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 Shannon 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
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.
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!