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Kevin Burke

  Kevin Burke--Sunday, August 20 Kevin Burke is an Irish master fiddler, considered one of the finest living Irish musicians. For almost forty years he has been at the forefront of Irish traditional and Celtic music, performing and recording with groundbreaking groups The Bothy Band, Patrick Street, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival. In addition to his solo albums, Kevin has worked with Christy Moore, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Jackie Daly, Ged Foley and Cal Scott, among dozens of other important musicians. In 2002, Kevin was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment ... Read more

The Page Turners

  The Page Turners--Tuesday, June 13 The Page Turners are Carolyn Kendrick and Jake Howard, joined by Max Schwartz on this trip, who play serious old-time, country, bluegrass and genuine roots music from America and Western Europe. Winners of the Freshgrass Best Duo award last year, they've been on the road since then and have just released their first CD. They're top-notch pickers and singers and they fit right into the high-quality music scene here at Fifth Street. Don't miss this show. See the Concerts page ... Read more

Chris Acquavella, mandolin–Saturday, April 22

Chris Acquavella (website here) explores the depth and breadth of the mandolin. Originally from San Diego, Chris lives in Mainz, Germany, and has impressed audiences all over the world. In addition to his mastery of the instrument, his compositions have been performed by dozens of other instrumentalists and chamber groups, and Chris continues to teach internationally. His music is cross-border and transformational, and I'm excited to present him to Bay Area audiences. See the Concerts page to make reservations. UPCOMING SHOWS: Rising Appalachia -- Monday, May ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

Two Shows in April–Max’s Midnight Kitchen & Guy Klucevsek

  Max's Midnight Kitchen--Wednesday, April 27 Doors at 7 music at 7:30  $20 (all money goes to the musicians) Max's Midnight Kitchen is a string band based in Portland, Oregon. Their music is the songs and harmonies of Matt Takiff (acoustic guitar) and Daniel Nickerson (banjo and electric guitar), combining folk, bluegrass, and country themes with a healthy dose of surrealism and humor. For the Fifth Street show, the Kitchen includes singer Hannah Rosencrans. From travels up and down the roads of the US and across ... Read more

Lindsay Straw & Darcy Noonan

SATURDAY, December 12 Doors at 7 music at 7:30  $20 (all money goes to the musicians) Originally from Montana, singer and instrumentalist Lindsay Straw relocated to Boston in her late teens to study film scoring at the famed Berklee College of Music. Boston’s thriving Celtic scene quickly grabbed her attention, however, and she’s spent the past decade establishing herself as a versatile performer (and student) of traditional songs and music from the British Isles. She has impressed with her tender singing voice and an ... Read more
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