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ROSS ALTMAN’S “TOP TEN+++” FOLKWORKS REVIEWED CONCERTS FOR 2016

By Ross Altman

Note to the Reader: I strongly believe in the power of live music to best express what an artist has to offer. 

DYLAN-BAEZ

We live in an age of digital magic; so many studio effects are now routinely used to enhance a recording I don’t believe a song until I hear it live! 

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Year in Review 2016:

When the Light Fades and the Darkness Descends, Music Provides the Balm

By Tom Cheyney

Omara Bombino Moctar In a year when the stark seriousness of political upheaval, climate carnage, and death’s relentless inexorability oft had the upper hand in our vertiginous world, let us take sustenance from the music that kept us nourished. From the algorithmically shuffled iTunes playlist finding just the right songs to those transcendental live moments in the nightclub, concert space and living room when space-time wobbled and our spirits leapt, the music kept doing what it always has—provide the balmic soundtrack that helps make life worth living.

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2015 GRAMMY NOMINEES AND WINNERS

OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS

11. BEST CONTEMPORY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

36. BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE SONG

38. BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

40. BEST ROOTS GOSPEL ALBUM

44. BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM

45. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE

46. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG

47. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

48. BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM

49. BEST BLUES ALBUM

50. BEST FOLK ALBUM

51. BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM

53. BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

54. BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM

66. BEST ALBUM NOTES

67. BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM

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FOLKWORKS  TOP TEN 2014

1. Live and Recording: Söndörgő

2. Live and Recording: Pascal Gemme

3. Film: This Ain’t No Mouse Music

4. Live: Angelique Kidjo

5. Live: DakhaBrakha

6. Live and DVD: Rafe and Clelia Stefanini

7. Live: Honey Whiskey Trio

8. Recording: Duhks

9. Live and Recording: Donna Lynn Caskey

10. Live: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Read more: FOLKWORKS TOP TEN 2014

LIVE MUSIC IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

By Ross Altman

1. Stefan Grossman at the Fret House January 2—The Picking Fool From Kicking Mule;

2. David Bromberg at McCabe’s March 16—Who Put the Jangle in Mr. Bojangles?

3. Keb Mo at the Grammy May 14—Straight Out of Compton.

4. Only in America: Rodriguez at the Greek May 30

5. Eric Andersen, Van Dyke Parks and Thou Beside Me at McCabe’s June 7

6. Theodore Bikel at the Saban Theatre June 16 - Homage to Theo

7. Joan Baez and Ginger at the Greek Theatre July 3—When Bad Things Happen to Good Dogs

8. Richard Thompson Played Read Good for Free at the Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park July 10

9. Don McLean and Judy Collins at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside July 25—A Thing of Beauty

10. Gordon Lightfoot at the Saban Theatre September 27—Down and Out in Beverly Hills

11. John Prine at the Greek Theatre October 5—Happy Birthday, John Prine

12. Bob Dylan at the Dolby Theatre October 24 —Dillon in Dodge

13. Michael Chapdelaine at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music November 18—Michael Chapdelaine’s Guitar Rides With Him

14. Dirk Hamilton at the Alva Showroom in San Pedro November 22—Dirk Hamilton: Reconsider Me—How Warren Zevon’s Roadkill Became L.A.’s White Rodriquez

15. Merle Haggard at the Canyon Club December 9—For Merle Haggard On My Birthday;

16. Cat Stevens-Yusuf at Nokia Theatre LA Live December 14—No Sex, No Drugs, No Rock and Roll: Got Folk?

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LINDA DEWAR’S TOP TEN 2014

1. Album: Sailing over the 7th String – Tim Edey.

2. Album: Sound of Taransay – Phil MacLennan Smillie.

3. Album: Hebrides: Islands on the Edge – Donald Shaw, composer.

4. Album: Squall – Adam Sutherland.

5. Album: Bass and Mandolin – Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer.

6. Album: Tell ‘Em I’m Gone – Yusuf.

7. Film: Twenty Feet from Stardom.

8. Magazine: The Living Tradition.

9. Book: Songwriters on Songwriting – Paul Zollo.

20. Live Gig and Album: The Dardanelles.

Read more: LINDA DEWAR’S TOP TEN 2014

2014 GRAMMY WINNERS

OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS

11. BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Bass & Mandolin -  Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

43. BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM (INCLUDING TEJANO)

Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernández - Vicente Fernández

44. BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM

Más + Corazón Profundo - Carlos Vives

45. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE

A Feather's Not A Bird - Rosanne Cash

46. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG

A Feather's Not A Bird - Rosanne Cash

47. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

The River & The Thread - Rosanne Cash

48. BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM

The Earls Of Leicester - The Earls Of Leicester

49. BEST BLUES ALBUM

Step Back - Johnny Winter

50. BEST FOLK ALBUM

Remedy - Old Crow Medicine Show

51. BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM

The Legacy - Jo-El Sonnier

53. BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

Eve - Angelique Kidjo

67. BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM

The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 - Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Hank Williams)

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FolkScene’s Ten Best 2013

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Mother Hen’s Best of 2013

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2013 Grammy Nominees and Winners (noted in RED)

Of Interest To FolkWorks Readers

43. BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM (INCLUDING TEJANO)

44. BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM

45. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG

46. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

47. BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM

48. BEST BLUES ALBUM

49. BEST FOLK ALBUM

50. BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM

52. BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

Read more: 2013 Grammy Nominees and Winners

TOP TEN CDs of 2012

By Dave Soyars

1.         Carolina Chocolate DropsLeaving Eden

Carolina_Chocolate_DropsIt’s not often any artist will make my top spot more than once, let alone twice within three years; there are plenty that impressed me enormously at first and then didn’t develop beyond their one good idea (see: Sons, Mumford &). The CCDs are not only starting from a very rich tradition, but have already established their ability to look outside it as well. They still apply it to contemporary songs, only this time the title track is from the workers song tradition rather than an R&B or Tom Waits cover, but there’s just as much from the African-American string band tradition, as well as vocals both brassy and sweet and sharp instrumentalism. Three-peat? It wouldn’t surprise me.

Read more: Dave Soyars - Top 10 2012

LINDA DEWAR

  1. Rose Room – Rose Room  (Artist, CD & Live Gig)
    Swing jazz with a dash of western swing. A new band made up of seasoned professionals. Their first CD is a winner, and their live gigs are supercharged with energy that has the audience dancing in their seats.
  2. Nick Keir – The Edge of Night (CD)
    If you told me I could keep only one of the CDs I’ve acquired during 2012, this would be the one.
  3. Blackwaterside - Blythe and Merry (CD)
    recorded live in a concert presented by San Diego Folk Heritage. Their arrangements breathe new life into familiar songs and tunes.

Read more: LINDA DEWAR TOP TEN 2012

ROSS ALTMAN

  1. Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection – (CD)(Smithsonian Folkways)
    [2X Grammy Nominee]
  2. Bob Dylan Tempest – (CD)(Columbia Records)
  3. Stephen Wade Banjo Diary - (CD)(Smithsonian Folkways) [Grammy Nominee]

Read more: ROSS ALTMAN TOP TEN 2012

STEVE AND LEDA SHAPIRO

  1. Crooked Jades - Soundtrack for Bright Land with Kate Weare Company (CD); Live September 7 at The Echoplex.
    We’ve heard the Crooked Jades over the years with different band configurations and the current one really works. The little we’ve seen of their collaboration with the Kate Weare dance company is amazing. We hope that they can bring the show out west in 2013.
  2. Jen Hajj - I of the Storm (CD)
    We met Jen at the FAR-West conference in Irvine this past October. Her 2011 CD was a standout and we look forward to her upcoming release.
  3. Lunasa - Live November 17 at Caltech Public Events (Beckman).
    Although we’ve heard them before and have enjoyed their CDs for years, the balance of the sets of the group and as individual players was superb. Perhaps because we were sitting in the balcony but this was the first time that we thought the sound at Beckman was great.

Read more: STEVE & LEDA SHAPIRO TOP TEN 2012

Amy Reitnouer

(Bluegrass Situation)

  1. Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now
    I wonder how long it will take for people to realize just how genius this group is. PB's latest effort is both progressive and innovative yet derivative of several historic genres. I go deeper down the rabbit hole with every listen (listen to "Moonshiner" from their latest EP Ahoy! if there's still a doubt in your mind....).
  2. John FullbrightFrom the Ground Up
    This Oklahoma native is the real deal. Honestly had to pull the car over the first time I heard his music on NPR's Fresh Air.
  3. Black PrairieA Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart
    Excellent bluegrass/old time side project from the members of the Decemberists. The record is incredibly atmospheric, haunting and beautiful.

Read more: AMY REITNOUER TOP TEN 2012

Tom Cheyney’s Top Ten

(in no particular order)

1.      Aurelio, Laru Beya (Next Ambiance)

Lovely soft intensity and groove from Garifuna music’s torchbearer honors the passing of Andy Palacio, with guest turns from new mentor and presidential candidate (in Senegal), Youssou N’Dour.

2.      Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What (Hear Music)

Bygone icon seeks reinvention. Paulie’s best since Graceland ponders life, death, love with tastily organic sonic palette. 

3.      June Tabor and the Oysterband, Ragged Kingdom (Topic)

The gloriously gloomy Ms. Tabor joins up with the Oysters for more neo-Anglo folk-frak: Highlights include Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” transformed into English country standard.

4.      Various, Red Hot and Rio 2 (Entertainment One)

Double-album raises money for a noble cause and gives refreshing pause with slew of interpretive Brazilianisms from homies and foreigners alike.

5.      Yemen Blues at the Troubadour, March 6

Read more: Tom Cheyney's Top Ten - 2012

Jackie Morris

  1. Evie Ladin - Evie Ladin Band
  2. Ernest TroostLive at McCabes & Concert at McCabes Guitar Shop, Jan. 6, 2012
  3. The Crooked JadesBright Land

Read more: JACKIE MORRIS TOP TEN 2012

TOM CHEYNEY

  1. Andrew BirdBreak It Yourself (CD) (Mom & Pop Music)
    The hard-to-pigeonhole Bird has been flitting around the edge of my personal playlist for years, but with this wonderful album, he finally got my complete attention. Drop-dead neo-old-timey gorgeous Danse Caribe and plucky trans-Atlantic fiddle confab Orpheo Looks Back are among the tasty morsels on this sonic buffet.
  2. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden (CD ) (Nonesuch); Live April 6 UCLA Royce Hall
    Rhiannon Giddens’ beguiling force o’ nature vocals would have been enough to satisfy this happy camper, but the ensemble playing and individual virtuosity begat fuller enjoyment, in a concert both entertaining and educational. Their 21st-century rendering of the African-American string-band tradition lives strong on stage and on their latest—and now Grammy-nominated—album.
  3. I See Hawks in L.A. - New Kind of Lonely (CD)(Western Seeds)
    L.A. hometown heroes knock one out of the park on group’s first full-length foray into (im)pure American acousticism. Their eccentric-smart songwriting chops (sense of place, yo!), comradely harmonies, and mind-meld chops flow in full effect throughout, with Bohemian Highway,Your Love Is Going to Kill Me, and Highland Park Serenade among the storytelling gems. (Full disclosure: I’m sort of an assistant executive producer on this, as I contributed to the group’s Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.)

Read more: TOM CHEYNEY TOP TEN 2012

ROZ LARMAN’S TOP TEN

1. Laurie Lewis Skipping And Flying" Spruce And Maple Music

2. Stan Rogers Fogarty's Cove Borealis Records

3. Battlefield Band Line Up Temple Records

4. John McCutcheon This Land - Woody Guthrie's America

5. Tommy Sands Arising From The Troubles Spring Records

6. Cherish The Ladies Country Crossroads The Nashville Sessions Big Mammy Records

7. John Doyle Shadow And Light Compass Records

8. La Bottine Souriante Appelation D'Origine Controlée Borealis Records

9. Dave Alvin Eleven Eleven" Yep Roc Records

10. Martin Simpson Purpose + Grace Topic Records

That is it folks.  Happy New Year

Linda Dewar’s Top Ten

* CD: Daniel ThorpeThe Curiosity Shop

* Artist: Innes Watson – guitarist, fiddler, singer, composer/arranger.He’s innovative and interesting, and was just named Instrumentalist of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

* Event: Perthshire Amber Festival – organized by Dougie Maclean. This festival gets better every year. If you plan a visit to Scotland, try to come in the fall and take in the concerts, workshops, hill walks, and sessions.

* Concert: Greentrax 25th Anniversary Concert – 25 years of the definitive Celtic music record label, celebrated by some of the best folk and traditional recording artists in Scotland.

* CD: SyncopathsFive Gears

* Live gig: Nick Keir – live at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A tiny wee venue with a tiny wee stage and Nick at his best. I miss the McCalmans, but the solo stuff that he’s writing is brilliant, and I can hardly wait to hear his new solo CD.

* CD: Ciaran DorrisHome

* CD: ManranManran Album of the year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards

Read more: Linda Dewar’s Top Ten 2011

Acoustic NAMM, Winter 2011

Third in a series of annual reports exclusive to Folkworks

By Larry Rosenberg

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Two Old Hippies again exhibited at The Winter NAMM Show, 2011
(photo by Susan Rosenberg)

As I toured the vast acres of musical product exhibits and entertainment at the 2011 Winter NAMM Show along with 90,114 other registered attendees at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Southern California, on January 13th through the 16th, 2011, it was easy to "Believe in Music," and to think that music just might be the answer to the problems of the world after all, or at least be an essential tool in solving them.

NAMM stands for “National Association of Music Merchants,” but despite NAMM's continued use of the acronym, the organization is now named "International Music Products Association," to more accurately reflect its worldwide scope, and to complement its motto, "Believe in Music."

 

Read more: Acoustic NAMM Winter 2011

Linda Dewar’s Top Ten

1.         Live gig: Crooked Still at Perthshire Amber festival
2.         Live gig: Julie Fowlis at Perthshire Amber festival
3.         CD: Duncan Chisholm, Canaich
4.         Artists/CD/Live gigs: The McCalmans. /p>
5.         Venue: Glenfarg Folk Club.
6.         CD: The Poozies, Yellow Like Sunshine
7.         CD: Yo-yo Ma & Friends, Songs of Joy & Peace.
8.         Tune Book: Blair Douglas, Manran (A Music Collection).
9.         CD: Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig
10.       Artist: Anna Massie.

Read more: Linda Dewar’s Top Ten 2010

Acoustic NAMM, Winter, 2010

By Larry Rosenberg

Second in a series of annual reports exclusive to Folkworks

NAMM_2010.jpgThe end of year, beginning of winter, holidays are over and January has again arrived with the new year. For the last four years, this time has brought my opportunity to attend the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, as a free-lance reporter, and thereby kick-off my own musical events calendar in a very grand style.

NAMM stands for "National Association of Music Merchants," although NAMM organizers are quick to stress that since its origin in 1901, NAMM has become "the trade association of the international music products industry," and the long form of the name is no longer used, in favor of simply "NAMM."

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Joel Okida's Ten + Bests of 2010

1.         Laura Marling- I Speak Because I Can:  Fearless!
2.         Leslie Stevens and the Badgers- Roomful of Smoke:  Fertile!
3.         Anaïs Mitchell- Hadestown:  Fiery!
4.         David Greely- Sud du Sud (2008-09):  French!
5.         Bassekou Kouyatè- I Speak Fula:  Ferocious!
6.         Mike and Ruthy- Million to One:  Felicitous!
7.         The Secret Sisters- The Secret Sisters:   Fresh-squeezed!
8.         Crooked Still- Some Strange Country:  Far out!
9.         Carolina Chocolate Drops- Genuine Negro Jig:  Fiddle-icious!
10.      Sausage Grinder- Delicious Moments:  Fermented!

Read more: Joel Okida's Top Tens 2010

Dave Soyars' Ten for ‘10

1.         Carolina Chocolate DropsGenuine Negro Jig [Nonesuch]
2.         Judy CollinsIn My Life [Collector’s Choice]
3.         Isobel Campbell and Mark LaneganHawk [Rounder]
4.         Peter Rowan Bluegrass BandLegacy [Compass]
5.         Mavis StaplesYou Are Not Alone [Anti]
6.         SolasThe Turning Tide [Compass]
7.         BellowheadHedonism [Navigator Records – UK]
8.         Original Soundtrack - Crazy Heart [New West]
9. and 10.    Johnny FlynnBeen Listening [Thirty Tigers] / Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can [Virgin]

Read more: Dave Soyars' Ten for ‘10

Ross Altman’s Top Ten in 2010 

1.         CD: Pete Seeger: Tomorrow’s Children, with the Rivertown Kids Chorus on Appleseed Recordings
2.         CD: Uncle Ruthie: The Jacaranda Tree double CD
3.         MOVIE: Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
4.         Live concert: Bob Dylan's Small Town Tour concert
5.         Live concert: Patti Smith's State of the Union
6.         Live concert: Guy Carawan's Tribute and Benefit for Highlander Center For Education and Research
7.         Live concert: Roy Bookbinder's spellbinding concert at McCabe’s
8.         Live concert: Buffy Sainte-Marie's concert at the Bootleg Theatre
9.         Live concert: Arlo Guthrie and Family Ride Again at UCLA’s Royce Hall
10.       Live concert: Joan Baez and Roger McGuinn’s concert at The Queen Mary in Long Beach

Read more: Ross Altman’s Top Ten 2010

2010 Year in Review

2010 was a year of great festivals and concerts and many great CD releases.

Check out the TOP TEN (plus) for 2010 by FolkWorks writers and friends:

ROSS ALTMAN

JOEL OKIDA
LINDA DEWAR
DAVE SOYARS

Also check out this years folk related Grammy nominees

2010 GRAMMY WINNERS

 of interest to FolkWorks readers

WINNERS MARKED  IN BOLD RED

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2009 Year in Review

We can't believe this year has passed by so quickly. For many of us, it has not been a good year and the recession has affected the local folk scene. Concert attendance is down. Performers who were scheduled to come to Southern California cancelled their shows.On the other hand, there were still a lot of great music that uplifted our spirits.

Check out the TOP TEN (plus) for 2009 by FolkWorks writers and friends:

JOEL OKIDA
LINDA DEWAR
TOM CHEYNEY
ROZ LARMAN
STEVE & LEDA SHAPIRO
RENEE BODIE
DAVE SOYARS

Also check out this years folk related Grammy nominees

This year we've also lost some of the classic greats:

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Top Ten 2009

By Dave Soyars

1. Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More (Universal International)

I tried so hard to find something better than this, but eventually I had to resign myself to seeing this ragtag group of young folkie West Londoners at the top. I saw them earlier this year at the Hotel Café, opening for the holder of my #1 spot for 2008, Johnny Flynn. They were better than Flynn, in fact- more seasoned performers and more comfortable on a stage. People on other continents have told me they're sick to death of the single, Little Lion Man, which they've heard to distraction. There's a good reason for that, mind you- romantic regret, aggressive banjo and a few F-bombs are a perfect, if sideways, recipe for pop success- but I really didn't want what could end up being a novelty one-hit wonder at the top of my list. So I listened to the entire record, figured I'd find a good reason to sink them to a lower spot, or leave them off entirely. I found instead a diverse collection of songs, heavy on the youthful angst but wise enough to know where a bit of traditional riff or rhythm or Pogues-ish intensity might help to serve it. In the end it may not be a great record (we'll see what happens next), but I can't think of a better one. So number one it is.

2. Mick Moloney- If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews (Compass)

The sequel to 2006's wonderful McNally's Row of Flats, this likewise celebrates the growing influence of musical theater in a part of Manhattan that would later become Tin Pan Alley. This time Moloney examines the collaboration between two immigrant groups that helped define New York music in the late 18th and early 19th century. Moloney is an academic, but the musical performances are anything but-joyful and spirited, featuring spirited backing from New York old-timers Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and the best of a crop of Irish musicians currently residing in the US, including master guitarist John Doyle.

3. Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara - Tell No Lies (Real World)

I'm as wary of these worldbeat/crossover deals as the next guy, but this one's refreshingly free of preciousness about it. Adams has played with Robert Plant and Jah Wobble, among others, and Camara, a virtuoso of the Gambian riti (one-stringed violin) is also an excellent singer and songwriter and not adverse to a bit of cross-cultural jamming. It's the kind of thing Adams does very well, and sits somewhere between Bo Diddley, surf music and the West African tradition without announcing itself in gigantic capital letters like much of this stuff does. And, while it's intense and moving, it's also a great deal of fun.

4. Martin Simpson - True Stories (Topic, dist. by Compass)

Simpson's always been a hell of a guitar player, and has been recording for decades, so it's a bit of a surprise that he's waited so long to make his best record, but he's put it all together nicely for this one. Perhaps it's because Simpson, a sensitive collaborator on other people's records, has concentrated on letting others support the stories he wants to tell. Said stories range from familiar traditional ones, like Sir Patrick Spens to some sensitive originals, some vocal and some instrumental, with accompaniment ranging from none to mini folk orchestra. It all feels like what he was born to do, particularly Will Atkinson, a touching autobiographical song about his childhood introduction to music via the harmonica player of the title.

5. Leonard Cohen - Live in London (Sony)

This is one case where you can call it a comeback. It matters little to me that this live set from halfway around the world is more or less identical to the one I saw months later. Same corny jokes, same band, even, with one or two exceptions, the same songs in the same order. And his voice, never typically "pretty" to begin with, has lost a few notes of range. And yet what other 70+ year old performers are putting on energetic, passionate three hour shows of great song after great song from a catalog unequalled in modern music (and yes, that includes the guy in the number ten slot)? If this is his last tour ever (and it's still going, last I heard), he's going out like a warrior. Words like "triumphant" and "heroic," cliché though they be, are fully appropriate.

6. Buddy and Julie Miller - Written in Chalk (New West Records)

Buddy's another guy that's been around for a while- mainly as a Nashville session guitar whiz- but his appearance on last year's Grammy-winning record by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss gave him the biggest audience he's ever had. He and wife Julie have certainly done the most with the opportunity. I wish Buddy were a great songwriter instead of merely a good one, but that said the sexual tension between Julie's alluring voice and Buddy's world-weary one is undeniable.

7. Tony McManus - The Maker's Mark (Compass)

A record that does something that's never been done before to my knowledge, a collaboration between a guitarist and guitar makers- stunning Scottish guitarist McManus, in a collaboration with Dream Guitars of Ashville, NC plays a series of traditional tunes on guitars made by different guitar makers. A novel idea without being a novelty recording, not just because McManus is a stunning guitar player, but because he's a genius at matching tune to guitar, bringing out the unique qualities in both guitar and song in every case. It's every guitar player's fantasy too, so cheers to him for being the first to make it happen. Hopefully it'll inspire others.

8. Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey - Here and Now (Bar None)

1991's Mavericks was the last time these long-time collaborators (originally in influential power-poppers the DBs) worked together. No, it's not as good as that classic record (few things in life are), but it's similar, albeit a bit more electric and rocking, despite the presence of the lovely acoustic instruments on the cover (which do appear, albeit in a cameo role). Just like the 1960s and 70s recordings of the Everly Brothers, probably their biggest influence, it's rich in great songwriting, harmony, and spirit.

9. Liz Carroll and John Doyle - Double Play (Compass)

No accident that the Compass label appears here several times, either as label or distributor, having basically saved Irish music in the US, between taking over the venerable catalog of Green Linnet, and distributing the best Irish labels to Celtophilic Americans. As usual you can hardly go wrong with any of their traditional Celtic releases, but Liz (born in Chicago) and John (born in Dublin but currently residing in North Carolina) have the year's best, featuring another generous helping of Carroll's original tunes, which have already started to make their way, as they usually do, into Irish pub sessions worldwide, and Doyle's usual stunning guitar playing, which often sounds like it must be two (or even three) guitarists playing at once.

10. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life (Columbia)

No, it's not as sharp as most of his last several, and yes, that Christmas record is as every bit as bad as I thought it would be. But it's nice to hear Dylan, as the only slightly younger Neil Young is now doing, just chalking up his career as having pleased enough people that he can now dedicate the rest of it to doing as he pleases. Can't say he doesn't deserve it. It's a much more fun record than the last few as well, perhaps short on recognitions of mortality or celebrations of the American song catalog, but long on relaxed groove and smoky nightclub feel. And as a bonus David Hidalgo's all over it, so it's the closest we'll get to a Los Lobos record this year.

 

Top Ten  2009 (in no particular order)

By Linda Dewar

1. CD: Harp I Do - Corrina Hewat (Big Bash Records (Big Bash Records BBRCD016)

Celtic harp with a jazz influence

2. CD: The Baltic tae Byzantium - Brian McNeill (Greentrax Recordings CDTRAX341)

Sequel to his brilliant Back o' the North Wind live show and CD

3. CD: Fishing Up The Moon - Nick Keir (Laverock Records LRK3)

Another solo album from the "middle guy" of the McCalmans, his best yet.

4. CD: This Earthly Spell - Karine Polwart (Hegri Music HEGRICD04)

Every track is great; Sorry is probably the best anti-war protest song since Eric Bogle's Waltzing Matilda

5. Live Gig: Eric Bogle's "Waltzing Matilda No More" farewell tour

The last tour he'll do outside Australia, and he was brilliant

6. Live Gig: Katy Moffatt at Glenfarg Folk Club

You know the gig will be good when every great musician in the county turns up to hear it.

7. Live Gig: Corinna Hewat, Annie Grace, and Karine Polwart

When these three perform as a trio, it's magic. They keep promising an album is in the works, so keep looking for it.

8. Online Radio: Celtic Music Radio

Great music, terrific volunteer DJ's, and they are great about giving airplay to new artists

9. Venue: Glenfarg Folk Club

Regular meeting space, in the downstairs pub at The Glenfarg Hotel.

10. Songwriter: Ian Walker

Some of the most brilliant lyrics I've ever heard.

 

Top Ten 2009

By Tom Cheyney

1.Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, Tell No Lies (Real World)

More evidence that some of the best new "blues-rock" results when definitions are jettisoned, South and North joyfully embrace, and the Sahara stretches endlessly on a moonlit night.

2. Neko Case, Middle Cyclone (Anti-)

My wife gets a bit jealous of my fave female singers, and Neko gives her reason to be, with that gorgeous vocal honesty, deliciously tweaked Americana sound, and ear-turning lyrics.

3. Forro in the Dark at the Mint, Nov. 19

Just when I needed a jolt of live groove, these NYC-based Brazilian expats electrified with their fiery fusion of northeastern Braz, funk, rock, and fill in the blank.

 4. Syran Mbenza and Ensemble Rumba Kongo, Immortal Franco

Africa's Unrivalled Guitar Legend (Riverboat): Living Congolese guitar legend Mbenza and an all-star cast honor their late mentor, Franco, one of the giants of African pop, with a lovely tribute album that steers clear of maudlin nostalgia. 

5. Novalima at Grand Performances, July 25

Soulful, passionate Afro-Peruvianisms blended seamlessly with tasteful globotronics to knock the socks off one of the dance-craziest crowds ever at GP.

6. Quantic and his Combo Barbaro, Tradition in Transition (Tru Thoughts)

Columbiano tropical roots meet the modern age in this aptly titled album, with the arrangements ranging from stripped-down simplicity to string-section lush, and the African diasporic connection writ large.

7. Soul Power (Jeffrey Levy Hinte, director)

You may ask, "where's the folk?" here, but this documentary about the Zaire '74 fest in Kinshasa (part of the Ali-Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" run-up) captures in engrossing verité style both the behind-the-scenes wheeling-dealing and onstage performance magic of an oft-overlooked yet groundbreaking mulitculti musical event.

8. Spiro, Lightbox (Real World)

The quartet's blazingly original instrumental take on English folk music swirls and builds into a hypnotic-melodic crossroads of trad tuneage, Philip Glass, and late-night raves.

9. Vieux Farka Toure at Troubadour, July 7

After invited guest Vusi Mahlasela seduced the audience midset, the son of Ali Farka and his band re-ratcheted up the rock-Malian trance-dance energy to the ecstasy point.

10. Vasen w/ Darol Anger and Mike Marshall at Skirball, July 23

A sublimely string-driven evening, with the three Swedes--a pair of Viking warriors and a "Where's Waldo" look-alike on nickelharpa-chopping up cords of Nordic lumber.

Top Ten 2009 (in no particular order)
and a wee bit more...

By Joel Okida

1. Works Progress Administration - WPA (Red Distribution)

With four lead singers and instrumental talent to spare, there is no Achilles heel that you can find here. Glen Phillips, Sean Watkins, and Luke Bulla teamed up with Sara Watkins, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Pete Thomas, and Davey Faragher. They got together and played their assets off. No brag, just fact.

2. The Wailin' Jennys - Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House (Red House)

All I can say is that these ladies can sing and play up a storm. Alone or in harmony, they get it done with finesse or gutsy vocal force. And as an add on, one Jenny, Heather Masse, also released an excellent solo CD, Bird Song (Red House), that adds even more variety than the already eclectic repertoire of the group effort.

3. Ramblin' Jack Elliot - A Stranger Here (Anti)

Perhaps his magnum opus with great song selection and his voice primed and self-assured. Producer Joe Henry got it right.

4. Rick Shea - Shelter Valley Blues (Tres Pescadores)

Long time southern California singer/songwriter/musician who has a resume of arresting songs and a habit of abetting almost every other singer or band of country or honky-tonk notoriety that rolls into town. This is a captivating piece of work and fits in nicely with the excellent recordings that he has generated over the years. Don't know if he is underrated or overlooked, but if he is, it's your fault, not his.

5. Todd Snider - The Excitement Plan (Yep Roc)

The barefoot poet returns offering more wit and insight in his inimitable way. Clever often cute, but clean and true.

6. Steve Earle - Townes (New West)

One would find the original singer-songwriter's versions hard to beat. This is also true in this tribute effort by the well known student of Townes Van Zandt. However, there's enough added Earle grit to the mix to make several tunes move in a mostly positive way and honor his mentor. Another related release, at least family-wise, and with the not-so-coincidental name of Justin Townes Earle attached to it, is Midnight at the Movies (Bloodshot Records). It demonstrates the strong bloodline of talent, but in a different light and adds a little sheen to the gifted middle name and the paternal link.

7. The Unwanted - Music from the Atlantic Fringe (Compass Records)

Sligo-based group bridges old time songs of Appalachia with similar tunes of the Irish. It works well due to some smart arrangements and even smarter musicianship in the form of Cathy Jordan and Seamie O'Dowd from the legendary Celtic band, Dervish, and Rick Epping, a multi-instrumentalist from far off California. Leadbelly's , Out on the Western Plain starts it off and it is a listener's joyride from then on.

8. The Unthanks - Here's the Tender Coming (EMI Import)

The follow-up to The Bairns with the name change from Rachel Unthanks and the Winterset, now simplified yet inclusive. Rachel and sister, Becky, lead their mates across British traditional folk and into some stunning renderings of popular songs, yet leave their trademark stamp of heartfelt harmonies and distinctive solos intact.

9. Marissa Nadler - Little Hells (Kemado Records)

The delicately spectral Ms. Nadler sings dirges that take you down the longest, darkest paths to the sea and like the siren calling out from the mist, you must follow. Somehow you're happy to be this sad, worried and apologetic shoegazer in her musical presence.

10. King Wilkie presents - the Wilkie Family Singers (Casa Nueva Industries)

The purist bluegrass that King Wilkie originally stamped their name on becomes a mere take off point for this ambitious concept album about a fictional musical family and their foibles. It then travels into sunny balladry, gritty Americana and near Beatlesque orchestration. Featured cast includes Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Abigail Washburn, John McEuen , Sam Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), and Robyn Hitchcock.

 

Lagniappe. A few extra recordings that fit in there somewhere.

Chris Smither - Time Stands Still (Signature Sounds)

Chris Smither has never made a bad record just as his guitar/foot-tapping style does not ever fail him in live performance. His wordplay is well-crafted and no one gives the sad-eyed blues tale its vocal due like Chris. So there's not a lot to diss about this recording either. Here he breathes life into each lyric, real life poetry intact, and uses the voice that burnishes the blues, heats it up, but goes down smooth.

Eva Cassidy - Songbird (Blix Street Records), 1998

Rediscovery of a rediscovered performer who died at 33. She left a significant body of recorded work (seven CDs as of 2003) much of it released posthumously (including this compilation CD), but left a potent mark on the interpretation of some folk, jazz, and pop standards. Autumn Leaves might have been her loveletter to the future.

Maggie MacInnes - A Fagail Mhiaghalaigh [Leaving Mingulay] (Marram Music)

From the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, this singer and Clàrsach player (Celtic harp) presents traditional songs of the island of Mingulay (also part of the Outer Hebrides). Sung in Gaelic and adorned with instrumental accompaniment by her dedicated guest musicians. The voice gets your full attention, natural yet compelling.

Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk (Shangri-la)

This is neither monstrous nor truly folk, but the players here might make a case for making some folk-like music with some colossal talent that doesn't offend or frighten anyone. The band is made up of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, Mystic Valley Band), M. Ward (She & Him), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and the songs run the gamut from edgy-spiritual, country rock, folksie, to churning Americana. Should not scare off the adamantly acoustic.

Dent May - The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (Paw Tracks)

Punchy pop confection with catchy melodies, but with a vocal range that sails along through some well-written tales of collegiate encounters. Revives the uke beyond the camp and corduroy.

Eilen Jewell - Sea of Tears (Signature Sounds)

Great songwriting fits in with a confident voice from this Boston performer who is more a rootsy folk-slinger who can slide over to the blues both sultry or rollin' and tumblin'. These are songs that allow for a soulful musician's very versatile voice.

Johnny Flynn - A Larum (Lost Highway) 2008

Heard this a year late, but anticipate more from this young Brit folk revivalist. Flynn, with his band the Sussex Wit, recorded this stateside in Seattle. Energetic with folk sensibilities, playfully witty yet philosophical in scope.

Sarah Jarosz - Song Up in Her Head (Sugarhill)

17-year old who sounds only a quarter note away from full womanhood (whatever that is) and then plays banjo or guitar like an old time vet.

Catie Curtis - Hello Stranger (Compass Records)

Different from her earlier recordings as the production is stripped down and simplified, which is good in that it replicates the live shows and let's her straightforward delivery shine. Nashville string trippers, Stuart Duncan, Alison Brown, and George Marinelli give her a can't lose edge, as do Darrell Scott and Mary Gauthier on vocals.

Fairport Convention and Matthews Southern Comfort: Live in Maidstone, 1970. (Neptune Music) DVD 2008

Historic footage of two seminal and influential English folk ensembles. Unfortunately short in length (46 mins., but 15 are interview w/ the director), but little footage is available from this era so the Brit folk enthusiast must gather these tidbit treasures in when they surface.

 

Top 22 Live Folk Shows of 2009 (in chronological order)

1.       Theresa Andersson - Hotel Café, 1/30

2.       Chris & Thomas- Coffee Gallery Backstage, 3/19

3.       Claire Lynch - Boulevard, 3/20

4.       Beausoleil - McCabe's, 4/4

5.       Chango Spasiuk - The Getty, 4/ 5 - Check out his 2009 release Pynandi-Los Descalzos (World Village)

6.       Gator-by-the-Bay - Spanish Landing Park, San Diego, 5/9-10

7.       Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, the Blasting Co. - The Echo, 6/23

8.       Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Emmy Lou Harris, Buddy Miller - Greek Theater, 6/24

9.       Väsen - Skirball, 7/23

10.    Baskery - Hotel Café, 8/16

11.    Iris Dement - McCabe's, 9/25

12.    Old Crow Medicine Show - John Anson Ford, 9/29

13.    Works Progress Administration - Club Largo, 10/5

14.    Todd Snider (interview, mini-concert) - Grammy Museum, 10/8

15.    Steve Earle - The Troubadour, 10/9

16.    Devil Makes 3- Amoeba Records, 10/13

17.    Boulder Acoustic Society - Coffee Gallery Backstage 10/20

18.    Tony Furtado - Center for Folk Music, 10/21

19.    Marissa Nadler - The Echo 10/29

20.    Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III - Royce Hall, 11/13

21.    Crooked Still, King Wilkie - McCabe's, 11/22

22.    Po' Girl & Twilight Hotel- Center for Folk Music, 11/29

TOP TEN 2009

By Steve and Leda Shapiro

 

1. Mamak Khadem
        
CONCERT: Globalquerque 9/26
         Her perfect CD "Jostojoo" (Forever Seeking)

2. Molly Revenge with Moira Smiley
        
CONCERT at CTMS Center for Folk Music 10/10

3. Väsen with Daryl Anger and Mike Marshall
        
CONCERTS: Skirball Cultural Center 7/23, Globalquerque 9/25

4. Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara
        
CD: Tell No Lies

5. Liz Carroll & John Doyle
        
CD: Double Play

6. Omar Faruk Tekbilek Ensemble
        
CONCERT: Skirball Cultural Center 8/13

7. David Lindley
        
CONCERTS: McCabe's Guitar Shop 1/30, L.A. Acoustic Festival 6-6

8. Noel Hill
        
CONCERT: Neighborhood Church 8/19

9. Fados
        
MOVIE: Carlos Saura's 2007 masterpiece finally hits the L.A. Theatres

10. Tinariwen
        
CD: Companions

 

Top 10 2009 (Plus a couple of extras)

By Roz Larman

1. Loudon Wainwright III

High Wide & Handsome The Charlie Poole Project

2. Martin Simpson

True Stories

3. Laura Love & Orville Johnson

The Sweeter The Juice

4. Loreena McKennett

A Mediterranean Odyssey

5. Susan Mckeown & Lorin Sklamberg

Saints & Tzaaiks

6. Liz Carroll John Doyle

Double Play

7. Mick Moloney

If It Wasn't For The Irish And The Jews

8. Battlefield Band

Zama Zama Try Your Luck

9. Nathan Rogers

The Gauntlet

10. Geoff Muldaur

Texas Sheiks

11. James Keelaghan

House Of Cards

12. The best concert I saw this year:
Loud & Rich "Loudon Wainwright & Richard Thompson" at UCLA Live! (Royce Hall)

 

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Top Ten 2009

By Renee Bodie

1. L.A. Acoustic Music Festival:

Not because I was involved - the Top 10 part for me was seeing our folk community come together and make it happen. Seeing all the familiar faces volunteer and work to bring this music to Los Angeles was wonderful and inspiring. We are lucky folks. The line up was also part of my top ten, seeing Bruce Cockburn, Richard Thompson, Natalie MacMaster, David Lindley (watching Jackson Browne enjoy David Lindley's performance from the audience with his brother Severin was a highlight as well), David Bromberg and the Angel Band, the Kingston Trio, the Woody Guthrie Tribute, Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, Joel Rafael, Slaid Cleaves, the Refugees, and Stonehoney all in one place was just plain fun!

2. The Lowen & Navarro goodbye at Hotel Café:

Tough, hard, and beautiful tribute to one of the best songwriting teams in our genre - 20 years of wonderful music. Watching Eric sing in a whisper the words to "If I was the Rain" was one of the most moving moments of 2009 for me. A wonderful, grace-filled individual devastated by the monster disease of ALS. Never have I seen someone handle such a devastating illness with such grace. We love you Eric.

3. Woody Guthrie Fest:

The Woody Guthrie Festival takes place in July in Okemah, OK, birthplace of Woody Guthrie, and always features an incredible line up of musicians. I went on the encouragement of Jimmy LaFave, who is instrumental in making the festival happen. Let me tell you, folks, there is magic in that red dirt - the music seeps deep into your soul. Or maybe it's that you're just steps from Woody's boyhood home, or that Mary Jo Guthrie, Woody's sister, and the whole host of the Guthrie family is all around you, but it is an experience you will never forget. Joining Mary Jo at her Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning is one of the highlights of the fest.

4. Folk Alliance International conference:

Best Tribe Gathering - Always a bright spot of the year where we get to gather with our community, and network too! Highlights this year included honoring Vic Heyman and Odetta posthumously at the Awards Banquet (seeing Vic's empty easy chair was moving - we miss you, Vic!); the Keynote Address by Roger McGuinn; the Electric Guitar Summit featuring Freebo, Albert Lee, Phil Hurley (Stonehoney), Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), James Burton (best known for playin' with Elvis!) and Luke Doucet (Blue Rodeo); the showcase rooms in general; and of course watching the sun come up after playing music all night with Stonehoney, Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and many, many more that wondered in...

5. CD: "Monsters of Folk"

Debut album - For that matter, the entire Monsters of Folk tour - this collective's four songwriters -Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogis are each a monster artist individually. Good to see the next generation carrying the torch of folk music and making it their own.

6. Best Up and Coming:

Check out the Hotel Cafe in the early hours of the evening, which tends to be dedicated to acoustic music - I am amazed at the young talent they have booked there. Kate Miller-Heidke, Caitlin Crosby, and Astrella Celeste among others.

7. Best Folk Radio: KPFK

To Roz Larman of FolkScene, for carrying on the torch on KPFK every Sunday, and Mary Katherine Aldin, also on KPFK on Saturday early AM. Great interviews, great music, great job!

8. Best Gig Calendar:

Larry Wines, Acoustic Americana Music Guide - every week Larry tirelessly creates a very extensive posting of live acoustic music shows and news in the greater Los Angeles area, and beyond

9. Best Online Mag & Best Interviews:

To FolkWorks - yep, you guys. Carrying on the online version, reinventing and filling such and important role for Folk Music - you definitely deserve this. And the Interviewers you have - Terry Roland and Ross Altman are wonderful! Thank you for keeping such an informative and delightful publication going.

10. Best Legislative move:

The Folk Alliance International PRO agreement for House Concerts getting done - finally, we don't have to worry about the PRO's coming down on House Concerts. The ongoing negotiations will include Coffeehouses and non-profit Promoters in the coming months - all positives for our community.

 

 

2009 GRAMMY FOLK RELATED WINNERS

READ MORE FOR ALL NOMINEES

Category 68
Best Traditional Folk Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • At 89
    Pete Seeger
    [Appleseed Recordings]

Category 69
Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Raising Sand
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    [Rounder Records]

Category 70
Best Native American Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Come To Me Great Mystery - Native American Healing Songs
    (Various Artists)
    Tom Wasinger, producer
    [Silver Wave Records]

Category 71
Best Hawaiian Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • 'Ikena
    Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho
    [Daniel Ho Creations]

Category 72
Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
    BeauSoleil & Michael Doucet
    [MunckMix]

Read more: Grammy 2009

Top Ten 2008

(In No Particular Order)

By Steve and Leda Shapiro

Read more: Steve and Leda Top Ten 2008

Top Ten 2008

(In No Particular Order)

By Joel Okida

Read more: Joel Okida Top Ten

Top Ten 2008

(Various Categories)

By Larry Wines

Read more: Larry Wines Top Ten 2008

MUSIC ON THE RADIO

MusicontheRadio

STATIONS

KPFK [North Hollywood] (90.7FM) [Santa Barbara] (98.7FM)

THE NEW 88.5 FM (KCSN) [Northridge] (88.5FM)

KSBR [Orange County] (HD-2)

KUCR [Riverside] (88.3FM)

KPCC [Pasadena] (89.3FM)

KUCI [Irvine] (88.9FM)

KSPC [Claremont] (88.7FM)

WEDNESDAY

11:00am-1:00pm THE GLOBAL VILLAGE (KPFK)

                        Yatrika Shah-Rais"Music from around the world and around the block"

FRIDAY

9:00-11:00am MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (KUCR) (Folk and Show tunes)

6:00-8:00pm TEJANO SOUNDS (KUCR) El Guapo Lapo (Tex-Mex)

SATURDAY

5:00-7:00am ACOUSTIC CAFE (KCSN)
                   Rob Reinhart

6:00-8:00am ROOTS MUSIC AND BEYOND (KPFK) Rotating hosts
                   1st Saturday: Tom Nixon tomenixon10@gmail.com

                   2nd Saturday: Rick Frystak rickfry@aol.com
                   3rd Saturday (alternating): Art Podell art@artpodell.com Jim Moran moranjimk@sbcglobal.net

                   4th Saturday: Mark Humphrey mxxkor@gmail.com

                   5th Saturday: Mary Katherine Aldin Marykatherinealdin@gmail.com

7:00-9:00pm PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION® (KPCC)

                        Chris Thile (variety show)

6:00-8:00pm CANTO SIN FRONTERA (KPFK)

                        Tanya Torres (partly acoustic, Latin political)

8:00-10:00pm CANTO TROPICAL (KPFK)

                        Kathy Diaz (partly acoustic, bilingual Latin / Carribbean)

SUNDAY

6:00-8:00am EDNA TATUM’S GOSPEL CLASSICS (KPFK)

                        Gil Fears

6:00am-7:00am THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION RADIO HOUR (KCSN)

                        Chris Jacobs 

7:00am-9:00am AMERICANA MATINEE (KCSN)

                        Kat Griffin (Current Americana)

8:00am-10:00am CELTIC HARMONICS (KUCI)

                        Artemisia (Celtic-inspired music)

9:00am-10:00pm DYLAN HOUR (KCSN)

                       Lisa Finnie (Music of and related to Bob Dylan)

11:00am-1:00pm FOLK FREEWAY (KSPC)

                       Clark Noone (mix of old-time, bluegrass, folk revival, blues, Celtic, and Americana artists)

11:00-1:00pm TANGLED ROOTS (KCSN)

                        Pat Baker (American roots to contemporary)

5:00-5:30am HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS (KPFK)

                        Uncle Ruthie Buell (Children's show with folk music)

6:00-8:00pm FOLKROOTS (KSBR)

                        Marshall Andrews

6:00pm-8:00pm PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION® (KPCC)

                        Chris Thile (Rebroadcast - variety show)

6:00-8:00pm FOLKSCENE (KPFK)

                        Alan and Kat Larman  (all folk including live interviews, singer-songwriters and Celtic music)

8:00-9:00pm ANN THE RAVEN (KCSN)

                        Blues

8:00pm-10:00pm HOWDYLICIOUS (KUCI)

                        DJ Wanda (rockabilly, psychobilly, alt-country, and old time western music)

ON THE INTERNET

FOLK RADIO STATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

THISTLE & SHAMROCK

                        Fiona Ritchie (Celtic Music)

RIDERS RADIO THEATRE

                        Riders in the Sky (Cowboy variety show)

FOLK ALLEY

LIVE365

PANDORA

ROOTSWORLDRADIO

KPIG

WUMB

WFUV

STATIONS

KPFK [North Hollywood] (90.7FM) [Santa Barbara] (98.7FM)

THE NEW 88.5 FM (KCSN) [Northridge] (88.5FM)

KSBR [Orange County] (HD-2)

KUCR [Riverside] (88.3FM)

KPCC [Pasadena] (89.3FM)

KUCI [Irvine] (88.9FM)

KSPC [Claremont] (88.7FM)

WEDNESDAY

11:00am-1:00pm THE GLOBAL VILLAGE (KPFK)

                        Yatrika Shah-Rais"Music from around the world and around the block"

FRIDAY

9:00-11:00am MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (KUCR) (Folk and Show tunes)

6:00-8:00pm TEJANO SOUNDS (KUCR) El Guapo Lapo (Tex-Mex)

SATURDAY

5:00-7:00am ACOUSTIC CAFE (KCSN)
                   Rob Reinhart

6:00-8:00am ROOTS MUSIC AND BEYOND (KPFK) Rotating hosts
                   1st Saturday: Tom Nixon tomenixon10@gmail.com

                   2nd Saturday: Rick Frystak rickfry@aol.com
                   3rd Saturday (alternating): Art Podell art@artpodell.com Jim Moran moranjimk@sbcglobal.net

                   4th Saturday: Mark Humphrey mxxkor@gmail.com

                   5th Saturday: Mary Katherine Aldin Marykatherinealdin@gmail.com

7:00-9:00pm PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION® (KPCC)

                        Chris Thile (variety show)

6:00-8:00pm CANTO SIN FRONTERA (KPFK)

                        Tanya Torres (partly acoustic, Latin political)

8:00-10:00pm CANTO TROPICAL (KPFK)

                        Kathy Diaz (partly acoustic, bilingual Latin / Carribbean)

SUNDAY

6:00-8:00am EDNA TATUM’S GOSPEL CLASSICS (KPFK)

                        Gil Fears

6:00am-7:00am THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION RADIO HOUR (KCSN)

                        Chris Jacobs 

7:00am-9:00am AMERICANA MATINEE (KCSN)

                        Kat Griffin (Current Americana)

8:00am-10:00am CELTIC HARMONICS (KUCI)

                        Artemisia (Celtic-inspired music)

9:00am-10:00pm DYLAN HOUR (KCSN)

                       Lisa Finnie (Music of and related to Bob Dylan)

11:00am-1:00pm FOLK FREEWAY (KSPC)

                       Clark Noone (mix of old-time, bluegrass, folk revival, blues, Celtic, and Americana artists)

11:00-1:00pm TANGLED ROOTS (KCSN)

                        Pat Baker (American roots to contemporary)

5:00-5:30am HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS (KPFK)

                        Uncle Ruthie Buell (Children's show with folk music)

6:00-8:00pm FOLKROOTS (KSBR)

                        Marshall Andrews

6:00pm-8:00pm PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION® (KPCC)

                        Chris Thile (Rebroadcast - variety show)

6:00-8:00pm FOLKSCENE (KPFK)

                        Alan and Kat Larman  (all folk including live interviews, singer-songwriters and Celtic music)

8:00-9:00pm ANN THE RAVEN (KCSN)

                        Blues

8:00pm-10:00pm HOWDYLICIOUS (KUCI)

                        DJ Wanda (rockabilly, psychobilly, alt-country, and old time western music)

ON THE INTERNET

FOLK RADIO STATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

THISTLE & SHAMROCK

                        Fiona Ritchie (Celtic Music)

RIDERS RADIO THEATRE

                        Riders in the Sky (Cowboy variety show)

FOLK ALLEY

LIVE365

PANDORA

ROOTSWORLDRADIO

KPIG

WUMB

WFUV

OLD TIME MUSIC

WHAT IS OLD TIME MUSIC?

By Mark Humphrey

Fiddlin John CarsonLabels are necessary components of the ideas and experiences we fit into our lives. With labels, we differentiate. Where would marketing be without them? Some labels have the ability to be simultaneously pleasing and/or pejorative, depending on one's point of view. Such a label is ‘old time music.’ We may interpret it to denote (A) hopelessly outdated music or (B) deeply authentic music. Could it be both, music rooted in pre-video (even pre-radio) rural America and thus heroically anachronistic?

Old time music may suggest sounds rooted in pre-mass media Americana, but it is no less a marketing label than is ‘urban’ (contemporary black music) or ‘young country’ (post-Garth Nashville pop). It's just an older sales hook. This one can be traced to 1923, when Georgia’s Fiddlin’ John Carson waxed The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane and The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster's Going to Crow for the OKeh label. Legendary A&R [Artist and Repertoire]-man Ralph Peer deemed Carson’s performance “pluperfect awful,” but enough rural Americans disagreed to make the record a hit, the first in the history of what’s now called country music. (Ever the pragmatist, Carson remarked at his first whiff of success: “I’ll have to quit making moonshine and start making records.”) Carson’s paean to barnyard fertility rites and bucolic cabins initially appeared in OKeh’s popular music catalog, where it kept uneasy company with slicker stuff. 

Read more: WHAT IS OLD TIME MUSIC?

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OLD TIME HEROES

Why Old Time? By Mike Seeger, David Holt

Sprout Wings and Fly - Tommy Jarrell [VHS] by Cece Conway, Les Blank and Alice Gerrard - Flower Films 1111
DVD available from Les Blank

Melvin Wine: Old Time Music Maker by Robert S. Boles

“One More Time” The Life and Music of Melvin Wine by Margo Blevin and Gerald Milnes.

Legends of Old Time Music - Features performances by Pete Steele, Tommy Jarrell, The Walker Family, Jean & Edna Ritchie, Sam McGee, Doc Watson, and more. VEST-DVD13026

American Patchwork - Appalachian Journey: From the Original Ballad of Tom Dooley to the Origins of Bluegrass. VEST-V13079

Clyde Davenport: Shades of Clyde Cedar Glade 007

Shady Grove: Old Time Music from North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia featuring Kilby Snow, rare footage of Dock Boggs and more. VEST-DVD13071

Traditional Music Classics - Doc Watson, Kilby Snow, Roscoe Holcomb, and Buell Kazee YAZ-DVD516

Elizabeth Cotten In Concert 1969, 1978 & 1980 VEST-DVD13019

New Lost City Ramblers - Always Been A Rambler by Yasha Aginsky

Four American Roots Music Films by Yasha Aginsky

FIDDLE

Learn to Play Old Time Fiddle- Lesson 1. Taught by Brad Leftwich

Learn To Play Old Time Fiddle-Lesson 2. Taught by Brad Leftwich

Southern Old-Time Fiddle Tour. Taught by Bruce Molsky

Singing with the Fiddle-Accompanying Old Time Songs and Ballads. Taught by Bruce Molsky

Great Fiddle Lessons: Bluegrass & Old Time Styles. Taught by Brad Leftwich, Kenny Kosek

A Fiddler's Guide to Waltzes, Airs and Haunting Melodies. Taught by Jay Ungar

BANJO

Old-Time Banjo Styles. Taught By Mike Seeger

Southern Banjo Styles #1 Clawhammer Varieties & more. Taught by Mike Seeger

Southern Banjo Styles #2-Early 2-and 3- Finger Picking. Taught by Mike Seeger

Southern Banjo Styles #3- Holcomb, Mainer, McGee, Bluegrass Influences & more. Taught by Mike Seeger

Clawhammer Style Banjo: A Complete Guide For Beginning and Advanced Banjo Players, Vol. 1 & 2. Taught by Ken Perlman

Great Banjo Lessons: Clawhammer Style. Taught by Bob Carlin

How To Play The 5-String Banjo. Taught by Pete Seeger

GUITAR

Legends of Traditional Fingerstyle Guitar - Merle Travis, Elizabeth Cotten, Mance Lipscomb, Brownie McGhee, Doc & Merle Watson, Rev. Gary Davis and more.  VEST-DVD13004

Legends of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 1 - Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Mance Lipscomb, and more. VEST-DVD13003

Legends of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 2 - Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Mance Lipscomb, and more. VEST-DVD13016

Legends of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 3 - Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Mance Lipscomb, and more.  VEST-DVD13037

Early Southern Guitar Styles. Taught by Mike Seeger

DVD-Guitar Styles Of The Carter Family. Taught by Mike Seeger

SINGING

The Carter Family - Will the Circle Be Unbroken by Kathy Conkwright

Vocal Techniques For Old-Time Mountain Music by Cary Fridley

From Augusta Heritage Recordings

“One More Time” – The Life & Music of Melvin Wine DVD/CD-ROM

Reel 'Em, Boys, Reel 'Em - A Documentary of Traditional West Virginia Dance, The Mountain Dance Trail.

Old-Time Music on the Augusta Stage

Kent Lilly – West Virginia’s Old-Time Storyteller

Tribute to the Mountain Dulcimer

Icy Mountain – The Quirky Fiddling of Leland Hall

Music of Heaven – Old-Time Music from Coal River Country

The ‘CC Boys: A West Virginia Legacy

That Old-Time Sound – Old-Time Music & Ways of Central West Virginia

Fiddlin’ Leo Herron

From Arhoolie Records

Down Home Music: A Journey Through the Heartland 1963

FROM HOMESPUN MUSIC INSTRUCTION 

Banjo of Ralph Stanley: From Old-Time to Bluegrass - Ralph Stanley - RAL-BJ21-DVD

READING MATERIAL

Magazines

Old-TimeHerald

Fiddler Magazine

Journals

ARSC Journal – Association of Recorded Sound Collections

Books

Amazon:

Strings of Life: Conversations with Old Time Musicians by Kevin Donleavy

Fiddlin' Georgia Crazy: Fiddlin' John Carson, His Real World, and the World of His Songs

Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South by Patrick Huber

Country Music, U.S.A.: Third Revised Edition by Bill C. Malone and Jocelyn R. Neal

In the Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music by Nicholas Dawidoff

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by Fiona Ritchie, Doug Orr, Darcy Orr

The Scotch-Irish Influence on Country Music in the Carolinas: Border Ballads, Fiddle Tunes and Sacred Songs by Michael C. Scoggins

Alan Lomax, Assistant In Charge: The Library Of Congress Letters, 1935 - 1945 by Ronald D. Cohen

African Banjo Echoes In Appalachia: A Study Of Folk Traditions by Cecelia Conway

Gone To The Country: The New Lost City Ramblers And The Folk Music Revival by Ray Allen

Traditional Musicians Of The Central Blue Ridge - Old Time, Early Country, Folk And Bluegrass Label Recording Artists, With Discographies by Marty Mcgee

Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone: The Carter Family And Their Legacy In American Music by Mark Zwonitzer With Charles Hirshberg

A Banjo Pickin' Girl: The Life And Music Of Ola Belle Campbell Reed by Judy H. Marti

Alan Lomax, Assistant In Charge: The Library Of Congress Letters, 1935 - 1945 by Ronald D. Cohen

Banjo On The Mountain: Wade Mainer's First Hundred Years by Dick Spottswood

Fiddle

Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore of West Virginia by Gerry Milnes

Fiddling Way Out Yonder: The Life and Music of MelvinWine by Drew Beisswenger

The Devil’s Box: Masters of Southern Fiddling by Charles Wolfe

Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes by Jeff Todd Titon

The Fiddle Book by Marion Thede

The Old-Time Fiddler's Repertory: 245 Traditional Tunes by R. P. Christeson 

The Old-Time Fiddler’s Repertory Volume 2 by R.P. Christeson

Beginning Old Time Fiddle by Alan Kaufman

The Fiddler's Fakebook: The Ultimate Sourcebook For The Traditional Fiddler by David Brody

Ragtime for Fiddle & Mandolin by Steve Parker

150 Hot Tunes for Fiddle & Mandolin by Steve Parker

Elderly:

Fiddle Tunes I Learned At The Tractor Tavern (And Other Places Around Puget Sound) - The Millennium Edition (Revised) by Gene Silberberg

The Complete - Fiddle Tunes I Either Did Or Did Not Learn At The Tractor Tavern by Gene Silberberg

Fiddle Tunes Illuminated by Alan Jabbour

Banjo

Ring the Banjar! by Robert Lloyd Webb

African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia by Cecelia Conway

Old Time Songs For Clawhammer Banjo by David K Marshall

Old-Time Backup Guitar: Learn From the Masters  by John Schwab

The Banjo Player's Songbook: Over 200 great songs arranged for the five-string banjo  by Tim Jumper

The Art of the Mountain Banjo by Art Rosenbaum

Old Time String Band Banjo Styles by Joseph Weidlich

Minstrel Banjo: Briggs’ Banjo Instructor by Joseph Weidlich

Wade Ward - Clawhammer Banjo Master (Book/CD Set) by Bob Carlin & Dan Levenson

Kyle Creed - Clawhammer Banjo Master (Book/CD Set) by Bob Carlin

Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo by Brad Leftwich

Clawhammer Banjo by Miles Krassen

Clawhammer Style Banjo by Ken Perlman

The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo by Patrick Costello

A Book of Five Strings: Strategies for Mastering the Art of Old Time Banjo by Patrick Costello

How To Play The 5-String Banjo by Pete Seeger

Clawhammer Banjo String Band Favorites by Steve Parker

Mandolin

Old Time String Band Music for Mandolin by Joseph Weidlich

150 Hot Tunes for Fiddle & Mandolin by Steve Parker

Ragtime for Fiddle & Mandolin by Steve Parker

The Mandolin Picker's Fakebook by David Brody

Guitar

Guitar Pickers Fakebook: The Ultimate Sourcebook for the Traditional Guitar by David Brody

String Band

Old-Time String Band Songbook by Cohen/Seeger/Wood

Songs

Ragtime

Ragtime for Fiddle & Mandolin by Steve Parker

Other related interesting books

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 16 – Robert Crumb

Long Steel Rail – Norm Cohen

Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women – Ricky Jay

WEB LINKS

Internet streaming old-time music: Sugar in the Gourd

Search for Old Time Music on www.youtube.com

Want to see notes for a tune? JC's ABC Tune Finder

Want to learn about a tune? Fiddler's Companion

Want to hear a tune (or snippet thereof) and iTunes doesn’t find it? Amazon Song/Tune Search

Folk Music Index, useful index for traditional fiddletunes

For all things mandolin: The Mandolin Café

The Old-Time Music Home Page

Roots of American Fiddle Music

Mike Seeger's Website

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection

Old Time Kentucky Fiddler Clyde Davenport

Digital Library of Appalachia

Old-time Country Blues

Old Time Music in Portland, OR: Bubba Guitar

Sources for recordings:

County Sales

Yazoo Records

Document Records

Rounder

Field Recorders' Collective

Elderly Instruments

 

Kurt MacInnis

KurtMacInnis

Kurt MacInnis has taken time off from his busy schedule at the Luddite Press to write for us. He lives in Santa Monica California and enjoys playing the guitar and the mandolin.

Ron Young

Ron Young

Ron Young had the good fortune to grow up in rural Scotland, surrounded by the traditions of Scottish music and dance. He would like readers to know that whatever you heard about that sheep, it’s not true. Ron has spent the better part of thirty years involved with various Celtic and Scottish cultural organizations in southern California, and now back in Aberfeldy where he has continued to pursue his love of traditional music.

KELLY McCUNE

Kelly_McCuneKelly McCune is a singer-songwriter and the boss lady of Border Radio, an Altadena-based country folk and dustbowl swing band.

Zac Leger

Zac_LegerZac Leger has toured, performed and taught music all over the U.S., Canada and Ireland, and currently resides in Los Angeles.  He has won numerous medals on various instruments from both the U.S. and Ireland, and is one of the few Americans to hold a prestigious All-Ireland medal on the uilleann pipes. Zac has recorded on over a dozen albums and has played, recorded and performed with numerous world-renowned musicians, including Eileen Ivers, Jamie Laval, and the Irish-based show “Celtic Crossroads.”

Amy Reitnouer

AmyReitnouer

Amy Reitnouer is the founder of BluegrassLA, which covers everything Bluegrass, Old Time, Americana, Folk, Roots, etc. in Southern California.  When she's not covering the southland's music scene, she works by day as on the Paramount Lot, and is often scouring LA for new bars, restaurants, and venues to try before heading back to her home near Venice. She also loves pilates and learning how to play the banjo.

Richard GeeRICHARD GEE

Richard Gee is an attorney specializing in the entertainment industry and is a Celtic and acoustic singer, guitarist, songwriter, arranger and music producer in his spare time. You can reach him at rgee@gee4law.com

David BraggerOld Time Oracle - David Bragger

David Bragger is a Los Angeles-based instructor and player of old time fiddle and banjo music. He also photographs, films, and collects the lore of traditional artists, from puppeteers in Myanmar to fiddlers of Appalachia www.myspace.com/davidbragger

Michael Macheret

forkloreWhen not dining in exotic locales, Michael Macheret forages closer to home in the South Bay regions near Los Angeles

logo_lookaroundValerie Cooley

Valerie Cooley is living in Coos Bay, Oregon. When she's not playing with her beautiful and brilliant young granddaughters, she paddles her kayak on the bay, watches birds, gardens, and contradances once a month Email: valeriecooley@verizon.net

logo_lookaroundBrooke Alberts

Brooke Alberts is a songwriter and has a Masters degree in Medieval Studies.

logo_davescornerDave Soyars

Dave Soyars is a guitarist, electric bass player, a singer/songwriter, and a print journalist with over fifteen years experience. His column features happenings on the folk and traditional music scene both locally and internationally, with commentary on recordings, as well as live shows, and occasionally films and books. Please feel free to e-mail him atdave@soyars.com

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logo_howaboutthatBarry Smiler

Barry Smiler is a former touring musician, retired concert producer, and all around great guy. In his doddering senescence he still retains a few opinions, and occasionally offers them in places like this. You can reach him at bsmiler@bardon.com

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logo_tiedtothetracksLarry Wines

Longtime journalist, with awards for print, publishing, and broadcasting. Creator and host of radio's award-winning "Tied to the Tracks," headed for national syndication. The show is all-acoustic, and features live in-studio performance-interviews with wonderful musicians; over 300 guests, so far, including Grammy and Juno winners and nominees.

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Jackie MorrisJackie Morris

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.

Carl GageCarl Gage

Carl Gage is a singer-songwriter, musician and writer based inSimi Valley, CA. He is active in the acoustic music community serving on theboards of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Songmakers, Inc., managing web sites for the FAR-West FolkAlliance, Songmakers and Topanga, emceeing on the main stage at Topanga andother musical events throughout the year, and writing occasional articles for FolkWorks, The Bard Chord and other publications. http://carlgage.com

David KIng

Grandson of a Great Plains farmer, David King is the Garden Master at the Learning Garden, on the campus of Venice High School.  He shares his love of the land and music through teaching, writing and playing in a folk/country band. Contact: greenteach@roadrunner.com

Audrey Coleman

 

Audrey Coleman is a journalist, educator and passionate explorer of traditional and world music.

Linda DEWAR

An American now living in Scotland, Linda Dewar is a singer and a player of various instruments with strings and keys. Besides being a solo performer, she plays in the Scottish band Togarrach, and is a founding member of the revue Simply Burns. Visit her website.

 

Roland Sturm

Roland Sturm is Professor of Policy Analysis at the RAND Graduate School and usually writes on health policy, not music. He is the talent coordinator of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and leads the monthly Celtic sessions at CTMS. These days he mainly plays upright bass and mandolin.

Susie Glaze

Award-winning recording artist and critically-acclaimed Bluegrass powerhouse vocalist, Susie Glaze has been called by BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED "an important voice on the California Bluegrass scene." Her album Blue Eyed Darlin' was the winner of the Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Award for Best Roots Album and Folkworks Magazine's Pick for Best Bluegrass Album of 2005. "One of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today." (Roz Larman of FolkScene). Susie's new release Green Kentucky Blues and additional recordings can be found at www.susieglaze.com.

 

Joel Okida

Joel Okida is a struggling artist, struggling writer, and struggling musician. It occurs to him that life is all about the struggle. Fortunately, he did not take up acting. However, he's not half-bad as a zydeco dancer and the ability to make a mean gumbo and lovely walnut tortes has gotten him by.

 

Ross Altman

Ross Altman has a Ph.D. in English. Before becoming a full-time folk singer he taught college English and Speech. He now sings around California for libraries, unions, schools, political groups and folk festivals.You can reach Ross at Greygoosemusic@aol.com.

 

Dennis Roger Reed

Dennis Roger Reed is a singer-songwriter, musician and writer based in San Clemente, CA. He’s released two solo CDs, and appeared on two CDs with the newgrassy Andy Rau Band and two CDs with the roots rockers Blue Mama. His prose has appeared in a variety of publications such as the OC Weekly and MOJO magazine. Writing about his music has appeared in an eclectic group of publications such as Bass Player, Acoustic Musician, Dirty Linen, Blue Suede News and Sing Out! His oddest folk resume entry would be the period of several months in 2002 when he danced onstage as part of both Little Richard’s and Paul Simon’s revues. He was actually asked to do the former and condoned by the latter. He apparently knows no shame.

Uncle Ruthie

Uncle Ruthie is the producer and host of HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS, heard every Saturday morning (8:00am) on KPFK Radio, 90.7 FM. She also teaches music at The Blind Children's Center in Los Angeles. Ruthie does concerts for children, families and adults, as well as teacher workshops. She teaches beginning piano, and especially welcomes students with special needs. She can be reached at 310-838-8133, or at uncleruthie@aol.com.

Terry Roland

Terry Roland is an English teacher, freelance writer, occasional poet, songwriter and folk and country enthusiast. The music has been in his blood since being raised in Texas. He came to California where he was taught to say ‘dude’ at an early age.

Russ Paris

russ-parisRuss runs a number of music related websites including the Jackson Browne Fans Page. He and his wife Julie have hosted Russ & Julie's House Concerts (http://houseconcerts.us/index.html) in Oak Park, California for more than fourteen years.

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Roger Goodman 

Roger Goodman is a musician, mathematician, punster, reader of esoteric books and sometime writer, none of which pays the mortgage. For that, he is a computer network guy for a law firm. He has been part of the Los Angeles old-time & contra-dance music community for over thirty years. While not a dancer, he does play fiddle, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo & spoons. Roger has a penchant for trivia and obscura and sometimes tries to explain how the clock works when asked only for the time. He lives with his wife, Monika White, in Santa Monica.

MUSIC INSTRUCTION


photo Ruth Alpert
Photo by George Ancona.

RUTH ALPERT

APPALACHIAN FLATFOOTING & BUCK DANCING

Lessons in the Santa Barbara area. Easy, fun, and aerobic. Private sessions; group classes created upon request. Call or email to discuss pricing, as it depends on variable factors.

ruth@ruthalpert.com 505-660-1414


David Bragger

DAVID BRAGGER

FIDDLE & BANJO

 

David Bragger teaches traditional fiddle and banjo to students of all ages and levels. He teaches music by ear, so no musical background is necessary! His students have won awards at festivals from Topanga Fiddle Banjo Festival to Galax, Virginia. More importantly, he shows you how to have a foot-stomping ruckus of a good time! You’ll be learning technique, bowings, and styles of traditional Appalachian musicians so you can play at local jam sessions, bang away on your front porch, or saw like mad at local festivals and contests.

818-324-6123 davidbragger@yahoo.com


Lisa Haley

LISA HALEY

VIOLIN, VIOLA, VOCALS, IMPROVISATION THEORY (FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS)

Leader of the band Lisa Haley & the Zydekats.

I teach: (all styles, beginning to advanced).

Based in South Bay, I have been teaching for many years, and really enjoy it.

www.lisahaley.com

310-676-4884 info@lisahaley.com


Michael Kelly

MICHAEL KELLY 

FIDDLE

Leader of the band SLIGO RAGS which regularly plays at Disneyland.

Long Beach (will travel to student's home for extra charge)

562-544-2996 cell 24/7/365, texts accepted

www.fiddlin4you.com www.sligorags.com

mike@fiddlin4you.com


Dale LaDuke

DALE LaDUKE

GUITAR, SONG-WRITING, UKULELE, BASS & DRUMS

Now accepting students for guitar, piano, songwriting, Ukulele (and beginning bass and drums) both at his studios in Montrose and Sunland. He is also giving lessons from is home via Skype. Rates start at $25 per half hour.

daleladuke@yahoo.com

Pat Mac Swyney

PAT MAC SWYNEY

KAVAL, NEY, OCTAVE MANDOLIN, MANDOLIN, TENOR BANJO

WIND INSTRUMENTS: Kaval (Balkan and Anatolian end blown flute) &Ney (Ottoman Turkish end blown flute)

STYLES TAUGHT: 
Balkan (SE European including Greek &Turkish)

STRING INSTRUMENTS:
Octave Mandolin (aka Irish Bouzouki / Cittern), Mandolin, Tenor Banjo

STYLES TAUGHT: Traditional New Orleans & Gypsy Jazz; Balkan (SE European including Greek & Turkish) & Carpathian (Romanian & Klezmer); Celtic (Irish, Scottish, Breton) & Northern European (French, Flemish, etc.)

Teach in north L.A. County (Santa Clarita) but travel possible / No Skype. Beginning & Intermediate. 

macswyney@aol.com


Joanna Mell

JOANNA MELL

FOLK HARP (LEVER HARP, CELTIC HARP)

I teach at my studio in Corona and by Skype and will travel to student's house. I've been teaching for 25 years with much success. My students have won numerous awards. 

www.JoannaMell.com www.DeepPeaceMusic.com

951-547-4022 joanna@joannamell.com


Jamie Papish

JAMIE PAPISH

HAND DRUMS

Middle Eastern Doumbek, Riq, Frame Drum, Persian Daf, Cajon, Udu Drum and general hand drumming on any percussion instrument you have.

He teaches privately at your place or in Topanga and currently has a group class in Topanga on Tuesday nights.

jamiepapishmusic.com

310-463-1956


Gaili Schoen

GAILI SCHOEN

PIANO

GAILI SCHOEN has written piano method books for ADULTS 50+ to learn folk, classical and popular music. Go to Amazon.com and search for UPPER HANDS PIANO. For piano lessons in the greater Los Angeles area,  Free sheet music downloads every month at UpperHandsPiano.com. It's never too late to take piano lessons!

Gaili@UpperHandsPiano.com.


Rowan Storm

ROWAN STORM

MIDDLE EASTERN HAND DRUMS

Middle Eastern / Mediterranean drumming rhythms on various hand drums including: dumbek, riq, daf, Rowan Storm Signature Dayereh by Cooperman, Rowan Storm Thinline Frame Drum and Dayereh by Remo

West Los Angeles

www.rowanstorm.com

rowanstorm@carpetconcert.com


Jan Tappan

JAN TAPPAN

FIDDLE

Scottish traditional fiddle in the  Pasadena area.

Internationally known Scottish fiddler, fiddle teacher, competition judge and performer. She has been playing the fiddle since 1981 and teaching fiddle since 1986. She is the director of the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles.

www.scottishfiddlers.org

626-793-3716 fiddlers@earthlink.net

Jan Tappan

JAN TAPPAN

FIDDLE

Scottish traditional fiddle in the  Pasadena area.

Internationally known Scottish fiddler, fiddle teacher, competition judge and performer. She has been playing the fiddle since 1981 and teaching fiddle since 1986. She is the director of the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles.

www.scottishfiddlers.org

626-793-3716 fiddlers@earthlink.net

Jamie Papish

JAMIE PAPISH

HAND DRUMS

Middle Eastern Doumbek, Riq, Frame Drum, Persian Daf, Cajon, Udu Drum and general hand drumming on any percussion instrument you have.

He teaches privately at your place or in Topanga and currently has a group class in Topanga on Tuesday nights.

jamiepapishmusic.com

310-463-1956

Rowan Storm

ROWAN STORM

MIDDLE EASTERN HAND DRUMS

Middle Eastern / Mediterranean drumming rhythms on various hand drums including: dumbek, riq, daf, Rowan Storm Signature Dayereh by Cooperman, Rowan Storm Thinline Frame Drum and Dayereh by Remo

West Los Angeles

www.rowanstorm.com

rowanstorm@carpetconcert.com

Lisa Haley

LISA HALEY

VIOLIN, VIOLA, VOCALS, IMPROVISATION THEORY (FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS)

Leader of the band Lisa Haley & the Zydekats.

I teach: (all styles, beginning to advanced).

Based in South Bay, I have been teaching for many years, and really enjoy it.

www.lisahaley.com

310-676-4884 info@lisahaley.com

Joanna Mell

JOANNA MELL

FOLK HARP (LEVER HARP, CELTIC HARP)

I teach at my studio in Corona and by Skype and will travel to student's house. I've been teaching for 25 years with much success. My students have won numerous awards. 

www.JoannaMell.com www.DeepPeaceMusic.com

951-547-4022 joanna@joannamell.com

Michael Kelly

MICHAEL KELLY 

FIDDLE

Leader of the band SLIGO RAGS which regularly plays at Disneyland.

Long Beach (will travel to student's home for extra charge)

562-544-2996 cell 24/7/365, texts accepted

www.fiddlin4you.com www.sligorags.com

mike@fiddlin4you.com

Pat Mac Swyney

PAT MAC SWYNEY

KAVAL, NEY, OCTAVE MANDOLIN, MANDOLIN, TENOR BANJO

WIND INSTRUMENTS: Kaval (Balkan and Anatolian end blown flute) &Ney (Ottoman Turkish end blown flute)

STYLES TAUGHT: 
Balkan (SE European including Greek &Turkish)

STRING INSTRUMENTS:
Octave Mandolin (aka Irish Bouzouki / Cittern), Mandolin, Tenor Banjo

STYLES TAUGHT: Traditional New Orleans & Gypsy Jazz; Balkan (SE European including Greek & Turkish) & Carpathian (Romanian & Klezmer); Celtic (Irish, Scottish, Breton) & Northern European (French, Flemish, etc.)

Teach in north L.A. County (Santa Clarita) but travel possible / No Skype. Beginning & Intermediate. 

macswyney@aol.com

Dale LaDuke

DALE LaDUKE

GUITAR, SONG-WRITING, UKULELE, BASS & DRUMS

Now accepting students for guitar, piano, songwriting, Ukulele (and beginning bass and drums) both at his studios in Montrose and Sunland. He is also giving lessons from is home via Skype. Rates start at $25 per half hour.

daleladuke@yahoo.com

Gaili Schoen

GAILI SCHOEN

PIANO

GAILI SCHOEN has written piano method books for ADULTS 50+ to learn folk, classical and popular music. Go to Amazon.com and search for UPPER HANDS PIANO. For piano lessons in the greater Los Angeles area,  Free sheet music downloads every month at UpperHandsPiano.com. It's never too late to take piano lessons!

Gaili@UpperHandsPiano.com.

David Bragger

DAVID BRAGGER

FIDDLE & BANJO

David Bragger teaches traditional fiddle and banjo to students of all ages and levels. He teaches music by ear, so no musical background is necessary! His students have won awards at festivals from Topanga Fiddle Banjo Festival to Galax, Virginia. More importantly, he shows you how to have a foot-stomping ruckus of a good time! You’ll be learning technique, bowings, and styles of traditional Appalachian musicians so you can play at local jam sessions, bang away on your front porch, or saw like mad at local festivals and contests.

818-324-6123 davidbragger@yahoo.com

photo Ruth Alpert
Photo by George Ancona.

RUTH ALPERT

APPALACHIAN FLATFOOTING & BUCK DANCING

Lessons in the Santa Barbara area. Easy, fun, and aerobic. Private sessions; group classes created upon request. Call or email to discuss pricing, as it depends on variable factors.

ruth@ruthalpert.com 505-660-1414

MUSIC STORES

BOULEVARD MUSIC

4316 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

310-398-2583

CALIFORNIA VINTAGE GUITAR & AMP

5244 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

818-789-8884

CALLIER-SCOLLARD VIOLIN SHOP

50 E. Green St. Suite 142, Pasadena, CA 91105

626-795-2870

FOLK MUSIC CENTER

220 Yale Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

909-624-2928

THE FRETTED FROG

1414 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

626-844-5006

THE FRET HOUSE

309 N. Citrus Ave. Covina, CA 91723

626-339-7020

GRAYSON TUNE TOWN

2415 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

818-249-0993

GUITAR MERCHANT

7503 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, CA 91303

818-884-5905

LEMUR MUSIC

32238 Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

949-493-8323

LOS ANGELES BASS WORKS

672 S. La Fayette Park Place #25, Los Angeles, CA 90057

213-380-3480 lgass@sbcglobal.net

MCCABE'S GUITAR SHOP

3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-828-4497 McCabesSM@aol.com

METZLER VIOLIN SHOP

604 S. Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91204

818-246-0278

MOREY'S MUSIC

4834 Woodruff Ave., Lakewood, CA 90713

562-420-9532

MOTHERLAND MUSIC

601 N. Eucalyptus Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302

310-673-8000 

NORM'S RARE GUITARS

18969 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

818-344-8300

REMO DRUMS

7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605

818-982-0461

TIME WARP MUSIC

12257 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, CA 90713

323-600-5050

HANS WEISSHAAR

627 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004

323-466-6293

WESTWOOD MUSIC

1627 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

310-478-4251

SAN DIEGO

THE BLUE GUITAR

5959 Mission Gorge Rd #101, San Diego, CA 92120

619-283-2700

FREEDOM GUITAR

6334 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115

619-265-0577

MORSE ACADEMY

4434 30th St., San Diego, CA 92116

619-200-7498 music@morseacademy.org

MOZE GUITARS

8415 La Mesa Blvd #1, La Mesa, CA 91942

619-698-1185

SANTA BARBARA

FOLK MOTE MUSIC & HARP STORE

1034 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805-962-0830

INSTRUMENT MAKERS & REPAIRS

NOTE: Many music stores to instrument repairs in-house. Check the Music Stores listings.

INSTRUMENT MAKERS

DEERING BANJO COMPANY

3733 Kenora Dr., Spring Valley, CA 91977

619-464-8252

MCPRANGE BODHRANS

949-476-2030

DON NOON – Violin Maker

TAYLOR GUITARS

1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon, CA 92020

800-943-6782 619-258-1207

JIM WIMMER – Violin Maker

805-569-5964 fiddlemaker@cox.net

INSTRUMENT REPAIR

BOULEVARD MUSIC

4316 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

310-398-2583

CALLIER-SCOLLARD VIOLIN SHOP

50 E. Green St. Suite 142, Pasadena, CA 91105

626-795-2870

CREMONA VIOLIN SHOP

3213 Midvale Ave., West L.A., CA 90034

by appointment 310-475-5897

KURT GARY

310-874-3357 kurtkraft@aol.com

LIVING TREE MUSIC

818-895-2093

MCCABE'S GUITAR SHOP

3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-828-4497 McCabesSM@aol.com

METZLER VIOLIN SHOP

604 S. Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91204

818-246-0278

LOCAL PERFORMING MUSICIANS AND BANDS

A

ADAAWE

RUTH ALPERT

PETER ALSOP

ROSS ALTMAN

DAVE ALVIN

THE AMERICANS

THE ANDY RAU BAND

B

TOM BALL AND KENNY SULTAN

BAD HAGGIS

BANNA BEAG MALL

ERIN BARNES

JOHN BATDORF

JOHN BERGSTROM

BILL BERRY

BIG BAD ROOSTER

BIG TWEED

BLACK LAB & THE BANJO

BLACKWATERSIDE

BLAINE SPROUSE

BLADERUNNERS BLUEGRASS BAND

BORDER RADIO

THE BOTTLED SPIRITS

BARRY ‘BIG B’ BRENNER

BRILLIANT GYPSIES

THE BROMBIES

TOM BROSSEAU

THE BROWNE SISTERS & GEORGE CAVANAUGH

SEVERIN BROWNE

JERRY BURGAN

G BURNS JUG BAND

CODY BRYANT

C

DONNA LYNN CASKEY

PHIL CELIA

CELTIC RHYTHMS

CELTIC SPRING

PHIL CHRISTIE

CLADDAGH

MAIRE CLERKIN

KRIS COLT & THE BLACK ROSE BAND

CONJUNTO JARDIN

CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS

TOM CORBETT BAND

THE CORZINES

COW BOP

RONNY COX

CREEKWOOD

SHAUN CROMWELL

JIM CURRY

D

BILL DEMPSEY

FUR DIXON

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL

E

EAGLE ROCK GOSPEL SINGERS

ECHO SPARKS

EDITED TRIO

ELEPHANT REVIVAL

F

FRANK FAIRFIELD

ANGEL FIGUEROA

ROBERT MORGAN FISHER

FISHTANK ENSEMBLE

FOLDING MR. LINCOLN

FOY WILLING'S RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE

FREEBO

G

THE GET DOWN BOYS

TONY GILKYSON

SUSIE GLAZE AND THE HILONESOME BAND

JEFF GOLD

GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET

H

LISA HALEY AND THE ZYDECATS

BERKLEY HART

HEY DUDES

HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND

ANDY HILL & RENEE SAFIER

CHRIS HILLMAN

THE HOLLOW TREES

HOMESICK ELEPHANT

HONEY DEWDROPS

HONEY-LULUS

HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS

HONEY WHISKY TRIO

JAMES HURLEY

I

I SEE HAWKS IN L.A.

INCENDIO

J

LAURENCE JUBER

K

KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND

MAMAK KHADEM

TOMMY SANTEE KLAWS

JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS

THE KOLES

L

DALE LADUKE

LAWRENCE LEBO

ROSIE LEDET & THE ZYDECO PLAYBOYS

DAVID LINDLEY

JEFF LINSKY

LOAFER'S GLORY

LOONEY’S FORTUNE

LOS TRES CABALLEROS

M

JOHM M.

AEDAN MacDONNELL

DOUG MacLEOD

JOHN McEUEN

EVAN MARSHALL

KELLY MARIE MARTIN

JOANNA MELL

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

MICHAEL MENDELSON

THE MILL CREEK BOYS

THE MILK CARTON KIDS

THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS

MODAL TEASE

MOONSVILLE COLLECTIVE

JACKIE MORRIS

MUSICANTICAN

N

THE HANI NASSER BAND

DAN NAVARRO

NE’ER DUWELS

NEVENKA

TRACY NEWMAN AND THE REINFORCEMENTS

JIM & MORNING NICHOLS

O

KEN O’MALLEY

OXALIS

P

MADAME PAMITA

JAMIE PAPISH

VAN DYKE PARKS

BERNIE PEARL

HERB PEDERSEN

BRET PERKINS

SARA PETITE

WILLIAM PINT AND FELICIA DALE

PLOWBOYS CELTIC

ART PODELL

BLIND JOHN POPE

THE PRATIES

R

GEE RABE

JOEL RAFAEL

RAKIA BRASS BAND

RATTLE THE KNEE

JAMES REAMS & THE BARNSTORMERS

THE DENNIS ROGER REED BAND

THE REFUGEES

JOHN C. REILLY & FRIENDS

RESTAVRANT

RHYTHM METHOD

ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS BAND

YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE

RT N' THE 44S

RUN DOWNHILL

S

SABRINA & CRAIG

PHIL SALAZAR

SALT MARTIANS BLUEGRASS BAND

SALTY SUITES

TOM SAUBER

SAUSAGE GRINDER

RICK SHEA

PHEE SHERLINE

SHOW PONIES

SKIN & BONES

SIERRA HIGHWAY

SLIGO RAGS

DANIEL SLOSBERG

SLUGGER O'TOOLE

MOIRA SMILEY AND VOCO

MERLIN SNIDER

JILL SOBULE

FRED SOKOLOW

WALTER SPENCER

AMELIA K. SPICER

JAMES LEE STANLEY

MICHAEL STEIN AND SONS

REBECCA STOUT

STRING MADNESS

YALE STROM

SUGAR IN THE GOURD

SWING RIOTS QUIRKTETTE

SYNCOPATHS

T

TAIKO CENTER OF LA

TAIKO PROJECT (RE)GENERATION

TALL MEN GROUP

JACK TEMPCHIN

THREE THIRDS BAND

TJ TROY

TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT

ERNEST TROOST

THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS

V

VENTUCKY STRING BAND

VINNIE & THE HOOLIGANS

W

JOE WACK

CLIFF WAGNER & OLD #7

SUNNY WAR

SARA WATKINS

SEAN WATKINS

JIM ‘KIMO’ WEST

WHEN PIGS FLY!

STEVE WERNER

WICKED TINKERS

WHISKEY SUNDAY

THE WILD REEDS

WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND

IAN WHITCOMB

WOMEN ON THE MOVE TRIO

JOYCE WOODSON

WRECK & SOW

Y

JOHN YORK

Z

ZETZ KLEZMER ENSEMBLE

JOHN ZIPPERER

PAUL ZOLLO

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CONCERT VENUES

LOS ANGELES

ALVA’S SHOWROOM

1417 West 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732

310-519 1314

ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10, Los Angeles, CA 90067

213-403-3000

AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER

4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park (Los Angeles), CA 90027

323-667-2000

BOULEVARD MUSIC

4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

310-398-2583

BROAD STAGE - Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center

1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

310-434-3200

CALTECH PUBLIC EVENTS

California Institute of Technology - Beckman Auditorium

1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125

626-395-4652 events@caltech.edu

CAP UCLA

UCLA Campus, Royce Hall, Westwood, CA 90095

310-825-2101 or 310-825-4401

CARPENTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – Cal State Long Beach

6200 Atherton Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90815

562-985-4274

CELTIC ARTS CENTER

Mayflower Club

11110 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606

818-760-8322

CERRITOS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

12700 Center Court Dr., Cerritos, CA 90703

562-916-8501 ticket_office@cerritoscenter.com

DESCANSO GARDENS

1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada, CA 91011

818-949-7980 818-949-4200

THE EL REY THEATRE

5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

323-936-6400

FOLK MUSIC CENTER

220 Yale Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

909-624-2928

JOHN ANSON FORD AMPHITHEATRE

2580 Cahuenga Blvd., East, Hollywood, CA 90068

323-461-3673 

FOWLER MUSEUM OF CULTURAL HISTORY - UCLA

405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095

310-825-4361

THE FRET HOUSE

309 N. Citrus, Covina, CA 91723-2006

818-339-7020

WILL GEER THEATRICUM BOTANICUM

1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

310-455-3723

THE GETTY CENTER

1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

310-440-7300

GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE (UNIVERSAL CITYWALK)

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

818-622-4440

GRACE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90808

562-420-2292

GRAMMY MUSEUM

800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

213-765-6800

GRAND PERFORMANCES

California Plaza

350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071

213-687-2020

GREEK THEATRE

2700 North Vermont, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-665-5857

GUITAR MERCHANT

7305 Topanga Blvd., Canoga Park, CA 91303

818-884-5905

HAMMER MUSEUM – UCLA

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

310-443-7000

HAUGH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER - Citrus College

1000 West Foothill Boulevard, Glendora, CA 91741

626-963-9411

HOLLYWOOD BOWL

2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068

323-850-2000

HOUSE OF BLUES(West Hollywood)

8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

323-848-5100

INTERNATIONAL PRINTING MUSEUM

315 Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745

310-515-7166

JAPANESE AMERICAN CULTURAL & COMMUNITY CENTER

244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-680-3700

JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

369 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-625-0414

W.M. KECK FOUNDATION CHILDREN’S AMPHITHEATRE

WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

323-850-2000 

LANCASTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534

661-723-5950

LEVITT PAVILION FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

85 East Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103

626-683-3230

LEVITT PAVILION MACARTHUR PARK LOS ANGELES

2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

626-683-3230

LOS ANGELES SOUND FOUNDATION

Pasadena Presbyterian Church

585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

626-318-9758

LUCKMAN FINE ARTS COMPLEX

5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032

323-343-6600

MARKAZ

5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035

310-657-5511

McCABE’S GUITAR SHOP

3101 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-828-4497

Concert Hotline 310-828-4403

ME ‘N’ ED’S PIZZA PARLOR

4115 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712

562-421-8908

MID-CITY MUSIC LOUNGE

6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

MUCKENTHALER CULTURAL CENTER FOUNDATION

1201 W. Malven Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833

714-738-6706

MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC

5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008

760-438-5996

MUSIC CENTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-972-7211

MUSIC CIRCLE

Herrick Chapel, Occidental College

1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

626-449-6987

PASADENA FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY

California Institute of Technology - Beckman Institute Auditorium

1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125

626-395-4652 folkmusic@caltech.edu

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY(SMOTHERS THEATRE)

24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

310-506-4522

THE REGENT THEATRE

448 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

THE ROSE

245 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101 888-645-5006

THE SATELLITE

1717 Silverlake Boulevard, L.A., CA 90026

323-661-4380

RUTH B. SHANNON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Whittier College

6760 Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90601

562-907-4203

SABAN THEATRE

8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

323-655-0111

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

310-440-4500

VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – Cal State Northridge

18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330

818-677-8800 818-677-3000 vpac@csun.edu

VIVA CANTINA

900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

818-845-2425

ORANGE COUNTY

CITY NATIONAL GROVE OF ANAHEIM

2200 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806

714-712-2700

THE COACH HOUSE

33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

949-316-8927

CONSTELLATION ROOM

3503 South Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92704

714-957-0600

THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

4255 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

949-854-4646

HOUSE OF BLUES (Anaheim)

1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802

714-778-BLUE

THE LIVING TRADITION

250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA 92805

714-955-3807

LORD OF THE STRINGS CONCERT SERIES(Dana Point)

Dana Point Community Center

24642 San Juan St., Dana Point, CA 92629

LORD OF THE STRINGS CONCERT SERIES(Mission Viejo)

Mission Viejo Civic Center

100 Civic Center Dr., Mission Viejo, CA 92691

949-842-2227 / 949-244-6656

THE OBSERVATORY

3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92704

714-957-0600

SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS

600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

714-556-2787

THE WAYFARER

843 W 19th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

949-764-0039

SAN DIEGO

AMSD CONCERTS

@ Sweetwater Union High School

2900 Highland Ave., National City, CA 91950

619-303-8176

BRICK 15

915 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014

858-225-1315

DIZZY’S

4275 Mission Bay Dr., Pacific Beach 92109

858-270-7467 

HUMPHREY’S CONCERTS BY THE BAY

2241 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106

619-523-1010

HOUSE OF BLUES(San Diego)

1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

619-299-BLUE (2583)

POWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

15498 Espola Rd., Poway, CA 92064

858-668-4797

SAN DIEGO FOLK HERITAGE (Encinitas)

San Dieguito United Methodist Church

170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas (San Diego), CA 92024

858-566-4040

SAN DIEGO FOLK HERITAGE (Poway)

Templar Hall in Old Poway Park

14134 Midland Road, Poway (San Diego), CA 92064

858-566-4040

CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025

800-988-4253

VENTURA COUNTY

CAMARILLO CAFE

Camarillo Community Center

1605 East Burnley St., Camarillo, CA 93010

FIRESIDE CONCERTS

Borchard Community Center

190 Reino Rd., Newbury Park, CA 91320

Bob Kroll 805-499-3511 folksgr1@aol.com

OJAI CONCERT SERIES

Ojai Valley Woman’s Club

441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023

805-649-5189 

PERFORMANCES TO GROW ON

Church of Religious Science - Performing Space

101 S. Laurel, Ventura, CA 93001

805-646-8907

THOUSAND OAKS CIVIC ARTS CENTER

2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

805-449-2787

LIVE AT THE LIBRARY

Thousand Oaks Library (Grant R. Brimhall)

1401 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

818-621-8309

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

McCALLUM THEATRE

73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-340-ARTS

SANTA BARBARA

COLD SPRING TAVERN

5995 Stagecoach Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105

805-967-0066

LOBERO THEATRE

33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805-963-0761

SANTA BARBARA BOWL

1122 N Milpas St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805-962-7411

UCSB CAMPBELL HALL

UCSB Campus, off Mesa Road and University Plaza, Goleta, CA 93116

805-893-3535 

UCSB ARLINGTON THEATER

1317 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805-963-4408

UCSB MULTICULTURAL CENTER

University Center, Room 1504, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

805-893-8411

COFFEE HOUSES

CONCERT VENUES CLUBS AND RESTAURANTS HOUSE CONCERTS

LOS ANGELES

212 PIER

212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405

310- 314-5275

ALTA COFFEE

506 31st St., Newport Beach, CA 92663

949-675-0233

BARCLAY’S COFFEE

8976 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA 91324-3521

818-885-7744

BEAN TOWN COFFEE HOUSE

45 N Baldwin Ave, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

626-355-1596

BUTLER’S COFFEE

40125 10th St. West, Palmdale, CA 93551

661-272-9530

BUSTER’S COFFEE AND ICE CREAM

1006 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

626-441-0744

CAFE AROMA

54750 North Circle Dr., Idyllwild, CA 92549

951-659-5212

CAFE CORDIALE

14015 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

818-789-1985

CAHUENGA GENERAL STORE

5510 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

818-985-5916

COFFEE CARTEL

1820 S Catalina Ave #102, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310-316-6554

COFFEE CONNECTION

3838 Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066

310-391-1380

COFFEE CANTINA

3011 Mount Pinos Way, Frazier Park, CA 93225

661-245-3166

COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE

2029 N Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

626-398-7917

CURLEY’S CAFE

1999 E Willow St, Signal Hill, CA 90755

562-424-0018

GROUND ZERO CAFÉ

University of Southern California

615 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90007

213-821-1484

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

29641 The Old Rd., Castaic, CA 91384

661-702-9636

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

13295 South St., Cerritos, CA 90703

562-402-2062

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

3833 Bedford Canyon Rd. #103, Corona, CA 92883

951-272-2900

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

175 E. Ontario Ave., Corona, CA 92879

951-278-0038

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

4105 Ball Rd., Cypress, CA 90630

714-484-9221

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

1223 S. Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar, CA 91765

909-861-5120

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

44100 Jefferson St., Indio, CA 92201

760-200-9474

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

44421 20th St. E., Lancaster, CA 93535

661-723-9606

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

4245 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

562-981-0028

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

5933 E. Spring St. ., Long Beach, CA 90808

562-497-9848

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

247 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

562-495-7100

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

888 E. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark, CA 9302

805-523-3339

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

40444 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd., Murrieta, CA 92561

951-677-6361

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

28039 Scott Rd., Murrieta, CA 92584

951-679-3549

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

33215 State Highway 79, Temecula, CA 92592

951-303-0053

JONI'S COFFEE ROASTING CAFÉ

552 W Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, CA 90292

310-305-7147

KULAK'S WOODSHED

5230 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91607

818-766-9913

NOVEL CAFÉ (Main Street)

2507 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-396-7700

NOVEL CAFÉ

11 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013

213-621-2240

NOVEL CAFÉ

1101 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

310-208-6410

NOVEL CAFÉ

2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-450-8260

NOVEL CAFÉ

3760 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

213-388-3383

NOVEL CAFÉ

2127 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-396-8566

NOVEL CAFÉ PASADENA

1713 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106 

626- 683-3309

PRISCILLA’S GOURMET COFFEE

4150 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

818-843-5707

SACRED GROUNDS COFFEE HOUSE

468 W 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731

310-514-0800

THE TALKING STICK CAFÉ

1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

310-450-6052

UN-URBAN COFFEE HOUSE

3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-315-0056

THE WILDE THISTLE

3454 Motor Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 980034

310-730-6208

ORANGE COUNTRY

GYPSY DEN

125 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701

714-835-8840

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

1035 N. Tustin Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807

714-632-9922

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

25522 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, CA 92692

949-768-2633

THE UGLY MUG CAFE

261 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866

714-997-5610

SANTA BARBARA

TRINITY BACKSTAGE COFFEE HOUSE

1500 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805-962-2970

SAN DIEGO

BIRD ROCK COFFEE ROASTERS

5627 La Jolla Blvd., San Diego, CA 92037

858-551-1707

DARK HORSE COFFEE ROASTERS

3260 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116

619-344-6962

IT'S A GRIND COFFEE HOUSE

2744 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008

760-434-2216

JAVA JOE'S COFFEE HOUSE

3536 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116

619-354-5637

LESTATS WEST COFFEE HOUSE

3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights (San Diego), CA 92116

619-282-0437

LESTATS COFFEE HOUSE

4496 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92116

619-501-6638

MILANO COFFEE

8685 Rio San Diego Dr., San Diego, CA 92108

619-263-3335

CLUBS AND RESTAURANTS

CONCERT VENUES COFFEE HOUSES HOUSE CONCERTS

LOS ANGELES

AULD DUBLINER

71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

562-437-8300

THE CANYON CLUB

28192 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

818-879-5016

CINEMA BAR

3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230-4607

310-390-1328

EL CID RESTAURANT

4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

323-668-0318

CAFÉ-CLUB FAIS DO DO

5257 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

323-954-8080

FIREFLY BISTRO

1009 El Centro St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

626-441-2443

GENGHIS COHEN CANTINA

740 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90046-7206

323-653-0640

GRAND OLE ECHO

1822 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

213-413-8200

GRIFFINS OF KINSALE

1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

626-799-0926

HOTEL CAFÉ

1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038

323-461-2040

IRELAND’S 32

13721 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401

818-785-4031

JERRY’S PIZZA

22035 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

818-346-3033

KILLARNEY PUB & GRILL

209 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

714-536-7887

THE LARGO AT THE CORONET

366 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

310-855-0350

MID-CITY MUSIC LOUNGE

6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

THE MINT

6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

323-954-9400

MOLLY MALONE’S IRISH PUB

575 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

323-935-1577

O’BRIEN’S IRISH PUB

2226 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 9040

310- 829-5303

OLD TOWNE PUB

66 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

626-577-6583

THE PIKE BAR & FISH GRILL

1836 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802

562-437-4453

THE PIKE BAR & FISH GRILL

11272 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, CA 90720

562-430-0213

ROOM 5

143 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

323-938-2504

TAM O’SHANTER

2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

323-664-0228 

TIMMY NOLAN TAVERN AND GRILL

10111 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602

818-985-3359

THE TRIP BAR

2101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-396-9010

VIVA CANTINA

900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

818-845-2425

VINCENZO’S PIZZA

24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA 91321

661-259-6733

THE WILDE THISTLE

3456 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

310-730-6208

WITZEND

1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

310-305-4792

SANTA BARBARA

DARGAN'S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT

18 East Ortega St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805-568-0702

SOHO RESTAURANTAND MUSIC CLUB

1221 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805-962-7776

VENTURA

BRENDAN’S IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT

30315 Canwood St., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

818-874-9400

DARGAN'S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT

593 East Main St., San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 93001-2628

805-648-3001

SAN DIEGO

BELLY UP TAVERN

143 S Cedros Ave Solana Beach, CA 92075

858-355-1596

DUBLIN SQUARE

554 4th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

619-239-5818

THE FIELD

544 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

619-232-9840

THE OULD SOD

3373 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116

619-284-6594

HOUSE CONCERTS

CONCERT VENUES COFFEE HOUSES CLUBS AND RESTAURANTS

These are informal, intimate special events that people hold in their homes.

Call your local hosts for scheduled artists!

LOS ANGELES

GELENCSER HOUSE CONCERTS

Claremont, CA 91711

909-596-1266 singfolk@yahoo.com

NOBLE HOUSE CONCERTS

5705 Noble Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91411

818-780-5979 barb@noblehouseconcerts.com

SETH AND TONY'S HOUSE CONCERTS

4773 Baltimore St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

YVONNE FLEURY HOUSE CONCERT

Santa Monica, CA

irishfleury@earthlink.net

VENTURA COUNTY

RUSS & JULIE’S HOUSE CONCERTS

Oak Park (Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area)

rsvp@houseconcerts.us

SAN DIEGO

CASA TORTOOGA HOUSE CONCERT

Bonita, CA

tortoog@cox.net

DARK THIRTYHOUSE CONCERTS

1132 Pinehurst Dr., Lakeside, CA 92040

619-443-9622

FROGSTOP HOUSE CONCERT

1210 White Sands Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078

LIVE AT ROCK VALLEY

7170 Rock Valley Court, San Diego, CA 92122

858-452-1539 Carol Branch wonderwoman@san.rr.com

OASIS HOUSE CONCERTS

Sorrento Valley, San Diego, CA 92121