Updated: March 5, 2013
* This calendar focuses on select events in S.F., Berkeley, and Marin, with some coverage of the bigger events in Sonoma, Davis, the South Bay, and Monterey. For folks nearer Sacramento you should see the more events section below. Comments within quotation marks below reflect the opinions of the promoter of the event, not mine. I tned to include those when I am unfamiliar with the group (or lazy).
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|The Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards. A concert celebrating the music of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This performance will feature bagpipes, traditional military marches, drum solos, Celtic dancing and beloved songs. The event promises a spectacular evening of pageantry and excitement for the entire family.||March 2||in San Rafael at the Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags. 8:00pm Tickets: $40, $25, Premium seats - $50, Students 20 and under $20, Bargain Seats (Rows 25-34) - $20. Info and tickets.|
|Great Big Sea - the iconic folk group "from the tropical island of Newfoundland". No group I have ever seen has more devoted fans and gets the crowd energized than GBS.||March 6||In San Francisco at The Filmore 8:00pm $35 (+ $12.50 "convenience charge")|
|Masters of Tradition on Tour: Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd, David Power - If you like Irish music, get ready for a special treat. An all-star lineup of extraordinary Irish musicians is coming to the Freight to present Masters of Tradition on Tour, which takes its name from the Masters of Tradition festival held each August in the town of Bantry, County Cork. Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes hosts the festival, and he’s hosting the tour as well. “The goal of this touring show is to focus on the details and nuances of Irish traditional music,” he says. “The performers are all masters of their instruments. Through their talent and abilities, the sophistication and artfulness of the music is revealed.” Along with Martin on fiddle, the show features Dennis Cahill on guitar, Iarla Ó Lionáird on vocals, Máirtín O’Connor on accordion, Cathal Hayden on fiddle, Seamie O’Dowd on guitar, and David Power on uilleann pipes.||March 8||in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, at 8:00pm $32.50 advance / $34.50 at door|
|Altan Having celebrated their 25th Anniversary, Altan begin a new chapter with a new album released worldwide on Compass Records March 2012. On the strength of the new album, they have been booked for a show at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in March 2013. Over 25 years of playing together, Altan have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage.||
(8pm and 10pm)
|in Oakland at Yoshi's at Jack London Square (510 Embaracero West) 8:00 pm ($30) and 10:00 pm ($20)|
|Michael & Shay Black Brothers Michael and Shay Black play an exciting mix of Dublin street songs, music hall songs, and historical ballads, as well as songs from the Irish, English, and Scottish traditions and the occasional contemporary number. Singing in close harmony, playing guitar, banjo, and keyboards, telling funny stories, and even dancing now and again, Michael and Shay draw people in with their energy, wit, and superb musicianship.||March 16||in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, at 8:00pm $24.50 advance / $26.50 at door|
Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac
Mary Jane is a world class singer and an amazingly nice person. Among many Cape Bretoners, Wendy is their favorite fiddler, among crowd that includes her (distant?) cousin Ashley and Natalie MacMaster, and Wendy may be even nicer than Mary Jane. Together, Cape Breton music simply does not get any better than this. Very highly recommended!
"Haunting Gaelic vocals and wonderful traditional fiddling This is a powerful collaboration borne of a long-time friendship and a shared love of Celtic music. Whether it's the mesmerizing Gaelic vocals of Mary Jane, or the superb and true musicianship of Wendy on the fiddle, these ladies have been making their mark with traditional audiences worldwide for over two decades. Mary Jane and Wendy have both been recognized internationally for their solo music careers, and Wendy has been Mary Jane's steadfast comrade in the presentation of her music for many years."
|in San Rafael at Studio 55, 1455 East Francisco Blvd. Tickets: $13 adv, $15 at door. available on-line for only $1.45 more!|
|The Battlefield Band - The ever-evolving Battlefield Band, formed by a group of friends in the Glasgow neighborhood of Battlefield in 1969, plays Celtic music ancient and modern, original and traditional. “What the internationally renowned Irish band, the Chieftains, have done for traditional Irish music, Battlefield Band are doing for the music of Scotland,” says Billboard Magazine, and The Guardian calls the band “one of the great institutions of the Scottish music scene.”||March 28||in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, at 8:00pm $22.50 advance / $24.50 at door|
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