xywca-logo_png_pagespeed_ic_sRBZmdmunIRita-and-Sean-by-Rick-Warrick-300Please join us for a house concert to benefit the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland at a beautiful home in north Berkeley on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. with Rita Hosking accompanied by Sean Feder on dobro and banjo. All proceeds benefit the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland. Suggested donation $25. You can reserve your spot through the link below, but to confirm your reservation, please submit your donation at the YWCA’s website at http://www.ywca-berkeley.org/upcoming-events/#24. If you would like to pay by mail or phone, send a check to the YWCA at 2600 Bancroft Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704 with a note that it is for this event, or call the YWCA at (510) 848-6370. Please note that this event is not at our home, but at a larger home that a friend and former board member has graciously agreed to make available for this event. We will provide the exact address after you RSVP at the YWCA website.

The YWCA, founded in 1889, is an independent, non-profit organization which provides programs, classes and resources for the Berkeley and Oakland communities and University of California at Berkeley students. All of its programs welcome women and men, and have no specific religious affiliation. The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, developing leaders and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. You can find more information about the YWCA at www.ywca-berkeley.org.

We’ve included a video of a performance below. “In scorching form” (UK Telegraph), Northern California’s own Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class and hope. From major California music festivals to Bob Harris’s BBC show, Rita is moving audiences around the globe with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice, “a captivating performer,” (R2 Magazine.)

Rita’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the ’08 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the ’09 Telluride Troubadour Contest, and more. “This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family’s frontier experience,” (Dan Ruby, FestivalPreview.com) and Rita’s fans call her “the real deal.” A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice.

Rita began recording and publishing in 2005 with Are You Ready?, and followed in 2007 with Silver Stream. Come Sunrise, Rita’s 2009 record, won Best Country Album Vox Pop in the 2010 Independent Music Awards. Burn, from 2011, was placed in the top 10 “Young Female Artist releases for 2011″ by No Depression magazine, and listed as a “Hidden Gem of 2011″ by the UK’s Observer. Both Come Sunrise and Burn were produced by Rich Brotherton–producer, engineer, and guitar player in the Robert Earl Keen Band. Rich’s studio in Austin, Texas, Ace Recording, is where Rita recorded her most recent album as well. The Daily Mirror characterizes Little Boat, her 2013 release, as a “short, but oh so sweet, lean and lovely set of seven songs introducing this Californian’s clawhammer banjo playing daughter, Kora Feder, 18, who is blessed with mum’s unerring delicacy of touch.” The UK Telegraph listed Little Boat as one of the “Top 10 Country Albums of 2013.” A new album is in the process, to be released in summer of 2015.

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AbbyMyth_GhostsFrames_iTunes_1-1024x1024Please join us for a house concert with Abby and the Myth on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Megan Burtt will open the show. www.meganburtt.com Suggested donation $15-20. You can RSVP below or by emailing linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or calling 510-697-4097. We will provide our address when we confirm your RSVP.

“A fresh, unique voice, Abby Posner demonstrates through her writing an introspective humanity and an intangible artistic quality that draws you close and holds you tight. Pulling from a palette that is both intellectually broad and emotionally deep, the results are well worthy of the attention she has received. You don’t simply listen to Abby’s music, quite the contrary, it seems to be listening to you and you can feel it.” -Stephen Marsh, Marsh Mastering

Born in the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado, Abby Posner began studying music and performance at age six. A gifted pint sized pianist, she quickly picked up guitar, drums, bass, banjo, and mandolin, and has continued to master new instruments throughout her career. Posner moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to advance her musical training at California Institute of the Arts, where she concentrated on both world percussion and composition for songwriting.

Posner started working on her solo project, now called Abby and The Myth, in February of 2011. She released her first album The Gatherer and The Thief and shortly after released a follow-up album titled For You, The Spring. Along with her second album, Abby released The Fall Sessions, a 3 song bonus EP featuring Abby playing every instrument, which she recorded and produced herself in her home studio. In 2013 Abby slowly began fleshing out her live shows, integrating accordion, banjo, upright bass, and drums for rich instrumentation that showcases her sensitivity as an arranger. The band, composed of musicians Abby met through various musical projects around LA, coalesced and became The Myth. Abby and The Myth have created a unique, infectiously catchy indie bluegrass rock sound that’s garnering major attention.

Since Abby started playing live with The Myth, a buzz has rapidly stirred up the Los Angeles music scene. They are regularly invited to play at venues around the city and have secured several highly coveted, high profile residencies. The band recently filmed three live in-studio videos, directed by Chris Russo and shot at Earls Music Productions. Abby and The Myth were profiled in a glowing review that appeared in the live section of Music Connection Magazine’s November 2014 issue.
Fans compare Abby and The Myth to Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and Matthew and The Atlas. Their catchy harmonies, feel- good rhythms and sing-along choruses make for a lively, kinetic show that invariably has audiences up on their feet and dancing. Cara Batema, on accordion, adds tasty melodic ornamentation and winsome drones to thicken the chorus breakdowns, Donovan Bullen plays energetic upright bass lines with heart-tugging harmonies, and Kristen Gleeson-Prata’s nuanced and virtuosic drumming adds a range of styles and flavors to the mix. As an ensemble, Abby and The Myth is going to take the nation by storm.

“One of the things I absolutely adore about Abby Posner and her band The Myth, is their musical versatility. Whether it’s the musical instruments being used or Abby’s vocal technique. It’s abundantly obvious Posner personifies what it means to appreciate world music using a diverse amount of instrumentation and arrangements in her work.”
-The Ripple Effect Music Review

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Reid Jamieson, Sunday, June 14, 2015, 7 p.m.

October 28, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with Reid Jamieson on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Please RSVP below or email Linda at linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or call Tom at 510-697-4097. We met Reid and his wife Carolyn at the 2014 FAR-West Conference and booked them immediately! We will provide the exact […]

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John Elliott, Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 3 p.m.

September 1, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with John Elliott on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 3 p.m. $15-20 suggested donation, all $$ to the artists. You can RSVP below, or by emailing Linda at linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or by phone to Tom at 510-697-4097. We’ve included a youtube video of a performance below. John Elliott has […]

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Flagship Romance, Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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Please join us for a house concert at our home in Berkeley with the band Flagship Romance on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation TBD. Flagship Romance consists of singer-songwriters Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson. To describe their sound, they have coined the term “Harmonic Alternative Folk.” Anchored by Fisher’s unique guitar […]

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