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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, September 18 / 730 PM

What is it about Wednesday?


Wednesday is Game Night at the Duck.   What is Game Night, you may ask? 

It's an informal night of fun, no reservations, no cover charge, just come on by.

We put out our collection of board games like Checkers, Backgammon, Monopoly, Risk, Jeopardy, Operation, Clue, Trivial Pursuit etc, (or you are welcome to bring your favorite) and folks bring their families and friends to have a bite and play games. 


In keeping with the spirit of Game Night, you can roll the dice and try your luck.  Roll any combination that equals four, or  two fours, and your entree will be on the house.  


Wednesday is also Irish Session Night at the Duck which usually starts around 7:30pm


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Mindy Smith

Thu, September 19 / 7 PM

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“Her voice carves melodies so sharp and fine you can almost see them…” – New York Times

A good rule of thumb when going to a Mindy Smith concert, bring a hanky, a tissue or an extra sleeve. Your tear ducts don’t know the difference between laughing tears and crying tears and you’ll likely be doing both. “Humor is how I compensate for singing so many sad tunes back to back,” says Smith.


Mindy Smith is a Long Island-born, Nashville based singer-songwriter with a clear and honest passion for Americana, jazz, pop, rock, blues, and folk and is a self-proclaimed music genre mutt. 


She first created a buzz in the music world in 2003 charming fans with her rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” for the tribute album ‘Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton.’ In 2004, Mindy solidified her place and won critical acclaim with her own debut album, ‘One Moment More’ which was re-issued on vinyl for the first time in 2019, to commemorate its 15th Anniversary. 


She has since released four additional full-length studio albums, a Christmas EP, and numerous singles.


Her original songs have been recorded and released by the likes of Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Faith Hill and many more. Mindy has performed alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, John Prine, and Mary Chapin Carpenter and was most recently the featured vocalist on Kenny Chesney’s charting single, “Better Boat”.

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Weeping Willows - Dustin Welch - HalleyAnna Finlay

Thu, September 19 / 930 PM

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The Weeping Willows, Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth, are a couple of old souls, steeped in Bluegrass tradition and draped in Gothic Americana imagery. 


They regale their audiences with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. That kind of description might make them sound like some carefully contrived concept-act but there’s something truly different about The Weeping Willows: they really mean it…


2015-2019 has seen The Weeping Willows nominated for 5 x CMAA ‘Golden Guitar’ awards, 4 x Country Music Channel (CMC) awards, APRA AMCOS Australian Independent Country Music Single of the Year, performing at AmericanaFest (USA), Folk Alliance International (USA), Maverick Festival (UK), Port Fairy Folk Festival, Out On The Weekend with Margo Price, Joshua Hedley and Courtney Marie Andrews and the AustralianAmericana Music Honours, supporting Lukas Nelson (USA), Hayes Carll (USA), Iris DeMent (USA), Eilen Jewell (USA), Willie Watson (USA), Cory Branan (USA) and Kevin Welch (USA) and completing national and international tours in support of their sophomore album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ (2016), which received four-star reviews in Rolling Stone, The Australian and The Music. A Weeping Willows performance, whether live on location or caught on tape will always delight.


A Nashville native, Dustin Welch grew up surrounded by writers, singers, pickers, and artists of all kinds. At an early age, he was exposed to the literary value of song form, and formed his ownunique style of storytelling. Appalachian grooves and melodies coupled with lyrics, strange and beautiful. He encountered solid recognition for his talent and hard driving music and lyrical style for his first two solo records Whisky Priest and Tijuana Bible, putting him into the upper realm of Austin rockers. His long awaited third installment, Amateur Theater, is due out in 2019.


"It's a little bit strong, a little bit unhinged, a little bit scary at times. He seems to be weaving together elements of various mythological traditions, pulling good old-fashioned Texas songwriting with some underworld imagery. ...this guy seems to be a very fully realized songwriter. He's not working anything out here. 

It sounds like he showed up knowing just what to do, and you better get out of the way so he can do it. -Kim Ruehl, No Depression


HalleyAnna Finlay has been studying the art of songwriting and performance for nearly three decades. Her father, Kent Finlay, opened the legendary San Marcos, Texas singer-songwriter listening room, Cheatham Street Warehouse, birthplace for kindred spirits Terri Hendrix, Bruce Robison, Todd Snider and several others, HalleyAnna carries forward the spirit that has been embodied at Cheatham Street for decades: She writes, in the Townes Van Zandt tradition, simply "for the sake of the song.”


HalleyAnna Finlay sings like her songs were stamped on her heart at birth. Evidence: The Country (2011). HalleyAnna’s superb debut collection swaggers (“So Heavy”) and sways (“Fast Train”) with effortless elegance. The album, which deftly spotlights her meeting point between Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris, serves as a shining introduction to a skyward bound emerging talent. High watermarks – particularly, “Back in Your Arms Again” and “Peace Is Lonely, Love Is War”– demonstrated HalleyAnna growing exponentially sharp as a songwriter.


All personify the literate storytelling so identified with the Texas music tradition and HalleyAnna has put her creative writing studies to good use following their footsteps. Find further proof on her sophomore self-titled effort (HalleyAnna, 2013). Americana all-star Bill Chambers produced the collection. “Working with Bill is so easy and great,” HalleyAnna says.


“Bill came up and was here for the summer touring with his daughter Kasey and he had about a week-long window to make a record with me. He brought this really nice microphone that Kasey used on ‘The Captain’ and ‘Barricades and Brickwalls’ and we did vocals pretty much live. We cut the album in five days in the Woodshed in San Marcos.”


HalleyAnna has been busy writing new songs and enjoying the married life, working on preproduction on her third release and finally getting back into the studio after losing her trusted mentor and father Kent Finlay. “Any time I’d go through a heartache growing up, my dad would say, ‘Well, you’ll get a good song out of it,’” HalleyAnna says. “Sure enough, I really did, and here we go again.” Her new material explores more than just her own personal experiences in the last few years. Becoming a mentor to others and some epic co-writing has led her to discover so many more ways to write songs - come see for yourself.

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Phoebe Hunt

Fri, September 20 / 7 PM

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Noted as one of the Top 10 New Country Artists you need to know, Phoebe has some words of gratitude for this recognition:

“I am beyond humbled to find out that Rolling Stone even knows who I am, yet alone that they have listened to Shanti’s Shadow and believe it to be worthy of your listen. This album has been such a journey for me, and I am overwhelmed by this sort of recognition. Thank you for listening!” - Phoebe Hunt


Rolling Stone …


Sounds Like: A global spin on American folk music, performed by a Texas-born Brooklynite who recorded her newest album, Shanti’s Shadow, on the heels of a meditation-filled music retreat to India


For Fans of: Abigail Washburn, the Punch Brothers, American folk singers with foreign influences


Why You Should Pay Attention: A top-shelf fiddler who recently logged a year in Ben Sollee’s touring band, Hunt reignites her solo career with Shanti’s Shadow. The album title hints at the otherworldly music within, with Hunt merging her Appalachian-style fiddle chops with Texas twang, Indian ragas, gypsy jazz, unfamiliar time signatures and the free-spirited fun of a jam band leader. The resulting record breathes new life into a genre that’s sometimes so respectful of the past, it fails to push toward the future. Hunt certainly doesn’t neglect her roots, but she doesn’t wallow in the dirt of her influences, either.


She Says: “This is what American music truly is. It’s a melting pot of all these different cultures, inspired by all the places I’ve been and all the different types of music I’ve studied. It’s what America is based upon: the willingness to have an open heart, an open mind and a willingness to learn from everyone. That’s the idea of America that we were sold in school, at least, and it’s the idea we’re clinging to.”

    

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Annika Chambers and Danielle Nicole

Fri, September 20 / 930 PM

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2019 Soul Blues Female Artist of the year ANNIKA CHAMBERS~~~The dynamic monster vocalist from Houston Texas along with a host of talented musicians continue to shock and amaze many blues lovers who have the opportunity to hear their music. With a variety of soulful, heartwarming and ground stomping tunes, Miss Chambers is sure to rise above and beyond your expectations. 


DANIELLE NICOLE

Founding member, lead singer, and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole stepped out on her own in 2015 with her debut album “Wolf Den.” In 2018, Nicole returns with a follow-up release via Concord Records. 


"I grew up playing the blues, and the blues is still a big part of what I do.  But now I'm reaching out more and trying different things.  It still sounds like me, but I'm stretching out a lot more than I have previously." 


Nicole's distinctive, inventive bass work—which resulted in her becoming the first woman to win the Blues Foundation's 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass—is the product of years of intensive roadwork.  Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot's bassist, now she can't imagine life without it. 

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The Here and Now - The Selkie Girlst Patrick's Day

Sat, September 21 / 7 PM

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March is just too far away so we are having a celebration of the the half way point. Join us tonight


The Here and Now



Chris Buckley (fiddle), Niamh Fahy (fiddle), Rob Forkner (Bodhran) and Joseph Carmichael (guitar, whistle/flute) have brought their considerable talents together with The Here and Now, a high energy Irish band blending an Irish traditional sound with a contemporary flair.  Chris spent the last decade as a member of the renowned Irish trio, The Tea Merchants. Niamh, originally from Co. Meath Ireland was a soloist with Riverdance for five years and worked with The Young Irelanders, The Dhol Foundation, Donal Lunny & The Chieftans before moving to Austin.  

Rob is a master Bodhran player and one of the world's most highly sought after Irish drum makers. He, along with Chris, is a founding member of the Tea Merchants.  Joseph, a founding member of the Irish music trio, Flashpoint, tours regularly with Mari Black and Ashley Davis. Together they are The Here and Now.



The Selkie Girls


Originally formed in 2013, The Selkie Girls have firmly established themselves as a mainstay in the North Texas folk music scene. With dozens of music and art festivals under their belt, as well as numerous television appearances, the band has toured throughout the States, never failing to captivate audiences with their unique instrumentation, lush harmonies, and dynamic arrangements. 


The band draws upon a vast repertoire of ancient and contemporary ballads, traditional Irish and Scottish songs (often sung in the native tongue), and foot-stomping jigs and reels, creating a truly eclectic and affecting musical experience.

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Lost Austin Band

Tue, September 24 / 730 PM

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Cosmic Austin: that edgy intersection where the best of the Texas songwriters meets Folk-Rock & Roll. And who was there for a lot of it, who helped make that music and who continues that tradition with their own songs and the iconic tunes of that time?


The Lost Austin Band, that's who!


If you've heard the music of Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, Rusty Wier, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Willis Alan Ramsey, B.W. Stevenson, the Lost Gonzo Band and other song-oriented Texas artists, then you've heard the music of The Lost Austin Band.


Today’s Americana and Texas country artists owe a debt of gratitude to the stalwarts of what the media of the day called “Progressive Country.” All members of the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame, Bob Livingston, Bill Browder, Dave Moerbe, Patterson Barrett, Ernie Gammage, and Craig D. Hillis return to their musical roots as The Lost Austin Band with the songs and stories that created this special time in Texas’s musical history. It’s quite a trip!