Folk Shindig 

Ollabelle and the Finches at the Great American.

New York City's Ollabelle is a polished folk-rock ensemble that smoothly blends gospel, bluegrass, country, and blues into a pleasing pastiche marked by winning harmonies and fine ensemble picking. The band is charming, but a bit sedate. More edgy are local openers the Finches. Fronted by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, a singer with a perfect folk voice, a fragile trill that's both country and bluesy, childlike and womanly, the band can cast an unsettling spell. Impressionistic lyrics are full of loss, regret, and mysterious encounters that remain unexplained with meandering arrangements that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Thursday, September 6 at the Great American Music Hall in SF. 8:00 p.m., $15. 415-885-0750 or


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