• FOLKWORKS DECLARES FEBRUARY DANCE MONTH

    Contra Dancing 2

    Try something new…or something old. Imagine this: you are in a dance hall. There is a live band playing an upbeat, tune. You can’t help but move your feet. Music is the force, but dance is the action. Folk dancing is a community activity that goes back generations. It is deep rooted. Dance ethno-musicologists spend their lives studying this culture. For the rest of us, dance is just something we do.

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    SPOTLIGHT

    ISRAELI DANCING

    NO LONGER YOUR MOTHER'S "MAYIM MAYIM"

    By Ruth Morris

    Israeli Folk DancingIsraeli "folk" dancing is not just a form of dance. Of the relatively familiar circle dances, a friend recently observed, "it's kind of like a (circular) group exercise class." Israeli folk dancing is now comprised of line and partner dancing, too. It is no longer your grandmother's "mayim mayim" or "hora," which can still be frequently seen and heard at synagogues on Friday nights. It is a symbolic manifestation of the Jewish spirit and mind.

    Read more: ISRAELI DANCING - NO LONGER YOUR MOTHER'S "MAYIM MAYIM"


    INTERVIEWS

    THE PEOPLE NEED LIGHT – DAROL ANGER AND MR. SUN

    By Annette Siegel

    Mr. SunDarol Anger is a legendary fiddler; he’s also one of those rare musicians whose career has spanned many generations. He’s living a rich full musical life; whether teaching, composing or performing it’s with a passionate heart. His new band Mr. Sun boasts multi-generational players; happily their music takes no notice of age.

    AS: What was the drive or instigation to form Mr. Sun?

    Read more: THE PEOPLE NEED LIGHT – DAROL ANGER AND MR. SUN


    THE NOCTURNE DIARIES OF ELIZA GILKYSON

    By Annette Siegel

    Eliza GilkysonEliza Gilkyson’s recent Grammy nominated The Nocturne Diaries delivers a haunting yet silky feel to the songs. Eliza’s guitar, acoustic or eclectic sets a base with steady rhythm creating a feel of yearning, crying out with the emotion packed within the lyrics. Adding various instruments that are used as a brush to color each song, with her son’s (Cisco Ryder) percussion keeping the pulse, Eliza is a Folk artist that’s not shy about looking at what’s currently happening in the world through her music.

    AS: So you’re recently back from your trip to Los Angeles for the Grammy’s… it must have been quite an honor to be nominated once again (her previous nomination was for her 2004 CD Land of Milk and Honey for Best Contemporary Folk).

    Read more: THE NOCTURNE DIARIES OF ELIZA GILKYSON


    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    March-April 2015

    WHERE DID THE JAMS GO?

    LIFE AFTER THE CALIFORNIA TRADITIONAL MUSIC SOCIETY

    By Roland Sturm

    CTMSLast month, I went to an old-time jam, which seemed to be just the same crowd as at the old-time jams at the California Traditional Music Society, which closed in 2012. That made me wonder what happened to the other regular activities that used to happen at the California Traditional Music Society: The weekly bluegrass and Celtic sessions, the Scottish fiddle classes, etc. Did they disappear? Were they replaced by something new?

    Organized events are essential to keep traditional music alive and get new people involved. Anybody can go to the store and pick up a book on how to play an instrument or take lessons. But music is a social activity and practicing on your own at home is rather limiting and more often quickly leads to a dead-end. The energy and the intricacies of traditional music are not captured in sheet music, but needs to be experienced live.

    Read more LIFE AFTER THE CALIFORNIA TRADITIONAL MUSIC SOCIETY: WHERE DID THE JAMS GO?

    GRAMMY WINNERS

    2014 GRAMMY WINNERS
    OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS

    11. BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

    Bass & Mandolin -  Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

    43. BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM (INCLUDING TEJANO)

    Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernández - Vicente Fernández

    44. BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM

    Más + Corazón Profundo - Carlos Vives

    45. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE

    A Feather's Not A Bird - Rosanne Cash

    46. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG

    A Feather's Not A Bird - Rosanne Cash

    47. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

    The River & The Thread - Rosanne Cash

    48. BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM

    The Earls Of Leicester - The Earls Of Leicester

    49. BEST BLUES ALBUM

    Step Back - Johnny Winter

    50. BEST FOLK ALBUM

    Remedy - Old Crow Medicine Show

    51. BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM

    The Legacy - Jo-El Sonnier

    53. BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

    Eve - Angelique Kidjo

    67. BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM

    The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 - Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Hank Williams)

    Read more: 2014 Grammy Winners


    BLOG

    February 19th, 2015

    Three Women & The Truth

    Check out the interview with Eliza Gilkyson


    2015 GRAMMY WINNERS


    Read more: Blog Entry February 19th, 2015


    FULL CALENDAR click here

    TODAY'S EVENTS 2/28/15


    7:00pm MARK MAZENGARB & LOREN BARRIGAR DUO

    Mission Viejo Civic Center

    Acoutstic guitars

    100 Civic Center Dr., Mission Viejo, CA 92691

    949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656

    Presented by Lord Of The Strings Concert Series


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    7:00pm L.A. CUMBIA FESTIVAL
    With Buyepongo, Viento Callejero, La Chamba
    and Eduardo Martinez y Su Palo Cuero

    Latin indie artists

    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 TOM BALL & KENNY SULTAN

    acoustic blues

    Fiddler's Crossing

    206 East F Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561

    661-823-9994


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    7:00pm FRANK FAIRFIELD / MEREDITH AXELROD

    Folk Revival

    Urban Homestead Backyard Concert

    631 Cypress Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

    Anais Dervaes 626 844 4586 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm SLIGO RAGS

    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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    7:30pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN

    Contemporary and traditional folk

    House concert in Trabuco Canyon, CA

    714-955-3807 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm RICHIE FURAY

    Laura R. Charles Theater, Sweetwater High School

    2900 Highland Ave., National City, CA 91950

    Presented by AMSD Concerts


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    8:00pm DAVID LINDLEY SOLD OUT

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


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    8:00pm TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS

    Russ and Julie’s House Concerts

    Oak Park (Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area)

    818-707-2179 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm DAVE WIDOW & THE LINE UP

    Grand Annex

    434 West 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731-2632

    310-833-6362


    8:00pm SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN

    Traditional Irish music

    California Institute of Technology - Beckman Auditorium

    332 South Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

    626-395-4652

    Presented by Caltech Public Events


    8:00pm BERNIE PEARL & MIKE BARRY / DAVE WIDOW & THE LINEUP

    Grand Annex

    434 West 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731-2632

    310-833-6362


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    8:00pm LUCINDA WILLIAMS / THE KENNETH BRIAN BAND

    The Regent Theatre

    448 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013


    FULL ONGOING MUSIC click here

    TODAY'S ONGOING MUSIC 2/28/15

    Ongoing Music


    1:00pm OLD TIME MUSIC JAM (TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE AND BANJO) fourth Saturday

    Audubon Nature Center, Debs Park

    4700 N Griffin Ave., Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy, Los Angeles, CA 90031

    323-221-2255


    5:00pm - 6:45pm THE LIVING TRADITION FOLK MUSIC JAM fourth Saturday

    Anaheim Downtown Community Center

    250 E. Center St., , Anaheim, CA


    6:30pm BLUEGRASS CONCERTS every Saturday

    Me N Eds Pizza Parlor

    4115 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712

    562-421-8908


    7:00pm - 11:00pm WEST VALLEY HOOT (SONGMAKERS) fourth Saturday

    Woodland Hills (Contact via email or website)

    www.songmakers.org, Woodland Hills , CA 91367


    7:30pm GRATEFUL DUDES BLUEGRASS every Saturday

    Vincenzo's Pizza

    24500 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA 91350


    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: GREEN

    ARTIST: SABRINA & CRAIG

    LABEL: LIONESS / BRONZE MEDAL MUSIC

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Jackie Morris

    Sabrina  Craig - GREENA work of passion and perfection, Sabrina & Craig’s second joint album, GREEN, wastes no time in sweeping you away with sweet melodies, dynamic rhythms, brilliant finger-style guitar, and the gorgeous harmonies that have become the duo’s trademark.

    All eleven tracks are original –written by either Sabrina Schneppat or Craig Lincoln – and they flow easily together in a refreshing variety of styles ranging from folk to old-timey, from blues to ballads, from jazzy lounge numbers to toe-tapping Americana.

    Read more: SABRINA & CRAIG - GREEN


    DYLAN DOES SINATRA HIS WAY

    TITLE: SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT

    ARTIST: BOB DYLAN

    RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 3, 2015

    LABEL: COLUMBIA RECORDS

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Dylan Shadows in the NightThe Fifties were anything but fabulous for Frank Sinatra; he was dropped by Columbia Records in 1952, his career in the doldrums. His personal life wasn’t any better. He was divorced by his wife Nancy and attempted suicide in despair due to his tumultuous relationship with his next wife, Ava Gardner. In 1955 he released In the Wee Small Hours, a new kind of concept album, and followed it with Where Are You in 1957, an even starker portrayal of a singer at the end of his rope. In 1958 he rounded out this trilogy of unfulfilled romantic longing with Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely, his third album for Capitol Records. At the edge of the abyss, in retrospect they represent Sinatra at his introspective best, before he got caught up in the Chairman-of-the-Board bravado of New York, New York and My Way.

    Read more: DYLAN DOES SINATRA HIS WAY


    TITLE: WINDOWS OF TIME

    ARTIST: MIKE MULLINS

    LABEL: RUBBER CHICKEN RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: 2014

    By Jackie Morris

    Mike Mullins - Windows of TimeWindows of Time is the perfect title for this beautiful collection of mostly-original songs and instrumentals by guitar and mandolin master, Mike Mullins. Sometimes playful, often poignant, his music captures the stories and styles of centuries past...while providing an overview of more than two decades Mullins’ own compositions and arrangements. The result is an album filled with timeless appeal....rooted in acoustic tradition, poetic story-songs and toe-tapping reels.

    Mullins has been called a musician’s musician for good reason. Beyond his instrumental precision and quicksilver picking, there is a sweetness that runs through his music; a wistful quality in his weave of guitar, mandolin, and vocals...frequently combined with a fiddle.

    Read more: MIKE MULLINS - WINDOWS OF TIME


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.