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Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2017

Sherry Austin and Rick Shea
Americana, Covers and Originals
Saturday, December 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.

Sherry Austin is well known to audiences as the leader of Sherry Austin and Henhouse, and has played several concerts with this band at The Ugly Mug over 8 years of our series there. It is not often she can be persuaded to do a solo show, so we were lucky to get her for this one. Her material is pure Americana - a mixture of classic folk, country-folk, and folk-rock, and she sings only where it's comfortable - no screaming or stretching. Her compositions, and the covers she chooses, show off her warm contralto voice, fully engaging the audience with her lyrical skills and clarity of delivery. Sherry is, of course, a huge Kate Wolf fan, performing much of Kate's material and being regularly invited to perform at the Kate Wolf Festival. Her most recent CD is "Love Still Remains", a collection of Kate Wolf songs.

Joining Sherry on stage will be bassist Tracy Parker (who may sing a couple too) and there may be some shared tunes with Rick also.

"In her unassuming way, she is a much bigger talent than she gives herself credit for" -Brad Kava, SJ Mercury News.

Rick Shea is a deeply evocative singer and a formidable acoustic and electric guitarist. He grew up where the urban sprawl of East LA met the desert of San Bernadino, and, right out of high school, became immersed in both the coffee house folk and the country scenes of that time (1978) and place, playing 7 nights a week as a sideman and singer. Since then he has worked as a multi-instrumental sideman with several well-known groups, most notably touring with, and opening for, Dave Alvin and The Guilty Men for many years. Parallel to this he has developed a successful solo career, covering a wide range of styles from hard country to traditional folk, all with equal ease and confidence, as demonstrated on his solo CD, "Shelter Valley Blues", released a few years ago. He has a new CD just out "The Town Where I Live".

"Staunchly independent - represents the best of California music" -LA Weekly




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2017

Those Guys

Friday, December 15th, 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.

George Christos and John Begley, otherwise known as Those Guys, are celebrating 40 plus years of performing together with a brand new CD, "Thanks for Listening". The music is a mix of Pop, Folk, Country and Americana. They will be playing songs from this new album, in addition to many other favorites. Like previous Ugly Mug shows they have performed for us, George's daughter, Alexa and John's son, Devin will open the show with their own blend of covers and originals. Please come along and help George and John celebrate their 40 years together, and be prepared to join in on some of the classics.



Tammi Brown, Rhan Wilson & Rick Zeek, Ginny Mitchell, Patti Maxine, Owens Brothers, Tracy Parker, Woody Bell, Tom Fedele and SURPRISE LOCAL BIG STAR GUESTS

Tuesday, December 19th, 7.30pm $10/$10
<21 with parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

A super all-star lineup sing and play the hits of the holidays leading a community singalong -- songbooks included. What a lineup! Sorry we cant tell you who the local big star special guests are. That will have to be a surprise.
Tammi Brown: Soul Singer Supreme
Patti Maxine: Steel and lap steel guitar legend
Craig and Scott Owens: Craig of Lacy J Dalton and master singer songwriter Scott
Ginny Mitchell: Canadian New Artist of the year and Gail Rich Award winner
Tracy Parker: Stellar vocalist of Henhouse
Rhan Wilson & Rick Zeek: These guys are very capable of "altering' a Christmas song in a very fun way
Woody Bell: Wredhorse frontman
Tom Fedele: Powerhouse bassist of Wredhorse
www.facebook.com/events/133711190634668/



Dave Holodiloff Band
A wild string band, adventure into Celtic, Balkan, Gypsy, Jazz, and more
Wednesday, December 27th, 7.30pm $12/$15
<21 with parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Let the Holiday celebrations continue! Join the Dave Holodiloff Band for their debut performance at historic Michael's on Main in Soquel, CA two days after Christmas! The all star band features Peter Mellinger on violin, Michael Martinez on piano, and Bill Sullivan on bass. The group will be performing a unique and diverse blend of originals, 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. Can't wait to see you at this post-Christmas decompression party--let's get in the groove and let the good times roll! http://daveholodiloff.com



Roy Zimmerman
Very funny songs — Roy has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie
Thursday, January 4th, 7.30pm $20/$20
<21 with parent
Presented with Snazzy Poductions and a FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

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. He's calling his show ReZist, bringing laughter and encouragement to communities everywhere. "Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful form of expression," says Roy, "because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change." Zimmerman has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, The Roches, Andy Borowitz, The Chambers Brothers and George Carlin. www.royzimmerman.com



Muriel Anderson
Guitar great Muriel Anderson CD release with stunning “Eclipse” visual show
Wednesday, January 10th, 7.30pm $17/$20
<21 with parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Muriel Anderson's new album Eclipse with a new accompanying visual show is a must-see! Her world-renowned guitar and harp guitar playing is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen. The first woman to win the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, Muriel has performed with country legend Chet Atkins, jazz great Les Paul, and continues to thrill audiences with her unique and joyous style. Join us for a musical and pictorial journey with new tunes, old favorites, stories, and images, including a virtual and musical experience of the total solar eclipse.http://murielanderson.com




Fiddling Cricket & Snazzy Productions

Freebo and Alice Howe

Sunday, January 14th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $17adv / $20 door donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Snazzy Productions
AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Tickets and Information at Snazzyproductions.com or the Snazzy Ticket Hotline at 831 479 9421

Freebo is an award-winning singer/songwriter (2008 Posi Award for "Best Song"in The Most Uniting Category, The '07 Los Angeles Music Awards "Best Folk Artist", Winner '07 South Florida Songwriting Contest, finalist in 2009 The Great American Songwriting Contest), but he is probably best known as a Folk-Rock-Blues Icon.

For 30 years, Freebo played bass on recordings and toured with some of the great artists of our time-people like Bonnie Raitt (10 years), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Michelle Shocked, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright III, Dr. John, and many others. He has also appeared on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Muppets Tonight, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. It was his yearning for more creative expression, however, that drove Freebo to begin a process of deep inner discovery, and this has led to his successful transition as a singer/songwriter.

The Philadelphia Inquirer said of Freebo's latest CD, "Before the Separation flows with a compassionate spirit rooted in 60's ideals, packs a gently urgent relevancy, and is delivered with engaging earnestness." Freebo's songs embrace stylistic elements from all the many musical genres he has played throughout his career, but they are uniquely his own. He even has an entire CD of dog songs (DOG PEOPLE) dedicated to the human/canine connection. And in his live shows, performed on acoustic guitar, Freebo creates a unique, intimate, and inclusive atmosphere with his audience.

At once timeless and original, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe joins a soulful, impeccably tuned voice with crafted poetry. A lifelong songwriter, Alice's musical sensibility lies in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters, with comparisons drawn to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. As a performer, Alice is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song. During her three years in Seattle, Alice became a familiar face in the acoustic music scene, playing a variety of local gigs, from the Doe Bay Cafe on Orcas Island to the basement stage of Northwest favorite Dusty Strings Music Store. In the summer of 2016, Alice returned to her home town of Boston, and has been busy making herself known on the stages at Club Passim, the Burren Backroom, and the me&thee coffeehouse. Alice has opened for the likes of Antje Duvekot, Ellis Paul, Chris Trapper, Vance Gilbert, and Brooks Williams.

March 2017 brought the release of Alice's newest EP, "You've Been Away So Long." Tracing the New England native's years in the Pacific Northwest, "You've Been Away So Long" is a cross-country journey through the matters of the heart. Recorded in Seattle, WA with an emphasis on crystal-clear vocals, Alice's new EP features five original songs accented by the lush additions of multi-instrumentalist Jeff Fielder on electric guitar, dobro, and a sweet 1920 Gibson L-1 arch top.




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Abbie Gardner (with guitarist Jon Paul)
Songstress and dobro player from Red Molly
Thursday, January 18th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $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.

Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player (though originally a classical flute player) with an infectious smile. She is well known as one third of the all women trio, Red Molly, who, over the last few years have become the harmony darlings of Americana. Whether playing with them, or in her parallel solo career, her impeccable slide guitar playing, award winning songwriting, and sweet voice, have resulted in a heavy touring schedule that has taken her to many major music festivals and venues.

This tour is in support of her new solo CD, Wishes on a Neon Star, which will be out in January. Recorded in New York, it is a contrast between darkness and light, and, as Abbie says "..here I am, a contrast myself…a woman singer/songwriter playing the dobro, a traditionally male-dominated bluegrass instrument, taking it pretty far from bluegrass…". Equal parts vulnerable and fierce, Abbie's vocals and dobro express the deepest of human emotions, grief, shame, triumph, love, and redemption, all steeped in the folk, blues, and country traditions.

Abbie is accompanied on this tour by Berklee School of music graduate, guitarist, Jon Paul. www. Abbiegardner.com

"Abbie Gardner shows her prodigious writing chops in her album, Hope. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie."- Richard Cuccaro, Publisher, Acoustic Live




Fiddling Cricket & Snazzy Productions

Chuck Brodsky

Sunday, January 28th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $20adv / $23 door donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Snazzy Productions
AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Tickets and Information at Snazzyproductions.com or the Snazzy Ticket Hotline at 831 479 9421

Chuck Brodsky is a storyteller, songwriter, troubadour, and a modern day bard. With only his acoustic guitar and his voice he'll draw you in with genuine, down-to-earth warmth and his quirky, finely crafted songs. Using wit and irony, set to haunting melodies, he tells the stories of oddball and underdog characters through his syncopated guitar strumming or sweet finger-picking. His songs celebrate the goodness in people-the eccentric, holy, profound, courageous, inspiring, and the beautiful. They poke fun at what needs to be poked, and sometimes they challenge. They're sworn to tell the truth.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, a very young Chuck fell in love with the piano. Despite taking lessons, he still managed to teach himself how to play. Years later, on his first day of university orientation, he saw two guys playing guitars. He soon got one of his own, transferred out of the university and into the school of life. Influenced by Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Lowell George, John Hartford, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Greg Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Nic Jones, Chuck started writing songs in a style that is very much his own, yet pays homage to the traditions.




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

The Quitters / Michael McNevin

Saturday, February 10th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $17 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.

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Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Ed Tree/ Brad Colerick

Friday, February 23rd, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $17 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.

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Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette

Friday, March 2nd, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $17 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 2018

Sylvia Herold

Friday, March 23rd, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $17 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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Last Updated: 12/18/17