"bringing Traditional music to life with guitar work that rings in the hall like the bells of Rhymney...great fiddle...singing and harmonies filled with subtle voices of the past...a fascinating mix of Celtic, American and English Folk…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 mostly Traditional celtic/folk/blues repertoire, plus original instrumentals all infused with a touch of jazz. Featuring Erica Hockett on lead vocals and Hanna Mignano on violin. A guitar/violin instrumental duo sub-project bills as  'Hardly Strictly Jazz' ; and I play the occasional solo fingerstyle showcase. -- JR

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


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

Tue. June 3, 8pm at The Bistro, Hayward (Hardly Strictly Jazz)

Sat. June 21, 8pm at Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View

Fri. June 27, 7:30pm at Atlas Cafe, S.F. (Hardly Strictly Jazz)

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)


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)

Sat. April 11, 5:30pm at Cinnabar Winery, Saratoga 

Sun. May 24, 2:00pm at Cinnabar Winery, Saratoga 

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