Join Molly's Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist. You'll have an opportunity to join in and sing some of your favorite carols, and our dancing guests will surely set your toes tapping.
Molly's Revenge, whose lineup includes bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, guitar, mandola, and bouzouki, have toured extensively in the USA and in Australia, China and Scotland. The band is known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, and song, with guitar, bouzouki, and mandola accompaniment, guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Their arrangements of traditional jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard- edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more. Aaron Jones, bouzouki player with Scottish Folk Band of the Year Old Blind Dogs, produced the band's tenth recording, Aged 10 Years, which was released in March 2011.
Guest vocalist Christa Burch possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive, intimate, and instantly recognizable. Part of a vibrant new generation of American folk singers, Christa deftly marries intuitive musicianship and storytelling through song.
"There is an engaging freshness and yet an impressive maturity in their playing. There is also a lovely balance of repertoire, alternating a familiar with a most arcane selection of tunes and songs." --Mick Moloney, National Heritage Award recipient.
"The instruments are traditional... but the wild passion they exhibit is thoroughly modern." --MetroSantaCruz (CA)
"Revered in California as one of its most energetic, exciting and innovative bands, Molly's Revenge has a produced an album that is a total joy." --Shay Black, of the legendary Black family.
"They bring to the music a vital and joyous creativity that excites even the hardest of hearts." --John Doyle, founding member of Solas.
This was a really great show last year, great variety of Celtic music and traditional Irish dancing, so don't miss it!
Ameranouche (pronounced uh-MARE-uh-noosh) features two French acoustic Gypsy jazz guitars and upright bass, and is a winner of Best of New Hampshire awards as well as being veterans of the famed Newport Jazz Festival. The group tours nationally, year-round, and has released two albums, largely of original music inspired by legendary Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt. National Lampoon director, Kevin Wheatley, calls Ameranouche "the new sound of America". After hearing these folks sail through a melodious tune with such love, musicality, and signature, jaw-dropping velocity, you'll be hard pressed not to agree. www.ameranouche.com has plenty of tunes to check out -- if you've never experienced hot acoustic swing music, now's your chance to fall in love with the joyful, uplifting, and dance-inducing sounds of Gypsy jazz.
"Their unique Gypsy Jazz sound, undeniable talent and cool, mellow stage presence makes them a crowd favorite at any live show" - Alyssa Jane Hale, Ourstage.com
"A gorgeous mix of rich female folk, pop, jazz with touches of bluegrass. This is highly enriched folk that nourishes the dried up gardens of the soul." - CD BABY
"Cilette Swann's voice is haunting and Roman Morykit's musicianship is superb. Their music stirs the soul and moves the spirit." - Monica Rizzo, PEOPLE Magazine
”Four stars.” “Catchy, folk-based pop/rock songs with inventive arrangements suggested what a second Buckingham Nicks LP might have sounded like if Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks had not joined Fleetwood Mac.” - ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"Gypsy Soul is one of the most brilliantly instrumented and vocally adept bands alive and kicking. The most original material in the folk-rock scene today, totally unique and captivating." - Orange County WEEKLY
Sourdough's Wild and Woolly Revue! Vintage cowboy, blues, Americana Christmas show
Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 8:00 pm $19 adv / $21 day of show
Hold on to your seats and get ready for a rollicking evening of outrageous humor and song. The Sutter Creek Theater presents its annual Christmas extravaganza featuring popular Gold Country old time music makers, Sourdough Slim & The Saddle Pals, Faux Renwah, and Robert Armstrong. A once-a-year opportunity to catch all these artists in a show together.
Thrill to the mind-boggling yodeling of the infamous Sourdough Slim. Delight in the harmonious Western melodies of The Saddle Pals. Catch the wise-cracking Cactus Bob and lovely bass-thumping Prairie Flower as they revel in Old Time Music nirvana with their Faux Renwah band. Be amazed by the world champion musical saw and string instrument wizardry of Robert Armstrong. Yes folks, all this and more will be yours when you join us for this fun filled, year end spectacular.
Sourdough's traditional last show of the year is always entertaining and usually sells out.
Black Irish Band - America's only Irish - Italian band - double the fun! New CD Release!!
Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 8:00 pm $12 adv / $14 day of show
The band celebrates the release of their 24th CD album, "This Summer" (The songs of our youth) The band will be performing many songs from their new release as well as many standards that people know and love.
This will be a special Winter evening with Sonora's Black Irish Band. Performing songs to fill your cold winter night with much warmth!! The concert will feature original and traditional songs, Celtic & Italian music, and their many songs that are historical in nature.
Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Country of America, the four member Black Irish Band of twenty-four years, have a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. The band has a large compliment of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes in their repertoire. They excel at Irish & Scottish, Italian, and American folk music with an assortment of original songs and traditional western ballads. The bands musical style captures the spirit of the immigrants of this land, the men and women who tamed the Wild West.
The Black Irish Band has gained much national attention over the years. In 2005 the band was featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and performed at the National Mall and Kennedy Center. The band was featured on CBS "This Morning". In 2000 the band headlined at the International Music Festival in Singapore. The band also was the featured performers for the 100th Anniversaries of the Alaskan Gold Rush and White Pass & Yukon Railroad. Because of the historical nature of the Black Irish Band many venues such as, the Alaska History Museum, Golden Spike NHS, Gene Autry Museum, the Los Angels, San Diego, and San Francisco Maritime Museums have headlined the group in the past.
The band has sold 120,000 albums independently to date, and their music has been featured on College Radio Stations, National Public Radio, and on Satellite Radio Programming. Their recent original song, “Grizzly of Old California”, which features the vocals of Michael Martin Murphey, has been broadcasted on stations throughout the world. Another noted original work by the band, “Ballad of John Muir”, has been celebrated on the official John Muir National web site. The band also boasts eighty-five music videos on You-Tube at trainfire28.
Tom Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene to form Tom Rigney and Flambeau, a band that will tear the roof off of anyplace that has one and raise the spirits of everyone around. Rigney, after fifteen years at the helm of The Sundogs, has stepped out into the spotlight with a vengeance. Flambeau showcases his passionate, virtuoso fiddling, his commanding stage presence, his range, depth, and originality as a composer, and of course, those notorious red boots. His bandmates are veterans of the great bands of Charles Brown, Queen Ida, Roy Rogers, Clifton Chenier, and others, and together they generate enough heat and energy to ignite a dance floor or lift an audience to its feet.
Flambeau specializes in fiery Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves, and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes. Most of the repertoire is composed by Rigney, but they also mix in a few classics from the Cajun/zydeco/New Orleans songbook. And if, along the way, you pick up a trace of Rigney’s Irish roots or a little Swing and roots Rock and Roll, it just makes the musical gumbo that much tastier. In the past few year’s Rigney’s skills as a composer have broadened and deepened, and he is today writing some of the most evocative and uplifting music you will hear anywhere. And Rigney’s charismatic stage presence and high-energy delivery draw the audience into his performances and make them feel that they are an integral part of the music and the show.
Kate Taylor & Jeff Alan Ross - folk-rock Jame's Taylor's famous sister and a former Badfinger member
Friday, January 17, 2014 - 8:00 pm $18 adv / $20 day of show
Kate Taylor has a stunning voice, Jeff is a former member of Badfinger.
What happens to a little girl who grows up as the sole sister — and middle child — in a family of famous brothers that includes James Taylor?
If you’re anything like Kate Taylor — whose big brothers James and Alex, and little brothers Livingston and Hugh, had an enormous impact on her life — you become a warm, friendly and engaging woman who sometimes answers her telephone in song.
Like her famous brother James, folksinger Kate Taylor has shared a love for music since she could remember. Her roots in rockabilly and pop flesh out her connection to the classic Appalachian stylings she's known to perform. She formed her first band at 15 and had a solo deal with Atlantic four years later; Sister Kate marked her debut in 1971. A self-titled sophomore effort appeared in 1978, showcasing production work by brother James and Barry Beckett (Alabama, J.J. Cale, Bob Dylan). Beautiful Road, is a personal album for Taylor. Her longtime manager and husband, Charlie Witham, became ill during its recording and died several months prior to it's April 2003 release. Beautiful Road was dedicated to him.
In the 1980's, Jeff became a member of the legendary Apple band, Badfinger, singing such classics as "No Matter What" and "Day After Day." Notably he has toured with Badfinger, John Jorgensen (Desert Rose Band, The Hellecasters, Elton John), Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), 60's teen idol Johnny Tillotson, Gerry Marsden (Gerry & The Pacemakers), Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings), Terry Sylvester (The Hollies), Tommy Cash and most recently with the remarkable Kate Taylor. Jeff was the musical director for Peter & Gordon’s reunion, until Gordon’s untimely passing in 2009. He remains Peter’s musical director and co-producer for the show, “Peter Asher: A Memoir of the 60’s and Beyond.” He recently was a part of the Buddy Holly tribute album (produced by Peter Asher) and television special, Listen To Me, where he performed with Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Graham Nash, Shawn Colvin, Cobra Starship, Patrick Stump and Paul Anka. Jeff also has added keyboard and guitar tracks to a new Webb Sisters (background singers for Leonard Cohen) CD, up and coming country artists, The McClymonts, and the soon to be released new album by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
Beppe Gambetta is acknowledged as Europe’s premier guitar stylist. He is a gifted acoustic guitarist and vocalist, singing in English and Italian. His distinctive sound is a multi-cultural tapestry of traditional, original and classical music tunes and songs. Beppe’s compositions and arrangements reflect a colorful mosaic of musical influences, from his native Genova, Italy to American flatpicking, Celtic, central European, and Mediterranean dance tunes, classical fingerstyle, and more. Beppe’s charm, engaging personality, and remarkable versatility on acoustic guitar captivate audiences without exception.
Beppe began his musical training in a classical plectrum orchestra before drawing on traditional European and American guitar techniques to develop his own original style. In 1977, he formed the acclaimed Italian bluegrass band Red Wine. Later as a dynamic solo performer he toured Europe, America, Canada and Australia while rediscovering, teaching and promoting flatpicking and other great, but less known, guitar forms.
Dustbowl Revival Roots - Dixieland Jazz - Bluegrass - Americana
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 8:00 pm $17 adv / $19 day of show
"Dustbowl reaches across the entire country for inspiration, brewing up a unique sound influenced by Dixieland jazz, Delta blues, New Orleans swing, East Coast bluegrass, and various points in between and rolls those genres into something cohesive, often using traditional songs and old hymns as jumping-off points for the band’s own material." --American Songwriter
The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show meeting Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven Band in New Orleans or Bob Dylan and Fats Waller jamming with Mumford & Sons on a front porch in 1938.
Growing steadily from a small string band playing up and down the west coast (hundreds shows in the last two years), DBR has blossomed into a traveling collective featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, banjo, accordion, tuba, pedal steel, drums, guitars, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck.
Back by popular demand, great sound, great video, lasers, fog, this show has it all!
HOUSE OF FLOYD, a reverent tribute to Pink Floyd, captures the intoxicating sights and sounds of the original for even the most discriminating fan. HOUSE OF FLOYD pays the highest tribute to the original by accurately recreating all of the nuanced musical complexity and powerful visual imagery of Pink Floyd. The result of this obsessive attention to detail is a total Floyd production...music, lights, lasers and video. HOUSE OF FLOYD will transport you back to that mystical moment when you first discovered the enthralling world of Pink Floyd.
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys Eclectic Bluegrass from the heart of America's Fresh Coast
Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 8:00 pm $17 adv / $19 day of show
Hailing from all corners of the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys are giving a nod to American traditional music, while boldy taking their own songs in new directions. Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise, and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. The group focuses on the original tunes of Lindsay Lou Rilko, which include true-life tales of bank-robbing aunties, moonshinin' grandpas, and celebrations of love, life, and nature. Don't be surprised to hear bluegrass standards, Beatles hits, and contemporary classics at a Flatbelly's show as well. It's an infectious vibe that could only have been born in the heart of America's Fresh Coast!
The tight-knit lyrics and infectious joy in The Flatbellys' songs will make you stop whatever you're doing and cock an ear. The band's skill is breath-taking, and it's obvious through their playing that there is nothing they'd rather do more than come together and make music.
Drawing from Americana and early twentieth-century music, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys firmly place themselves within the continuity of American music without sounding self-conscious, as many of the bands who try to capture this sound do. No -- this is just who they are.
The group's upbeat songwriting and positive ethos towards life is refreshing in this day and age of urban twenty-somethings like myself trying (inexplicably) to compare themselves to Dustbowl farmers during the Depression. Rather than painting Americans as long-suffering and full of grit, Release Your Shrouds reminds us of the relentless optimism that is the aspect of the "American character" that we should keep close to our hearts. -Adobe and Teardrops
The Modern Grass was born in early 2011 in Halifax, NS and have since released 5 albums and toured the nation extensively and relentlessly. The groups latest award winning album, High on the Mountain, (Music Nova Scotia country/bluegrass album of the year & roots/traditional album of the year) explores new territory in folk, roots, and bluegrass music alike. Climbing high up into the Appalachians, rolling and tumbling all the way down, rising next to an East St. Louis diner under dim streetlight, down to the Banks of the Mississippi and south to New Orleans; The Modern Grass Be - bops, doo- wops, and yeehaws it's way through roots music freely, setting the mood for real life rambling, gambling and heartbreaking storytales.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 8:00 pm $16 adv / $18 day of show
The transglobal rhythms of Yolo Mambo will transport you to Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Cape Verde, France, Spain, New Zealand, and the States. Yolo Mambo blends spicy cha-cha, jazz, bossa nova, samba, salsa, and folk with the dynamic vocals of Catherine LeBlanc in languages from all over this Earth. Completing the instrumental and vocal backing are jazz and world music veterans Phil Summers on Spanish guitar, Carla Campbell on percussion, and Steve O’Neill on string bass.