A home for interesting, less-than-commercial music in Arcata

The Quick Overview

Monday, 15 October doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Terry Robb
Guitar virtuoso

Friday, 19 October doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Summer McCall
Local favorite Scots cellist & fiddler

Friday, 9 November doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Hollis Peach
Extradordinary Songs and guitar playing from Ashland

Monday, 12 November doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Open the Door for Three
Irish Power Trio

Wednesday, 14 November doors - 6pm. music-7pm
New World String Quartet

West Coast acoustic supergroup

Thursday, 15 November doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Niel Perlman & Colin Cotter
Folk Jazz from Portland, Maine

Saturday, 17 November doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Hiroya Tsukamoto
Cinematic Guitar Poetry

Friday, 7 February doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Wayne Horvitz & Sara Schoenbeck
New Music for Keyboards & Bassoon



Monday, 15 October
Terry Robb

Guitar virtuoso

“One of the best players, on acoustic and electric, embracing a range of blues styles and then some.”
- Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Unquestionably, Robb ranks right up there with the heavy hitters,
a player of dazzling skill and technique. He could go to any guitar festival and show them a few chords.”
- Frank Matheis, Living Blues Magazine

And the accolades just keep piling up for this multi-award winning fingerstyle guitarist,
composer, arranger and producer. Terry Robb is clearly one of the top acoustic
blues guitarists of our time. Having served as accompanist and producer to the
legendary John Fahey for 20 years Terry has developed a signature fingerpicking
style incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta, ragtime, country, swing and jazz.
Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his own right.
As a producer and session guitarist, he has contributed to countless award-winning
projects as well as producing no less than 15 recordings of his own work. .

The multitude of awards he has received speak to his seminal talent as a blues guitarist.
Terry Robb has been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and Cascade Blues
Association Hall of Fame. In 2011 he was honored with the eponymous “Terry Robb”
Acoustic Guitar Muddy Award after winning the award for 19 consecutive years,
and in 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement Muddy Award.

Terry Robb has shared stages with some of the legendary names in blues -
Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, B.B. King, Albert Lee, Joe Cocker, Bo Diddley,
Leo Kottke, Johnny Winter and many more all-stars.
His discography features collaborations with John Fahey, Eddy Clearwater,
Maria Muldaur, Ike Willis, and Curtis Salgado. He produced Alice Stuart’s album
“Can’t Find No Heaven,” nominated for Grammy and Blues Music Awards.
He has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “West Coast Live with Sedge Thomson,”
and as a guest soloist of the NBA Trail Blazers and The Oregon Symphony.

Here's more critics raving about Terry Robb's playing.
“What distinguishes this LP [“Let Go” by John Fahey]…is Robb’s superb production…
Robb is an extraordinarily sympathetic accompanist.”

- Kurt Loder, Rolling Stone

"It's the rare guitarist who can whip off a killer 12-bar blues solo, then turn around and fingerpick Travis-style with speed and subtlety. Yet Portland, Oregon, guitarist and singer Terry Robb does just that."  
- Ian Zack, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“From the first listen, Robb's guitar playing can blow you away...
he's a favorite player in the Northwest, and a former buddy of John Fahey.
Then it all makes sense.”

- John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Whether sliding or fingerpicking, his technique is clean and
articulate; no matter how busy the material gets...it never sounds crowded or overblown."

- Genevieve Williams, Blues Revue

“A bonafide blues guitar star.”

– Mark Bialczak, The Post-Standard

For much more infomation about this extraordinary perfomer
go to www.terryrobb.com


Friday, 19 October
Summer McCall

Summer's Summer Report

Summer McCall - cello, fiddle, voice
Britt Smith - guitar

Anyone who has ever attended a fiddle festival or barn dance or other family friendly
acoustic music event will be well aware of the phenomenon of the kids off to the side
of the stage and around the dance floor immersing themselves in the culture of acoustic
music and the songs and dances. It's a phenomenon that is responsible for much of
the propogation of those traditional cultures and with Summer McCall's evening
here at the Crib we'll get to witness that process in action.
Summer grew up in the hotbed of traditional music that is the area around Grass Valley
and was a regular at the KVMR Celtic Festival as well as Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp.
She arrived in Humboldt to study with Carol Jacobson at HSU and has remained as a
particularly envigorating part of a growing traditional music scene here locally. She's
proven herself a patient teacher of young fiddlers capable of passing on the joys of
traditional music to yet another generation. Summer has gone on to teach at the camps
she attended as a toddler and broadened her influence to Lark Camp and others.

Summer spent this past summer travelling in Scotland and Norway attending camps, classes,
collecting tunes and making connections and it's some of that experience she plans to share with us.
The evening with us also marks the launch of Summers' fundraising campaign to finance her plan
to attend the Royal Conservatory of Scotland in Glasgow for a Masters degree in
Scottish Traditional Music next fall.
In an added boon and reason enough to come see Summers show,
she'll be most ably accompanied by the extraordinary guitarist Britt Smith.

And, Oh look!, our Summer is already being hailed by one of the greats
who pretty much nails the force of nature that is Summer McCall. . .

“... an infectious sense of fun and inclusivity that makes her
fun to be around and easy to follow anywhere she wants to take you.”

- Natalie Haas

Friday, 9 November
Hollis Peach

Extradordinary Songs and guitar playing from Ashland

Wednesday, 14 November
New World String Project

West Coast traditional music super group

Lisa Lynne - Cittern, Celtic Harp
Aryeh Frankfurter - Nykkelharpe, Celtic Harp
Johnn Weed - Fiddle
Stuart Mason - Guitar & Bouzouki

Monday, 12 November
Open the Door for Three

Irish Power Trio

Liz Knowles - fiddle
Kieran O'Hare -uilleann pipes
Pat Broaders - voice & bouzouki

Open the Door for Three present a rare combination of unearthed tunes from centuries-old collections, newly composed melodies, fresh arrangements of songs old and new, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the unmatched energy of a trio of good friends playing great Irish music together.
Liz, Kieran, and Pat have been mainstays of the Irish music scene around the world, having distinguished themselves over the last two decades as soloists with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, String Sisters, Secret Garden, Anúna, and The New York Pops. As a trio, they have played to a wide range of audiences in venues large and small, from Irish festivals, to concert halls, house concerts, and pubs. They have performed around the world: on Broadway and at Carnegie Hall, at L'Olympia and the Palais des Congrès in Paris, in Malaysian rainforest festivals, in theatres from Shanghai to São Paulo, and even in a bullring in Mallorca. Most recently, they have been featured at The Kennedy Center’s Ireland 100 festival, the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, at The Milwaukee Irish Festival, and in The Masters of Tradition series in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland.

Saturday, 17 November
Hiroya Tsukamoto

Cinematic Guitar Poetry


Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind guitarist and composer. Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan and in 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including appearances at Blue Note in New York with his group and Japanese National Television. Hiroya released six albums.

"...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!"
-Jazz Review.com

"Hiroya takes us to an impressionistic journey"
-Boston Herald


***** Special Request *****
Many of our visiting performers are in need of a place to stay when they come to play.
Any House Concerteers with the wherewithall to take home a musician can count on,
not only free admission, but the scintillating company of a disciplined and conscientious
student of their chosen musical tradition. Let me know if this is a possibility.


Imagining what a House Concert featuring one tune from each of our performers over the entire year might sound like, I've lined up one example of what each of our performers have provided us over the past year. To be sure, there have been a couple of evenings that missed being recorded and I hope your favorite was not among them. I also hope you can do without titles as announcements are not always intelligible on the recordings. Click on each of these links to access the audio files.

01) Cillian Vallely & Kevin Crawford
02) Dan Newton
03) The Lost Trio
04) Hanz Araki/Colleen Raney/Stuart Mason
05) Goitse
06) Snowapple
07) Johnny Connoly & Leonard Barry
08) Cassie & Maggie McDonald
09) Frankie & Sean Gavin
10) Syrinx Effect
11) Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna
12) Luke Brechtelsbauer
13) Dan Walsh
14) David Power
15) Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet
16) Johnny Connolly/Winifred Horan/Cary Novotny
17) Anita McDonald
18) John Schott ACTUAL Trio
19) Ned Evett


These evenings are supported by the
soup, fresh bread, beer, wine, coffee, tea & general conviviality
for which doors will open an hour before the music starts.

Suggested Donation - $25 - 10 sliding scale
(thank you, Dan Compton)
Contact via:
(707) 499-8516 for more information