Gerry O'Connor & Richard Mandel–Saturday, May 4
Gerry O’Connor grew up in County Louth, in a family of musicians, dancers and singers. His mother, Rose, taught Gerry and his siblings at home, and she continued to teach from there for 40 years. Students travelling from Armagh and Dublin, as well as closer to home, came to learn from the doyenne of fiddle teachers. Gerry’s father Peter was a singer whose seven uncles all played music. Gerry won numerous All Ireland titles between ...
Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands–Sunday, March 10
Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of The Good Ol’ Persons and The Grant Street String Band, and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has won the respect and admiration of her peers. Website ...
Kathy Kallick Band–Friday, April 5
The Kathy Kallick band is based on the west coast, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Anchorage, and their powerful mixture of original and classic music has great appeal everywhere. Their latest release, “Horrible World,” has been out for a few months and is getting played throughout the world(s) of bluegrass/folk/acoustic music radio. The album contains a half-dozen new Kathy compositions, an original instrumental from KKB member Tom Bekeny, distinctive covers of numbers learned from Bill ...
The Crooked Jades–Saturday, March 2
One of the most innovative, spirited, and creative groups playing in America, The Crooked Jades take a deep, fresh look at old-time and traditional American and English folk music. One festival says: "The Jades are the perfect combination of fresh energy and raw antiquity, staying so true to the old stuff you feel like you’re hearing ghosts of the past...their performance is vibrant enough that at one point I actually had an honest to goodness religious experience." ...
Del Sol Quartet–Friday, February 8
"I could be wrong, but I’m guessing it’s been a while since you’ve rocked out to a string quartet recording"—those are the opening words from a New York Times review of a Del Sol Quartet recording. This San Francisco-based quartet has been exploring the boundaries of the string quartet genre since its founding in 1992. They've made a point of collaborating with artists from other media and have been responsible for commissioning and performing new works of ...
New Esterhazy Quartet–Thursday, January 31
We're thrilled to be hosting the New Esterhazy Quartet for the first time. This Bay Area string quartet has been together and performing regularly since 2006, specializing in music from the Classical period on period instruments. As Haydn experts—the quartet has performed all 68 of Haydn's string quartets and created four recordings of them—who better to introduce us to works by composers who influenced him? This is a program they're calling "Haydn & His Teachers", with music ...
Katie McNally Trio–Tuesday, January 22
“The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA,” Katie McNally has made waves in both the American traditional music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, “Flourish,” in 2013. Based in Boston, her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman and bluegrass phenom Shauncey Ali on viola.
The trio's album “The Boston States” reinvigorates and reimagines the historic musical connection between Maritime Canada and ...
tonight–Saturday, December 1
Hot Club of Baltimore
Hot Club of Baltimore features Grass Valley native Alexis Tantau on vocals and violinist Evan Price on violin for this special show at Fifth Street Farms. The band will be led by guitarist Michael Joseph Harris and include bassist Sam Rocha and Vic Wong on rhythm guitar. The show will include spirited waltzes, reimagined Edith Piaf songs, French and American Jazz tunes from the 30's, and the repertoire of Django Reinhardt. The band is an acoustic ...
New World String Project--Friday, November 16
Four highly skilled and well-known multi-instrumentalists join to create exciting music rooted in Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mix on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. John Weed, Aryeh Frankfurter, Lisa Lynn, and Stuart Mason blend extraordinary instruments and uplifting music.
Weed and Mason play together in the renowned Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne often performs in a duo with Aryeh Frankfurter, playing passionate ...
Musica Pacifica--Saturday, October 6
Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica has made its mark on the early music scene here in the Bay Area and beyond. They've performed several times at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, as well as at other festivals and series around the country. Individually, the musicians who make up Musica Pacifica perform with Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists and many other prominent early music ensembles.
Musicians Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Ingrid Matthews, violin; Gretchen Claassen, cello/viola da gamba; Derek Tam, harpsichord and Peter Maund, percussion will treat ...