FOLKWORKS TOP TEN 2014
1. Live and Recording: Söndörgő
2. Live and Recording: Pascal Gemme
3. Film: This Ain’t No Mouse Music
4. Live: Angelique Kidjo
5. Live: DakhaBrakha
6. Live and DVD: Rafe and Clelia Stefanini
7. Live: Honey Whiskey Trio
8. Recording: Duhks
9. Live and Recording: Donna Lynn Caskey
10. Live: Carolina Chocolate Drops
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DAVE SOYARS’ TOP TEN 2014
1. Bob Dylan and the Band – The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: Basement Tapes Raw (Columbia Legacy)
2. Mike Farris – Shine For All the People (Compass Records)
3-5. Thompson – Family (Fantasy/Concord) / The Rails – Fair Warning (Island) / Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics (Beeswing)
6. Martin and Eliza Carthy – The Moral of the Elephant (Topic)
7. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems (Columbia)
8. Tinariwen – Emmaar (Anti)
9. The Duhks – Beyond the Blue (Compass Records)
10. Sam Amidon – Lily-O (Nonsuch)
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LIVE MUSIC IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
1. Stefan Grossman at the Fret House January 2—The Picking Fool From Kicking Mule;
2. David Bromberg at McCabe’s March 16—Who Put the Jangle in Mr. Bojangles?
3. Keb Mo at the Grammy May 14—Straight Out of Compton.
4. Only in America: Rodriguez at the Greek May 30
5. Eric Andersen, Van Dyke Parks and Thou Beside Me at McCabe’s June 7
6. Theodore Bikel at the Saban Theatre June 16 - Homage to Theo
7. Joan Baez and Ginger at the Greek Theatre July 3—When Bad Things Happen to Good Dogs
8. Richard Thompson Played Read Good for Free at the Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park July 10
9. Don McLean and Judy Collins at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside July 25—A Thing of Beauty
10. Gordon Lightfoot at the Saban Theatre September 27—Down and Out in Beverly Hills
11. John Prine at the Greek Theatre October 5—Happy Birthday, John Prine
12. Bob Dylan at the Dolby Theatre October 24 —Dillon in Dodge
13. Michael Chapdelaine at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music November 18—Michael Chapdelaine’s Guitar Rides With Him
14. Dirk Hamilton at the Alva Showroom in San Pedro November 22—Dirk Hamilton: Reconsider Me—How Warren Zevon’s Roadkill Became L.A.’s White Rodriquez
15. Merle Haggard at the Canyon Club December 9—For Merle Haggard On My Birthday;
16. Cat Stevens-Yusuf at Nokia Theatre LA Live December 14—No Sex, No Drugs, No Rock and Roll: Got Folk?
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LINDA DEWAR’S TOP TEN 2014
1. Album: Sailing over the 7th String – Tim Edey.
2. Album: Sound of Taransay – Phil MacLennan Smillie.
3. Album: Hebrides: Islands on the Edge – Donald Shaw, composer.
4. Album: Squall – Adam Sutherland.
5. Album: Bass and Mandolin – Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer.
6. Album: Tell ‘Em I’m Gone – Yusuf.
7. Film: Twenty Feet from Stardom.
8. Magazine: The Living Tradition.
9. Book: Songwriters on Songwriting – Paul Zollo.
20. Live Gig and Album: The Dardanelles.
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2014 GRAMMY NOMINEES
OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS
43. BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM (INCLUDING TEJANO)
44. BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM
45. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE
46. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG
47. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
48. BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM
49. BEST BLUES ALBUM
50. BEST FOLK ALBUM
51. BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM
53. BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
67. BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM
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TITLE: WINDOWS OF TIME
ARTIST: MIKE MULLINS
LABEL: RUBBER CHICKEN RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: 2014
Windows of Time is the perfect title for this beautiful collection of mostly-original songs and instrumentals by guitar and mandolin master, Mike Mullins. Sometimes playful, often poignant, his music captures the stories and styles of centuries past...while providing an overview of more than two decades Mullins’ own compositions and arrangements. The result is an album filled with timeless appeal....rooted in acoustic tradition, poetic story-songs and toe-tapping reels.
Mullins has been called a musician’s musician for good reason. Beyond his instrumental precision and quicksilver picking, there is a sweetness that runs through his music; a wistful quality in his weave of guitar, mandolin, and vocals...frequently combined with a fiddle.
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TITLE: SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION
LABEL: ISM 1001 (INSULLSCHER MUSIC)
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER, 2014
Using a second-by-second countdown, a rocket launch at NASA builds anticipation and excitement; Imagine holding this level of excitement but now change the scale from seconds to years, and rockets to traditional music.
TEN. Richard Scher and Bonnie Insull, the principal members of Wildfire, have been at the heart of the Folk Dance Music scene in LA for many years.
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TITLE: BEYOND THE BLUE
ARTIST: THE DUHKS
LABEL: COMPASS RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: 2014
The Duhks are back...flying higher than ever with their 5th CD, Beyond the Blue. After taking a hiatus of two years, this celebrated Canadian neo-trad folk band demonstrates, yet again, the bold, beautiful, eclectic, exciting and innovative music that has consistently earned them critical acclaim. All of their previous CDs have been nominated for Juno Awards - winning Best Roots & Traditional Album by a Group in 2005, and a Grammy nomination in 2007.
Beyond the Blue is a stunning album, almost addictive in its adventurous rhythms, harmonies and arrangements....mixing a strong Celtic base with a lot of everything else: Appalachian... old-timey....a little blues....a little soul...a French song from Mali...and a lot of driving folk-rock and Afro Cuban rhythms.
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TITLE: ALEXIS ZOUMBAS: A LAMENT FOR EPIRUS 1926-1928
ARTIST: ALEXIS ZOUMBAS
LABEL: LONG GONE SOUND/ANGRY MOM ARCHIVES
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 20, 2014
78-rpm collector Christopher King has a way of making old music seem new. Although he grew up listening to pre-war blues and hillbilly recordings, he focuses now on reissuing 78-rpm recordings from performers outside the American vernacular. What he finds is that the rawness, the spirit and the energy of the early American performers like Skip James or Dennis McGee is evident in ethnic recordings as well. In a sense, he curates the blues and country music of other cultures.
His most recent production, Alexis Zoumbas: A Lament for Epirus 1926 -1928 profiles Zoumbas’ masterful violin adaptations of Greek sheepherding music, now available on a beautiful gatefold LP with artwork by R. Crumb. An immigrant to the States from the Albanian influenced region of Epirus, Zoumbas recorded for Columbia in Prohibition-era New York City. Apart from his recorded works, very little biographical information exists about the exiled performer.
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January 20th, 2015
2014 GRAMMY OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS
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7:00pm UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92260-2899
7:00pm MURIEL ANDERSON & STANLEY JORDAN
house concert at Healing Waters Mobile Park Clubhouse
18131 Langlois Rd., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
Cal Marilyn Trail, 760-329-3169
8:00pm THE LIMELITERS / THE HONEY-LULUS
Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 92675
8:30pm BARRY ‘BIG B’ BRENNER
Acoustic Folk Blues
Griffins of Kinsale
1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030
9:00pm RICK SHEA
3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230-4607
WHERE DID BOB DYLAN GET THAT HUCK FINN CAP?
PREVIEW OF HAL HOLBROOK IN MARK TWAIN TONIGHT!
AT THE FOX PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN RIVERSIDE - JANUARY 17, 2015
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? Not on my watch, Robert Burns; so here’s a cup o’ kindness, for one of my old literary friends.
America’s first literary rebel was not Woody Guthrie, or Jack Kerouac, or Bob Dylan, it was a young boy who sprang out of the imagination of our first world author—the one who inspired Ernest Hemingway to say that all of American Literature begins with Huckleberry Finn, a children’s book by Mark Twain.
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Shining in Selma: Odetta, Dylan and Len Chandler
Preview Screening, Discussion and a Knockdown Drag-out Argument
At The Museum of Tolerance - December 20, 2014
Odetta, Oprah and Oyelowo—there are some big “O’s” in Selma, the movie, and judging from the audience response I heard last night at its premiere local screening another big “O” may be in its future; that would be the Oscar. The film’s producer Oprah Winfrey will certainly be nominated for her resounding portrayal of a middle-aged black woman in Selma trying simply to vote, only to face the County Registrar’s post-graduate series of questions she must answer to enter the voting booth. After reciting so movingly word-for-word the Preamble to the Constitution she is asked how many county judges there are in the state of Alabama.
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