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Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2016

Bean Creek
Bluegrass, Old Country, and Mountain Music

Friday, February 10th, 8:00pm (doors open at 7.30pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door 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
crbrundle@gmail.com for reservations or more information.

Bean Creek is a bluegrass band that plays traditional style bluegrass, but also includes old country, mountain music, and some originals. Voted Best Band this year by the Northern California Bluegrass Society (for the second time), they have also have captured Best Vocalist, Best Banjo Player, and Best Mandolin Player in previous years. Vocal harmonies and fine pickin' place Bean Creek in the top echelon of the California traditional scene.

The band searches for songs that have been lost or underappreciated and make them its own, while still tapping into the tradition of the original vocal rendition. They have carved a niche for themselves among the critical and experienced bluegrass fans as the "real thing". More suede than patent leather, Bean Creek sings and plays with vigor and emotion.

Band members are: Billy Pitrone, who leads the band on rhythm guitar and vocals. He has the perfect natural voice for his material; Sarah Eblen, doghouse bass, sings both lead and backup vocals with a pure heartfelt voice; Rob Horgan, who plays both finger picking and frailing banjo styles; and Peter Hicks, who doubles on mandolin and fiddle in many styles, as well as lending his keen ear and deep voice to the band. www.beancreekbluegrass.com



Little Feat Guitarists and Vocalists Paul Barrère and Fred Tackett
plus Mark Mooney Trio
Friday, February 10th, 8.00pm $25/$30
<21 w/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

Little Feat Guitarists and Vocalists Paul Paul Barrère & Fred Tackett: Paul and Fred are guitar players. In fact they are the guitar players with the legendary band Little Feat. Now they have joined forces to form an acoustic duet that will quite frankly blow you away. Performing songs from their Little Feat catalogue and more with a decidedly different twist. They first played together on the album ”Dixie Chicken“ some thirty-five years ago and since then have played together or individually on numerous recording sessions for Little Feat and countless others including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Dionne Farris, and the Wallflowers, to name a few. http://www.paulandfred.net

Mark Mooney Trio: Singer songwriter Mark Mooney, a familiar voice from KPIG radio, delivers original Americana music with his longtime musical partners Dave Roda on percussion and Chris Weinress on bass. Mark's second album, "The Beginning of Again,” was well reviewed and was featured on NPR'sSecond Stage” nationally. Dave was a touring member of Jerry Garcia Band with Melvin Seals and Chris is well known in the island music scene, playing for years with Huna Wai. https://myspace.com/marksmooney



Miss Lonely Hearts, Hillstomp, Willy Tea Taylor
California Honky Tonk and Junkbox Blues and Songs with Brilliant Stories
Saturday, February 11th, 9.00pm $12/$12
21+ Only
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

Miss Lonely Hearts is a five-piece (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel/ fiddle, drums, upright bass) Honky Tonk band from Santa Cruz. Miss Lonely Hearts recorded their 4th full length album "Lost Highway" in the spring of 2016. In 2015 the boys went on their first USA tour and played over 150 shows in the last 2 years. They frequently tour the Pacific Northwest and recently toured with "The Devil Makes Three" incl. 2 shows in Canada. http://www.misslonelyheartsband.com

Hillstomp: The Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. Somehow it works. Despite their homemade instruments and novel approach, Hillstomp is no novelty act. Hillstomp's memorable live performances tap into a magic that cannot be rehearsed, converting outlaws and traditionalists alike from skeptics into preachers. http://www.hillstomp.com

Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing. Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for breeding so many world champion rodeo cowboys, Oakdale is still Willy's home and the setting for many of his songs. Blackwing Music is proud to announce the release of Knuckleball Prime, the highly anticipated sophomore album from Willy Tea Taylor. Recorded in Nashville, TN, Knuckleball Prime features eleven original compositions that highlight Taylor's brilliant storytelling and heartfelt vocals.http://willyteataylor.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2016

El Rhan Combo

Friday, February 17th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door 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
crbrundle@gmail.com for reservations or more information.

El Rhan Combo is the rhythmically enhanced version of Rhan Wilson and friends. Featuring Rick Zeek on guitar and vocals, Michael Westendorp on bass, and this year's Gail Rich Award recipient Patti Maxine on lap steel - these good musical friends enjoy the addition of Stephen Bigger on keyboards, and Warren Charles Jones on percussion. Taking the entire evening to unimaginable angelic heights will be Pipa Piñon on vocals.

Expect the usual eclectic yin-yang mix of Rick's Americana style originals and covers in contrast to Rhan's quirky yet soulful reinterpretations of familiar tunes - and then some. New tunes, in-the-moment improvisations, and a yet to be named third element to this sentence will entertain and entrance - all at the little corner coffee shop in the little town of Soquel that is The Ugly Mug. www.rhanwilson.com



Roy Zimmerman
Very Funny Songs from One of the World's Great Political Commentators
Sunday, February 26th, 7.00pm $18/$20
<21 w/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

Roy Zimmerman: “Without a doubt, Roy Zimmerman is among the most important political commentators of the last few decades, and in the end, it's the music that unites and disarms. With music this good and humor this insightful, there is good reason to be optimistic.”— No Depression magazine. What can one person do about racism, gun violence, climate change, income inequality, bigotry, ignorance, war and greed? “Write funny songs,” says Roy Zimmerman. Over twenty years on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. His YouTube videos have garnered over seven million views, and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. http://www.royzimmerman.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2016

Skylark Musica CD Release
With special guests Rhan Wilson, Andy Furhman, and Galena Leonova Jazz, Latin, Hawaiian and laidback soulful music for happy audiences "Las Tres Amigas" open
Friday, March 3rd, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door 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
crbrundle@gmail.com for reservations or more information.

Skylark Musica consists of Howard Wright (keyboards), and vocalist and ukulele player, Celina Gutierrez (now Wright), playing upbeat jazz, Latin, Mexican and Hawaiian music. Long time Santa Cruzians and well-known in the local music scene, Celina and Howard now live in the San Juan Islands bordering Canada, and are visiting during their 2nd annual tour down the West Coast, which is also a CD Release tour (She Still Believes in Love). Rhan Wilson, Andy Fuhrman and Galena Leonova will join them as special guests.

Under the name of "Las Tres Amigas", three of Santa Cruz' finest female singers/players (Tracy Parker, bassist and vocalist with Henhouse; vocalist and ukulele player, Pipa Pinon, and this year's Gail Rich Awards winner, steel guitarist and vocalist, Patti Maxine) will open for Skylark, playing an eclectic mix of covers and originals. www.skylarkmusica.com



Birds of Chicago plus Matt The Electrician
Blending the energy of seismic, secular gospel, keen imagery, poignant song craft and infectious stage presence
Saturday, March 4th, 8.00pm $18/$20
<21 w/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

Birds Of Chicago: “With Echoes of deep gospel in Russell's voice as she sings over a mix of electric guitar, resonant piano, and percussion---at once uplifting and a little melancholy.” – Wall Street Journal. Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. For Birds of Chicago, every word counts. Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler. Music is the good news and Real Midnight, the band's poignant new album, throbs with an urgency that feels quietly seismic. Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds, and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po' Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Nero had found the perfect voice for his rock and roll psalms. Russell moved from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter, and her simmering restraint is deeply refreshing to a landscape scorched by post Voice/American Idol vocal gymnastics and over- emoting. http://www.birdsofchicago.com

Matt The Electrician: Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It's folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill of hopping trains. http:// www.matttheelectrician.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2016

David Francey
3 Times Juno Award Winner!

Folk singer-songwriter from Canada
Tuesday, March 7th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $18adv / $20 door 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
crbrundle@gmail.com for reservations or more information.

David Francey is a Scottish born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become one of Canada's most revered folk poets and singers (Toronto Star). For decades he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and the Yukon bush. In his 40's, encouraged by his wife to share his songs and sing in public, his 1999 recording debut, "Torn Screen Door" contained much of his experiences in that working class life. It was an immediate success. Since then he has won the coveted Canadian Juno Award in the Roots and Traditional category 3 times and released 11 CDs. He has also won the Grand Prize in the folk category of the John Lennon Song Writing Awards. His songs have been covered by many well-known artists; for example Mollie O'Brien, Del McCoury, and James Keelaghan. http://www.davidfrancey.com

In concert David's wry humor and astute observations, combined with his telling lyrics, earn him new fans at every performance. He is accompanied on this tour by James McKie a highly accomplished fiddle and guitar player in the Celtic and folk styles. Only twenty seven, he already has three albums to his name and is renowned for playing with maturity and tastefulness. It is perhaps telling that when David played for Fiddling Cricket some 6 years ago he actually sold more CD's than the total number of people in the audience!
"… one of Canada's most revered folk poets and singers. His songs are small and beautifully crafted pieces of work." - Greg Quill, Toronto Star



California Guitar Trio
25 years of super acoustic guitar explorations of rock, jazz, classical, and world music
Wednesday, March 15th, 7.30pm $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

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio's questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure. Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences. In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, The California Guitar Trio's (CGT) shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they're part of the music, not just spectators. In fact, the group's goal is to transcend their instruments, so people focus on the music first, and its considerable technical prowess a distant second. CGT's 14 albums, streamed over 53 million times on Pandora, offer diverse snapshots of the group's mercurial muse. http://www.cgtrio.com



Keith Greeninger plus Achilles Wheel
DANCE!!!

Keith Greeninger and band rock out for this dynamic dance with the electrifying Achilles Wheel
Friday, March 24th, 8.00pm $20/$30
21+ Only
FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294

Award winning Singer Songwriter Keith Greeninger teams up with his good friends and one of California's finest original jam bands Achilles Wheel for a soulful night of music and dance. Building on their collaborative performances together last summer with epic sets at both Kate Wolf Music Festival, and Trinity Tribal Gathering 2016, this will be a night of music and dancing not to be missed and one not soon to be forgotten. Expect a few special guests to join the magic throughout the night.

Keith Greeninger is a seasoned troubadour, Multi award-winning songwriter, and unforgettable performer. There is no barrier between the man and his music. As a solo artist, as well as with his previous trio City Folk and with multi-instrumentalist Dayan Kai, he has toured the national Folk and Americana circuit extensively for the last two decades. He's performed at festivals and legendary venues, appeared on countless national radio shows, and shared stages with dozens of the country's best-known artists. His masterfully crafted tunes and powerful presence have earned him the top songwriting awards at the Telluride Blue Grass Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Napa Valley Folk Festival. Whether leading his band or alone with just a guitar, Keith can completely captivate an audience. From the deep laid back grooves of a soulful ballad to the righteous intensity of a hard-driving anthem his rich vocal range conveys strength tempered with vulnerability, political struggle reflected in personal experience, and a deep connection to the land, community, and family. His latest Cd Soul Connection featured members of the Bonnie Raitt Band and Little Feat and has received strong radio play nationally. http://www.keithgreeninger.com

Achilles Wheel: Achilles Wheel is a stunning high energy Roots and World music/Rock and Roll band from Northern California, featuring award winning songwriting played on numerous stringed instruments and the rhythmic earthquake of two full drum sets. In the wake of their breakout performance at the 2012 Kate Wolf Music Festival, the band has been burning up stages all across California, including the Strawberry Music Festival, the Redwood Mountain Faire, the legendary Sweetwater Music Hall and a repeat performance at the Kate Wolf Festival in 2013 that is still being talked about. http://achilleswheel.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2016

Nina Gerber and Chris Webster

Thursday, April 6th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $18adv / $20 door 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
crbrundle@gmail.com for reservations or more information.

MORE INFORMATION TO COME




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2016

Four Shillings Short


Wednesday, April 19th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door 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
crbrundle@gmail.com for reservations or more information.

MORE INFORMATION TO COME



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