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The fiddle and mandolin usually carry the melody in Irish music, sometimes augmented by the guitar, bouzouki, tenor banjo, penny whistle, and other instruments.



The guitar is one of the basic rhythm instruments in Irish and Celtic Music, but can also be used to carry the melody.

Uillean Pipes, Concertina, Flute, Harp, and Button Accordion

The uillean pipes, concertina, flute, harp, and button accordion are also perfect for playing Irish traditional music, and can enhance a tune with their own special tonal qualities.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Pigeon Point Lighthouse

It all started in Pescadero, CA.

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W e   play   mostly   Irish   and   Scottish     traditional   music,   but   also   love   to   play   American   old   time   tunes,   and   would   be   happy   to   share   the   joy   of   these   melodies   with   you.   We   have   created   a   fresh,   new   Irish   music   CD   which  is   available now.   If   you   would   like   some   great   entertainment   at   your   next   event,   please   contact us.   We   would   be   glad   to   help   you.   

The Lighthouse String Band is available
for concerts, parties, weddings, and other memorable events.

Coast Views Magazine, September, 2012 - Sunday Morning Special - By Whitney Merrill

"Community means many things to many people — but at Blue Sky Farms in Half Moon Bay on a foggy coastal morning it smells like coffee and fresh-baked pastries, tastes like a mouth-watering breakfast, and sounds like lively folk music from the Lighthouse String Band..." More...

Community Access TV in Santa Cruz

On July 20th 2012, the Lighthouse String Band performed live on the program “Look Mom I’m on TV” aired by CTV Santa Cruz. We played live and for a total of 45 minutes.

AM 1710 Neighborhood Radio, June 23, 2011

The Lighthouse String Band was featured in a radio interview with Christopher O'Donnell on the Coastside Carousel. Robin Fish talked about music sessions in general, her fiddle and hammered Dulcimer, and the formation of the Band, followed by several tunes from the latest CD.

VIDEO: The Lighthouse String Band: Celtic Music on the Coast

This article by Stuart Nafey appeared in The Half Moon Bay Patch on March 17, 2011. "The Lighthouse String Band is a mainstay in the local coffeehouses of Half Moon Bay where they perform all acoustic, traditional Irish and old-time American music..." More...

Coastside celebrates the luck of the Irish

The Coastside Saint Patrick's Day schedule for the Band was posted in The Half Moon Bay Review on March 9, 2011 by Stacy Trevenon. The Lighthouse String Band played at the Wine Bar's Saint Patrick's Day celebration on March 16, 2011.

The El Granada Observer

The Lighthouse String Band was noted in the Half Moon Bay Memories El Granada Observer as being one of the regional "must sees".

Featured on LocalWineEvents.com

The Lighthouse String Band was featured on LocalWineEvents.com

The Irish Bouzouki
The Irish Bouzouki

The Irish bouzouki and cittern have also become well integrated into many other western European musical traditions over the past forty years. The instrument's role is a combination of interwoven accompaniment (usually a mix of two note intervals, bass lines and countermelody) and melodic play. The Irish bouzouki is considered to be part of the mandolin family and is perfect for playing Irish traditional music.

hammered dulcimer
The Hammered Dulcimer

The hammered dulcimer provides a wonderful harp-like sound.

Bodhran, Mandolin, and Penny Whistle
Penny Whistle, Bodhran, Bones, and Mandolin

The bodhran can add dramatic rhythm, color, and emphasis to a tune. Bones and spoons are also used sometimes for rhythm and special effects. The mandolin usually carries the melody, but can also be used to play rhythm.

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