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    DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN

    LEN CHANDLER

    GET LIT PLAYERS

    BERNIE PEARL BLUES BAND
    featuring Barbara Morrison

    NEW ASH GROVE PLAYERS
    featuring CLAUDIA LENNEAR and SS Jones

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    For more info and tickets, click here!

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    May-June 2015

    PLAYING FOR TIPS

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    Tip JarSome 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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    PASSINGS

    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)

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Will Holt

    Jean Ritchie Ronnie Gilbert

    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.

    Read more: TRIPLE CROWN: A LONG STRANGE WEEK FOR FOLK MUSIC


    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: YOU’RE HOME NOW

    ARTIST: RICHARD BERMAN

    LABEL: ARIES RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: 2014

    By Jackie Morris

    Youre home now  richard bermanRichard 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.

    Read more: RICHARD BERMAN - YOU’RE HOME NOW


    TITLE: THE NE’ER DUWELS

    ARTIST: THE NE’ER DUWELS

    LABEL: SELF

    RELEASE DATE: JUNE, 2015

    By Mark Dresser

    Neer DuwelsThere 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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    BLOG

    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 Calendar

    FolkWorks Yahoo Group

    FolkWorks Facebook Page

    FolkWorks Twitter Feed

    FolkWorks member signup

    Read more: Blog Entry JUNE 26TH, 2015


    FULL CALENDAR click here

    TODAY'S EVENTS 6/30/15


    7:00pm DAVE HARVEY PRESENTS:

    With Stefanie Socovolo, Riley Catherall, Paul Rasmusson, Dylan Brody

    Coffee Gallery Backstage

    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 92675

    626-798-6236 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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    8:00pm LAURENCE JUBER AND GUITAR NOIR

    SOHo Restaurant and Music Club

    1221 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    805-962 7776


    FULL ONGOING MUSIC click here

    TODAY'S ONGOING MUSIC 6/30/15

    Ongoing Music


    7:00pm BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM every Tuesday

    Convert-A-Tape

    2420 Gundry Ave., Signal Hill , CA 90755


    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


    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