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  • MARCH 31 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Tracy Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, she is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage -- not to mention a riotous sense of humor -- that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Dave Carter's reclusive accompanist. Stories about the duo's first meeting, Carter's quirks and fancies, or Grammer's own misadventures and missteps are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal evening that connects audiences to performer, to the Carter/Grammer legacy, and most importantly, to one another. Additionally, Grammer has begun down the songwriter's path as part of RealWomenRealSongs, and is sharing her fresh, fledgling efforts -- and the stories behind them -- on her current tour, to the delight of longtime fans. “One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom.” -- Boston Globe
  • After a career of working in a variety of scientific venues including high technology ceramics, analytical chemistry and zookeeping, Jen ran away to join the circus as a performing songwriter. Everyone is better off for it. She has competed in some contests and performed in some great listening rooms across the US and in Europe.
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  • APRIL 07 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk singer-songwriter whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She currently plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Kipyn celebrated several milestones in January 2017 including the release of Dance Across the Sky, a new solo project following up her debut Undercover Muse, and winning the coveted Gold Award in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (Open category) for God is Love, her third MASC Gold adding to previous wins in 2013 and 2014. Additional accolades for Kipyn include being honored by the Washington Area Music Association with their WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year in 2015 and multiple nominations the following year for Songwriter of the Year and Folk Contemporary Vocalist.
  • Always keeping his own "eyes on a brand new horizon," Mark Wayne Glasmire's journey has taken him to Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee and Texas. He delivers the songs with wisdom, commitment and personality, and he believes good songs can make a difference in the world.
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  • APRIL 21 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • The Malvinas are a feisty blend of Jazz, Cajun and Folk-pop with roots all over North America. They alternate lead vocals, tight harmonies and quirky arrangements to their songs. Beth Cahill was born in Evanston, Illinois, but has wandered just about everywhere since. She left home as a classical musician, intending to play the French horn. She discovered quickly that her real passion was not the symphony but the song. Lisa Markley began her musical journey as a trombonist. A multi-instrumentalist (voice, guitar, piano, banjo, and trombone), and she is a graduate of the prestigious School of Music at the University of North Texas where she performed in the Lab Bands and in the Jazz Singers, studying composition, jazz, voice, trombone, and music education. New Orleans-based Gina Forsyth is an award-winning singer/songwriter, who is known for her wizardry on fiddle and guitar. With an alto as unique as it is soulful, unpretentious songs that cut straight to the heart, and a wicked sense of humor, her live performances are legend.
  • We are also pleased to give Gina Forsyth her own opening set tonight, to make sure to show her brilliance as a solo artist. (Not to say Lisa and Beth are any slouch at solo performing, but Gina doesn't get as many chances here to show what she's got. :)
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  • APRIL 28 2017 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Sam Baker's music has been compared to that of John Prine. Baker's 2013 album, "Say Grace", was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the top 10 country music albums of 2013. In his review of the album, Jim Fusilli wrote "In Mr. Baker's tales, the personal becomes universal through his keen-eyed writing, supported by well-chosen instrumentation and what might be called spoken-word melodies." Sam Baker was born in 1954 in Itasca, Texas. In 1986, Baker was traveling by train to Machu Picchu in Peru when a bomb placed on a luggage rack above his head by the Shining Path guerrilla group exploded, killing seven other passengers including the three people who had been sitting with him. Baker was left with numerous injuries, including brain damage, a cut artery, and blown-in eardrums. His injuries required 17 reconstructive surgeries, and left him with a constant case of tinnitus, and the fingers of his left hand were left gnarled. He did retain enough dexterity to grasp a guitar pick and over time, re-taught himself to play his guitar left-handed. Among Baker's influences for his songwriting are Ken Kesey, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and Bob Dylan, and fellow Texans Lightnin' Hopkins, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt.
  • Instead of pigeonholing his music into Americana, folk or alternative categories, Chase Gassaway prefers to pursue diversity and eclecticism. “I’ve written full symphonic works, choral pieces, chamber music and folk songs, and they’re all the same for me,” he explains. “I like to think of my style as ‘honest.’”
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  • MAY 05 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Brian Kalinec is an award-winning, Houston, Texas-based Hailing from the southeast Texas town of Beaumont, Brian picked up the guitar at an early age and began a life spent crafting songs and nurturing songwriters. He draws upon true-to-life working class experiences for the inspiration in his writing. Songs like "The Fence", "Uncle Joe", and "Stranger in this Line" examine many aspects of work over a lifetime, from satisfaction to longevity to even the loss of a job. But he also reflects on relationships in his songs as well including "The Book I Can't Put Down", "Lone Star Lonely" and the darker "Carla Moore". Brian's more philosophical fare includes "I Don't Know", "Blessings of this Day", and "Nowhere at All". Kalinec has a long list of awards to his credit, including 1st place in both the Songwriter Serenade Competition and the Big Top Chautauqua Song Contest, and 2nd place in the prestigious Woody Guthrie Song Contest. His song "Nowhere at All" garnered him recognition as a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest. And Brian is not only known for his songwriting but as a guitarist as well, having received nominations for both Songwriter of the Year and Musician of the Year in the Texas Music Awards in the recent past.
  • Amy Goloby is an up-and-coming folk singer from Tomball who grew up with a passion for music. With vocals that compliment the folk genre and candid lyrics that are endearing, each song will inspire a reflective and sentimental feeling among listeners.
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  • MAY 12 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Emily Elbert weaves together a rhythmic funk-folk blend of introspection and celebration. With a global, D.I.Y. spirit, she has carried her music around the world, playing over a thousand independent shows from Peru to Palestine. Anchored by intricate guitar work and an old-soul voice, Emily’s songs offer progressive perspective while paying tribute to the timeless. She has independently released four albums, and two new singles, “Letting Go / Here & Now”, in November 2016. Her music has garnered praise from publications like the Washington Post, Utne Reader, and Glamour Magazine, and won awards in the U.S. and U.K.. Through authentic song sharing, she strives for a deepening sense of human and spiritual connection that is accessible to all.
  • Bill Sibley is pretty new to this singer/songwriter world, but what we've seen so far is pretty impressive! He was one of the finalists from one of our songwriter discovery shows... we are glad to have him.
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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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"The intimate setting of Calvin's makes it easy to see and hear musicians....the gold standard of Dallas area coffeehouses, and for that matter, the nation...." --Michael Granberry, DMN

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