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  • OCTOBER 07 2016 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Rising up from deep musical roots in both the short and tall grass prairies of Oklahoma and Kansas, The Cherokee Maidens, along with their star-studded band, Sycamore Swing, pay homage to the past. Vintage clothes, songs and sounds fill the performance halls and remind audiences of another era. Think Bob Wills meets the Andrews Sisters. The Maidens pack a punch with a long resume of time-hewn experience. Robin Macy has traveled and sung along the I-35 corridor for decades. Together with Cimarron Valley Songbird, Monica Taylor and young Jennifer Melcher, these women create distinctive three-part harmonies with two acclaimed recordings under their rodeo belt buckles. One was a Dixie Chick. Two have performed on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. All three share the same Native American heritage; therefore, they take their moniker from Cindy Walker's 1941 country hit. It is this collective of timbre and shared passion for the past that sets them apart from the pack and unites them as a tribe. Backed by a troupe of crackerjack musicians, led by Kentucky White, their guitar-slinger who produced both recordings, Sycamore Swing makes every attempt to keep the classic genre authentic - featuring some of the fabled Tulsa Playboys, Shelby Eicher and Steve Bagsby. Twin fiddles. Lap steel. Yodel in a modal key. All-American. Multi-generational. Time- traveled.
  • "He’s got a way with catchy melodies – whether country, rock ‘n’ roll or pop – and his tunes generally have a joyful, contagious appeal. It’s no wonder then that he’s written with Lone Star state luminaries such as Monte Warden and Sara Hickman." -- Mario Tarradell
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  • OCTOBER 21 2016 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • 2016 marks the 15th Anniversary of The Laws writing and performing together, and the release of their 7th CD. The FIRST Canadians to win the prestigious Chris Austin Song Writing Contest at MerleFest (they signed a writing deal in Nashville as a result), The Laws have been featured on CMT, Entertainment Tonight, as "rising stars" on the PBS series, Legends and Lyrics, and called the "best duo out of Canada since Ian and Sylvia". In 2012, John and Michele founded the Sun Parlour Folk Music Society to promote the live performance of folk music and other cultural activities and now Produce The Kingsville Folk Music Festival in their community of Kingsville. Ontario Canada. John and Michele have traveled over one million miles, played thousands of shows and continue to take their unique acoustic sound to new audiences around the world. Vintage Guitar Magazine said: "The couple’s classic folk sound, highlighted by their euphonic vocal harmonies, will be a sonic balm to anyone who longs for a return to simpler, more direct music making."
  • The first thing you will notice is a voice that is effortlessly powerful and immediately intimate, and honest. Rob's voice has been praised for its unique clarity and his seemingly effortless ability to navigate interesting melodies. When combined with songs that move from humor, to wry observation, and to satisfying moments of recognition, Rob has been described as “an irresistible artist, the kind whose vocal tenderness and lyrical honesty compel you to listen to him.”
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  • OCTOBER 28 2016 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Mare was born with wanderlust embedded in her DNA, and lived in 8 different places by the time she was 10 years old. “It was a roller-coaster way to grow up, but my brother and I learned to fit in fast,” she says. “We had our rural Wisconsin accents down in two weeks flat. And eighteen months later we were drawling like native Texans.” As for her partner Nomad, the journey was equally varied. His musical education began at the exclusive Istanbul State Conservatory and continued when he was awarded a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. Nomad has a gift for musical arrangements and carries a full arsenal of classical, pop and jazz chops at his piano-playing fingertips. Together these two can light up a room like very few, with songs of lovely depth. “Lovely vocals and even lovelier songs. Mare Wakefield and Nomad are a little bit old country, a lot contemporary folk a la Dar Williams or Patty Griffin.” ~ New York Times
  • Atomic acoustic guitarist Josh Alan just released his first album in 15 years, "Sixty, G-----mit". Previous recordings include Josh Alan Band, Blacks ’n’ Jews, The Worst! (an Ed Wood musical), and Famous & Poor. He won Best Acoustic Act in the Dallas Observer three times. As a writer in a separate universe (under his full name Josh Alan Friedman), he wrote seven books. Tales of Times Square (1986), considered a classic, is still in print through many editions and translations around the world. Atomic acoustic blues-funk-rock...can you dig it?
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  • NOVEMBER 04 2016 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • 2016 Kerrville New Folk Winners
    Uncle Calvin's is proud to present the 2016 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winners. Please join us for these celebrated songwriters, Addie Brownlee, Rachel Laven, Ben De La Cour, Emily Scott Robinson, Joe Shields and Justin Farren who was also the 2016 Michael Terry People's Choice Winner at the Wildflower Festival in Richardson, TX.
  • Rachel Laven is a young singer songwriter with an old soul. Though young in her years, this Texas native is known for turning eyes and ears with her smooth voice and her heartfelt, mature songwriting.
  • When it comes to his songs, Justin Farren is nothing short of a master craftsman painting lyrical pictures that are firmly rooted in the reality of day-to-day life. His delivery is humorous, thoughtful and engaging. His guitar playing is lively, intricate, and seemingly boundless.
  • “Ben de la Cour’s songs are brimming with urgent authenticity. There is thematic hardness and vulnerability throughout, but what distinguishes de la Cour’s songs from lesser guitar-and-anguished-vocals hacks is the raw humanity of his delivery and the potency of his way with words.” (No Depression)
  • Born in Kansas, Addie got her first taste of travel when she was 10, when her folks moved to East Tennessee. “I did learn from my parents not to stay put if it was time to go,” she says. “I think that specific move had a very profound impact on me. It taught me that no place is worth holding on to if means not having the next experience. It’s a lesson I continue to learn.”
  • With a clear, sweet voice, Emily Scott Robinson will leave you breathless with songs that are both heart-wrenching and dark, playful and surprising. She writes with raw lyrical power and authenticity, enchanting audiences with an intimate performance every time.
  • 55 year old Joe Shields bought a guitar eight years ago, and began writing songs. In 2016 he became a winner of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition. He writes peculiar, irreverent, strangely beautiful songs about trout, heartache, rocks, toads, growing up Downriver, and mythic freshwater whales.
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  • NOVEMBER 11 2016 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Diana Jones is an award-winning singer-songwriter based in New York and Nashville. During her childhood and adolescence, she felt an almost mystical, seemingly inexplicable attraction to rural Southern music, but it wasn’t until her late 20s, when she located her birth family in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in east Tennessee, that her deep affinity for traditional folk and Appalachian music began to make sense. Her 2006 recording, "My Remembrance of You", earned her a nomination as Best Emerging Artist at the Folk Alliance Awards. Other recordings, "Better Times Will Come" (2009) and "High Atmosphere" (2011), established Diana’s reputation as one of the premier artists in the folk music/Americana world. Her latest release, Museum of Appalachia Recordings (2013) was released in the UK and EU in July by Proper Records and in the US by Goldmine Records. She maintains an active touring schedule in Europe, U.K. and Ireland, and the United States. In addition to her musical career, Diana is an accomplished portrait artist and is currently at work on a memoir.
  • Janet Drew and Hamp Brockman’s original songs make the world a better place if only by making it a more comfortable place to be. Having been raised by folks who went to the cellar for food instead of the store, Janet’s songs offer a reminder of how unencumbered life can be. Together, Hamp and Janet celebrate love and life with a variety of acoustic american roots music including everything from jazz to Celtic ballads
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  • NOVEMBER 18 2016 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Avoiding the compromises of the commercial music industry during his 50+-year professional career, Jack prefers touring under the radar, playing concerts, large and small, week in and week out, from the sheer love of music and performing. Playing for more than 50 house concerts each year, Jack enjoys the intimacy of that venue most of all, with a more personal connection to his listeners. Jack is a sought-after artist on all contemporary acoustic music stages, from coffeehouses and festivals to music halls and city arts stages. From acclaimed appearances at the Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer. "If there is anyone not familiar with Jack's incredible songwriting and prodigious performance skills, my sympathies to you. A Jack Williams show is a slam-dunk win-win-win for all." -- Dave Humpreys, Two Way Street Coffeehouse in Downers Grove IL
  • Doug Gill is a career Nashville songwriter with a long list of credits, and Lynn Langham is a longtime Texas performer who just won a Grammy for writing "Old Yellow Moon", the title cut of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's Album of the Year.
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  • DECEMBER 02 2016 FRI 8:00PM $22/$25
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  • Billy Crockett is a performing songwriter, music producer, recording artist, and the creative director of Blue Rock Studio Wimberley, Texas. He has recorded eleven solo albums and toured internationally. His songs have been acclaimed by Maverick Magazine -- "with repeat listening, they assume the mantle of old friends…ones you yearn to visit with often." Billy is a multi-instrumentalist and has produced albums for Cliff Eberhardt, Grace Pettis, Beth Wood, Rj Cowdery, Darryl Purpose, and others. He has been featured on the BMI songwriter panel at SXSW, the TV series Troubadour, TX, and as guitar clinician for Yamaha. He has recorded and toured across three decades. This show celebrates the release of his 12th solo album, RABBIT HOLE, on Blue Rock Artists with his home town crowd at Uncle Calvin's.
  • Helene's musical style crosses genres of Americana, Folk and Country. She considers it "female, acoustic, singer/songwriter". She performs on guitar, but uses both piano and guitar as writing instruments. People compare her style to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Alison Krauss or Shawn Colvin but her sound is uniquely her own.
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The Laws
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Mare Wakefield
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2016 Kerrville New Folk Winners
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Diana Jones
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Jack Williams
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Billy Crockett
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Tish Hinojosa
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Cliff Eberhardt | Louise Mosrie
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Tim Grimm
[Opening] Susan Cattaneo
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Adler & Hearne*
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Greg Trooper
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Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run live music venue, presenting concerts nearly every Friday night in the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. Our goal is to bring you the best possible environment for listening to music, with clear, pristine sound, free of smoke, alcohol, and conversation. In addition to the music, we offer fine coffees, teas, juices, desserts, and salty snacks. Find out more about us here.

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