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Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

The Sweet Potatoes
Homespun Americana
Saturday, November 3rd, 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.

The Sweet Potatoes come out of Southern California to dish up a tasty blend of country, folk and homespun Americana, with sweet soaring harmonies and finely crafted songwriting. Featuring their original music, unique versions of covers and traditional songs, and some down home storytelling, their shows are full of joy and laughter, with a back-porch charm all their own.

Kelly Macleod (writer, vocals, guitar) cut her teeth on the road after being discovered by Eddie Van Halen while singing at a local club in Shreveport, La. Eddie brought her band, Private Life on a world tour with him, and produced their two albums. Laura Hall (writer, vocals, guitar, accordion) is best known as the pianist on television's Whose Line is it Anyway, and came up in the Chicago acoustic music scene, playing in bands with Michael Smith, Buddy Mondlock, and Tim Grimm.

The Sweet Potatoes came together after Kelly co-starred, and Laura did music for an indie film written by Rick Hall (bass, harmonica, vocals). Out of that collaborative process, the women started writing together, soon making three CDs. Their latest, Headin' Home, was described by Americana Magazine as "full of polish and soul, centered around delightful songwriting... featuring insightful lyrics and polished harmonies".

Although they're all old hands at performing, this is the new music from their hearts, the songs that really tell their stories, all with sweet harmonies and a touch of twang. "It doesn't get more down home than this" - Jacksonville Journal-Courier http://www.thesweetpotatoes.com/




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Cosy Sheridan
Wickedly funny singer-songwriter
Friday, November 9th, 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.

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. https://www.cosysheridan.com/

"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



Misner & Smith plus Hilary & Kate
Timeless, stirring American folk, rock, gospel, bluegrass and roots music
Wednesday, November 28th, 7:30pm $12/$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

Misner & Smith: a combination of soaring vocal harmonies, extremely tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band's sound harkens back to the bedrock of American rock & folk, but the diversity of styles and genres are one of the things that set M&S apart. They can shake the walls like a freight train and then quiet the room to a whisper in a single song. With two singers who could easily lead a band independently, Sam Misner and Megan Smith sing with one voice, with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. https://misnerandsmith.com

Hilary & Kate: There's something timeless and stirring about the music of Hilary Watson and Kate Feldtkeller, As their two voices, guitar, and violin intertwine, they conjure up echoes of time-honored musical traditions rooted in folk, bluegrass, and gospel while putting a fresh spin on these sounds as only young artists can. In early 2012, Hilary and Kate began playing and recording together; Hilary was already seasoned from years of traveling and performing both solo acoustic and with her full band, but Kate brought something new and unique with her voice and violin that instantly clicked. The year ended up being one of rich blessing for Hilary and Kate, with extensive tours throughout the US, Italy, the UK, Hungary, Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany, and a December tour in Hawaii to finish up the year. Hilary and Kate's combined talents make for a fresh and compelling musical partnership that is not to be missed. Catch them if you can in a live setting where the chemistry of their songwriting, storytelling, deft musicanship, and rich singing remind the listener of how music can speak to us like nothing else.http://hilaryandkate.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Sherry Austin / Rick Shea
Americana, covers and originals
Thursday, November 29th, 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.

Local, Sherry Austin, who founded and led Henhouse, has played several concerts with this band at The Ugly Mug over the 9 years of our series there. Henhouse are no longer in existence, but Sherry will give a solo performance, splitting the bill with Rick Shea. 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 CD, Love Still Remains, is a collection of Kate Wolf songs.http://www.sherry-austin.com/

"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 first solo CD, Shelter Valley Blues, released a few years ago. He has made a couple more since then. https://rickshea.com/

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




Cosponsored with Fiddling Cricket Concerts, Canyon Acoustic Society, the Ugly Mug Coffee House & Snazzy Productions

The Patti Maxine Experience
Saturday, December 1st, 7:00pm & 9:15pm General Admission $25, Gold Circle $35, General Admission Door $30
AT KUUMBWA

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Call Snazzy for tickets 831 479-9421 or buy tickets here

Patti Maxine is a Santa Cruz music icon affectionately known as "The Queen of Steel" for her signature lap steel playing. She will celebrate her 80th year*, her 66th year performing, the release of her first album, Steelin' Home, and her change in hairstyle (no longer silver flowing waist length) with her music friends and her fans. Backed by a full band, Patti will also play and sing solo and with other guest artists.

Patti was originally drawn to the lap steel, as a young girl in Virginia, owing to its presence and sound in Hawaiian music. Moving west, she won her first competition more than 60 years ago and eventually landed up in the Santa Cruz area, where she was a member of the first local Western Swing band, Saddle up and Boogie. She later joined Island Breeze, a local Hawaiian band still performing. Over the last 5 years Patti was lead steel guitarist in the popular Americana/folk group, Henhouse, and most recently she joined Jazz the Dog, a collective of local musical luminaries led by Rhan Wilson. In addition to these regular gigs, Patti is asked to play with just about everyone in town, from very young groups to her own (nearly) generation - a testimony to both the quality of her playing and her willingness and skill in giving others performance space. When Hawaiian masters come to town, they often request her services and she is now also invited each year to perform at the Maui Steel Guitar Festival, quite an honor for a mainlander.

It is no surprise that she has become a sought after session player, recording with dozens of artists. It is a surprise, however, that Patti has never recorded an album of her own. This is now rectified with the release, at this concert, of Steelin' Home, a collection of her favorite material covering a wide genre and featuring Patti on lap steel guitar, guitar, and vocals.

"Royalty (for example The Queen of England) often has two birthdays: a real one and an "official" one which her subjects can celebrate. Patti's real 80th birthday was in September. This Dec 1st show is the "official" celebration of the Queen of Steel's 80th, and, to accommodate as many of her subjects (sorry, fans) as possible, there will be both an early show (7pm) and a late show (9.15pm)."




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Jazz The Dog
Playing Classic Television Theme Songs
Saturday, December 8th, 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.

Rhan Wilson, Rick Zeek, and their band Jazz The Dog present an evening of classic Television Theme Songs at The Ugly Mug on December 8th. Known for their previous productions of An Altared Christmas, An Altared 420, and other themed musical evenings - Rhan and Rick are joined by Patti Maxine, Michael Westendorp, Stephen Bigger and, flying in from Washington for this event: Celina and Howard Wright.

"We are looking forward to playing at The Ugly Mug," says Rhan. "It's a wonderfully intimate venue where we always have a ton of fun surrounded by our friends."

Although Jazz The Dog plays regularly for Happy Hour at the nearby Michael's on Main - The Mug provides an opportunity for them to be the "center of attention" and present their music to an attentive audience.

There will be television trivia sprinkled in between songs and the audience is encouraged to dress up as their favorite TV character. There will surely be some surprises! http://www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/



Jim Kweskin & Meredith Axelrod with Suzy Thompson
Jim & Meredith & Suzy radiate charm, humor, sophistication and super talent
Saturday, December 8th, 2:00pm $17/$20
<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

Jim Kweskin is the founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band. During the five years they were together, they successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Their imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead, a Los Angeles jug band that became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a New York jug band that became the Lovin' Spoonful. No other group attained their unique blend of youthful energy and antiquarian expertise, tight musicianship, loose camaraderie, and infectious swing. Since his Jug band days Jim has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician, and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. There's an endearing sense of good humor to Kweskin's interpretations that makes his performances a delight. Because of his vast repertoire and love of the music, Kweskin is recognized as one of the best interpreters of the great American songbook. Kweskin says "I don't cover songs, I uncover them". http://jimkweskin.com

Meredith Axelrod is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in American roots music. Delightfully engaging and unassumingly comic, Meredith Axelrod envisions the limitless potential of early twentieth century music, whether it be Ragtime, Music Hall, Pop Standard, Boogie Woogie, Tin Pan Alley, String band, Jazz, Country, Blues or Jug Band music, and embodies the spirit that brought the music into existence in the first place. Her vocal style is unusual, probably because she learned to sing by listening to the way folks did it a century ago – through the medium of 78-rpm records. As a solo artist, she has headlined her own shows at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA, opened for the Cheap Suit Serenaders and for David Bromberg, and toured as far as Australia and New Zealand. http://meredithaxelrod.com

Suzy Thompson is one of the rare musicians today who has mastered the acoustic blues violin, following in the footsteps of earlier masters like Lonnie Chatmon, Clifford Hayes and Eddie Anthony. Suzy is unique in her ability to combine fiddle, vocals and guitar in the blues and ragtime idioms. She has performed and recorded with such renowned artists as Mike Seeger, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, Beausoleil, Peter Rowan, Maria Muldaur, Jody Stecher, Del Rey, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Alice Gerrard, D.L. Menard, Jane Voss, Rinde Eckert, the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, Sukay, and Frankie Armstrong, among others. http://www.ericandsuzy.com/suzy-bio.html




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

CANCELLED
Coastal Prairie Band
Saturday, December 15th, 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.

MORE INFORMATION TO COME. https://www.facebook.com/Coastalprairie/



Peppino D'Agostino
Guitar Player Magazine cover story: “One of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar of all time.”
Wednesday, December 26th, 7:30pm $15/$17
<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

"Peppino [D'Agostino] writes wonderful guitar pieces. He's one of my favorite composers for this cranky instrument. Plus, he's a tone player. I love his sound--he gets the resin and the wood.” -Leo Kottke.

July 2017 Guitar Player Magazine cover story (Guitar Player Magazine Cover Story) lists Peppino as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar of all time. A native of Italy, D'Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 31 years ago. The readers of Guitar Player voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist, and Acoustic Guitar's People's Choice Awards graced him with a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time for his release Every Step of The Way. His signature Seagull acoustic guitar has been voted among the ten best signature guitars by Guitar Player magazine. Peppino gives guitar workshops, master classes and seminars worldwide. To date Peppino has recorded 18 CD's, performed in over thirty countries at international festivals and concert halls. He has shared the stage with such greats as Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Roland Dyens, David Tanenbaum and many more. D'Agostino's latest solo CD Penumbra was released by Mesa Blue Moon Recordings. http://www.peppinodagostino.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Chuck Brodsky

Saturday, January 12th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm)
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. https://www.chuckbrodsky.com/




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Goodnight Moonshine (with Molly Venter of Red Molly)

Friday, January 25th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm)
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. https://www.goodnightmoonshine.com/




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Blue Summit

Friday, February 8th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm)
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. https://www.bluesummitmusic.com/




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Jeffrey Halford and The Healers

Saturday, February 16th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm)
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. http://jeffreyhalford.com/




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

The Quitters

Saturday, March 16th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm)
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. https://www.quittersduo.com/



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Last Updated: 11/22/18