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Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore
Sunday, April 3rd, 7.00pm $15/$15
<21 with parent

FC Cosponsored Show with
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore are two national musical treasures. Combining blues and bluegrass (and everything in-between) with their soulful voices and stunning instrumental chops, Mollie and Rich are a constant source of joy and inspiration to me. They are truly among the best out there keeping American music alive and vital.” - Dave Alvin.
Mollie O'Brien and Rich Mooreare touring behind their brand new CD Saints and Sinners, new collection of songs and stories, characters and eccentrics, brought to life by Mollie and Rich, and other assorted musical actors. “We do not have another singer like Mollie O'Brien - she stands and delivers in a completely, original way -- no matter the material. Together Mollie and Rich have made a sure and honest recording of Saturday nights and Sunday mornings that runs as deep as family.”- Darrell Scott . The collaborative energy extended to the studio this year where Mollie and Rich recorded Saints & Sinners (Remington Road Records), a collection of gems from some of the most gifted (not to mention, eclectic) songwriters of our time including Tom Waits , Jesse Winchester , Harry Nilsson , Richard Thompson and George Harrison. The roster is filled with classic American blues, gospel, folk and show tunes crowned with Rich's lilting instrumental, "Cuba" and the rare Mollie-penned songs, "New Shoes" and "Mighty Close To Heaven". Artist sites and sounds: www.mollieobrien.com



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

Dale and Marilyn Barcellos
with Joe Ferraro and Leroy Cheney
Eclectic Songwriting and Singing!

Wednesday, April 6th, 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

Among the few dues paying members of the Santa Cruz musician union back in the 70s and 80's, Dale and Marilyn Barcellos play a mix of music ranging from completely original to generally obscure. They use a wide range of acoustic instruments, but observe no idiomatic traditions in particular, preferring instead to sing in the natural dialects they were born to; no cowboys, no Mississippi delta share croppers, no hillbillies from the hills of Berkeley, just two slightly traumatized "duck and cover" baby boomers trying to survive the coming age of darkness. Long ago, for many years, they were on the road as full-time musicians with up to a 13 piece band. Now they are high school teachers and front The Avalanche Choir (www.avalanchechoir.com) as musicians for fun.

Joe Ferrara has been entertaining audiences from Santa Cruz to San Francisco since his first gig at the Grog and Sirloin in Los Gatos in 1968. In 1976 Joe moved to Santa Cruz and immediately found a home at The Grapesteak in Capitola, where he played for thirteen years until the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake closed the business. In 1990 Joe did a "fill in" at The Cats restaurant in Los Gatos that became an extended 16 year engagement. Joe has a rich baritone voice and a repertoire of over 500 songs that includes standards, folk, and classic rock. He was voted Best Local Solo Musician in both the Good Times and Santa Cruz Weekly Best of Santa Cruz polls of 2010.


"Lightnin' Leroy" Cheney is an old friend to the Bay Area where he paired up with Chuck McCabe in 1963 and occupied the stages of every venue you can think of. During that time, they were The Slippery Rock String Band, Major Hoople's Rhythm Commandos and numerous other aggregations, including one with Joe Weed. Now a Nashville resident, he is a songwriter with platinum and gold albums who only plays on stage for or with friends.



Danny Schmidt / Michael McNevin
Contemporary Singer Songwriters
Saturday, April 9th, 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


Texas-based singer/songwriter, Danny Schmidt, has been rapidly ascending from underground cult hero to being widely recognized as an artist of generational significance. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him "Perhaps the best new songwriter we've heard in the last 15 years." Performing solo almost exclusively, armed with just his voice, his words, and his acoustic guitar, Danny's an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate. He split a bill with Reilly and Maloney for us a few years ago and we are pleased to have him return http://www.dannyschmidt.com/

Michael McNevin is a veteran of the folk scene, having logged 17 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 is working on his 6th album. Five tracks from this are heard in "Weekend King", an indie film shot in Niles, where Michael grew up and currently lives. "Michael is one of folk music's best kept secrets. His voice is hypnotic, his guitar playing superb..." - Christine Lavin http://www.michaelmcnevin.com
http://facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic



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

Amanda West with Pete Solomon
Mandalyn May opens
Philosophical Folk Fusion - Songs for Mind, Heart, and Soul

Wednesday, April 13th, 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

An elegant union of inquisitive mind, open heart, and old soul enable local singer-songwriter, Amanda West, to weave powerful songs with a charming stage presence. Pete Solomon accompanies Amanda's voice and guitar on gentle percussion and keyboards, and classically influenced saxophone. Notable influences include Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, and Loreena McKennitt. A deep concern for the earth's well being and humanity's future has also inspired Amanda to begin work on a songwriter compilation of environmental songs for social change. http://www.amandawestmusic.com

"A lovely voice with something to say..." - Cosy Sheridan, award-winning singer songwriter.

Mandalyn May, ukulele, guitar and vocals, is quirky, irreverent, sweet and soulful, with an ethereal voice not to be missed. She is a regular at Uke clubs, including, of course, Santa Cruz. http://www.mandalynmay.com



Saddle Cats plus Patti Maxine & The Saddle Pals
Sunday, April 17th, 1.00pm $10/$10
ages 21+ only

FC Cosponsored Show with
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Saddle Cats are a Western Swing pocket orchestra that is enlivening Cowboy and Western Music with infectious joy and high spirits. With a repertoire that draws from the rich tapestry of traditional American music, this four-piece ensemble embraces the worlds of swing, cowboy ballads, blues, Tin Pan Alley , honky-tonk, string band music , polka and just about any traditional style under the sun. The Saddle Cats have at their heart the suave, elegant artistry of Bobby Black, whose steel guitar poetics have inspired generations of musicians and fans. A revered figure in the music world whose roots go straight back to the honky-tonk era of Hank Williams and Lefty Frizell, Bobby was a key figure in the rediscovery of Western Swing in the 1960s and '70s. Bobby's membership in such bands as Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen and Asleep at the Wheel was decisive in introducing the sound of Western Swing to a new generation of listeners. Bobby is joined by fiddler and vocalist Richard Chon ( Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, the Sons of the San Joaquin and a veteran of the Bakersfield honky tonk scene). Together, Bobby and Richard form the nucleus of a Western Swing combo that uncannily recreates the textures and drive of the Western Swing bands of the golden era. The driving rhythm of guitarist Gordon Clegg and the eloquent, rock-solid foundations laid by bassist Bing Nathan. http://www.saddlecats.com

Patti Maxine & The Saddle Pals are Santa Cruz's premier western swing band and one of the very best in California, period. Matt Bohn on bass, Daniel “Mig" McLaughlin on drums and vocals, and Patti Maxine on vocals, lap steel and resophonic guitars, Stan Meidinger on fiddle and Dave McClellan on mandolin. http://www.pattimaxine.com



Zumbido / Leftover Dreams
Latin influenced / American Standards
Sunday, April 17th, 7.00pm $20/$22
AT MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING CO.

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


Zumbido matches instrumental prowess with a deep affinity for the traditions of Brazil. While paying homage to many Brazilian composers. John Miller (guitar), Ginny Snowe (vocals) & Joel Litwin (percussion) play their arrangements of choro, salsa, samba, etc., with their own voices, their own harmonies, their own kick, bringing fresh vitality to every performance. The pedigrees of the band members are too extensive to cover here, but each has individually logged decades of professional playing around the country and abroad. Guitarist, John Miller, has played for us once before with mandolinist, John Reischman, in a recital of mostly Latin inspired music, which many of the Fiddling Cricket audience considered as the finest instrumental concert we ever had. www.zumbidobuzz.com






Leftover Dreams are Tony Marcus (Cats & Jammers; Cheap Suit Serenaders) and Patrice Haan. They return return to us with more material from the Great American Songbook - standards and more arcane material - presented with superb harmony and burnished accompaniment.. Patrice delivers intimate lyrics in a sultry and seductive "velvety alto-tenor " (Kerry Parker, Folknic) and Tony's voice has been described as "the definition of mellifluous" (Derk Richardson, The Express). Tony plays guitar with style and grace, The combination creates an intriguing mix of moody ballads, jumping swingers, and romantic love songs - mostly from bygone days, but with the occasional quirky original thrown in, plus much witty banter. Join us for a relaxed evening of unerring good taste. http://leftoverdreams.com/



Corinne West & Kelly Joe Phelps Duo
Thursday, April 21st, 7.30pm $10/$12
<21 with parent

FC Cosponsored Show with
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Corinne West, a fourth generation Californian and musician who performs upwards of 200 shows each year, has a voice that simply soars. Using her powerfully eloquent voice, coupled with beautifully crafted songs - memorable both lyrically and melodically - she has fashioned a unique identity within American music's acoustic/roots scene. Her latest record, 'The Promise', confirms West's place among the finest young singer-songwriters. In concert, Corinne brings a special grace and fire to the stage. Her songwriting strength coupled with magnetic stage presence create a captivating performance, winning rave reviews at home and abroad. http://www.corinnewest.com

Kelly Joe Phelps has, over the course of eight CD's and fifteen years of touring the world, established himself as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter with singular vision and fearless purpose. His mix of folk, blues, and jazz has won him praise from the likes of Bill Frisell, Steve Earl, and Cameron Crowe. Kelly Joe has been featured on NPR 's All Things Considered and Prairie Home Companion as well as numerous BBC and other national radio shows throughout Europe, Australia and Japan. He's recorded with Townes Van Zandt, Greg Brown, Martin Simpson, Jay Farrar, and a host of others. A brilliant improviser, Phelps is known for his ability to put a new spin on a song every time he plays, inventive and imaginative enough to be able to take multiple styles of music and merge them with his own artistic voice, creating a unique sound both original and universal. http://www.kellyjoephelps.net

Corinne West & Kelly Joe Phelps share an undeniably ravenous passion for the acoustic guitar. From this foundation these two are creating beautiful, exceptional music. Intricate, dense and lush harmony vocals wrap themselves around layers of interlacing, weaving guitar parts.



Poor Man's Whiskey
Friday, April 22nd, 9.00pm $10/$12
21 and over only

FC Cosponsored Show with
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

The Bay Area's outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of folk, punk, rock, and disco to stages and festivals world wide. This High-Octane Hootenanny will certainly delight those interested in a foot-stompin good time. Poor Man's Whiskey has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans. PMW has released three studio albums, "Dark Side of the Moonshine" (a double disk set featuring original music as well as the bluegrass interpretation of the Pink Floyd classic album) in 2009, "Roadside Attraction"(2005), and "Train to California" (2003). Notable festivals and shows: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival , Kate Wolf Music Festival, The Fillmore , Strawberry Music Festival ; The Summer Melt Down, Las Tortugas; finals of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival . http://www.poormanswhiskey.com



Rick Shea and Tom Corbett
The Best of California Music: Folk, Country, Swing, Bluegrass, Blues and More!
Friday, April 29th, 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


Rick Shea is a deeply evocative singer and a formidable acoustic and electric guitarist. He grew up where the urban sprawl of East LA met the desert of San Bernadino, and, right out of high school, became immersed in both the coffee house folk and the country scenes of that time (1978) and place, playing 7 nights a week as a sideman and singer. Since then he has worked as a multi-instrumental sideman with several well-known groups, most notably touring with, and opening for, Dave Alvin and The Guilty Men for 6 years. Parallel to this he has developed a successful solo career, covering a wide range of styles from hard country to traditional folk, all with equal ease and confidence, as demonstrated on his second solo CD, Shelter Valley Blues. http://www.rickshea.net/
"Staunchly independent - represents the best of California music" - LA Weekly


Tom Corbett, from Santa Barbara, was know for years as a virtuoso mandolin sideman and band member - particularly in Phil Salazar's Acousticats and John McEuan's String Wizards. More recently he has started performing solo, and with his own band, singing and playing mandolin, guitar, and banjo, and covering bluegrass, swing, country, folk, and even blues and reggae. He has two solo CD's and appears on many others. http://www.tomcorbett.net/index.html#

Rick and Tom played for us about a year ago in a most enjoyable show where they alternated with each backing the other's lead playing and singing, with a few hot duo instrumentals thrown in, in a more or less "free form" fashion.



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