• SPOTLIGHT

    NEVENKA

    Nevenka

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 - 8:00PM
    California Institute of Technology - Ramo Auditorium
    332 South Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106
    Presented by Pasadena Folk Music Society

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    PASSINGS

    Carolyn Russell

    (-July 21, 2019)

    Carolyn RussellCarolyn Russell died of a stroke at her Apple Valley home on July 21, 2019.

    The bio for Carolyn Russell is very sketchy. She was a Board member of the California Dance Cooperative, and through that organization ran a Cajun Dance at the Culver City Masonic Temple.

    Per the L.A. Times article of October 3, 1986 she was at that time a member of  Louisiana Cajun Trio.

    Read more: RIP: CAROLYN RUSSELL

    Peter Romano

    (April 19, 1959 - July 25, 2019)

    By Mark Romano

    Peter RomanoMusician, contractor and sailor, Peter delighted in all of these, but he delighted mostly in those people around him. A member of, at various times, Big Red Sky, The Brilliant Gypsies, Falling Star, The Ploughboys, and Room Service, Peter left an indelible mark on the Southern California music scene.

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    Bea Romano

    (July 29, 1947-July 22, 2019)

    By Larry Wines (Acoustic Americana Guide)

    Bea RomanoIt is with heavy hearts we share word of the passing of Beatrice Platt Romano, who left us on Monday, July 22nd. If you did not know Bea, you should wish you did.

    Twice, Bea performed on CNN.

    Nobody is quite sure how many instruments Bea played. The list includes Hammered Dulcimer, Autoharp, Psaltery, Shakers, Limberjacks, and Spoons, for certain. She could jump in, without hesitation, to produce Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes, and Old Time American fiddle, rag, bluegrass and waltz tunes.

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    September-October 2019

    Play On

    By Art Podell

    art paulSony Music (Columbia Records) recently re-released the original recordings made by myself and my partner at the time, Paul Potash. We were known as Art and Paul and our era was the early popular folk music revival – 1960 / 1961. I’ve written both serious and humorous vignettes about our experiences and escapades in this publication. We were well known in Greenwich Village and later here on the west coast and we were the very first folk music act to play the Troubadour when it was about to close. We broke up late in 1961 but we apparently left a mark on the music world and Sony Music has elected to memorialize us with the digital re-release of our two albums (today’s CD sales are diminishing ever so swiftly).

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    CD REVIEWS

    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

    ARTIST: Sarah Rogo

    TITLE: Smoke and Water

    LABEL: Funzalorecords

    RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2019

    By Art Podell

    SARAH ROGO Smoke and WaterSarah Rogo showed up recently at a round table jam group I play with. John S. who hosts our group had spotted her in the parking lot of the place we jam. She was carrying a guitar case, so he invited her to join us. Makes sense, right? Our group is a weekly gathering of friends who play old-time standards on fiddles, mandolins, guitars and banjos just for the fun of it. After a few turns around the circle, we asked Sarah if she’d like to perform something on her own. She agreed happily, sat forward in her chair, tucked her chin in, closed her eyes, cradled her National guitar, and proceeded to mesmerize us with a passionate blues, dancing the beat with her bare feet, while the glass slide-bar on her left little finger whined the changes.

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    TITLE: Sing With Me

    ARTIST: Tracy Newman

    LABEL: Run Along Home

    RELEASE DATE: June 21, 2019

    By Russ Paris

    Tracy Newman Sing With MeWhen I heard that Tracy Newman was coming out with another children’s CD, I was excited. It’s not that I’m particularly into children’s music, but I’ve got grandchildren and they sure know what they like. Fortunately, Tracy is a grandmother too and has transitioned her singer-songwriter energies into creating some of the most enjoyable and creative children’s albums over the past few years.

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    NEVENKA WOMEN'S FOLK CHORUS

    Here’s a show like no other that the Pasadena Folk Music Society has offered. Nevenka is a Los Angeles-based women’s folk chorus performing songs from Eastern Europe, including Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek and others. The group formed in 1976 as an off-shoot of the Aman Folk Ensemble. These women are primarily singers, and there may be over a dozen of them on stage! The singers span 30 years in age, and are a close-knit family with a strong team concept. Performing a delightful mix of roots music and composed pieces, they represent the great diversity within these East European countries. Considering that their music includes non-western rhythms and scales, be aware these are not simple pop songs, but deeply satisfying traditional folk music from the Balkans area. Come be transported in time and place to experience this spirited music!

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    25th Annual SCDH Harvest Festival of Dulcimers

    DAVE HAAS, Mountain Dulcimer

    MARK ALAN WADE, Hammered Dulcimer

    2 FOCUS WORKSHOPS

    Sunday - Sept. 22, 2019

    1) Hammered Dulcimer & Other Instruments

    10am - 2pm - Private home in Fullerton

    2) Fretted / Mountain Dulcimer

    11am - 3pm - Private home in Long Beach/ Lakewood area

    Read more: SCDH Harvest Festival of Dulcimers

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 9/18/19


    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    DANCE


    9:30am - 12:00pm INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING (WEDNESDAYS)

    every Wednesday

    Folk Dance Center at Dancing Unlimited

    4569 30th St., San Diego, CA

    Vicki Maheu


    10:15am - 11:45am WEST HOLLYWOOD FOLK DANCERS

    every Wednesday

    West Hollywood Park

    647 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

    Tikva Mason 310-652-8706


    6:00pm - 8:30pm LAGUNA INTERNATIONAL DANCERS (FOLK)

    every Wednesday

    Clubhouse 2

    24112 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Woods, CA

    Miriam 949-680-9946


    7:00pm - 9:30pm UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    every Wednesday

    UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    5600 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA

    Natalie Stern 818-343-8009


    7:00pm - 9:30pm UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    every Wednesday

    UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    5600 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA

    Natalie Stern 818-343-8009


    7:15pm - 9:30pm SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB

    every Wednesday

    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 - 10:00pm SCANDINAVIAN COUPLE DANCING

    every Wednesday

    Folk Dance Center at Dancing Unlimited

    4569 30th St., San Diego, CA

    Walker and Margaret Fillius


    7:30pm - 9:30pm ANAHEIM INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS

    every Wednesday

    Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim

    511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA

    Ruth Shapin 714-758-1050


    7:30pm - 9:30pm CONEJO VALLEY FOLK DANCERS

    every Wednesday

    Hillcrest Center for the Arts (Small Rehearsal Room)

    403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

    Jill Lundgren 805-497-1957 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 9:30pm INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING

    every Wednesday

    Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim

    511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA

    Nancy Atwood 562-941-0069


January-February 2007


Supergrass Festival Offers World-Class Luthiery


By Yvonne Tatar

Did you know that 80% of the guitars sold are in the lower-end of the market price range ($1,000 or less) and sold to beginners? And, of that 80%, half of those buyers never progress past the beginning stage of proficiency. So, in guitar sales, the biggest market share is for entry-level instruments. 

Players beyond the beginner stage usually desire a higher quality instrument with better tonal resonance, ease of playing, and ornamentation. This 20% creates the market for the higher-end instruments.

The cost for construction, materials, and point of origin are all kept low to keep entry-level instruments affordable. The use of pressed woods, synthetics, and laminates used with overseas constructions accomplishes this. High-end instruments are generally hand-made out of quality tonewoods such as mahogany, rosewood, maple, and spruce with upgraded hardware. With their construction, time is secondary to the finished product, placing quality above quantity.

The Supergrass Bluegrass Festival is happening again February 1-4, 2007, in Bakersfield and this year it will include a Luthiery, i.e., a gathering of world-class luthiers. This Luthiery is a wonderful opportunity for all levels of acoustic enthusiasts to see the finest and latest in acoustic instruments, parts and accessories. Here's a sampling of some of the luthiers that will attending Supergrass.

Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments from Missoula, Montana, has been trading in fine acoustic musicians for 27 years, both in-store and by mail. Boyd's business provides, "the real acoustic instruments that people in bands are making their living with. My customers are usually ones who have played enough and know what better tone is." Boyd revels in his ability to match the right instrument with the right customer at the right price. "This makes it all worthwhile."

Tom Ellis is the owner of Ellis Mandolins, located in Austin, Texas. In 1977, he met Ricky Skaggs, and Ricky then recorded and toured with two Ellis Mandolins for 20 years. Buck White also used his Ellis Mandolin on dozens of recordings. In 1992, Tom founded Precision Pearl Inlay, a major supplier to the US guitar industry. But in 2004, he returned to building mandolins, teaming up with Nathan Arrison and Pava Knezevic. Ellis adds that his mandolins "have been featured in Mandolin and Bluegrass Unlimited magazines."

Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to Johann D. Brentrup, Luthier. Brentrup, highly regarded in his field, is a mandolin maker, and only attends one or two festivals a year. His father was in a mandolin orchestra in Germany and always had a mandolin in the home. Since 2000, Johann has been doing it full time. His mandolins have been described as "old world" and his Loar and F-4 reproductions as "accurate in tone and vintage look."

Cumberland Acoustic hails from the Nashville, Tennessee area and its owner Steve Smith, views his company's primary focus as "manufacturing high quality parts and components. We specialize in reproduction parts and accessories. And we happily consider custom orders." Cumberland Acoustic's impeccable craftsmanship is obvious as customers include Gibson Instruments, Johann Brentrup, Paul Duff, Ron Spears, Ronnie McCoury, and Roland White.

Award-winning fiddle luthier Frank Daniels, owner of Frank's Fiddles, will also be at Supergrass this year. From Idaho, he and wife Karen travel to many festivals to vend Frank's well-known instruments. "Each of my instruments are hand-crafted using a basic Stradivarius, Guarnerius or Maggini pattern. I use my own graduations and a piece of ivory by the string nut - a family trademark started by my father," explains Daniels. Molly and B.J. Cherryholmes are proud players of Frank's fiddles.

Michael A. Lewis Fine Guitars & Mandolins from Grass Valley, CA, uses a variety of tonewoods for his archtop guitars and mandolins. "We have also made subtle changes to the traditional designs that strengthens the structure and improves the instrument's tone," Lewis adds. His guitars are inspired by the D'Angelico and Gibson L-5 guitar, made famous by Maybelle Carter. His customers have included Sarah Campbell, Greg Brown, and David Parmley & Continental Divide. Lewis also offers a full range of repairs, is an authorized service center for Martin Guitars, and will offer emergency repair service on site.

Bruce Sexauer, Luthier, will offer his own guitars and violins for sale, as well as double basses from several sources. Based in Petaluma, CA, his 39+ years of experience can be seen in the individuality of each of his guitars. Sexauer describes his approach to lutherie as that of the artist. No two are the same as they are built almost entirely without molds, jigs, or fixtures. He is far away from manufactured guitars and in the handmade realm. High profile customers have included Joe Satriani, Joe Mock, Shari Ulrich, Duck Baker, and Eric Schoenberg.

Make plans to attend the Supergrass Bluegrass Festival, February 1-4, in Bakersfield, CA, and experience this fine assemblage of luthiers and craftsmen from across the country.

Please visit www.supergrasscalifornia.org for updated ticket and the many additional festival activities happening. Don't miss this West Coast acoustic experience!