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Nuala Kennedy, Wed Oct 24th

Nuala Kennedy, talented flute player and singer from Dundalk on the east coast of Ireland, will be in concert for the first time in the Santa Cruz area on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA at 7:30pm. Nuala started playing traditional Irish music at the tender age of 7, going on to study the music more fully at the Edinburgh College of Art and with Cathal McConnell, flute player in the seminal Irish group Boys of the Lough. Having fronted her own band for the past four years or so, and adding her own compositions, Nuala has recently released her third CD “Noble Stranger” to great acclaim. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.

 

Kabile

Kabile, Sat Oct 20th

The Kabile Bulgarian band takes its name from a small village just north of the city of Yambol in Thrace. One of the premier traditional Bulgarian bands, they are on tour in the U.S. and will be playing for a dance at the Cabrillo College Dance Studio in Aptos, CA on Saturday, 10/20/12 at 8pm. They sing and play native instruments including accordion, kaval (end blown flute), gajda (Bulgarian bagpipe), gadulka (fiddle-like), dumbek and tupan (drums).

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Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Tues-Wed Oct 2nd-3rd

The duo of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill will be playing Irish traditional fiddle tunes at two concerts this week, on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA  and on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Chautauqua Hall in Pacific Grove, CA. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay, Martin is an outstanding fiddler from County Clare and a six-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, who has collaborated with Irish-American guitarist Dennis Cahill for many years, creating thumping good, spellbinding music together.

Colleen Raney Band

Colleen Raney Band, Tues Sep 25th

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.

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Darol Anger

Darol Anger and The Furies, Sun Aug 19th

An all-star string extravaganza will be led by fiddler Darol Anger at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Sunday, August 19th, 2012 starting at 7pm. Darol has been pushing the envelope of modern American string music by combining elements of bluegrass, jazz, and world music traditions into his compositions. He has played with the David Grisman Quintet, The Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, the Republic of Strings and other ensembles, and taught at the Berklee College of Music. He’s touring this time with the Furies, which includes Rushad Eggleston (cello), Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Sharon Gilchrist (mandolin), Emy Phelps (guitar, vocals), and Nic Gareiss (foot percussion).

Pasatempo

Pasatempo Thurs July 19th

From the soggy town of Seattle comes Pasatempo, a band specializing in old-style music from the Greek underworld, known as “Rebetika” along with other music from the Balkans. They’ll be in concert at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 7:30pm. Led by the husband and wife team of Christos Govetas (vocals, bouzouki and baglama) and Ruth Hunter (vocals, accordion and former member of the Santa Cruz Balkan band Medna Usta) the ensemble also includes Dave Bartley (guitar), Hank Bradley (“The Poison Coyote Kid” on bouzouki), Steve Ramsay (baglama) and Bill Lanphier (double bass) for that wall of emotional sound reflecting the full gamut of sorrow and joy.