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  • JANUARY 27 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Frank Martin Gilligan grew up in NYC, but when he was 19 years old..…Texas happened. Frank moved to Beaumont, Texas, in the late 70's,he immediately formed MASON DIXON, a Texas vocal group that enjoyed a pretty good run on the charts and on the road in the 1980's and 90's. Mason Dixon's run lasted until 1993. Frank put music aside for some time, and that might have been the end of it had it not been for a bout with cancer in 2009. Chemo ruined the nerves in his hands and feet and left him unable to play guitar. When he got his hands back, a lot of good songs came with it. Back to the stage and to the studio. Frank's been making some noise since he's been back!! Frank's "Silver Dollar" CD his first solo effort, released in 2015 was very favorably received by independent radio. The title song "Silver Dollar" spent 4 weeks at #1 on the Roots Americana Chart and was rated #13 overall for the year!
  • Dan Weber began performing later in life at age 40 but being a gifted storyteller, he quickly won over audiences with his natural charisma, upbeat performances, authentic songwriting, and off-the-cuff hilarious stories from the many roads he’s traveled. None other than legendary Folk troubadour Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said "I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories." After the success of 2015’s release of What I’m Lookin’ For, a 14 song CD of classic Folk and Americana that climbed to #6 on the charts and included Oh Woody as well as the breakout hit (I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day, an everyman’s anthem and crowd sing-a-long favorite, Weber is currently working on his first live recording and new material for an upcoming CD. If his phenomenal growth in such a short period of time is any indication, it promises to be his best work yet.
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  • FEBRUARY 03 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Carrie Elkin is an artist full of contrast and contradiction. With a voice that's somehow both gritty and pristine, the Austin Chronicle calls it "an earthy combination of strength and compassion . . . reminiscent of the winsome beauty created by a young Nanci Griffith" while Bob Harris of the BBC throws in comparisons to Patty Griffin and Iris DeMent, and calls her voice "spellbinding from the opening track." Carrie has been referred to as a "force of nature." On stage, she can turn a delicate trickle of a note into a tidal wave of ten emotions at once. Like life at it's most alive. Don't miss this opportunity to see this exciting artist in concert, and in full force. Also, Carrie will appear tonight with her band (at least consisting of one Danny Schmidt and maybe others).
  • Greg Klyma is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, bringing to every stage a catalog of material that assumes his audiences are both smart and able to laugh. His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg is an old-school troubadour.
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  • FEBRUARY 10 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • National Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki. Their performances are marked by outstanding original songs, ethereal harmonies, off-the-cuff humor, and standing ovations.
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  • FEBRUARY 24 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Lynn Langham and Doug Gill are two of the most respected names in the Nashville Songwriting community. Lynn is a Grammy winner for her song "Old Yellow Moon", title cut of the first Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell duet album. Doug was also recently Grammy nominated for "I Just Come Here For The Music", recorded by Don Williams and Alison Krauss. Other credits include, Wynonna, Tammy Wynette, The Marshall Tucker Band, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and the list goes on. In addition to being fine writers, Lynn and Doug are both accomplished musicians and performers. They have a magical chemistry onstage, and together they make powerful moving music that weaves through styles and influences seamlessly. - "Lynn Langham and Doug Gill live, the perfect combination! Great, complex compositions, excellent lyrics and musicianship from this top-notch Nashville duo. A must see live show! " Tom Tranchilla, Host: Songwriters Studio KPFT, 90.1 Houston, TX, a Pacifica Network Station.
  • Eric Folkerth (yes it's still his real name) is an award winning songwriter who finds songs metaphors in diverse experiences like Dinosaurs, Donut Shops, the birth of his daughter, and the pain of war. He's been a finalist at the South Florida Folk Festival Competition, and the 5th Street Festival. He was a semi-finalist at the Wildflower Festival competition.
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  • MARCH 03 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Grace Pettis, from Lookout Mountain, Alabama, has songwriting in her blood. The daughter of a poetry scholar and a troubadour, Grace comes by her love of words honestly. Her father, Pierce Pettis, is a critically acclaimed songwriter and performer who penned the Garth Brooks hit "You Move Me." Both Grace's brothers Rayvon and George (100 Watt Horse) are songwriters and musicians. In her short career, Grace has already lived up to her birthright, winning numerous songwriting awards (Kerrville New Folk Contest; NPR's Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, etc.) and garnering praise from critics, fans, and industry alike. What sets her apart in her talented family is her distinct, unaffected voice, described as a "wide open prairie, full of waving golden grains before menacing, dark thunder clouds" (Sirius XM Program Director, Mary Sue Twohy). Also, " of the most talented young singer-songwriters in America." -- Michael Granberry, The Dallas Morning News
  • Bill has played and taught numerous styles of music from blues to jazz to bossa nova to classical. A move to Iowa in his mid-twenties gave Bill the opportunity to teach, play guitar in numerous bands, get to know many amazingly talented artists, and open his own music shop, The Guitar House. After 15 years in Iowa, Bill is now in Texas where he is focusing on songwriting.
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  • MARCH 10 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Nashville based singer songwriter Melissa Greener has that distinct equine quality of being able to magnify and reflect your senses back at you, forcing you to confront, and surrender to them. A seeker through song, she fixes her gaze inward only to discover the universality in us all; dancing the blurred line between the defects and the divine. Whether fronting her all girl folk-rock power-trio, duo, or solo-electric, she is at once magnetic, delicate, fierce and tender. Her voice lulls and soothes all the while soaring over the cinematic effects of a sometimes raucous electric hollow-body guitar. At the root of Greener's expansive sound are her songs which summon their truth from mountain ranges, holy places, deserts, oceans and forests, or the lonely stretch of blacktop from Old Route 66, to the Golden Gate, to the Tappan Zee. Musically, Greener's influences are as vast as the high desert plains before there were borders, before the west was won. - "Greener paints superb portraits of the human condition" - Maverick Music Magazine
  • So, James Michael Taylor has been around a few blocks in his life, and his prolific writing of anything from poetry to prose to screenplays shows it ... not to mention a long acting career and into the lucrative life of a singer songwriter (oxymoron alert :) ). James is considered by most of his peers as an exceptional song writer, with an ear and eye for describing ordinary scenes in the most extraordinary ways. As Ken Gaines states: "JMT is Steinbeck in song form..."
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  • MARCH 17 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • The Selkie Girls have quickly and firmly established themselves as one of the premier folk music acts in the North Texas region. The band (Alli Johnson: guitar, vocals, Jaycie Skidmore: penny whistles/flutes/vocals, Dave Ervin: guitar/mandolin/vocals, Joel Black: upright and fretless acoustic bass, Martin McCall: percussion, and Linda Mudd: harp have performed at the most sought-after - events throughout the state, with featured performances at the North Texas Irish Festival, Austin Celtic Festival, Texas Scottish Festival, the Kimbell Art Museum, and some of the premier local pubs as well. With so much great music in the DFW area, it’s worth noting that the Selkie Girls offer a unique perspective on Celtic and folk music. Their take on the Celtic music tradition, built upon lush vocal harmonies and dynamic instrumental arrangements, always captivates their audiences. The band’s repertoire includes ancient laments, contemporary ballads, traditional Irish tunes, Scottish Gaelic folk sung in the native tongue, and foot-stomping jigs and reels.
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  • MARCH 24 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • If the definitive history of the last three decades of Texas music were published today, Rex Foster would be mentioned with a handful of household names as having been part of the scene. Some might even acknowledge his having been an influence on their own music. He is one of those special regional songwriters whose work transcends geographic boundaries and his songs are about things that matter. He writes and sings about brittle ladies and fine-haired children, raising chickens in high rent ghettos, about freedom and its abuse, lives on the loose and even about a short ride with a dark-hearted Jesus! And that's just for starters. Some of his admirers have said about Rex: "Rex's songs are really refreshing; I feel like he and I are kindred spirits." -- Townes Van Zandt | "Where can I get Rex's CD?" -- Bob Dylan | "Rex Foster has the four winds in his voice and Mother Earth in his heart, and when he puts it to music, I believe it" -- Chuck Pyle | "Rex Foster sings from his gut, his heart, and his soul. Ain't that what music is all about?" -- Dana Cooper
  • Long time (23 years) Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse volunteer Bill Nash has been musical his entire life, starting very young as a singer, then later as a songwriter. He will bring some of his very best original songs and a couple well chosen covers to make you smile tonight!
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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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