'Eclectic Music and More'

Dedicated to bringing folk music from the U.S. and the world to this area, St. Clair Productions has announced its 12th season of The Eclectic Music and More series.

The season will begin Sept. 29 and run through May, with most concerts taking place at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The Eighth Annual Rogue Valley Blues Festival, with main events at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., will take place from Jan. 18-20.

Saturday, Sept. 29: Harry Manx will perform a fusion of Mississippi Delta Blues and traditional Indian ragas on lap slide guitar, blues harp, the six-stringed banjo, and the mohan veena, a guitar/sitar hybrid.

Saturday, Oct. 20: Rajeev Taranath will perform Indian classical music on the sarod, a relative of the lute.

Saturday, Oct. 27: Country Joe McDonald, whose band Country Joe and the Fish became a legend after its performance of "Fixin' To Die Rag" at Woodstock, will present his Tribute to Woody Guthrie.

Saturday, Nov. 3: Eric Tingstad (guitar) and Nancy Rumbel (double ocarina, oboe and English horn) will perform a fusion of chamber music and folk, including world music from America, the British Isles and Spain.

Sunday, Nov. 11: SONiA disappear fear will team up with local rock 'n' roll band Blue Lightning for a double bill of soft rock.

Saturday, Dec. 1: At Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 East Main St., Ashland, folk musicians Alisa Fineman and Hurd Kimball will perform contemporary arrangements of traditional and original songs.

Jan. 18-20: The Eighth Annual Rogue Valley Blues Festival will take place with the main events at the Historic Ashland Armory. Scheduled performers include: Corey Harris, Nathan James and Ben Hernanadez, Paul Sprawl, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Annie Mac and Love Gun, The Ben Rice Band, Yesterday, and three young guitarists ages 10-13 &

TJ Moore, Jumpin Josh and Gunnar Roads.

Friday, Feb. 8: Robert Greygrass, part Lakota and Cherokee, will perform on the American Indian flute and tell traditional stories.

Friday, Feb. 29: Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven will perform and give a workshop on Saturday, March 1.

Friday, May 7: The Sugar Beets will perform in the foot-stomping traditions of bluegrass, Celtic, and old-time fiddle music mixed with the worlds of Motown, gospel, country and pop.

Saturday, May 8: Shelly Mitchell will present her one-woman performance of "Talking With Angels" at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain, Ashland. Based on a true story, the drama unfolds around Gitta Mallasz's attempt to save her three Jewish friends and more than 100 women and children from deportation.

Saturday, April 5: Ya Elah, a spiritual music ensemble based in the Jewish tradition with influences from Bulgarian village songs, Middle Eastern melodies, and Medieval Choral works, will perform at Havurah Shir Hadash.

Saturday, April 12: Award-winning singer/songwriter Freebo will perform.

Saturday, May 10: The world's first Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band Wake the Dead ends the 2007-08 Eclectic Music and More series at Havurah Shir Hadash.

Tickets are half-price for youth 12-17. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets for all events may be purchased online at , by calling 535-3562 or at the Music Coop in the A Street Market Place, Ashland.

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