Scottish fiddling master Alasdair Fraser hosts a week-long Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School every year, culminating with an annual concert which this year falls on Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 8pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Performances showcase the exceptional instructors, along with over a hundred of their students on the stage, who occasionally add an accompanying wall of sound. Traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland and Quebec will be featured by Alasdair (Scottish), along with Andre Brunet and Eric Beaudry (Quebec), Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (Irish, from the group Altan), singer and fiddler Laura Cortese (Boston), amazing step dancer Nic Gareiss, cellist Natalie Haas plus another 11 all-star fiddlers.
Two members of the traditional Irish music group Patrick Street, Kevin Burke and John Carty, will be performing as a duo on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7:30pm at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, in Santa Cruz, CA. Both are outstanding fiddlers, Kevin with his distinctive County Sligo fiddling style that anchored the sound of the influential Bothy Band in the past, and John playing not only the fiddle, but tenor banjo, flute and guitar, and being a recipient of a “Traditional Musician of the Year Award” in Ireland. The concert is presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
An all-star lineup of extraordinary Irish musicians are touring as the “Masters of Tradition” and will be in concert at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30pm. This is a unique opportunity to hear Martin Hayes, All-Ireland fiddle champion six times over, Dennis Cahill, Martin’s guitar accompanist of choice who completely supports Martin’s dynamic playing, Iarla O Lionaird, vocalist who has received two Grammy nominations for his work with the Afro Celt Sound System group, and members of the Mairtin O’Connor Band on accordion, fiddle, guitar and uilleann pipes. They’ll perform in a mix of duos, trios, and full group collaborations. The New Yorker claims this touring group is “not to be missed.” Sponsored by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.
The Wake the Dead band who are mostly from the SF Bay Area, blends traditional Celtic music played on acoustic instruments with the songs of the Grateful Dead. They’ll be performing at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8pm. The band includes Danny Carnahan, a singer, fiddler, and player of just about anything with frets, and a two-time NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors) “Indie” award winner, Sylvia Herold, guitarist and amazing singer, Paul Kotapish, tasty and talented mandolin and guitar player and occasional vocalist, Kevin Carr, singer, fiddler, whistle & pipes player, Maureen Brennan featured on harp, Cindy Browne on bass, and Brian Rice on percussion.
The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay presents the Irish band Teada on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA. Appearing at major music festivals around the world, Teada has now grown to a six-member band with the recent addition of legendary singer and button accordion player Seamus Begley from West Cork. Oisin Mac Diarmada is the founder of Teada, and is an All-Ireland fiddle champion. Other members of the group include Tristan Rosenstock on bodhran (Irish drum), Paul Finn on button accordion, Damien Stenson on flute and whistle, and Sean Mc Elwain on bouzouki and guitar. They’re firmly based in the traditional music of Ireland, but also leave room for creative spontaneity in their energetic performances.
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.