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Little Black Train
An Evening of Traditional Old-time Americana
Saturday, January 8th, 8.00pm $15/$17
AT MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING CO.

2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050
call 831-475-4938 or email Brundle@attglobal.net

Fiddling Cricket presents an evening of traditional Americana with Little Black Train. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason, from the Celtic folk group Molly's Revenge, team up with mandolinist Kenny Blackwell. The Little Black Train mash-up features a virtuosic bluegrass mandolinist, a traditional Irish fiddler, and an old-timey songster. Their music is old as the hills. From Depression-era gospel and blues to Appalachian and Celtic dance tunes, they dig up the roots of bluegrass that traveled to America from Ireland and Scotland in the 19th century. They combine new words and melodies with traditional songs from sources such as the Carter Family, Doc Boggs, and Charlie Poole. On the instrumental side, they mine fiddle tunes from archival sources in West Virginia, Ireland, and Scotland.

"Each of these three is amazingly accomplished, but something magical happens when they play together, their instruments swirling around one another like curls of smoke from a smoldering fire. This is old-time music at its most riveting!" -Glen Starkey, New Times SLO

Black Crown Stringband, winners of the 2008 Berkeley Old-Time Convention Stringband contest, fuse old time and bluegrass, merging the best of both.



Patti Maxine & The Saddle Pals
Plus Amme Chapman & The Velvet Tumbleweeds

Sunday, January 9th, 1.00pm $10/$10
<21 with parent

FC Cosponsored Show with
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, call 831-603-2294

Patti Maxine & The Saddle Pals with special guest Tracy Parker. Saddle Pals are former members of Saddle Up and Boogie Santa Cruz's premier western swing band . Matt Bohn on bass, Daniel “Mig McLaughlin on drums and vocals, and Patti Maxine on vocals, lap steel and resophonic guitars. Tracy Parker's big voice recalls k.d. Lang, Patsy Cline and even Marty Robbins . http://www.pattimaxine.com

Amme Chapman & The Velvet Tumbleweeds : Chapman's songs and sound paint big sky backdrops on which she casts the shadows of various folk in tender moments of melancholy and hopefulness. ~ Milesofmusic.com With a voice that conveys both the brutal honesty of a changing California and the tender footed sweetness of its past, Amee Chapman maintains a meandering love affair with the roots of American music. Influenced by the likes of Lucinda Williams , Jeff Tweedy and Tim Bluhm, Chapman began collaborating with co-writer Nichole Robbins in 2002 and pulled together her 3rd release, Still Life, from this collection. Backed by her band, the Velvet Tumbleweeds, Chapman's live shows are both whiskey sharp and dogwood tender. Chapman will release Grace Is Hell to Keep, her fourth album, in fall 2010. http://www.ameechapman.com



Acoustic Music Series At The Ugly Mug in Soquel
Food, Beer, and Coffee Available!

Microtonic Harmonic
Progressive bluegrass and beyond.

Wednesday, January 12th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) $10
NO RESERVATIONS

AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073, call the Cafe at 831-477-1341
OR contact Fiddling Cricket at 831-475-4938 or Brundle@attglobal.net

Hailing from California's Monterey Bay, Microtonic Harmonic is about playin' fun, feel good music for all ages to enjoy. Though firmly rooted in traditional bluegrass, this quartet of string bass, mandolin, banjo, and guitar is not afraid to venture out into various musical styles including Gypsy-Jazz, Funk, Folk, Celtic, and original Alternative-Acoustic creations. Sweet harmonies, fast hoe-downs, and soulful ballads characterize Microtonic Harmonic's ever expanding sound.



Dave Stamey
Plus Mary McCaslin

Thursday, January 20th, 7.30pm $10/$10
<21 with parent

FC Cosponsored Show with
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, call 831-603-2294

Dave Stamey : Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charley Russell of Western Music.” Western Horseman Magazine has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time. In 2010 True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician. Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been voted three times Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association , and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He's delighted audiences in twenty states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses. http://www.davestamey.com

Mary McCaslin : Mary McCaslin represents an unbroken link between traditional folksingers and today's "new folk" singer-songwriters. Her music ranges from ballads of the old west to her own songs of the new west and modern times. She is also known for her haunting renditions of pop standards and rock classics , such as "Ghost Riders In The Sky", "The Wayward Wind", the Beatles' "Things We Said Today", and the Supremes' "My World Is Empty". Mary's songs have been recorded by Tom Russell ("Prairie In The Sky"), Chris Williamson ("Circle Of Friends"), David Bromberg ("Young Westley"), Kate Wolf ("The Ballad Of Weaverville"), Stan Rogers ("Down The Road"), Kate MacLeod ("Way Out West") and many others. http://www.marymccaslin.com



Richard Gilewitz
Virtuoso Guitarist and Composer
Saturday, January 22nd, 8.00pm $15/$17
AT MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING CO.

2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050
call 831-475-4938 or email Brundle@attglobal.net

Once touted as one of the strangest men in acoustic music (Spectrum Magazine), Richard Gilewitz, virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist and composer, is known for his idiosyncratic style and zany outlook on life. Influenced by everything from The Beatles to the Dr. Demento Show, Richard takes us through a kaleidoscope of European, Contemporary, and Spanish classical works to the Traditional Folk, Blues and American Primitive eras - all adapted for the acoustic steel string guitar and incorporating his own arrangements and personality. Richard has shared stages with the likes of John Renbourn, John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and many others. He has recorded 6 solo CDs and one of his pieces, "Echoing Wilderness" was covered by Leo Kottke, who renamed it "Echoing Gilewitz". Richard's command of both 6 and 12 string guitar, his zany humor and performance style make him the essential "alternative player". He is based in Florida, but tours extensively and internationally. It's a delight to have him return to our stage after a two year absence. www.richardgilewitz.com

"His playing is faultless, the production as clear as a pinged champagne glass...- SeeLife, Brighton, UK
"…I tried flatpicking, but the pick kept falling in the hole." - Richard Gilewitz
"A powerhouse of eclectic guitar styles and genres..." - 20th Century Guitar
"His quick wit and twisted sense of humor has made him an entertainer as well as being a fine guitarist" - Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine



Acoustic Music Series At The Ugly Mug in Soquel
Food, Beer, and Coffee Available!

Dirk Hamilton
Veteran Singer-Songwriter of 16 Albums in Many Genres

Wednesday, January 26th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) $10
NO RESERVATIONS

AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073, call the Cafe at 831-477-1341
OR contact Fiddling Cricket at 831-475-4938 or Brundle@attglobal.net

Dirk Hamilton is the complete singer-songwriter and musician. Veteran of 16 albums since the 70's (some on major labels). Un-pigeon holeable! Dirk regularly plays Europe (where he lives half the time) with the four-piece Dirk Hamilton Band (Don Evans - lead guitar, Eric Westphal - bass, Tim Seifert - drums), and fronts The Bluesmen, a crack Italian group from Ferrara. He is also a strong solo performer-- in more intimate settings the wit and humanity of his music shines through in a way that only a solo performance can convey. Dirk Hamilton is a prolific recording artist who has released sixteen albums. The latest is 2009's More Songs From My Cool Life.



Evie Ladin Band
Old-time and Contemporary Stringband
Saturday, January 29th, 8.00pm $15/$17
AT MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING CO.

2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050
call 831-475-4938 or email Brundle@attglobal.net

Evie Ladin is known as the clawhammer banjo player, vocalist, clog dancer and driving force behind San Francisco's very popular all-gal teardown old-time group, The Stairwell Sisters. Her new quartet, the Evie Ladin Band, is a "quieter and gentler" (sometimes!) string ensemble (Dina Maccabee, violin; Erik Pearson, guitar and dobro; Keith Terry, bass and percussion), allowing Evie to be out front with interpretations of old and new music in the old-time, traditional folk, country, and contemporary veins, including much of her own strong songwriting. Her solo CD, Float Downstream, released in 2010 is a beautiful and beautifully produced piece of work with its soulful, rhythmic, old-time sound. In this concert Evie will feature material from the CD and from her contributions to the Stairwell Sisters repertoire. She will also have her dancing matt with her! http://www.evieladin.com/

"A voice that draws you in, a groove on the banjo that just won't quit - Mike Marshall
"Evie Ladin is a natural entertainer with a gift for infusing folk practices with contemporary verve" - S. F. Chronicle



J T Nero Quartet
featuring Allison Russell of Po'Girl
Contemporary singer songwriter, soul, Americana. CD Release for Mountains/Forests

Sunday, January 30th, 7.00pm $15/$17
AT MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING CO.

2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050
call 831-475-4938 or email Brundle@attglobal.net

This group is incredibly difficult to describe…but it contains three outstanding vocalists!

It consists of Jeremy (JT) Lindsay (vocals and guitar), of JT and the Clouds, a Chicago soul/alternative group who have played for us in the distant past; Michelle McGrath, (vocals and guitar), who, with Jeremy, made up the short lived, but wonderful, San Francisco vocal duo, The Capital Sun Rays, who played for us in the even more distant past, and who gave one of the series' most memorable concerts (backed by James Nash and Chojo Jacques of the Waybacks); Allison Russell (vocals, banjo, clarinet), of the group Po' Girl (who are much too big-time to ever appear for Fiddling Cricket), and Mickey August, percussionist for The Clouds.

The JT Nero persona came about through the release of a CD, Demons/Demons, by the Clouds under the name JT Nero - a softer manifestation of the Clouds sound, featuring Jeremy's songwriting, which had a wave of good press. The current touring trio grew out of that, and the joint touring of the Clouds and Po'Girl, which also led to a second JT Nero CD, Mountains/Forests, involving both bands, for which this concert is a CD release.

As I said, difficult to explain, but you absolutely won't want to miss them, and you won't hear anything like them elsewhere!



JT Nero Trio featuring Alli Russell of Po' Girl
Monday, January 31st, 7.30pm $10/$10
<21 with parent

FC Cosponsored Show with
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, call 831-603-2294

Ask JT Nero, and he'll claim that he learned doo wop songs and spirituals from Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal on the back of the Harlem Globetrotter bus in the late 70's, and that his father played for the Washington Generals , who traveled with the Globetrotters , losing nightly while serving as comic punching bags. JT will also tell you that his beliefs about the absurdity of life and the inevitability of loss were formed in these years. Ask others, and they will describe - however it came to be - the sense of loss, absurdity and beauty in Nero's music. Critics describe it as "slinky, vulnerable and reverent of the Memphis soul of yore," and Nero himself as "on the verge of breaking big-time." ( Chicago Tribune ) Or, a "show stealer with his amazing R&B voice and off-hand stage commentary." ( Festivalpreview.com - Kate Wolf 2010 review) As a singer, he's a superb crooner and an equally powerful soul singer. JT has spent much of the last year touring solo and collaborating with Canadian roots champs, Po' Girl. Alli Russell of Po' Girl brings her awesome vocal and instrumental talent and luminous stage presense to JT Nero. Po' Girls percussionist Mikey “Lightning” August also joins in on the fun. "Mountains/forests " is Nero's second solo CD, and was recorded with members of Po' Girl and JT & The Clouds, in a cabin in northernmost Wisconsin . In the words of Nero, the trio is poised to "absolutely explode your mind and spirit, then rebuild them with love and gentle care." http://www.jtandtheclouds.com http://www.pogirl.net



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