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Daisy - John Craigie

Sun, October 4 / 6 PM

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Daisy’s songs range from quirky “Do Be Do” to a cinematic desert driving song called “Change”- to the prayerfully quippy sing-along-song called “Maria."  Daisy is known for her personalized song-portraits, and her song “I Do” is a fan favorite that paints the picture of everyday love. 

Daisy’s lush vocals cover humorous observations of her life as a folk singer with the graceful reverence of a rural poet, creating a sound all her own and earning her a home in the best listening rooms in Texas.

Whimsically enchanting yet complex, Daisy is a bright soul with a deep understanding of the darker side of life, earned honestly through life experience. 

John Craigie

His themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love.

John’s live performances – in private homes, cafes, festivals, and sold-out venues – inspire and delight his audiences, who welcome him like a long-lost son and return to see him whenever he visits. He has traveled around the world, having played in all 50 states and beyond, bringing his music to nearly every corner of the planet. 

His fans span generations, political ideologies and geographic locations, but they are all charmed by the dynamic yet humble troubadour peering out from under his signature cap.

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Open Mic

Mon, October 5 / 630 PM

McGonigel’s Mucky Ducky is an Irish pub that features a very popular open mic night every Monday at 6:30p.m. (sign up at 6 p.m.) This little gem might be a bit easily overlooked in Houston’s typical bar scene, but that’s because it’s an entirely different kind of place.

You’ll hear plenty of folk, country and acoustic renditions by performers that spent their afternoon in classes at Rice or a long day at the office. Not only does the pub feature an impressive array of live music almost every night, but the Mucky Duck has been listed by Billboard Magazine as one of the 20 best acoustic venues in the country. Each performer gets three songs or 15 minutes on stage. --

The Duck stage is open for you to present your original compositions or a favorite song made famous by someone else. 

Comedians, poets, jugglers and mimes also welcome. 

Don't be shy. Come on out ~ It's your turn to be a Mucky Duck Open Mic Star.

Each performer has 3 songs or 15 minutes for their performance.

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Songwriters - Lisa Novak - Rich Hopkins - Larry Cooper - Chris Sacco

Tue, October 6 / 730 PM

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Lisa Novak

As a perennial nominee in the Houston Press, Best of Houston Awards, Novak won the 2004 Best Folk/Acoustic Act with singer/songwriter Melinda Mones, and in 2005 Novak has won the title of Best Female Vocalist. She has also garnered recognition from Musician Magazine in 1995 through the Best Unsigned Band Contest and Billboard Magazine Song Contest awarded a certificate of achievement in 1998 for her song Make Believe. She has played in Austin, TX at the annual SXSW Music Conference as the Houston Press nominated her band for Best Pop/Rock and Best Folk in 2000. Her song Perfect Mess was also nominated for Song of the Year in 2002.

Rich Hopkins

A new member of the Tucson Musicians Museum (Class of 2013), Hopkins enters music history as the quintessential desert rocker, a constant in the bedrock of alternative music. Showcasing an ability to create unmistakable guitar tones that drive a hallmark sound, as the years pass, Hopkins continues to reinvent and motivate himself for yet another album and tour as evidenced on “Tombstone,” the latest release from Rich Hopkins & The Luminarios.

Larry Cooper

Influenced equally by Son Volt, The Stones, and classic country, his debut record, Old Hardin Store Road, was especially well received by the Houston Chronicle, making "Best of" lists in 2007 and for the decade. Cooper garnered six nominations from The Houston Press Music Awards, including "Best Songwriter". After releasing Tucson in 2009, Cooper moved to the Texas Hill Country and played sporadically throughout the southwest. A cancer diagnosis in 2011 forced Cooper to take a break from music for the first time in 25 years.

Chris Sacco’s band dUNETX reigns as the lone rock band in Houston to consistently  keep hammering  out tunes since the mid 90’s. Three albums later and a handful of ep’s, the band is still writing, playing, and putting out catchy guitar rock.

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, October 7 / 730 PM

Game Night at the Duck

We have the games or you can bring your own. We have the beer, wine, and food. So bring your friends (and your skills!) for game night! See you at the Duck!

Irish Session


Our Houston Session has been around for over 30 years - the last 23 have been hosted at the Mucky Duck. 

Come have dinner and pint and enjoy an Irish evening.

No cover charge

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Druha Trava

Thu, October 8 / 7 PM

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Famed on both sides of the Atlantic for its "Czechgrass" fusion of acoustic, bluegrass, folk and rock, Druha Trava is the foremost band to emerge from the flourishing Czech bluegrass scene. Its virtuoso musicians can satisfy the most hardcore fans with scorching versions of traditional bluegrass standards. But as the band's name "Second Grass" implies, DT reaches far beyond the classic bluegrass genre for inspiration. 

The band uses American roots music as a starting point for a synthesis of jazz, pop, folk and even classical motifs, transforming an iconic American idiom into a richly textured, highly personal statement.

DT was formed in 1991 by the influential singer-songwriter Robert Krestan, multi-instrumentalist Lubos Malina and other veterans of the acoustic music scene that had long thrived in Czechoslovakia. Krestan's original songs -- renowned for their enigmatic, at times provocative, lyrics -- make up most of the band's repertoire, and they and Krestan's raw, gritty vocals set the band apart.

But DT also performs bluegrass standards and covers -- in English and Czech -- of material by songwriters ranging from Mick Jagger to American acoustic veteran Peter Rowan (with whom the group collaborated on a CD, New Freedom Bell, in 1999). The group's 2007 album, Dylanovky, featured Krestan's Czech versions of Bob Dylan songs.

Druha Trava and is members have produced more than a score of CDs and have won numerous Czech music awards. The band enjoys a wide following in the Czech Republic as well as a loyal fan base in North America, where DT tours for at least one month each year.

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Robert Ellis

Thu, October 8 / 930 PM

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Robert Ellis - Solo and Acoustic!

Houston-native Robert Ellis' country music embraces jazz, Americana, and indie folk influences. For fans of The Avett Brothers, Ray LaMontagne, and Justin Townes Earle, Ellis will quickly become a favorite.

"Ellis' purist, even traditionalist, voice is the perfect vessel for his sanguine portraits of ordinary people, battered and bruised but never without hope."—Uncut Magazine

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Junior Brown

Fri, October 9 / 7 PM

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"A lot of people tell me they don't like country music, but they like what I am doing," says Junior Brown. "I hear that line more than anything else," which is ironic because a couple of licks is all it takes to erase any doubts concerning Junior's stylistic allegiance. His music combines the soul of country and the spirit of rock n' roll.

In Junior's case, playing everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to rock showcases on the West Coast and his hometown of Austin, Texas, *crossover* is not synonymous with watered-down or light-weight. He says of his ever-growing legion of converts.

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Junior Brown

Fri, October 9 / 930 PM

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“You don’t fnd stylists today like you did in the Ernest Tubb era. That’s what sets Junior aside from a lot of other artists. He’s got his own style. And his rapport with his fans, he draws a vast audience, from young college kids up to the older, traditional country music fans.” --David McCormick, owner, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville


“Junior told me once that he was very impressed by Jimi Hendrix, by the way he was very wild, and yet he was very controlled. He knew where everything was going in a solo, and he (Junior), I think tries for the same effect, and I think he hits it virtually every time.” --Mitch Mitchell, drummer, The Jimi Hendrix Experience