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    REGARDING COVID-19 VIRUS

    Concerts, dances and festivals have all been cancelled in order to contain the spread of the covid-19 virus.
    Stay at home! Watch the numerous postings on social media of folk/traditional artists.
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    The FolkWorks CALENDAR of EVENTS and the RECURRING EVENTS)
    have been suspended until the stay at home orders have been lifted.

    International Songwriting Competition

    WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION?

    The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.

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    PASSINGS

    RIP: DAN AUERBACH

    (12/4/1940-6/17/20)

    Dan AuerbachDan Auerbach was an accomplished musician who played 14 different instruments, mainly mandolin family, banjo, guitar, pennywhistle, and Irish frame drum. He loved music and loved playing music with others, always encouraging them to express themselves and increase their own abilities. He consistently contributed to the music scene wherever he was located. In the last 36 years, living in Thousand Oaks, he played in sessions, composed, taught music. He set up and maintained his website The Tune Spectrum, which features transcriptions of over 1,000 tunes of a variety of genres, each tune with MIDI file and many having links to exceptional YouTube performances.

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    July-August 2020

    Stay At Home Series – Part 2

    Tiki Parlour Magic Lantern Music Show (Vol.2)

    Bruce Molsky & Molsky's Mountain Drifters

    By David Bragger

    Magic Lantern V 2The first episode of the Magic Lantern Music Show was a smashing success, thanks to readers and viewers such as yourselves! These half hour music shows are designed to share the wonderful traditional music of America with admirers of folk music and musicians who practice the art. The Stefaninis and The Thompsons were featured in our kick-off episode. Our second episode features the musical genius of Bruce Molsky and his stringband Molsky's Mountain Drifters.

    Read more: STAY AT HOME SERIES – PART 2

    FEATURE ARTICLES

    TEARING DOWN MOUNT RUSHMORE

    Special to FolkWorks

    [EDITORS NOTE: This article addresses a controversial subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editors. We welcome your opinions.]

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Mt. RushmoreCary Grant and Eve Marie Saint climbed all over Mt. Rushmore in North by Northwest—before they wound up on Lincoln’s nose. British director Alfred Hitchcock knew what it symbolized—America herself—and the foreign spy (portrayed by James Mason) who was trying to destroy her. He couldn’t have picked a better symbol to represent the ideals of our democracy—“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—“ “Of the people, by the people and for the people.” And now, one by one, we are seeing every one of our sacred symbols toppled and trashed.

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    TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE

    TBFC

    VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE CONTEST

    Gimme Shelter (in place) Winners

    Read more: TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE CONTEST WINNERS

    EXTENDED LENGTH VIDEOS

    CD REVIEW

    ARTIST: Bob Dylan

    TITLE: Rough and Rowdy Ways

    LABEL: Columbia Records

    RELEASE: June 19, 2020

    Masters of War

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    rough and rowdy ways

    Sing of Sherman, Montgomery and Scott
    And of Zhukov, and Patton, and the battles they fought
    Who cleared the path for Presley to sing
    Who carved the path for Martin Luther King
    Who did what they did and they went on their way
    Man, I could tell their stories all day (Mother of Muses)

    Things have changed all over again for our Nobel Prize Winner in Literature—the antiwar champion of “Masters of War” has finally “outlived his life” (his words, not mine) and has some new heroes to celebrate in his brand new and 39th studio album—Rough and Rowdy Ways.

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    SHORT TAKE VIDEOS

    Referred to by Dave Leddel

    Referred to by Eileen Ivers in her Caltech Online concert...
    Stefani Rosenberg looked this up and found the YouTube and lyrics

    Click to read the lyrics

    Read more: Irish Black Bottom - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (1926)

    recomended by Colin Quigley

    recomended by Milt Rosenberg

ARTIST: MARLA FIBISH

TITLE: MARLA FIBISH IRISH MANDOLIN BASICS: TUNES AND TECHNIQUES (DVD)

LABEL: MARLA FIBISH MUSIC

RELEASE DATE: 2012

By Annette Siegel

Marla_Fibish_Irish_Mandolin_BasicsSo you want to learn some Irish mandolin basics, but don’t know where to turn? Irish mandolin traditionalist Marla Fibish, the mandolinist behind the Three Mile Stone and more recently The Morning Star CDs has a great solution. She’s put together an instructional Irish mandolin DVD. Usually you would have venture out to find a local Irish session (still recommended) to pick up these tunes. (It would be helpful to have a basic mandolin/music theory background to understand some of the language she uses.) But lucky for us fledgling Irish mandy players, Marla has given us a leg up by being able to learn some Irish tunes in the comfort of our own home. And I don’t know about the rest of the mandolin learning population, but it sure helps me to learn when I have a visual aid.

The DVD opens with Marla and her trademark Vintage Gibson A Mandolin (early 1920s) playing the tune Humors of Bandon and explaining how the mandolin has only been involved with Irish music in the last 40-50 years…and that it’s still finding its way. This sort of makes you feel like a pioneer. She also talks about how to develop your own “Irish” music ear by listening to different musicians and various instruments used in Irish music to develop a “feel” for this type of music.

And anybody that’s plays, or tried to play, the mandolin can tell you how important tuning it is. Marla explains this further in detail by having your “pairs” in tune as well as the octaves on the fifth fret sounding together. She covers the left hand technique and how in Irish music the mandolin’s strength is the sustain and how very important the right hand is, as well as the selection of the pick you use…these are all covered fully. It’s truly amazing how many nuances of sound you can create using different pick shapes, thicknesses and where you place your fingers on the mandolin.

Marla_Fibish_Irish_MandolinNow - on to the tunes. She divides the tunes into three categories: reels, jigs and waltzes. You’ll learn that the picking patterns with the right hand are oh so important. Marla jokes that the notes are almost optional as long as the patterns are right and you keep your right hand moving, down on the downbeat and up on the upbeat! The reels are a fun way to start. The tune structure is AA/BB and the melodies are simple but easy to remember (the first ones, anyway!). My husband (on the guitar) and I were playing them together in no time. Marla presents the tune in a very easy, understandable manner; breaking it down and then playing the tune up to speed, showing a close up of the left hand fingering. Then she plays the tune at a “practice” pace for you to play along. I found it easy to stop the DVD and play the instruction over and over again, till I got the part or musical phrase. There are just the right number of tunes to get your feet wet and whet your appetite for more! This DVD is a delightful way to learn to play this style. I certainly hope it is only the first of more to come from Marla on Irish mandolin instruction!

This recommended DVD may be purchased by emailing Marla This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by visiting herwebsite.

Annette Siegel is one half of Living Tree Music & The Seagulls with her husband Nowell. She also holds a “day” job working for the Bob Hope Estate/Family for the last 18 years.