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  • MARCH 23 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Born in Los Angeles and raised in St. Cloud, Florida, Alice Wallace developed an interest in music as a child. Her parents harmonized on country and folk tunes in the living room; her father was a semi-professional musician who toured regionally in the Southeast. As a girl, she joined her family at annual "bacchanalias" mounted by her father's alma mater, Eckerd College, and became entranced by the events' campfire-side hootenannies. Taking up the guitar at 10 and returning to music in earnest at 15, Wallace absorbed a variety of influences: parental favorites like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris; '80s and '90s country performers such as Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless, and Mary Chapin Carpenter; and singer-songwriters like Jewel, Alanis Morisette and Sarah McLachlan. She says of the latter musicians, "That's why I picked up the guitar again and made a more serious attempt at playing and writing songs – I was so inspired by hearing female artists on the radio." "Memories, Music & Pride", the third album by Alice finds the Southern California-based Americana singer-songwriter exploring fresh musical terrain on striking self-penned material inspired by new emotional and geographical compass points. Wallace, whose powerful, elastic singing and melodic, literate song-crafting skill earned her the title of Best Country/Americana Artist from the LA Music Critic Awards in 2016, views Memories, Music & Pride as a significant step forward – one that bears a more integrated yet all-embracing sound.
  • Andrew Delaney is a classic storyteller who depicts the American landscape in a warts-and-all cinematic style. His ability to "craft creaky, wooden yarns that stir your insides" and to deliver them with "conviction" and "authenticity" (Alan Ayo – Dallas Observer) has earned him growing acclaim; Rich Warren of WFMT radio, Chicago, called him "The Alfred Hitchcock of singer/songwriters." Delaney's relatively short but prolific career has seen the release of 6 full-length albums, as well as a host of more minor releases. He has shared stages with the likes of Hayes Carll, Corb Lund, and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, just to name of few. He has been honored as a finalist in the prestigious Grassy Hills New Folk Competition on three separate occasions, and took a coveted main stage slot at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2016. In 2017, he was also a finalist at the Folks Festival songwriting contest in Lyons, CO. On his most recent release "The Escape Artist," Andrew explores the themes of family, heroes, and human frailty with his signature intellect and eye for detail. Beyond the lyrics, Delaney pulls his music in a new direction with expanded instrumentation: horns, cellos, and mellotron step in for the banjos, mandolins, and accordion of past efforts. This album also sees Delaney branching out into the realm of video with his directorial debut in "Howard", a short horror film made to accompany his song about weird fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. His live band – Andrew Delaney & The Horse You Rode In On – consistently engages audiences with fun and high-energy performances that showcase the wit – and the weight – behind Delaney's lyrics. "The Horse" features Trevor Pulver on lead guitar and lap steel; Justin Whitehead on bass; and Jeff Munn on drums.
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  • APRIL 06 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • With an angelic voice and lyrics laid bare, Emily Scott Robinson is pioneering her own brand of roots music: Southern Gothic folk . She enchants audiences with stories and songs that are equal parts playful, darkly funny, heart-wrenching and redemptive. In 2017, Emily was featured on PRI's show "The World" for her single, "Traveling Mercies." She was also named a winner of the 2017 Wildflower Festival Performing Songwriter Contest. In 2016, Emily won the Grassy Hill New Folk competition at Kerrville Folk Festival, in addition to an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Telluride Troubadour Contest. In 2015, she won first place and her Gibson guitar in the “American Songwriter” May/June Lyric Contest, as well as an Honorable Mention in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase. Emily released her debut album, “Magnolia Queen,” in February 2016. She is currently touring full time, living on the road with her husband in their motorhome, writing and performing across the country.
  • A veteran to the stage since childhood, she has been honored with close to 50 Songwriting and Music Video awards and acknowledgments since 2002 by such notable competitions such as John Lennon, Paul Stookey’s Music To life, New Zealand Int’l Peace Song, Breaking the Silence in Song, Kerrville NewFolk, just to name a few. And, her songs are making a huge difference in people’s lives. Renowned as an activist who puts her passions to song, Ellen has been commissioned to write songs and produced numerous multiple award winning fundraising music videos which have collectively helped to raise almost one hundred million dollars since 2006 and are being used as tools to raise awareness of important social issues such as Housing the Homeless, Assistance Victims of Domestic Violence, Human Rights and care for Children with wide spectrum Autism and Elderly with Cerebral Deterioration. Her songwriting journey began after losing her husband Doug Segal to AIDS in 1988. Doug was a hemophiliac who contacted HIV from his blood products and died at age 36 leaving Ellen with their three children Brett, Todd and Margo. Doug and Ellen spoke out publicly hundred of times sharing their personal story in schools, churches, synagogues, educating the community about AIDS.
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  • APRIL 13 2018 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 45 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, and many more. 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.” Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, was recorded over the past year and half in bedrooms, living rooms, hotel rooms, and green rooms across the country. Led by their signature two-part vocal harmonies, and decorated with flares of guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, Yearbook centers on songs about being young, growing old, and making peace with the passing of time.
  • Rabdy earned finalist in the 2011 New Folk Songwriting Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival, BS Xlla Mrillo hia homw. He released his second record, "Calling Me Home", in 1979 on Heartland Productions, and has just released his newest album titled "Waterline" on Berkaline Records.
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  • APRIL 20 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Crystal Yates was listening to a sermon at Cross Timbers Church in Argyle when she had a musical epiphany. "Stop trying to separate the secular and sacred by treating everything as sacred," implored the pastor, Toby Slough. It was then that the country singer-songwriter from McKinney realized her love of songwriting didn’t require her to compartmentalize her audience or subject matter. It's had a profound effect on how she approached her music — country, spiritual or otherwise. “If I were a doctor, I wouldn't just treat the people who thought and behaved just like me. I would treat anyone," says Yates. She and her husband and guitar player, Will, have a new EP, The Other Side, to celebrate, but on Sunday mornings you will find them in front of thousands of worshippers leading the song service for Cross Timbers. "So I write out song prescriptions for my own heart, my friends, my family, and then share in hopes that they resonate and bring some hope and a voice to others.” Though the songs sung in the sanctuary are different than those performed on the stages of local bars, the two types don’t necessarily come from different places. Yates has been influenced by Hank Williams Sr. more than by any other artist. Since the 1920s, the connection between the down-home tales of country and the God-fearing respect of gospel music — a combination Williams excelled at unlike few other artists in history — has been practically unbreakable.
  • Renfree Isaacs play and sing acoustic music with irrepressible joy and passion. Three singer-songwriters, each with their own distinct voice, that create a distinctive blend as recognizable as any of the great vocal groups in popular music.
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  • APRIL 27 2018 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences. Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A ?celebration of heroes.? ?The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring. "Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." -- The New York Times
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  • MAY 04 2018 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Tish brings to Uncle Calvins her newest album “Culture Swing" which has been named one of the 50 greatest Texas singer-songwriter albums by the Houston Chronicle. Tish Hinojosa is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. Hinojosa’s blend of folk, country, Latino, and pop has an undeniable far reaching appeal, garnering her accolades such as a White House concert at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton and teaming up with artists such as Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger, and Dwight Yoakam. She has recorded as an independent artist as well as for A&M, Warner Bros, and Rounder Records and has been a featured artist on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion and other NPR programs. With sixteen CDs to her name, Tish’s distinct sound has gained her much critical acclaim. Her latest CD After The Fair, released in 2013, was recorded in Germany and is reflective of her 9 years spent in the Beatles old stomping grounds in Hamburg. Tish has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and continues to draw a loyal and growing audience.
  • Daniel Makins was raised in a musical family as a relative of famed ballad hunter, John A Lomax. He writes and believes in songs as milestones and guideposts. His words move concerts like meaningful conversations and he hopes that the songs he has worked on become useful for listeners.
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  • MAY 11 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Heather Styka dances where others fear to tread, gleefully cutting to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. She combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming. Call it folk, call it Americana, call it alt-country, but Styka’s heartfelt croon draws as much inspiration from classic warblers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as it does from Shawn Colvin and Eva Cassidy. After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Styka moved to the city to studying creative writing, meanwhile honing her song craft among Chicago’s long-standing folk community. Her 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis brought her to national attention, hitting #3 on the FOLK-DJ charts. Styka's honest, image-heavy songs have garnered her a number of awards, including being a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival (2015, 2017) and official showcases at Folk Alliance International, NERFA, SWRFA, and FARM. "With a compelling mix of storytelling and scene setting, Heather Styka takes the listener with her on every note… tugs the ear on first listen and greets you like an old friend on subsequent visits." -- Indie Music Portal, Simon Rigby
  • Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller. Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring. His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people. First time listeners often are drawn to Garveys engaging performance style, accomplished musicianship, and memorable melodies. But his lyrics project a depth and sincerity that allow the observant listener to find meaning beyond the catchy hook. Meanwhile, the intricate production of his albums adds emotional depth and keeps the songs fresh play after play.
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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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