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The Todalo Shakers · vintage party music

Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Society 2019 Presents

The Todalo Shakers
Vintage Party Music

SundayThursday, October 10th 7:30pm Tickets $18 adv / $20 door

What do veteran performers of blues, jug band, jazz, and old time music do for fun? Why, form a band and wail on their favorite 1920s party music! The Todalo Shakers, from Seattle, Mendocino, and Berkeley, have been playing together sporadically for over 20 years, and are celebrating their 2019 release, Rock Away My Blues.

They specialize in vintage jug band party blues, rags and stomps which sound like they are lifted right out of 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee. Complex and soulful vocal arrangements create rich and funky harmonies, and a great feeling of camaraderie; the exuberance and fondness that the musicians feel for their material and for each other is unmistakable. Mix in hot ragtime tunes on fiddle and mandolin, and the party really gets going!

Band members are Suzy Thompson (from Berkeley), long known for her bluesy fiddling and powerful vocals (she is the fiddler of choice for Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur, and Del Rey, and has also worked with Maria Muldaur, Dave Alvin and Peter Rowan); Eric Thompson (playing mostly mandolin here), who began exploring the country blues in the 1960s with Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions (with Jerry Garcia) and more recently in his work with such artists as David Nelson, and David Grisman; Guitarist/vocalist Frannie Leopold (Mendocino), who has toured and recorded the Delta Sisters and the Balkan Kafe Orchestra; and Bruce "WB" Reid (Seattle), who sings and plays a rare vintage 6-string banjo-guitar (affectionately known as "the enforcer"). WB spent part of his twenties hanging out in San Diego with bluesman Sam Chatmon, of the legendary string band the Mississippi Sheiks. WB has toured and recorded with the Tallboys (Seattle's hottest old-time string band), and with the Carolina Jug Stompers.

The Todalo Shakers partied with us last year and we are delighted to have them return for this CD Release show.


Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or for reservations or more information.