The Colleen Raney Band will be playing traditional and contemporary Irish music at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 7:30pm. Colleen was raised in Seattle, but is currently residing in Portland, and in recent years has released well-received recordings of modern arrangements of classic Irish songs as well as her own original songs. She’ll be joined by Casey Neill, guitar player and also a talented songwriter, as well as Dublin accordion player Johnny “Box” Connolly for that full band sound.
The Celtic duo of Aaron Jones & Claire Mann will be in concert on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:30pm at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA. Aaron is the singer, bouzouki and guitar player in the popular band “Old Blind Dogs” and a recipient of an “Instrumentalist of the Year” award for Scottish Traditional Music. Claire is also a singer, and has received multiple All-Ireland Champion awards on flute and tin whistle, as well as being an outstanding fiddler. As a duo, they’ve toured together for years, delighting audiences with a mix of traditional and original Scottish and Irish music and song. Presented by The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.
Santa Cruz independent folk record label Gourd Music will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with two concerts; Saturday June 9th (8pm) at the Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz and a 2 pm matinee show Sunday June 10th at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aptos. Founded by the “Duke of the Dulcimer,” Neal Hellman, Gourd specializes in a mix of folk and historic classical and Celtic music. The concerts will feature Gourd recording artists including William Coulter (guitar), Shelley Phillips (harp, winds), Barry Phillips (cello, tabla), Neal Hellman (dulcimer), Deby Benton Grosjean (fiddle), Lars Johannesson (flute), and Jesse Autumn (harp) plus other special guests. More info: 425-4939.
Irish traditional band Three Mile Stone will be performing at an intimate house concert in Bonny Doon (Santa Cruz, CA) on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7:00pm. This acoustic trio features Erin Shrader (fiddle, voice, guitar), Marla Fibish (mandolin, mandola, button accordion, voice), and Richard Mandel (guitar, tenor banjo, voice), all veterans and fanatics of the Irish music session scene in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their debut CD received much acclaim as a tasty, driving collection of tune medleys and heartfelt songs. For reservations and information about the house concert, contact email@example.com or call (831) 247-1365.
The First Annual Seabright Stringfest will be held at the Seabright Brewery and Java Junction in the Seabright neighborhood of Santa Cruz on Saturday, February 11th from 11:30am-11:30pm. Yep, that’s right – 12 continuous hours of music (plus a square dance) starting with a kids show by Bob Reid and followed by a cavalcade of bluegrass, old-time string band, Celtic, and other associated traditional string genres. See fiddlersjam.com for details about this free event. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear some hand-crafted local music with the possibility of having perhaps a hand-crafted beverage to go with it.
Scottish singer-songwriter Jim Malcolm will be performing at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Former lead singer of the well-respected band Old Blind Dogs, Jim has been touring the world with his guitar and harmonicas, singing the traditional songs of Scotland along with his own originals. He’s a master interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and this evening will also be a celebration of the 253rd anniversary of the birthday of Scotland’s national poet. Opening will be local Celtic music artists Deby Benton Grosjean (fiddle) and Shelley Phillips (harp, woodwinds). Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.