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. BulletThe Fire filled the house and burned it down. Rebecca Lomnicky, David Brewer and Adam Hendey; loud and fast, the standing ovation turned into dancing to the pipes and fiddle.  September 2018.

  2. BulletCorwin Zekley & Emma Newton wowed us with original songs and jazz standards. Emma on harp, voice and piano, Corwin on violin and voice.  August 2018.

  3. BulletJohn Doyle started the day with a guitar workshop in the afternoon and finished the night with a fine concert with lots of songs and masterful guitar. Pete Grant sat in for a few tunes on pedal steel and dobro. June 2018

  4. BulletLinsey Aitken & Ken Campbell filled the room with the rich cello, vocals and guitar. Everyone was able to sing along on the choruses as they handed out lyric sheets. Linsey and Ken are schedule to return to AHC in hind sight. May 2018

  5. BulletSteve Baughman–acoustic guitarist Steve Baughman returned (Baughman & Herold, 2010) for another fine afternoon of music. Ken Risling opened the show with a couple original songs. October 2017

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. BulletAthena Tergis and Mick Moloney joined forces for an intimate afternoon of Irish & Scottish traditional music and song. March 2015. In 2018 a full day started Athena holding a morning fiddle workshop, Mick giving cultural illustrated talk after lunch, then the concert was capped off with Alasdair Frazer joining in for a couple of tunes after the break.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

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

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

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

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

  39. 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?

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

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

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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

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

  47. 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.

  48. 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.
New World String Project
Extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music rooted in the Nordic and Celtic traditions.


The New World String Project is John Weed (fiddle), Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa, harp), Lisa Lynn (cittern, harp), and Stuart Mason (guitar, bouzouki). The new quartet presents a lush blend of extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. 

Science tells us that cross pollination can result in hybrid vigor and transcend the sum of its parts. Likewise, the vibrant West Coast traditional music community has given birth to the New World String Project (NWSP). These four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists—two veteran duo acts—recently joined forces to create an exciting weave of traditional world music. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Singing is also a part of the show, with Stuart Mason sharing his unique arrangements of ballads as old as the hills where he was born.

Fiddler John Weed is a classically-trained violinist who has spent the last 25 years immersed in traditional Irish fiddle styles.  John and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter. For years, Aryeh has been delighting audiences around the globe with his passionate, enduring and evocative music on Celtic harp, Swedish nyckelharpa (or keyed fiddle) and other stringed instruments. Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skills on guitar, mandola, and banjo. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.
New World String Project
John Weed, Aryeh Frankfurter, Lisa Lynn & Stuart Mason
Performance: Sunday
November 18, 2018
3:00 PM
Veteran artist Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skills on guitar, mandola, and banjo. He has won awards for traditional singing (Goleta Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention), mandola (Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest), and songwriting (West Coast Songwriter’s Association). With John Weed, he is a member of the Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and many of the United States. When not gigging or recording, he teaches, writes, and builds websites.
 
Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and
performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring the Celtic harp. She specializes in traditional acoustic folk instruments and is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies that transcend category and genre. From humble beginnings, Lisa has ascended the ladder of success to owning her own production company and recording studio. She has released several internationally recognized recordings on the prestigious Windham Hill and New Earth Record labels, while simultaneously running her own label Lavender Sky Music. After more than a decade of full time touring, recording and performing Lisa has surpassed one million in sales of her recordings.
 
Since 1994, Aryeh Frankfurter has been delighting audiences around the globe with his passionate, enduring and evocative music. Aryeh’s uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, command of the unusual Swedish nyckelharpa (or keyed fiddle) and other stringed instruments, his recording and production credits, and his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities.
 
Fiddler John Weed is a classically-trained
violinist who has spent the last 25 years immersed in traditional fiddle styles.  John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He has honed his skills since, attending the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he studied with Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin. With an affinity for American fiddle styles, John explores the connections between Irish, Scottish, and Swedish traditions. He is a member of the Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and many of the United States.
 
NWSP  Band Members