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

This is a very rare video of the late Scott Didlake, 1948-1994, pioneer gourd banjo builder and the lost origin of the banjo researcher. He his talking at a Gourd banjo workshop during the Tennessee Banjo Institute event 1992 together with Mike Seeger and Clark Buehling.

Highly recommended

Saturday at Simi Cajun-Blues Festival and Coffee Gallery Backstage

Highly recommended

Molsky's Mountain Drifters

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018 - 8:00PM

McCabe’s Guitar Shop
3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Highly recommended

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

FolkWorks thanks all those involved in making the 2018 Festival SUCH A SUCCESS

Festival Thank You

How Can I Keep From Singing: The Work of Pete Seeger


Pete SeegerThe Woody Guthrie Center and the GRAMMY Museum present How Can I Keep From Singing: The Work of Pete Seeger, an exhibit featuring original documents and artifacts from Seeger’s life and work, which shows his influence as a musician, social activist, environmentalist, promoter of peace and community builder. Having previously been displayed at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Okla. - a GRAMMY Museum Cultural Affiliate - the exhibit will be on display at the GRAMMY Museum from Feb. 9, 2018 through September 2018.

The limited display will include original artifacts and documents from Pete Seeger, including lyrics, instruments, photos and videos, and letters sent to Seeger from Johnny Cash and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax.

Grammy Museum

800 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015



Frank HoppeAs reported previously, Frank Hoppe’s long-running program, Bluegrass, Etc., on KCSN 88.5 FM broadcast from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), ended its run in September 2017. It had been broadcasting at KCSN for almost 30 years.

Starting on Thursday February 1, 2018, and airing each subsequent Thursday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm ET (9:00am – 12:00pm PT), Bluegrass, Etc. will have a new life on Bluegrass Country Radio (88.5 FM HD-2), which serves the Washington, DC market. It will stream online at and shows will be archived for two weeks after their initial broadcast.

The focus of Frank’s show will continue to be traditional Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, contemporary Old-Time, and pre-WWII Country 78s.

Please check it out and send your requests and feedback to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.