• 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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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    January-February 2020

    Old-Time Traveling at the Tiki Parlour

    By David Bragger

    Banjo Newsletter July 2019 Bragger COVER crop for web 600x7072019 appeared and disappeared in a puff of Holy Smoke! In a perpetual state of reflection and thankfulness, I think of all the wonderful people in the old-time community that have helped make this whirlwind of a year possible. As an experiment for this typically non-touring musician, I decided to say “yes” to nearly every performance offer that came my way in 2019. In the last thirteen months I’ve had the great pleasure of performing and teaching twice in Europe and at various festivals in the States

    Read more: OLD-TIME TRAVELING AT THE TIKI PARLOUR

    CONCERT REVIEWS

    TOMMY EMMANUEL CGP, AT THE SMOTHERS THEATRE

    FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS JIM AND MORNING NICHOLS

    PRESENTED BY LISA SMITH WENGLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2019, 8pm

    The Thunder from Down Under

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    TommyEmmanuel5 10 18copyMaybe there’s a better guitar player on Pluto, or Saturn, or Jupiter, but down here on Planet Earth Tommy Emmanuel is the best we got. He inspires adulation: “There’s Tommy and there’s everybody else,” wrote one reviewer. That would be Certified Guitar Player (CGP) Tommy Emmanuel, so named by Mr. Chet Atkins—the greatest in history. He appeared for the eighth time at Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre.

    Read more: TOMMY EMMANUEL CGP, AT THE SMOTHERS THEATRE

    ROY ZIMMERMAN AT THE HEARING

    CORNERSTONE MUSIC CONSERVATORY - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019, 8:00pm

    THE WHISTLEBLOWER

    By Ross Altman, PhD

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    Unlike that other Zimmerman, Roy Zimmerman’s answers aren’t blowing in the wind—they’re right in your face.

    You want to know who the whistleblower is-- well, I’ll tell you. Roy Zimmerman—that’s who. He’s been blowing the whistle ever since the day after Election Day, 2016.

    Read more: ROY ZIMMERMAN AT THE HEARING

    CD REVIEWS

    ARTIST: STEPHEN WADE:

    TITLE: A STORYTELLER’S STORY: SOURCES OF BANJO DANCING

    LABEL: PATUXENT MUSIC

    RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 13, 2019

    From the Tavern to the Theatre

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    A Storytellers StoryBy the happiest of accidents I found myself in Chicago in May of 1979, blissfully unaware that a one-man show was about to open at the Body Politic, a local theatre. It was called Banjo Dancing, or the 48th Annual Squitters Mountain Song, Dance, Folklore Convention and Banjo Contest…and How I Lost. Its star was Stephen Wade.

    Read more: STEPHEN WADE: A STORYTELLER’S STORY: SOURCES OF BANJO DANCING

    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

    GRAMMY NOMINEES

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 1/18/20


    MUSIC


    7:00pm SOO YEON LYUH

    Master of the haegeum, a traditional Korean bowed instrument

    La Jolla Community Center

    6811 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037

    858-459-0831

    Presented by the Center for World Music


    7:00pm PEPPINO D'AGOSTINO

    Mission Viejo Civic Center

    100 Civic Center Dr., Mission Viejo, CA 92691

    949-244-6656

    Presented by Lord Of The Strings Concert Series


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    7:00pm THE HONEY WHISKEY TRIO

    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.


    7:30pm THE ALLEYCATS

    Anaheim Downtown Community Center

    250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA 92805

    714-955-3807 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Presented by The Living Tradition


    7:30pm MATT WILSON & HIS ORCHESTRA

    Ojai Arts Exchange - Ojai Underground

    1016 W. Ojai Ave, Ojai CA 93023

    805-340-7893


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    8:00pm SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK

    Lewis Family Playhouse - Victoria Gardens Cultural Center

    12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

    877-858-8422



    DANCE


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    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


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    DANCE


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

    every Saturday

    Club House 1

    Leisure World, Laguna Hills, CA

    Florence Kanderer 949-425-8456


    7:30pm - 11:00pm 3RD SATURDAY SOUTH PASADENA CONTRADANCE

    third Saturday

    South Pasadena Woman's Club

    1424 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA

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


    7:30pm - 10:30pm VESELO SELO FOLK DANCERS

    every Saturday

    Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim

    511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA

    Lu Perry 714-828-2581


    7:30pm - 11:00pm INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING (SATURDAYS)

    every Saturday

    Folk Dance Center at Dancing Unlimited

    4569 30th St., San Diego, CA


    8:15pm SHERMAN OAKS VINTAGE ISRAELI DANCING

    every Saturday

    Anisa's School of Dance

    14252 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA

    Louis Richter 818-881-7494 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.