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    THE CROOKED JADES

    (old time MUSIC and beyond)

    Crooked Jades current lores

    Saturday, September 19th   at   8pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

    in Van Nuys at Noble House Concerts

    For more info, videos and tickets, click on the Read More below...

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    FEATURE ARTICLES

    Pitt Kinsolving

    A Folk Hero and a Bluegrass celebration

    By Rex Mayreis

    Pitt KinsolvingPitt Kinsolving, a man with a most distinguished name, is known for organizing folk music events, as well as getting musicians together to make music. While engineering sound for recordings, performances, and other live programs has been his profession, he has been an important force in bringing folk music to Southern California through his volunteer efforts in planning and promoting concerts and festivals, and in his active participation in hoots.

    Read more: Pitt Kinsolving - A Folk Hero and a Bluegrass celebration


    L.A. CELEBRATES “MIGHTY UKE”

    By Audrey Coleman

    Uke FestivalI can’t lay claim to the nomenclature. It comes from the title of an enchanting and informative 2010 documentary titled Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog produced by Tony Coleman (no relation) and Margaret Meagher. The words beautifully capture the feistiness of those who have embraced the instrument since its adoption by Hawaiians and westerners living in the islands a little over a hundred years ago.

    Read more: L.A. CELEBRATES “MIGHTY UKE”


    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    September-October 2015

    SINGIN’ THE MOON UP BECOMES DULCIMER JAZZ

    By Susie Glaze And Joellen Lapidus

    From Susie:

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    Jean Ritchie and her dulcimer

    For these past two years, since this column’s inception, I’ve been honored and privileged to have the chance to write about my dear friend and mentor, Jean Ritchie. Doing research into Jean’s life and work, fleshing out my own scholarship on her vast, beautiful and hugely influential body of work, has been a joy. Now it’s time to announce a transition, a great evolution of sorts: the introduction of “Dulcimer Jazz” from Los Angeles musician, Joellen Lapidus.

    Joellen and I recently presented a tribute concert to Jean Ritchie at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. During our rehearsal for the show we had some good and interesting talk about Jean, as well as great playing and singing. When Joellen was improvising on her dulcimer I noted her great innovations, calling it “dulcimer jazz.” Joellen liked that for a title and I suggested a new column for FolkWorks. So, here it is: with this transition article, we introduce the new column, which will jump into my space and carry on the legacy of Jean Ritchie.

    Read more: SINGIN’ THE MOON UP BECOMES DULCIMER JAZZ

    FILM AND THEATER REVIEW

    ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE

    PLAYING AT THE SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE

    By Nick Smith

    Always Patsy ClineAlthough her musical career was already in progress, Patsy Cline didn’t make a splash on the national stage until her appearances on the Arthur Godfrey show in 1957. Before that, her music was only available in places where the audience was deliberately seeking out country-western music. Before that, she dressed in cowgirl outfits hand-made by her mother. Arthur Godfrey’s show brought her, dressed in elegant, sophisticated dresses, into homes across America, as a show heavily viewed by housewives who didn’t listen to country-western, heard her amazing voice on repeated appearances.

    Read more: ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE


    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: TANGLED COUNTRY

    ARTIST: THE HONEY DEWDROPS

    LABEL: SELF

    RELEASE DATE: MAY 2015

    By Jackie Morris

    Honey Dewdrops - Tangled CountryWith their fourth studio album in six years, Tangled Country, The Honey Dewdrops continue to weave their addictive sound...even as they branch out from their Appalachian folk roots into Americana, blues and singer-songwriter genres.

    Characterized by compelling, earthy harmonies – so tight that they often sound as if one person is singing in two compelling voices – The Honey Dewdrops are comprised of a young, multi-talented husband-wife duo, Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman. 

    Read more: THE HONEY DEWDROPS - TANGLED COUNTRY


    TITLE: TRADITION

    ARTIST: STUART MASON

    LABEL: NATIVE HOME MUSIC

    RELEASE DATE: MAY 26, 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    Stuart Mason - TraditionStuart Mason is from West Virginia but lives on California's central coast. He calls his music “oldternative” which is a good word to describe branching from old roots into unusual spaces. You can hear that in the arrangement of Red Rocking Chair with traditional lyrics and banjo but unusual harmonies and Tony Furtado's slide guitar. Ryan Davidson, who coproduced, plays bass on most tracks. That tinkering with tradition continues with Jesus Met the Woman in the Well on which Mason plays mandola and Tony twangs again. On Gospel Plow, which has a more old than alternative sound, Stu returns to banjo and Amber Cross adds strong harmony vocals.

    Read more: STUART MASON - TRADITION


    BLOG

    AUGUST 22nd, 2015

    RIZWAN-MUAZZAM QAWWALI

    At Grand Performances on Saturday, August 22, 8:00pm, 5th generation torchbearers of the Qawwali tradition, these brothers’ imaginative reinterpretation of classic Sufi texts is a transcendent experience; a rare performance not to be missed. DJ and producer Neil Sparkes joins Rizwan-Muazzam for a special guest set described as “a bewitching blend of dance-floor devotional music.” .

    Read more: Blog Entry AUGUST 22nd, 2015


    FULL CALENDAR click here

    TODAY'S EVENTS 9/5/15


    12:00pm & 2:00pm HEIDI SWEDBERG AND THE SUKEY JUMP BAND

    Skirball Cultural Center

    2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

    310-440-4578


    12:00pm- LONG BEACH GREEK FESTIVAL

    5762 E. Colorado St., Long Beach, CA 90814


    7:00pm RATTLE THE KNEE

    Traditional Irish Music

    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 THE GIPSY KINGS FEATURING NICOLAS REYES AND TONINO BALIARDO

    The Greek Theatre

    2700 North Vermont, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    213-480-3232


    8:00pm BUFFY FORD STEWART AND THE JOHN STEWART BAND

    John Stewart 76th Birthday Memorial

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


    FULL ONGOING MUSIC click here

    TODAY'S ONGOING MUSIC 9/5/15

    Ongoing Music


    2:00pm - 5:00pm NORTHRIDGE SONG CIRCLE (SONGMAKERS) first Saturday

    Northridge (Contact via Songmakers website)

    Unlisted, Northridge, CA 00000

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    6:00pm ORANGE COUNTY HOOT (SONGMAKERS ) first Saturday

    Orange County (Contact via Songmakers website)

    Home of David Borger and Ann Carroll, Mission Viejo , CA 9269X


    6:30pm SANTA MONICA TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC CLUB first Saturday

    Sha'Arei Am (Santa Monica Synagogue)

    1448 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404

    310-453-4276


    6:30pm BLUEGRASS CONCERTS every Saturday

    Me N Eds Pizza Parlor

    4115 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712

    562-421-8908


    8:00pm FRET HOUSE OPEN MIC (SIGNUP 7:30PM) first Saturday

    Fret House

    309 N. Citrus, Covina, CA 91723-2006

    626-339-7020


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.