• 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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    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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    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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    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 4/20/19


    MUSIC


    7:00pm NICOLE STROMSOE

    with Dorian Michael (guitar) and Ken Hustad (bass)

    Fiddler's Crossing

    206 East F Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561

    661-823-9994


    7:00pm HARPETH RISING

    Museum of Making Music

    5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008

    760-438-5996


    7:00pm 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.


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    7:30pm PHIL SALAZAR & THE KIN FOLK

    Anaheim Downtown Community Center

    250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA 92805

    714-955-3807 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Presented by The Living Tradition


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    7:30pm THE STORYTELLERS / THE RATTLESNAKES

    The Trip Bar

    2101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-396-9010


    8:00pm CARLA OLSON & TODD WOLFE

    Fret House

    309 N. Citrus, Covina, CA 91723-2006

    626-339-7020



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    DANCE


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

    every Saturday

    Club House 1

    Leisure World, Laguna Hills, CA

    Florence Kanderer 949-425-8456


    7:30pm - 11:00pm 3RD SATURDAY SOUTH PASADENA CONTRADANCE

    third Saturday

    South Pasadena Woman's Club

    1424 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA

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


    7:30pm - 10:30pm VESELO SELO FOLK DANCERS

    every Saturday

    Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim

    511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA

    Lu Perry 714-828-2581


    7:30pm - 11:00pm INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING (SATURDAYS)

    every Saturday

    Folk Dance Center at Dancing Unlimited

    4569 30th St., San Diego, CA


    8:15pm SHERMAN OAKS VINTAGE ISRAELI DANCING

    every Saturday

    Anisa's School of Dance

    14252 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA

    Louis Richter 818-881-7494 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


TITLE: EVIE LADIN BAND

ARTIST: EVIE LADIN BAND

LABEL: EVIL DIANE RECORDS

RELEASE DATE: 2012

By Jackie Morris

EVIE_LADIN_BANDYou don’t often hear words like “traditional,” and “authentic” paired with “innovative” and “unique,” but Evie Ladin has brought them together brilliantly in the self-titled, debut album of the Evie Ladin Band, and the result is truly a high point in new old-time music.

If you are not already familiar with Evie Ladin’s music, don’t let the term “debut” fool you.  While the four multi-instrumental band members – Ladin, Keith Terry, Dina Maccabee, and Erik Pearson – have been playing together for three years, they are all seasoned professionals. And the polyrhythmic sound of Ladin’s clawhammer banjo, her clogging, and her beautifully modulated voice, have infused five previous albums with The Stairwell Sisters, as well as the 2010 release of her highly acclaimed solo album, Float Downstream. But in the 13 new old-timey, Appalachian-flavored tracks of Evie Ladin Band, Ladin surpasses herself.

What makes this album SO good? First there are the songs themselves: eight delicious, rootsy and rhythmic originals – six by Ladin, one by Maccabee, and an instrumental by Pearson; and 5 inspired covers (including songs from Lotus Dickey, Walter McNew, Carter Family, Ewan McColl, Dock Boggs, and John Ashby).

Then there is Ladin’s voice, more fluid and versatile than ever, sailing effortlessly on and around beautiful melodies with a seemingly effortless combination of strength and sensitivity. When joined in harmony by the silvery vocals of Dina Maccabee, the result is pure honey.

And then, there is the band itself, each member adding a wealth of talent to the mix: Dina Maccabee on violin and harmony vocals; Erik Pearson on guitar, banjo and harmony vocals; and last but far from least, Keith Terry on bass, cajon, pizza pan, metal toys, Engelhart Gankogui (a type of African bell), bass harmonica, body music (aka, body drumming) and harmony vocals.

A renowned percussionist and rhythm dancer, Terry, in fact, provides one of the most defining elements of this album: an incredibly compelling and often complex rhythm. And for Ladin as well, who started her career as a percussive dancer and choreographer, the rhythm is intrinsic to the sound of Evie Ladin Band (which Ladin produced, and Terry co-produced with Ivan Rosenberg).

The importance of this unique and varied percussion is evident from the very first track, Got You On My Mind (by Lotus Dickey). This catchy tune opens with just Ladin’s voice, which within five words is joined by Terry’s rhythm on metal toys. Only after the first verse of just vocals and percussion does Ladin’s clawhammer banjo join in and augment the rhythm; it is followed, in turn, by harmony vocals, violin and guitar. Like an underground river that surfaces, vanishes, and then resurfaces again, the intricate metallic rhythm appears and disappears, reappearing to play behind the instrumental solos. The result is a simple, lovely melody that builds into something very diverse and exciting.

This skillful building, layering, and counterpoint of voices and instruments is evident throughout the arrangements on this album. For example, in the second track, Come Down To The Door Of My Home, Ladin’s original composition achieves a richly textured sound, with her rhythmic, funky banjo beat answered by the fiddle, and her vocals swelling to 3-part harmony as the song progresses.

At this point, I should probably point out that every song on this CD is a winner. But I do have my favorites, of course, and they are all originals by Ladin. She is, among her many talents, an excellent songwriter, and Track 3 makes that very clear. He’s Not Alone sounds like a classic to me. Sung and played like an old-fashioned country song, with a drag and a catch in the voice, a great slide guitar, and harmony in all the right places, it packs an old-fashioned, true-to-life, emotional punch. Dime Store Glasses is another “classic-in-the-making.” In the country tradition of writing upbeat songs about heartbreak, this song is energized by a wonderful, prominent bass and body music. And for something “entirely different,” there’s Ladin’s quirky novelty song, Coffeeshop, with its interesting rhythms, fun lyrics and contemporary theme.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not call out one more song on this album. It is the song made famous by Roberta Flack – The First Time, by Ewan McColl – now reborn and transformed by the Evie Ladin Band. Whether you have never heard the song, or you have it stored away among your long-time favorites, it will, pardon the pun, be like hearing it for the first time. Roberta Flack’s version was slow and sensual, tinged with melancholy. But not anymore! In Ladin’s wonderful rendition, you will hear – for the first time – the pure joy in this song. It is a celebration of love, a quickening of the senses, that is simply uplifting.

I could go on and on about this gem of an album, but in the last analysis, you must hear Evie Ladin Band for yourself. It’s just that special.

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 Folk Albums of 2011 on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Charts. Jackie is also an active member in such acoustic music communities as SummerSongs, SongMakers, and FARWest Folk Alliance.

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