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Acoustic Stories Bill Amatneek
Saturday, March 21, 2015 — 7:30 PM

Tickets: $8 ADV/FFS $12 Door

Purchasing Tickets: National Hardware and Patrick's Music
Mia Cuppa Cafe
620 E Olive Ave
Fresno CA 93728
For information call: (559) 307-3610

Years of performing behind artists like Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, and Jerry Garcia would probably give anyone a lot of stories to share. Its taken bassist Bill Amatneek to recount and assemble them for us.

He walks the streets of Paris and hunts for a source of tortoiseshell flatpicks with Tony Rice, Darol Anger, David Grisman, and Bill Keith&the Bill Keith Bicentennial Bluegrass Band.

In another poignant story, he collaborates with Kate Wolf: Kate, both as a lyricist and as a human being, was always about love.

Theres Bill Monroe, showing up behind the Peter Rowan Band onstage at the 1995 Wintergrass Festival, he and Peter engaging in a playful shoving match ending with Big Mon sending Peter flying with an elbow shot to the ribs.

Bills first rock tour is a real eye-opener, his first experience with rock groupies coming with his tour with the New Riders of The Purple Sage. Written again in that same humble, honest approach, Bill leaves the reader knowing this is the way it happened, even though he may not have planned it that way.

Bill opens and closes this collection recalling his work with Peter, Paul and Mary, feeling the terror at his first take of Leavin On A Jet Plane (the song opens with a bass solo), and writing very candidly about his crush on Mary Travers "blond, blue-eyed, with a radiating smile and a chorus of curves" beautiful.

Bill Monroe to Bob Dylan to Frank Wakefield, Tony Rice and Bill Keith to the New Riders of The Purple Sage to even Dionne Warwick, Bills experiences are very colorful, a vicarious musical thrill ride for the reader. If youve ever wanted that something more you just couldnt put your hands on about the artists, a closer look at a musicians life, and more, this book is a must have, an entertaining read and, with plenty of excellent photos throughout, a fine addition to the music collection of any acoustic music fan.

The Haunted Windchimes
Thursday, April 16, 2015 — 7:00 PM

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Tickets: $15 ADV/FFS $18 Door

Purchasing Tickets: National Hardware and Patrick's Music and at Ticket leap
The Voice Shop
1296 N Wishon
Fresno CA 93728
For information call: (559) 307-3610

The Haunted Windchimes sound is very traditional folk and blues and the songs have a vintage quality, as if they might have been written yesterday or 75 years ago. The groups subtle and collective genius features original material written by all four members.

Its the vocal harmonies that really set them apart, a three-headed juggernaut of Desirae Garcia (ukulele), Chela Lujan (banjo) and Inaiah Lujan (guitar). When their voices blend, it is nothing short of beautiful. The sound is often moody and melancholy, but it is always deeply affecting. That sound is embroidered by the instrumental mastery of Mike Clark (harmonica, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and concertina).

Popular among the grey hairs, green hairs, purple hairs and all over.  Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The Haunted Windchimes are a scarily good group.  Daytrotter

They recreate the vibe of rural 1930s music with a contemporary consciousness. The rustic, honeyed harmonies are a delight.  Bruce Sylvester, Sing Out! Magazine

The Haunted Windchimes paint an evocative and compelling musical picture with familiar hues of folk, blues and Americana.  Cory Casciato, Denver Westword


The Fresno Folklore Society is a 100% volunteer organization open to the community.  Please see our web site: for other valuable information.

We proudly serve homemade cookies, coffee, and sodas during the intermission for a nominal donation. 

Performers' cds sold at intermission with 100% of the proceeds going to the performer(s).