Fiddler’s Dream Performance Schedule

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Thursday nights are Open Stage Night from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  $3 admission. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Order of play determined by order of arrival.  One song per rotation. 

Come to play or to listen! Many wonderful musicians have shared their music on the Fidd's stage over the years...Our Open Mic Night is an Open Stage Night, as we are completely acoustic, so there aren't any mics...just a whole lot of good music, and an appreciative audience! A fun evening of sharing music no matter if you choose to play or simply listen and enjoy! There's a variety of styles and instruments, spoken word and storytelling, so come out and join us - hope we get to see you on Thursday! And please share with your friends! Perhaps the best Open Stage in the Valley! Open Stage Protocol 

Friday February 24 ~ Tom Neilson - Music for Social Change ~

8:00 pm, Tom Neilson is on his "Blowing The Whistle Tour," travelling from his home in Massachusetts. Tom provides a voice for those who believe in the power of folk music to effect change. His award-winning songs of humor and compassion have been performed in 21 countries on 5 continents. His lyrics are celebrated for their sophistication, political astuteness, & wit.

Combining art with activism, he has appeared with Medea Benjamin, Cynthia McKinney, Amy Goodman, Cindy Sheehan, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Ray McGovern, Howard Zinn, David Cobb, many others, & played at the Martin Luther King Center in Havana, Cuba.

His travels are reflected in his songs, intertwined with farm roots and a fervent commitment to social justice, as he writes about historical and current events. He has been at the for-front in helping communities organize against water privatization, mountain top removal, nuclear energy, incinerators, GMOs, fracking, & toxic waste. 

Known locally as the Bard Insurgent, Tom is a veteran of stage and street theater with his writing, acting, and directing. His songs draw the listener into his musical response to globalization.

He plays at union halls, colleges, conferences, cafes, house concerts, and has performed for countless benefits and causes. His music has been used in documentaries, TV shows, stage and street theater as he tells the stories of people’s struggles against greed & violence, interjecting a good deal of levity along the way. If you ask him, he'll tell you he's just a farm boy with a guitar who loves a good ball game and human rights. At the Kerrville Folk Festival, he was referred to as the Jon Stewart of folk music!

With such songs as "It Takes A Cabin To Stop A Pipeline" and "It's A Crime To Tell The Truth," you may find yourself moved to find your own song to sing!

$15 (plus service charge) advance purchase through Brown Paper Tickets: Admission will be $18 at the door the day of the show.

Saturday February 25  ~Sheila's Saturday Session! ~

Cancelled.  Check our Facebook page for future sessions.

Saturday February 25  ~ Jamie O'Brien ~ Carol Markstrom ~ 

8:00 pm, Jamie O'Brien is a singer-songwriter who travels the world and makes his home in Southern Arizona. He plays guitar and ukulele and has delved into a number of different styles over the years. He has never forgotten his London-Irish roots; he discovered Hawaiian music in 2000; and Buddy Holly remains one of his biggest influences. Nowadays, he combines all he has learnt and been exposed to in his life to create an eclectic approach to music. After many years in England and then Germany, Jamie O'Brien moved to the US in 1989. His first American musical endeavors were with the Pennsylvania-based old timey band, Medicinal Purpose. By the mid-90s, he had returned to his London-Irish roots, forming the Laune Rangers (the Launies), which gained success throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

He moved to Arizona in 2006 and tours the US, including Hawaii, and Europe regularly. Performing solo and with accompaniment, he has won the hearts of many with his eclectic approach to music (celtic, rock, Americana, Hawaiian, reggae). He has released three solo albums, each featuring some of his many musical friends and colleagues, ranging from Billy McComiskey, Donna Long, Aoife Clancy among others from the world of Irish music and contemporary performers such as Dede Wyland, Henry Koretzky and Paul McKeown. My Wild Irish Boy (2004) and Many's The Mile, Love... (2007) are celtic, while Chasing Ghosts (2011) presents another side of Jamie: the singer and songwriter of contemporary music.

He continues to perform solo, with accompaniment, as an accompanist or with the bands, the Launies and Cobblestone. He sings and plays guitar (in standard and taro patch tunings) and ukulele; his styles range from celtic to Americana to Hawaiiana, traditional and contemporary including his own compositions.

9:20 pm,  Carol Markstrom sings with the heart of a folk singer, with her musical inspirations including Folk/Roots, Americana, Outlaw Country, and Western, with sprinklings of rock and blues. She is thrilled to share the news that in March 2016 she received the prestigious 2015 Vocalist of the Year Award from the Academy of Western Artists! Her first CD, Vision Across the Range, was released in 2012 and her second, Crossing Borders, was released in 2015. Both CDs received highly favorable reviews, and you can hear Carol’s songs played on radio programs across the U.S. and even internationally including Spain, Portugal, Sweden, New Zealand, and other countries. 

As a songwriter, Carol draws inspiration from many sources, and loves to tell stories about engaging people, places, and events. Some of her original songs draw from her published works and personal experiences among American Indians. Her ballads and love songs range from the whimsical to bittersweet, and she loves to perform crowd favorites delivering them with a fresh approach. Carol’s vocal delivery comes through with clarity and emotion, and listeners are quickly engaged. It might be vocals or style, but Carol has been compared to the likes of Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, and Suzy Bogguss. Some of Carol's favorites artists whose songs you might hear from her include Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, and Neal Young. She has once again been nominated TOP 5 for the award she WON last year from the Academy of Western Artists: Western Female Vocalist of the Year! The award ceremony is being held in Fort Worth TX on March 16, 2017!

Admission tonight is $8.  Doors open at 7:15 pm. 

Mark you calendar for these upcoming events.   Check our Facebook page for details.

Saturday February 25  ~ Sheila's Saturday Session! ~

Saturday February 25  ~ Jamie O'Brien ~ Carol Markstrom ~

Saturday March 4  ~ Megha Morganfield and her Celtic Harp ~

Friday March 10 ~ Rick & Donna Nestler and Folka Polka ~

Friday March 24  ~ Dan Navarro In Concert! ~ *** Advanced Tickets Available ***

Sunday March 26  ~ Songwriting and the Creative Muse - A Workshop with Dan Navarro ~

Saturday April 8  ~ An Evening of Story and Song with Richard Byford & Friends ~ 

Saturday May 20  ~ Acoustic Evening with Rick Christian and More ~

Friday July 7  ~ A World of Guitar: Guitar Virtuoso Music from Six Continents ~

Friday December 15  ~ Celtic Winter Concert with Four Shillings Short ~


Fiddler's Dream is located one block north of Glendale Avenue on 17th Street, on the Southeast corner of 17th Street and Cactus Wren. Use the newly opened Sprouts grocery at 16th Street and Glendale as a landmark - we are one block further East on Glendale, and when you reach 17th Street turn North and go one block to Cactus Wren.  1702 East Glendale, Phoenix, AZ, 85020 is the street address to plug into your map app.