• PASSINGS

    RIP: ALAN JABBOUR

    (June 21, 1942-January 13, 2017)

    Alan Jabbour

    Alan Jabbour:

    Fiddler, Scholar, and Preserver of Tradition

    By Steve Goldfield

    Reprinted with permission from Summer 2006 issue of Fiddler Magazine

    Alan Jabbour has long been an integral part of the preservation of old time fiddling in America. Beginning his professional life as a professor of English Literature and Folklore, Alan soon moved into the musical arena, eventually becoming head of the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress, director of the Folk Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and then director of the American Folklife Center. As a member of the Hollow Rock String Band, Alan brought old tunes to new audiences, and his documention of tunes from Henry Reed, the Hammons Family, and many others gave them a new life. Alan’s acclaimed recent album of fiddle and banjo duets with Ken Perlman is proof of a musical career still going strong.

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    FEATURE ARTICLE

    How Did You Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday?

    Lisa Finnie Broadcasting Live From “The Curvaceous Slopes of California”

    On The Dylan Hour and Masters of Song, 11:00am—1:00pm KCSN 88.5 FM

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Bob Dylan Joan Baez and Paul Stookey
    Photo by Dan Budnik
    Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Paul Stookey at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 for the March On Washington.

    87 years after the most important moral leader of 20th Century America was born on January 15, 1929, his I Have a Dream speech from the 1963 March on Washington was played in its magnificent entirety by host Lisa Finnie to open her January 15 Dylan Hour radio broadcast on Martin Luther King’s birthday. Well, as poet e.e. cummings once wrote, “albutnotquitemost.”

    Read more: How Did You Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday?


    SPOTLIGHT

    A NIGHT WITH WOODY GUTHRIE

    January 18th - 8:00pm

    Sidewalk Studio Theatre
    4150 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505

    Charged with songs like “1913 Massacre” “Union Maid” “Little Saka Sugar” “Going Down This Road Feeling Bad” and “This Land Is Your Land,” Rob Tepper steps into the shoes of America’s father of Folk Music, giving audiences a taste of the “Eternal teenager – scrawny, petulant, hilarious, angry… free,” through storytelling and song in, A NIGHT WITH WOODY GUTHRIE, directed by Sal Romeo.

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    January-February 2017

    GUANTANAMERA: JOSÉ MARTÍ TO FIDEL CASTRO

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    fidel-castro-marti-smRevolutions don’t take place in velvet boxes. It’s only the poets who make them lovely.

    ~ Carl Oglesby, President of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), 1965-66

    Imagine an American airport named for one of our great poets—like Edgar Allan Poe International Airport, or Walt Whitman Airport, or Emily Dickinson Airport; a pretty strange notion is it not? For the most part, in our country you have to be responsible for the deaths of thousands before anyone would think of naming an airport after you; think JFK in New York, or Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington, DC. Yet in a tiny island country just ninety miles away, their major airport is proudly named for their national poet: José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba. Who was José Martí?

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    GRAMMY NOMINEES


    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: THE LOVE STILL SHOWS

    ARTIST: DONNA LYNN CASKEY

    LABEL: CORDULIA MUSIC

    RELEASE DATE: February 10, 2017

    By Steve Werner

    TheLoveStillShowsIn troubling times, a voice of simplicity, humanity and compassion can go a long way to help soothe the worried and weary, be a salve to the soul and give hope where hope is running thin. It is in precisely these times that I find myself in my truck listening over and over to the new CD by Donna Lynn Caskey The Love Still Shows.

    Read more: THE LOVE STILL SHOWS - DONNA LYNN CASKEY


    TITLE: One Light Many Windows

    ARTIST: Merlin Snider

    LABEL: Barking Dog Music

    RELEASE DATE: November 21, 2016

    By Terry Bailey

    Merlin Snider - One Light Many WindowsYears ago I visited painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser in his Venice (Italy) studio. I was surprised to see canvases lining the walls in all sorts of styles – not just the colorful spiral and raindrop paintings he was well known for at the time.

     “My gallery owner prefers that I stick to one style. He believes that is what art buyers want from artists: a consistent identity,” he explained to me. “Sadly, I cannot even bring these other works of mine into the gallery.”

    This marketing identity demand bleeds over to all art forms: too often writers, filmmakers, composers, songwriters – all creators – are pressured to create in one style and stick to it.

    Read more: MERLIN SNIDER - ONE LIGHT MANY WINDOWS


    TITLE: THE BEAUTIFUL NOT YET

    ARTIST: CARRIE NEWCOMER

    LABEL: AVAILABLE LIGHT RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

    By Jackie Morris

    Carrie.Newcomer.TBNY .AlbumPageProfound and poetic, Carrie Newcomer’s 16th album, The Beautiful Not Yet, soothes the soul as it stimulates the senses. Capturing the mystery and miracle in the everyday, the songs are at once spiritual and down to earth, filled with wisdom and heart.

    If you simply read the lyrics on her website, you’ll find the words read like poetry. But in truth, even if I didn’t understand a word of English, I would still think this is one beautiful album. The primary reason is Newcomer’s voice – that celebrated, rich contralto that is so luscious, warm and honest, so natural yet perfectly nuanced, that it makes you feel good just to listen to it. Additionally, The Beautiful Not Yet features an array of gorgeous harmonies and an exciting blend of traditional roots instrumentation (banjo, acoustic guitar and mandolin) and chamber music (cello, violin, and piano).

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    everything but ...

    In Celebration of
    Martin Luther King Day

    Nina Simone singing
    Ain't Got No, I Got Life

    Read more: NINA SIMONE - AIN'T GOT NO, I GOT LIFE


    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 1/18/17


    MUSIC


    7:00pm CHI MCCLEAN / NATALIE GELMAN

    Arroyo Seco Golf Clubhouse

    1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena, CA 91030

    323-255-1506

    Presented by Wine and Song Series


    7:30pm MURIEL ANDERSON / STANLEY JORDAN

    Whittier College - Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts

    6760 Painter Ave, Whittier, CA 90601

    562-907-4203


    8:00pm P.T. GAZELL & TIM MAY

    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 A NIGHT WITH WOODY GUTHRIE

    Sidewalk Studio Theatre

    4150 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505

    323-769-5156

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


    8:00pm FREEBO & HIS FABULOUS FRIENDS


    With Chad Watson (bass), Fuzzbee Morse & Jeff Pevar (guitars), John Molo (drums)

    Cody’s Viva Cantina

    900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

    818-848-8810


    8:00pm ROY ZIMMERMAN

    House Concert in Venice

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    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    6:00pm - 8:30pm LAGUNA INTERNATIONAL DANCERS (FOLK)

    every Wednesday

    Clubhouse 2

    24112 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Woods, CA

    Miriam 949-680-9946


    DANCE


    5:30pm - 8:00pm LAGUNA WOOD FOLK DANCERS

    every Wednesday

    Clubhouse 2

    24112 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Woods, CA


    7:15pm - 9:30pm SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB

    every Wednesday

    Balboa Park Club

    2150 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA

    Jean Cate 858-278-4619 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 9:30pm ANAHEIM INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS

    every Wednesday

    Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim

    511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA

    Ruth or Ted Shapin 714-758-1050


    7:30pm - 9:30pm CONEJO VALLEY FOLK DANCERS

    every Wednesday

    Hillcrest Center for the Arts (Small Rehearsal Room)

    403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

    Jill Lundgren 805-497-1957 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 10:00pm SKANDIA DANCE CLUB (SCANDINAVIAN DANCING)

    every Wednesday

    Lindberg Park

    5041 Rhoda Way, Culver City, CA

    Frances Sotcher 310-827-3618 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm WILD WOOD MORRIS DANCING

    every Wednesday

    Whaley Park

    5620 E Atherton St., Long Beach, CA

    Julie James 562-493-7151 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.