May-June 2019

THE 14TH EVER LOS ANGELES OLD-TIME SOCIAL:

CONCERTS, DANCES AND WORKSHOPS!

By David Bragger

2019 OLD TIME SOCIAL POSTER-2The Los Angeles Old-Time Social is May 16-18th!! Musicians from all around North America arrive to jam, dance, learn and perform for this three-day event! This year we have musicians from California, Arizona and Nashville performing and teaching world class traditional music. For more info and pictures go to the Old Time Social website.

Thursday Night (May 16th) is the Kick-Off Concert/Party at the Tropico De Nopal Gallery.

The Thursday kick-off tradition typically showcases local old-time musicians which this year includes Parker Smith (Arizona), Latimer & Osborn (California) and Old-Time Machine (Los Angeles)! (This evening is 21+)

Friday Night (May 17th) is the formal concert at the Velaslavasay Panorama Theater

The concert features these incredible and diverse old-time acts: Dos Valley Trio (Fresno), Cast Meikle & Austin Derryberry (Tennessee), Have More Fun Stringband (Los Angeles) and Frank Fairfield & Temple Street Quartet (Los Angeles). (All Ages)

Saturday All Day (May 18th) at the American Legion Hall

Is a full day of workshops including old-time fiddle, flatfooting, sacred harp singing, old-time guitar, clawhammer banjo, 2-finger banjo and a fiddle duet workshop by Susan Platz and yours truly! You can attend as many workshops as you want for only $20. The workshops are immediately followed by the greatest Cakewalk in Los Angeles and an epic square dance featuring the concert musicians and dance callers Susan Michaels & Robin Fischer! (All Ages and very family-friendly!) You can pre-register for workshops by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just show up!

Without further ado, here is this year’s workshop schedule. See you at the Social!

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Saturday Workshops and Instructors

Saturday, May 18th 11am – 5:30pm

American Legion Hall, Post 206, 227 N. Ave. 55, 90042

For questions and to RSVP (not required but helps with head count), please contact Workshop Coordinator David Bragger: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:: UPSTAIRS ::

11:00am-1:00pm: Sacred Harp Shape-Note Singing with Los Angeles’ Sacred Harp Beginners Club

The Sacred Harp Beginners Club began one day in LA in the comforts of someone’s home or on the tip-top of a glorious hill. They met week after week with creative hiatuses now and then only to continue as beginners three years later. A group of trained perfectionists and genuine newbs, they still review the songs section by section, singing through all versus in order to achieve the greatest satisfaction.

The workshop will be led by Brandon Armstrong, David Elsenbroich, Andrea Tzvetkov, and more Beginners Club regulars.

1:00-2:00 pm: Freestyle Flatfooting with Ruth Alpert

Flatfooting, Buck Dancing and Clogging are related, but different styles, of foot percussion.   Freestyle flatfooting is improvised, in which every dancer finds their own expression.   I will start by teaching you some basic steps to get you going, and then we will focus on playing the tune with our feet!

No previous dance experience is necessary.  No special equipment.  Just shoes that can slide forward and back (ie, no sticky soles), and clothing you can sweat in!  It’s easy and fun and very aerobic!

Ruth Alpert has been flatfooting for 34 years.  She has taught workshops, danced with old-time Appalachian string bands, busked (street performed) in various cities in at least 6 states, and is a two time National Champion in Senior Buck Dancing, 2013 and 2014.  Currently, Ruth is the percussion section of The Honeysuckle Possums, an all-female string band playing original and traditional music.

2:00-3:00pm: Flatfooting to a Live Jam with Ruth Alpert, Cast Meikle & Austin Derryberry

Practice flatfooting with a live band! Ruth Alpert and a group of old-time jammers will provide the music and support for flatfooters to try out their new dancing skills with Ruth’s guidance!

3:00-4:30pm: Old-Time Fiddle & Guitar “Jewels of the San Joaquin” with Harry & Cindy Liedstrand

Harry and Cindy will go over some of their favorite tunes from the San Joaquin Valley. Harry will teach the fiddle tune and Cindy will talk about the best way to back them up on guitar. This will be a wonderful workshop for fiddlers, guitarists, and anyone interested in Old-time music.

Harry Liedstrand met Kenny Hall in 1967 and started learning traditional fiddle tunes from him.  He played fiddle in the Sweets Mill String Band with Kenny Hall, Jim Ringer, Ron Tinkler and Cary Lung for many years.  The SMSB toured the country with the Portable Folk Festival in 1971.  Harry visited Burl Hammons and Tommy Jarrell in the early 1970’s and continued to collect tunes and learn regional fiddle styles.  His energetic and creative fiddle style has kept him in demand as a performer and teacher of traditional fiddle music.

4:30-5:30pm: Old-Time Guitar with Chris Berry

Chris Berry plays guitar and banjo in the old-time stringband Sausage Grinder. He is considered one of the greatest interpreters of old-time back-up guitar in the world. He is also a master of country blues guitar and fingerpicking banjo.

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:: DOWNSTAIRS ::

12:30-1:30pm: Old-Time Mandolin with Terry Barrett

Get in touch with your mandolin’s inner banjo!  Kenny Hall learned some of his wonderful mandolin tunes from banjo players. Terry will teach some of these and show how Kenny adapted those tunes, changing them to suit the mandolin yet keeping some essence of their origins as banjo tunes.

David Bragger and Susan Platz

1:30-3:00pm: Old-Time Fiddle Duets with David Bragger & Susan Platz

Learn old-time fiddle tunes and fiddle seconding parts with all notes and bowing taught in great detail! David and Susan will draw from tunes (West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Illinois) featured on their critically-acclaimed fiddle duet album “King’s Lament.”

David Bragger plays fiddle in the old-time stringband Sausage Grinder. David teaches old-time fiddle, banjo and mandolin to students of all ages and levels. He is also the founder of the Old Time Tiki Parlour (oldtimetikiparlour.com) which produces concerts, workshops, CDs and films by the finest old-time musicians alive, including Kirk Sutphin, Dan Gellert, Bruce Molsky, Paul Brown, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Mike Compton, Joe Newberry, Scott Prouty, etc. David is in high demand as a fiddle teacher at festivals and has private students in four continents! He is known for his ability to break down tunes and bowing with ease and clarity.

3:00-4:00pm: Old-Time 2-finger Banjo with Austin Derryberry

Austin Derryberry has played old-time fiddle since age five. He has won local and regional old-time fiddle championships, including the Old-Time Fiddler of the South honor at the 2015 Great Southern Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention and the Alabama State Old-Time Fiddle Champion title at the 2015 Tennessee Valley Fiddlers’ Convention. Derryberry is learning to make violins under the mentorship of luthier Jean Horner as part of the Tennessee Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, an initiative designed to promote the survival, evolution, and expansion of Tennessee’s diverse folk traditions.

4:00-5:00pm: Clawhammer Banjo with Tom Sauber

In 1968 Tom Sauber began playing with (and learning from) old-time musicians who had left their homes in the Southeastern U.S. and resettled in Southern California; fiddlers Earl Collins from Oklahoma, Mel Durham from Illinois, and Bob Rogers from Tennessee; also Ed Lowe, clawhammer banjo picker and nephew of Round Peak legend Charlie Lowe. Since the late 1970s he has performed and taught at major festivals and music camps in the U.S. and internationally. In addition to his aforementioned mentors, he has performed and recorded with contemporaries such as Alice Gerrard, Brad Leftwich, Blanton Owen, Tom Carter, Dirk Powell, Ry Cooder, Mark Graham, and his son Patrick Sauber.

David Bragger is a Los Angeles-based instructor and player of old time fiddle and banjo music. He also photographs, films, and collects the lore of traditional artists, from puppeteers in Myanmar to fiddlers of Appalachia The Old Time Tiki Parlour

  

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