D'y'wanna play? . . .
A great way to pratice music, meet other musicians and generally have a good time is a jam session.

Harmon's Peak was the name of the original group
. The members have moved on, but they all still play in one group or another. The CD is worth checking out.



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Public Performances:

Fall 2016:

Karl will run sound for the Palo Alto Contra Dance on Aug 15, 22, 27 and Sep 10, 24.

Saturday, August 6th
Mister Barky will perform for the Palo Alto Farmer's Market from 9:30am to 12noon.

Sunday, August 28th
Sarah and Karl will perform for the Menlo Park Farmer's Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Saturday, Sept 3rd
Mister Barky will perform for the Palo Alto Farmer's Market from 9:30 to 12 noon.

Wednesday, Sept 7th
Mister Barky will perform for the Bing Concert Series in the Atrium at Stanford Hospital from 12:30 to 1:30pm.

Saturday, Sept 17th
Noodlefish (Karl, Sarah and Paul Price) will perform for the Monterey Contra Dance 9:30 to 12 noon.

Sunday, Oct 16th
Sarah and Karl will perform for the Menlo Park Farmer's Market from 9am to 1pm.

Various Ensembles Available

Email booking
inquiries to:

650 856 6445

Mister Barky
Mister Barky has been amusing 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 traditional musical offerings.

Karl Franzen: guitar and vocals.
Ernest Kinsolving: fiddler and vocalist.

We present a variety of shows using songs and tunes of various traditions (possibly even costumed):

American Folk
Celtic Christmas
Cinco De Mayo
Country Dances
Cowboy Songs
English Folk Songs
Farmers Market Songs
Irish Pub Music
Knighting Ceremonies
Mardis Gras
Patriotic Songs
Picnics and Parties
Pirate & Sea Chanties
Saint Patrick's Day Music
Scottish Folk Songs
60's Folk/Rock
Rennaisance and Early Music
Seasonal Music
Swing Party Tunes
Time Capsule Burying Ceremonies

Stephen Scott Gill and Karl Franzen
Stage actor and teacher Stephen Scott Gill plays several shows with Karl Franzen as accompanist.

"A Movable Feast: Americans in Paris" - the mythos of 20th century Paris.
"American Dreamer" - Songs of Stephen Foster
"Champion of Lost Causes" - The Story of Don Quixote.
"Isle of Hope" - The Story of the Irish at Ellis Island
"Simply Sinatra" - the life of Frank Sinatra.

Fete Musette
Love the Louvre -- but searching for traditional music of the French countryside as well? Fête Musette will take you to pre-jazz Paris, as well as introduce you to the irregular rhythms of Alsace, the raucous bourrées of Auvergne and Berry, and the ancient Celtic part of France, Brittany. Of course we have the accordion, as well as fiddle, hurdy gurdy, (vielle à roue), dulcimer and guitar. Gary Breitbard, Jena Rauti, Peter Tommerup, Karl Franzen and Sarah Kirton are longtime friends and performers, playing French music for fun and dances. Join us for an irrepressible performance of tunes, songs and dance demonstrations.

Solo Classical Guitar
Karl has studied classical guitar, and in particular, the harp music of the famed Irish composer Turlough O'Carolan and has arranged 60 of those pieces for guitar. This (and other assorted early music) features prominently in Karl's solo presentations, which can also include traditional songs as well. This is a peaceful, elegant music whose purpose is to lift the soul and pay homage to the lord and lady of the castle.

Plays contradance music with Rebecca King on piano, Lee Anne Welch on fiddle and Karl Franzen on guitar, mandolin, pennywhistle and melodion.

Peak Nouveau
This 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 sometimes Barbara Rosner 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."

PROMO PHOTOS -- Click for hi-res files.

Rosin the Beau
Ernest Kinsolving, Karl Franzen and Alan Keith perform 4 hours of Irish pub songs including a bagpipe and drum parade on the hour. 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.

Links of Interest:


Appalchian Musical Archive

Carson Robinson

Colonial Music

FARNE Archives North England

Fiddler's Companion

John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection

Max Hunter Collection

Alan Lomax
See "Performing Arts, Music." . . . after finding tune page, click link "View Page Images."


Old Time Songbook

Paul's Archive

Public Domain Music

Roud Song Index--English Folk Dance and Song Society

Traditional Music, British & American

Music pdfs and dvu!partitions/c185f



Paul plays folksy, bluesy, cowboy, train music with Page Brownton and Sidetrack.

Lee Anne is one of the founding members of Sidesaddle

Alan Keith, bagpiper

Ernest Voices

Gary Breitbard, International Folksinger and Accordionist

Mockingbird at Midnight

Otters Like Fiddling


chart transposer

Song about Barack O'Bama British Ballads

Clubs & Societies:

Bay Area Country Dance Society

Northern California Bluegrass Society

Santa Clara Valley Fiddler's Association

San Francisco Folk Music Club

Bay Area Sessions::

Hootenanny Jams

Mostly Celtic Sessions

The Session


Traditional Sessions in the Bay Area

Fandango Old Time Session.

fandango tune list (pdf)

Bay Area Open Mics



website by k franzen and e kinsolving