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

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

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