Kycker Presents: John Fishell with Bluesman Mike Francis & Dead Mans Uke

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John Fishell with his full band

UNCONVENTIONAL, UNEXPECTED AND A LITTLE UNRAVELED

You will find unconventional life experiences, obvious and subtle influences, and an ever-present switching of “hats” – all deftly combined and willfully contrasted within a deceptively simple rock architecture. His formal classical training occasionally pokes through, as does his professional experience with jazz and world music. John will carry the heavy rock to you … and all you need to do is dig on it.

John started with piano lessons early in life only to (regretfully) quit and start learning cello while teaching himself to play guitar. A four-track cassette-based machine started him on the production process, followed by his operation of a small-club-sized live sound reinforcement service. While studying music in college, NEA Jazz Master David Liebman recruited John to record a big band album, and this relationship led to John engineering various albums with other future NEA Jazz Masters including Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Cobb, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, and Billy Hart. The 2002 Dave Liebman Big Band album Beyond the Line was Grammy-nominated in the “Best Instrumental Arrangement” category.

Performing with his full band this is a rare opportunity to catch him!

 

Bluesman Mike Francis

The name conjures up all kinds of images. The sort of name, perhaps of a chap that was at the crossroads watching with Robert Johnson when it all went down. An entertaining, expertly played slice of blues from a man clearly steeped in – and enthralled by – the music.

 

Dead Mans Uke

Pax regulars Dead Mans Uke are a two man band (sometimes 3) playing dirt swing, hokum and old blues tunes as well as crazy covers and anything else they fancy on double bass and a resonator ukulele that belonged to Tiny Tim… they play shows in bars, music venues, parties, festivals and theatres across the UK and recently in Prague, Dublin, Austria, Paris, Bavaria, Poland, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Australia and even Saudi Arabia…