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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. BulletKristina Olsen is a multi-instrumentalis 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

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

  16. BulletBryan Bowers–Virginia born singer, story teller and virtuoso autoharp performer. May 2009, May 2010, May 2011.

  17. BulletJim Malcolm–Scottish born singer, songwriter and lead singer with the world-renowned Old Blind Dogs. February 2009,  January 2010, February 2011, February 2013.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

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

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


Check out the videos made at some of these concerts.

Auburn House Concerts
         Acoustic performances in an intimate setting.

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


Celia Ramsay is fast becoming a popular name in the SF Bay Area music scene. She has performed at numerous house concerts, the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, and The Palms Playhouse in Winters. Celia sings with a clear, clean style reminiscent of Keely Smith and has a taste for music that capture the perspective of what she sardonically calls a “woman of a certain age” – dark and honest, silly and bawdy, sultry and sublime.  Celia has been singing since she was a little girl and grew up with a passion for the traditional ballads of Scotland and for American pop and jazz of the 1930s and 40s. Both traditions, she says, lean heavily on songs about love and its trials, tribulations, and triumphs.  Please visit www.celiaramsay.com.

Dave Nachmanoff grew up in the '60s and '70s surrounded by the active folk scene of Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, jamming with Elizabeth Cotten and Utah Phillips as a child. After completing his PHD at UC Davis, he released "Candy Shower" in 1997 and has been touring as a professional musician ever since. He's played at some of the top clubs in the U.S., Canada and Europe, both on his own and as the opening act, acoustic lead guitarist and verbal sparring partner for British folk artist Al Stewart. He has 9 CDs out, including a live CD, "Snapshots", which was recorded at The Palms when it was in Davis. His website is www.davenach.com.

Performance: Saturday
March 29, 2014, 7:00 PM
What the Critics Say

"Dave Nachmanoff seems to carry his own electricity with him.  Not in a jar but in his guitar, voice and stage personality.  The lights burn a bit brighter when he is on stage.   The word started that he was sensational before he graced the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage and echoed after he left.  I want him back and the paying customers want him back."—Bob Stane, Coffeehouse Gallery in Altadena


"While Ramsay's first album featured Scottish balladry, her second warms to a vintage jazz sound. Her voice is captivating and convincing. The material ranges from bluesy to bawdy. Highlights include the luscious standard `You Don't Know What Love Is’ and her own, witty, libido-themed `Lament.’"—Paul Freeman


"What a delightful surprise to have met the voice of Celia Ramsay! I believed every word she sang, and loved every song she recorded!"—Libby McLaren

Celia Ramsay &
Dave Nachmanoff