The 2015-2016 Season Line Up
with special guest Jaspar Lepak
in concert with
& Bruce Kaplan
A very special
in the round
Mark & Cindy Lemaire
with special guest
& Bruce Kaplan
Voss and Osborne
Please check out our two sister music series:
Friday, May 13, 7:30
ERIC, Suzy & allegra Thompson
+ Plus Special guests Voss & OSBORNE
Suzy & Eric Thompson are mainstays of the Bay Area Roots music scene. Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy's deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra’s fresh perspective, creating feel-good music that richochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. Suzy and Allegra’s genetically-matched vocals (dubbed “The Everly Sisters sound” by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar. In addition to the Cajun, blues and old-time music for which Eric and Suzy have long been acclaimed, the trio also performs witty originals alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana. Standouts from their new Thompsonia CD include Suzy’s acoustic rock anthem “Very Bad Mood” (guaranteed to have just the opposite effect on the listener), Allegra’s bawdy 1920’s “He May Be Your Dog But He’s Wearing My Collar,” Eric’s proto-zydeco “French Fries” and a lovely duet rendition of Hugh Moffatt’s “Rose of My Heart.”
The new Thompsonia CD features the genetically-matched vocals of Suzy and Allegra (Geoff Muldaur has dubbed this “The Everly Sisters sound”) with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar; guests include Bill Kirchen on electric guitar, Cindy Cashdollar on resonator slide guitar, Paul Knight on bass, and Jody Stecher, who produced the CD, on a variety of stringed instruments.
Eric and Suzy Thompson have performed and recorded in collaborations with David Grisman, David Nelson (New Riders), Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Michael Doucet, Del Rey, Dave Alvin and Joel Savoy, to name just a few, and their bands have included Any Old Time, Black Mountain Boys, California Cajun Orchestra, Blue Flame String Band and many others. Allegra Thompson is the bass player of choice for multiple Bay Area bands, including the Cajun band Midnite Ramblers and the bluegrass band Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood.
Special guests Voss & Osborne open the show. Singer Jane Voss and pianist Hoyle Osborne sing and play vaudeville blues, early jazz, ragtime, and early country music, plus their own compositions in American roots traditions. Building on the great American song traditions, Voss crafts original songs of classic and timeless quality.