Author: Carlin, Larry

Dec. 14, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007

Giving a hoot -- Two days ago in this column the location for The 3rd Annual Holiday Hootenanny on the 14th was incorrectly listed as Fremont in the headline. It should have been Belmont instead. So, from 5 p.m-2 a.m. today go to the Devil's Canyon Brewery in Belmont for an evening featuring multiple bands plus special guests and a late-night jam. You can see Moonshine String Posse, Wires-n-Wood, The Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Pathetic Honey, Matt Stivers & Friends, Craig Eddy & Friends and others. Best of all, there is no cover.

Moonshine in Sonoma? -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma tonight take the clan over to see Santa Rosa’s own The Moonshiners play a smorgasbord of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, old time and folk music. Great food is available and there is no cover there either.

From the woods to the village -- The Boys in the Woods will be playing bluegrass at The Patio Café in Fig Garden Village in Fresno on the 15th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The band is Bob Garcia on guitar, Tony Pires on mandolin, Joe Nelson on banjo, and Bearrrr Murray on bass.

Dynamic duo -- You can see Jim Nunally & Judy Forrest perform on the 15th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, in San Francisco. They play American roots music including traditional country, bluegrass and folk, featuring two guitars, two voices, and occasional mandolin. Jim is a two-time Western Open Flatpicking and Master Guitar Picking Champion, and he regularly tours with John Reischman & The Jaybirds and The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. Judy performs in the Bay Area's old-time/early country trio No Hiding Place.

Younguns pickin’ old music -- New Old Stock is a band with four young hot pickers that will be playing the Amaranta House Concert series in Palo Alto on the 15th starting at 8 p.m. Tracing its roots back to musical traditions as diverse as bluegrass, Celtic and jazz, NOS boasts four of the most accomplished and creative young talents of their generation: Simon Chrisman, Wesley Corbett and the brother-sister fiddle duo Tristan & Tashina Clarridge. The result of the foursome’s collaboration is an elegant fusion of tradition and innovation. For more info email Ray at

Free bluegrass in Fair Oaks -- Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier will play two free concerts at the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church this weekend. On the 15th they will play at 4:30 p.m. and on the 16th the show will be at 7 p.m. Jimbo used to be the lead singer with Pine Mountain Railroad, and he founded Greenbrier in 2004, along with Roscoe Morgan on mandolin, Scott Carris on bass, and Roger Helton on banjo.

Radio reminder -- On Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion tomorrow at 6 p.m. on KQED-FM (88.5) in the SF Bay Area you can hear Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Boys of the Lough perform. The show will be replayed on Sunday the 16th at 11 a.m. You can listen in on the web as well.

Tom Tworek Memorial -- Mark your calendars now for Sunday, January 13th, from 2-6 p.m. for the memorial celebration for the late Tom Tworek. It will be held at the Unity Palo Alto Community Church. For more details, go here. Many thanks to Ruth Cirillo for putting this together.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “It is better to be nobly remembered than nobly born.”
Posted:  12/16/2007

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