A legend of folk music, Archie Fisher, will appear in a house concert in Fort Bragg 11/11/16. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Back in January we had scheduled a house concert with Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton, Northumbrian piper Dick Hensold, and guitar wizard Dean Magraw. Alas, the US authorities did not process the visa application in time, and the entire tour had to be cancelled. Now Andrea has her visa in hand, the tour has been rescheduled (no small effort!) – and we are back on!
So, mark your calendar for Sunday May 15 to see three amazing musicians in a beautiful and intimate setting.
Tickets are $20. For more information, e-mail email@example.com
Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers – the famous Beaton Family of Cape Breton Island. Known for her powerful bow and driving style, she is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist.
Dick Hensold is one of the foremost Northumbrian smallpipers in North America. He also plays Swedish bagpipes, Medieval greatpipes, Highland pipes, recorder, seljefløyte, and low whistle, and is an active composer, studio musician and theater musician.
Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Dean Magraw has fine-tuned his “Heavy Meadow” approach to music from years of performing and recording with some of the finest musicians in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Oak & Thorn listeners may have heard his accompaniment of John Williams (accordionist from Solas) on their CD, “Raven.”
Dàimh are based in Lochaber in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; an area as much renowned for its scenic beauty as for its rich musical and cultural heritage. A long‐established favorite at folk festivals in Scotland, Ireland and across Europe, twice nominated for Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Traditional Music Awards, Dàimh are also regulars on BBC television.
July 25th at the Branscombe Retreat House. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak and Thorn Presents: David Brewer & Rebecca Lomnicky
at the Matheson Performing Arts Center, Sunday August 5, 2012
A benefit concert for KZYX
Tickets are now available at Harvest Market and Tangents in Fort Bragg; Out of This World in Mendocino; Laughing Dog Books in Boonville; and online at BrownPaperTickets.com. Get yours soon, our concerts have been selling out in advance.
David & Rebecca return to the scene of their triumphant 2011 concert (see review below). Don’t miss this opportunity to see two dynamic, engaging performers in the intimate setting of the Matheson theater! They will be energized after a week of teaching and playing at Lark Camp, so this should be an amazing evening. David is well-known on the West Coast from years of touring with Molly’s Revenge, and Rebecca will startle and delight you with her astonishing command of the Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle styles. Together they pour everything they have into the music, feeding off the energy of the audience, building to a crescendo that will take your breath away!
Oak and Thorn presents: Genticorum at the Matheson Performing Arts Center in Mendocino, Friday April 13, 2012
A benefit concert for KZYX
Leaders of a new generation of Quebec traditional music groups, the three members of Genticorum bring an irrepressible joie de vivre to the hallmarks of the Quebec repertoire: non-stop dance rhythms, hearty call-and-response singing, traditional style foot percussion, and intense and impassioned playing that leaves audiences in a frenzy. Quebecois folk music is a marvelous blend of Irish and Scottish rhythms with French call-and-response singing styles – a kind of “world fusion” music that occurred about 300 years ago! The result is a lively, upbeat sound, driven by foot-pounding dance rhythms and lush vocal harmonies. We’ve seen Genticorum perform three times and they are always amazing. They are also funny, with a warm and inviting stage presence. We’re lucky to get them here!
Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com, or locally at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, Four Eyed Frog in Gualala, All That Good Stuff in Boonville, and Dig! Music in Ukiah.
For more information, contact: Tim Bray, email@example.com
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Matheson Performing Arts Center, Mendocino
Saturday October 8, 2011 8:00 pm
Review: This was as good as it gets. We’ve seen Martin and Dennis play for many years, and this was hands-down the best performance we’ve ever experienced. The event sold out two days in advance, a testament to the reputation these two have developed over many years of touring and recording, and they exceeded everyone’s expectations. Clearly at ease in the intimate setting, Martin was warm and engaging, and Dennis even spoke up! The audience was ecstatic and responsive, clearly aware that they were seeing something special. Pure magic.
World-renowned fiddle & guitar duo Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill make their first appearance in Mendocino! We are extremely proud to host them in the lovely Matheson theater, with seating for 104 lucky people. Tickets on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com, and Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, and Out of This World in Mendocino.
David Brewer and Rebecca Lomnicky at the Matheson Performing Arts Center, Mendocino
Sunday July 3, 2011
Another successful evening! The audience whooped, hollered, and danced in the foyer, as David and Rebecca dazzled with their playing and charmed with their personalities. They got progressively more fired-up, culminating in a red-hot final set with Great Highland bagpipes and fiddle, that just about blew the roof off! This was one of those wonderful nights when audience and performers establish a kind of rapport and energy-feedback that leads to pure magic. We hope to have them back next year!
Friday April 22, 2011: Paddy Keenan with Padraic Conroy at the Matheson Performing Arts Center in Mendocino.
This event was a smashing success – full house and some wild, spontaneous, unscripted playing. It was more like a super-Session than a concert. Surprise guests Pete Grant (dobro, pedal steel guitar) and Phyllis Grant (flute) provided a nice opening act, then joined Paddy and Padraic to create a beautiful sound. Breathtaking piping and whistleplaying from Paddy, especially on the Hornpipe Set, the Slow Air on Pipes, and a gorgeous whistle set that went from a slow air (Eimhin’s) to a reel (Cahir’s) in a beat. Local favorites Mickie, Elizabeth, and Corwin Zekley joined in for a grand finale set of reels that rocked the house.
January: Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland. Almost three weeks of music, culture, and fun in the world’s friendliest city.
October: Celtic Colours on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Dozens of concerts, mostly intimate community-hosted events with world-class musicians. This is a festival like no other – a celebration of Cape Breton culture and community as much as music.
BayCeltic Festival – San Francisco Bay Area Celtic Festival. Annual social reunion for SF Bay Area Celtic musicians, singers, dancers, and performers