Welcome to the
Lighthouse String Band
eltic music is the music which originated and flourished on and off throughout the years in the Celtic countries of Europe, primarily in the British Isles, but also in the Celtic areas of Spain and France, and later on in the New World and beyond. There are several different flavors of Celtic music, ours is mostly Irish traditional.
Celtic music today is as vibrant and as popular as it has ever been. While it has become commercially successful on big and small stages, it can still be found in its original form in kitchens, parlors, small pubs and halls played with boundless enthusiasm by people who simply love the music. They are sometimes joined by musicians who tour regionally and internationally. These musicians tend to keep in touch with their musical roots.
To see where the Lighthouse String Band plays, please visit the Venues page.
The Celtic Music Society of the Monterey Bay sponsors a series of events and house concerts that give fans the chance to experience world-class performances in a casual and friendly setting. Members of the Society take turns hosting these events.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music... a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and ...have been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise)... efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century.
This site provides coverage of all of the Celtic music traditions, broken down by locale, but does not include links to music that deviates too much from traditional music. It is quite comprehensive, and provides links to and reviews of the latest Celtic music releases.
The Santa Clara Valley Fiddler's Association has is a resource that provides a wide variety of information for fiddlers and those who want to become one. There are plenty of linke to other organizations and music downloads.
The San Francisco Piper's Club is dedicated to the playing and advancement of the Irish Uilleann Pipes.
"Weekly ‘live’ sessions will take place in Philip Healys Bar on Wednesday nights at 9pm and in Ernie’s Bar on Friday nights at 9pm."
This site contains, among other things, a calender of events for happenings in the San Francisco Bay Area, and download links to several free music collections. There is a MostlyCeltic Tunebook compiled by Dave Barton, a MostlyCeltic Songbook compiled by Jim Raymond, the King's Head Tunebook compiled by Paul Magnussen, and the King Street Sessions Tunebook compiled by Mike D. Long.
The San Francisco Folk Music Club is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the enjoyment, preservation, and promotion of acoustic music in individual, family, and community life.
The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers...are... a volunteer-run organization under the nonprofit sponsorship of the Scottish Fiddlers of California.