Highlights Coming Up

Chief Francis O’Neill Festival • Feb 21, 22

The festival, now in its sixth year is named for Francis O’Neill, 1848 – 1936, who is acknowledged by Irish scholars, musicians and the Irish government as “The Man Who Saved Irish Music.” A selection of great Irish musicians will play in several venues around downtown Tiburon the evening of Friday, Feb, 21. On Saturday 22, The Black Brothers play an evening concert. This year’s festival is dedicated to beloved fiddler John Caulfield, who suffered a stroke in 2018. more

Daughter of a Garbageman • Feb 21-29

Daughter of a Garbageman follows Langan’s 1970s upbringing in New Jersey, in which her Irish Catholic mother and sanitation worker father told her that an education was the road to success. But is that true in today’s “Reality Star Culture,” where salacious sex tapes lead to book deals and reality stars end up president, Langan asks. The Marsh, San Francisco. more

Discovering Antartica • February 23

EVENT CANCELED. The United Irish Cultural Center presents a one-man play about Tom Crean, the Irish man who went to the Antarctic three times with Shackleton and Scott. “Discovering Antartica: Heroric Tales of Shackleton, Crean and Scott” is set during The Golden Age of Antarctic Exploration (1901–16). Discover the riveting true stories of Shackleton and Scott through the eyes of Tom Crean who was at the center of three of the most daring & challenging expeditions to the great white continent – including Shackleton’s ill-fated Endurance expedition. The intimate piece of theatre, performed by Aidan Dooley, re-enacts the heroic endeavors with a blend of drama, humor and rich Irish storytelling. more

Jim Fisher at Irish Literary & Historical Society • Feb. 23

The Irish Literary & Historical Society presents Irish American historian James T. Fisher, who will discuss his research on Irish Americans in the construction of the Panama Canal. Fisher, is a prolific historian of Irish America, notably author of “On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York.” more

The Chieftains • February 28

The Chieftains started their journey in Ireland in 1962. Since then they have won six Grammy Awards and are highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day. In 2020, The Chieftains will be going on their Irish Goodbye tour and will be performing in Berkeley at 8pm. more

Téada • Feb 23 & 26

Having just finished recording on the southwest coast of Ireland, acclaimed Irish band Téada embarks on a national US tour this spring with their first new album in seven years. Téada (‘strings’ in Irish) has been described as “at the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians…with a fierce familiarity with the old ways,” by Irish Music Magazine. On Sun, Feb. 23rd they’ll play a 3:00PM matinee in Pacific Grove at St Mary’s. On Wed. Feb. 26th, they’ll perform in Soquel at 7:30 PM at Michael’s on Main. more

The Ireland Funds Annual Gala Dinner • Mar 6

The Ireland Funds Gala on March 6th takes place at San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square. This year the Ireland Funds honors San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch Jr. and Francis C. Mahoney, Vice Chair at Ernst & Young. Honorary Dinner Chair is Colin Ryan, Co-head of M&A Americas, Goldman Sachs. more

Black Brothers Band • Mar 10

The Celtic Society of Monterey kicks off its St Patrick’s series of concerts with the Black Brothers band, showcasing their new CD – produced by John Doyle and includes some great musicians in addition the Black Brothers, including Mick McAuley, Mike McGoldrick, and John McCusker. They’ll perform in Soquel at 7:30 PM at Michael’s on Main. more

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The Real Irish Comedy Tour • Mar 6-17

The Real Irish Comedy Tour & Fest showcases the best blend of Irish comedic talent in the United States. Accents included. Several March dates coming up – check out the website here

Lúnasa, Presidio Theater • Mar. 6

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Folk Roots magazine has termed them an “Irish music dream team.” more

Sharon Shannon • Mar. 14-16

Sharon Shannon is an Irish musician, best known for her work with the button accordion and for her fiddle technique. She also plays the tin whistle and melodeon. Her self-titled debut album, in 1991, Sharon Shannon was the best-selling album of traditional Irish music ever released there. more

James Galway, SF Symphony • Mar 17

Experience one of the great masters of the flute repertoire in recital, when the internationally acclaimed James Galway takes the Davies Symphony Hall stage for the first time in nearly two decades. more

St. Patrick’s Day at GAMH • Mar 17

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Lucia Comnes (roots singer-songwriter-fiddler with her rocking Irish trad band), Colm Ó Riain (genius fiddler fusing Irish, gypsy, tango, jazz and blues) and Canyon Jumpers feat. Alex Jordan, Graham Norwood, Evan Lanam and Owen McInnis (early folk-rock Americana with thick harmony singing) at The Great American Music Hall on Tuesday, March 17th. more

A Statue for Ballybunion • Mar 17-21

An original comedy—penned by former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery. A Statue for Ballybunion is based on the true story of a group of Ballybunion residents who hatch a cunning plan to unveil the world’s first statue to the leader of the free world—then U.S. president, William Jefferson Clinton. When events in the Oval Office with a certain intern put his visit to Ireland in jeopardy and something unexpected happens to the statue, you won’t want to miss what happens next! more

Altan, Berkeley & Santa Cruz • March 26, 27

Altan showcases traditional Irish language songs from County Donegal, and features co-founder, lead vocalist and renown fiddle player Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, bouzouki player Ciarán Curran, guitarist Daíthí Sproule, and accordionist Martin Tourish. After 30 years of playing on stages all over the world from Dublin to New York, Tokyo to Sydney, Altan came back to the hills of Donegal to record their most recent album, “The Gap of Dreams.” Kuumbwa, Santa Cruz; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

Riverdance, San Jose • May 15-17

With the show entering its 25th year, producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have made some changes so it’s not as you have ever seen or heard it! May 15-17. more