Cherish the Ladies 
Cherish the Ladies

Upcoming Traditional
Celtic Music Events

in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas*


Updated: June 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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Aaron Jones Trio with Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller. The well-known Scottish singer from Old Blind Dogs is joined by two talented young singers and musicians recognised as shining stars on the Scottish folk scene. They are both blessed with lovely, natural voices that blend beautifully, and their performances focus strongly on communicating through traditional, contemporary and self-penned song. They came to prominence as winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2008, which was followed by both the Hancock Horizon Award and Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2009. Adding to these accolades, most recently Siobhan was named Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2011. Orcadian Jeana and Siobhan, from Penicuik, outside Edinburgh, are both 2009 graduates of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where they first met and began working together, developing their shared love for song. Since coming together as a duo in 2008 and experiencing a whirlwind rise to prominence, they have performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe, including many major festivals. Aaron Jones, master of the Irish bouzouki, has lived and worked in Scotland for over twenty-five years. He spends most of his year on the road touring throughout the world. He has recorded on countless traditional albums and continues to tour and record regularly with some of the biggest names in traditional music.  (video of Leslie and Siobhan) June 20 in Oakland at a house concert near the Grand Lake Theater and Lake Merritt. A donation of $20 is requested ($15 for low income attendees).
June 23
3:00 pm
in San Rafael at Studio 55 Marin, 1455 East Francisco Blvd. #A.  $13 advance, $15 at the door.
Cherish the Ladies   the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, and recorded 15 outstanding albums, including their latest, An Irish Homecoming – Live from Bucknell University, which forms the basis for a new PBS special. With a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing, the group takes the best of Irish traditional music and puts on an immensely entertaining show. Under the leadership of the dynamic Joanie Madden on flutes, whistles, and vocals, the group features Mirella Murray on accordion, Grainne Murphy on fiddle, Kathleen Boyle on piano, and Mary Coogan on guitar, banjo, and mandolin. The New York Times calls their music “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” and the Washington Post praises their “astonishing array of virtuosity.” They’ve won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and the Irish Music Awards’ Top North American Celtic Group July 28 in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, at  8:00pm $22.50 advance / $24.50 at door
Freight Fiddle Summit a rousing evening of fiddle magic (Usually coordinated with Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon fiddle camp. August 22 in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, at  8:00pm $26.50 advance / $28.50 at door
Dougie MacLean  The legendary Scottish singer & songwriter. September 17 in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, at  8:00pm. $34.50 advance / $38.50 at door
Irish Christmas in America December 1 in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, at  8:00pm. $22.50 advance / $24.50 at door

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Caveats & Disclaimers: on this page. I advise you to call or surf to the venue to check dates, times and prices. (Someday, I'll even do that myself.)

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