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.


We're all over the place this month!

Sunday, August 7  11am - 1pm 
Stage Road & Highway 84, San Gregorio, CA 
No Cover 
Our own personal clubhouse.... yours, too! 

Sunday, August 14  4:30 - 6:30pm 
633 Chenery Street, in SF's Glen Park neighborhood 
No cover, but contributions to the kitty are encouraged 
We are so excited to play at this wonderful book store for the first time.  Bird & Beckett features a great selection of books, and is that rare thing in the book world these days... a store owned by a person that sells books you can hold in your hand.  As if that is not enough, the regularly scheduled musical programming is filled with quality players, both eclectic (that would be us!) and of the jazz persuasion.  AND after we play, The Seducers will be on at 7:30 pm. 

Friday, August 26   7 - 9:30pm 
4045 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 
No cover 
Our latest hang in the East Bay.  The food is good, and so is the music!  Piedmont Avenue is a lively street with lots to do, including coming to hear The Flying Salvias.  Music is just getting started at this location, so no link yet, but you can take our word for it that the thin crust pizza is excellent... just like in northern Italy!

Sometimes there just isn't much to say! 

Hello Sageheads!  Here we are in July already and el-bloggo is out of date.  We continue to do gigs and to write new songs.  We went to Buffalo, WY with The Jones Gang and a good time was had by all. I got to sing "Someday Soon" as part of their workshop on the role of pedal steel, which featured one of our dearest buddies, David Phillips.   Henry and I made a vacation out of the front part of the trip and the part after their shows. There would have been gigs for us too if I wasn't such an abysmal booker.  For now, we're just going to concentrate on finishing enough songs to make a killer Americana recording. Knowing us, it won't be pure Americana, which there is no such thing as anyway, since Americana is a blend.  But I'm sure there will be something to turn off the music fascists, as that seems to be our signature!  So there.   That's it for now...

May Showers and Purple Rain 

Kathleen has been bugging me to write something, and my burst of enthusiasm happened to coincide with the depressing news of The Purple One, Prince Rogers Nelson (aka dba Logo Boy), shuffling off this mortal coil at the tender age of 57. Brilliant musician and artist, but the one thing I know about him is what a hard worker he was. I was playing Top 40 (ask your parents) in a hotel bar where the tour of Vanity 6, The Time, and Prince and the Revolution were staying. The Man Himself did not mingle with the hoi-polloi at the bar but I did meet Mike Fink, one of the 2 keyboard players (nice guy). He told me the band rehearsed every day on the road, and on nights when he was not happy with the show they would rehearse after the show, sometimes until morning. Our cute blond singer (her name I swear) Mary Kay Lala charmed the road manager into a set of tickets for the band, but we had to play until 10:30. One of the great regrets of my life is that we missed Vanity 6.

Anyway, I'm supposed to talk about influences. Hmm. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Beatles, Motown, Dean Martin, Henry Mancini, The Blues Magoos, Jethro Tull, Captain Beyond, Professor Longhair, Al Kooper, NIcky Hopkins, Leon Russell, Gladys Knight and the PIPs. Duke, Stevie, Jaco, and The Hardest Working Man In Show Business. You try and make sense out of that.

Oh, and gig-flogging time. The Flying Salvias continue their residency at the San Gregorio General Store Sun May 8 11-1 of course, but Kathleen and I are also backing up the astounding Margaret Belton in "Today, Tomorrow, and Forever: the music of Patsy Cline" at the Freight and Salvage Sat May 7. Although Patsy is no longer with us, her memory lives on in the incredible show Margaret puts on. Seriously, you need to check her out, plus you get characters like David Philips and the disreputable Maurice Tani.  Once we recover from that we're (Kathleen and I)  at the Cannery Cafe on May 28 11-1. Food there alone is well worth crossing the border to <strike>Fremont</strike>Hayward, and there's probably mimosas. More stuff later this summer, but we'll get to that later. Say hi if you get a chance.

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  

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!

Flying Salvias

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Armando's, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez

We're a quintet tonight, with our friends Diana Greenberg on fiddle, Dave Golia on bass, and Ken Owen on drums. $15 Doors open at 7:30 pm. 21 and over.

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