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Gilding Lilies EP - Available NOW 

Gilding Lilies is available NOW — released August 5, 2019

Click HERE or on the image above to hear it now.

This 6-track EP includes re-imaginings of classic songs in the Cosmic Spin style. 
It's garnered thousands of listeners on Spotify and is receiving rave reviews.

 

"What an AMAZING record. The sound, the vibe, the playing. It’s totally different than all the mechanical stuff being done these days. So organic...so live...love it."

Enrico De Paoli, multi-Grammy-winning Music Engineer 
(Ray Charles,

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Tasty wine and music at Rosenblum Cellars 

Cosmic Spin opened our 2015 spring and summer season with one of our favorite gigs ever: Rosenblum Cellars at Jack London Square. Thanks to Jeff, Yama and Becky, we enjoyed the whole experience, sharing cosmic sounds with Rosenblum's diverse and sophisticated tasters. Imagine a relaxed Friday evening, sunset over the Oakland-Alameda estuary in a gorgeous room we can only describe as "warm-industrial." Even better...a full house all night long! Thanks also to our many fans that came to share a very special…Read more

After a year-long hiatus, we're back to cosmic spinning...and Fortune is on our side! 


Yes, Cosmic Spin has performed at the occasional special event, but during most of this very busy year, Robert and Bara have been rather quiet—at least musically.  But popular demand has led us to fire up the mixer and effects boxes, build up the finger callouses, and lay down some heavenly harmonies and deep grooves.  

Cosmic Spin is accepting bookings again!  We've returned to regular performing at intimate venues around the Bay area, providing accompaniment for special events, wine tastings and…Read more

"Funky Folk" amazes patrons at 1-Year Anniversary of 1400 Bar & Grill 

One year ago, Bara Waters & Robert Cassard, along with their Soulfolk performing partner Paul Manfrini, had the honor of christening the newly updated 1400 Bara & Grill.  The 1400 occupies the historic space of the of Alameda's legendary Croll's restaurant, built in 1883.   Soulfolk was the first band to perform after the restaurant's grand opening.

Mike Cooper, co-owner of the 1400, and Hiroko Donovan, the venue's booker, became instant fans.  "Their sound was perfect for our space and what we were hoping…Read more

Soulfolk takes a Cosmic Spin... 

You may have thought Soulfolk was over, never to be heard from again.  With Soulfolk's original second guitarist and vocalist Paul Manfrini living some 400 miles south in Laguna Beach, Bara and Robert made the decision early this year to forge ahead with a duo format for most performances.


They've been working hard to create a new format and a new sound, adding a variety of vocal harmonizers, guitar effects, and fresh DJ backbeats to drive the rhythm.  The new sound is rich and full, combining the best…Read more

Soulfolk Summer News 

Soulfolk's summer is shaping up with some exciting developments, both in NorCal and SoCal.

Let's start with the "discovery" of Soulfolk by a wonderful San Francisco booking agency, Entire Productions.  This agency, run by Natasha Miller, represents some of the most talented and eclectic live performers in the Bay Area and beyond.  We are proud to be the newest addition to their talent roster.  We can thank Entire Productions for adding us to the lineup of the Oakland City Center Fall Concert Series, and we…Read more

Soulfolk groove it up with Paul Manfrini & Eli Cassard at Karousel gig 

The energy was really crackling as the full Soulfolk lineup launched into 3+ hours of favorite tunes on a beautiful Thursday night last week.



The Karousel Boutique is one of Alameda's newest art gallery-gatherings places—in the heart of historic Webster Street.  Guitarist/Vocalist Paul Manfrini traveled over 400 miles from Laguna Beach to share the stage with us, while Eli Cassard layed down a deep steady groove on drums.  Bara and I reveled in the fun and excitement of playing for a wonderfully…Read more

Soulfolk rocks Franklin School's Summer of Love 



On Saturday, February 5, Soulfolk contributed music and mood-enhancement to a magical fundraising evening for Alameda's Franklin Elementary School.  The event took place at the "O Club"—the historic Officer's club on the Alameda Naval Air Station.

We were very impressed with the event committee's 60's-themed decorations, which included a large My-Generation's-Magical-Mystery-Tour bus, oversized Haight-Ashbury Street signs, massive floating flower-power symbols, and even a Peace Sign ice sculpture!…Read more

From food to folk... 

We kick off Soulfolk's blog with a brief tale about being open to change. 

Bara and I had been living in Southern California since 1991 and Laguna Beach since 1994.... We and our kids were deeply ensconced in the community, and from the outside looking in, we were alive and well and living in paradise. But, for us, there were subtle undercurrents we found unsettling...high cost of living, rapid cookie-cutter development encroaching, artists moving out of town—plus a long series of Kafka-esque personal…Read more