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    PIPER SUNDAYS

    Zoom discussion with guest speakers about Irish piping and music
    Sundays 7pm (Irish Time) / 11am (PST) / 12noon (MST) / 1pm (CT) / 2pm (EST).
    Jan 17, 2021: Cillian Vallely
    Jan 24, 2021: Éamonn Dillon
    Jan 31, 2021: Michael McGoldrick
    Feb 07, 2021: Máire Ní Ghráda

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    Saturdays at 5:00pm PST
    Saturday 1/23 – FREIGHT AT HOME: Jason Anick Acoustic Trio
    Saturday 1/30 – FREIGHT AT HOME: Nina Gerber & Chris Webster
    Click to livestream and for archived previous concerts

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    MONDAYS WITH JOHN (WHELAN)
    Every Monday at 4:00pm PST
    Live Link
    Whelan Master Sessions

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    Mark and Maggie O’Connor

    Every Monday 6:00pm PDT, encore Tuesday 10:00am PDT

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    OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC 

    Check for new online classes

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    SWALLOW HILL MUSIC

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    CAFÉ LENA ONLINE SCHOOL

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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

    See Read more... for the entire list of donors to the new website.

    Read more: BUSKERS and DONORS

    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

    January-February 2021

    Early Banjo Recordings – Is it “Old-Time”?

    By Roland Sturm

    Vess OssmanMore Banjo!, a radio show hosted by Heather Rose on KCSB, covers any music with banjo content. It started in October and its 6-8am Thursdays schedule isn’t conducive to a wider audience at, but I was preparing my class then. The advantage of being up early was that I heard a range of music that I may not have encountered otherwise. “More Banjo!” is also archived on Mixcloud.

    Read more: EARLY BANJO RECORDINGS – IS IT “OLD-TIME”?

    FEATURE ARTICLE

    PHIL OCHS TURNS 80 YEARS OLD TODAY—DECEMBER 19, 2020

    By Ross Altman, PhD.

    Phil OchsI’m writing this on my birthday, which is just ten days before Phil Ochs’ birthday December 19, 2020 when--having been born in 1940--he would have turned 80 years old. The reason I mention it is that it’s the one day of the year my favorite author and poet Robert Graves took off from writing. I did not plan on writing today either, in recognition of Graves’ day off—but I’m no Robert Graves, and tomorrow is Human Rights Day—the 10th—and I may need to finish it then—to be able to get it done by FolkWorks’ deadline which is also the 10th. I don’t have time to waste.

    Read more: PHIL OCHS TURNS 80 YEARS OLD TODAY—DECEMBER 19, 2020

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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

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.