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GET LIT PLAYERS
BERNIE PEARL BLUES BAND
featuring Barbara Morrison
NEW ASH GROVE PLAYERS
featuring CLAUDIA LENNEAR and SS Jones
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PLAYING FOR TIPS
Some professional musicians play their entire career without ever performing for tips. I am not one of those. I have juggled my “music career” between the bread and butter gigs, which often include playing for tips, with those more prestigious gigs doing clubs, festivals and concerts. I love doing clubs, festivals and concerts, but in Southern California most folk/roots musicians cannot make a decent living just performing at just these type of venues.
I’ve done clubs, festivals and concerts. These rarely include tip jars. You are (in theory, at least) being paid to perform, and having a tip jar would be rude at best. Many casual gigs are not tip jar gigs, either. Corporate events; community fairs; backyard barbeques; benefits; and other similar gigs also would eschew the lowly tip jar.
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TRIPLE CROWN: A LONG STRANGE WEEK FOR FOLK MUSIC
RIP: WILL HOLT (APRIL 30, 1929 – MAY 31, 2015),
JEAN RITCHIE (DECEMBER 8, 1922 – JUNE 1, 2015),
AND RONNIE GILBERT (SEPTEMBER 7, 1926 – JUNE 6, 2015)
American Pharoah wasn’t the only Triple Crown winner last Saturday, June 6, D-Day. God took home the Belmont when he crowned the Weavers Ronnie Gilbert and gave her an angel’s wings; she already had an angel’s voice. What a long strange week it has been.
The gods of folk music, as if in a conspiracy of malevolent intent, have robbed us of three of our most significant and distinctive voices—like a destruction myth parody of Genesis: In the beginning God took home the songwriter and popular folk musician Will Holt, who wrote Lemon Tree; and on the 2nd day God took home the singing family of the Cumberlands’ Jean Ritchie, who wrote Black Waters and The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore; and even on the 7th day God did not rest—He sent his henchmen to take the gorgeous alto of The Weavers, Ronnie Gilbert, whose clarion voice soared high above Pete Seeger, Lee Hayes and Fred Hellerman—raising them to the skies.
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TITLE: YOU’RE HOME NOW
ARTIST: RICHARD BERMAN
LABEL: ARIES RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: 2014
Richard Berman is one of the great masters of the story-song. And his new seventh album, You’re Home Now, just might be his best work yet. This is no small compliment...as decades of critical acclaim, multiple awards, and Folk DJ “favorite” lists can attest to. Poetic yet always relatable – intimate, thought-provoking, and entertaining – his songs draw you in with lovely, haunting melodies and hold you with beautifully understated feeling.
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TITLE: THE NE’ER DUWELS
ARTIST: THE NE’ER DUWELS
RELEASE DATE: JUNE, 2015
There are times when travelers on different paths meet at a crossroads and discover they have been brought together for a purpose. Connections are forged because each knows the road ahead is right and true. Such is the case with the band the Ne’er Duwels: four accomplished musicians who have joined together to create a solid recording.
Ken O’ Malley from Dublin, Ireland, is the lead singer of the band. Ken has entertained audiences for over 30 years, and is one of the most well-known and beloved Irish folk singers working today. His rich voice and skillful guitar work are fueled by deep passion for his people and their history. Ken pours his soul into every word he sings, every measure he plays, and the music of the Ne’er Duwels laughs, breathes, and aches with his dedication.
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JUNE 26TH, 2015
Summer is upon us and with that comes all the free concerts that are presented in the Los Angeles area....The Skirball Cultural Center, Grand Performances, Culver City Summer Concerts to name a few.
Check the FolkWorks calendar on our website to mark your calendars.
Also, note that we send out a listing of what is up for the following week every Thursday when you sign up for our Yahoo Group.
And, of course, we keep up to date with information on our Facebook page and group as well as our Twitter feed.
FolkWorks is supported by folks like you, so we urge you to become a member.
Here are all the important links:
FolkWorks Yahoo Group
FolkWorks Facebook Page
FolkWorks Twitter Feed
FolkWorks member signup
Read more: Blog Entry JUNE 26TH, 2015