Irish musician John Doyle has long been known for his amazing guitar and bouzouki work and has since his early days with Solas, has performed with fiddler Liz Carroll, Nuala Kennedy, Scottish fiddler John Mckusker and piper Mike McGoldrick, among others. His innovative chord choices mixed with amazingly deft melody lines are what makes his instrumental talent stand out. In recent years, John has blossomed into a singer of songs, both traditional and self-penned, all backed by his unique style of accompaniment.
The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay presents John Doyle on Tuesday, June 5th, 7:30PM at a House Concert in Soquel. more
Children’s Music, Dance, and Irish Language Workshop • June 10
Children’s introduction to: tin whistle, fiddle, Céilí dancing, Irish language. Instruments are provided. Participate in one, several or all these classes, taught by local, experienced teachers. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. RSVP by June 1st to reserve your spot.
UICC, San Francisco. 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. $5/one child $10/family (more than one child). RSVP to Josephine at (415) 264-8856 or email@example.com
Please contact bars for verification of session info
“A good séisiún can leave you walking on air, send you home happy and keep your mind filled with music for a whole week.” – Charlie Lennon
The Chieftain Bar, San Francisco – 6pm to 9pm
The Chieftain welcomes lovers of traditional Irish music every Sunday to an open session of Irish tunes and occasional songs hosted by Mark Nagle – at the authentic Irish pub located one block from San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center.
The Starry Plough, Berkeley – from 8pm
Every Sunday evening The Starry Plough presents a traditional Irish music session featuring instrumentals & vocals. Players and singers welcomed! Starting at 8pm/no cover. Donations appreciated. (Note: first Sundays Advanced Session is instruments only & invited players).3101 Shattuck Ave,Berkeley, CA 94705 510 841 0188
Wu Wei Tea Temple, Fairfax – from 3 – 5pm
Irish session third Sunday of the month Wu Wei Tea Temple, 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930
19 Broadway Bar & Nightclub, Fairfax – from 1 – 4pm Irish Session at MYX Lounge first Sunday of the month, led by Cormac Gannon of the Gasmen. For information email Cormac Gannon. 19 Broadway website or (415) 459-1091
The Plough and Stars, San Francisco – from 9pm
Known as the “Home of Traditional Irish Music in the Bay Area” The Plough and Stars’ Sunday session features the talents of Jack Gilder, Marla Fibish, John Sherry, Susan Spurlock, Kyle Alden, Darcy Noonan, Richard Mandel, Cieran Marsden, Erin Shrader, Richard Mandel & many more musicians and friends … (see music page for video)
Poet and Patriot, Santa Cruz – 3.30pm – 6.30pm
320 Cedar St. in downtown Santa Cruz
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (831) 426-8620 for details
Redwood Cafe, Cotati3pm – 5pm Celtic Fiddle Music, Monthly on the second Sunday 6pm – 10pm – Irish Jam Session. Monthly on the second and fourth Sunday 8240 Old Redwood Hwy,Cotati – email
Starry Plough, Berkeley
Every Sunday evening The Starry Plough presents a traditional Irish music session featuring instrumentals & vocals. Players and singers welcomed.
Starry Plough, Berkeley
Every Monday is Irish Dance and Céilí, hosted by John Slaymaker. Dance lessons at 7pm. Music and Dancing at 9pm.
Plough & Stars, San Francisco • Tuesdays, Sundays
O’Flaherty’s, San Jose • Tuesdays
The South Bay’s longest running traditional Irish music session thanks to Ray and Marie O’Flaherty who have kept the tradition going at the pub. Hosted by Julie Horner, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and the music is lively with tunes and songs in the spirit of the tradition. 6:30 to 10:00 every Tuesday evening in downtown San Jose. See Tuesdays on calendar for details.
Meetup groups are also worth checking out for Irish music – and social opportunities. One member shares “…have been playing the whistle for a few years now, originally from India, and have been living in Upstate NY for the last couple years. Kerry music is my favorite!” Join a group, or start your own…
In Memory – John Lavelle (1935 – 2016)
One of the San Jose area’s elder statesmen of Irish music, John Edward Lavelle, a regular at O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub sessions, died peacefully at his home October 21st, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Outside of his love for his wife, Kathleen and sons, daughters and grandchildren, John’s greatest love was playing traditional Irish tunes on the button accordion. He picked up the accordion at the age of five and never put it down. He brought the joy of Irish music to all those around him. He had the honor of playing for Pope John Paul II during his visit to San Francisco in the 1980’s. For years, John could be found performing in Irish music sessions across the Bay Area where he would regale the crowd with selections from the hundreds of traditional tunes in his repertoire. To purchase John’s CD and to find out more go to John Lavelle website.