Happy December, and Yuletide (and everything else) is a comin'.
Hope your Thanksgiving was tasty and heart warming. I was in
with family and met the younger daughter of my Washington DC Durham cousins. She
is a pro DJ and I went to hear her work at RedRocks, a 3 story downtown dance
club and a very different scene than I usually circulate in. She is into African and Latin and it was a
treat hearing her put together the grooves.
is a video of her in action, a bit different than what I saw her spinning for
the dance crowd, and what a wild child!!
(Start at 30 seconds to skip the slow intro, and if you skip around make
sure you see on. Whee !! )
Closer to home and earlier in the month, I caught Darol Anger's show at Studio 55 Marin, a fine place to hear acoustic music. It had been awhile since I had heard Darol live, and my first time hearing him play with Emy Phelps -- lovely!! Darol's fiddle and octave mandolin was wonderful, and Tristan Clarridge on cello was a treat. The interplay between all the instruments and the vocals was major league. Unfortunately no videos of that show, but here and here are two to give you an idea. Tristan plays with Crooked Still and with the Bee Eaters -- so check out those videos too.
Also saw two shows at the Monkey House in
Berkeley, another favorite venue. Moonshine
Jelly is a "celtic, gypsy, bluegrass, folk" trio of uber talented
folks including Lee White, Justine Lucas and Kent Kessinger. They play in SF a lot and are well worth your
time and ears. Here is a sample and one more a bit different.
The other show I saw at the Monkey House was Chappell and Dave Holt with Carlos Reyes I've posted their videos before and you can check them out on YT. Carlos is a virtuoso violinist and harpist but played mostly Paraguayan harp that evening. Heaven!! Okay, I can't resist, here's one more.
And what am I up to you ask? These days mostly moving north to my old haunts in
. So beautiful
up here !! And if any of you Sonoma County folks are looking for a good place to be this Friday,
the 4th, join Floyd Latimer and me at Ruth
McGowan's in Cloverdale. We play for your listening pleasure. West
Hope you holidays are joyous. Merry and Happy Ho Ho Ho to all.