Scottish singer-songwriter Jim Malcolm will be performing at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7:30pm. Former lead singer of the well-respected band Old Blind Dogs, Jim has been touring the world with his guitar and harmonicas, singing the traditional songs of Scotland along with his own originals. His recently released CD “Disaster for Scotland” is a collection of original humorous and satirical songs. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.
The Santa Cruz Resource Center for Nonviolence celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King with a weekend of events centered around “The Power of Songs for Social Change.” John McCutcheon will be in concert Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at the Resource Center starting at 7:30pm, and will lead a singing workshop on Sat, Jan 19 at the same venue from 10am-noon. John is a talented multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer and more), singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author, has released over 30 recordings, and been nominated for seven Grammy awards. Visit the Resource Center’s website for the other weekend events, which include a South African choral workshop, a Gospel night concert, an afternoon of free Hip-Hop workshops for youth of all ages, and an evening Hip-Hop concert.
The Wake the Dead band who are mostly from the SF Bay Area, blends traditional Celtic music played on acoustic instruments with the songs of the Grateful Dead. They’ll be performing at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8pm. The band includes Danny Carnahan, a singer, fiddler, and player of just about anything with frets, and a two-time NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors) “Indie” award winner, Sylvia Herold, guitarist and amazing singer, Paul Kotapish, tasty and talented mandolin and guitar player and occasional vocalist, Kevin Carr, singer, fiddler, whistle & pipes player, Maureen Brennan featured on harp, Cindy Browne on bass, and Brian Rice on percussion.
From New York City, The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile will be in concert Friday, November 30, 2012 at 8pm at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA. Rooted in the rhythmic structure of bluegrass, these four virtuosic musicians take their original acoustic music and songs to an edgier, energetic fusion with elements of classical music, pop, indie-rock, and jazz. The band features Chris Thile (mandolin and vocals), who recently received a no-strings $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship, giving him the freedom to pursue whatever he wants for the next five years! The other band members include Gabe Witcher (fiddle), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass).
The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay presents the Irish band Teada on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA. Appearing at major music festivals around the world, Teada has now grown to a six-member band with the recent addition of legendary singer and button accordion player Seamus Begley from West Cork. Oisin Mac Diarmada is the founder of Teada, and is an All-Ireland fiddle champion. Other members of the group include Tristan Rosenstock on bodhran (Irish drum), Paul Finn on button accordion, Damien Stenson on flute and whistle, and Sean Mc Elwain on bouzouki and guitar. They’re firmly based in the traditional music of Ireland, but also leave room for creative spontaneity in their energetic performances.
The 23rd Annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards show was held several weeks ago, and KZSC will feature highlights from this show on Backroads, between 12-2pm on Sunday, November 4, 2012. Recorded live at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, Laurie Lewis and Del McCoury co-host this year’s show that includes performances by Laurie with Tom Rozum & Bryan Sutton, Dale Ann Bradley with Pam Tillis, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Boxcars, Blue Highway, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Dailey & Vincent and others. Tune in for the special live performances, including tributes to Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, coupled with lots of thank yous from the award winners.
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