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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.

Benefit for a New Sound System at The Golden Gate Center For Spiritual Living

Saturday, June 20 - 8:00pm - $12 advance / $17 at door

Setchko & Meese

with Robin Zickel & Sarit

Click below to see a live video of Setchko & Meese

Accomplished instrumentalists and vocalists Bodhi Setchko & Stephen Meese have been performing together on and off for 20 years. As friends and colleagues in numerous bands they have delighted audiences with their warm sense of humor and professional presence. People have been responding to the Setchko & Meese duo with these exclamations: Thank you for the blessing of your voice, your heart, your path, Talented, beautiful, funny, down to earth, The room seemed filled with love, Warm, open hearted songs, A breath of fresh air, Tight and soulful.

Bodhi Setchko Setchko garnered recording deals and critically-acclaimed albums both as a singer-songwriter in the 70's and later as an influential force in the new age/ambient music movement (with Higher Octave recording band CRYSTAL WIND) leading up to his 2006 #1 Hit TRANS UKRAINE on the International ambient charts.

Stephen Meese made a splash from the East Coast to Hawaii, opening for acts like Elton John, The Go-Gos, and Toots & the Maytals. He too has a strong affinity for ambient music as a member of notable Marin-based purveyors of "Music to Feel," Harmonic Healers.

In their previous show at Studio 55 Marin, Setchko & Meese inspired us with the amazing blending of their guitar playing and singing. We are delighted to have them back for another show.

Sisters Celtic Trio,
on National Tour

Friday, July 24 - 8:00pm - $17 advance / $20 at door

The Gothard Sisters

Another Great Celtic Show: Fiddles, Harmonies, Dancing, and More

Video of The Gothard Sisters - The Three Coins

Live video of The Gothard Sisters

The Gothard Sisters are the tremendously entertaining and dynamic result of infectious youth combined with years of performance experience and quality musical training. Real siblings Greta - on fiddle, guitar, Irish dance and vocals, Willow - on fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, Irish dance and vocals and Solana - on lead vocals, Irish dance, bodhran, fiddle, djembe and just about anything you could pull out of a Mary Poppins bag make up this totally unique band.

With their feel-good melodies, gorgeous sibling vocal harmonies, energetic and imaginative programming, hilarious banter, award-winning original tunes and songs, fresh and inspiring new takes on traditional favorites and a background seeped in musical tradition and quality, this new all-female band (The Gothard Sisters were the winner of Best New Irish Artist in the Irish Music Awards 2013 and were honored with Album of the Year and Jig /Reel of the Year from Celtic Radio in 2011) is making huge waves in the worlds of Celtic and Folk music.

Audiences rave about their live performances, as well as their recorded studio albums. They have packed stages at top Irish festivals, performing arts centers and folk venues around the country and tour extensively throughout the year, one minute bringing their crowds to yell and shout and cheer, the next causing them to tear up with a beautiful ballad from Ireland before heading straight into a comedic rendition of the Devil Went down to Georgia or dueling it out - bodhran versus bodhran. There is never a dull moment in a Gothard Sisters show, and their concerts and sets at festivals have people of every age and background completely enthralled.

Special Sunday Afternoon Show

Sunday, August 23 - 2:00pm - $16 advance / $20 at door

Muriel Anderson

World-Famous Fingerstyle Guitarist and Harp-Guitarist

Live video of Muriel playing harp guitar

Live video of Muriel playing Superstition

One of the world's foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. An engaging performer, her obvious joy of music, humor, and facility across musical genres is revered by guitarists and audiences worldwide. She has recorded with country legend Chet Atkins, performed in New York with Les Paul, across the globe solo, in ensemble and with orchestras. She is host and founder of Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night, the premiere live music event for over 20 years at the semi-annual NAMM music trade shows, and also the founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity. She is a prolific composer of music on guitar and harp guitar.

Her unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles tune and the next, Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez.

Her Heartstrings cassette traveled into space, accompanying astronaut Susan Helms for 2.3 million miles on the space shuttle Discovery. Muriel's music can also be heard in Woody Allen's film Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She enjoys touring as is evidenced by her "photos from the road" and "recipes from the road" on her website. Her new double CD Nightlight Daylight is a culmination of her creative spirit, and is also the first CD to incorporate fiber optics in the packaging.

Attention Guitar Students - Immiately after the show, Muriel will be driving up to Mendocino, where she will be teaching and performing at the Mendocino Guitar Festival for 5 days. She has a rental car, and has offered a ride to and from the festival for any student who wants to attend the festival.