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Chris Acquavella, mandolin–Saturday, April 22

Chris Acquavella (website here) explores the depth and breadth of the mandolin. Originally from San Diego, Chris lives in Mainz, Germany, and has impressed audiences all over the world. In addition to his mastery of the instrument, his compositions have been performed by dozens of other instrumentalists and chamber groups, and Chris continues to teach internationally. His music is cross-border and transformational, and I'm excited to present him to Bay Area audiences. See the Concerts page to make reservations. UPCOMING SHOWS: Rising Appalachia -- Monday, May ... Read more

Paper Wings

  Saturday, March 18--Paper Wings (website here) is a new, old-fashioned acoustic duo featuring Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda. These two young artists have been deeply immersed in the West Coast music scene for most of their lives. Now they join forces to create music based on their shared love of tradition, old beauty, and the compelling need for new and original sounds. Their duo features classic vocal harmonies over a rotating cast of fiddles, guitar, and banjo. Between the two of ... Read more

Duo KM

One of the most acclaimed classical guitar duos on the international music scene, Sebastian Montes and Katrin Klingeberg met and began playing together while studying music in Germany. Now living in Chile, the couple tours frequently in Europe and makes a rare trip to California this month. Noted as warm, full of expression, and technically masterful, they have won multiple first prizes in international competitions. Their website is here. It's not that often we host classical music, and I'm really looking ... Read more

Runa

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new super-groups, Runa (website here) has enchanted audiences by moving the boundaries of Irish folk music into the heart of Americana and roots music since 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in ... Read more

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms

  Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms will be at Fifth Street Farms in an intimate, acoustic session. “Two of the finest traditional musicians in America” (says NPR), they interpret old-time, country, and original tunes, play guitars and mandolin really well, and sing beautifully—honestly and soulfully. They’ve been playing and singing together since 2008 when they met at the National Old Time Fiddlers Gathering in Weiser, ID. Both Caleb and Reeb were raised in Washington State and have been active and respected in the ... Read more

Radim Zenkl

Radim Zenkl, mandolin & winds--Saturday, December 3 Radim Zenkl, the internationally renowned mandolin and flute virtuoso, performs a solo concert at Fifth Street this Saturday, December 3. Radim emigrated from the Czech Republic just before the fall of communism in 1989.  He arrived in the Bay Area and quickly found himself performing with The David Grisman Quintet, Jerry Garcia, Tim O'Brien, Dan Hicks, Mike Marshall's Modern Mandolin Quartet and others.  He recorded two CDs on David Grisman's Acoustic Disc label and later ... Read more

Markus James & The Wassonrai

  Markus James & The Wassonrai--Saturday, November 19 Singer-songwriter Markus James (website here) has traveled to Mali, West Africa, ten times, and recorded five critically-acclaimed albums of original music with traditional musicians at the source of the ancient roots of Blues. He also produced the award-winning documentary film “Timbuktoubab,” seen on many PBS stations around the country (here's the film trailer). Markus has enlisted pre-eminent West African musicians based in the US for several tours and festival appearances, including at Lincoln Center. The Wassonrai, combining ... Read more

Run Boy Run

Run Boy Run--Saturday, November 5 I heard Run Boy Run at the Folk Alliance conference in Oakland a couple years ago and I was knocked out by their charm, skill, singing and good taste. The band blends bluegrass, folk and old-timey American with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals) and bass player Jesse Allen pack a real wallop and ... Read more

Kevin Burke

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Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

Saturday, October 15 Three fiddlers--from Norway, Sweden, and the Shetland Islands--bring music from their homes as well as from new places and ideas together. Music doesn't get any better, or emotional, or full of character, than this. Listen to some tunes here. Reservations required to assure you a seat: fifthstfarms@gmail.com or 510 525-9248. Upcoming shows: Arje Shaw--an evening of romantic songs. Saturday October 29 Run Boy Run, Saturday November 5 Markus James, Saturday November 19 Radim Zenkl, Saturday December 3 Read more
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