San Francisco Folk Music Club presents Thompsonia, Brass Farthing, Steve Baughman, Noctambule, Yes M'am!, Judi Jaeger & Bob Reid
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

a benefit for SFFMC Winter Musc Camp

$20 adv / $22 door

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May 17 8:00 pm

Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy Thompson’s deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra’s fresh perspective, creating feel-good music that richochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. Suzy and Allegra’s genetically-matched vocals (dubbed “The Everly Sisters sound” by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar. In addition to the Cajun, blues and old-time music for which Eric and Suzy have long been acclaimed, the trio also performs witty originals alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana.  

 

Brass Farthing is a group of stalwart lads brought together to sing songs, raise good cheer, and otherwise make merry in the company of friends both old and new. They take inspiration from many periods and enjoy performing historical, traditional, and contemporary compositions in traditional styles. 

First place winners of the 2011 Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes, winners of Best Original Song and Audience Favorite. The group formed in August 2006, and they recorded their eponymous debut in the summer of 2007. 

 

 

Steve BaughmanSteve Baughman is a virtuoso guitarist inspired by Celtic and Appalachian traditions. Sing Out Magazine says that his “artistry and musicality are world-class, with dynamics, timing, and interpretation that always bring out the emotional essence of the song.” The website Digital Dream Door lists him as one of the 100 Best Acoustic Guitar Players in the world. A San Rafael resident who calls himself a professional guitarist and a part-time attorney, Steve has released a DVD and six albums, including his latest, Farewell to Orkney, which has won raves from Acoustic Guitar Magazine: “Once in a while an album comes along that can alter your thinking about guitar music – Steve Baughman’s Farewell to Orkney is one of those . . . A must for all lovers of guitar and especially Celtic music.” Steve has written several instructional books for Mel Bay Publications and is known for his deft, spirited fingerstyle technique, his innovative tunings, and the way he matches particular songs to particular guitars.

 

MARLA FIBISH and BRUCE VICTOR are NOCTAMBULE.  They play original and traditional music in a variety of forms – original musical settings of a broad array of poetry, original instrumental pieces, and traditional Irish tunes and songs. Their music is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humor on an unusual array of strings  -- various guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, bouzouki, cittern, tenor guitar -- and their blended voices.

 

They take the name Noctambule, French for 'night-owl,’ from a Robert Service poem about a nocturnal ramble through the back alleys of Paris, which they have set to music and included on their acclaimed album Travel in the Shadows. Their first album together, it explores many forms of the ‘night journey’ in song, offering the traveler the opportunity to see and experience things differently once the usual sources of light have been extinguished. They have selected a broad variety of ‘noctambulatory’ verse from Tennyson, Neruda, Roethke, St. Vincent Millay, and Robert Service. In addition, they include two original instrumental pieces – a reel and a waltz – as well as one traditional Irish song.

 

Yes M'am! is a (mostly) a capella female trio that formed as a result of friendships and collaboration forged at Camp Harmony. They sing traditional folk songs as well as songs that wouldn't necessarily be thought of as folk before they put their particular folksy spin on it. Mary Hill grew up in the Bay Area folk music society, and is glad she grew up with the belief that everyone everywhere sings and harmonizes for fun. Amelia Hogan is a singer of many kinds of music, but her heart is tied to Irish, Scottish, British, Bluegrass and American traditional vocals. Margaret Miles has been singing all her life and performs both a bevy of original songs as well as Celtic and American folk. 

 

Bob Reid has been a member of the San Francisco Folk Music Club for over 40 years. He has hosted a weekly television program and has performed thousands of workshops and assemblies in schools across the United States. In 2003, he performed his song, “Water”, at United Nations Headquarters with Pete Seeger as the theme song for the International Year of Freshwater. He was invited by the Seeger family to perform at memorial concerts for both Pete Seeger and his wife, Toshi, who were his close friends. Growing up north of Montreal and in Vancouver, Canada, Judi Jaeger listened to her mother and brother playing guitar and recordings of Leonard Cohen, Pete Seeger, Barbra Streisand, and Joni Mitchell. She learned to play guitar at 15, but it lay dormant for many years while she pursued a career as a lawyer and mother of two. Her musical re-birth began in response to the death of her own mother. Judi has continued to write poignant, lyrically rich songs, delivered in her strong, captivating voice which has been described as “achingly beautiful”. 

 

 

 

visit the San Francisco Folk Music Club website

visit the Eric & Suzy Thompson website

visit the Brass Farthing website

visit the Steve Baughman website

visit the Noctambule website

visit the Yes M'am! website

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