"bringing Traditional music to life with guitar work that rings in the hall like the bells of Rhymney...great fiddle, singing and harmonies...a fascinating mix of Celtic and English Folk, with a great fondness for Pentangle and Bert Jansch. – David Stafford, KKUP

 "these guys have mad chops" -- Phil Toole, host of The Unbound Sound Show FCCFreeRadio 

"I heard Hardly Strictly Trad. for the first time live on KKUP a few weeks ago, and actually pulled over to the side  of the road to listen. Particularly struck by the sound and clarity of the guitar work." -- unsolicited e-mail from staff member, U.C. Santa Cruz

 

'Hardly Strictly Trad.' is our acoustic trio of fingerstyle guitar & violin/fiddle, with male and female vocal harmonies applied to Traditional and sixties-vintage British Isles folk/blues repertoire, plus original instrumentals all infused with a touch of jazz. Featuring Erica Hockett, vocals; Jon Rubin, guitar/vocals; and leading Bay Area guest violinists. An instrumental duo sub-project bills as 'Hardly Strictly Jazz'. -- JR

Recent/Upcoming: (all dates Hardly Strictly Trad. trio Rubin/Hockett/guest-violinist unless noted)  

2014

Sat. July 12, 11am American Cancer Society benefit, San Carlos (w/ Laurel Thomsen)

Wed. July 16, 9 Unbound Sound Show live webcast  

Sun. Aug. 3, 4pm at Pacific Coast Brewing Co., Oakland (H.S. Jazz)

Sat. Aug. 23, 7:30pm at The Monkey House, Berkeley (w/ MacClain & Cole)

Fri. Aug. 29, 7:30pm at Atlas Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz)

Sat. Oct. 4, 7:30pm at Freewheel Brewing Co., Redwood City

Sun. Oct. 5, 7:30pm at The Woodshed, San Jose (solo; Guitar Showcase w/ Doug Young)

Wed. Oct. 15, 8pm at Cigar Bar & Grill, North Beach (Hardly Strictly Jazz)

Fri. Oct 17, 7pm at High St. StationAlameda

Fri. Nov. 28, 5:30pm at Cinnabar Winery, Saratoga (Hardly Strictly Jazz)

Sat. Dec. 27, 7:30pm at Java Beach Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz)

2015

Sun. Jan. 11, 8:00pm live streaming webcast on Bay Area Beat TV 

Sat. Jan. 24, 7:30pm at Savanna Jazz Club, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/ Doug Young)

Fri. Jan. 30, 7:30pm at Atlas Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/Cal Keaoola)

Fri. Feb. 6, 6pm First Friday at Art Ark Gallery, San Jose (solo)

Sat. Feb. 7, 8pm at Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View

Sun. Feb. 22, 4pm at The Starry Plough, Berkeley

Fri. Feb. 27, 7:30pm at Dolores Park Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz)

Wed. Mar. 11, 9:00pm at Sleeping Lady, Fairfax (Acoustic Showcase, solo) 

Thur. Mar. 19, 7:30pm at Java Beach Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/Bobbi Nikles)

Fri. April 3, 7:30pm at Atlas Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/Cal Keaoola)

Thur. April 9, 6:30pm at Shiki Bistro, San Carlos (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/Cal Keaoola)

Sun. April 12, 7:00pm at The Pourhouse, S.F. (solo)

Sat. April 25, 8pm at Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View (w/ Anne Goess and Evelie Posch) 

Sun. May 24, 2:00pm at Cinnabar Winery, Saratoga (w/ Anne Goess)  

Fri. May 29, 7:30pm at Atlas Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/Cal Keaoola)

Sat. May 30, 9:00pm at Giordano Bros., S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/ Deanna Lynn)

Sat. June 6, 7:30pm at Java Beach Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/ Stevie Gurr)

Sun. June 21, 5:00pm at Caffe Trieste, Berkeley (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/Cal Keaoola)

Wed. July 15, 8:00pm at The Bistro, Hayward (solo)

Fri. July 31, 7:30pm at Atlas Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/ Ela Polak)

Fri. Aug. 7, 6pm First Friday at Art Ark Gallery, San Jose (H.S. Jazz w/ Ela Polak)

Thur. Aug. 27, 8:00pm at Java Beach Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/ Cal Keaoola

Wed. Sept. 2, 9pm Unbound Sound Show live webcast

Fri. Sept. 4, 4pm KKUP live on-air with David Stafford

Sat. Sept. 5, 8pm at Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/ Stevie Gurr)

Sat. Sept. 12, 8pm at Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View (HST w/ Ela Polak)

Fri. Sept. 18, 8pm at Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View (solo fingerstyle w/ Doug Young)

Wed. Sept. 23, 8:00pm at The Bistro, Hayward (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/ Ela Polak)

Sat. Sept. 26, 8pm at Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View (Artist Residency w/ guest tba)

Sat. Oct. 10, 8:00pm at Caffe Trieste, Berkeley (Hardly Strictly Jazz)

Sat. Oct 17, 7pm at Mountain View WinerySan Rafael

Sat. Oct 24, 7pm at High St. StationAlameda (HST w/ Ela Polak)

Thur. Oct. 29, 8:00pm at Revolution Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/ Bobbi Nikles)

Fri. Oct. 30, 7:30pm at Atlas Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz w/ Cal Keaoola)

Sun. Nov. 29, 5:00pm at Caffe Trieste, Berkeley (Hardly Strictly Jazz)

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