Jan. 8 at Mission City Coffee Roasting Company

What: An Evening of Traditional Americana with Little Black Train
When: Saturday, January 8th, 8:00 pm
Where: Mission City Coffee Roasting Company, 2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050
Tickets  $15/$17 (831) 475-4938 or brundle@attglobal.net
On the Web: fiddlingcricket.com and littleblacktrain.com

Fiddling Cricket presents An Evening of Traditional Americana with bluegrass-roots trio Little Black Train at Mission City Coffee Roasting Company on Saturday, January 8 at 8:00 pm.

Fresh from the studio in Santa Cruz, where they just finished recording their tenth record with Celtic folk group Molly’s Revenge, fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason will team up with sizzling mandolinist Kenny Blackwell. Their trio Little Black Train will perform a fun, refreshing fusion of vintage fiddle tunes, bluegrass mandolin, and songs of old-time Americana.

The Little Black Train mash-up features a virtuosic bluegrass mandolinist, a traditional Irish fiddler, and an old-timey songster–but this is not your standard bluegrass band. Their music is old as the hills. From Depression-era gospel and blues to Appalachian and Celtic dance tunes, they dig up the roots of bluegrass that traveled to America from Ireland and Scotland in the 19th century. They combine new words and melodies with traditional songs from sources such as the Carter Family, Doc Boggs, and Charlie Poole. On the instrumental side, they mine fiddle tunes from archival sources in West Virginia, Ireland, and Scotland.

“Each of these three is amazingly accomplished, but something magical happens when they play together, their instruments swirling around one another like curls of smoke from a smoldering fire. This is old-time music at its most riveting!” –Glen Starkey, New Times SLO

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Uncle Stu

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