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Evie Ladin Band Plus Paper Wings
Dual CD Release Concert. Tenacious, innovative string musicians—Appalachian & Americana

Thursday, April 4th, 7:30pm $15/$15
<21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Evie Ladin Band: Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a pulsing neo-trad heart, the Evie Ladin Band – Evie Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson – throws down soulful folk songs with a four-dimensional live show. Grounded in Appalachian old-time repertoire, seasoned in African-diaspora roots, writing from life in modern cities, blurring the lines between music and dance, audiences are captivated by the Evie Ladin Band concert experience. Heard from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Prairie Home Companion, with a silver medal from Clifftop, WV's illustrious Neo-Trad Stringband contest, the group celebrates the release of their fourth record, 13 original songs with a truly original sound in new old-time Americana. http://www.evieladin.com/evie-ladin-band-w-keith-terry-erik-pearson/

Paper Wings captivates their listeners with a sound that is delicate, powerful, and refreshingly intimate. The stunning vocal blend of Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda soars over a rotating cast of banjo, guitar, and fiddles. These two blossoming songwriters have a distinctive way of weaving traditional Appalachian music in to their thoughtfully crafted songs leaving you feeling nostalgic and exhilarated. Both exceptionally accomplished multi-instrumentalists, they walk the line between vibrant originality and a deep care for traditional music and its history. They are the 2018 recipients of "A Good Idea" fund from Australian Folk-Pop duo Oh Pep! to sponsor a week dedicated to songwriting. Paper Wings' released their self-titled debut album in 2017 and their second album is set to drop in April 2019. Paper Wings is a genuine intertwining of two souls you won't soon forget. https://www.paperwingsmusic.com/



Hank & Ella With The Fine Country Band plus Gerard Egan
Dance the Night Away to Vintage Country and Original Americana music!

Friday, April 5th, 8:00pm $12/$12
Dance – ages 21 +t
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Hank & Ella With The Fine Country Band: This musical group is sure to get you moving on the dance floor! And maybe waltzing with your darling to one of Hank Warde's heartfelt, dreamy melodies. The band also features boogie woogie, honky tonk, and classic duets. Hank and Ella With The Fine Country Band have just released their self-titled debut album. The album is made up of 13 original, vintage-inspired songs that explore themes of Love and Loss, Dimly-Lit Honky-Tonks, Working Hard and Having a Good Time. Imagery throughout the album transports the listener back to the era when the rock and roll sound was still being created. The band puts their own stamp on this early rock and country sound by injecting unique, dreamy melodies that soar over Hank's vocal lines. The distinct chord progressions and The Diamond Sisters' harmonies push the songs into dream land. “We really like the sounds that take the listener to new, uncharted places--sounds that bring up uncertain, joyful emotions.” https://www.thefinecountryband.com/

Gerard Egan: Western Swing / Juke Box country vocalist and guitar ace of the Carolyn Sills Combo. Gerard is also a DJ on KPIG and if you ever treated yourself to the radio show he shares with Carolyn, you know how much fun you can have with vintage, traditional and timeless country music. Now you will get to treat yourself to Gerard's loving take on Western Swing and good old juke box honky-tonk music. http://www.carolynsills.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

The Real Sarahs
Americana Vocal Synergy
Saturday April 6th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15 adv / $18 door
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.

With a perfect blend of voices, supported by minimal instrumentation, The Real Sarahs are rising stars in West Coast Americana, and have begun to distinguish themselves as masters of harmony and evocative songwriters. Their organic sound enchants and uplifts as they share their special gift of vocal synergy. Embracing many genres of music, you are likely to hear threads of folk, jazz, blues, and country running through their honest and heartfelt songs.

Introduced by a mutual friend in 2010, Sarah 'Songbird' Larkin and Sarah Ryan have been nearly inseparable, musically, since. The 2017 release Afternoon With the Dirty Birds showcases their songs with a big, 'full band' sound. Their 2018 release Headed For The Hills goes back to their roots as acoustic musicians. The album was recorded in one day, on one microphone, capturing the authentic power of their sound. https://therealsarahs.com/




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Ray Bonneville and Richie Lawrence
In the Groove Bluesy Americana
Wednesday, April 10th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15 adv / $15 door
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Canyon Acoustic Society
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Ray Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana to its essentials and steeps it in the humid grooves of the South, creating a compelling poetry of hard living. Rich guitar and harmonica lines resonate over spare rhythms, while Ray's voice confesses life's realities. Bonneville allows space between notes that adds potency to every chord, lick, and lyric.

Often called a "song and groove man", he began writing his own music after two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms with blues bands, and living hard. He's since released nine albums, won Canada's Juno Award, earned wide critical acclaim, and garnered an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe (sometimes known as Rayheads). Ray is joined by Richie Lawrence, master keyboard and harmonica man in his own right. https://raybonneville.com and http://richielawrence.com



Gurf Morlix
“Impossible Blue” is 10th solo album from the Austin-based songwriter

Thursday, April 25th, 7:30pm $15/$15
<21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Never mind the fact that his perspective on the matter was inevitably skewed by his years of working with such grading-curve-blowing talents as Blaze Foley, Lucinda Williams, Butch Hancock, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Gauthier, and Ray Wylie Hubbard: a high bar is a high bar, and Morlix, for all of his famed minimalist aesthetic both onstage and in the studio, has never been one to cut corners when it comes to quality. So by the time he finally did feel ready to step out with 2000's Toad of Titicaca, there was no mistaking his debut for the work of an artist content to make due with just good enough. And now, nearly two decades later, when Morlix deems the nine new cuts comprising his 10th solo album, Impossible Blue (due Feb. 8 on Rootball Records), to be “the best songs I've ever written,” take it as a matter of fact that every word, line, and note has been duly vetted by the toughest critic he's ever encountered in his 50-odd years of making music: himself. www.gurfmorlix.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Blue Summit with AJ Lee
A Young bluegrass and beyond group
Friday, April 26th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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.

Blue Summit is a group of very talented young musicians from Northern California, who grew up performing in the California Bluegrass community, though their current repertoire is much broader (including folk, Americana, country, swing, and jazz). They have already appeared at major music festivals in the US and will be travelling abroad for the first time later this year (UK and Ireland). Lead vocalist, song writer, and master mandolinist, AJ Lee, has been performing on stage since she was 5, started writing her own material at 12, and now, at 21, it's hard to keep her from leaving the West Coast for Nashville. Jesse Fichman, a couple of years older, and a UCSC graduate (biology), started playing guitar at 10 and has already played in numerous bluegrass, jazz, and country bands. He plays several other instruments, including piano and clarinet, and also sings. Guitarist and vocalist, Sullivan Tuttle ("Sully"), 23, has had an international following since he was 10, owing to a U-Tube video (1.6 million views) in which he played with his sister and brother. Chad Bowen, double bassist and harmony vocals, joined the group in 2018. He hails from Ohio, but has been playing in Bay area bands for 10 years.

The group decided to go for it as fulltime as working musicians in 2018. They have one excellent CD, Sweet Company out and another of all originals in the works. https://www.bluesummitmusic.com/



Dave Holodiloff Band
A wild string band, adventure into Bluegrass, Celtic, Balkan, Gypsy, Jazz, Latin and More

Wednesday, May 1st 7:30pm $12/$15
SEATED <21 W/PARENT
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Join the Dave Holodiloff Band for their return to Michael's on Main. The all-star band features Elijjah McCullar on violin and saz, Michael Martinez on piano, and Dave Holodiloff on mandolin and guitar. The group will be performing a unique and diverse blend of originals, Latin, Celtic, Balkan, Gypsy, Jazz, and more, all fused together with Dave's signature funky mandolin style. Get ready for a wild musical adventure that will be sure to delight and surprise music fans of all kinds. Let's get in the groove and let the good times roll. Dave Holodiloff is a mandolin player, vocalist, composer, and band leader known for his inventive arrangements, expressive musicianship and ability to inspire partnerships with amazing musicians.. A devoted craftsman on the mandolin, his diverse recordings include Original Music, Bluegrass, Jazz, Celtic, World Favorites, and even a Grateful Dead Bluegrass Tribute. http://daveholodiloff.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Michael McNevin
Outstanding Singer-Songwriter from Niles, CA

Friday, May 3rd, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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.

Michael McNevin is a veteran troubadour of the folk scene, having logged nearly 25 years of concerts across the U.S. He has been a main stager at the Strawberry, Kerrville, and Philadelphia folk festivals.. He has a unique voice, is an accomplished guitarist, and, above all, is known for his vivid brand of storytelling in his lyrics. He is a past winner of the Kerrville New-folk award in Texas, and a 5-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association Song of The Year. He has multiple CDs. Five tracks from this were heard in "Weekend King", an indie film shot in Niles, where Michael grew up and currently lives. He also had a cameo role as a lovesick bartender who sings in the corner between drinks. Michael is also an Etch-a-Sketch artist of renown, delighting and dumbfounding audiences with his song illustrations on the little red toy, and also giving art gallery shows! He runs the tiny and unique Mudpuddle music shop in downtown Niles, where he also hosts jams and concerts.

Michael has played for Fiddling Cricket many times over a 20 year period. It is always a delight! http://www.michaelmcnevin.com/

"Michael is one of folk music's best kept secrets. His voice is hypnotic, his guitar playing superb..." ~ Christine Lavin




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Ginny Mitchell
Sweet and Hot Vocals with her Guitar Wizard Friends

Saturday, May 18th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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.

After growing up in Santa Cruz (high school and college), Ginny Mitchell moved to Canada, released her first album, and won Canadian County Music Association's Best New Female Vocalist Award (1986). The high-profile win eventually led her to tour throughout Canada and the US as an opening act for Tammy Wynette, k.d. lang, Ricky Skaggs, Asleep at the Wheel and Greg Allman. Her honest and soulful delivery was compared to Emmylou Harris, amongst others.

After returning to Santa Cruz, Ginny married film maker Marty Collins in 2001 and they started The Digital Media Factory with plans for Austin City Limits style live music. This was cut short by Marty's tragic illness and eventual death and Ginny was absent from the local music scene for several years. Returning to performance in 2016, she formed a swing band (western and gypsy jazz) which played twice at The Mug to a capacity audience. Ginny's current style is a rootsy mixture of Americana, folk and country. She most recently put together and fronted a tribute concert to Emmylou Harris. In this show she will be backed by two of Santa Cruz's premier guitarists, Yugi Tojo and Daniel Thomas for a night of originals and Americana covers from her current CD project.https://ginnymitchell.com/



Che Apalache
Latingrass with four-man string band based in Buenos Aires & members from Argentina, Mexico & USA

Tuesday, May 21st, 7:30pm $20/$20
<21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group's founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That's how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage. Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repetoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, Latingrass, is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange. http://www.cheapalache.com



Roy Book Binder
Singer-Songwriter-Storytelling-Bluesman / "The book is the real deal", Jorma Kaukonen

Wednesday, June 5th, 7:30pm $15/$15
<21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Jorma Kaukonen on recording Roy Book Binder's Song: "Nobody writes in the idiom better than Roy Book Binder. He is a master player, singer, writer and teller of tales -- true tales. He wrote THE PREACHER PICKED THE GUITAR and passed it on to me. It is an honor to include it here.

Roy's eclectic repertoire includes blues, country tunes, bluegrass, folk, and popular songs that originated on Tin Pan Alley. Roy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna & Bonnie Raitt? Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He's been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air. Roy is included in the Blues Who's Who and The Big Book Of the Blues. http://www.roybookbinder.com

When he rolls his 'Tour Bus' to town, a one-man blues-fest ensues. He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all. We're privileged to have Roy here to preserve–and extend—the tradition of great American blues music.” - James Hip-Tiberon Daily



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Last Updated: 04/17/19