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3 Great shows at Ugly Mug, Soquel, in September


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September 2, 2015


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Open Seating, but reservations can be made by emailing ( crbrundle (at) gmail (dot) com, or calling 408 499 9441.

Dan Walsh,

Banjo, vocals, touring from the UK

(Josh Lowe and Patti Maxine open)

Saturday, 12th September, 7.30pm $15

The Ugly Mug, 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073 

Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (UNCUT magazine). He has three critically acclaimed solo albums including the new 'Incidents and Accidents'. As well as many tours of the UK, he also has recent successful trips to Canada, Germany, India, Norway and New Zealand to his credit. Having made his name with duo Walsh and Pound and now a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, this unique and eclectic musician has delighted audiences across the world. 

'Incredibly gifted, you must see him' – BBC RADIO 2

Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant' – FROOTS

Local singer-songwriter, Josh Lowe, leader of The Juncos, guitar and banjo player, will do short opening set backed by the inimitable Patti Maxine on steel guitar.



Colleen Raney (with Hanz Araki and Ryan Davidson)


Saturday, 19th September, 7.30pm. $15

The Ugly Mug, 4640 Fairway Drive, Soquel, CA 95073 


Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, Portland, Oregon’s Colleen Raney will be touring with flute player Hans Araki and bouzouki player Ryan Davidson.  Colleen recently released her fourth album, titled Here This is Home, recorded in Dublin, Ireland over the summer of 2013.  Colleen grew up inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes in the rich Irish community in Seattle, Washington.  Her four solo CDs have staked her claim as a serious presence in Celtic music today and provoked Hearth Music to enthuse, “Singing with a deep love for the tradition and the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from old ballads and renewing our love for Celtic music.” Irish Music Magazine recently called Raney “among the best in her genre.” 


HANZ ARAKI – flutes, whistles, vocals

Internationally recognized flute player and singer Hanz Araki is known for his fresh an innovative approach to traditional Irish and Scottish music.  The son of a Japanese shakuhachi Grand Master, Araki Kodo V, and a Scots-Irish mother, his musical sensibility is both inspired and disciplined and has made him a household name from the UK to Japan.  In his 25 year career, Araki has earned the praise of the international music community including Fatea Magazine, who raves “(His) musicianship is superb …achingly beautiful; a real delight.”  Irish Music Magazine writes that Araki is “an Irish music phenomenon in West Coast America.” 


RYAN DAVIDSON – bouzouki, vocals


Ryan Davidson is known for his powerful vocals and soulful style of folk storytelling.  Raised in Northern California, Ryan began touring the US whilst still in high school.  After a decade on the road playing rock-n-roll, he studied voice and jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory in Long Beach, California. Shortly after he was accepted into the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance in Limerick, Ireland where he studied the Irish Bouzouki and received an MA in Ethnomusicology.  Since returning home after two years of living and playing traditional music in the West of Ireland, Ryan has been utilizing his extensive background to write, play, tour, and collaborate with numerous songwriters and traditional artists.  


Information about the music and tour schedule can be found at

The Marc Atkinson Trio

Gypsy Jazz (and other stuff)

Wednesday, 23rd September, 7.30pm. $15

The Ugly Mug, 4640, Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073 

Guitarist Marc Atkinson is one of Canada's finest JUNO-nominated, Western Canadian award-winning musicians. He is the leader and composer of the internationally renowned Marc Atkinson Trio (and co-founder, composer and mandolin performer in the acclaimed, The Bills). The music of this virtuosic group is melodically captivating, sensually charged and technically awe-inspiring. Embracing a lifetime of musical influences, the Trio has released 4 CDs. Formed in 2000, it has toured North America, England and Europe and has received standing ovations everywhere from the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Vancouver International Folk Festival to DjangoFest Northwest. 

The many original Marc Atkinson compositions are jewels in the Canadian guitar repertoire. The CDs are still garnering international attention for the stunning compositions and extraordinary guitar dexterity. The Marc Atkinson Trio II CD was voted one of the top five albums in North America by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The Marc Atkinson Trio IV CD pushes the boundaries of this instrumental group even further. The compositions glide seamlessly from unusual beauty, to raucous rhythm. If you are a lover of the guitar, instrumental music or just music, you will love this recording. 

Live, Marc maintains the laidback humor and casual 'good time feel' of Canada's West Coast, while his picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of the Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.

“top-drawer picking… an inventive composer…a truly original voice.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine