St. Pat’s Day is coming…

In case you hadn’t noticed, that green time of year is here, the time when every venue in town books Irish music, (not to be confused with Humboldt Green Week a celebration of cannabis in April and May). To mark Saint Patrick’s Day, The Hum hosted a live session by cellist Summer McCall and fiddler Rosalind Parducci playing some Irish (and Scottish) tunes and talking about the music they love, while offering details of plans for St. Pat’s Day weekend. They start with one of their faves…


As noted in the vid, their green weekend begins Friday, March 16, sort of St. Pat’s Eve if you will, with a Kitchen Benefit Concert, an intimate evening with Summer & Rosalind with special guest Britt Smith on guitar etc. Starting at 7 p.m. They’re offering “cafe style drinks and food available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the kitchen upgrade at the hall.” To reiterate…


Now I’ve been telling Ros and Summer they need a name for their duo, and sometime after they came to see me, they came up with one: Port Mooncall. 
They have a couple of gigs Saturday: a St. Patrick’s Day Concert at Northtown Coffee at 5 p.m. followed by Paddy’s Day Extravaganza at Papa Wheelies! at 8:30 p.m. (in McKinleyville).

They also came up with a more or less formal YouTube vid, where they play that Gallagher song again…

When I first met Rosalind, she was playing under the name, Stringtown Ambassadors, a band with shifting side players. Here’s an album she did with a trio in 2016…

Want to know more about Summer? Here’s a Hum radio interview from not long ago…

good company

Speaking of Gallagher’s, the local Celtic trio Good Company plays at Gallagher’s Irish Pub and Restaurant  Friday and Saturday. (I’m not sure what time.)

The Hum caught up with them at Garden Gate during Arts Arcata…

Good Company  also plays mid-day at Six Rivers Brewery’s  14th Anniversary All Day- Indoor/Outdoor Extravaganza for St. Pat’s.


They suggest:

Come early for free samples from our local friends – Humboldt HotsauceDiane’s Sweet HeatRaised Gluten FreeBeck’s BakeryHumboldt Grassfed Beef and N2 brews

Live music starts at 12:30 with local traditional Celtic music from Good Company plus DJ J Dub will spin vinyl from rock to reggae and there will be bagpipes!

Enjoy Irish Food Specials and Drink Specials including a delicious new stout from Brewmaster Los, and of course, green beer!

Join us at 4:20 for the conclusion of our “Brew Your Beard” competition raising money for the McKinleyville Teen Center. Local judges will award prizes to the generous gents who have been growing beards since New Year’s Day! Cosmetologist, Carmen Sargent will be ready to groom our guys too!

Later in the evening the Hollins & Hollins Mortuary Entertainment Show will kick off featuring the music of The Pine Box BoysLester T. Raww’s Graveside Quartet, and Gentleman Jimmy Hadley

If you’ve never been to Six Rivers’ massive green blow-out for everything Irish, well you don’t know what you’re missing. The Pine Box Boys aren’t exactly trad Celtic, but their murder ballads are to die for, with the other bands offering variations on that theme…

And, while we’re talking Celtic music this weekend, we should mention the show at The Old Steeple in Ferndale with Alasdair Fraser, known as “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling” (whatever that means) and cellist Natalie Haas on 

Also this weekend, there a couple of shows at the Van Duzer. First Mr. Dave, the Prince of Polyester, David Lindley is here on St. Pat’s Day. Dave plays Irish bouzouki so he might play something appropriate, but he may jam on an oud, Turkish saz or about any stringed instrument you can name. The man can play.

Then Sunday, it’s the long awaited Bonnie Raitt, which we’re told in capital letters is SOLD OUT. Well, maybe, maybe not, at least if you’re willing to pay scalper prices: As of Monday afternoon, StubHub is offering two seats in the balcony for $216.66 apiece, but they note “2 people are looking at this event,” and probably wondering if they can afford a $500 date night. Here’s a little flash from the past, and yes, that is the late great Norton Buffalo taking a harp solo…

That’s all for now. Hum on…

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