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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

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

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
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