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Friday, December 29th, 2017

Round Mountain

7:30 - $20

Char and Robby Rothschild have been writing songs and singing together since they were kids harmonizing in the back of the family car. Blending dusty American grit with many global influences, Round Mountain presents a singular take on folk music that is both foreign and familiar. The multi-multi-instrumentalist band of brothers has travelled the globe absorbing bits and pieces of musical cultures, returning to filter them through their own sepia-toned Americana framework. Older brother Char sings and plays accordion, guitar or dobro, together with trumpet or Bulgarian gaida, and highland bagpipes. Robbie sings and plays percussion, the West African djembe and Peruvian cajon, the West African harp known as the kora, and the Irish bouzouki. Their lyrics evoke the emotion of family and convey the universal and rugged beauty of global, traditional music. Round Mountain, the group, is a lively mixture of ceremony and irreverence, of exuberance and reflection. In a time when so much music has become so brightly polished that no one can see inside, Round Mountain is a rare authentic gem of music that glows from within. 

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Derek Gripper

7:30 - $17 in advance, $22 day of show

Derek Gripper began his formal musical training at the age of six on the violin. After studying classical music for the next thirteen years, he began to look further afield for musical inspiration, delving into South Indian music, and the music of Oliver Messiaen, Steve Riech, and J.S Bach. Upon meeting Cape Jazz trumpeter Alex van Heerden he started to see that his previous studies could be used to find new directions for the music of South Africa. 

After a host of groundbreaking albums which redefined the landscape of South African music, most notable being the visionary Sagtevlei with Alex van Heerden, Derek began to incorporate the music of other composers in his performances notably Brazilian pianist, guitarist and composer Egberto Gismonti.

In 2009 Derek began studying the playing techniques of the kora  by learning traditional Malian compositions on the kora, and two years found that it was possible to play the highly complex kora compositions of the great Malian virtuoso Toumani Diabaté on the six string guitar, without omitting a note of the original performances. Derek Gripper's project to create an African repertoire for the classical guitar, based on transcriptions of works by some of Africa's greatest musicians, resulted in a growing collection of outstanding African Guitar arrangements, with works by Toumani Diabaté, Ballaké Sissoko, Ali Farka Touré, Amadou Bansand Jobarteh, South African bow player Madosini and others, bringing the guitar and the music of Africa to life in new and exciting ways.

"Gripper has brilliantly transferred [the kora] repertoire onto a regular six string guitar. He sees [Toumani] Diabaté as the Segovia, or indeed John Williams, of the kora, championing it as a solo instrument. And Gripper brilliantly takes it back to the guitar. He's opening a whole new repertoire of classical guitar music... bringing African guitar into the classical mainstream."

Simon Broughton

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show

After years touring the United States, Canada, and Europe, having his songs covered by some of the biggest names in music, and appearing on "The Late Show with David Letterman"—the enigmatic, countrified, Rock 'n Roll troubadour, Fred Eaglesmith, is carrying on with musical wife, Tif Ginn.

Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today's music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone's boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere.

Tif Ginn is a gutsy, amazing singer and a transcendent songwriter who has spent most of her life touring and playing music. Her impressive, sultry vocals, glorious harmonies and multi-instrumental abilities will have you in awe.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket - 505-886-1251

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Friday, April 20th, 2018

Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

7:30 - $20

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), has brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. They've made many appearances on TV and radio and their busy touring schedule has brought them to stunned and delighted audiences worldwide. 

“Máire Ní Chathasaigh" is in a class of her own." -THE GUARDIAN

“An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling… Virtuoso playing… Bewitching string fantasies and a wonderfully clear and expressive voice.” - THE TIMES

“Dazzling virtuosity… a procession of exceptional albums exquisitely delivered… the speed and complexity is to be marveled at… delightful.” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Their blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation brought an extended standing ovation... Newman has the great gift of being informative and hilarious simultaneously.” - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

“This celebrated duo took the place by storm. Stately Carolan tunes, jazzy Django-ish numbers, dazzling Doc Watson style flat picking fliers, driving Irish dance tunes - this pair can nonchalantly do the lot. Guitar players applauded and went sadly home to burn their instruments!” - THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH


Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Austin Piazzolla Quintet

7:30 - $20


Austin Piazzolla Quintet has been stunning audiences in Austin, Texas and beyond since 2009.  Founded by violinist James Anderson, Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the intense and passionate music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.  APQ continues the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, talented improvisations, and breathtaking original compositions. Featuring some of the finest talent on the renown Austin music scene, APQ has been hailed by critics as "one of the foremost tango ensembles in the country," "sublime," and "taking profound steps in Nuevo Tango evolution."

Please note, this is a listening event not a dance event. :-)