Live Oak Contra with the Crooked Road Contra Band April 10, 2015

Traditional contra dancing with live music by The Crooked Road Contra Band featuring Jim Oakden, Julie Horner, David Chadwick, and Ken Bewick on Friday, April 10 6:30 pm.

Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange

1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, California 95062

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Irish Set Dancing at the Plough & Stars with The Crooked Road Irish Dance Band

Traditional Irish set dancing featuring live music from The Crooked Road dance band one Thursday a month. Next dance is…

May  28, 2015

The Crooked Road is Jack Gilder, Doug Lowder, David Chadwick, and Julia Horner at the Plough & Stars 116 Clement St. San Francisco 94118


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The Crooked Road Céilí Band – Live at Testarossa Winery Summer 2015!

Catch some fresh Irish-American Acoustic songs and tunes this summer with Julie, Ken, and David in Los Gatos, CA at the historic Testarossa Winery with The Crooked Road Céilí Band!

Welcome guests, wine lovers, regular lovers, and Celt-O-Philes:

Friday, May 22 at 6:00 pm – You are invited! Join us on Facebook!

Thursday, June 25 at 6:00 pm – You are invited! Join us on Facebook!


March 26 Traditional Irish Seisiun at Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub, Santa Cruz

Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub

1220 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, California 95060

A traditional Irish seisiún for experienced Irish style musicians in downtown Santa Cruz, CA . Hosted by Julie Horner and David Chadwick of The Crooked Road Céilí Band and The Santa Cruz Traditional Irish Seisiun.

The Crooked Road Céilí Band - Traditional Irish Music
The Crooked Road Céilí Band – Traditional Irish Music

March 22 Irish Seisiun at The Poet & The Patriot

Happy anniversary to The Poet! Opened in 1982 to thirsty activists and those notorious. Bring your Irish tunes and your good cheer and help us celebrate! Hosted by Julie and David of The Crooked Road Ceili Band and The Santa Cruz Traditional Irish Seisiun.


In the early 1980s, local political activist and writer, Chris Matthews opened The Poet & The Patriot Irish Pub with his wife, Sue Heinz, and his brother and his longtime pals Ed Alheit and Tim McCormick.

Named in honor of Irish poet Padraig Pierce and patriot James Connolly, the Poet and Patriot became a second home for an entire generation of Santa Cruz writers and political activists, Vietnam vets and Irish partisans. Matthews was always center stage.

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