Kray Van Kirk - Singer/songwriter

Friday, June 23rd, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$10 per person


Kray Van Kirk is a singer-songwriter delivering performances that the Borderline Folk Club in New York called "...what every singer-songwriter should aspire to." At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where many shows receive only a handful of audience members due to the sheer volume of available performances, his room was sold out, leaving folks sitting on the stairs and a Fringe reviewer to write "the Alaskan singer-songwriter, in his Edinburgh debut, was not the reason I arrived early, but certainly why I stayed late".

Kray walked away from his first stint in graduate school to tour and live in his van, booking shows from pay phones on the side of the road in the early 1990's. He stopped touring for a number of years when he found himself a single parent - he went back to graduate school, got his PhD, and settled down to hold the day job and raise his daughter. He continued to write and fly out to play shows when possible.

After two decades in remote Alaska, he recently relocated to northern California to concentrate on writing and playing music. All of his songs wait patiently here on the website, ready to march their way across the world like little digital penguins, leaving no footprints in the snow.




Rupert Wates - Vocal/guitar Solo

Friday, July 21st  7:00pm - 9:00pm
$10 per person (with wine)

Rupert WatesPhoto: Marco ProzzoRupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album 'Blue Afternoons' (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado.

His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released seven solo CDs. They have been very well reviewed in the online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. In addition, Wates' songs have been covered by other artists in the UK, Canada and the US. No less than two full length tribute CDs to his material have been recorded: 'Crazy Puzzle' (2015) by Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers, and 'Wide Open Heart' (release date TBA) by Los Angeles vocalist Susan Kohler. Both CDs comprise exclusively songs taken from Rupert Wates' back catalog.




Daniel Boling - Vocal/guitar solo

Friday, August 25th  7:00pm - 9:00pm
$10 per person (with wine)

Daniel Boling

Daniel’s songs tell interesting stories about a variety of unusual characters, including himself. He plays the guitar and banjitar (a banjo/guitar hybrid) with a deft fingerpicking style that always enhances the stories, and a bit of harmonica into the bargain. His clear tenor draws positive comparisons to John Denver and Pete Seeger, and like Pete, Daniel is happiest when his audiences sing too!

There’s a lot of Steve Goodman in Daniel’s delivery and storytelling. You can also hear the influence of other classic folk singers and songs from the great American folk tradition. It’s no surprise that iconic Appalachian folk singer Jean Ritchie is his second cousin. He’s had the pleasure to share the stage with Tom Chapin, Small Potatoes, Jack Williams, Tim Henderson, John Flynn and many more. He’s won numerous songwriting awards including Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, and the granddaddy of them all – the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award.

There’s a reason that Still on the Hill calls him “one of the most talented songwriters on the circuit.” Whether or not you’ve walked the very same roads, you can’t help but relate to these songs – and no matter what your story is, you’ll love Daniel’s.




Kelly & Ellis

Friday, September 15th  7:00pm - 9:00pm
$10 per person (with wine)

Kelly Ellis

The Long Road to You, the debut record by new acoustic duo Kelly&Ellis is filled with the sort of masterful playing and spot-on harmony that’s rare to hear on an act's first release. When you listen after hearing their story it all makes a bit more sense. The Long Road to You is a record born of the triumphs and successes, crises and defeats of their pasts. Forged on the road, The Long Road to You is the sound of two people healing together, moving forward yet always mindful of the past.  In many ways a miraculous accident, it almost didn’t happen.




Danika and Jeb - Vocal/guitar

October 27th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$20 per person

Danika and JebDanika - Don’t let the optimistic take on life in Danika’s music fool you into thinking she’s never endured hardship.  She has... and plenty of it.  She just chose to focus the message of her music on overcoming challenges and getting through life’s hardest moments in one piece, and being better for it.  Danika believes music has the ability to heal. But that’s not all. A well written song and performance can lead you to sing along, to laugh, or to bop your head and groove with the beat.  That’s what you can expect from a Danika Holmes show... not just songs, but an experience to remember.

Jeb - Jeb Hart is the creator of Six Month Guitar.  He started playing music at age 9, starting with saxophone and then later adding guitar, bass, and drums. Throughout the years he has learned many more. In his college days he spent many hours in the studio writing and recording songs.

Jeb also filled in with hundreds of bands including blues, rock, metal, country, and even a 2 1/2 year stint with a big band. He has taught for 16 years, and has decided to perform full time with Danika Holmes. Jeb stated, "It's taken a long time to find a band that was worth pulling away from teaching for. I'm excited to see where we go in the next few years."