Rick Shea & Mary McCaslin
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)sing the songs of Jim Ringer & Mary McCaslin $20.50 advance / $22.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
January 18 8:00 pm

Rick SheaTwo captivating folksingers, Rick Shea and Mary McCaslin, bring to the stage their solo talents, then join forces for a set of music from Mary's famed duo with the late Jim Ringer, featuring songs from their landmark 1978 album, The Bramble & the Rose.
A deeply evocative singer and a formidable guitarist, Rick writes songs that embrace genres from norteño to traditional folk to the California country music that he grew up with. As a sideman, Rick has worked with everyone from roots rock kingpin Dave Alvin to Katy Moffatt to R.E.M. He has also enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist, with five CDs and appearances at festivals and venues throughout the western United States.

Mary McCaslin

A major link between traditional American folksingers and today's "new folk" singer-songwriters, Mary is a warm, expressive vocalist and a pioneer of open guitar tunings. In addition to her exquisite fingerpicked guitar style, Mary uses clawhammer banjo to great effect on such unlikely songs as "Blackbird" and "Pinball Wizard." She has written numerous songs about the landscape and the denizens of the west, which have been recorded by folks like Tom Russell, David Bromberg, and Kate Wolf.

Born in the Arkansas Ozarks, Jim migrated to California's Central Valley with his family during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. It was a rough life, and by the age of 20 Jim has spent years hopping freight trains from job to job as well as doing time in prison. In 1969 he became a professional musician and moved to Berkeley where he plied his gritty country folk stylings as part of the Portable Folk Festival and as a member of Kenny Hall & the Sweet's Mill String Band. Jim released a number of solo albums, in addition to his work with Mary. He passed away on St. Patrick's Day in 1992.

Mary and Jim met in the summer of 1972. They soon began performing together, and recorded a popular and influential album of folk duets, The Bramble & the Rose (released on CD in 2000 by Philo). For tonight's second set, Mary and Rick re-acquaint the audience with selections from this gem of an album.

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