Fiddler’s Dream Performance Schedule
Thursday nights are Open Stage Night from 7:00 pm to 10 pm. $3 admission. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Order of play determined by order of arrival. One song per rotation. Come to play or to listen! Open Stage Info
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Friday February 12 ~ Sue Harris and Ed Brown ~
8:00 pm, Cowboy Poetry, Western Music, storytelling and song are showcased tonight, featuring Canada's premier cowboy songwriter and poet, Mr. Ed Brown, and 2010 Arizona CultureKeeper, Sue Harris.
Sue Harris delivers original western music with verve and a touch of dry humor. Surrounded by the love of books, stories and classical music, she discovered in high school that folk music embodied the perfect combination of storytelling and melody, and her guitar became her best friend. Though she dutifully attained a BA in German from Arizona State University, with the intention of teaching high school, she discovered that she is apparently a tad too ornery to have a “real job”.
The lure of music… especially folk music… proved too strong, and Sue has spent her life gathering and writing songs, and sharing them with audiences all around our state. While the music is of course an irresistible vehicle, the bottom line is this: it’s all about the stories! "Arizona’s rich legacy simply must be celebrated. Our incredible state welcomes thousands of new residents every year, who may be so involved in the whirl of the city and their day-to-day jobs that they might miss the magic of Arizona’s history and culture. Sue delights in introducing people to our unique heritage with her sometimes quirky repertoire that includes songs about cowboys, quails, coyotes, Kokopelli, and even the canal-dwelling grass carp! A land that requires one to carry potholders in one’s purse in the summer (for opening car doors) does tend to elicit the eccentric."
For many years, Sue was on the Roster of Performing Artists for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, traveling around the state and presenting concerts and workshops for schools and community centers. She also spent ten years as the music specialist in a private school, having a grand time sharing and writing songs with children ages two to twelve. Sue still relishes the opportunity to work with and perform for children, enjoying their yet-unsullied perspective on the world, and embracing the chance to introduce them to the Arizona she knows and loves, via songs and stories.
Ed Brown - Cowboy Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Wildlife Artist and Sculptor... Ed Brown is a former bronc rider and a founding member of the Manitoba Rodeo Association (M.R.C.A.). In 1997 Ed was inducted into the M.R.C.A Hall of Fame. In addition to ten years as a rodeo cowboy and seven years working with racehorses, Ed has worked as a trapper, commercial fisherman, musician and wildlife artist. This diversity of occupations, along with a sense of humor developed through a life-long association with cowboys, trappers and various other colorful characters, is reflected in his exclusively original poems, songs and stories. Some of Ed's accomplishments to date include being featured on several TV documentaries such as Cowboys, Heroes and Horses That I've Known & Minstrels of The West. He has appeared in several magazine articles and done guest spots on a variety of TV and radio shows including Spirit of The West and more recently Canadian Cowboy Country TV.
Ed has headlined at almost all of the major cowboy poetry gatherings and festivals in Western Canada and in 2005 was named Manitoba's Cowboy Poet of The Year. Recently, Ed's third CD , Cowboy Collaboration a joint project between Ed and fellow poet Bj Smith, was honored by the Academy of Western Artists in Dallas Texas receiving the coveted Will Rogers Award for Cowboy Poetry CD of The Year.
When not touring in Alberta, Ed resides near Oak Lake Manitoba where he makes his living as a wildlife sculptor and cowboy performer.
Admission tonight is $8. Doors open at 7:15 pm.
Saturday February 13 ~ Woven Oak Trio ~
8:00 pm, Two-time Arizona State Grand Fiddling Champion Matt Rolland teams up with guitarist Ryan David Green (twice named ‘Best Guitarist’ in the Tucson Area Music Awards) and renowned bassist Ryan Alfred (international touring bassist for Calexico) for an exhilarating evening of acoustic music. Expect the unexpected as the talented trio criss-crosses a wide array of genres including rock, jazz, bluegrass, and world music.
Matt Rolland is a two time Arizona state Grand Fiddling Champion and plays fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. He manages and tours the country with his award-winning folk and bluegrass band, Run Boy Run, as well as running a boutique Americana record label, Sky Island Records, based in Tucson He teaches each summer at the Rolland Fiddle Camp in southern Colorado and has a love for old-time, Irish, and progressive fiddling styles in particular.
Ryan David Green started playing guitar at age 12, and went on to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston on scholarship. He has shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, and Train. He has twice been named "Best Guitarist" in the Tucson Area Music Awards and can be heard with his nationally touring band, Ryanhood, as well as Woven Oak Trio, Arizona Folk Ensemble, and The Great Collision.
Ryan Alfred plays upright bass in Calexico, and has road managed bands as varied as Iron and Wine, Nada Surf, and The Jayhawks. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and is the owner/audio engineer of Super Pro Studios in Tucson, AZ. Watch and listen to Ryan's Projects: Sweet Ghosts, Woven Oak Trio, Calexico.
Admission tonight is $10. The concert will be held in the large room tonight. Doors open at 7:15 pm.
Fiddler's Dream is located one block north of Glendale Avenue on 17th Street, on the Southeast corner of 17th Street and Cactus Wren. Use the newly opened Sprouts grocery at 16th Street and Glendale as a landmark - we are one block further East on Glendale, and when you reach 17th Street turn North and go one block to Cactus Wren. 1702 East Glendale, Phoenix, AZ, 85020 is the street address to plug into your map app.