Oak and Thorn

  • Hosted by Colleen Bassett, Tim Bray

Oak & Thorn is a weekly program of Celtic music, airing every Sunday morning from 9:00am to 11:00am Pacific time (that’s 1700-1900 GMT). The program is broadcast on radio stations KZYX and KZYZ in Mendocino County and surrounding areas of northern California. It is also Webcast live and it can be replayed from the KZYX Jukebox for two weeks after each show.  KZYX content is also accessible from Apple iOS devices with the free KZYX App. Colleen Bassett, who originated this program, hosts on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Tim Bray hosts on 1st and 3rd Sundays. (We flip a caber to determine who’s up on 5th Sundays.)

Molly's Revenge in a Benefit Concert for KZYX

Feb 17, 2020

Oak & Thorn presents: Molly's Revenge
Friday, March 20, 2020
Eagles Hall, Fort Bragg
Doors open 6:30 pm

A benefit for KZYX

Advance tickets at Out of This World in Mendocino, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, and online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4323171

Are you as done with 2019 as I am?  Let's get 2020 off to a good start with a great night of music, dance, and good cheer. This is the perfect band for the job!

Oak and Thorn presents: The Syncopaths
Friday, January 10, 2020
Eagles Hall, Fort Bragg
Doors 6:30

Tickets are at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, and online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4317846

Greetings Celtic music fans! It's been a wee while, as my Scottish friends might say, but now it's finally time to get ready for some Oak & Thorn concert events. We've got a great one coming up tonight at Eagles Hall in Fort Bragg and we will have homebrewed beer and cider, premium Mendocino wines, room for dancing, great sound, and the best audience in California!

Tickets are now available at the usual outlets: Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, and online at BrownPaperTickets.com.

Described by Irish Music Magazine as “A full-bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza,” Réalta makes full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world.

RUNA - Celtic Roots Music

Jan 2, 2019

RUNA brings their fiery, innovative style of Irish-American music to Eagles Hall in Fort Bragg for another KZYX benefit concert, Friday January 18, 2019.  

Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

Many of you saw this performance a couple of years ago at Eagles Hall and know what a special event it is. I hope we can fill the SPACE theater and share the joy with Ukiah!

Oak & Thorn Presents: Molly's Revenge with Christa Burch and Irish Dancers
Saturday December 8

SPACE Theater, Ukiah

Doors open 7:00 pm; music starts at 7:30 pm

A Benefit for KZYX

Tickets ($25) at Mendocino Book Company, or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3817525

Open the Door for Three is fiddle player Liz Knowles, uilleann piper Kieran O’Hare, and Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player Pat Broaders. The trio's music is a rare combination of tunes unearthed from centuries-old manuscript collections, newly composed melodies, fresh arrangements of songs old and new, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the unmatched energy of a trio of good friends playing great Irish music together.

House Concert with Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald

Thursday April 19, 2018 at a private home in Fort Bragg. Advance reservations required - contact me or Catherine Keegan, keegan@mcn.org for details.

Ben & Anita blend the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes, punctuated by songs in Gaelic and English, and accompanied by guitar and foot-percussion.

One of the biggest names in folk music!  Altan have been performing for 35 years, sold over a million CDs, and toured all over the world.  This is a rare opportunity to see them in a small hall, at a much lower price than they usually get.  The concert is likely to sell out in advance, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP.

KZYX will run a bar featuring homebrewed beer and cider, and premium wines from Parducci Cellars, beginning at 6:30.

Special thanks to the Beachcomber Motel for hosting the band!

Wow, what a fantastic night!  That magic combination of a great band and a great audience.  Thanks to all who came out, made some noise, and pumped so much energy into the musicians.  They loved playing for you and want to come back soon!

The band mentioned several of the sources for the music they played, and I know some of you would like to follow up on that, so here they are, with links:

The Finnish duo: Petterssen and Frederiksson - Sotali