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Local Traditional Bands

We are fortunate to have several good Traditional Bands here in San Francisco. Over the years most of them have played at ceilis that we have hosted.

The Bridge Gap Céilí Band This is the band that plays to many of our céilís and gatherings. We set dance every 1st Thursday to Bridge Gap. Range of fiddles, banjo, button accordions, concertina, and Roland keyboard or piano. They know the sets well!

 
CRÓNÁN Jack Gilder leads this band with fine vocal artist.

Culann's Hounds  With uilleann pipes, fiddle, mandolin or bazouki, flute, plus bodhran and vocals. A lively sound.

The Fox on the Town A new band playing for ceilis, set dances, contra dances, pub gig, weddings, wakes and more.

The Gasmen San Francisco-based Irish
band led by mandolin player and composer Vincie Keehan. The band has been together since 1995 and they play jigs, reels, hornpipes, and soulful ballads. (website here when available). Singer Orla Morrison and her husband Richard Morrison have returned back home to Co. Cork; however, the band continues in fine form.

The Golden Gate Céilí Band One of our newest bands here. They are playing for our dancers at Ireland's 32 twice a month on the second and fourth Sundays. Come by and check them out.

The Shannon Céilí Band Play for us at various ceilis and dances the Plough and Stars.

Sheltering Sky A new traditional vocal band.

Tipsy House  Jack Gilder, Richard Mandel, and Kevin Bernhagen. This is the band we set dance to at the Plough and Stars every Thursday, except the 1st Thursday of the month (when we dance to The Shannon Céilí Band). Jack plays concertina, flute, penny whistle (more?), with Richard on guitar and five-string banjo, and Kevin on fiddle. They know the proper bars for sets, especially Jack!

Updated Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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