THE KRUGER BROTHERS
The Kruger Brothers are making a rare West Coast appearance at the Broad Theater in Santa Monica on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 7:30pm.
If you are not familiar with this trio (Jens on banjo, brother Uwe on guitar and Joel Landsberg on bass), get ready for an amazing evening. Sometimes referred to as “new traditional American music,”
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ON VALENTINE’S DAY
AT THE ROSE IN PASADENA - FEBRUARY 14, 2016
If you’re looking for something special to do on Valentine’s Day you’ve come to the right place. A new concert venue is coming to Pasadena, sister club to the enormously successful Canyon Club in Agoura and the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. East Side, West Side, All Around the Town—The Rose at Paseo Colorado, 300 E. Colorado Blvd # 101, Pasadena, CA 91101.
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A DAY AT NAMM 2016 WITH ANNETTE & NOWELL
(Ed. Annette and Nowell Siegel run Living Tree Music which specializes in fretted instruments. Nowell is a luthier.)
NAMM 2016 was filled with all the usual glamour and glitz; enough noise to make your ears split (literally). A couple of exhibitors caught our eye.
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NAMM Media Preview Day
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
We’re excited to attend another NAMM Show as media representatives for FolkWorks. The National Association of Music Merchants annual 4-day trade show at the Anaheim Convention Center is a giant kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, with something for everyone. This year we thought we’d attend their Media Preview Day – maybe the lines for ID badges would be shorter!
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CLEARING THE MUSICIAN’S CLOSET
If you are a musician of any sort, you own music stuff. Musical instruments, parts, CDs, records, tapes, strings, straps, stands…. well, you get the idea. And it is very easy to let this stuff accumulate, until your music closet (or room or studio) looks like one of those reality hoarder shows. You need one item, and an hour later you emerge with lots of things but not what you are looking for. What to do?
By stereotype, musicians are not the most organized group of folks. I recall the banjo player who held his case together with an old belt. It had only been several years since the case had fallen off a bus in a third world country, and he was definitely going to fix it soon.
If you own a musical case that is broken, you have five basic options. Repair it yourself, pay someone to repair, use it broken, throw it away or give it away. Those options work pretty well with other issues.
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THE JONES FAMILY SINGERS
Pepperdine University - Friday, February 5, 2016
From Russia to Malibu with Love
Russians don’t speak much English; they knew only a few words, but they really needed only one to understand the nine-member African-American Jones Family Singers: Jesus. In an hour and a half part concert-part revival meeting they would have heard many times—as many times as Bruce Springsteen will sing Born in the USA, the Jones Family Singers will sing Come to me, Jesus! to the same effect—one powerful mantra that sums up their entire message.
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Preaching the Blues with John Hammond, Jr.
The Late Show at McCabe’s - January 29, 2016
John Hammond Jr.’s National Steel guitar is seven years older than he is. I saw Hammond in twelve bars last night, and the late show at McCabe’s. America’s greatest blues singer and guitarist and harmonica player is the wrong color—“Never was a white man had the blues,” said Lead Belly. No one told John Hammond, Jr. who is now an elder statesman at 73 and still preaching the blues—ever since 1962, when he started his career right here in Los Angeles. I saw him on my late mother Rose’s Centenary—January 29, 1916-January 29, 2016—for which I wanted to do something special to celebrate.
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TOMMY EMMANUEL IN CONCERT
Pepperdine Smothers Theatre - January 20, 2016
Certified Guitar Player and a Class Act
The Grand Canyon, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Sphinx, to those and the other 8 Wonders of the World you can add Certified Guitar Player Tommy Emmanuel, who gave a spectacular concert last night (January 20, 2016) at the Pepperdine University Smothers Theatre in Malibu.
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MARC COHN IN CONCERT
Pepperdine Smothers Theatre - June 16, 2016
Reflections on the 25th Anniversary
Of Walking in Memphis
Singer-Songwriter Marc Cohn broke through to a national audience 25 years ago with his 1991 hit Walking in Memphis. But before he could walk in Memphis this Cleveland songwriter had to fly there, and thereby hangs a tale. James Taylor no less gave him the idea—to break out of a spell of writer’s block. Taylor told him to “try a geographic,” change his locale, get out of familiar places and habits and shake his mind up so it might be receptive to new experiences and ideas. Marc Cohn was telling this story last night by way of introducing his hit song and how it came to be written.
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Here Comes the Knight: Van Morrison Live
At the Shrine Auditorium - Friday January 15, 2016
Forget about Celtic Soul, forget about Irish Mystic, forget about Belfast Cowboy, and above all forget about 1970s soft-rock—all the comfortable hybrids we’ve grown accustomed to using to describe this now-70-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. Last night I heard the greatest pure blues singer of my life in downtown Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium
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TITLE: ERIC & SUZY THOMPSON DVD
ARTIST: ERIC & SUZY THOMPSON
LABEL: OLD TIME TIKI PARLOUR
RELEASE DATE: 2015
David Bragger has filmed this superb 18-cut performance DVD of Berkeley's Eric and Suzy Thompson. The intimacy of the video puts you up close and personal. It's a bit like attending a concert and sitting a foot or two in front of the performers. The extensive liner notes also help you to get inside the tunes and songs. Not many musicians can play such a wide range of genres and maintain such a high level of excellence in each one, but Eric and Suzy are definitely up to the task.
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TITLE: INTO THIN HAIR
ARTIST: THE SUNNY MOUNTAIN SERENADERS
RELEASE DATE: 2015
The Sunny Mountain Serenaders comprise three great old-time musicians who play very well together. I have known all three for a long time. Mark Campbell is a Virginia fiddler who has won the prestigious fiddle contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia. Mac Traynham, who plays banjo and harmonica and sings lead has won both banjo and fiddle at Clifftop. John Schwab has played guitar in many great bands and has written a book on old-time backup guitar. John sings harmony. They offer a generous 18 selections on this, their first CD.
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TITLE: SHAKIN' DOWN THE ACORNS
ARTIST: RED SQUIRREL CHASERS
RELEASE DATE: 2015
The Red Squirrel Chasers first formed about a decade ago to play dances. Now, they have combined their formidable talents into this new recording of 16 tunes and songs. The four members of the band are fiddler Stephanie Coleman, mandolinist Jim Collier, guitarist Jim Nelson, and bass player Dedo Norris. All four sing, though Collier and Nelson sing all the leads and most of the harmony. Their musical interests span the genres of old-time music and early bluegrass.
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TITLE: SORROWS AND GLORIES
ARTIST: RED MOON ROAD
RELEASE DATE: SEPT. 11, 2015
One of the most exciting folk groups to come out of Canada in recent years, Red Moon Road brings an irresistible blend of energy, charm, story-telling, and musical virtuosity to their songs that makes you want to hear them again and again. With wonderful melodies punctuated by spot-on harmonies and upbeat rhythms, their second album, Sorrows and Glories, is as refreshingly original as it is inviting; as ideal for careful listening as it is for just driving in your car and not minding the traffic so much.
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TITLE: HURRY UP AND WAIT
ARTIST: DUET 2 IT
LABEL: ET ENT.
RELEASE DATE: 2015
Once, when I was at a concert, I overheard someone say (about the artist), “She could sing the telephone book and it would sound amazing.” That’s the kind of voice that Erin Montgomery brings to Duet 2 It. And her abilities are matched, on lead guitar, by her partner, Chris Roullard. Together, in Hurry Up and Wait, this young duo has created a debut album that fairly explodes with talent, vitality, and a sophistication that belies their years.
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2:30pm & 7:30pm HENAN ARTS TROUPE
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
320 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
3:00pm MITCH & ROSA / JEANNE NEWHALL
CellarSessions at Old Oak Cellars
2620 E Colorado Blvd, Unit D, Pasadena, CA 91107
4:00pm MAMAK KHADEM
The Getty Center - Harold M. Williams Auditorium
1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049
6:00pm BAKLAVA ENSEMBLE &ARIEL
With Jim Grippo, Rachel Phillips, Rowan Storm, Ariel Kasha
Niroj Kurdish Cuisine
30313 Canwood St, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
7:00pm OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA
The Coach House
33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
7:00pm THE T SISTERS
House concert in San Clemente
7:30pm KRUGER BROTHERS
1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401-2000
7:30pm THE HOT SARDINES
Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theatre
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
8:00pm STEVE WYNN
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
8:00pm THE REVELERS
Deep End Sessions
Santa Paula, CA
9:00pm JUDY COLLINS
300 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91129
LAGUNA FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL
Teachers: Genci Castrati (Albanian Folk Dances) and Lee Otterholt (Balkan Folk Dances)
Music workshop with Miamon Miller.
Ensign Intermediate School
2000 Cliff Dr., Newport Beach, CA
8:00am - 1:00pm FAIR MARKET BAND
Hollywood Farmers Market
Ivar Ave. & Selma Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028
3:00pm - 5:30pm WILDE THISTLE IRISH SESSION
3456 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA
4:00pm - 7:00pm AULD DUBLINER TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION
71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
5:00pm - 9:00pm BEVERLY HILLS-BILLY SONG CIRCLE & POTLUCK
Beverly Hills (Songmakers)
Beverly Hills , CA
Jeff or Sandra 818-730-5290 or 323-206-8411
7:30pm - 11:00pm O'BRIEN'S IRISH MUSIC SESSION
O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant
2226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
9:00pm KEN O'MALLEY
O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant
2941 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
12:30pm - 4:30pm SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOLK DANCING
Balboa Park Club
2150 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA
4:00pm - 7:00pm CULVER CITY ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE
second & fourth Sunday
5041 Rhoda Way, Culver City, CA
6:00pm SANTA BARBARA CONTRADANCES
100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
6:00pm - 9:00pm SAN DIEGO ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE
Rancho Bernardo Swim and Tennis Club
16955 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA
7:00pm - 9:45pm LAGUNA FOLK DANCERS
Community & Susi Q Center
380 Third St., Laguna, CA
7:00pm - 11:30pm NEWPORT BEACH ISRAELI DANCING
Avant Garde Ballroom
4220 Scott Dr., Newport Beach, CA
Andy M. Stewart
(September 8, 1952- December 27, 2015)
Andy M Stewart, 2nd from left with members of Silly Wizard..
Andy M. Stewart, born in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland, was known as the lead singer in the group Silly Wizard.
Andy M. Stewart had been left paralyzed from the chest down after a failed operation on his spine in September 2012. He was taken into hospital in early December after suffering a stroke.
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(September 19, 1946 - December 18, 2015)
Photo by Leda Shapiro
Al Ard at Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest in 1998.
Our friend Al Ard died December 18, 2015 at the age of 69.
Only rarely did he venture far from Lennox and Inglewood. But staying local never impeded the breadth and depth of his humanity and understanding.
Al was an unpretentious and completely unselfish mentor to everyone, perhaps most importantly in a spiritual way. He never hesitated to enthusiastically teach others whatever he knew in the realm of music: spoons, rhythm, singing, guitar, harmonica, banjo, or anything else.
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2015 GRAMMY NOMINEES
OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS
11. BEST CONTEMPORY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
36. BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE SONG
38. BEST GOSPEL ALBUM
40. BEST ROOTS GOSPEL ALBUM
44. BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM
45. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE
46. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG
47. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
48. BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM
49. BEST BLUES ALBUM
50. BEST FOLK ALBUM
51. BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM
53. BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
54. BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM
66. BEST ALBUM NOTES
67. BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM
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TITLE: WOODY GUTHRIE L.A.—1937-1941
AUTHORS: DARRYL HOLTER AND WILLIAM DEVERELL
FOREWORD BY ED CRAY
PUBLISHER: ANGEL CITY PRESS (SANTA MONICA, CA)
PUBLICATION DATE: January 15, 2016
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
This account of Woody Guthrie’s pivotal four years in Los Angeles from 1937 to 1941—during which he became the political songwriter who influenced four generations of American folk singers—from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen—will send a seismic shockwave through the standard narrative of the folk revival of the1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. Measured on the Richter Scale, I would put it at a 6.7—in the same territory as the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
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