Below are albums I've played on or produced.
Storming Heaven - Avalon Rising - 2004 - on sale now, from
Celtic and Medieval rock.
bass, vocal, mandocello
To Touch The Stars - various artists - 2004 - on sale now,
play on 10 of the 17 tracks. This compilation of songs by various
artists ranges from folky rock to country to rock and ska, and
celebrates the history and future of space travel.
guitar, electric sitar, vocal, guitar synthesizer. I also
wrote most of the press releases and promotional material
for this album.
Sophia Speaks - The Veil - 2002 - on
sale now! This
is my personal favorite of all the albums on this page, and my
best musical work to date. With 7 songs written by Margarita Kovats,
Deirdre McCarthy and myself, it will take you on a deeply mystical
psychedelic journey. Not everyone's cup of tea - some people don't
like the spoken word, some are put off by the mystical content
of the title track.
co-composer, acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, mandocello,
electric sitar, bass, percussion, guitar synthesizer, mandola,
This mostly-acoustic album ranges from Laurie's original visionary
folk songs to her fine Celtic fiddling to my personal favorite
track, Galanica, a 12th century Judeo-Spanish love
ballad which morphs into a very cool taxim. I had the opportunity
to work with the wonderful guitarist John Havard on this
at Amoeba Music,
2455 Telegraph Ave. at Haste, in Berkeley, California. 510 549-1125
- it's in the Celtic section.
guitar, mandocello, vocal.
Rainshadow - Kyle
Thayer - 1993. Now reissued on CD!
Kyle by email to
purchase, or write to: Watershed Productions, 200 Gate Five Road,
Suite 212, Sausalito, CA 94965. Kyle and I spent months working
up some very nice arrangements for his original octave mandolin
compositions plus a nice group of American and Irish traditional
instrumentals. This is one of those CDs that's great for cleaning
house or driving.
Keepers of the Flame - Phoenyx
- 1990 - Phoenyx
existed from 1989 to 1993. KOTF is a fantasy-oriented folk-rock
album that wears its Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention influences
on its sleeve, featuring songs by Heather Alexander, Cat
Taylor, and myself, Mark Ungar. This album is out of
print, but if you used to own a copy and it wore out or was stolen, contact me for a retro-active warranty replacement copy, sans cover art and booklet.
acoustic guitar, percussion.
Are there plans to reissue Keepers of the Flame?
Over the last few years, Prometheus
Music has twice made generous offers to produce the
reissue of KOTF and act as a legally neutral third
party in any negotiations. All of the band members except Heather (now known as Alex Adams) gave their
permission to have KOTF reissued.
- I acted
as co-producer and composer, and played electric guitar, mandola,
bass, and vocals.
are the Former Members of Phoenyx doing now?
- Heather is now known as Alexander James Adams! Yes, she is a guy. For more info, go to Heatherlands.com.
Ungar? You're on my site now, you silly!
has become a singer-songwriter extraordinaire.
Cat Taylor's Fiddler's
the O, after
a long stint with LucasArts, now works for Meyer
Sound and plays with his own blues and soul band.
Rare Live Phoenyx track found!
Phoenyx performing Heather Alexander's Black
Unicorn recorded live at Decatur Street in San
Francisco in May of 1990. On it, I take a 1,064-bar guitar solo
- whew, ma'am - that's a mouthful! Enjoy.
A Following Wind - Glenn
Morgan - 1994 Click
to order. If
you've ever been to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf or the California
Renaissance Faires, you've heard hammered dulcimer master Glenn
Morgan. His albums feature a veritable Celtic orchestra of exceptional
local musicians, with top-drawer production. If you like the driving,
tinkly sound of the hammered dulcimer, these two CDs are for you.
Apparently they make the fish bite better.
guitar, octave mandolin
Borders No More - Glenn
Morgan - 1995 Click
guitar, octave mandolin
Divine Temptation - a Journey of Sacred Songs - Akasa - 2000.
To order, contact Akasa at OneSound@earthlink.com,
to: P.O. Box 342, Lagunitas, CA 94938. Akasa is a wonderful woman
who, having raised her children and sent them off into the world,
suddenly found herself touched with divine inspiration and ecstacy.
Never having written songs before, this album is the result of
her musical channelling of the divine spirit. I play on 6 tracks.
If you like Yoko Ono, you'll love this sincere, ecstatic CD.
Seen About Town
Friday, June 25th, The Wrenboys return to the Plough & Stars, San Francisco's favorite Irish pub. Glenn, Frank, Autumn and Mark will be performing their own special version of traditional acoustic Irish music. The Plough is located at: 116 Clement St.,
San Francisco CA 94118
July 15th,6:30 -8:00 pm
enjoy Celtic rock with Avalon Rising at
Pinole Summer Sounds
Outdoor Concert 6:30 - 8:00
595 Tennent Ave., Pinole, CA
July 16th, 8:30 pm
enjoy Celtic rock with Avalon Rising opening for Plasterkatz! With acoustic trio suboptimal.
AT THE CORNER OF CLEMENT AVE. AND GRAND ST., ALAMEDA, CA.94501
On Monday, July 19th, I'll be appearing with host Jeffrey Weissman on the KRCB radio show Rare and Well Done. We'll be spinning some music and talking about "The B-Team" - what I like to call some of the supposedly second-tier artists like Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Monkees, and The Faces whom time has shown to be every bit as good as their more successful peers.
October 2nd 7:00
Avalon Rising (ballroom style)
PEERS Evil League of Evil Villain's Ball
Doors Open 6:45 p.m.
Dance Lesson: 7:00 p.m.
Dancing Begins: 8:00 p.m.
Tix: $15.00 advance (by April 24)
At the door: $20.00
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo
100 N. Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo, CA
Saturday and Sunday
October 23rd & 24th
All Hallows Fantasy Faire
Avalon Rising plays both days, times TBA
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora, CA
Papa’s Taverna serves authentic Greek cuisine in a fun and comfortable taverna atmosphere!
For Reservations: 707-769-8545 or email
5688 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, Ca. 94954
February 13, 2010: 9:00
Dance concert - Cedar/Pine Room
2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, California, United States 95110
This is the biggest pagan event of the year, folks! With any luck we will have a pre-release EP of our new album Antlers & Elbows available at the show.
Admission is Free with Convention Membership. The Doubletree Inn has no rooms available.
Thursday, February 11th, 2010:
15009 Farnsworth St.
San Leandro, Ca 94579
This is a Mardi Gras/New Orleans-themed show, so show up in your royal finery! If you haven't got any yet, Schelly's usually has lots of free bling. But seriously: wear a hat, look stupid...we don't want to stand out.
CONTEST: Suggest a favorite classic New Orleans-style song you think we should cover for this show, and if we do, you win a PRIZE!
Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 9:30 - 10:30:
Axis of Blues with Plasterkatz
3920 Geary Blvd
(between 3rd Ave & 4th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94118
Thursday, Oct 22,2009 8:30 - 11:30:
Axis of Blues with special guest Sean Folsom
1001 B St.,
Oct 9, 10, 11
Las Vegas Renaissance Faire
I'll be performing with Uffington Horse, featuring the original pagan and fantasy songs of Alexander James Adams
Thursday, July 30th, 8:30 - 11:30:
Axis of Blues (unplugged)
1001 B St.,
We promised Scott a beer, but he still couldn't make it to this show. So Mark, Robert, and Kristoph will be an "acoustic" trio, sans drummer. We'll be phoning it in as usual, but we especially need your help for this unusual gig. How can I help, you ask? Simply by coming and drinking as much beer, a delicious selection of which The Bistro has in abundance, as possible. This will enable us to sound much better, especially to you. Thanks for your cooperation.
Saturday, Sept 5th, 8:30 - 11:30:
1001 B St.,
Hell, The Musical
San Francisco Fringe Festival
The Exit Theater on Taylor this September
Thursday, Sept. 10 7:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 13 4:00 PM
Monday, Sept. 14 7:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 18 10:00 PM
Another original musical by the author/star of Thanatics, K.S.Haddock. I'll be in the onstage band for this show. It's based on Sartre's "No Exit".
September 19 - 20:
Afterhours at the Northern Cal Ren Faire
10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister, CA