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Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Steve Palazzo, with Charlie Rice and Rachel Goodman
Pickin' and singing duets vintage 30's to 50's
Saturday, June 2nd, 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.

Santa Cruzian, Steve Palazzo, is this year's Santa Cruz County Arts Council Gail Rich Awards winner in the music category. These annual Awards recognize those who inspire our culturally rich community. Steve has been involved with music his entire life and his rich amalgam of traditional bluegrass, blues and old-time country music, along with an enormous repertoire, speak to a lifetime immersed in playing, building (as the 3rd employee of Santa Cruz Guitars) and teaching acoustic guitar. His mastery of American Roots guitar styles and heartfelt vocals always make for a compelling performance. He was a regular member of the local bluegrass group, Homefire, for many years; hosts many excellent house concerts; and, when he has time away from his prodigious teaching schedule, accompanies and sings with favorite local partners, like Charlie Rice and Rachel Goodman.

The show will feature Steve singing old-time country duets with Charlie and Rachel, performing a separate set with each of them. Both sets will be drawing heavily from the pre-Bluegrass 1930's era of classic "brother duets" by the likes of the Delmore Brothers, Blue Sky Boys & Monroe Brothers, right up through the Louvin and Everly Brothers. Former bandmate with Homefire, mandolinist Mike Osgood, has also threatened to join in the festivities.



Ménage
Americana with swing and verve with special guest Patti Maxine
Wednesday, June 6th, 7:30pm $12/$15
<21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Ménage is four friends who play a variety of acoustic music, including Folk, Country, Americana, String Jazz and Originals with sterling harmonies and compelling instrumentals. Ménage is Jay Bowyer, Wendy Treat, Ron Clegg and Cheryl D'Alessandro. For this show we will have Peter Young on upright Bass, world class steel guitarist Patti Maxine and some special friends helping us make for a special night. www.facebook.com/MenageauVale/



Laurence Juber
Grammy Award Winning Spellbinding Acoustic Guitarist & Entertainer of Paul McCartney & Wings
Sunday, June 10th, 2:00pm $25/$25
<21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Juber scores high marks for the clarion precision of his playing and for his tasteful arrangements” – Downbeat
A Master!“- Pete Townshend, The Who
The melodies, textures and harmonies he coaxes out of an acoustic guitar are absolutely spellbinding.” – Guitar Player Magazine

GRAMMY winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. A music graduate of London's Goldsmith's College, he was featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970's. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer. Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 25 solo albums which spotlight his unique touch and tone on acoustic guitar. The latest, LJ Can't Stop Playing The Beatles! is the third in his series of arrangements by the Fab Four. It was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums.www.laurencejuber.com



Jeremey Kittle Trio
Turtle Island's Jeremey Kittle – Celtic to Bluegrass to Bach & More
Wednesday, June 20th, 7:30pm $18/$20;
Celtic society members receive $2 discount on the above prices by way of rebate at the door

<21 w/parent
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay; FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Jeremy Kittle Trio: Previously of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, Jeremy Kittel has been a composer-arranger-collaborator for such diverse artists as My Morning Jacket, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. He blazes through a Bach violin partita as easily as a Scottish reel, bringing the same intense focus and precision to both. For the last few years the Michigan native, now based in Brooklyn, has been diligently building his own repertoire of music for a wholly original new group. This Jeremy Kittle Trio show features mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham (named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine) and guitarist Quinn Bachand (who's toured with fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster). Jeremy Kittle Trio's highly anticipated new album is set to release in April. http://www.jeremykittel.com

Kittel's group, with the mandolinist Joshua Pinkham and guitarist Quinn Bachand, takes the string band tradition to marvelously rarefied levels of collective virtuosity. Playing a repertoire from bluegrass to Bach to a strathspey and reel set--[they] sounded thrillingly spontaneous." - Times UK




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

'Em Two Gurlz!
Santa Cruz favorites Tracy Parker and Patti Maxine
Saturday, June 23rd, 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.

Tracy and Patti are two of the Santa Cruz area's most popular and prolific musicians, playing separately and together in numerous collaborations as well as in their regular gig for the past few years, the now defunct Sherry Austin and Henhouse band. Both are multi instrumentalists, though Patti is usually seen with her lap steel guitars and Tracy with her standup or electric bass, and both are wonderful and versatile solo and harmony vocalists. Both are in constant demand as performers and session players. Last year Tracy fronted her own major show at Kuumbwa, as did Patti a couple of years before that. Both were sold out and were notable, not just for their individual performances, but also for the quality of musicianship they attracted to play with them.

You never know what you'll hear when Tracy and Patti sit down together. Join us for a night of pure fun as they float between jazz, Americana, Country, Folk, Hawaiian, blues and anything else that takes their fancy. www.pattimaxine.com



Amy Rigby plus Alex Lucero
“Her whimsical, often autobiographical songs are masterful. Funny and enticing—" The New York Times
Sunday, June 24th, 2:00pm $15/$15
<21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show, Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Amy Rigby:The Old Guys, Amy Rigby's first solo album in a dozen years, measures the weight of heroes, home; family, friends and time. Philip Roth and Bob Dylan, CD/cassette players, touring, the wisdom of age and Walter White, groupies, Robert Altman, egg creams and mentors are paid tribute. Twelve songs written unmistakably by Amy and recorded by Wreckless Eric in upstate New York. The Old Guys is the sound of a good girl grown up, never giving up. Amy Rigby has made a life out of writing and singing about life. She's released records on visionary independent labels Rounder, Matador, Signature Sounds and reborn Stiff Records as well as her and Eric's own Southern Domestic Recordings. She has toured the US, Canada, UK and Europe, appearing on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, World Cafe, Whad'Ya Know, All Things Considered, BBC Radio 6 Music's Marc Riley Show and Mountain Stage. http://www.amyrigby.com

Alex Lucero: Heavily influenced by R&B and Soul of the 1960's and 70's, lead singer/frontman, Alex Lucero showcases his timber and rasp as well as high falsetto in his live and studio performances. Alex is frontman for Live Again. As a solo artists he plays some of the same songs but more singer-songwriter tunes. “My favorite genre is soul music—Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke. That's my wheelhouse. That's my favorite music of all time,” Lucero says. “I try to play that every single show we play, regardless of the lineup.” Lucero has two new albums—one solo, one with Live Again. www.facebook.com/Alexluceromusic/




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Dirk Hamilton
Veteran Singer Songwriter with a Rock 'n Roll Soul Marky Starks & Glenn MacPherson Open
Thursday, July 12th, 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.

Dirk Hamilton has just released his 19th album which is described as "raw and real," "inventive," and "delicately nuanced," with "a bluesy, contemplative feel." He's bringing his guitar and harmonica to the Ugly Mug to play songs covering his over 40 years in the music business.

Dirk was born in Indiana and raised in California. He moved from Stockton to Los Angeles in the late 70s and went into the studio with Steely Dan's producer, Gary Katz, who helped him get a deal with ABC Records. Four albums, two record companies, and a brush with near fame later, he returned to Stockton and counseled troubled teens, while playing for fun in a bar band when the inspiration to write returned. After recording a few more albums, he found out that his music had a following in Italy, and he started playing there every year, fronting a blues band. He's currently based in Plano, Texas, but Italy remains a second home. He has been to England, Switzerland, and the Netherlands on his European tours. www.dirkhamilton.com

Dirk has asked Marky Starks to play a few songs as an opener. Glenn MacPherson will accompany her on guitar. She'll play a few old songs and couple of new ones. It'll be a good start to a wonderful concert with Dirk.

"Dirk's music radiates from the crossroads of Passion and Smart"…Derk Richardson, KPFA, Berkeley

"lucid, intelligent, and distinctive songs"……Austin Chronicle




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Villanelle
CD release for "Light Path", "a harmonious vocal and instrumental blend of contemporary and traditional folk, a cappella, and inspirational music"
Sunday, July 22nd, 7:00pm Tickets $12adv / $15door donation (under 12 half price)
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.

Villanelle began when Lynnette Mello and Karen Rodriguez met in the fall of 2011. Having a natural vocal blend, and a similar passion for music as therapy, they started out singing a cappella for bed-bound patients in hospice care. Since then they have expanded their music and have broadened their audience, completing their first album of original music in 2015, Paint Me a Song.

A villanelle is a type of poetry, and each of their original songs is a creatively crafted poem set to music in the style of country/folk and Americana with an Appalachian influence. They accompany themselves with a variety of acoustic instruments that include dulcimer, concertina, recorder, flute, ukulele, autoharp, guitar and piano, and have recently added a bass player, Oscar Rodriguez, Karen's husband. Their family friendly music appeals to all ages. Some of their songs will tug on your heart, and others will make you smile as they were written for just plain fun. Recently they completed their second album, Light Path. With their goal of bringing joy, comfort, positivity and meaning to others through their music, they hope to inspire and touch the hearts of listeners. "When you're lost and confused and feeling all alone, I will send the light path to lead you home.", from their title song, Light Path.

On Sunday, July 22nd, 7pm, at The Ugly Mug, Villanelle will be sharing songs from both of their albums, and celebrating the release of Light Path. www.villanellemusic.com



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Last Updated: 05/23/18