For fans of contemporary folk music, a spectacular concert of Songwriters-in-the-Round featuring the popular duos of Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald and Alisa Fineman & Kimball Hurd will be held Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7:00pm at Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA (831) 603-2294. Both pairs of singer-songwriters currently reside in California and have performed across the U.S. and abroad to much acclaim for their exquisite harmonies and compelling lyrics. Paul and Eleanore will also be presented by the Fiddling Cricket Concert Series on Saturday, March 19, 2011, with Michael McNevin opening at 8:00pm at the Mission City Coffee Roasting Co., 2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA (831) 475-4938.
Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen are folk musicians known for their fine duet singing of traditional material as well as original songs. They’ll be in concert Friday, March 18, 2011, in the Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Barrel Room at 8:00pm, 334-A Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, CA (831) 426-6209. They’ve been performing together for 20 years, and bring a professional but relaxed atmosphere of interacting with the audience with a warm sense of humor. Their compelling songs and rich harmonies will be accompanied by their tasteful guitar, banjo, concertina, and mountain dulcimer playing.
Extend your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations another day with The Black Brothers Band on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 7:30pm at Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA (831) 603-2294, presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay. Shay & Michael Black (vocals, tenor banjo & guitar), members of the formidable Black Family singers from Ireland, will be joined by Bay Area fiddler Bobbi Nikles (founder of FiddleKids Music Camp), cellist Myrna Joy, Bryan Seet on keyboards, and award-winning Irish step dancer Aislin Roche, for a full blown extravaganza, including traditional Irish ballads, Dublin street songs, music hall ditties, contemporary songs, full-speed-ahead instrumentals, plus some amazing dancing interspersed with stories, jokes, amusing anecdotes, and the inevitable invitations to join them in the singing of choruses. And yes, it was Shay’s YouTube video of “There’s No One As Irish as Barack O’Bama” that went viral with over a million hits.
Swedish traditional band Väsen will be performing Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 7:30pm at The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, CA. Presented by the Community Music School of Santa Cruz, this tall (literally) trio consists of Olov Johansson (nyckelharpa = keyed fiddle), Mikael Marin (viola & violin), and Roger Tallrot ( guitar, bosoki). They have released seven critically acclaimed albums as a band as well as assorted solo albums. In concert, they’re known for their energetic original compositions, musical virtuosity, and hilarious deadpan humor. For more info contact email@example.com.
Singer-songwriters Chris Webster, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, and guitarist Nina Gerber perform together for the first time in a concert on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 7:00pm as part of the Santa Cruz Live video series for TV and internet broadcast at the Digital Media Factory, 2809 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Two-time Grammy award winner (in Traditional Blues and Traditional Folk categories) the venerable Ramblin’ Jack Elliott will be appearing Sunday, March 13, 2011 at a 1:00pm matinee show at Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA (831) 603-2294. In the tradition of a roving troubadour, Jack has traveled the world with his guitar, telling stories in words and song for decades, and has recorded some forty albums. He met Woody Guthrie in 1950, and subsequently moved in with Woody’s family and traveled and performed with Woody across the U.S. While residing in Europe, he inspired young rockers ranging from Mick Jagger to Eric Clapton. On his return to the U.S., he met and influenced Bob Dylan, and also along the way learned blues first-hand from Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy and others. At the age of 77, he continues to entertain folks of all ages.