• 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.

    Read more: FOLKWORKS DECLARES FEBRUARY DANCE MONTH


    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 3/1/15


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    2:00pm THE NE'ER DUWELS WITH KEN O'MALLEY

    Muldoon's Irish Pub

    202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

    949-640-4110


    7:00pm DON RAYMOND

    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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    7:00pm LUCINDA WILLIAMS

    The Coach House

    33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

    949-496-8927


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    7:00pm DIRK HAMILTON

    Casa Milhouse House concert in West Hollywood


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    8:00pm SLAID CLEAVES SOLD OUT

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


    8:00pm ADKINS AND LOUDERMILK

    Boulevard Music

    4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

    310-398-2583


    FULL ONGOING MUSIC click here

    TODAY'S ONGOING MUSIC 3/1/15

    Ongoing Music


    8:00am - 1:00pm FAIR MARKET BAND every Sunday

    Hollywood Farmers Market

    Ivar Ave. & Selma Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028


    11:00am - 2:00pm OLD-TIME MUSIC JAM first Sunday

    Viva Cantina

    900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

    818-515-4444


    12:00pm - 3:00pm GUITAR MERCHANT BLUEGRASS JAM first Sunday

    Guitar Merchant

    7305 Topanga Blvd.,, Canoga Park, CA

    818-884-5905


    1:00pm - 3:00pm EL CAMINO COLLEGE BLUEGRASS JAM first Sunday

    El Camino College

    16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90506


    3:00pm - 5:30pm WILDE THISTLE IRISH SESSION every Sunday

    Wilde Thistle

    3456 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

    310-730-6208 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    4:00pm - 7:00pm AULD DUBLINER TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION every Sunday

    Auld Dubliner

    71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

    562-437-8300


    5:30pm - 9:00pm THE GRAND OLE ECHO every Sunday

    The Echo

    1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

    213-413-8200


    6:00pm - 9:00pm FUN-DO-MENTAL MUSIC SONG CIRCLE first Sunday

    Fun-do-mental Music

    1489 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite C , Thousand Oaks , CA 91362

    805-778-1000


    7:00pm - 9:00pm SAN DIEGO OLD TIME FIDDLERS JAM first & third Sunday

    Boll Weevil Restaurant (Clairemont Mesa)

    9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA

    858- 571-6225


    7:30pm - 11:00pm O'BRIEN'S IRISH MUSIC SESSION every Sunday

    O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant

    2226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

    310-829-5303 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    9:00pm KEN O'MALLEY every Sunday

    O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant

    2941 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405


    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


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.