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Food, Beer, and Coffee Available!

Small Potatoes
Contemporary Folk

Wednesday, November 5th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $12 to $15 donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts
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 Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as "Celtic to Cowboy." Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, "one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit." In addition to outstanding songwriting, singing and showmanship, they also play a number of instruments very well, and even yodel sometimes. Always an absolute treat, and I, personally, quite agree with the quote below.http://www.smallpotatoesmusic.com

"…Prezioso's song "1000 Candles, 1000 Cranes" is one of the most outstanding songs of the past 50 years." -Rich Warren, The Midnight Special - WFMT Radio, Chicago, IL



Café Musique
Matinee Gypsy, Wild Classical, Tango and Folk

Sunday, November 9th, 2.00pm $20/$20
Under 21 With Parent

FC Cosponsored Show Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

They may hail from the central coast of California, but the members of Café Musique have at least one foot each planted deep in foreign musical soil. By merging four very different backgrounds, the quintet presents a rich mixture of styles including gypsy, tango, classical and folk. Combining powerful vocals with soaring violin and driving accordion, the listener will be treated to an exotic and exciting sonic journey around the world. The members of Café Musique are Brynn Albanese on violin and vocals, Duane Inglish on accordion, Fred Murray on bass, and Craig Nuttycombe on guitar and vocals. http://www.cafemusique.org




Cosponsored with Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Snazzy Productions

Chris Webster and Nina Gerber / Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore
Outstanding Vocalists in Any Style; Exquisite Guitar Accompaniment


Saturday, November 15th, 7:30pm General Admission $25, Gold Circle $40.
AT THE KUUMBWA

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

Chris Webster's voice has those ineffable qualities of vocal grain, emotional nuance, phrasing, and warmth which characterize truly great and moving singers in any style. She covers a wide range of material, including her own as a songwriter, accompanied by the fabulous guitar work of Nina Gerber. She also still fronts the ever popular Sacramento party band Mumbo Gumbo (for over 20 years!) and occasionally teams up with her classical soprano sister, Cassie, as The Webster Sisters, performing traditional folk.http://www.chriswebstermusic.com

"…each note she sings conveys a probing, acute, sensitivity to the little complications in life and love, with a sexy edge to boot" -No Depression Magazine

Nina Gerber, After originally coming to prominence as accompanist and close musical companion to Kate Wolf spent two decades as "guitarist of choice" for recordings and performances with a huge number of folk performers, as well becoming a respected producer and arranger, earning a devoted following. She always emphasizes taste over technical skill (which she has in abundance), providing a soulful enhancement to the music she is accompanying (Karla Bonhoff, Peter Rowan, Eliza Gilkyson, Greg Brown, Laurie Lewis…). Finally, after appearing on, or producing, over 60 albums, she has in the last few years started releasing her own solo CDs, both live performance and studio. http://www.ninagerber.com

"One of the best acoustic and electric guitarists in the folk genre." - Frets Magazine

 

Mollie O'Brien, is known for her early career as a jazz singer in New York, her folk and country collaborations with brother, Tim O'Brien, solo work in the areas of bluegrass, folk and country, gospel, old-time and traditional southern mountain music, and with her blues band in Colorado. She does not play an instrument; she is simply a vocalist par excellence, having been called one of roots music's best interpreters and singers, and her voice described as "smooth," "smoky," "powerful," and "bright and bold as sheet lightning" moving without hesitation from style to style and dipping into the songs of Lennon and McCartney, Percy Mayfield, Memphis Minnie, Chuck Berry, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson. Her class and versatility earned her a long-time slot in Prairie Home Companion's Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Her great strength is her voice and the classy and wide selection of material she chooses. These days she tours with guitarist husband, Rich Moore, and they pick and choose their material as they want, as exemplified in their 2010 duo CD, "Saints and Sinners" and the 2014 follow up, "Love Runner". Rich is an exquisite guitarist, who also writes his own material and has an excellent solo guitar CD, "Steady State", to his name. http://www.mollieobrien.com

"….Mollie O'Brien has one of the best voices in the business, and she really lets it loose…" Tom Paxton



Victoria Blythe with Walter Strauss
CD RELEASE CONCERT Joni Mitchell meets Nora Jones--stunning voice, dazzling guitar, brilliant originals and innovatively interpreted covers

Sunday, November 16th, 2:00pm $8/$10
Under 21 With Parent

FC Cosponsored Show Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

. Bay Area singer-songwriter Victoria Blythe introduces her jazz-infused debut CD, Silver Flyer, to the South Bay in this matinee stop on her West Coast CD release tour. She will be accompanied by renowned West African-inspired guitarist Walter Strauss, bassist Sam Bevan and percussionist Kendrick Freeman, all virtuosos of their instruments.Victoria has been performing for many years in the SF Bay Area and beyond as vocalist, songwriter and co-leader of the award-winning Americana band Calaveras. Her thrillingly beautiful vocals have been compared to Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss, Paula Cole, Sandy Denny and Evanescence. Her just-released debut solo CD, Silver Flyer, blends jazz, folk and pop influences into ear-catching, unique and varied songs. The songs (and her live band) are infused with the stunning talents of guitarist Walter Strauss. http://www.victoriablythe.com
Absolutely amazing voice, pitch strong and with a wonderful delivery”. Niklas Hansson, Universal Music Scout.

Walter Strauss’ translations of African kora (folk harp) music to guitar have been widely acclaimed as works of amazing virtuosity, and his intricate work on Silver Flyer is receiving the same level of praise. Rounding out the ensemble are bassist Sam Bevan (Monk's Music Trio, David Grisman, Joe Craven and VNote Ensemble) and percussionist Kendrick Freeman (Rob Ickes, Alison Brown). http://www.walterstrauss.com




Food, Beer, and Coffee Available!

Sharon Allen and The Dusty Boots
Folk, Americana, Originals

Wednesday, November 19th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $12 to $15 donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts
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

Sharon Allen is currently best known as the sweet-voiced singer from Santa Cruz usually seen sharing the stage with Sherry Austin and Henhouse, harmonizing and playing guitar on folk and Americana material. She has, however, been singing in bands for over 30 years. Her debut solo CD, "Along the Way" released a few years back featured a blend of original songs and her renditions of material from Townes Van Zandt, Kate Wolf and Billy Joe Shaver. She steps out here to join her longtime pals The Dusty Boots (Charlie Wallace; guitar/dobro, Jerry Bradley; upright bass, Jimmy Norris; percussion) for a rare appearance and will deliver a mixture of swinging folk, country and blues. www.sharon-allen.com

"Sharon Allen is way up on the list of sweet voiced singers….unpretentious music that is beautiful and lasting" - .Sleepy John Sandidge, Snazzy Productions



Baby Gramps plus Rhan Wilson w/ Patti Maxine & Rick Zeek
Old-Time Salty Vaudevillian Play Rags, Jazz, & Blues Songs from the 20's & 30's, Folksongs, and Many Originals with Wordplay, Humor Plus the Unique Genius of Rhan Wilson

Sunday, November 23rd, 7.00pm $10/$12
Under 21 With Parent

FC Cosponsored Show Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Baby Gramps: Old-Time Salty Vaudevillian."If you have never caught Baby Gramps live, this is your chance -- he's a performer with a style so distinctive you'll never forget it." He's been called "The Salvadore Dali of Folk Music". Baby Gramps is a high energy humorously entertaining performer with an endless repertoire. He plays acoustic antique resonator National Steel guitars, and sings his own unique arrangements of rags, jazz, & blues songs from the 20's & 30's, folksongs, and many originals with wordplay, humor, and throat singing. He appeals to a wide range of audiences from folk to jamband to punk to old timey traditional and to kids of all ages. Venues he performs at vary from intimate coffeehouses and pubs, to large concert halls, theaters, and festivals across the States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. http://www.babygramps.com

Rhan Wilson with Patti Maxine & Rick Zeek: Rhan was one of six Santa Cruz artists to receive the Gail Rich Awards in 2012. Santa Cruz Sentinel writer Wallace Baine writes "Santa Cruz musician Rhan Wilson has talent, experience and creativity to spare. But what elevates him to the mantle of a special artist is a genuine artistic vision." Rhan Wilson, never content to simply "play a song" as is, instead looks for ways to re-invent the familiar tune and deliver it as if it were a unique and original composition. Favoring the "major to minor" key conversion, Rhan will enlist fellow musical comrades – guitarist Rick Zeek and lap steel Queen Patti Maxine - to help carry out his sonic maneuvers for this special evening. http://www.rhanwilson.com



The Ladycrooners plus Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen
Authentic, Darn Good Music: Folk, Classical, Old Time, and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock N' Roll, Blues, Bluegrass

Sunday, November 30th, 7.00pm $10/$10
Under 21 With Parent

FC Cosponsored Show Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

The Lady Crooners: The Lady Crooners formed in 2010 as a collaboration of siblings, Nadia and Joseph Krilanovich. Songwriting was a natural fit for the duo, him with a guitar, her with a love of storytelling, and both wanting to create something good. Adding little sister Megan, bassist Jason Braatz, lead-guitarist Kevin Conness, and John Smart on percussion/mandolin launched The Lady Crooners into their signature raucous, sophisticated, down-home act. Harnessed by Nadia's honest voice and a perfect complement of sibling harmonies, the 2013 release of catchy new single, SWEETHEART, says it all. The Lady Crooners are here to share their authentic, darn good music with you. www.theladycrooners.com

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen: Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by a rare musical chemistry, Dan Frechette, guitar/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals, both powerful and magnetic talents in their own rights, prove that musical magic is alive and well. In a relatively short time frame, the Alt-folk duo has circumnavigated North America, logging over 25,000 miles, 130 concerts, and releasing their debut CD. With influences ranging from Folk, Classical, Old Time, and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock N' Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass, Dan and Laurel flow seamlessly through genres, tempos, stories, and moods, embodying each style with virtuosic command. www.danandlaurel.ca




Food, Beer, and Coffee Available!

Carolyn Sills Combo - With Able Assistance from Rhan Wilson and Rick Zeek
Local Favorites for our last show of 2014!
(3rd Annual Holiday Special)

Wednesday, December 10th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $12 to $15 donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts
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 Wednesday Acoustic Music series at The Ugly Mug ends its 5th year on a high note, with performances by two of our favorite local acts. Sponsors, Fiddling Cricket and Canyon Acoustic Society will also be giving away some goodies! Please come down and enjoy some Holiday Cheer with us!

Carolyn Sills moved to Santa Cruz from New York a few years ago. The Big Apple's loss was definitely our gain! In NY she played with country/rockabilly outfits and sang jazz with the likes of Les Paul. Here Santa Cruz immediately took Carolyn to its heart, whether in her Patsy Cline tribute shows, or recreating the sultry torch vocals of the 40's and 50's, or in her Santa is Real Christmas spectacular show, which will be at Don Quixote's on 18th Dec for the 4th time. This year she will play The Mug with with help from some of her red hot Carolyn Sills Combo (Gerard Egan, guitar; Sunshine Jackson, vocals; Carolyn bass and vocals) and will perform material from their CD, and a mix of standards, country, and swing covers. They are also likely to throw in favorite 50's Christmas songs from the likes of Brenda Lee, Peggy Lee, Elvis, and Eartha Kitt. http://www.carolynsills.com

"Channeling the playful, sultry approach of the pop vocalists of the 1940s and '50s as easily as she plays twang, surf or spaghetti-western instrumentals, Carolyn Sills is a multifaceted singer/songwriter/bassist with a penchant for pop." - Santa Cruz Weekly

Rhan Wilson is best known for devising the Altared Christmas show, but he is also the guru of the Santa Cruz Uke Club, and plays in many combinations and styles of music. He was one of the winners of the Gail Rich Awards for the arts in Santa Cruz County from the Santa Cruz Sentinel a couple of years ago. This time he teams up with his partner, Rick Zeek for a duo of folk, country and pop! www.RhanWilson.com.





Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Dobro Giant Meets Oowerhouse Vocalist & Guitar Phenom - classic bluegrass, traditional country, and original compositions

Thursday, December 11th, 7.30pm $12/$15
Under 21 With Parent

FC Cosponsored Show Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

This unique collaborative effort between two uniquely gifted musicians is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans on several counts. Rob Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant, and Trey Hensley is newly arrived in Music City, bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist. Their new album, Before the Sun Goes Down, is slated for release this winter.

From his powerful yet sympathetic vocal interpretations of traditional and contemporary material to his jaw-dropping instrumental skills on both acoustic and electric guitar and considerable songwriting talents, Trey Hensley is bursting at the seams with freshness and musical excitement. His resonant baritone voice is rich, expressive, and equally at ease with classic bluegrass, traditional country, and original compositions. Invited by Marty Stuart and joined from the wings by Earl Scruggs, Trey Hensley landed on the Grand Old Opry when he was only 11. He has come a long way since then. Trey has already in his young life played with Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys,and Janie Fricke. http://treyhensley.com

Rob Ickes has been playing bluegrass with his much-decorated band Blue Highway for over twenty years, during which time he has been adjudged Bluegrass Dobro Player Of the Year fifteen times. Rob has played on countless sessions, recording with artists such as Merle Haggard, Dierks Bentley, Patty Loveless, and Alison Krauss. His most recent album Three Bells is a true dobro summit, collaborating with fellow greats Jerry Douglas and the late Mike Auldridge. http://www.robickes.com



Jim “Kimo” West Holiday Slack Key Show with special guest Ken Emerson and enchanting Hula Dancers
Longtime guitar great for “Weird Al” Yankovic and an award winning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist

Wednesday, December 17th, 7.30pm $15/$15
Under 21 With Parent

FC Cosponsored Show Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Jim “Kimo” West: Award-winning slack key guitarist, Jim “Kimo” West brings his Hawaiian Holiday Show to the Santa Cruz area for the first time. Best known as long-time guitarist for the world?s most successful musical comedy artist, Weird Al Yankovic, Kimo will be performing material from his two Na Hoku-nominated holiday slack key CD's, Ki Ho'alu Christmastime and Kimo's Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas. http://www.jimkimowest.com

Ken Emerson: Ken plays both Hawaiian Slack Key and lap steel guitar and switches easily between them during his performance. He has developed his unique style through many musical genres. He has played his special blend of Blues/Jazz Hawaiian guitar for 40 years. http://www.slackkeyshow.com/musician/ken-emerson/



Santa is Real!
A 1950's Christmas Spectacular with The Carolyn Sills Combo

Thursday, December 18th, 7.30pm $15/$15
Under 21 With Parent

FC Cosponsored Show Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

Back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row, The Carolyn Sills Combo presents SANTA IS REAL! Dust off your Christmas sweaters; this 1950's Christmas Spectacular is just the ticket to get you ready for the holidays. Swinging pop and country holiday favorites from the likes of Brenda Lee, Peggy Lee, Bob Wills, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, Eartha Kitt, The Andrews Sisters and more, performed by top local players Gerard Egan (guitar), Jerry Logan (bass), Jimmy Norris (drums), Charlie Wallace (steel guitar) and Sunshine Jackson (vocals). With singer Carolyn Sills at the helm, this one of a kind show will surely get you and yours in the holiday spirit. http://www.carolynsills.com

"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

"Carolyn Sills makes the West come alive with her stirring renditions of western swing, country blues, spaghetti westerns and more." –Monterey County Weekly



Peppino D’Agostino
Hailed as a Giant and a Poet of the Acoustic Guitar

Sunday, December 28th, 7.00pm $15/$17
Under 21 With Parent

FC Cosponsored Show Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL

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

A native of Italy, Peppino D'Agostino emerged on the musical scene in the late 1980's and helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His virtuosic technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for years. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls “minestrone music”. D'Agostino continues to evolve and grow in ways that would have been hard to predict when he was first showcasing his melodic yet emotionally intense style on the recordings Acoustic Spirit, Close to the Heart, and Every Step of the Way, which was named one of the top three acoustic guitar albums of all time by Acoustic Guitar Magazine readers in 2008. 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). http://peppinodagostino.com



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