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. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. BulletAthena Tergis and Mick Moloney joined forces for an intimate afternoon of Irish & Scottish traditional music and song. March 2015.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

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

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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.
Fortunate Strangers
Celtic Traditional Music, Flute, Guitar & Voice
Performance: 
Sunday
September 25, 2016
7:00 PM

Fortunate Strangers combines the experience of Celtic performers from the Bay Area and the High Sierra. Celia Ramsay’s haunting voice and extensive experience in Scottish folk music combined with Joe and Kathy Bly’s long history of Irish music, blend to create a musical experience that is both lush and full, or spare and angular, depending on what the music calls for. The stories within the songs leap out in stark relief, unmasked and fully present.


The West Coast Celtic Band’s members met at music camp, but their name reflects a chance meeting in Ireland.

In 2010, Celia and her husband were touring the Irish town of Dingle. One evening, they decided to visit O’Flaherty’s pub, known for its music sessions, and across the room, Celia saw familiar faces. She wasn’t sure how she knew these people, but headed across the room to figure it out. Joe was thinking the same thing, and after a moment’s conversation, they put it together:  Joe, Kathy and Celia were all denizens of Lark Music Camp in Mendocino, California. Over a couple of rounds of beer, Kathy and Joe explained that they were hiking the Dingle Way. It was a fortunate small-world meeting of folks who didn’t know each other, but are now fast friends.


Celia Ramsay

In childhood she sang such kindergarten hits as “Here We Go Loopty-Loo”, but Celia’s passion for Scottish songs surfaced when she was a teenager and continues to dominate her music life. Her sweet, supple voice beautifully navigates the sometimes sad, often humorous ballads from the land of her heritage. She has performed with the Black Brothers several times as a guest artist, and has three recordings to her name: Songs of My Father’s People – Mostly Scottish Songs About Love, Singer’s Request (a duo album with Shay Black that Celia produced) and I’ll Just Lie About It (Celia as jazz chanteuse and songwriter.)


Joe Bly

Traditional Irish and Appalachian music were woven into the fabric of Joe’s youth in North Carolina, and he has learned to play a variety of instruments over the years. He got his start playing gigs in old-time string bands and blues bands from high school through college, but quickly learned that playing banjo in a dorm stairwell was a terrible way to meet girls. Over the last two decades, he has dived deeply into Irish traditional music, learning from diverse masters that include Mary Flower, Shay Black, Cathie Ryan and Kevin Crawford. Joe has released two CDs with his band, Cíana: Cíana and Loneliest Road.

 

Kathy Bly

Although she discovered that stringed instruments are her true calling, Kathy boasts a long musical career as a jazz and classical woodwind player. She has performed professionally with the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Tucson Symphony, and the Virginia Symphony, as well as several jazz combos. For the last ten years, she has turned her attention and skill to playing Irish music, and has crafted her skills listening to other extraordinary Irish accompanists with her keen ear. She and husband, Joe are key players in the Nevada’s high desert Celtic band, Cíana.

“Kathy’s guitar and mandolin playing provides a rhythmic center, and the whistle and flute lines provide catchy, intertwining melodies.”

—Brad Bynum, Reno News and Review 6/21/12


“…Ramsay’s voice is captivating and convincing.”    —Paul Freeman

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