• SPOTLIGHTS

    NILE PROJECT

    NILE PROJECTThe musical traditions of the cultures found along the Nile basin offer sonic treasures comparable to that mighty flowing river’s own life-giving abundance. No group taps into those White and Blue Nilotic melodies and rhythms with such sublime, joyful synergism as the Nile Project. Featuring a touring group of a dozen members hailing from seven different countries, the collective’s membership collaborates on each other's music as well as fusing those disparate traditions into tasty new hybrid blends.

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 - 7:00PM

    Valley Performing Arts Center

    18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8448

    818-677-3000

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    GLOBAL CURRENTS

    Global CurrentsCelebrating World Cultures  & Earth's Shared Resources

    Six Los Angeles ensembles representing six regions of the world

    Brazil — Ballet Folclorico do Brasil

    West Africa — Futa Toro West African Drummers & Dancers

    Hawaii — Halau Keali’i O Nalani

    Mexico — Las Colibri

    Japan — On Ensemble

    Middle East — Yuval Ron Ensemble

    Special appearance by The Nile Project with L.A. ensemble master artists

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 - 1:00PM-6:00PM

    Valley Performing Arts Center – Lawn & Courtyard

    18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8448

    818- 540-2400

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    JOHN GORKA

    John GorkaJohn Gorka was born in Edison, New Jersey. He received his first guitar as a Christmas gift, though Gorka alleges that his older brother stole it from him shortly thereafter. He eventually learned, instead, to play the banjo, and began performing in a folk music group at his church.




    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017 - 7:00PM

     with THE CAIRO GANG 

    Tales from the Tavern -Maverick Saloon

    3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460

    805-686-4785

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    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 - 8:00PM

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497

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    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 - 7:30PM

    Laura R. Charles Theater, Sweetwater High School

    2900 Highland Ave., National City, CA 91950

    829-303-8176

    Presented by AMSD Concerts

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    FEATURE ARTICLES

    WHO WROTE COPPER KETTLE?

    A Study In Disputed Authorship

    By Ross Altman, PhD.

    Copper KettleSometime during Prohibition—which lasted from the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1920 to its repeal with the passage of the 21st Amendment in1933—Elliot Ness and his revenuers came to a Kentucky moonshiner’s cabin in the Appalachian Mountains and knocked on the door. A young boy answered and Ness asked him if his pa was home.

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    RICK TURNER, HANDMADE?:“YES, NO, MAYBE AND ALWAYS”

    Interview with the legendary guitar luthier at NAMM 2017

    By Annette Siegal

    Rick Turner at NAMM BoothThis year at NAMM I decided to focus on seeking out an instrument maker (luthier) that was more than a production line. With imports of instruments in mass numbers, and varying degrees of quality, I believe from a luthier’s wife perspective that it’s also important to retain handcrafted skills.

    One such luthier is Rick Turner of Rick Turner Guitars. His remarkable story started from a small town in Massachusetts and ended up influencing the sound of many musicians / bands that are intertwined with a part of America’s musical history. He’s also a collector of Howe-Orme instruments that were coincidentally made in MA (1897-1910).

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    January-February 2017

    INTERVIEW WITH AARON O’ROURKE

    SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27th, 2016

    By Joellen Lapidus

    CD Cover Unaccompanied001Once you hear Aaron O’Rourke play Hi Mom or Spoon on the mountain dulcimer, your past concepts of what a dulcimer sounds like will change forever. His melodies, rhythms, playfulness, and exceptional finger technique bend your recollection of the sound of the mountain dulcimer into a new shape. Take a listen and judge for yourself.

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    GRAMMY NOMINEES


    everything but ...

    Classic song performed by guys who would become rock legends

    Read more: JORMA KAUKONEN - JACK CASADY


    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 2/22/17


    MUSIC


    7:00pm THE CAIRO GANG / JOHN GORKA

    Tales from the Tavern -Maverick Saloon

    3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460

    805-686-4785


    7:30pm INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT

    Lulo Reinhardt, Luca Stricagnoli, Chrystian Dozza, and Debashish Bhattacharya

    California Center For The Arts

    340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025

    800-988-4253


    8:00pm HOOT AND HOLLER

    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.



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    6:00pm VENTURA BLUEGRASS JAM

    second & fourth Wednesday

    The Golden China

    760 S. Seward Ave, Ventura, CA

    Gene Rubin 805-340-2270 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

    every Wednesday

    Clubhouse 2

    24112 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Woods, CA

    Miriam 949-680-9946


    7:00pm - 10:00pm OPEN MIC AT GUITAR MERCHANT

    every Wednesday

    Guitar Merchant

    7305 Topanga Blvd., Canoga Park, CA

    818-884-5905

    818-884-5905


    7:30pm - 10:30pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

    second & fourth Wednesday

    Buchanan Arms Restaurant & Pub

    2013 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA

    818-845-0692

    818-507-8445 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 11:00pm IRISH SESSION

    every Wednesday

    Griffins Of Kinsale

    1007 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA

    626-799-0926

    Michael Kelly


    9:00pm WE THE FOLK

    second & fourth Wednesday

    Seventy7 Lounge

    3843 Main St., Culver City, CA

    310-559-7707

    Sean O'Hara 925-216 8993 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    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.


    8:00pm - 10:00pm SWEDISH FOLK DANCE CLUB OF LOS ANGELES

    second & fourth Wednesday

    Skandia Hall

    2031 East Villa St., Pasadena, CA

    Norman and Jane Kindig 714-777-4036 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.