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Jeffrey Foucault
Tuesday, February 4th, 7.30pm $12/$15
<21 w/parent

FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Longtime disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil, Jeffrey Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and elemental albums of rare power while garnering accolades across the United States and overseas for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting set apart by its haunting imagery and weather-beaten cool. www.jeffreyfoucault.com

Jeffrey Foucault, sings stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest.- The New Yorker
Songwriting brilliance.- MOJO

Quietly brilliant.” - The Irish Times



Muriel Anderson plus Steve Palazzo
Muriel's CD Release for Nightlight Daylight

Sunday, February 9th, 7.00pm $16/$19
<21 w/parent

FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Guitarist / harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. An engaging performer, her obvious joy of music and facility across musical genres is revered by guitarists and audiences worldwide. She is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night.http://murielanderson.com

Steve Palazzo is and awesome guitar player, teacher and plays in the Bluegrass Band, Homefire. He is hugely influenced by the great Doc Watson.





Food, Beer, and Coffee Available!

Michael Mullen, Fiddler & Hanz Araki, Flute
Celtic and Beyond

Wednesday, February 12th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) $10-$15 Suggested
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts and the Canyon Acoustic Society
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

Trained as a classical violinist, Michael Mullen has spent the last few decades immersed in the idioms of fiddling particular to Scottish and Irish music. While he can tear it up with the best of them, as in his work with the well-known Californian Celtic bands, Tempest (11 CDs), the Wicked Tinkers, and others, he can also deliver as an enthralling interpreter of Celtic music that will send a shiver down the spine. As a solo performer he employs technology to accompany himself, using a looper to build, live, his guitar and vocal accompaniment to his lead violin playing and singing. Hence the description, "Trio of One". www.michaelmullen.net
Michael played a year ago for us to a very enthusiastic audience and we are delighted to have him return to The Mug

" …hard-pressed to find anyone play the violin with as much piss and vinegar as Michael Mullen"….Mark Tinto, Glass Eye Review, Toledo




Hanz Araki (flute and vocals) is Irish Japanese ("Hanzaburu"). His father is a shakahochi grandmaster (a traditional end blown bamboo flute). After completing his formal training and teaching at Keio University in Tokyo, Hanz returned to his hometown of Seattle and immersed himself in the other side of his parent's music, playing with well-known Irish and Scottish groups and touring the US and Canada, Europe, South America and Japan. Now resident in Portland, Oregon, Hanz has been involved for 25 years in an impressive body of award winning CDs, has played many major Celtic Festivals, and has been invited to play with the Seattle Symphony. www.hanzaraki.com

"Immenseley talented musician from the northwest corner of America" - Irish Post







Cosponsored with Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Snazzy Productions

Bummer Night: A Tribute to Sarah Elizabeth Campbell
(May 13, 1953- December 26, 2013)
An evening dedicated to her life and her music with Blame Sally, Nina Gerber, Chris Webster, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Kathy Kallick, Carol McComb, and special guests.


Sunday, February 16th, 7:00p (box office opens at 5.30pm; doors open at 6.30pm), General Admission $25, Gold Circle $40. Tickets $4 more on day of show.
AT THE KUUMBWA

320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, call 831 479-9421 or buy tickets here

Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, ("Sayra Liz") from Austin, Texas, was a songwriter of distinction, possessor of a gorgeous voice, an excellent guitarist, and definitely a prankster. She had strong ties with Northern California, where she lived in Columbia in the 70's and 80's and spent 12 years in the bluegrass band Fiddlestix, the original Host Band of the Strawberry Music Festival. Her solo renditions of John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery" performed several times there, are legendary. She released her debut solo album, A Little Tenderness, produced by Nina Gerber, in 1986. She collaborated with many distinguished artists from Northern California over the years (Nina, Kathy Kallick, John Reischman, Sally Van Meter, Joe Craven and Joe Weed all appeared on her debut album), some of whom will be playing here tonight.

Though originally planned as a benefit concert for Sarah, to help defray the treatment costs of the liver cancer she had been battling for years, all the performers wanted to go ahead and celebrate her life on this evening with her music and stories about her. The title, Bummer Night, comes from her long-running Monday evening series of mostly "downer" songs in Austin. The proceeds of the concert will be donated to a non-profit Sarah would have approved of. Her influence in Austin can be judged by the fact that the Liver Foundation of Central Texas will donate $40,000 in her name to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, www.myhaam.org





Food, Beer, and Coffee Available!

Rus Brutsche, with Steve Uccello / Jayme Kelly Curtis with Topher Gayle
Santa Cruz Singer Songwriters

Wednesday, February 19th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) $10-$15
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts and the Canyon Acoustic Society
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

Russell Brutsché has been writing songs of personal and social transformation since the 60's. Inspired by playing warm-up for Van Morrison, Brutsché toured Canada in the 80's with Small Town Band. Nashville performer/producer Kacey Jones has just covered a song from his CD Restless Heart. He'll be presenting his most recent work as well as songs from his 2010 CD release Westbound. In this show he will be backed by Steve Uccello on standup bass. www.russellbrutsche.com







The always entertaining Jayme Kelly Curtis offers up a set of vintage jazz, spicy hokums and heartfelt originals. Backed up by musical whiz kid Topher Gayle, Jayme's portion of the show is pure fun. www.purrgirl.com



















Adrian Legg
Winner for Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year Four Times!

Tuesday, February 25th, 7.30pm $15/$18
<21 w/parent

FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

"There are guitarists, there are axe-wielding maniacs, and then there are wizards. Adrian Legg is one of the wizards. He has enough technique to do just about anything he wants, but also the sensitivity to honour the contours of a melody." – Philadelphia Enquirer.
"To say Legg plays a good guitar is like saying Menuhin saws a fine fiddle. This man is ridiculously talented."- Music Week.

Voted "Guitarist of the Decade" by Guitarist Magazine. Guitar Player's Reader's Poll Winner for Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist of the year four times. He also possesses a very clever wit and a knack for a good story. http://http://adrianlegg.com



Sherry Austin with Henhouse
Sherry Austin, Sharon Allen, Tracy Parker, Patti Maxine, Jim Norris plus Steve Meckfessel

Friday, February 28th, 8.00pm $15/$15
<21 w/parent

FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

With four of the most popular Americana vocalists in the Monterey Bay area, Henhouse delights their fans with their engaging stage presence, upbeat songs, and great harmonies. The band is fronted by Sherry Austin on rhythm guitar and vocals, Sharon Allen on vocals and guitar, Tracy Parker on bass and vocals, Santa Cruz legend Patti Maxine on lap steel and dobro, and Jim Norris on percussion. Their music ranges from sweet love songs to gritty, rockin' songs about cars, trains, and love gone wrong. They sing with authority and passion, and their distinctive blend of folk, country and rock is filled with warmth and conviction. The band performs original songs written by Sherry and Sharon, as well as much-loved covers by Americana artists such as Kate Wolf, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith. The blend of harmonies between the four women is exquisite. http://hensinthehouse.com

San Francisco Bay Area singer/songwriter Steve Meckfessel offers intimate songs of family secrets, long forgotten poets, of separateness, connection, second chances and acceptance. Steve's first CD, ‘Twice' was used on the television show JAG. His second CD, ‘Under Beautiful Skies', produced by Keith Greeninger, has received enthusiastic reviews from fans and in the press. He is a guitar player's songwriter with arrangements distinguished by their varied voicings and unexpected chord progressions. http://www.stevemeckfessel.com


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