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Cafe Cabaret features national and local favorites
and up-and-coming new performers.

Charlie Blacklock and Friends
Jessica Bryan & Tom Clunie
Debra Dooling & Rob Sherman
Peter Krug
Laura Kemp Mare Wakefield

Carol Denney

Carol Denney, satirist, musician, and social activist, was voted 'Best of the Bay 2001' by the SF Bay Guardian and 'Best Solo Performer' in the East Bay Express 2002 readers' poll. Denney was part of Free Radio Berkeley's original clandestine crew, is the creator and editor of the satirical newspaper, "The Pepper Spray Times", and is a regular performer at the Freight and Salvage, Laborfest events, and, of course, picket lines and demonstrations.

"Politics and song served friendly as breakfast"...

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Lost Prophets

Lost Prophets describe their sound as a fine eclectic blend of country flavored progressive folk with a dash of acoustic rock thrown in for extra spice. Their original songs combine humor, heartache, love and social consciousness with fine vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars.

Nathan and Rose Craver have a long history with the Folk Festival. Nathan volunteered and performed at the first Festival (in 1976!) and the pair first decided to make harmony together after a Harmony Workshop at the 1987 Festival. Lost Prophets performed at the 1989 and 2001 festivals and Rose served as the Festival Coordinator in 1990. They are happy to be back for 2002!

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Hali Hammer

Hali Hammer has been living and playing in the Bay Area since 1984. She is a singer-songwriter and has won several awards for her songwriting ability. She sings with Freedom Song Network and for many causes. She also plays out in the area. Hali has a monthly pot luck jam the 1st Sunday of the month that is listed in the Folknik. Tapes and CDs are in the lobby! She is accompanied by her partner, Randy Berge, on lead guitar.

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"Anderson-Gram is a wonderful husband and wife duo from Hampton, NH who play a delightfully easy going blend of folk, country and bluegrass. Gayle has a fine folk voice, strong, honest, and a little bit sweet. Bob provides nicely understated baritone harmonies. He can also take a turn at lead vocals and he has a rugged smoky quality."

"So, we've got two strong singers that work well together and a relaxed, entertaining musical style. Now the only question is how good are the songs. Well, they're pretty darn good too...all of them are nicely constructed clear pictures of everyday life. Gayle Anderson-Gram and Bob Gram have been playing together since 1992. They have been married since 1997. It shows. Everything fits so well together."

~ Kris Garnjost, Jam Music Magazine, July 2001

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Peter Kasin

Peter Kasin was raised in Berkeley, where he was exposed to folk music at an early age. He took up Irish fiddling in late 1985, and soon after, inspired by hearing Alasdair Fraser perform, he took up Scottish fiddling. In 1989, Peter went to his first chantey sing at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park after hearing a recording of Ewan MacColl and A.L. Lloyd. In the summer, 1991, before getting hired at Park, he crewed aboard a sailing replica of the BOUNTY, visiting East Coast ports and learning from local chantey singers. Peter currently leads the monthly chantey sings at the Maritime Park and organizes music for the Park's Festival Of The Sea. He, along with bandmates Shay Black, Dick Holdstock, and Riggy Rackin, is a member of the sea music band Nauticus, and is also active in the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers. Peter's fiddle and voice can be heard on several maritime music recordings. His love of traditional music is almost exceeded by his love of Chinese and Italian food.

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Tinker's Damn

Tinker's Damn is an instrumental ensemble exploring the vast moors and mountains of Irish and Scottish traditional music.Greg Hines perfected his driving guitar style and crackling mandolin in the Celtic Rock group, Annwn. Tom Wagner, fiddler, also performs with the widely popular vocal trio, Oak, Ash and Thorn. Joe Cadora, bouzouki and tenor banjo, is a refugee from several Bay Area rock bands. Tony Higgins, whistler extraordinaire, and Ann McChesney-Young, button acccordion, round out this quintet's unique blend of music of the Shamrock and Thistle.

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Sherry Austin

A San Francisco native, Sherry Austin grew up in the Bay Area. Her move to the Santa Cruz mountains near Soquel four years ago, was "the best thing that ever happened to me", according to Sherry. She discovered a thriving musical community in Santa Cruz, and with the help and encouragement of friends, she started performing a year and a half ago.

Sherry's rendition of "Drive-in Movie" and the Fred Eaglesmith tribute CD, "20 Odd Hollers" has been described by the Toronto Star as "ethereally lonesome". Brabant News out of Canada, describes her voice as "Rita Coolidge meets Judy Collins".

Sherry has appreared on KPIG's live show, "Please Stand By" several times, and "Good Morning Monterey Bay" on KSCO. Her dream-come-true however, was opening for Fred Eaglesmith at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz in November 2000. She recently had the opportunity to open for another of her heros, Ray Wilie Hubbard, on January 19th, 2002.

A self-avowed "Fredhead", Sherry performs a number of Eaglesmith's tunes, as well as covers of many other singer/songwriters. She's written and performs a number of her own compositions. Her first CD is being recording at Rancho Armadillo Recorders in Aptos, and is due out this summer.

Performances this year include:

March 2nd-Kuumbwa Jazz Center- opening for Chuck Brodsky
March 7th- San Benito House, Half Moon Bay
March 10th- Brookdale Bluegrass Festival
August 17th-Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic- Ontario, Canada

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Jay Howlett

Jay Howlett is a singer/songwriter with a powerful baritone voice that you can feel. Independent Songwriter Magazine says "Jay's voice carries a profound wisdom and depth that flows out of every breath, every syllable." An accomplished performer, Jay writes simple, honest songs about life in and around America and the experiences that bring us together and tear us apart. Troubadours still exist on the "new folk" scene and this award winning songwriter is one of them.

Since the release of his 1998 self-titled CD Jay has hit the roads of America touring and performing. From Hawaii to Maine with stops in Nevada, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Oregon, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Utah, and through out California, Jay has played Festivals, Clubs, Coffee Houses, Bars and two different clothing optional resorts.

August 2002 brings the release of Jay's newest CD "American Ghost Town" and another tour of the US and beyond.

"Now I could talk about Jay Howlett's easy way with the guitar. The way his fingers just plunk out a rhythm like a tugboat winding 'round that old Mississippi. Or the way he maneuvers the breadth of a chord by the use of multiple, whole-punched capos. But it's that voice of his that stands out most, and those words he writes and sings so well. With the clear phrasing of Johnny Cash and a voice reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot, Howlett's song serenade is a poet's journey on a ride yhou wish would know no end; nor has it since I BOUGHT his CD." ~ Jean Bartlett--The Pacifica Tribune 3/24/01

"Jay's powerful voice comes through loud and proud with the great root sound of Americana Music!" ~ Independent Songwriter Magazine

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Riggy Rackin

Riggy Rackin has been squeezing sweetness out of a little box for over 30 years. Performing Nautical, Pastoral & Pub Song, he's been a stalwart salt of the Hyde Street Chantey Sings, Berkeley's Starry Plough, and San Francisco's own authentic British folkclub, The Castle.

His instrumental group, NAUTICUS, offers its unique "Sweet Music of the Salt Sea" to enliven any event.

Riggy has recently taken a new direction and produced a CD of shape-note, seaman's mission, and Eastern European sacred songs, titled "Search Hills and Valleys Through.

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Mare Wakefield

Mare (pronounced Mary) cut her teeth on John Denver and Karen Carpenter -- hey, it¹s not her fault her parent were square! Teenage years in Texas meant Reba MacEntire and Hank Williams Jr. were thrown in with The Cure and The Smiths, and a long fermentation in Oregon has given her a love of folk music and webbed feet (okay, we haven¹t really checked her feet, but the rumors are flying). What could this stir-fry of styles could possibly result in? Silliness, angst and twang, all delivered with a delightful stage presence.

Mare has gained a devoted following throughout the Northwest thanks to her refreshing songs and the vocal versatility she possesses. The range and power of her voice are what set her apart from the crowd, and have earned her comparisons to such female vocalists as Joni Mitchell and Gillian Welch while giving her a sound that is distinctly her own. Her voice and lyrics transport the listener, and many who have seen her shows recognize that they have witnessed something special.

"The songs, the voice, the band is just plain good! A voice a bit reminiscent of early k.d. lang, poignant story-telling, diverse scenarios. Wakefield's humor and technique shine from a powerful voice that reaches both ends of the scale." ~ Nicki Ehrlick, Victory Music Review Magazine, Seattle, WA

"Wakefield has a clear, energetic and confident voice that bounces off the band's thick walls quite well and even holds humor." ~ Scott D. Lewis, The Rocket, Seattle, WA & Portland, OR

"Why you aren¹t a national figure already can only be chalked up to the music business. Your voice, the sublime intelligence of your lyrics and production are first rate." ~ George Maida, DJ WCVE FM, Richmond, VT

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Laura Kemp

Touted as one of "the top five of all unsigned folk/acoustic-rock artists" (Folk-Web, Boston), Laura is best known for her impressive guitar work, powerful voice, and emotionally charged concerts. Her unique brand of acoustic poetry has been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan and Nancy Griffith and her refined confidence and uncompromising frankness on stage have earned her numerous Favorite Female Performer honors in the Northwest, as well as performances at Bumpershoot, High Sierra Music Festival, and the Oregon Country Fair. "Kemp¹s voice (is) a soaring instrument that is undeniably accomplished, filled with emotion and yet never weighted down." ~ Music Matters Review, NY


Richard Adrianowicz

Richard's interest in traditional music began in the early 70s. He was part of several groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, the best known of which was Out of the Rain with whom he recorded two studio cassettes, "A Common Treasury" and "Song of the Wage Slave." Richard also produced a cd of the band, a compilation of live recordings comprised of songs and tune sets not found on the two cassettes. Most recently, Richard performed with Ricky Rackin in the nautical duet "R&R Ashore."

Richard has had an interest in sea music early on, having been inspired by hearing Jon Bartlett and Dick Holdstock at the San Diego Folk Festival around 1976. He is one of the regular shanty singers at San Francisco's Hyde Street Pier, which just celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the monthly shanty sings held aboard either the schooner C.A. Thayer or the square-rigger Balclutha. Richard has just released a solo CD of sea shanties and sea songs which features a chorus of singers from Hyde Street Pier.


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