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St. Clair boasts 'Eclectic Music and More'

Staff reports

Tickets are now on sale for St. Clair Productions' 2004/2005 — Eclectic Music and More series held at the Unitarian Center, 4th and C — Streets. In addition, tickets are also on sale for the Fifth Annual Rogue — Valley Blues Festival held at the Historic Ashland Armory during Martin — Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, January 14-16 2005.

The 2004/2005 Eclectic Music and More series features — the following shows:

October 24, A Tribute of Phil Ochs will be hosted by his — sister Sonny Ochs and features SONiA of disappear fear, Greg Greenway, — Magpie, Kim and Reggie Harris, Pat Humphries and Sandy O, David Roth, — Tom Prasada-Rao, and John Flynn doing one of Phil Ochs songs and one of — their own. Phil Ochs wrote many popular protest songs during the Vietnam — War era. Peace House will have a silent auction before the performance. —

November 13, Mark Nelson and Pop Wagner will share an — evening of Hawaiian slack key guitar and cowboy songs and poetry. These — two old friends haven't shared a stage in many years and will be coming — up with some surprises for the audience.

December 4, Riffat Sultana, an singer from Pakistan, performs — with Shiraz Ali Khan on 12-string guitar and Ferhan Najeeb Qureshi on — tablas. The trio performs traditional and modern material from Pakistan — and India, including Ghazal, Sufi, Geet, Filmi, Qawwali, and light classical. — Highlighting her performances are her devotional Pakistani Sufi songs. — This performance takes place at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain. —

February 5 is the Grammy-nominated Native American ensemble — Burning Sky, featuring brothers Aaron and Greg White on flutes and guitar. — The ensemble also won "Duo/Group of the Year" by the Native American Music — Awards in 2003. A flute maker, Aaron White will present a workshop on — playing the Native American flute, time and place tba.

February 26 brings the world's only Celtic All-Star Grateful — Dead jam band Wake the Dead presenting their Irish jigs, reels and airs — teamed with songs of the Grateful Dead. The band's unique takes on favorites — like "Sugaree" in waltz-time or the bagpipe romp through "Bertha" have — been critically acclaimed worldwide. The acoustic group combines fiddle, — pipes, guitar, mandolin, bass, Celtic harp, and percussion.

March 26, Ferron and Tret Fure team up for an evening — of soul-searching music. A songwriter of haunting melody and daunting — honesty, Ferron leads listeners through an evening of musical discovery. — Her poetic lyrics conjure up forgotten emotions and untrammeled avenues — of the soul. Fure's music tackles such issues as war and peace, poverty — and murder as well as personal relationships.

April 22, Priscilla Herdman performs in Ashland for the — first time in many years.

May 14 concludes the season with Naomi Newman in Fall — down Get Up.