Celia Ramsay

Vocalist, Dance Caller, Songwriter, Teacher

An Embarrassment of Riches


Last night, I was rehearsing with Shay Black for an upcoming class (Monday, Sept. 10) he's teaching (actually, he's performing with a cast of many) at the Freight & Salvage. Earlier in the week I got together with Eamonn Flynn to work out our September 16 house concert plans (have YOU reserved your seat, yet?) Last week I led the dancing at Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp (thanks to Trish Strain for the right-hand photo of fiddlers learning to bourée), bracketed by calling dances in Hayward and Nevada City. Tomorrow, I'll drive to Reno to call the contra dance there with my Fortunate Strangers bandmates, Kathy & Joe, and fine fiddler, Holly Sternberg. I'm happy to have all this lovely work! Such riches put me in mind of a documentary film I saw about Bob McQuillen-- the East Coast contra dance piano man who passed away in 2014. The film was called "Paid to Eat Ice Cream", and that was Bob's own way of describing the work of playing for dances. Of course, no one gets rich calling/playing for dances; most of us do it for the sheer pleasure of helping people get out on the dance floor. But the point about actually getting paid to do something you love still applies.

Together, all of these events mean an embarrassment of riches for you, too! Between my next house concert (see below), three harmony workshops with Libby McLaren (see below), and two house concerts on the not too distant horizon (see below), there is much to enjoy - together! So what are you waiting for?



I'm excited to be performing with Eamonn Flynn, the amazing keyboard man for the Black Brothers. In addition to his Irish music oeuvre, he's a mighty fine song writer with a New Orleans vibe. Much of this performance will be original music, but there will be a sprinkling of our respective trad stuff, too! We'll perform one long set (no intermission) followed up by wine and snacks (gratis!) so you can be home at a reasonable hour - because it is school night, after all!
Suggested donation of $20 per person. Plenty of seats left at the moment, but please reserve in advance, and if you need further information, email me!