• SPOTLIGHT

    Eva Salina

    EVA SALINA & PETER STAN
    Traditional & Traditional based Balkan Music

    Friday, July 22, 2016 - 9:30pm - With El Haru Kuroi, Ariel Kasha

    El Cid Restaurant
    4212 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029
    323-668-0318
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    Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 8:00pm - With Dorian Wood
    The Hi Hat

    5043 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
    323-258-4427
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    Sunday, July 24, 2016 – 1:00pm
    Romani Singing Workshop
    Culver City, CA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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    Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 7:00pm & 9:00pm – SOLD OUT
    The Museum of Jurassic Technology
    9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    July-August 2016

    CUT AND PASTE

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    Natalie Cole-Unforgettable With Love album coverI have always been suspect over the process of taking a recording from one era and adding to it in another. You know, having Natalie sing with her dad, or PaulGeorgeRingo and Jeff take one of John’s old songs and “finish it.” Or Jimi’s manager having studio cats redo everything but Jimi’s guitar. But I have changed my mind....

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    BOOK REVIEW

    TITLE: 26 SONGS in 30 DAYS

    WOODY GUTHRIE'S Columbia River Songs

    and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest

    AUTHORS: GREG VANDY WITH DANIEL PERSON

    PUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 12, 2016

    By Lenny Potash

    26 Songs in 30 DaysThere are no shortage of writings about and by Woody Guthrie but 26 Songs in 30 Days is a great contribution because it is a work focused on the relationship between the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Woody and what this massive public works project meant to him as the country was coming out of the Great Depression and preparing for World War II.

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    CD REVIEW

    TITLE: THE SPOTTED PONY

    ARTIST: SPENCER & RAINS

    LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: JULY 2016

    Spencer  Rains - Spotted PonyIf you look up the definition of the Great Plains, it describes the large expanse of predominately flat prairie & steppe grasslands, stretching from southern Canada, across the American Midwest to the Texas-Mexican border; framed by the Mississippi River on the east and by the Rocky Mountains on the west. This broad geography has been home to Native American tribes, European explorers, freed African-American slaves, pioneers and homesteaders and it is from this rich musical landscape that husband-wife duo Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains take their repertoire and inspiration on The Spotted Pony.

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    FILM AND THEATER REVIEW

    THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS

    YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

    By Yatrika Shah-Rais

    The Music of Strangers“Every tradition is the result of successful invention… Human beings grow by being curious and receptive to what’s around them. A lot of people are scared of change, and sometimes there’s reason to be fearful. But if you can welcome change, you become fertile ground for development.”

    This is just one of the many insightful quotes from the movie The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble.

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    ALISON KRAUSS

    (July 23, 1971)

    ALISON MARIA KRAUSS (July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for the first time at fourteen. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS), and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 7/26/16


    MUSIC


    CAMP KIYA

    Banjo, Bass, Blues, Cape Breton Step Dancing, Cello, Fiddle, Guitar,
    Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Harmonica, Harp, Hula, Irish Dancing,
    Keyboard, Mandolin, Songwriting, Ukulele, Whistle/Flute

    Tehachapi Mountain Park

    17350 Water Canyon Rd., Tehachapi, CA 93260

    661-823-9994


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    6:00pm MÔFORRÓ

    traditional, rootsy,pé de serra–style offorrófrom Northeast Brazil

    Descanso Gardens Under The Oaks Theater

    1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada, CA 91011

    818-949-7980 818-949-4200


    7:30pm DJANGO FESTIVAL ALL STARS

    With Samson Schmitt (guitar), Pierre Blanchard (violin), Ludovic Beier (accordion),
    Doudou Cuillerier (guitar & vocals), Antonio Licusati (bass)

    David Naiditch House Concerts

    Altadena, CA

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


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    8:00pm KEATON SIMONS / CHRISTOPHER HAWLEY

    SOHo Restaurant and Music Club

    1221 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    805-962 7776



    DANCE


    7:30pm WORKSHOP: LABYRINTH OF JARETH HISTORICAL DANCES

    Scottish Rite Cathedral Hall

    150 Madison Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

    Produced by The Victorian Tea & Dance Society


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    5:30pm - 8:30pm DOWNEY FOLK MUSIC JAM

    fourth Tuesday

    Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center

    7810 Quill Drive, Downey, CA 90242

    562-904-7223

    Bea & Jim Romano 562-861-7049 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:30pm - 9:00pm SDBS OPEN MIC, PICKUP BANDS, FEATURED BAND

    fourth Tuesday

    Boll Weevil Restaurant (Clairemont Mesa)

    9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA

    858- 571-6225

    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


    7:00pm 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.


    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


BATTLEFIELD BAND’S NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

By Ron Young

Battlefield_BandScotland’s venerable Battlefield Band has been playing great Scottish and Irish music since their formation in 1970, and they are just embarking on their latest tour of North America. Unlike some Rock and Roll bands who have become sad caricatures of themselves, they have stayed to the forefront of traditional music. They have pretty much seamlessly pulled it off with the timely changing of personnel, not always an easy or satisfying feat to accomplish.

I first saw them in the early nineteen eighties at the home of Clark and Elaine Weissman in Tarzana, who in my estimation did more to promote this kind of music in Southern California than did all the Scottish and Irish cultural organizations put together at the time. The Weissman’s also hosted Silly Wizard, Ossian, and the Tannahill Weavers, among others. To say that I was blown away, is a serious understatement, as I really thought that I had died and gone to musical Heaven! I subsequently saw then at McCabe’s in Santa Monica, the Barn at U.C. Riverside and Cal Tech in Pasadena and always enjoyed them.

The Battlefield Band, named for an area in the South of Glasgow, has had a great deal of lineup changes since their founding, and their list of alumni reads like a who’s who of great Scottish and Irish musicians. I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the current line up were just a gleam in their parent’s eyes, when the band first hit the road.

The current musicians are Sean O’Donnell (vocals, guitar), Ewen Henderson (fiddle, bagpipes, whistles, piano, and vocals), Alasdair White (fiddle, tin whistle, banjo, bouzouki, Highland bagpipes, small pipes, and bodhran), Mike Katz (Highland bagpipes, small pipes, various whistles, bass guitar, and guitar). A swift piece of arithmetic comes up with around twenty instruments, which must be no fun for their roadie!

They are currently beginning their umpteenth tour of the States, which will include AMSD Concerts in San Diego on the 24th of March, Ojai Women’s Club on the 27th and Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on the 28th. If you have seen them before, then you will know that they are the real deal (or make that the reel deal), and if you haven’t, then you are in for a treat. From frenetic jigs and reels to traditional (and not so traditional songs, such as O.V. Wright’s hit That’s How Strong My Love Is (made famous by Otis Redding). The tunes and songs continue to sound fresh, and you get the feeling that they are really enjoying themselves. Their somewhat different version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising will always be a classic for me!

Philadelphia Folk Festival 2011
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn7vKDjOq1s)

I had a really interesting conversation on the 9th of March with Robin Morton, who has managed and produced them since the early days. Robin was an original member of the Boys of the Lough, so he has a very good pedigree in this particular field. It was somewhat surreal, as he was in New York, and I was in the Scottish Highlands. We talked about the current economy and its effect on musicians in general. We also discussed the current line up, and talked about the early days.

In this current climate of the internet, there is a whole world of information at your fingertips, so look them up, see what they are about, and attend one of their concerts near you. You will not regret it.

Tour Dates

New Album:

Battlefield Band's latest record Room Enough For All was released in the USA on the 19th March, by Temple Records.


Ron Young had the good fortune to grow up in rural Scotland, surrounded by the traditions of Scottish music and dance. He would like readers to know that whatever you heard about that sheep, it’s not true. Ron has spent the better part of thirty years involved with various Celtic and Scottish cultural organizations in southern California, and now back in Aberfeldy where he has continued to pursue his love of traditional music.