We were teenagers as rock ‘n’ roll emerged.  The excitement of first listening to Elvis singing “Jail House Rock” or Bill Haley with “Rock Around the Clock” after a decade of Liberace and Ruby Murray is impossible to describe.  David and his school pals were soon onto jazz: at first traditional (the Dutch Swing College were pretty good), but giving way to the West Coast school (Brubeck, Mulligan, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne) then Kansas City/Chicago/New York geniuses (Lester Young, Thelonius Monk, Charlie Mingus) of modern jazz. 

In the early ‘60s we experienced the emergence of Merseybeat while we were at university in Liverpool: The Beatles, Hollies, Kinks, Gerry and the Pacemakers. Those were exciting days. Then folk music took over among the student record collections: Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, and, of course, Bob Dylan, and the inevitable awareness of where this had all come from: Woody Guthrie and the early folk troubadors.


While we were at Cornell, in the ‘70s, the town of Ithaca was packed with great American old-time, bluegrass and folk musicians.  What was happening there, but was not apparent until we all stopped taking it for granted years later, was a renaissance of American traditional music, especially the old-time dance and folk music of the Appalachians.  Amazing string bands: the Highwoods String Band, Country Cooking.  Incredible musicians: Howie Bursen, John Miller, Russ Barenberg, John Roberts, Walt Koken, Peter Wernick.  And great visiting performers: Andy Cohen, Utah Philips, Pete Seeger, Maria Muldaur, Leo Kottke, John Prine, Mike Seeger, Leon Redbone, you name ‘em.  Nice coffee houses, great concerts.  A wonderful musical environment.

Since then our taste has broadened further to include the blues greats (Lightnin’ Hopkins, Son House, Stevie Ray Vaughan), country (Emmylou Harris, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Dixie Chicks), Texas swing (Asleep at the Wheel, Hot Club of Cowtown) and the great sounds of southern rock ‘n’ roll (try the Allman Brothers).

So please join us to hear the best in great music: jazz, blues, old-time, Texas swing, country, folk and classical.  will be bringing the best of all this to you as its charter to be the pre-eminent venue for good music in Macau.  Between live acts, relax with some nice wine and listen to our extensive collection which includes massive amounts of Thelonius Monk, Art Pepper, John Coltrane, Art Tatum, old-time banjo and other great stuff; our CDs are catalogued so please browse and request. 

Enjoy our music.   



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