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Bill Evans
The Banjo in America
Friday, December 2nd, 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

San Francisco Bay Area musician Bill Evans is well known within the acoustic and bluegrass music community not only as an outstanding banjo player, but also as a teacher, writer and scholar. The Banjo in America concert brings together these interests in a unique presentation designed for the concert stage that's for all audiences. Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Evans performs musical examples from the 1700's to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments, ranging from an African ekonting to a mid-19th century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo and even an electric banjo.

In the process, Bill explains how the banjo has been at the intersection of African- and Anglo-American musical and cultural exchange for over 250 years. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles to Bill's own original music, The Banjo in America informs while it entertains, exposing audiences to over 200 years of American music.

Over a performing career that now spans over thirty years, Bill has performed with Dry Branch Fire Squad, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Maria Muldaur, Robin and Linda Williams, Kathy Kallick Band, the Lynn Morris Band, The Jim Hurst Band, and with Megan Lynch. He has also taught in the music departments at San Francisco State University, the University of Virginia and Duke University and has been an artist/scholar in residence at the University of Richmond and Fairfield University. www.billevansbanjo.com

"It's one thing to be a strong progressive banjo player; another to excel at the traditional end of the spectrum…. kudos to Bill Evans." - Tony Trischka



Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst
Award-Winning Dobro, Guitar, Vocals - from Bluegrass to Jazz
Friday, Decemeber 9th, 8.00pm $20/$23
AT MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING CO.

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



Rob Ickes grew up and played in the Bay Area before moving to Nashville in 1992 as a founding member of the bluegrass band, Blue Highway. He has been the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Dobro Player of The Year for a record 11 times since then, and is recognized as one of the country's most innovative dobro stylists, as is attested to by his recent CD, Road Song, a dobro and piano jazz album. He has worked with many famous performers, such as Willie Nelson, David Grisman, Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss. http://www.robickes.com/

Jim Hurst was IBMA 2001 and 2002 Guitar Player of The Year, and is a much sort after Nashville studio musician. In the past his diverse tastes, flat-picking and fingerstyle playing, and his considerable vocal skills, led him to play in country, bluegrass, blues, jazz and rock bands, but since 1995 he has concentrated on the bluegrass and roots areas, most notably with Claire Lynch and the Front Porch Band and with bassist Missy Raines, recording several CDs. His 3rd solo CD, Box of Chocolates, well illustrates his stylistic and genre range. He has recorded with many other well-known artists and has won many national, state and regional instrument championships, as well as singing ones (traditional, old-time and gospel). http://www.jimhurst.com

Both musicians have played memorable shows for Fiddling Cricket in the past, but never together. This show will be about 75% instrumental, with Rob singing a couple and Jim several. They will cover a variety of of music from their originals to some jazz. Jim says they always have a fun time!



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

Stevie Coyle

Wednesday, December 14th, 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

More information to come.



Jamie Laval and Richard Mandel
A Scottish Solstice Celebration
Friday, Decemeber 16th, 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

Celtic fiddler/violinist Jamie Laval will present an evening of traditional music from Scotland, plus Ireland, Brittany, Quebec, and Appalachia, accompanied by San Francisco guitarist Richard Mandel. Toe-tapping melodies will be interspersed with amusing stories, rhythmic foot percussion, and insights into Celtic history.

Jamie's music-making was born out of his Scottish and Irish heritage and further influenced by his studies in classical music, jazz, and ethnic music from around the world. In 2002, he won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship. He has been acclaimed as "One of North America's finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music" (San Jose Mercury News). After his student years at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Jamie simultaneously pursued careers as a solo fiddler and a professional symphony violinist. He has been an active contra dance and ceilidh band fiddler in the Pacific Northwest, but currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina where he serves on the faculty of The Swannanoa Gathering, a celebrated summer institute for traditional music. Jamie has performed for HM The Queen; on NBC's Today Show; at numerous Highland Games; and at top acoustic venues throughout the U.S. His critically acclaimed debut CD, Shades of Green, airs regularly on NPR radio. This year marked the release of Jamie's long-awaited third album, Murmurs and Drones. www.jamielaval.com

Richard Mandel has been a mainstay in the San Francisco Bay Area Irish music scene since the mid-1990s. He is a founding member of the well-loved San Francisco-based trio Three Mile Stone, was a long-term member of the Plough & Stars' resident house band Tipsy House, and plays regularly for contra dances throughout the Bay Area in a duo with fiddler Erin Schrader. Richard has backed up legendary Irish performers including Paddy Keenan, Tommy Peoples, Gerry O'Connor, and Andrew MacNamara. Recently he has recently recorded and toured with Christa Burch, Radim Zenkl, and Jamie Laval. Richard teaches Irish DADGAD-style guitar at the Lark in the Morning music festival. http://www.tipsyhouse.com/richardt.html



Fiddling Cricket Annual Holiday Show
The Avalanche Choir and Friends
Saturday, December 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

The Avalanche Choir returns to the Fiddling Cricket stage, together with a few guests of their choice. The Choir currently consists of Dale and Marilyn Barcellos, Jenny Stave, Dennis Patterson, Paul Bridges and Larry Weissenberg. A multitude of instruments will be passed around and played and with four lead and harmony vocalists the emphasis will be on fine singing over a variety of material, including many band originals. The Choir has been doing this show since Fiddling Cricket's inception and it is a pleasure to have them continue the tradition! http://www.avalanchechoir.com/

Fiddling Cricket will, as usual, be giving away some door and maybe competition prizes, and year end awards, and the show will start an hour earlier than our regular shows and run till it finishes!




Santa is Real: A 1950's Christmas Spectacular featuring Carolyn Sills

Thursday, December 22nd, 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

Santa is Real: A 1950's Christmas Spectacular featuring singer Carolyn Sills, will be a full night of swinging pop and country hits from the 50s, plus classic holiday numbers made popular by Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Eartha Kitt, The Andrews Sisters and more. With top local players Charlie Wallace (lap steel), Jimmy Norris (drums), Jerry Logan (bass), Jon Dryden (piano) and Gerard Egan (guitar), fans of classic country and the American songbook can experience their favorites performed live with authenticity. Tickets went fast last year, so get yours early!

A newcomer to Santa Cruz , Carolyn Sills spent years performing in New York and touring around Europe . A highlight of her career was when she was asked to sit in with the late, legendary Les Paul as a guest vocalist at the Iridium Jazz Club, recreating the songs he made famous with Mary Ford. Carolyn's original holiday single, George Bailey, is on it's way to becoming a new classic and will be featured at this show. "This (George Bailey) is one of my favorite Christmas singles, not only this year by the way, of the past 10 or 15-" Paul Richards, WHLI, New York. http://www.carolynsills.com



Tony Furtado and Stephanie Schneiderman
Banjo, Slide Guitar, Electric Guitar and Vocals
Friday, December 23rd, 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


Tony Furtado grew up in Pleasanton, CA, took up the banjo at 12 and by 19 had won the major US championships and was a member of Laurie Lewis' bluegrass band (Grant Street). During that period he was also quietly developing into an equally virtuosic slide guitarist, and eventually evolved into an accomplished singer-songwriter as well. He continues to play both solo and with The Tony Furtados Band, crossing several genres and with influences ranging from Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, and Bonnie Rait, through to traditional Appalachian, acoustic blues, and Irish music. Tony's CDs are too numerous to mention. http://www.tonyfurtado.com/

Stephanie Schneiderman is from the vibrant Portland music scene. At 18 she performed on the Lilith Fair tour with the funk/soul group Body and Soul. As a singer-songwriter she performs solo and with a loose collection of other singer-songwriters which was named Dirty Martini, following an anti-Valentine's Day show. She has several CDs, the latest being Rubber Teardrop, and a strong young following. http://www.stephanieschneiderman.com/

In this special duo show Tony plays banjo and slide guitar, Stephanie plays acoustic and electric guitar, and both sing……… By the way Tony and Stephanie were recently married! Come and congratulate them.

"…easily holds the spotlight, thanks to his restrained virtuosity on acoustic and slide guitar and a warmly engaging voice…" - Paste Magazine




Peppino D' Agostino with Joe Satriani Drummer / Percussion Ace Jeff Campitelli

Wednesday, December 28th, 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

Peppino D'Agostino doesn't just play the guitar. He composes, arranges, collaborates, improvises and has even been known to sing a song here and there in both English and Italian. But what he does create on the guitar makes the difference between simply playing and truly making music apparent in the most wonderful ways. D'Agostino 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.” A native of Italy , D'Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America a little over 25 years ago. The readers of Guitar Player voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist in 2007, and the following year in Acoustic Guitar's People's Choice Awards he won a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time for his 2002 release Every Step of The Way (tying with Leo Kottke, one of his prime inspirations) and another Bronze award as Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year. But as said above, it's not just his talent that makes D'Agostino so notable, but also what he does with it. http://www.peppinodagostino.com

Drum and percussion king Jeff Campitelli from Joe Satriani's band joins Peppino. http://jeffcampitelli.com




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