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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

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
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