• 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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    SPOTLIGHTS

    THE ART OF THE PROTEST SONG

    art of the protest song

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019 - 7:00PM
    Coffee Gallery Backstage
    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001
    626-798-6236 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Read more: THE ART OF THE PROTEST SONG

    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.

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 11/11/19


    MUSIC


    7:30pm TARUN BHATTACHARYA WITH PROSENJIT PODDAR

    Lobero Theatre

    33 E.Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    805-963-0761

    Presented by Lobero Live


    fwpick

    8:00pm RICHARD THOMPSON /’ ELIZA GILKYSON

    Solo Acoustic

    Teragram Ballroom

    1234 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

    213-689-9100


    8:00pm CHARLEY CROCKETT

    Belly Up Tavern

    143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, San Diego, CA 92075

    858-481-9022


    8:00pm IAIN MATTHEWS & STEVE POSTELL

    Coffee Gallery Backstage

    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

    626-798-6236 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    7:00pm - 10:00pm FOSTER LIBRARY UKULELE SONG CIRCLE (SONGMAKERS)

    second & fourth Monday

    E.P. Foster Library

    651 East Main St., Ventura, CA

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


    7:30pm - 10:30pm BROMBIES BLUEGRASS

    every Monday

    Viva Rancho Cantina

    900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

    818-845-2425

    Jo Ellen Doering 323-874-0213 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 9:30pm OC CELTIC JAM

    every Monday

    Peace Lutheran Church

    18542 Vanderlip Ave, Santa Ana, CA

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


    8:30pm - 11:00pm CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Monday

    Celtic Arts Center @ The Mayflower Club

    11110 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA

    818-760-8322 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    9:00pm - 10:30pm CELTIC ARTS CENTER SLOW PLAY IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Monday

    Celtic Arts Center @ The Mayflower Club

    11110 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA

    818-760-8322 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    DANCE


    10:00am - 11:30am ROBERTSON FOLK DANCE

    every Monday

    Robertson Recreation Center

    1641 Preuss Rd., Los Angeles, CA

    310-278-5383


    10:45am - 1:00pm UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    every Monday

    UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    5600 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA

    Natalie Stern 818-343-8009


    7:00pm - 10:00pm CLAREMONT ISRAELI DANCERS

    every Monday

    Claremont Masonic Lodge

    272 West 8th St., Claremont, CA

    Yael Steinfeld 909-921-7115 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 11:30pm SAN DIEGO ISRAELI DANCERS

    every Monday

    Infinity Sport Dance Center

    4428 Convoy St., San Diego, CA

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


    7:15pm - 8:45pm SIERRA FOLK DANCERS

    every Monday

    Temple City Christian Church

    9723 Garibaldi Ave., Temple City, CA

    Ann Armstrong 626-893-0303


    7:30pm - 9:30pm SAN DIEGO FOLK DANCERS

    every Monday

    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.


    7:30pm - 9:30pm SANTA MONICA ISRAELI DANCING

    every Monday

    Beth Shir Sholom

    1827 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA

    David Katz 323 466-3411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm TARZANA ISRAELI DANCING

    every Monday

    MATI Center

    19626 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA

    Sagi Azran


    7:45pm - 10:45pm WEST LOS ANGELES FOLK DANCERS

    every Friday

    Brockton School

    1309 Armacost Ave., West Los Angeles, CA

    Beverly Barr 310-202-6166 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 11:00pm SWEDISH FOLK DANCE CLUB OF LOS ANGELES

    every Monday

    Skandia Hall

    2031 East Villa St., Pasadena, CA

    Norman and Jane Kindig 714-777-4036 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 9:30pm SIERRA MADRE FOLK DANCE CLASS

    every Monday

    Sierra Madre Recreation Building

    611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA

    Ann Armstrong 626-358-5942


    9:00pm - 11:00pm INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB AT UCLA

    every Monday

    UCLA Ackerman Student Union Building - 2nd Floor Lounge Room

    Westwood, CA

    310-284-3636 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