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    CONCERT REVIEW

    JOHN PRINE AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 - 8:00PM

    AN UNASSUMING AMERICAN MASTER

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    John Prine Tree of Forgiveness album coverWhere do you find greatness on a Wednesday night in downtown Los Angeles, when neither the Lakers nor the Dodgers are playing? Wander over to the Grammy Museum and take a listen to two-time Grammy-winning folk singer/songwriter John Prine, in town for a concert Friday night at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. He is here to be interviewed by Grammy Director Scott Goldman, for a walk down memory lane where no questions are off-limits, and then to sing a few songs and introduce his new album The Tree of Forgiveness, his first album of new songs in thirteen years. 

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    SPOTLIGHT

    SIMI VALLEY CAJUN &BLUES FESTIVAL

    Simi Valley Cajun Blues Festival

    SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018 - 11:45AM-7:00PM
    SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 - 11:45AM-7:00PM

    5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93063

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    FEATURE ARTICLES

    DAVID BRAGGER AND THE UCLA OLD-TIME STRING BAND ENSEMBLE

    AN INTERVIEW WITH ITS DIRECTOR

    By Christine Lovelace

    David BraggerBack in the 1990s, UCLA students created an Anglo-American music ensemble, and the course was offered on and off through the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s most recent incarnation is as the Old-Time String Band Ensemble taught by David Bragger, a performer and teacher of old-time music.

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    ANATOMY OF A BAND: SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND 2003 TO 2016

    [Anatomy of a Band: We are excited to introduce a new series of articles for FolkWorks. We asked Susie Glaze and the members of the Hilonesome Band to write individual essays about their insights and experiences with the band. It was intentionally left open ended so that they could present their individual take. The Band started in 2003 and officially ended in 2016. Susie's new band, The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble is the latest incarnation which started last year. The series will be presented weekly, each member of the band in turn. We hope you enjoy this.]

    Susie Glaze, Lead Singer, Guitar, Appalachian Dulcimer and Autoharp

    Susie Glaze at Palms 2015In doing research for this article I’ve spent a good bit of time gathering photographs, and this was astounding – how long and how far we’ve come and how much we accomplished was overpowering to me! But looking at all of these pictures has helped me recall the years and do so fondly. When one looks back over a period of time to years gone by there is an objectivity in perspective that wasn’t possible while the years and days were being lived, and it’s so interesting to be given the chance to sum up in this way.

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    May-June 2018

    TERROR AT 3000 FEET

    OR, WHY LARRY RAMOS LIVED TO A RIPE OLD AGE

    THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A GROUP OF TOURING MUSICIANS

    By Art Podell

    LakeCentralDC 3 smNovember 1, 1958: A Cubana Vickers Viscount en route from Miami to Varadero to Havana is hijacked by Cuban militants.

    April 15, 1959: A plane is hijacked from Cuba to Miami. The hijackers were four members of Batista's Army.

    May 1, 1961: Antulio Ramirez Ortiz hijacks a National Airlines flight from Miami International Airport to Cuba.

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    everything but ...

    Highly recommended

    Friday night at the Old Time Social... the Ozark Highballers from Arkansas

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    5:30pm SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME MUSIC JAM

    every Wednesday

    Alice Keck Park

    1500 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA


    6:00pm VENTURA BLUEGRASS JAM

    second & fourth Wednesday

    Grapes and Hops

    454 E. Main St, Ventura, CA

    805-641-0053

    Gene Rubin 805-340-2270 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 10:00pm OPEN MIC (GM)

    every Wednesday

    Guitar Merchant

    22807 Saticoy St, West Hills, CA

    818-884-5905


    7:30pm - 10:30pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

    second & fourth Wednesday

    Buchanan Arms Restaurant & Pub

    2013 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA

    818-845-0692

    818-507-8445 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 11:00pm IRISH SESSION

    every Wednesday

    Griffins Of Kinsale

    1007 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA

    626-799-0926

    Michael Kelly


    8:00pm - 11:00pm GRIFFINS IRISH SESSION

    every Wednesday

    Griffins Of Kinsale

    1007 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA

    626-799-0926

    Michael Kelly


    DANCE


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.

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