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Thanks to all who came to our Highland Games / Renaissance Festival Fusion! We had a great weekend and are really looking forward to this year.
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Free ongoing Celtic music sessions where many local Celtic musicians perform in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in or merely to enjoy the music and meet other people with interests in all aspects of the rich Celtic culture.
Every Sunday from 5 - 8 pm: Irish seisun at O'Flaherty's Irish Pub, 25 San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose. Parking is free in the garage across the street. For more info email Art Friedman, friedman_art(at)yahoo.com.
1st-Sunday-of-the-month slow session 1-3pm at Deli-licious, 21505 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
2nd-Sunday-of-the-month moderate/intermediate-speed session 7-9pm at the Britannia Arms, 8017 Soquel Dr., Aptos
3rd-Sunday-of-the-month slow session 2-4pm at The Buttery, 702 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz
The home page/mailing-list page for the previous three sessions is at http://lists.sonic.net/mailman/listinfo/santa_cruz_celtic_slow_sessions
For info on other Celtic music sessions in California, please visit the SlowPlayers.org website.
The following info is provided by AmeriCeltic:
Sunday The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association hosts a session the first Sunday of each month from 1 PM to 5 PM at Hoover Middle School in San Jose. Along with Celtic music, many other musical styles are played there, and they are all great folks in a family friendly environment. They also offer a slow-play session starting around 2 PM open to all beginners. Check their website for details.
Sundays at The Starry Plough, Pub at 3101 Shattuck in Berkeley, next to La Pena, 3 blocks south of Ashby and 2 blocks east of the Ashby BART station, Shay Black hosts The Starry Session from 8:15 - 11 PM. All ages and all musicians, singers, and dancers, are welcome!
Sundays & Tuesdays The Plough & Stars, 116 Clement Street, at 2nd Avenue in San Francisco has hosted Irish sessions since opening in 1975. A rotating staff of hosts convenes for tunes from 9:00 PM - midnight and anyone that plays Irish music is welcome to join in. For beginners, there is a slow session on the third Tuesday of each month, and for singers, a song session on the last Tuesday. If you are interested, email Jack Gilder jgilder(at)tipsyhouse.com for details.
Sundays The "Benicia Session", a new open session that has all levels of players, meets on the Second & Fourth Sundays of the month at, Round Table Pizza in Benicia, located at, 878 Southampton Road, Benicia, CA, (707) 746-7000, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. For information call Jay Colvin (707)745-8325 or e-mail jayecolvin(at)yahoo.com
Sundays at the La Di Da Cafe, located at 500 Purissima Street at Kelly in Half Moon Bay. Music from 11:30 - 3 PM. Musicians, singers and fans of all ages are welcome. Email Raymond Tsang, mtn_kahuna(at)yahoo.com, for details.
Sunday (first) For the last 10 years, Murphy's Pub, located at 464 First Street on the plaza in Sonoma, has hosted a Irish & Scottish session on the first Sunday of every month from 6 - 9 PM. Contact Fran Sweeney, fransweeney(at)sbcglobal.net for details.
Sundays a fast, traditional Irish seisiun at O'Flaherty's Irish Pub, 25 San Pedro Square in Downtown San Jose from 5 to 8 PM. Parking is free in the ramp across the street. If you share his goal of recreating music heard in western Ireland, send an email to Art Friedman at friedman_art(at)yahoo.com to get the full details. 21 and over only.
Mondays in Point Reyes Station at West Marin School, north edge of town, off Hwy 1 starting at 7:00 pm. Experienced local players invite all to learn traditional Irish tunes in a ceoiltais-type gathering, plus their good quality Irish session. Call (707) 523-4373 for info.
Tuesdays David Brewer hosts Celtic Music Night at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 9850 Monroe Avenue, in Aptos every Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. This free community event begins with a short concert, continues with Q&A, refreshment break, concluding with an open music session. Bring your family & friends of all ages, enjoy some free music and snacks, ask your questions about the music or instruments, and bring an instrument to join in the fun if you like!
Tuesdays The Mayflower Pub, located at, 1533 Fourth Street, San Rafael, hosts an open session that has grown to a really grand and expert Irish session. Call (415) 497-8656 or email MarinIrishCeili(at)lucasvalley.net for an advisory.
Tuesdays The San Francisco Pipers Club has a Slow Session hosted by St. Stephen's Green 223 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 7:30 - 9:30 PM every Tuesday. Email Bob Wilson at bob.wilson(at)acm.org for details
Wednesday The Black Rose Irish Pub located at 2074 Armory Drive, in Santa Rosa hosts a Slow Celtic Session and Song Circle -- Celtic tunes at a relaxed pace and Celtic and English singing from 7:00 to 9:30 PM on the second Wednesday of the month. For more info, contact Mitch Gordon at mitchgord(at)aol.com.
Wednesdays Marin Irish ceili style weekly session at St. Isabella's Parish Hall, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael (Terra Linda off Freitas Parkway) starting at 7:00pm for all who want to ease into Irish tunes and style by ear without embarrassment. Works great. Call (415) 342-4052 or email info(at)marinirishmusic.com for play list and directions.
Wednesdays There is an open session every Wednesday at Delta of Venus Cafe & Pub, 122 B Street (between 1st and 2nd Streets), in Davis from 7:00 - 10:00 PM. Email Bob Wren wren(at)dcn.org for details.
Thursday The Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, at Second Street and H (in the river side area of Petaluma) hosts a traditional Irish seisiun from 7:00 - 10:00 PM on the first Thursday of the month. If you share their goal of closely unified melody and lilt, email John john(at)aqus.com for details.
Saturday The "Genuinely Slow Session" meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11-12 AM at Unity Temple, 407 Broadway, Santa Cruz. All levels are welcome, but we will really, really be playing slow so this is primarily for beginners. Love Offerings welcomed (everything collected goes to Unity Temple) and/or help clean the church after the session. Contact Ariel helloariel(at)hotmail.com for details.
Check out the AmeriCeltic Website and click on the Music button for full details and music downloads.
Music is heard weekly on the following public radio stations in the Monterey
Bay area. Please keep in mind during their Pledge Drives that without
the great support of these stations that grace our area, none of our endeavors
would be possible.
KALW, 91.7 FM (San Francisco) - The Thistle and Shamrock program, produced by Fiona Ritchie in Perthshire, Scotland, may be heard on Saturdays at 2pm, followed by additional folk programming until 5:30.
KCBX, 90.1 FM (San Luis Obispo) -The Thistle and Shamrock program, produced by Fiona Ritchie in Perthshire, Scotland, may be heard on Saturdays at 6pm.
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