FOLKWORKS DECLARES FEBRUARY DANCE MONTH
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.Read more: FOLKWORKS DECLARES FEBRUARY DANCE MONTH
February 19th, 2015
Three Women & The Truth
Check out the interview with Eliza Gilkyson
Mission Viejo Civic Center
949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656
Presented by Lord Of The Strings Concert Series
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
Presented by World Festival of Sacred Music
7:00pm TOM BALL & KENNY SULTAN
7:00pm SLIGO RAGS
Contemporary and traditional folk
House concert in Trabuco Canyon, CA
7:30pm RICHIE FURAY
Laura R. Charles Theater, Sweetwater High School
Presented by AMSD Concerts
8:00pm DAVID LINDLEY
8:00pm DAVE WIDOW & THE LINE UP
8:00pm SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN
Traditional Irish music
California Institute of Technology - Beckman Auditorium
Presented by Caltech Public Events
8:00pm LUCINDA WILLIAMS / THE KENNETH BRIAN BAND
1:00pm OLD TIME MUSIC JAM (TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE AND BANJO) fourth Saturday
6:30pm BLUEGRASS CONCERTS every Saturday
Me N Eds Pizza Parlor
ARTIST: SABRINA & CRAIG
LABEL: LIONESS / BRONZE MEDAL MUSIC
RELEASE DATE: 2015
A 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
The 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
Windows 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
STEVE AND LEDA SHAPIRO
- Crooked Jades - Soundtrack for Bright Land with Kate Weare Company (CD); Live September 7 at The Echoplex. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving 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.
- Eric Bibb – Deeper 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blame Sally – Live 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.
- FOLK BEAT / Audrey Coleman
- GRACE NOTES / Linda Dewar
- JIGS & JAMS / Roland Sturm
- HOW CAN I KEEP FROM TALKING / Ross Altman
- MIGHTY FLOWIN' RIVER / Tom Cheyney
- OLD TIME ORACLE / David Bragger
- REED'S RAMBLINGS / Dennis Roger Reed
- SINGIN' THE MOON UP / Susie Glaze
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