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CONCERTS & CLASSES

August 22, Saturday: Ken Risling and Celia Ramsay in a duo house concert at Celia's house. Ken has earned numerous awards for his original songs and Celia will bring out some of her own, too! Songs of humor, sarcasm and love will be the order of the night! Concert at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:30. You must reserve a seat to attend. Directions provided when you RSVP. More information soon!

September 6, Sunday: Celia will be performing and egging-on listeners to sing with her at the 150th Pleasanton Highland Games from 1:00 - 2:00pm. You'll find her in the Clan area near the Palm Pavilion at the AmeriCeltic tent.

October 3 & 4, Saturday and Sunday: Celia will part of the daily song circle at the KVMR Celtic Festival - come sing along at the Gazebo near Gate 5!

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DANCES

October 3, Saturday; Nevada City Contra Dance at Nevada City Oddfellows Hall, 8:00 - 11:00pm. 

October 18, Sunday; San Jose Contra Dance, First Unitarian Church, 2:30 - 5:00pm

October 24, Saturday; Sebastopol Contra Dance at Wischemann Hall in Sebasatopol, 8:00 - 11:00pm.

October 25, Sunday; Hayward Contra Dance; Hill & Valley Club, 4:00 - 7:00pm.

November 14, Saturday; Ukiah Contra Dance; Ukiah United Methodist Church, 7:30 - 10:30pm

November 21, Saturday; Newcastle Contra Dance at Newcastle Portuguese Hall, 8:00 - 11:00pm.

Celia Ramsay teaching vocal workshop at Lark CampComing in 2016:

Voice lessons! Celia will be offering private and group voice lessons in her North Berkeley home. Depending on interest, she may also offer harmony-singing workshops to small groups.

For further information, please email Celia.


 Singer's Request - Celia Ramsay and Shay Black's new collaborative album is available!

Singer's Request is a collection of some of Shay and Celia's favorite songs, songs that come from both Shay's Irish and Celia's Scottish roots. The album proudly includes instrumental support from John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Michael Black, Patrice Haan, Charlie Hancock, Eamonn Flynn, David Morris, David Brewer and Rebecca Lomnicky and vocal harmonies on some songs from Shay's family: niece Róisín, sisters Mary and Frances, and brothers Michael and Martin.

“I have been listening over and over to this beautiful work of art - Singer’s Request. Celia Ramsay and Shay Black’s voices are lovely together (Ramsay’s voice is GORGEOUS), and the production, variety and song order are simply fabulous. It is wonderful and I am happy there is such awesome work out in the world. What a fun and beautiful CD to listen to. Congratulations on a beauty!”

–Libby McLaren

Shay Black is the eldest brother of Ireland's well-loved Black Family. He is revered in the San Francisco Bay Area as a song-catcher and teaches classes in song repertory when he and his brother, Michael, aren't following their busy performance schedule as The Black Brothers. He has appeared on numerous recordings, including In Harmony’s Way, and hosts the Sunday night Irish seísun at the Starry Plow in Berkeley. Celia and Shay have been singing together at music camps and song circles for many years.

"Here is a bit of music art with messages relevant in both traditional Celtic and modern society, at once beautiful, thought provoking and fun. Song catchers Shay and Celia have assembled songs that express the spectrum of the human condition from the heart of the traditional genre. The selections of music also cover a wide range of the Celtic spectrum of time and space – Scotland, Ireland and U.S. traditional music whose roots are in both...

Humorous references to well-weathered shanty-men aside, Shay's earthy tenor gives the collection a tonal context consistent with these themes, however, the strength of women are also in these songs, especially in the lovely contralto of Celia Ramsay. In many genres, especially modern popular music, too many male and female singers sound alike. Too many sopranos sound like children, particularly in choirs. Too many folk, country and other types of singers are unremarkable, with narrow ranges, no depth, or uniqueness. They are shallow, two dimensional like a piece of paper and too often their music is the same. There is nothing distinct about them. It is rare to hear a rich, sultry contralto, particularly a strong, beautiful voice like Celia Ramsay's."     -Tony Becker