Field Trip!

Hello my friends! Remember, Celtic Music Night will not be held at St. Andrew tonight!!! This is a reminder that instead, attendance is highly encouraged for the concert at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, of the fabulous band from Scotland, The Old Blind Dogs!

I wanted to say thanks to everyone who came out last week in support of the duo Uilleann pipe concert with up-coming piper Eric Bloecher; what a fantastic night! As teacher, I am so proud to see such a great musician like Eric come full circle with the traditional music! If you’d like to hear more, stay tuned to the rest of this newsletter…. there is more piper-ing afoot!

So, tonight at 7:30pm, The Old Blind Dogs, amazing Scottish trad band from Scotland will be performing at Don Quixote’s in Felton, sponsored by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.    Fiddle/Bazouki/Vocals/Whistle/BorderPipes/Percussion.Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9 in Felton. Admission is $20 or $18 to Celtic Society members. Tickets are now on sale online at & in person at Don Quixote’s & at More Music, 512 Front St. in Santa Cruz. For reservations, call the Don Quixote’s hotline at (831) 603-2294 or contact Bob at the Celtic Society at or (408) 847-6982. I’ll see you there!

And announcing a SPECIAL Celtic Music Night next Tuesday, October 4th, 7pm, to wrap up this series:Fundaraiser for Sudan Orphanage, with music by the Balke Bairnes, Erich Bloecher, David Brewer, & friends.Bradley and Sean Balke, of the Celtic Music Night guest band, The Balke Bairnes, have a unique opportunity to go to South Sudan to work at a orphanage.

While there they will have the opportunity to help build a kitchen / school room, look into the possibility of setting up a Internet Café to generate income for the orphanage, work on various projects and to be taught by the children. They are trying to raise ~5K and if they do not raise the funds needed to go, they will donate all of the funds raised to the orphanage. There will be CD’s of the Balke Bairns available for a donation.

Cornerstone Orphanage was started in 2005 when Pastor Juma John resettled with his church into the town of Nimule from a refugee camp in Uganda, homeless children came to him looking for help. Some had lost their parents in the war or by disease, some had been abandoned, some had been the victims of abuse. Cornerstone Children’s Home is the result of that church-based effort to care for the needy children of Nimule. Today more than 60 children are housed, fed and nurtured in a loving Christian environment. A building is nearing completion located on the same compound as the church, which provides a safe and healthy place for the children to live.

Come on out next Tuesday for some Good Music and Good times, and help these wonderful folks with this wonderful mission!!!
Also, mark your calendars now for November 1st, 7pm, because we will be kicking off our Fall Series of Celtic Music Night with a majorly special featured guest duo: ………………………..all the way from AUSTRALIA!!!World renowned Scottish fiddler Catherine Fraser & pianist Duncan Smith will be doing a special concert for us at Celtic Music Night!!This is truly going to be a night which you will want to be there for, so please bring yourself & help spread the word and get your friends and family to come, but don’t just take my word for it, check out their website and music– phenomenal! you’ve enjoyed the amazing performances of Scottish fiddle we’ve been blessed to have so far by the wonderful Rebecca Lomnicky, Deby Benton Grosjean, and Colyn Fischer with Shauna Picket Gordon on piano, then you will LOVE Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith! MARK YOUR CALENDAR for this extremely rare appearance!!!

And, if you’re thirst isn’t quenched by tonights show alone because you’re hardcore like me, you would definitely enjoy an evening of Irish music in an intimate setting with Three Mile Stone tomorrow night by some good friends of mine whom are lovely players from San Francisco area:
Three Mile Stone is Marla Fibish, Erin Shrader, and Richard Mandel. They serve up traditional Irish music with lift, drive, and sparkle. Their signature sound is all strings: fiddle, mandolin and guitar, with infectious playing, and inventive tune and song arrangements, in which any instrument might take the melody or play back-up. Their repertoire includes familiar tunes and odd ones, a melding of Erin, Marla, and Richard’s repertoire across the decades and the miles. Driving reels, lively jigs, and catchy polkas from Ireland, not to mention a smattering of Quebequois and other styles, come together with a sound all their own.  Lots more info and sample tracks from their CD at www.threemilestonemusic.comHere are the details…Three Mile StoneSoquel (Santa Cruz area) House ConcertWednesday, Sept 28, 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00)Reservations and info:   Address and directions provided with reservation.

More featured guests coming– stay tuned to the email news, and website schedule for updates!

And of course, if you visit the wonderful organization of the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay’s website, you can find out more details on the following amazing Celtic Music Concerts nearby!
Top Scottish folk band from Scotland, The Old Blind Dogs, at Don Quixotes in Felton, Tuesday September 27th, 7:30pm.
Fantastic Irish Trad duo, Brendan Begley & Caoimhin O Raghallaigh (Accordion/vocals&fiddle), at Don Quixotes, Sunday October 9th, 7pm.
Unbelievable Irish duo from the band Lunasa, Kevin Craword & Cillian Vallely (flute & Uilleann pipes), House concert in Soquel, Tuesday October 18th at 7:30pm.
Lovely & fun French-Canadian duo, Lisa Ornstein & Dan Compton (fiddle & guitar), House concert in Bonny Doon, Saturday October 22nd at 7:30pm.
Get the full bios, samples, and ticket info by visiting:

CMN’s Late-Summer Season continues tomorrow night, September 20th, at 7pm!
Thank you SO MUCH for your support of our wonderful Celtic music scene of Santa Cruz everyone!
Looking forward to seeing you all TOMORROW NIGHT! 🙂

David Brewer

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