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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:

2014

Fri, Dec 12th; 12:30pm-1:30pm - Mr. Barky (Ernest Kinsolving and Karl Franzen) will perform for the Bing Concert Series in the Atrium.

Sat, Dec 13 and 27; 8:00pm-11:00pm - Karl will be running soundboard for the Palo Alto Contra Dance and also for the New Years Eve Dance on Dec. 31st.

2015

Sat, Jan 10th; 8:00pm-11:00pm - Karl will be running soundboard for the Palo Alto Contra Dance.

Sun, Jan 18th; 2:30pm - 5:00pm - Peak Nouveau will play for the San Jose Contra Dance.

Sat, Jan 24th; 8:00pm-11:00pm - Luceo will play for the Palo Alto Contra Dance.

Sat, Jan 31st; 8:00pm-11:00pm - Karl will be running soundboard for the Palo Alto Contra Dance.

Sat, Feb 14th; 8:00pm-11:00pm - Karl will be running soundboard for the Palo Alto Contra Dance.

Tue, Feb 17th; ?pm- Mr. Barky (Ernest Kinsolving and Karl Franzen) will perform for Il Forniao's Mardi Gras Celebration.

Sat, Feb 21st; 7:00pm - 10:30pm - Peak Nouveau will play for the Monterey Contra Dance.

Sat, Feb 28th; 8:00pm-11:00pm - Karl will be running soundboard for the Palo Alto Contra Dance.

Mon, Mar 16th; 7:30pm-10:30pm - Karl will be running soundboard for the Palo Alto Contra Dance.

Wed, Mar 18th; 12noon - Stephen Scott Gill and Karl Franzen will perform A Tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center luncheon.

Sat, Mar 28th; 8:00pm-11:00pm - Karl will be running soundboard for the Palo Alto Contra Dance.

Sun, Apr 19th; 2:30pm - 5:00pm - Peak Nouveau will play for the San Jose Contra Dance.

Fri, May 15th; 8:00pm-11:00pm - Luceo will play for the Santa Rosa Contra Dance.

Different Ensembles Available

Email booking
inquiries to:
karlfranzen
@hotmail.com

Call:
650 856 6445

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).

Mister 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.  

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

Howl along with Mister Barky!

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 parties—try us, we might just have a show. Instrumentals and vocal harmonies dot the landscape. We can play for country dances too.

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."
-J.L.

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".

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

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

sessions.html

Traditional Sessions in the Bay Area

Fandango Old Time Session.

fandango tune list (pdf)

Bay Area Open Mics

Music:

chivalry.com/cantaria/

Appalchian Musical Archive

brethrencoast.com/Tune.html

Carson Robinson

Colonial Music

contemplator.com

FARNE Archives North England

Fiddler's Companion

John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection

Max Hunter Collection

Alan Lomax

memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse
See "Performing Arts, Music." . . . after finding tune page, click link "View Page Images."

Mudcat.Cafe

olyoldtime.org/songbook.pdf

Paul's Archive

pbm.com/~lindahl...

Public Domain Music

Roud Song Index--English Folk Dance and Song Society

stringband.mossyroof.com

Traditional Music, British & American

Music pdfs and dvu

bethsmusicnotes.blogspot.com/
 

People:

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

 
Interesting:

chart transposer

dolmetsch.com

mandolintab.net/abcconverter.php

Song about Barack O'Bama

webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu~

goodmagic.com/carny/vaud.htm

guitarsite.com/news/acoustic_guitar/Mark-Twains-1835-Martin-Guitar...

 

 

website by k franzen and e kinsolving