From Ireland With Love

PLAY Enjoy traditional Irish jam sessions with talented musicians who convene all over the county to learn and play music in a positive and supportive environment. Founded in 2002, Marin Ceili values playing time above all else (“more play, less talk”) and meets Wednesdays at St. Isabella School in Terra Linda and Sundays at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax.

BROADCAST West Marin radio station KWMR has been broadcasting The Celtic Universe, a show featuring music from all over the Celtic diaspora, since 2000. This month the station celebrates the Irish-American Crossroads Festival with special programming, and co-host Lyons Filmer serves as emcee of “Mother Ireland,” a music, folklore and dance event on March 14 at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station.

DANCE Traditional Irish dancing is a unique brand of movement: typically, arms remain at the sides and erect posture is maintained while complex and fast-paced footwork takes center stage. The Healy Irish Dance Studio, established in San Francisco in 1887, is the longest-running dance school in the world. Classes are currently offered in Larkspur, San Anselmo and San Rafael.