kids got up from the table and danced around the room!”
play? . . . A great way to pratice music, meet other musicians
and generally have a good time is a jam session.
Peak's mission is to bring you American and Celtic folk music. Our band members
live in Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Saratoga. They sing,
and play a wide variety of instruments including fiddle, banjo, steel string and
classical guitar, mandolin, hammer and mountain dulcimer, harmonica, drums, melodian,
tin whistle. and lute. We play music from early America and from the Celtic tradition.
Mister Barky has been amusing and perplexing Bay Area
audiences in one form or another for over 25 years with an eclectic combination
of old time, swing, music hall, Irish, and other musical offerings.
Franzen: authentic suffering artist and guitar wunderkind, mysteriously un-aged
Ernest Kinsolving: full-time wage slave moonlighting
as a fiddler and comedic vocalist since 1983
expanding the Barky sound with bass fiddle and vocal harmonies since 2013
along with Mister Barky!
We present a variety of shows using
songs and tunes of various traditions (possibly even costumed):
Folk Cinco De Mayo Country Dances Cowboy Songs Farmers Market Songs Irish
Pub Music Knighting Ceremonies Mardis Gras Oktoberfest Patriotic Songs Picnics
and Parties Pirate & Sea Chanties St. Patrick's Day Music Scottish
Songs 60's Folk/Rock Time Capsule Burying Ceremonies Rennaisance and
Early Music Seasonal Music Swing Party Tunes Weddings Wakes
Contra Dance Band plays old time, Irish and French music and consists of Paul
Clarke on banjo, Sarah Kirton on fiddle, Peter Tommerup on dulcimers, and Karl
Franzen on guitar and etc. Sometimes Barbara Rosner joins us on stand-up bass.
To hold a dance, one also needs a dance caller who will teach the dances. We can
acquire one for you if you wish.
"We had an absolute blast. Thank you for providing the
wonderful music to accompany our fun! ...We will definitely keep you in loop on
our next barn dance extravaganza." -J.L.
Scott Gill and Karl Franzen Stage actor and teacher Stephen
Scott Gill plays several shows with Karl Franzen as accompanist. They perform
"A Movable Feast: Americans in Paris", "American Dreamer: Songs
of Stephen Foster", "Isle of Hope: The Story of the Irish at Ellis Island",
and "Champion of Lost Causes: The Story of Don Quixote".
the Beau Ernest Kinsolving, Karl Franzen and Alan Keith perform
hours of Irish pub songs and throw in a few bagpipe and drum parades. We are usually
booked on St. Pat's at St. Stephen's Green in Mountain View, Ca., but try us for
the surrounding few days.
Plays contradance music with Rebecca King on piano, Lee Anne Welch on fiddle and
Karl Franzen on guitar and mandolin.
Musette Plays French traditional music. Group consists of Gary
Brightbart (accordion and dance instruction), Jena Rauti (accordion), Sarah Kirton
on Fiddle, Peter Tommerup on Ducimers and Karl Franzen on guitar and misc.
Classical Guitar Karl has studied the harp music of the famed
Irish composer Turlough O'Carolan and arranged 60 pieces for classical guitar.
This music features prominently in Karl's solo presentations, which can also include
traditional songs. This is a peaceful, elegant music whose purpose is to lift
the soul and pay homage to the lord and lady of the castle.