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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Memorial concert for Chris Caswell set for Feb. 4 in Berkeley

Condolences and tributes have been streaming from the friends and fans of Celtic harpist and master harp maker Chris Caswell since his death Monday, Jan. 21. Caswell, 60, a popular presence in the Russian River area for 15 years, starting in the late ’70s, died of cancer at his Oakland home. Read Caswell’s obituary here The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, at 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley, will be the site for “A Night for Chris,” a celebration of Caswell’s life,… Read More »

Celtic harpist Chris Caswell performs in Occidental

Fans of Celtic harpist and harp-maker Chris Caswell will not want to miss his concert, “A Harper’s Yuletide,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Occidental Center for the Arts, It’s a rare Sonoma County appearance by Caswell, who learned to play the harp in Scotland in the early 1970s, during a six-month stay there after high school, and eventually went on to establish a national reputation as a musician, craftsman and teacher. Caswell settled in Sonoma County during… Read More »

St. Patrick’s Day with Chris Caswell

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional harp and pipe music by Chris Caswell. His performance schedule: — 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street San Rafael. Donation: $10-$20. Information: (415) 457-4191. — From early evening until whenever, Thursday, March 17, in and around Friar Tuck’s, at the center of Cotati’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. – 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, at The Wardrobe, 206 E St., Davis. Admission: $15 at the door. Information: (530)… Read More »