The Flying Salvias are a piano/vocal and sometimes guitar duo, playing their signature Ameri-kind-uh music, blending country, pop, blues, beatnik jazz, swing, and old hippy, though not usually all in the same song.

April Thoughts 

Hey Sageheads!  Time for a little history.  People always want to know who you sound like.  You always want to say, "I sound like myself".  But the truth is, we all have influences.  Sometimes you can hear them in our music, sometimes.... not so much.  But there is a time for all of us when we're finding our way, with just the spark of desire to perform, and very few tools.

I had my first solo in elementary school Glee Club... "It won't be a stylish marriage", then Michael Calderoli answered, "I can't afford a carriage". In high school, I auditioned for the Saint Ignatius musical, and I was so green I didn't even know I had to have a song to sing.  I think I ended up doing Silent Night.  Pitiful.  Very kind Jesuit.  Did not get the part.

It took Tracy Nelson to get me to find my voice.  Also one tab of acid.  I kid you not.  I was happily sitting back, listening to "Down So Low" when the next thing I knew I was crooning away in Tracy-tones.  True!  Spent the next several years trying not to sound like her, but I will never forget the moment that an actual beautiful sound came out of me.  I do not recommend this method!!!  All acid trips are not alike and sometimes they involve you thinking people are bringing you to the nuthouse, when actually, you are merely going out to dinner.

That's all for today.  We'll get something from Henry next, and continue the road down memory lane until we get to real time.

March is coming in like a lion... 

Hello Sageheads!

Lots going on next week, and we hope you'll make it to either the Service League Benefit in Redwood City on Thursday March 3 (good way to get a tour of a jail without being booked and also do some good at the same time); the Sanchez Art Center Opening Reception in Pacifica on Friday March 4; or our home away from home gig at San Gregorio Store on Sunday March 5.

We're continuing to try to figure out how to best define our music, and the answers are coming in.  In some cases, no answer is the answer.  We may have to change our name to "The Sybils".  Or to begin separating out our various types of songs into projects.  So far, we have "Henry's Hideaway.... the Musical", "Pop Goes the Jazzle" and we're working on a name for our Americana personality.  Any suggestions?  Send us an email if you don't want to go through the comment process below. 

See you soon!


Hi Sage Heads! Kathleen here.

This is what I'm thinking about today: We might be pop songwriters. It's not really a thought I want to have, but I can't un-think it. When you mix up a whole bunch of genres and just cannot be true to one, but borrow freely on a willy-nilly basis using a different recipe almost every time, when you work with piano instead of guitar, you can still deny the pop gene. But when you listen to the radio and your mom says that Katie Perry sounds like one of your songs, you have to ask yourself, "am I a pop artist?" Consider that a broad definition of pop music is anything that isn't classical (either anglo or any other culture). Then consider that "pop" is short for "popular". Follow that up with the question of how new, relatively unheard original music could even be considered "popular". It's a downright conundrum.

Having some kind of musical personality cataclysm today. Might as well fess up. The second question of the day is "how do you market music that has no label?" We call ourselves all kinds of different things, like "alt-everything", "alt-cabaret", or "fo-jazz".  BTW, we know how to spell "faux"; "fo" in this case is short for "folk" (Thank you Marty Balin for coining the phrase!) We like to play acoustically and not get real loud.  We think we're perfect for house concerts, old fashioned supper clubs, coffee houses, and listening rooms.  Our careers have been long and varied.  Between us, we've performed on a lot of stages, including some pretty big ones, with groups ranging from jump blues to gospel to heavy metal to girl group rock to country music, all over the world.  This sounds like a lie, but when we tally it up, it's actually true.  I think it also gives us the right to mine our experience and turn it into songs as well as to play in the tasty little rooms we crave. No stage necessary.

We should know who and what we are by now.  But no, apparently not.  To quote one of our own songs, "We don't know what we don't know."  Our minds remain open. As much as I chaff under the "label collar", it might be preferable to the blank stare I give people as my thoughts race down hallways,  opening and closing doors that lead to the many theme rooms in the mansion of my mind. It's getting embarrassing!

What do you think?  Are we pop?  Do we have to have a label that will make it easier to deliver the "elevator speech" that describes what we do?  Any ideas?

Comments and observations are welcome. 

Flying in February 

The muse was visiting in January and we've got a couple new songs to play for you in February.  You can hear them at our favorite haunt, San Gregorio General Store when we play there on Sunday, February 7 from 11 am to 1 pm.  Henry's band, The Jones Gang, will also debut there Sunday, January 31, 2 - 5 pm.  

Tuesday night, February 17, from 7 to 10 pm, The Keller Sisters have invited us to join them and Maurice Tani at the Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco for a night of all original music.  We are all so different from each other, while being vaguely related (yes, there are many jokes here, but in the spirit of creativity, we'll let you make them up yourselves!), so it promises to be a pretty fun musical night.

As ever, we're trying to put together little tours of coffee houses and house concerts, up and down the Left Coast, and we hope to do something in July in Wyoming and Montana.  Recommendations and referrals are gratefully accepted.  Just drop us an email

That's all for now, dear Sage Heads!

Kathleen and Henry


Flying Salvias in December and January  Podcast

We're back in action on Sunday, January 3, 11 am - 1 pm, at our favorite place, the San Gregorio General Store.  We'll also be starting back to work on our latest recording project.  For now,  we've uploaded an mp3 of "Big Dirt Broom", one of our new songs.

Meanwhile, we hope everyone is having a good end of the year and that we see you all in January, happy, healthy, and high on life (or a clever substitute)!
  1. Big Dirt Broom

Flying Salvias in November & December 

HI Folks!  

Only two Flying Salvias gigs before the year ends and we start all over again.  Sunday, November 15, from 5 to 7, we'll be back at the Caffe Trieste in Berkeley and on Saturday December 12, we'll be playing a Bread & Roses holiday party for the patients at the Menlo Park Veterans Administration nursing facility. 

We've got a lot of other stuff going on though.  

Henry will be one of the band members in the "Always...Patsy" musical which will run between Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Altarena Playhouse in Alameda.  Our friend David Phillips is the musical director, and the show stars Margaret Belton as Patsy.  Visit the Altarena website for tickets.

Kathleen will be singing in the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir reunion choir when they participate in the OIGC 30th Annual Christmas Concert at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. Visit the choir website for complete details.

We're also working on a new recording at Cookie Marenco's OTR Studios. We're keeping it simple with just vocals and a trio which includes Ken Owen on drums, Josh Zucker on bass, and of course, Henry on piano. We'll have more info on that soon.

In 2016 we'll be back at San Gregorio General Store on a monthly basis. Meanwhile, we are booking some new places and we welcome your suggestions.  We are looking for house concerts, coffee houses, book stores, and intimate clubs.  Feel free to point us in any direction you want us to go (except away)!

Flying Salvias in October 

From October 15 - 18, we'll be attending the Folk Alliance - Far West Music Conference at the Oakland Marriott.  We're hosting a Private Guerrilla Showcase room called "Henry's Hideaway" and hoping to garner a little attention for piano-based music.  There won't be many pianists, but we have to try!   Far West music is always acoustic and there is always a lively debate about what folk music is.  We are acoustic, we are folks, and we wrote the music, so we're pretty happy to be included at this great event.  The Guerrilla Showcases take up an entire floor of the hotel. Musicians are scheduled in each of the rooms and perform 30 minute sets.  It's like speed dating for people looking to hook up with house concert presenters.  It's also tons of fun.  It goes from 10:30 pm to 2:00 a.m., after the Official Showcases are over.  Click here to visit the Far West website and find out more.

Sunday, October 18, 5 - 7 pm - Come and see us at the Caffe Trieste in Berkeley.  No cover, and possibly some of the Far West musicians sitting in. 2500 San Pablo Avenue. 

Sunday, October 25, 2 - 5 pm - San Gregorio Country Store - one of our most favorite places to play.  No cover, full bar, lots of books, great shopping, fine people, and a nice listening area.  Ride your bike, motorcycle, take a Sunday drive, skate board down Hwy 84 from La Honda and have a ball while driving motorists crazy... just get here!

Previous events


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San Gregorio Store, Stage Road & Hwy 84, San Gregorio, CA

Mother's Day at San Gregorio. Perfect! A very nice listening set up, all ages, full bar, coffee, snacks, books, eclectic shopping. No cover. Long day for Henry - Jones Gang plays at 2 pm. Singer-songwriter Lane will also be on hand.


Earth Day Celebration

Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica CA

Henry & Kathleen will go on sometime between noon and 1:30, opening for surf-rockers Frankie & The Pool Boys. Check back closer to the date for exact schedule.


Find Yourself at The Lost Church

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The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street, San Francisco

Now is the time to check out this SF performing arts gem, and hear some fine original music by The Muddy Roses and The Flying Salvias. We go on first, so don't be late! And don't leave early, either. The Muddy Roses play original, powerfully voiced country-based music like you never heard it before!!! Doors open 7:30, show starts at 8, ends at 10:30. Tix are $10 in advance, $15 day of show.


The Beat Cafe-Sing In!

Sausalito Presbyterian Church-Thomson Hall, 112 Bulkley Avenue, Sausalito, CA

It's a sing in! The song books are ready to go. We will be joining leader Don Koc, John McCormick & Bruce Barth, plus David Golia helping out on bass. We’ll be doing Songs from the Great Folk Scare of the 50’s and 60’s. Dylan, Seeger, Guthrie, Mamas & Papas, Donovan, etc. , throw in some Beat Poetry………we got ourselves a Happening. Come in your best beat coffee house garb…………Black! Bring some friends ! It’s Free! Pot luck, too.

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The Blue Heron, 25300 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills, CA 95430

After their triumphant debut here in October, the Flying Salvias return with piano, vocalists and Monte Rio's own Steve Trippe on bass. We had a blast last time! Great dinners, fine cocktails, brews, wines, really, really nice people! And us!


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Chit-Chat Cafe, 5 West Manor Drive, Pacifica, CA

A perfect fall afternoon, for sure! And always the possibility of whales! No cover. All ages. Wonderful sandwiches, fantastic coffee creations, beer, wine, and really, really nice people.

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San Gregorio Store, Stage Road & Hwy 84, San Gregorio, CA

The show will kick off the release of our new CD, The Nature of Things, and we'll have a great band with us: David Phillips on pedal steel, Dave Golia on bass, Dave Scheff on drums/percussion! Kind of The Flying Salvias and Their Friends Dave, or The Flying Salvias and the 3 Daves.
We will play the new CD in its entirety and of course, other songs we wrote and songs we wish we wrote. Get to rock out a bit with these guys! No cover. All ages.

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<I>by The Flying Salvias</I><BR>
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The Nature of Things
by The Flying Salvias
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