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De Temps Antan

De Temps Antan, Tues July 14th

Celebrate Bastille Day with the French-speaking band De Temps Antan, who will be bringing vibrant traditional music from Quebec to Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 7:30pm. This trio features former members of the seminal French-Canadian band La Bottine Souriante, including the charismatic André Brunet on fiddle, composer of many delightful tunes, and a previous winner of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship, along with Eric Beaudry on guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki, and Pierre-Luc Dupuis on button accordion and harmonica. Everyone in the band sings, and their sense of fun in performance is quite contagious. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.

Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie Remembrance on Backroads, Sun June 7th

Jean Ritchie, long-time singer and researcher of traditional songs from her native Appalachia and their connections to British balladry, passed away last Monday at the age of 92. Jean introduced the mountain dulcimer to many, and played a significant role in the folk-music revival of the 1960s. Her songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris among others. As a remembrance to Jean, the next KZSC Backroads folk show (Sunday 6/7/15, noon-2pm) will feature a documentary about her music. The segment to be aired is part of the “Southern Songbirds” radio series that honors the women of early country and old-time music, through the courtesy of Coast Ridge Productions.

Percolators

Santa Cruz Percolators Live on Backroads, Sun May 24th

SC PercolatorsThe Santa Cruz Percolators will be on the air at KZSC during the Backroads folk show on Sunday (5/24/15, between noon-2pm) for an interview and some live music. The Percolators play a variety of traditional dance music from around the world, featuring melodies from Appalachia, Quebec, Trinidad, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. The band includes long-time Santa Cruz residents Laurie Rivin (fiddle), Janet Dows (concertina), and Paul Rangell (guitar). Their upcoming concert and dance on Wednesday (5/27/15) at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA will celebrate the release of their new CD “Step Out.”

Photo by Eric Thompson

Seabright Stringfest Apr 24th-26th

The 4th Annual Seabright Stringfest (Santa Cruz, CA) kicks off with a square dance Friday evening, April 24th, called by Erik Hoffman with music by the Earl White Stringband and The Percolators at the Market St. Theatre. Free concerts that feature 12 bands playing Appalachian string band, bluegrass, blues, Celtic and other traditional string music from around the world continues on Saturday, Apr 25th from 11am-10:30pm at the Seabright Brewery patio, with concurrent directed indoor jamming in the adjacent Java Junction Coffee House from 9:30am-6pm. The fourth Sunday of the month bluegrass and old-time jam session at Ocean View Park follows on April 26th starting at 1pm and continuing until people are worn out. Schedule and details are at fiddlersjam.com. Tune in to KZSC for “Backroads” on Sundays 12-2pm and “Ramblin’ Round” on Wednesdays 2-4pm to hear more acoustic string music.

Chuck Brodsky

Chuck Brodsky Live on “Backroads” Sun, Feb 1st

Chuck Brodsky, folk singer-songwriter, storyteller and troubadour, will be stopping in for a live interview on KZSC’s Backroads show this coming Sunday afternoon (2/1/15), prior to his Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Barrel Room concert at 7pm that evening. Chuck has traveled the world, sharing his guitar playing and songs over the past 20 years at many festivals, and has released 10 critically acclaimed albums. He is also a big baseball fan, having produced two albums of songs reflecting his love of the game and his thoughts on baseball history and culture. Tune in to KZSC every Sunday afternoon between noon and 2pm to hear a broad array of folk and acoustic country music.

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“Irish Christmas in America” guests on ShamRock, Wed Dec 3rd

Oisin Mac Diarmada, All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and one of the producers of the “Irish Christmas in America” traveling show, now in its 10th season, will be joining DJ Sophaloaf in a live interview on KZSC’s “ShamRock” show this Wednesday, December 3, 2014 between 1:00-2:00pm. Oisin (member of the band Teada), along with the well-regarded button accordionists and singers Seamus Begley and Seamus’s daughter Meabh, plus virtuoso uillean piper and flute player Sean Gavin (from the band Bua), and Champion Irish step dancer Samantha Harvey, will all be appearing later that evening in a Santa Cruz show at the Kuumbwa that features traditional tunes, Irish ballads and carols, recitations, and some energetic dancing, all presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay. Tune in every week to “ShamRock” for a mix of Irish rock and folk music.