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    FIDDLE HELL ONLINE

    160 Workshops, 35 Concerts, 34 Jams
    Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin, Guitar, Old-Time Banjo, Singing and more
    November 5-8, 2020
    Thursday, November 5 9:00am-11:00pm PDT
    Friday, November 6 10:00am-11:00pm PDT
    Saturday, November 7 10:00am-11:00pm PDT
    Sunday, November 8 10:00am-11:00pm PDT
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    Every Monday 6:00pm PDT, encore Tuesday 10:00am PDT

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    OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC 

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    STREAMING SHOWS

    Quarantine Happy Hour - On Facebook Daily at 5:30pm PDT

    Rolly Brown On FacebookSundays, 7:30pm PDT,  Saturdays, 12:00pm PDT, 

    Paul Simon

    Tom Paxton

    Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan - Fridays at 5:00pm PDT

    Kulak Woodshed's re-broadcast

    Windborne Singers

    More to come...

    new tip jar

    THANKS TO THE BUSKERS, PRE & POST MCs, AND ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE DONATED.
    See Read more... for the entire list.

    Read more: BUSKERS and DONORS

    BIG CHANGES ... FOR YOU!!!

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    REGARDING COVID-19 VIRUS

    Concerts, dances and festivals have all been cancelled in order to contain the spread of the covid-19 virus.
    Stay at home! Watch the numerous postings on social media of folk/traditional artists.
    If you find something you find exceptional that we haven't shared, please let us know and we will spread the word.
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    The FolkWorks CALENDAR of EVENTS and the RECURRING EVENTS)
    have been suspended until the stay at home orders have been lifted.

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    November-December 2020

    REQUIEM FOR DEMOCRACY

    In Memoriam Linda Huf, PhD

    June 17, 1943—July 7, 2020

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Democracy
    Pericles Gives the Funeral Speech (Perikles hält die Leichenrede), by painter Philipp von Foltz (1852).
    Democracy—from the Greek dēmokratía “rule of the people.”

    Here are the great small “d” democrats in modern folk music: Woody Guthrie—the “Dustbowl Balladeer,” author of This Land Is Your Land, long-neck banjo player Pete Seeger, who wrote Where Have All the Flowers Gone, King of the 12-string guitar Huddie Ledbetter, who adapted Goodnight Irene, and going way back to the Civil War, America’s troubadour Stephen Foster, who wrote Oh Susanna, the song that Isaac Stern performed in Red China, with the entire People’s Republic of China Symphony Orchestra. Put them altogether and you have the leaders of the free world—once upon a time—those for whom America was synonymous with democracy. 

    If that no longer seems to be the case—if we now seem to be a nation divided against itself—far removed from either JFK’s New Frontier or Ronald Reagan’s “Shining City On a Hill,” then we may have “some ‘splaining to do.”  Where O where has that America gone?  On the eve of Election Day 2020, how have we gone from the most famous democratic country in the world to a requiem for democracy?

    Read more: REQUIEM FOR DEMOCRACY

    FEATURE ARTICLES

    JOHN LENNON TURNS 80 TODAY—OCTOBER 9, 2020

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    John Lennon40 years ago this December 8, 1980, John Lennon was assassinated in the archway of his Dakota apartment in New York City, where he and his wife Yoko Ono lived. One of the great artists of the 20th Century—both as a member of the Beatles and on his own—John and Yoko had moved to New York City to get away from the madness of England’s tabloid press, but he couldn’t escape the madness of America’s gun culture.

    Read more: JOHN LENNON TURNS 80 TODAY—OCTOBER 9, 2020

    Lost in the Loop

    The tune and album are 20 years old!

    By Liz Carroll

    lost in the loopLost in the Loop, the tune, started its life in Round Lake, Illinois. We had a tri-level house on Valley View Drive with an old piano in the corner of the lower level. I remember sitting with my fiddle next to the piano and thinking of this tune. It isn’t like I thought of it and ran downstairs to write it—it was more like I sat down and wondered what I might think of.

    Read more: LOST IN THE LOOP - LIZ CARROLL

    Wheels of the World:

    How Recordings CHANGED IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC

    By Scott Spencer

    irish music on cylinder recordings heroIn the past century, Irish and Irish American commercial recordings have had a major impact on Irish traditional music. Early U.S. wax cylinder and 78 rpm recordings were sent across the Atlantic, influencing the playing styles, performance practices, and repertoire in Ireland. More important, the multiple exchanges of music from a variety of geographic regions made vital a network of links between musicians in Ireland and across the diaspora, which has enabled a more global conception of the art form.

    Read more: WHEELS OF THE WORLD: IRISH TRAD RECORDINGS

    EXTENDED LENGTH VIDEOS

    CD REVIEW

    ARTIST: Bob Dylan

    TITLE: Rough and Rowdy Ways

    LABEL: Columbia Records

    RELEASE: June 19, 2020

    Masters of War

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    rough and rowdy ways

    Sing of Sherman, Montgomery and Scott
    And of Zhukov, and Patton, and the battles they fought
    Who cleared the path for Presley to sing
    Who carved the path for Martin Luther King
    Who did what they did and they went on their way
    Man, I could tell their stories all day (Mother of Muses)

    Things have changed all over again for our Nobel Prize Winner in Literature—the antiwar champion of “Masters of War” has finally “outlived his life” (his words, not mine) and has some new heroes to celebrate in his brand new and 39th studio album—Rough and Rowdy Ways.

    Read more: BOB DYLAN - ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS

     

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    REGARDING COVID-19 VIRUS

    Concerts, dances and festivals have all been cancelled in order to contain the spread of the covid-19 virus.
    Stay at home! Watch the numerous postings on social media of folk/traditional artists.
    If you find something you find exceptional that we haven't shared, please let us know and we will spread the word.
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    The FolkWorks CALENDAR of EVENTS and the RECURRING EVENTS)
    have been suspended until the stay at home orders have been lifted.


    SHORT TAKE VIDEOS

    Referred to by Dave Leddel

    Referred to by Eileen Ivers in her Caltech Online concert...
    Stefani Rosenberg looked this up and found the YouTube and lyrics

    Click to read the lyrics

    Read more: Irish Black Bottom - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (1926)

    recomended by Colin Quigley

    recomended by Milt Rosenberg

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.