FROM APPALACHIA TO BULGARIA:
SOARING TONES, RAUCOUS RHYTHMS TO FILL LITTLE TOKYO THEATER
Has your musical diet has been lacking world and traditional music lately? On Saturday, April 18 at the Aratani Theatre, you’ll have a chance to gorge yourself, aurally speaking. Fans of Moira Smiley and her VOCO ensemble know that her repertoire ranges from traditional American shape note singing to heart-rending East European melodies and on to provocative creations combining vocal lines with percolating body percussion. What a gift to Los Angeles lovers of world and traditional music that these musicians will share a program with the world-renowned Varimezov Family Band.
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TITLE: THE WIDENING GYRE
LABEL: COMPASS RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 2015
Altan’s new CD The Widening Gyre is a fantastic collection of traditional Gaelic songs mixed in with Irish jam regulars. The band is joined by many special guests in this collection of upbeat lively jam tunes as well as slower songs sung by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.
Altan is a traditional Irish band— arguably the most famous one currently playing. It was started in 1987 by Mairéad (rhymes with parade) and her late husband Frankie Kennedy. Mairéad is the daughter of Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, or Francie Moony who also contributed to traditional Irish fiddling.
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TITLE: NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL
ARTIST: SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND
LABEL: HILONESOME MUSIC
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 2015
After 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
Some 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
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 4, 2015
Long 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
RELEASE DATE: 2015
In 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 Anderson, Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, and Rosetta Tharpe.
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APRIL 14TH, 2015
Doris Leon "D. L." Menard (April 14, 1932) is one of the most important songwriters and performers in Cajun music. He has been called the "Cajun Hank Williams" because of the country-tinged sound of his voice and music. [Wikipedia]
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6:00pm - 10:00pm AGOURA HILLS SONG CIRCLE & POTLUCK (SONGMAKERS)
Agoura Hills (Contact via Songmakers website)
Agoura Hills, Agoura Hills , CA 91301
7:00pm - 9:30pm JC HYKE'S SONGWRITERS SERENADE
Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar
145 E. Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006
7:00pm BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM
2420 Gundry Ave., Signal Hill , CA 90755
7:00pm - 10:00pm BEACH CITIES FOLK CLUB (SONGMAKERS)
1642 Voorhees Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
7:30pm ZINGEN FAR SHOLEM (SINGING FOR PEACE) YIDDISH CHORUS
House in Silverlake
, Los Angeles, CA
8:00pm - 11:00pm TIMMY NOLAN TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION
Timmy Nolan's Tavern and Grill
10111 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
THE FIRST AMENDMENT’S A BITCH, ISN’T IT?
Angela Davis, distinguished professor emerita, UC Santa Cruz
I received an email from my Israeli-American friend Louis Richter with the recent news that former UC Santa Cruz Professor Angela Davis was the official speaker at the University of California at Santa Cruz for Martin Luther King’s Holiday commemoration of what would have been his 86th birthday. The title of her speech was “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine.” It was the keynote address of their 31st annual convocation on MLK’s birthday. The email contained an extended letter of protest from more than twenty organizations speaking as one who support Israel and were outraged that this “known anti-Zionist” who “supported boycotts against Israel” would be sponsored by the university—especially in connection with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In reply I wrote the following:
“This letter and subject raise so many issues I am afraid I don't have time to address them all, or even summarize them adequately.
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