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Ledward Kaapana
Plus Fran Guidry

Tuesday, February 1st, 7.30pm $15/$15
<21 with parent

FC Cosponsored Show with
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Ledward Kaapana is Hawaii's incomparable slack key master. Led's fret board technique and soaring vocals are unique and legendary. Led is a multiple Grammy-winner who has collaborated onstage with a dazzling list of musicians including Alison Krauss , Sonny Landreth , Chet Atkins , Leo Kotke, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder and Tal Farlow to name a few. Fran Guidry opens the show. Artist sites and sounds www.ledkaapana.com and Fran Guidry www.kaleponi.com/music/index.htm



The Saddle Cats
Western Swing & Beyond, Featuring Steel Player Bobby Black
Saturday, February 5th, 8.00pm $20/$22
AT MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING CO.

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

The Saddle Cats are a four-piece Western Swing "pocket orchestra", which also embraces a wide variety of other American traditional music, ranging from jazz and blues to country and Tin Pan Alley, with some polkas and vauderville thrown in for good measure. The group features legendary steel guitar player, Bobby Black (Asleep at The Wheel, Commander Cody, The Texas Tornadoes, and others); Richard Chon, front man, vocalist and hot fiddle (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, The Sons of San Joaquin); rhythm guitarist and harmony vocalist, Gordon Clegg, and the stand-up bass of Bing Nathan, the long time bass player for Lost Weekend. http://www.saddlecats.com

"…the glory days of Western Swing are long gone, but with the Saddle Cats riding the range, it's the real thing being recreated…" - Dan Willging, Dirty Linen

"Simply awesome" - Mike Gross, Western Swing Weekly



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

Michael McNevin
Singer-Songwriter and Etch-a-sketch Artist

Wednesday, February 9th, 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

Michael McNevin is a veteran of the folk scene, having logged 15 years of concerts across the U.S. from his Bay Area base, and has been a main stager at the Strawberry, Kerrville, and Philadelphia folk festivals.. He has a unique voice, is an accomplished steel string guitarist, and, above all, is known for his vivid brand of storytelling in his lyrics. He is a past winner of the Kerrville New-folk award in Texas, and a 5-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association "Song of The Year". He has 5 albums and has been working on his 6th for a while. Five tracks from this are heard in Weekend King, an indie film shot in Niles, where Michael grew up and currently lives. He also had a cameo role as a lovesick bartender who sings in the corner between drinks. Michael is also an Etch A Sketch artist of renown, delighting and dumbfounding audiences with his song illustrations on the little red toy, and also having art gallery shows! He runs the tiny and unique Mudpuddle music shop in downtown Niles, where he also hosts jams and concerts. http://www.michaelmcnevin.com

"Michael is one of folk music's best kept secrets. His voice is hypnotic, his guitar playing superb..." ~ Christine Lavin



Bluegrass & Old Timey Mini-Fest
The Wiyos, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, The Foghorn Trio

Thursday, February 10th, 7.30pm $15/$15
<21 with parent

FC Cosponsored Show with
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

The Wiyos: From New York City , in 2009 The Wiyos were hand picked by Bob Dylan to tour for seven weeks as the opener of the Bob Dylan Show, with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp . Their 2009 release, Broken Land Bell, sat in the top 20 of the AMA charts for 14 weeks. They have emerged as a hallmark band in the resurgence of traditional American music over the past decade. Much of their music is inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and '30s, but the band has a reputation for gleefully subverting genre distinctions. http://thewiyos.com/

Laurie Lewis & Tom Rosem: You can't measure Laurie Lewis's 30-year career with the usual commercial yardsticks. She has won a Grammy (" True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe ," 1997), and twice been named Female Vocalist of the Year by the IBMA ( International Bluegrass Music Association ). Tom Rozum is best known as the mandolinist and vocalist with Laurie Lewis, touring internationally with her since 1986. Having played on most of her recordings, Tom's own album, Jubilee , brings him into the national spotlight. http://www.laurielewis.com

The Foghorn Trio: plays old time string band music deeply rooted in the American folk tradition. It's a pre-copyright, post-bluegrass style, but the Foghorns put their own stamp on it. It's a sound that could be coming to you from a big console radio in a 1930's living room, or an Appalachian front porch; instead it's being delivered by a group of players from the thriving old time music scene of Portland, Oregon.http://foghornstringband.com



Peppino D'Agostino
Virtuoso Steel-String Fingerstyle Guitartist
Friday, February 11th, 8.00pm $20/$22
AT MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING CO.

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

Peppino D'Agostino recently released his 13th album (Nine White Kites) since arriving in San Francisco from Italy as a street musician some 19 years ago. He has been hailed as "a guitarist's guitarist" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as well as "a giant of the acoustic guitar" (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards, but the San Francisco Chronicle encapsulated the essential difference that distinguishes D'Agostino's music when it dubbed him "a poet." http://www.peppinodagostino.com/

His busy touring schedule now stretches from major festivals on the West Coast to Carnegie Hall on the East to the Atrium in Prague. Few can match Peppino's combination of technical mastery, composition, and lyrical artistry on the steel string. He is one of Fiddling Cricket's most popular performers

"Peppino writes wonderful guitar pieces. He's one of my favorite composers for this cranky instrument. Plus, he's a tone player. I love his sound… gets the resin and the wood." - Leo Kottke
"Peppino's music is deep and beautiful." - Tommy Emmanuel



Love, American Bluegrass-Style
Nell Robinson with John Reischman & the Jaybirds
A Special Valentine's Day Concert

Monday, February 14th, 7.30pm $10/$12
<21 with parent

FC Cosponsored Show with NCBS
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Join Bay Area bluegrass star Nell Robinson for a very special Valentine's Day show peppered with love-stories, the ones we all know and have lived. John Reischman & the Jaybirds, provide smokin' backup for Nell's distinctive vocals and fresh new bluegrass and country music. Nell's debut album Nell Robinson in Loango , featuring tracks with the Jaybirds, made national bluegrass and Americana charts and she was quickly snapped up by Garrison Keillor 's A Prairie Home Companion and Strawberry Music Festival . John Reischman & the Jaybirds bring 10 years of extensive touring, recording and barn-burning pickin'. This will be a wonderful chance to impress your date and catch some of the best bluegrass around, so don't miss out! www.nellrobinsonmusic.com www.thejaybirds.com



The Crooked Jades
Plus Water Tower Bucket Boys

Thursday, February 17th, 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

The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-world music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Innovative, unpredictable and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe. Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor's vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. http://www.crookedjades.com

Hailing from Portland, Oregon , the Water Tower Bucket Boys perform their hard-driving, soul-saturated traditional and original music with tight vocal harmonies and powerful instrumentals. The energy from their lightning stage performances will literally plow through you as you are transcended to another place and time. The boys have perfected their unique style, drawing from classic bluegrass, old-time, and country songs. Their original repertoire, heavily influenced by blues and country, distinguishes them from other string bands . This one-of-a-kind sound has been influenced and shaped by almost every genre of American music. http://www.watertowerbucketboys.com



Nora Jane Struthers & The Bootleggers
Winners of the 2010 Telluride Band Competition
Sunday, February 20th, 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

Nora Jane Struthers & The Bootleggers are a young, Nashville based, acoustic quartet playing what they call, “Classic Americana” – music rooted in bluegrass, old time, folk, western swing, and country. Shortly after their formation, the foursome was spring-boarded into the acoustic music spotlight when they journeyed out to Colorado and won the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition (previous winners include Nickel Creek and The Dixie Chicks) two days before Nora Jane’s debut album hit the streets, in June 2010. The Bootleggers consist of Virginia native P. J. George on the upright bass and harmony vocals, Dave Goldenberg, a recent grad of Berklee School of Music, on mandolin, and veteran Nashville fiddler Ward Stout. Nora Jane fronts the band playing guitar and singing primarily her original songs. http://www.norajanestruthers.com/

Bluegrass Unlimited says, "You'll probably hear the name Nora Jane Struthers in conjunction with bluegrass awards for best emerging artist and top female vocalist. She writes with a clear-eyed traditional sensibility typically seen only in writers like Gillian Welch and Tim O'Brien, her songs sound immediately like pre- modern classics.

" Together, Nora Jane and The Bootleggers deliver a powerful live show, complete with red-hot fiddle tunes, tight harmonies, mournful ballads, flatfoot dancing, and even the occasional yodel"; as The Nashville Scene says, “the outfit packs a potent punch.”



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

Misner and Smith
Americana, Folk and Bluegrass

Wednesday, February 23rd, 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

Megan Smith and Sam Misner began their musical collaboration after working together as actors in a production of Woody Guthrie's American Song in San Francisco, where they recognized a mutual love of Americana and vocal harmony. Their duet performances strike an exceptional vocal blend and strike a balance between the traditional and the contemporary. Megan plays upright bass and mandolin, Sam plays guitar and is also an award-winning songwriter. They have released 3 CD's, one being Live at The Freight and Salvage. http://www.misnerandsmith.com

"Shivers up your spine singing..." - rawriter.com



Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack
Old-Time, Country, Folk and Mountain Music Sensibilities
Friday, February 25th, 8.00pm $20/$22
AT MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING CO.

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

Rita Hosking, a descendant of Cornish tin miners, was raised in the mountains of Shasta County, California - and it shows. She grew up with a deep regard for folk music and the emotional power of the voice. Two quotes about Rita get to the heart of it:

" From the time I first heard Rita sing, her voice grabbed me and did not let go ….from a deep place of raw and powerful emotion" - Joe Craven, musician

" …Hosking keeps it beautifully raw and real in the tradition of Emmylou Harris or Lucinda Williams. Her bluegrass-tinged performances hearken back to the best of American music, without mimicking the greats" - Adrienne van der Valk, the Eugene Weekly.

Rita's songs have been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Honors include winner of Best Country Album (Vox Pop) in the 2010 Independent Music Awards, and winner of the '08 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival. She has recorded 3 albums and this Spring is excited to be touring the Netherlands. http://www.ritahosking.com

Cousin Jack, Rita's band (fiddle, bass, guitar, banjo), provides close harmony and strong backup, rounding out a sound rooted firmly in traditional music.



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