Studio 55 Marin

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1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, California


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Live shows presented by

Roots Music Marin

a registered 501c3 non-profit

Traditional Music


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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.

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

Saturday, June 20 - 8:00pm - $12 advance / $18 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.