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

Jay Howlett and Blah Blah Woof Woof
Tom Faia and Marky Starks Open


Wednesday, March 6th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) $10-$15 Donation Suggested
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 408 499 9441 or Brundle@attglobal.net

Jay Howlett first established himself as a true storyteller with his 1998 self-titled release. By his third release in 2003, Howlett had become a traveling singer-songwriter whose songs about small town America gained him awards and honors across the country. Celebrations, traditions, sorrows and sheer frivolity all find their way into Howlett's lens. In this concert Jay is joined by keyboard player Patrick Feehan and by bassist/guitarist and performing songwriter, Rolfe Wyer, to make up a version of the famed Blah Blah Woof Woof team, a true music co-op that The San Jose Mercury News described as a "Folk Supergroup". This collection of singer-songwriters brings a great mix of Folk, Americana, Country and Acoustic Blues sweetened with just a hint of Celtic. Lively and thoughtful, poignant and absurd, you won't know where they will musically take you next, but you will enjoy the ride. www.blahblahwoofwoof.com

Tom Faia and Marky Starks open the show. Tom is a very seasoned singer songwriter and our own Marky Starks is a budding one. Recently they have teamed up and this will be one of their first outings.



MAMAJOWALI
Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss

Tuesday, March 12th, 7.30pm $15/$15
<21 w/parent

FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

To hear these three musicians from far flung places collaborate is to take in three souls, listening and greeting one another seamlessly interweaving two continents and three bright musical sensibilities. The blend of kamale ngoni (the hunter's harp) with six string guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin and singing - is uncommon and familiar while traditional and innovative - all at the same time! This new “Afromericana” project places each of these respected artists in a new sound groove of common ground. You've heard nothing else like it! Joe Craven's love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, Yo-Yo Ma, David Lindley and Jason Marsalis, to fusion banjoist Alison Brown and groups such as The Persuasions, Psychograss and The Horseflies. For 17 years, he was percussionist/violinist with mandolinist David Grisman. http://www.joecraven.com

Joe Craven is Magical.” ~ San Francisco Chronicle

Mamadou Sidibe is a master kamale ngoni player from the Wassoulou Region of Mali, West Africa . Twenty-five years ago Mamadou played a groundbreaking role in transforming the music of this region from it's origins in hunters' sacred melodies--played on six string donso ngoni (hunter's harps)-- to a music of philosophical observations, politics and daily life. He has recently enhanced the kamale ngoni even further, by creating 10 and 12 string kamale ngoni. Mamadou, with artists Coumba Sidibe, Oumou Sangare and Ramatu Diakite, spread the new sounds through recordings and performances in Europe, Africa and the United States. Not only is Mamadou an award winning musician and master of the kamale ngoni, he is accomplished on several other African instruments as well.http://www.musicmali.com

Walter Strauss is fingerstyle guitar ace draws on American roots, world music traditions, and jazz to create a sound uniquely his own. An accomplished composer and lyricist, he has also transposed the intricate music of the kora, a 21-string West African harp, to the guitar to create mind-bending renditions of traditional African melodies. Walter has toured with kora virtuoso and 2010 Grammy winner Mamadou Diabate, and with kamal ngoni (hunters harp) master Mamadou Sidibe, both of Mali. He has recently returned from Mali where he met and played with some of the great West African musicians. http://www.walterstrauss.com

"A many-layered, multi-textured, one-man folk festival". ~ Maverick Magazine.



Danny Barnes & Matt Sircely
Sunday, March 17th, 1.00pm $10/$10
<21 w/parent

FC Cosponsored Show with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Long revered as a visionary in American music, Bad Livers founder Danny Barnes is joining with mandolinist Matt Sircely. With poetic songwriting alongside instrumental mastery, Barnes and Sircely together form a powerhouse duo that conjures great traditions in American music right before launching into some of the most innovative acoustic music you've never heard. Friends and collaborators for ten years, most of their pickin' has taken place in Barnes' kitchen, including recording for Danny's Minner Bucket Records - so come on down to see what they've been cooking up! Growing up in Texas, Danny Barnes found early inspiration among his parents' classic country records and watching banjoist Stringbean perform with Bill Monroe. As a young musician, he staked his claim in the punk scene, determined to take the banjo to places it had never been. From his time as bandleader of the Austin-based Bad Livers to his recent collaborations with artists like Dave Matthews, Mike Gordon, Bill Frisell or the Yonder Mountain String Band, Danny Barnes is among the most influential musicians in modern American stringband music. A prolific composer, Barnes places old-time music in the same room as the adventurous passages of American composer Charles Ives and the progressive songwriting of John Hartford. As a songwriter, Barnes crafts pieces that reference classic American literature and character development as much as the musical traditions that contextualize them. His songs often conjure castaway characters from the dustbin of society, bringing them to life with a lyrical resonance so rich that listeners can't help but straighten up and take heed. Though he has always considered himself a songwriter first and foremost, Matt Sircely is best known for his mandolin work as a founding member of the swing band Hot Club Sandwich .True, Sircely's mandolin work landed him on the cover of Mandolin Magazine at the age of 33, but Barnes cites Sircely's songwriting as his most significant contribution to the world of music. www.dannybarnes.com and www.mattsircely.com



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

James Hurley
Performing Songwriter at Large


Wednesday, March 20th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) $10-$15 Donation Suggested
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 408 499 9441 or Brundle@attglobal.net

James Hurley, performing songwriter at large, has been named as one of LA's top 10 live acoustic male singer-songwriters (Folkworks). He plays an elegant jazzy guitar style and delivers a seductive blend of jazzy pop-folk with intelligent lyrics and a smooth voice, reflecting the life he lives. They vary from wicked humor to stark poignancy. He has 3 self-produced CDs, his most recent being Tempest in a Teacup, recorded while on tour from Arizona to Washington wherever he could find studio space. It reinforces his reputation as a compelling artist whose music is a reflection of the live he leads. James played for us a couple of years ago and we are delighted to have him return. www.jameshurleymusic.com



Tylan (of Girlyman)

Thursday, March 21th, 7.30pm $10/$13
<21 w/parent

FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

After five studio albums and ten years on the road with the internationally acclaimed folk-pop quartet Girlyman, Tylan is returning to her roots with a debut solo CD, One True Thing . “Playing with Girlyman for so long has really spoiled me,” says Tylan Greenstein, who's decided to drop her last name for her new solo venture. Founded in 2001, the four members of Girlyman went from playing for tips in coffeehouses to headlining (and selling out) 400-500 seat venues across the country; they also toured internationally, graced festival main stages, and opened extensively for such folk luminaries as Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. “'Amaze Me,' ‘Somewhere Different Now,' ‘Young James Dean,' and lots more evoked names like Janis Ian and Willie Nelson, emotional outsiders with their hearts on their sleeves. Folksy Americana and urban literacy sit comfortably together in [her] songs.” – Whisperinandhollerin.com www.tylanmusic.com



Midyne Spear
CD Release Concert

Thursday, March 28th, 7.30pm $12/$15
<21 w/parent

FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Celebrating the release of her debut solo CD, "Inside the Seed," singer/songwriter Midyne, weaves a richly textured tapestry of thought-provoking lyrics with her own blend of contemporary folk. Her melodies and grooves are infused with blues, pop, and jazz influences that sprout seamlessly from her folk roots while her lyrics capture concrete images of life with surprising observations of human frailties. She delivers songs with a crystal-clear strength that invites comparisons to Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Joni Mitchell. Audiences delight in her ability to play harp like a guitar and guitar like a harp. This captivating evening features Midyne on electroharp, acoustic guitar, and vocals joined by bass, percussion, vocal harmonies, fiddle, lead guitar, and another surprise or two. http://www.midyne.com



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