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Anglo-Celtic Ceilidh Dance featuring The Woots plus Dance Lesson
Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Anglo-Celtic Ceilidh Dance featuring The Woots plus Dance Lesson

Doors at 7:30 pm; 8pm Ceilidh Dance

Tickets are $8 Advance / $10 at the Door

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Ashkenaz bi-monthly Pan-Celtic Ceilidh dance continues! Ceilidh means gathering in Celtic and the tradition always includes music and dance. Ashkenaz's inclusive Ceilidh combine easy dances everyone can do in many styles including Irish Ceili, Contra, Scottish Ceilidh, English County Dance & couple dances such as waltz. Every dance is taught before it's danced and people are encouraged to dance all roles with everyone on the floor.

 

This month's dance features callers Kalia Kliban and Alan Kline, and live music from The Woots (Shira Kammen,Deidre McCarthy, Jim Oakden, Charlie Hancock, and Mark Ungar).

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Tempest 30th Anniversary Show
Oct
20
8:30 PM20:30

Tempest 30th Anniversary Show

Doors Open 8:00 pm/ Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $20 Advance / $22 Day of Show

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Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 26 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release fifteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member. 

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. The newest member is Josh Fossgreen, an exceptional young talent whose innovative bass textures add a rich dimension to the Tempest soundscape. Born in Colorado and brought up in small town Missouri, Gregory Jones is the latest in a long line of Tempest guitar greats! His fiery licks and hard-rocking approach to the instrument, combined with his experience and understanding of Celtic music is a fast favorite with fans, new and old alike! Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band's sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming. 

Signed to Sony-distributed Magna Carta Records, Tempest's releases are acclaimed worldwide. The group's latest studio CD, The Tracks We Leave, may be the bands most exciting work to date, as their unique blend of world music elements showcases inventive new original and traditional material. 
Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals including The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denmark's Skagen Festival, Britain's Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is also a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals.

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Oct
7
1:30 PM13:30

Semiannual Reunion of the UC Berkeley Folk Dancers Balkan Folk Dance

1:30pm to 5pm

Tickets $7

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We're having a vegetarian potluck for our semiannual  reunion of the UC Berkeley Folk Dancers

This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together.

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Balkan Dance
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Balkan Dance

Doors at 6:30 pm / Balkan dance lesson at 7:00 pm / Dance at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

 

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Balkan Dance
Sep
5
6:30 PM18:30

Balkan Dance

Doors at 6:30 pm / Balkan dance lesson at 7:00 pm / Dance at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

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 Pan-Celtic Ceilidh Dance with The Bruno Band
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Pan-Celtic Ceilidh Dance with The Bruno Band

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $8 Advance / $10 Day of Show

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Ashkenaz is proud to present our bi-monthly Pan-Celtic Ceilidh dance series! The Ceilidh is a tradition of music, dance and storytelling in Scottish and Irish traditions. In Ashkenaz inclusive tradition, this Ceilidh will combine easy dances everyone can do in many traditions including English Ceilidh, English Country, Contra, Scottish and Irish Ceilidh. For this month's dance DJ, host, and caller Alan Kline will be joined by caller Linda Henderson, and live music from The Bruno Band, who are Jason Aldean on melodon & bass, Calvaleigh Rasmussen on accordion & drum, Alex Bernstein on whistle, Kevin Hughes on mandolin, bagpipe, & hurly gurdy, Nicole Sivel on recorder & whistles, Jay Doane on fiddle, and Michael Dewell on mandolin.

"One of the Bay Area’s hidden folk treasures, The Bruno Band are the core musicians for the Pipe & Bowl Morris Men, and the Newcastle Country Dancers. All the musicians are dancers, and most have been cavorting for over two decades .  They are sure to put a spring in your step.”

 

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Runa
Jul
13
9:00 PM21:00

Runa

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

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Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. 

The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best LIVE Album, Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song. 
“Timeless and flawless...” – Jim Allford, PA Music Scene


RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Zach White of Missouri on mandolin, vocals, banjo, and flat-picking guitar, and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle. 
RUNA recently released their fifth album, RUNA: LIVE, which was recorded at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD on Thursday, March 17th, 2016. Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, the album has been hailed as “an incredible masterpiece” - Marcene Bronson, The Celtic Crier

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Balkan/Greek Post-Camp Gathering Dance Party with Edessa
Jul
1
6:00 PM18:00

Balkan/Greek Post-Camp Gathering Dance Party with Edessa

Doors at 5:30 pm; Show at 6:00 pm

Tickets are $12

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For many years one of the Bay Area’s premier Balkan dance bands, Édessa is comprised of musicians who have devoted decades to the study and performance of the rich cultural expressions of the southern Balkans. They play with a deep understanding of the connection between dance and music. Using both traditional and modern instruments, they perform in a variety of styles, featuring long sets that interweave melodies, improvisation and a beat with dancers in mind. The music comes from Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, and Turkey, and Balkan Roma (Gypsy). The group and its members have long participated in and taught at Balkan camps across the country, and Édessa was the first band to take Balkan music to Japan. 

Édessa is George Chittenden on clarinet, gaida (bagpipe), zurna (shawm), and guitar; Lise Liepman on santouri (hammered dulcimer) and accordion; violinist Ari Langer and percussionist Sean Tergis.

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Pan-Celtic Ceilidh Dance plus Dance Lesson
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Pan-Celtic Ceilidh Dance plus Dance Lesson

Doors at 7:30 pm; 8pm Dance Lesson,
followed by Ceilidh dance and live music

Tickets are $8 Advance / $10 at the Door

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Ashkenaz is proud to launch the first of our bi-monthly Pan-Celtic Ceilidh dances! The Ceilidh is a tradition of music, dance, and storytelling in Celtic traditions. In Ashkenaz's inclusive tradition, this first Ceilidh will combine easy dances everyone can do in many styles including   Irish Ceilidh, Contra, English Country Dance & Ceilidh, and Waltzes & other couple dances. T he August Ceilidh will  include Scottish traditions.

Featuring host and caller Alan Kline, and an Energetic and Versatile band including multi-instrumentalists Jim Oakden, Shira Kammen, and Noel Cragg

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