Category Archives: Upcoming Concerts

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:00pm “A Christmas Carol”, dramatic reading by Alex Zonn $12.00

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A Tehachapi Christmas tradition is returning to Fiddlers Crossing. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” read by Tehachapi’s own Alex Zonn, will be presented twice at the venue this month, on Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 pm.

First published in 1843, “A Christmas Carol” is the story of a bitter old miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit from the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. It has delighted audiences in theatrical and film adaptations for well over a century.
Alex Zonn is well known to Tehachapi audiences, having appeared in a number of Tehachapi Community Theater productions including “The Lion in Winter,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the fully staged production of  “A Christmas Carol.” He has also directed some of TCT’s productions. He is an accomplished actor and voiceover artist with many credits to his name.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.org, or at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, or Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994. Tickets to the readings are $12, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  There are two shows being presented, Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm sharp), and Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 pm (doors open at 1:30pm sharp).

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3:00pm, “A Christmas Carol”, dramatic reading by Alex Zonn $12.00

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A Tehachapi Christmas tradition is returning to Fiddlers Crossing. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” read by Tehachapi’s own Alex Zonn, will be presented twice at the venue this month, on Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 pm.

First published in 1843, “A Christmas Carol” is the story of a bitter old miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit from the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. It has delighted audiences in theatrical and film adaptations for well over a century.
Alex Zonn is well known to Tehachapi audiences, having appeared in a number of Tehachapi Community Theater productions including “The Lion in Winter,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the fully staged production of  “A Christmas Carol.” He has also directed some of TCT’s productions. He is an accomplished actor and voiceover artist with many credits to his name.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.org, or at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, or Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994. Tickets to the readings are $12, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  There are two shows being presented, Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm sharp), and Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 pm (doors open at 1:30pm sharp).

 

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 2:00 and 7:00pm, “Winterdance” with Molly’s Revenge, guest vocalist Amelia Hogan and dancers from The Lyons Academy of Irish Dance $25.00, adults, $15.00, students, presented at The BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi

 

Online tickets  and Tehachapi Treasure Trove tickets for the 2pm show are SOLD OUT. Please check Tehachapi Furniture for these tickets.

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“Winterdance,” a Celtic Christmas celebration, will return to Tehachapi for two performances in the BeeKay Theatre on Sunday, December 23. The concert has been a sell-out the last four years. As in the past years, two performances will be presented, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

The core of the concert is the traditional Celtic trio, Molly’s Revenge. They will again be joined by  guest vocalist Amelia Hogan, along with Irish dancers in an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, as well as selections from the band’s holiday album.

Molly’s Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band complete with bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, to guarantee a rousing afternoon for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. They have performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, as well as at prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China.

The band is comprised of a trio of Californians in love with Celtic music. David Brewer plays whistle and four types of bagpipes. He studied in Scotland under the tutelage of some of the best pipers in the world. His unique style of playing has earned him a reputation as one of the most accomplished pipers on the West Coast.

John Weed is a classically trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 15 years ago. He has lived in Ireland, teaching workshops in Irish fiddle — to the Irish! He studied with master fiddlers in County Donegal and hones his skills there annually.

Stuart Mason has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and his own  compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association. He also  leads workshops and classes in traditional music techniques at music festivals and camps.  Mason and Weed previous played Fiddlers Crossing with Kenny Blackwell as old-time trio Little Black Train.

Amelia Hogan sings traditional, Irish, Scottish, British, American and contemporary folk music with lilting grace and subtle power. She transports you with a spell into another time and place, where the beansidhe (banshee) cries and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling are what you’ll find with Amelia’s music.

If you have seen Winterdance, you will certainly want to revisit this fantastic Celtic Christmas Celebration. If you haven’t, you won’t want to miss it this year, so be sure to get your tickets early. Because nothing says “Christmas” like bagpipes – plus fiddles, guitars, bodhrans, whistles, singers and dancers in a brilliant Celtic spirit!

The BeeKay Theatre is at 110 S. Green Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.com, at Mountain Music during Wednesday Open Mic Nights, as well as at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994 and leave your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets to the concert are $25 for adults and $15 for students.  The concert times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open one-half hour ahead.

 

 

Friday, January 11, 2019, 7:00pm Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Scottish fiddle and cello duo, presented at Mountain Bible Church, 630 Maple St., Tehachapi $30.00, adults/$15.00, students

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Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas are making their fourth appearance in Tehachapi  Friday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m Venue TBA.

Alasdair Fraser is a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland as well as in the U.S., inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, fiddle camps, and concerts. He is in demand as a performer and teacher all over the world. He weaves through his performances a warm and witty narrative, drawing from a deep well of stories and lore surrounding Scotland’s musical heritage.

From Boston to San Diego, when you hear American fiddlers playing Scottish tunes, odds are they have attended one of Fraser’s camps or been taught by one of his students. The Scottish Fiddlers of California, which he heads up, has several offshoots throughout the state. One of those, the Los Angeles Scottish Fiddlers, regularly performs at the Bakersfield Scottish Games. Tehachapi’s own Camp Kiya is inspired by the Scottish Fiddle camps Fraser started, with students of both Fraser and Haas providing instruction.

Cellist Natalie Haas, a California native and graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn’t even born when Fraser was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. But this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, which was to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.
Now, he says, “cellists are coming out of the woodwork to study with Natalie, to learn how she creates a groove and a whole chunky rhythm section,” says Fraser. “It’s inspiring to hear the cello unleashed from its orchestral shackles.”

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3:00pm, Jim Malcolm, Scottish Folksinger-songwriter $20.00

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https://www.jimmalcolm.com/

Fiddlers Crossing tries to honor its Celtic roots by offering an Irish concert on or around St. Patrick’s Day in March, a Scottish one to celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday at the end of January, and presenting the Winterdance Celtic concert at Christmas.

This year, to honor Robbie Burns and Scotland, the venue is bringing back, Jim Malcom on Sunday, January 27, at 3 pm. Malcom is considered one of the finest voices and interpreters of Robert Burns songs in Scottish traditional music today.  He was the lead singer for the world-renowned band Old Blind Dogs for eight years before returning to his solo career as a singer-songwriter.

Malcolm’s family roots are in Perthshire and Strathclyde, and he is a graduate of Edinburgh University. Like many folk musicians, he began his career by singing in pubs, clubs and hotels in his native country. Solo tours to England, Ireland, Denmark and Germany followed, and then further adventures to such far-off places as Uganda in Africa. Joining the already established and popular Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs brought him fame in the acoustic music festival scene across Europe and North America.

A Jim Malcolm concert is always an entertaining mix of his own and traditional songs, including those of Burns, peppered with funny stories and observations in the tradition of Scottish bards through the ages. An accomplished guitarist, he plays mostly in the Celtic tuning dadgad. He is also considered to be one of the top simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world.

Malcom has recorded ten solo CDs, and has performed his songs with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2004, he was voted songwriter of the year at the annual Scots Traditional Music Awards. Along with his own songs, he enjoys reworking old songs that form the kernel of Scotland’s great folk tradition.

At home in Scotland, Malcom enjoys spending time with his children and fly fishing on the rivers and lochs of Perthshire. In winter he has lately been heading for the Glenshee Ski Resort with a snowboard and, he says, “a great deal of padding.” Apparently, the ice on Scotland’s slopes make for “quite a hard landing.”

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or online through Fiddlerscrossing.com. Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  The concert begins at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:00pm, Jann Klose, singer-songwriter $20.00

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Jann Klose is an award-winning pop singer-songwriter, who has released five albums and two EPs. Jann was raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany, and the United States and now resides in New York City. His music has been streamed over 1,000,000 times online and his song ‘Make It Better’ is featured on the Billboard Top 10 charting compilation album ‘Action Moves People United.’ His new single ‘Don’t Give Up’ (Peter Gabriel) featuring vocal legend and visual artist Annie Haslam of the classical rock group Renaissance, is now available worldwide and his new album IN TANDEM will be released by Gallo Records in 2018. Jann is an ambassador for Desmond Tutu’s Tutudesk campaign.

Jann’s most recent solo album, MOSAIC featuring ‘Make It Better’ entered the Roots Rock charts at #22 and won three 2014 Independent Music Awards. The record also made the first round of the 2014 Grammys® in the categories Pop Vocal Album and Album Of The Year.

His voice is featured in the movie ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’ (Universal) as the voice of Tim Buckley starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots. His songs have been heard on the Grammy® nominated ‘Healthy Food For Thought’ compilation as well as MTV Cribs and movies ‘Dead Broke’ (Warner Bros) featuring Paul Sorvino and ‘A Venue For The End Of The World’ (BrinkVision) featuring Dick Cavett and Ian Anderson. Most recently Jann scored the music for the award-winning short ‘The Beauty of Disaster.’

He has performed as an actor and singer in touring companies of Broadway musicals, including ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ ‘Jekyll & Hyde,’ and ‘The Who’s Tommy.’ In 2005, the off-Broadway production ‘Moonlight Interior,’ a musical based on Klose’s music, premiered in New York City.

Jann Klose has periodically collaborated with members of classical rock group Renaissance and tours regularly in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. He has worked with a wide range of artists including Pat Benatar, John Oates of Hall and Oates, Suzanne Vega, Paula Cole, Annie Haslam, Ann & Liz Callaway, Gary Lucas, Brett Dennen, Rusted Root, Vonda Shepard, Ben Taylor, RJ Benjamin, Karen Zoid, Tamara Day, ZIYON (Liquideep), Shekhinah, Amanda Black, Majozi, Jeffrey Gaines, Bret Michaels, Rosanne Cash, The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, Marty Stuart (Johnny Cash), The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty, Pete Seeger and Les Paul.

 

 

 

“Klose has a fabulous, wide-ranging voice with an individual style… 4 STARS” – Mike Barnes, MOJO Magazine

“Jann Klose was born in Germany and raised in South Africa but his music is all-American pop rock of the finest order…Combine his songwriting and singing chops with his artful experimentation— songs include flavors of reggae, punk, and more—and you understand why Klose moves ever closer to pop-rock eminence.” – Nancy Dunham, RELIX Magazine

“Singer-songwriter Klose shows he can create diverse new tunes that rival those of such masters as (Tim) Buckley. His songs offer hard-to-resist energy, memorable melodies and intelligent, well-crafted lyrics.” – Paul Freeman, San Jose Mercury News

“This German born, African-raised singer-songwriter does sentimentality with sincerity and grace … There’s little out of his range.” – Kenneth Partridge, M Music & Musicians

“Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may well be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come.” – Alexander F. Remington, Washington Post

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7:00pm Dulcie Taylor, singer-songwriter, with George Nauful, guitar and Tracy Morgan, percussion $20.00

https://www.dulcietaylor.com/

 

Dulcie Taylor learned a hard music lesson at an early age – don’t leave your ukulele unattended in a porch chair at the beach. Some clueless teenager can sit on it and smash it to bits. The demise of her ukulele was a tough moment for ten-year-old Dulcie but that Christmas her Mother bought her a guitar and Taylor’s lifelong love of singing and songwriting began. In hindsight, a grown-up Taylor sees the smashed ukulele as something of a blessing in disguise…after all, she has shared the stage with a long and impressive list of artists, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, John Gorka, and Kathy Mattea.

Taylor launched her recording career in 2000 with the self-released title, Other Side of the Bed. Immediately, her work was noticed and praised by her peers. Her second release Diamond & Glass, her first recording for Mesa/Bluemoon, (2002) took home a Wammie, (Washington Area Music Award) and received substantial national airplay and charted at Album Network’s non-commercial AAA format. Critics embraced Taylor with numerous outstanding reviews including, “It shines exactly like its title.” – Music Row; “Dulcie Taylor is a gifted writer; she also has a compelling voice which she employs with nuance and emotion.” – Dirty Linen; “Mesmerizing” – Barnes & Noble; and “Taylor is a poet, a romantic” – The Washington Post. Like Other Side of the Bed, Diamond & Glass won the coveted Wammie Award (Best Contemporary Folk Recording).

Taylor delivered her third recording, Mirrors and Windows (Mesa/Bluemoon) in March of 2004. It was no surprise that this anticipated release also got significant airplay nationwide – climbing to #7 on the Roots Rock Chart at Roots Music Report. Like Diamond & Glass, it was the TOP PICK MP3 at The Washington Post MP3 site. It too received a powerful critical response – “Throughout, the writing is smart, witty, and heartfelt.” – No Depression; “This album has it all.” – Sing Out! “She writes from the heart, for the heart.” – The Washington Post MP3. Taylor recorded the album at the Signature Sounds studio in Palmer, Massachusetts. Mark Thayer produced and Dulcie and her guitarist John Landau co-produced. Dulcie is featured on vocals, guitar, dulcimer, and harmonica and is accompanied by several of the best musicians around – Rounder Records recording artist Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter) guitars and lap steel; Richard Gates (Suzanne Vega, Richard Thompson, Patty Larkin) bass; Lorne Entress (Mighty Sam McClain, Susan Tedeschi) drums and percussion and Michael Bellar (Art Garfunkel) Hammond B3 organ.

Her 2012 recording Free of this Sorrow (MesaBluemoon) reached No. 1 at Amazon for Top-Rated Americana. It has been followed closely by her latest CD, Only Worn One Time, released on July 7, 2014, produced by George Nauful and Tyson Leonard. Like Free of this Sorrow, this new CD features Tim Pierce on many of the guitar parts (he’s played with so many wonderful artists – Bruce Springsteen, Rascal Flatts, Neil Diamond, and Santana to name a few) and was also mixed by legendary Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzie Osbourne, Pat Benatar, to name a few). It also features her long-time music partners – George Nauful and Tony Recupido – playing their inimitable guitar parts and each singing two of their original songs – that’s the “and Friends” part of her 2014 CD. Chris Spector of the Midwest Record in Chicago says: “Sure fire killer stuff from a major talent who’s been hiding from the rest of us for too long.”

Wind Over Stone (MesaBluemoon) was released in 2015 to anticipated glowing reviews. “Wonderful storytelling on display…she [Dulcie] has her craft figured out…a strong effort from the west coast-based musician. ”CASHBOX. “Wind Over Stone is an irreplaceable treasure of a record if not the underground, country-strong album of the year.” MusicisM. “Her new album WIND OVER STONE is an Americana masterpiece…This album is the real thing.” John Ems Music Reviews. “She is a poet and a dreamer and a highly effective guide through the seemingly small things that matter most.” Parc Bench. Two videos of from this CD can be found on Dulcie’s YouTube Channel. Together, they have over 820,000 views.

In addition to writing songs, Dulcie Taylor is a writer of poetry and prose. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Poetry Series at Washington, D.C.’s Folger Shakespeare Library when living in the DC area. The Folger attracts scholars from around the globe, and is also home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, as well as magnificent collections of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts.

Dulcie Taylor "Live" at The Siren, Morro Bay

#ThrowbackThursday | Well, not so far back. This is a recent performance of "Woman I Used to Be" at The Siren in Morro Bay. The song is from my 2004 release "Mirrors and Windows". You can find the lyrics here at https://goo.gl/UH715f (scroll down) | The Siren #LiveMusic #DulcieTaylor

Posted by Dulcie Taylor on Thursday, March 22, 2018

Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase featuring Jaeger and Reid, Folk duo, FREE EVENT, tips for the performers encouraged

http://jaegerreidmusic.com

 

. . and the love between the singer, who sings the song well, and truly, and the audience, which has been waiting for the song, and knows it when they hear it, is a true love.” – Malvina Reynolds


Some of the best discoveries are made by accident and that’s what happened in the fusion of the musical talents of Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid. They unwittingly found that perfect harmony while standing next to each other at a music camp jam in the summer of 2015. Their musical spark quickly caught fire and was noticed by those around them – and the successful collaboration between Jaeger and Reid was born.

Judi grew up near Montreal, Canada, where her world was filled with music; her mother and brother sang and played guitar and she listened to Leonard Cohen, Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger and many others. She began her career as a performing songwriter as an expression of her loss after the death of her mother and has written songs for her local domestic violence prevention organization. Bob is a fourth generation Californian, and like Judi, Bob also grew up surrounded by music. Bob’s Mom performed in coffeehouses in the 1960’s, while his father was a gospel concert promoter. Bob has been a California Arts Council Artist-in the Schools, performed at the United Nations in New York, in concert, at festivals and in schools across the United States. His original songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Bill Harley, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and many others. Bob was chosen by the Seeger family to perform at memorial concerts for both Pete and Toshi Seeger in New York. Bob has a keen eye for musicality, empowerment, appreciation of nature and social causes in his writing.

Jaeger & Reid have been performing around the San Francisco Bay Area and in New York and North Carolina, in a variety of venues including house concerts.


Friday. March 8, 2019, 7:00pm, Whitherward, Indie Folk trio, $20.00

https://whitherward.com/

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Whitherward is a band with a unique story. Upon it’s creation in 2014, Edward A. Williams and Ashley E. Norton set a goal to leave Nashville and play music they love, for people who love music. With the addition of violinist/mandolinist, Stephanie Groot, they have spent the last four years on a permanent tour without a home base. The trio wanders the USA and Europe, exploring the many sub-genres of folk and Americana. They hit a milestone in 2018 with a sponsorship from Subaru Europe, traveling overseas for just under two months, releasing an episode of “Songs From A Subaru” in each city on tour. Compared to a modern-day Simon & Garfunkel, with influences of rock, folk, jazz, classical and singer/songwriter. They have a versatile bouquet of music videos that range from weird to wild. A live performance full of comedy, friendship, intricate arrangements, deeply unique solo’s and thunderous harmony. Come hear the stories behind the songs, music and experience the life on the road…but knowest thou whitherward?

 

 

“Whitherward accomplished what, in my mind, few folk bands are capable of doing: standing out in a venue known for rock, country, and all things loud and abrasive.”
-BETH MCALLISTER, THE 99 CENT BIN

“Norton, along with Williams, have created a very intimate, emotionally charged and gutty EP, Stardust. I hadn’t heard Norton perform in person for almost three years and I held zero expectations. After all, three years is a very long time, and performers, music, and life, changes. For the good, in this case.”
-FRANK IPPOLITO, YABYUM

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2pm and 7pm, Dave Stamey, cowboy entertainer, presented at The BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi $25.00

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Cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey has made several trips to Tehachapi. He played to a sold-out crowd in Fiddlers Crossing in 2013 and The Beekay Theatre in 2015 and 2017. He will play another concert at the BeeKay on Saturday, March 30 at 2:00pm and then again at 7:00pm

Stamey is one of the most popular singer-songwriters on the cowboy circuit today. Before becoming a full-time musician, he has been a cowboy, a mule packer, and a dude wrangler. As a singer, he has been voted three times the Entertainer of the year and Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association. He has delighted audiences in 20 states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

Tickets $25 and are available at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture and Lucky’s Barbershop on Green Street, as well as by phone at (661) 823-9994 or here on our website!

The Beekay Theatre is located at 110 S Green St., downtown Tehachapi. Doors open at 1:30 pm and 6:30pm sharp.

 

 

 

Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring Jesse Loren Strickman, singer-songwriter, FREE EVENT, tips encouraged

https://www.jesselorenstrickman.com/

 

SF Bay Area singer-songwriter Jesse Loren Strickman is known for potent lyrics and powerfully minimal acoustic music. Emotionally charged vocals sail over jaunty acoustic chords in songs about personal love and social change.

Strickman’s music features many deep recurring themes. Personal stories of intimacy and heartbreak color a lot of his repertoire. He writes of depression, highlighting some of the darker chapters of his past, offering a bridge to those who are currently struggling. A songwriter since grade school, his music has also explored childhood, innocence, morality, romance, heartbreak, poverty, politics, the environment, and the spiritual universe.

Annually touring the Pacific West Coast as the frontman of Indie Folk bands, Strickman has played everywhere from intimate cafes to outdoor amphitheaters and festivals. He’s opened for national and world acts such as Damien Jurado, Jay Brannan, CAKE, The T Sisters, Aaron Ross (Hella), Night Riots, Lech Wierzynski (California Honeydrops), Jhameel, and many more.

2018 marks a new beginning for Strickman as he begins performing under his own name as a solo singer/songwriter. With it, a new major theme to his music has emerged: a need for social change in today’s world.

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 7pm, Nicole Stromsoe, with Dorian Michael, guitar and Ken Hustad, bass, eclectic, old-soul, jazz, folk & blues $20.00

 

http://www.nicolestromsoe.com

 

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Raised in the coastal village of Cambria, California, and on the road traveling to various US art festivals, Nicole Stromsoe’s life has been immersed in creative awareness.

Daughter of renowned silversmith, Randy Stromsoe, Nicole grew up with the sound of hammers accompanying an ever-playing stereo.  Music was highly revered in her household and she was introduced to a wide spectrum of genre and musical expression.

It was in her early development that she identified as “designer”, just like her parents; now, however, she practices mostly in the aural arts.  Designing shapes and sounds both intangible and impermanent, she crafts not only the song itself, but its interpretation, breath, phrasing, space, and the placement of how it will land ‘out there’.

“I have a particular affinity for how music influences and defines environment; the environment within as well as the space surrounding ourselves.  It has the power to dictate both a very specific, and an overall experience, much like lighting.  I strive to create an atmosphere of warmth with a sense of suspension; a push/pull of weighted and lifted space.  The intention is not only that the listener will be aware of this sensation within themselves, but the whole room will be alive with it, too.”

Nicole’s earliest memories include imitating every Ella Fitzgerald nuance on a Gershwin album as early as 5 years old, and continuously replaying a collection of Atlantic Soul Classic hits from which she first fell for voices such as Barbara Lewis.

Singing in choirs from 8 years old, she took charge in putting together a vocal jazz quartet while in high school.  Wanting to make music more of a focus in her life, she transferred to the Idyllwild Arts Academy and started seriously studying classical vocal technique, aria, and art song.

She continued to explore the classical tradition for a short period in Siena, Italy.  There, she heard a jazz quartet performing in a neighborhood alcove and it rang true for her to further her studies in jazz.

Returning to California’s Central Coast, Nicole continued music studies at Cuesta College while starting to perform out as a jazz vocalist.  She was traveling back and forth to Los Angeles and San Francisco for various workshops and vocal education courses when she decided to study at the Berklee College of Music, Boston.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude, and there, surprisingly, was re-introduced to a familiar love of folk/Americana/roots music. Memories of the tones pounding metal created over this music, played in the silversmith workshop growing up, were brought back louder than ever.

She started to incorporate this influence into her set; creating an eclectic array of jazz, blues, old r&b, folk, and roots music.  Of course, with the influence of her education, travels, and life experiences, this “rooted” American music is created from a unique contemporary space that is Nicole Stromsoe.

Some favorite current musical artists include David Byrne, MeShell Ndegeocello, Gregory Porter, Bjork, Jill Scott, Lila Downs, Eileen Jewell, and Rachelle Ferrell ((to name a few)) though most of Nicole’s musical influences are artists no longer in performance.

“A vocalist with a strong command of a wide variety of genres including jazz, blues and folk, Nicole Stromsoe effortlessly draws from her musical influences and presents her listeners with a sound and style that is soulful, authentic and uniquely her own.”

—   Graham Dechter, Jazz Guitarist

 

“Her voice is over the moon with stunning emotion, depth, range and timbre. Nicole gives me goosebumps when she sings. ”

—   Jacalyn Kreitzer, Vocologist & Mezzo-Soprano

 

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00pm Dan Navarro singer-songwriter $20.00

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http://www.dannavarro.com

 

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      For over thirty years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career…
       Dan started as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The BanglesJackson BrowneDave EdmundsThe TemptationsDionne WarwickThe Triplets, Dutch star Marco Borsato,  and Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir.
       In the 1990s and 2000s, he and Eric recorded and toured as the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarrountil Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has transitioned smoothly into a busy solo career over the past decade, touring nationally almost constantly.
       He has a parallel career as a voice actor and singer, in
films like  Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Book Of LifeRio
(on the Oscar®-nominated “Real In Rio”), Happy FeetThe Lorax,
Ice Age (2 & 3) ; TV series Turbo FastPrison BreakFamily Guy and American Dad; records with Neil YoungAndrea BocelliLuis MiguelJose Feliciano, Janiva Magness, and Jon Anderson of Yes; hit video
games Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and hundreds of TV ads for SubaruShakey’sMcDonald’sCoca-ColaHondaNationwide and more.
 He has a parallel career as a voice actor and singer, in  films like  Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Book Of LifeRio
(on the Oscar®-nominated “Real In Rio”), Happy FeetThe Lorax,
Ice Age (2 & 3) ; TV series Turbo FastPrison BreakFamily Guy and American Dad; records with Neil YoungAndrea BocelliLuis MiguelJose Feliciano, Janiva Magness, and Jon Anderson of Yes; hit video
games Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and hundreds of TV ads for SubaruShakey’sMcDonald’sCoca-ColaHondaNationwide and more.

     He has appeared in Washington on artists’ rights and intellectual property issues, on behalf of Nashville Songwriters Assn Int’lSoundExchangeSAG-AFTRAmusicFIRST CoalitionBMI and NARAS, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board. Dan also serves on the boards of SAG-AFTRAand The Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.

     In 2009, after 22 years and 12 CDs with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, backed by his pals, Austin’s now-disbanded Stonehoney. His new album,“Shed My Skin”, is out now.

     He is the father of a 21-year-old son, thinks sleep is for babies and is a known abuser of acoustic guitars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 7, 2019, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase featuring The ROAMies, Free event, tips for the performers encouraged

http://www.theroamies.com/

 

The ROAMies are a refreshing listening experience and an adventure for your soul. This fun duo/band’s music is a playful marriage of Alexa James’ hooky melodies, upbeat lyrics and unique vocals with Rory Partin’s soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics fused into a one of a kind sound. After touring together, fans continually asked them to combine their sound into one. Honoring that request, The ROAMies was formed. Deeply rooted by their passion for travel, adventure and people, they’re a duo that you will definitely want to “follow,” “like,” and “subscribe” to as they ROAM around the world.

Alexa James has recorded several professional studio albums, has had a #1 song and five other Top 10 songs. She was named Hot Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year with the L.A. Music Awards. Rory Partin has also garnered a #1 radio single and has performed in over 30 countries. His soulful vocals and piano-based grooves leave you wanting more! They recently won the award for Best Theme Song in a Comedy at the LA WEBFEST and Best Soundtrack at the Maverick Movie Awards. They are currently in the studio working on their first album together and are looking forward to what this chapter will bring. Once you see this duo live, you will know this is just the beginning of an enjoyable adventure.

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 7:00pm, John Gorka, singer-songwriter $25.00

http://johngorka.com/

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Mention John Gorka to anyone who has heard him and the response is immediate: “Where and when is he playing and how do I get a ticket?!”

The short answer is: Fiddlers Crossing, June 8 at 7 p.m., in concert with fellow singer-songwriter Amilia K. Spicer.

Among the acoustic singer-songwriters, Gorka is generally considered to be one of the brightest stars. His songs have been covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black, Bill Morrissey and Suzanne Vega, among many others, and performed at Open Mic nights by many an aspiring musician. Whether it’s a song about the “Land of the Bottom Line,” “Italian Girls,” or one sung from the point of view of a tree, Gorka offers wry, slice-of-life observations that put his college major in philosophy to good use.

Originally from New Jersey, Gorka attended Moravian College in eastern Pennsylania in the 1970s, living in the basement of a small coffee house, Godfrey Daniels, and acting as resident MC and sound man.  There, he was introduced to such songwriters as Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt, and began performing his own songs as an opening act. It wasn’t long before he was traveling to play in New York City, Boston and the Texas Kerrville Folk Festival, where he won the New Folk Award in 1984.  With his beautiful, soulful baritone voice and his original take on life in his songs, those top tier acoustic musicians who had inspired him soon became his peers.

Gorka now lives with his wife and children in Minnesota, and tours regularly in the US and Europe. He has just released his 14th album and has appeared on CNN, Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, FolkScene, and other TV and radio programs. www.johngorka.com

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may purchased next door at Mountain Music, at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or online through Fiddlerscrossing.com. Tickets to the concert are $25, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 16, 2019, 2:00pm, “Concerts in the Park”, featuring Ticket To Ride, Beatles tribute band. FREE concert at Philip Marx Central Park, Tehachapi, presented by TVRPD in association with Fiddlers Crossing, Lehigh Cement and MusicMX Entertainment

 

FREE CONCERT IN THE PARK!!

 

Get Ready! The Beatles are returning to Tehachapi! As the kick-off for this year’s “Concerts in the Park” series, Beatles tribute band, “Ticket to Ride” will take the stage at Philip Marx Central Park in downtown Tehachapi on Sunday, June 16 at 2pm for a free concert. Bring your picnic lunches and lawn chairs and get transported back to the 1960’s with all the great Beatles hits everyone loves! This group will make you think you are actually watching The Beatles. Jeff Toczynski is Paul, Howard Pattow is John, Jimmy Pou is George and Mike Sarafian is Ringo. Ticket to Ride has been touring internationally since 1999 and features some of the best Beatles impersonators in the country.

For years, summer in Tehachapi meant Sunday afternoons in Central Park, gathering together and listening to an eclectic mix of music. The program was put on by the Arts Coalition of Tehachapi (ACT) and sponsored by the City of Tehachapi and local businesses. When ACT disbanded, the concerts series eventually ended, as well.

This concert, as well as two others scheduled for July 14 and August 4, are being presented by Tehachapi Valley Recreation and park District (TVRPD) in association with Fiddlers Crossing and MusicMX Entertainemnt. The concert series is sponsored by Lehigh Cement.

As in the former Concerts in the Park series, donations will be welcome and opportunities given to win door prizes and gift cards donated by local merchants and restaurants.

Mark your calendars for June 16, 2pm.  “Ticket to Ride” is sure to start out “Concerts in the Park” with a bang!

 

 

 

Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7:00pm The Kick Stomp Ensemble, “Edgy folk with world and punk influences” $20.00

https://www.instagram.com/kickstompensemble/

 

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San Diego based Edgy-Folk w/ world and punk influences.
Singing in French/English/Russian/Hebrew the Kick-Stomp Ensemble is a wild
mixture of traditional and non-traditional music that spans many cultures
and many demographics. Formerly playing together for 5+ in QUEL BORDEL,
these 4 musicians have continued with a new project that expands their
musical horizons. Together they have toured Europe & the US multiple times
and have music placed on many radio/TV shows including Breaking Amish.
In QB, they headlined sweaty, high-energy shows at House of Blues Mainstage
and The Casbah, and has performed at the Get Shamrocked festival 5 times as
well as headlined other US festivals like SD Gypsyfest and Crestone Music
Festival. The band has also opened up for Flatfoot 56, Metallachi, The Rum
Jacks, The Real McKenzies, Sprung Monkey, Magic Giant, Dublin City
Ramblers, Diego’s Umbrella and many others.

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New music more surprises for our friends at @theshamrockirishpub this Saturday #KSE #folkpunk #shamrock #livemusic

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In case anyone reading this is at @farwestconference we’ll be playing at 10:30pm at room 332, 12:30am at room 338, and 1:30am at room 337. Jeah! #folkpunk #farwestconference #kickstompensemble

Posted by Kick-Stomp Ensemble on Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sunday, August 4, 2019,2:00pm, “Concerts in the Park”, featuring The Novelists, FREE concert at Philip Marx Central Park, Tehachapi,presented by TVRPD in association with Fiddlers Crossing, Lehigh Cement and MusicMX Entertainment

http://thenovelists.com/

FREE CONCERT IN THE PARK!!

An elderly couple stands precariously on the railing of a 17-floor balcony… two teenagers unknowingly choose a murder scene for their parking date, and a young man throws off the shackles of a bullish culture. These are just a sample of the scenes in which you’ll find yourself immersed when you listen to The Novelists. Equally comfortable acoustic or electric, The Novelists showcase cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers, and their signature four-part harmonies.

The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits and are planning several national tours throughout 2017.  They’ve shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis).

Notable performances include:  “Sail Across The Sun” Music Cruise Festival (Hosted by Train), Cowboys Stadium (Dallas, TX), Strawberry Music Festival (Camp Mather, CA), California Wordfest, (Grass Valley, CA), Americana Music Festival (Virginia City, NV), Black Potatoe Music Festival (Clinton, NJ), Watsonville Strawberry Festival (Watsonville, CA), The Knitting Factory (Reno, NV), Shank Hall (Milwaukee, WI – w/guest musician Daryl Stuermer of Genesis), Swallow Hill (Denver, CO), The Living Room (NY, NY)

 

 

Friday, August 23, 2019, 7:00pm, The Fire, “Blazing Scottish Music”, Presented at The BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi, $25.00

http://www.firescottishband.com

 

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 The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki.  Members of the trio have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, with Rebecca and David having additionally lived and studied in both Edinburgh and the highlands of Scotland. Together, The Fire performs captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together. The Fire has headlined at Celtic festivals such as The Pleasanton Scottish Highland Games, The Utah Scottish Association Highland Games, The Portland Highland Games, The Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival, The Northwest Folklife Festival, The Oregon Scottish Festival, The Yachats Celtic Music Festival, The Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival, and has performed at a variety of venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland.

The Fire is currently based out of Santa Cruz, California, and has recorded four albums together.

 

Rebecca

 

Originally from Corvallis Oregon, Rebecca began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovering Scottish fiddle music only a few years later. In 2005, she won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition, and in 2006 recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by “Dirty Linen” magazine as “technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic.” In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. The invitation only championship – seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world- is widely regarded as the most prestigious in Scottish fiddle. She has performed in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, China, and across the US, has been featured on the BBC radio show, Take the Floor, and in 2009, recorded her second CD, Inspired, with David Brewer. In 2014, Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a double major in Music and Sociocultural Anthropology. She was also awarded the 2013-2014 Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize for outstanding instrumental music performance. In addition to performing, Rebecca is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. For more about Rebecca, please visit: www.rebeccalomnicky.com

 

David 

David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly’s Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, and Australia. He has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency”. David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, compliments Rebecca’s award winning fiddling with guitar, Irish penny-whistle, and bodhran frame-drum, but primarily the Scottish bagpipes, on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today. For more about David, please visit:www.davidbrewermusic.com

 

Adam

Adam Hendey is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has performed in Ireland, the UK, and across the United States, playing and studying with members of Lúnasa, Flook, and Molly’s Revenge. Since beginning tin-whistle at thirteen years of age, Adam has dedicated himself to the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland, while also becoming well versed in other forms of popular music. On guitar and bouzouki, Adam brings an innovative contemporary approach to traditional music, with a passion informed by intense study of music theory and a diverse wealth of musical experience. In addition to performing, Adam graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, with a majors in Music and Philosophy. He has just finished a masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying Traditional Music and specializing in guitar performance. Adam has released his debut solo album, Forward, which features appearances by both Rebecca and David. For more about Adam, please visit www.adamhendey.com

 

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:00pm, Dana Hubbard, singer-songwriter $20.00

http://danahubbard.com

 

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Dana Hubbard’s been described as ”a cross between Bruce Cockburn and Jorma Kaukonen”.  He combines the socially conscious singer/songwriter with the master acoustic blues guitarist, awing people with guitar skills that defy the ear and eye.  The list of folks he’s opened for and shared the bill with span the spectrum from blues to folk to bluegrass:  Jesse Winchester, Sam Bush, David Wilcox, Greg Allman, Etta James, Little Feat, Robert Cray, Albert King, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Ely, John Hammond, Chris Isaak, David Lindley…  Dana was born and raised on the Central Coast of California, attended UC Santa Cruz only long enough to finish an elective course on country blues, then hit the road and never looked back.

With his acoustic guitar, he busked the streets of Berkeley and San Francisco. He eventually put together his own band, The Delta Twisters which he led for over a decade in the burgeoning Blues scene playing clubs, juke-joints, biker-bars.   By the time Dana moved on to bigger venues and theatres, the guitar in hand had become electric and he began sharing the stage with legends like Albert King, James Cotton and Etta James and opening shows for artists like Greg Allman, Chris Isaak and Robert Cray. All that performance experience culminated in his first CD release, “Tummy Lust” which showcases his guitar skills as well as his songwriting.

Dana returned to the acoustic guitar as his instrument of choice with the release of his second CD “Livin’ Live”. What Dana does with the guitar, using only his hands is amazing to watch and a joy to listen to. You hear the bass and the back beat rhythm along with the melody and chords.  If you look around for his backup guitar, you won’t find one. This is Dana, performing solo.  On his third CD “The Grounds Keepers” each track is a single guitar performance with no overdubs, no re-makes. What you hear is a singer/songwriter front and center, addressing issues of environmentalism and social injustice in a voice that sometimes growls, sometimes he lilts or laughs, but he’s always got a little twinkle in his eye. He has a social activist soul with a bluesman’s grin.

 

 

“…a cross between Bruce Cockburn and Jorma Kaukonen.” 
Andre de Channes, host of “Thursday Night Live” -KRSH 95.9 FM Santa Rosa, CA

First Place Winner TELLURIDE BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL Acoustic Competition (Colorado, 2009)

First Place Winner INDIE INTERNATIONAL Songwriting Contest-Folk/Acoustic (Spring/Summer 2009)

First Place Winner AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL-Musician Showcase (California, 2010).

Honorable Mention WOODYFEST Songwriting Contest (Oklahoma, 2012).

Artist Of The Year CONCERTS IN YOUR HOME

Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:00pm, The Lisa Sanders Band, singer-songwriter duo, $20.00

https://www.lisasanders.com/

 

Lisa Sanders is an electrifying harmonizer. Her heartfelt songs are genuine with deep meaning and conviction.  A musical style that can only be described as a soulful country blues, her genres include folk pop, gospel, rock and jazz. Writing, singing and producing from her heart in nearly every genre for over three decades, Sanders continues to make an impact in the musical world.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she began singing with her older brother Ty at an early age. The family relocated to Argentia Newfoundland, Canada where her parents encouraged music daily. Artists from Motown Records, Johnny Cash and others with a mixture of rock and classical music were key influencers in Sanders’ upbringing. Upon moving to Southern California, she signed to Cargo Earth Records and released her first album Isn’t Life Fine. After her second album Life Takes You Flying was released in 1999, Sanders went on to establish her own label Maya Jade Records in 2004. She has since released five albums from her own label:

Sanders has worked with musical legends including the Truckee Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Rait, Al Green, BB King and Babyface. Sanders continues to songwrite, produce and collaborate with artists from all over. She currently resides in San Diego as the founder of Star Woodwork by Lisa. Star Woodwork by Lisa specializes in handcrafted wooden materials into beautiful objects, structures and garden pieces.

The Lisa Sanders Band
Lisa Sanders and Karen “Brown Sugar” Hayes are a pair of electrifying, bodacious, harmonizing singers of genuine heartfelt songs. This country-bluesy duo have been performing there unique style of music for over ten years to enthusiastic fans across America. 
Lisa and Karen’s friendship began long ago when they met briefly at a high school party. Later on in life, both older and much wiser, the women met again when their kids were in the same class at school. They became the best of friends. Neither one of them realized that one day they would be a couple of moms writing and performing music all across the country. 
Karen has been singing since high school. When Lisa noticed that Karen knew all of her songs and had an amazing sense of harmony, Lisa asked Karen to join her band. They have since become a musical powerhouse. With harmonizing skills that have garnered the duo many accolades and opening spots with artist such as Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, BB King, Al Green and many more. 

Lisa Sanders and Brown Sugar are set to tour in support of their 8th CD release Shiver, nominated for San Diego Music Awards Best Pop Album. Produced and recorded by Jeff Berkley of Berkley Hart. Recorded with the Lisa Sanders Band, led by Jeff Berkley.

Friday, October 4, 2019, 7:00pm, Jackie Bristow, singer-songwriter with Mark Punch, guitar $20.00

www.jackiebristow.com

 

Jackie Bristow was born and raised in Gore, a small rural community in the lower half of New Zealand’s South Island, and home to New Zealand country music’s Gold Guitar awards.  Her singing career began at the age of eight, when she took a shine to church hymns at St. Mary’s Primary School, inspired by her music teacher Walter Hailes.  Encouraged by their grandmother, piano teacher Molly Scully, Jackie and her younger sister Katrina entered the Gold Guitar awards as children. By the time she was 11, the duo was sweeping up a string of awards in various categories. By the age of 14, the “Bristow Sisters” were gigging regularly throughout the South Island. Around this time, she began to mine her parents’ record collection, discovering classic songs from Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt and even “Solid Gold Hits”!

Bristow began to write her own songs, a secret passion that would remain hidden from the world for the next seven years. At 17, she left high school and enrolled in the Invercargill Polytechnic Music School, where she hooked up with local musicians. She spent the next 18 months singing regularly in pop and cover bands all around New Zealand. The professional Bristow had by then immersed herself in the music of Rickie Lee Jones, Bonnie Raitt and Crowded House.

Performing was fun, but she could no longer ignore the desire to write and perform her own material, which had been growing steadily since leaving Invercargill in 1994. She went to Sydney, Australia, where she gradually wrote, recorded and performed her original songs, playing late-night bars to empty rooms, saving pennies and working as a nanny to make ends meet. It was in Sydney that she met her now longtime friend, Mark Punch, who provided her with great perspective and the musical career guidance she had been missing up until then. He will be accompanying her on lead guitar for this return show at Fiddlers Crossing.

Bristow has shared the stage with many of her musical heroes. Opening for Bonnie Raitt in New Zealand on her 2013  “Slipstream” tour was a dream-come-true. She was invited back in 2017 to join Raitt on her “Dig in Deep” tour. She has also opened for the Steve Miller Band, Foreigner as well as Tommy Emanuel Joan Oates, Joe Ely, Madeleine Peyroux, Art Garfunkel and many more.

Her live performances have captivated audiences and reviewers alike. One reviewer of her show on the Tommy Emmanuel tour wrote: “Opening for a musical giant like Emmanuel would seem a daunting task, but Bristow was relaxed as her soulfully-seductive melodies reverberated within the auditorium. Her beautiful voice and earnest songs resonated with the audience, and they applauded her eagerly. Near the end of the show, Bristow joined Emmanuel on stage for an amazing duet that received a standing ovation.”

She has released four albums, the latest, “Shot of Gold”, released in 2016 received critical acclaim and charted in her native New Zealand

Jackie Bristow now calls music Mecca ,Nashville Tennessee home. She tours the U.S as well as New Zealand and other countries regularly. Fiddlers Crossing will be just one stop of many this Fall for the “down under” singer-songwriter.

 

 

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Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:00pm, Lisa Richards, singer-songwriter $20

https://lisarichardsmusic.com/latest-news

Life in Australia, Austin Texas and New York City have all shaped the sounds and songs of Lisa Richards. With sharp observations, subtle humor and a ferociously sweet voice, she explores the complexities of life through a mongrel mix of folk, blues, roots and jazz……

This North Queensland native recently returning home to Australian shores after recording 5 albums, living and touring for 22 years while based in New York City and Austin Texas.

She describes her childhood in Far North Queensland as being ‘wild and unsupervised’. I was, like many young people, a victim of sexual abuse at an early age and developed depression and a love of alcohol and drugs that began when I was 6 or so. My mother had some ‘substance abuse issues’ and when I was 7 she had a car accident and a severe brain stem injury from which she never recovered. She needed fulltime care from then until her death and growing up I shared in this care from the time I was 7 until I left Townsville at 20. My brother was 2 years older and we were a tight team getting her on and off the toilet and up and down the 17 stairs in the house, preparing meals.

“There’s no doubt that my childhood has informed everything I’ve done creatively and I’ve spent a lot of years getting my head on straight and learning how to live in the world.”

With a penchant for the underdog and the outsider, she writes and performs songs on guitar in the tradition of solo singers and street performers through the ages. Her guitar playing is sparse, percussive and rhythmic and her songs tell vivid stories of longing, loss, love and hope using a rich palette of musical elements.

Lisa’s songs have appeared on CD’s alongside Adele, Nina Simone and Corinne Bailey Rae as well as being heard in film and television.

Reviewers of her work frequently comment on the unusual qualities of her voice while drawing comparisons to such diverse artists as Billie Holliday, Bjork, Cassandra Wilson, Patty Griffin and Suzanne Vega. Her 4th CD “Mad Mad Love” was downloaded 80,000 times.

Performances across the U.S. at The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks festival, Merlefest, Kerrville Folk Festival, and The Kerrville Wine and Music Festival, SXSW and CMJ among others, established her stateside while tours to The UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Australia expanded her international audience.

Lisa’s voice is distinguished by its singularity. Articulated with strength and precision, it can be girlish, tender and innocent as each word is delivered with resonant clarity. Other times it rings with hard-won experience and dark foreshadowing.

Her recent CD is her 6th independently released album, her first Australian made release, and it’s called “A Light from the Other Side”. This CD was recorded and produced in South Gippsland by Greg J Walker from Machine Translations. Greg has produced CD’s for Paul Kelly, Jess Ribiero, C.W. Stoneking and composes for film and Television.

The songs on this new CD are colored by Richards’ sudden separation and divorce after 14 years of marriage, life and music in Austin Texas. (The tsunami of change as she puts it)…her journey, losing everything, living out of a suitcase, falling in love again, surprisingly, and resettling in Canberra Australia.

**** (4 stars) SOME voices pierce your heart….. a tour de force of unflinching and honest writing with arresting arrangements based on folk, blues and European chanson styles… it makes for a strikingly original and beautiful album. David Costello Brisbane Courier Mail

Songs of longing, loss, love and hope. In the tradition of  classic songwriters, singers and street performers through the ages …from Fado to Jazz to Bluegrass to Blues. An exquisite mash up of Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday, Bjork and Patty Griffin.  She’s toured solo in the USA, Europe and Australia and been praised by music industry tastemakers.

 

 

Lisa Richards’s voice is delightfully unusual. At first it is jarring, piercing against the otherwise dulcet jazz, folk and bluesy feel emanating from her music, but slowly the timbre reveals its delicate duplicity. On the one hand Richards sounds like a sweet young girl who is trying to find her place in the world. On the other, she sounds commanding and confident. It makes for truly stimulating listening…Richards is a simple yet powerful songwriter who has beautifully encapsulated the intricacies of the human condition.Emily Ritchie   The Australian
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 8, 2019, 7:00pm, Kevin Burke, Irish master fiddler, $25.00 (venue TBA)

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http://www.kevinburke.com/

 

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Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the 1970’s. His far-reaching solo album, “If​ ​the​ ​Cap​ ​Fits”​ ​and his work with such distinguished performers as Arlo​ ​Guthrie​, Kate​ ​Bush​, Christy​ ​Moore​ and the Bothy Band​ ​established him as a first class musician. Never one to be restricted by geography or genre, his decades long career has seen several innovative collaborations with notable musicians of differing styles – Classical, Old Time, Bluegrass, Pop and Rock as well as the Irish Traditional music for which he is so well known. Some of the eminent players he has worked with are: Grammy winner, singer and instrumentalist Tim​ ​O’Brien​; Liam​ ​O​ ​Maonlai​, lead singer of the Hothouse Flowers; classical violinists Gilles​ ​Apap​ and Greg​ ​Ewer​; Old Time favourites, The Foghorn​ ​String​ ​Band​; renowned Irish bands Dervish​,​ ​Solas​ and Lunasa​ and his most recent recording is a collaboration with veteran Rock guitarist John​ ​Brennan​ (Poco, Chris Hillman Band and others).

Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including the exciting Celtic​ ​Fiddle​ ​Festival​ ​and Ireland’s long admired and respected Patrick​ ​Street​. In 2007 he also set up his own record label, “Loftus​ ​Music”​, which soon developed a reputation for excellence in both its musical output and its unique eco-friendly packaging.

His contribution to music has received formal acknowledgement on both sides of the Atlantic where he has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland’s “Gradam​ ​Ceoil​” (Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016), and a National​ ​Heritage Fellowship​, the USA’s highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. (Previous National Heritage Fellows include B.B. King, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe.) Kevin has also been honoured by his adopted home state with his induction to the Oregon​ ​Music​ ​Hall​ ​of​ ​Fame​.

In 1980 Kevin settled in the USA and was performing with Bothy Band colleague Micheal​ ​O​ Domhnaill.​ Their 2 albums, “Promenade”​ and “Portland”,​ became, and still are, very influential resources for many traditional musicians.

In the mid Eighties Kevin was a founding member of two influential groups, “Open House”​ and “Patrick​ ​Street”,​ whose recordings and performances were greeted with great acclaim both in Europe and US. In the mid Nineties Kevin was a founding member of yet another successful and enduring traditional group – “The​ ​Celtic​ ​Fiddle Festival”​, this time with Johnny​ ​Cunningham​ from Scotland and Christian​ ​Lemaitre from Brittany.

Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it. This is very evident in his live solo release, “In​ ​Concert”,​ a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces before an audience in his home town of Portland, Oregon.

Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer.

 

 

 

The​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Times​ describes Kevin as “a superior instrumentalist in any idiom……impressively virtuosic”, The​ Washington​ ​Post​ writes of his “lyrical style that is always emotionally electric”, and the Irish​ ​Times​ says that “Burke’s fiddling is one of the high spots of the current Irish musical scene”.