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  • JUNE 30 2017 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Wheatfield is a quartet of music and songwriting veterans. The group originated in Houston TX back in the 70's. After a 25 year hiatus, the band reformed and began to write and perform again in 2004. Wheatfield consists of Craig Calvert, Connie Mims, Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. Their music is diverse as the members of the band and made stronger by that diversity. An evening with Wheatfield runs the gamut of songs written by the younger band as well as newer songs that deal with life from the perspective of 30 plus years after the band's inception. Wheatfield is not content to be a museum piece echoing its past. It's an alive, forward moving unit.
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  • JULY 07 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Jed Marum is a popular performer and songwriter of American Roots and Celtic music. Bringing a mix of traditional and original songs to audiences throughout the US, Jed is known as a refined singer and a gifted storyteller. Since 1999 he has published over a dozen albums, licensed music to several film and TV projects and he works over 150 shows each year. You can hear in his music, the blending of American, Scottish and Irish cultures. In his songs you will relive the stories passed on from generation to generation. His albums play regularly on Folk/Americana and Celtic radio programs around the world. His music is also distributed widely on all the major MP3 services. His music has been used in 4 major TV and film projects and he has more such projects in the pipeline for 2017 and beyond. Reflected in his song writing and song selection is a keen interest in history and the passing of culture from generation to generation. Jed Marum performs traditional songs and contemporary songs in musical style that is both Celtic and American.
  • Faith & Rye is a high-energy Blues infused Country Rock songwriter duo based in North Texas. The talented Faith Vicknair provides inspiring and soaring vocals with lots of blue notes while the lovely Ryan Michael Galloway supplies harmonies, instruments, music direction and occasional lead vocals.
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  • JULY 14 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Raised in the old West Village, NYC stomping ground of songwriting greats, Natalie Gelman grew up amidst artists and true bohemians. She borrowed a friends guitar at 16 and started writing songs on it immediately and began busking on subway platforms soon afterwards when she grew tired of pretending to be 21 to play clubs in the city. Often compared to Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Natalie’s music is contemporary and timeless. She writes honest, heartfelt songs - responding to current affairs and revealing parts of her inner self with the world.
  • Starting a solo music career in 2005; with the release of his first full length record Grand Design, to present day, Nathan McEuen has written 100's of songs and independently produced six full length albums, with combined album sales of over 60,000 copies... Nathan's career so far has been filled with over 2,500 live shows across the U.S.A., Canada & Europe with highlight performances including: The Grand Ole Opry (3 times), American Idol (w/ Steve Martin), The Tonight Show (w/ Hanna-McEuen), Music City Roots, XM/Sirius Radio, The Stagecoach Festival, and composing/performing an original music score for a series of performances for USC's theater production of William Shakespeare's - Romeo & Juliet (November 2016). Nathan's first big solo performance happened around his 15th birthday when he was asked by his father John McEuen (of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to sing a song and play guitar at the Olympic Bid Party for the International Olympic Committee in downtown Salt Lake City (March 1995)… With his father wanting to surprise him for his birthday, it wasn't until 15 minutes before 'downbeat' when Nathan got to the venue and realized he'd be performing outdoors in Salt Lake City, UT at the Gallivan Center for over 15,000 people (w/ jumbo-tron) and opening for John Denver...
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  • JULY 21 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Lisa Markley & Bruce Balmer have been a resource for many years in the Dallas area and have put on many great shows... and now they are moving to upstate New York. Come on out for what might be their last set at Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse. This show is scheduled to be a 6 song writer showcase (2 songs each) after the main set (Markley & Balmer), then a third set with the top two chosen from the second set. These shows are well known for their ultimate variety and the chance to get to see a bunch of songwriters on the up and coming! First set 8 PM sharp... :)
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  • JULY 28 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • You could easily say these two musicians were born to make music together. Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark of The Purple Hulls were raised on a working family farm in the deep piney woods of East Texas, but that didn’t stop the Texans from finding their way to the hills of Tennessee, specifically, Music City, where they began touring with various artists and writing songs for Nashville’s largest publishing company, Sony Tree. The Purple Hulls are no stranger to road life and are now blazing the trail as a dynamic sister duo, showcasing their unique sibling harmonies while ripping the strings off any instrument they can get their hands on. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over.
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  • AUGUST 04 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Helene Cronin is a singer/songwriter who splits her time between Dallas, TX and Nashville, TN. Her musical style crushes barriers between Americana/Folk and Country. She just calls her genre that of an "honest, acoustic, singer/songwriter". While her style has been compared to writer/artists such as Lori McKenna and Rodney Crowell, and songwriters such as Don Schlitz, her sound is uniquely her own. Helene hosts shows at the famous Bluebird Cafe and performs for coffeehouses, concerts and songwriter events in Texas and Tennessee. Audiences are drawn in by her intimate, personal performances, sly humor and subtle storytelling. She recently received a standing ovation for her opening performance for Kathy Mattea. Her most well-known work is the song Lucky Me which is based on a conversation with a soldier at the airport. Connecting with people through the emotion of music, expressing some true thought or idea, finding grace in the chaos of life, these are the things that motivate Helene to continue writing and pursuing the musical life that began when she first borrowed her big brother's guitar and taught herself a few chords.
  • Scott Sean White and Helene often perform "in the round" together as part of songwriter shows here in the Dallas area and in Nashville. They met in 2010 when Helene entered a songwriting contest that Scott organized. They have since become good friends and frequent co-writers. Individually, they are both pursuing songwriting careers in Nashville. Together on stage, their concerts are warm, intimate, fun gatherings where heartfelt, meaningful songs take the spotlight and where the audience is moved to laughter and tears, sometimes at the same time!
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  • AUGUST 11 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Imagine if Simon and Garfunkel were lost at sea, salt in their beards, wind at their backs, and whiskey in their bottles. What songs would they sing whilst stomping like melodious madmen on the boards of their boat? Or set yourself adrift for a piece, untether yourself from your daily affairs, bring only fresh water, a large writing pad and plenty of pencils. With only the endless sky above and the wine-dark waters below, what half-crazed tales would pour out of you? Welcome to the mythic world of Son of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parker, a highly sought-after London-based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, and Berkeley, a celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarist/author have imagined a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. The show is three-parts concert, one-part theater. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition.
  • 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 is Pierce Pettis, and both of her brothers Rayvon and George (100 Watt Horse) are songwriters and musicians.
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  • AUGUST 18 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Originally from South Carolina, Brian Ashley Jones is a versatile guitarist, actor, singer and songwriter whose music has found its way into film, television and radio along with haven been recorded by other performing artists. Brian is now a long time resident of East Nashville, Tennessee performing at internationally at festivals, concert series, clubs, music education programs and music conferences. Jones’ guitar chops and relentless touring earned him a nomination for Best American Roots Guitar Player in the Alternate Root’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards. Brian has accompanied a diverse batch of artists on stage and in the recording studio. As well, his music has reached the Top 40 Roots Music Report, in the Top 100 of the Americana Music album chart, featured in a PBS series and internationally for TV. As Brian sums it up, “"Music is what I'm supposed to be doing, and I can't imagine doing anything else. And most every other songwriter or musician I know who's done it this long pretty much has the same attitude... We just all feel compelled to do it, even when it defies logic.”
  • Award winning Austin singer/ songwriter Suzanna Choffel brings her new album, Hello Goodbye, to Uncle Calvins tonight. This award winning performer with her voice described as “resonant and warm—powerful even as it pleads” leaving you with the her bluesy with hints of reggae and pop influences as you listen to her music.
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  • AUGUST 25 2017 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Russell said that since Hearne moved back to Texas “about three or four years ago, we have been doing shows together, as a trio. It was a natural evolution. We were playing together (still) up there in New Mexico and we’d do the same thing in Texas." And that was before they made it official. And their co-writing became more frequent, since Russell is also a Texas Hill Country dweller now. “It makes it really nice. It’s harder to do long distance.” The one thing they have in common, music-wise, is that they are both old-school. Russell is old-school Texas Progressive Country, having played with the lines of John VanDiver and Steven Fromholz “and those boys. I’m kind of carrying the torch now. Russell commented, “We are from the same school of music, even though I am a little older than he is. We all know the same songwriters and are inspired by the same ones.” And it was Shake who spoke of the differences. “He has that Southwest influence, probably from Michael Martin Murphey and having been with Bill and Bonnie Hearne, a lot of unplugged New Mexico. And I have the Americana/Texas sound. So, when Michael and I get together, I can smooth out his edges and he smooths out my grit a little.” And they both just naturally like to write songs, and enjoy being on stage together.
  • A life full of human experience, reading, global travel, and the ‘on the road’ explorations of a performer have enhanced Jordi Baizan’s skill as an honest musical storyteller. Jordi was recently recognized by two prestigious Texas songwriting competitions, the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition (Regional Finalist) and the Songwriter Serenade Competition (Semifinalist).
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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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