Mister Barky Mister
Barky has been amusing 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
traditional musical offerings.
Karl Franzen: authentic suffering
artist and guitar wunderkind, mysteriously un-aged since 1987.
Kinsolving: full-time wage slave moonlighting as a fiddler and vocalist since
Barbara Rosner: sometimes expanding the Barky sound with
bass fiddle and vocal harmonies since 2013.
Howl along with
We present a variety of shows using songs and
tunes of various traditions (possibly even costumed):
Folk Cinco De Mayo Country Dances Cowboy Songs Farmers Market Songs Irish
Pub Music Knighting Ceremonies Mardis Gras Oktoberfest 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 Weddings Wakes
Scott Gill and Karl Franzen Stage actor and teacher Stephen
Scott Gill plays several shows with Karl Franzen as accompanist.
Sinatra" - the life of Frank Sinatra. "A Movable Feast: Americans
in Paris" - the mythos of 20th century Paris. "American Dreamer"
- Songs of Stephen Foster "Isle of Hope" - The Story of the Irish
at Ellis Island "Champion of Lost Causes" - The Story of Don Quixote.
Musette Love the Louvre -- but searching for traditional music
of the French countryside as well? Fête Musette will take you to pre-jazz
Paris, as well as introduce you to the irregular rhythms of Alsace, the raucous
bourrées of Auvergne and Berry, and the ancient Celtic part of France,
Brittany. Of course we have the accordion, as well as fiddle, hurdy gurdy, (vielle
à roue), dulcimer and guitar. Gary Breitbard, Jena Rauti, Peter Tommerup,
Karl Franzen and Sarah Kirton are longtime friends and performers, playing French
music for fun and dances. Join us for an irrepressible performance of tunes, songs
and dance demonstrations.
Guitar Karl has studied classical guitar, and in particular,
the harp music of the famed Irish composer Turlough O'Carolan and has arranged
60 of those pieces for guitar. This (and other assorted early music) features
prominently in Karl's solo presentations, which can also include traditional songs
as well. This is a peaceful, elegant music whose purpose is to lift the soul and
pay homage to the lord and lady of the castle.
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 sometimes Barbara Rosner 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." -J.L.
the Beau Ernest Kinsolving, Karl Franzen and Alan Keith perform
4 hours of Irish pub songs including a bagpipe and drum parade on the hour. 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, mandolin, pennywhistle and melodion.