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  • FEATURED INTERVIEW

    INTERVIEW WITH EDGAR MEYER

    MULTIPLE GRAMMY AND MACARTHUR AWARD WINNING INSTRUMENTALIST AND COMPOSER

    By Annette Siegel

    Chris Thile - Edgar Mayer - bass and mandolinWhen listening to Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile’s Bass and Mandolin album – it’s amazing how the mandolin and bass weave together so easily even though they are from different sonic spectrums.

    The duo’s music flows with call and response, delights with the quick melodic fingering conversation of Chris’s mandolin and the dancing, gliding bow strums of Edgar’s bass. It’s more than peanut butter and jelly…it’s like a flowing chocolate caramel swirl that delights your mind and fills your senses. And as it is with all good cooking, you can’t help but ask for more. They are very much at home playing together and this album invites us in for a listen.

    I spoke with Edgar Meyer about his music and recent recording as well as the 2014 Fall tour.

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  • CONCERT PREVIEW

    GORDON LIGHTFOOT: A TRUE KNIGHT UPON THE ROAD

    A PREVIEW OF THE SABAN THEATRE CONCERT - SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

    By Ross Altman

    Gordon Lightfoot - olderGordon Lightfoot almost lost his life in 2002 when his abdominal artery burst and he was in a coma for six weeks following the surgery that saved his life. When he finally and almost miraculously woke up he could barely play the guitar and his vocal chords were so constricted his golden voice was no more. That’s when a lifetime work ethic kicked in and literally pulled him back from the dead. Talk about a ribbon of darkness over me—this was the true crossroads and test of artistic character that he passed with flying colors.

    Lightfoot started to practice guitar again like there was no tomorrow—which there almost was not—until he even surpassed his previous skill-level on the instrument that defined his sound from the early 1960s on—when he helped to create the folk revival on the entire North American continent—both his native Canada and his adopted homeland America. When others who cherished his work and recorded his imperishable songs—including Bob Dylan, Ian and Sylvia, Judy Collins and fellow Canadian Neil Young—drifted into folk rock or country rock, Gordon Lightfoot stayed true to his folk roots and never put his finger into the wind to find out what the marketplace wanted to hear. That personal certitude of an inner vision and voice is what has endeared him to fans around the world for more than fifty years. It is what has kept his music timeless as the ancient ballads and current as today’s newspaper.

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  • NEXT FOLKWORKS CONCERT

    FolkWorks Logo Presents

    NEVENKA 

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    Saturday, September 27th

    8:00pm doors open at 7:00pm
        (food will be available)

     

    newly renovated Talking Stick Cafe
    1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
    at Lincoln and California St. in corner behind Pollo Loco
    Parking available behind or in Ross Dress For Less parking lot.

    Tickets

    General Admission: $18

    FolkWorks members (Friend and above) – reserved seating: $16

    Online:      Nevenka Concert Tickets                   

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

    Information: 818-785-3839 concerts@FolkWorks.org

     

     

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  • FOLKWORKS CONCERTS

    FINAL 2014 Concert

    (Click on hyperlink for tickets)

    Series at the Talking Stick Café

    1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

    SYNCOPATHS    October 25th 

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  • PASSING

    REMEMBERING JEAN REDPATH:

    THE VOICE OF SCOTLAND

    APRIL 28 1937 – AUGUST 21 2014

    By Ross Altman

    Jean RedpathIn the dead of winter in 1961 a brilliant young folk singer from the North Country blew into Greenwich Village and caught the eye of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Dave Van Ronk—even sharing their village flat—and the ear of Mike Porco at Gerdes Folk City—who was booking the best and the brightest for his growing clientele of folk music fans—at the behest of the Folklore Center’s Izzy Young next door; a young Bob Dylan, from Hibbing, Minnesota?

    Wrong gender; wrong city, wrong country; wrong folk singer; she was Jean Redpath—all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland—who shared an apartment with Dylan that first fateful “coldest winter in 17 years” when together they redrew the map of American folk music. Thirty-six years later, in 1997s Time Out of Mind, Dylan opened a window onto this early relationship with his long rhapsodic love song, Highlands, inspired by Robert Burns’ song My Heart’s In the Highlands, where he avowed his heart still belonged:

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  • COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    September-October 2014

    MUSIC FOR A CAUSE, OR A CAUSE FOR MUSIC?

    BY LINDA DEWAR

    national-collectiveFlashback! As I’m writing this, Scotland is in its final weeks of political frenzy leading up to an important referendum vote on September 14. It will be one of the most significant votes taken in any European country in decades… a chance to decide whether we will remain in the United Kingdom or become a separate country on our own, no longer tied to England, Wales and Northern Ireland except as neighbors on the same group of islands.

    This is a true grassroots political event, the likes of which I haven’t witnessed since the sixties. And it’s reassuring to note that folk and trad musicians are involved in much the same way they were in those turbulent times.

    Read more: Music for a cause, or a cause for music?

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