• UPCOMING CONCERT

    FolkWorks Logo Presents

    SYNCOPATHS

    The Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin
    to music and songs rooted in the
    Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions.

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    CONTRA DANCE

    Friday, October 24th

    8:00pm 

    CONCERT

    Saturday, October 25th

    8:00pm 

    doors open at 7:00pm

    (food will be available)

    CDC LogoCONTRA DANCE:Skandia Hall

    2031 E. Villa St., Pasadena, CA 91107


    CONCERT: newly renovated Talking Stick Cafe

    1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
    at Lincoln and California St. in corner behind Pollo Loco
    Parking available behind or in Ross Dress For Less parking lot.

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    SPOTLIGHT

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    Read more: BLUEGRASS SITUATION FESTIVAL


    PASSINGS

    REMEMBERING JEAN REDPATH:

    THE VOICE OF SCOTLAND

    APRIL 28 1937 – AUGUST 21 2014

    By Ross Altman

    Jean RedpathIn the dead of winter in 1961 a brilliant young folk singer from the North Country blew into Greenwich Village and caught the eye of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Dave Van Ronk—even sharing their village flat—and the ear of Mike Porco at Gerdes Folk City—who was booking the best and the brightest for his growing clientele of folk music fans—at the behest of the Folklore Center’s Izzy Young next door; a young Bob Dylan, from Hibbing, Minnesota?

    Wrong gender; wrong city, wrong country; wrong folk singer; she was Jean Redpath—all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland—who shared an apartment with Dylan that first fateful “coldest winter in 17 years” when together they redrew the map of American folk music. Thirty-six years later, in 1997s Time Out of Mind, Dylan opened a window onto this early relationship with his long rhapsodic love song, Highlands, inspired by Robert Burns’ song My Heart’s In the Highlands, where he avowed his heart still belonged:

    Read more: Remembering Jean Redpath


    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    September-October 2014

    MUSIC FOR A CAUSE, OR A CAUSE FOR MUSIC?

    BY LINDA DEWAR

    national-collectiveFlashback! As I’m writing this, Scotland is in its final weeks of political frenzy leading up to an important referendum vote on September 14. It will be one of the most significant votes taken in any European country in decades… a chance to decide whether we will remain in the United Kingdom or become a separate country on our own, no longer tied to England, Wales and Northern Ireland except as neighbors on the same group of islands.

    This is a true grassroots political event, the likes of which I haven’t witnessed since the sixties. And it’s reassuring to note that folk and trad musicians are involved in much the same way they were in those turbulent times.

    Read more Music for a cause, or a cause for music?

    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: YOU GOT THIS

    ARTIST: HAAS KOWERT TICE

    LABEL: NONE

    RELEASE DATE: JULY 2014

    By Jonathan Shifflett

    Haas Kowert Tice - You Got ThisBrittany Haas, Paul Kowert and Jordan Tice are friends who, after meeting at various string band festivals in their youth, represent a new wave within the American string community. Bursting with their combined influences, You Got This is less like newgrass music and more reminiscent of works for a contemporary music ensemble. Released in July of 2014, the nine original compositions are densely packed with contrapuntal exchanges, changing meters and extended harmonies. The result: fiddle, guitar and bass at their most innovative. 

    Read more: HAAS KOWERT TICE - YOU GOT THIS


    TITLE: SONGS ABOUT TRACTORS AND STUFF

    ARTIST: DENNIS ROGER REED

    LABEL: PLASTIC MELTDOWN RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: 2014

    By Jackie Morris

    Songs About Tractors and StuffFrom the very first blue notes of Dennis Roger Reed’s guitar, I knew I was hooked. And the vocals that followed did not disappoint. Reed has “that sound” – so casual, so fluid, so rhythmically right-on-the-money – that makes his blues-infused Country/Americana, rootsy, rock-a-billy and other “stuff” groove so immediately appealing. It’s a sound that conjures up fantasies of old-time honkytonks and gritty biker bars; yet at the same time, it’s the timeless sound of polished talent.

    Read more: DENNIS ROGER REED - SONGS ABOUT TRACTORS AND STUFF


    CONCERT REVIEW

    GORDON LIGHTFOOT AT THE SABAN THEATRE:

    DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS - SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

    By Ross Altman

    Gordon LightfootI got taken by a creative con artist at Gordon Lightfoot’s concert last night at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills—taken for my extra ticket so graciously offered by theatre publicity manager Luanne Nast. In exchange for my FolkWorks Preview of the concert (Gordon Lightfoot: A True Night Upon the Road) she gave me a press pass + 1, which it turned out I didn’t need. When I got to the theatre, before going to the box office window I was approached by a down-at-the-heels slight-looking bearded man-on-the-street straight out of an O. Henry story who, of course, “had a certain charm about him.”

    He smiled at me and started singing If You Could Read My Mind and asked me if I had an extra ticket. He looked like someone who couldn’t afford to pay for one, and I thought in an instant maybe here is an opportunity to do a random act of kindness, a mitzvah just in time for Rosh Hashanah. He read my mind perfectly—an easy mark—and I said, “Wait a minute, I just might.” After a recent disappointment with a promised press pass that did not materialize I never count my press passes until I hold them in my hand. When I got to the window there they were as promised—and an aisle seat at that just as I had requested so my guest would be able to take an unscheduled restroom break without disturbing the entire row: Orchestra, Row DD (fourth row from the stage) seats 113 and 114—$125 face value each (concealed by a big fat “O” (for O Henry?) where the price would have been).

    Read more: GORDON LIGHTFOOT AT THE SABAN THEATRE


    BLOG

    OCTOBER 1, 2014

    THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records

    Don’t miss the new documentary, This Ain’t No Mouse Music!  about the legendary founder of Arhoolie Records, Chris Strachwitz, coming to the Downtown Independent theater at 251 S. Main St. in LA on October 1st through 9th! Opening night, Wednesday Oct. 1, the filmmakers and Chris will be in attendance. Join him for on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, on a passionate quest for the musical soul of America.

    Read more: THE FOLKWORKS BLOG


    FULL CALENDAR click here

    TODAY'S EVENTS 10/1/14


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    8:30pm FILM: THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC: THE STORY OF CHRIS STRACHWITZ AND ARHOOLIE RECORDS

    Downtown Independent Theater

    251 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

    213-617-1033


    FEATURED VIDEO

    FULL ONGOING MUSIC click here

    TODAY'S ONGOING MUSIC 10/1/14


    7:00pm BRAD COLERICK'S WINE AND SONG SERIES

    Firefly Bistro

    1009 El Centro St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

    626-441-2443


    7:30pm - 11:00pm SIMI VALLEY HOOT (SONGMAKERS )

    Simi Valley (Contact via Songmakers website)

    www.songmakers.org, Simi Valley, CA 00000


    7:30pm - 10:30pm IRISH TRAD SESSION

    Griffins Of Kinsale

    1007 Mission St, , South Pasadena, CA

    626-799-0926


    8:00pm GUITAROLOGY

    Bar Melody and Grill

    9132 S Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

    310-670-1994


FOLKWORKS CONCERT

AN EVENING WITH BOB  & DAN

Saturday, MAY 11, 2012

Santa Monica History Museum

1350  7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Box Office 7:00pm Concert 8:00pm

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FolkWorks is pleased to announce the next concert in our series at the Santa Monica History Museum.

The concert on Saturday, May 11 features Bob Carlin on Banjo and Dan Levenson on Fiddle.

A concert of old time music by two long time old time friends. Bob Carlin and Dan Levenson have spent their lives traveling the backroads of America playing and presenting our unique musical traditions. Take a journey with these two old time music masters through their experiences of the last forty years. hear fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice utilized in various combinations to tell their story of learning our nation’s great musical traditions from its past masters.

The Santa Monica History Museum is the perfect venue for this intimate, acoustic concert. The museum is a nonprofit community cultural center, dedicated to preserving and sharing regional history. It will be open to concertgoers at 7:00pm for viewing museum galleries prior to the concert.

FolkWorks is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting the folk/traditional arts. They have published an e-zine and presented concerts since 2001.The next concert at the Museum will be on September 7.

Concert: $15   FolkWorks members ($65 level and above) $13

Tickets will be at will-call

Online (credit card) tickets

Buy tickets here for Bob Carlin and Dan Levenson

or

Mail check (include telephone # and e-mail address) to:

FolkWorks

PO Box 55051

Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

For more info: (818) 785-3839 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.