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1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, California


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Incredible Father-Son Duo

Saturday, April 18 - 8:00pm - $15 advance / $18 at door

Tim & Myles Thompson

Famous Virtuoso Guitarist-Singer-Songwriter with Violinist-Vocalist Son

Click below to see video of 2 songs from the Canadian Guitar Festival

Click below to see video of Tim's song Time For Me To Go

The unique relationship of a father and son cannot be argued nor explained, but when the relationship includes musical passion, virtuosity and showmanship - magic happens! Tim and Myles Thompson have been inspiring audiences throughout the country. With recent performances that include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, and the Chet Atkins Festival, they have polished their craft to a fine luster. The duo has opened for Spyro Gyra, Don Williams, Mountain Heart, and Richard Elliot.

Tim is a Nashville based session player, singer/songwriter and the 2008 International Fingerstyle Champion. Music has always filled the Thompson home; unknowingly it inspired Myles to pick up the violin at the tender age of five! By the age of twelve he was studying music theory and improvising with skill beyond his years - it was clear that music would be his life. Today at the ripe old age of nineteen Myles is also a prolific singer/songwriter and mandolin player. If you ask his dad or an audience member, they will tell you that Myles fancies himself as quite the comedian, most often at his dad's expense.

Tim Thompson has appeared with such artists as Tommy Emmanuel, Crystal Gayle, and Hwy 101. He has recorded eleven CDs and two DVDs. He has been featured in the following magazines, Taylor Guitar's Wood and Steel, Just Jazz Guitar and Fingerstyle Guitar which said, Tim Thompson is a Nashville based finger-stylist that burns! Tim's songwriting and guitar skills have been featured in a series of workshops sponsored by NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association), Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch, Steve Kaufman's Guitar Camp, as well as middle and high schools and colleges. His original music has been featured as bumper music on NPR, Casper's Haunted Christmas CD and the Flip Video Camera software.

Two Fun Quirky Good-Time Bands

Friday, April 24 - 8:00pm - $15 advance / $18 at door

Roosevelt Dime plus JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople

Brooklyn band on tour, plus local favorites

Roosevelt Dime

Play the videos below to see see Roosevelt Dime perform I Want Mo' and Wishing Well.

There was a time when Appalachian strings made romance with New Orleans rhythms, a love affair that yielded one of the most infectious beats the world had ever heard. For Roosevelt Dime that time is now. Some would call it Rock & Roll, others Americana, but "Mardi-Grass" is more like it - a bedrock of New Orleans rhythms that brings driving, melodic banjo, fat-back blues guitar, pure honky-tonk harmonies, and deliciously dirty R&B vocals along for the ride - it makes for a groove so inspired the New York Times has called Roosevelt Dime "a perpetual crowd pleaser."

This musical alchemy is purely American, transforming struggle into celebration, pain into perseverance, and taking the joyous beat from sidewalks and streetcars to backrooms and barrooms, from the ample hills of Brooklyn to the amber waves of grain. The formula is no accident. From their early days performing on the streets of New York City Roosevelt Dime learned what it takes to stop a stranger in their tracks, turn that stranger from a commuter into a listener, and from a listener into an unstoppable sidewalk strutter. Their high energy live shows have thrilled audiences at premier festivals across the country, and countless more have been captivated by the exceptional songwriting on their latest release "Full Head of Steam (2014)", which climbed to #6 on the Folk Charts in New York and #8 nationally. Roosevelt Dime has recently been featured in Relix Magazine, CMT Edge, Performer Magazine, The Bluegrass Situation, and the Alternate Root Magazine.

JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople

JimBo Trout & the Fishpeople are a high energy, good-time band from San Francisco that has been together since 1992. They perform a musical gumbo made up of bluegrass, ragtime, blues, western-swing, Appalachian, rock+roll, New Orleans, honky-tonk and more. But they are not a band that would let tradition stand in the way of a good time! JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople are known for their entertaining, energetic and danceable live shows.

JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople are fun for all ages. They perform at restaurants, nightclubs, cafes, weddings, dances, festivals, street fairs, retirement homes, and children's parties. The band has performed at many top clubs and festivals, including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (2005), The Great American Music Hall, The Independent, Slim's, Bottom of the Hill, and the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival (eight years in a row). JimBo Trout and the Fish People have opened for Dr. John, Johnny Winter, The Freighthoppers, Wayne Hancock, The Gourds, Hot Club of Cowtown, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cake, Calexico, Doo Rag, The Iguanas, Riders In the Sky, Drew Emmitt, Dale Watson, Jeff Buckley and Southern Culture on the Skids among others.

Listen to JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople perform Sweet To Mama

Listen to JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople perform Old Slewfoot

Only Bay Area Performance

Saturday, April 25 - 8:00pm - $15 advance / $18 at door

Cassie & Maggie MacDonald

Renown Celtic Duo on Tour from Nova Scotia

Click below to see part of Cassie and Maggie's show at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act, their talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they so generously share it. Exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Celtic roots, they have explored and tested the boundaries of traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies.

Born to a family with a rich musical heritage and raised in Nova Scotia, a province steeped in musical culture and traditions, the girls have used their unique upbringing as a springboard for their own brand of Celtic roots music. Equally at home playing tunes passed down through generations of musicians, as seamlessly weaving themes from the Moonlight Sonata into sets of sure fire reels, Cassie and Maggie are turning heads wherever they go. And the music community has taken note; Galaxie Radio Rising Star award winners, Canadian Folk Music Award nominees for "Young Performers of the Year", East Coast Music Award nominees for Traditional Album and double Music Nova Scotia Award nominees for New Artist and Roots Album of the year, their accolades and awards speak of a young duo that will surely continue to do great things.

Appearing on stages across Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Bermuda and the UK, the list continues to grow as people are beginning to know the names Cassie and Maggie MacDonald. Since their first festival performance at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in Ontario, the girls have gone on to be soloists in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and International Polizi Show in Hamburg, Germany, perform for the French Ambassador in Paris, France, play at the independence day celebrations on Bermuda Island, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour festival, Celtic Classic festival, Stan Rogers International Songwriters festival, Festival Memoires et Racines in Jolliette, QC to name a few. This year will prove to be the busiest and most exciting yet with performances at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, Celtic Colours International festival and Ocrafolk festival in NC, again, just to name a few.

On Tour from North Carolina

Saturday, May 9 - 8:00pm - $15 advance / $18 at door


Southern Acoustic Roots Music

Video of Mipso performing thier song Get Out

Video of Mipso performing thier song Carolina Calling

The renegade traditionalists of Mipso are doing their part to take three-and-four-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, these four North Carolinians are touring the country to support their 2013 release, Dark Holler Pop. They are well loved in their home state, and we're sure they'll soon be well loved in California. Mipso is Joseph Terrell on guitar, Wood Robinson on double bass, Jacob Sharp on mandolin, and Libby Rodenbough on fiddle.

Jacob Sharp is from Morganton, North Carolina. Jacob got his first mandolin after winning a fishing bet with his dad.
Wood Robinson is from Greensboro, North Carolina. A student of jazz, his favorite album is Bill Evans' "Sunday At the Village Vanguard"
Joseph Terrell is from High Point, North Carolina, where his grandmother taught him his first song on guitar, Doc Watson's "Tom Dooley".
Libby Rodenbough is from Greensboro, North Carolina. Though she grew up playing classical violin, Libby took a year off during college to study folk music in Chicago and fiddle in Ireland.

An Evening of Songs from Ireland & California

Saturday, May 16 - 8:00pm - $13 advance / $15 at door

Kyle Alden

with Vincey Keehan, and Friends

Video of Jimmy-O from Kyle's previous show at Studio 55

Video of Those Images from Kyle's previous show at Studio 55

Folk musicians Kyle Alden and Vincey Keehan have played together for years in San Francisco-based Irish trad band The Gas Men. Each of these talented multi-instrumentalists is also an accomplished songwriter and singer. Join them for an evening of new and old folk and original songs highlighting the threads that run between Ireland and California, Kyle's home state and Vincey's adopted state. Sure to be a few lively instrumental tunes as well. Featured guests will include Susan Spurlock (vocals and mandolin) and Paul Eastburn (upright bass), among others.

Award-winning singer/songwriter and folk musician Kyle Alden is a performer who has appeared on stages throughout California, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and Ireland. His third CD--Songs From Yeats' Bee-Loud Glade -- a collection of thirteen original folk songs inspired by poems of W. B. Yeats -- received world-wide radio airplay and was on three "Best of 2011" lists among folk music DJs. As the 2012 grand prize winner of the Y-Tunes Song Contest for his settings of W.B. Yeats' poetry, Kyle was honored to perform at the Hawks Well Theater in Sligo, Ireland in the summer of 2013. He just returned from New York where he joined Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis in performing a selection of the Yeats songs at Symphony Space on Broadway.

Vincey Keehan is a fine singer/songwriter from the West of Ireland, near Gort, County Galway. He came to America in the early 1980's and has lived in San Francisco since that time; he is well-known on the Irish music scene in both places. Vince is a founding member of the Gas Men, who play regularly around the Bay Area and beyond. Their two albums, "Minding Mice at the Crossroads", and "Clement Street", showcase the many talents of the Irish music scene on the West Coast, including singing, lilting, instrumental music, live tracks and folk and original compositions. His latest project is called "Nights In Shanaglish," which he co-produced with London concertina player Paddy Egan. They gathered a terrific collection of local musicians to play and sing at Whelan's pub in the tiny village of Shanaglish, near the Galway/Clare border. A live audio recording, issued in both CD and vinyl formats, plus a DVD are all part of this amazing collection which captures the magic of spontaneous music-making in a small, rural Irish community.

Vibrant Vocals & Virtuoso Instrumentalists

Friday, June 12 - 8:00pm - $15 advance / $18 at door

The Tuttles featuring Molly Tuttle, with special guest John Mailander
plus Sound of Sirens

A Celebration of Original and Traditional American Music


Molly Tuttle & The Tuttle Family with John Mailander

Play the video below to see a live performance by Molly Tuttle and The Tuttle Family

Molly Tuttle has had nearly two million viewers on YouTube, and features in Flatpicking Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines. Molly is making a name for herself in the acoustic music scene. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. In recent years she has been awarded the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in Nashville, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest's Chris Austin Songwriting Competition.

The Tuttle Family is a young super-talented band composed of singers and multi-instrumentalists who have been playing music since they were barely old enough to hold a pick. The band has received numerous awards, and receives standing ovations wherever they play because of their youthful, vibrant performances of old traditional tunes and tasteful new originals. Although they are best known for their bluegrass performances and awards, including being voted "best band" by The Northern California Bluegrass Association two years in a row, this show will feature Molly's songs, singing, and guitar playing. Check out the video above to get an idea of her style. The Tuttles consist of A.J. Lee on vocals and mandolin, Sullivan Tuttle on guitar, Michael Tuttle on Mandolin, and Jack Tuttle on bass. Jack also is a masterful performer and instructor on fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin. A.J. Lee, although not yet 16, has already been the subject of a Mother Jones article titled Could This Kid Be the Next Allison Krauss?

John Mailander is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. As an accomplished performer, composer, teacher and recording artist, John has become known for his soulful voice on the fiddle, mandolin and various other stringed instruments. Molly and John often perform together as a duo, and have a wonderful EP together, released last year.

Sound of Sirens

Play the video below to see a live performance by Sound of Sirens

Like the mythical sea maidens of old, Sound of Sirens are mesmerizing audiences with scintillating vocal harmonies and intricate instrumental arrangements. As a finely-woven ancient fishing net, the Sound Of Sirens music will capture and hold you riveted from start to finish. This show will feature blues and rags from the 1920's, old-time traditional songs, originals, and our own take on more recent songs from other composers including Paul Simon and Gillian Welch.

Ken Frankel (guitar, banjo, mandolin) has been part of the California music scene since the 1960's, performing in bands with music notables such as Jerry Garcia, Richard Greene, Rick Shubb, Sandy Rothman, Robert Hunter, and Tom Constanten. Ken has formed and been a member of many prestigious Bay Area groups including Westwind International Folk Ensemble, The Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble, and The Electric Guitar Quartet.

Susan Nielsen (vocals, percussion) has shared stages with Bob Hope, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Alan Alda, John Madden, Bill Cosby, and other national stars. Susan was a featured soloist as a teen at many Bay Area venues and concerts and worked as a professional studio singer. In her 20's she began a successful acting career in film and television and as a voice-over artist. Ken and Susan's most recent band was the well-loved Family Lines.

Kristina Ziese (vocals, percussion) was classically trained for 10 years, sang in many popular bands in Seattle as well as performing as a soloist and in chamber groups. She now has moved to the Bay Area to become one of our "Sirens".

Jared Karol (guitar, harmonica) is is a roots finger-picker and harmonica player, specializing in rags and blues, but great at all acoustic styles. In the early 2000's Jared was an integral part of the San Francisco singer/songwriter scene, and has recorded five CDs of original music. Jared's previous musical endeavor was the reggae band Flannel Canoe.

Scott Underwood (bass) has performed with various Bay Area music acts since the 1980s. In the last ten years, he has played electric and upright bass with such musicians as Annie Zesiger, Harry Gray, Mike Steed, Rick English, and Rik Elswit, and as a member of the alt-country-pop-rock sextet Acoustic Son.