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    Sunday afternoon 
    April 26th - 3:00pm
    (Doors open 2:30pm)

    Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club
    1210 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

    with Tracy Newman – MC - 'Banjo Gal' Donna Lynn Caskey - Joe Fontenot

    The New Ash Grove Players - Rowan Storm - Tom & Patrick Sauber

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    of all the artists who will be performing at the FolkWorks Benefit Concert

    Read more: 2015 Benefit Concert


    CONCERT REVIEW

    FROM APPALACHIA TO BULGARIA:

    SOARING TONES, RAUCOUS RHYTHMS TO FILL LITTLE TOKYO THEATER

    By Audrey Coleman

    Varimezov  and VOCOHas your musical diet has been lacking world and traditional music lately? On Saturday, April 18 at the Aratani Theatre, you’ll have a chance to gorge yourself, aurally speaking. Fans of Moira Smiley and her VOCO ensemble know that her repertoire ranges from traditional American shape note singing to heart-rending East European melodies and on to provocative creations combining vocal lines with percolating body percussion. What a gift to Los Angeles lovers of world and traditional music that these musicians will share a program with the world-renown Varimezov Family Band.

    The concert will open with Smiley and VOCO performing traditional pieces and compositions in the Americana vein. Be aware, however, that some of Smiley’s original pieces have the timeless quality of folk songs. One I’ve heard the group perform on several occasions, Down to the River, has the flavor of an old-time hymn and has often been mistaken for one. The group will also devote a significant portion of its set to its Balkan repertoire.

    Read more: FROM APPALACHIA TO BULGARIA - Varimezov and VOCO


    SPOTLIGHT

    Varimezov Family Band and Moira Smiley  VOCO 4-18-15

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    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: THE WIDENING GYRE

    ARTIST: ALTAN

    LABEL: COMPASS RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 2015

    By Anya Sturm

    Altan - The Widening GyreAltan’s new CD The Widening Gyre is a fantastic collection of traditional Gaelic songs mixed in with Irish jam regulars. The band is joined by many special guests in this collection of upbeat lively jam tunes as well as slower songs sung by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

    Altan is a traditional Irish band— arguably the most famous one currently playing. It was started in 1987 by Mairéad (rhymes with parade) and her late husband Frankie Kennedy. Mairéad is the daughter of Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, or Francie Moony who also contributed to traditional Irish fiddling.

    Read more: ALTAN - THE WIDENING GYRE


    TITLE: NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL

    ARTIST: SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND

    LABEL: HILONESOME MUSIC

    RELEASE DATE: MARCH 2015

    By Jackie Morris

    notthatkindofgirlcoverarthi-resAfter three critically acclaimed CDs in the past 5 years, it is not surprising that Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band have created yet another memorable album. But Not That Kind of Girl is more than just “another.” It is, I believe, their best album yet...in part because this group keeps pushing their own boundaries...challenging themselves in terms of musical diversity, original songs and fresh interpretations.

    Read more: SUSIE GLAZE - NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL


    TITLE: DAN GELLERT DVD & CD SET

    ARTIST: DAN GELLERT

    LABEL: THE OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    Dan Gellert DVD-CD coverSome of Dan Gellert's early recordings seemed to have trouble capturing his unique sound and approach to old-time music. The late Ray Alden told me that he had to use two microphones, one in front and one behind Dan's banjo, to do it. This new recording from David Bragger's Old-Time Tiki Parlour succeeds on multiple levels: it has excellent sound and also comes on both a DVD where you can watch Dan play banjo and fiddle and sing and an audio CD of the same material. David told me that everyone associated in any way with its production is an old-time musician. 

    Read more: DAN GELLERT DVD & CD SET


    TITLE: LONG BEFORE LIGHT

    ARTIST: THE ONLIES

    LABEL: NONE

    RELEASE DATE: APRIL 4, 2015

    By Anya Sturm

    long before lightLong Before Light is the third CD by the Onlies, a three-piece band from Seattle. Sami Braman, Riley Calcagno, and Leo Shannon are still juniors in high school, but have played together for years, so they are a solid band. Together, they have been to many fiddle camps including Valley of the Moon, Sierra Fiddle Camp, Fiddle tunes, Big Sur Fiddle Camp, and Mount Shasta Fiddle Camp and the influence of those camps shows. It is not uncommon to walk around these camps at any time of day or night and hear people jamming and that CD reflects the same laid-black groove that develops from playing in those jams.

    Read more: THE ONLIES: LONG BEFORE LIGHT


    TITLE: TOMORROW IS MY TURN

    ARTIST: RHIANNON GIDDENS

    LABEL: NONESUCH

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    giddens-tomorrow-is-my-turnIn case you were wondering whether Rhiannon Giddens has one of the great singing voices of our time, her new solo CD will answer that question. If you had not been wondering, it means that you probably have not heard her sing. T-Bone Burnett, who produced this collection of eleven songs, places her in a musical geneology ranging through Marian AndersonOdettaMahalia Jackson, and Rosetta Tharpe

    Read more: RHIANNON GIDDENS: TOMORROW IS MY TURN


    BLOG

    APRIL 14TH, 2015

    Doris Leon "D. L." Menard (April 14, 1932) is one of the most important songwriters and performers in Cajun music. He has been called the "Cajun Hank Williams" because of the country-tinged sound of his voice and music. [Wikipedia]

    Read more: Blog Entry APRIL 14TH, 2015


    FULL CALENDAR click here

    TODAY'S EVENTS 4/18/15


    10:00am-6:00pm SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL

    with Ian Tyson, Don Edwards, Waddie Mitchell,
    Dave Stamey, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Chris Isaacs,
    The Haunted Windchimes, Kristyn Harris, Mikki Daniels

    Old Town Newhall, CA 91321

    661-250-3735 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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    10:00am-5:00pm SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL

    California Lutheran University

    60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


    12:00pm-9:00pm SANTA MONICA UKULELE FESTIVAL

    with Abe Lagrimas, Jr., Jim & Liz Beloff, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, Fred Sokolow,
    Cali Rose & Craig Brandau, Daniel Ward & Heidi Swedberg, Ben Ahn

    Barnum Hall

    600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90504


    3:00pm GUITAR WORKSHOP: MARK HANSON & GRETA PEDERSEN

    Boulevard Music

    4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

    310-398-2583


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    5:30pm JOHN ZIPPERER AND FRIENDS / HOUSTON JONES

    Julie’s Joint House Concert Series

    Canoga Park, CA 91306

    818-261-0682 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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    7:00pm VARIMEZOV FAMILY BAND / MOIRA SMILEY AND VOCO

    Bulgarian folk music and folk harmony, stomp moves and body percussion

    Japanese American Community and Cultural Center - Aratani Theatre

    244 South San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

    213-628-2725

    Presented by World Festival of Sacred Music


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    7:00pm BRAD COLERICK

    Anaheim Downtown Community Center

    250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA 92805

    714-955-3807

    Presented by The Living Tradition


    7:00pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS


    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.


    7:30pm GRANT, WITCHER & ENGFER

    Laura R. Charles Theater, Sweetwater High School

    2900 Highland Ave., National City, CA 91950

    Presented by AMSD Concerts


    8:00pm MARK YAMANAKA

    Music of Hawaii

    Irvine Barclay Theatre

    4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA 92697

    949-854-4646


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    8:00pm NOEL PAUL STOOKEY

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


    8:00pm MARK HANSON & GRETA PEDERSEN

    Boulevard Music

    4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

    310-398-2583


    FULL ONGOING MUSIC click here

    TODAY'S ONGOING MUSIC 4/18/15

    Ongoing Music


    12:00pm - 6:00pm KAREN TORRELL HOFFMANS BIG GARAGE JAM third Saturday

    Karen Torrell Hoffman

    249 Magnolia St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627


    6:30pm BLUEGRASS CONCERTS every Saturday

    Me N Eds Pizza Parlor

    4115 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712

    562-421-8908


    7:00pm “PORCH THERAPY” MUSIC & POETRY CIRCLE third Saturday

    Home of Stella

    , La Mirada, CA

    323-353-0156 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 11:00pm ONION BAGEL OPEN STAGE & JAM (SONGMAKERS) third Saturday

    Temple Beth Torah

    16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills, CA 91344


    7:30pm GRATEFUL DUDES BLUEGRASS every Saturday

    Vincenzo's Pizza

    24500 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA 91350


    8:00pm SONGWRITER'S SQUARE third Saturday

    Lyric-Hyperion Theatre and Café

    2106 Hyperion Ave,, Los Angeles (Silverlake), CA


    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    March-April 2015

    THE FIRST AMENDMENT’S A BITCH, ISN’T IT?

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    angela davis
    Angela Davis, distinguished professor emerita, UC Santa Cruz

    I received an email from my Israeli-American friend Louis Richter with the recent news that former UC Santa Cruz Professor Angela Davis was the official speaker at the University of California at Santa Cruz for Martin Luther King’s Holiday commemoration of what would have been his 86th birthday. The title of her speech was “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine.” It was the keynote address of their 31st annual convocation on MLK’s birthday. The email contained an extended letter of protest from more than twenty organizations speaking as one who support Israel and were outraged that this “known anti-Zionist” who “supported boycotts against Israel” would be sponsored by the university—especially in connection with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    In reply I wrote the following:

    “This letter and subject raise so many issues I am afraid I don't have time to address them all, or even summarize them adequately.

    Read more: THE FIRST AMENDMENT’S A BITCH, ISN’T IT?

TOP TEN FOR 2012

STEVE AND LEDA SHAPIRO

  1. Crooked Jades - Soundtrack for Bright Land with Kate Weare Company (CD); Live September 7 at The Echoplex.
  2. We’ve heard the Crooked Jades over the years with different band configurations and the current one really works. The little we’ve seen of their collaboration with the Kate Weare dance company is amazing. We hope that they can bring the show out west in 2013.
  3. Jen Hajj - I of the Storm (CD)
    We met Jen at the FAR-West conference in Irvine this past October. Her 2011 CD was a standout and we look forward to her upcoming release.
  4. Lunasa - Live November 17 at Caltech Public Events (Beckman).
    Although we’ve heard them before and have enjoyed their CDs for years, the balance of the sets of the group and as individual players was superb. Perhaps because we were sitting in the balcony but this was the first time that we thought the sound at Beckman was great.
  5. Carolina Chocolate DropsLeaving Eden (CD); live April 6 at UCLA Royce Hall.
    We were amazed when we first heard these guys and, with their new lineup, we continue being big fans! The new folks augment the strengths of Rhiannon and Dom.
  6. Eric BibbDeeper in the Well (CD)
    We’ve been a fan of Eric’s since he started touring the US. The new CD with Dirk Powell, Cedric Watson, Danny Devillier and Grant Dermody and some other friends brings out the best in Eric. He combines traditional and contemporary music with a Louisiana flavor.
  7. Sixto Rodriguez - Searching for Sugarman (Film), Cold Fact (CD).
    If you haven’t seen the movie, do. It is an amazing story and led us to immediately buy the CDs. The first CD is perfect, the second, not so much.
  8. Run Downhill - Performances at FAR-West Conference (October 18-20) FolkWorks Guerilla Showcases.
    Percussionist and singer/songwriter T.J. Troy has brought together an innovative band. We really enjoyed both nights, the first with just T.J. and bassist Colin Burgess, the second with the full band. Watch for them in 2013.
  9. Joey Abarta - August 30, Coffee Gallery Backstage.
    Joey has become an outstanding Irish (Uilleann) piper. He current lives in the Boston area and plays with the finest Irish players. His on-stage presence and enthusiasm is infectious. He is unlike any other piper and we look forward to recordings from him.
  10. Little Black Train - Barndance (CD); Live February 26 at CTMS Center for Folk Music.
    Stu Mason and John Weed of Molly’s Revenge fame have joined forces with mandolinist Kenny Blackwell to form the old-time powerhouse group, Little Black Train. Grab their CDs and see them in 2013.
  11. Blame SallyLive at KVIEO Studios (CD); Live September 22 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop.
    These ladies from San Francisco rock. Yup, literally and figuratively. They are on the folk-rock side of the spectrum but their individual personalities shine on stage and the band is solid.