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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

Tannahill Weavers

Tannahill Weavers--Tuesday, September 20 This dynamic quartet (website here) plays Scottish traditional music at its best. As tight and versatile as any band in the Celtic music scene, Tannahill's potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumentals leaves their audiences spellbound.  "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times Reservations required to assure you a seat: fifthstfarms@gmail.com or 510 525-9248. Upcoming shows: Janam, Saturday October 8 Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Saturday October  15 Arje Shaw, Saturday October 29 Run Boy Run, Saturday November 5 Read more

Dan Newton–Friday, August 19

Dan Newton (Daddy Squeeze) Aficionados know that hearing the accordion can be transformational. Not every accordion can make this happen, nor every player. Daddy Squeeze enjoys mixing up styles and genres that don't generally seem compatible. "Ethnoclectic Bop" is the result of his genre-bending experiments with Celtic, Tex-Mex, Creole, Blues, Jazz, Scandinavian, Polka and pop music. He’s a really skilled player, and has great good humor and spirit. Accordion lovers walk away from Dan's shows knowing they've heard their favorite instrument presented in ... Read more

Upstate Rubdown

Upstate Rubdown I couldn’t resist inviting this band here. Really good musicians, really good voices, great sensitivity to tradition, and a lot of fun. Extra points for inventing a great band name which among seven musicians must have been trying to say the least. "Upstate" is New York (although this photo looks like Fifth Street before remodeling). Have a listen here, and look at their site. Reservations required to assure you a seat: fifthstfarms@gmail.com or 510 525-9248. Upcoming shows: Dan Newton (Daddy Squeeze), Friday August 19 The Lowest ... Read more

Rita Hosking

Rita Hosking Northern California’s own Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class and hope. From NPR to the BBC, and concerts in Europe and North America, Rita moves audiences around the world with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice. Rita’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story, sincerity, and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the '08 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest ... Read more

Veretski Pass

Veretski Pass, Sat. June 18 A brilliant trio of violin, tsimbl, accordion, basy, tilinka, among other instruments, play music new and old from the borderlands of east and west--Europe and Asia. Find tunes here. Kevin Burke, Tuesday June 21 Kevin is a legendary Irish fiddler. Enough said; here he is very close and personal. Reservations required to assure you a seat: fifthstfarms@gmail.com or 510 525-9248. Upcoming shows: Rita Hosking, Saturday July 23 Upstate Rubdown, Friday August 12 Dan Newton (Daddy Squeeze), Friday August 19 The Lowest Pair, Saturday, September 10 Tannahill Weavers, Tuesday, September 20 Read more

Gonzalo Bergara Quartet–Saturday, May 21

  Gonzalo Bergara Quartet--Saturday, May 21 Doors at 7 music at 7:30  $20 (all money goes to the musicians)   The all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of 1930’s Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz. Composer and lead guitarist Gonzalo Bergara mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. His first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a "masterpiece." The Quartet is truly among the finest practitioners of this ... Read more
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