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Tippy Canoe mini-tour stops in Nevada City

Originally from Baltimore and now based in Oakland, songbird and solo uke-slinger/guitarist, Tippy Canoe (Michele Kappel-Stone), made the switch from a five-piece drum kit with the garage-pop princesses The Kirby Grips (Sympathy For The Record Industry,) to a four-stringed ukulele in 2003. In 2009 she upped the string count and added guitarist to her resume.

On her debut full-length album, “Parasols & Pekingese,” released in 2008 on Late Bloomers Works and recorded with her full band the Paddlemen, Tippy Canoe shows off her enchanting and dynamic sound.

Her voice is a mixture of the 60s girl group sound and classic country with its own quirky nature shining through. Her songwriting highlights a variety of influences ranging from 20s and 30s acts, such as The Boswell Sisters and Jack Teagarden, to 50s and 60s performers, such as Brenda Lee and The Chiffons, and catchy post-punk bands, such as Squeeze and Blondie.

Tippy Canoe has shared the stage or completed coastal tours with artists including Martha Wainwright, Barbara Manning, Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys, Mad Tea Party, and others.

Tippy Canoe also contributed original music to the animated children’s DVD “Music Time.”

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