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    TICKETS

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    2018 Festival Logo Wide

    Click on video to see highlights from the March, 2018 festival and a peek into our plans for 2019: Exploring our African roots from Zimbabwe to Appalachia.

    Ticket sales for producing a festival typically do not cover the cost of production. And that’s where you come in! FolkWorks depends on your generosity. When you click to donate below, 100% of the money we raise in this campaign will go to pay talented performers and teachers.

    Please donate what you can to allow us to present the best diverse musical traditions for this amazing event.

    Read more: FolkWorks Folk/Roots Festival Appeal

    SPOTLIGHTS

    DAKHABRAKHADahkaBraka 2

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 - 8:00PM

    Theatre at Ace Hotel
    929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
    213- 623-3233
    Presented by CAP-UCLA

    Read more: DAKHABRAKHA

    JOHN WHELAN AND HALEY RICHARDSON

    John Whelan and Haley Richardson

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 - 7:00PM

    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.

    Read more: JOHN WHELAN AND HALEY RICHARDSON

    STRIKING IRON: THE ART OF AFRICAN BLACKSMITHS

    Striking Iron

    Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths, is an international traveling exhibition that combines scholarship with objects of great aesthetic beauty to create the most comprehensive treatment of the blacksmith’s art in Africa to date. The exhibition includes over 225 artworks from across the African continent, focusing on the region south of the Sahara and covering a time period spanning early archaeological evidence to the present day. Borrowed from American and European public and private collections, it features wood sculptures studded with iron, blades, and currencies in a myriad of shapes and sizes, diverse musical instruments, body adornments, an array of ritual accoutrements, tools and weapons, and other important objects that enabled Africans to forage and hunt, till the soil, and assure their own protection and prosperity.

    JUNE 3 – DECEMBER 30, 2018

    Fowler Museum at UCLA - UCLA North Campus
    405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095
    310-825-4361

    Read more: STRIKING IRON: THE ART OF AFRICAN BLACKSMITHS

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    September-October 2018

    ROCK SOLID

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    The Dillards 300pxAbout seven hundred years ago I attended a guitar seminar from Dan Crary, the noted bluegrass picker. Although Dan is known as one of the pioneers of modern bluegrass flatpicking, the first part of the seminar focused on solid rhythm playing. He played us a cassette (remember those?) of an unknown bluegrass guitarist that Crary identified as the best in the business. 

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    CONCERT REVIEW

    DAVE ALVIN AND JIMMIE DALE GILMORE, DOWNEY TO LUBBOCK TOUR

    AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM - JULY 31, 2018, 8:00PM

    AMERICAN NAMES

    By Ross Altman, PhD

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    Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin

    Lubbock, Texas is one of those towns that would feel right at home in Stephen Vincent Benet’s classic poem, “American Names”, that gave us the line, “Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.” It shimmers brightly in every music lover’s imagination and memory, resonating with the whirlwind life of one of Rock and Roll’s greatest artists—one of its glorious pioneers—known to us all by just his first name: Buddy.

    Read more: DAVE ALVIN AND JIMMIE DALE GILMORE DOWNEY TO LUBBOCK

    PASSINGS

    REMEMBERING BARBARA GREENSPAN

    (July 1, 1947—August 17, 2018)

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Barbara GreenspanSongmakers lost Barbara Greenspan, its Archivist/Historian going all the way back to 1963; the East Valley Hoot lost its 3rd Sunday Hoot leader; Noble House Concerts lost its founder/creator going back to 1975; her guitar and recorder students lost their chief source of inspiration and encouragement and teacher; her Klezmer Band Shir Madness lost their wind section and vocalist; most importantly her music students from The Help Group, a non-public school for children with autism spectrum disorders lost their impassioned music teacher who gave free lessons and free instruments for so many who couldn’t afford either; her husband Fred lost his beloved wife; her son lost his devoted and loving mother; and I lost a dear friend.

    Read more: REMEMBERING BARBARA GREENSPAN

    CD REVIEW

    ARTIST: SUNNY WAR

    TITLE: WITH THE SUN

    LABEL: HEN HOUSE STUDIOS

    RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 2, 2018

    By Art Podell

    Sunny War With the SunMuch has been written about Sunny War (nee Sydney Lyndelia Ward) and I doubt that much repetition of her life history and musical odyssey here would add to what has already been written. For those of you who are reading the name Sunny War for the first time, suffice that she began her career as a street singer in Nashville and came to full flower in the southern California Venice Beach street and boardwalk community. For a complete picture, I’d recommend that the reader who is encountering this remarkable woman for the first time on these pages turn to an internet search and the myriad reviews and profiles there for a full recognition of this truly genuine and deserving artist who has been categorized as a blues artist, a punk artist, and a soul artist. All correct.

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    everything but ...

    This is a very rare video of the late Scott Didlake, 1948-1994, pioneer gourd banjo builder and the lost origin of the banjo researcher. He his talking at a Gourd banjo workshop during the Tennessee Banjo Institute event 1992 together with Mike Seeger and Clark Buehling.

    Read more: Scott Didlake and the origin of the banjo

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 9/23/18


    MUSIC


    MILLPOND MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Millpond Recreation Area

    Bishop, CA


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    TAMBURITZA EXTRAVAGANZA

    Braća Tamburica Orchestra of Chicago, Chubritza, Dunav of Chicago,
    Jerry Grcević Tamburitza Orchestra, Ponovo, Šarena Tamburitza Orchestra,
    Sidro Tamburitza Orchestra, Sinovi Orchestra of Chicago,
    Sinovi Tamburitza Orchestra, T.S. Fenjer (Tamburaški Sastav "Fenjer"),
    Yeseta Brothers Tamburica Orchestra, Zadnja Stanica

    Los Angeles/Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel

    2500 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505


    10:30am LAURA DOHERTY & THE HEARTBEATS

    Matinee Kids' Show

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


    3:00pm TOM SWEENEY AND HEART OF GOLD BAND

    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 STEAM MACHINE

    Kalabash School of Music

    5725 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037

    Presented by the Southern Pacific Sessions


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    4:00pm KEN O’MALLEY AND PADRAIC CONROY

    FolkWorks Folk/Roots Festival Benefit concert

    House concert in Santa Monica

    818-785-3839 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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    7:00pm LAURIE LEWIS AND THE RIGHT HANDS

    Four Friends Gallery

    1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

    Bodie-Bauer Music 612-670-1304 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm STRUNZ & FARAH

    The Coach House

    33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

    949-496-8927


    7:00pm JAY ASHER

    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.


    7:30pm RICHARD SMITH

    House concert, Westwood

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


    8:00pm SMITTY AND JULIJA

    Tribute to Leonard Cohen

    SOHo Restaurant and Music Club

    1221 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    805-962-7776



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    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


    10:30am - 12:00pm HOUSE OF IRELAND TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSION

    every Sunday

    House of Ireland

    665 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA


    12:00pm CLIFF LATIMER & LAURA OSBORN

    fourth Sunday

    Viva Rancho Cantina

    900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

    818-845-2425


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

    fourth Sunday

    West Valley Music Center

    24424 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307

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

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


    1:15pm - 4:00pm TOM BALL AND KENNY SULTAN

    every Sunday

    Cold Spring Tavern

    5995 Stagecoach Road, Santa Barbara, CA

    805-967-0066


    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.


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

    every Sunday

    Auld Dubliner

    71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

    562-437-8300


    4:00pm - 7:00pm ACOUSTIC FOLK MUSIC (OPEN SESSION)

    fourth Sunday

    Black Watch Pub

    492 N. Central Ave. #B, Upland, CA

    909-981-6069


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

    every Sunday

    La Arcada Bistro

    1112 State St., Santa Barbara, CA


    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.

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


    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

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


    DANCE


    FEATURED VIDEO

May-June 2007

Chicks Nix Hicks' Picks

By Ross Altman

After striking out in Nashville at the CMA awards, the Dixie Chicks hit a grand slam home run in Los Angeles at the Grammy's last February 11. They swept all three major awards: Song, Record and Album of the Year, on the way to winning all five categories in which they were nominated. They added insult to the injury of the red states' defeat in all the major contested elections last November, throwing control of the House and Senate into blue state Democratic hands for the first time in a generation.

Call it the last nail in the southern coffin. The bi-coastal cultural power centers New York and LA showed that they have no objection to country music - it was the politics they abhorred. Give us a country band not tied to Bush country, and we'll embrace it wholeheartedly, which we did.

It was also a great night for folk music, as Joan Baez - who was there to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award - looked resplendent as she introduced the Chicks to an international TV audience, as well as the Staples Center crowd. Joan drew abundant applause when she reminded us that over the years she too has been told many times to shut up and sing (the title of last year's documentary on the Dixie Chicks). She ended her brief but bravura performance by quoting Woody Guthrie: This Land Is Your Land. For one beautiful evening, it felt like it.

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