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Twisted Concerts and Events!

events and concerts and stuff! oh my!The 2015 edition of the award-winning Twisted Folk Summer Concerts are here! We're already halfway through - now we're in the "International" half of the the season! Scroll down and check them out, but in a nutshell:

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Photo of Sarah Jarosz at Twisted Oak Winery, May 3, 2014 by Maria Camillo. Yeah, we get amazing musicians like that!

July 2015
Vishten
8:00 PM     Sat, Jul 11, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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vishten"It's like Buckwheat Zydeco meets the Irish. The first time I saw them, I loved them!" — Pittsburgh Irish Festival

There's an old saying that goes something like, "Go out and make your mark in the world exploring the new ways but don't turn your back on your roots." The members of Vishtèn have been doing just that for the past seven years, touring their brand of new-traditional Acadian music in over 1000 performances rendered in eight different countries. Made up of third generation Acadians living separate but parallel musical experiences, twin sisters Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc from Prince Edward Island, Canada have teamed up with Pascal Miousse from the nearby Magdalen Islands to create a sound that incorporates elements of the new ways while retaining and staying true to the essential Acadian spirit of their roots.

The sound is essentially Celtic but with a difference. The songs are French, sung by each band member, alone or in three-part harmony. The foot percussion drives the rhythm in a fiddle tune at times yet refrains itself in the gentler musical moments. The band members are accomplished multi-instrumentalists and step-dancers incorporating the fiddle, guitar, accordion, penny-whistle, mandolin, piano, jaw- harp and bodhran into each performance. They are surely making their mark in the world today as their musical maturity comes through to captivate audiences wherever they play.

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Vasen, with special guest Darol Anger
7:45 PM     Sat, Jul 25, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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vasenThe Swedish word Väsen has three meanings—essence, spirit, and hullabaloo—making it the perfect name for a band that is part Nordic tradition and part whirling dervish. To its roots in the musical traditions of Uppland, Sweden, Väsen brings playfulness and vitality, transforming venerable polskas and marches into modern groove masterpieces, yet retaining the consummate playing skills and ageless appeal of the best traditional music.

Väsen's unique sound showcases the playing of Olov Johansson, a virtuoso of the nykelharpa, a bowed, 16-string instrument related to both the hurdy-gurdy and the fiddle, along with 5-string violist Mikael Marin and 12-string guitarist Roger Tallroth, in a ensemble that swings through dense, sinuous arrangements with amazing intensity and deft interplay, on stage and on albums like their recent “Mindset.” Public radio's All Things Considered said of the group, "The absurdly broad term 'world music' is rendered useless in the face of these musicians who play with such passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires. This is 'local music' in the best sense of the word—believable, human-scaled, and fluent in the international language of musical interplay." As one member of Väsen put it more succinctly: "We can promise you one thing. You never know quite what's going to happen."

darol angerFiddler, composer, producer and educator,  Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall and others. He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Väsen, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, The Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli.

Today Darol can be heard on NPR’s “Car Talk” theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He was also the violinist on the phenomenally popular Sim City computer games. In addition to performing all over the world, he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers’ residencies and grants. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks. He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of music. He recently began an ambitious online Fiddle School at ArtistWorks.com. His website is www.darolanger.com.

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August 2015
The Cave Looting
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM     Sat, Aug 8, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

arrrr!Save ye date! Details to follow, varmint!

Avast! Ye annual day of piratical debauchery, exclusively for ye olde Twisted Few wine club members!

The Cave Looting is a day of barrel tasting in the cave, yummy grub, and fun. It runs as an open house, so you can arrive any time and stay for a while. You will be able to taste several wines in tanks and in barrels in the cave; some of those wines will be available for purchase as "futures" which will be available for pickup or shipping to you by the beginning of October.

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The Waifs
7:45 PM     Sat, Aug 22, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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the waifs

"Where do we take it from here?'' sings Vikki Thorn on Day Dreamer, one of the most uplifting moments on The Waifs' extraordinary sixth album, Temptation.

It's a question the much-loved Australian band has asked itself several times in the 21 years since Thorn, her sister Donna Simpson and guitarist Josh Cunningham set off on their incredible journey.

A trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world. The hard yards in those early days paid off in terms of their career, but also bound the three of them together as friends.

Josh, Donna and Vikki have all moved on in their personal lives since those formative years, whether through relationships, having children or relocating to different parts of the world, yet The Waifs' journey continues. 

The sisters left their home in Albany, Western Australia in 1992 as the duo Colours. They met Cunningham in Broome, WA and became The Waifs. The group forged their way on the Australian live circuit for most the 1990s, releasing albums such as their self titled debut in 1996 and Shelter Me in 1998, selling them mostly at shows. The third album, 2000's Sink or Swim, raised their profile and allowed the band to perform in Canada and the United States, attracting rave reviews in the process.

The biggest turning point came with the EP London Still (2002), which gave the band its first Australian hit. Followed in 2003 by the Lighthouse EP and the album Up All Night, which has gone double platinum in Australia and earned them four ARIA awards. That same year they toured Australia with Bob Dylan, who subsequently invited them to join him on his North American tour. Further hits, such as Bridal Train and Stay, have followed, along with live albums, more awards and ecstatic reviews for their live performances.

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October 2015
Twisted Few Pickup Party
11:30 AM to 2:30 PM     Sun, Oct 4, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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December 2015
Twisted Few Pickup Party
11:30 AM to 2:30 PM     Sun, Dec 13, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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