Past Performance

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

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

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

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

The Honey Dewdrops

  The Honey Dewdrops--Sunday, April 3 Doors at 7 music at 7:30  $20 (all money goes to the musicians) Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than many couples. As The Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one microphone and a desire to pay attention to what lasts. This hunger to explore and document is evident in their 2012 release "Silver Lining," a top ten record on national folk and Americana stations. With ... Read more

Tristan Clarridge / Lena Jonsson / Dominick Leslie

  Tristan Clarridge / Lena Jonsson / Dominick Leslie--Thursday, March 17 Doors at 7 music at 7:30  $25 for this show (all money goes to the musicians) Fifth Street Farms is really happy to present three musicians from our favorite musical corners of the planet, among the U.S. and Sweden's most respected young acoustic players. Masterful Swedish fiddler Lena Jonsson, mandolin wizard Dominick Leslie, and National Fiddle Champion and cellist Tristan Clarridge bridge the Atlantic with strong roots of Swedish and American traditional music. The music is playful and exuberant, exploring old ... Read more

Della Mae

  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (this show is sold out) Doors at 7 music at 7:30  $25 for this show (all money goes to the musicians) Della Mae is a major force in the bluegrass world. With roots in Boston, the five women (now based in Nashville) have made a prominent place for themselves within the new generation of serious, dedicated, charismatic major-league musicians. In between gigs at The Fillmore in San Francisco and Troubadour in LA, the band wanted to play an intimate setting and I am ... Read more
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