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April 2015



BILL KIRCHEN & BOBBY BLACK - SONGS & STORIES
Songwriter Supreme and Commander Cody Guitar Great Joins Up with All Time Pedal Steel Guitar Superstar Bobby Black in an Evening of Songs & Stories
Thursday, May 14th, 7.30pm $20/$20
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

Bill Kirchen, songwriter and Commander Cody guitar ace (Hot Rod Lincoln, Too Much Fun) talks about this special evening of Songs & Stories: “Steel guitarist Bobby Black's career spans an extraordinary 7 decades. He played on the very first George Jones sessions and shared the stage with Hank Williams I and II. Against all odds, in 1972 Bobby joined and became the musical adult supervision with Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. Since then he's played with a who's who of musical icons including Merle and Willie, the Wheel and Sir Doug. Bill started a couple decades later, but has his own eye-popping stories from days with the Commander, Gene Vincent, Hoyt Axton, Elvis Costello and more. Hear first-hand tales of two lives rich in music and select songs from two master guitarists. http://www.billkirchen.com  www.vintageguitar.com/12628/bobby-black/

As Bill puts it - "...my pal Bobby is the last of a breed, a wonderful story teller and perhaps the most sublime musician I have ever known.

Artist sites and sounds:   http://www.billkirchen.com and www.vintageguitar.com/12628/bobby-black/ 




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015

Kenny Butterill & His Santa Cruz Band

Saturday, May 16th, 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
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or Brundle@attglobal.net

Canada’s Kenny Butterill, also a part-time resident of Santa Cruz, is back in town and will be giving this concert, with his Santa Cruz based band, before going off to Europe for a summer tour in support of his recently released CD, “Troubadour Tales”. It was 10 years in the making, being recorded in several studios with over 20 distinguished guests, including Donovan, Cindy Cashdollar, and Ray Bonneville.

Sometimes compared to Gordon Lightfoot, JJ Cale and John Prine, Butterill’s rustic, minimalist music is richly textured but never over-produced. Butterill’s live shows have a warm ambience with an up-close personal vibe that match the cool feel and groove of his albums. His band includes Dave Davis on guitar, Bob Carter on harmonica and mandolin, Leroy Hoornbeck on bass and Eric Gunn on percussion.

"There is a time in every artist's career when they are at the top of their game. For Kenny Butterill that time is now!" Brent Jeffries, The Sun Times, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

www.NoBullSongs.com


Kenny Butterill

HOUSTON JONES
Welcome to a World of Musical Virtuosity and Storytelling
Sunday, May 17th, 7.00pm $17/$20
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

Houston Jones invites you into a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling ranging from the myths of ancient Greece to the red dirt back roads of Waskom, Texas.  The acoustic heart of the band beats with the passion of five lifetimes lived in a musical landscape of revival tents to Irish pubs, New Orleans to the Great Plains to Motown, a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley.This explosive, wide-ranging performance will touch your heart and get your feet moving of their own volition. The Bay Area based high-octane Americana quintet performs a repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. http://houstonjones.com

"A confluence of sublime talent." - San Francisco Chronicle




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015

David Holodiloff - CD Release
Equal Parts Jam, Jazz, String Band & Symphony

Saturday, May 23rd, 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
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or Brundle@attglobal.net

Dave Holodiloff, from Monterey, is a mandolinist and guitarist, vocalist, composer and bandleader known for his inventive arrangements, expressive musicianship, and devotion to excellence. This evening’s program celebrates David’s original music from his new CD (his 8th!), and combines elements of funk, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, Celtic, traditional and folk. The album and the band, feature David (mandolin, guitar, vocals), and a collection of well-known Monterey Bay Area musicians, Kenny Stahl (flute), Peter Mellinger (violin), Derek Bodkin (percussion, banjo, vocals), Steve Uccello (double bass), and Nik Bortlussi (percussion). Quite a group for our little café!

www.daveholodiloff.com



Dave Holodiloff


FRONT COUNTRY PLUS THE DOWN BEETS
Front Country, 2012 Rockygrass Band Competition Winner, and the return of Santa Cruz Favorites The Down Beets.  Hot picking and super singing' tonight
Thursday, May 28th, 7.30pm $10/$12
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

Front Country :  Formed in 2011 as a collective of the Bay Area's finest young acoustic talent, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker and Zach Sharpe joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco's Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers and original songwriting. Since then they have continued to expand their repertoire and push the boundaries of bluegrass on the national scene. In 2012 they won the Rockygrass band competition in Colorado and followed up in 2013 with a win at Telluride becoming the third band in history to win both contests. Also in 2013 lead singer Melody Walker won the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz was nominated for Grammy for his work with the Modern Mandolin Quartet on their album "Americana". www.frontcountryband.com

The Down Beets are a Santa Cruz based bluegrass band.  Formed in 2005, singer-songwriter Sheila Golden teamed up with former twin pickers, Jeremy and Jason Lampel formerly of Strung Over.  After a two-year hiatus, the band is back in action with Bay Area transplant, Will Fourt, and Mason Hutchinson of the Abbot Brothers.  With creative originals and complex arrangements, The Down Beets keep Santa Cruz musically weird and wonderful. www.thedownbeets.com


CORINNE WEST & THE BANDITS
Song Tales of Whiskey Poets & Angels, Cowgirls & Bluebirds
Sunday, May 31st, 7.00pm $10/$10
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

Whiskey poets & angels, cowgirls & bluebirds, Corrine West's characters,chart the tides, test the winds, and weather severe storms; all given life by her compelling stage-presence and luscious voice. West's deep Americana sound, informed by nomadic-roads traveled, continues to radiate her respected reputation within the global acoustic-roots music-scene. The songs on West's latest recording came about after a year-long sabbatical in Austria, which culminated in the new disc. “Starlight Highway is my first completely self-produced record,” West says about the sessions. “I wanted to create a body of songs that moved my music forward in new directions, while paying tribute to the music I have done in the past. This influenced my decisions regarding the instrumentation; piano, organ, acoustic rock angles, heavy harmonies, the deep-drive of drums, the laid back floating ballads-- I wanted to play with many flavors, and I didn't hold back on using any spices while in the sonic kitchen.” http://www.corinnewest.com


Cahalen Morrison & County Hammer
Think George Jones meets Motown & The Band at a Honky-Tonk
Monday, June 8th, 7.30pm $10/$10
Over 21 Only
FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294

Country Hammer is the collaboration of three lead singers and writers, each bringing their unique take on American music, backed by a group of incredible instrumentalists. Their songs, nearly all original, touch the full range of emotions. One minute they can silence a rowdy roadside honky-tonk, inducing tears in beers, and the next they can burn the place down. Drawing on the sensibilities of everything from The Band to George Jones, and from Motown to Norteño, Country Hammer knows no boundaries, but it's country just the same. They deliver lonesome heartbreak and the best two stepping around! Their new CD The Flower of Muscle Shoals swings through graceful arrangements of guitars, pedal steel, fiddle, bass and percussion, with a rich texture and genuine approach that is sure to rouse any fan of country and old-time music. www.cahalen.com/country-hammer/



Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015
McCoy Tyler (solo) / Max's Midnight Kitchen

Wednesday, June 10th, 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
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or Brundle@attglobal.net

McCoy Tyler is a young guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter from Soquel, who is also the leader of the very popular McCoy Tyler Band, a progressive acoustic Santa Cruz trio. Tyler’s songwriting and arrangements make him one of the most intriguing up and coming artists in the Bay Area. He fuses elements of folk, bluegrass, old-school country and blues, all rooted in the customs of traditional American music. www.McCoyTylerband.com

great tunes, very relaxed….heartfelt, genuine and no frills” - Andy Zenczak, Gadgetbox Recording Studio





Max’s Midnight Kitchen, from Portland, Oregon are a nationally touring string group performing original and traditional music which blends folk, country and bluegrass themes. Matt Takiff plays acoustic guitar, and sings, and Daniel Nickerson plays banjo, electric guitar, and sings. In their full band they add other band members, but tonight will be a duo show, with maybe McCoy sitting in for a few numbers. www.maxsmidnightkitchen.com


McCoy Tyler
Max's Midnight Kitchen



Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015

Matt Lax

Friday, June 12th, 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
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or Brundle@attglobal.net

Nearly Beloved, are, for this evening, Matt Lax (a.k.a Lacques), guitars and lead vocals, Erik Pearson, guitar, banjo and vocals, and Michael Stadler (fiddle, mandolin, guitar and vocals). At larger shows they add bass and drums. Matt also plays with the West African style band The Palm Wine Boys. Erik has an encyclopedic knowledge of old time banjo, and is best known for playing with The Crooked Jades. Michael is an ace multi-instrumentalist and a vocalist and song writer in many genres, who often performs as a soloist. It’s a very tight instrumental group!


Matt is actually a local Aptos boy who moved to the Austin scene in the early 80’s, returned to California (SF) in the late 80’s, where he immersed himself in the African music scene there for many years (a member of and writer for Zulu Spear for 10 years). When not writing and playing he teaches at SF Juvenile Hall. In tonight’s show the band will be presenting material from “This House of Mine”, a mellow folk/country set of originals, and Matt’s 5th CD. www.nearlybeloved.com



Matt Lax

…in the mold of Texas songwriters like Guy Clark, only softer and more Marinthan West Texas…. - Paul Liberatore, Marin IJ




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015

Jack Williams
Extraordinary Singer-Songwriter and Outstanding Guitarist (an extra special June show)
Friday, June 19th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15-$20 donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Canyon Acoustic Society
AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or Brundle@attglobal.net

Chuck Brodsky said “if you ever get a chance to book this guy – do it! He is as good as it gets!” So I did, and again, and again! He returns to the Ugly Mug for another intimate show…one guitar, one voice, non-stop for 45 minutes, and then again for another 45.

Jack’s bio in itself is amazing, with a 55 year career playing folk, rock jazz, R and B, classical and popular music from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. In the 60’s he was a hired gun guitarist/ band leader for John Lee Hooker, Hank Ballard, and the Shirelles, amongst others. Up to the 80’s he played jazz trumpet and classical guitar, while also fronting a series of original rock bands as an electric guitarist. Since the 60’s he has also toured as a solo troubadour. His songs have been recorded by others ranging from Tom Jones to Tom Paxton. At times he has teamed up with other great singers – the late Harry Nilsson in 1973 and until 2002 with his friend, the late Mickey Newberry. Jack has at least 9 solo CD’s of original music, plus involvement in many others. www.jackwilliamsmusic.com

a musical style that’s equal parts folk storytelling and Tin Pan Alley songcraft, delivered with the impassioned soul of an old blues singer" - Kevin Oliver, No Depression Magazine.

".... his artistry... is nothing short of amazing. Dazzling picking, expressive voice, unique and interesting songs. He is a showman in the best sense of the word and just wowed our audience. I think they would have followed him anywhere." - Rich Warren, WFMT "Midnight Special", Chicago IL


Jack Williams



Awna Teixeira
Po'Girl multi-instrumentalist Awna Teixeira is celebrating a new albumWild One
Sunday, June 28th, 7:00pm $10/$10
Over 21 Only
FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294


Portuguese-Canadian, multi-instrumentalist, Awna Teixeira began her musical career in 2001 performing all over North America and writing songs with various bands before joining Po'Girl, one of Canada's hardest working international touring acts, in 2005. Over the course of creating five albums and seven years of solid-touring in 15 different countries, on 4 different continents, and playing between 200 and 250 shows a year, Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira have become the core of the highly-esteemed and internationally-recognized band, Po'Girl. Awna, while still working with Po'Girl, released her 1st solo album Where The Darkness Goes in 2012, her EP Thunderbird in 2013, and is releasing her 2nd solo album Wild One March 2015.  www.hazytales.me



Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015

Michael Shay Quartet - from Ecuador
Classically trained globe trotter (born in Austin Tx)

Wednesday, July 8th, 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
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or Brundle@attglobal.net

MORE INFORMATION TO COME





Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015

Those Guys


Saturday, July 18th, 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
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or Brundle@attglobal.net

MORE INFORMATION TO COME



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