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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

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

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

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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