Wild Hog in the Woods

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What's happenin' at the Hog

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Where & When: Unless stated, all events start at 8pm and are held at the Coffeehouse in the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center in Madison. Directions, parking and bus information. For updates due to weather, please contact us.

Admission is $2 for Hog members and $3 for non-members. Admission pays the rent. Scheduled performers play for your tips in our ceramic piggy bank, affectionately named Phill-up the Pig. We recommend tips should not be silver, but should be what you truly feel the chance to listen to live folk music was worth to you. Special events and dances have higher admission fees.

Open Mike is available for walk-in's between the two scheduled sets. Sign up at the door when you arrive. Expect to do one to three songs. If more than one person sign's up, you may be asked to limit the number of songs to less than three. Open Mike performers are not paid and do not share the tips left in Phill-up. Open Mike is a great way to try out a new song or to perform for the first time on a stage.

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 Past Events as of Mon, 29-May-2017 (last updated Thu, 27-Apr-2017 6:12 pm). Upcoming Events here.
Sat, 20-May-2017
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Join the fun of an old fashioned Hootenanny, complete with sing-alongs and song sharing as guided by Brett Johnson. Bring your favorite songs, stringed instruments and all those wonderful voices. This event is free, although Phil-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 19-May-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Kaia Fowler
Kaia is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who performs in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Her music is a cross-blend of folk, blues, roots and rock. Her lyrics have been praised in Americana Gazette. With her angelic voice and accomplished guitar playing, she shares songs that explore life’s longings, struggles and celebrations.
Fri, 12-May-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Dangerous Folk
This is a trio of fine musicians perform “those good old songs we grew up on” like “Blowing In The Wind”. They seek to convey a positive message. Doug Esty sings and plays banjo, bass and guitar, and Julie Thompson and David HB Drake are on guitar and vocals as well.
Fri, 5-May-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Li'l Rev
Milwaukee’s Li’l Rev is well-known at the Hog. He sings for the common man. He excels at harmonica and ukulele, but also packs a banjo, guitar and mandolin. He is a songwriter, storyteller, historian, educator and interpreter of American roots music and culture.
Mon, 1-May-2017
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Wild Hog Membership Meeting
This is a special meeting for all Wild Hog members and people interested in becoming members. It is a great opportunity to get involved in discussions about the many positives of the Hog and the many opportunities to continue and grow.

Come meet the coordinators that keep the Hog running and learn more about what the Hog has to offer the music community and music lovers. We welcome all levels of interest and involvement.

Fri, 28-Apr-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Milkhouse Radio
Milkhouse Radio is a Madison string band, specializing in bluegrass, but ringing the rafters with country, blues and fusion covers of whatever strikes them right. Their wide range of vocals is accompanied by banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass. Their names (in alphabetical order) are Brad Astor, Scott Baumann, Michael Farnsworth, Jen Clare Paulson and Bruce Stein.
Fri, 21-Apr-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Roxanne Neat
Since 1974, Roxanne has performed traditional and contemporary folk music and ballads, accompanying herself on guitar. She draws from Appalachian, Scottish, Irish and English traditions. Roxanne performs original songs and those of her favorite singer-songwriters. She has entertained audiences in coffee houses, colleges, libraries, schools, and house concerts and is a Hog veteran.
Sat, 15-Apr-2017
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Join us for some lively song sharing and sing-a-longs. Bring music and stringed instruments. This is a free event, but Phill-Up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 14-Apr-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
The Ramona Tribute
Our longtime and beloved volunteer Ramona Johannes passed away last October. She loved folk music and is remembered for her kindness to others. Performers will include Peter and Lou Berryman, Lisa Johnson, Skip Jones, Stephen Lee Rich, John Duggleby and others. They are all performers whose music Ramona loved and who in turn loved and respected Ramona.
Fri, 7-Apr-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Mad City Jug Band
This band has been around about eight years, playing the music they love. Forever pleasing audiences, they are on a mission to preserve the classic jug band music of the early 1900’s as well as hits from the 1960’s revival. Expect blues, rags and a lot of upbeat music.
Fri, 31-Mar-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Common Chord
Tracey Jane Comer, Michael Bryant and friends present an evening of music from swing to folk and lots in between. They offer a variety of originals and unique covers, including lots of vocal harmonies and a number of instruments, mostly with strings. More at traceyjanecomer.com
Fri, 24-Mar-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Two Johns and a Nancy
Two Johns & A Nancy are John Crossman, John Argentiero and Nancy Rost, three songwriters from Madison, creating an eclectic mélange of acoustic folk-pop-rock-jazz Americana.  With a wide variety of intersecting musical styles, strange collections of instruments and unique presentations of original songs, Two Johns & A Nancy offer up soundscapes that combine the traditional and the experimental.
Sat, 18-Mar-2017
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Hootenanny is BACK! They will be held at the Wil-Mar Center. Join us for some lively song sharing. Bring music and stringed instruments. This is a free event, but Phill-Up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 17-Mar-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Harmonica Hour
DeWayne Keyes and Doug Barrette’s performances are like an old radio show with music, jokes and stories. With DeWayne on harmonica and vocals and Doug on guitar and vocals, their music includes Americana, folk, old country, blues and originals. Join them for an evening of mirth and music.
Fri, 10-Mar-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Chris Powers
Chris is a longtime veteran of the Hog, both as a soloist and band member. With his sense of humor driving many (but not all) songs, his mellow voice and his skillful playing of the guitar and mandolin, he presents a great show. He can be heard on Mudacres Bluegrass Special on WORT Saturday mornings.
Mon, 6-Mar-2017
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
We welcome all members of the Hog and all other interested persons to discuss hogonomics and other Hog business. Come on down to the Wil-Mar Center and we’ll get more acquainted.
Fri, 3-Mar-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Lisa Johnson, Casey Day and Ben Doran
Lisa, Ben and Casey will share a night of Celtic and original tunes in song circle style. The night will include many duets and trios of guitars and hammered dulcimer and voices; plus, as of press date, autochord, bowed psaltery, whistles, and maybe a bodhran, too!!. Casey can be found/heard at many local coffee shops performing as a solo or with Greg Matysik. Ben and Lisa are often found as “Leafy Greens” at Farmer’s Markets. Together, the three of them express their takes on some favorite tunes and songs.

Fri, 24-Feb-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Barry Wayne Callen and Friends Birthday Concert
Barry has filled the Hog before. Expect shenanigans, humor and audience participation. He'll have a host of fine musicians- Kirk Stone, Sarah Krause and Megan Buros on vocals, Reena Taylor and Jayney Reuter on drums and vocals and Minneapolis poet and musician Tom Ehlinger on vocals and stringed instruments. Barry will sing and play guitar and autoharp.
Fri, 17-Feb-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Lynn Smith
Lynn Patrick Smith is a local favorite and one of Madison’s best songwriters. He also writes poetry. His songs are slices of life, funny and poignant with a lyrical twist. His latest poetry collection is “These Little Scenes” from Fireweed Press. He played at the Hog in September with the Madison Songwriters Guild Showcase.
Fri, 10-Feb-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Michael Bell and Chris Powers
These gentlemen are two stalwarts of Graminy, the “class grass” ensemble which fuses classical and bluegrass. Mike is a composer and they are both songwriters. Chris hosts “Mudacres Bluegrass Special” on WORT Friday mornings. With both on vocals, mike on mandolin or banjo and Chris on guitar, listen for some great music. More on them individually at www.graminy.net
Fri, 3-Feb-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
John Duggleby
John is a singer, guitarist and writer for people of all ages. In addition to his own songs, he performs covers of oldies such as Stephen Foster and George M. Cohan as well as recent nuggets. Warning! He has a habit of percussing, e.g., drum circles. His songwriting has been acclaimed in the Isthmus readers" poll.
Fri, 27-Jan-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich - Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate Stephen Lee's thirtieth anniversary playing at the Hog with guests Ben Doran, Nancy Rost, and Ingrid Frances Stark. There will be diverse musical styles and even a soft shoe. Will the Old Vaudevillian take a pie in the face this time? There's only one way to find out.
Fri, 20-Jan-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Skip Jones and Randall Harrison Hoecherl
Skip has a longtime connection to the Hog, last presenting a show about water awareness two years ago. He’s from Bowler, Wisconsin in the Wolf River watershed. He sings and plays original and traditional songs on the guitar and Native American flute. Randal Harrison Hoecherl will accompany him on the violin. More info at www.skipjones.net and www.randalharrison.com .
Fri, 13-Jan-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
50% Folk
Wayne, Mark, Dean and Tanya get together to play songs of the Fifties-Sixties Folk Revival, including folk, bluegrass, gospel, old-time country and Tin Pan Alley. Strong vocals are accompanied by guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, autoharp, electric bass and washtub bass. More info about 50% Folk is at www.fiftypercentfolk.com
Mon, 9-Jan-2017
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinator's Meeting
All members and newly interested folks are welcome to attend a coordinators meeting. Come see what keeps the hog going, give feedback, ask questions, etc.
Fri, 6-Jan-2017
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Songwriters in the Round
Featuring Don D. Harvey, Keith Hampton, and Bruce Edwin.
Fri, 16-Dec-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Common Chord CANCELLED due to snow
Due to the weather, tonight's performance by Common Chord at the Wild Hog in the Woods is cancelled. We will be rescheduling this wonderful group.

The band and the Hog's coordinators discussed this via email in the last 12 hours and made the decision this morning. With many schools and the prediction of heavy to moderate snowfall this evening, it didn't make sense to have our audience members, the band and the Hog volunteers brave the snow filled streets and sidewalks tonight.

Tonight was our last concert in 2016. We return after the holidays on January 6th. Check our schedule out on our web site at www.wildhoginthewoods.org for details. Members will receive our newsletter with the schedule or sign up for our email announcements by going to our schedule on the web site.

Fri, 9-Dec-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Cosmic Strings
This Jam-Folk Duo, featuring Miss Emma Bee and Spencer Houghton, plays a variety of musical styles and genres. Their songs are a combination of covers, collaborations and original tunes.
Fri, 2-Dec-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
The Bittersweet Christmas Band
The holidays are a mixed bag and so is the Bittersweet Christmas Band. From Thanksgiving through December 25, traditional artists Phil Cooper, Kate Early and Margaret Nelson join forces with “wise” woman Susan Urban to present every possible perspective of the holiday season from the reverent to the ridiculous. Vocal harmonies and masterful playing on guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, hand drum and percussion.
Sat, 19-Nov-2016
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Join us for some lively song sharing. Bring music and instruments. This is a free event, but Phill-Up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 18-Nov-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
John Max Jacobs
John Max Jacobs is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with roots in Iowa. His songwriting reflects a number of popular American 20th-century styles. He’ll perform original material accompanied by percussionist Howard Sieker. Several vocalists will join him for a cappella numbers, including singalongs. Hear a sample at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POGxWnmfSV8
Fri, 11-Nov-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Gaffer - That Harp Guy
Armed with his harp (the kind with strings) and songs from every possible genre, Gaffer will amaze you with his deep and resonant baritone voice and with an evening of music and humor. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss. More at thatharpguy.com
Mon, 7-Nov-2016
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinator's Meeting
Find out how the Hog operates and meet the outstanding coordinators who make it all happen.
Fri, 4-Nov-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Dan Phelps
Dan Phelps is a native of Illinois who specializes in 1920s and 1930s delta blues. He has been performing his bottleneck and lap steel style for over 25 years in the US as well as in the UK and Europe. His CDs have met with critical acclaim in the US and overseas. More at danphelpsblues.net
Fri, 28-Oct-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Royce Anderson and Dave Fallow
Royce Anderson, songwriter and guitarist from central Massachusetts, and Dave Fallow, local Madison guitar legend, will join their talents for a second time at the Hog. Royce has played the East Coast since the 1970's. His songwriting has an edge and humorous bent in styles including blues, country, swing and Americana. They played to a standing-room only crowd at the Hog in October 2014. This time there will be new songs but the same humor and talent.
Sat, 22-Oct-2016
1:30 pm (4:30 hrs)
Sound Setup and Mixing Workshop
Who should attend?
1. Current sound volunteers
2. Anyone thinking about volunteering to setup and run our sound system.

We will review setup of the sound system and philosophy of mixing for folk music. Sharing of ideas, questions and suggestions will be encouraged.

Please sign up here so we know how many people to expect

Fri, 21-Oct-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Tom Waselchuk and Matt Rodgers
Guitarist, singer, and song writer Tom Waselchuk has graced the Wild Hog stage many times over the years, starting with shows in the earliest days of the Hog (at both the University Ave. and Brooks St. locations) In his early years he was part of the group Stone Oak Bluegrass Band, and over the years with other groups (Katzenjammers, Rubato Brothers). More recently he has been performing with his long-time friend Dave Fallow.

Appearing with Tom is bassist and vocalist Matt Rodgers, who joined Tom's Americana band, The Dang-Its, in 2015. Matt is an accomplished and in-demand bassist around Madison, working with Mark Croft and other singers and ensembles. Tom and Matt also played and toured together in the Madison Gypsy swing band, Harmonious Wail, from 2009 through 2011.
Sat, 15-Oct-2016
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Join us for some lively song sharing. Bring music and instruments. This is a free event, but Phill-Up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 14-Oct-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Mark Adkins and Sandra Klingbeil
Singer songwriter for subvocal, Mark Adkins will perform a live set of music while artist Sandra Klingbeil creates an acrylic on canvas painting to be given away to one lucky guest at the end of the performance. Also There will be works by Sandra Klingbeil for sale.

This will be a unique evening combining two different mediums in a live setting. Art created live based on and influenced by the ambient psychedelic sounds of Mark Adkins. Sandra Klingbeil will wear isolating head phones and the music will be the focus of whatever inspiration might come to her.

Mark’s dark, moody songs, come straight from the heart, unfiltered and very accessible. Combined with the ambient, layered instrumentation of the songs, Mark’s performances fill the venues, and the hearts of listeners in an emotionally charged ride.

Having her first art exhibitions at 17 years of age Sandra has participated in events and art shows throughout the US. Sandra Klingbeil opened ExVoto Art and Design studio (Medford, WI) in 2010 after managing the Black River Art Gallery for 10 years, in addition to offering water color classes. She relocated to Madison, WI in 2013.

Fri, 7-Oct-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Harmonica Hour
DeWayne Keyes and Doug Barrette’s performances are like an old radio show with music, jokes and stories. With DeWayne on harmonica and vocals and Doug on guitar and vocals, the music includes Americana, folk, old country, blues and originals. Join them for an evening of mirth and music.
Sun, 2-Oct-2016
1:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Guitar Workshop with Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen (see the concert listing for Friday, Sept. 30) will lead a guitar workshop on unlocking the secrets of Rev. Gary Davis' playing style. Titled 'The Four Crucial Techniques of Rev. Gary Davis,' Andy will teach: 1) proper thumb position relative to the hand; 2) Two By Two Fingering, in which we discipline the left hand to do what we want, not what it wants; 3) Reversing the Bass, meaning placing the accent on the 2-beat instead of the first beat of the measure; and 4) the use of open strings to change left hand positions.

Andy promises to cover a good deal more as time allows, and students will go away able to play Davis's Buck Dance and Candy Man, both of which incorporate these principles. This workshop is intended for intermediate to advanced players. You should be familiar with basic fingerpicking using an alternating bass. Cost is $20.

Join us in the Monona Room of the Wil-Mar Center for an insight into the playing of one of the greatest masters of the acoustic guitar!

Fri, 30-Sep-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, both of which reminded him of the music he grew up with. At sixteen, he saw Reverend Gary Davis, and his course was set. He knew he had it in him to follow, study, perform and promote the music of the southeast quadrant, America’s great musical fountainhead. He's a master of country blues guitar styles , playing music by Reverend Davis, John Hurt, Big Bill, Gus Cannon, Frank Stokes, Memphis Minnie, Bukka White, Barbecue Bob, Charlie Patton, Ted Bogan, Henry Spaulding, and any of a hundred other blues people.

Website: www.andycohenmusic.com/music/

Fri, 23-Sep-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Thistle and the Thorns
Thistle Pettersen writes the songs and her 'thorn section' adds the art of sound to her highly provocative and introspective lyrics centered on environmental activism and bicycle adventures. Phillip Tietze plays the keys and violin and Ken Keeley is on upright bass to make this a unique trio creating an artful and soulful presentation.

Check out thistlespace.org to learn more.
Also, find them at the Crystal Corner Bar every fourth Monday.
And on facebook at Thistle and Thorns.

Sat, 17-Sep-2016
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!!
Come down for a couple of hours of song sharing and sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and stringed instruments. This event is FREE, although Phil-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.

Fri, 16-Sep-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Dan & Faith Senie with Andina & Rich
It’s duo night at the Hog. From Bolton, MA Dan and Faith Senie mix tunes of insight and activism with outlandishly funny songs. Have you ever wondered about vegan comfort foods? They’ll be in the Song Swap format with Hog favorites Andina and Rich, who will sing music and madness from their upcoming CD “Chasing Lightning”.

Websites:
www.danandfaith.com/
andinaandrich.com/

Mon, 12-Sep-2016
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
These bi-monthly meetings are a great way to meet the great Hog staff and learn more about how the whole thing comes together.

If you’re free, we would love to have you join us.

Fri, 9-Sep-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Madison Songwriters Guild Showcase with Rich Baumann, Lynn Patrick Smith, and Kaia Fowler

Singer/songwriter and recording artist Rich Baumann of Madison, Wisconsin, spent most of the last four decades presenting thousands of uplifting programs in schools, libraries, and senior facilities. His powerful lyrics touch peoples' souls and fill their hearts with warm memories. Rich plays the guitar, violin, piano and other stringed instruments. His clear, rich baritone voice fills the room as he packs his performance with warmth, sensitivity and humor.

Lynn Patrick Smith lives in Madison Wisconsin and is a poet as well as a singer/songwriter. He writes slice of life songs, funny and poignant, with a lyrical twist. He is also on the board of the Madison Songwriters Guild and performs occasionally around the Madison area. His latest poetry collection is These Little Scenes from Fireweed Press.

Kaia Fowler's music is a cross-blend of folk, blues, rock and Americana. Through supple, strong vocals and guitar playing that ranges from delicate finger-style to percussive strumming, Kaia shares songs that explore life’s longings, struggles and celebrations. Rooted in nature, Kaia’s songs resonate with strength and vulnerability as she explores wide reaches of emotional space.

Websites:
http://www.richbaumann.com/
http://www.kaiafowler.com/

Sat, 20-Aug-2016
8:00 am (All day)
Gandy Dancer Festival
Saturday, August 20 On the Westland Promenade in Mazomanie, WI

At the 10th annual Gandy Dancer Festival, you can experience “the unity that can come through people gathering together to enjoy wholesome, Americana music.” (see Gandy Dancer’s facebook page) Performing on stage are Chris Plata and the Red Hots, Iron Horse, Art Stevenson and Highwater, and many more. Head down for a day of good music, good food, and good fun.
Fri, 5-Aug-2016
8:00 am (All day)
Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival
August 5 & 6
At Lake Farm County Park in Madison, WI

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective,the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival in Madison that celebrates traditional music and dance through performances, educational workshops, and interactive jam sessions. The diversity of performances invites people of all backgrounds and ages to enjoy and learn about the performing arts in the beautiful setting of a county park.
Tue, 21-Jun-2016
8:00 am (All day)
Make Music Madison 2016
Make Music Madison is an annual one-day citywide, free, outdoor music festival to be held on the Summer Solstice, June 21. The goal is to generate a continuous wall of music as people walk around participating spaces. The festival will be inclusionary in terms of genres, ethnicities, styles of music, skill levels of musicians, and in the use of public and private spaces throughout our community.

Make Music Madison will take place on the summer solstice, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Some performances may start early or go late, or take advantage of natural commuter times, but public spaces throughout Madison — sidewalks, parks, and more — become impromptu musical stages, dance floors, and social meeting points.

Join the Music Making Merriment. If you have an idea about how to add to the Make Music Madison merriment, and you have the time and skills to make your vision happen, we want to hear from you.  Sign up or find more information at www.makemusicmadison.org.
Fri, 27-May-2016
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for the holiday
Sat, 21-May-2016
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Come down for a couple of hours of song sharing and sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and, if you have them, stringed instruments. This event is FREE, although Phil-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 20-May-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Common Chord
Tracey Jane Comer, Michael Bryant and friends present an evening of music from swing to folk and lots in between. They offer a variety of originals and unique covers, including lots of harmonies and a number of instruments (mostly things with strings). More at traceyjanecomer.com
Fri, 13-May-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
February Sky
Phil Cooper and Susan Urban will play traditional, modern and original folk and Celtic music with vocals accompanied by guitar, cittern, mountain dulcimer, banjo and percussion. They hail from Trout Lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but love to travel for concerts. More at februarysky.com
Fri, 6-May-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dustbunnies
Almost fresh from a string of events in Beloit, Rockton, and Hoffman Estates, the Dustbunnies return to the Wild Hog with an assortment of Irish traditional ballads, contemporary tunes, sea shanties and sing-a-longs. The band will feature some combinations of accordion, guitar, banjo, bodhran, mandolin and hammered dulcimer by Bill Fallon (from Streamwood, IL), Ben Doran (Madison), Michael Staszak (Darien, IL), and John Roche (Brookfield, IL).
Mon, 2-May-2016
8:00 pm (0:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Even though the Hog is a wild, unpredictable beast, we actually do make plans at our bi-monthly meetings, as well as in between. All are welcome to come down to give input, listen in and help make decisions. Meetings are held at the Wil-Mar Center.
Mon, 2-May-2016
7:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Wild Hog Membership Meeting
This is a special meeting for all Wild Hog members and people interested in becoming members. This year’s meeting will include an election of officers and many discussions.

Some of the wonderful positives about the Wild Hog are that it is:
• member owned,
• volunteer operated,
• great folk music at low cost,
• coffeehouse/folk-friendly environment,
• fun, friends, inviting, open to all, etc.
• been around since 1978

We are looking for ideas and help:
• bringing people back,
• improving visibility in the community,
• getting people more involved,
• making our environment more inviting.

This is a great way to learn more about what the Hog has to offer the music community and music lovers. Please plan to attend.
Fri, 29-Apr-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dangerous Folk
This is a trio of fine musicians perform “those good old songs we grew up on” like “Blowing In The Wind”. They seek to convey a positive message. Doug Esty sings and plays banjo, bass and guitar, and Julie Thompson and David HB Drake are on guitar and vocals as well. More info at www.davidhbdrake.com
Fri, 22-Apr-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Traditional Frequency
Traditional Frequency is a group of Madison based musicians who play traditional Irish, Scottish and other instrumentals from around the world. Fiddler Paul Martens joins Craig Heilman on Uilleann pipes, tin whistle and bodhran and Tom Tompkin on guitar and octave mandolin. Come down for an evening of lively tunes. See www.facebook.com/TraditionalFrequency/
Sat, 16-Apr-2016
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Come down for a couple of hours of song sharing and sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and, if you have them, stringed instruments. This event is FREE, although Phil-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 15-Apr-2016
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Harmonica Hour
DeWayne Keyes and Doug Barrette’s performances are like an old radio show with music, jokes and stories. With DeWayne on harmonica and vocals and Doug on guitar and vocals, the music includes Americana, folk, old country, blues and originals. Join them for an evening of mirth and music.
Fri, 8-Apr-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Gaffer - That Harp Guy
Armed with his harp (the kind with strings) and songs from every possible genre, Gaffer will, with his deep resonant baritone voice, amaze and delight you with an evening of music and humor. It’s a one of a kind experience that you won’t want to miss.
Fri, 1-Apr-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hogwash
Hogwash(n)- 1. Giving pigs a bath. 2. An outpouring of music from volunteers of the Wild Hog. We chose the second connotation. Lisa Johnson will play and sing originals. Ron Dennis on hand(s) with his autoharp. Warren Gordon, Rex Lokar and Kim Genich each performing on guitar and vocals. Includes some traditionals and singalongs.
Fri, 25-Mar-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Barry Callen
Barry Wayne Callen is the given outlaw name of a musician fused together with elements of Johnny Cash, Roger Miller and John Prine. Expect guests and shenanigans. His album “The Gospel of Fun” is on iTunes with songs like “Ha! Ha! I Got More Stuff Than You.”

Sat, 19-Mar-2016
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Come down for a couple of hours of song sharing and sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and, if you have them, stringed instruments. This event is FREE, although Phil-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 18-Mar-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Erv Allen and John Duggleby
John Duggleby, an award-winning Madison-area author of 11 books and hundreds of magazine articles, made his professional performing debut at age five at the Sunset Supper Club in Muscatine, Iowa, singing, “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” after the piano man bribed him with a nickel. After a childhood hootenanny fling in a “baby Kingston Trio,” he grew up as a percussionist playing everything from orchestra tympani to garage band rock and roll. As an adult he learned guitar as a more benign living room alternative. He has labored in several underappreciated folk, 60s rock, Cajun, bluegrass and world music ensembles, and these days plays over 100 gigs a year at venues ranging from coffeehouses to senior centers to festivals. His web site: www.johnduggleby.com
Fri, 11-Mar-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Marty Feldhake is a singer and songwriter who hails from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He enjoys story songs and lists Steve Goodman, Utah Phillips and John Prine as his influences. He grew up in Madison and enjoys coming home to play at the Hog. He will be joined by Benjamin Gulder playing fiddle and mandolin.

Mon, 7-Mar-2016
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Even though the Hog is a wild, unpredictable beast, we actually do make plans at our bi-monthly meetings, as well as in between. All are welcome to come down to give input, listen in and help make decisions. Meetings are held at the Wil-Mar Center.
Fri, 4-Mar-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Syzygy (Michael Bell, Jacob Grace, and Amanda Hoffman)
Folk music has a new celestial alignment: Syzygy, a Madison trio, add to the tradition through songs both venerable and recent. Featuring the writing and riffing of Jacob Grace and Michael Bell and the vocals of Amanda Jane Hoffman, they fill the air with guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmony singing. Songs of love, justice and a greener world.

Fri, 26-Feb-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Sing Along and Jam
Hosted by Kim Genich and other Hog members. Please come down with voices, musical instruments and songbooks like “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again.”
Fri, 19-Feb-2016
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
David HB Drake
David HB Drake has been called a “gentle troubadour” and “elemental folksinger”. His music is inspired by his voyages across Midwestern prairies and the Great Lakes. He has won awards for his acoustic music, family and children’s performances and his contributions to the arts. More at www.davidhbdrake.com

Fri, 12-Feb-2016
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Lynn Smith
Lynn Smith is a local favorite and one of Madison's best and most interesting songwriters. This time around he's doing a special show for Valentine's Day.
Fri, 5-Feb-2016
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich
Stephen Lee Rich, the Old Vaudevillian, returns to the Hog with another wild mix of original songs, Traditional tunes, and hits from the 1920's, 30's, and 40's.
Fri, 29-Jan-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Skip Jones with Wisconsin Trillium
Wisconsin Trillium, featuring Wisconsin Folksinger-Storyteller Skip Jones, Violinist Randal Harrison and Upright Bassist Marilyn Carien return to the Wild Hog bringing their eclectic collection of feel-good, family friendly folk music with a touch of lively jazz and stories of home, hearth and social commentary... This is a folk music show at a folk music venue and you are the folks, so bring your voices... singing is mandatory.
Fri, 22-Jan-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Rich Baumann
Rich has written a couple of new songs since his last appearance at the Hog and he will be telling stories of his travels to tornado-ravaged and recovering Joplin, MO, and his week at the Coffeyville Humanities Project. At this writing there are no guests scheduled to join Rich, but you never know. Then again, he does a pretty good job of entertaining an audience all by his lonesome.
Fri, 15-Jan-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Dave Schindele
Dave likes winter and is hoping that this El Nino will back off for a while so he can enjoy life in Wisconsin. Come in and warm up with Dave and some mystery guests. Dave plays keyboards but he knows some guitar players. He writes songs in the contemporary-pop vein and his songwriting friends lean toward folk-rock. The audience is expected to sing along when they know the words.
Fri, 8-Jan-2016
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
50% Folk
Wayne from Madison gets together with Mark, Dean and Tanya from the Fox Valley to play a lot of songs that hearken back to the Folk Music Revival of the Fifties and Sixties. Their repertoire includes folk, bluegrass, gospel and old-time country, as well as a few older “oldies”. Strong vocals are accompanied by guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, autoharp, electric bass and washtub bass. More information about 50% Folk is at www.fiftypercentfolk.com
Mon, 4-Jan-2016
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Even though the Hog is a wild, unpredictable beast, we actually do make plans at our bi-monthly meetings, as well as in between. All are welcome to come down to give input, listen in and help make decisions. Meetings are held at the Wil-Mar Center.
Mon, 4-Jan-2016
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinator's Meeting
Even though the Hog is a wild, unpredictable beast, we actually do make plans at our bi-monthly meetings, as well as in between. All are welcome to come down to give input, listen in and help make decisions.
Fri, 1-Jan-2016
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for New Year Holiday
Fri, 25-Dec-2015
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for Christmas Holidays
Fri, 18-Dec-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich
In order to be fair and balanced, we host Stephen’s annual Christmas show for people who can’t stand the holidays. Music of the sacred, secular, cynical and silly, with guests Tom Kastle, Nancy Rost and Ben Doran.
Fri, 11-Dec-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Leaves of Green
Leaves of Green made their debut at the Hog last April. But Lisa Johnson and Ben Doran have performed together on several occasions, exploring various forms of music in recent times. Lisa’s fine guitar playing and singing go together well with Ben’s skills on hammer dulcimer and vocals. (They are also avid volunteers that keep the Hog running.)
Fri, 4-Dec-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Nelson Graham
Nelson will take the stage for his annual show of the holiday season. With his resonant voice and fine guitar playing, he will play his favorite songs, some original and some traditional, some old and some new. He will have his Christmas CD available.
Fri, 27-Nov-2015
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for Thanksgiving
Sat, 21-Nov-2015
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Come down for a couple of hours of song sharing and sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and, if you have them, stringed instruments. This event is FREE, although Phil-up the Pig will be there to accept donations
Fri, 20-Nov-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Casey Day
Casey first played at the Hog in 1984 and is very happy to be returning once again after 31 years. Casey plans to try and stick with traditional folk songs and selections from his latest CD "Hartsongs."
Fri, 13-Nov-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
John Duggleby and Dave Hopper

Picture of John and DaveJohn Duggleby, an award-winning Madison-area author of 11 books and hundreds of magazine articles, made his professional performing debut at age five at the Sunset Supper Club in Muscatine, Iowa, singing, “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” after the piano man bribed him with a nickel.  After a childhood hootenanny fling in a “baby Kingston Trio,” he grew up as a percussionist playing everything from orchestra tympani to garage band rock and roll.  As an adult he learned guitar as a more benign living room alternative.  He has labored in several underappreciated folk, 60s rock, Cajun, bluegrass and world music ensembles, and these days plays over 100 gigs a year at venues ranging from coffeehouses to senior centers to festivals. His web site: www.johnduggleby.com 

Dave Hopper of Mineral Point picked up the guitar in 1965 and managed to not only stick with it to date, but remember a ton of Sixties songs-- despite the adage about people who grew up during that era.  He went through various phases of folk, rock, and blues, adding electric bass in the 70s.  Today he plays in many musical ensembles including not only Duggleby/Hopper, but the acoustic trio Still Stummin’ and a four-piece rock cover band Better Daze.

Fri, 6-Nov-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mad City Jug Band
This 7-member band has been playing together for over six years. While forever pleasing audiences while enjoying themselves, they are on a mission to preserve the classic jug band music of the early 1900’s as well as hits from its 1960’s revival. The band's web site: www.reverbnation.com/madcityjugband
Mon, 2-Nov-2015
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Even though the Hog is a wild, unpredictable beast, we actually do make plans at our bi-monthly meetings, as well as in between. All are welcome to come down to give input, listen in and help make decisions. Meetings are held at the Wil-Mar Center
Fri, 30-Oct-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Harmonica Hour
DeWayne Keyes and Doug Barrette’s performances are like an old radio show with music, jokes and stories. With DeWayne on harmonica and vocals and Doug on guitar and vocals, the music includes Americana, folk, old country, blues and originals. Join them for an evening of mirth and music.
Fri, 23-Oct-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Roxanne Neat
For nearly 40 years, Roxanne Neat has been delighting audiences with a wide variety of traditional ballads, contemporary folk music, and original songs. Roxanne accompanies her sure, clear singing voice with guitar, piano, spoons, and bones. As long time Hog fans can attest, Roxanne was one of our first performers and an evening with her is always a memorable occasion.
Sat, 17-Oct-2015
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Come down for an informal couple of hours of song sharing and sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and, if you have them, stringed instruments. This event is FREE, although Phil-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 16-Oct-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Four Shillings Short
Four Shillings Short, the husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California, perform Traditional and Original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, and even a Krumhorn. Expect an evening of merriment, magic and sublimity!
Fri, 9-Oct-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Patchouli
Nationally touring guitar duo, Patchouli, returns to play at the Hog. Their sound is New American Folk music described as “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings”. Julie Patchouli’s crystal pure voice and percussive guitar sparkle as Bruce Hecksel’s master finger work coils around it in seamless alchemy. City Pages said: “Patchouli live is amazing. I compare it to taking a yoga class in a field of running mustangs.”
Fri, 2-Oct-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Jason Moon and Kyle Rightley
Jason Moon, originally from Eagle River, Wisconsin, has written and played music since his teen years. He is a veteran of the Iraq War and works to help veterans find their way home. More at www.warriorsongs.org and www.jasonmoon.org.

Kyle Rightley a Madison-based performer, songwriter, and educator, has a passion for seeking connections and similarities between different forms of musical expression. Besides his solo endeavors, Kyle has performed with The Big Payback, Driveway Thriftdwellers, Five Points Jazz Collective, Beefus, and Charlie Painter and Friends. He has earned a master’s degree in euphonium performance from UW-Madison. www.kylerightley.com
Fri, 25-Sep-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bill and Bobbie Malone
With a deep knowledge of country and bluegrass music, fine instrumentals on guitar and mandolin and wonderful vocal harmonies, Bill and Bobbie will share some of their favorite songs and memories. Expect an evening of traditional music with Texas highlights when they take the stage.
Sun, 20-Sep-2015
6:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Memorial Concert for Art Thieme

Photo of Art playing at the HogMany of you remember Art, an Americana folk musician that played at the Hog many times, including our grand opening in 1978. Art left this world in May and several of his musician friends and his family are hosting a memorial concert for him this Sunday in Downers Grove.

Details of the event are on the Hog's web site at http://www.wildhoginthewoods.org. This is not a Wild Hog in the Woods sponsored event, but we do honor his memory and contributions to preserving the old songs of America and his any performances at the Hog and nearby venues.

Sat, 19-Sep-2015
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Come down for an informal couple of hours of song sharing and sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and, if you have them, stringed instruments. This event is FREE, although Phil-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 18-Sep-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Li'l Rev
Li’l Rev slides over from Milwaukee for another evening at the Hog. His music is infused with a strong sense of humility for the common man. He excels at harmonica and ukulele, and also packs a banjo, guitar and mandolin. He has been called the Jewish Pete Seeger and you can count Pete among his fans, along with the likes of Joe Hickerson. Come see and hear what they all find so enjoyable about listening to Li’l Rev.
Fri, 11-Sep-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bobby Bullet
Celebrating over fifty years in the music business as a writer/performer, Bobby Bullet, born Robert St. Germaine in 1942 on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, continues to draw from a life and career filled with uncertainty, joy, love and difficult decisions to create memorable lyrics and heartfelt music. He considers himself a Country/Folk songwriter; his audiences, however, know him to be much more. He is a cross-genre musical performer, a humorous, multi-faceted performance artist who reaches across generational lines to gently assault the consciousness about critical issues.
Tue, 8-Sep-2015
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Even though the Hog is a wild, unpredictable beast, we actually do make plans at our bi-monthly meetings, as well as in between. All are welcome to come down to give input, listen in and help make decisions. Meetings are held at the Wil-Mar Center.
Fri, 29-May-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dustbunnies
Almost fresh from a string of events in Beloit, Rockton, Lisle and Hoffman Estates, the Dustbunnies return to the Wild Hog with an assortment of Irish traditional ballads, contemporary tunes, sea shanties and sing-a-longs. The band will feature some combinations of accordion, guitar, banjo, bodhran, mandolin and hammered dulcimer by Bill Fallon (from Streamwood, IL), Ben Doran (Madison), Michael Staszak (Darien, IL), John Roche (Brookfield, IL) and Rick March (Madison).
Fri, 22-May-2015
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for Memorial Day weekend
Sat, 16-May-2015
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
It will be held in the Yahara Room of the Wil-Mar Center. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This event is FREE, although Phill-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 15-May-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
David Schindele
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the David Schindele concert in March was canceled. But lucky for us, David was able to reschedule. He is an excellent singer-songwriter and pianist, who has graced the Hog stage many times. He'll be joined by two friends: seasoned songwriter and performer Joe 'Snare' Vosen, creator of the musical "Caffeine Dreams"; and songsmith John Max Jacobs, also a versatile guitarist and singer. They will share an eclectic mix of covers and originals ranging from rockabilly to blues to ballad. The evening promises to be one of warmth, improvisation and merriment! You can listen to and buy David's music at http://daveschindele.com
Fri, 8-May-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
The Harmonica Hour with DeWayne Keyes
DeWayne Keyes and Doug Barrette’s performances are like an old radio show with music, jokes and stories. With DeWayne on harmonica and vocals and Doug on guitar and vocals, the music includes Americana, folk, old country, blues and originals. Join them for an evening of mirth and music.
Mon, 4-May-2015
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Coordinators, members and people interested in becoming members are invited to attend this lively discussion of Hog business at the Wil-Mar Center.
Fri, 1-May-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Fallow & Tom Waselchuk
Dave and Tom return to the Hog for another night of bluegrass, country, folk and swing on vocals and two guitars.  The duo have performed numerous times before at the Hog, and around southern Wisconsin in groups including the Rubato Brothers, Side by Side, Stone Oak and The Dang-its.  Don't miss this rare chance to hear them again at one of their favorite venues!
Fri, 24-Apr-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Double Bill - Polkalamity Pleasure Society and Leaves of Green
First set- Polkalamity Pleasure Society
This is a group of 10 or 11 friends who like to get together and have fun playing music. Their repertoire includes polkas and other happy dance music. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes! They’re on Facebook.

Second Set- Leaves of Green
Lisa Johnson and Ben Doran have collaborated to perform various kinds of music in recent times. Her fine guitar playing and singing go together well with his skills on hammer dulcimer and vocals. When not performing, Lisa and Ben help keep the Hog running.
Sat, 18-Apr-2015
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Held in the Yahara Room of the Wil-Mar Center. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This event is FREE, although Phill-up the Pig will be there to accept donations
Fri, 17-Apr-2015
8:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
SPECIAL EVENT -- LEE MURDOCK

Lee is one of today’s foremost Great Lakes musicians. His lyrics reflect the history of the area, its peoples sense of place and their triumphs and tragedies, work songs and pastimes. As a fluent 6- and 12-string guitarist, Murdock combines ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with his storytelling. His musical influences span 15 generations and he combines original compositions and traditional music.

$10 Admission

Tickets available at Willy St. East, Orange Tree Imports, BSide Records and Spruce Tree Music.

Fri, 10-Apr-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Songwriters Night
Rich Baumann will host members of the Madison Songwriters Guild for an evening of shared music. Other performers will include incomparable bluesman Jum Schwall, family favorite Reid Miller and Gene Hersey, with whom Rich played music way back in the 1980’s. Google any of these names and you will find plenty of information, for they are prolific songwriters.
Fri, 3-Apr-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mad City Jug Band
This 7-member band has been playing together for over five years. While forever pleasing audiences while enjoying themselves, they are on a mission to preserve the classic jug band music of the early 1900’s as well as hits from its 1960’s revival. Expect blues, rags and a lot of upbeat music. Google their name for more information.
Sat, 28-Mar-2015
2:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Sound Setup and Mixing Workshop!
Who should attend?
1. Current sound volunteers
2. Anyone thinking about volunteering to setup and run our sound system.

We will review setup of the sound system and philosophy of mixing for folk music. Sharing of ideas, questions and suggestions will be encouraged.

Please sign up here so we know how many people to expect

Fri, 27-Mar-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Closed
The Coffeehouse will be closed this Friday so that Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center can use the room. We will be back next week as scheduled! See you then.
Sat, 21-Mar-2015
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Hootenannies are BACK! They will be held in the Yahara Room of the Wil-Mar Center. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This event is FREE, although Phill-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 20-Mar-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Closed
The Coffeehouse will be closed this Friday so that Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center can use the room. We will be back in two weeks as scheduled! See you then.
Fri, 13-Mar-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Marty Feldhake is a singer-songwriter who lives in the eastern reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Marty’s unique and expressive songs are reflective of both his current home and his youth in the farm country of Wisconsin. Marty will be accompanied by longtime friend Andy Morton on mandolin, and special guest fiddler Benjamin Gulder. He'll be sharing songs from his newly released CD "Have Times Really Changed" (available at the show!).
Mon, 9-Mar-2015
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinator's Meeting
Join us at the Wil-Mar for a lively discussion of Hog business.
Fri, 6-Mar-2015
7:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Rich Baumann's Cabin Fever Family Night
EARLY START TIME! Shake off the winter doldrums with singer-songwriter Rich Baumann. The evening will start with energetic and hilarious songs that will entertain and engage kids and adults alike. We'll end with a song circle, so don't leave your voices at home. Rich is one of Madison's best singer-songwriters, and has spent the last several decades touching audiences of all ages with heartfelt songs, sensitive musicianship, and a clear, warm voice. Check him out at http://www.richbaumann.com
Fri, 27-Feb-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bobby Bullet
Celebrating over fifty years in the music business as a writer/performer, Bobby Bullet, born Robert St. Germaine in 1942 on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, continues to draw from a life and career filled with uncertainty, joy, love and difficult decisions to create memorable lyrics and heartfelt music. He considers himself a Country/Folk songwriter; his audiences, however, know him to be much more. He is a cross genre musical performer, a humorous, multi-faceted performance artist who reaches across generational lines to gently assault the consciousness about critical issues. Visit http://bobbybullet.com/ to learn more about a great performer.

Fri, 20-Feb-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich
Self-described as a "singer/songwriter, yodeler, comedian, harmless crazy person," and called "a local treasure" by others (including us!), we're thrilled to have yodeling cowboy Stephen Lee Rich return to our stage for a solo show. He'll be featuring some new songs, new stories, and maybe even some new yodels. His website is www.stephenleerich.com

Fri, 13-Feb-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Eddie Danger
Eddie Danger is an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and looper of 4-part vocal harmonies & instruments from around the world. Based in the rolling hills of the Driftless area in Southwest Wisconsin, Eddie has been traveling the world collecting instruments and sharing his music for almost two decades. Described as Cosmic Country-folk with a Tribal Twist of Jazz, "Gregorian-Dub-Folk,” and anti-folk’s answer to Bobby McFerrin, you can hear his music on his YouTube channel, visit his website at www.eddiedanger.com, or better yet, come to the show!

Fri, 6-Feb-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Jeff Larsen
Master fingerpicker, Jeff Larsen, presents an evening of solo guitar arrangements from a wide variety of genres and time periods. He'll play everything from old country and jazz standards to the music of the Beatles and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, as well as some original compositions. Jeff took part in the 2014 Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, has many years of performing experience in groups and as a solo artist, and is a well-respected guitar instructor. More bio and info about CDs at his website: http://jeffinnakari.weebly.com/jeffs-music-page.html

Fri, 30-Jan-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mike Bell and Friends
Madison songwriter, guitarist and mandolinist, Mike Bell, will perform an evening of eco-acoustic music. Special guests: the Irish folk singer Jason Prendergast, the new folk guitarist and vocalist Travis Fearing-Kabler and the vocalist and fiddler Eleanor Mayerfeld.

Fri, 23-Jan-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Christopher Powers
This will be a solo show by Chris, who is also a member of Old Tin Can String Band and Graminy. He is also host of WORT’s Mud Acres Bluegrass Show on Friday mornings. He’ll play music from everywhere on mandolin, guitar, bouzouki and banjo. He’s a master of music, with heartfelt songs, as well as humor that ranges from subtle to overt.
Fri, 16-Jan-2015
7:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Wild Hog Belated 36th Birthday Party
Come down early for an informal party full of music. It is a snack and dessert potluck, please feel free to bring a dish to pass. Be sure to bring singing voices and musical instruments, songbooks, especially Rise Up Singing if you have it.
Fri, 9-Jan-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Rusty River
This band is full of veteran local musicians. Ron Towle, on vocals and guitar, has played with Liberty Prairie and the Royal Drifters. Dave Larson plays lead guitar, sings and writes songs. Kathy Voeck plays bass and sings harmony. All three are former City of Madison employees. Add Jim Robarts to the mix on banjo, who has played with Liberty Prairie, Sparetime Bluegrass Band, Bluegrass Orphans and Oak St. Ramblers. Get ready for an evening of Americana, i.e., country/folk/bluegrass.
Mon, 5-Jan-2015
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinator's Meeting
Even though the Hog is a wild, unpredictable beast, we actually do make plans at our bi-monthly meetings, as well as in between. All are welcome to come down to give input, listen in and help make decisions.
Fri, 2-Jan-2015
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Happy New Year
Closed for the holiday!
Fri, 26-Dec-2014
8:00 pm
Closed for Holidays.
See you in the new year, Friday, January 9th!



Fri, 19-Dec-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Nelson Graham

Join Nelson Graham for another special December concert at the Hog. His accomplished guitar playing and smooth singing help him get across the meanings of the words and emotional underpinning of his songs. He covers traditional songs as well, including those of the winter season. It's a holiday tradition you won't want to miss!





Fri, 12-Dec-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Inna Larsen with Dark of the Moon

Dark of the Moon is a women’s contra-band that plays music from the British Isles, America, Scandinavia and other countries for listening and dancing. Inna Larsen will play solos on the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. Her repertoire includes traditional dance music from Western Norway as well as old time waltzes and schottisches that were played by Norwegian immigrants to Wisconsin.

More information about Inna ia at jeffinnakari.weebly.com/innas-music-page.html
More information about Dark of the Moon is at www.mad-wi.net/darkofthemoon


Fri, 5-Dec-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
High Ridge Band

Join the High Ridge Band for an evening of acoustic folk music, bluegrass, and old time gospel with solid instrumentals and tight vocal harmonies. Based right here in Madison, the band is comprised of bluegrass jam veterans brought together by a love of good acoustic music and the desire to share that music with others. More information about the band is at andymorto6.wix.com/high-ridge-band





Fri, 28-Nov-2014
8:00 pm
Closed for Thanksgiving.




Fri, 21-Nov-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Skip Jones

Skip says he’ll be “all wet” at this concert.  He’ll be singing about water and promoting water awareness.  Skip has played at the Hog numerous times over the last 30 years.  He performs original songs as well as traditional tunes, accompanying himself on guitar.  He also totes a Native American flute.  Past history points to a very enjoyable evening.  More information about Skip's music is at www.skipjones.net




Sat, 15-Nov-2014
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
This semi-structured event, coordinated by Brett Johnson, features an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This is a FREE event, although Phill-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 14-Nov-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Christine Costanzo

Friday  Nov. 14,  8:00 to 10:30pm   Christine Costanzo

Christine returns for her second appearance at the Hog this year.  She mostly plays original songs.  Not only does she have a beautiful voice, she also writes thoughtful lyrics and accompanies herself on guitar.  More information about Christine's music is at www.christinecostanzo.com

 


Fri, 7-Nov-2014
8:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
50% Folk

Wayne from Madison gets together with Mark, Dean and Tanya from the Fox Valley to play a lot of songs that hearken back to the Folk Music Revival of the Fifties and Sixties.  Their repertoire includes folk, bluegrass, gospel and old-time country, as well as a few older “oldies”.  Strong vocals are accompanied by guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, autoharp, electric bass and washtub bass.  More information about 50% Folk is at www.fiftypercentfolk.com



Fri, 31-Oct-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Rambler
Robert and Hannah Muehlbuer spent 7 months in Galway, Ireland, hanging out in pubs and learning all they could about the music. Now they are Rambler, a wood flute and fiddler duo that plays traditional Irish tunes. In addition to performing, Rambler works to spread knowledge of traditional music by holding workshops and other events.
Fri, 24-Oct-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Songwriters Night
Dave Schindele (piano playing at its best) will host an evening of music with Lynn Smith (both a poet and a songwriter), John Duggleby (recently released his first album), and Barry Callen's band 'Bounce!' (known for its lively singing/dancing music). It promises to be an enjoyable and interesting evening. More at www.madisonsongwriters.com.
Sat, 18-Oct-2014
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
This semi-structured event, coordinated by Brett Johnson, features an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This is a FREE event, although Phill-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 17-Oct-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Li'l Rev and Jason Moon
This evening will be a concert in the round, with Milwaukeeans Lil Rev and Jason Moon alternating songs through both sets. Lil Rev’s music is infused with a strong sense of humility for the common man. He excels at harmonica and ukulele, also packs a banjo, guitar and mandolin. Jason Moon, originally from Eagle River, has written and played music since his teen years. He is a veteran of the Iraq War and works to help veterans find their way home. More at www.lilrev.com and www.jasonmoon.org
Fri, 10-Oct-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Patchouli
Patchouli is back for an encore performance. They are a nationally touring award winning duo of singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel. So far in 2014, they’ve played more than 150 concerts around the U.S. and recorded a new album. Their Terra Guitarra Dragonfly album was nominated Best Instrumental Album Acoustic of the Year by the Zone Music Reporter. You can expect heart-tugging lyrics, sweet vocal harmonies and beautiful guitar.
Fri, 3-Oct-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Fallow with Royce Anderson
Songwriter and guitarist from central Massachusetts, Royce Anderson, and local Madison guitar legend Dave Fallow join forces for an evening of song and instrumental improvisation. Dave has often graced the Hog stage, singing and playing fine guitar and mandolin. Royce has played music up and down the east coast from Montreal to Key West since the 1970’s. His songwriting has an edge and humorous bent in styles including blues, country, swing, and other traditional Americana. Royce and Dave met last year at the home of Royce’s sister, Karen Holden, active in Madison’s Cajun music and dance community. They hit it off musically and personally, and determined at that time to combine their talents and bring them to the music-lovers in the Madison region. Kevin Clark, bassist with The Currach Irish band and Last Gaspe, will be backing these guys up and perhaps taking a break himself on some tunes. You don’t want to miss this evening of music, humor, and insight into life..
Fri, 26-Sep-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
John Duggleby
John’s songbook ranges from Stephen Foster and George M. Cohan to Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, as well as his own material, while accompanying himself on guitar and who knows what else. John finally realized a decades-long dream with the 2014 release of his first-ever album, Better Late Than Never, which can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/duggleby
Sat, 20-Sep-2014
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
This semi-structured event, coordinated by Brett Johnson, features an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This is a FREE event, although Phill-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 19-Sep-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Harmonica Hour
Get ready for an old-time radio show of songs interspersed with stories and jokes. Doug Barrette plays guitar and DeWayne Keyes plays harmonica with him; just as he has for the last 40 years. They do it all – American folk, Chicago blues, old country tunes, Dylan, Beatles, and originals. The music and mirth will have you singing and laughing, respectively.
Fri, 12-Sep-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tom Kastle
Tom is a singer, songwriter, sailor and teller of tales who has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand. He has one foot in the modern singer/songwriter world and the other planted in the traditional maritime realm where he is a shanty and ballad singer and a tall ship captain. Tom recently hosted a short documentary about the Battle of Lake Erie that was nominated for an Emmy Award. When he is ashore, Tom lives in a 19th century log cottage in Madison.
Fri, 5-Sep-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Karen & Kelly Bleich
Gliding down Hwy. 151 from Randolph, the Bleich’s will be bringing a handful of new songs to the show and will have the CD that they recorded at the Hog. If you don’t know this fine duo, check out their insane musical energy in a relatively mosquito-free environment. By the way, the name Bleich rhymes with sly, cry and dry.
Tue, 2-Sep-2014
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinator's Meeting
We welcome all members of the Hog and all other interested persons to discuss hogonomics and other Hog business. Come on down to the Wil-Mar Center and we’ll get more acquainted.
Sat, 16-Aug-2014
11:00 am (All day)
Gandy Dancer Festival
The 8th annual Gandy Dancer Festival is set to take place on Saturday, August 16, 2014 on the Westland Promenade in Mazomanie, WI. There is no price for admission. Your only out-of-pocket expenses will be for your travel costs and the food and beverages you consume during this day long, musical event.

Expect the following:

* family-friendly event including activities especially for kids

* free admission, free parking - donations gratefully received

* food and beverages (including beer) for sale all day by local businesses and civic organizations

* singalong and bluegrass jam open to all, led by experts

Main Stage: Emcee: Bill Malone

11:00am The High 48s (Bluegrass Gospel set);
12:30pm The Krause Family Band;
2:pm The High 48s;
3:30pm Above the Town;
5:00pm special guest folk artist Tracy Grammer; and
6:30pm our headliner The Nashville Bluegrass Band.

Second Tent: Emcee: Jimmie Hodges

Noon Children’s Show – Barn Dance Shenanigans;
1:00pm Sing-A-Long hosted by Ben Doran from the Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse;
1:00pm – 4:00pm Face Painting by Jolly Giants Entertainment;
2:00pm Children’s Show - Barn Dance Shenanigans;
3:00pm Meet the Headliner; and
3:45pm Open Bluegrass Jam.

Other:

11:00am – 5:00pm Gandy Dancer Demonstration by Dave Lee;
Noon – 2:00pm Horse-drawn Wagon Rides by Cornerstone Carriages;
Noon – 3:00pm Mini-train rides by the Cross Plains Lion’s Club;
Noon – 4:00pm Model Train Exhibit by S-Gauge Club of Madison; and
1:00pm – 4:00pm Stilt Walkers from the Mazomanie Movement Arts Center.

See more at:

http://www.dpmeyerllc.com/?page_id=308

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gandy-Dancer-Festival/129061230451331

Fri, 30-May-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Andina and Rich
We're winding up our 35th season with a pair of Wild Hog favorites: Sandy Andina (Chicago’s resident singing guitar-and-dulcimer-slinging smartaleck) with Stephen Lee Rich (Madison’s friendly yodeling cowboy). They'll be bringing new stories and new songs from an upcoming CD, tentatively titled "Chasing Lightning" (we hope that's not a portent of bad weather. since an ice storm shut down their January gig). Visit www.andinaandrich.com
Fri, 23-May-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Marli Johnson
Marli Johnson will lead lively sing-along choruses with her soaring soprano voice. Marli's bold leadership of Claudia Schmidt's "Under a Promising Sky" during her guest performance last January earned her an invitation to return for this full night engagement. A Madison native, Marli learned guitar while attending Madison Free School. She pursued voice training expanding her love of Broadway musicals, worked as a singing waitress in Santa Fe and premiered works with the Long Island Philharmonic. Marli has sung at the Richland Driftless Festival, Great Lakes Folk Festival and Midwest Folklife Festival. Marli plays multiple instruments including euphonium that she'll feature in a rumbling rendition of "Waltzing With Bears".

Marli will be joined by Mac Robertson whose duet with Marli, "Ashokan Farelwell”, has generated vigorous audience approval. Joe Loesch and Rebecca Lee Finster will also join Marli during this evening of folk favorites.

Sat, 17-May-2014
4:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
This semi-structured event features an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This is a FREE event, although Phill-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 16-May-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
KG and the Ranger
25th Anniversary and CD Release Concert -- Still singing vintage cowboy songs and yodeling in harmony, KG & The Ranger have big plans to make this a special night. Their first show in 1989 was at the Hog. So, there’s no better place to celebrate and kick off the next chapter in their musical journey through the sagebrush. Look forward to three generations of talent on stage when their talented daughter Angie Otte, son-in-law Tom Otte and (hopefully) a few grandkids join them. Angie sings and Tom plays bass on the new CD, too! Whether or not you remember the days of the Silver Screen heroes (when the good guys always won), you will be sure to enjoy these classic western songs.
Fri, 9-May-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Small Forest
Small Forest performs their original progressive folk/rock music and diverse covers by Snow Patrol, The Beatles, Dylan, Fiona Apple and more. Their sound is defined by exquisite harmonies with strong rhythmic guitar and bass playing and Djembe drum or shakers. A newer band of veteran Door County performers, Small Forest features the mother/daughter songwriting team of Marybeth Mattson and Jeanne Kuhns, and bassist Patrick Palmer. Stretching traditional folk boundaries, they invite you into their hearts, offering music medicine for the soul. Visit www.jeannekuhns.net, or the Small Forest Facebook page.
Mon, 5-May-2014
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
We welcome all members of the Hog and all other interested persons to discuss hogonomics and other Hog business. If you recently offered to volunteer, come on down and we’ll get more acquainted.
Fri, 2-May-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Roxanne Neat
For nearly 40 years, Roxanne Neat has been delighting audiences with a wide variety of traditional ballads, contemporary folk, and original songs. Roxanne accompanies her sure, clear singing voice with guitar, piano, spoons, and bones. Those who were at the Wild Hog when it began 35 years ago will surely remember that Roxanne was one of our first performers, as an evening with her is always a memorable occasion.
Fri, 25-Apr-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
No Name String Band
The No Name String Band is a new-time collective of Madison-area musicians lead by claw-hammer banjo player Brian Zimmerman and guitarist Matt Manske. They combine a broad understanding of traditional Appalachian old-time music with a slew of original acoustic compositions. The music ranges from fiddle-led, foot-stomping barn dances to slower, introspective classical-bluegrass numbers.
Sat, 19-Apr-2014
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
This semi-structured event features an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This is a FREE event, although Phill-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 18-Apr-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ken Lonnquist
There’s no better way to follow Pete than with Madison’s own singer-songwriter of wide renown. With Earth Day just around the corner, you can count on Ken for a few of his environmental ditties. Otherwise, it will be a show of the usual heartfelt and/or humorous songs about life and its vagaries. Audience requests are encouraged. Check out: www.kenland.com
Fri, 11-Apr-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Pete Seeger Sing-a-long Night
What more is there to say? Celebrate the life of this folk icon of several generations. Come and sing the songs that Pete wrote or is otherwise associated with.

Fri, 4-Apr-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dirt Simple
What began as a folk jam on a porch is now a slightly more organized duo, Dirt Simple. Kendra Beth Swanson and Marques Morel bring you old roots music you recognize, from folk covers to spirituals, to little snippets of blues. Dirt Simple is also constantly laying down new roots, creating new, fresh music for the modern folks connecting with timeless experiences. They play guitars, banjos, percussion and a harmonica with enthusiasm.
Fri, 28-Mar-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Karen and Kelly Bleich
Karen and Kelly Bleich return to the Wild Hog, live and in full, brilliant color! Expect the usual hijinks, with a few new songs thrown in. Kelly promised they'd be using both chords - and a few other surprises - as they perform songs of retrospective ponderings and other facets of the human condition.
Fri, 21-Mar-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bill & Bobbie Malone
The Hog is very happy to welcome back Madison's premier classic country duo. With Bobbie on mandolin, Bill on guitar and two fine voices, they play and sing original and classic country songs. Bill shares his encyclopedic knowledge of country music every Wednesday morning on “Back to the Country” on WORT-FM. Expect an evening of traditional music with Texas highlights when they take the stage.
Sat, 15-Mar-2014
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!!
It's Back!! And welcome by all who love to sing. This semi-structured event features an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This is a FREE event, although Phill-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 14-Mar-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Marty Feldhake is a singer-songwriter who lives in the eastern reaches of Michigan’s Upper Penninsula. Marty’s unique and expressive songs are reflective of both his current home and his youth in the farm country of Wisconsin. Marty will be accompanied by longtime friend Andy Morton on mandolin, and special guest fiddler Benjamin Gulder. He'll be sharing new songs from a forthcoming CD.
Fri, 7-Mar-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Jim Schwall
Don't miss this opportunity to hear the incomparable Jim Schwall and his 6- and 12-string guitars. Jim has had a long career in music, but isn't resting on his laurels. He'll be playing new songs ("They keep pouring out of me," he says), as well as old favorites. Visit his website at www.jimschwall.com
Mon, 3-Mar-2014
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
We welcome all members of the Hog and all other interested persons to this meeting where we discuss hogonomics and other Hog business. If you recently offered to volunteer, come on down and we'll get more acquainted.
Fri, 28-Feb-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Fallow and Paul Kaaraka
For those of you who have heard this duo before, we know you’ll be there. But if you haven’t heard them, here’s why you MUST come down. Dave is one of the finest guitarists around and plays mandolin as well. Paul will dazzle you on the fiddle. They have collaborated for more than thirty years and have thrilled many audiences, including several at previous Hog gigs.
Fri, 21-Feb-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Todd Lorenz
Todd plays guitar, and has played with Dan Navarro and Guy Davis. In his own words, “I promise that every note you hear comes straight from my heart, and I've tried to deliver my music with every ounce of passion, enthusiasm and integrity that I have." He writes a lot of songs (one per week in 2008). More at www.toddlorenz.com
Fri, 14-Feb-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Songwriters Night With Rich Baumann
Madison singer-songwriter Rich will host a songwriters night as he did a year ago. In Addition to Rich, John Duggleby, Barry Wayne Callen, Dave Schindele and Andrew Wilke will perform. John is a prolific author. He plays guitar to accompany his songs, influenced by American music from Foster to Springsteen. Barry got into songwriting at age 49, and his Kentucky roots show up in his accent and influence his country songs. Dave is a singer-songwriter-keyboardist who performs very thoughtful songs. Andrew is the moving force behind the Madison Area Ukelele Initiative. More at www.richbaumann.com
Fri, 7-Feb-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Christopher Powers
Chris is the long-time host of “Mud Acres”, a weekly bluegrass music program on WORT. He has worked in a dozen different string bands, toured six years with UW-Extension’s Heritage Ensemble and teaches both group and individual instrument and ensemble music lessons in the Madison area. He currently plays guitar and sings with Graminy and also plays and sings in the Old Tin Can String Band.
Fri, 31-Jan-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mac Robertson
Mac Robertson has sung sea chanteys on the Clearwater, ballads in Scotland, picked up his banjo in Appalachia and had his song “Duck Riders in the Dells” featured on WPR’s “Simply Folk”. Among other things, he leads Madfolk’s summer sing-alongs at Blue Mound State Park. He’ll get your voice moving, too!
Fri, 24-Jan-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Christine Costanzo
Christine Costanzo is back for another January concert at the Hog. She will play primarily original songs, applying her beautiful voice to her thoughtful lyrics, while accompanying herself on guitar. She produced a CD in 2003 and an ED in 2009. More at www.christinecostanzo.com

Fri, 17-Jan-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Lisa Johnson
After a bit of a hiatus, the Hog’s own Lisa Johnson recently did an open mic as well as singing her song “Prairie Trains” at the Hog birthday party. Her beautiful voice and fine guitar accompaniment more than do justice to her own songs as well as traditional ballads. Don’t miss this show!
Mon, 13-Jan-2014
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
NEW DATE DUE TO FRIGID COLD! The meeting is delayed one week due to the -20 degree forecast for January 6th.

We welcome all members of the Hog and all other interested persons to discuss hog-onomics and other Hog business. If you recently offered to volunteer, come on down and we’ll get more acquainted.

Fri, 10-Jan-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich and Sandy Andina
Recipe: Mix Sandy Andina (Chicago’s resident singing guitar-and-dulcimer-slinging smartaleck) with Stephen Lee Rich (Madison’s friendly yodeling cowboy), add harmony and humor, then shake and stir. Result: Andina and Rich! See www.andinaandrich.com
Fri, 3-Jan-2014
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Nancy Rost with Dana Perry
Start the New Year with a doubleheader! Nancy Rost has been called “the love child of Tom Lehrer and Tom Waits”. Her instinctive songs combine a jazz-influenced piano style with lyrics that are quirky, witty and heartfelt, often all at once. www.nancyrost.com Dana Perry is a one-woman acoustic band. With just a guitar, a voice and a tap of the foot on the floor or a slap of the hand on the guitar, she produces soul-bearing songs.
Fri, 27-Dec-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Nelson Graham
We're pleased to welcome Nelson Graham back for another special December concert at the Hog. His accomplished guitar playing and smooth singing help him get across the meanings of the words and emotional underpinning of his songs. He covers traditional songs as well, including those of the winter season. You never know who else might accompany him on the stage. For instance, we have it on good authority that Johnny Widdicombe and Tom Dehlinger will join in on some songs. It looks like a fun night. Don't miss it!
Fri, 20-Dec-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
The Learning Curve Holiday Hootenanny!
Bring your singing voices and holiday spirit for a rollicking night of seasonal fun. The Learning Curve (Prentice Berge, Sally DeGroux, Tom Kastle, Jim Murray, Bernie Schlafke, Dathi Wolfe, Mary Ray Worley, and other special guests) promise a memorable evening of folk songs, bluegrass, and reinvented holiday classics.
Fri, 13-Dec-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Greg Boerner
Hog favorite Greg Boerner (aptly pronounced Burner) returns with his original blend of American music -- blues, folk, country, roots rock n'roll, and all that comes between. A native of Georgia transplanted to the Midwest, Greg expends more energy playing one song than most of us are born with. He'll perform some brand new songs, along with music from his four CDs, and hand-picked covers from his favorite artists. More at www.gregboerner.com
Fri, 6-Dec-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Amanda Pool
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Amanda Pool plays a blend of country, indie pop and folk with well-crafted lyrics, unique melodies and a voice equal parts bluesy alto and lilting soprano. A singer and stage performer since childhood, Amanda picked up the guitar at age 25, and soon dove into songwriting. Her style draws from diverse influences including Carole King, Lucinda Williams and Stephin Merritt. She'll be joined by singer/guitarist Casey Day. You can hear samples of her music at www.amandasmithpool.bandcamp.com
Fri, 29-Nov-2013
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed - Happy Thanksgiving
Fri, 22-Nov-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Diane Michaels
Wisconsinite Diane Michaels is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and storyteller. Her songs are family friendly and sometimes touch on the unexpected. She plays her own songs, traditional songs and folk standards. Instruments she will bring along include folk harp, six-string guitar, National guitar and mountain dulcimer.
Sat, 16-Nov-2013
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
This event features an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-alongs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and stringed and other instruments. This is a free event, although Phillup will be there to collect donations.
Fri, 15-Nov-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mad City Jug Band
The seven-member Mad City Jug Band has been playing together for four years. The band won the Audience Favorite award at the 2009 Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association Talent Competition. They are dedicated to preserving the classic repertoire from the early 1900s, as well as the hits from the jug band revival of the 1960s. You will hear blues, rags and a lot of upbeat songs. They have great fun and find their audiences clapping and dancing and smiling.
Fri, 8-Nov-2013
7:00 pm (3:30 hrs)
35th WILD HOG BIRTHDAY!
Hey, we’re old, but we can still party. Celebrate with a snack/dessert potluck and an informal jam. Bring your own utensils, instruments, voices, songbooks and any Hog memorabilia you want to share. Coffee, tea and juices will be provided.
Mon, 4-Nov-2013
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
The various coordinators and random interested persons gather to discuss weighty Hog matters. You are welcome to come and observe or contribute. Check the posting at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center for the meeting room.
Fri, 1-Nov-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tom Kastle
Tom Kastle is a singer-songwriter and a teller of tales who has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. He has one foot in the modern singer-songwriter world and the other planted in the traditional maritime realm where he is a shanty and ballad singer and a tall ship captain. He is an instrumentalist for the Solidarity Singers and a faculty member of the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Fri, 25-Oct-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
50% Folk
Wayne Ripple of the Madison area is joined by folks from the Fox Valley to play a wide range of traditional music including folk, bluegrass, gospel and old-time country, with an occasional “oldie” thrown in. Strong vocals are accompanied by guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, autoharp, electric bass and washtub bass.
Fri, 18-Oct-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
The Shivirin' Johns
What do you get when you cross Woody Guthrie with Steve Earle and drive them to Doc Watson's house through the back roads of American folk, country, and a little swing? Why the Shiverin' Johns trio of traveling musicians, that's what. Armed with a fiddle, a guitar and an upright bass, the trio delivers music born of the Dust Bowl era. They've got a 10-year old fiddler who prefers to play barefoot. The upright bass player likes to wear duct tape on his fingers because of those big bass strings. And the guitar player, well, he just tries to keep up. Their set will mix a mess of fiddle tunes in with a dash of roots country and you might even get a little ragtime thrown in for fun.
Sat, 12-Oct-2013
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
This event features an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-alongs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and stringed and other instruments. This is a free event, although Phillup will be there to collect donations.
Fri, 11-Oct-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Schindele
Madison’s Dave Schindele is an excellent keyboard player, has a good voice and is a very prolific songwriter. He’s played the Hog before, including at last March’s songwriters’ night. He writes, “Music is the core to living. It embodies. It expresses. It throws you into the future, it knows what we yet do not.” Find his songs at www.daveschindele.com.
Fri, 4-Oct-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dustbunnies
Almost fresh from their Hoffman Estates Irish Fest appearance, the Dustbunnies return to the Wild Hog with an assortment of Irish traditional ballads, standards, sea shanties and sing-a-longs. The band will feature some combinations of accordion, guitar, banjo, bodhran, mandolin and hammered dulcimer by Bill Fallon (from Streamwood, IL), Ben Doran (Madison), Michael Staszak (Darien, IL), John Roche (Brookfield, IL) and Rick March (Madison).
Fri, 27-Sep-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tracy Jane Comer and Micheal Bryant
Tracy Jane Comer (www.tracyjanecomer.com) is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and has been called "North Carolina's gift to Wisconsin." It has been quite a while since Tracy has made an appearance at Wild Hog in the Woods. Since 2010 she has been busy with her work as part of country band Wild Heart (www.wildheart.ws) and with a related spin-off duo project, Acoustic Alloy (www.acousticalloy.com). For this show Tracy is excited to return to her folk and singer-songwriter roots! She will offer up a mix of originals and favorite tunes from the likes of Cheryl Wheeler, Joni Mitchell, Emily Saliers, Dar Williams, and more, with help on harmonies from Delores Jenison. Michael Bryant (formerly part of trio Sticky Fingers with Tracy) will also offer a guest set to promote his upcoming CD. More at www.tracyjanecomer.com

Sat, 21-Sep-2013
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
We're back with another season of Hootenannies! This event features an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs, your stringed instruments, and join the fun. FREE, although Phillup will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 20-Sep-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
SPECIAL CONCERT- Lil Rev and Larry Penn
Lil Rev and Larry will take turns leading songs, some together, some solo, including train songs, hobo songs and more songs, stories and poetry about travel, work, struggle and Midwestern lore. Larry will play guitar and sing. Lil Rev will play mandolin, banjo, harmonica, guitar and ukulele, and will sing. This should be a treat for music lovers and history buffs. More info at www.lilrev.com and my.execpc.com/~cookieman
Fri, 13-Sep-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Inna Larsen with Dark of the Moon
Dark of the Moon is a women’s contra-band that plays music from the British Isles, America, Scandinavia and other countries for listening and dancing. Inna Larsen will play interludes on the Hardanger fiddle. They were warmly received at the Hog last October. More info at www.mad-wi.net/darkofthemoon/ and at www.jeffinnakari.weebly.com

Mon, 9-Sep-2013
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
ANNUAL MEETING
All members of the Wild Hog and persons interested in joining are invited to our Annual Meeting on Monday, September 9 at 7pm in the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center. We will elect officers, make decisions about the operation of the coffeehouse, explain volunteer opportunities, do more birthday planning and conduct other business. This is your chance to offer input to the Hog.
Fri, 6-Sep-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Karen & Kelly Bleich
Karen and Kelly return for an encore performance, coming down from Randolph, Wisconsin. They bring their wit, energy and homespun humor to audiences throughout Wisconsin. Thought-provoking lyrics in the folk tradition coupled with originals and singalong standards will likely be included. Kelly has been a Dustbowl specialist at some of our Woody Guthrie nights.
Sat, 17-Aug-2013
1:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Gandy Dancer Festival: Sing-Along, hosted by the Wild Hog
The Hog again will host a sing-along at the annual Gandy Dandy Festival. The sing-along will be hosted by two musicians who have close ties to Madison's Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse. Ben Doran, a long-time volunteer there, plays hammered dulcimer with the Dustbunnies and describes himself as an eager supporter of events and groups that promote experiences of music, e.g. Busking for Books, Make Music Madison and the Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs). Co-leader Rick Krause performs with the Krause Family Band, the opening act at this year's festival, and notes that their concerts feature a mixture of original songs and the traditional songs that often inspire the new ones.

Festival guests are invited to join the group singing train songs and other old favorites in the second tent at 1:00 p.m. on festival day. Song sheets and instrumental accompaniment will be provided.

More info about the festival is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gandy-Dancer-Festival/129061230451331

Fri, 12-Jul-2013
7:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Woody Guthrie Night
Folks are invited to bring instruments, their Rise Up Singing books, or copies of any of Woody's songs for a song-share night at the Hog. Proceeds of this event will be donated to the Huntington's Chorea Foundation.
Fri, 31-May-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bill and Bobbie Malone
Madison's favorite country duo Bill and Bobbie Malone return to close out the Hog's 34th year. Bill shares his encyclopedic knowledge of country music every Wednesday morning on "Back to the Country" on WORT-FM. Expect an evening of traditional music with Texas highlights when they take the stage with guitar and mandolin in hand to blend their voices in wonderful harmony.
Fri, 24-May-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tracy Beck
Tracy Beck is a singer/songwriter whose music combines poetic lyrics, tuneful melodies and soulful harmonica. Her music lures you into reflective story telling that is fueled by longing for love, yearning for the West, and the search for passion and self-discovery. She will lift you up, inspire you and set you free. For music downloads and more, visit www.tracybeck.com
Sat, 18-May-2013
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
HOOTENANNY!!
This semi-structured event will feature an hour of guided song sharing by Brett Johnson and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite music, your stringed instruments and join the fun! FREE, although Phillup the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 17-May-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Greg Boerner
Greg Boerner (“Burner”) is a guitarist/singer/songwriter originally from Augusta, Georgia, who now makes the Midwest his home. His music is an original blend of blues, folk, country, roots rock n'roll, and all that comes between -- familiar, fresh amd passionately delivered. He'll perform original songs from his four CDs, and hand-picked covers from his favorite artists. More at www.gregboerner.com

Fri, 10-May-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
KG & The Ranger
Helping the Hog celebrate 35 years, KG & The Ranger return to the scene of their first performance together (way back in 1989!). KG played at the Hog the very first weekend we opened way back in 1978!

Continuing in the great tradition of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and the Sons of The Pioneers, expect cowboy songs new and old, harmony yodeling, tall tales and trail tips, this award winning duo bring their talents for singing, playing, whistling and yodeling to our stage. Relive the days of the Silver Screen Cowboys when the good guys always won and ended every show with a song!

This is also the weekend of the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center's Spring Plant Sale. Come early and buy your spring plantings in the park across the street from the Hog (Wil-Mar).

Fri, 3-May-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Nancy Rost, Kyle Greer and Ian Wilson
Three singer-songwriter-pianists share a keyboard. Expect cabaret, jazz and classical influences, a wide-ranging emotional palette and some witty wordplay from these Madison and Chicago artists. Visit www.nancyrost.com, www.kylegreerrocks.com, and ianwilsonmusic.com for more!
Fri, 26-Apr-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Skip Jones
Wisconsin folksinger and storyteller Skip Jones has played at the Wild Hog numerous times over the past 35 years. He will be making a live recording of this concert which will include some of his friends from Good Company in Appleton, among them Randal Harrison, Lee Nimmer, John Duggleby and Rona. Come on down, sing along and be recorded. More at skipjones.net.
Sat, 20-Apr-2013
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
HOOTENANNY!!
This semi-structured event will feature an hour of guided song sharing by Brett Johnson and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite music, your stringed instruments and join the fun! FREE, although Phillup the Pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 19-Apr-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Schindele
An encore performance to October’s show at the Hog and Dave’s fine contribution to the Madison Songwriters Guild song sharing in March. Dave will share his thoughtful, soulful lyrics and beautiful and interesting melodies on the keyboard. He plans to invite other performers to share the stage with him. Find his songs at www.daveschindele.com.
Fri, 12-Apr-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Youper Marty travels down to Madison with his guitar and bag of original songs to perform with ace accompanist Andy Morton. His CDs, Fences and Fields and Old Quarry Road, include folky country tunes about growing up, lost loves and living in the country. He plans to perform a couple of new songs as well.
Fri, 5-Apr-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
50% Folk
Wayne Ripple of the Madison area is joined by folks from the Fox Valley to play a wide range of traditional music including folk, bluegrass, gospel and old-time country, with an occasional “oldie” thrown in. Strong vocals are accompanied by guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, autoharp, electric bass and washtub bass.
Fri, 29-Mar-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Christine Costanzo
Christine is back for an encore performance at the Hog. She will play primarily original songs, applying her beautiful voice to her thoughtful lyrics, while accompanying herself on guitar. She produced a CD in 2003 and an ED in 2009. More info at www.christinecostanzo.com.
Fri, 22-Mar-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich and Sandy Andina
Andina and Rich have been performing together for several years. Sandy also plays solo and with various groups in Chicago. Stephen lives in Madison and has recently released his ED “Free Range Sofas”. Their 2010 CD, “Two Guitars, A Mandolin and An Attitude” includes songs by Andina, Rich, and a couple of covers. It is a fine mix of heartfelt ballads and humorous satires. More at websites: www.andinaandrich.com, www.sandyandina.com and www.stephenleerich.com.
Sat, 16-Mar-2013
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Brett Johnson starts things off with an hour of semi-guided tunes and finishes with an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring your instruments and copies of your favorite songs. This event is FREE, although Phill-up the pig will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 15-Mar-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mac Robertson with Tim Sharpe
In anticipation of St. Patty’s Day, Mac O’Robertson with guest, Tim O’Sharpe, will share songs from the Misty Isle on guitar, banjo and mandolin. Mac has sung sea chanteys on the Clearwater, ballads in Scotland, picked up his banjo in Appalachia, and had his song “Duck Riders in the Dells” featured on WPR’s Simply Folk. He leads Mad Folk summer sing-a-longs at Blue Mound State Park. He was the featured performer at Mad Folk’s annual meeting, playing his own “Rain Forest Voices” and Eva Nelson’s “I Know You By Heart”.
Fri, 8-Mar-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Fallow and Paul Kaarakka
Join Dave and Paul for a night of Irish music with St. Patrick’s Day looming. Dave will favor us with his fine guitar and mandolin playing while Paul dazzles us on the fiddle. Having collaborated over 30 years, they are sure to be in magnificent sync. And of course they have graced the Hog stage more than once before.
Mon, 4-Mar-2013
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Various coordinators and random interested persons gather to discuss weighty Hog matters. You are welcome to come see how this happens and share your observations. Check the posting in the Wil-Mar Center for the meeting room.
Fri, 1-Mar-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Rich Baumann Hosts Madison Songwriters
Madison singer-songwriter Rich Baumann will host other Madison songwriters for an evening of tune sharing. To find out what the Madison Songwriters Guild is up to and who is involved, see their website at www.madisonsongwriters.com. It describes two CDs they have compiled. To find out more about Rich, see his website at www.richbaumann.com.
Fri, 22-Feb-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Nelson Graham
Nelson is a singer-songwriter with a rich, smooth voice. He will be singing old favorites and sing-alongs as well as his original compositions which range from poignant to humorous. His December show was cancelled by the weather so we are hoping for an early spring. Find him on Facebook.
Fri, 15-Feb-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Christopher Powers
Chris has been the host of “Mud Acres Bluegrass” Friday mornings on WORT for as long as he has been performing at the Hog – 34 years. You may recognize him from one of his bands: Graminy, where he plays guitar, or Old Tin Can, where he plays various instruments. This is a rare opportunity to hear him solo on the bouzouki, guitar and mandolin.
Fri, 8-Feb-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ritt Deitz
Kentucky-raised, Uvulittle recording artist Ritt Deitz returns to the Hog for a solo show of songs from his six albums, with some unexpected covers and songs from a back-to-the-roots record he is working on for a 2014 release. Critics have compared Ritt to Greg Brown, Bruce Springsteen, and Calexico. More importantly, he might pull out a banjo for a few tunes at this show.
Fri, 1-Feb-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Karsten Snitker
Born and bred in the Scandinavian-settled heartland (Iowa), Karsten has gotten off his saddle to settle in Madison. He has a degree in vocal performance from Luther College and performed with “Up With People” in Europe, Mexico, and Brazil. Through his music he aims to tell stories of the human experience, stories of courage in the face of cultural and systemic injustices, stories of love and loss, and stories that deeply reach into the places where we all can find common ground. Check www.karstensnitker.com.
Fri, 25-Jan-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bill & Bobbie Malone
The Malones play mandolin (Bobbie) and guitar (Bill) and perform old-time country songs. Bill is a historian of country music ("Country Music, USA," is his best known book), and host of the radio show, "Back to the Country," on WORT each Wednesday morning at 9. Bobbie is a historian who is interested in children's literature and history. They love sharing their knowledge of –and love for – good old traditional music with the audience.

Fri, 18-Jan-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Spare Time Bluegrass Band
Approaching their 19th year together, the Spare Timers return to the Hog stage with their bodacious instrument work and groovy harmonies. They are Bob Batyko on guitar, Lorie Docken on bass, Jim Robarts on banjo, Dale Ward on mandolin, and Lisa Case-Doro on fiddle. They will be warming up (always nice in January) for their new CD.
Fri, 11-Jan-2013
7:00 pm (3:30 hrs)
Hog Birthday Celebration!
The venerable Hog turned 34 a mere six weeks ago. Celebrate belatedly with a snack/dessert pot luck and informal jam. Bring your own utensils, instruments, voices, and songbooks. Coffee, tea, and juices will be provided. Special start time is 7 p.m.
Mon, 7-Jan-2013
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
The various coordinators and random interested persons gather to discuss weighty Hog matters. You would be more than welcome to come see how this all magically happens and to share your observations. Check the posting in the Wil-Mar Center for the meeting room.
Fri, 4-Jan-2013
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
KG and the Ranger
The Hog is where it all began for KG & The Ranger, almost 24 years ago. Still on a mission to preserve the classic cowboy music of their heroes Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and the Sons of The Pioneers, they are sure to please with their yodeling and sweet harmonies. Relive the days of the Silver Screen Cowboys when the good guys always won and ended every show with a song!
Fri, 21-Dec-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Nelson Graham
Help welcome Nelson back for another special December concert at the Hog. His accomplished guitar playing and smooth singing help him get across the meanings of the words and emotional underpinning of his songs. He covers traditional songs as well, including those of the winter season. You never know who else might accompany him on the stage.
Sat, 15-Dec-2012
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Bring your favorite songs and instruments for 2 hours of song sharing and sing-a-longs at the Wil-Mar Center. This is a FREE event although Phill-up will be there should you feel inclined to feed him.
Fri, 14-Dec-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ken Lonnquist
Ken will sing and play guitar, featuring his own songs that cover love, politics, children, the environment and more, as well as some traditional songs. He’s a veteran of the Hog stage and always has something new. More at www.Kenland.com.
Fri, 7-Dec-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Off the Porch
Off the Porch plays a unique blend of bluegrass, folk, blues and roots music that ranges from gorgeous to gritty and everything in between. They are Mary Helmke on banjo and hammer dulcimer and vocals, Catherine Rhyner on mandolin and vocals, Stephanie Ramer on guitar and vocals, Brad Wolbert on bass and Jonathan Ivry on violin. The blended harmonic female vocals are reminiscent of a time when women would sing on the porch. They’re back for an encore performance.
Fri, 30-Nov-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Patchouli
Nationally touring, award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds and their powerful contagious chemistry. Patchouli’s down-to-earth, hopeful songwriting is New American Folk, blending elements of folk, pop, flamenco and jazz with world beat rhythms. City Pages (Minneapolis) said: “Patchouli live is amazing. I compare it to taking a yoga class in a field of running mustangs.”
Fri, 23-Nov-2012
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Thanksgiving Break
Closed for the reheating of leftovers.
Fri, 16-Nov-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Roxanne Neat
Roxanne returns to the Hog after a little break from singing. She will bring some new material plus some old favorites in the folk tradition. Roxanne accompanies herself on guitar and electric piano. Though she doesn’t look old enough, she really has been entertaining Hog audiences since the earliest days.
Sat, 10-Nov-2012
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
NEW DATE AND LOCATION! Just this month we are the second Saturday and at Indie Coffeehouse 1225 Regent Street, Madison. It will be the usual mix of song sharing and sing-a-longs. Don't forget to bring your music and instruments.
Fri, 9-Nov-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tom Kastle
Tom Kastle is a singer, songwriter, and sailor whose work reflects life on the road, life at sea, and life in Madison; a city he's come to call home. His strong voice and impressive work on 12 string and 6 string guitar (plus concertina) give life to these songs. As for his political writing, Holly Near said: "I heard Tom Kastle sing his song, Whose House? Our House! at a union meeting. Timely. Inspiring. A great gathering song sung with power and presence.”

Mon, 5-Nov-2012
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinator's meeting
All are welcome to these bi-monthly meetings to discuss Hog matters and keep this fine venue in tip-top shape.
Fri, 2-Nov-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mad City Jug Band
The seven-member Mad City Jug Band has been playing together for three years. The Band won the Audience Favorite award at the 2009 Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association Talent Competition. They are dedicated to preserving the classic repertoire from the early 1900s, as well has the hits from the jug band revival of the 1960s. You will hear blues, rags, and a lot of upbeat songs. They have great fun (it's a requirement!) and find their audiences clapping and dancing and smiling.
Fri, 26-Oct-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Four Shillings Short
Join Aod Og O’Tuama and Christy Martin in a Samhain/Halloween concert to celebrate the Celtic New Year with music, ghost stories and poetry. One reporter wrote that hearing them is like being at a medieval fair in New Delhi. He plays a variety of Celtic instruments, she plays sitar, and they both sing wonderfully. Costumes are welcome and recommended. See more information on their website at www.fourshillingsshort.com
Sat, 20-Oct-2012
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
Join Brett Johnson for an hour of semi-guided tunes and songs finishing with and hour of song sharing and sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite music and your stringed or other instruments. This is a free event with Phill-up collecting voluntary donations.
Fri, 19-Oct-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Inna Larsen with Dark of the Moon
Inna plays the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. Her repertoire includes traditional dance music from Western Norway as well as old time waltzes and schottisches that were played by Norwegian immigrants to Wisconsin. After a solo set, she will be joined by Dark of the Moon, a women’s band based in Madison which plays traditional music from the British Isles, Scandanavia, America and other countries. Find more about Inna and the band on the family website at www.jeffinnakari.weebly.com
Fri, 12-Oct-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Schindele
Madison’s Dave Schindele is an excellent keyboard player, has a good voice and is a very prolific songwriter. He’s played the Hog before, including at September’s songwriters’ night. He writes, “Music is the core to living. It embodies. It expresses. It throws you into the future, it knows what we yet do not.” Find his songs at www.daveschindele.com
Fri, 5-Oct-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Lil Rev
Milwaukee’s Lil Rev is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and music historian who teaches nationally and performs across the continental United States. In addition to his wonderful voice, his instruments include guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo. He has put on several stellar shows at the Hog.
Fri, 28-Sep-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dustbunnies
Almost fresh from there three hour (tour?) concert in Beloit, the Dustbunnies return to the Wild Hog with an assortment of Irish traditional ballads, standards, sea shanties and sing-a-longs. The band will feature some combinations of accordion, guitar, banjo, bodhran and hammered dulcimer by Bill (from Streamwood, IL), Ben (Madison), Mike (Darien, IL), John (Brookfield, IL) and Rick (Madison).
Fri, 21-Sep-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Elm Duo
Eleanor and her dad, Mike Bell, are back with an eclectic mix of bluegrass instrumentals, jazz, and blues, featuring some of their own compositions in these genres. Eleanor, now 14, is a champion fiddler who has wowed Hog audiences since she was 11. Come early to get a good seat for these Hog faves. They have a CD on the horizon and you can learn more at www.elmduo.net
Sat, 15-Sep-2012
2:00 pm (4:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
It features an hour of guided song sharing with Brett Johnson and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. Join the fun! This event is FREE!! However, Phill-up the Pig will be there to accept donations.

Fri, 14-Sep-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich
The Hog’s Rich tradition continues, only now it is in the last name. The self-described Mad Madisonian will offer an evening of new songs, comedy, and yodeling. Much of his show will be songs he learned for his upcoming CD, Free Range Sofas.
Mon, 10-Sep-2012
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
This meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Hog and how it works. Come share your ideas at the Wil-Mar Center.
Fri, 7-Sep-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Rich Baumann
Rich returns to the Hog for the umpteenth time since the early 80s with his songs of hope, love, and the meaning of it all. He has two new CDs since his last visit: What Would Love Do? and Shine. He recently returned from Joplin, MO, where he delivered instruments that people had donated.
Sat, 18-Aug-2012
11:00 am (9:00 hrs)
Gandy Dancer Festival
Stage performers include:
Claire Lynch (headlines at 6:30 p.m.)
Bill Staines (5:00 p.m.)
Art Stevenson & High Water (2 sets on main stage plus a Bluegrass jam)
Harmonious Wail
Avenue Sizzlers

For the kids, there will be music by Chris Powers, mini-train rides, and junior history detectives. Also there will be exhibits, vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, food and beverages by local organizations and businesses. There may also be a sing-a-long sponsored by the Wild Hog.

Admission is free. However, tax-deductible donations to the museum are gratefully accepted.
Fri, 13-Jul-2012
6:30 pm (3:00 hrs)
Woody Guthrie Night
Come celebrate Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday! The Hog has been celebrating Woody Guthrie for 20 years with a night dedicated to his music and poetry. In Woody’s own words, “I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world . . . songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.” He may not be with us today, but his words and music will sustain us always.

Craig Kinney was one of the early organizers of the Woody Guthrie Night. We have been lucky enough to have volunteers who have continued the tradition for all these years. So join us for a 6:30 potluck followed by a sing-a-long/play-a-long. Persons wishing to perform on stage should call Kim Genich at 608-233-5687 or e-mail info@wildhoginthewoods.org.

Sat, 16-Jun-2012
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
The "Hoot" will be taking a vacation for the months of July and August. So be sure to attend the June event. It features an hour of guided song sharing with Brett Johnson and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. Join the fun!
Fri, 25-May-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Karen and Kelly Bleich
Karen and Kelly bring wit, energy, and homespun humor to audiences throughout Wisconsin. Thought-provoking lyrics in the folk tradition coupled with originals and sing-a-long standards will likely be included. Kelly plays guitar and Karen adds percussive flair. They record for Snailish Records.
Sat, 19-May-2012
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny!
One hour of guided song-sharing and one hour of sing-a-longs. Bring your favorites with you. This is a free event although Phill-up will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 18-May-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Diane Michaels
Diane is a multi-talented Wisconsin performer who has entertained audiences for more than 30 years. She weaves a blend of songs and stories into a sampler of time and place. She sings and plays guitar, harp, mountain dulcimer, banjo, and more.
Fri, 11-May-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Round the Bend
This fine string band dishes out bluegrass, old-timey, and western swing rhythms attached to songs about nostalgia and love lost and found. They enjoy trying out new material for the discriminating Hog audience for their annual show here. If you miss this one, you will have to wait another year.
Mon, 7-May-2012
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Annual Membership Meeting
Election of Officers and general membership meeting. Share ideas for keeping the Hog the fabulous folk music venue that it has always been.
Fri, 4-May-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Cajun Spice / Moldy Jam
Moldy Jam has a long history with the Hog. They played at the contra dances in the early years. Recently their gigs include the farmers’ market. An ensemble of some of those players will perform Old Timey and other dance tunes. There’s some room to dance in the back of the hall. All current and veteran moldy jammers are invited to join them on the last couple of songs. Cajun Spice will open with a short set.
Fri, 27-Apr-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Oak Street Ramblers
Madison’s Oak Street Ramblers is a bluegrass band in the tradition of Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and Hazel Dickens. They are Ian Alderman on guitar and dobro, Willie Jones on Mandolin, Jeff Kunkle on bass, Betty Stattelman-Scanlan on guitar, Mark Schlutt on banjo and Tina Thompson on fiddle. Come hear them play bluegrass stompers, classic country weepers, and originals. They have released their first CD.
Sat, 21-Apr-2012
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny
These semi-structured events feature an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-a-longs. Come join the fun.
Fri, 20-Apr-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Wayne Rippl with 50% Folk
An encore performance by 50% Folk at the Hog. Wayne, along with Barb, Mark, Dean and Tanya, play a wide range of traditional music including folk, bluegrass, Appalachian gospel, old-time country, with an occasional “oldie” thrown in. Strong vocals accompanied by guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, autoharp and electric and washtub bass.
Fri, 13-Apr-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Marty Feldhake is a singer-songwriter-guitarist who lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His unique and expressive songwriting is complimented by his warm and engaging singing. He has graced the Hog stage several times. His second CD, Fences and Fields (2009), includes folk/country tunes about growing up, lost loves, and living in the country.
Fri, 6-Apr-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tom Kastle
Tom Kastle is a singer, songwriter, sailor, and teller of tales with one foot in the singer/songwriter world and the other foot firmly planted in the traditional maritime realm. Since moving to Madison almost four years ago, Tom has become an active part of the Madison music scene as a solo act and with the Outside Agitators. He regularly plays with the Forward! Marching Band and the Learning Curve/Solidarity Sing Along, and is the Narrator (with occasional singing parts) for the Candid Concert Opera Company. Tom has appeared on WORT, WMMM, and MadToast Live! and will be featured on WPR's Simply Folk in June. His rich, powerful voice, ringing 12 string guitar, and wry sense of humor make for an evening you will not want to miss. www.tomkastle.com
Fri, 30-Mar-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ernie Hendrickson
Ernie will be returning to the Midwest after a tour to Nashville, North Carolina and other points east. He is a singer-songwriter who plays guitar and counts as his influences Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Cat Stevens and Jerry Garcia. You can get a taste of his latest CD “Walking With Angels”, which features Bo Ramsey (collaborator with Greg Brown) by visiting his website at www.erniehendrickson.com. He appeared on Wisconsin Public Television’s Thirty Minute Music Hour in February 2011. He hails from Shullsburg, Wisconsin and lives in Chicago.
Fri, 23-Mar-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Fallow and Paul Kaarakka
Join these two long time friends for an evening of Irish, international and blues.

Dave’s guitar playing is legendary among the folk crowd in Madison. He is unassuming and has a wry sense of humor. Paul brings his masterful talents with the fiddle to the show. These two have been playing together, including several times at the Hog, for 30 years, almost since the beginning of our Coffeehouse.

Paul's daughter Heather (fiddle also) will join them for part of this evening.

Sat, 17-Mar-2012
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenany
The Hootenanny season starts again on Saturday, March 17. These semi-structured events feature an hour of guided song sharing and an hour of sing-a-longs. Come join the fun.
Fri, 16-Mar-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Rich Baumann
After participating in Songwriters Night in February, Rich will return with his own show. He has become a hogshold name after gracing our stage numerous times over the years. He is a singer-songwriter-storyteller-poet and plays guitar and keyboards, among other instruments. His audiences range from pre-school children to seniors. More at www.richbaumann.com
Fri, 9-Mar-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dewayne Keyes
Dewayne has been playing harmonica since 1976 and teaching harmonica since 1979. He has had over 1000 gigs and taught more than 2500 students. For more information, see his website at theharmonicahour.com
Mon, 5-Mar-2012
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Interested folks gather to discuss the operation of the coffeehouse. Come and share your ideas. Look for the room on the event postings at the Wil-Mar Center.
Fri, 2-Mar-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tim Sharpe and Friends
Local Music teacher Tim Sharpe plays guitar, banjo and mandolin, but his favorite thing is singing harmony with friends. He will be joined by his wife, Lynda, and the following talented people: Mac Robertson, schooner Clearwater vet and banjo book author; Maury Smith, virtuoso guitarist and songwriter; Jet Carpenter, with his rich baritone voice and guitar; Valerie Stromquist, who sings a wide range of songs and plays guitar; and Steve Sanborn, who plays folk and country on guitar and mandolin. They will ring the rafters with a variety of ensembles.
Fri, 24-Feb-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Daylight in the Swamp
This group of music vets began collaborating in the summer of ’10. They add power and punch to traditional bluegrass to give it a contemporary sound. Members of Daylight in the Swamp have opened or shared the stage with such greats as Bill Monroe, The Osborn Brothers, The Johnson Mountain Boys, Special Consensus, Ricky Skaggs, Eddie Adcock, Lee Greenwood, The Doug Dillard Band, Union Station, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, and the Henhouse Prowlers.
Fri, 17-Feb-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
The Elm Duo
The Elm Duo (formerly Eleike) is a father-daughter duet from Madison that plays an eclectic mix of acoustic music, from bluegrass to newgrass, and Celtic to jazz, including many originals. The duo is the 14-year old vocalist and fiddle champion Eleanor Mayerfeld and the mandolinist and guitarist Mike Bell. Hog audiences will remember their wonderful shows from years past. The duo is currently recording their first album together. For more, see their website: www.elmduo.net
Fri, 10-Feb-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Songwriters' Night
The Madison Songwriters Group will present an evening concert of music written by local songwriters. Jim Schwall and Rich Baumann, of the group, are signing up songwriters that will entertain you with Madison's original folk music.
Fri, 3-Feb-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Graminy
Graminy is a hot new band, composed of some of Wisconsin's best-known acoustic musicians. They blend classical and grassroots traditions, with a healthy dose of jazz--what they call "class-grass" music. The band includes Shauncey Ali on fiddle and viola; Mike Bell on mandolin; Mary Gaines on cello and vocals; Chris Powers on guitar; and Chris Wagoner on fiddle. Come here them play tunes off their 2011 album, and off the new album they will release this spring. For more about Graminy: www.graminy.net
Fri, 27-Jan-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Irish Lumber Company
Minnesota’s Brian Miller and Randy Gosa will perform traditional tunes including Irish songs from the lumber camps of northern Minnesota. Brian has been mentored on guitar by Daithe Sproule and on accordion by Paddy O’Brien. He studied Irish music in Cork, Ireland. He also plays flute and bouzouki. Randy will accompany him on guitar, mandolin and banjo. More at www.evergreentrad.com/mnsongs
Fri, 20-Jan-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
CANCELLED: Moldy Jam with Cajun Spice
Due to the inclement weather, tonight's concert by Moldy Jam with Cajun Spice is cancelled. Watch the calendar or the newsletter to find out when they will be rescheduled.

Moldy Jam has a long history with the Hog. They played at the contra dances in the early years. Recently their gigs include the farmers’ market. An ensemble of some of those players will perform Old Timey and other dance tunes. There’s some room to dance in the back of the hall. All current and veteran moldy jammers are invited to join them on the last couple of songs. Cajun Spice will open with a short set.

Fri, 13-Jan-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Page Foster
Page is a singer-songwriter, self-accompanied on nylon string guitar, with influences from Joni Mitchell to the northwoods of Minnesota. Since recently moving to Madison she is also joined by local bassist-vocalist Ben Willis. Born in Minnesota with a degree from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase, Page has returned to her roots in the Midwest to share her songs and her voice. More at www.reverbnation.com/pagefoster
Mon, 9-Jan-2012
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Interested folks gather to discuss the operation of this strange but wonderful entity. If you are interested, please join the discussion. Meeting room at the Wil-Mar Center -- look for the sign with the event listings to see which one.
Fri, 6-Jan-2012
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Chris Powers
Music is Chris’s life. From hosting Mud Acres Bluegrass Special on WORT-FM, to teaching guitar and mandolin at UW-Extension, to playing with bands like the Old Tin Can String Band, to playing at the Wild Hog. He sings and plays guitar and mandolin and bouzouki. He will lift your spirit.
Sat, 17-Dec-2011
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny
Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed and other instruments. This is a free event with Phill-up collecting voluntary donations.
Fri, 16-Dec-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Nelson Graham
Nelson drops down the Hog chimney with a bag full of songs. He’s making a set list and checking it twice. You asked for old favorites, traditional songs and some holiday tunes. If you have been good, and come to the show, your wishes will come true. His new live CD, You Made Me Smile, will be available for those last-minute stocking stuffers.
Fri, 9-Dec-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Off the Porch
Off the Porch is a relatively new band on the Madison traditional music scene. Featuring a blend of 3-part vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, the band brings an old-time sound to their music. Song choices go from gospel to gritty and everything in between. Off the Porch is Mary Helmke (vocals, banjo, autoharp), Jonathan Ivry (fiddle), Stephanie Ramer (vocals, guitar), Catherine Rhyner (vocals, mandolin), and Brad Wolbert (bass). They won the 2010 Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association holiday talent show.

Fri, 2-Dec-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Patchouli
Nationally touring guitar duo Patchouli returns to play a third concert at the Hog. Their sound is New American Folk music described as “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings”. Julie P’s crystal pure voice and percussive guitar sparkle as Bruce Hecksel’s master fingerwork coils around it in seamless alchemy. City Pages said: “Patchouli live is amazing. I compare it to taking a yoga class in a field of running mustangs.” Visit www.patchouli.net
Fri, 25-Nov-2011
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for Thanksgiving
Sat, 19-Nov-2011
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny
Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed and other instruments. This is a free event with Phill-up collecting voluntary donations.
Fri, 18-Nov-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ken Lonnquist
Ken will put on his singer-songwriter hat for an evening of ballads, love songs and environmental songs, as well as topical humor. He’s played the Hog many times over the years, but there is always something new, most recently something about 14 senators (or 16? Or more?).
Fri, 11-Nov-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Luther Gette
Luther grew up amidst the steam of Penn RR locomotives in Western Pennsylvania. He spent the best part of his lifetime riding freight trains across the US and in 1995 was elected King of the Hoboes. He sings songs and tells stories based on his and others’ experiences riding the rails.
Fri, 4-Nov-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bill and Bobbie Malone
With a deep knowledge of country and bluegrass music, fine instumentals on guitar and mandolin and wonderful vocal harmonies, Bill and Bobbie will share some of their favorite songs and memories.
Fri, 28-Oct-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Thaddeus Spae
A forty-year veteran of the folk wars, Thaddeus Spae is an innovative Seattle singer/songwriter and entertainer whose material ranges from humorous and deftly satiric to inspirational to literate and introspective, performed with exuberance on an assortment of instruments. Terms like Vaudeville folk and campfire jazz have cropped up in discussions of his jazzy, bluesy style. His latest CD is The Warp And The Weft.
Sat, 22-Oct-2011
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Sound Setup and Mixing Workshop!
Learn how to mix sound for folk music concerts at the Hog. You will learn about each piece of equipment and how these pieces interconnect. We will discuss mixing theories that fit with folk music while showing you how to place microphones and operate the mixer and other equipment.

You will take with you the basic skills needed to set up and run sound at the Hog and other folk music events. We will also discuss the rewards of being a sound operator at our Coffeehouse. Whether you would like to try your hand at operating sound at a Hog concert or just want to learn more about how the Coffeehouse operates, this workshop is for you. Refreshments will be provided.
  • To register, please visit wildhoginthewoods.org/Members/SoundOperations.
  • Musician volunteers are needed on stage to play and sing while workshop attendees learn to set up mikes and practice mixing sound. If you can help, please follow the registration instructions.
Fri, 21-Oct-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Karen and Kelly Bleich
Karen and Kelly bring wit, energy, and homespun humor to audiences throughout Wisconsin. Thought-provoking lyrics in the folk tradition coupled with originals and sing-a-long standards will likely be included. They record for Snailish Records.
Sat, 15-Oct-2011
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny
Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed and other instruments. This is a free event with Phill-up collecting voluntary donations.
Fri, 14-Oct-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mad City Jug Band
This 7-piece band has been together almost two years and is returning to the Hog. They enjoy playing classical jug band music from the ‘20s and from the ‘60s revival thereof. Their pleasure infects the audience and nobody goes home sad. Learn more at http://www.myspace.com/madcityjugband or just come down for a fun evening.
Fri, 7-Oct-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Jim Schwall
Long before he was a candidate for mayor, he and Corky Siegel formed the Siegel-Schwall Blues Band. Jim is a premier player of acoustic blues guitar who branches out into folk and other genres and writes his own songs. Jim knows a lot about music and how to make it enjoyable for audiences. He also plays for Marques Bovre’s SoDangYang, Cajun Strangers, and the Jim Schwall Band. More at www.jimschwall.com
Fri, 30-Sep-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dustbunnies
This is a CD release concert/party. Despite economic disruption, the Dustbunnies multiply without much outside intervention. Hear tunes off their new CD, What Goes Around, and other traditional Irish and original tunes in a variety of arrangements. It’s Bill Fallon on vocals and guitar, Ben Doran on hammered dulcimer and vocals, Michael Staszak on vocals, guitar and accordion, John Roche on bodhran and Rick March on mandolin, banjo and guitar.
Fri, 23-Sep-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Skip Jones
Skip returns to the Hog stage after his summer tour to present Americana and other folk songs. Be you young, old or even sandwiched in between, he has songs for you. His CDs include Life Is Delicious, You Are My Sunshine, Grandpa’s River and The Journey. Tune in to WPR’s Simply Folk on Sunday Sept. 18 from 5-8pm. More at skipjones.net.
Sat, 17-Sep-2011
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenanny
Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed and other instruments. This is a free event with Phill-up collecting voluntary donations.
Fri, 16-Sep-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mac Robertson
Mac has sung sea chanteys on the Clearwater, ballads in Scotland, picked his banjo in Appalachia and had his song “Duck Riders in the Dells” featured on WPR’s Simply Folk. He produced banjo instruction books that are internationally distributed by Hal Leonard, and he leads Mad Folk Summer Singalongs at Blue Mound State Park. Bring your singing voices.
Mon, 12-Sep-2011
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinator's Meeting
This is your chance to lend ideas and/or a hand in the operation of our all-volunteer collectively run coffeehouse. Everyone welcome!
Fri, 9-Sep-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Outside Agitators
Come and join the rabble-rousing as this loose conglomeration of four Wisconsin folkies uses humor and social commentary along with guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bass and fiddle to present contemporary and traditional songs. They are Tom Kastle, Stephen Lee Rich, David HB Drake and Rich Baumann.
Sat, 20-Aug-2011
4:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Wild Hog Sing-A-Long at the Gandy Dancer Festival
The Hog-coordinated singalong will start about 4 pm and run for about 45 minutes. Shannon Welsh and Ben Doran will facilitate. Songs will be provided, though most of them will be shared from Rise Up Singing. So, bring your book and an instrument if you have one--your voice or one with strings.

Admission to the Festival is free, though tax-deductible contributions to Mid-Continent Railway Museum, main sponsor of the event, are gratefully accepted. There are several activities planned especially for kids, historic exhibits to see, and a demonstration of Gandy Dancer skills by a museum worker.

For details about the Gandy Dancer Festival in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, visit the linked text above. Music starts at 11:00am and will through 8:00 pm.

Fri, 5-Aug-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Train Song Night
Celebrate the release of Steam and Steel, a CD produced by Laurie Lewis of original train songs written by Ken Hojnacki, a long-time volunteer at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Sales of the CD will benefit the restoration of the museum's prized steam locomotive. Ken and friends will sing a few songs from the CD and share railroading stories. Round the Bend will close the show with a set of traditional train songs. (see www.roundbend.com)
Fri, 15-Jul-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Woody Guthrie Night
Join us for a celebration of the life of one of America's greatest troubadors. For more information, call Kim Genich at 233-5687.
Mon, 4-Jul-2011
1:00 pm (7:00 hrs)
4th of July Potluck Picnic and Musical Jam

4th of July Potluck Picnic and Music Jam

Setup at 12n, Meal at 1pm. music and socializing follows

This is our traditional event where we let our hair down, no formal performance schedule, just good food and best of new and old friends. Bring a main dish or dessert to share. Bring an instrument to play. Bring your song books.

New location this year as this event moves north of Lake Mendota. The address is 5636 Conway Glen in the Town of Westport. This is between Lake Mendota and Waunakee, accessible from west Madison and Middleton via CTH M and from Madison's east and north sides from Northport Drive to CTH M. This is in the clubhouse of the Steeplechase Condominiums. Your hosts are Jamie Poindexter and Michele Jacques. If lost, call Jamie at 770-8092. Map available at wildhoginthewoods.org/schedule

Sorry, no bus routes, but you could bike there from Route 22's bus stops on Northport Drive or the east-most bus stop on Route 78 on Century Ave. in Middleton according to Madison Metro's Holiday schedule web page. If lost, call Jamie at 770-8092.

Sat, 18-Jun-2011
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenany!
An hour of song sharing and and hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This is a FREE event although Phillup will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 27-May-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Karen & Kelly Bleich
Bring your entire family for a relaxing musical event! It’s a return performance for the Snailish Record Inc. recording artists. Thought-provoking lyrics in the folk tradition coupled with originals and singalong standards will be included. In addition, a poem, story or joke or two may emerge from this unpredictable pair.
Sat, 21-May-2011
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenany!
An hour of song sharing and and hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This is a FREE event although Phillup will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 20-May-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bill Bynum & Company
Hopping the pond from lower Michigan, Bill will put on a show with Lisa Case Doro. Bill picks guitar, sings, writes songs and makes stuff happen. Lisa will be playing the fiddle. Checking www.billbynum.com, one detects a definite love of bluegrass and country.
Fri, 13-May-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Patchouli
Nationally touring, award winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel return for an encore performance. They were voted “Music Performer of the Year” by the 2010 Unvarnished Music Festival and were honorary Co-Directors of the 2010 Shawano Folk Festival. Check them out at www.patchouli.net.
Fri, 6-May-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Diane Michaels
Diane is a multi-talented Wisconsin performer who has entertained audiences for more than 30 years. She weaves a blend of songs and stories into a sampler of time and place. She sings and plays many different string, wind and percussion instruments from many parts of the world. More at www.dianemichaels.net.

Mon, 2-May-2011
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
You won’t get a better opportunity this Spring to help organize an all-volunteer cooperatively run coffeehouse in Madison. Come and share your ideas. Look for the room on the event postings at the Wil-Mar Center.
Fri, 29-Apr-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Eleanor and Mike
This is a daughter and father duo. 13-yr.-old fiddling phenom Eleanor Mayerfeld is also a fine singer. Michael Bell is an accomplished mandolinist and guitarist. They will play traditional music, old and new, including original compositions.
Fri, 22-Apr-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Brent Mitchell
Brent ambles over from Racine to share his mellow guitar picking and poetic lyrics with us. About his songwriting, he says “I make up characters and stories, and I sometimes write from my experiences as a cowboy, a street person, an addict, a father, a student of religions, and someone with an apparent learning disorder for life’s lessons.” Hear a preview at: http://www.last.fm/music/brent+mitchell/+tracks
Sat, 16-Apr-2011
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenany!
An hour of song sharing and and hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs and your stringed instruments. This is a FREE event although Phillup will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 15-Apr-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ian McFeron
Ian is a prolific songwriter whose lyrical prose and fervent work ethic has drawn comparison to Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams. Drawing influences from early 60's folk, McFeron adds his own touch of gospel, blues, and pop to create a unique blend of roots-Americana, a perfect medium for his narrative lyrics. He is from the Seattle area and is touring in support of his latest album, Summer Nights, with long-time musical partner Alisa Milner on fiddle and cello.
Fri, 8-Apr-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ritt Dietz
Ritt returns to the Hog after a brief hiatus. His fifth album, POP, is due out April 11. It's more folk-rock than usual and, as usual, features several family members. Ritt will play songs from POP in addition to songs from his first four albums (Hillbilly, Stay, Pleasure Isle, Upstream) and some covers. He'll be joined by a guest or two.
Fri, 1-Apr-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Fallow and Tom Waselchuck
Everyone’s favorite bird-watching guitar picker and nobody’s fool (Dave) joins forces with another of southern Wisconsin’s finest guitar slingers (Tom) for an evening of bluegrass, swing, and folk songs and tunes. You may recognize Tom from the Dang-Its. Dave has played with just about everyone else in Madison at one time or other.
Fri, 25-Mar-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tracy Beck
Some of Tracy’s influences over the years have been Joni Mitchell, Edie Brickell, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Rait, Van Morrison, Alison Krauss, Eva Cassidy, Gillian Welch, The Eagles, John Denver, Johnny Cash and Bob Seger. Since none of them are scheduled to play the Hog in the near future, you might want to come down tonight and catch Tracy’s show. She writes all her songs and will be joined by Rick Kubly on bass. Find more at: http://www.tracybeck.com
Sat, 19-Mar-2011
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenany!
Bring your favorite songs and instruments for 2 hours of song sharing and sing-a-longs at the Wil-Mar Center. This is a FREE event although Phill-up will be there should you feel inclined to feed him.
Fri, 18-Mar-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich and Sandy Andina
Recipe:
mix Sandy Andina (Chicago's resident singing/guitar-and-dulcimer-slinging smart aleck) with Stephen Lee Rich (Madison’s friendly neighborhood yodeling cowboy), add harmony and humor, then shake and stir.
Result:
Andina and Rich! It's all part of the "Attitude" Tour, singing songs from their new CD, Two Guitars, A Dulcimer and an Attitude. Folk, Americana, Comedy and more. See http://www.stephenleerich.com
Fri, 11-Mar-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bill & Bobbie Malone
Bill is host of WORT’s Wednesday morning folk show, Back to the Country. He has literally* written the book on country music. This husband-wife duo harmonizes on old-time duets and country music the way it was meant to be. The Malones will be joined by Dave Bacholl on bass. (*I do mean literally.)
Mon, 7-Mar-2011
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
The bimonthly gathering of just plain folks who want the Hog to keep up the good work it does. If this sounds like you, please join us at Wil-Mar. The meeting location will be listed on the event postings inside the Wil-Mar Center.
Fri, 4-Mar-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Nancy Rost and Jim Bernard
Nancy Rost has been called "the love child of Tom Lehrer and Tom Waits". Her distinctive songs combine a jazz-influenced piano style with lyrics that are quirky, witty and heartfelt, often all at once. Jim Barnard has been writing songs since 1980, alternating in style between blues and commentary on the foibles of the human condition (mainly his own). His fingerstyle guitar playing and warm stage presence are always a treat. Check out: http://www.nancyrost.com/
Fri, 25-Feb-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Jim Schwall
Jim is a premier player of acoustic blues guitar who branches out into folk and other genres and writes his own songs. He also hosts folk and classical shows on WORT radio. This gentleman knows a lot about music and how to make it enjoyable for audiences. He also plays for Marques Bovre’s SoDangYang, Cajun Strangers, and the Jim Schwall Band. His most recent CD is Growing Old (2007). More at www.jimschwall.com
Fri, 18-Feb-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Greg Boerner
Greg Boerner (“Burner”) is a Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter originally from Augusta, Georgia who now resides in a suburb of Chicago. His music is an original blend of blues, folk, country, roots and rock and all that comes between- Southern style. His World So Blue CD was “voted top 25 albums of 2006” by Belgium’s Rootstime magazine. He will perform songs from his first 3 CDs, new material from his upcoming fourth CD, as well as favorites from Tom Waits, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan. More at www.gregboerner.com
Fri, 11-Feb-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Clare Norelle
Clare will perform “Fishtown and Other Tales- Songs for the Curious.” She is a Madison Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller/Guitarist who has travelled to Europe and Latin America. Among her lyrics, listen for some French and Spanish. CDs include Peace of the Earth (2009) and Carried On By Love (2004). Original songs and an eclectic gathering of good music from Victor Jara, Silvio Rodriguez, Mercedes Sosa, Caetano Veloso, Catherine Lara, Warren Zevon, Gladys Knight, Patti Smith, and Patty Griffin... More at web.mac.com/clarenorelle
Fri, 4-Feb-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Skip Jones
Skip hails from Bowler, Wisconsin (near Shawano) and has been putting Americana and other folk music to voice and guitar for many years. His audiences range from school children to seniors, concertgoers and festival goers. His CDs include Life is Delicious (2007), You Are My Sunshine, Grandpa’s River and The Journey.
Fri, 28-Jan-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Graminy
Graminy is a “class-grass” ensemble from Madison, bringing together classical and grass-roots musical traditions. They compose all of their own music, play from a written score and improvise quite a bit. They are Chris Wagoner on fiddle, Mary Gaines on cello and vocal, Shauncey Ali on fiddle and viola, Mike Bell composer and mandolin player and Chris Powers on guitar and mandolin. See www.graminy.net
Fri, 21-Jan-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Luther “The Jet” Gette
Luther grew up amidst the steam of Pennsylvania Railroad locomotives in western Pennsylvania. He spent the best part of his lifetime riding the rails across the USA and in 1995 was elected King of the Hoboes at the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. He sings songs and tells stories based on his and others’ experiences riding the rails. He holds degrees in French literature from Penn State and Wisconsin.
Fri, 14-Jan-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Rich Baumann
Rich is a folksinger-songwriter-storyteller-teacher. His audiences include everyone from preschoolers to seniors. He has played at schools, community centers, libraries, senior centers, retirement homes and folk clubs. He accompanies himself on guitar, fiddle and other instruments. More at www.richbaumann.com
Mon, 10-Jan-2011
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Interested folks gather to discuss the operation of this strange but wonderful entity. If you are interested, please join the discussion. Meeting room at the Wil-Mar Center –look for the sign with the event listings to see which one.
Fri, 7-Jan-2011
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Chris Powers
Chris will present a cavalcade of American musical and vocal styles, accompanying himself on mandolin, guitar and bouzouki. Chris hosts the Mud Acres Bluegrass Special Friday mornings on WORT. He also hosts bluegrass jams at Indie Cake, plays in the Old Tin Can String Band at Brocaxh and in Graminy (See Jan.28).
Fri, 31-Dec-2010
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
New Year's Eve
Closed
Fri, 24-Dec-2010
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Christmas Eve
Closed
Sat, 18-Dec-2010
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenany!!
This semi-structured event will feature an hour of guided song sharing by Brett Johnson and an hour of sing-a-longs. Bring copies of your favorite songs, your stringed instruments, your dulcet tones and join the fun. This is a free event, although Phil-up will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 17-Dec-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Nelson Graham
Nelson at the Hog has become one of the holiday traditions. He will be soloing tonight with his guitar. He is bringing along some new songs and a new CD that he is real happy with, Sweet Memories, recorded live at The Barn and dedicated to his mother. His popular Christmas CD will also be available to fill your gift-giving needs. You can find him on iTunes and CD Baby as well as his own site: www.nelsongraham.com
Fri, 10-Dec-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ken Lonnquist
Longtime Hog favorite Ken will be performing with two of his pals from The Whateverlys (Jon Penner/bass and Jon Vriesacker/fiddle) plus harmony singers/percussionists Andrew Taylor & Leslie Frank-Taylor! They'll be doing a mix of autumnal, harvestime, wintry, festive and --- of course --- weird songs from Ken’s original repertoire! Come expecting topical humor and sweet, thoughtful ballads! Check www.kenland.com for more info.
Fri, 3-Dec-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tom Kastle
Tom is a singer, songwriter, sailor, and teller of tales now living on the shore of Lake Mendota and loving it! One reviewer says that his “resonant voice, heartfelt lyrics, and solid instrumentation prove he is a more ‘grounded’ talent, as capable of writing about the open road as he is about the open waters." His song, Cold Winds, has been covered by performers in the US, England, and the Netherlands. More at www.tomkastle.com
Sat, 20-Nov-2010
2:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Hootenany!
An hour of guided song sharing by Brett Johnson and an hour of sing-a-longs. So, bring copies of favorite songs, your stringed instruments, your dulcet tones. This will be a free event although Phillup will be there to accept donations.
Fri, 19-Nov-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Round the Bend
This fine string band dishes out bluegrass, old-timey, and western swing rhythms attached to songs about nostalgia and love lost and found. They enjoy trying out new material for the discriminating Hog audience for their annual show here. If you miss this one, you will have to wait another year.
Fri, 12-Nov-2010
7:00 pm (3:30 hrs)
Birthday Party!
Celebrating 32 years of music in the folk tradition. Bring a snack or dessert to share, instruments, voices, and songbooks. Special start time is at 7 p.m.
Mon, 8-Nov-2010
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Interested folks gather to discuss the operation of this strange but wonderful entity. If you are interested, please join the discussion. Meeting room at the Wil-Mar Center –look for the sign with the event listings to see which one.
Fri, 5-Nov-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Fallow & Tom Waselchuk
Everyone’s favorite bird-watching guitar picker (Dave) joins forces with another of southern Wisconsin’s finest guitar slingers (Tom) for an evening of bluegrass, swing, and folk songs and tunes. You may recognize Tom from Harmonious Wail or The Dang-Its. Dave has played with just about everyone else at one time or other.
Fri, 29-Oct-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Richard "Uncle Dick" Fallow
Not to be confused with Little Richard, Uncle Dick Fallow is Dave’s nonagenarian uncle from Davenport, IA. He performs mostly 1920s and 1930s swing on accordion with Dave backing him up on guitar. Get there early if you want a seat as Uncle Dick has been drawing some pretty big crowds to the Hog.
Fri, 22-Oct-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
High Ridge Band
High Ridge will provide you with a unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and gospel acoustic music with an upbeat and lively performance. Their harmonies are tight and arranged to express both the old-time sound and progressive elements of modern acoustic music. Members hail from West Madison and Dane County- some actually live on the Military Ridge.
Fri, 15-Oct-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Red Tail Ring
This duo hails from the directional extremes of Michigan. With roots firmly planted in Appalachian old-time and folk music, they branch out to forge new arrangements complete with haunting harmonies and an expansive dynamic range. Michael Beauchamp, a native of Kalamazoo, uses his powerful voice and mournful guitar licks to spin melodic yarns about lost love, travel and the importance of live music. Laurel Premo of the Upper Peninsula shares music drawn from Appalachian, Scandinavian, folk and blues roots. She sings and plays claw hammer banjo, guitar, violin and cittern. More at www.redtailring.com
Fri, 8-Oct-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Roxanne Neat
The Hog is happy to welcome back Roxanne for what will undoubtedly be an evening of enjoyable music. She is a skilled and tasteful singer and plans to bring her guitar and banjo. Expect to hear traditional and contemporary folksongs, as well as a few originals. She also performs in area venues such as the Café’ Carpe in Fort Atkinson.
Fri, 1-Oct-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Kelly Bleich
Kelly’s impressive rendition of dust bowl ballads caught all of our attention at Woody Guthrie night a few years ago and again this summer. His strong vocals and unique guitar playing will be complemented by his wife Kathy’s vocals and percussion playing. His debut CD “Through the Mirror” has been released by Snailish Records. Look for a probable open mic by Wayne Hunt.
Fri, 24-Sep-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
David H. B. Drake
This Wisconsin troubadour has spent over 25 years presenting concerts at festivals, schools, art centers, and community centers throughout the Midwest. This panorama of history, natural beauty and discovery is performed on guitar, concertina, dulcimer, banjo, and Native American flute. David has performed on tall ships on two oceans and the Great Lakes and is the resident musician for the Wisconsin flagship schooner Denis Sullivan.
Fri, 17-Sep-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Patchouli
Nationally-touring, award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds and their powerful, contagious chemistry. Julie’s writing is New Folk, inspired by flamenco, jazz, and worldbeat rhythms. Their Terra Guitarra recording project showcases classical Spanish and folk guitar with Euro and Latin rhythms.
Mon, 13-Sep-2010
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Hog business is transacted on the first Monday every other month at the Wilmar Neighborhood Center. Check the basement and other meeting rooms for the exact location.
Fri, 10-Sep-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
The Dustbunnies
The Dustbunnies return to the Wild Hog multiplied (of course!) with a warren of interstate instrument swapping musicians. Joining Bill Fallon and Ben Doran are Rick March, John Roche and Michael "Mick" Staszac. Instruments include guitars, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, banjos (!), bodhran and accordion. An evening of Irish/American folk songs, sea shanties, and sing-alongs is promised.
Fri, 3-Sep-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mad City Jug Band
The Mad City Jug Band was formed last December and is dedicated to preserving the classic repertoire from the 1920s, as well has the hits from the jug band revival of the 1960s. They have a lot of fun when they play, and audiences do too! Members are: Dave Bacholl (Bass), Arvid Berge (Harmonica, Guitar, Vocals), Denise Berge (Washboard), Beverly Hills (Kazoo, Guitar, Vocals), Scott Knickelbine (Jug, Banjo, Vocals), Dave Nance (Dobro, Mandolin, Vocals), Catherine Rhyner (Mandolin, Vocals). Check: www.myspace.com/madcityjugband
Sat, 14-Aug-2010
11:00 am (2:00 hrs)
Folk in the Rotunda -- Annie & Rod Capps and Small Potatoes
The Madison Folk Music Society and Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse will be presenting free concerts June 19 and August 14 in the Rotunda at Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts. Annie & Rod Capps are from Michigan. Small Potatoes is from Illinois.
Fri, 23-Jul-2010
7:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Woody Guthrie Night
This event has become an annual Hog tradition and features invited performers presenting Guthrie songs and stories. If you are interested in performing a tune or reading from Woody's works to celebrate all that Woody did in his life, please contact Kim Genich at 608-233-5687 or wschmidt@library.wisc.edu
Sun, 4-Jul-2010
12:00 pm (8:00 hrs)
July 4th Potluck and Music Jam!

Potluck and Music Jam

A Wild Hog Tradition, the 4th of July at Agnes Bennett's

  • Where: Hyland Park Apartments, 5440 Caddis Bend in Fitchburg — just off Fish Hatchery Road and just north of PD/McKee Road. Bus stops at the door and a bike trail are nearby if you prefer green transportation. View map.
  • Time: 12noon - 8pm, potluck at 1pm
  • Bring: a dish to share during the potluck at 1pm. And bring your singing voices and musical instruments for some jammin.
  • Good times and fun? YES!
Sat, 19-Jun-2010
11:00 am (2:00 hrs)
Folk in the Rotunda -- Boo Bradley and Tracy Jane Comer
The Madison Folk Music Society and Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse will be presenting free concerts June 19 and August 14 in the Rotunda at Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts. Boo Bradley and Tracy Jane Comer are each local performers who are well-known in the Madison area.
Fri, 28-May-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Erin O'Brien & Doug Brown
Erin, a Madison singer, songwriter and guitarist performs story-driven roots folk music. She was the Madison Songwriters Group’s Performer of the Year in 2004 and she won the Coffeehouse’s (Milwaukee) 2006 Annual Mid-Winter Talent Contest. Doug is a multi-instrumentalist on guitar, keyboards, banjo and fiddle and a singer to boot. He composes folk, jazz and theater music.
Fri, 21-May-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dave Fallow and John Fabke
A change in the lineup this Friday, Richard Fallow will not be accompanying his nephew Dave Fellow, a Madison favorite and regular at the Hog. Dave will be playing with a worthy substitute, John Fabke, an excellent local and well known musician and folkie host on WORT-FM. There will be plenty of guitar, mandolin, fiddle and vocals as John and Dave play favorites and maybe mix in a bird call or two.
Fri, 14-May-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tom Kastle
Tom moved to Madison a couple of years ago after 20 years on the road and on tall ships as a sailor and a captain. He is a singer, a songwriter and a teller of tales. His solo CD is entitled Across the Centerline. His repertoire includes personal, maritime and environmental songs.
Fri, 7-May-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Stone Ring
This quartet performs traditional Celtic music on acoustic instruments. Three of them also sing, drawing upon their huge repertoire of Scottish and Irish ballads, war songs, rebel songs and drinking songs. Beth Johnson plays harp and percussion and has a warm, beautiful alto voice. Charlie Johnson sings and plays guitar, banjo, harmonica and concertina. Bill Rients sings and plays harmonica and mandolin. Laura Wendt plays flute, recorders, whistles and small pipes.
Mon, 3-May-2010
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Hog business is transacted on the first Monday every other month at the Wilmar Neighborhood Center. Check the basement and other meeting rooms for the exact location.
Fri, 30-Apr-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich & Sandy Andina
Stephen Lee Rich & Sandy Andina Both accomplished singer-songwriters, Stephen Lee Rich and Sandy Andina crossed paths when they were honing their skills in the coffeehouses of Chicago. They released their first joint CD, Because We Can, in 2006. Their new album, "Two Guitars, a Dulcimer, and an Attitude," is due out shortly. While Sandy is still based in Chicago, Stephen has resettled in Madison where he’s well known as the friendly, neighborhood yodeling cowboy.
Sat, 24-Apr-2010
2:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Sound Equipment Workshop!
Learn how to mix sound for folk music concerts. You will learn about each piece of equipment and how these pieces interconnect. We will discuss mixing theories that fit with folk music while showing you how to place microphones and operate the mixer and other equipment.

You will take with you the basic skills needed to set up and run sound at the Hog and other folk music events. We will also discuss the rewards of being a sound operator at our Coffeehouse. Whether you would like to try your hand at operating sound at a Hog concert or just want to learn more about how the Coffeehouse operates, this workshop is for you. Refreshments will be provided.

To register, please go to our web site, www.wildhoginthewoods.org, e-mail us at info@wildhoginthewoods.org, or call Kim Genich at 608-233-5687.

Musician volunteers are needed on stage to play and sing while workshop attendees learn to set up mikes and practice mixing sound.
Fri, 23-Apr-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
February Sky (Phil Cooper and Susan Urban)
This Chicago-based duo plays traditional, modern and original folk and Celtic music using a variety of instruments. Traditional singer and Celtic guitarist Phil Cooper also plays cittern. Susan Urban, a writer of story songs, sings and plays 6- and 12-string guitar, 6-string banjo and mountain dulcimer.
Fri, 16-Apr-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Catfish Stephenson
“A sort of steel guitar Johnny Cash figure with absolutely genuine music” is how the “Letters in Bottles” blog describes Catfish Stephenson; “he’s best when he dives into the, rocking, rollicking, grit-twang 1920s-sounding blues.” He’s been playing his National steel guitar at such venues as the Brocach Pub, the Up North Bar, and a train at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Check out his atmospheric video, Catch a Train, on YouTube.
Wed, 14-Apr-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tom Kastle
Tom moved to Madison a couple of years ago after 20 years on the road and on tall ships as a sailor and a captain. He is a singer, a songwriter and a teller of tales. His solo CD is entitled Across the Centerline. His repertoire includes personal, maritime and environmental songs.
Fri, 9-Apr-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Jim Schwall
Jim’s long and varied career in music encompasses the first run and eventual reunion of legendary Siegel-Schwall band, and current gigs with Madison’s Andy Ewen, Marquis Bovre, the Cajun Strangers, and the Bar Time Lovers. Expect a mix of originals, traditional tunes, and songs written by friends like Bill Morrissey and Loudon Wainwright on acoustic 6- and 12-string guitars.
Fri, 2-Apr-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bill and Bobbie Malone
Expect an evening of traditional music with Texas highlights when Bill and Bobbie Malone take the stage with guitar and mandolin in hand.  Bill was honored in 2008 by the Society of American Music for lifetime achievement in his study of country music, and he and Bobbie have a wonderful time sharing this musical treasure with their audience.  Bobbie described their 2006 CD, Gathering Shells & Other Memories as “a musical scrapbook of the magical 29 years we’ve spent together."
Fri, 26-Mar-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Marty returns to the Hog for another evening of his original songs, hot on the heels of the 2009 release of his second CD Fences and Fields, which includes more folky country tunes about growing up, lost loves and living life in the country. He’ll travel down from the Upper Peninsula to sing and play guitar.
Fri, 19-Mar-2010
7:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
David Eagan with Musical Families
Special start time 7 p.m.
This special evening will feature a variety of musical genres, ensembles, tunes and songs, celebrating the tradition of families making music together.  At least two family members will be in every performance, whether parent & child (of any age), two or more siblings, aunt & nephew....you get the idea.  Bring a treat to share.  To reserve a spot in the lineup, contact David and Jackson Eagan (father and son) who will host the evening (249-0409).

Fri, 12-Mar-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Turner Collins
Turner is a singer-songwriter who plays whistle, bombarde, bodhran, button accordion and harp. A Texas native, he was raised in a folk-music family and came to love folk music in the Celtic and Ozark traditions.
Mon, 8-Mar-2010
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Annual Membership Meeting
This is a special meeting held once a year for all Wild Hog Members and people interested in becoming members.

This year’s meeting will include an election to fill vacant officer positions and a discussion of the summer schedule. Other topics of discussion may include attracting more volunteers to the Hog, a better outdoor sign, the effectiveness of posters, and anything else that will improve the visibility of our Wild Hog venue.

This is a great way to learn more and to help the Hog. So please attend.
Fri, 5-Mar-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Double Concert! John Norland - and - Bathtub Mothers
8pm Bathtub Mothers This Madison-area trio plays “folk-rock-blues with a bite” with beautiful vocal harmonies and stark lyrics. It’s John Norland on guitar, Pat Wynes on mandolin and Phil Redman on upright bass. Check them out at www.bathtubmothers.com.

9pm Boo Bradley Blues, Roots Music and Americana at its best. Songwriter and singer Boo Bradley plays guitar and is accompanied by fellow Madisonian Brad Selz on vocals and percussion, washboard and other instruments.

Fri, 26-Feb-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Christopher Powers
Music is Christopher’s life. From hosting Mud Acres Bluegrass Special on WORT-FM, to teaching guitar and mandolin at UW-Extension, to playing in bands like the Old Tin Can String Band, to playing solo at the Wild Hog. He sings and plays mandolin and guitar and bazouki (and an old tin can??).
Fri, 19-Feb-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Theiss and O’Connor
This trio consists of Bill and Lin O’Connor and Larry Theiss. Their three-part vocal harmonies are accompanied by accomplished guitar work. They perform a mix of original, traditional and Irish-American folk tunes. Formed in 1967 at The Coffeehouse in Milwaukee, they performed from 1967 to 1984 and from 1996 to the present, including at the last 13 Irish Festivals in Milwaukee.
Fri, 12-Feb-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Christine Costanzo
Christine is a local singer-songwriter who tends toward narrative, poetry-driven songs- sometimes political and always something to make you think. Her influences include Kate Wolf, Greg Brown and Joni Mitchell. She plays guitar and plans to have Mark Adkins accompany her.
Fri, 5-Feb-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ann Christoffer
Ann is based in Madison and comes to the Hog for a return performance. She is a singer-songwriter-guitarist with a fine voice and acoustic guitar playing honed since she was nine years old. Having been earlier influenced by old country music, she is now more into indie folk.
Fri, 29-Jan-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Mike & Patty McDougal
Veterans of the coffeehouse circuit hereabouts, Mike and Patty have a huge repertoire and they’re not afraid to use it. He plays 6- and 12-string guitars while she plays guitar, mandolin, harmonica and accordion. This energetic and versatile duo will keep you entertained with their music and related stories.
Fri, 22-Jan-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Night & Day
Milwaukeeans Bobby Giles and Julie Thompson form the backbone of this trio. He plays the sax, keyboards, and guitar while she plays the piano and bass. They will be ably abetted by the drummer du jour for an evening of R&B, Motown, blues and gospel music.
Fri, 15-Jan-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ken Lonnquist
This evening will find Ken wearing his singer-songwriter hat for an evening of ballads, love and/or environmental songs, and the usual topical humor. Ken has been playing at the Hog since forever. He will be joined by the h-less (and ageless) Jons, Vriesacker on fiddle and Penner on bass.
Fri, 8-Jan-2010
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Rich Baumann
Rich Baumann will start the night with fun funny songs. There are even some new ones you haven’t heard yet! Bring your kids – this is a family friendly show. There will be a guest appearance by Gene Hersey who accompanied Rich when he first appeared at the Wild Hog twenty-five years ago. Wow -time flies when you’re having fun!

Mon, 4-Jan-2010
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Volunteer and Coordinators Meeting
The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse needs volunteers and lots of them. Our staff is seriously low. If you enjoy this coffeehouse venue and would like to see it survive, consider attending the special coordinators meeting to discuss volunteer opportunities at the Wilmar Center. For more information call Kim Genich at 608- 233-5687 or e-mail us at info@wildhoginthewoods.org.
Fri, 1-Jan-2010
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for the holidays
Closed for the Holidays

Happy "Born To Be Wild Hog" New Year!

We will reopen January 8th, 2010

Have a happy new year!

Fri, 25-Dec-2009
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for the Holidays
Have a very happy and safe holidays

We will reopen January 8th, 2010

Fri, 18-Dec-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Double Concert Night
Isaac Strafstrom
Isaac received a Madison Folk Music Society scholarship and used it to pay for banjo lessons. This young man learned fast, as was evidenced by the fine concert he gave at Folk on State this summer

The Berthon Family Band
The family plays a variety of music including folk, Old Time Country, gospel and bluegrass. All sing and father Doug plays guitar, mother Holli plays mandolin, Leah (15) and Amanda (14) play fiddle, Will (12) plays tenor banjo and mandolin and Ben (9) plays harmonica. The youngest vocalists are Isaiah (7) and Naomi (5). They delighted Hog-goers with a recent open mic performance.

Fri, 11-Dec-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Eleike (Mike Bell and Eleanor Mayerfeld)
This father and daughter duo, Michael Bell and Eleanor Mayerfeld, return to the Hog stage for another performance. Michael is an accomplished mandolin and guitar player who has performed on Prairie Home Companion and Eleanor at age 11 is an excellent fiddler. They play traditional music, old and new, as well as their own compositions.
Fri, 4-Dec-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Graham and Company
Nelson Graham will grace the stage with his fine voice accompanied by his own guitar-playing. He will be joined by The Company, which includes any of several of Nelson’s musician friends on a given night. Tracy Jane Comer and possibly others will join Nelson for a show of original and traditional tunes, probably including selections from the CD A Graham and Company Christmas.
Fri, 27-Nov-2009
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for Thanksgiving
The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse will be closed for Thanksgiving

Thank you for your continued support!!

Fri, 20-Nov-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tracy Beck
Her music is about true meaning, life and the spirit. She has a new Album, “As An Eagle Soars.” Her singing style in conjunction with the lyrics of each song is definitely a winning recipe and is a welcome addition to the folk music scene.
Fri, 13-Nov-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Skip Jones
Skip Jones is a folksinger, storyteller, educator and grandfather. He plays guitar, banjo, and Native American courting flute. Reviewers have noted his "Burl Ives-like voice" and his ear for good songs and have called him a masterful storyteller.
Fri, 6-Nov-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Songwriters' Night
Stephen Lee Rich leads a bevy of talented local songwriters onto the Hog stage. Performers include: Andrea Potts, a South Dakota transplant; Julia McConahay, who fiddled with Mark Croft; a very prolific John Crossman; and SLRich, our friendly, neighborhood, yodeling cowboy.
Fri, 30-Oct-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Pat Walke
Pat performs old time traditional ballads and songs with clawhammer style banjo, autoharp, harmonica, and mountain dulcimer. Her repertoire includes pioneer folk music and historical songs and tunes from the 1800s and early 1900s. Pat has performed all over Iowa in schools, libraries and living history events and re-enactments. Pat's day job is teaching general music K-6 and coordinating the technology at Sacred Heart School in Maquoketa, IA.
Fri, 23-Oct-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Closed for Madison Folk Society Event
The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse will be closed on October 23 so that all folk music lovers can enjoy the Phil Ochs Song Night at the Madison Folk Society. Get details at madfolk.org.
Fri, 16-Oct-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
The Hollands!
The Hollands! craft handmade music with an Avant-garde folk/rock blend. Weaving delicate lyrics wrapped in brawny rhythms, their message is both visionary and authentic. Together – marvelous!
Fri, 9-Oct-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Marty Feldhake is a singer/song writer who lives in the UP. Marty’s unique and expressive songwriting is equaled by his warm and engaging singing. His songs are reflective of his current home and growing up in the farm country of Wisconsin. Marty sings about the events, places and people of rural America---prairies, life in the saddle, coming back home to your old house in the country, and the profound influence of a mine on a community.

Fri, 2-Oct-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Josh Harty
Josh began his music career in his native North Dakota at the age of six. From the beginning his music was marked by a love of gospel, country, and blues, and over the years his sound has mellowed into a catalog of original songs rooted in its origins. Josh has opened for music legends such as Iris Dement, Kelly Joe Phelps, Robert Cray, and B.B. King. His second solo album is Long List of Lies.
Fri, 25-Sep-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Double Concert Night

At 8pm, Michael Gruber
Madison’s Michael Gruber is a singer-songwriter who counts as influences John Lennon, Paul Westerberg, Leo Kottke, John Hiatt and Shawn Colvin. On guitar and vocals, he plays and sings tunes and songs in the genres alt-country, folk blues and garage. He has a recorded collection called “Yesterday is Make Believe”.

At 9pm, Travis Ziegler and Shauna Wells
Floating vocals and exquisite guitar unite to create the contemporary acoustic sound of Ziegler & Wells. The songwriting duo blends sounds from past and present in a never-ending meld between folk, pop, and jazz. They will be joined by Brandy Held on keyboard, Ken Keeley on bass, and Scott Caldwell on drums.

Fri, 18-Sep-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Dangerous Folk
We are looking forward to an encore performance by this fine Milwaukee-based trio. Rumor has it that they are even more dangerous than last time. Milwaukee native David Drake sings and plays 6-string and 12-string guitars and dulcimer. Julie Thompson, who hails from Maine, adds a strong voice and plays tenor guitar, 12-string guitar, bass and percussion instruments. Michigander Cap Lee sings and plays banjo, bass and 12-string guitar. They invite you to “sing along with songs that make you think”, from traditional to 1950’s-1960’s to contemporary.
Fri, 11-Sep-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Double Concert Night

At 8pm, Ron Frye
Ron is host of Toast of the Town open stage at Baraboo’s Village Blacksmith. He plays an acoustic 6-string guitar and sings. He will present an evening of Depression-era music, with tunes from blues to Broadway. You have to see someone who has the chutzpah to play Broadway songs on guitar!

At 9pm, Casey Day
Madison’s Casey Day is excited to return to the Hog stage, where he had his first gig back in 1984 at age 15. Since then, he has spent much of his time teaching pre-schoolers. On vocals and guitar, he sings and plays Celtic, folk and folk rock.

Fri, 4-Sep-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Blake Thomas
Blake is a Madison-based singer-songwriter whose genres include folk and country. His fine vocals and guitar playing (6-string and 12-string) have won him awards including a MAMA in 2005 for Best Male Vocalist, a MAMA in 2006 for Best Folk/Bluegrass/Americana Album for “Real Like Theater” and Isthmus’s 2008 Country Album of the Year for “Flatlands”. This will be a fine kickoff for our fall season.
Sun, 30-Aug-2009
1:00 am (All day)
Closed for Volunteers' Vacations
Each year the Coffeehouse closes for the month of August. We will open September 4th. See you then!
Sun, 23-Aug-2009
12:00 pm (6:00 hrs)
Jeff Hickey Memorial Concert
A musical celebration in memory of Madison guitarist and singer-songwriter Jeff Hickey, who died on July 14th of injuries sustained in an automobile accident, will take place on August 23rd at the High Noon Saloon from 12 noon until 6pm. (NOTE this is not at the Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse)

Performances kick-off at 12pm and will feature many of the Madison area’s finest musicians including Kristy Larson, Jim Hodges, Dave Sewell, Richard Wiegel, Bobbie & Bill Malone, Spare Time Bluegrass Band, Lefty Joe, Chris Powers, special guest Harvey Reid, and Moonhouse.

More information.

Fri, 31-Jul-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Ann Christoffer
Ann is a Madison-based singer-songwriter-guitarist. She has a voice like Melissa Etheridge or Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. She took up acoustic guitar at the age of 9. Having earlier been influenced by old country music, she is now more into indie folk. She’s touring Wisconsin this summer, including a stop at the Hog.
Fri, 24-Jul-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Jess Yoakum
Jess is a singer-songwriter-guitarist based in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. She has worked at the Berklee School of Music since 2003. At the end of 2008, she took a two-month house concert and coffeehouse tour, travelling across the US by Greyhound Bus. She counts Patty Griffith as an influence. With bold lyrics and a textured, mature vocal style, she presents “soulful lullaby and coy rock.”
Fri, 17-Jul-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
An Evening with James Hurley
They say James’ style is Americana on the rocks, with a twist. His music reflects the influences of a lifetime of listening to the likes of Louis Armstrong and the Beatles, to mention a couple; jazz, blues, folk, and pop. He is from southern CA and is touring with the “Erocks for Kids” program in schools and libraries.
Fri, 10-Jul-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Andina and Rich
When contemporary singer/songwriter, Sandy Andina gets together with your friendly, neighborhood, yodeling cowboy, Stephen Lee Rich, the combination creates a sound that is at once new and familiar. Add in their wild, sharp comedy and you get a sound that is completely unique and wonderful. More info at Sandy Andina and Stephen Lee Rich.
Mon, 6-Jul-2009
7:00 pm (1:30 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Hog business is transacted on the first Monday, approximately every other month. Check here for exact meeting dates.

All members, volunteers and interested citizens are welcome to attend. You may have to look around for the meeting room, on the main floor or in the basement at the WilMar Neighborhood Center. On Monday's there is usually a contra dance group meeting in the main room where the Coffeehouse is held. Just ask one of them where the Hog is meeting.

Sat, 4-Jul-2009
2:00 pm (8:00 hrs)
July 4th Potluck and Music Jam!

Potluck and Music Jam

A Wild Hog Tradition, the 4th of July at Agnes Bennett's

  • Where: Hyland Park Apartments, 5440 Caddis Bend in Fitchburg — just off Fish Hatchery Road and just north of PD/McKee Road. Bus stops at the door and a bike trail are nearby if you prefer green transportation. View map.
  • Time: 2pm - 10pm
  • Bring: a dish to share during the potluck and musical instruments
  • Good times and fun? YES!
Fri, 3-Jul-2009
8:00 pm
Closed for the holiday weekend.
Fri, 26-Jun-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Double the music, double the fun!

8pm  Eleike (Michael Bell and Eleanor Mayerfeld)

This is a dad and daughter duo that plays and sings music from North Atlantic Land.  Eleven-year-old Eleanor is a fiddling phenom and Michael is an accomplished mandolinist and guitarist.  They play traditional music, old and new, including their own compositions.

9pm  The Ready Boys

Continuing the youth folk explosion, these three young brothers play bluegrass and original compositions.  Joseph, age 15, jumped from fiddle to banjo and landed at the guitar, which he plays well.  Jonathan, almost 13, plays mandolin and guitar and is currently taking up the dobro.  Joshua, age 10, started with the fiddle and has added, guitar, mandolin and dobro. Come hear this family play!

Fri, 19-Jun-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
KG & The Ranger- 20th Anniversary western Jubilee!
For 20 years, and close to 2000 performances, KG & The Ranger have followed their love for western music down the trail. What better place to celebrate this milestone than at the Hog, since their first performance together was here in 1989. Continuing in the great tradition that Roy Rogers and Dale Evans started, expect cowboy songs new and old, harmony yodeling, tales and trail tips. They have a few special surprises under their sombreros- prize giveaways, friends joining in, armadillos and campfires- but always guarantee their personal brand of fantastic harmony and great vintage songs.
Fri, 12-Jun-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Calico Drifters
Based in Madison, Calico Drifters (Sunburned Americana) include in their shows a wide range of American song traditions- Delta blues, old-timey and jazz standards. Sue Prodell writes, sings and plays along with Thomas Burns. Expect a few musical guests as well. Their new CD is titled “Turning Home”.
Fri, 5-Jun-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Todd Lorenz
California-born Todd Lorenz, currently residing in Green Co. Wisconsin, takes songwriting to heart, having composed a song a week from January 2008 to January 2009 in a project called Twenty Aught Eight. He is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose lyrics are very much based on his life experiences. He calls his music acoustic Americana, a mix of blues, folk, rock and country.
Fri, 29-May-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
50% Folk
A recent class reunion led these folks to pick up where they left off 40 years ago. That’s Barb on autoharp and vocals, Tanya on vocals, Mark on numerous stringed instruments, and Wayne on guitar and vocals. They are joined by Dean on bass –both electric and washboard. In the half that is not folk, you will find some bluegrass, gospel, and old country tunes.
Fri, 22-May-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tracy Beck
Tracy ambles over from the Lake Geneva area with big, strong, rhythm guitar chops on a vintage Martin, along with a voice and songwriting that echoes Mary Chapin Carpenter, Allison Krauss, and Shawn Colvin. Tracy is able to evoke that free spirit in her music that John Denver was famous for. Her third CD, As an Eagle Soars, is about the true meaning of life and spirit. She is accompanied by Rick Kubly on bass.
Fri, 15-May-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Round the Bend
Round the Bend blends Bluegrass, Old-Timey, and Western Swing in captivating versions of traditional songs that evoke nostalgia, love lost and found, and barn-dancing fun. Spirited vocals, tight harmonies, inventive instrumentals and down-home humor have delighted audiences all century long. They are: Sherry Crownhart on mandolin, Don Englehart on guitar, Carolyn Hegeler on banjo, Fred Newmann on fiddle, and Patrick Spaay on acoustic bass.
Fri, 8-May-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
The McDougal's
Veterans of the coffeehouse circuit hereabouts, Mike and Patty have a huge repertoire and they’re not afraid to use it. He plays 6- and 12-string guitars while she plays guitar, mandolin, harmonica and accordion. This energetic and versatile duo will keep you entertained with their music and related stories.
Fri, 1-May-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
String ‘Em Up Bluegrass
This trio of UW students have been playing together for five years. Grant Ziolkowski plays mandolin, Starr Moss is on guitar, and Chris Framm nails down the bass. They do lots of the old-time tunes and original instrumentals, with a few Latin surprises thrown in for good measure.
Fri, 24-Apr-2009
7:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
High School Acoustic Night

Note early start time of 7:00 pm.

David Eagan will host an acoustic & a cappella music night for and by high school students in the Madison area. He has invited folk instrumentalists and singers, solo or in ensembles. Such events in the past have packed the house and provided awesome music. Come and hear the upcoming folk generation.

Fri, 17-Apr-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Jefferson County Bluegrass Band
Jefferson County Bluegrass Band was founded in 2003 by Brian Cate and Chris Falkner. With Brian on upright bass and vocals, Chris on banjo, guitar and vocals, Dale Ward on mandolin, resophonic guitar and fiddle, and various artists on guitar and vocals, they play traditional and contemporary bluegrass music. Their hard-driving bluegrass and soulful ballads have pleased festival goers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa.
Fri, 10-Apr-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bill and Bobbi Malone
The Hog is very happy to again host Madison’s premier classic country duo. With Bobbie on mandolin, Bill on guitar, and two fine voices, they play and sing original and classic country songs, some of which are collected on their CD Gathering Shells and Other Memories. Bill is a renowned country music historian and hosts “Back to the Country” Wednesday mornings on WORT, 89.9 FM.

Blue State Boys, Dan O'Brien and John Fabke will accompany the Malone's on stage.

Mon, 6-Apr-2009
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
Coordinators Meeting
Hog business is transacted on the first Monday, aproximately every other month. Check here for exact meeting dates.

All members, volunteers and interested citizens are welcome to attend. You may have to look around for the meeting room, on the main floor or in the basement. On Monday's there is usually a contra dance group meeting in the main room where the Coffeehouse is held. Just ask one of them where the Hog is meeting.

Fri, 3-Apr-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Steve Schad
Steve is an accomplished guitarist, with a style that ranges from delicate to thunderous. He sings mostly his own songs. His lyrics are creative, some very heartfelt, some eclectic. And he plays several other instruments. His latest CD, Child of the New Frontier, is nominated for Best Album of the Madison Area Music Awards; “God Made Love” is nominated for Best Song; and he is nominated for Best Guitarist. See more at www.SteveSchad.com and at www.Themamas.org.
Fri, 27-Mar-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Christine Constanzo
Christine is a local singer-songwriter who tends toward narrative, poetry-driven songs; sometimes political and always something to make you think. Her influences include Kate Wolf, Greg Brown and Joni Mitchell. She accompanies herself on guitar. Help welcome her back to our stage after an extended absence.
Fri, 20-Mar-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Chris Powers
Host of WORT’s Friday morning folk show, Mudacres Bluegrass Special, for longer than anyone can remember, Christopher is a master of the mandolin and he knows his way around the guitar and bazouki as well. He has been playing at the Hog since the early days, and he also plays with the Old Tin Can String Band and teaches guitar and mandolin for UW Extension.
Fri, 13-Mar-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Barley Brothers
These three gentlemen play in other bands like the Cajun Strangers and the Dirty Shirts, but they are here tonight to do some old-time music, country blues, fiddle and banjo tunes, and brother duets. The cast includes Jeff Burkhart on guitar, Colin Bazsali on banjo and mandolin, and Brian O’Donnell on fiddle.
Fri, 6-Mar-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Graham & Company
Nelson Graham loves playing at the Hog and it shows. Folk, country, originals and old favorite tunes; it will be an evening to enjoy. Nelson may be joined by one or more friends. Check out the bio and preview some tunes at his web site by clicking on his name.
Fri, 27-Feb-2009
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Mad Folk Special Event - Vance Gilbert

in partnership with the Madison Folk Music Society

Admission: * Advanced $14, * Day of Show $16, * Buy Tickets Online - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/52579

Vance burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early '90s when the buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher and jazz singer who was knocking 'em dead at open mikes. The word spread of this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer to New York; Shawn Colvin invited Vance Gilbert to be a special guest on her Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across the country by storm.

Gilbert is currently promoting his ninth release, which he describes as follows:
"...All I wanted to do was write as if I was someone else. I was in no way out to imitate the various songwriters that I allude to in the notes before each song. I was more shooting for a sense or a 'vibe' in the lyrics and music that was reminiscent, to my mind, of these various artists. Sometimes that sense was inadvertent, occurring to me when the song was half written. Other times I purposely tried to 'write like that..' More than anything else, this stretch of 'writing as someone else' has been one of the most inspirational and notebook-filling exercises I've done to myself since my days of writing children's theatre."

Fri, 20-Feb-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Bowen Marvik
Bowen’s background is classical music and he discovered the guitar rather late in life. We’re glad he did. The Hog is Bowen’s favorite venue and it shows in his heartfelt original compositions and interpretations of folk, classical and new age pieces. This is his first Hog date in a year so come and help welcome him back.
Fri, 13-Feb-2009
8:00 pm (2:30 hrs)
Dangerous Folk
“Blowing in the Wind" is a sing-along concert of those favorite songs that many of us remember from the 60s. From the days of “Make Love, Not War”, the best of love songs and peace songs remind us of the powerful anthems and “dangerous songs” from when the times they were a’ changing - songs that once again resonate for today’s world. Veteran folk singers David HB Drake, Julie Thompson, and Cap Lee lead those good old songs we grew up on. More info is found at: www.dangerousfolk.com
Fri, 6-Feb-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
David Schindele
David presents a program of mostly original contemporary adult acoustic music; piano poetry headed for the heart. He will be joined by Jen Logueflower, formerly of the Bill of Rights Band, so this will be a rare chance to hear two keyboards playing in harmony. The harmony will extend to the vocals as well. Check daveschindele.com for more info and samples of David’s music.
Mon, 2-Feb-2009
7:00 pm (1:00 hr)
February Coordinators Meeting
Hog business is transacted on the first Monday, aproximately every other month. Check here for exact meeting dates.

All members, volunteers and interested citizens are welcome to attend. You may have to look around for the meeting room, on the main floor or in the basement. On Monday's there is usually a contra dance group meeting in the main room where the Coffeehouse is held. Just ask one of them where the Hog is meeting.

Fri, 30-Jan-2009
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Skip Jones
Skip, of Bowler, WI bills himself as a folksinger, storyteller, educator and grandfather. He plays guitar and wooden flute, among other instruments. Reviewers have noted his "Burl Ives-like voice" and his ear for good songs and have called him a "masterful storyteller." His latest CD, "Life is Delicious", is dedicated to the late Roscoe Churchill, Northwoods environmentalist. See more at www.skipjones.net.
Fri, 2-Jan-2009
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for the holidays
Closed for the Holidays Have a very happy and safe holidays

We will reopen January 9th, 2009

Have a happy new year!

Fri, 26-Dec-2008
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for the Holidays
Have a very happy and safe holidays

We will reopen January 9th, 2009

Fri, 19-Dec-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
50% Folk
What happened at that 40th high school reunion? Ask Tanya, Barb or Wayne between sets. They are 60% of 50% Folk, a string quintet that plays traditional folk, bluegrass, gospel, oldtime country with some Ian and Sylvia and Tom Paxton thrown in. The three of them sing, Wayne plays guitar and add to the mix Mark on vocals and mandolin or banjo and Dean on washtub base. Be there!
Fri, 12-Dec-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Erin O’Brien
Erin O'Brien performs story-driven roots-folk music. Her dynamic voice and passionate performances have captured audience and critics attention throughout the Midwest, and earned her several awards including the Madison Songwriters Group’s “2004 Performing Songwriter of the Year.” In 2006 O’Brien launched the Rhythms of Our Rivers Project, an effort to craft songs highlighting the strong emotional and ethical connections Wisconsin residents feel to local rivers, lakes and wetlands, and to raise awareness about the many threats to the health of those waters. Multinstrumentalist Doug Brown will join O’Brien on stage lending his melodically agile accompaniment to her songs about water, life and everything in between.
Fri, 5-Dec-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Li’l Rev
Marc Revenson slides over from Milwaukee for another evening at the Hog. He plays guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica and banjo and has won awards for his songwriting and harmonica playing. He has been called the Jewish Pete Seeger and you can count Pete among his fans, along with the likes of Art Thieme and Joe Hickerson. Come see what they all find so enjoyable about listening to Li’l Rev.
Mon, 1-Dec-2008
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
December Coordinators Meeting
All members are welcome at coordinators meetings.
Fri, 28-Nov-2008
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for Thanksgiving
"...there was a big sign and a chain across across ... saying, "Closed on Thanksgiving" ..."

The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse will be closed for Thanksgiving

Thank you for your continued support!!

Fri, 21-Nov-2008
6:30 pm (3:00 hrs)
Birthday Party at 6:30pm
Celebrate the Wild Hog’s 30th birthday at this potluck dinner, followed by birthday cake, music jam and sing-along. Bring your favorite hot or cold dish to share. Admission is free.
Fri, 14-Nov-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Luther the Jet
Luther Gette is a Madison-based storyteller and singer-songwriter who is returning to the Hog after a long absence. Whether this is because he was out riding the rails or not we'll have to find out. Maybe he'll hop off a freight on the Wisconsin Southern line at Brearly St. and walk up to Wil-Mar for the show. Perhaps he'll have some travel tips for hard times. Don't miss this opportunity!
Sat, 8-Nov-2008
7:00 pm (4:00 hrs)
Barn Dance at Grace Episcopal Church
Barn Dance at Grace Episcopal Church 7 - 11pm, admission $5 at the door. Join the celebration of the Hog’s 30th birthday at this traditional barn dance. Live bands and lively callers await. Don’t be late. The entrance is on W. Washington just off the Square.

Callers are Jane Sekulski, Mike Mossman and Bill Miller. Bands include Bygone Days (Sally Bennett, Colleen Foley, Bill Foley and Bill Obermeyer), Rattletrap String Band (Steve Holmes, Ken Rineer, Mike Mossman, Dave Sample, Bill Miller, and Debbie Kmetz) and Heywired (Keith Fletcher, Roger Diggle and Mike Bell). Plus we plan to have two short sets of additional local musicians.

Sat, 8-Nov-2008
11:00 am (2:00 hrs)
Brunch with the Hog
Nov. 8th: We have two events today!

Brunch With the Hog As of press time, we are still checking out restaurants. Expect this to start around 11am. Location and time will be posted on the web site, or no later than the day before the brunch you can send an email to wildhog30@charter.net or call Kim Genich at 233-5687.

Barn Dance at Grace Episcopal Church 7 - 11pm, admission $5 at the door. Join the celebration of the Hog’s 30th birthday at this traditional barn dance. Live bands and lively callers await. Don’t be late. The entrance is on W. Washington just off the Square.

Callers are Jane Sekulski, Mike Mossman and Bill Miller. Bands include Bygone Days (Sally Bennett, Colleen Foley, Bill Foley and Bill Obermeyer), Rattletrap String Band (Steve Holmes, Ken Rineer, Mike Mossman, Dave Sample, Bill Miller, and Debbie Kmetz) and Heywired (Keith Fletcher, Roger Diggle and Mike Bell). Plus we plan to have two short sets of additional local musicians.

Fri, 7-Nov-2008
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
Special Birthday Concert - Lou and Peter Berryman, Ken Lonnquist, and Jim Schwall
Admission $12

The Hog opened its doors 30 years ago this month, so we are bringing back some more old favorites for a really big show. During this eclectic concert, each performer will do 20 minutes in the first set and then they will round-robin for the second set. We hear there will be lots of songs about anniversaries and longevity. Note the early start and special admission price.

Lou and Peter Berryman are known throughout the Midwest and the East Coast, especially New England. They specialize in songs that make humorous observations about the human condition and have an uncanny ability to make plays on words and sounds. Lou and Peter started playing together in their first folky band in high school in 1964. Wikipedia says, “Mostly, Peter writes the lyrics and Lou writes the music, but all their songs are collaborations.”

Ken Lonnquist is a funny, enjoyable songwriter from Madison, he has a repertoire of serious and humorous songs he has written, both for adults and children, including many environmental songs. Ken has written several children's musicals produced by the Children’s Theatre of Madison. He began writing songs at seven and took up he guitar at twelve. Back in the 80's, he toured widely as the Minstrel for the Environment. His charm and energy as a live performer remain the heart of his work.

Jim Schwall, a past candidate for Madison Mayor, was a member of the Chicago-based Siegal-Schwall blues band back in the 1960'-70s and has continued to write songs and record albums. The band was a staple on WFMT's long-running folk show in Chicago, "The Midnight Special." He earned his doctoral de- gree in music at UW Madison, plays the Mandolin and is an excellent guitarist.

Fri, 31-Oct-2008
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
CLOSED
The Wild Hog Coffeehouse will be closed - Happy Holloween.
Fri, 24-Oct-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Catfish Stephenson
Catfish says this show will include songs from the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's, as well as some originals. An established star of State Street, the Farmer's Market and other local venues, he has been known to play some excellent blues on slide guitar, to which he adds his vocal gems. Don't miss this return appearance.
Fri, 17-Oct-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
The Wiretappers
OK, so some of their strings are actually nylon, and they might bow or strum them. You get the idea. Using their "wires", they tap tradition and connect it with the present, with old-time songs and fiddle tunes, and new compositions of their own. Michael Bell on Mandolin and guitar, Jon Duvick on guitar and bass, and Jason Hundley on the fiddle. They were all members of the Barn Owl Band that played on "A Prairie Home Companion" so you know they know how to play.
Fri, 10-Oct-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Steve Schad
After a long absence at the Hog, Steve is back. He is a consummate songwriter, plays several instruments, including guitar and keyboards, sings and records CDs, i.e., he lives and breathes music. Look for his new CD soon, Child of the New Frontier. More info at steveschad.com.
Fri, 3-Oct-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Marty's unique and expressive songwriting is equaled by his warm and engaging singing. His music is reflective of his current home in the UP and growing up in the farm country around Belleville, WI. He really enjoys playing at the Hog and will be joined tonight by Madison native Andy Morton and possibly other friends.

Fri, 26-Sep-2008
7:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Barn Dance at Olin Park NOTE EARLY START
Join the celebration of the Hog’s 30th birthday in a reprise of the traditional barn dance. You won’t get many chances to dance al fresco these days so come join the fun at the good old Olin Park shelter. Turn left on Lakeside St. off John Nolen Drive and follow the road to the right for some great old-time music for contra dancing with a few squares thrown in for good measure. Note the early start time.
Fri, 19-Sep-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
30th Anniversary Show: Deb Kmetz, Roxanne Neat, David Eagan, Mac Robertson and Stephen Lee Rich
The Wild Hog in the Woods 30th Anniversary Show Featuring - Deb Kmetz (cofounder), Roxanne Neat, David Eagan, Mac Robertson and Stephen Lee Rich.

Some long-time performers return for a trip down memory lane as we celebrate our 30th birthday year with another special concert of old favorites. Between them they have been playing at the Hog for at least 130 years. They are all fine performers and this will truly be a fun night. The Balkan group Tri Bratovchedki will also make a guest appearance. Don’t miss this one!

Fri, 12-Sep-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Barb Ryman
A natural storyteller from Minneapolis with a deep compassion for the lost and forgotten voices of our culture, Barb expects music to be more than entertaining. With a skillfully played guitar and crystal voice, she delivers a rich mosaic of contemporary folk, drawing from country blues, Celtic balladry, old-time gospel, and folk rock. Her latest CD, Earthbound, is reflective of the breadth & depth of her musical musings, and is receiving play on folk programs across the nation. She is a Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year finalist!
Mon, 8-Sep-2008
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
September Coordinators Meeting
You are all invited to join in finalizing plans for the 30th anniversary celebration and help plan the next decade or two. At Wil-Mar –see posting for room.
Fri, 5-Sep-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
String 'Em Up
These musicians met in high school in Milwaukee five years ago and are now attending the UW. Grant Ziolkowski plays mandolin, Starr Moss is on guitar, and Chris Frahm plays the bass. They do old-time music, bluegrass, Irish, and an occasional Latin tune. This is the future of string band music. What more could you possibly ask?!
Fri, 29-Aug-2008
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed August
The Wild Hog is closed for August to allow our volunteers a short summer break. We will open September 5th.
Fri, 22-Aug-2008
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed August
The Wild Hog is closed for August to allow our volunteers a short summer break. We will open September 5th.
Fri, 15-Aug-2008
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed August
The Wild Hog is closed for August to allow our volunteers a short summer break. We will open September 5th.
Fri, 8-Aug-2008
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed August
The Wild Hog is closed for August to allow our volunteers a short summer break. We will open September 5th.
Fri, 1-Aug-2008
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed August
The Wild Hog is closed for August to allow our volunteers a short summer break. We will open September 5th.
Fri, 25-Jul-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Jeff Hickey
Expect an interesting evening of traditional and original songs and covers, including a few instrumentals, when Jeff Hickey returns to the Wild Hog for a solo gig. He generally favors the six-string guitar, but has been known to surprise us with another instrument or two. Besides his solo work, Jeff has a long-running gig on Wednesday nights at the Up North Bar as half of the duo, Moon House. His other long-running gig is engineering for Bill Malone’s “Back to the Country” show on WORT-FM, where he ably fills in as host when Bill is away.
Fri, 18-Jul-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Dave Fallow/Annie Chiles
Dave Fallow/Annie Chiles Friday, July 18, 8:00 p.m.

Annie Chiles, a recent graduate of the UW School of Nursing will join Dave Fallow for an evening of music at the Wild Hog. “She'll play fiddle, I'll play guitar, we'll both sing,” Dave reports. “Our repertoire is eclectic, ranging from Irish and Bluegrass to International, klezmer and swing.” Annie also plays with the popular Western swing band, the North Country Drifters. When not performing or teaching, Dave is likely to be biking around the area keeping track of both migrant and resident birds. You can hear his reports from the field most Tuesday mornings on WORT-FM.

Fri, 11-Jul-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Christopher Powers
Well-known for his long run as host of WORT-FM’s Friday morning Bluegrass show, Mud Acres, Chris Powers is also a talented performer and songwriter. He’ll bring along his mandolin, guitar and bouzouki for an engaging mix of traditional and original music. Soon after this Wild Hog gig, Chris will be heading Up North to spend a week teaching at the Rhinelander School of the Arts. He’ll also be teaching guitar and mandolin in Madison during the school year (see next column), and you can hear him play with the Old Tin Can String Band on Thursday nights at the Brocach Irish Pub.
Wed, 9-Jul-2008
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
DATE CHANGE - July Coordinators Meeting
Note date change - Wednesday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. at Wil-Mar Center
Fri, 4-Jul-2008
2:00 pm (8:00 hrs)
4th of July Potluck and Jam Party
As part of the Wild Hog's 30th anniversary celebration, a potluck and jam will be held at Agnes Bennett's, Friday, July 4, 2 - 10 pm. Hyland Park common room, 5440 Caddis Bend Dr., Fitchburg (off Fish Hatchery Rd. just north of McKee Rd./Hwy. PD). Bring a dish to pass and drinks.

Sally

spbennett9@hotmail.com phone: 608-845-2124

Fri, 4-Jul-2008
2:00 pm (8:00 hrs)
4th of July Potluck and Jam Party
Potluck and jam at Agnes Bennett's, Friday, July 4, 2 - 10 pm. Hyland Park common room, 5440 Caddis Bend Dr., Fitchburg (off Fish Hatchery Rd. just north of McKee Rd./Hwy. PD). Bring a dish to pass and drinks.

Sally

spbennett9@hotmail.com phone: 608-845-2124

Fri, 27-Jun-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Graham & Co.
Graham & Co. Friday, June 27, 8:00 p.m.

For a mellow evening of original tunes and old favorites, you can’t do better than Nelson Graham. Raised in a home filled with music, Nelson shares down-home values and affinity for the land in both songs and stories. Nelson is preparing to release a new CD recorded live at last summer’s Art in the Barn concert series. His collaborators on this project include Tracy Jane Comer, Linda Christensen, Tom Dehlinger and Johnny Widdicombe, with an introduction by concert host, Anne Conzemius. You can keep up with Graham & Co. on the web at www.nelsongraham.com.

Fri, 20-Jun-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Willie Sterba
Willie Sterba started writing songs in 1964, about the same time his dad gave him his treasured Gibson guitar. He’s traveled in Europe, the Americas and Africa, including a six-month volunteer stint with this wife and daughter in South Africa. From his present home base in Mineral Point he’s toured the Midwest performing at festivals, county fairs and coffeehouses. Willie has always been interested in writing and performing songs that engage both the kids in the audience and their parents. We’re glad he’s saved time for a show at the Wild Hog before heading off to California later this summer. Learn more at www.williesterba.com.
Fri, 13-Jun-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich/Sandy Andina
Sandy Andina will be coming up from Chicago to renew her long-standing musical collaboration with your friendly neighborhood yodeler, Stephen Lee Rich. Stephen plans to try out some material from his new CD with the working title of The Ghost of Thirsty Joe and Other Stories. This ghost, who shows up in a Western-themed song written by one of Stephen’s friends, warns, “I’m going to haunt you if you don’t get the guy who killed me.” To hear the rest of this story, you’ll have to come to the Wild Hog on Friday, June 13.
Fri, 6-Jun-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Anna Laube
“Sure, San Francisco music publications are raving about a talented singer-songwriter named Anna Laube in their midst, but hey, we had her first,” wrote Rob Thomas in the Wisconsin State Journal. “[She] was raised in Iowa City and Madison, but now makes the city by the bay her home, where she has received strong notices for her music, including the debut 'Outta My Head' CD.” Anna describes her style as “simple and relaxed, derived as much from the American folk-troubadour tradition as it is from neo-indie-folkies like Ani Difranco and Cat Power.”
Fri, 30-May-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Macyn Taylor
“A superstar in the making,” is how Madison magazine described Macyn Taylor back in 2006. The Wisconsin State Journal seconded the motion, pointing out that “at 12 years old, she plays and sings like someone twice her age.” Since then Macyn has continued her finger style guitar studies at UW-Milwaukee and expanded her already-impressive repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs. She’s wowed audiences at such diverse venues as the Memorial Union Terrace, the Grateful Garcia Gathering in Black River Falls, Earth Day in Woodstock, Illinois and Summerfest in Milwaukee. We’re glad to have her back at the Hog!
Fri, 23-May-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Frank Simpson
Well known as organizer of the Wild Hog’s almost-annual Woody Guthrie Night, Frank Simpson is sure to include some of Woody’s songs in his solo show. Frank and long-time Wild Hog member Lisa Johnson joined Pete Seeger and other noted musicians on stage at the 2003 Woody Guthrie Festival in Pampa, Texas. Frank and Lisa enjoyed meeting members of the Guthrie family and visiting landmarks in Okemah, Oklahoma, Woody’s birthplace. Here at home Frank helps to promote and raise funds for the foundation that supports research on Huntington’s disease, the condition that took Woody’s life.
Fri, 16-May-2008
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bernie Taupin Night - Aaron Nathans and friends
Note Early Start

Best known as Elton John’s long-time lyricist, Bernie Taupin also worked with Rod Stewart and Alice Cooper and fronted a band called the Farm Dogs. Aaron Nathans, formerly of Madison, was inspired to organize a night in Taupin’s honor after attending Beatles Night at last year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate New York. Folk artists performed singly and together, covering Beatles songs in a variety of styles. Aaron will return from his present home in Delaware to do Bernie Taupin songs along with Nancy Rost, Dale Kidd, Michael Gruber, Greg Winkler, Andrew Nath, Tracy Jane Comer, and James Travis Spartz.

Fri, 9-May-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
UPDATE! - Special Evening - 30th Birthday Meeting, Annie & Rod Capps and Matt Watroba
Update - Matt Watroba added to the lineup!

Long-time host of Folks Like Us on WDET-FM, Detroit, Matt Watroba will join fellow Michiganders, Annie & Rod Capps, for an evening of Midwest urban folk music. Matt was named "Best Overall Folk Performer" by the Detroit Music Awards in 2000 and has appeared at the prestigious Ann Arbor Folk Festival, The Ark, and Louisville's Kentucky Music Weekend. He appeared with Lou & Peter Berryman, in a Madison Folk Music Society show in 2005.

“Midwest Urban Folk” is how the Michigan-based duo, Annie and Rod Capps, describe their songs with “a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang, and a soulful groove.” Married for 13 years, and making music together for many more, the Capps have a sound that reflects their deep and intuitive understanding of each other.

Their latest CD, In This Town, showcases Annie's most compelling songwriting to date. Since its release last July, the album has been extremely well received by Folk Radio, appearing in the top 50 for several consecutive months, with the title track coming in at #3 in August and #38 for the year.

Fri, 9-May-2008
6:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
UPDATE! - Special Evening - 30th Birthday Potluck Dinner & Meeting
Learn about plans and how you can help with the Wild Hog's 30th birthday while enjoying a good meal. Bring a dish to share and your own table service. Coffee and tea will be provided. Stay for great music.
Mon, 5-May-2008
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
May Coordinators Meeting
Monday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Wil-Mar Center

As usual, the coordinators meeting is open to everyone who would like to attend.

Fri, 2-May-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Nancy Rost & Tracy Jane Comer
Eclectic singer-songwriter-pianist Nancy Rost has been compared to Thelonious Monk, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fiona Apple, a weirder Weird Al, and a quiet tea ceremony. She’ll share some of the 25 songs she wrote this February and debut new arrangements with friends on cello, guitar, drums, and harmony vocals.

Tracy Jane Comer, a five-time Madison Area Music Awards nominee, has had her music featured on the MTV show Made. She’s often lauded for her guitar work ("Like Patty Larkin, I believe women CAN play guitar!" she notes) and employs her skills on piano and cello when backing musical colleagues.

Fri, 25-Apr-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
The High Ridge
An acoustic band that focuses on traditional bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music, The High Ridge evokes memories of simpler times. You’ll hear traditional vocal harmonies and vibrant, rousing instrumentals. They hail from the west side of Madison – where the glaciers did not roam and the ridges are a little higher than on the east side of our fair city. The band members, who all contribute to the vocal arrangements, are Randy Dorning, guitar; Dawn Dorning, fiddle; Bill McWilliams, guitar and banjo; Peter Clark, upright acoustic bass; Andy Morton, mandolin; and John Pfotenhauer, dobro.
Fri, 18-Apr-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Skip Jones
After serving in the US Navy during the Vietnam era and attending college in Maine, Skip Jones moved to an 80 acre parcel of land in NE Wisconsin to raise his family and live a simpler, more artistic and musically oriented life. Together Skip and visual artist Judy built their home from timber harvested on site, raised a large garden, heated with wood and concentrated on creative undertakings including art, music and teaching. Skip has been performing professionally since 1978 and has worked with schools and community programs across the upper Midwest.

Life Is Delicious, Skip’s brand new CD, is dedicated to the memory of Roscoe Churchill.

Fri, 11-Apr-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen and Lou & Peter Berryman Special Event!
Special event with Mad Folk:

Tickets: $16 at the door, $14 in advance at usual outlets (see www.madfolk.org for details)

Two great duos on the same night? “What could be more better?” as the late Roundy Coughlin, longtime Madison journalist, used to say.

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen represent the very best in contemporary and traditional music. Their latest CD, Being There, features a finely crafted blend of original and traditional music, with lyricists running the gamut from Rudyard Kipling to Peter Berryman.

For the cat lovers among us there’s Cindy’s solo CD, Cat Tales, devoted entirely to songs about our favorite critters.

Hearing Peter and Lou Berryman always allows us hometown folks a chance to see ourselves as others see us. There are people all over the country, some of whom your editor has met, whose impression of life in Wisconsin is influenced forever by hearing the wise and witty songs of the Berrymans.

http://www.compassrosemusic.com/

http://members.aol.com/berrymanp/

Fri, 4-Apr-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Mac Robertson
Mac Robertson has sung sea chanteys on the Clearwater, ballads in Scotland, picked his banjo in Appalachia and had his song, "Duckriders in the Dells," featured on WPR's Simply Folk. His banjo instruction book is published internationally by Hal Leonard.

Mac has drawn on his experience as a song leader on the Clearwater to entice young and old to join in the singing in the mists of Blue Mounds State Park for the past two summers. “One three-generational family hasn't missed a single one,” reports Mad Folk Board member, Meg Skinner, “and campers report his sing-along is the highlight of their stay."

David Eagan will join in for part of the evening.

Fri, 28-Mar-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Shauna Wells, John Fabke and Dave Fallow
Shauna Wells, John Fabke, Dave Fallow will take the stage for the second annual celebration of your editor’s birthday. Those who came last year enjoyed the birthday cake, free admission and wonderful music so much that we decided to do it again. Shauna and Dave will collaborate on a set of jazz standards, classics that never fade. John and Dave, who share a long-running gig as host and radio naturalist on WORT’s Tuesday morning show, Pastures of Plenty, will bring along their guitars and mandolins for a set that’s sure to include favorites from Bluegrass, old-time and the blues. Everybody is welcome to attend!
Fri, 21-Mar-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Four Shillings Short (Special Event)
Admission: $5 at the door

“Playing nearly a dozen instruments between them . . . Four Shillings Short offers a mischievous blend of Jazz and Celtic, American and East Indian traditional music," said Wausau’s City Pages back in 2001. "It’s nothing short of amazing - and purely captivating - what kind of musical richness the duo of Aodh Óg Ó Tuama and Christy Martin can produce.”

The instrument count now approaches 20, including sitar, banjo, tin whistle, woodwinds, hammered dulcimer, mandola, mandolin and percussion, not to mention vocals. You can expect both delight and enlightenment when this California-based duo takes the stage.

Fri, 14-Mar-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Round the Bend
Round the Bend celebrated the release of their first CD with a party at the High Noon Saloon last September. Country music historian Bill Malone says, “The diversity of styles is one of the most appealing aspects of the music heard here . . . original pieces, old-time hoedowns, Bluegrass standards, vintage blues and jazz tunes . . . you’re going to love what you hear.” Recent gigs include a show at the Old Fashioned in Madison and a fund-raiser for the VFW in Lowell, WI. In November they reprised last summer’s show at the Gandy Dancer Festival for the annual members’ banquet of the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in Baraboo.
Fri, 7-Mar-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Update - Chuck Suchy (Special Event) - Cancelled
Chuck Suchy had to cancel his show on March 7.

Fri, 7-Mar-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bill & Bobbie Malone & The Blue State Boys
Filling in for the canceled Chuck Suchy concert
Admission $2 members, $3 general public

Enjoy a wonderful evening of music and congratulate Bill on receiving a well-earned lifetime achievement award from the Society of American Music (formerly the Sonneck Society).

Mon, 3-Mar-2008
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
March Coordinators Meeting
The Wild Hog needs you!

As the plans for our 30th birthday celebration begin to take shape, we also need to be thinking about how to keep the Wild Hog healthy in the 21st century.

Over the past few years a core group of four volunteers (Ramona Johannes, Kim Genich, Tom Gross and Johanna Fabke) assisted by Webmaster Ron McCabe has assumed much of the responsibility for operation of the coffeehouse. To ensure a healthy future, we really need to broaden the volunteer base.

How you can help: Share ideas at the coordinators meeting on March 3 Offer to help out on Friday nights Renew your membership for 2008 Come to more concerts! Bring a friend. It’s not too late to make this resolution for 2008.

Fri, 29-Feb-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Greg Boerner
Greg Boerner (pronounced "Burner") is a guitarist-singer-songwriter who was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. At 18, he was touring the Southeast playing the cool rockabilly of Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent and Elvis as if he had been born to it. Today at a young 40, Greg lives in a far west suburb of Chicago and his music shows a maturity that belies his age, favoring traditional forms of blues, folk, country, roots rock n' roll and all that comes between. He’ll be performing songs from his three CDs as well as his favorites from Tom Waits, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan. Learn more at www.gregboerner.com.
Fri, 22-Feb-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
KG and the Ranger
"All the Purty Ones" is how KG describes their plans for this show - songs for a moonlit night around the campfire or a soulful musical evening at home. Best known for their upbeat harmony yodeling songs, KG and Ranger Rick dearly love the poetic ballads and nostalgic cowboy songs they seldom get to perform during their hectic summer season of state and county fairs. They know the Hog-gers are the right kind of audience for these songs. Of course, you'll still hear some of those great up-tempo yodeling songs, too. Catch a preview when KG and the Ranger appear that evening on the 5:00 news on Channel 15!
Fri, 15-Feb-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Melanie Sue Mausser
Singer-songwriter Melanie Sue Mausser offers an Americana blend captures that a little bit of country, folk, bluegrass, and rock and roll. Honky-tonks, cowboys, and two-lane highways are the norm for this country girl. Born and raised in Iowa, Melanie began to learn classical piano at four but didn’t pick up the guitar until she was in her 20s and living far away from home. She’s now back in Epworth, Iowa, living out her calling. Women identify with the in-your-face lyrics of songs like "This Ain’t My First Rodeo" while her signature ballad, "Kidder Valley," makes you realize she appreciates the simple things of life.
Fri, 8-Feb-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Tommy Makem Night
In memory of the late, great Tommy Makem, Bill Fallon, Ben Doran, and Rick March will present an evening of tunes written by or associated with him. They’ll share a lot of sing-along songs (lyrics provided) and stories of Tommy Makem, the "The Bard of Armagh." All donations to Phill-Up the Pig will benefit an endowment fund honoring Tommy and Mary Makem.

Bill and Ben perform together as The Dustbunnies. Rick plays now with the Emerald Isle Ceili Band, formerly with the Down Home Dairyland Polka Band. He also serves as Folk Arts Specialist for the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Fri, 1-Feb-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Dave Schindele and Friends
Dave Schindele returns to the Wild Hog for an evening of piano and vocal acoustic originals. His music reflects an eclectic taste – he cites influences as diverse as Stephen Sondheim, Carole King, Claude Debussy and Jimmy Webb. Describing himself as a “closet songwriter for 10 years,” Dave broke out big-time by participating in last year’s February Album Writing Month and completing 14 songs in 28 days.

Gifted singer-songwriter Tracy Jane Comer will join in with guitar, cello and vocals. There will also be a special appearance by Randy Green performing his wonderful song "Home Movies."

Fri, 25-Jan-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
The Gilded Bats
An old-time string band based in Iowa City, The Gilded Bats are making their Madison debut. They’ll open for the Carolina Chocolate Drops at High Noon Saloon on Jan. 24 and follow with a full show at the Wild Hog on Jan. 25. Inspired by traditions as diverse as West Virginia old-time fiddling and Indie rock, the band formed in 2003. They’ve been featured at festivals, concert series and dances throughout Iowa and western Illinois. Their first CD, funded in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, was released in October 2007. Norbert Sarsfield, Andrew Epstein, Bill Bryant and Chris Clark share vocals and play six different instruments.
Fri, 18-Jan-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Ritt Deitz
Kentucky folk rocker (and Madison transplant) Ritt Deitz returns to the Hog as a family band with two of his sons. They’ll feature songs from his latest CD, Upstream. Isthmus calls Upstream “evocative singer-songwriter material that runs from spare, poetic tone poems to tough-minded roots fare." The Onion says Deitz "works the same side of the street as Greg Brown and Bruce Cockburn, with songs that are concurrently earthy, ethereal, and intelligent." Deitz's 2006 album, After the Mountains, earned two Madison Area Music Award nominations and was described by the Cincinnati Post's Rick Bird as "wonderfully twangy."
Fri, 11-Jan-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
John Statz
Award-winning singer-songwriter John Statz released his first CD, Our Love Was Made for Canada, shortly after his first appearance at the Wild Hog last June. Since then he’s been out on the road, playing a series of pubs and coffee houses in New York and New Jersey back in September. When he’s at home in Madison between road trips you can catch his act at the Weary Traveler, Mother Fool’s, Ancora Coffee in Fitchburg, and, in January, at Vitense Golfland. He’ll be heading out to Colorado shortly after his Wild Hog show with intermediate stops in Nebraska and Kansas.
Wed, 9-Jan-2008
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
January Coordinators Meeting
Please note we’re meeting on Wednesday this month instead of the usual Monday. How about making a resolution to volunteer at the Wild Hog in 2008?
Fri, 4-Jan-2008
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Rich Baumann
Rich Baumann is bringing music back to the children of Hurricane Katrina by giving concerts in schools and by collecting donated musical instruments. He introduced his “Million Closets” project during an interview on WORT-FM in January 2007. By the time he left the studio the phone lines were lit up with people calling in donations. During subsequent trips to the Gulf Coast Rich has delivered brass, woodwind and stringed instruments worth $24,000, some to final recipients and others to agencies like the Steven Spring Foundation and the New Orleans String Project. We’re glad Rich has saved time for a show at the Wild Hog before heading off to New Orleans in February.
Fri, 28-Dec-2007
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for the Holidays
The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse will be closed December 28 for the holidays.

We will reopen Jan 4, 2008

Fri, 21-Dec-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Jim Schwall
The Wild Hog is proud to host the release party in honor of Jim Schwall’s first solo CD, Getting Old, on Uvulittle records. Most of the album was recorded live when he played the Hog last March, and Jim says he’ll probably add a couple songs this time around so the show isn't exactly the same as then. Needless to say, the CD will be available for purchase.

Jim also serves as Artistic Director of Conundrum Interarts, a non-profit agency interested in combining the efforts of creative people in several disciplines, usually including music, text and visual arts, along with work by singers, dancers, actors and/or theater technicians. Conundrum works out of Winnebago Studios, Madison.

Fri, 14-Dec-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Marty Feldhake’s music is reflective of his current home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and growing up in the farm country of Wisconsin. His warm and engaging singing style is well suited to his songs about the events, places and people of rural America - prairies, life in the saddle, coming back home to your old house in the country, and the profound influence of a mine on a community. The latter was highlighted in Marty’s first CD, Old Quarry Road. Songs from his next recording project will be featured at this show. Andy Morton of Madison will help out on mandolin.
Fri, 7-Dec-2007
8:00 pm (4:00 hrs)
Bittersweet Christmas Band
Presented in cooperation with The Madison Folk Music Society $16 at the door $14 in advance – outlets and mail order info at http://madfolk.org/TicketsAndDirections.htm

Seasonal music from the reverent to the ridiculous!

The holidays can be a mixed bag, and so is the Bittersweet Christmas Band, say its members. Chicago-area artists Susan Urban, Phil Cooper, Margaret Nelson and Kate Early join forces every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas to go on tour with a show that offers every possible perspective on the holiday season. Two to four-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation on guitar, dulcimer, pennywhistle, hand drum and other percussion instruments, make the Bittersweet Christmas Band a show not to be missed! Highlights are on their first CD, Dance in the Dark of the Year.

Fri, 30-Nov-2007
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
Wild Hog Birthday Party
Note early start

The Wild Hog in the Woods turns 29 this year. Old-timers still reminisce about the announcements that were sent out saying that opening night would be November 31, 1978.

We’ve presented music at three different addresses and seen performers and volunteers come and go, but we still provide a unique music venue cherished by beginners and veterans alike. After his October 19 show, Owen Temple (formerly of Madison, now of Austin, Texas) remarked that playing at Wild Hog reminded him of why he got started in music in the first place.

Music jams were a staple in earlier years at the Wild Hog, and we’re reviving this tradition for the birthday party. Bring your instrument, your copy of Rise Up Singing, and, if you like, a snack to share. The Wild Hog will provide birthday cake and beverages.

Admission is free - come when you can, leave when you have to.

Fri, 23-Nov-2007
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Closed for Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving to All!
Fri, 16-Nov-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Sass! Trio
Susan Urban, Sandy Andina, Kate Early

Your editor couldn’t possibly describe this Chicago-based trio as well as Maggie Ferguson of Live! From the Living Room in Pontiac, Michigan. “Thanks to the SASS! Trio for their energetic and very excellent show last week” wrote Maggie. “Talk about fun - we laughed at Sandy Andina's humorous songs, were entranced by Susan Urban's "Rock Spirits" song and her lively "Life in 4 Minutes" tune and thoroughly enjoyed Kate Early's lovely traditional songs as well as the bit of belly dancing she did for us. What a fine night of harmonious musical splendor - I can't wait to do it again.”

Fri, 9-Nov-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Graham & Company
The songs of Nelson Graham are rooted in his life experiences. He grew up in a home filled with music and, as an adult, says he’s been “in and out of love and raised two sons [while] making my living in agricultural work.” His ensemble has included a variety of talented musicians who create music appealing to audiences of all ages. Recent gigs include closing night at Fyfe’s Corner Bistro and the Art in the Barn series. Last February he did a benefit show at the Prairie Coffeehouse in Keyeser (rural Dane County, within view of his workplace) to support Corban, Inc., an agency that serves the needs of orphaned children in Peru.
Fri, 2-Nov-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Doug Brown
"Doug Brown handles an acoustic guitar like a master,” says Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange. “His jazzy style is characterized by amazing finger picking skill.” You’ll hear what they mean when Doug comes to the Wild Hog with an evening of traditional music on guitar, banjo and fiddle, original songs, a bit of jazz, and maybe some free improvisation! “I may do a song or two that I wrote for the movie, Madison, and I may try to collar an accomplice or two to add some variety,” adds Doug. According to Isthmus, he’s also developed into “an adept pianist in the folk-jazz mode of Vince Guaraldi,” but you’ll need to catch that act someplace else.
Fri, 26-Oct-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Ken Lonnquist
Halloween - not the second coming of Elvis - is fast approaching and Ken Lonnquist will stir into the cauldron a down-home potpourri of topical songs, children's ditties, cautionary tales, ballads, and musical improvisation. Ken is from Madison and has been regaling Hog audiences since forever. His skill at writing and performing music for kids has been recognized with Best of Madison and WAMI awards, while the Audubon Society has honored him as Environmentalist of the Year. "Excellent songwriting, wonderful humor," says Si Kahn, who should know.
Fri, 19-Oct-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Owen Temple
Friday, October 19, 8:00 p.m.

Owen Temple, a native of Kerrville, Texas, recently moved back to Austin after a couple of years of grad school and song-writing in Madison. Some of the Madison songs are included in his long-awaited fourth album, Two Thousand Miles. His collaborators on the new CD include steel guitar player and producer Lloyd Maines and other veterans of the Texas music scene. Owen's roots, country and folk stylings earned him finalist honors in the New Folk category at this year's Kerrville Folk Festival and he also won an award in the 2007 B.W. Stevenson Songwriting Competition.

Fri, 12-Oct-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Sally Shuffield
The songs of folk/roots songwriter Sally Shuffield take the listener on a journey through the West of the 1800s, the emotions of love, loss and motherhood and the politics of war. Her music draws on her academic background in anthropology and her former career in the environmental/non-profit arena. Raised in Arkansas, Sally now makes her home in Durango, Colorado. A veteran of regional and national tours, she has won awards for songwriting and served as Artist in Residence for the San Juan National Forest. Let's show her a warm Wisconsin welcome!
Fri, 5-Oct-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich
Stephen Lee Rich, your friendly neighborhood yodeler, is in off the road after a summer of traveling from Madison to Nashville to Michigan and back. His June 15-17 gig as both emcee and performer at the Nashville Songwriters' Festival was a highlight of his summer travels. He'll be sharing his performing skills - singing, yodeling, guitar picking, story telling - in this return visit to the Wild Hog. Stephen employs his emceeing skills as host of the Saturday night open mic at the Escape Java Joint, 916 Williamson Street, Madison. "Y'all come," he says, "the more the merrier."
Fri, 28-Sep-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Dave Schindele
Dave Schindele writes and performs music for voice and piano in a contemporary style with elements of jazz, classical, rock and musical theater. Favorite inspirations include the work of singer-songwriters Carole King and Jimmy Webb, Broadway's Stephen Sondheim, and the Impressionist, Claude Debussy. Having finally come to enjoy performing as much as writing, Dave hopes you'll enjoy hearing his music as much as he enjoys making it.

Tracy Jane Comer will join Dave on stage, adding cello and vocals. Together with Nancy Rost, they also collaborate in a new trio called Likely Stories.

Fri, 21-Sep-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Macyn Taylor
The musical journey of "Sidewalk Superstar" Macyn Taylor began at a Brownie Scout talent show at a nursing home when she was seven years old. Two songs with some hastily-learned guitar chords grew into a solo show a month later and the rest, as they say, is history. Having established a Madison presence with her performances on State Street and the Union Terrace, Macyn is now honing her skills by studying finger-style guitar at UW-Milwaukee. We're pleased to welcome this blossoming young artist back in a return engagement at the Wild Hog.
Fri, 14-Sep-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Todd Lorenz
It's been a busy year for Todd Lorenz. May of 2007 saw the simultaneous release of two CDs. Live-Love-Learn-Sing features 14 new songs, while My Blues has 20 songs re-recorded from three previous albums. "Todd Lorenz is a California-born, Wisconsin-based guitarist-singer who takes an Americana approach to acoustic guitar," wrote Graham Clarke of the online journal, Blues Bytes. "Mixing elements of blues, folk, rock, Bluegrass and country into his singing, Lorenz has a deft touch on guitar and a warm, rich voice." Todd will highlight his own songs in his show at the Wild Hog.
Fri, 7-Sep-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Melanie Sue Mausser
Born and raised in Epworth, Iowa, where she still lives today, Melanie Sue Mausser is growing her career as she tours the Midwest. In July of this year Melanie Sue won the Colgate Country Showdown. Her combination of musical talent, stage presence, charisma, musicianship and originality caught the attention and won the hearts of the judges. Her Americana blend captures a little bit of country, folk, bluegrass, and rock and roll. Honky-tonks, cowboys, and two-lane highways are common themes for this country girl.
Fri, 7-Sep-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Wild Hog Reopens after August Holiday
Wild Hog closed for month of August Re-opening on Friday, September 7
Wed, 1-Aug-2007
1:00 pm (All day)
Wild Hog - Closed for August
Wild Hog closed for month of August Re-opening on Friday, September 7
Fri, 27-Jul-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
3 of Cups: Tracy Jane Comer, Rachel Nelson, Michael Bryant
3 of Cups is a collaborative project between Rachel Nelson of Duluth, MN and Tracy Jane Comer of Madison, often with special guests, in this case Michael Bryant of Madison. These three award-winning singer-songwriters will trade the lead around while backing each other up with many different instruments and vocal harmonies. Tracy plays guitar, piano, cello and hammered dulcimer; Rachel plays fiddle, guitar mandolin and banjo; Michael plays guitar, mandolin and bass. They'll cover a wide range of musical styles - something for everyone!
Fri, 20-Jul-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Roxanne Neat
Winter, summer, spring or fall, Roxanne Neat can be counted on for an evening of music that will make you glad you came out. Not only is she a skilled and tasteful singer, but she always includes a variety of instruments in her shows - guitar, banjo, piano and hammered dulcimer, not to mention spoons and bones. Roxanne is on summer vacation from her kindergarten classroom and we're glad she's made time for a concert at the Wild Hog. She also performs at area venues like the Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson and the Mocha Moments Coffeehouse in Janesville.
Fri, 13-Jul-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Tracy Beck
Expect an interesting blend of folk, Americana, blues and roots music with guitar and harmonica accompaniment when Tracy Beck makes her debut at the Wild Hog. Though she's now at home in southeastern Wisconsin, her love of the outdoors in general and the mountains of Montana in particular is reflected in her poetry and song-writing. She cites Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt as influences. Her performance venues include Bastille Days and Summerfest in Milwaukee and cafés and coffeehouses in the Midwest and on the east coast.
Fri, 6-Jul-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Woody Guthrie Night
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Wild Hog's almost annual observance Woody Guthrie's birthday. On July 19, 1992, Craig Kinney, then of Madison, now of Bloomington, Indiana, put together an evening of classic Woody songs sung by several artists with plenty of audience participation. Craig also chose a selection of insightful comments and stories from Woody's writings to tie the evening together. Kim Genich, a long-time Woody Guthrie enthusiast and key volunteer at the Wild Hog, is organizing this year's birthday tribute. Call him at 233-5687 if you'd like to perform on stage.
Mon, 2-Jul-2007
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
Coordinators Meeting
This is the last meeting before the Wild hog's summer vacation - a good time to brainstorm for next season. If it's too warm indoors we'll move the meeting to the benches out in front.
Fri, 29-Jun-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Duo Borealis
Mary Bonhag and Evan Premo are journeying down from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a collaborative evening of music featuring Mary's vocals with Evan's string bass. You'll hear an amazing variety of music, from the 2-part inventions of J.S. Bach to Gaelic and Finnish folk tunes. Their new self-titled CD was recorded in the U.P. on the shores of Fire Lake. Evan started playing music at age 8 with his family band, White Water. He and Mary have both studied music at the University of Michigan and performed with classical ensembles in Northern Wisconsin and the U.P.
Fri, 22-Jun-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
John Statz
Madison singer-songwriter John Statz recently won the MAMA award for Best Folk/Americana Album of 2006 for his debut album, Dusk Came Slow. He's just finished a tour of Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, arriving back in Madison in time to move into the Wil-Mar neighborhood before his Wild Hog concert. John's songs reflect his interest in history and social issues; he accompanies them on guitar, banjo or upright bass. He's hard at work on a new album, Our Love Was Made for Canada. If you want to know how that came about, don't miss this concert!
Fri, 15-Jun-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Greg Boerner
Despite having moved to Aurora, Illinois from his ancestral home in Augusta, Georgia, Greg Boerner has never abandoned his Southern roots. He started out playing blues and roots rock 'n roll on his trusty Stratocaster, but shifted to a career as a solo performer as appreciation grew for his singing and songwriting skills. He still favors a Rockabilly groove and a finger picking guitar style reminiscent of the 1950s masters. Besides opening for artists like Robbie Fulks, Maria Muldaur and Leon Russell, he's written music for several indie films and released three CDs.
Fri, 8-Jun-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Nancy Rost, Amy Curl and Burr Settles
The distinctive songs of Nancy Rost combine a jazz-influenced piano style with lyrics that are quirky, witty and heartfelt. She's garnered more than a dozen Garageband.com awards for her playing and writing.

Folk-pop songwriter Amy Curl won second place in the pop/rock category of the national song contest sponsored in 2005 by the Madison Songwriters Group and was nominated twice for MAMA awards.

Burr Settles, founder of the February Album Writing Month challenge, earned a MAMA nomination for Best Americana Album of 2006 for Sketches, his first full-length CD.

Fri, 1-Jun-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
The Krause Family
"From the roots up" is how Rick Krause describes his family band's mix of original tunes, Bluegrass, Gospel and music from the Scottish-Irish tradition. His daughters Katie (vocals) and Ruthie (fiddle) started with the band as children and have grown up as accomplished performers. The ensemble is completed by Jim Nikora, mandolin, and Pete Olig, upright bass. Their first CD, On This Bright Sunny Day, was released this spring. Don't be surprised if a guest or two joins them in their debut appearance at the Wild Hog.
Fri, 25-May-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Buried Root and Satchel Welch
Steve Tesmer, the driving force of Buried Root has been playing guitar and Dobro in and around Madison for 20 years with the Black River Ramblers, Stone Soup, Rosewood Moct and others. Colleagues in his present band, Buried Root, are Jill Kessenich, mandolin and vocals, Cynthia Holt, guitar and vocals and Jacob Gobel on bass guitar. Jill and Cynthia's vocal harmonies blend nicely on a mix of folk, old-timey, bluegrass and Americana.

Satchel Welch of Fort Atkinson's Café Carpe family will open with a set of original songs.

Fri, 18-May-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Jeff Hickey
"I'm mostly a six-string guy," says Jeff Hickey, "but I have been known to bust out a 12-string or a resonator guitar." He'll be doing a mix of original and traditional songs and covers in this solo show, along with a few instrumentals. Jeff's CD, "Loose Ends," won the MAMA Award for Best Acoustic CD in 2004. He has a running gig on Wednesday nights at the Up North Bar in the duo MoonHouse (with Richard "Blackhawk" Kapusta) and is also well-known to WORT-FM listeners for lending his engineering skills to Bill Malone's "Back to the Country" show.
Fri, 11-May-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Lil' Rev
"The Woody Guthrie of the ukulele" is how Joel Eckhaus of Earnest Instruments describes Lil' Rev. He's won a 2004 WAMI award as Best Folksinger in Wisconsin, Best of Milwaukee four-string strummer in 2003 and National Blues Harmonica Champion in 1996. We who have heard him play his many instruments, tell stories and sing find it easy to agree with long-time folk archivist at the Library of Congress, Joe Hickerson, who said, "Lil' Rev is not an act, he's the real thing." Rev spent three months performing in the Southwest this past winter, and his return to the Wild Hog is a welcome sign of spring.
Mon, 7-May-2007
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
May Coordinators Meeting
Days are longer now, so how about walking or biking to the Wild Hog coordinators' meeting. Your help and your ideas are what sustain the coffeehouse.
Fri, 4-May-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Erin O'Brien with Doug Brown
Erin O'Brien performs story-driven roots-folk music. Her dynamic performances have been acclaimed throughout the Midwest and earned her several awards, including the Madison Songwriters Group's "2004 Performing Songwriter of the Year." In order to raise public awareness of threats to the health of Wisconsin's rivers, lakes and wetlands, Erin launched the Rhythms of Our Rivers Project in 2006. She's crafted songs that highlight the strong emotional and ethical connections Wisconsin residents feel toward their local waterways.

Multi-instrumentalist Doug Brown will contribute melodically agile accompaniment.

Fri, 27-Apr-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Chris McNamara & Rick Neeley
Back by popular demand! Their March 2 gig at the Wild Hog was a casualty of one of those late-winter snow storms, and we're glad these long-time favorites of Chicago-area coffeehouses were able to schedule a return visit. Chris McNamara and Rick Neeley light up the stage with "enthusiasm, vitality and joy," wrote Tony Spaeth, columnist for Folk Wax E-zine. Rick is very involved in helping to preserve the legacy of his mentor, Chicago folk legend Bob Gibson. Chris's singing style encompasses Celtic, Gospel, traditional folk and fine original work. "An evening spent in the presence of Chris McNamara and Rick Neeley, absorbing their musical gifts, gives one enough positive energy to last the month and then some," says Sharon Brunot of LaGrange, Illinois.
Fri, 20-Apr-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Hot Soup
Sometimes called "the Andrews Sisters of the 21st century," Sue Trainor, Christina Muir and Jennie Avila blend their musical talents to create the nationally touring ensemble Hot Soup. Now in their 10th year, this Maryland-based trio concocts rich, intricate vocal arrangements that bring out the best in every melody and lyric. Their varied guitar styling is augmented with mountain dulcimer, harp and percussion. The focus, however, is always on their voices, trading lead vocals and capturing harmonies that raise goose bumps.

"Hot Soup is a wonderful combination of musicianship, humor and genuinely nice ladies who bring happiness, laughter and great musical experience to all who are fortunate enough to hear them," says Bob Claus of the Schroon Lake, NY Arts Council.

Fri, 13-Apr-2007
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
10th Annual Family Sing
Note Early Start

Our 10th year! Amazing! How did these kids grow up so fast? By next year Alex and Logan will be off to college. Come join them and a harmonious crew of grownups and kids for an evening of music and fun. Our song leaders this year: Alex, Jackson and David Eagan; Logan and Mac Robertson; Hans, Emily and John Barkei; and Frieda Schowalter. We'll sing requests from the group and all ages are invited. Bring instruments, songbooks and a smile. And don't forget to bring a treat - healthy or decadent - to share at half time (8:00-8:30), plus a $1 donation. For more information, contact David Eagan, djeagan@wisc.edu, 249-0409.

Fri, 6-Apr-2007
8:00 am (2:00 hrs)
Melanie Sue Mausser
Born and raised in Dubuque County, Iowa, Melanie Sue Mausser honed her singing and song-writing skills in Florida and Arizona before settling back down in her home town of Epworth. "I best describe my style as country folk with a bluegrass influence," she notes. When at home she performs in coffeehouses in Dubuque, Davenport and Dyersville, but she also landed a 10-day gig at the world-famous bike rally in Sturgis, SD. She played the same stage every morning and camped in the back of her Ford Expedition at night. Cadillac Daddy, her first CD, was released in the summer of 2006.
Fri, 30-Mar-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Jim Schwall
Update - This just in! Jim will be recording his show at the Wild Hog for possible inclusion on a solo CD.

A solo evening with Jim Schwall and his 6- and 12-string guitars in the intimate acoustical environment at the Wil-Mar Center is a treat not to be missed. Jim’s long and rich experience playing and studying music from many traditions makes for a distinctive performance. When asked what he might play at this show, Jim responded, “Blues for sure . . . and music that’s light-hearted and not so light-hearted.” He’s working on a new CD, so it’s likely we’ll get a preview of this work in progress, and perhaps a look back at some of the music he grew up with in Chicago.

Fri, 23-Mar-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Inna Larsen and Dark of the Moon Contra Band
Dane County's Norwegian heritage is alive and well in the music of Inna Larsen and her Hardanger fiddle. She's studied with master teachers from Norway, she's active in the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America and she leads a local group in a monthly Spelemannslag (jam session). At the Wild Hog concert she'll alternate fiddle solos with dance music by the Dark of the Moon Band. They play traditional music of the British Isles, America and Scandinavia, including waltzes, polkas, jigs, reels and schottisches. We'll clear a place on the floor so you can get up and dance if the spirit moves you!
Fri, 16-Mar-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Shauna Wells, John Fabke and Friends
Shauna will perform a set including Latin American songs, folk songs including some of her own compositions and jazz standards. John's set will focus on American roots music. Both will be accompanied by instrumentalists extraordinaire including Dave Fallow. John is a member of the fine bluegrass group The Nob Hill Boys. Shauna is an award-winning songwriter. She weaves stories, humor and social concerns into her tunes. Her clear, true voice brings 30's and 40's jazz classics to life. She has played recently at Mexicali Rose and Olbrich Gardens in Madison and Stella's Speakeasy in Stoughton.
Fri, 9-Mar-2007
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Rich Baumann - note early start
The whole family, age thee to 93, will enjoy a musical evening with Rich Baumann. He's an expert at involving everyone in the music, a skill honed by years of doing shows and artist residencies for pre-schools through senior citizen centers. Rich is presently preparing for a visit to Louisiana where he'll do programs both for those who suffered losses in Hurricane Katrina and those who aided the victims. He's working with "A Million Closets," a campaign to donate musical instruments to school children in flood-devastated areas. Visit www.richbaumann.com to learn more.
Mon, 5-Mar-2007
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
March Coordinators Meeting
Wild Hog coordinators' meetings are open to everyone. Volunteering at the Wild Hog is a great way to get (or stay) connected to the local folk music scene.
Fri, 2-Mar-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Chris McNamara & Rick Neeley
Long-time favorites in Chicago-area coffeehouses and community concert series, Chris McNamara and Rick Neeley light up the stage with "enthusiasm, vitality and joy," wrote Tony Spaeth, columnist for Folk Wax E-zine. Rick is very involved in helping to preserve the legacy of his mentor, Chicago folk legend Bob Gibson. Chris's singing style encompasses Celtic, Gospel, traditional folk and fine original work. "An evening spent in the presence of Chris McNamara and Rick Neeley, absorbing their musical gifts, gives one enough positive energy to last the month and then some," says Sharon Brunot of LaGrange, Illinois.
Fri, 23-Feb-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Moonhouse (Jeff Hickey & Richard Kapusta)
Jeff Hickey and Richard “Blackhawk” Kapusta have been playing together as Moonhouse for more than six years with a standing Wednesday night gig at the Up North Bar. “We throw our net pretty wide,” says Jeff. “We’re the only band that plays a Carter Family song followed by Lynnrd Skynrd and a 19th century murder ballad.” Expect to hear a generous selection of pop music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, “the music of our youth,” according to Jeff. They’re both skilled guitarists and Richard also plays Native American flute.
Fri, 16-Feb-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Ritt Deitz
Madison singer-songwriter Ritt Deitz “works the same side of the street as Greg Brown and Bruce Cockburn, with songs that are concurrently earthy, ethereal and intelligent,” says The Onion. His newest CD, Collected (1999-2000), includes the new single, Shake, and favorites from two earlier albums that are now out of print. In addition to Deitz on acoustic guitar and vocals, the CD features several instrumentalists who round out a set of acoustic roots rock that ranges from rockin’ to meditative. He’ll do a solo show for this, his first appearance at the Wild Hog.
Fri, 9-Feb-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Round the Bend (Bluegrass)
Round the Bend blends Bluegrass, old-timey and western swing in captivating versions of traditional songs that evoke nostalgia, love lost and found and barn dancing fun. Their spirited vocals, tight harmonies, inventive instrumentals and down-home humor delight audiences of all ages. They’ve played in the Duck Soup series at the Overture Center and brought down the sold-out Stoughton Opera House in a joint concert with humorists Ole and Sven last November. Collaborators in this fine Madison-based band are Fred Newmann, fiddle; Sherry Crownhart, mandolin; Don Engelhart, guitar; Carolyn Hegeler, banjo; and Patrick Spaay, bass.
Mon, 5-Feb-2007
7:30 pm (1:30 hrs)
February Coordinators Meeting - Cancelled - see note below
Schedule change – no meeting in February

Beginning in March, we will meet every other month instead of monthly, using e-mail and phone calls to handle any business that comes up between meetings.

Fri, 2-Feb-2007
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Wild Hog Birthday Party & Volunteer Recognition Night
Note early start
We’ve set aside an evening to celebrate our 28th birthday and thank the volunteers who help keep the coffeehouse going. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Bring a snack to share and your instruments and songbooks (Rise Up Singing) for community music-making.

Hats off to our volunteers!
Ron Dennis
Tami Dettinger
Tom Dettinger
Ben Doran
David Eagan
Ruth Ellickson
Johanna Fabke
Kim Genich
Tom Gross
Chris Hoag
Kevin Hoag
Tim Hoger
Ramona Johannes
Erika Kretzmer
Rick Lewis
Ron McCabe
Christina Rose
Joanne Seckman
Frank Simpson
Doug Swayne
Lillian Tong
Denise Watson
Bob Weitzel
Deb Weitzel

Sun, 28-Jan-2007
12:00 pm (11:00 hrs)
Madison's 19th annual Folk Ball Festival
Sunday Workshop / Review at Great Hall

Noon-5pm ROMANI DANCE -- Sani Rifati and BULGARIAN FOLKDANCE -- Iliana Bozhanova

Survivors Dance Party -- 8:00-11:00pm at
The Crossing, 1127 University Avenue

Sat, 27-Jan-2007
10:00 am (All day)
Madison's 19th annual Folk Ball Festival
Saturday Folk Arts Workshops 10-noon Great Hall BULGARIAN FOLKDANCE -- Iliana Bozhanova

10-noon Tripp Commons EAST INDIAN FOLKDANCE -- Meena Ganesan

noon-1 Beefeaters Rm BALKAN ROMA TODAY (brownbag lunch) -- Sani Rifati

1-3pm Great Hall ROMANI (Gypsy) DANCE -- Sani Rifati

1-3pm Tripp Commons MEZOSEGI CSARDAS -- Dan Talmo & Paula White

1-3pm Old Madison Rm BALKAN SINGING -- Iliana Bozhanova & Tri Bratovchedki

3-5pm Great Hall BULGARIAN FOLKDANCE -- Iliana Bozhanova

3-5pm Tripp Commons ARGENTINE TANGO -- Steve Fosdal & Angie Fadness

Buffet Dinner served at 5pm in Inn Wisconsin Room ($15.45)

Reservation required by Jan.19 -- Michael mk@mailbag.com / 608-241-3655.

The Legendary FOLK BALL DANCE PARTY (Great Hall)

Saturday 7:00pm-1:00am

Music By:

ORKESTAR BEZ IME -- Hot New IFD Band of Twin Cities

SLOBODA -- Milwaukee's Ethnic Sound

SZASZKA -- Traditional Hungarian

DAVID & YULIYAN -- Balkan Bagpipe & Drum

REPTILE PALACE ORCHESTRA -- High-Octane Eclectic Ethnic

Early Evening Dance Perfs: YONIM (Israeli), NARODNO! (Hungarian),

KALAANJI (East Indian), MADISON TANGO GROUP (Argentine)

Fri, 26-Jan-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
David Fox and Will Branch
Old time music, fiddle tunes, acoustic blues and Cajun music will warm up this January evening when David Fox and Will Branch come over from Milwaukee. Long time Madisonians may remember David from his student days in the 1960s when he played with the Amazing Grace Jug Band. His more recent collaboration with Will Branch has resulted in two CDs that were favorably reviewed by Sing Out and Dirty Linen. The duo plays lot of family shows in the Milwaukee area and has appeared at Mother Fool's and the Dane County Farmers' Market in Madison. Their new CD may be ready by the time of their Wild Hog show.
Fri, 26-Jan-2007
7:30 pm (4:00 hrs)
Madison's 19th annual Folk Ball Festival
Memorial Union (800 Langdon Street, Madison)

Supported by your voluntary donations at the events you choose to attend -- come and enjoy!

Friday Night Dance Parties

CONTRA DANCE: Tripp Commons (2nd floor east)

7:30-8:00 instruction, 8:00-11:30 calling by Karen Kaufman, music by DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Info: Steve 608-238-3394. Suggested donation $7.

INTERNATIONAL DANCE: Great Hall (4th floor) 7:30-midnight.

Featuring Dance Bands:

CAJUN STRANGERS -- Cajun band - Madison

IZVOR ORCHESTRA -- Flagship Ethnic Band of Milwaukee

MARITZA -- Up-and-coming IFD from Decorah

YID VICIOUS -- Madison's Virtuous Klezmer (Yiddish)

and a cameo appearance by Tri Bratovchedki Singers

Fri, 19-Jan-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bowen Marvik
An evening of mellow instrumentals is on tap when Bowen Marvik brings his guitar to the Wild Hog. Bowen says his performance schedule slowed down a bit in 2006 while he devoted more time to his recording business, Travenia Records. He started the business eight years ago on a small scale, but has increased the pace and is proud to have produced recordings by such artists as Sandy Andina, Stephen Lee Rich and Doug Hamilton. As a performer, Bowen features mostly original music with a few arrangements and some improvisations mixed in.
Fri, 12-Jan-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Dreams and Train Smoke
Dreams and Train Smoke, who characterize themselves as an "Americana group," includes John Norland on guitar, Lucky Lemke on banjo, guitar and mandolin and Pat Wynes, mandolin and ukulele. Based in Rock County, they've been playing music together for more than two years and have performed in Watertown, at Madison's Zuzu Café and at area festivals. This will be their first appearance as featured artists at the Wild Hog. Expect vocal harmonies, a dash of humor, covers of Bob Dylan and John Prine and some original songs. And by the way, their name was inspired by a Tom Waits song.
Mon, 8-Jan-2007
7:30 pm (1:30 hrs)
January Coordinators Meeting
How about volunteering at the Wild Hog in 2007? You don't even need to make a New Year's resolution - just come to a coordinators' meeting and find out how to get started.
Fri, 5-Jan-2007
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Christopher Powers
A perennial favorite at the Wild Hog, Christopher Powers returns for a solo gig with his mandolin, guitar and bouzouki. You'll hear a wide range of roots music, including country blues, bluegrass and Celtic swing, with some originals added for good measure. Chris is the long-time host of Mud Acres, WORT-FM's Friday morning bluegrass show, and has a busy teaching schedule with UW-Extension in Madison and the School of the Arts, held every summer in Rhinelander, WI. You can hear his new band, the Old Tin Can String Band, Thursday nights at the Brocach Irish Pub.
Fri, 29-Dec-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Wild Hog Closed
The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse will be closed December 22 and 29 Happy Holidays!

We'll be back on January 5, 2007

Fri, 22-Dec-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Wild Hog Closed
The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse will be closed December 22 and 29 Happy Holidays!

We'll be back on January 5, 2007

Fri, 15-Dec-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Ken Lonnquist / The Whateverlys
This just in! The Whateverlys will join Ken Lonnquist at the Wild Hog for an evening of mostly original music. You can expect to hear favorites from Ken's overflowing songbag ? kids' songs, environmental songs and love songs, for instance ? and some Bob Dylan covers. The election will be over by then, but that won't deter Ken from adding some topical and political songs to the mix. Songs of the winter season will round out the evening.

Ken's talented collaborators in the Whateverlys quartet are Henry Boehm, bass; Jon Vriesacker, fiddle/violin; and Doug Normington, percussion.

Sun, 10-Dec-2006
3:15 pm (1:15 hrs)
Special Treat! Jazz Ahead
The jazz big band "Jazz Ahead" will be playing at Hilldale Mall on Sunday, December 10, ~3:15 to 4:30. If you're Christmas shopping at Hilldale and you hear some jazzy music, just follow your ears. It is free of charge.

They only perform a couple of times a year, so this is a special treat. This is big band jazz that will blow your socks off. Not to be missed.

The majority of the playlist will be 1940's-era big band jazz, with some from the '30's, and some more recent, plus they'll throw in 2 or 3 Christmas tunes too (no extra charge).

Fri, 8-Dec-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Graham & Co.
"There's a lot going on right now," said Nelson Graham when queried about plans for his Wild Hog show. Works in progress include a Christmas album, and even if it isn't finished by show time you can expect to hear some international holiday music this evening. Graham & Co. are also producing a CD of their very successful concert in last summer's Art in the Barn series. Nelson Graham began his career as a performer in the duo, Buffalo Trail. Possessed of a warm and wonderful baritone singing voice, he's continued to hone his skills as a singer and story teller and we look forward to his return engagements at the Wild Hog.
Mon, 4-Dec-2006
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
December Coordinators Meeting
Wish the Wild Hog a belated happy birthday by coming to the coordinators meeting. Help to sustain the spirit that moved our founders to start up the Wild Hog back in 1978.
Fri, 1-Dec-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bill and Bobbie Malone with the Blue State Boys
Gathering Shells & Other Memories is the title of Bill and Bobbie Malone's first CD, and their off-stage love story translates beautifully into their musical collaboration. "This CD," writes Bobbie "is a musical scrapbook of the magical twenty-nine years we've spent together."

Bill and Rod Moag, his collaborator on Remember Me, their CD featuring music of the Bailes Bothers, were recently the subjects of a leisurely interview on NPR's Weekend Edition. Both are retired professors, and their insightful liner notes open up this vintage music to a whole new audience.

A musical evening with the Malones in the warm atmosphere at the Wild Hog is not to be missed!

Mon, 27-Nov-2006
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Special Treat! Jazz Ahead
The jazz big band "Jazz Ahead" will be playing at the Oakwood Village Auditorium. Both this event, and the Hilldale event (below) will be free of charge.

They only perform a couple of times a year, so this is a special treat. This is big band jazz that will blow your socks off. Not to be missed.

Also, they will be playing at Hilldale Mall on Sunday, December 10, ~3:15 to 4:30. If you're Christmas shopping at Hilldale and you hear some jazzy music, just follow your ears.

The majority of the playlist will be 1940's-era big band jazz, with some from the '30's, and some more recent. At Hilldale, they'll throw in 2 or 3 Christmas tunes too.

Fri, 24-Nov-2006
8:00 pm (1:00 hr)
Wild Hog Closed
Wild Hog closed Friday, November 24 Happy Thanksgiving!

Fri, 17-Nov-2006
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Kid Folk on Stage (Early Start)
Bring the kids to perform or just come to cheer for the Wild Hog's next generation. Tonight, young people take to the stage for this fourth annual event to play music, sing songs, do a musical skit or poem or perform some other folky/creative routine. (Family acts are welcome.) Sign up in advance (preferably) or at the door. Bring instruments, a cappella voices, costumes, whatever you need. And please bring a snack to share during intermission. Performances end by 9:30 p.m. Questions or RSVP to David Eagan, djeagan @wisc.edu or 249-04709.
Fri, 10-Nov-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich
Singing, yodeling, guitar picking, comedy and story telling make Stephen Lee Rich a one-man variety show. Born and raised in the Chicago area, he learned his craft playing open stages at such legendary folk clubs as the No Exit and the Earl of Old Town, and now he's host of his own weekly open stage. This project started at the Speed Bump Java Joint in 2002 and is now well established on Saturday nights at the Escape Java Joint on Willy Street. Stephen Lee is planning ahead for his 8th Annual Christmas Show for People Who Can't Stand the Holidays. In the meantime, come and hear "your friendly neighborhood yodeling cowboy" at the Wild Hog.
Mon, 6-Nov-2006
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
November Coordinators Meeting
Attendance at the October meeting was a bit thin, so we'd really appreciate seeing both old and new friends in November. You'll find us in one of the meeting rooms at the Wil-Mar Center.
Fri, 3-Nov-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Roxanne Neat
"Outstanding on banjo, dulcimer, guitar and spoons, Roxanne Neat sings the best of the old and new songs with a sure, clear voice and abiding respect for tradition," says Judy Rose, long-time host of Wisconsin Public Radio's "Simply Folk" show. Roxanne draws from traditional music of the British Isles and the Appalachians and includes few songs of her own and by songwriters who inspired her. She was a "pioneer" Artist in Residence for the Wisconsin Arts Board, one of the first performers to be featured on "Simply Folk," and we are proud to claim her as a long-time favorite at the Wild Hog in the Woods.
Sun, 29-Oct-2006
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
Holly Near Benefit Concert
Breaking -

Holly Near will be presenting a benefit concert at the Orpheum Theater for the Madison Area Peace Coalition. Updates when we get them. Or check her website -

http://www.hollynear.com/concerts.html

Fri, 27-Oct-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Common Rotation
Common Rotation's fall tour calendar reads like a world atlas: London, Belfast and Glasgow are on the list along with Chicago, St. Paul and Lake Tahoe. Their show at the Wild Hog is in keeping with their mission: "We'll play in your house and give you a new song every day, for free . . . ." They began playing house concerts as a way to fill the gaps between cities while out on tour opening for They Might Be Giants and David Crosby and they post new songs daily to a free download service, The Union Maid.

Adam Busch (vocals), Eric Kufs (vocals, guitar) and Jordan Katz (trumpet, guitar, banjo, vocals) grew up on the same block on Long Island and have been making music together for 15 years. Their new CD, Isalie (say "Is a Lie"), and a documentary film are due out this fall.

Fri, 20-Oct-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Macyn Taylor
This will be Macyn Taylor's first show at the Wild Hog, but she's already a veteran performer at age 12. She's been a regular on the Union Terrace for the past two summers, honing her skills and wowing audiences in good weather and bad. After learning a few chords from her dad at age 7 Macyn has forged ahead on her own. She's developing a wide repertoire of covers of such artists as John Prine, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, the Beatles and the Dixie Chicks, and throws in some Irish music, as well. Recent gigs include a benefit for Huntington's disease, Taste of Madison, Q106 radio and a benefit for the Les Paul Museum in Waukesha.
Fri, 13-Oct-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Art Paul Schlosser (Peter Moeri will open)
Art Paul Schlosser, well known for his long run as a street performer in Madison, will bring his humor, political songs, ukulele and guitar indoors. He names Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen as sources of inspiration and his work has been featured on radio by Dr. Demento. You can hear Art Paul himself on October 2 on WORT-FM's public access hour and find his CDs at cdbaby.com. He's playing less often on the street these days because of his family's activities, so you won't want to miss this show. Peter Moeri, aka Sneaky Pete, will play the opening set.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Paul_Schlosser

Fri, 6-Oct-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Old Quarry Road is Marty Feldhake's first CD and the title track evokes the memory of generations of workers at the limestone quarry near Marty's home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The dream of growing up to be a cowboy, the quiet beauty of a restored prairie and cherished family relationships inspired other songs on the CD. Marty also covers songwriters like Bill Staines and Steve Earle, and his fine baritone does them justice. Joining Marty on stage will be Andy Morton, mandolin and Mark Poelman, guitar, harmonica and vocals.
Mon, 2-Oct-2006
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
October Coordinators Meeting
Members and friends of the Wild Hog are always welcome at Coordinators Meetings. We're usually finished by 8:30 p.m.

Topics for Discussion -

Equipment upgrades. We’d like to add some new mics and mic stands. Kim Genich will get price information and report back.

Rent increase. The Wil-Mar Center has raised our rent for the first time in several years. When we have the financial statements for the first few months at the new rate we’ll discuss whether the Wild Hog might need to raise admission prices (also for the first time in several years).

Woody Guthrie Night CD. A recording was made of the Wild Hog’s Woody Guthrie Night two years ago with the idea that we might produce a CD. We’re looking for input on such questions as how many songs to include, how complicated a mastering job would be needed and whether the CDs would be intended for sale or primarily for Wild Hog members and friends. Frank Simpson is interested in moving this project toward completion. The discussion will continue at the next Coordinators Meeting on October 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Holly Near Concert. Charles Uphoff asked for the Wild Hog’s support in promoting the Holly Near Concert. She’ll accept a reduced fee in order to make the event a fund raiser for peace organizations. We agreed to help.

Fri, 29-Sep-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bill Isles
Singer-songwriter Bill Isles is bringing his guitar and his songbag down from Duluth, MN. He's been touring his home state performing with Buddy Mondlock and has scheduled some gigs with Canadian master fiddler April Verch. Bill's new CD, The Shores of My Hometown, will be out by the time he gets to Madison. Many of his songs attest to his love of life, family and friends. Having survived a near-fatal heart attack - his heart actually stopped for several minutes - Bill likes to say he "doesn't give darkness the upper hand." If you missed his Wild Hog debut last year, you, too, have a second chance - to hear some really fine music.
Fri, 22-Sep-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Clare Norelle with Book of Embraces
Songs in several languages and stories from around the earth are the hallmarks of an evening with Clare Norelle. Having earned a master's degree in Community Education, Clare combines her professional skills with her artistry in offering concerts, workshops and artist residencies on themes of peace, justice, human rights, love, humor and healing. Recent gigs include Fighting Bobfest, Kids Peace Day at Madison Children's Museum and Savor the Summer at Troy Gardens. The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano inspired the name of her ensemble. Clare's colleagues are Ken Keeley on electric bass and Scott Caldwell on drums.

http://web.mac.com/clarenorelle/iWeb/Site/clare%20norelle.html

Fri, 15-Sep-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Mac Robertson
Mac Robertson has sung sea chanteys on the Clearwater, ballads in Scotland, picked his banjo in Appalachia and had his song, Duckriders in the Dells, featured on WPR's Simply Folk. At the Wild Hog, Mac has been part of Woody Guthrie Nights and Eagan Family Sings and this past summer he led Madison Folk Music Society's monthly sings at Blue Mound State Park. Fellow sailor-folkie Tim Sharpe will join Mac for this concert.

Contributions to Phillip the Pig will benefit the Madison Information Technology Association, a student group at MATC whose members provide technical assistance to nonprofit organizations.

Fri, 8-Sep-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Kevin Soucie
"Cosmopolitan folk" is how Kevin Soucie describes his distinctive performance style. This Milwaukee native and former state legislator left elective politics to experience other cultures and languages, studying in Quebec and Poland. From the chansonniers (folk musicians) of Montreal's cafes he learned a body of French tunes he's now sharing with high school and university French programs, including UW-Madison's French House. His Wild Hog program will include several Balkan tunes with the able assistance of Pine Wilson of Decorah, Iowa and her Balkan-style accordion. She's the founder and leader of Maritza, a Decorah-based "Balkan boogie" band.
Thu, 31-Aug-2006
11:00 pm (All day)
Wild Hog - Closed for August
Our traditional time off for Wild Hog Coordinators and helpers. See you in September.
Mon, 28-Aug-2006
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
September Coordinators Meeting (in August)
Summer Coordinators Meetings Our monthly coordinators meetings are always open to anyone who is interested. New volunteers are welcomed with open arms, and we'd especially appreciate some extra help this summer when some of "the regulars" are traveling. Planning for September
Fri, 28-Jul-2006
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Eagan Boys & Friends
Note Early Start

Three generations of Eagans will convene for this melodic evening, including patriarch (and crooner) Jack Eagan, age 85, plus son David and grandsons Alex and Jackson. "The harmonic force runs strong in our family," writes David, "and this will be our first time together on stage." Assorted talented musical friends will accompany at times with songs, sing-alongs, stories and nostalgic favorites that are sure to delight.

Contact: David Eagan, djeagan@wisc.edu, 249-0409.

Fri, 21-Jul-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bowen Marvik
Madison guitarist Bowen Marvik, who started his career as a performer in mid-life, says he continues to enjoy playing music and is looking forward to his gig at the Wild Hog. He's played recently at Madison's Winter Farmer's Market, the Mill Street Inn in Cambridge and area coffeehouses, but says the Wild Hog is his favorite venue. Expect an all-instrumental evening of mostly original music with a few covers.
Fri, 14-Jul-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
The Dust Bunnies
The Dust Bunnies (aka Bill Fallon of Downers Grove, Illinois on vocals and guitar and Ben Doran of Madison on vocals and hammered dulcimer) will share a waterfall of an evening singing sea chanteys and other maritime songs reflective of their many years on the sunny beaches of the DuPage and Wisconsin Rivers. You can also expect to hear some Irish-American tunes and originals inspired by "Rise Up Singing", Christy Moore, and Tommy Makem & the Clancy Brothers.
Fri, 7-Jul-2006
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Steven James - Family Show
Note Early Start

There will be music to delight kids of all ages, pre-school to pre-teen (parents, too), when Steven James brings his big bass fiddle to the stage of the Wil-Mar Center. This interactive show will highlight traditional kids' songs and offer plenty of opportunity for an old-time family sing-along. Steven makes imaginative use of background recordings to enhance the sound of his stand-up bass. This versatile musician works well with a full range of audiences, all the way from pre-school classrooms to Madison Symphony concerts at the Overture Center.

Fri, 30-Jun-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Amy Curl
It's been a banner year for Madison songwriter Amy Curl. Her song 'Ready to Wear' placed second in the pop/rock category of the 2005 Midwest Song Contest and she earned two MAMA nominations in 2005 for Best Acoustic Artist and Best Acoustic Album (for 'Mixed Bag'). "She can prompt smiles or laughter one minute, and in the next can bring listeners to tears," writes Bill Livick of the Oregon Observer. We're glad Amy is sharing an evening at the Wild Hog before she leaves for two months of volunteer work at the Iona Community on an island off the west coast of Scotland.
Fri, 23-Jun-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Skip Jones & Lee Nimmer
Folksinger, story teller, educator and grandfather all describe Skip Jones, long a Wild Hog favorite. "I believe in the power of music," says Skip; "I play for people wherever I find them." Besides giving concerts, he's worked as an Artist in Education in Minnesota and facilitated a Teen Leadership Cooperative in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Skip will be bringing his songs, guitar and Native American flute to Madison from his home near the Red River on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin. Long-time collaborator Lee Nimmer will join him for this show.
Fri, 16-Jun-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Erin O'Brien
Erin O'Brien performs story-driven roots-folk music. Her finely crafted songs, warm stage presence and dynamic voice have earned her numerous accolades, including, most recently, first place in 20th Annual Mid-Winter Talent Contest sponsored by The Coffeehouse, Milwaukee. The Madison Songwriters Group honored her as Performing Songwriter of the Year in 2004. During this past year Erin has been working on new material for an upcoming recording project and she observed February 2006 Album Writing Month by creating 14 songs in 28 days!
Fri, 9-Jun-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Moon House (Jeff Hickey & Richard "Blackhawk" Kapusta)
Jeff Hickey and Richard "Blackhawk" Kapusta have been playing as the duo Moon House at the Up North Bar for more than five years, but this will be their first joint appearance at the Wild Hog. They play a mix of traditional, original and popular material. Says Jeff, "People who hear us are most likely to comment on the strength of our vocal harmonies (the word 'passionate' comes to mind) and our commitment to strong rhythms (we rock!)." Jeff won the MAMA award for Best Acoustic CD in 2004 and Blackhawk can boast of record sales by the tens of thousands. Their combined total of music making surpasses 40 years!
Mon, 5-Jun-2006
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
June Coordinators Meeting
Summer Coordinators Meetings Our monthly coordinators meetings are always open to anyone who is interested. New volunteers are welcomed with open arms, and we'd especially appreciate some extra help this summer when some of "the regulars" are traveling. Meeting dates are: · Monday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. at Wil-Mar Center · July meeting is cancelled · Monday, August 28, 7:30 p.m. at Wil-Mar Center, to plan for September
Fri, 2-Jun-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Sass! (Susan Urban & Sandy Andina)
Sass! is songwriters Sandy Andina and Susan Urban of Chicago. These wise and witty women describe their music as Original Classic Folk, and acknowledge influences ranging from folk to rock to opera. Guitar, six string banjo, mountain dulcimer and hand drum back their expert vocal harmonies. Kathryn Morski of Deltafolks, Escanaba, MI, has said, "Separately they're darn good songwriters who share a love of lyrics and melody. Together they're . . . well, swell doesn't cover it. Humor, truth and tall tales [are] delivered with enthusiasm and skill."
Fri, 26-May-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Douglas Hamilton
Douglas Hamilton, singer of quirky songs in the tradition of Tom Lehrer and Allen Sherman, also plays piano, guitar and stand-up bass on stage. Though he writes in the attic of his Madison home, he's gained a world-wide audience by posting his songs on the Internet and had one cyber-hit featured by Dr. Demento. Titles such as Surfin' on Company Time, Old McDonald Had a Form, Stuck in a Meeting, and Must Have Chocolate will give you an idea of what he's up to. Don't be surprised if he slips in a few of his more serious songs as well. His daughter, Eva, and son, Alec, are expected to join him on stage for this show.
Fri, 19-May-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Li'l Rev
Lil' Rev, aka Marc Revenson, is a Milwaukee-based, full-time musician and storyteller who, in the words of Christopher Clough of the Green Bay News Chronicle, "[is] gaining national attention as one of the most up-and-coming performers in his genre." His repertoire is wide ranging, including the songs of Stephen Foster, Delta holler blues, traditional Jewish songs and Tin Pan Alley. He plays several instruments, giving particular attention to the ukulele. Recent projects include his CD, The Fountain of Uke, and publication of a ukulele instruction book in the Hal Leonard series.
Fri, 12-May-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Train Song Night
The Wild Hog is reviving a much-loved tradition of inviting several performers to spend an evening sharing train songs. Because railroads played a big part in the industrialization of the United States, their builders and workers occupy a special place in American folklore. And dozens of great songs capture that lonesome feeling of watching the train head toward the horizon, carrying away the one you love. If you'd like to contribute a song or two, you can sign up by calling Kim Genich at 233-5687. The sound system will be set up and we hope the audience will sing along.
Fri, 5-May-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Marty Feltig
Singer-songwriter Marty Feldhake will celebrate the release of his first CD, Old Quarry Road, in this return visit to the Wild Hog. The album, which includes six original songs and some old favorite camp songs, evokes the image of a limestone quarry near Marty's home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Marty attended grade school in Belleville and still has family in the area, so he looks forward to his annual shows at the Wild Hog. Andy Morton of Madison will bring his mandolin and join Marty on stage.
Mon, 1-May-2006
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
May Coordinators Meeting
Celebrate May Day by participating in our co-op. Our monthly meetings are always open to anyone who wants to attend.
Fri, 28-Apr-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Aaron Nathans, Kris Adams and Andrew Nath
You can expect a lot of positive energy from this trio of performers from the Madison Songwriters Group? no brooding singer-songwriters here! Aaron Nathans says his songs are "part cerebral, part absurd." Andrew Nath, on the other hand, writes and sings in a "rap-ish" style. Kris Adams, who chooses classical guitar rather than the 6-string favored by her colleagues, sings in a "hooky, understated" style. Her song, Small Moments, took top honors in the 2004 Madison songwriters contest. The three singers will perform individually and together.
Fri, 21-Apr-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bob Batyko and Sims Delaney-Potthoff
Sims Delaney-Potthoff and Bob Batyko, well known for their affiliation with two of Madison's finest bands, also enjoy occasional gigs as a duo, and we're glad they've chosen to share that joy at the Wild Hog. Bob has been playing guitar with the Spare Time Bluegrass Band for 14 years, while Sims has played mandolin even longer with his gypsy swing band, Harmonious Wail. Their show at the Wild Hog will be a lot of fun, featuring some bluegrass tunes and whatever else strikes their fancy. Lorie Docken will join in on acoustic bass.
Fri, 14-Apr-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Heartwood
Candace Kreitlow and Katie Waldren are celebrating their 10-year collaboration as Heartwood with a "best instrumentalists" nomination for a Madison Area Music Award. You'll know why when you hear the beautiful sound resulting from their skillful play on Celtic harp, lap and hammered dulcimers, guitar and fiddle. They're noted for their performances of traditional American and British Isles folk music with a Celtic-Appalachian flair. Babes in the Wood is their latest album and it showcases their stylish vocals in a two-CD set. Visit them online at heartwoodproductions.com.
Fri, 7-Apr-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Chris McNamara & Rick Neeley
Both Chris McNamara and Rick Neeley have their music roots in and around Chicago. Chris's style spans Celtic, gospel and folk and she's set several of her own writings to music, playing 6-string guitar. Drawing on the legacy of his mentor, the late Chicago folk legend, Bob Gibson, Rick presents an array of songs from the strictly traditional to contemporary and original, and plays 12-string guitar and 5-string banjo. "An evening spent in the presence of Chris McNamara and Rick Neeley . . . gives one enough positive energy to last the month and then some," wrote Sharon Brunot, of the Someplace Else Folk Music Series.
Mon, 3-Apr-2006
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
April Coordinators Meeting
Help us maintain the Wild Hog's tradition of offering community service and supporting local musicians by becoming a volunteer. Attending a Coordinators Meeting is a good way to start.
Fri, 31-Mar-2006
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Family Singalong (The 9th Annual)
Note Early Start

Come sing your hearts out - and sing from the heart - at this annual gathering of youngsters, parents friends and relations. Circle the chairs, light the candles and tune up those vocal "chords" and guitars. We'll sing requests from the group, and some folks will lead a few songs: David, Jackson and Alex Eagan, Logan Robertson, Kirsten and Torsten Johnson, plus Turner and Gareth Collins. Bring instruments and your favorite family songs to share (if possible, bring song sheets so everyone can join in). Also bring a treat - healthy or decadent - to share at half-time (8:00-8:30), plus a $1 donation. For details, contact David Eagan, 249-0409, or djeagan -at- wisc.edu.

Fri, 24-Mar-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Christopher Powers
Already a master of the guitar and mandolin, Chris Powers says it's been "very interesting" to add the bouzouki to his repertoire. He'll play American and Irish folk songs on the instrument many of us associate with Greek movies and restaurants, and perhaps throw in covers of songs by Bob Dylan, The Band and the Rolling Stones-songs he learned when he first began to play the guitar. This multi-talented performer also plays bluegrass with the Quarter Tap String Band, enlivens our Friday mornings as host of the Mud Acres show on WORT-FM, and teaches in the UW Extension.
Fri, 17-Mar-2006
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
Rich Baumann
Note Early Start

Children of all ages will enjoy an evening of music with Rich Baumann. Irish fiddle tunes, songs of family and participation by the audience will all be included. Well known locally for his performances in health care settings, Rich recently completed a nine-state tour of the Midwest and South. A centerpiece of the trip was a group of concerts in Alexandria, LA around the theme, "The Arts in Health Care." His work was timely and well-received, as this city of 60,000, located about 200 miles north of New Orleans, has met the challenge of providing temporary shelter to about 20,000 people who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina.

Fri, 10-Mar-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Clare Norelle & Book of Embraces
Madison songwriter Clare Norelle (vocals, guitar and mandolin) performs with Scott Caldwell (percussion) and Ken Keeley (bass) as Book of Embraces. The trio plays original and international songs in several languages, offering a sense of resistance, humor and connection in hard times. They also have a lot of fun, and may invite you to get up and dance a little-nourishing mind and body for the good work ahead. When not making music, Clare shares her skills as a storyteller and leader of workshops on cross-cultural connections and social justice.

One of the songs that Clare wrote that they play - "algo de ti" just won first prize in the folk/acoustic category of the Midwest Songwriter's Contest. The song will be on the Madison songwriter's website, and may on her new website (and calendar) before you read this, and will be done at the Wild Hog performance.

Mon, 6-Mar-2006
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
March Coordinators Meeting
Our monthly meetings are always open to anyone who is interested. As the songwriter once said, "We get by with a little help from our friends."
Fri, 3-Mar-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Steve Hazel
Whether March comes in like a lion or a lamb, you can bank on evening of heartwarming songs from Steve Hazell. Topics range from the poignant Tom and Rose, about a couple who fall in love and stay that way, to Driving a Mess, a reflection on the condition of Steve's car. His songs about the prairie and stewardship of the land led to his being declared an honorary Wild One by the national organization of the same name. "Steve and his music have played a key part in all four of our annual natural landscaping conferences," say the Wild Ones. Steve's fine finger-style guitar picking is the perfect complement to his well-crafted songs.
Fri, 24-Feb-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Ken Lonnquist
Ken Lonnquist hardly needs an introduction in his home town of Madison. This gifted improvisationalist has for years engaged listeners with humor and audience interaction, songs of the earth, and musical theater, including the holiday favorite, Old Befana. His credits include National Public Radio, the Canadian Broad-casting Company, festivals and nature centers, as well as opening for Pete Seeger, Greg Brown, Holly Near and Si Kahn. For this solo show Ken is planning a smorgasbord of delights for adults and any children lucky enough to accompany them.
Fri, 17-Feb-2006
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
Wild Hog Benefit for the Homeless
Admission: $10 at the door

7:30 Bill and Bobbie Malone, classic country
8:30 Frank Simpson, Woody Guthrie songs
9:15 Dave Fallow, guitar and mandolin
10:15 Shauna Wells, singer-songwriter

The performers are donating their time and talents so that all proceeds will go to support the work of Porchlight, Inc. and Interfaith Hospitality Network.

The Malones' repertoire includes classic country songs, both sad and sweet, often reflecting their Texas heritage. Frank Simpson's mellow baritone and fine guitar playing are well suited to a variety of songs from gospel to Guthrie. Dave Fallow, radio naturalist, is well known as one of Madison's best-picking players of guitar and mandolin. Shauna Wells, an award-winning singer-songwriter, will likely add some jazz and Latin tunes to her set.

Hurricane Katrina brought attention to the plight of homeless people in the United States; we at the Wild Hog wanted to offer support to those in our own community. Porchlight, Inc. and the Interfaith Hospitality Network both have strong histories of providing services to homeless persons in the Madison area. Both agencies will have representatives at the concert to tell concert-goers about their work, and literature will be available.

Please come down to the Wild Hog on February 17 for an enjoyable evening in support of a very good cause.

Fri, 10-Feb-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Round the Bend (bluegrass)
A show at the Wild Hog in February is getting to be a tradition for Round the Bend - this will be their 5th annual event! You'll hear bluegrass, some old-timey numbers, and western swing, just the ticket to evoke memories of barn dancing fun and the remembrance of love lost and found. The band likes to have a good time with the audience by including down-home humor between tunes. Doug Hodges, acoustic bass, is the newest member of the band, joining Sherry Crownhart, mandolin, Don Englehart, guitar, Carolyn Hegeler, banjo, and Fred Newmann, fiddle.
Mon, 6-Feb-2006
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
February Coordinators Meeting
We'd be delighted to have some extra volunteers for our February 17 benefit concert. Come to the Coordinators' meeting and see how you can help.
Fri, 3-Feb-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich & Sandy Andina
After sitting in on each other's gigs for several years, Sandy Andina and Stephen Lee Rich have made their collaboration official and on February 3 they'll celebrate the release of their first CD, Because We Can. The new CD includes originals, parodies, a couple of holiday songs and a cover of the Fred-and-Ginger classic, A Fine Romance. "Think Fred Flintsone and Ginger Ale," says Stephen Lee. Chicagoan Sandy Andina performs in venues from the U.P. to South Carolina, while Madisonian Stephen Lee regularly hosts open mic evenings at the Escape Java Joint on Williamson Street.
Fri, 27-Jan-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
The McDougals
Mike and Patty McDougal, best known to Wild Hog listeners as members of The Buzzards, will bring their duo show to the Wild Hog for the first time. Folksingers extraordinaire, these versatile musicians will offer a show that's energetic, positive and entertaining, with a mix of traditional and original songs and comedy. Mike grew up in the folk community of Chicago (think Steve Goodman, John Prine). Patty comes from a Spring Green family with history as vaudeville performers, and she and Mike have formed a duo that works as well off stage as on.
Fri, 20-Jan-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bowen Marvik
We're pleased to welcome Bowen Marvik back to the Wild Hog for an evening of acoustic guitar music. He can be counted on for a tasteful mix of original music and his own arrangements of pop tunes. Bowen has a regular gig at the Mill Street Inn, Cambridge, and has recently been heard on Wisconsin Public Radio's Higher Ground show and WORT's Pastures of Plenty. The Wild Hog is proud to note that Bowen began his performing career here.
Fri, 13-Jan-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Roxanne Neat
Songs of the winter season are in store as Roxanne Neat, long a favorite with Wild Hog audiences, returns to the coffeehouse. Roxanne is equally at home with contemporary and traditional songs, and we always look forward to a heart-wrenching ballad or two. She'll accompany herself on guitar, piano, spoons and bones, ongs of the winter season are in store as Roxanne Neat, long a favorite with Wild Hog audiences, returns to the coffeehouse. Roxanne is equally at home with contemporary and traditional songs, and we always look forward to a heart-wrenching ballad or two. She'll accompany herself on guitar, piano, spoons and bones, and, given the number of friends she has in Madison, a surprise guest is always a possibility. She's now making her home in Stoughton, where her circle of friends grows ever wider.

Fri, 6-Jan-2006
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Vinny D and the Overtones
The Gadjo Players
Offering a welcoming venue for new performers is essential to the Wild Hog's mission. Celebrate the New Year by coming to hear first-ever public performances by two local bands.

Vinny D and the Overtones.
Juniors at Madison's LaFollette and East High Schools, Jacob Vance, guitar, Aaron Washa, bass and TJ Brown, drums, have been playing together for a year. Now they're ready to take the stage with music from Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix.

The Gadjo Players.
Acoustic swing rounds out the double bill. Nate Hess and Matt Krueger, mandolins, Mike Kratochwill, guitar and Ben Johnson, upright bass, are experienced musicians who played with other bands before their interest in swing brought them together. They're careful to point out that their music is not, strictly speaking, gypsy swing - "Gadjo" is a derogatory term real Gypsies use for non-Gypsies.

Fri, 30-Dec-2005
Closed for the Holidays
The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Wed, 28-Dec-2005
10:00 am (All day)
Wild Hog Membership
Wild Hog memberships run for the calendar year, so it's time to think about joining or renewing for 2006. The expiration date of your membership is noted on the newsletter mailing label.

Benefits of membership include lower admission at concerts, receiving the monthly newsletter in the mail, and the satisfaction of helping to sustain and encourage the local folk music community.

"Working members" get a break on annual dues in exchange for volunteering at the Wild Hog at least three times per year.

For your convience you can click on the title of this 'event' to be taken to a printable webpage membership form.

You can receive e-mail notices about Wild Hog events via EventsGalore. To sign up for this service, send a note to jbfabke@aol.com or check the box on the renewal form.

You can also sign yourself up for the EventsGalore automatic e-mail notices by following the link near the top of this calendar page. Its free, and we won't give out your email address.

Fri, 23-Dec-2005
Closed for the Holidays
The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Fri, 16-Dec-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Lisa Johnson
An evening of music with Lisa Johnson promises listeners an engaging combination of the familiar and the surprising. We can count on a mix of traditional ballads, contemporary songs and originals - Lisa's clear, true soprano voice is a wonderful vehicle for all of them. But because she's an accomplished performer on several instruments, there's always an element of surprise as to which ones she'll bring. Will it be the guitar or the bowed psaltery, the autochord or the hammered dulcimer, or all of the above? Surprise guests are another intriguing possibility.
Fri, 9-Dec-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
KG and the Ranger
Saddle up your imagination for a ride through the Old West with Madison's own KG and the Ranger. Their smooth harmonies bring back memories of the cowboys and cowgirls of the silver screen. They're two-time International Harmony Yodeling champions and in April, 2005 won the Wild West Arts Club's annual Montie Montana Showmanship Award. "They sing with charm and style," says Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky. "They yodel spectacularly, choose great material with unerring taste . . . their growing and continuing success is well deserved." All this, and rope tricks, too!
Mon, 5-Dec-2005
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
December Coordinator's Meeting
Coordinators' Meeting Monday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.

Help us keep the cooperation in our Co-Op! These monthly meetings are open to anyone who is interested, Come by and help us prepare for the New Year.

Fri, 2-Dec-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Graham & Co.
Songs of the season are on the bill along with originals and old favorites as singer-songwriter Nelson Graham returns to the Wild Hog in the Woods. He's expanded his fan base South of the Border since he last appeared at the Wild Hog. Nancy Seeley, contributing writer to Paradise magazine writes from Zihuatamnejo, Ixtapa, Mexico, "This Wisconsin country boy found a following in my adopted Mexican fishing village . . . appreciative music lovers connected with Graham's down-home style and heart-on-his-sleeve compositions." Graham & Co. released their latest CD, Find the Song, in March 2005.
Fri, 25-Nov-2005
Closed for Thanksgiving
"... And we had never heard of a dump closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in our eyes we drove off into the sunset looking for another place to put the garbage.

We didn't find one. Until we came to a side road, and off the side of the side road there was another fifteen foot cliff and at the bottom of the cliff there was another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile is better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up we decided to throw our's down. ..." Arlo Guthrie - "Alice's Restaurant"

The Wild Hog wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Fri, 18-Nov-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Cindy Kallet (Wild Hog Special Event)
Cindy Kallet Friday, November 18, 8:00 p.m. Wild Hog Special Event - Tickets $8 $10 at door

"Cindy Kallet has quietly become one of folk music's most respected singer-songwriters," says Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe. "[She's} provocative, heartwise and original . . . a brilliant guitarist." The Wild Hog is proud to present this fine artist in her Madison debut.

Cindy's love for the natural beauty of the New England coast has inspired many of her songs, 32 of which were included in her 2003 publication, The Cindy Kallet Songbook. She's released five solo albums including an award-winning album for parents and kids growing up.

Gordon Bok, with whom she's frequently collaborated, describes Cindy Kallet as an "excellent instrumentalist [with] a voice that will give you the shivers." They've performed together in concert, on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" and on a CD.

Dar Williams has said, "When I was torn between folk music and opera (!), Cindy was one of the reasons I chose to pursue folk music. Her music is lyrical and honest and connects with an intimate space that only a powerful solo performer can reach."

Sat, 12-Nov-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette (Special Event with Mad Folk)
Note: Saturday Night

Advance tickets at Mad Folk outlets.

Wild Hog Advance Ticket Info

Mad Folk Advance Ticket Info

$14, $16 at the door

Fri, 11-Nov-2005
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Kid Folk on Stage with David Eagan, emcee
Note: Early start: 7:00 p.m.

Kid-Folk on Stage Friday, November 11, 7:00 p.m. (early start)

Young folk are in the spotlight for this third annual event - to play music, sing songs, perform a musical skit or share some other "folk" entertainment. (Family acts are welcome.) Sign up in advance or at the door. Bring instruments, a cappella voices, costumes, whatever you need. And bring a treat to share during intermission. Performances end by 9:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up as a performer, contact David Eagan by e-mail at djeagan@wisc.edu or by phone at 249-0409.

Mon, 7-Nov-2005
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
November Coordinator's Meeting
If you're new to Madison (or even if you aren't), volunteering at the Wild Hog is a great way to make new friends in the folk music community. Attending a Coordinators Meeting is a good way to start.
Fri, 4-Nov-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Marty Feltig
Singer-songwriter Marty Feltig, now a resident of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, enjoys renewing family ties when he plays at the Wild Hog. He grew up here, and his mom (his biggest fan) still lives in Verona. Expect an interesting mix of songs including ballads, Bluegrassy numbers and country Gospel tunes that reflect the influence of his day job in campus ministry at Lake Superior State University. He's working on his first CD with release projected for next spring.

Sat, 29-Oct-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Sally Rogers - Chris Lipo Memorial Concert
Sally Rogers Saturday, October 29, 2005 Chris Lipo Memorial Concert

The Wild Hog in the Woods and Madison Folk Music Society lost a good friend and dedicated volunteer when Chris Lipo died in a tragic accident in August, 2004. Her family felt that a concert by one of Chris's favorite performers would be the most appropriate celebration of her life and work.

Sally Rogers has accepted an invitation to present the memorial concert on Saturday, October 29, at First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, at 8:00 p.m. There is no admission charge as this concert is underwritten by memorial contributions from Chris's family and friends (including the Wild Hog). Donations will be gratefully accepted in hopes of making this an annual event.

The quilt that Chris designed and sewed for the Wild Hog's 25th anniversary in 2003 will be a backdrop for the memorial concert.

Further details are available in Madison Folk Music Society's October newsletter or at their website, www.madfolk.org.

Fri, 28-Oct-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
John Fabke & Brian O'Donnell
John Fabke and Brian O'Donnell, both members of popular local bluegrass outfits, are looking forward to an opportunity to dig into the blues string band tradition. While blues guitar was widely recorded and continues to thrive, African-American string band music was under-represented. Brian and John will focus in particular on the repertoire of the great guitar/fiddle duets of the Mississippi Sheiks. Bluegrass fans know Brian from his work with the Lonesome Rogues and John from the Nob Hill Boys and "Pastures of Plenty" on WORT-FM.
Fri, 21-Oct-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Li'l Rev
WAMI Awards for Best Folk Singer in 2004 and Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica in 2000 are evidence of the many talents of Lil' Rev, singer, instrumentalist and story teller from Milwaukee. His CD I Can't Keep the Past behind Me came out in 2004 and a new one featuring his prowess on the ukulele will be out later this year.

"Lil' Rev is the Jewish Pete Seeger," says Rabbi Larry Milder, "a voice that just pulls you in, a raconteur, and a folksinger in the tradition of songs of justice, dignity and Jewish heritage."

Folksinger Celia will open

Fri, 14-Oct-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
October 14 Schedule Change
Kim Genich will host a traditional singalong at the Wild Hog in the Woods on Friday, October 14, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Bring your instrument, your copy of Rise Up Singing or just yourself and join in an evening of song.

Singer-songwriter Marti Stevens, who was originally scheduled to appear on October 14, has cancelled her midwestern tour.

Fri, 14-Oct-2005
7:45 pm (2:00 hrs)
Marti Stevens CANCELED
Marti has cancelled her midwest tour. See below for more information.

Fri, 7-Oct-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
David HB Drake
Songs from October Country, the latest CD by Wisconsin troubadour David HB Drake, will be featured in this return engagement at the Wild Hog. Well known for his maritime songs (he's the resident musician for Wisconsin's tall ship, the Milwaukee-based Denis Sullivan), David returns to the land in his new CD. Songs celebrating the prairie and the change of season highlight October Country, which David views as a companion to Fisherman's Beach. The Folk Alliance Midwest Region recognized David's work with their "Lantern Bearer" life achievement award in 2003.
Mon, 3-Oct-2005
7:30 pm (1:30 hrs)
October Coordinators Meeting
All members and friends of the coffeehouse are always welcome. Help us keep the cooperation in our Co-Op!
Fri, 30-Sep-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Chuck Suchy (Wild Hog Special Event)
Wild Hog Special Event - Tickets $8 at door

The Boston Globe has described singer-songwriter Chuck Suchy as "a man with a rich wide-open spaces voice." Chuck was born, raised and still lives and works in the blue hills along the Missouri River near Mandan, North Dakota. His life changed forever in 1982 when someone gave him a tape of Stan Rogers singing Field Behind the Plow - it was the moment when he realized that the life he was immersed in was worthy of song.

Now a seasoned veteran of concert and festival stages, Chuck continues to delights listeners with songs that sound, says Jim Tarbox of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "like my great aunt and uncle's Iowa farmhouse smelled: hard soap/fresh bread/tractor grease."

Tickets $8 at the door

Fri, 23-Sep-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Woody Guthrie Night with Frank Simpson, emcee
Frank Simpson and Lisa Johnson will co-host the 2005 edition of a cherished Wild Hog tradition, an evening devoted to the songs and stories of Woody Guthrie. In 2003 Frank and Lisa journeyed to the Woody Guthrie Festival at Pampa, TX, where Woody lived as a young man. They enjoyed meeting members of the Guthrie family and made music with Pete Seeger and others.

Several local musicians will be singing on stage and they'll expect the audience to sing along!

Sat, 17-Sep-2005
4:00 pm (5:00 hrs)
Halfway Hooley
. . . is what you call a party that’s halfway around the year from St. Patrick’s Day, and there will be a big one on Saturday, September 17 at the Capital Brewery Beer Garden in Middleton.

It’s a benefit for Madison’s St. Pat’s Day Parade and UW Comprehensive Cancer Center, beginning at 4:00 p.m. with a jam that’s open to all Celtic music players.

Americay and Friends take the stage at 6:00-9:00 p.m.

To volunteer for this event or for more information, call Ruth Ellickson at 241-4070.

Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton. $5.00 donation.

More info: c_i_sullivan@yahoo.com

Hooley - Irish party

(This is a non Wild Hog event)

Fri, 16-Sep-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Finest Kind (Special Event with the Madison Folk Music Society)
Tickets $14 in advance, $16 at door (see below)

Ian Robb, Ann Downey and Shelley Posen constitute this remarkable folk trio, formed in Canada in 1991 and still going strong. Expect an evening of superb harmony singing served up with easy-going humor.

Ian Robb, born in London England, is a specialist in British folksong and plays a mean concertina. Ann Downey comes from the southwest USA and her instrumental skills (guitar, banjo, bass) reflect years of experience in bluegrass, swing and klezmer music. Shelley Posen, a professional folklorist, also plays several instruments and, like Ian Robb, was a columnist for Sing Out! magazine.

Advance tickets

Wild Hog Advance Ticket Info

Mad Folk Advance Ticket Info

Mon, 12-Sep-2005
7:30 pm (1:30 hrs)
September Coordinators Meeting
How about making a new-season resolution to participate in some Coordinators Meetings this fall? New ideas are always welcome, and we need volunteers.
Fri, 9-Sep-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bill and Bobbie Malone
The Wild Hog welcomes back displaced Texans Bill and Bobbie Malone and their overflowing song bag. You'll hear a wide ranging selection of traditional country music, Texas specialties and originals. Bobbie's been traveling this summer collecting material for the Wisconsin history text that's traditional for fourth graders (and appreciated by their parents) throughout the state. Bill assembles fascinating collections of country music, usually around a particular theme, and interviews interesting guests on "Back to the Country," heard Wednesdays on WORT-FM, 9:00-noon.
Fri, 2-Sep-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Chris McNamara and Rick Neely
The Wild Hog is proud to present Chris McNamara in her first-ever performance in Madison, the city of her birth. Her father, Jerry Harper, uttered the first words ever spoken on WKOW-TV back in 1953, and then went on to a long career at TV stations in Florida and Chicago. Chris has honed her skills as a singer-songwriter and now teams with Chicagoan Rick Neeley, who enjoyed a long musical friendship with the late, great Bob Gibson. Tony Spaeth of Folkwax Magazine says of the duo, "They embody the 'Holy Trinity' of performing: enthusiasm, vitality and joy."
Fri, 2-Sep-2005
1:00 am (All day)
Beginning of the new Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse season
A New Beginning (Again!)

The new music season begins at the Hog - be prepared for another great season of folk music.

We are looking forward to seeing you on September 2d for our new season opener.

Sun, 28-Aug-2005
9:00 am (All day)
Marquette Neighborhood Association
Orton Park Festival
The Wild Hog is pleased to support the Marquette Neighborhood Association as a sponsor of Orton Park Festival, August 26, 27, 28.
Sat, 27-Aug-2005
9:00 am (All day)
Marquette Neighborhood Association
Orton Park Festival
The Wild Hog is pleased to support the Marquette Neighborhood Association as a sponsor of Orton Park Festival, August 26, 27, 28.
Fri, 26-Aug-2005
9:00 am (All day)
Marquette Neighborhood Association
Orton Park Festival
The Wild Hog is pleased to support the Marquette Neighborhood Association as a sponsor of Orton Park Festival, August 26, 27, 28.
Mon, 1-Aug-2005
1:00 am (All day)
Wild Hog Vacation
Every year The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse gives its volunteers a summer break during the month of August. Therefore, the coffeehouse will be closed for the whole month of August.

We are looking forward to seeing you on September 9th (September 2nd is the Friday before Labor Day Holiday weekend) and we will most likely be closed for the long weekend holiday.

Fri, 29-Jul-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Peter Cooper & Chris Richards
Expect a truly unique evening at the Wild Hog when Nashville-based singer-songwriters Peter Cooper and Chris Richards stop by on their tour of Wisconsin coffeehouses.

Peter’s day job is writing about music for the Nashville Tennessean, and his songs have rated mention in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Prairie Home Companion.

Chris’s craftsmanship as a songwriter invites comparison with John Prine and Lyle Lovett. He’s performed recently at the High Noon Saloon.

Peter has made several visits to the Badger State (including Packer games) in the company of Chris, a Sheboygan native. They’re pretty sure they’re the only Nashville-based members of the Sheboygan Elks Club.

Fri, 22-Jul-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Abi Tapia
Wanderlusty singer-songwriter Abi Tapia is making her way to Madison from her home in Austin, Texas "Abi's voice is a powerful instrument capable of Ani-worthy bluster and wail, as well as Dolly-style folksiness," says Jason Wilkins of Harbor Voices. Her songs reflect the experiences of her Southern upbringing, college life in Iowa and an extended stay in Maine. She won the Austin Songwriters Group "Old No. 9" Scholarship in 2003 and was a semi-finalist in songwriting contests at the Kerrville and Wildflower Festivals.
Fri, 15-Jul-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Jeff Hickey
"Guy with Guitar" is how Jeff Hickey describes his performing style. He's still celebrating his recent Madison Area Music Award for best acoustic album of 2004 for his CD, Loose Ends. He'll do songs from the CD along with traditional songs and covers in his show at the Wild Hog. Jeff keeps busy as a guitar teacher, he engineers Bill Malone's weekly show on WORT FM, and his band, Moon House, has a standing gig on Wednesday nights at the Up North bar.
Mon, 11-Jul-2005
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
July Coordinators Meeting
(Note: 2nd Monday due to holiday)
We're coming to the end of another great season of music at the Wild Hog. Help to review the highlights of 2004-05 and look ahead to 2005-06. All members and friends of the coffeehouse are always welcome.
Fri, 8-Jul-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Prairie Smoke Bluegrass Band
The Prairie Smoke Bluegrass band is coming down from Portage, WI for their debut at the Wild Hog. The band has evolved from the long standing collaboration between Dale Peterson (lead guitar) and Dan Ableman (banjo, harmonica). The addition of Nate Paske (fiddle), Matt Morse (bass) and Gregg Steinhaus (rhythm guitar) resulted in Prairie Smoke. They feature original and traditional Bluegrass tunes with all members of the band sharing the vocals.
Fri, 1-Jul-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Patrick Brickel
/w/ Sara Pace, Doug Milks & Dave Olsen
Singer-songwriter Patrick Brickel has put down roots in Iowa City following travels that took him from the housing projects of East Los Angeles to the industrial area of Long Island's southern shore. He was a co-founder of the Letterpress Opry, a popular eastern Iowa folk-rock band and, as co-owner of a recording Studio, he's worked "behind the glass" for Greg Brown and Catfish Keith.

Sara Pace, Doug Milks and Dave Olson will open.

Fri, 24-Jun-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Lisa Johnson
Long a Wild Hog favorite for her fine vocals, Lisa Johnson will bring along her guitar and hammered dulcimer for an evening of contemporary, traditional and original songs. She'll also employ her distinctive two-bow technique to play the bowed psaltery. She was inspired to learn the instrument after hearing Callum McCall play, describing it as "a sound so amazing, I just had to learn." Observing a time-honored Wild Hog tradition, friends will join Lisa on stage.
Fri, 17-Jun-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bill Isles
We're pleased to welcome Bill Isles, one of Minnesota's finest singer-songwriters, as he makes the trek from Duluth for his debut at the Wild Hog. He won the New Folk Songwriting contest at the 2001 Minnesota Folk Festival and was a nominee for Minnesota Music Awards Song of the Year in 2002 and Acoustic/Folk Recording of the Year in 2003. Wisconsin gigs include Café Carpe, State Street's Folk at Four and opening for Carrie Newcomer in Madison in April 2005.
Fri, 10-Jun-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bowen Marvik
Expect an evening of distinctive guitar styling when Bowen Marvik takes the stage. This long-time Madisonian took up the guitar later than some folks, and has blossomed as an accomplished performer and songwriter. His show will feature mostly original music, all instrumental. Bowen has a regular gig at the Old Feed Mill restaurant in Mazomanie and plays Madison coffeehouses and the Winter Farmer's Market.
Mon, 6-Jun-2005
7:30 pm (1:00 hr)
June Coordinators Meeting
Celebrate the summer solstice by attending the June coordinators' meeting. We're usually finished by 8:30. If you're reading this, you're welcome to come.
Fri, 3-Jun-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Dave Fallow & Paul Kaarakka
Dave Fallow, guitar and mandolin, and Paul Kaarakka, fiddle, have been making fine music together for years. They'll offer an eclectic mix of ethnic and Irish tunes and venture into swing, as well. Dave can be counted on to sing a few. When not performing or teaching, Dave is most likely biking around the woods and fields of Dane County keeping track of our avian residents and visitors. You can hear his birding reports most Tuesday mornings on WORT-FM's Pastures of Plenty.
Fri, 27-May-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Mare Edstrom
Songwriter-vocalist extraordinaire Mare Edstrom and Midwestern producer-guitarist Kenn Fox will perform songs from their critically acclaimed blues project Inside the Blues. This release, a blues tribute, showcases songs by Mare's admitted heroes, Memphis Minnie and Little Esther along with Willie McTell, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters and Blind Willie Johnson. Keith Hannaleck of MuzikReviews.com calls her "one of the more interesting blues-rock artists I have come across in a long time . . . . The guitar playing on this CD is exemplary . . . and Edstrom's voice rides the tide that the six-string creates."
Fri, 20-May-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Barn Owl Band
Bring along your dancing shoes when the Iowa-based Barn Owl Band comes to the Wild Hog. The monthly barn dance of the Central Iowa Barn Dance Assn. is their mainstay gig, but they also play at coffeehouses, concert stages, Irish ceili dances, political rallies and even the Iowa governor's inauguration. They were featured guests on Prairie Home Companion when Garrison Keillor brought his company to Ames, IA a couple of years ago. You can learn about their CDs, Dance Owl Night and Barn Owls Live, at their website. They'll play a contradance at the Guildhall of Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, on Saturday, May 21.
Fri, 13-May-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Roxanne Neat
Roxanne Neat, a breath of spring whenever we hear her sing, promises to feature songs of this joyful season in her return engagement at the Wild Hog. She's long made ballads a particular specialty, but can be counted on to sing a variety of traditional and contemporary songs and originals, as well. Roxanne's musical skills encompass several instruments, including guitar, banjo, keyboard, dulcimer and spoons. In addition to performing at such venues as Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson and Mocha Moments Coffeehouse in Janesville, she incorporates music into the daily activities of her kindergarten classroom.
Fri, 6-May-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich
A native Chicagoan, Stephen Lee Rich has won lots of friends during his 10 years in Madison for his distinctive mix of traditional, country and original songs combined with a healthy dose of comedy and yodeling. He started out in the folk clubs of Chicago in the 1980s, spent a year as the opening act for an Elvis impersonator and eventually settled into a groove of festival and folk venue performances throughout the Midwest. His CD, Facing Monday has been heard on WSUM, WORT and that venerable Chicago folk show, the Midnight Special, on WFMT. He hosts a weekly open mic at Madison's Urban Market and Coffeehouse.
Mon, 2-May-2005
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
May Coordinators Meeting
We're always looking for new volunteers. Please come to the coordinators' meeting and learn how you can help the Wild Hog progress into our second quarter century.
Fri, 29-Apr-2005
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
8th Annual Family Singalong (Note Early Start!)
"We can't undo the November election," says David Eagan, host of the Family Singalong, "but we can still have our voice vote and sing about better times to come. And who better to sing with than mom and dad, sister and brother, aunts and uncles and all of Rabbit's friends-and-relations. Join us for an evening of folksong and fun." Helping to lead this year are David and Alex Eagan, Mac and Logan Robertson, Rebecca, Sophia and Olivia Finster and Kirsten and Torsten Johnson. Bring instruments and your favorite family songs and songsheets. Also, bring a snack or treat to share at half time, (8:00-8:30 p.m.).
Fri, 22-Apr-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Christopher Powers
A true artist, Christopher Powers brings something new and special to each of his shows at the Wild Hog. This is no small accomplishment, for he's performed regularly at the Wild Hog throughout most of the 25 years he's hosted Mud Acres, his Friday morning bluegrass show on WORT-FM. If you come on April 22, you'll hear Chris's debut as a bazouki player. Tuned an octave below the mandolin, the bazouki is hospitable to Irish fiddle tunes and promises to add a whole a new dimension to Chris's already eclectic mix of songs. He plays more conventional instruments with the Quarter Tap String Band Thursday nights at the Crystal Corner.
Sat, 16-Apr-2005
9:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali in Concert
The Marquette Neighborhood Assoc. and the Willy St Coop are proud to present Pakistani sensations Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali in concert at the Wil-Mar Neighborood Center 953 Jenifer St. on April 16th at 9PM. Admission is $15 and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Ticket outlets are Mimosa Bookstore 212 N. Henry St, the Willy St. Coop 1221 Williamson St. and at the Wil-Mar Center. The group is booked into the Old Town School of Music in Chicago on April 15th and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on the 17th and needed a place to perform in between and we are lucky to have this opportunity. Please read the interesting bio below and there is a great song from the group's CD on the link. If there are any questions call me, Bob Queen, at 241-7143.

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali is made up of two lead singers (Rizwan and Muazzam), five secondary singers leading the choral response and vigorous hand claps, two harmonium players and a tabla player. They perform in traditional Qawwali style - sitting on the ground rather than on seats - which they believe brings them closer to God. Last year, the intensity of their songs and stage performance led one commentator, only half-jokingly, to call them "the Qawwali Clash."

The original Qawwali repertoire of Farsi (Persian), Punjabi, and Braj Bhasha (an old form of Hindi) has given way in recent times to Urdu and Arabic. Romantic love is used as a metaphor for spiritual adoration and mystical enlightenment, drawing upon a rich vein of poetic imagery. It is not surprising, therefore, that Qawwali has become a staple of Bollywood film scores.

A song will usually begin with a slow instrumental vamp that introduces the melody. The lead singer then meanders in with the first line and establishes a call-and-response pattern. Phrases are repeated over and over again, punctuated by sudden and furious breaks of florid virtuoso singing by the leader. As the piece progresses the tempo and volume are gradually increased, elevating the listeners to higher and higher states of entrancement.

Sacrifice to Love is Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali's debut album on Real World Records. Produced by John Leckie, it features four of their own compositions: a 'hamd' - a song in praise of Allah; a 'manqabat' - a song in praise of a great Sufi saint; a 'naat' - a song in praise of Prophet Mohammed; and a 'ghazal' - a love song with contemporary lyrics. The group's passion for this venerable and transcendent genre is unmistakable.

It was the energetic recordings and concerts of the late, great artist, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997) which first introduced Qawwali music to Western audiences. His singing effortlessly transcended language and cultural barriers, and his spirit reached and moved people all over the world. Today, Qawwali is seen as one of the world's most passionate and vibrant forms of music.

Pakistan's fresh young ensemble Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali, though still in their teens, are already proving to be masters of this Sufi devotional music. The two young brothers who lead the group, Rizwan Mujahid Ali Khan and Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan, have an impeccable musical pedigree - their grandfather was an uncle of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and personally taught Nusrat the art of Qawwali singing.

These nephews of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, then, come from a direct family line of Qawwali vocal music that spans over five centuries. Their inventive reinterpretations of spiritual love songs based upon classical Islamic and Sufi texts was first showcased in the UK in July 1998, at the WOMAD Festival in Reading, to much critical acclaim, and has since journeyed to the far corners of the globe. You can view a poster of the event here -

Poster

Fri, 15-Apr-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Catfish Stephenson
Catfish Stephenson was nominated this year for a Madison Area Music Award in the Americana category. We'll celebrate with him when he takes the stage with his guitars, slide and flattop acoustic, and his overflowing songbag of country blues, ragtime and old country favorites. The songs he writes reflect all of these traditions. Famous for his long run at the Dane County Farmer's Market, Catfish also keeps busy with frequent gigs at the Up North (every Thursday night), the Weary Traveler (every other Wednesday night), and road trips to venues in Milwaukee and Chicago.
Thu, 14-Apr-2005
(All day)
THE FUTURE OF FOLK
Special Event sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Center for the Humanities
April 14-23, 2005
The Third Humanities Biennial
Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
www.humanities.wisc.edu

What happens to folk culture in a hyper-mediated, ultra-commercialized age? From April 14-23, 2005, The Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will explore this question in The Future of Folk, ten days of lectures, discussions, performances, and film screenings on and about the nature of folk culture in a rapidly changing world. The project is co-organized with the UW-Madison’s Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures.

The Future of Folk is not a folk “festival,” but an exploration of the ways in which we understand folk culture­its history, analysis, preservation and presentation. The program invites audiences to join with scholars, musicians, and other practitioners in an examination of folk culture from many angles­to ask questions about authenticity, ownership, and the nature of tradition, to consider the new traditions that are developing around us, and to consider the roles we all play in the creation of new communities and the cultivation of new forms of expression.

**PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Participants in the program range from scholars such as former National Endowment for the Humanities Chair WILLIAM R. FERRIS, urban legend expert JAN BRUNVAND, and intellectual property scholar SIVA VAIDYANATHAN, to musicians such as alt-country duo THE HANDSOME FAMILY, Menominee singer MYRON PYWASIT, New Lost City Ramblers founder MIKE SEEGER, and a host of others, as well as lectures and panels devoted to African American quilting, Korean folk culture, intellectual property issues, international folklore, labor music, and much, much more.

The Future of Folk also includes film screenings by independent producers such as Appalshop and City Lore, and programs organized in partnership and in support of the Wisconsin State Historical Society Museum’s concurrent exhibition, Person to Person: Exploring Identity through Wisconsin Folk Objects. Most programs in The Future of Folk are free and open to the public.

**FOR MORE INFORMATION
For up-to-date information on Future of Folk programs, visit http://www.humanities.wisc.edu/programs/fof.html (be sure to click on the schedule link on that page). For questions or additional information, please contact us at (608) 262-4970 or info@humanities.wisc.edu

We hope to see you during The Future of Folk, and we encourage you to re-circulate this message to your colleagues, friends, and mailing lists.

The Center for the Humanities
University of Wisconsin-Madison
218 Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706

www.humanities.wisc.edu
info@humanities.wisc.edu

(608) 263-3409 tel
(608) 263-3412 fax

Fri, 8-Apr-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Patrick Brickel
Singer-songwriter Patrick Brickel has put down roots in Iowa City following travels that took him from the housing projects of east Los Angeles to the industrial area of Long Island's southern shore. He describes his songs as "often-sunny melodies slurred by rain-streaked melancholy" - should be just right for April in Wisconsin! His debut CD, (Songs from) The Pink Sofa, was released by Trailer Records in 2004. He was a co-founder The Letterpress Opry, a popular eastern Iowa folk-rock band and, as co-owner of a recording studio, he's worked behind the glass for Greg Brown and Catfish Keith.

Sara Pace & Doug Milks will open

Fri, 8-Apr-2005
7:30 pm (2:30 hrs)
Tempest, a Celtic Rock group, at the Stoughton Opera House
Norwegians sing Irish music too!

On Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tempest, a Celtic Rock group, will be performing at the Stoughton Opera House. Tempest has a long standing reputation as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. By blending traditional material with their own they create a definitive style that becomes a dynamic concert experience. Along with its decidedly Celtic flavor, Tempest also brings to the table Scottish and Scandinavian musical traditions.

Please call the Stoughton Opera House box office for your tickets. The telephone number is 608-877-4400. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All seats are reserved, prices are $19.

Mon, 4-Apr-2005
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
April Coordinators' Meeting
Celebrate the arrival of spring by attending a Coordinators Meeting. The meeting usually lasts about an hour - a fresh viewpoint is always welcome.
Fri, 1-Apr-2005
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Wise Fools (Family Show, Early Start!)
This will be a one-of-kind evening at the Hog. Local "Wise Fools" - high school sophomores, from the Latin "soph(isticated) mor(on)" - will present a variety of music and other performances. All high school sophomore-aged kids are invited participate in this light-hearted event with any kind of act, although we ask that you refrain from loud, hard rock and be more . . . well, musical. Please contact Alex Eagan at 244-7007 or 249-0409 to ensure a spot. Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible, so bring your instruments, and, if you wish, snacks to share at intermission. Be ready for all sorts of April foolishness on this most mischievous of nights!
Fri, 25-Mar-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bill & Bobbie Malone
It's always a wonderful evening when displaced Texans Bill and Bobbie Malone bring their country classics to the stage of the Wil-Mar Center. Bill shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the whole spectrum of country music every Wednesday morning on his show "Back to the Country" on WORT-FM. He's also a fine singer and guitar picker and collaborates with Bobbie (mandolin and vocals) to create a musical evening you'll remember for a long time. The Blue State Boys, AKA Dan O'Brien and John Fabke, will join the Malones for this show.

Here is a Conversation with Bill Malone.

Fri, 18-Mar-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Steven James
Expect an evening of familiar songs from several traditions (jazz, folk, country, classic rock, polka) when Steven James takes the stage with his stand-up bass and recorded tracks. This versatile musician is equally at home in the Madison Symphony Orchestra (look for the name Kasprzak in the double bass section) or playing electric bass and singing Hank Williams songs in country bars. His solo act is well received at senior centers and children's day care centers. Let's give him a warm welcome for his first show at Wild Hog.
Fri, 11-Mar-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bowen Marvik
"The Wild Hog is great place to play," says Bowen Marvik, and we're delighted to welcome him back for an evening of his distinctive guitar music. He'll play an all-instrumental show, most of it original music. This long-time Madisonian took up the guitar later than some folks and is thoroughly enjoying his second career. He's played at the Winter Farmer's Market and local coffeehouses and appears regularly at the Old Feed Mill restaurant in Mazomanie.
Mon, 7-Mar-2005
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
March Coordinators' Meeting
Are you new to Madison? Attending a coordinators' meeting and volunteering at the Wild Hog are among the best ways to get involved with folk music in Madison. We meet every month except August and newcomers are welcomed with open arms.

Volunteers needed -

We're still in need of volunteers as listed below. Experienced volunteers will help you learn each job.

· Concert volunteers. Greet the audience, collect admissions, make coffee, help clean up after the concert. If you're interested in learning how to run the sound system, we can train you.

· Bakers. Bring home-baked goodies for sale at concerts.

· Poster production. Receive performer blurbs from newsletter editor every other month; paste into existing poster form and forward to print shop.

If you'd like to volunteer or want more information, please call Kim Genich, Volunteer Coordinator, at 233-5687.

Treasurer update. Tom Gross, a long-time volunteer at the Wild Hog, has graciously agreed to serve as interim co-treasurer. However, if there's someone out there who would really like to be of service in this way, please let us know- we'll make a place for you.

Sat, 5-Mar-2005
1:30 pm (All day)
Peggy Seeger - Benefit Songwriting Workshop and Concert
Peggy Seeger will be doing a songwriting workshop and concert to benefit the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee on Saturday, March 5, 2005.

The workshop, co-hosted by the Portage Road Songwriters Guild, will take place from 1:30 - 3:30pm at The Urban Ecology Center’s new eco-friendly building, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI. Advance registration is recommended due to size constraints. Call (414) 967-0302 for more information or email folky1@earthlink.net.

The concert will take place at 8pm at The Miramar Theatre, 2844 N. Oakland Ave., Milwaukee, WI.

Milwaukee's own Larry Penn will be Peggy’s special guest for this performance.

The Miramar Theatre is a smoke-free, all ages venue.

Tickets for both the workshop and the concert are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $12 for members of the Urban Ecology Center. Memberships will be available at the door. Tickets will be available beginning January 24th from the Miramar Box Office (414) 967-0302, or Ticketmaster (414) 276-4545. Advance tickets are encouraged. There is no additional fee for using a credit card through the Miramar Box Office. I'm also there every Tuesday night from 7 - midnight for our weekly open mic, should you wish to stop in to purchase tickets.

About Peggy Seeger: Peggy comes from a very musical family, being the sister of Pete and Mike Seeger, daughter of Ruth Crawford Seeger and wife of the late Ewan MacColl. It is for Peggy that MacColl wrote the classic song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. Peggy has 20 solo recordings and has appeared on over 100 others with various performers.

"For decades, Seeger has been one of the most authoritative voices in American and English folk....An esteemed interpreter of tradtitional material and a gifted instrumentalist." - Billboard. She is also an activist songmaker best known for her songs on nuclear and feminist issues including the feminist anthem "I'm Gonna Be An Engineer". Her concerts include songs on a wide range of topics, from serious to humorous, accompanied by guitar, banjo, concertina, autoharp and piano. More information at www.pegseeger.com

What is the Urban Ecology Center? The Urban Ecology Center is an exciting community-based grassroots education center in the city. Their mission is to connect urban dwellers to the natural world, not by taking people out to the country, but by teaching within the city! They are doing this by revitalizing a 12-acre section of Riverside Park into a vibrant outdoor laboratory for schools, churches, scout groups, and the community. Their Neighborhood Environmental Education Project reaches over 10,000 students yearly. For many of these kids, the regular field trips that they take to the Center are the only chance they get to experience nature. For more info, visit their web site www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org or call (414) 964-8505.

Contact Information: For questions on the workshop or concert contact Sandy Weisto by email at folky1@earthlink.net or call (414) 967-0302

Fri, 4-Mar-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Jim Schwall
Don't' miss this opportunity to hear the incomparable Jim Schwall and his 6- and 12-string guitars in an evening of original songs and covers. Jim seldom plays solo gigs in the Madison area, but makes an exception for the Wild Hog and we're proud to have him. Jim occasionally sits in with local bands (most recently Paul Black) and also reports that the Siegel-Schwall band is becoming more active. They're presently at work on a CD for Alligator Records that's expected to be released this summer.
Fri, 25-Feb-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Sean Smith
Singer-songwriter Sean Smith is coming to the Wild Hog from his home in Chattanooga, TN. His most recent CD, Live @ Eddie's Attic, shows off his rich, earthy vocal tone with soulful acoustic accompaniment. After attending the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and serving in the Air Force, Smith confronted social issues like growing up in a racist environment. His songs invite listeners to explore the human condition and reach peaceable resolve through education, effort and love.
Fri, 18-Feb-2005
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Rich Baumann (Family Show)
Note early start time! (for the kiddies).

Rich Baumann takes delight in playing and singing for intergenerational groups from toddlers through the most senior of citizens. Recent credits include a residency at the Madison Children's Museum, where he emceed the Kids for Peace show on September 11, 2004. He also spent several weeks at Frank Allis Elementary School encouraging the creative process among 3rd-5th graders. Together they created and performed two songs, one of which (We've Got What It Takes) you can hear online at Rich's website.

Fri, 11-Feb-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Round the Bend
The wonderful bluegrass sounds of Round the Bend are sure to warm up a February night at the Wild Hog. The band's fine performers include Fred Newman on fiddle, Sherry Crownhart on guitar and mandolin, Don Engelhart on guitar, Carolyn Hegeler on banjo and Will Gray on bass. They played at the East Troy Bluegrass Festival and the Milwaukee-area Badgerland Bluegrass Festival last year and their music helped Habitat for Humanity celebrate the first anniversary of ReStore back in September. This is their fourth annual February show at the Wild Hog.
Mon, 7-Feb-2005
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
February Coordinators Meeting
Members and friends of the Wild Hog are warmly invited to attend a Coordinators' Meeting and help us continue to carry out our mission statement:

The purpose of this corporation shall be exclusively charitable, literary, educational and artistic, including, but not limited to:

· Providing quality folk music, folk arts and folklore

· Educating the membership and the public about various styles of folk music, folk arts and folklore

· Educating the membership and the public about cooperative principles and cooperative economics

Sat, 5-Feb-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Coming Special Event for Mad Folk
Coming event for Mad Folk

Madison Folk Music Society will present Matt Watroba and Lou and Peter Berryman in concert at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1021 Spaight Street, Madison. Tickets are $14 in advance or $16 at the door. The church, located just one block from the Wil-Mar Center, is a long-time neighborly collaborator with the Wil-Mar in sponsoring a variety of neighborhood programs.

Fri, 4-Feb-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Buffali with Christine Costanzo
The Buffali are a quirky folk-pop duo consisting of Clare Fehsenfeld on vocals and acoustic guitar and Andrew Yonda on vocals and acoustic bass guitar. Their sing-along melodies range from poppy and light-hearted to folky and melancholy, and their influences range from Lou and Peter Berryman to the Beatles, with lyrics that let their sense of humor shine through. They're working on their first full-length CD.

Madison singer-songwriter Christine Costanzo, whose songs reflect her Appalachian upbringing, will play the opening set.

Fri, 28-Jan-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Erin O’Brien!
Madison-singer-songwriter Erin O'Brien has won acclaim for shows in the Folk at Four series on State Street. She's a relative newcomer (this is her Wild Hog debut), but the Madison Songwriters Group has recognized her as "Performing Songwriter of the Year" for 2004. When not on stage Erin works with the Wisconsin Wetlands Association to promote grassroots advocacy efforts.

Dale Kidd, well known as half the acoustic duo Kydd & Byrd, will open the evening with a solo turn.

Fri, 21-Jan-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Open Mic with Bob Weitzel
Bob Weitzel, our genial emcee, once again issues a call to both aspiring and experienced musicians to sign up for a 15-20 minute set at his ever-popular Open Mic event. Offering a place for new musicians to try out their skills is essential to the Wild Hog tradition. You can be part of it by calling Bob Weitzel at 836-4051 to sign up for a slot on January 21. Call right away!
Fri, 14-Jan-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Lil' Rev
Receiving the WAMI award as the Best Folksinger of 2004 is a well-deserved honor for Lil' Rev. His shows are an artful mix of songs and stories accompanied on guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica or kazoo. Expect a rainbow of styles, including folk, blues, '20s-'30s pop, Dixieland and ethnic music. Long a Wild Hog favorite, Lil' Rev (AKA Marc Revenson of Milwaukee) tours the Midwest performing in schools and health care facilities as well as coffeehouses, festivals and bars.
Thu, 13-Jan-2005
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
January Coordinators Meeting
Note - Thursday meeting this month only.

Volunteering at the Wild Hog would be a great way to start the New Year. We urgently need additional volunteers to help at Friday concerts, and you can get involved by coming to the meeting or phoning our Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Genich, at 233-5687.

Fri, 7-Jan-2005
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Brian Bowers Concert - Special Event
In association with The Madison Folk Music Society.

Tickets: $14 in advance, $16 at the door.

"The Earl Scruggs of the autoharp" aptly describes the amazing Bryan Bowers. He's created his own five-fingered playing technique to achieve a whole new level of virtuosity on his chosen instrument. His shows feature instrumentals that reveal previously unexplored melodic, harmonic and rhythmic possibilities of the autoharp. His singing style has been described as "mountain-holler" and his repertoire includes old favorites ("Gold Watch and Chain," "Wildwood Flower") and newer material ("Zen Gospel Singing," Steve Goodman's "Satisfied Mind"). His shows and CDs win rave reviews from audiences and critics all over the country and we're proud to welcome him to Madison.

Madison singer-songwriter Marianne Flemming will open the show. A native of south Florida, she's won a loyal following here for fine guitar work, alluring vocals and a winning sense of humor.

Fri, 31-Dec-2004
Closed for the Holidays
The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse warmly extends our best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season, and our thanks for your support in 2004!
Fri, 24-Dec-2004
Closed for the Holidays
The Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse warmly extends our best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season, and our thanks for your support in 2004!
Fri, 17-Dec-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Marty Feldhake
Marty Feldhake's debut at the Wild Hog will be a homecoming of sorts: he grew up in Belleville and still has family in Verona. Now at home on the eastern edge of Michigan's U.P., Marty began playing music in coffeehouses during his student years at UW-Stevens Point. Citing the influence of Steve Goodman and Utah Phillips, Marty offers original tunes along with traditional fare. His interest in bluegrass music brought him to a jam at Madison's Speedway Bar where Carmen Burnett, bluegrass promoter and a good friend of the Wild Hog, encouraged him to contact us about performing here. Thanks, Carmen, and welcome, Marty!
Fri, 10-Dec-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Graham & Co.
There's no better way to warm up a cold winter's night than to enjoy a casual evening of music with our old friend, Nelson Graham. His warm baritone, fine guitar playing and ear for great stories promise another fine evening at the Wild Hog. He'll highlight songs of the season along with original grass-roots folk/country music. He's also promised to devote part of the show to audience requests, so come prepared to write your favorite on a slip of paper when the hat is passed around.
Mon, 6-Dec-2004
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
December Coordinators' Meeting
Help Wanted

Did you know that the Wild Hog in the Woods is incorporated as a co-op? It's true - we are an all-volunteer organization. It's the good will and hard work of our members and friends that make it possible for the Wild Hog to continue our 26-year tradition of offering folk music, dance and other events to the Madison community.

This is a time when we really need some extra help in order to keep our tradition healthy: · Treasurer. The Wild Hog treasurer makes bank deposits, pays our few bills each month and prepares a simple monthly statement. Johanna Fabke, who served as backup to Chris Lipo, is willing to continue in this role and can help a new volunteer to learn the job. · Baking coordinator and/or baking volunteers. Our thanks go out to Christine Hoag, who has done a fabulous job in providing home-baked treats for our audiences. Christine is moving on to other endeavors so we're looking for a successor. · Set-up volunteers. This is the person who greets you at the door, collects admissions, brews coffee, and, yes, washes the dishes. This is a great volunteer opportunity for those who enjoy backstage work - the show absolutely could not go on without you! Experienced volunteers will show you the ropes, and you get free admission to concerts.

Please think about becoming a Wild Hog volunteer. Call Kim Genich, volunteer coordinator, at 233-5687 or Johanna Fabke, newsletter editor, at 838-3112, or just come to the coordinators' meeting on December 6 and dive right in.

The Beatles got it right when they sang, "We get by with a little help from our friends."

The Wild Hog in the Woods needs YOU!

Fri, 3-Dec-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Doug Wood
Cleveland guitarist Doug Wood is stopping off for a show at the Wild Hog during his fall tour of Midwest college campuses. He describes his style as "instrumental progressive acoustic guitar with influences ranging from Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges to Pete Townsend". He was voted Best Instrumentalist of 2003 by CampusAwards.com and has appeared on NPR's River City Folk. The Cleveland Free Times said in June 2003, "Doug Wood . . . shows that acoustic guitar can become a conduit for something more than traditional folk music.
Fri, 19-Nov-2004
7:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Kid-Folk on Stage: The Next Generation
Note: 7:00 p.m. (early start)

Start 'em young - and keep the folk music tradition alive! Kids under 18 will be in the spotlight for this special event - to play music, sing songs, perform a skit or share other "folk" entertainment. (Family acts are welcome.) Sign up in advance or at the door. Bring instruments, a cappella voices, costumes - whatever you need. And bring a snack or treat to share during intermission. The performance will end by 9:30 p.m. To learn more about this event or to sign up as a performer, call David Eagan at 249-0409.

Fri, 12-Nov-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Easily Amused
We are proud to welcome Scott MacPherson and Renee Lamoureux, the toast of Western Canada, for their debut performance at the Wild Hog. They've been touring as a duo since 1998 and their first CD, Novice, which came out in 2001, vaulted them onto national television in Canada. This year's CD, Simple Stuff, has already won them a nomination for a Western Canadian Music Award in the "Outstanding Pop Album" category. Their songwriting and vocal styling are received enthusiastically south of the border as well: CampusAwards.com has named them "Best College Duo in the USA."
Fri, 5-Nov-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Roxanne Neat
It's always a pleasure to announce a return visit by Roxanne Neat, a long-time favorite of Wild Hog audiences. Expect to hear a tasteful mix of contemporary and traditional songs, including ballads, a specialty. She'll accompany herself on guitar, 5-string banjo, keyboard and spoons. Roxanne has performed recently at the Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Mocha Moments Coffeehouse in Janesville and in her kindergarten classroom where she's introducing the next generation to the joy of music.
Mon, 1-Nov-2004
7:30 pm
November Coordinators Meeting
Cancelled for November 1

We are in need of volunteer help. If you can assist us, please call Volunteer Coordinator Kim Genich at 233-5687 or come to the next Coordinators Meeting on December 6.

Fri, 29-Oct-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Chris Powers
Chris Powers recently celebrated his 25th anniversary as host of WORT-FM's Friday morning bluegrass show, Mud Acres (congratulations, Chris!), and he's been playing at the Wild Hog nearly as long. He remains a favorite here because of his winning way with blues, jazz, bluegrass and originals, and his stylish mandolin and guitar playing. He shares these skills with the next generation as a teacher in UW-Extension programs and plays regularly with the Quarter Tap String Band.
Tue, 26-Oct-2004
(All day)
Thanksgiving Break - Have a great holiday!
Wild Hog Closed Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Fri, 22-Oct-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Four Shillings Short - Special Event
Admission: $5.00 at the door.
Rooted in Celtic and American folk music and inspired by Indian Raga and ethnic idioms, the music of Four Shillings Short makes for an unforgettable evening at the coffeehouse. Aodh Og O'Tuama, a native Irishman and Christy Martin, a native Californian, sing in several languages and play tinwhistle, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, sitar, spoons, gemshorn and tamboura. Their vocal repertoire ranges from traditional Celtic to their own Internet Blues, with side trips to India, Brazil and the world of Stephen Foster along the way. If you're wondering about the duo's name, it comes from the old saying, "four shillings short of a pound or two sandwiches short of a picnic," denoting just a little good-humored madness.
Fri, 15-Oct-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Sean Smith
The Wild Hog is proud to present Chattanooga singer-songwriter Sean Smith in his first-ever Madison concert. "Acoustic folk poet," says Smith, is a more accurate description of his artistry. After attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a tour in the United States Air Force, he confronted social issues like growing up in a racist environment. In songs like Pledge of Allegiance and The Way of This Place Smith helps us explore the human condition and reach a peaceable resolution through education, effort and love. You can find him on the web at seansong.com.
Fri, 8-Oct-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Patrick Brickel
Patrick Brickel comes to us from Iowa City, where he made a name for himself as bassist for The Letter-press Opry and recording engineer (for Greg Brown, among others) before stepping out on his own as a singer-songwriter. His first CD, (Songs from) The Pink Sofa, has just been released by Iowa City's Trailer Records. Patrick's lyrics straddle the line between light and dark, joy and pain, but as a performer, he reveals his true-blue rock-n-roll heart!
Mon, 4-Oct-2004
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
October Coordinators Meeting
Come to a Coordinators' meeting and bring a friend. We're an all-volunteer organization, and we value our members' input.
Fri, 1-Oct-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Bill and Bobbie Malone
Old time, honky-tonk and traditional country music will fill the air as Bill and Bobbie Malone return to the Wild Hog. Madison-area music friends will join them on stage. You can also expect a musical tribute to their home state of Texas that's warm enough to make you believe there's sage in bloom right outside the Wil-Mar Center. The Wild Hog joins in wishing Bill a happy 70th birthday, an event he and Bobbie recently celebrated on his Back to the Country show on WORT-FM.
Fri, 24-Sep-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Woody Guthrie Night
The well-crafted songs of Woody Guthrie deserve their enduring popularity and it's a much-loved Wild Hog tradition to devote a whole night to them. This year's performers include Lisa Johnson, Deb Kmetz and Mac Robertson, with Frank Simpson as coordinator and emcee. True to Woody's spirit, there will be plenty of opportunities to sing along. We're considering the possibility of recording this concert for CD sales to benefit the Wild Hog. It's not too late to call Frank Simpson at 849-3382 if you'd like to join the performers on stage.
Fri, 17-Sep-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
The Dustbunnies
The Dustbunnies, otherwise known as Ben Doran and Bill Fallon, will offer their characteristic blend of Irish and American tunes from the likes of the Clancy Brothers and Christy Moore. You'll hear Ben on hammered dulcimer and Bill on guitar and banjo. Emily Hubbard will join in on vocals, along with a few surprise guests. There's sure to be a dusting of Missourian humor, as well!
Mon, 13-Sep-2004
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
September Coordinators Meeting
This will be an important meeting as we have a couple of key volunteer positions to fill for the new season. Y'all come! We need your help.
Fri, 10-Sep-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Skip Jones with Lee Nimmer
The Wild Hog is proud to present our old friends Skip Jones and Lee Nimmer to open the new season. Skip Jones is well known for his "Artist in Education" programs in schools, and he weaves such themes as bully prevention, ecology, cultural diversity and personal leadership into his songs. The tasteful harmonica styling of Lee Nimmer is the perfect complement to Skip's guitar.
Wed, 8-Sep-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Sound System Workshop - Special Event
Free and open to the public – all are welcome

Chris Kasper of Good-N-Loud Music Company will offer instruction on how to make best use of the Wild Hog sound system. His presentation will introduce newcomers to the basics and refresh the skills of experienced volunteers. There is no charge for this event, but donations are always welcome.

Tue, 31-Aug-2004
August Wild Hog Break
Wild Hog on vacation for the month of August. Traditionally we give our volunteers a summer break. We will re-open on Friday, September 10, 2004. Have a great August.
Fri, 30-Jul-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson will play her guitar, bowed psaltery and autochord (the generic name for the instrument many of us know as the Autoharp) in this return engagement at the Wild Hog. Expect an engaging mix of traditional and original music including a few of the ballads she especially likes. When not playing or singing Lisa promotes the well being of our yards and gardens as a horticulturist for Dane County-UW Extension. She’ll soon begin teaching a new series of Master Gardner classes.
Fri, 23-Jul-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
David Stoddard
David Stoddard plays guitar, piano and banjo to accompany his sometimes pointed, sometimes poignant, but always witty songs about life in the small towns of the Midwest. Since his last appearance at the Wild Hog David has won the grand prize in the “New Folk” category at the 2004 Minnesota Folk Festival. His newest CD, Hesselville, features an acoustic music ensemble and 11 new songs on such topics as auto racing, small-minded small towns, and the current state of radio.
Sun, 18-Jul-2004
6:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Brave Voices II Benefit Concert

(Special Event, Harmony Bar)

A fun-loving night of music from some of Wisconsin's most successful performers in three unusual genres will help the cause of Madison musician and historian turned free-speech fighter, Debbie Kmetz.

NOTABLE MUSICAL DUOS - Lou & Peter Berryman, K.G. & The Ranger, and Cris & Ann Plata will perform.

Harmony Bar and Grill, 2201 Atwood Avenue, Madison Wisconsin

Fri, 16-Jul-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Marianne Flemming
Florida-born singer-songwriter Marianne Flemming has won many hearts in her adoptive hometown, Madison. She first learned about singing from her father, a 1940s-50s nightclub singer and polished her skills by traveling/performing in the Caribbean and working in music therapy in the Washington, DC. It’s no wonder Miami’s New Times says, “Marianne carries the total package: strong songwriting, accomplished guitar technique, charismatic and alluring vocals, and an endearing, self-effacing sense of humor.”
Mon, 12-Jul-2004
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
July Coordinators’ Meeting - Note Date for July
Monday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. (2nd Monday - July ONLY)

Participating in a co-op offers the dual rewards of personal enrichment while helping to sustain a worthwhile enterprise. All members and friends of the coffeehouse are always welcome.

Fri, 9-Jul-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Frank Simpson with Friends
Jerry Fitzpatrick, formerly of Nashville, now of Sun Prairie, will sing and play lead guitar in the company of Daniel Dharam and Jay Fruehling.

Mila Coimbra, a native of Brazil will add songs from her homeland.

Vladimir and Olga Trubetskoy, who have come to Madison from Russia, will offer traditional songs (in Russian) and the stories behind them.

Frank Simpson will contribute ‘30s classics, gospel tunes and probably a Woody Guthrie song. Mary Rasmussen, Kate Krause (violins) and Kameron Krause (cello) will join him.

Fri, 2-Jul-2004
Wild Hog Closed for the Holiday.
Wild Hog closed for holiday. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
Fri, 25-Jun-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Shauna Wells
Singer-songwriter Shauna Wells, a favorite with Wild Hog audiences, returns with bassist Ken Keeley for an evening of lyrical folk music with a unique pop style and contemporary edge. Shauna got serious about song writing during her stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa. She's since added guitar and bass dulcimer to her repertoire and occasionally ventures into the world of jazz, as well.

The first set will feature Turner's Grade, a.k.a. Mary Cortesi and John Fuchs of La Crosse, with their unique blend of fun and fused folk.

Fri, 18-Jun-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Robert A. Welch with Tracy Jane Comer
Singer-songwriter Robert Welch is coming over from Dubuque, IA for his debut at the Wild Hog. He was recently honored by Song of the Year, an international contest, for his song, The Ballad of Jennie Wade, written in memory of the woman who was apparently the only civilian casualty of the Battle of Gettysburg. He performs regularly at Iowa venues as part of the acoustic duo Robert A. & Helen, but will share the Wild Hog stage with Madison singer-songwriter Tracy Jane Comer.
Fri, 11-Jun-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Kris Kidd
Kris Kidd, once a very active volunteer at the Wild Hog, is coming back from his new home in Greenfield, WI to play an evening of music on his hammered dulcimer. He'll include old-timey and gospel favorites and venture into soft rock as well. Kris, who's been playing lately at state parks and coffeehouses, will be featured this summer at the Tall Ships Festival in Kenosha. He's also produced a demo CD called the 7th Pew Fishing Club. Let's welcome back Kris and his "hummerdinger!"
Mon, 7-Jun-2004
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
June Coordinators Meeting
Did you see the article Nadine Goff wrote about the Wild Hog in the May 20 Capital Times? She attended the April Coordinators’ meeting to gather background information, and here’s what she said: “The heart and soul of this nonprofit cooperative are the member volunteers who’ve managed to create and sustain an institution with no hierarchy and no paid staff.”

Members and friends of the Wild Hog are delighted with this wonderful feature story on the Hog in the Capital Times on May 20, 2004. We appreciate her thorough research – she talked to Hog pioneers, attended a Coordinators’ Meeting, and even included a portrait of Phillip the Pig! We hope she’ll come back for the music. Thanks again Nadine!

Fri, 4-Jun-2004
8:00 pm (2:00 hrs)
Chris Powers
Chris Powers, the genial host of WORT-FM’s Friday morning bluegrass show, will offer an engaging mix of blues, jazz, bluegrass and originals, accompanying himself on mandolin and guitar. A consistent favorite performer at the Wild Hog, Chris is also a fine teacher. He’ll share his expertise this summer at UW-Extension’s School for the Arts in Rhinelander, WI. You can also hear him with the Quarter Tap String Band on Sunday nights at the Come Back Inn.
Fri, 28-May-2004
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Amelia Royko
Madison singer-songwriter Amelia Royko was nominated for three Madison Area Music Awards this spring: best female vocalist, best artist-acoustic, and best album-rock. You can expect an award-winning evening of music when Amelia takes the stage at the Wild Hog. Kenneth Burns of Isthmus has said, "Her great voice and pointed, funny songs suggest Sheryl Crow on her best days." Her new CD, Sharp Steel Pinafore, is available through her website, ameliaroyko.com.
Fri, 21-May-2004
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Special event: Garnet Rogers
Advance Tickets $15, $17 @ Door
Special Event in Cooperation with Mad Folk

"A master musical storyteller, often dealing in songs of the heart" is how Dirty Linen describes Garnet Rogers. Born and raised in Canada and on the road with his older brother Stan when he was barely out of high school, Garnet Rogers has become "one of the major talents of our time" (Boston Globe). He's a man with a powerful physical presence - close to six and a half feet tall - with a voice to match. With his "smooth, dark baritone" (Washington Post), his incredible range and thoughtful phrasing, Garnet is considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere.

Madeleine King will open the concert.

(Advance Tickets at -
Border's East and West,
Spruce Tree Music,
Orange Tree Imports,
B-Side Records)
Fri, 14-May-2004
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Don Harvey
La Crosse singer-songwriter Don Harvey will be making his first appearance at the Wild Hog. Along with his original songs you can expect to hear covers of artists as diverse as Neil Young, Bob Marley and Allison Krauss, all accompanied on acoustic guitar and harmonica. A veteran of a La Crosse area country band, Don also plays in a duo called Third Planet and is now at work on his first solo CD. He's performed locally at Fyffe's Corner Bistro and has been a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's Higher Ground.
Fri, 7-May-2004
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
The Redbirds (John Fabke & Paul Kienitz)
Performing as a duo is a new venture for John Fabke and Paul Kienitz, mainstays of Madison's popular bluegrass band, the Nob Hill Boys. Paul welcomes this additional opportunity to share his passion and respect (not to mention his considerable skill) for traditional bluegrass fiddle repertoire. John contributes his stylish vocals, guitar and mandolin. The duo was enthusiastically received at the Sunday afternoon concert series at Olbrich Gardens last winter, and we welcome them for their debut at the Wild Hog.
Mon, 3-May-2004
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
May Coordinators Meeting
Monday, Wil-Mar Center
Sun, 2-May-2004
6:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
SPECIAL EVENT - BEAUTIFUL SINGING TO AID BRAVE VOICE
A joyful night of vocal music at the Harmony Bar and Grill, 2201 Atwood Avenue, Madison, on Sunday, May 2 at 6 pm, will raise money for folk musician and historian turned free-speech fighter, Debbie Kmetz.

Performing first will be Roxanne Neat, a popular performer at folk clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest. Her expressive voice catches you in your heart and draws back audiences year after year. Roxanne specializes in traditional and contemporary folk songs and ballads, accompanying herself on guitar.

Next will be Celtic quartet Navan, a "hot, young a cappella group" according to the Boston Herald. The singers' bell-like, almost "elven" sound; their use of all five living Celtic languages; and their penchant for digging up forgotten lyrics to fit with surviving tunes from the same culture have earned performance invitations from as far away as Boston and Ireland. Clips of Navan can be sampled at www.navan.org.

Other acts may be added closer to the date.

Debbie Kmetz has been active in the Madison folk community for many years ­ including as a founding member of Tri Bratovchedki and Wild Hog in the Woods coffeehouse. She was a long-time employee of the State Historical Society where she passionately assisted communities around the state in preserving and sharing their local history.

Kmetz was laid off from the Historical Society in 2002. She believes it was because she publicly questioned the administration about a proposed institutional name change. Retaliating against a state employee for speaking out on issues of public concern is a violation of constitutional free-speech protections.

Kmetz fought a legal battle to win back her position, spending thousands of dollars to cover court costs. Law firm Garvey & Stoddard represented Kmetz in the case, which Kmetz ultimately lost.

Suggested donation for admission to the May 2 concert is $15. All proceeds will help reimburse Kmetz for the substantial court fees. The benefit concert was arranged by friends who were outraged at the outcome of her trial.

Contact: Elizabeth Fine, 608-239-1461; Alan Ng, 608-255-3996, alan@alan-ng.net Web site: www.alan-ng.net/kmetz

Fri, 30-Apr-2004
7:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Special Event - Rich Baumann - Family Night!!
7:00 p.m. (early start)
In celebration of his 20th anniversary as a Wild Hog performer, Rich Baumann will offer an interactive show the whole family will enjoy. Children of all ages are welcome, and admission is free for kids under 12. His show features traditional and original songs and a guest appearance by his canine collaborator, Thomas, a veteran of some 2,500 shows. Besides schools and children's museums, Rich plays a lot of shows for senior citizens and has a particular passion for exploring music as a means of communication with persons who live with Alzheimer's, dementia or other disabilities.
Fri, 23-Apr-2004
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Bowen Marvik
In his Wild Hog debut Bowen Marvik will offer an evening of mostly original instrumental music on acoustic guitar. He acquired a background in classical music through childhood piano lessons, but only recently fulfilled his long-time dream of learning to play finger-style guitar. He's allowed his wife and kids to talk him into playing local coffeehouses and several well-received gigs at the Feed Mill in Mazomanie, saying he'd "rather be crazy than a coward." Let's give him a warm welcome at the Wild Hog!
Fri, 16-Apr-2004
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Jim Schwall
The Wild Hog is proud to once again present Jim Schwall in a solo performance. Like all truly creative musicians, Jim is always working on something new, and he promises some new songs and the addition of 12-string guitar to his usual 6-string for this concert. What better way could there be to celebrate the passage of the tax deadline than to come to the Wild Hog for a great evening of music!
Fri, 9-Apr-2004
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Stephen Lee Rich
Friday, Wil-Mar Center
Mon, 5-Apr-2004
7:30 pm (2:00 hrs)
April Coordinators Meeting
Monday, Wil-Mar Center
Fri, 2-Apr-2004
8:00 pm (3:00 hrs)
Graham & Co. w/Tracy Jane Comer
Friday, Wil-Mar Center

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