• SPOTLIGHT


    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN, 200 YEARS OF AN APPALACHIAN FAMILY

    ARTIST: JENI & BILLY

    LABEL: JEWEL RIDGE RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: MAY 1, 2016

    By Susie Glaze

    Jeni  Billy - HOTMA new love letter has been written, this one to an entire family and its American ancestors, replete with stories and new songs: Jeni & Billy’s new CD Heart of the Mountain, 200 Years of An Appalachian Family.

    I’ve written before in these pages about the work of the Nashville-based Appalachian duo Jeni & Billy. This new entry in their catalogue released this spring is a concept piece, an historical retrospective of family history with songs written to celebrate a few generations of lives and events. The twenty-seven tracks contain both spoken word and music, illuminating the 200 year history of the Smith family in Virginia.

    Read more: HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN, 200 YEARS OF AN APPALACHIAN FAMILY


    TITLE: THE SPOTTED PONY

    ARTIST: SPENCER & RAINS

    LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: JULY 2016

    By Pat Mac Swyney

    Spencer  Rains - Spotted PonyIf you look up the definition of the Great Plains, it describes the large expanse of predominately flat prairie & steppe grasslands, stretching from southern Canada, across the American Midwest to the Texas-Mexican border; framed by the Mississippi River on the east and by the Rocky Mountains on the west. This broad geography has been home to Native American tribes, European explorers, freed African-American slaves, pioneers and homesteaders and it is from this rich musical landscape that husband-wife duo Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains take their repertoire and inspiration on The Spotted Pony.

    Read more: SPENCER & RAINS - THE SPOTTED PONY


    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    July-August 2016

    Where’s the Folk?

    By Linda Dewar

    Tom Paxton album cover: "Ain't That The News!"

    Where’s the Folk? I turned 65 last week. Not a big deal, really, but it does seem to have triggered a bit of semi-nostalgic reflection. The media would have us believe that the definitive event for my age group was the 1967 “Summer of Love” when we all took virtual trips to San Francisco, put flowers in our hair, and danced to the sounds of Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.

    Read more: WHERE’S THE FOLK?

    BOOK REVIEW

    TITLE: 26 SONGS in 30 DAYS

    WOODY GUTHRIE'S Columbia River Songs

    and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest

    AUTHORS: GREG VANDY WITH DANIEL PERSON

    PUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 12, 2016

    By Lenny Potash

    26 Songs in 30 DaysThere are no shortage of writings about and by Woody Guthrie but 26 Songs in 30 Days is a great contribution because it is a work focused on the relationship between the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Woody and what this massive public works project meant to him as the country was coming out of the Great Depression and preparing for World War II.

    Read more: 26 SONGS in 30 DAYS - WOODY GUTHRIE'S COLUMBIA RIVER SONGS


    FILM AND THEATER REVIEW

    THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS

    YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

    By Yatrika Shah-Rais

    The Music of Strangers“Every tradition is the result of successful invention… Human beings grow by being curious and receptive to what’s around them. A lot of people are scared of change, and sometimes there’s reason to be fearful. But if you can welcome change, you become fertile ground for development.”

    This is just one of the many insightful quotes from the movie The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble.

    Read more: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS


    everything but ...

    DAVE "SNAKER" RAY

    (August 17, 1943 – November 28, 2002)

    DAVE "SNAKER" RAY (August 17, 1943 – November 28, 2002) was an American blues singer and guitarist from St. Paul, Minnesota, who was most notably associated with Spider John Koerner and Tony "Little Sun" Glover in the early Sixties folk revival. Together, the three released albums under the name Koerner, Ray & Glover.

    Read more: DAVE "SNAKER" RAY


    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 8/28/16


    MUSIC


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    11:00am-5:00pm SEA CHANTEY FESTIVAL

    With The Jackstraws, John Kraus and the Goers, Kick Up the Dust, Raggle Taggle

    Star of India

    1306 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA

    Sponsored by The Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego Folk Heritage


    11:00am LUCKY DIAZ & THE FAMILY JAM BAND

    Matinee Kids’ show

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


    11:30am SALTY SUITES

    Sawdust Festival

    935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651


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    12:00pm & 2:00pm EL HARU KUROI

    Blend of Mexican, South American, African, and American music

    Skirball Cultural Center

    2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

    310-440-4578


    3:00pm ROD MACDONALD

    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 THE CLAIRE LYNCH BAND / BURNING HEART BLUEGRASS / BROMBIES

    John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

    2580 Cahuenga Blvd., East, Hollywood, CA 90068

    323-461-3673

    Presented by Bluegrass Association of Southern California


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    7:00pm CALIFORNIA FEETWARMERS

    Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

    85 East Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103

    626-683-3230


    7:00pm LARRY B. WILDER

    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.


    8:00pm BILL KIRCHEN

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497



    DANCE


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    3:30pm CAJUN DANCE WITH HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND

    Final 4th Sunday dance AND FolkWorks Fundraiser

    Golden Sails Hotel, PCH Club

    6285 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90804

    Karen 562-708-8946 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    9:30am - 2:30pm URBAN SOLACE BLUEGRASS BRUNCH

    every Sunday

    Urban Solace

    3823 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104

    619-295-6464


    1:00pm - 5:00pm BASC BLUEGRASS JAM

    fourth Sunday

    West Valley Music Center

    24424 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307

    818-992-4142

    Jeff Fleck 310-390-4391 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    1:30pm - 4:30pm SAN DIEGO FOLK SONG SOCIETY

    fourth Sunday

    Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch Library

    9005 Aero Dr, San Diego, CA


    3:00pm - 8:30pm COSTA MESA TRADITIONAL SONG CIRCLE AND JAM (SONGMAKERS)

    fourth Sunday

    Debby and Terry Koken's house

    1778 Kenwood Pl., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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

    Debby and Terry Koken 949-574-0333 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    4:30pm - 7:30pm SANTA BARBARA IRISH SESSION

    every Sunday

    La Arcada Bistro

    1112 State St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Willie Quinn 805-965-5742


    5:00pm - 9:00pm WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK (SONGMAKERS)

    fourth Sunday

    West L.A. (Contact via email or website)

    www.songmakers.org, West L.A. , CA 90025

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

    Mha Atma Khalsa 310-203-0162 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 10:00pm O'BRIEN'S IRISH TRAD SESSION

    every Sunday

    O'Brien's Irish Pub on Main St.

    2941 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Nuala Kennedy


    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.


    7:30pm WE THE FOLK

    every Sunday

    Culver Hotel

    9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA

    310-558-9400

    Sean O'Hara 925-216 8993 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    DANCE


    12:30pm - 4:30pm SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOLK DANCING

    every Sunday

    Balboa Park Club

    2150 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA

    Jean Cate 858-278-4619 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    3:00pm - 4:30pm RIVERSIDE ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

    first & fourth Sunday

    Rancho Bernardo Swim and Tennis Club

    16955 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA

    Janet Goeske This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    4:00pm - 7:00pm CULVER CITY ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

    second & fourth Sunday

    Lindberg Park

    5041 Rhoda Way, Culver City, CA

    Annie Laskey 310-837-3427 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:00pm SANTA BARBARA CONTRADANCES

    every Sunday

    Carrillo Ballroom

    100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA

    805-699-5101 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:00pm - 9:00pm SAN DIEGO ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

    every Sunday

    Rancho Bernardo Swim and Tennis Club

    16955 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA

    David Jacobson 858-831-9091 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 9:45pm LAGUNA FOLK DANCERS

    every Sunday

    Community & Susi Q Center

    380 Third St., Laguna, CA


    7:00pm - 11:30pm NEWPORT BEACH ISRAELI DANCING

    every Sunday

    Avant Garde Ballroom

    4220 Scott Dr., Newport Beach, CA

    Yoni Carr 760-631-0802 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.