Lighthouse String Band
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 4:35-5:20pm
Pete Seeger Room - Room #107

An unlikely candidate to play Celtic music, Raymond Tsang was born "east" of Dublin - very, very far east of Dublin. Raymond enjoys folk music from around the world and plays the fiddle, mandolin, penny whistle, Hsiao, and the er-hu. Raymond also had put away his instruments when he came to America, but the love of folk music never left his soul. Here he was drawn to Old Timey and Celtic fiddling, and began playing again. Meeting Helen was a godsend, as they play with each other's support and encouragement. Raymond is an avid fiddle, penny whistle, and mandolin player who started this Celtic group. His love for the music has drawn together these people with similar interests.

Helen Jansson-Tsang was born and raised in Sweden and is well versed in Swedish fiddling. She put away her fiddle when she moved to America until she discovered Celtic music and has been playing it and the mandolin ever since. Her new-found interest blossomed after she met her husband, Raymond. In addition to playing with the Cooks in the Kitchen, Helen and Raymond host a music session in Half Moon Bay every Sunday afternoon.

Jim Raymond has always loved Irish traditional music, especially after having seen the Dubliners perform live in Heidelberg, Germany when Luke Kelly was the lead singer. Throughout the years, he experimented with jazz, country, and folk, but he never really found his groove until after he attended an open Celtic session at C.B. Hannegan's in Los Gatos with his wife, where he met Helen, Raymond, and some other unstoppable die-hards. He now jams regularly in Half Moon Bay, and also plays with the band, where he teams up with Dave to play both rhythm and melody. He feels very fortunate to be part of this musical experience. Dave

Dave Sahn became inspired to teach himself to play melodies on guitar when he saw a performer at a San Rafael restaurant in 1997. He acquired his interest in Irish and old time music by listening to recordings and attending seisiuin and workshops. Dave regularly attends the Starry Plough Sunday night seisiun and the Wednesday Marin ceoltoiri workshop. He plays both rhythm and melodies. He met Raymond at the San Francisco Folk Music Club and has played with him there and at the annual Angel Island Civil War re-enactment. More recently he has enjoyed playing music at the San Francisco Folk Music Club with Robin, Raymond, Jim, and Bill.

Marsha Murphy has lived in San Francisco most of her life, and has been playing guitar and singing folk music since the days of her heroines, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. She moved just south of San Francisco to Pacifica, where she needed to hang up the ole guitar while she raised up her family. Since then, she has returned to her musical roots. She picked up the mandolin and the fiddle and has gone to town with Celtic and old time music. She has played and sung with several local bands, among them the "Foggy Dew," the "Murphy Girls", and most recently, the "Lighthouse String Band". She has played in coffee houses, bars, for private parties, cultural centers, and for charity events. Her mellow alto voice and energetic mandolin style have made her a stand out musician in every band she has participated in.