• SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    THE NEW FOLKWORKS

    January 1, 2020 will mark FolkWorks’ 20th anniversary! We started out as a hard copy newspaper with 15k distribution, and have morphed into an online resource with over 400k hits/month! Our website offers news about artists and the arts, CD reviews and other articles of interest. FolkWorks supports mature and new talent through concerts, dances and festivals that both entertain and educate. Our Calendar has become the “go to” source for folk/roots events in SoCal. Our columnists are a resource for artists and their audiences with topics ranging from commentary to history and folk tales. The popularity of this part of our work forms the basis of an exciting new phase of FolkWorks.

    In keeping with our rapidly changing world of broader access to information, and technology that enables wider communication, our focus will be to provide a pathway for geographic expansion, interactive programming and collaborative support and exchange. To attain these goals, our plan is to:

    • grow our audience by moving to a statewide, west coast or national platform
    • develop curated access to the FolkWorks’ calendar, which will provide event and venue producers, artists, agents, teachers, and educators the ability to directly enter events. Event details could contain detailed descriptions, photos, links, maps, and calendar exports
    • continue and expand our columns as blogs, with the ability to easily add new writers
    • partner with individuals, formal and informal groups, and organizations that share our vision of a centralized source for events, featuring a variety of traditionally based folk/roots music, dance and art to a large audience.

    We want to thank all of you in the community who have made FolkWorks possible. Please support our new adventure by becoming a FolkWorks member, or renewing your current membership. We will soon have a button on the website for one-time donations.

    We welcome your thoughts, ideas and contributions as we move toward a bold New FolkWorks.

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    SPOTLIGHT

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    November-December 2019

    The SoCal Old-Time MUSIC Community

    & The Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers' Festival

    By David Bragger

    jamie and jim fox
    Jamie and Jim Fox.

    We just had the 48th Annual Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Festival hosted by the Goleta Valley Historical Society. It was originally founded by Peter Feldmann. This is my fourth year as the artistic director and this particular year was incredibly unique for a variety of reasons. We had many more workshops, performers, contestants and pre-festival campers than in previous years. We also had an incredibly diverse array of artists: Indigenous fiddle and guitar of Jim and Jamie Fox from the Ft. Belknap Reservation in Montana, master old-time Italian fiddler Rafe Stefanini, the mesmerizing old-time Georgia duo Hog-eyed Man, banjo and field recorder legend Art Rosenbaum also from Georgia, Oregon’s wonderful string duo The Horsenecks featuring Oregon’s Gabrielle Macrae and UK banjo wiz Barry Southern, bluesy/ragtime/jugband supergroup Todalo Shakers from the Bay Area and Washington, the SLO County Stumblers from Central California/Tennessee, the Bay Area’s raggy string band Skillet Licorice and even a fun set from my double fiddle duo with Susan Platz.

    Read more: THE SOCAL OLD-TIME MUSIC COMMUNITY

    FEATURE ARTICLE

    LeAnn Rimes in Concert

    The Oldest Dance Hall in Texas Is Coming to Chapman University

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    LeAnn Rimes w Kingston Trio25 years of chart-topping hits, 2-time Grammy winner, 3-time CMA Award winner, Americana winner and the youngest Grammy winner of all time at the tender age of 14, and yet this is her first live album, from the oldest dance hall in Texas. Welcome to LeAnn Rimes! And now she’s on her way to Musco Center stage at Chapman University in Orange.

    Read more: LEANN RIMES IN CONCERT

    CONCERT REVIEW

    Venice – the Band

    House Concert at Julie’s Joint – Canoga Park – Saturday Evening, October 19th, 2019

    By Art Podell

    Venice
    L to R – Pat Lennon, Michael Lennon, Julie Zipperer, John Zipperer, Kipp Lennon, Mark Lennon.

    The emergence of folk music in the late nineteen fifties gave birth to the popular folk music surge of the early sixties that was pioneered by groups like The Kingston Trio and the folk duos, trios, etc. As the mid-sixties and seventies unfolded, folk-rock emerged and groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Eagles, and those of that genre borrowed heavily from their folk music inspired brethren and continued a tradition that survives to this day, but once the phenomenon of folk-rock began to wane, it dwindled in popularity in the face of the British Music invasion and that which followed.

    Read more: VENICE – THE BAND

     

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 11/19/19


    MUSIC


    NO EVENTS TODAY



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    6:00pm - 10:00pm AGOURA HILLS SONG CIRCLE & POTLUCK (SONGMAKERS)

    third Tuesday

    Agoura Hills (Contact via Songmakers website)

    Agoura Hills, Agoura Hills , CA 91301

    Steve Berman 310-699-5755 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 11:00pm OULD SOD TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Tuesday

    The Ould Sod

    3373 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

    Michael Eskin 619-284-6594 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 10:00pm KEN O'MALLEY DUO

    third Tuesday

    Finn McCool

    2702 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-452-1734


    DANCE


    8:30am - 11:00am LEISURE WORLD FOLK DANCERS

    every Saturday

    Club House 1

    Leisure World, Laguna Hills, CA

    Florence Kanderer 949-425-8456


    10:00am - 12:00pm ISRAELI & INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING

    every Tuesday

    La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center

    8450 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA

    Rina Dalyot 619-462-8155 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    10:30am - 12:00pm UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    every Tuesday

    UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    5600 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA

    Natalie Stern 818-343-8009


    11:15am - 12:35pm SANTA MONICA CITY COLLEGE ISRAELI DANCING

    every Thursday

    Santa Monica College Clocktower

    1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA


    1:30pm - 3:00pm MOUNTAIN DANCERS

    first & third Tuesday

    South Pasadena Woman's Club

    1424 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA

    John Meursinge 626-355-9220


    6:00pm - 8:45pm CERRITOS FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Cerritos Senior Center

    12340 South St., Cerritos, CA

    Wen Chiang 626-303-2761 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:30pm - 8:30pm TROUPE MOSAIC

    every Tuesday

    Gottlieb Dance Studio

    9743 Noble Ave, North Hills, CA

    Mara Johnson 818-831-1854


    7:00pm - 9:30pm CABRILLO INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Balboa Park Club

    2150 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA

    Georgina Sham 858-459-1336 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 11:00pm CALTECH FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Caltech Dabney Lounge

    1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA

    Nancy Milligan 626-797-5157 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 10:30pm TUESDAY GYPSIES - INTERNATIONAL

    every Tuesday

    Culver City Masonic Lodge

    9635 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA

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

    CD REVIEWS

    Song of Time: Two Folk Classics from Art and Paul Are Reissued for First Time

    By Joe Marchese

    (Reprinted with permission of The Second Disc)

    Art and Paul Hangin Drinkin and StuffWith a recent pair of reissues, Sony Music/Legacy Recordings has transported listeners to Greenwich Village at the dawn of the 1960s, when guitar-wielding troubadours took the stages at venues like Café Wha? to share their own “alternative” music: folk. While Connie Francis, Brian Hyland, Elvis Presley, and even Percy Faith were ascending to the top of the Pop chart, folksingers were spinning their own musical yarns that didn’t involve teenage romance or itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polkadot bikinis. Two such artists were Art and Paul – no, not that Art and Paul, but rather Messrs. Podell and Potash, signed to Columbia Records roughly three years before those other guys with the same first names. Legacy has reissued Art and Paul’s two Columbia long-players, Songs of Earth and Sky (1960) and Hangin’, Drinkin’ and Stuff (1961) to digital service providers (streaming and download) for the first time. Recorded at Columbia’s 30th Street studio with renowned engineers Frank Laico and Roy Halee, these stereo albums are intimate, immediate time capsules back to this long-gone era.

    Read more: SONG OF TIME: TWO FOLK CLASSICS FROM ART AND PAUL ARE REISSUED FOR FIRST TIME

    Artist: THE SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE

    Title: LIVE AT MCCABE’S

    Label: Hilonesome Music

    Release Date: September 1, 2019

    By Ernest Troost

    Susie Glaze Live at McCabes The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble Live at McCabe’s, Susie’s tenth album, was recorded at the venerable folk venue McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Sound engineer Wayne Griffith knows this room exceedingly well and captured the evening’s magic beautifully. The mixing and mastering by Frank Rosato add the final polish.

    Read more: THE SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE - LIVE AT MCCABE’S