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for California
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We will add teachers, players, performers of folk music, but will not include prices of your services or instruments, recordings, books,etc. for sale.

Carla Bray - HARPIST
Location: Los Angeles and Orange County in Southern California
Phone: 310-804-0609    March 2007

I am leaning to play the mountain Dulcimer, and an seeking a teacher,
a club, and others in the area. Please contact me:
aaron488-2@yahoo.com or (323) 997-7999.
Thank you.  Aaron Goffman   June 2006

Heidi Halbur   Orange County Irish band seeks fiddle player for regular paying gigs.  Irish / Celtic playing experience is not necessary, just strong violin and musical fundamental skills.  If interested or for more info, please email vorjohann@yahoo.com
May 2006

Sandy Worley, performer, teacher & player
3700 Collier Street    Bakersfield, CA  93312    661-587-6888
Instrument: Hammered Dulcimer
Type:  Old Timey, bluegrass, Celtic, Scottish
Band Affiliation:  Upstairs String Band
Always looking to play with people for enjoyment and performance    January 2006

Brandon Edgar, Shetland Fiddler & Da Troopin Trowies
Location Redondo Beach CA and Beyond
Contact info: Cell (310) 908-1865 e-mail:Astrapios@aol.com
Performer,teacher,Recording Artist
I specialize in a Unique style called the Shetland Fiddle Style, The shetland Islands are situated 180 mi between Scotland and Norway. I also possess the capabilities of playing Irish and Scottish melodies as well. If you want your party or even to be taken on a Cruise of Diverse Celtic Musical Styles then board and make reservations for this Celtic Cruise!   October 2005
Acoustic musicians with a possibility to record their instruments are needed for a celtic folk project in California. From cittern, mandola and fiddle to harps, guitars and whistles. Contact: Ylwar lobregg@myway.com    October 2005

The name of the band is the Leperkhanz.  We play traditional Irish music with our own spin.  We would prefer to play in a place which holds 300+ people.  We are outgrowing the Pubs we play.  We would also like a stage and a PA system.  We are located in the San Diego County in California.  My (co-manager) e-mail is jonthemac@msn.com. Our website is www.leperkhanz.com. My name is Jonny Myers: 760-583-4932.   July 2005

Elaine Murphy, harpist
Location: Los Angeles, CA
(I perform all over So. California)
Phone: 323-664-7884
peformer, teacher and recording artist      June 2005

Hi.  I am seeking a fiddle and a steel guitar player for a country band this summer.  You can read more about me at shawnhelwig.com.  Please contact me if you are interested in paying gigs.
Shawn Helwig <Shawn@shawnhelwig.com>
916-690-4411  February 10, 2005

California Traditional Music Society:  http://www.ctms-folkmusic.org/default.asp
Contact them for teachers of many folk instruments, concerts, workshops, festivals, in California.

Location: Orange County, Southern California
Band: Gypsy's Kiss
Music Genre: Celtic and Beyond!
Website: http://www.gypsyskiss.us
Email: info@gypsyskiss.us
Phone: Heidi (714) 925-4751
Description: Gypsy¹s Kiss, one of Orange County¹s most exciting new bands,plays traditional and contemporary Irish and Celtic music with world music flair. The five-piece band performs unique and energetic arrangements of their favorite tunes and songs, and features an eclectic mix of vocals,fiddle, flute, whistles, hammered dulcimer, guitar, electric bass, and percussion. The music of Gypsy¹s Kiss ranges from rollicking jigs, reels,and polkas to enthusiastic songs and captivating ballads.Celtic Music In Southern California and willing to travel. January 31, 2005

VOE is a Small creek or inlet of water and are said to be the fjord's of the Shetland and Orkeney Islands. Voe is also one of Los Angeles new young Celtic Bands. The Group performs an energetic mix of Shetland,Scottish and Irish tunes featuring piano,Guitar,Electric Bass and two fiddles.
We are available for Individual Lesson's, work shop's, Concerts and Weddings
e-mail: VOE@scandinavica.com
Our web address is:
 http://www.geocities.com/breandan2003/Voe.html   October 27, 2004

 I am a 25 yr old mother and expecting again. I have an unexplainable love/passion in music (all types) and I have always wanted to play an instrument. Played here and there when I was younger and would love to learn the piano, have for many years. I am looking for a teacher in the Santa Rosa Beach, Destin, PCB or Ft Walton area.
Please email   ssullivan@playground.com    October 25, 2004

 I am seeking Bodhran and/or Irish fiddle instruction in LA area. I'm new to it so someone with patience and a sense of humor would be greatly appreciated!  Please email Jenny at wolfnette@hotmail.com

Slainte es saol,
Jenny   October 9, 2004

Harrison Le Frois
I would like to learn Uilleann Pipes and would also like to better my skills with Tin Whistle.  If there are any teachers in the Orange County, CA area, please email me at HJL31787@earthlink.net You can also phone me at (949) 857-9362.  October 4, 2004

Hello Song of the Sea!
I was happy to discover your website today and would be honored if you would add me to your players directory.
Julia Cunningham HARPIST
7095  Hollywood Blvd. #1144
Hollywood, CA.90028
Tel. 818-339-0148   Sept 30, 2004

Randy Torno
I teach Mandolin, Guitar and Banjo in my studio in the north San Fernando Valley as well as worldwide on the internet via web videoconferencing.
 Learn Celtic, Bluegrass, Folk, Old-Time and Blues. See my website for more details http://musiclessonsource.com
Randy Torno     <randy@musiclessonsource.com>
phone  (818) 512- 8333    June 9, 2004

Celtic and Early Music Quartet
Brocelïande plays Celtic music from the British isles and the Medieval and Renaissance music of the European courts and countrysides, with an emphasis on music inspired by or traditionally performed during each of the four seasons. Featuring stellar vocal and instrumental harmonies, their entrancing sound is built on the interweaving of up to 4-part vocals with the lyrical music of the Celtic harp, octave mandolin, cello, guitar, flutes, whistles, percussion, harmonica, and melodeon.
For Bookings:
Contact Margaret Davis margaret@flowinglass.com
(510) 569-0437
Brocelïande plays concerts in and around the San Francisco Bay Area on small stages, clubs, private homes, church services and creative weddings, live radio performances, colleges and universities, events, parties, classrooms, bookstores, you name it. Our mission: to use historical music in a socially progressive way, to depict mankind in a healthy relationship to the environment, and to seek the liberation of the human spirit, both present and primordial, in as much as can be accomplished, by music and song...and to have too much fun doing it!
April 15, 2004

Patrick D'Arcy - Los Angeles, California, USA - Of Dublin, Ireland origin, I am a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club http://www.socalpipers.com/ . I built the www.UilleannObsession.com website among others and like to write the occasional article or review for The Pipers Review and An Píobaire. I also enjoy performing regularly at weddings, parties and other events and recording and appearing as a guest musician with a variety of groups. I give uilleann piping classes - info@UilleannObsession.com       April 11, 2004

Brandon Edgar   <astrapios@aol.com>

Shetland and Scottish Style fiddle player also capable of playing Irish Music.
Available for Recording's, Performances, Instruction.

El Segundo., Hawthorne, Manhattan beach and Redondo Beach, California.    Feb 5, 2004

Hi there, I would like to learn to play Celtic music, with emphasis on Uileann pipes, Bodhran, Mandolin, Fiddle.
I am located in Orange County, CA. Is there any local teachers places I could go to learn??
I am Irish Native living in southern California.
Many Thanks,
Michael Barron <MBarron@DOMINOAMJET.com>
Domino Amjet Inc
Office (714) 505-9822
Cell   (714) 553-8857
Fax   (714) 505-2096   October 22, 2003

Kevin Briley
Band: Whiskey Galore
I play uilleann, highland and small pipes in a three piece band in Bakersfield, Calif.  I have also played in bands such as LA Scots, LAPD, and Milngavie (Scotland) pipe bands.  I have played professionally for 15 years and taught for 9.  I make my living playing music in central and southern california.  Whiskey Galore has done some gigs in San Francisco and Las Vegas, and will be doing some highland games in California in the fall of 2003. We are releasing our 2nd album "Triur" summer 2003.
kbriley@ncinternet.net        October 13, 2004

Chris Peterson, teacher/player/performer <cpmusic@uia.net>
Group: The Seisun
website: www.cpmusic.com
Instruments: Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar
Music: Mainly Celtic, some Old Time American, bits and pieces of others. Sat, 05 Apr 2003

Carol Alban is a Flute Teacher and Performer in the Oakland/Piedmont area. Flute students of all ages are welcome! Private as well as semi-private lessons are available. Contact Carol Alban at (510) 595-9009. Flutist CarolAlban performs at weddings, parties and other special events with various classical, jazz, and folk musicians.
Carol Alban <CarolAlban@aol.com>
Oakland, CA USA - January 15, 2005 

Bodhran, Spoons, Bones, set, etc. player available. Recording, Gigs, Tours. experienced contact Keith (562) 434-6199
LONG BEACH, CA USA - Monday, January 20, 2003 at 18:54:36 (EST) 
Player: I am just beginning to learn to play mandolin and am hoping to find a teacher. I like the idea of learning to play celtic and/or medieval music European music, but as a beginner I'm also just interested in learning the basics. Please email me if you teach mandolin, are located in Orange County or near the southern borders of Los Angeles county, and are interested in having a new student.

Stacy <blue@energyandmatter.com>
Orange, CA USA - Monday, January 13, 2003 at 21:25:05 (EST) 
Hammered Dulcimer played by Scott Williams - player, teacher, performer, recording artist/engineer. Based in San Diego. Weddings / corporate, Renaissance festivals, malls, educational programs. Celtic, neo-Celtic, rock covers, classical, Rev / Civ War period, Christmas.

Scott Williams <weddings@scottdulcimer.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 00:16:03 (EST)
and additional fiddle players, So far I have a cellist. the music we will be working on is mostly shetland/Scandinavian. but will be glad to play irish/scottish tunes. Shetland music is a mixture of Scottish and NOrwegian music. so fill free to e-mail me if interested. (I also perform solo and I give lessons)

Brandon Edgar <gallachd_dubhX32@yahoo.com>
Hawthorne/Manhattan bach, CA USA - Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 13:27:25 (EDT) 
Looking for fiddle player, keyboard, whistle player, and vocalists, and song submissions for San Diego Celtic/Rock band.

Christopher <vetnet@msn.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 22:41:58 (EDT) 
Teaching myself the whistle in D and also the bodhron but would like some guidence (especially for the whistle). In my youth I've played flute, sax, and trumpet. I've always been interested in the celtic arts.

Kristina Allen <Kmeg278@aol.com>
Garden Grove , CA USA - Monday, June 17, 2002 at 15:30:13 (EDT) 
Dulcimist with KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND. I play, teach and perform both hammered and fretted dulcimer in and around the Los Angeles, CA area. Stop by and see our music studio at: 412 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016 (626) 357-1091 See you there!

Jennifer Ranger <kattywompus@earthlink.net>
Monrovia, CA USA - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 02:12:17 (EDT) 
City of Angels Highland Dance Troupe is available for all public performances. Check us out at: www.cahdt.com

Joan Bys <JBBys@msn.com>
Temple City, CA USA - Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 22:59:13 (EST) 
Proudfoot is seeking a fiddle player for Celtic music 916-849-3206

Richard Wales <richard@living-art.net>
Loomis, CA USA - Monday, December 17, 2001 at 16:34:02 (EST) 
Ian Whitelaw -World Class Performer, Teacher, Composer and Producer. I am recognized as the leading authority in music of the great highland bagpipe in the Western United States in solo and pipe band work. I perform at weddings, funerals and many special events. In addition, I provide instruction to pipers of all levels of skill and ability. (310) 634-9726

 I live in Redondo Beach, California.
Ian Whitelaw ian@aceltictraveler.com

Bruce Teter: Teacher, Player, Performer
group: Les Plaisirs
12426 Havelock Ave     Los Angeles CA 90066      phone: 310-578-5924
Instruments: musette bagpipes, French folk bagpipes, recorders, tin whistle
music: baroque, folk, mostly French

Performer - Jeff MacLeod Ramsden, Scottish bagpiper available for weddings, funerals, parades and events throughout northern California.
Jeff MacLeod Ramsden <jeff@kiltmusic.com >
SF Bay Area, CA USA - Saturday, May 19, 2001 at 04:42:55 (EDT)

Patrick D'Arcy <pdarcy@concentric.net>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, November 27, 2000 at 20:38:59 (EST) 
I play Mandolin, Bluegrass and Celtic, Jam with blues and ragtime. Play mostly with Southern California Bluegrass Association. Would like to play with a group on a regular basis. Feel free to email me or call (310) 372-0586

Belinda Beard Ajili <ajili3@yahoo.com>
Redondo Beach, CA USA - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 00:38:16 (EST) 
So far, I mostly compose intricately contrapuntal string quartet music using mostly celtic melodies. I want to do more. I can play most woodwind instruments, and I am interested in forming a primarily Chinese/Celtic ensemble in which I would play mostly flutes and chinese mouth organ. I can transcribe/transpose most western and chinese notation. Harmonization and arrangement not a problem. I can tune your instrument and show you the fingerings if necessary. I know this kind of music can work, because I've seen it work before.

Josh Broyles <Josh@orangeboxman.com>
Oakland, CA USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 17:21:19 (EDT) 
Just moved into the area and need to continue with lessons. I am a beginner 5 string BANJO player and have about five lessons to my credit (Hey I can play "Tom Dooley")! Does anyone have a reference?

Kevin <kctrow@earthlink.net>
Santa Rosa, CA USA - Friday, August 11, 2000 at 15:04:18 (EDT) 5:48 (EDT) 
I am a mandolin player. Bluegrass, learning Celtic. Jam with blues/ragtime. Email to come soon. Phone:(310)372-0586

Belinda B. Ajili
Redondo Beach, CA USA - Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 15:25:32 (EST) 
Scottish Highland Piper/Guitarist Available for Bookings, lessons and all recording situations.

Piper with the LA Scots Band. Guitarist with the Browne Sisters References always available. Call 323 463 7011
John Allan <BPTmr@Webtv.net>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 12:15:19 (EST)

Christa Burch is the lead vocalist and bodhran player for TamLyn, a hot new 8-piece Alt-Celt band based out of Orange County, California. We like to say we have "authenticity with insouciance," and our sound is an effusive mix of the Ancient and the Modern, put through a cross-cultural blender to encourage wild, ethnic dancing. For bookings or more information, see our website at www.celticband.com, or call 949.552.1394. Christa also sings with Kim Hughes in a more traditional duet called "Lintie," based out of Sonoma, California. Information regarding Lintie can be found at www.lintie.com or by callling 707.933.9774.
Christa Burch <christa@celticband.com>
Irvine, CA USA - Saturday, September 25, 1999 at 18:29:45 (EDT) 
Performer: I play wooden flute and pennywhistle in a duo called "Dobhran." August O'Connor, the other member of Dobhran, plays classical guitar, bodhran, and bones (one at a time, of course!). We perform traditional and modern Celtic music at restaurants, coffee houses, bookstores, and pubs, as well as private gatherings such as weddings and dinners. Dobhran means "otter" in gaelic, and we like to emphasize the graceful and playful nature of our music, much of which originates in Ireland, Scotland, and Bretony. We play out quite frequently in the Santa Cruz/Monterey/and San Francisco Bay areas. For more information (including current bookings), please see the web site above, or call 831-457-8804.

Kim Fulton-Bennett <flute@earthling.net>
Santa Cruz, CA USA - Thursday, September 16, 1999 at 15:58:05 (EDT) 
I play Banjo for about 40 years, up picking style, play for fun ( have performed in public)

Earle B. Russell <EarleR2680@aol.com>
Fontana, CA USA - Sunday, September 12, 1999 at 09:41:34 (EDT) 
Player, performer, teacher, pipe maker I play several types of pipes I perform upon request I teach and will help others with the pipes I make and experiment with several types of pipes and reeds Please address any inquiries by e-mail please

Kevin T. Scott <piobaire@concnetric.net>
Oakland, CA USA - Sunday, August 29, 1999 at 01:50:58 (EDT) 
Neo-Celtic balladry & sung-poetics. Voice w/guitar & octar. Avalable for performance, production & instruction. "Wry, witty, acute & literary. Quite unique," says Robin Williamson.

David Nigel Lloyd <davidnigellloyd@yahoo.com>
Pine Flat, CA USA - Saturday, June 05, 1999 at 18:22:27 (EDT)
I am a professional shakuhachi player and teacher, based in the SanFrancisco Bay Area

Philip Gelb <ryokan@wenet.net>
Oakland, CA USA - Sunday, February 28, 1999 at 01:02:12 (EST) 
Flute, and classical guitar. I teach the panpipe and folk flutes. Love all ethnic folk / ethnic classical music. (The Javanese musicians /listeners makes no classical / folk distinction.)

Kristopher Faubion <kfaubion@venturalink.net>
Ventura, CA USA - Friday, October 16, 1998 at 20:17:24 (EDT)

Performer, teacher and composer- Bert lives in the north San Francisco Bay area but travels all over the country playing in concert, for weddings, festivals, corporate events, film, radio and theatre.  He has played for the likes of Libus Montgomery, 7-time All-Scotland Highland Dance champion, HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Jacques Cousteau; and in such venues as Bally's/Paris in Las Vegas, Ryan's on Bourbon Street in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, Pebble Beach, and aboard many navy vessels, including the USS Abraham Lincoln, HMS Fearless and many others.  Bert is a fine artist of note also; and he plays guitar, whistle, bodhran and sings as well.  He is available for all bookings and occasions, please feel free to contact him as provided below:
Pipe Major Albert Insley Blue
1225 Elkhorn
Santa Rosa, CA 95405 USA
tel. (707) 527-WOLF

Highland Bagpiper...Play for weddings, parties, funerals, etc... Teach novice level pipers... Been playing pipes for 20 years now, 'n still thoroughly enjoy 'em. I''ve a fairly broad reportoire, ceol beag thru piobreachd. I currently play with a local pipe band, and compete as a solo piper also. If you have need of a piper for a function, give me a call. If I can't servie, I'll find someone who will.... Phone: 818-761-4425
Stephen Farrell <PiperStev4@aol.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Thursday, July 16, 1998 at 10:29:07 (EDT

Lyne Baird, player_performer
group: Banish Misfortune
1370 New Haven Drive
Pomona, CA 91766
phone: (909)397-0117
instruments: Hammered Dulcimer, Recorder, Clarinet
music: Celtic, Traditional, Classical

Ruth Davis
4450 California Ave #222
Bakersfield CA.
Teacher, Performer
Instruments: Harp

Chris Dunkle
584 Anson Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 792-1647
Instruments: Steel-string acoustic guitar, 6- and 12-string, vocals
Music Style(s) of music: Acoustic folk

Kristopher Faubion
class: teacher_player_performer
group: Harmonae (group of one)
contact: KFaubion@aol.com
address1: POB 2457 Harmony, CA 93435
address2: POB Box 1312 Oak View CA 93022
phone: (805) 648-4649
instruments: Panpipe Shakuhachi Kena Classical Guitar: panpipe kena shakuhachi classical guitar
music: ethnic folk / classical Euro-classical Andes mts. South India classical Native North American "my personal" extemporae lyric songs of passion for love, meaning, naturemusic: ethnic "folk" ethnic classical "personal" extemporae passionate songs of love, meaning, nature Tellemann, Dvorak, Beethoven Andes Mts. l Classical South India Native North American

Alan Keith, player/performer
Groups: "Les Campagnards" & "Tour de France"
765 San Pierre Way
Mountain View, CA 94043
(415) 964-5279
instruments: Various W. European bagpipes, diatonic (button), accordians, folk oboes, whistles, misc. percussion
music: W. European traditional folk, British, Irish and French

Anne Roos: teacher_performer
group: Celtic Harp Music by Anne Roos
contact: Anne Roos
P.O. Box 15190
South Lake Tahoe CA 96151
phone: (800)255-6318
Instruments: Celtic Harp
Music: Anne Roos performs many different types of music, including Classical and Baroque music, Renaissance and Early Music, traditional and modern Celtic music, Christian and Jewish Music, Holiday Music, Modern Popular music, including Disney tunes, movie and popular TV themes, and tunes by Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Verlene Schermer, teacher/performer
P.O. Box 24412
San Jose, CA, 95154
Instruments: folk harp, voice, guitar, keyboards,
Music: folk, Celtic, jazz, blues, country, pop, rock

Jim Skrydlak, player/performer
Mountain View, CA 94043
Instruments: clawhammer banjo,guitar
Music Styles: old-time, bluegrass, and folk (both authentic and contemporary)
music: old-time, folk (authentic and contemporary)

Wanda Taylor
311 South Street,#118
Redding, CA 96001
(916) 246-7319
Instruments: Harp and Bamboo Flute
Music Styles: Celtic and Folk

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