• SPOTLIGHT


    FEATURE ARTICLES

    RARE APPEARANCE:
    THE KRUGER BROTHERS

    Kruger BrothersThe Kruger Brothers are making a rare West Coast appearance at the Broad Theater in Santa Monica on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 7:30pm.

    If you are not familiar with this trio (Jens on banjo, brother Uwe on guitar and Joel Landsberg on bass), get ready for an amazing evening. Sometimes referred to as “new traditional American music,”

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    JUDY COLLINS
    ON VALENTINE’S DAY

    AT THE ROSE IN PASADENA - FEBRUARY 14, 2016

    By Ross Altman, PhD.

    Judy CollinsIf you’re looking for something special to do on Valentine’s Day you’ve come to the right place. A new concert venue is coming to Pasadena, sister club to the enormously successful Canyon Club in Agoura and the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. East Side, West Side, All Around the Town—The Rose at Paseo Colorado, 300 E. Colorado Blvd # 101, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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    A DAY AT NAMM 2016 WITH ANNETTE & NOWELL

    By Annette Siegel (Living Tree Music)

    (Ed. Annette and Nowell Siegel run Living Tree Music which specializes in fretted instruments. Nowell is a luthier.)

    NAMM exterior 2 smNAMM 2016 was filled with all the usual glamour and glitz; enough noise to make your ears split (literally). A couple of exhibitors caught our eye.

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    NAMM Media Preview Day

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    By Becky Nankivell & Michael Frey

    NAMM exterior 1 smWe’re excited to attend another NAMM Show as media representatives for FolkWorks. The National Association of Music Merchants annual 4-day trade show at the Anaheim Convention Center is a giant kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, with something for everyone. This year we thought we’d attend their Media Preview Day – maybe the lines for ID badges would be shorter!

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    January-February 2016

    Talking Blues with Doug MacLeod

    Part One

    By Audrey Coleman

    Doug MacLeodListening to a concert (or set) by Doug MacLeod means confronting the cruel jokes life can play on us, sometimes evoking moaning protests, other times raucous laughter. MacLeod’s guitar playing is gritty and true. Like the sound of his instrument, his voice and storytelling draw from the roots of the blues in the African-American South. The evening before our interview, I had ridden a roller-coaster of emotions listening to this white-skinned, white-haired bluesman at Boulevard Music in Culver City.

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    CONCERT REVIEWS

    TOMMY EMMANUEL IN CONCERT

    Pepperdine Smothers Theatre - January 20, 2016

    Certified Guitar Player and a Class Act

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Tommy EmmanuelThe Grand Canyon, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Sphinx, to those and the other 8 Wonders of the World you can add Certified Guitar Player Tommy Emmanuel, who gave a spectacular concert last night (January 20, 2016) at the Pepperdine University Smothers Theatre in Malibu.

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    MARC COHN IN CONCERT

    Pepperdine Smothers Theatre - June 16, 2016

    Reflections on the 25th Anniversary
    Of Walking in Memphis

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Marc CohnSinger-Songwriter Marc Cohn broke through to a national audience 25 years ago with his 1991 hit Walking in Memphis. But before he could walk in Memphis this Cleveland songwriter had to fly there, and thereby hangs a tale. James Taylor no less gave him the idea—to break out of a spell of writer’s block. Taylor told him to “try a geographic,” change his locale, get out of familiar places and habits and shake his mind up so it might be receptive to new experiences and ideas. Marc Cohn was telling this story last night by way of introducing his hit song and how it came to be written.

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    Here Comes the Knight: Van Morrison Live

    At the Shrine Auditorium - Friday January 15, 2016

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Van MorrisonForget about Celtic Soul, forget about Irish Mystic, forget about Belfast Cowboy, and above all forget about 1970s soft-rock—all the comfortable hybrids we’ve grown accustomed to using to describe this now-70-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. Last night I heard the greatest pure blues singer of my life in downtown Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium

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    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: ERIC & SUZY THOMPSON DVD

    ARTIST: ERIC & SUZY THOMPSON

    LABEL: OLD TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    Eric  Suzy Thompson DVDDavid Bragger has filmed this superb 18-cut performance DVD of Berkeley's Eric and Suzy Thompson. The intimacy of the video puts you up close and personal. It's a bit like attending a concert and sitting a foot or two in front of the performers. The extensive liner notes also help you to get inside the tunes and songs. Not many musicians can play such a wide range of genres and maintain such a high level of excellence in each one, but Eric and Suzy are definitely up to the task.

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    TITLE: INTO THIN HAIR

    ARTIST: THE SUNNY MOUNTAIN SERENADERS

    LABEL: NONE

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    SUNNY MOUNTAIN SERENADERS - INTO THIN HAIRThe Sunny Mountain Serenaders comprise three great old-time musicians who play very well together. I have known all three for a long time. Mark Campbell is a Virginia fiddler who has won the prestigious fiddle contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia. Mac Traynham, who plays banjo and harmonica and sings lead has won both banjo and fiddle at Clifftop. John Schwab has played guitar in many great bands and has written a book on old-time backup guitar. John sings harmony. They offer a generous 18 selections on this, their first CD.

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    TITLE: SHAKIN' DOWN THE ACORNS

    ARTIST: RED SQUIRREL CHASERS

    LABEL: VIGORTONE

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    Red Squirrel Chasers - Shakin Down The AcornsThe Red Squirrel Chasers first formed about a decade ago to play dances. Now, they have combined their formidable talents into this new recording of 16 tunes and songs. The four members of the band are fiddler Stephanie Coleman, mandolinist Jim Collier, guitarist Jim Nelson, and bass player Dedo Norris. All four sing, though Collier and Nelson sing all the leads and most of the harmony. Their musical interests span the genres of old-time music and early bluegrass.

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    TITLE: SORROWS AND GLORIES

    ARTIST: RED MOON ROAD

    LABEL: SELF

    RELEASE DATE: SEPT. 11, 2015

    By Jackie Morris

    Sorrows and Glories - Red Moon RoadOne of the most exciting folk groups to come out of Canada in recent years, Red Moon Road brings an irresistible blend of energy, charm, story-telling, and musical virtuosity to their songs that makes you want to hear them again and again. With wonderful melodies punctuated by spot-on harmonies and upbeat rhythms, their second album, Sorrows and Glories, is as refreshingly original as it is inviting; as ideal for careful listening as it is for just driving in your car and not minding the traffic so much.

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    TITLE: HURRY UP AND WAIT

    ARTIST: DUET 2 IT

    LABEL: ET ENT.

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Jackie Morris

    duet 2 itOnce, when I was at a concert, I overheard someone say (about the artist), “She could sing the telephone book and it would sound amazing.” That’s the kind of voice that Erin Montgomery brings to Duet 2 It. And her abilities are matched, on lead guitar, by her partner, Chris Roullard. Together, in Hurry Up and Wait, this young duo has created a debut album that fairly explodes with talent, vitality, and a sophistication that belies their years.

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    CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    SAM CHATMON

    Sam Chatmon (January 10, 1897 – February 2, 1983) was a Delta blues guitarist and singer. He was a member of the Mississippi Sheiks and may have been Charlie Patton's half brother.

    Chatmon was born in Bolton, Mississippi. Chatmon's family was well known in Mississippi for their musical talents; Chatmon was a member of the family's string band when he was young. He performed on a regular basis for white audiences in the 1900s.

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 2/9/16


    MUSIC


    NO EVENTS TODAY



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    6:30pm - 9:00pm SDBS OPEN MIKE AND JAM second Tuesday

    Fuddruckers (La Mesa)

    5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942


    7:00pm BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM every Tuesday

    Convert-A-Tape

    2420 Gundry Ave., Signal Hill , CA 90755

    Don Rowan 562-883-0573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    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


    7:30pm ZINGEN FAR SHOLEM (SINGING FOR PEACE) YIDDISH CHORUS second Tuesday

    Home in Silverlake

    Los Angeles, CA

    Anne Kaufman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm BASC BLUEGRASS CONCERT second Tuesday

    Viva Cantina

    900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

    818-515-4444


    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

    Dan Conroy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    DANCE


    6:00pm - 8:45pm CERRITOS FOLK DANCERS every Tuesday

    Cerritos Senior Center

    12340 South St., Cerritos, CA

    Wen Chiang 626-303-2761 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:45pm - 9:30pm ZYDECO DANCING AT TIO LEO'S every Tuesday

    Tio Leo's Mexican Resturant

    5302 Napa St., San Diego, CA

    Ronda 760-774-8023 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 9:30pm SANTA BARBARA ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE every Tuesday

    First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara

    21 E. Constance Ave., Santa Barbara, CA

    Gary Shapiro 805-699-5101 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 11:00pm CALTECH FOLK DANCERS every Tuesday

    Caltech Dabney Lounge

    1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA

    Nancy Milligan 626-797-5157 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 10:30pm TUESDAY GYPSIES - INTERNATIONAL every Tuesday

    Culver City Masonic Lodge

    9635 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA

    Marian and Jim Fogle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 9:30pm CABRILLO INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS every Tuesday

    Balboa Park Club

    2150 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA

    Georgina Sham 858-459-1336 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm WESTSIDE JCC ISRAELI FOLK DANCING every Tuesday

    Westside JCC

    5870 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    James Zimmer 310-284-3638 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm MORETON BAY FIG MORRIS every Tuesday

    War Memorial Hall, Balboa Park

    3325 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA


    PASSINGS

    Andy M. Stewart

    (September 8, 1952- December 27, 2015)

    Silly Wizard
    Andy M Stewart, 2nd from left with members of Silly Wizard..
    Andy M. Stewart, born in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland, was known as the lead singer in the group Silly Wizard.

    Andy M. Stewart had been left paralyzed from the chest down after a failed operation on his spine in September 2012. He was taken into hospital in early December after suffering a stroke.

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    Al Ard

    (September 19, 1946 - December 18, 2015)

    By Ed Glass and Fron Heller

    Al Ard
    Photo by Leda Shapiro
    Al Ard at Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest in 1998.

    Our friend Al Ard died December 18, 2015 at the age of 69.

    Only rarely did he venture far from Lennox and Inglewood. But staying local never impeded the breadth and depth of his humanity and understanding.

    Al was an unpretentious and completely unselfish mentor to everyone, perhaps most importantly in a spiritual way. He never hesitated to enthusiastically teach others whatever he knew in the realm of music: spoons, rhythm, singing, guitar, harmonica, banjo, or anything else.

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    GRAMMY NOMINEES

    2015 GRAMMY NOMINEES

    OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS

    11. BEST CONTEMPORY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

    36. BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE SONG

    38. BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

    40. BEST ROOTS GOSPEL ALBUM

    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

    54. BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM

    66. BEST ALBUM NOTES

    67. BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM

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    BOOK REVIEW

    TITLE: WOODY GUTHRIE L.A.—1937-1941

    AUTHORS: DARRYL HOLTER AND WILLIAM DEVERELL
    FOREWORD BY ED CRAY

    PUBLISHER: ANGEL CITY PRESS (SANTA MONICA, CA)

    PUBLICATION DATE: January 15, 2016

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    WOODY GUTHRIE L.A.1937-1941This account of Woody Guthrie’s pivotal four years in Los Angeles from 1937 to 1941—during which he became the political songwriter who influenced four generations of American folk singers—from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen—will send a seismic shockwave through the standard narrative of the folk revival of the1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. Measured on the Richter Scale, I would put it at a 6.7—in the same territory as the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

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