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    PASSINGS

    ROY CLARK

    (April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018)

    By Larry Wines (Acoustic Americana Music Guide)

    Roy ClarkHe never bought a joke and he didn't read music, but he was a legendary musical giant, filled with good humor everywhere he went.

    In announcing the death this morning of banjo legend, musician, and entertainer extraordinaire Roy Clark, his friend and publicist, Jeremy Westby, began with a life-defining and inspiring quote from Roy himself:

    Read more: RIP: ROY CLARK

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    November-December 2018

    The Road Not Taken – A Tragic Tale of Missed Opportunity

    By Art Podell

    Sealed with a Kiss by Brian HylandWhat follows is the legend of two folk singers, their brush with fame and the avalanche of events that followed them.

    At some point in most lives, a genuine opportunity arises and is ignored. No? Well it did in ours. I’m talking about an up-and-coming folk music duo poised at the edge of fame. Yes, indeed. 

    Read more: THE ROAD NOT TAKEN – A TRAGIC TALE OF MISSED OPPORTUNITY

    CONCERT REVIEW

    BÉLA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN AT CAP-UCLA

    In Concert At Royce Hall

    Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 8:00pm

    STRUMMING ON THE OLD BANJO

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Bela and Abigail“This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender” ~ on Pete Seeger’s banjo head

    The last time I heard a banjo played at Royce Hall, Earl Scruggs was giving his farewell concert. I was thrilled to be able to hear him, and to review his performance. So it’s no accident I am here to enjoy his greatest successor Béla Fleck, who now performs with his wife and fellow banjo player Abigail Washburn. She plays old-time clawhammer style against his sumptuous Bluegrass plus many original redefinitions of Scruggs’ style three-finger picking. Together they demonstrate in song after song the Darwinian evolution of banjo playing from its first appearance in the Appalachian mountains as inherited from African slaves.

    Read more: BÉLA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN AT CAP-UCLA

    everything but ...

    Paramount Ranch, home of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival
    destroyed by fire

    On November 9, 2018 the #WoolseyFire has destroyed the iconic Western Town at Paramount Ranch, a piece of Hollywood history used to film shows like “Westworld” and “M*A*S*H.” It was the site of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival since 1990. Click here for a short history of the Festival.

    TBFC site after

    Read more: Destruction of site of Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 12/14/18


    MUSIC


    8:00pm TOMMY EMMANUEL / JERRY DOUGLAS

    Saban Theatre

    8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

    323-655-0111


    8:00pm SLEEPWALKER’S STATION

    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.


    9:00pm ROBERT CRAY

    The Canyon Club

    28192 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

    818-879-5016


    9:00pm COLTER WALL

    The El Rey Theatre

    5515 Wilshire Blvd., L. A., CA 90036

    323-936-6400



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    8:00pm - 10:00pm KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM

    every Friday

    Dollmakers Kattywompus

    412 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

    626-357-1091

    Jennifer Ranger 626-357-1091


    9:30pm KEN O'MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS

    second Friday

    Ireland's 32

    13721 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys, CA

    818-785-4031This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    DANCE


    9:30am - 12:00pm KAYSO FOLK DANCERS

    every Friday

    Casa del Prado, Rm. 206, Balboa Park

    1800 El Prado, San Diego, CA

    Jerry Waddell 619-479-8015 `


    7:15pm - 10:00pm WEST VALLEY FOLK DANCERS

    every Friday

    Canoga Park Senior Center

    7326 Jordan Ave., Los Angeles, CA

    Jay Michtom 818-368-1957 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:45pm - 11:00pm PASADENA FOLK DANCE CO-OP

    every Friday

    Throop Unitarian Church

    300 S. Los Robles, Pasadena, CA

    Jan Rayman 818-790-8523 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:45pm - 9:45pm SOUTH BAY FOLK DANCERS

    second Friday

    TORRANCE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

    3330 Civic Center Drive, , CA

    310-781 ? 7171

    Beth Steckler 310-372-8040


    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 L.I.F.E.BALKAN DANCE

    every Friday

    LA DanceFit Studio

    10936 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    Sherrie Cochran 626-293-8523 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:30pm - 11:30pm KYPSELI GREEK DANCE CENTER

    every Friday

    The Tango Room

    4346 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA

    Louise Bilman 323-660-1030 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    9:00pm - 11:00pm BEVERLY HILLS ISRAELI DANCING

    every Friday

    Temple Emanuel

    8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA

    James Zimmer 310-284-3638 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ARTIST: SABRINA & CRAIG

TITLE: ONE HOME, ONE HEART

LABEL: INDEPENDENT

RELEASE DATE: SPRING, 2010

By Carl Gage

SabrinaCraig_One_HomeOne_Heart.jpgBy the time I realized I wasn't listening to a Segovia record, I remembered what a masterful finger-style guitar player Craig Lincoln is. Seconds later, I remembered the beautifully tight harmonies that I have come to expect when Sabrina and Craig sing, and the opening song, Sabrina's Make You Mine demonstrates that wonderfully.

Craig's humor abounds in Little White Lies and the painfully cute Cats & Dogs, while Sabrina's shines in Help Wanted and her car song, Mine All Mine.

The title track is hauntingly melodic and the lyrics parse the Chinese symbol for love. "" consists of a heart, inside of "accept," "feel," or "perceive," and it may also be interpreted as a hand offering ones heart to another hand. A very imaginative message as well as a beautiful composition.

Both Sabrina and Craig pay homage to their mothers with Craig's Call Your Mom and Sabrina's Mama's Hands. And I think most of our mothers, as well as the rest of the family will like this album. The excellent variety of material, the musicianship and arrangements, the great sound engineered by Ronan Chris Murphy and the solid songwriting all come together with some of the best two-part harmonies in my recollection.

I, for one can't get enough of solid finger-style guitar and Craig delivers once more in the closing ragtime tune Uncle Harold which also ends with a slick treatment of You Are My Sunshine.

With slices of soft rock, bossa nova, jazz, blues, ragtime and love songs, One Home, One Heart was, and is every time I play it, a delight in every sense of the word and should be added to the collections of all who love great, listenable, ultimately enjoyable music delivered as a joy to the ear.

Carl Gage is a singer-songwriter, musician and writer based in Simi Valley, CA.  He is seldom paid but overly-active in the acoustic music community serving as a director for the Topanga Banjo«Fiddle Contest and Songmakers, Inc., managing web sites for the FAR-West Folk Alliance, Songmakers and Topanga, emceeing on the main stage at Topanga and other musical events throughout the year, and writing occasional articles for FolkWorks, The Bard Chord and other publications. http://carlgage.com

 

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