Author: Carlin, Larry

March 17, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008

Here’s to the fiddle that plays the tune! And a happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all! If you want to celebrate today, instead of going out to some overcrowded joint that is packed to the gills with crazy people drinking green beer, go and find a pub or café where you can see and hear a crwth being played. (If you don’t know what this is, look it up here) There are some Celtic shows listed below as well as the usual bluegrass ones. Whatever you choose to do, celebrate responsibly.

Celtic grass -- Nine-8ths Irish is a four-piece band playing mostly traditional Irish music, with award-winning fiddler Linda Relph on fiddle, Chris Dunlap on bodhran, Bo Bowen on whistles, and Kathy Barwick on guitar. See them today playing shows at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Colusa Casino Resort.

Sonoma green -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma there will be three acts starting at 3 p.m., including Deirdre Egan, The Cotter Family (with Irish step dancers), and The Spiral Mystics. Tasty food is available and there is no cover.

Dynamic duo in SF -- Andrew MacNamara and Rory McNamara will be playing tonight at 8 p.m. at the Plough & Stars in SF. Andrew is from Tulla in County Clare in the Irish Republic, and he has played the accordion with the Tulla Céilí band as a youth, later became a member of Skylark, and in 1996 he formed his own band The Lahawns. Guitarist and singer Rory is well known on the Bay Area music scene, having played solo, as part of The Frontmen, with his Ring of Truth Trio, and with The Mild Colonial Boys.

Raising funds for bluegrass -- Tonight in the town of Manton (northeast of Red Bluff) at 5:30 p.m. The Anderson Family Bluegrass Band will be playing a benefit dinner concert and auction for the Manton school bluegrass program. Now that’s pickin’ for a worthwhile cause!

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Monday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (new spring hours) you can experience live bluegrass. See Bean Creek play on the 17th, featuring Billy Pitrone, who last month was crowned Best Male Vocalist at the Northern California Bluegrass Award show in Redwood City.

Stirring up the dust -- The Infamous Stringdusters stirred up quite a scene around the SF Bay Area this past weekend, and the dust is far from settling. On the 17th see them at the Sawtooth Ridge Café in Tahoe City, the 20th at Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton, the 21st at the Del Mar Powerhouse in Del Mar, and on the 22nd at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF that takes place on the third Monday of every month, followed by performances. The jam starts at 6:30 p.m., and it is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy. After the jam at 8:30 p.m. stick around to see the Rowdies play.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 18th from 6-9 p.m. Sittin’ in will be Dave Earl on mandolin and Dave Walker on bass. On the 19th see Sidesaddle & Company, winners in the Bluegrass Band of the Year category at the recent Northern California Bluegrass Awards. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass in the Mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 18th you can see Second Wind Bluegrass play. Most concerts at the Braemar Country Club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. There is ample seating and free parking.

Hot pickin’ guitar -- Amazing acoustic guitarist Jim Hurst, who has won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Guitarist of the Year award twice (2001 & 2002) and toured/recorded with Claire Lynch, Doc Watson, Tim O'Brien, David Grisman, Sam Bush, and Bill Monroe, is all over the Bay Area this week. On the 18th he will be holding a guitar workshop from 5:30-7 p.m. at the 5th String music store in Berkeley before playing a show at 8; he will play a house concert in Sebastopol on the 19th at 7:30 p.m. (info call Kevin at 707-824-1858 or; he’ll play at Schoenberg Guitars on Ark Row in Tiburon on the 20th, info at (415) 789-0846; he’ll do a workshop and house concert in Santa Cruz on the 21st; on the 22nd he’ll hold a workshop at Gryphon Guitars in Palo Alto at noon and then play a Fiddling Cricket show in Santa Clara; and on the 25th he will hold a workshop and play a show at the Fifth String in Sacramento.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.”
Posted:  3/19/2008

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