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    Please donate what you can to allow us to present the best diverse musical traditions for this amazing event.

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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 Music of Greenland

    By Chris Wilson

    GreenlandThe Internet can be a window to amazing places and, sometimes, amazing music. Although I have never had the pleasure of visiting Greenland, I had heard of the music that originated from a unique blend of native Inuit and Danish culture. Looking for an escape to take my mind off of the daily news and events, I decided to transport myself to Greenland, at least in the virtual sense.

    Read more: THE MUSIC OF GREENLAND

    SPOTLIGHTS

    CONCERT REVIEW

    SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK AT CAP—UCLA

    Royce Hall Kickoff to 45th Anniversary Tour

    Friday, November 30, 2018, 8:00pm

    THE LONG ROAD BACK TO SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    sweet honey in the rockSweet Honey in the Rock is middle-aged, gifted and black—and they are the best ambassadors of good will we have: the all-female gospel quartet who suddenly and almost magically appeared on an empty Royce Hall stage last night.

    For forty-five years now they have been singing truth to power. And they didn’t appear by magic. They have a history that parallels the history of America in the second half of the 20th Century, and cannot be fully understood and appreciated without knowing something about it. There is a long road back to their beginnings, and I was at their concert because I wanted to tell their story.

    Read more: SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK 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 12/11/18


    MUSIC


    7:00pm GYPSY SOUL

    The Blue Guitar at Arroyo Seco

    1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena,CA 91030


    fwpick

    8:00pm KEITH HARKIN / JACK TEMPCHIN

    La Paloma Theatre

    471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

    760-436-7469


    8:00pm RICK CYGE / MEADOWLARK

    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


    3:30pm - 6:30pm PORT HUENEME SONG CIRCLE (SONGMAKERS)

    second & fourth Tuesday

    Hueneme Bay Clubhouse

    2600 Lido Blvd, Port Hueneme, CA

    Marty Capsuto 818-321-2118 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:30pm - 9:00pm SDBS OPEN MIKE AND JAM

    second Tuesday

    Fuddruckers (La Mesa)

    5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942


    7:00pm - 9:30pm JC HYKE'S SONGWRITERS SERENADE

    every Tuesday

    Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar

    145 E. Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006


    7:00pm - 11:00pm OULD SOD TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Tuesday

    The Ould Sod

    3373 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

    Michael Eskin 619-284-6594 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 9:00pm ZINGEN FAR SHOLEM (SINGING FOR PEACE) YIDDISH CHORUS

    first, second & third Tuesday

    Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center

    1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA

    Anne Kaufman 323-664-9809 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 11:00pm TIMMY NOLAN TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Tuesday

    Timmy Nolan's Tavern and Grill

    10111 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602

    818-985-3359

    Dan Conroy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    DANCE


    8:30am - 11:00am LEISURE WORLD FOLK DANCERS

    every Saturday

    Club House 1

    Leisure World, Laguna Hills, CA

    Florence Kanderer 949-425-8456


    10:00am - 12:00pm ISRAELI & INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING

    every Tuesday

    La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center

    8450 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA

    Rina Dalyot 619-462-8155 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:00pm - 8:45pm CERRITOS FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Cerritos Senior Center

    12340 South St., Cerritos, CA

    Wen Chiang 626-303-2761 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:30pm - 8:30pm TROUPE MOSAIC

    every Tuesday

    Gottlieb Dance Studio

    9743 Noble Ave, North Hills, CA

    Mara Johnson 818-831-1854


    7:00pm - 9:30pm CABRILLO INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Balboa Park Club

    2150 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA

    Georgina Sham 858-459-1336 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 11:00pm CALTECH FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Caltech Dabney Lounge

    1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA

    Nancy Milligan 626-797-5157 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 10:30pm TUESDAY GYPSIES - INTERNATIONAL

    every Tuesday

    Culver City Masonic Lodge

    9635 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA

    Marian and Jim Fogle 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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