producer Aidan Brennan and engineered by Trevor Hutchinson over the summer of 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, Colleen Raney grew up inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes in the rich Irish community in Seattle. Her four solo CDs have staked her claim as a serious presence in Irish music today and provoked Hearth Music to enthuse, "Singing with a deep love for the tradition and the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from old ballads and renewing our love for Irish music."

Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skill on guitar, mandola, and banjo. He has won awards for traditional singing (Goleta Old-Time Fiddler's Convention), mandola (Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest), and songwriting (West Coast Songwriters Association). He is a member of international touring Celtic band Molly's Revenge, and has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and across the United States. He also tours with old-time bluegrass band Little Black Train and Celtic folk band Story Road, and performs with the Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Show.

For more visit www.hanzaraki.com, stuartmasonmusic.com, and colleenraney.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.