Past Performance

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

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

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

Bill Evans

  SATURDAY, January 23 Doors at 7 music at 7:30  $20 (all money goes to the musicians) Bill Evans is one of the West's most skilled and sought-after banjo players. For this show, Bill brings a bunch of his best banjos and presents a wonderful history of American traditional music. Bill presents music from his chart-topping recordings and takes the listener on a musical adventure, following the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, performing musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day ... Read more

Mikael & Mia Marin

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 Doors at 7 music at 7:30  $20 (all money goes to the musicians) The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-world music, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Innovative, unpredictable and passionate, they bring driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to performances across the country. Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic and vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with a vision to revive the dark and ... Read more

A.J. Roach & Nuala Kennedy

Doors at 7 music at 7:30  $20 (all money goes to the musicians) A. J. Roach's songs knocked me out when I first heard him at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass a few years ago. He's a little low on the radar and I wondered how to hear more of him. When the wonderful Celtic flutist Nuala Kennedy played here my jaw dropped when she mentioned that she was married to A.J. Go figure! Later she said they'd be in town together and I ... Read more
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