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    Donna Lynn Caskey

    April 26th - 3:00pm

    (Doors open 2:30pm)

    Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club 

    1210 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

    with Tracy Newman – MC - 'Banjo Gal' Donna Lynn Caskey

    - Rowan Storm - Tom & Patrick Sauber - Joe Fontenot

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    Click below more information and YouTube Videos
    of all the artists who will be performing at the FolkWorks Benefit Concert

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    The Littlest Birds

    THE LITTLEST BIRDS

    Cello and Banjo duet with a unique sound blending elements of bluegrass, folk and old-time

    April 10th - 8:00pm - House Concert in Van Nuys

    Tickets

    General Admission: $15

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    By Mail: FolkWorks
    PO Box 55051 Sherman Oaks, CA 91413 

    Produced in conjunction with Noble House Concerts

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    SPOTLIGHT

    BalkanFest 2015

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    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL

    ARTIST: SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND

    LABEL: HILONESOME MUSIC

    RELEASE DATE: MARCH 2015

    By Jackie Morris

    notthatkindofgirlcoverarthi-resAfter three critically acclaimed CDs in the past 5 years, it is not surprising that Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band have created yet another memorable album. But Not That Kind of Girl is more than just “another.” It is, I believe, their best album yet...in part because this group keeps pushing their own boundaries...challenging themselves in terms of musical diversity, original songs and fresh interpretations.

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    TITLE: DAN GELLERT DVD & CD SET

    ARTIST: DAN GELLERT

    LABEL: THE OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    Dan Gellert DVD-CD coverSome of Dan Gellert's early recordings seemed to have trouble capturing his unique sound and approach to old-time music. The late Ray Alden told me that he had to use two microphones, one in front and one behind Dan's banjo, to do it. This new recording from David Bragger's Old-Time Tiki Parlour succeeds on multiple levels: it has excellent sound and also comes on both a DVD where you can watch Dan play banjo and fiddle and sing and an audio CD of the same material. David told me that everyone associated in any way with its production is an old-time musician. 

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    TITLE: LONG BEFORE LIGHT

    ARTIST: THE ONLIES

    LABEL: NONE

    RELEASE DATE: APRIL 4, 2015

    By Anya Sturm

    long before lightLong Before Light is the third CD by the Onlies, a three-piece band from Seattle. Sami Braman, Riley Calcagno, and Leo Shannon are still juniors in high school, but have played together for years, so they are a solid band. Together, they have been to many fiddle camps including Valley of the Moon, Sierra Fiddle Camp, Fiddle tunes, Big Sur Fiddle Camp, and Mount Shasta Fiddle Camp and the influence of those camps shows. It is not uncommon to walk around these camps at any time of day or night and hear people jamming and that CD reflects the same laid-black groove that develops from playing in those jams.

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    TITLE: TOMORROW IS MY TURN

    ARTIST: RHIANNON GIDDENS

    LABEL: NONESUCH

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    giddens-tomorrow-is-my-turnIn case you were wondering whether Rhiannon Giddens has one of the great singing voices of our time, her new solo CD will answer that question. If you had not been wondering, it means that you probably have not heard her sing. T-Bone Burnett, who produced this collection of eleven songs, places her in a musical geneology ranging through Marian AndersonOdettaMahalia Jackson, and Rosetta Tharpe

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    BLOG

    MARCH 27TH, 2015

    Patrick Ball (March 27, 1950) was born and raised in California and gave little thought to such things as where his ancestors came from. He went to school and supposed, when he thought about it at all, that he would one day be a lawyer, like his father. But he studied music from time to time and over the years developed a nodding acquaintance with the piano and the guitar. At university he continued his flirtatious relationship with music by playing the tin whistle, principally to annoy his roommate. But at this time he found that he was irresistibly drawn to words, to the music of words, to writers who made words sing, to writers from Ireland. [www.patrickball.com]

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    FULL ONGOING MUSIC click here

    TODAY'S ONGOING MUSIC 3/31/15

    Ongoing Music


    7:00pm - 9:30pm JC HYKE'S SONGWRITERS SERENADE every Tuesday

    Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar

    145 E. Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006


    7:00pm BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM every Tuesday

    Convert-A-Tape

    2420 Gundry Ave., Signal Hill , CA 90755


    8:00pm - 11:00pm TIMMY NOLAN TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION every Tuesday

    Timmy Nolan's Tavern and Grill

    10111 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602

    818-985-3359


    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    March-April 2015

    TAKING THE CONFUSION OUT OF FUSION

    By Audrey Coleman

    Island-Breeze-Cover-Art-JPEG-300x267Decades ago I used to have a beef about the rock-style bass beat too often introduced into folk music performance. Living in Montréal, where traditional folk music groups abounded, I noticed a trend that infuriated me. A group that had a warm, vibrant acoustic sound evoking rural French-Canadian roots would acquire a trap set. Presto! Their sound would become more contemporary. Now the musical ensemble could proudly bid for attention alongside rock groups. I assumed these groups were aiming to expand their audience. That’s what the word fusion meant to me. I was vaguely familiar with the term as a reference to the combination of disparate musical elements. If the above was an example of fusion, then I hated fusion.

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