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April 2015



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 Norteńo, 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 Trio - 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

What happens when three bluegrass, jazz, and classical musicians play Texas folk and alt country with south American influences? Michael Shay’s remarkable trio, based in Quito, Ecuador shouldn’t be missed! His lush baritone voice and guitar, fellow Texan Ryan Hagler’s upright bass and harmony vocals, and French guitarist, Donald Regnier (resonator and slide guitar) combine for an unforgettable repertoire.

Shay’s songwriting recalls his earliest influences: Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, Dylan and the Dead.  Born in Austin, he has performed and taught in Europe, North Africa, and North and South America for 20 years. 7 previous releases, spanning Balkan, rock, folk, swing, country tango, Latin and classical ( he’s a cello player) have led to his latest release Decadence:  10 Years of Music: 2002 – 2012 showcasing his diversity. The current West Coast tour is in support of this new release.

www.michaelshay.com

Michael Shay


Matt Flinner, Sam Bevan, Scott Nygaard
Acoustic Jazz, Bluegrass, Spacegrass, Psychograss, Super Grass

Monday, July13th, 7.30pm $15/$15
Over 21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294

Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Competition in Winfield, KS in 1990, and won the mandolin award there the following year. Matt is now widely considered one of the hottest and most creative mandolin players on the acoustic scene.  http://www.mattflinner.com

Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. His solos, a seamless amalgam of bluegrass, folk, and jazz influences, shift easily from breathtaking virtuosity to soulful melodic musings.  "a phenomenally talented stylist"— Downbeat.   http://www.scottnygaard.com

Sam Bevan has played bass throughout his professional life, Sam has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of artists including: David Grisman, Roswell Rudd, Joshua Redman, Kenny Washington, Stacey Kent, Jim Kweskin, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Meklit Hadero, Joe Craven and so many more.  He is beyond hot. http://www.sambevan.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015

"Those Guys" (George Christos and John Begley)
Oldies Pop, Americana, folk, country, blues, plus originals

Wednesday, 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

George Christos and John Begley have been performing as "Those Guys" in the Santa Cruz area for more than 30 years. They cover a blend of pop, folk, country and blues from the 60's and 70's, with lots of tight vocal harmonies backed by guitars and mandolin. George also adds his original songs and John plays a variety of original instrumentals for solo guitar.

George’s original songs are vivid stories of life experiences and observations. John’s original instrumentals range from slow ballads to lively Celtic and Latin, carrying a strong melody line. They also enjoy seeing the audience join in with well-known cover material.

George and John have played in our series twice before with lots of fun and lots of nostalgia!





Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2015

Cosy Sheridan
Wickedly Funny Singer-Songwriter

Wednesday, July 22nd, 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

From Carnegie Hall to the Dr. Demento Show and almost everything between are stops along the way for Cosy Sheridan and her music. She has garnered top honors from some of the most prestigious song writing contests: The Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk award, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Award and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Songwriting Showcase Award. Trained in voice at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, she is also an excellent fingerstyle guitarist. She travels with her yoga mat, but without her gallbladder. She is compassionate, very sharp, and will talk about anything on stage. She may sing songs about body piercing, a more user-friendly Barbie Doll, the loneliness of an elderly neighbor, or how small and humble things in life can sew your heart back together. One way or another she will make you cry. Cosy has CD’s in double figures to her name.

We are delighted to have her return to our intimate space.

Sheridan remains the unapologetic voice of our conscience” - Album Networks
...a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, TV-happy and noisome culture” - Boston Globe

www.cosysheridan.com

Cosy Sheridan


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