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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

    July-August 2015

    I CELEBRATE LIFE

    REMEMBERING JEAN RITCHIE

    By Susie Glaze

    Jean Farewell

    I CELEBRATE LIFE

    I celebrate Life!

    I tangle my fingers in its long-haired grasses… with gladness.

    I beat upon its breast with futility.

    I lie across its loin with joy.

    I give to it and take from it sweet juices of abundance with… pain and pleasure.

    I replenish it with my tears and the vibrations… of my laughter.

    Until it sweeps me off, I will not leave it,

    This World, this Earth!

    This Universe, this Time and Space!

    This Chance at finding God!

    This Life!

    Read more: I CELEBRATE LIFE - REMEMBERING JEAN RITCHIE

    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 7/2/15


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    1:00pm JUDY COLLINS

    Del Mar Fairgrounds Showcase Stage

    2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014

    858-755-1161


    FULL ONGOING MUSIC click here

    TODAY'S ONGOING MUSIC 7/2/15

    Ongoing Music


    5:00pm - 8:00pm KEN O'MALLEY every Thursday

    Auld Dubliner

    71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

    562-437-8300


    6:00pm - 9:00pm BRENDAN'S IRISH MUSIC SESSION first Thursday

    Brendan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

    30315 Canwood St, Agoura Hills, CA 93010

    888-874-9400


    6:10pm FOUNTAIN VALLEY BLUEGRASS JAM first & third Thursday

    Orange County Archery

    18792 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708


    6:30pm - 9:30pm WOOD 'N' LIPS OPEN MIC every Thursday

    Kaffee Meister - Santee Coffeehouse

    9225 Carlton Hills Boulevard #30, Santee, CA


    8:00pm - 11:00pm OLD TIME MUSIC JAM (HOSTED BY TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT) first Thursday

    1642 Beer and Wine Bar

    1642 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026-5027

    213-483-5571


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.