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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Sean McConnell

7:30 - $22 in advance, $25 day of show

Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

Secondhand Smoke is Sean McConnell's 13th album. A cohesive collection of modern folk music, Secondhand Smoke asks provocative questions about how we become who we are, what and whom we love, and the growth, pain, and freedom that come with accepting that some answers might elude us forever.

"The older I get, the more I find that is what it's all about—that there is no way to answer it all," Sean says. "Being comfortable with mystery is a positive thing in all aspects of our lives. I definitely explore that in these songs."

A grassroots following now hundreds of thousands deep has turned to Sean for that kind of musical exploration for almost 20 years. Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Meat Loaf, Jake Owen, Brothers Osborne, Christina Aguilera, Buddy Miller and more have all recorded his songs—a dizzying list that spans not just styles, but generations. Success shows no sign of slowing: Sean earned his first Number 1 single on country charts in early 2018 with breakout artist Brett Young's delivery of "Mercy," which the two co-wrote. As a performer, Sean packs listening rooms and quiets unruly bar crowds. His sound—a warm tenor painting vivid stories over acoustic guitar often cushioned by keys or other strings—has prompted a diverse range of music scenes from the storied Boston folk community to Texas's defiantly self-sovereign camp to warmly claim Sean as one of their own.

Presented by AMP Concerts - GiG Patreon Rewards are not available for this show. ​​

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

C.W. Stoneking

7:30 - $22 in advance, $25 day of show

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C.W. Stoneking is an artist for whom "unexpected" is probably the default setting. How else to describe such a fine purveyor of American roots music who also happens to be a towering, youthful-faced white Australian man? He surprises first-time listeners, throws curveballs at long-time fans, and everything he does contains at least some background level of bafflement for all involved.

There are multitudes in Stoneking's music. It's probably easiest to describe him as a "blues artist," but the term disguises what makes his music special. There's so much in there. A 1920s pre-war blues sound is key, but there's almost equal helpings of New Orleans jazz, jug band music, hokum, country and calypso, and he's lately brought in elements of jump jive, early rock 'n roll and gospel. His gift is that he brings them all together without anything sounding out of place. He finds the strands that connect all of these different styles and gently braids them together. It's what he values more than anything: "It's getting everything to unify, really. The music, the flow of it, keeping it moving, with no dead spots. Then I guess having the lyrics and the meaning that flows in that too, you know? Getting it all to knit together in a way that, if you didn't speak English maybe, you'd still be able to feel the melody, or the sounds of the words. If you did, then the meaning would also flow. That's sort of what I'm trying to do, I guess."

When so many on the blues scene are trying to sound "authentic"—whatever that is—it's that unity of sound that allows Stoneking to actually achieve it, and with apparent ease, too. Back in the day, no-one was "just" a blues musician, or a jazz or country musician, and so neither is he.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251. Presented by AMP Concerts.

GiG Patreon Rewards are not available for this concert. 

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Michael Black & Eamonn Flynn - Music From Ireland!

7:30 - $22

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Michael Black hails from a musical Dublin family and he grew up in a household where singing was a normal part of daily life. He has been performing since he was a teenager and tours as the Black Brothers with his brother, Shay, and band members, which includes Eamonn Flynn on piano.  He also performs frequently with sisters, Mary and Frances, as The Black Family. Michael has recorded a number of albums with his siblings and also has a solo album, Michael Black, which was critically acclaimed when it was released a few years ago. 

Dublin-born keyboardist, singer and songwriter Eamonn Flynn was the session Hammond organist and pianist on the 14 million selling movie soundtrack 'The Commitments'. Now based in San Francisco, Eamonn has gone on to record and tour with artists like Michael Franti and Spearhead, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Coco Montoya, the Black Family and a 10 year stint with legendary New Orleans drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. In 2017 he released his first album of original songs 'The Irish Channel' and the follow up 'Black Coddle' came out in December 2019.

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Sourena Sefati - Music From Iran!

7:30 - $28.

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Heir to a Persian musical heritage that stretches back millennia, Iranian santour virtuoso Sourena Sefati carries that tradition into the modern era with stunning original compositions that reveal the extraordinary breadth of expression concealed in this ancient instrument’s small wooden frame.

Born in Ramsar, Iran, Sefati fell under the sway of the santour at an early age and dedicated his life to mastering this trapezoidal box’s 72 metal strings. The grandfather of China’s yangqin, Eastern Europe’s cimbalon, and the United States’ hammered dulcimer, the santour is played with delicate felt-tipped mallets, or mezrabs. Its structure has changed little since its first representation in inscriptions in Susa, Iran, dating back to 699 B.C.

Sefati earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2002 from the University of Tehran and went on to achieve a master’s in Iranian music performance in 2009 from Art University in Tehran, where he won the award for Best Composer of Iranian Music.

In his native country, Sefati launched a successful career as a performer, a recording artist with appearances on more than 50 albums, and an in-demand composer with numerous commissions. He’s appeared in concerts in Africa, Asia, and Europe, both as a member of prestigious ensembles and as a soloist. He performed as a featured soloist with the Iran Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (2009 to 2014), the Iranian Chamber Orchestra (2009), and Mehrnavazan National Orchestra (2011). In 2016, his album Az Roozegare Rang Amiz (From Deceitful Ages) won him the award for Best Composer of Iran.

In 2014, Sefati moved to the United States. The move presented an opportunity to spread awareness of his beloved motherland’s musical heritage and his own modern classical compositions, which are marked by lyricism, rhythmic complexity, and fast tempi requiring highly technical playing.

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Jeff Foucault

7:30 - $25.00 ($27.24 w/service fee)

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Massachusetts-based Jeffrey Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and poetic albums of rare power while garnering accolades internationally for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting set apart by its inherently warm delivery, poetic imagery, and weather-beaten cool. In addition to his solo career, Foucault also plays in the sextet Cold Satellite, and in Redbird with Kris Delmhorst and Peter Mulvey.

Foucault grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. His father played a plywood guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing. He went to college and dropped out, took a job on a fruit farm and started writing songs about a girl from Iowa. He finished school, roofed houses, drove a snowplow, and home-schooled the son of the local bar owner in exchange for beer. He cut his first album in the winter of 2000, and he’s been going strong ever since.

Presented by Southwest Roots Music And The Santa Fe Performance Exchange

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Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Steven Kirby

7:30 - $22

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Steven Kirby is an award winning guitarist/composer and Associate Professor of Harmony at Berklee College of Music in Boston. His music is most often categorized as contemporary jazz but his influences are widely varied and include inspiration from Brazilian, East Indian, Rock, Folk, Blues, Funk,  Celtic and Classical music genres as well as most of the eras of jazz. He has produced 3 CDs as leader, all of which were released internationally to critical acclaim. Downbeat magazine has called him “… a guitarist of rippling technique and a poet mind, (who) has developed a modern jazz guitar style that bridges the angular lyricism of Pat Metheny and the painterly asceticism of Jim Hall” 

The recordings (Point of Balance and North Light) both on the European based Challenge Records, and his most recent, Illuminations (WCS) all have garnered critical acclaim and international radio and internet play.“Illuminations” was Downbeat Magazine’s “Editors Pick” and was included on the Grammy Nominations long list in 4 categories. He has performed and/or recorded with many of today’ most respected contemporary musicians including Chris Potter, Mike Manieri (Steps Ahead), Joe Lovano, Harvie S, Allan Holdsworth and others.  He has toured in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Europe, China and Africa. Kirby’s music has been played on over 100 radio stations in the US and internationally including features on NPR’s “Here and Now”, “Jazz with Bob Parlocha” and “Eric in the Evening”. 

For his concert at GiG, Steven will be featuring his music in both a solo guitar setting as well and in duo with flutist Kristine Kirby, Steven’s wife and longtime musical partner whose “beautiful, rich sound and stellar musicianship” will add richness and variety to the performance. 

“Kirby’s music manifests the truth that jazz is an art built on growth and renewal…an extraordinarily pleasing and diverse album” (All About Jazz).

“Steven Kirby, guitarist of rippling technique and a poetic mind, has developed a modern jazz guitar style that bridges the angular lyricism of Pat Metheny and the painterly asceticism of Jim Hall”. (Downbeat Magazine)

“Meticulously played, elegantly produced ….Kirby has a serious command of the guitar” (New England Performer)

“Illuminations represents Kirby's biggest leap forward yet - as a writer but, equally, as a guitarist who leans towards inimitable lyricism yet also possesses the chops to burn brightly as the music demands it” (John Kelman…music journalist )

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Kardemimmit

7:30 - $28 in advance, $33 day of show

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Kardemimmit is a band of four awesome women playing the Finnish national instrument, kantele. The band members are Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius. Kardemimmit is in charge of their own music—they compose, as well as arrange, write lyrics and produce. Alongside 15- and 38-stringed kanteles, singing has a big part in Kardemimmit's musical universe, where original pieces with a modern approach still have a strong foundation in Finnish, Eastern European and Scandinavian traditions. The Finnish reki-singing style, 19th century dancing music and Perhonjokilaakso kantele playing style, Eastern Finnish archaic improvisation and ancient runo singing are all present in Kardemimmit's music.

The band was founded in 1999 in the musical institute Juvenalia in the band members' home town of Espoo. The long mutual history can be heard in their unique sound. The silvery tones of kantele flow together with the mesmerizing vocal harmonies. As a kantele band, Kardemimmit is a pioneer: in 2004 Kardemimmit was nominated as Band of the Year by the Kantele Association, and the following year, they won the International Kantele Competition. Kardemimmit has toured extensively in Europe, North America and Japan.

Tickets are $28 in advance, $33 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

GiG Patreon Rewards are not available for this concert. 

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Richard Smith

7:30 - $22

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Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches. Now a seasoned performer in his forties with thousands of performances worldwide to his credit.  In 2018, Richard performed in five continents... North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia including performances with and alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Dave Peacock, Martin Taylor, Brent Mason, Gary Brooker, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Joe Brown, Ralph McTell and many others. Richard has played with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, John Jor­genson, Marcel Dadi, Tommy Tedesco, Joe Pass, Biréli Lagrène, Mark O'Connor, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Martin Taylor, Jorge Morel, Earl Klugh, Suzy Bogguss, Victor Wooten, John Cowan and countless more.

“The most amazing guy I know on the guitar. He can play anything I know, only better.” Chet Atkins, CGP (music legend) 

“If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith! The world champion!” Tommy Emmanuel, CGP (two-time Grammy nominee)

“Guitar playing at its finest. Don’t miss this one.” Doyle Dykes (thumbpicking wizard) 

“He is one of the world’s greatest guitarists.” Muriel Anderson (All-Star Guitar Night)

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Souren Baronian and Taksim

7:30 - $22

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Souren Baronian - clarinet, duduk, kaval

Adam Good - oud

Paul Brown - bass

Polly Tapia Ferber - doumbek

 

Taksim is a Middle Eastern term meaning improvisation. Taksim is also the name of the band created by Souren Baronian who grew up with one musical foot rooted in his ethnic Armenian heritage and the other firmly planted in jazz. The music is an authentic, organic hybrid of these two idioms. Combining the use of traditional instruments such as oud (lute), kaval (flute), dudook (double reed), G-clarinet, doumbek (hand drum) and Middle Eastern rhythms with a jazz vocabulary and be-bop sensibility, the group's sound is incredibly unique.

Souren Baronian, who grew up in Spanish Harlem, was influenced by many greats-- Lester Young and Charlie Parker, just to name two. He studied saxophone with Wayne Marsh and with the late master teacher Lennie Tristano for many years. Taksim is based in New York City and has performed in most of the Big Apple's major jazz clubs over the years, as well as in concerts in Europe. One of Taksim's more recent appearances was at the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Jazz Festival.