• SPOTLIGHTS




    FILM AND THEATER REVIEW

    David Broza: East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

    Film Screening, Q&A and Live Performance
    at the Museum of Tolerance - April 12, 2016

    Blessed are the peacemakers.

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    David Brazer - E. Jeruselum  W. JeruselumIt was hard to determine who David Broza’s most implacable enemy was at the screening of his 2014 film East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem last night at the Museum of Tolerance—Palestinians, or Israelis? I went back and forth, so here is a blow-by-blow account of one of the more gripping films and live performances I have encountered in my effort to cover the waterfront for FolkWorks over the past 15 years.

    Read more: DAVID BROZA: EAST JERUSALEM/WEST JERUSALEM


    CONCERT REVIEW

    Eric Andersen at McCabe’s

    A Bard by Any Other Name - April 23, 1616—April 23, 2016

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Eric Anderson“All the world’s a stage,” said William Shakespeare, but there’s only one McCabe’s. April 23, 1616, four hundred years ago tonight, Shakespeare, the greatest poet in the English language, passed away. But Eric Andersen is still here, so the English language is in good hands. He performed at McCabe’s this evening, a quarto of the best songs written over the past fifty years—including Thirsty Boots, Violets of Dawn, Amsterdam and Close the Door Lightly When You Go. It was a pleasure and an inspiration to observe the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in the company of an artist who avoids the name “singer-songwriter” in preference to a higher calling: song poet, which describes Eric Andersen to a “T.” For tonight, though, let’s just call him the bard.

    Read more: ERIC ANDERSEN AT MCCABE’S


    PASSINGS

    Pitt Kinsolving

    (September 22, 1932 - April 3, 2016)

    Pitt KinsolvingPitt Kinsolving died at 6:30am, Sunday, April 3, 2016, after a multiyear battle with cancer.

    Reprinted from PITT KINSOLVING - A FOLK HERO AND A BLUEGRASS CELEBRATION

    By Rex Mayreis

    Pitt Kinsolving, a man with a most distinguished name, is known for organizing folk music events, as well as getting musicians together to make music. While engineering sound for recordings, performances, and other live programs has been his profession, he has been an important force in bringing folk music to Southern California through his volunteer efforts in planning and promoting concerts and festivals, and in his active participation in hoots.

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    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: CAN’T STAY HERE THIS A-WAY

    ARTIST: BRUCE MOLSKY

    LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: MAY 2016

    By Pat Mac Swyney

    Bruce Molsky - Can't Stay Here This a-WayLast summer, the trailer for this latest release from the Old-Time Tiki Parlour started showing up on social media. It opens with black screen audio of Bruce Molsky blazing through the classic fiddle tune Old Sledge followed by a seemingly audacious quote from Darol Anger, a founding member and fiddler from the David Grisman Quintet; declaring Bruce Molsky to be “The Rembrandt of Appalachian Fiddle.”

    Read more: BRUCE MOLSKY - CAN’T STAY HERE THIS A-WAY


    Aritmia – A Marriage Made in Music

    By Audrey Coleman

    ARITMIA by Merima Kljuco  Miroslav TadicOn first glance, the accordion and the acoustic guitar have little in common. The first is a large, hulking affair strapped on to the musician who negotiates its keyboard or buttons to achieve various pitches and manipulates bellows to control tone, timbre, and dynamics. The guitar, on the other hand, seems to melt into the musician’s body as tones are teased out by plucking and strumming and fingers achieve dynamics and texture with direct pressure.

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    TITLE: L’Echo À Travers Le Clos (Echo Across the Field)

    ARTIST: Joe Fontenot

    LABEL: Old-Time Tiki Parlour

    RELEASE DATE: March 2016

    By Pat Mac Swyney

    LECHO À TRAVERS LE CLOS - JOE FONTENOTL’Echo À Travers Le Clos is southwest Louisiana native-Los Angeles transplant Joe Fontenot’s first record and a very important and an extraordinary celebration of traditional Creole music & culture.

    Some 30 years ago, I was playing locally in Irish Trad. and CowPunk bands with a button accordionist friend who turned us all on to the regional accordion music of south Texas and southwest Louisiana.

    Read more: L’ECHO À TRAVERS LE CLOS - JOE FONTENOT


    TITLE: LEMA LEMA

    ARTIST: EVA SALINA

    LABEL: VOGITON RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 11, 2016

    Eva Salina Sings Šaban Bajramović

    By Pat Mac Swyney

    EVA SALINA - LEMA LEMAI first heard Eva Salina sing over 15 years ago at Balkan Music & Dance Camp in the coastal redwood forest of west Mendocino County. I can’t imagine she was old enough to drive at the time, yet there she was, confidently and deftly belting out assorted Balkan folk songs alongside considerably more tenured singers from both the Balkans and America.

    Read more: EVA SALINA - LEMA LEMA


    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    May-June 2016

    Canote Brothers

    Brother Duets from Seattle

    By Roland Sturm

    Canote Brothers 2Early country music was a simple style with sparse instrumentation. The first commercial country music recordings in 1922 and 1923 by Eck Robertson and Fiddlin’ John Carson were either solo or duo recordings by fiddlers. Duo acts performing old-time country music were common, often featuring the uniquely blended harmony singing of two brothers were a common combination. One of these early acts, the Monroe Brothers, included the future "father of Bluegrass Music," Bill Monroe. The Delmore Brothers, the McGee Brothers, and the Blue Sky Boys (Bill and Earl Bolick) were other popular brother duets performing and recording country music in the 1930s.

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    THEODORE BIKEL

    (May 2, 1924 – July 21, 2015)

    THEODORE MEIR BIKEL (May 2, 1924 – July 21, 2015) was an Austrian-American Jewish actor, folk singer, musician, composer, and activist. He made his stage debut in Tevye the Milkman in Tel Aviv, Israel, when he was in his teens. He later studied acting at Britain's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his London stage debut in 1948 and in New York in 1955. He was also a widely recognized and recorded folk singer and guitarist.

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


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

    Auld Dubliner

    71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

    562-437-8300

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    6:30pm - 9:30pm WOOD ‘N LIPS OPEN MIC (SIGN UP 5:30PM) every Thursday

    Kaffee Meister - Santee Coffeehouse

    9225 Carlton Hills Boulevard #30, Santee, CA


    6:30pm - 9:30pm FOUNTAIN VALLEY BLUEGRASS JAM first & third Thursday

    Orange County Archery

    18792 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

    Shelah Spiegel 714-454-1976 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 9:00pm SAN DIEGO OLD TIME FIDDLERS JAM first & third Thursday

    Boll Weevil Restaurant (Clairemont Mesa)

    9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA

    858- 571-6225


    8:00pm - 11:00pm HONKY TONK HACIENDA every Thursday

    El Cid

    4212 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90029

    323-668-0318


    DANCE


    10:15am - 11:45am PAN PACIFIC FOLK DANCERS every Thursday

    Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center

    141 S. Gardner Ave., Los Angeles, CA

    Tikva Mason 310-652-8706


    11:15am - 12:35pm SANTA MONICA CITY COLLEGE ISRAELI DANCING every Thursday

    Santa Monica College Clocktower

    1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA


    3:00pm - 4:45pm RESEDA INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS every Thursday

    Reseda Senior Center

    18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda, CA

    JoAnne McColloch 818-340-6432


    7:30pm - 10:30pm NARODNI FOLK DANCERS every Thursday

    Woman's Club of Bellflower

    9402 Oak St., Bellflower, CA

    Judith 562-404-4383


    7:30pm - 10:45pm WESTWOOD CO-OP FOLK DANCERS every Thursday

    Felicia Mahood Senior Club

    11338 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    310-839-1753 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.