CANCELLED! Bob Stane says: This is a very wonderful act. Because of Covid, and the wicked witch of the North, we have not been able to kidnap them from the San Francisco area...

 for at least four years...They have escaped, I got them when the witch was not looking and they will put on a great show for you. Guaranteed.

Friday, May 20, Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan return to The Coffee Gallery since…well, who can remember?

Why do we smile whenever they do come to the Coffee Gallery? Because Claudia and Bruce always deliver a magical evening of heartfelt and humorous music. Claudia’s voice is remarkable and distinctive, capable of delivering a whispery ballad or a Buddy Holly style romp. She (with a little help from her husband) has a knack for crafting tightly written songs that carry you to the sweet spots of youth and the autumn colors of life. Kaplan’s melodic accompaniment, on mandolin and electric guitar, is spot-on. And all of this is served up with a generous helping of homespun humor and shaggy dog stories, making for special evening of deeply engaging music.

Claudia and Bruce traverse a wide Americana landscape, stopping at musical landmarks along the way, tipping their hat to bluegrass bands, blues divas, jazz cats, Village folkies, and singing cowboys. Driven by Claudia’s expressive voice and distinctive guitar style, it all comes together beautifully.

Sing Out magazine has hailed Claudia as “a great live performer.” The duos has toured across the country, performing in living rooms, barns, churches, and coffee houses as well as festivals including Kerrville Folk Festival, Boston Folk Festival, the New Bedford Folk Festival, Black Hawk Folk Festival, and multiple concert appearances at legendary venues such as The Coffee Gallery, Club Passim, and Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage. American Songwriter called her fourth All Our Luck is Changing, “a masterpiece.”

Claudia has won numerous accolades including Best Musician in the East Bay Express Reader’s Poll, 2x Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting finals, and the duo have been featured by NPR’s All Things Considered, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Boston Globe. But music is in the ear of the beholder. So check out their web site at www.claudiarussell.com or visit their YouTube channel and then get your tickets to see them up close and personal.

2022 is the duo’s 22nd year playing musi together. “Making music is our favorite thing to do, and we put a lot of love into it.” says Kaplan. “But playing in a band with one’s spouse is not without its hazards. Some couples argue about sex or money. We argue about song keys, set lists, and ‘who stole my capo?’ But all in all, we’re very lucky to have each other.”

Visit their website to have a closer look/listen to this unique duo.


Friday May 20, 2022 | 8:00 PM | $20.00

Patrons must be fully vaccinated to attend. Please present card or image of card upon entry. No exceptions. Masks are OPTIONAL.
Reservations: (626) 798-6236

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seating is limited.
Call 626.798.6236 for Reservations Between 10 A - 10 P
Pay by Cash or Check. Sorry … No Credit Cards
No payment necessary when you make telephone reservations. Pay by cash or check at the door at the time of the show.

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