The Lowest Pair -- Saturday, March 17
The Lowest Pair (Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee) have performed at Fifth Street more than any other band. Kendl helped start the house concerts here almost twenty years ago, and she's still one of our favorites. A banjo duet (they both play guitar too) isn't the most obvious pick to click, but this duo's killer harmony singing, sensitive musicianship, technical skills, and wonderful tunes make them heroes of ours. Check out a tune here.
Sean Watkins ...
Paper Wings -- Saturday, March 10
Paper Wings is a new, old-fashioned acoustic duo: Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda. These two young artists have been deeply immersed in the West Coast music scene for most of their lives. They’ve joined forces to create music based on their shared love of tradition, classic sounds, and the compelling need for both classic and original music. The duo features wonderful vocal harmonies over a rotating arsenal of fiddles, guitar, and banjo. Between the two of them ...
Friction Quartet -- Saturday, January 20
Is there anything the Friction Quartet can’t do? Whether it’s pieces they’ve commissioned or standard string quartet repertoire, Haydn, John Adams or a Lady Gaga cover, they excel at it all. Their versatility puts them in a class of their own. They’ve won awards internationally and collaborated with artists in a variety of genres. We’re fortunate they’re based in San Francisco and thrilled they have time between tours to spend an evening at Fifth Street.
Joseph Haydn, ...
Western Centuries -- Friday, January 5
The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at the crossroads of country band, early R&B and the spirit of The Band. Three lead vocalists, careful harmony and witty lyrics, the music introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. Upbeat dance numbers, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between.
Cahalen Morrison played here a year or two ago with his vocal partner Eli West. The two of them ...
Aviary Players -- Saturday, December 16
Just in time for the holidays, we’re thrilled to be presenting the Aviary Players, an international group of chamber musicians currently based in San Francisco. Founded by bass player Megan Adie, with violinists Monika Gruber and Akiko Kojima, the Players' repertoire spans four centuries, brought to life with both passion and historically informed perspectives.
Whether playing violone in groups specializing in music of the 17th and 18th centuries, double bass in symphony orchestras, or bass instruments in renaissance ...
Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms might be two of the finest traditional musicians in America. Their sound is a throwback to the heyday of rural American dance-hall music. NPR says, “If they had been born in 1930, the two Portland musicians would be pop stars.” But Caleb and Reeb perform classic country music, and original tunes of their own, with refreshing verve and sing without an ironic wink. Such honest delivery is part of their charm, but the skill of their ...
Mick McAuley is an Irish musician, composer and songwriter, his music rooted firmly in the tradition of County Kilkenny. From his work as a long-time member of SOLAS, to playing for STING in his Broadway Production "The Last Ship,” he has established a reputation for virtuousity and intelligence. His solo performances push the musical boundaries of the tradition, bringing Irish music to wider and more diverse audiences around the world. A fine singer and multi-instrumentalist known for his brilliance on the ...
The Thalea String Quartet -- Friday, October 27
Fifth Street Farms has presented only an occasional classical music concert. It's something we plan to do more often in the future, and we thought the Thalea String Quartet would be a great start. This award-winning local quartet has performed in Italy, the United States and Canada, and recently completed a gig as the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. We've seen them perform and they're not only top notch musicians, they've ...
Low Lily with John Whelan -- "Crossing the Atlantic"
Friday, September 29th
Low Lily is a perfect example of why there are house concerts at Fifth Street. The trio—Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle)—travels through the roots and branches of American folk music and mixes traditional influences and modern inspiration that weave together exceptional acoustic music. The three are expert players with deep relationships to traditional music styles including bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, ...