Hes been touted by the likes of NPR. Hes performed Irish music at folk festivals in the Blueridge Mountains. Hes written an album based on a fortune-telling chicken he once saw in Alabama. Hes played Jesus in the indie comedy Evolution: The Musical! Unquestionably, Sean Hayes is a musician with a wide range of backgrounds to drawn from born in New York City, he was raised in North Carolina and made San Francisco his permanent home after falling in with the Bay Areas music community. Hayes songs reflect a similar freewheeling spirit sometimes it bounces, sometimes it slows down and gets political. All of it manages to carry a sense of intimacy, particularly through Hayes grainy, penetrating vocals, and his finger-picking skills, on guitar, mandolin or banjo, are often astonishing. Its all soulful, likeable music, and Hayes seems to be at his best when his songwriting is more confessional, as in 2007s Flowering Spade, which finds him singing, Ill gather your honey/ Ill plant your seed/ Ill be your harvest/ Leave you my sting. A charming guy is appealing no matter what state youre in. With Cataldo and honey.moon.tree.
Sat., Aug. 8, 9:30 p.m., 2009