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Sunday, October 6th – 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Laurel Thomsen & Friends

If you’re ready to trail back to the neighborhood Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6th, by 4:30 or so — after three or four days of Golden Gate Park crowds for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass — we’ll extend the spirit of the affair here at Bird & Beckett. 

Laurel-Thomsen-2013-by-Michelle-MagdalenaSunday, October 6th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, our “which way west?” series presents Laurel Thomsen, violinist, violist and singer-songwriter, who’s enthralled us before on the bookshop’s stage with her gorgeous flights through old-time Americana, Celtic tunes and originals.   In her recent collaborations, she’s been lauded as a fine blues and Grappeli-esque fiddler as well.

A Monterey, California native, Laurel trained classically, but in her early twenties found a home playing in bands, doing studio work, backing singer-songwriters, and as the New York Times reported, being one of those cutting edge teachers moving their private studios online via Skype.

At Bird & Beckett, Laurel will entertain with all original songwriting, honed over four months touring Canada and the western US this summer in promotion of two new CDs. Visit

“This concert in our home drew a standing ovation and demand for encores. Everyone left with big smiles!” ~Margo and Tyler Baker, house concert hosts.  “I can’t stop crying, your music is so beautiful.” ~Elizabeth, a fan.  “Any grounded, sound-minded person would have a perm-grin throughout your show.” ~Berri, a fan.


Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

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