Auburn House Concerts offers private acoustic performances in an intimate setting at our home in Auburn, Placer County, California.


We began hosting house concerts in the fall of 2007. Our house has a fabulous living room space, with hardwood floor and high ceiling, that is just made for music. We also know lots of marvelous musicians, so this is a perfect fit.


If you have never been to a house concert then you must attend one: you're in for a treat! Seeing artists perform ‘up close and personal’ is a very different experience than you get in a nightclub, concert hall or festival. Minimal (if any) amplification is used, for one thing. The audience gets a chance to meet the artist after the performance.



Check out the videos made at some of these concerts.



Below is the list of musician who have performed at Auburn House Concerts.

  1. BulletThe Fire filled the house and burned it down. Rebecca Lomnicky, David Brewer and Adam Hendey; loud and fast, the standing ovation turned into dancing to the pipes and fiddle.  September 2018.

  2. BulletCorwin Zekley & Emma Newton wowed us with original songs and jazz standards. Emma on harp, voice and piano, Corwin on violin and voice.  August 2018.

  3. BulletJohn Doyle started the day with a guitar workshop in the afternoon and finished the night with a fine concert with lots of songs and masterful guitar. Pete Grant sat in for a few tunes on pedal steel and dobro. June 2018

  4. BulletLinsey Aitken & Ken Campbell filled the room with the rich cello, vocals and guitar. Everyone was able to sing along on the choruses as they handed out lyric sheets. Linsey and Ken are schedule to return to AHC in hind sight. May 2018

  5. BulletSteve Baughman–acoustic guitarist Steve Baughman returned (Baughman & Herold, 2010) for another fine afternoon of music. Ken Risling opened the show with a couple original songs. October 2017

  6. BulletFour Shillings Short (Aodh Og O’Tuama and Christy Martin) gave a delightful show, with more instruments on stage than any other concert here! August 2017.

  7. BulletThe Quitters played a lively show, with many old favorites, to an audience of fans. Right-side up finger picker (Stevie Coyle) and upside down flat picker (Glenn Pomianek of Houston & Jones) make up this duo. May 2017.

  8. BulletHattie & Joe Craven gave us a delightful celebration of music, marrying world and folk music with pop culture, with a few old standards thrown in for good measure. March 2017.

  9. BulletArchie Fisher sang both traditional and original songs from Scotland, accompanying himself on guitar. We had a mighty session afterwards, Archie joined us, trading tunes and songs with Peter Grant. November 2016.

  10. BulletNoctambule performed many original tunes using lyrics from the poetry of Theodor Roethke, W.H. Auden, Stephen Vincent Benét, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Jenny Joseph, Robert Service, Pablo Neruda, Lord Tennyson, Edna St. Vincent Millay. Expert mandolin and guitar accompaniment. August 2016.

  11. BulletKeith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham sang English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs for an enthusiastic house. May 2016.

  12. BulletAndrea Beaton, Dick Hensold & Dean Magraw playing music from Cape Breton for fiddle, pipes and guitar. The exuberant Celtic music of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island reflects the dance-driven rhythms of the ancient strathspeys, reels and jigs, played with joy and drive on the fiddle, pipes, and guitar. May 2016.

  13. BulletDebby McClatchy lived most of her adult life near Roaring Spring, in the Appalachian Mountains, she was born in San Francisco in 1945. Her father's great grandfather came from Ulster during the famine, was a 49er in the gold rush, and founded northern California's leading newspaper, The Sacramento Bee. Debby’s road retirement concert here at AHC was full of family and friends. What a joy. Debby plans to continue playing locally, just not hitting the road any more. November 2015.

  14. BulletThe Rosin Doctors left the bagpipes in the car, but still managed to please with both traditional tunes and some very funny original songs. September 2015.

  15. BulletSeabury Gould delighted us with the poetry of Rumi, tributes to Pete Seeger, traditional celtic music as well as some humor. August 2015.

  16. BulletAthena Tergis and Mick Moloney joined forces for an intimate afternoon of Irish & Scottish traditional music and song. March 2015. In 2018 a full day started Athena holding a morning fiddle workshop, Mick giving cultural illustrated talk after lunch, then the concert was capped off with Alasdair Frazer joining in for a couple of tunes after the break.

  17. BulletNuala Kennedy delighted the Thursday not full house with song, whistle and flute tunes. She was joined by Eamon O’Leary on the guitar with a couple of songs of his own. February 2015.

  18. BulletAmelia Hogan with Ray Frank on guitar. An enjoyable afternoon. Amelia sang with a sweet style, and no pretension. December 2014.

  19. BulletRadim Zenkl drew many mandolin players then wowed them with a spectrum of original and folk music including swing, bluegrass, flamenco, gypsy and Irish.  November 2014, December 2016.

  20. BulletMargaret Miles was joined by Ray Frank as well as 3 members of Kitchen Cinq. They performed Margaret’s original songs as well as traditional ballads and jazz standards. The audience sang along with gusto. September 2014.

  21. BulletHouston & Jones filled the house with foot tapping music, stellar guitar and an appreciative crowd. July 2014, June 2017.

  22. BulletMollie O’Brien & Rich Moore. June 2014.

  23. BulletCelia Ramsay & Dave Nachmanoff, Northern California singer-songwriters, teamed up for another acoustic duo show, with Dave and Celia accompanying each other on their original songs. March 2014.

  24. BulletStory Road. Acclaimed traditional musicians Colleen Raney, Stuart Mason, John Weed, and Johnny B. Connolly teamed up to become one of the most exciting new bands on the West Coast. March 2014.

  25. BulletMichael Mullen; A Trio of One. As a solo performer on violin, guitar, and voice, Michael created a rich layered sound by looping the music created live, building from a single instrument up to a finish that was powerful clever and satisfying. July 2013.

  26. BulletAn Evening of Harmony. Sylvia Herold felt that her voice, along with Michael Black's clear tenor, and Doug Olsen's deep bass would provide an interesting mesh of sounds.  This Auburn House Concert was their premier performance. December 2012.

  27. BulletKevin Carr entertained us with My Grandfather's Fiddle, a show consisting of fiddle tunes, bagpipe melodies, songs and stories from Ireland, Quebec, Galicia and other green places. He played fiddle, banjo, uilleann pipes, Scottish smallpipes and Galician Gaita. September 2012.

  28. BulletKyle Alden & Athena Tergis joined with the spirit of the great Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats. The concert featured Songs from Yeats' Bee-Loud Glade, a collection of 13 of Yeats’ poems. Athena’s fiddle workshop was inspirational and practical as expected. February 2012, March 2013.

  29. BulletLou and Peter Berryman began their musical partnership in high school in Appleton, Wisconsin, way back in the sixties. Sixteen recordings and three songbooks later, their intelligent and wickedly funny material is never bawdy or risqué but is rich with wordplay and witty images. This duo is not to be missed. January 2012.

  30. BulletPatrice Haan is best known for her sultry and seductive vocal performances with Tony Marcus in the Oakland-based jazz ensemble Leftover Dreams. Her tunes are often described as beautiful, gorgeous, poetic and evocative, healing our souls and our heartache with the palpable love and the poetry of the music. November 2011, May 2013.

  31. BulletFrankie Armstrong beloved British folk singer and educator toured with Linda Allen, songwriter and educator. August 2011. We were fortune to have them to recognize the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in California (the sixth state to approve women's suffrage in the United States.) August 2011.

  32. BulletKristina Olsen is a multi-instrumentalist as well as an award-winning songwriter with a big bluesy voice. Her mix of powerful songs ranging from sassy bottleneck blues to lilting ballads to swing jazz to raunch and roll (as well as her hilarious storytelling) makes for a diverse and satisfying musical experience. July 2011.

  33. BulletMegan McLaughlin honed her skills as a street performer in Paris before moving to California, where she developed an innovative guitar style. With just a hint of irony, she describes her musical genre as "girl with guitar". April 2011.

  34. BulletBaughman & Herold–Well known around the world, acoustic guitarist Steve Baughman offers transcended instrumental music with heart and spirit. Sylvia Herold delivers assertive guitar work, presenting songs with a clarity that is both honest and uplifting with her captivating voice. October 2010.

  35. BulletRebecca TroonAward-winning songwriter and recording artist whose goal is to be a source of love, inspiration, and healing through music. July 2010.

  36. BulletEuphoniaA café-style acoustic combo featuring soaring harmony vocals and sophisticated musicianship. September 2009, June 2012.

  37. BulletHoldstock & MacLeod–Enthusiastically performing together for over twenty-five years, with authentic renditions of the songs of their homelands. July 2009, February 2014.

  38. BulletBryan Bowers–Virginia born singer, story teller and virtuoso autoharp performer. May 2009, May 2010, May 2011, May 2015, April 2017.

  39. BulletJim Malcolm–Scottish born singer, songwriter and lead singer with the world-renowned Old Blind Dogs. February 2009,  January 2010, February 2011, February 2013, January 2017. What time does the Super Bowl game start?

  40. BulletGerry O’Beirne–Irish born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; 6 and 12 string guitar, tiple, and ukulele, slide guitar et cetera. November 2008, October 2009, April 2013.

  41. BulletChris Caswell–Celtic Harpist who plays the tin whistle, Irish flute, highland bagpipes, tar (lute), English concertina, chromatic button accordion, harmonium, tambura, bodhrán, congas, briefcase, tambourine and Scotch snare. He also sings and writes wonderful songs. Chris was joined by Myra Joy on violoncello. November 2008, March 2010.

  42. BulletPaddy Keenan–Irish born founding member of The Bothy Band, acknowledged as the most accomplished uilleann piper performing today. August 2008 and October 2012.

  43. BulletTommy O’Sullivan–London born singer songwriter performs traditional Irish and American as well as contemporary songs. August 2008.

  44. BulletPete Grant–California born Auburn musician performing on dobro, banjo, and pedal steel guitar. Pete has backs up the featured performers. August 2008, November 2008, April 2011, May 2011.

  45. BulletLegacy with Valerie Plested, Don Penzien and Justin Murphy–Traditional Irish music and song from the southern states; fiddle, guitar, whistle, bodhrán, flute and vocals.  July 2008.

  46. BulletNotorious with Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger–Traditional and contemporary acoustic music from around the world.  July 2008.

  47. BulletMelanie O’Reilly with Sean O'Nuallain and Richard Tibbitts or Frank Martin–Irish born singer songwriter who blends traditional Irish music and jazz; vocals, guitar, flute and whistle. November 2007, March 2009, May 2016.

  48. BulletStevie Coyle–Entertainer and musician, fingerstyle and lap steel guitarist/vocalist. September 2007,  January 2009, November 2010, June 2017.


Check out the videos made at some of these concerts.

Auburn House Concerts
         Acoustic performances in an intimate setting.
The Fire
Tradition Forward
Performance: Saturday
September 15, 2018
7:30 PM

The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki.  Members of the trio have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, with Rebecca and David having additionally lived and studied in both Edinburgh and the highlands of Scotland. Together, The Fire performs captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together. The Fire has headlined at Celtic festivals such as The Pleasanton Scottish Highland Games, The Utah Scottish Association Highland Games, The Portland Highland Games, The Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival, The Northwest Folklife Festival, The Oregon Scottish Festival, The Yachats Celtic Music Festival, The Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival, and has performed at a variety of venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland.


The Fire is currently based out of Santa Cruz, California, and has recorded four albums together.









Originally from Corvallis Oregon, Rebecca Lomnicky began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovering Scottish fiddle music only a few years later. In 2005, she won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition, and in 2006 recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by Dirty Linen magazine as "technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic." In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. The invitation only championship—seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world—is widely regarded as the most prestigious in Scottish fiddle. She has performed in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, China, and across the US, has been featured on the BBC radio show, Take the Floor, and in 2009, recorded her second CD, Inspired, with David Brewer. In 2014, Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a double major in Music and Sociocultural Anthropology. She was also awarded the 2013-2014 Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize for outstanding instrumental music performance. In addition to performing, Rebecca is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. For more about Rebecca, please visit: www.rebeccalomnicky.com


David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly's Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, and Australia. He has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, & The Presidency. David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, compliments Rebecca’s award winning fiddling with guitar, Irish penny-whistle, and bodhran frame-drum, but primarily the Scottish bagpipes, on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today. For more about David, please visit: www.davidbrewermusic.com


Adam Hendey is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has performed in Ireland, the UK, and across the United States, playing and studying with members of Lúnasa, Flook, and Molly’s Revenge. Since beginning tin-whistle at thirteen years of age, Adam has dedicated himself to the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland, while also becoming well versed in other forms of popular music. On guitar and bouzouki, Adam brings an innovative contemporary approach to traditional music, with a passion informed by intense study of music theory and a diverse wealth of musical experience. In addition to performing, Adam graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, with a majors in Music and Philosophy. He has just finished a masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying Traditional Music and specializing in guitar performance. Adam has released his debut solo album, Forward, which features appearances by both Rebecca and David. For more about Adam, please visit: https://www.adamhendey.com

"Without doubt, The Fire serves up THE most dynamic, entertaining, and head-snapping live show of reels, jigs, strathspeys and all that ilk of any band on the West Coast festival circuit." —Tony Becker, AmeriCeltic.net 


"A masterful blend of subtle fiddling and hard-driving piping" —Kithfolk Roots Music Magazine


"Excellent American Duo" —Robbie Shepherd, BBC Radio Scotland


"What a fantastic performance these two performers give. Rebecca sparkles on the fiddle while David plays several types of bagpipes, flute, and whistle and does it all with unreal energy and verve...this duo delivers with talent, stage presence and energy."  —Jack Baker, Irish American News


"World class talent" —67 Music


"Listeners were treated to an outstanding concert that I think people eventually will remember as one of the best of 2014." —Folkworks.org


"With their traditional roots, vast diversity of tunes, and magnificent innovative spirit, this duo presents a phenomenal and unique performance of past and present Scottish music." —Willits News

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