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  • JANUARY 19 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. “If one can master a craft after investing 10,000 hours, Joe Jencks’ hours are showing! I am literally stunned by this new album. Poets, Philosopher, Workers & Wanders tells our stories, his story, and the untold stories, as an American folk master can - with heart and unfettered perfection. Add this one to the folk canon! ” - MarySue Twohy – The Village, SIRIUS XM Radio
  • Caroline is a several time veteran of the BW Stevenson songwriting contest at Poor David's Pub, and her songs are highly accessible pieces of work. Great songs and a extremely fun sense of humor... pure joy!
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  • JANUARY 26 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Karyn Oliver is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspirations come primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C. Her influences include Duke Ellington, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eva Cassidy, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack among several other DC native artists. She is well known for her powerful voice, to the point executives from Sennheiser were so impressed with the quality of her voice that they requested permission to use her songs to demonstrate the quality of Neumann recording microphones. Karyn has been a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2011, as well as 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest winner. Richard Cucarro of Acoustic Live, describes Oliver's voice as "Janis Joplin without the rasp or perhaps Lucinda Williams on steroids…with that powerful instrument, she could be a star in the rock arena. Her voice has a swagger."
  • The first thing you will notice is a voice that is effortlessly powerful and immediately intimate. Rob’s voice has been compared favorably to artists such as Jackson Browne, Jonathan Edwards, and James Taylor for its unique clarity and 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.” After a nearly 14 year break from performing, the past seven years have been a whirlwind musical rebirth with a busy touring schedule (including an appearance at the 2015 Kerrville Folk Festival) and the global release of two critically acclaimed CDs ("You. Must Stop" (2011) and "a hypocrite of heart and hope" (2015). Rob is currently working on his new CD (tentatively titled as “Rules About Love”) to be released in spring 2018. This show will also be considered a Camp NashBill reunion night, since Karyn and Rob both live with us there down in Kerrville! :)
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  • FEBRUARY 02 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • “Love, Death and Resurrection” is a collection of haunting, soulful, and enchanting songs and stories. Niki Leeman has long had a reputation for thought provoking lyrical poetry and metaphor – these songs will capture you, heart and soul, and remain with you long after your first listen. Jim Kloss from Whole Wheat Radio wrote: "One of the finest CDs in our music library If I had only 5 CDs to take with me, out of the thousands of independent music CDs we've aired, this would be one of them. The lyrics, the arrangements, the performances ... everything about this CD makes one stop, listen and revel in discovering such a superb CD/artist that few know about." Niki has been a mainstay at the Kerrville Folk Festival campground for at least 25 years... an institution.
  • Cyd Cassone on percussion...
  • Hamp Brockman on mandolin and guitar...
  • Julie Bonk on keyboards...
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  • FEBRUARY 09 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow. His songs are being made into films. He'll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He's plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next. Come to a show. Mystical, historical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography. Short 4 minute films... visual, artful and human. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired. Whether he's picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in.... it happens every time. Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell. Joe says: "I'm learning to trust my voice as a songwriter. Be who I am. trust the stories and follow no trends. More and more I find that when I tell my true story, it has wider breadth, deeper impact, and resonates more clearly. I do feel as though I’ve honed a way of writing and performing that has identifiable themes and expresses my quirky uniqueness. I see my job as an artist to have the confidence to sing, play and perform from this deep/true place inside of myself despite what is hip and cool at the moment.” Joe is a master storyteller & he is seeking the creative edge. His music swirls with themes of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking, fiddle looping, weeping willows, slide guitar bending, cynicism, hope, and the cycles of life and rebirth. If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe delivers it all, the melodies, the lyrics, the energy, and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written songs.
  • With a naturalist's eye, an artist's pen, and a lion's attack, Raina lays everything she has on the line; she makes you feel as if she's your best friend whispering a honeysuckle-sweet secret in your ear, warmly inviting you into a joyfully intimate and darkly candid conversation. It's that ability to forge her own path in the world of music that sets Raina apart from her contemporaries,
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  • FEBRUARY 23 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Molly Venter's voice bends from a sweet moan to a gritty shout and back into a playful run in the space of a few bars and "it all goes down like silk," writes American Songwriter Magazine - "few singers turn first time listeners into eternal fanatics as effortlessly as Molly Venter." The emotional potency of her voice is surrounded and supported by a lush landscape of harmonies and minimalist orchestrations conceived by Eben, on vocals and electric guitar. Co-writing often, the couple uses the creative process to explore a healthy authentic relationship. Both wholesome and irreverent, they sing of grief and joy in equal measure; Molly gives smooth delivery to Eben's assertions while Eben gives form and focus to Molly's raw passion. Their music encourages listeners to embrace opposing desires, to challenge as well as support each other through inspiration and dissolution, and hopefully to share this journey with their larger communities. Molly's voice has caught the ear of industry giants, and been prominently featured on FOX television, Apple Computers and in Warner Brothers films. Molly and Eben’s Co-write "Willow Tree" was a #1 hit on the folk charts in 2014 and was featured in USA Today. Consummate performers, Molly and Eben have also appeared nationally and internationally, 100+ shows a year, with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime. Goodnight Moonshine tours with upright bassist Adam Chilenski and their two-year old son Otis
  • This is Bill's third time on our stage, and we have enjoyed about every song we've heard him do... fine songwriting, with imagery galore. His first appearance was when we held one of our new showcase events... his songs will make you think twice.
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  • MARCH 02 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning folk/Americana artist Andrew McKnight's musical journey has traced nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and seven recordings. Andrew's powerful and entertaining show is like one man theatre, delivered with warmth and down-home comfort. His finely crafted songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. While his skillful guitar work provides a tasteful foundation, the touches of native American cedar flute, resonator guitar, djembe (African hand drum) and even mandolin add delightful and mesmerizing embellishments to the show. Andrew has performed at many prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center (also Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse), the International Storytelling Center and the Atlanta Olympics, has been part of the Rocky Mountain, South Florida, Boston and Delmarva Folk Festival lineups, and a guest on NPR's "Art of the Song" and "River City Folk" shows.
  • This will be Bill's 29th appearance on our stage, and he always brings a nice glow when he is up there (and not just from his bald head). Powerful songs and well placed cover tunes are his forte, with some guitar mastery on his resume, to boot.
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  • MARCH 09 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own! Her background is as varied as the songs she writes. Abbie has listened to the sweet sound of high lonesome harmonies since her first bluegrass festival at the age of three. Abbie's first full-length recording, "My Craziest Dream" (2004) is an album of jazz standards featuring her father on piano. It earned her an entry in the 2009 Hal Leonard book "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide." Abbie studied classical flute growing up, but once she started playing Dobro in 2004 she found her main instrument. Her own CDs include "Honey on My Grave" (2006), "Bad Nights/Better Days" (2008, with Anthony da Costa), and "Hope" (2011), which features three different kinds of slide guitar (dobro, lap steel and National bottleneck). Abbie has had the honor of being part of the songwriting faculty at the 2010 and 2011 Swannanoa Gatherings and assisting at Reso Summit, Nashville's Resonator conference, for the past several years. She has been having a blast doing gigs with different bands, backing up her friends and stepping out into the spotlight for her own gigs. Abbie has a brand new solo CD ready to release in January of 2018 and is excited to tour as a solo act in support of that CD.
  • For more than 45 years, Bill Staines has been the quintessential folk troubadour, singing his songs at the country’s top festivals, concerts, clubs and coffeehouses. Playing 200+ dates a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually, his music is a slice of Americana, filled with cowboys, Yukon adventures, fisherman and everyday working people. He writes lovely, infectious melodies, and his story-filled lyrics recall with compassion and depth the landscapes and characters he’s known. His songs evoke a remarkably strong sense of emotional and physical place, and in the words of the Austin American Statesman, they have the “ability to translate the common details of common lives into songs of uncommon eloquence and beauty.” Bill Staines has spent over four decades on the road singing his songs and entertaining audiences. Staines also made his mark yodeling. He learned the traditional art by studying the recordings of great yodelers such as Jimmie Rodgers and Montana Slim. He won the National Yodeling Championship at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas in 1975, and has become a perennial instructor of yodeling workshops.
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  • MARCH 16 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Sally Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack. Her song “Let The Wind Chase You”, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.While her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano. Dirty Linen says “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality”. Sally also performs with dobro player and guitarist Chas Williams and mandolin player Jason Bailey as "Sally Barris & The Birmingham Boys". The Minnesota native has performed Mountain Stage, New Bedford Summer Fest, Wildflower Arts & Music Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival. Sally is currently touring with her new cd “The Road in Me”.
  • Ian DIckson is a true musical resource in the DFW area, but he's also a prolific songwriter. He has performed and played backup for many folks around the area, and can always be found at the WildFlower Festival in Richardson each year!
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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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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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