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St. Paddy’s Day in CR: The Music of Buddy Tetreault, Guinness & Homemade Shepherd’s Pie!

You will not find many Costa Ricans who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but it warms my heart to know that I can still enjoy most of my holiday mainstays right here in San Ramon. Certainly there are no parades or fanfare available here, but that also means that there is no need to push through groggy crowds of folks who have likely had far too much to drink LOL. Instead, we were fortunate enough to have a wonderful musician named Buddy Tetreault offer a FREE concert at the Jose Fugueres Cultural Center. Buddy is quite a talented musician and played everything from Celtic tunes to Flamenco stlye music on his many guitars and stringed instruments. In these photos, the crowd is enjoying “Orange & Green” and “Irish Washerwoman”, respectively.








Everyone enjoyed the show -even Violetta held it together and was all smiles until the very end! I picked up some Guinness at the local liquor store (yes, they sell it here!) and when we got home I listened to the classic sounds of the Wolfe Tones and many others on my Ipod while my lovely wife cooked up a delicious homemade shepherd’s pie for us. I would have posted a picture of her masterpiece, but I pounced on it and devoured it before there was any thought of grabbing a camera…It was a very enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day and it was a blessing to be able to share it with my family here in sunny San Ramon. Slainte and Pura Vida!!!

Kim Rubens-Quiros

From NY and San Jose, we are a mixed gringa/tico couple with a dream of sharing our wonderful area of San Ramon with you! Pura vida!


  • Buddy Tetreault 12 years ago

    Hey Frank, My Dad just ran across your blog post, and forwarded it to me… Thanks for such a nice write up of my concert! I am very flattered that you enjoyed it so much! I imagine the shepherd’s pie & Guinness were a brilliant combo! Violetta is so precious in that photo, you are right, she was such a good sport that evening!

    I loved my time over in Ireland back in 2008. I attached a link to my YouTube video of me playing a Celtic tune in Northern Ireland from that tour. You can see it here:

    Pura Vida & enjoy the video!
    Buddy Tetreault


    • Frank 12 years ago

      No hay problema, Buddy! We really enjoyed the show. Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to hear you jammin’ in San Ramon again sometime soon. Thanks for the link! Amazing!

      Pura Vida!


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