Author: Carlin, Larry

Novvember 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Thanksgiving weekend. A much needed four day weekend has arrived! As usual at this time of year your intrepid Almost Daily News reporter will be getting together on the big day with a group of friends, mostly musicians, artists and writers, at a house in the East Bay for a sumptuous feast, where everyone contributes to the meal, and then afterwards instruments magically appear. The sounds of guitars, fiddles, dobros, mandolins and a bass will be heard playing bluegrass and country songs until the late hours. I feel very fortunate and thankful to have friends such as these, as well as all of my other bluegrass friends here in the CBA. Thanksgiving Day is always too long in coming, and then it passes by in an instant. But I can think of no better way than this to kick off the holiday season. Here’s hoping your holiday will be spent with friends and family, and that it will be as enjoyable as mine will be…

New arrival -- It is still about a month until December 25th, but Christmas came early for Phil and Ivona Cornish, who welcomed the arrival of a healthy baby girl yesterday. Congratulations to the happy couple as well as to Grandpa Rick, who will now have lots more stories to tell in his Welcome column…

Farewell to Fred -- On the Bluegrass Country online radio station Fred Bartenstein has stepped down as the host of the Banks of the Ohio weekly radio show that he has hosted for six years. George McKnight will take over starting on the 29th. Go to the site to read the nice tribute to Fred.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- Tonight see The Trail Rider Band, led by none other than Peter Hicks, play cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- On the second and fourth Wednesdays there are evening jams in Lompoc from 7- 9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 South "H" Street. Head on over there tonight. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- The Mighty Crows will be entertaining you with fine bluegrass pickin’ to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 26th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151

Jammin’ in Paso Robles -- Open jams are held every Wednesday at the Wine Attic, 1305 Park Street, in Paso Robles, from 6-8 p.m. For info contact Jeff Trefftz at

Christmas time’s a comin’ -- Out in Jamestown everyone is headed to the 34th Annual Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival on the 28th-30th. It takes place at the Motherlode Fairgrounds, and it is always a lot of fun. Not quite bluegrass, but lots of good acoustic music with Golden Bough, Joe Craven, The Christmas Jug Band, Sourdough Slim & The Saddle Pals, and more.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 28th at 8 p.m. The David Thom Band will be playing traditional bluegrass music, followed on the 29th by Blue & Lonesome at the same time. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Twisting in Alameda -- The Kentucky Twisters will be pickin’ up a storm of bluegrass at McGrath’s Pub on the 28th from 8-11 p.m.

Hot to trot -- The Annual Turkey Trot will be taking place on the 28th at Café du Nord in SF starting at 9 p.m. Four bands! See Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, The Robber Barons, Kemo Sabe and The Fighting Supaks.

Laurie & Friends at the Freight -- On the 29th see Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum with Andrew Conklin, Patrick Sauber and more at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Fresno County -- For all of you central California pickers, the last-Saturday-of-the-month-bluegrass-jam-and-potluck will take place in Squaw Valley on the 29th from 5-9 p.m. at the Bear Mountain Library, 30733 E. Kings Canyon Road (Hwy. 180), in Squaw Valley. Coffee will be provided. Bring your dinner service and a potluck dish to share, and your beverage of choice (no alcohol). Also bring your instruments and, most important, prepare to have a great time. For more info contact Nancy or Henry at (559) 476-0446 or (559) 476-0447.

Celebrate an early Irish Christmas -- The Freight on the 30th will be presenting Irish Christmas in America with Sligo County fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada, guitarist Sean McElwain, and bodhran player Tristan Rosenstock of the traditional Irish band Teada in celebrating the season. The program of seasonal Irish culture also features vocalist Cara Dillon, Irish harpist and concertina player Grainne Hambly, and uilleann piper Tommy Martin.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average.”
Posted:  12/1/2008

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