Events and Festivals

From The Folknik Sept/Oct 1998

Celtic Festival-Sebastopol

The festival will be on September 25 and 26. Performers will include Martin Hayes, six-time all-Ireland fiddle champion, along with Dennis Cahill.

Also on the program will be Liam O' Flynn & Arty McGlynn, the Tannahill Weavers, Kevin Burke, Sandy Silva, Alasdair Fraser, John Renbourn, Beginish, Llan de Cubel, Susan McKeown, Cathie Ryan, Gerry O'Beirne, Breda Smythe with Jim Higgins and Aidan Brennan.

Tickets: Cumulus Productions (MC/VISA ) 707-829-7067. Full Festival Pass: (Fri. night, Sat. day, Sat. night) $50 regular, $52 at the gate. Tickets are also available for individual evenings and days.

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Sea Music Events, September, 1998

Devotees of sea chanteys and sea music will have a bonanza month in September.

Below are listed three events to cheer the heart of any sea chantey fan.

Festival of the Sea-Sept. 12-13

San Francisco's biggest maritime celebration-and a free one-returns to the Hyde Street Pier Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. As usual, the festival is packed with maritime events. On Saturday are scheduled a tugboat parade and rodeo, boat building, music, and storytelling crafts. Sunday's events include a tugboat race, a Coast Guard rescue, music, dance and sailboat rides. This year the emphasis is on San Francisco Bay's working small crafts, with many demonstrations. Call 415-561-6662, ext. 14 for more information.

Sea Chantey Singers Reunion

The chantey sing will take place aboard the historic C.A. Thayer from 8:00 p.m. to midnight on the second Saturday, Sept. 12, instead of the usual first Saturday. Five former rangers who have led the popular chantey sing will gather and lead the first hour of a rousing evening of traditional working music. Everyone who likes sea songs is invited to join in.

Sea Music Concert Series-Sept.-Nov.

Experience sailors' songs, ballads, chanteys, and folksongs of the sea with a wooden deck beneath your feet and towering masts overhead! San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park's annual traditional music Concert Series returns. Concerts will be held one Saturday monthly through November at 8:00 p.m. aboard the 1886 square-rigged sailing ship Balclutha, berthed at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco.

Shay Black, internationally renowned folksinger, will perform on Saturday, September 19. Our own SFFMC members Holdstock and McLeod will follow on October 17, and the last concert in the series will be on November 14 with Tom Lewis.

Individual concert admission: $10 ($8 NMMA members). Advance tickets are strongly suggested: call 415-561-6662.

Sept./Oct. 1998 Festivals

Sept. 12-13 Festival of the Sea, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, free. Information: (415) 561-6662 ext. 14.

Sept. 17-20 Myrtlegrass, Myrtle Creek, OR; P.O. Box 5094, Roseburg, OR 97470.

Sept. 25-27 Tenth Annual Napa Valley Music Festival, Skyline Wilderness Park, Napa, (707) 252-4813. Web site: <>

Oct. 2-4 National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, Tennessee; 1 (800) 525-4514.

Oct. 2-4 Myrtlegrass-Millsite Park, Myrtle Creek, OR; A southern Oregon band showcase Friday evening, two shows Saturday, gospel show Sunday. P.O. Box 5094, Roseburg, OR 97470; (541) 673-9759.

Oct. 9-11 Calico Days, Calico Ghost Town, I-15 at Ghost Town Road, Barstow, California. Contact Don V. Tucker, P.O. Box 56419, Riverside, CA 92517; (909) 780-8810.

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