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  • SEPTEMBER 09 2016 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. “McQuaid’s voice has an unforced richness which is the perfect foil for the echoing, spacious arrangements of her songs – and for her guitar, which here assumes a dazzling array of guises; one minute it’s as plangent as a piano, the next, it’s buzzing on a rock-and-roll riff. A unique, multi-textured sound emerges as each song pours out a new narrative.” — Piers Ford, Cry Me A Torch Song, UK
  • Heather Little has carved her own country-folk style (with bits of soulful jazz and even rock), with mature song writing and a stellar track record. Co writing with Miranda Lambert notwithstanding, Heather and her fine songwriting on our stage is a perfect fit!
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  • SEPTEMBER 16 2016 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian, to name just a few. You might've heard his song "The Kid" (recorded by David Wilcox, Peter, Paul and Mary and Cry, Cry, Cry) and maybe even sung it yourself around a campfire. He draws you into his world - where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get your pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if you're not careful and where dreams that don't come true still count. When Buddy's not on the road you can find him in Nashville but he grew up in Park Forest, Il, a suburb of Chicago. He didn't have a troubled childhood... his parents were nice to him. They paid for guitar lessons when he was ten and they never said, "when are you going to get a real job?" After so many years of success, there is no doubt... songwriting IS his real job!
  • Kevin So is a Chinese American musician who has earned the respect of fellow musicians, won over members of press, and radio, and has built a loyal fan base around the world. He joined the music world in the late 80s, and continues to this day to bring his songs to the people.
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  • SEPTEMBER 23 2016 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Named 'Best Group/Duo' in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them "one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country." They've since gone on to perform more than 800 shows in 42 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and have even been tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres. Cameron Hood's rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green's explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, "a match made in radio heaven."
  • Stephen Inglis is a versatile artist. He crosses genres, yet his music always radiates integrity. Born and raised in Honolulu, he plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitar. He records and tours with the most respected traditional musicians. His duet album with legend Dennis Kamakahi, Waimaka Helelei, won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Na Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Ecan Morgan from the News Hub states: “Inglis is a genre-bending, genre-blending chameleon, and, the fluidity and ease with which he navigates such a wide spectrum of influences is truly exceptional”
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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."
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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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