Auburn House Concerts offers private acoustic performances in an intimate setting at our home in Auburn, Placer County, California.


We began hosting house concerts in the fall of 2007. Our house has a fabulous living room space, with hardwood floor and high ceiling, that is just made for music. We also know lots of marvelous musicians, so this is a perfect fit.


If you have never been to a house concert then you must attend one: you're in for a treat! Seeing artists perform ‘up close and personal’ is a very different experience than you get in a nightclub, concert hall or festival. Minimal (if any) amplification is used, for one thing. The audience gets a chance to meet the artist after the performance.



Check out the videos made at some of these concerts.



Below is the list of musician who have performed at Auburn House Concerts.

  1. BulletFour Shillings Short (Aodh Og O’Tuama and Christy Martin) gave a delightful show, with more instruments on stage than any other concert here! August 2017

  2. BulletThe Quitters played a lively show, with many old favorites, to an audience of fans. Right-side up finger picker (Stevie Coyle) and upside down flat picker (Glenn Pomianek of Houston & Jones) make up this duo. May 2017.

  3. BulletHattie & Joe Craven gave us a delightful celebration of music, marrying world and folk music with pop culture, with a few old standards thrown in for good measure. March 2017.

  4. BulletArchie Fisher sang both traditional and original songs from Scotland, accompanying himself on guitar. We had a mighty session afterwards, Archie joined us, trading tunes and songs with Peter Grant. November 2016.

  5. BulletNoctambule performed many original tunes using lyrics from the poetry of Theodor Roethke, W.H. Auden, Stephen Vincent Benét, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Jenny Joseph, Robert Service, Pablo Neruda, Lord Tennyson, Edna St. Vincent Millay. Expert mandolin and guitar accompaniment. August 2016.

  6. BulletKeith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham sang English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs for an enthusiastic house. May 2016.

  7. BulletAndrea Beaton, Dick Hensold & Dean Magraw playing music from Cape Breton for fiddle, pipes and guitar. The exuberant Celtic music of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island reflects the dance-driven rhythms of the ancient strathspeys, reels and jigs, played with joy and drive on the fiddle, pipes, and guitar. May 2016.

  8. BulletDebby McClatchy lived most of her adult life near Roaring Spring, in the Appalachian Mountains, she was born in San Francisco in 1945. Her father's great grandfather came from Ulster during the famine, was a 49er in the gold rush, and founded northern California's leading newspaper, The Sacramento Bee. Debby’s road retirement concert here at AHC was full of family and friends. What a joy. Debby plans to continue playing locally, just not hitting the road any more. November 2015.

  9. BulletThe Rosin Doctors left the bagpipes in the car, but still managed to please with both traditional tunes and some very funny original songs. September 2015.

  10. BulletSeabury Gould delighted us with the poetry of Rumi, tributes to Pete Seeger, traditional celtic music as well as some humor. August 2015.

  11. BulletAthena Tergis and Mick Moloney joined forces for an intimate afternoon of Irish & Scottish traditional music and song. March 2015.

  12. BulletNuala Kennedy delighted the Thursday not full house with song, whistle and flute tunes. She was joined by Eamon O’Leary on the guitar with a couple of songs of his own. February 2015.

  13. BulletAmelia Hogan with Ray Frank on guitar. An enjoyable afternoon. Amelia sang with a sweet style, and no pretension. December 2014.

  14. BulletRadim Zenkl drew many mandolin players then wowed them with a spectrum of original and folk music including swing, bluegrass, flamenco, gypsy and Irish.  November 2014, December 2016.

  15. BulletMargaret Miles was joined by Ray Frank as well as 3 members of Kitchen Cinq. They performed Margaret’s original songs as well as traditional ballads and jazz standards. The audience sang along with gusto. September 2014.

  16. BulletHouston & Jones filled the house with foot tapping music, stellar guitar and an appreciative crowd. July 2014, June 2017.

  17. BulletMollie O’Brien & Rich Moore. June 2014.

  18. BulletCelia Ramsay & Dave Nachmanoff, Northern California singer-songwriters, teamed up for another acoustic duo show, with Dave and Celia accompanying each other on their original songs. March 2014.

  19. BulletStory Road. Acclaimed traditional musicians Colleen Raney, Stuart Mason, John Weed, and Johnny B. Connolly teamed up to become one of the most exciting new bands on the West Coast. March 2014.

  20. BulletMichael Mullen; A Trio of One. As a solo performer on violin, guitar, and voice, Michael created a rich layered sound by looping the music created live, building from a single instrument up to a finish that was powerful clever and satisfying. July 2013.

  21. BulletAn Evening of Harmony. Sylvia Herold felt that her voice, along with Michael Black's clear tenor, and Doug Olsen's deep bass would provide an interesting mesh of sounds.  This Auburn House Concert was their premier performance. December 2012.

  22. BulletKevin Carr entertained us with My Grandfather's Fiddle, a show consisting of fiddle tunes, bagpipe melodies, songs and stories from Ireland, Quebec, Galicia and other green places. He played fiddle, banjo, uilleann pipes, Scottish smallpipes and Galician Gaita. September 2012.

  23. BulletKyle Alden & Athena Tergis joined with the spirit of the great Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats. The concert featured Songs from Yeats' Bee-Loud Glade, a collection of 13 of Yeats’ poems. Athena’s fiddle workshop was inspirational and practical as expected. February 2012, March 2013.

  24. BulletLou and Peter Berryman began their musical partnership in high school in Appleton, Wisconsin, way back in the sixties. Sixteen recordings and three songbooks later, their intelligent and wickedly funny material is never bawdy or risqué but is rich with wordplay and witty images. This duo is not to be missed. January 2012.

  25. BulletPatrice Haan is best known for her sultry and seductive vocal performances with Tony Marcus in the Oakland-based jazz ensemble Leftover Dreams. Her tunes are often described as beautiful, gorgeous, poetic and evocative, healing our souls and our heartache with the palpable love and the poetry of the music. November 2011, May 2013.

  26. BulletFrankie Armstrong beloved British folk singer and educator toured with Linda Allen, songwriter and educator. August 2011. We were fortune to have them to recognize the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in California (the sixth state to approve women's suffrage in the United States.) August 2011.

  27. BulletKristina Olsen is a multi-instrumentalist as well as an award-winning songwriter with a big bluesy voice. Her mix of powerful songs ranging from sassy bottleneck blues to lilting ballads to swing jazz to raunch and roll (as well as her hilarious storytelling) makes for a diverse and satisfying musical experience. July 2011.

  28. BulletMegan McLaughlin honed her skills as a street performer in Paris before moving to California, where she developed an innovative guitar style. With just a hint of irony, she describes her musical genre as "girl with guitar". April 2011.

  29. BulletBaughman & Herold–Well known around the world, acoustic guitarist Steve Baughman offers transcended instrumental music with heart and spirit. Sylvia Herold delivers assertive guitar work, presenting songs with a clarity that is both honest and uplifting with her captivating voice. October 2010.

  30. BulletRebecca TroonAward-winning songwriter and recording artist whose goal is to be a source of love, inspiration, and healing through music. July 2010.

  31. BulletEuphoniaA café-style acoustic combo featuring soaring harmony vocals and sophisticated musicianship. September 2009, June 2012.

  32. BulletHoldstock & MacLeod–Enthusiastically performing together for over twenty-five years, with authentic renditions of the songs of their homelands. July 2009, February 2014.

  33. BulletBryan Bowers–Virginia born singer, story teller and virtuoso autoharp performer. May 2009, May 2010, May 2011, May 2015, April 2017.

  34. BulletJim Malcolm–Scottish born singer, songwriter and lead singer with the world-renowned Old Blind Dogs. February 2009,  January 2010, February 2011, February 2013, January 2017. What time does the Super Bowl game start?

  35. BulletGerry O’Beirne–Irish born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; 6 and 12 string guitar, tiple, and ukulele, slide guitar et cetera. November 2008, October 2009, April 2013.

  36. BulletChris Caswell–Celtic Harpist who plays the tin whistle, Irish flute, highland bagpipes, tar (lute), English concertina, chromatic button accordion, harmonium, tambura, bodhrán, congas, briefcase, tambourine and Scotch snare. He also sings and writes wonderful songs. Chris was joined by Myra Joy on violoncello. November 2008, March 2010.

  37. BulletPaddy Keenan–Irish born founding member of The Bothy Band, acknowledged as the most accomplished uilleann piper performing today. August 2008 and October 2012.

  38. BulletTommy O’Sullivan–London born singer songwriter performs traditional Irish and American as well as contemporary songs. August 2008.

  39. BulletPete Grant–California born Auburn musician performing on dobro, banjo, and pedal steel guitar. Pete has backs up the featured performers. August 2008, November 2008, April 2011, May 2011.

  40. BulletLegacy with Valerie Plested, Don Penzien and Justin Murphy–Traditional Irish music and song from the southern states; fiddle, guitar, whistle, bodhrán, flute and vocals.  July 2008.

  41. BulletNotorious with Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger–Traditional and contemporary acoustic music from around the world.  July 2008.

  42. BulletMelanie O’Reilly with Sean O'Nuallain and Richard Tibbitts or Frank Martin–Irish born singer songwriter who blends traditional Irish music and jazz; vocals, guitar, flute and whistle. November 2007, March 2009, May 2016.

  43. BulletStevie Coyle–Entertainer and musician, fingerstyle and lap steel guitarist/vocalist. September 2007,  January 2009, November 2010, June 2017.


Check out the videos made at some of these concerts.

Auburn House Concerts
         Acoustic performances in an intimate setting.
  1. Steve Baughman is a virtuoso guitarist inspired by Celtic and Appalachian traditions. Sing Out Magazine says that his “artistry and musicality are world-class, with dynamics, timing, and interpretation that always bring out the emotional essence of the song.” The website Digital Dream Door lists him as one of the 100 Best Acoustic Guitar Players in the world.


  2. A San Rafael resident who calls himself a professional guitarist and a part-time attorney, Steve has released a DVD and seven albums, including Farewell to Orkney, which has won raves from Acoustic Guitar Magazine: “Once in a while an album comes along that can alter your thinking about guitar music—Steve Baughman’s ‘Farewell to Orkney’ is one of those . . . A must for all lovers of guitar and especially Celtic music.” Steve has written several instructional books for Mel Bay Publications and is known for his deft, spirited fingerstyle technique, his innovative tunings, and the way he matches particular songs to particular guitars.


  3. Steve applies his inherent feel, sensitivity and use of dynamics to create a technique that translates into sheer musical elegance. Baughman transcends the ordinary, conveying a pure sense of joy with every tune.


  4. His latest CD: ‘O'er Quiet Lands Suspended’ was released in 2016. It is described as both wild and mellow: unaccompanied and unadulterated clawhammer banjo (mainly fretless). Old-time, Hungarian, German, Chinese, French and Celtic.

Steve Baughman
Performance: 
Sunday
October 8, 2017
3:00 PM
What the Critics Say

"Once in a while an album comes along that can alter your thinking about guitar music—Steve Baughman's ‘Farewell to Orkney’ is one of those....A must for all lovers of guitar and especially Celtic music." - Acoustic Guitar Magazine


"A star of fingerstyle guitar: very deft, thoughtful, quietly adventurous, deeply lyrical and playful."—Radio National, Australia


"Steve's artistry and musicality are world-class, with dynamics, timing and interpretation that always bring out the emotional essence of the song." - Sing Out Magazine


". . . technical innovation, virtuosity, and intensity." - Acoustic Guitar Magazine


"Incredible virtuosity ... showcases the quiet beauty of the open-tuned acoustic guitar." - Marin Independent Journal (Too bad it's not the Washington Post. But I'll take it.)


‘Farewell to Orkney’ listed as one of the "Best Albums of 2013" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.


‘Steve Baughman & Robin Bullock’s Celtic Guitar Summit’ was voted one of the best albums of 2003 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine!


“San Francisco guitarist Steve Baughman brings a unique voice to the guitar, giving new life to tunes traditionally played on fiddles, banjos, and bagpipes. Baughman's early recordings, ‘A Drop of the Pure’ and The Angels' Portion’, and contributions to Mel Bay's popular Ramble to Cashel DVD, show a strong Celtic influence and a distinctive touch.”– Doug Young,  Acoustic Guitar


“[Steve Baughman] A star of fingerstyle guitar: very deft, thoughtful, quietly adventurous, deeply lyrical and playful.” – Radio National, Australia


“This album [Groovemasters Vol. 9 - Celtic Guitar Summit] is remarkable not only for its bold venture into a new idiom. Simply put, it is also the loveliest guitar album I have heard. What the listener hears is a waterfall of cascading arpeggios and intricate guitar passages emanating from 10 fingers and 12 guitar strings, seemingly one musician with four hands and a guitar of enormous depth of sound. Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock have forged a new path and created a musical statement so strong that it will set a new standard for others to follow. This is the template for a new genre, the Celtic guitar duet.” – Art Edelstein, music journalist, author, guitarist

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