• COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    March-April 2019

    Old-Time Sausages and a Square Dance in Europe

    By David Bragger

    Bragger picture 5I just returned from a spectacular two week trip in Europe. Old-Time music brought me there. My old-time string band Sausage Grinder was invited to play the 25th anniversary of the Gainsborough Old-Time Music Festival in the UK. We played two concerts alongside many gifted old-time musicians from the States and Europe including Ben Paley, Reed Island Rounders, The Moose Whisperers, The Firecrackers, Debra Clifford & Becca Wintle and many more.

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    SPOTLIGHTS

    ANOUSHKA SHANKAR
    Anoushka

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019 - 8:00PM
    UCSB Campbell Hall
    574 Mesa Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5030

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    FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019 - 8:00PM
    CAP UCLA
    UCLA Campus, Royce Hall, Westwood, CA 90095

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    JOE HALL & THE CANE CUTTERS
    Joe Hall and the Cane Cutters
    FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019 - 8:00PM
    Coffee Gallery Backstage
    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

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    SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 - 8:00PM
    Alva’s Showroom
    1417 West 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732

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    CONCERT REVIEW

    GORDON LIGHTFOOT: 80 YEARS STRONG TOUR

    AT THE SABAN THEATRE IN BEVERLY HILLS - MARCH 9. 2019, 8pm

    A PAINTER PASSING THROUGH

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Gordon Lightfoot“The folk revival lasted from 1960,” said Gordon Lightfoot in a whimsical moment,

    “to 1963—from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to Phil Ochs to Ramblin’ Jack Elliot.” And here we are, forty-five years later, and we’re still playing their songs—Early Morning Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and Ribbon of Darkness. But we’re not playing them all—more like a Reader’s Digest Version. Gone is the epic Canadian Railroad Trilogy—gone is the second set from two years ago—it’s now a lean, clean, well-oiled 90 minute machine, with a few pauses for emphasis, but you’d never know it from the rousing reception Lightfoot receives from beginning to end. It turns out that less is more—and small is Beautiful.

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    everything but ...

    Featured at the Folk/Roots Festival

    Willy Souly will be leading an African Dance Workshop

    and featured in the Evening Concert

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 4/19/19


    MUSIC


    4:00pm SALTY SUITES

    Grapes and Hops

    54 E Main St. Ventura, CA 93001

    805-641-0053


    fwpick

    8:00pm ANOUSHKA SHANKAR

    CAP UCLA

    UCLA Campus, Royce Hall, Westwood, CA 90095

    310-825-4401


    8:00pm THE FOLK LEGACY 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.



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    6:00pm - 10:00pm DROPKICK MICKEYS

    first, third & fifth Friday

    Brendan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant (Newbury Park)

    495 N Ventu Park Rd, Newbury Park, CA


    6:30pm WALT RICHARDS SLO JAM

    third Friday

    San Carlos Recreation Center

    6445 Lake Badin Ave., San Diego, CA

    Walt Richards


    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


    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.


    7:30pm - 11:00pm SAN DIEGO CONTRADANCES

    first & third Friday

    Trinity United Methodist Church

    3030 Thorn St., San Diego, CA

    619-283-8550


    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 - 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.


TITLE: SUD DE LA LOUISIANE

ARTIST: THE FOGHORN TRIO

LABEL: QUICKSILVER PRODUCTIONS

RELEASE DATE: 2011

By Jackie Morris

Foghorn_Trio_Sud_dl_la_LouisianeFor a slice of bona-fide old-time Americana -- or, as they describe themselves, the kind of “ass-kickin redneck stringband music” you’d expect to hear on some front porch in Appalachia in the 1930s -- there is no better contemporary band than The Foghorn Trio. The Trio is an offshoot of The Foghorn Stringband, which has been together for ten years. Based in Portland, Oregon, with four albums to their credit, the up to 7-member band (depending on availability) has long been one of the brightest stars on the thriving Old Time Music Revival scene in the Northwest.

The Foghorn Trio is a distillation of this stellar group, comprised of founding members Caleb Klauder and Stephen “Sammy” Lind, and the recently-added French Arcadian bassist, Nadine Landry. All three are accomplished multi-instrumentalists and excellent singers in their own right. And they show it off accordingly: Klauder on hard-driving mandolin, fiddle, guitar and vocals….Lind on high-octane fiddle, guitar, banjo and vocals….and Landry on guitar, upright bass, and vocals. The result is pure joy.

Sud de la Louisiane is a delightful, rousing gumbo of Kenturcky bluegrass, Louisiana Cajun and Appalachian folk music, all played with a fervor that comes from real passion and respect for the music. Determined to keep traditional music alive and exciting, the Foghorns have recorded their tunes just as they were originally recorded: performing in unison around a single microphone. So, it seems only fitting that their debut album was recorded by Joel Savoy in his rural Louisiana studio – a converted cook shack that once belonged to his grandpa (depicted on the album cover).

The songs, however, go far beyond Sud de la Louisiane (which means “Southern Louisiana” in French). In truth, only the title track is of Cajun vintage, and is sung in French by Landry, who is French Canadian. There are covers of early Country classics like I Don’t Claim to be an Angel by Kitty Wells…hillbilly favorites like Hello Central and Let’s Be Lovers Again by The Carter Family…the moralistic, “stop-your-drinking” song, Go Home by The Smokey Valley Boys….and Doc Watson’s I’m Troubled….as well as an equal number of instrumentals, including Gentleman from Virginia, Liza Jane, and such rare old-time gems as Nuts and Bolts by Odie Griffith. In all, 14 tracks cleverly alternate the vocals with the instrumentals, creating a refreshing contrast between each song.

Of particular note are two original compositions by Caleb Klauder – one being a wonderfully hummable early Country-style song, Just a Little; the other, a fast-paced instrumental called Puttin’ Up the Wood. Here again, as in the case of Klauder’s recent solo release, Western Country, Klauder’s special genius becomes apparent. Klauder’s new songs immediately sound like “vintage classics,” just as authentic and memorable as the real vintage songs. They blend in seamlessly.

There is no doubt that The Foghorn Trio’s debut album will be a favorite among lovers of old-time country and fiddle music as well as bluegrass fans everywhere. It’s not trendy, not trying to be anything other than what it is: a re-creation of the mesmerizing sound of mountain music as it was first recorded in the last century, during the Great Depression. It lifted people’s spirits then….and it still works today.

A New York transplant to the tiny town of Carpinteria, CA, Jackie is a freelance writer by profession and a singer-songwriter by passion. Her newly-released third album of original Folk/Americana songs was among Top Albums on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Charts for July and August, 2011. Jackie is also an active member in such acoustic music communities as SummerSongs, SongMakers, and FARWest Folk Alliance.

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