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Manran

Mànran, Wed Sep 25th

From Scotland, Mànran will be performing at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7:30pm. Mànran is a six-member high-energy band playing a mix of Scottish traditional and contemporary music, singing in both Gaelic and English. They’ve headlined in major festivals throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, including a special performance at the 2012 London Olympics. They’re known for titanic sets of tunes and songs driven by Gary Innes on accordion, Ewen Henderson on fiddle, Norrie MacIver on lead vocals, Ryan Murphy on uillean pipes, flute, and saxophone,  Scott Mackey on drums, and Ross Saunders on bass. They received a Creative Scotland Award for helping to raise over two million pounds for the benefit of under privileged children in Scotland from sales from their song “Take You There.” Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay, Mànran will be celebrating the release of their second CD “The Test.”

 

 

Alasdair Fraser VOM

Valley of the Moon Annual Concert, Fri Aug 30th

Scottish fiddling master Alasdair Fraser hosts a week-long Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School every year, culminating with an annual concert which this year falls on Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 8pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Performances showcase the exceptional instructors, along with over a hundred of their students on the stage, who occasionally add an accompanying wall of sound. Traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland and Quebec will be featured by Alasdair (Scottish), along with Andre Brunet and Eric Beaudry (Quebec), Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (Irish, from the group Altan), singer and fiddler Laura Cortese (Boston), amazing step dancer Nic Gareiss, cellist Natalie Haas plus another 11 all-star fiddlers.

Donna the Buffalo

Donna the Buffalo, Sun Aug 4th

From New York, Donna the Buffalo brings their energetic spin on alt-country to Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, CA on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 at 8:30pm. Their first studio-produced CD in five years was released less than two months ago, and has already risen to number 8 on the national Americana Radio Chart. The band has been together for 25 years and has released 11 albums to critical acclaim, presenting a unique mix of music that includes elements from country, rock, folk, cajun/zydeco, and reggae that’s tastefully done. More than just a thumping jam band, their work is driven by the strong and thoughtful songwriting of Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, who both have strong roots in traditional old-time string band music.

Jeffery Broussard

Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys Wed July 31st

Dance to the Creole and Zydeco music of Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys tonight, Wed July 31, 2013 at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA at 7:30pm. Jeffery is a master of traditional style Creole and Zydeco music as learned from the legendary Canray Fontenot and Jeffery’s famed accordion-playing dad, Delton Broussard, that few performers highlight today. At the age of 8, Jeffery played drums in his dad’s band. Now fronting his own band, Jeffery sings and plays old-style button accordion, newer piano-key accordion and acoustic fiddle and enthusiastically works to pass the joy of traditional music on to younger generations. The band also puts its own spin on contemporary Zydeco style music, so there’ll be plenty of rhythm for dancing.

 

deboband

Debo Band Tues July 16th

Outstanding Ethiopian-Pop Debo Band makes an appearance in Santa Cruz tonight, Tuesday July 16, 2013 at Moe’s Alley. This large 11-member group includes musicians and dancers from Addis and Boston, plus local fiddler Kaethe Hostetter formerly of Bonny Doon. They’ve received raves for pushing the envelope of traditional Ethiopian music by incorporating funk, soul, jazz and Eastern European influences into their dance music using a varied assortment of instruments that includes sousaphone, accordion, and electric and acoustic violins. Debo’s most recent CD release was on NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012 and is available streamed in its entirety here. Sun Hop Fat, another group playing Ethiopian dance music opens.

Darol Anger

Darol Anger and The Furies, Thurs May 16th

An all-star string extravaganza led by fiddle master Darol Anger will be performing at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:30pm. Darol has taken acoustic string music into territory which fuses elements of jazz, bluegrass, and other traditions from around the world. He’ll be joined by The Furies, comprised of bluegrass mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist, vocalist Emy Phelps, and Tristan Clarridge, a five-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and cellist who has toured with the neo-acoustic band Crooked Still. Their innovative music will bring something new to your ears.