Lively Irish-American roots music at this lovely mountaintop vineyard. Enjoy organic wine and gorgeous views and evocative acoustic music featuring Julie Horner (hammered dulcimer), David Chadwick (fiddle, guitar), and Mark McCornac (5-string banjo).
When: Saturday, March 19 2016 – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Silver Mountain Vineyard and Winery – Silver Mountain Dr, Los Gatos, California 95033 at Miller Crossing off Summit Road, Santa Cruz Mountains.
Stompin’ Irish – Fresh local acoustic folk in the spirit of the tradition featuring original, trad Irish, and American song and lilting melodies played on the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, tenor banjo, bodhran, harmonica and guitar!
The Crooked Road Céilí Band hails from the Santa Cruz Mountains – We’re excited to be sharing our love of Irish music with you!
New Bohemia Brewing
1030 41st Ave, Santa Cruz, California 95062 (831) 350-0253 email@example.com
Live music 6:30 to 8:30 pm
We’re off to another Scottish ceilidh this weekend! This will be our third Scots dance party in 2015, with one more on the calendar…so far! There’s still time to schedule live music for your clan gathering! Festive dance music for the whole family with The Crooked Road Céilí Band!
I watched Monday’s Harvest Moon rise above Joe’s Bar, casting the trees in velvety silhouette and found myself humming “The Rare Auld Mountain Dew,” an old Irish folk song: ”Let grasses grow and water flow in a free and easy way….hi dee diddley idle dum, hi dee doo dye diddly aye day!”
I was still high from another weekend of playing music with my best friends, Ken and David from The Crooked Road Céilí Band. Together this summer we’ve serenaded four couples down the aisle to holy matrimony, watched dozens of wee ones frolic at area farmers markets, worked Irish set dancers to a froth, and have shared our music with so many wonderful folks at wine tasting dinners, art walks, roadhouses, and local festivals throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond. It’s official: San Lorenzo Valley has its very own Irish band!
I met Boulder Creek multi-instrumentalist David Chadwick at a traditional Irish session at O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub in San Jose just as the bug to learn Celtic music had bitten. With a degree in music and background playing classical guitar, David was wailing on fiddle along with the rest, playing one lovely Irish melody after another. Resistance was futile; it was only a matter of time before I joined them in earnest. It became a happy obsession to learn as many Irish jigs and reels as we could, and before too long David and I started leading our own Tuesday night session at O’Flaherty’s.
We discovered Ken Bewick at the Celtic jam at the Poet & Patriot Irish Pub in Santa Cruz. An accomplished guitarist, professional recording artist, and singer-songwriter with the Santa Cruz-based band, Mudfrog and Boston-based Classical Tangent, Ken was looking to test his Celtic mettle and rekindle the love of playing out. Ken rocks our straight-ahead trad. With David leading on fiddle or 4-string tenor banjo, and me shredding on the hammer dulcimer, Ken puts the groove to our traditional tunes. Throw in Irish and American songs, and material that Ken has written, and you’ve got an honest acoustic vibe that so suits intimate gatherings.
The hammer dulcimer is a curiosity; we take bets on how many times I’ll be asked what I’m playing! The dulcimer is a large trapezoidal wooden box strung with up to 72 steel strings, two per note, and played with delicate wooden hammers. It’s basically a naked piano, and versions of the instrument are played around the world, including the cimbalom in Eastern Europe, and the santoor in India. The sound is somewhat harp-like and very different from theAppalachian, or mountain lap dulcimer.
The Crooked Road Céilí Band plays for the sheer joy of making music and being able to share our enthusiasm with our community. The word “ceili” or “ceilidh” (pronounced “kay-lee”) is Gaelic for party, and the band aims to put a jig in your step and a song in your heart!
Oh the end of summer in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Lazy warm breezes by day and the steady rhythm of crickets fills cooling nights. The Mighty San Lorenzo River offers refreshing relief from the noontime sun, but the light is taking on a new angle, leaves hint at falling and shadows dance while birds of all feathers twitter and zoom, apparently oblivious to the upcoming change of season. The garden holds forth great quantities of peppers and tomatoes where we are, cilantro, beans, and the basil is holding its own…fresh salsa, salty chips, and cold beer…stretching the lingering goodness of the earth and the warm summer sun.
This time of year The Crooked Road Céilí Band is suddenly busy with late summer weddings, early Autumn birthdays, farm tours and the last of the local art and wine festivals! Pachelbel’s Canon, Ave Maria, and as many Irish jigs and reels as we can fit into our allotted time sharing our love of Irish music and a good party with strangers who become lifelong friends. The experience of connecting with every bride, every punter, every festival goer and person turning 70 years young is absolutely priceless! Thank you all for a wonderful season!
We’ll see what lovely music we can create this Autumn!