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  • OCTOBER 27 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Well-traveled Virginia troubadour and sea captain, Mike Aiken, may have been born in the wrong century. An inner sense of chivalry oozes from every story he tells and every song he sings. Aiken has drawn tales - and hope - from trail riders, aging rodeo champs, sea captains, Rastafarians and outlaws on the lamb to draw the threads of these independent spirits together. Mike will appear with his wife and musical partner, Sweet Amy D. You can expect to hear upbeat, rootsy grooves, from slide guitar to honky-tonk hooks, percussion and harmony vocals that take you to the heart of a summer jump-up. Aiken’s love for singing, songwriting and sailing has taken him all over the world. As a sailor he has logged over 30,000 bluewater miles. As a songwriter he puts pen to paper and shares his colored and colorful life. Captains & Cowboys, Aiken’s sixth studio album, earned him critical acclaim, including a Grammy nomination. His seventh studio album will be released early in 2018.
  • Isaac was a finalist at the 2017 New Folk competition in Kerrville, and a winner of one of our new showcase shows a few months ago. His songs are finely crafted vignettes that will make you think and smile. He is based in Denton where he is trying to "save Texas Music" from itself... great writer!
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  • NOVEMBER 03 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”. Though he now works solo, Jim was lead singer with the world-renowned and multi-award-winning Old Blind Dogs for eight years, a fantastic experience with some of Scotland’s finest musicians, taking him to the most prestigious festivals in North America and around Europe. With family roots in Perthshire and Strathclyde, Jim has been a professional musician since graduating from Edinburgh University. Working solo or in various bands and combos in far flung pubs, hotels and clubs toughened him up or a future life on the road. Solo tours in England, Ireland, Denmark and Germany followed, including musical adventures in some off-the-charts places like Uganda. The opportunity to join the already established Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs saw Jim further explore countries on the European continent and North America, travelling as far as Alaska and Hawaii. Jim’s 2011 release Sparkling Flash sees a band reunion ‘across the ether’, as several Dogs members make a guest appearance. His concerts are always highly entertaining, peppered with funny stories and observations, in the great tradition of Scottish artists through the ages. Jim has featured many times on radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic, unfazed by cameras and completely at home behind a microphone. The release of 2011’s CD ‘Sparkling Flash’ marks a milestone for Jim. He has now recorded fifty songs which are either entirely original or were built by him around some ancient fragment of text, a poem or melody. His career highlight of 2011 was to perform his own songs Lochanside and Battle of Waterloo with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at a sold-out concert in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. In 2004 he was voted songwriter of the year at the annual Trad Awards and to date he is the most nominated Scots singer for the Scots Singer of the Year Award. Alongside his original work, Jim has recorded a great many Scottish songs, from early ballads through Burns and Tannahill to William Soutar and his great hero Jim Reid. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Robert burns Jim released his highly entertaining DVD Bard Hair Day, in front of fans, family and friends in Perth. At home Jim spends a lot of time with his lovely wife and kids and fly fishing on the wonderful rivers and lochs of Perthshire.
  • of THE SELKIE GIRLS!! Jaycie Skidmore grew up part of a musical family many generations in the making. Jaycie began studying flute at the age of 12. Jaycie won numerous awards throughout high school and earned a music scholarship to Baylor University. Jaycie maintained a private studio of 60+ middle and high school flute students. Celtic music always spoke to Jaycie's Irish ancestry and in 2013, she became the harmony singer and Irish flute/tin whistle player for The Selkie Girls. She currently teaches early childhood music through East Dallas Children's music. Alli Johnson was singing harmonies with her mother and siblings for as long as she can remember. By the age of 16, Alli began singing and playing guitar professionally. Alli's vocals have been featured on several instructional publications for Hal Leonard Corporation. Alli became the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for The Selkie Girls in 2013. She recently accepted a position with the North Texas School of Irish Music as the new director for their Gaelic Youth and Festival Choruses.
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  • NOVEMBER 10 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • After a lifetime of crafting finely-wrought, heart-touching songs, singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis feels that he’s finally found his comfort zone. “The biggest change,” he says of this point in his career “has been getting over myself and realizing this is a job and a craft. And the purpose is not fame and fortune (whatever that is) but simply doing good work.” Pettis hit the road and became a member of the “Fast Folk” movement in New York in the mid-1980’s. He released one independent solo album, "Moments" (1984) before signing with High Street Records, a division of Windham Hill. There, he released three albums: "While the Serpent Lies Sleeping" (1989), "Tinseltown" (1991), and "Chase the Buffalo" (1993). His relationship with Tinseltown producer Mark Heard transcended the album. After Heard’s untimely death in 1992, Pettis committed to including a song of Heard’s on every one of his own albums, a practice that continues to this day. Pettis was a staff songwriter for PolyGram from 1993-2000 and when his High Street contract ended, Pettis signed to Compass Records where he has released Making Light of It (1996), Everything Matters (1998), State of Grace (2001), and Great Big World (2004). Pierce Pettis’ songs have been recorded by artists including Susan Ashton, Dar Williams, Garth Brooks and Art Garfunkel.
  • Heather Little was born in north-central Texas, and grew up around Austin and Dallas and all the music that thrives there. She is the co-writer of “Gunpowder and Lead” and “Me and Charlie Talkin'”, both recorded by Miranda Lambert; Sunny Sweeney’s “Helluva Heart”; and “Minefield,” on Travis Meadows’s album Killin’ Uncle Buzzy.
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  • NOVEMBER 17 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • George Gagliardi has been a Dallas local resource for many years in our music scene. While this will be his 6th solo appearance on our stage, he has graced many a band in our area, including AChord Trio, Dave Washburn's Three Quarters Fast Jazz Band, Matt Tolentino’s Singapore Slingers, Mark McKenzie Jazz Quartet and the Dallas Banjo Band. In between his solo shows, he also teaches guitar privately. One important part of his journey has been connecting with kindred spirits and even more so kindred musical spirits. Certainly gospel music legend Cynthia Clawson falls into that category. It’s primarily through her efforts that his songs have made the inroads into the mainstream that they have. In fact, “Words and Music,” a song of his Cynthia recorded, was nominated for a Dove award in 1980. A few years later she recorded “My Finest Hour” and it was the title cut on an album that was nominated for a Grammy.
  • Fort Worth native Kate Hearne is a guitar ‘slinger-songwriter’ who’s been making a name for herself since she picked up the guitar during spring break of her eighth-grade year. As notable Texas musician and producer Lloyd Maines has said of Kate Hearne, “I don’t mind when she steals my licks, but it ticks me off when she plays them better than I do.” The daughter of performing songwriter Lindy Hearne, Kate Hearne grew up surrounded by songwriters and guitars. In her younger years though, she refused to have anything to do with music making. One day when no one was looking or listening she made the fateful choice, picked up a guitar, and discovered a new way to express herself. With added guidance from famed guitar instructor John DeFoore of Mineola, Texas (a la Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Michelle Shocked and Adam Carroll to namedrop a few former students), Hearne began to take her songwriting and guitar studies even more seriously. At the young age of 18, she was one of 12 semi-finalists in the 20th Annual B.W. Stevenson Memorial Singer Songwriting competition hosted at Poor David's Pub in Dallas.
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  • DECEMBER 01 2017 FRI 8:00PM $20/$25
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  • The music of Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Slaid Cleaves is rooted in country and traditional folk songs, but it is unusual enough to have held interest in a sea of singer/songwriters across the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. While he released a handful of recordings during the early '90s, he gained significant notice with No Angel Knows, which was released on Rounder's Philo subsidiary in 1997. Joined by former Lucinda Williams guitarist Gurf Morlix, Cleaves combined his passion for folk songs, blues, and traditional country music into an amalgamation of styles known as Americana. Not surprisingly, the album rode high into the charts at Americana-formatted radio stations around the U.S. and Canada in 1997. The release set the tone for the rest of his career. After many years in Portland, Maine, he sought new mountains to climb, and found some of them after moving to Austin, Texas, in 1992. During the following decade, Cleaves released Broke Down (2000) and Wishbones (2004) prior to switching to Rounder proper for Unsung (2006). After signing with Jimmy LaFave and Kelcy Warren's Music Road label, he issued Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (2009, featuring liner notes from fan Stephen King), the two-disc Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge (2011), and Still Fighting the War (2013). The title song of the latter album was inspired by Craig F. Walker's Pulitzer-winning photo essay regarding a soldier's postwar civilian life. 2017's Ghost on the Car Radio found Cleaves exploring the traditions of American small town life.
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  • DECEMBER 08 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Freddy & Francine is an Americana-Soul duo comprised of Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris. With voices reminiscent of Aretha Franklin & Van Morrison, their songs blend Soul, R&B, Folk, and Americana with a modern, yet timeless appeal to all ages. If you've ever seen a Freddy & Francine show, you already know how dynamic their shows are... we've seen them at the Rocky Mountain FOlks Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival. No Depression says, “Freddy & Francine currently top my list. There is definitely a palpable chemistry between these musicians, with their vocals blending like milk and honey.” Freddy & Francine have released 2 EPs & 3 full length records since 2008. Their latest, “Gung Ho” was produced by renowned producer Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Anais Mitchell) and featured members of Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, and Andrew Bird’s touring bands. National audiences continue to be drawn to the duo as they “bring it all out on stage from a lullaby so sweet you’d swear a choir of angels were harmonizing just for you; to gut-busting, foot stomping tunes befitting a New Orleans gospel choir.“ - Flagstaff AZ Daily Sun
  • Keith brings a wealth of experience to the stage as well as a variety of styles and genres. From love songs to train songs, Keith’s lyrics conjure stories of people, places, and situations that feel both familiar and yet somehow fresh. Keith is a singer-songwriter based in Longview, Texas. He travels throughout the United States and just finished recording his second project for national release "Life's an Open Road".
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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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