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  • January Shows

    George Cole & Eurocana–Saturday, January 19 (note changed date)

    “Singer and breakneck acoustic guitarist George Cole lives in a musical world all his own… a world in which Django Reinhardt, The Ramones, Nat King Cole and Doc Watson get equal billing with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Willie Nelson and the Great American Songbook. Cole currently occupies the guitar chair for the David Grisman Quintet and has 2 releases on Grisman’s highly regarded Acoustic Disc Label. Jazz legend Keely Smith handpicked Cole to play guitar and sing duets with her on her last tour. Chris Isaak also had Cole lay down guitar tracks on his platinum-selling ‘Forever Blue.'”

    Eurocana includes George on guitar; Madeline Tasquin, guitar; and Kaeli Earle on bass. All three sing beautifully, in English and French, and their repertoire hits all the high notes of a wide range of European and American music.

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    Katie McNally Trio–Tuesday, January 22

    “The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA,” Katie McNally has made waves in both the American traditional music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, “Flourish,” in 2013. Based in Boston, her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman and bluegrass phenom Shauncey Ali on viola.

    The trio’s album “The Boston States” reinvigorates and reimagines the historic musical connection between Maritime Canada and New England. McNally has curated a collection of tunes that draws inspiration from mid-century recordings of Cape Breton fiddlers both in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts and adapts the creative energy of the modern Boston acoustic music scene. Recorded in Cape Breton, the album was hailed as “one of the best modern Cape Breton records of the past ten years.” Listen to some tunes here.

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    New Esterhazy Quartet–Thursday, January 31

    At the end of the month, we’re thrilled to be hosting the New Esterhazy Quartet for the first time. This Bay Area string quartet has been together and performing regularly since 2006, specializing in music from the Classical period on period instruments. As Haydn experts–the quartet has performed all 68 of Haydn’s string quartets and created four recordings of them–who better to introduce us to works by composers who influenced him? This is a program they’re calling “Haydn & His Teachers”, with music by Georg Reutter, Nicola Porpora, JJ Fux, CPE Bach, and, of course, Haydn himself.

    Musicians Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violins, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen are all specialists on period instruments. In addition to playing together as a quartet, all four of them play regularly with other Bay Area ensembles, including the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists.

    Check out a video of the quartet playing here. And here’s an SF Chronicle interview with violist Anthony Martin.

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    UPCOMING SHOWS:

    John Reischman & The Jaybirds–Monday, February 4
    Del Sol Quartet–Friday, February 8
    Ashley Broder Trio–Saturday, February 23
    Crooked Jades–Saturday, March 2
    MUSA–Friday, March 15
    Whiskey Deaf–Friday, March 29
    Kathy Kallick Band–Friday, April 5
    Corvo String Quartet–Saturday, April 6