kids got up from the table and danced around the room!”
play? . . . A great way to pratice music, meet other musicians
and generally have a good time is a jam session.
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.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we can supply music
for festivals, events, weddings, dances, for schools, seasonal gatherings, concerts,
parties or whatever your imagination requires (well, we don't hula dance).
Barky 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.
Franzen: authentic suffering artist and guitar wunderkind, mysteriously un-aged
Ernest Kinsolving: full-time wage slave moonlighting
as a fiddler and comedic vocalist since 1983
Howl along with
We present songs and tunes of various traditions
(possibly even costumed):American Folk, Pirate & Sea Chanties,
Cowboy Songs, Irish Pub Music, "Renn" Music, Seasonal Music, 60's partiestry
us, we might just have a show. Instrumentals and vocal harmonies dot the landscape.
We can play for country dances too.
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." -J.L.
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".
Plays contradance music with Rebecca King on piano, Lee Anne Welch on fiddle and
Karl Franzen on guitar and mandolin.
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.