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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


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.