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Cosponsored with Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Snazzy Productions

CAROLYN SILLS COMBO / SHERRY AUSTIN & HEN HOUSE

Sunday, February 15th, 7:30pm General Admission $22, Gold Circle $32.
AT THE KUUMBWA

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

With the Carolyn Sills Combo’s debut disc, "fans of ‘proper country’ have some new heroes,” says Country Music People Magazine. A roots music group with a vintage sound older than its years, The Carolyn Sills Combo is breathing fresh life and heartfelt twang into the timeless sounds of post-war American music. Fans of classic country, blues and western swing from the 40s/50s are falling in love with the band’s original songs, written and produced by Sills and her longtime guitarist and husband, Gerard Egan. http://www.carolynsills.com/

Carolyn Sills makes the West come alive with her stirring renditions of western swing, country blues, spaghetti westerns and more. Listening to her music is like stepping into an old saloon or smoke-filled jazz club. The bassist and singer performs old-timey originals with titles like “Bad for You” and “Loaded Gun,” poetic throwbacks to music that’s too rarely heard these days.” – Monterey County Weekly

Bassist Carolyn Sills and her guitarist husband, Gerard Egan – Santa Cruz’s Les Paul and Mary Ford – crank out good stories, catchy love songs and creative chord progressions that will take listeners back to rockabilly vibes of the post-World-War-II era.” – Good Times Magazine

Sherry Austin and Hen House With four of the most popular Americana vocalists in the Monterey Bay area, Hen House delights their fans with their engaging stage presence, upbeat songs, and great harmonies. Their music covers the range from sweet love songs to gritty, rockin’ songs about cars, trains, and love gone wrong. They sing with authority and passion,their distinctive blend of folk, country and rock, is filled with warmth and conviction. The blend of harmonies between the four women is exquisite.Sharon Allen loves to sing. And people love to hear her sing. She possesses a beautiful, unaffected voice that is gentle and sweet on the ears. A musical neophyte compared to the rest of the group, Sherry’s been making up for lost time. Putting out three albums in the past ten years, her music has received regular airplay from KPIG and many other stations worldwide. The Sherry Austin Band has played everything from big festivals to intimate house concerts.

Sherry Austin and Hen House is made up of four of the most popular Americana vocalists in the Monterey Bay area, Hen House delights their fans with their engaging stage presence, upbeat songs, and great harmonies.

Their music covers the range from sweet love songs to gritty, rockin’ songs about cars, trains, and love gone wrong. They sing with authority and passion,their distinctive blend of folk, country and rock, is filled with warmth and conviction. The blend of harmonies between the four women is exquisite.Sharon Allen loves to sing. And people love to hear her sing. She possesses a beautiful, unaffected voice that is gentle and sweet on the ears.

A musical neophyte compared to the rest of the group, Sherry’s been making up for lost time. Putting out three albums in the past ten years, her music has received regular airplay from KPIG and many other stations worldwide. The Sherry Austin Band has played everything from big festivals to intimate house concerts. http://hensinthehouse.com/



Three Women & The Truth starring Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson, Gretchen Peters
Thurday, February 19th,7.30pm $22/$25
Under 21 With Parent

FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Three women, three guitars and the words, music, and hard-won wisdom from three lifetimes spent in pursuit of the song. Three Women and The Truth is a trio of accomplished, richly talented, award-winning female songwriters whose songs cut through the murky layers of life's complexities and bring clarity to many of the challenges we all long to make sense of.

Eliza Gilkyson is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Roots, Folk and Americana circles. She has released 19 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by such notables as Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, Etown, XM Radio, and on Air America Radio. http:// http://elizagilkyson.com

Mary Gauthier is a singer songwriter who the Associated Press named one of the best songwriters of her generation. She's been praised by both Dylan and Waits, and has had her songs recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Candi Staton. Her songs have been used in film and television, most recently on the ABC hit show Nashville, HBO's Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater's Case Histories. She was awarded New Artist of the year by The Americana Music Association in 2005, and has released six studio albums. http://www.marygauthier.com

Gretchen Peters, a two time Grammy-nominated and CMA Song Of The Year winner for the groundbreaking Independence Day (Martina McBride), has cut her own artistic path, touring continually in both North America and the UK and Europe, and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums on the way. Born in New York and raised in Colorado, the 25 year Nashville resident has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, and Bryan Adams . http://www.gretchenpeters.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015

Ginny Mitchell and S'wang
S'wang: "a delicious blend of swing (Western, Hawaiian, gypsy jazz) and a little twang"

Friday, February 20th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15 donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts & 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

Local singer, Ginny Mitchell, has put together a new band doing all things swing! Western, Hawaiian, and gypsy jazz. Her band consists of ace steel and dobro player, Patti Maxine (also harmony vocals), bass player and vocalist Tracy Parker, and swing guitarist, Marc Schwartz (Hot Club Pacific's lead guitarist). With tight three part harmony and Marc's Django style guitar this should be a lot fun!


Ginny Mitchell released her first album in British Columbia, Canada to widespread acclaim. This included winning Canadian County Music Association's Best New Female Vocalist Award. The high-profile win eventually led her to tour throughout Canada and the US as an opening act for Tammy Wynette, k.d. lang, Ricky Skaggs, Asleep at the Wheel and Greg Allman. Her honest and soulful delivery has been compared to Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Linda Ronstadt, Roseanne Cash and the great Patsy Cline. Her independent CD, Just to Hear Your Voice released in 2006, has received praise and airplay across the US. http://www.ginnymitchell.com/

Marc Schwartz has played guitar since 1968. He holds a B.A. in music from New York University and has studied with Studio/Jazz guitar greats Allen Hanlon and Milt Norman. Marc's diverse influences include Bireli Lagrene, Wes Montgomery, John Lennon, Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Eric Clapton, Larry Coryell, Pat Martino and Jimi Hendrix. An East Coast native, Marc has lived in California off and on since 1975 and has performed with Larry Coryell, Bruce Forman, Tony Green, Paul Mehling, Ninine Garcia and many others. When not playing with Hot Club Pacific, our Bay Area's premier live Swing Band, Marc can be found playing jazz guitar in many Northern California venues.

Patti Maxine, lap steel virtuoso and Santa Cruz legend, is one of the hardest working musicians in our community. A session player in constant demand, Patti is a musical Swiss army knife, handling a wide variety of styles with ease, sliding gracefully from Hawaiian to swing, from R&B to rock, from blues to jazz and back again. As a young girl, Patti studied with lap steel master Elmer Ridenhour. She has recorded and collabortated with dozens of musicians including Mary McCaslin, Sherry Austin, Jayme Kelly Curtis, Rhan Wilson, the Tiki Tones, Asylum's Way, Freddie Roulette, Cyril Pahanui, Eddie Kamae, Patrick Landeza, John Cruz and Pipa Pinon.

Tracy Parker, bass player and powerful vocalist, is well known and loved for her amazing vocal range. She is often referred to as the k.d. lang of Santa Cruz. Her voice is perfectly suited for the Country standards and torch songs that always leave audiences calling for more.



Anne & Pete Sibley
Concert CD Release for Extraordinary Life, with guest artists, Dan Robbins and Jimmy Norris

Sunday, February 22nd, 7.00pm $12/$15
Under 21 With Parent

FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Less than a decade since they released their first album, the Sibleys' music hit the national spotlight in 2009 with a blue ribbon finish in the Great American Duet Sing Off on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion. Their music has brought them to perform on famed stages from NYC's Town Hall to Washington's DC's Kennedy Center from festival stages such as North Carolina's Merlfest to Colorado's Rockgrass. Anne and Pete truly are currently one of the top folk duos. CD releases include: Wandering to be Found (2012-EP), Coming Home(2009), Will You Walk With Me (2005), Winter on the Great Divide (2007) and Think of This River (2004). http://www.anneandpetesibley.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015

Don Burnham and The Bolos
Western Swing (with Bobby Black on Steel Guitar)

Saturday, February 28th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15 donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts & 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

The Bolos are Don Burnham (leader of western swing band, Lost Weekend fame ), vocals and guitar, steel guitar Hall of Fame inductee, Bobby Black, steel player for many great bands over the years (Asleep at The Wheel, Commander Cody, New Riders of The Purple Sage), Mark Holzinger, lead guitar and also a Lost Weekend alumni, and Karen Horner, bass and vocals. The group plays a mixture of classic Western Swing and some country and Don Burnham originals. www.donburnham.com



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