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's mission
is to bring you American and Celtic folk music. Our band members live in Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Saratoga. They sing, and play a wide variety of instruments including fiddle, banjo, steel string and classical guitar, mandolin, hammer and mountain dulcimer, harmonica, drums, melodian, tin whistle. and lute. We play music from early America and from the Celtic tradition.



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Public Performances:


Sat, July 4; 9:30pm-12:00noon - Mister Barky will play for the Palo Alto Farmers Market.

Sat, July 11; 7:30pm-11:00pm - Karl will run sound for the Palo Alto Contra Dance

Sat, July 22; 12:30pm-1:30pm - Karl's new group Fete Musette will perform for the Bing Music Series at the Stanford Hospital Atrium.

Sat, July 25; 9:30pm-12:00noon - Mister Barky will play for the Palo Alto Farmers Market.

Sat, July 25; 7:30pm-11:00pm - Karl will run sound for the Palo Alto Contra Dance

Sat, Sept 12; 9:30pm-12:00noon - Mister Barky will play for the Palo Alto Farmers Market.

Sat, October 24; 9:30pm-12:00noon - Mister Barky will play for the Palo Alto Farmers Market.

Sun, Dec 6th; 9:00pm-1:00pm - Karl and Sarah will perform for the Menlo Park Farmers Market.

Different Ensembles Available

Email booking
inquiries to:

650 856 6445

Mister Barky has been amusing and perplexing 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 musical offerings.

Karl Franzen: authentic suffering artist and guitar wunderkind, mysteriously un-aged since 1987

Ernest Kinsolving: full-time wage slave moonlighting as a fiddler and comedic vocalist since 1983

Barbara Rosner: expanding the Barky sound with bass fiddle and vocal harmonies since 2013

Howl along with Mister Barky!

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

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

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 etc. Sometimes Barbara Rosner joins us 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.

Stephen Scott Gill and Karl Franzen
Stage actor and teacher Stephen Scott Gill plays several shows with Karl Franzen as accompanist. They perform "A Movable Feast: Americans in Paris", "American Dreamer: Songs of Stephen Foster", "Isle of Hope: The Story of the Irish at Ellis Island", and "Champion of Lost Causes: The Story of Don Quixote".

Rosin the Beau
Ernest Kinsolving, Karl Franzen and Alan Keith perform hours of Irish pub songs and throw in a few bagpipe and drum parades. 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.

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

Fete Musette
Plays French traditional music. Group consists of Gary Brightbart (accordion and dance instruction), Jena Rauti (accordion), Sarah Kirton on Fiddle, Peter Tommerup on Ducimers and Karl Franzen on guitar and misc.

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


Links of Interest:

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


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



website by k franzen and e kinsolving