Paul Kamm, MacDonald release CD; Italian guitarist on stage |

Paul Kamm, MacDonald release CD; Italian guitarist on stage

The Union staff

Popular modern folk musicians Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald are having a party Saturday – they are releasing their eighth independently produced CD, “Like Water” – and everyone is invited.

Having performed together for more than 19 years, the couple has been garnering critical acclaim on the national folk circuit. Included in the recognition they’ve received is Crossroads Music Award’s Silver Star 2000 and Indie Acoustic Award Best Americana CD 1990-2000 for “Game of Dances.”

Their music is heard on “Democracy Now!”, PBS, NPR, and also at a Sept. 11, 2002, tribute at ground zero in New York City.

Around town, Kamm lends his tight, fiery guitar style to such groups as The Humperheads and Deadbeats and has worked with Terry Riley and Roger Hodgson. MacDonald appeared in the tribute to Joni Mitchell produced by Saul Rayo in March; both love to collaborate with Utah Phillips.

There is no doubt they’ve come a long way from 1986, when on a whim they recorded their first album in a friend’s garage studio in Nevada City on a four-track cassette tape deck with whatever microphones were at hand. Their friend and colleague Mikail Graham, a musician himself, has helped with all their recordings and often shares the stage with them, as he will Saturday, along with other musicians, including the Little Band.

The two are devoted to the causes of peace and justice, and much of their more recent music reflects this effort, storytelling in haunting harmony.

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“Our material,” says MacDonald, “all revolves around love and relationship and the human condition with some socio-political songs always thrown into the mix.”

Tickets for the show that begins at 8 p.m. are $15. See more on


Also Saturday are the third annual “Nutcracker” auditions, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for performances in December (Dec. 16-18). Actors and dancers of all ages are needed for principle roles and dance ensembles. Here’s the audition schedule for age groups: 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 6 to 9; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 10 to 12; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 13 to 15; and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 16 to adult. Call 265-5902 or 271-1200 for information.


“Morone has one of most identifiable sounds of anyone playing fingerstyle guitar today” – “Acoustic Guitar Magazine”

Sunday at 7 p.m., guitarist Franco Morone may cover everything from blues and jazz to Celtic, traditional Italian, and California New Age. At a recent concert with Muriel Anderson, he broke into a duet of Foggy Mountain Breakdown.

His musical background is diverse, including everything from Deep Purple concerts in his Italian youth, to American blues giants like Blind Blake, to the inspirational guitar work of Leo Kottke.

Franco is one of those true musicians who can say whatever he wants to say with his guitar, making his live performances, well, lively. His motto is: May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.

Tickets are $15.


The Center for the Arts is located at 314 W Main St., Grass Valley. Tickets can be purchased at Music Today (800-594-8499); in Nevada City at Yabobo and Love Shack Records; in Grass Valley at BriarPatch Community Market and The Book Seller in Grass Valley; in Auburn at Cherry Records; and online at Call 274-8384 for information.

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