CONTACT CELIA

EMAIL CELIA RAMSAY AT celiaramsay@gmail.com, or call 510-995-6615

 

CONCERTS & CLASSES

April 8, Saturday: Libby McLaren and Robin Flower perform at the Freight and Salvage, 8:00pm (Celia will perform backup vocals)

April 15, Saturday: Fortunate Strangers at The Monkey House Theater from 7:30 - 10:00pm

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DANCES

May 6, Saturday; Nevada City Dance 8:00 - 11:00pm

May 13, Saturday; San Rafael Contra Dance, 8:00 - 11:00pm

September 2, Saturday; Nevada City Dance 8:00 - 11:00pm

October 14, Saturday; Reno Contra Dance 7:30 - 10:30

Friday
Feb272015

March Madness - It's Not Always About Basketball!

St. Patrick's Day heralds the busy season for those in the Irish/Celtic music world, and I've been invited to hang out with the Black Brothers for a few of their St. Paddy's Day concerts this next month! The dates are listed below, but of course, THE BIG ONE will be at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on the actual day, Tuesday, March 17. I'll sing a few songs with Shay and Michael Black and their band that will include Bobbi Nikles, Myra Joy and Eamonn Flynn. I'm really hoping that you might find your way to one of these concerts. They promise to be rollicking good fun with some very fine musicians! I'll even wear something green to avoid you pinching me!

FAMILIES DANCING TOGETHER

 I recently was hired to call a family dance at a private school. It was a HUGE success with kids of all ages and parents just shaking it up and having a great time. While I can lay claim to a certain amount of of the success, credit is largely due to Jon Berger and Charlie Hancock, the musicians of the evening. Contra dance is proudly done to live music--and that makes for a much more dynamic experience. 

I feel really lucky when I get to teach new dancers. Folks arrive not knowing quite what to expect - maybe they're even a little bit anxious. The band is tuning up and trying out a few tunes for the sound check and it's pretty infectious stuff - it fuels the thrill. Then we're ready to go, we teach the first dance and the wild rumpus begins!

You know, we all grow up with quite a bit of fear about what other people will think about us, and many of us have had our share of those messages about what we can't do when it comes to singing and dancing. When folks have a successful evening of dancing - it's a delight, and that's what I find so magical about Contra dance. It's about community, feeling welcome and included in the mystery of dance . . . only to find it's no mystery at all. It's fun. The best fun.

I WANT TO EXTEND SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING RADIO DEEJAYS FOR HOSTING LIVE INTERVIEWS WITH SHAY AND ME ON THEIR RADIO PROGRAMS THIS PAST TWO MONTHS: 

  • Lyons Filmer - KWMR, 
  • JoAnn Mar - KALW and 
  • Beth Hadley - KSVY

Be sure to tune in to their programs!

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