Paramount Ranch, home of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival
destroyed by fire

On November 9, 2018 the #WoolseyFire has destroyed the iconic Western Town at Paramount Ranch, a piece of Hollywood history used to film shows like “Westworld” and “M*A*S*H.” It was the site of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival since 1990. Click here for a short history of the Festival.

TBFC site after

Highlights of performers at the upcoming 
Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers Convention and Festival

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

Highly recommended

Saturday at Simi Cajun-Blues Festival and Coffee Gallery Backstage

Highly recommended

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

Highly recommended

Molsky's Mountain Drifters

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018 - 8:00PM

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

Get your tickets NOW!

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

Festival Thank You

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

FEBRUARY 9 – SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

Grammy Museum

800 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015

213-765-6800

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BLUEGRASS, ETC. RETURNS TO THE AIR

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

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

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

Please check it out and send your requests and feedback to him at fphoppe@gmail.com

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Pete Seeger sings and explains The Internationale

... on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

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RHIANNON GIDDENS
IBMA BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2017 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

from her website:

10 OCT 2017

Hey all! So loved being asked to write the keynote address for this year's IBMA conference in Raleigh, NC. Here's the full video.

(I look pained, but trust me I was enjoying myself. Talking about history makes me happy! May have been a bit nervous giving my first major speech though...)

The following day, Rhiannon Giddens was named a MacArthur Foundation 2017 Grant Winner.

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OCTOBER NEWS

Cody's Viva Cantina has posted this on their website:
ALL MUSIC SHOWS AND BARBECUE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES.
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2nd Thursdays Old Time Music Jam at MacLeod's Brewery in Van Nuys has been cancelled. Stay tuned for updates.
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FolkWorks has a booth at the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler's Convention & Festival. Come on by and say hi!

LILA DOWNS

Lila Downs is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter and actress. She performs her own compositions and the works of others in multiple genres, as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music. She also incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and has recorded songs in many indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl and Purépecha. Born and raised in Oaxaca, she primarily studied at the Institute of Arts by Oaxaca and briefly attended University of Minnesota, before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She soon began performing in the traditional music scene of Oaxaca City.

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TWISTED PINE

Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown.

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FRANK HOPPE NO LONGER ON KCSN Radio

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Frank Hoppe, long time host of Bluegrass Etc. on KCSN Radio (88.5FM) has been told that his show will no longer be aired.
The show was a weekly bluegrass & old-time radio program and aired Sundays 6-8am PT.

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BROOKLYN, NY - ELI SMITH

Eli Smith: Is folk music back? Sure is, especially at the Jalopy Theatre, where Carroll Gardens jams with Red Hook -- and where this master of many stringed instruments performs and teaches. To showcase a new crop of folkies, Smith also created the Brooklyn Folk Festival, coming in June.From Brooklyn Independent Television's Caught In The Act, episode 38. Original air date: 5/25/2011.

GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLK SCARE

For years, weekend folksinging has been a tradition in Washington Square Park, in New York City's Greenwich village. But in the spring of 1961 the City rescinded its customary permit for singing in the park. This triggered a protest demonstration on Sunday, April 9th of that year, which was put down with excessive force by the NYPD but eventually resulted in the City backing down and reinstating the permit.

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BILLY BRAGG

Stephen William Bragg (born 20 December 1957) is an English singer, songwriter and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that mostly span political or romantic themes. His music is heavily centred on bringing about change and getting the younger generation involved in activist causes.

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BOB DYLAN'S NOBEL LECTURE IN LITERATURE

Bob Dylan received the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Amazing talk spins from Buddy Holly to Moby Dick to All Quiet on the Western Front and beyond. Sit back and get taken in by our masterful storyteller.

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YATRIKA SHAH-RAIS 

Global Village Host returns TO KPFK AIR

Yatrika Shah-RaisAfter a year and a half break from my long running radio show, she has announce that she is going back to her former Wednesday edition of the Global Village on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, starting this Wednesday, June 7th, from 11am to 1pm. As expected the program will be quite eclectic and will incorporate many global sounds and genres. She hopes to also have many interesting interviews in the near future. Each show will also be archived on line for two weeks where you can catch it later.


⇨ DID YOU KNOW THAT FOLKWORKS HAS A COMPREHENSIVE LISTING OF FOLK MUSIC ON THE RADIO?

AMERICAN EPIC

On PBS SOCAL

Now streaming on pbs.org

Travel the country in search of unknown 1920s artists, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time, transforming music forever, in a three-part film narrated by Robert Redford, featuring Jack White, Nas, Taj Mahal and others.

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MOKOOMBA
From Zimbabwe

Mokoomba is a 6 piece band that plays a unique blend of Tonga and Luvale traditional rhythms fused with dashes of funk, ska and soukous. Hailing from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the band has toured over 50 countries around the world and has won a few awards as well as appearing on Later with Jools Holland.

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THE AMERICANS - Acoustic

The Americans perform original rock & roll with deep roots in traditional American music. They have performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, twice joined Grammy and Oscar winner Ryan Bingham on national tours, and played the first dance at Reese Witherspoon’s wedding. They have backed up Nick Cave, Tim Robbins, and Lucinda Williams.

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FILM: BALKAN ROOTS FEATURING BARCELONA GIPSY KLEZMER ORCHESTRA

Balkan Roots: Delightful music documentary by Australian pair Chris Rabbitt and Anthony Fletcher is certain to entertain with unforgettable melodies. Q&A with maverick Chris Rabbit!

Tuesday, May 2nd @ 7:30PM at Laemmle Music Hall

BUY TICKETS HERE

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LE MYSTÈRE DES VOIX BULGARES

“Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares” is a famous Bulgarian folk choir with conductor Ass.Prof Dora Hristova. Its records Volume II won “Grammy” award in 1990, ‘”Rituals” was nominated for “Grammy” in 1994. Album Volume IV on Polygram label was released in the autumn of 1998 and “The Best of LMDVB” in 1999 by “Universal”. 

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FILM: HORN FROM THE HEART: THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD STORY

As a teenager in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Paul Butterfield broke cultural barriers by traveling to tough south and west side neighborhoods to learn at the feet of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter. He then carried the blues torch to the predominantly white rock audience of the 1960s. Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his bandmates and the others closest to him, this is the complex story of the artist many call the greatest blues harmonica player of all time.

Two screenings at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Friday April 21 5:15pm

Tuesday April 25 2:30pm

Island Cinemas

999 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660

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VIEUX FARKA TOURE

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

BRICK 15 HAS CLOSED

The fine little folk club that opened last year in Del Mar (north of San Diego) has shut its doors.

They were booking some great shows...to bad that not enough folks came out to support them.

From the owners Laura and Liam Murphy

We are sad to announce that Brick 15 is, effective immediately, closed and going out of business. While we continued to believe in our vision, and are extremely grateful to the many kind folks who shared our dreams, there are not enough of us. While business growth was good, it was not fast enough to attract or secure the financing we needed, and we are now unable to continue. When the last of our possible investors backed out, we were forced to face the reality that we had reached the end of our run.

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ARLO GUTHRIE

Here's an old video of an old favorite...and more interesting vids on the Read more...

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CHLOE POURMORADY ENSEMBLE

Chloe Pourmorady (violin/voice), Alexander Meimand (tar, voice)will be performing with Jerry Summers (percussion) and Gerasimos Papadopoulos (chanter, oud and bouzouki)

on Wednesday April 5th at 8:30PM as the HOUDETSI QUARTET

Music from Persia to Greece with pitstop in Turkey

Corazón Performing Arts

125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

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THE BROMBIES

The Brombies are based in the Los Angeles area and have been keeping bluegrass music alive there since way back in the 20th century, when Jo Ellen and George began to twang & high lonesome together.

FACEBOOK

The Brombies play  7:30pm Mondays at Cody's Viva Cantina

            900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506  -  818-848-8810

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ERIC CLAPTON AT FORUM RESCHEDULED

Clapton is battling severe bronchitis and under doctor’s advisement has moved the concerts from this weekend until September. EC’s show scheduled for Saturday, March 25 will now take place on Wednesday, September 13. The Sunday, March 26 show will now be held Monday, September 18. A note from The Forum explaining the situation reads in part, “He is very sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to these shows. Ticketholders can retain their tickets for the new dates or refunds will be issued at point of purchase. In addition, Clapton will play the already scheduled two shows at The Forum September 15th and 16th.”

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YEMEN BLUES

Conceived from vocalist Ravid Kahalani’s vision, Yemen Blues’ original music mixes of Yemen and West Africa influences with contemporary grooves from funk to mambo and the deep soul of old chants. Conjuring up a rich and diverse aural palette with the use of percussion, oud, horns, and strings, Yemen Blues coexists in both the past and present, at once timeless and modern. The collective is a true collaboration of top master musicians, its core including Ravid Kahalani, Itamar Doari, Rony Iwryn, Shanir Blumenkranz and Itamar Borochov.

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THE WAILIN' JENNYS

The Wailin' Jennys was founded in 2002, when a Winnipeg guitar shop called Sled Dog Music brought Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Cara Luft together for a joint performance. The show was well received and the owner scheduled a follow-up performance[1] and suggested they "go on tour and call themselves the Wailin' Jennys."[2] The group's name is a pun on the name of country singer Waylon Jennings.

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POLITICAL SATIRE FROM ROY ZIMMERMAN

Roy Zimmerman is an American satirical singer-songwriter and guitarist now based in Northern California. He has a leftist political philosophy which is focused on social issues and politics.

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BRAD COLERICK HOSTS SO. PASADENA LOCAL SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES

Another magical afternoon in the barrel room at Old Oak Cellars hosted by Brad Colerick featuring Lisa Sanders plus Brian Joseph. Tickets are $18 in advance/$22 at the door and include wine tasting. Light snacks are provided. Bring something to share/enjoy with your wine if you like. For each bottle purchased at the event, $5 is donated to MusiCares. Dress warmly, the wines like it cold!

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CELEBRATING ST. PADDY'S DAY

Traditional Irish music live webcast with Altan & guests

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HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF'S ALYNDA SEGARRA

Full 35-minute interview & performance on DemocracyNow! by Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra in our Democracy Now! studio. Over the past decade, Hurray for the Riff Raff has become one of the most celebrated bands in modern folk music while tackling issues from gentrification to gender-based violence. Segarra talks about her upbringing and inspirations. She also performs four songs: "The Body Electric," "Rican Beach," "The Navigator" and "Hungry Ghost."

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ICE MUSIC IN ICELAND

The unique & creative need to push and explore the boundaries of music appears to be limitless. Although this may be considered a novelty , the audience, small though it may be, is having a wonderful time at their Festival.

For the background of the making of these instruments, see the YouTube in the read more.

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Classic song performed by guys who would become rock legends

In Celebration of
Martin Luther King Day

Nina Simone singing
Ain't Got No, I Got Life

Grammy Nominee for
Best Folk Album

Silver Skies Blue by Judy Collins and Ari Hest

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Grammy Nominee for
Best American Roots Performance

Wreck You by Lori McKenna

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Grammy Nominee for
Best American Roots Performance

House of Mercy by Sarah Jarosz
Track from: Undercurrent

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

A.P. Carter (12/15/1891)

John Henry Hammond II (December 15, 1910 – July 10, 1987)

Rayna Gellert (12/15/1975)

Steve Forbert (12/15/1954)


Grammy Nominee for
Best American Roots Performance

The Factory Girl by Rhiannon Giddens
- live version of song from the album Factory Girl

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Grammy Nominee for
Best American Roots Performance

Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time by The Blind Boys of Alabama
- Track from God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson

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Grammy Nominee for
Best American Roots Performance

Ain't No Man by The Avett Brothers
- Track from True Sessions

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TOM WAITS

(born December 7, 1949)

Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor.

Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding like "it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car". With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona.

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PATRICK SKY

Patrick Sky (born Patrick Lynch: October 2, 1943 in Liveoak Gardens, Georgia) is a musician, folk singer, and songwriter of Irish and Native American ancestry (Creek Indian). Sky was raised near the Lafourche Swamps of Louisiana).

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TRIO MANDILI

Trio Mandli are a Georgian women trio. Their voices seamlessly harmonize together as they film themselves taking a walk. A translated Reddit comment identifies the song as originating from eastern Georgia's mountainous Khevsureti region and states the song is about a traditional courting ritual between a man and woman.

PENNYWHISTLERS

The (amazing) Pennywhistlers at Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest (1966), singing "Shto Mi e Milo" (Macedonia)

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DAVE "SNAKER" RAY

(August 17, 1943 – November 28, 2002)

DAVE "SNAKER" RAY (August 17, 1943 – November 28, 2002) was an American blues singer and guitarist from St. Paul, Minnesota, who was most notably associated with Spider John Koerner and Tony "Little Sun" Glover in the early Sixties folk revival. Together, the three released albums under the name Koerner, Ray & Glover.

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RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT

(August 1, 1931)

RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT (born Elliot Charles Adnopoz; August 1, 1931) is an American folk singer and performer.

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GEOFF MULDAUR

(August 12, 1943)

GEOFF MULDAUR (August 12, 1943) is an American musician and a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band of Cambridge, Massachusetts; a member of Paul Butterfield's Better Days and an accomplished solo guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and arranger.

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ALISON KRAUSS

(July 23, 1971)

ALISON MARIA KRAUSS (July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for the first time at fourteen. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS), and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.

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J. E. MAINER

(July 20, 1898 – June 12, 1971)

J. E. MAINER (July 20, 1898 – June 12, 1971) was an American old time fiddler who followed in the wake of Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers.

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BENTON FLIPPEN

(July 18, 1920– June 28, 2011)

James Benton Flippen(July 18, 1920– June 28, 2011) was an old-time fiddler from Mount Airy, North Carolina. He was one of the last surviving members of a generation of performers born in the early 20th century playing in the Round Peak style centering on Surry County, North Carolina. His contemporaries included Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, Kyle Creed, and Earnest East.

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"WOODY" GUTHRIE

(July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967)

Woodrow Wilson "WOODY" GUTHRIE (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter and musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional, and children's songs, along with ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan This machine kills fascists displayed on his guitar.

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JOHN JORGENSON

(July 6, 1956)

JOHN JORGENSON (July 6, 1956) is an American musician. Although best known for his guitar work with bands such as the Desert Rose Band and The Hellecasters.

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MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT

(July 3, 1893, or March 8, 1892 – November 2, 1966)

John Smith Hurt, better known as MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT (July 3, 1893, or March 8, 1892 – November 2, 1966) was an American country blues singer and guitarist. Raised in Avalon, Mississippi, Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age nine.

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DAVE VAN RONK

(June 30, 1936 – February 10, 2002)

David Kenneth Ritz "Dave" Van Ronk (June 30, 1936 – February 10, 2002) was an American folk singer. An important figure in the American folk music revival and New York City's Greenwich Village scene in the 1960s, he was nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street".

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LESTER FLATT

(June 19, 1914 – May 11, 1979)

LESTER RAYMOND FLATT (June 19, 1914 – May 11, 1979) was a bluegrass guitarist and mandolinist, best known for his collaboration with banjo picker Earl Scruggs in The Foggy Mountain Boys (popularly known as "Flatt and Scruggs").

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NATHAN ABSHIRE

(June 27, 1913 – May 13, 1981)

NATHAN ABSHIRE (June 27, 1913 – May 13, 1981) was an American Cajun accordion player who, along with Iry LeJeune, was responsible for the renaissance of the accordion in Cajun music in the 1940s.

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JACKIE DALY

(June 22, 1945)

JACKIE DALY (June 22, 1945) is an Irish button accordion and concertina player. He has been a member of a number of prominent Irish traditional-music bands, including De Dannan, Patrick Street, Arcady, and Buttons & Bows.

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EDDIE ADCOCK

(June 21, 1938)

EDDIE ADCOCK (born June 21, 1938 in Scottsville, Virginia) is an American banjoist and one of the true innovators in the five-string banjo pantheon.

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DAVID BREWER & REBECCA LOMNICKY IN BAD CAR ACCIDENT

Click read more for what happened....Click here to donate to help with their expenses.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

BOB DYLAN

(May 24, 1941)

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TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST WINNERS

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RIP

GUY CLARK

(November 6, 1941 – May 17, 2016)

Guy Charles Clark (November 6, 1941 – May 17, 2016) was a Grammy Award winning American Texas country and folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer. He has released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. Guy Clark won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You.

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DICK GAUGHAN

(May 17, 1948)

DICK GAUGHAN (May 17, 1948, Glasgow) is a Scottish musician, singer, and songwriter, particularly of folk and social protest songs.

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BIRCH MONROE

(May 16, 1901 – 1982)

BIRCH MONROE (May 16, 1901 – 1982) was a notable early bluegrass fiddler, bassist, founding member of the Monroe brothers, and older brother to Bill Monroe. Birch, along with his brother Charlie left the Monroe family farm in Rosine, Kentucky in the 1920s to work in the booming northern factories of the time. When Bill joined them in 1929 they were working in East Chicago at the Sinclair Oil refinery. There, the brothers played local venues and dances.

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APPEARING AT L.A. OLD TIME SOCIAL

May 12-14 2016

Check out Roland Sturm's column on Seattle's Canote Brothers.

Check out David Bragger's column for more detail about the Old Time Social Workshops and more...

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CLIFF CARLISLE

(May 6, 1903 – April 5, 1983)

CLIFF CARLISLE (May 6, 1903 – April 5, 1983) was an American country and blues singer. Carlisle was a yodeler and was a pioneer in the use of the Hawaiian steel guitar in country music. He was a brother of country music star Bill Carlisle.

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THEODORE BIKEL

(May 2, 1924 – July 21, 2015)

THEODORE MEIR BIKEL (May 2, 1924 – July 21, 2015) was an Austrian-American Jewish actor, folk singer, musician, composer, and activist. He made his stage debut in Tevye the Milkman in Tel Aviv, Israel, when he was in his teens. He later studied acting at Britain's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his London stage debut in 1948 and in New York in 1955. He was also a widely recognized and recorded folk singer and guitarist.

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REVEREND GARY DAVIS

(April 30, 1896 – May 5, 1972)

REVEREND GARY DAVIS, also Blind Gary Davis (April 30, 1896 – May 5, 1972), was an African-American bluesand gospel singer and guitarist, who was also proficient on the banjo, guitar and harmonica. His fingerpicking guitar style influenced many other artists. His students include Stefan Grossman, David Bromberg, Roy Book Binder, Larry Johnson, Nick Katzman, Dave Van Ronk, Rory Block, Ernie Hawkins, Larry Campbell, Bob Weir,Woody Mann, and Tom Winslow. He influenced Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Wizz Jones, Jorma Kaukonen, Keb' Mo', Ollabelle, Resurrection Band, and John Sebastian (of the Lovin' Spoonful).

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"MA" RAINEY

(c. April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939)

"MA" RAINEY (born Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett; c. April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues.

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WADE MAINER

(April 21, 1907 – September 12, 2011)

WADE ECHARD MAINER (April 21, 1907 – September 12, 2011) was an American country singer and banjoist. With his band, the Sons of the Mountaineers, he is credited with bridging the gap between old-time mountain music and Bluegrass and is sometimes called the "Grandfather of Bluegrass." In addition, he innovated a two-finger banjo fingerpicking style, which was a precursor to modern three-finger bluegrass styles.

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MAC BENFORD

(April 18, 1940)

MAC BENFORD has been a leading figure in the preservation and performance of traditional Appalachian stringband music for more than forty years. He began playing clawhammer banjo in 1960, while a student at Williams College. His interest in the authentic mountain styles of playing the 5-string led him to the greatest living masters of the time - players like Wade Ward, Kyle Creed, Tom Ashley, and Roscoe Holcomb who would provide life-long inspiration and models in the formation of his own style.

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TOULOUSE ENGELHARDT

(April 14, 1951)

TOULOUSE ENGELHARDT, (born April 14, 1951, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an acoustic guitarist, recording artist, and was the last member of the Takoma Seven. The Takoma Seven was a group of finger style guitarists who recorded for Takoma Records from 1959-1976. Both John Fahey and Leo Kottke were his label mates. It was this group of finger style guitarists that brought about a subsequent resurgence in the acoustic guitar movement that is still evidenced today. During his career, Engelhardt has been noted for his work by Guitar Player Magazine in their Reader's Poll nomination for Best Acoustic Finger Style Guitarist. He was the Silver Medal Winner of the Winter Equinox Award at the Virgin Island Film Festival. He was also awarded Best Jazz Artist at the Orange County Music Awards and is listed in the 100 Most Distinguished Guitarists of 2011.

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RAVI SHANKAR

(April 7, 1920 – 11 December 2012)

RAVI SHANKAR, born Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury (Bengali), his name often preceded by the title Pandit ('Master'), was an Indian musician and a composer of Hindustani classical music. He was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century and influenced many other musicians throughout the world.

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DAVE SWARBRICK

(born April 5, 1941)

DAVE SWARBRICK (born 5 April 1941) is an English folk musician and singer-songwriter. He has been described by Ashley Hutchings as 'the most influential [British] fiddle player bar none' and his style has been copied or developed by almost every British, and many world folk violin players who have followed him.[1] He was one of the most highly regarded musicians produced by the second British folk revival, contributing to some of the most important groups and projects of the 1960s, and he became a much sought-after session musician, which has led him throughout his career to work with many of the major figures in folk and folk rock music.

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MUDDY WATERS

(April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983)

McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known by his stage name MUDDY WATERS, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues". Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi, and by age seventeen was playing the guitar at parties, emulating local blues artists Son House and Robert Johnson.[4] He was recorded in Mississippi by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941.[5][6] In 1943, he moved to Chicago with the hope of becoming a full-time professional musician, eventually recording, in 1946, first for Columbia Records and then for Aristocrat Records, a newly formed label run by brothers Leonard and Phil Chess.

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BILL ROBINSON

Amazing Step Dancing

Inspired by an interview with Brian Seibert, dance critic for the New York Times and author of What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing. "Magisterial, revelatory, and-most suitably-entertaining, What the Eye Hears offers an authoritative account of the great American art of tap dancing. Brian Seibert, a dance critic for The New York Times, begins by exploring tap's origins as a hybrid of the jig and clog dancing from the British Isles and dances brought from Africa by slaves. He tracks tap's transfer to the stage through blackface minstrelsy and charts its growth as a cousin to jazz in the vaudeville circuits and nightclubs of the early twentieth century. Seibert chronicles tap's spread to ubiquity on Broadway and in Hollywood, analyzes its decline after World War II"

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MEL LYMAN

(March 24, 1938 – March 1978)

Melvin James Lyman (March 24, 1938 – March 1978) was an American musician, writer, and founder of the Fort Hill Community, which has been variously described as a family, commune, or cult. In 1963 Lyman joined Jim Kweskin’s Boston-based jug band as a banjo and harmonica player. Lyman, once called "the Grand Old Man of the 'blues' harmonica in his mid-twenties", is remembered in folk music circles for playing a 20 minute improvisation on the traditional hymn "Rock of Ages" at the end of the 1965 Newport Folk Festival to the riled crowd streaming out after Bob Dylan’s famous appearance with an electric band.

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CHANGÜÍ

Traditional Cuban music

CHANGÜÍ is a style of Cuban music which originated in the early 19th century in the eastern region ofGuantánamo Province, specifically Baracoa. It arose in the sugar cane refineries and in the rural communities populated by slaves. Changüí combines the structure and elements of Spain's canción and the Spanish guitarwith African rhythms and percussion instruments of Bantu origin. Changüí is considered a predecessor of son montuno (the ancestor of modern salsa), which has enjoyed tremendous popularity in Cuba throughout the 20th century.

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BASCOM LAMAR LUNSFORD

(March 21, 1882 - September 4, 1973)

BASCOM LAMAR LUNSFORD (March 21, 1882 - September 4, 1973) was a lawyer, folklorist, and performer of traditional (folk and country) music from western North Carolina. He was often known by the nickname "Minstrel of the Appalachians."

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HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY WEEK

TOMMY PEOPLES

TOMMY PEOPLES (born 1948) is an Irish fiddler who plays in the Donegal fiddle tradition. He was born near St. Johnston, County Donegal, in Ireland. He has been a member of well-known traditional Irish music groups, including 1691 and The Bothy Band as well as performing solo since the late 1960s. He plays in the unique fiddle style of East Donegal.

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HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY WEEK

DE DANNAN

DE DANNAN (originally Dé Danann) is an Irish folk music group. They were formed by Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Alec Finn (guitar, bouzouki), Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh (bodhrán) and Charlie Piggott (banjo) as a result of sessions in Hughes's Pub in An Spidéal, County Galway, subsequently inviting Dolores Keane (vocals) to join the band. The late fiddler Mickey Finn is also acknowledged to have been a founder member.

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HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY WEEK

THE CHIEFTAINS

THE CHIEFTAINS are a traditional Irish band formed in Dublin in November 1962, by Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy. The band had their first rehearsals at Moloney's house, with Tubridy, Martin Fay and David Fallon. Their sound, which is almost entirely instrumental and largely built around uilleann pipes, has become synonymous with traditional Irish music and they are regarded as having helped popularise Irish music across the world.

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HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY WEEK

TÉADA

TÉADA, an Irish band, plays traditional music. Téada is Gaelic for "strings". The five members of the band are fiddle player Oisín Mac Diarmada, button accordion player Paul Finn, Damien Stenson performs on flutes and various whistles, Seán Mc Elwain switches between the bouzouki and guitar and bodhrán player Tristan Rosenstock.

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RICHARD FARIÑA

(March 8, 1937 – April 30, 1966)

RICHARD FARIÑA (March 8, 1937 – April 30, 1966) was an American folksinger, song writer, poet and novelist. Born in Brooklyn, New York, of Cuban and Irish descent, he grew up in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn Technical High School. He earned an academic scholarship to Cornell University, starting as an engineering major, but later switching to English. While at Cornell he published short stories for local literary magazines and for national periodicals, including Transatlantic Review and Mademoiselle. Fariña became good friends with Thomas Pynchon,David Shetzline, and Peter Yarrow while at Cornell. He was suspended for alleged participation in a student demonstration against campus regulations and although he later resumed his status as a student, he ultimately dropped out in 1959, just before graduation.

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Celebrating St. Paddy's Month...

PADDY CLANCY

(March 7, 1922 – November, 11 1998)

PADDY CLANCY (March 7, 1922 –November, 11 1998) was an Irish folk singer best known as a member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. In addition to singing and storytelling, Clancy played the harmonica with the group, which is widely credited with popularizing Irish traditional music in the United States and revitalizing it in Ireland. He also started and ran the folk music label Tradition Records, which recorded many of the key figures of the American folk music revival.

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RIP: TREVOR G. STUART

(August 3, 1968 - March 2, 2016)

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MIRIAM MAKEBA

((March 4, 1932 –November 9, 2008)

ZENZILE MIRIAM MAKEBA (March 4, 1932 –November 9, 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer and civil rights activist.

In the 1960s, she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music around the world. She is best known for the song "Pata Pata", first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967.

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MIKE COMPTON

(February 29, 1956 )

MIKE COMPTON (born February 29, 1956 in Meridian, Mississippi) is an American bluegrass mandolin player and former protégé of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. He is considered a modern master of bluegrass mandolin.

MIKE COMPTON will be performing with JOE NEWBERRY on March 12th at Timewarp Records! Will be a great show.

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JOHNNY "J.R." CASH

(February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003)

JOHNNY "J.R." CASH (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly,blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music, Rock and Roll and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

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JERRY HOLLAND

(February 23, 1955 – July 16, 2009)

Jerry Holland (February 23, 1955 – July 16, 2009) was a fiddler and tune composer who lived on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

ROBERT "BILBO" WALKER JR

(February 19, 1937)

ROBERT "BILBO" WALKER JR. (born February 19, 1937) is a blues musician. who is known in the blues music world due to his "rock 'n' roll showmanship" and "flamboyant Chuck Berry imitations."

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DAVID BLUE

(February 18, 1941 – December 2, 1982)

David Blue (February 18, 1941 – December 2, 1982), born Stuart David Cohen, was an American singer-songwriter and actor.

He was an integral part of the Greenwich Village folk music scene in New York, which included Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Paxton, and Eric Andersen.

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

MAVIS STAPLES

Congrats to the Grammy Winner - Best American Roots Performance

Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist. She has recorded and performed with her family's band The Staple Singers, and also as a solo artist.

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

THE FAIRFIELD FOUR

Congrats to the Grammy Winner - Best Roots Gospel Album

The Fairfield Four is an American gospel group that has existed for over 90 years. They started as a trio in Nashville, Tennessee's Fairfield Baptist Church in 1921. They were designated as National Heritage Fellows in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

(JAMES) KOKOMO ARNOLD

(February 15, 1901 – November 8, 1968)

Kokomo Arnold (February 15, 1901 – November 8, 1968) was an American blues musician. Born as James Arnold in Lovejoy's Station, Georgia, he got his nickname in 1934 after releasing "Old Original Kokomo Blues" for the Decca label; it was a cover of the Scrapper Blackwell blues song about the city of Kokomo, Indiana. A left-handed slide guitarist, he had an intense slide style of playing and rapid-fire vocal style that set him apart from his contemporaries.

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

LEAD BELLY

Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced.

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

DOM FLEMONS

Dom Flemons is the "American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

SAM CHATMON

Sam Chatmon (January 10, 1897 – February 2, 1983) was a Delta blues guitarist and singer. He was a member of the Mississippi Sheiks and may have been Charlie Patton's half brother.

Chatmon was born in Bolton, Mississippi. Chatmon's family was well known in Mississippi for their musical talents; Chatmon was a member of the family's string band when he was young. He performed on a regular basis for white audiences in the 1900s.

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KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & MERLE HAGGARD

Dateline Beverly Hills,

February 2, 2016:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Merle Haggard's concert with Kris Kristofferson at the Saban Theatre tonight was canceled due to Merle's illness. He is recovering from double pneumonia.

FolkWorks wishes Merle Haggard a complete, painless, and speedy recovery so that your concert with Kris Kristofferson may be rescheduled later this year.

All fans of great country and folk music are on the fighting side of Merle Haggard and send our heartfelt prayers and good wishes to his family for a return to good health.

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JEFF AUSTIN BAND

Jeff Austin (born in Arlington Heights, Illinois) is a mandolinist and singer best known for being a part of the Yonder Mountain String Band.

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JOAN BAEZ - 1965

1. I'm A Rambler, I'm A Gambler -0:00

2. There But For Fortune - 2:30

3. Copper Kettle - 6:08

1. Silver Dagger - 0:00

2. Oh Freedom - 3:00

3. She's A Troublemaker - 6:41

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

PADDY KEENAN

( January 30, 1950)

PADDY KEENAN (born 30 January 1950) is an Irish player of the uilleann pipes who first gained fame as a founding member of The Bothy Band. Since that group's dissolution in the late 1970s, Keenan has released a number of solo and collaborative recordings, and continues to tour both as a soloist, and with singer/guitarist Tommy O'Sullivan.[Wikipedia].

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

MORGAN SEXTON

( January 28, 1911 – January 30, 1992)

MORGAN SEXTON was 77 years old when he made his first public appearance as a banjo player, performing in 1988 at the Appalachian music festival Seedtime on the Cumberland. Born in southeastern Kentucky in 1911, Sexton grew up in a musical family and learned to play the banjo as a child. Working for much of his life as a coal miner, he returned in his later years to his music, playing for community gatherings before gaining wider exposure.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

KATE WOLF

( January 27, 1942 – December 10, 1986)

KATE WOLF (January 27, 1942 – December 10, 1986) was an American folk singer and songwriter. Though her career was relatively short, she had a significant impact on the folk music scene, and many musicians continue to cover her songs. Her best-known compositions include "Here in California," "Love Still Remains," "Across the Great Divide," "Unfinished Life," and "Give Yourself to Love."

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

DENNIS MCGEE

(January 26, 1893, Eunice, Louisiana – October 3, 1989)

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BREAKING UP CHRISTMAS

Breakin’ Up Christmas is both the name for 12 days of partying, dancing, and music making ending up on January 6th, Old Christmas day, and also a song sung during that period. The tradition harks from the area that roughly includes Surry County NC, nearby Grayson and Carroll counties in VA, and the independent city of Galax located between the two.

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THOMAS HART BENTON AND THE AMERICAN SOUND

book By Leo G. Mazow

Alternately praised as “an American original” and lampooned as an arbiter of kitsch, the regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton has been the subject of myriad monographs and journal articles, remaining almost as controversial today as he was in his own time.

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CHRISTMAS EVE

(AKA TOMMY COEN'S REEL)

CHRISTMAS EVE (AKA TOMMY COEN'S REEL)

Christmas Eve (Tommy Coen's reel) played by Dolores Keane (flute) and Mairtin Byrnes (fiddle) from the album There Was a Maid.

It may or may not be true. A writer on www.session.org  was told several years ago that "Christmas Eve" was a composition of the Galway -style fiddle player Tommy Coen, who did not have a name for the tune. It was broadcast on the Irish radio station RTE on a programme on Christmas eve in 1955, and so the name "Christmas Eve" was attached to the tune, and it has been known as that ever since.

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PETE SEEGER, FOLK LEGEND & FBI TARGET

PETE SEEGER, Folk Legend & FBI Target: Declassified Docs Show Iconic Singer Was Spied on for Decades

From Democracy Now!: The late folk artist Pete Seeger was a musical and political icon who helped create the modern American folk music movement. Now there’s some new pages to add to his songbook—the government has released nearly 1,800 pages that reveal the FBI spied on him for nearly 30 years. The surveillance began when Seeger protested the targeting of Japanese Americans during World War II. It continued until the early 1970s as he wrote some of the most famous anti-war songs of the 20th century. We are joined by Pete Seeger’s biographer, David King Dunaway

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BILLY MCCOMISKEY - IRISH ACCORDION CHAMP

Billy McComiskey (12/21/1951- ), is a highly regarded player/composer of Irish traditional music, was born in Brooklyn, New York. He picked up the button accordion at age six, inspired by his uncles’ playing and his mother’s love of the music. At age 15, Billy met his mentor, Sean McGlynn, a master and proponent of the East Galway style that now characterizes the playing of many of New York’s finest Irish accordion players.

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BILL KEITH - INVENTED KEITH STYLE BANJO

William Bradford "Bill" Keith (December 20, 1939 – October 23, 2015) was a five-string banjoist who made a significant contribution to the stylistic development of the instrument. In the 1960s he introduced a variation on the popular "Scruggs style" of banjo playing (an integral element of bluegrass music) which would soon become known as melodic style, or "Keith style". [wikipedia]

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PEG LEG SAM

PEG LEG SAM (December 18, 1911 – October 27, 1977) was an American country blues harmonicist, singer and comedian. He recorded "Fox Chase" and "John Henry", and worked in medicine shows. He gained his nickname following an accident while hoboing in 1930 [wikipedia]

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Banjo Babe Evie Ladin

The Banjo Babes Calendar & Album (and Tour) is a collective, grassroots celebration of professional women banjo players.

The mission of the Banjo Babes Calendar & Album is to celebrate the music of women who play banjo by creating and sustaining one of the most comprehensive, inclusive and diverse annual compilation anthologies via a fun, professional, and empowering project that includes artistic photography in a calendar and world-class music on an album.

Some of the Banjo Babes (Evie Ladin, Erin Inglish, Stringtown Ambassadors, The Small Glories) will be performing tonight (December 17, 8:00pm) at the Coffee Gallery Backstage

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Malawi's prison band
up for a Grammy
– but may not even know it

INmates of the country’s high-security
jail have won surprise place on
the world music shortlist

From The Guardian

Zomba Prison Project
Inmates of the Zomba high-security prison have become the first Malawians to be nominated for the American awards. Photograph: Ian Brennan.

The maximum security prison in Zomba, Malawi is not the sort of place where Grammy-nominated albums are typically recorded.

But a group of Zomba’s inmates, many of them serving life sentences for offences including murder and theft, have found themselves nominated for a the prestigious awards in the best world music album category.

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DECEMBER 15, 2015

TODAYS' BIRTHDAYS:
A.P. CARTER (December 15, 1891 – November 7, 1960)
RAYNA GELLERT (December 15, 1975)

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SEAMUS CONNOLLY

Played a vital role in BC’s emergence as a center for Irish music

By Sean Smith, Chronicle Editor

From The Boston College Chronicle

Published: Dec. 10, 2015

Seamus ConnollyMusician, teacher, organizer, scholar: Fulfilling these roles for the better part of a quarter-century, Seamus Connolly has helped make Boston College a go-to place for traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Cape Breton and other Gaelic cultures.

But the final notes of Connolly’s tenure at BC have sounded.

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NATHAN AND JESSIE

We met these folks at FAR-West...check them out...

They will be at the Coffee Gallery Backstage TONIGHT!

nathan and jessie"When I think of Nathan and Jessie, the image I am struck with most is their natural synchronicity. Their personalities, both personal and musical, appear seamless. The point is, you never really know what you are going to get. And that's the great aspect of being part of their audience - you get to experience the freshness that they create over and over again, two musicians who are totally in touch with the nuances of their own music and confident enough to continue to experiment, explore and engage, creating their own journey, and taking us along with them." - Larry Thompson via Echo and Buzz Local Music Publication

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DECEMBER 1, 2015

Pat Collins - A REMEMBERANCE

From Adrien Burke via Facebook

Pat CollinsMy late friend Pat Collins used to come to the Celtic Arts Center every Monday eve to play in the traditional music session. He was an artist, musician, surfer, rock climber, and all around wonderful person. He got to know the homeless on Hollywood Blvd. He learned their names. He'd bring them a blanket or jacket sometimes, and sometimes he'd hand out $10-20 bills. He himself looked like Pan - he had very long dreadlocks, tied in back, and large blue eyes. He dressed in tattered t-shirts and cut off jeans- like a musician in fact. 

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NOVEMBER 12th, 2015

MARLA FIBISH

A San Francisco native, Marla is a long time feature of the Bay area Irish music scene...and an unapologetic proponent of the mandolin in Irish music.

With her husband Bruce Victor, they are the band Noctambule. They play original and traditional music in a variety of forms – original musical settings of a broad array of poetry, original instrumental pieces, and traditional Irish tunes and songs. This unique collaboration brings out qualities in both of these seasoned musicians that you may not have heard from them before. Their music is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humor on an unusual array of strings -- various guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, bouzouki, cittern, tenor guitar -- and their blended voices.

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OCTOBER 27th, 2015

PASSINGS

LEON BIBB

Leon Bibb (February 7, 1922 – October 23, 2015) was an American folk singer and actor who grew up in Kentucky, studied voice in New York, and worked on Broadway. His career began when he became a featured soloist of the Louisville Municipal College glee club as a student. He lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, after 1969. Bibb was born in Louisville, Kentucky and was one of the performers at the first Newport Folk Festival in 1959.  (Wikipedia)

BILL KEITH

William Bradford "Bill" Keith (December 20, 1939 – October 23, 2015) was a five-string banjoist who made a significant contribution to the stylistic development of the instrument. In the 1960s he introduced a variation on the popular "Scruggs style" of banjo playing (an integral element of bluegrass music) which would soon become known as melodic style, or "Keith style."  (Wikipedia)

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OCTOBER 23rd, 2015

Nevenka  Swing Riots

Saturday, October 24th, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica

1260 18th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-829-5436

Tickets

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OCTOBER 14th, 2015

Music for Water


MOUNTAIN MUSIC DAY

Mountain Music Day is a yearly, day-long feast of traditional folk music set in the lush mountains of Oak Glen in Yucaipa, California. Designed as a fundraiser for The Old School House, the event has attracted the support of popular folk musicians and enthusiasts from all over Southern California. Come up and enjoy the cool mountain air!

Sunday, October 18th, 2015 - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

11911 S. Oak Glen Rd., Yucaipa, CA  92399

Concerts, Workshops & Jams

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OCTOBER 13th, 2015

FLATFOOTING WORKSHOP WITH PHIL JAMISON

This is a rare opportunity to learn classic western North Carolina flatfoot dance steps from a master dancer.

October 13- 7:30-9:30pm

American Legion Hall Post #206

227 N. Avenue 55, Highland Park, CA 90042

"I have been in awe of Phil since the 1970s, when I first started clogging/flatfooting and saw him in a famous group called The Greengrass Cloggers. They were all my heroes, who I wanted to be like…. "

-National Buckdancing Champion, Ruth Alpert

Class Description:

Flatfooting is a traditional style of step dancing from Appalachia that involves percussive footwork. While some dancers perform memorized sequences of steps, others are more improvisational and freeform in their movements (“doing their own thing”). Mainly though, it is a way to enjoy and participate in the music with your feet. This class, for dancers of all levels, will focus on the traditional flatfooting steps and styles of western North Carolina. No prior experience is required, but wear smooth-soled shoes (preferably leather) and no taps please.

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OCTOBER 12th, 2015

TANNAHILL WEAVERS

Scottish Trad Band

MONDAY OCT 12th - 8:00 pm at Coffee Gallery Backstage (Altadena)

"…the group has found an especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new."

Stephen Holden, New York Times

"…as close to perfect as it gets in an imperfect world."

Sing Out!

"...one of the most exhilarating acoustic bands on the Celtic map."

Irish Music Magazine

"...the Tannies are the best that Scotland can aspire to (and believe me, that is THE BEST)."

The Living Tradition

"…no band of their ilk has performed with more energy or authority than the Tannies, who blend guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, fiddle, whistles, bodhran and pipes into a lilting product as fine and enduring as the textiles woven by namesake weavers of their Scottish hometown, Paisley."

Westword, Denver CO

"…the Weavers’ unpretentious manner and superlative playing set them apart from most other Celtic groups... In a world where good taste has become a scarce commodity, the Tannahill Weavers are a wealthy bunch."

The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, SC

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OCTOBER 5th, 2015

21st ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS

SATURDAY OCT 10th - 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2850 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The Southern California Dulcimer Heritage group invites you to the 21st annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers on Saturday, October 10, 2015! In addition to the workshops and concerts on Saturday, there are special 4-hour focus workshops the next day taught by two featured performers, both back by popular demand: Fretted dulcimer virtuoso Bing Futch from Florida and hammered dulcimist extraordinaire Jody Marshall of Virginia. Additionally, over a dozen excellent local players will also be teaching and performing, including mountain dulcimer legend Joellen Lapidus and Patti Amelotte’s Irish music band Looney’s Fortune with hot hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar and accordions.

The festival will be happening this year at a new, larger location: The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in beautiful suburban Costa Mesa, CA. There is a ‘festival motel’ with a convenient location and lodging package at a reasonable rate for out of town visitors. Additional information will be at www.scdh.org

As always, there will be a large variety of 'other workshops' - including 'try out' fretted dulcimers (loaner instruments available), guitar, ukulele, keyboard backup, singing, banjomer, music computer software and bowed psaltery (with loaner instruments) - taught by various members of the folk music and dulcimer communities in Southern California. Two tracks of dulcimer workshops will be given by Jody, Bing and six other instructors. You’ll find a full range of topics and hands-on classes in the 28 hours/ 7 tracks of workshops, plus a free Mid-day concert “Celebrating Regional Dulcimer Jam/ Practice Groups” and free jamming throughout the day.

The annual SCDH Dulcimer Festival is the only California dulcimer festival for both hammered and fretted dulcimers and the closest dulcimer festival for players in many nearly states.

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SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS CONVENTION

SUNDAY OCT 11th - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Stow House
304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
805-681-7216

The Old Time Fiddlers' Convention & Festival, a celebration of Traditional American Music, is held every year at Rancho La Patera & Stow House. The family-festival features all day entertainment, one of the premier Old-Time Music contests on the West Coast, free workshops taught by some of the best teachers in the industry, opportunity to "jam" with other musicians, entrance to the museums and much more. This year's lineup includes the Old Time sound of GRAMMY winner Kathy Kallick Band, the award-winning Bay Area group Front Country, Joe Sands Fontenot Creole Cajun Band, along with local bluegrass favorites Ventucky String Band and the Salt Martians. The goal of the festival is to share and preserve Old Time American Music, an important part of our country's rich heritage and encourage a new generation o

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OCTOBER 2nd, 2015

The Gloaming is fiddle master Martin Hayes, guitarist Dennis Cahill, sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). These five master musicians, each with highly successful individual careers, have come together to create new music which pairs memorable, yearning melodies with a progressive style.

Although charged by the traditions of Ireland, what The Gloaming do with the structures of Irish music is anything but simple nostalgia. They introduce deep wells of personality and experience. Lyrics are drawn from the history of Irish literature, old and new. The music is played with the authority of virtuosos. The result is unclouded by sheen or sentimentality. Instead, it's haunting and emotionally charged. It sounds ancient without being a mere reproduction.

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SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS CONVENTION

The Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Stow House in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara.

Contestants are needed at all levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced players in banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and "other instruments." Signups are at the gate, and the contest rules, a few of which may be new this year, can be found on their web site.

Read more: OCTOBER 2nd, 2015

SEPTEMBER 30th, 2015

Betto Arcos, long time radio host at KPFK radio (90.7FM Los Angeles), did his final Global Village show on KPFK yesterday. He is producing a concert tonight with 3 great bands: Colombia’s 7 piece Joropo ensemble CIMARRON; Cuba’s SAN MIGUEL PEREZ TRIO, and LA’s own CHANGUI MAJADERO. He’ll also be screening “Los Otros Mexicanos,” a 50 min documentary about his life and work in LA, produced by Mexico’s Canal 11, focused on the Latin music scene in Los Angeles, featuring interviews with artists he's supported over the years: Cesar Castro, Las Cafeteras, Viento Callejero, La Santa Cecilia, Ry Cooder, John Densmore, and Rubén Martínez.

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SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS CONVENTION

The Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Stow House in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara.

Contestants are needed at all levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced players in banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and "other instruments." Signups are at the gate, and the contest rules, a few of which may be new this year, can be found on their web site.

Read more: SEPTEMBER 30th, 2015

SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2015

This Friday night (Sep 25 at 8pm) two of our favorite world music groups will be performing: DakhaBrakha and Huun Huur Tu.

Drones and beats, crimson beads and towering black lambs-wool hats all serve as a striking backdrop for an unexpected, refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music. This is the self-proclaimed “ethno-chaos” of Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha. They craft stunning new sonic worlds for traditional songs, reinventing their heritage with a keen ear for contemporary resonances.

The whistling of the high-mountain wind that forms eerie overtones; the repeated thrum of a string against wood and hide; a meditative, evocative music straight from the avant garde. Huun Huur Tu – the descendents of isolated Siberian herdsmen from Tuva, a Russian Federation republic situated on the Mongolian border - make serious, strangely universal music out of some of the planet’s quirkiest acoustics.

Ukrainian Block Party featuring Firebird Balalaika Ensemble... Come early (6:30pm) and join the musicians and dancers from Firebird Balalaika Ensemble, part of the amazing Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra.  Raise a glass, bring your dancing shoes and have a piroshki! 

Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP-UCLA) at Royce Hall. Tickets!

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SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS CONVENTION

The Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Stow House in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara.

Contestants are needed at all levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced players in banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and "other instruments." Signups are at the gate, and the contest rules, a few of which may be new this year, can be found on their web site.

Read more: SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2015

SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2015

TONIGHT is the concert in support of Pitt Kingsolving at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Pitt Kinsolving, a man with a most distinguished name, is known for organizing folk music events, as well as getting musicians together to make music. While engineering sound for recordings, performances, and other live programs has been his profession, he has been an important force in bringing folk music to Southern California through his volunteer efforts in planning and promoting concerts and festivals, and in his active participation in hoots. The concert will feature: WITCHER, RECUPIDO, LEVITT AND WITCHERSee the article about Pitt and the concert here.

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SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS CONVENTION

The Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Stow House in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara.

Contestants are needed at all levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced players in banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and "other instruments." Signups are at the gate, and the contest rules, a few of which may be new this year, can be found on their web site.

Read more: SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2015

SEPTEMBER 18th, 2015

45th Anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)

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A WEEKEND OF CONTRADANCE

Sometimes the stars all align...and this weekend, for contra dancing, they do. There's a dance Thursday, Friday, Saturday and two on Sunday...Click the Read More...below for details.

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SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS CONVENTION

The Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Stow House in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara.

Contestants are needed at all levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced players in banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and "other instruments." Signups are at the gate, and the contest rules, a few of which may be new this year, can be found on their web site.

Read more: SEPTEMBER 18th, 2015

SEPTEMBER 17th, 2015

A WEEKEND OF CONTRADANCE

Sometimes the stars all align...and this weekend, for contra dancing, they do. There's a dance Thursday, Friday, Saturday and two on Sunday...Click the Read More...below for details.

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SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS CONVENTION

The Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Stow House in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara.

Contestants are needed at all levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced players in banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and "other instruments." Signups are at the gate, and the contest rules, a few of which may be new this year, can be found on their web site.

Read more: SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2015

SEPTEMBER 15th, 2015

A WEEKEND OF CONTRADANCE

Sometimes the stars all align...and this weekend, for contra dancing, they do. There's a dance Thursday, Friday, Saturday and two on Sunday...Click the Read More...below for details.

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SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS CONVENTION

The Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Stow House in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara.

Contestants are needed at all levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced players in banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and "other instruments." Signups are at the gate, and the contest rules, a few of which may be new this year, can be found on their web site.

Read more: SEPTEMBER 15th, 2015

SEPTEMBER 10th, 2015

SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS CONVENTION

The Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Stow House in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara. The headline entertainment this year is the Kathy Kallick Band. It's extremely important that we continue to support this event, which has been going for 44 years, as attendees and as contestants. Contestants are needed at all levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced players in banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and "other instruments." Signups are at the gate, and the contest rules, a few of which may be new this year, can be found on their web site.

Read more: SEPTEMBER 10th, 2015

AUGUST 22nd, 2015

RIZWAN-MUAZZAM QAWWALI

At Grand Performances on Saturday, August 22, 8:00pm, 5th generation torchbearers of the Qawwali tradition, these brothers’ imaginative reinterpretation of classic Sufi texts is a transcendent experience; a rare performance not to be missed. DJ and producer Neil Sparkes joins Rizwan-Muazzam for a special guest set described as “a bewitching blend of dance-floor devotional music.” .

Read more: AUGUST 22nd, 2015

AUGUST 14th, 2015

The Yuval Ron Ensemble

At the Skirball Cultural Center on Thursday, August 20, 8:00pm, The Yuval Ron Ensemble will be performing the concert program “My Heart Is in the East: Mystical Music and Dance of the Hebrew Tribes,” Israeli Angeleno Yuval Ron and an ensemble featuring Moroccan-Israeli vocalist Elinor Sitrish and sacred dance artist Mayaya take the stage with their intensely moving and adventurous pan–Middle Eastern music.

Read more: AUGUST 14th, 2015

JULY 23RD, 2015

RIP: THEODORE BIKEL (MAY 2, 1924-JULY 21, 2015)

Read more: JULY 23RD, 2015

JULY 16TH, 2015

CRY NO MORE

Below is the video for "Cry No More," a song Rhiannon wrote with her sister Lalenja Harrington in response to this tragedy. She brought together friends and band members to film the video, directed by Harvey Robinson, at the United Congregational Church in her home town of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Read more: JULY 16TH, 2015

JUNE 26TH, 2015

Summer is upon us and with that comes all the free concerts that are presented in the Los Angeles area....The Skirball Cultural Center, Grand Performances, Culver City Summer Concerts to name a few. 

Check the FolkWorks calendar on our website to mark your calendars.

Also, note that we send out a listing of what is up for the following week every Thursday when you sign up for  our Yahoo Group.

And, of course, we keep up to date with information on our Facebook page and group as well as our Twitter feed.

FolkWorks is supported by folks like you, so we urge you to become a member.

Here are all the important links:

FolkWorks Calendar

FolkWorks Yahoo Group

FolkWorks Facebook Page

FolkWorks Twitter Feed

FolkWorks member signup

Read more: JUNE 26TH, 2015

JUNE 16TH, 2015

Iain Matthews (born Iain Matthew McDonald, 16 June 1946) is an English musician and songwriter. He was a singer with Fairport Convention, before forming his own band Matthews Southern Comfort, which had a UK number one in 1970 with a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock". Born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, Matthews was known in the 1960s first as Ian McDonald, then as the 1960s progressed, as Ian Matthews. In 1989, he reverted to the original spelling of his first name.

Read more: JUNE 16TH, 2015

JUNE 15TH, 2015

Waylon Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and began performing at 12 on KVOW radio. [wikipedia]

Read more: JUNE 15TH, 2015

JUNE 9TH, 2015

Ronnie Gilber (September 7, 1926 - June 6, 2015) was an American folk singer, songwriter and activist. She was one of the original members of the music quartet the Weavers, as a contralto with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Fred Hellerman. [wikipedia]

Read more: JUNE 9TH, 2015

JUNE 5TH, 2015

Jean Ritchie (December 8, 1922 – June 1, 2015) was an American folk music singer, songwriter, and Appalachian dulcimer player. [wikipedia]

Read more: JUNE 5TH, 2015

MAY 27TH, 2015

Len Chandler (May 27, 1935) is an American folk musician who was active in the 1960s. [wikipedia]

Read more: MAY 27TH, 2015

May 20, 2015

Larry WinesFolkWorks extends a big hand to all the participants of the 2015 Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest. It was a perfect day. Click the read more for 2015 Contestant Winners.

Congratulations to Larry Wines who was this years Legend Award Winner.

Read more: May 20, 2015

MAY 19TH, 2015

The Magnolia Sisters (below) among other great bands will be featured this weekend at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. Get your tickets online .... they are discounted (i.e. they will cost more at the gate. Check out the Spotlight Posters!

Read more: MAY 19TH, 2015

MAY 15TH, 2015

Folks, tonight is the 2nd night of the Old Time Social. It is a mini-festival with concerts, workshops, jams, a cakewalk and a square dance. This is followed on Sunday by Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. An amazing gathering that is more than a contest. There are performances on several stages, a dance pavilion with Irish, Contra and Square Dancing and lots of jamming. Check out the Spotlight Posters!

Below is Riley Baugus on guitar, Trevor Stuart on fiddle and Travis Stuart on banjo. They in addition to Sabra Guzman on bass will be playing tonight.

Read more: MAY 15TH, 2015

MAY 14TH, 2015

Folks, tonight is the start of the Old Time Social. It is a mini-festival with concerts, workshops, jams, a cakewalk and a square dance. This is followed on Sunday by Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. An amazing gathering that is more than a contest. There are performances on several stages, a dance pavilion with Irish, Contra and Square Dancing and lots of jamming. Check out the Spotlight Posters!

Here's one of our favorite bands who will be playing tonight.

Read more: MAY 14TH, 2015

MAY 9TH, 2015

Folks, this coming week is the Old Time Social. It is a mini-festival with concerts, workshops, jams, a cakewalk and a square dance. This is followed on Sunday by Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. An amazing gathering that is more than a contest. There are performances on several stages, a dance pavilion with Irish, Contra and Square Dancing and lots of jamming. Check out the Spotlight Posters!

Happy Traum (May 9, 1938) is an American folk musician who started playing music in the 1950s. Happy is most famously known as one half of Happy and Artie Traum, a duo he began with his brother. They released three albums, Happy and Artie Traum (1970, Capitol), Double Back (1971, Capitol) and Hard Times In The Country (1975, Rounder). He has continued as a solo artist and as founder of Homespun Tapes. [wikipedia]

Read more: MAY 9TH, 2015

APRIL 30TH, 2015

Reverend Gary Davis (April 30, 1896 – May 5, 1972) was a blind African American blues and gospel singer and guitarist, who was also proficient on the banjo guitar and harmonica. His finger-picking guitar style influenced many other artists and his students include Stefan Grossman, David Bromberg, Roy Book Binder, Larry Johnson, Nick Katzman, Dave Van Ronk, Rory Block, Ernie Hawkins, Larry Campbell, Bob Weir, Woody Mann, and Tom Winslow. [wikipedia]

Read more: APRIL 30TH, 2015

APRIL 28TH, 2015

Jean Redpath (April 28, 1937 – August 21, 2014) was a Scottish folk singer, educator and musician.[wikipedia]

Read more: APRIL 28TH, 2015

APRIL 27TH, 2015

Herb Pedersen (April 27, 1944) is an American musician, guitarist, banjo player, and singer-songwriter who has played a variety of musical styles over the past forty years including country, bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, folk, folk rock, country rock, and has worked with numerous musicians in many different bands.[wikipedia]

Read more: APRIL 27TH, 2015

APRIL 26TH, 2015

No catchphrases…..just the real deal. The Fontenot Cajun Creole Band plays for the love of traditional styles of the music of our culture. The group has sprung up from get togethers in Mr Joe’s back room over strong coffee, laughs , and pots simmering on the stove. We play because we love the music and our culture. Many Louisiana creoles came to the west coast for work after the war and formed communities in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Read more: APRIL 26TH, 2015

APRIL 23RD, 2015

With more than 25 years of experience with cultures and drumming of the Middle East and Mediterranean, Rowan Storm is recognized internationally as a performer and educator.

Read more: APRIL 23RD, 2015

APRIL 22ND, 2015

“Banjo Gal” Donna Lynn Caskey honors folk tradition while taking it to sometimes edgy new places. Her debut album, Nameless Heart, consists of twelve, timeless-sounding original songs featuring clawhammer banjo.

Read more: APRIL 22ND, 2015

APRIL 21ST, 2015

Tracy Newman> is MC for this years FolkWorks Benefit Concert. She is the lead singer/songwriter of the folk music band Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements. In 2007, she released the album A Place in the Sun. Her second album, I Just See You, was released in 2012. Her third album, I Can Swing Forever was released in 2014. It is for children. It was released with a coloring book done by Tracy's daughter, Charlotte Dean [Wikipedia]

Read more: APRIL 21ST, 2015

APRIL 14TH, 2015

Doris Leon "D. L." Menard (April 14, 1932) is one of the most important songwriters and performers in Cajun music. He has been called the "Cajun Hank Williams" because of the country-tinged sound of his voice and music. [Wikipedia]

Read more: APRIL 14TH, 2015

APRIL 11TH, 2015

Toulouse Engelhardt ( April 14, 1951), is an acoustic guitarist, recording artist, and was the last member of the Takoma Seven. The Takoma Seven was a group of finger style guitarists who recorded for Takoma Records from 1959-1976. [Wikipedia]

Read more: APRIL 11TH, 2015

APRIL 9TH, 2015

Mance Lipscomb (April 9, 1895 - January 30, 1976) was an American blues singer, guitarist and songster. Born Beau De Glen Lipscomb near Navasota, Texas, United States, he as a youth took the name of 'Mance' from a friend of his oldest brother Charlie.[Wikipedia]

Read more: APRIL 9TH, 2015

APRIL 2ND, 2015

Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer and songwriter. She has released many popular albums and singles over the course of her career, and has now won 13 Grammys – as of 2015 – as well as numerous other awards. Her work and recordings include work as a solo artist, bandleader, an interpreter of other composers' works and as a singer-songwriter, and a backing vocalist and duet partner. She has worked with numerous leading artists including Gram Parsons, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, The Band, Mark Knopfler, Delbert McClinton, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Neil Young, and Steve Earle. [wikipedia]

Read more: APRIL 2ND, 2015

MARCH 27TH, 2015

Patrick Ball (March 27, 1950) was born and raised in California and gave little thought to such things as where his ancestors came from. He went to school and supposed, when he thought about it at all, that he would one day be a lawyer, like his father. But he studied music from time to time and over the years developed a nodding acquaintance with the piano and the guitar. At university he continued his flirtatious relationship with music by playing the tin whistle, principally to annoy his roommate. But at this time he found that he was irresistibly drawn to words, to the music of words, to writers who made words sing, to writers from Ireland. [www.patrickball.com]

Read more: MARCH 27TH, 201

MARCH 26TH, 2015

Jerry Silverman (3/26/1931) is an American folksinger, guitar teacher and author of music books. He has had over 200 books published, which have sold in the millions, including folk song collections, anthologies and method books for the guitar, banjo and fiddle. He has taught guitar to hundreds of students. He is currently a folk performer and lecturer at schools, universities and concert halls in the U.S. and abroad. ... [wikipedia]

Read more: MARCH 26TH, 2015

MARCH 25Th, 2015

Mel Lyman (March 24, 1938 – March 1978) In 1963 Lyman joined Jim Kweskin’s Boston-based jug band as a banjo and harmonica player. Lyman, once called "the Grand Old Man of the 'blues' harmonica in his mid-twenties", is remembered in folk music circles for playing a 20 minute improvisation on the traditional hymn ... [wikipedia]

Read more: MARCH 25TH, 2015

MARCH 24Th, 2015

Mel Lyman (March 24, 1938 – March 1978) In 1963 Lyman joined Jim Kweskin’s Boston-based jug band as a banjo and harmonica player. Lyman, once called "the Grand Old Man of the 'blues' harmonica in his mid-twenties", is remembered in folk music circles for playing a 20 minute improvisation on the traditional hymn ... [wikipedia]

Read more: MARCH 24TH, 2015

MARCH 21ST, 2015

Dan Crary will be appearing at the Temecula Bluegrass Festival

MARCH 19TH, 2015

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, St. Joseph's Night, 2014

HAPPY St. PADDY'S DAY
MARCH 17TH, 2015

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC FOR
ST. PADDY’S DAY

11:00am               BRILLIANT GYPSIES

                Griffins of Kinsale

                1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

                626-799-0926

1:00pm THE PRATIES

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

1:00pm KEN O’MALLEY DUO

                Finn McCool’s

                2702 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                310-452-1734

2:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

5:00pm OXALIS

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

5:30pm THE PRATIES

                The Wilde Thistle

                3454 Motor Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 980034

                310-730-6208

5:30pm KEN O’MALLEY

                Griffins of Kinsale

                1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

                626-799-0926

5:30pm MARIAN THOMAS GRIFFITH & THE BRACKEN BAND

                Finn McCool’s

                2702 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                310-452-1734

6:00pm RICHÁRD BERNARD, SUSAN CRAIG WINSBERG, GEE RABE & MIAMON MILLER

                Matt Denny’s Ale House

                145 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91006-3212

                626-462-0250

7:00pm BRILLIANT GYPSIES

                RedWhite+Bluezz

                37 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101’

                626-792-4441

7:00pm RAMBLING HOUSE BAND

                Molly Malone’s

                575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                323-935-1577

7:30pm WHISKEY SUNDAY

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

8:00pm SLUGGER O’TOOLE

                Story Tavern

                150 S San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

8:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill

                4311 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505-2728

                818-729-0805

9:00pm KEN O’MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS

                Ireland’s 32

                13721 Burbank Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91401

                818-785-4031

MARCH 15TH, 2015

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC FOR
ST. PADDY’S WEEKEND

Sunday, March 15, 2015

10:00am-6:00pm              CAMARILLO CELTIC FAIRE

                Constitution Park

                1287 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA 93010

                Tammy Glenn CAREGIVERS 805-658-8530

3:00pm OXALIS

                The Grove 

                189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

5:00pm THE PRATIES

                JJ Sullivan’s

                22917 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                828-225-7468

5:00pm KEN O’MALLEY DUO

                One Colorado Courtyard

                24 East Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103

5:00pm HARVEY SISTERS

                Brendan’s Irish Pub, Camarillo

                1755 E. Daily Dr, Camarillo, CA

                805-383-4100

Monday, March 16, 2015

7:00pm PRE-ST. PATRICK'S DAY DANCE CÉILÍ

                Mayflower Club

                11110 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

                Presented by the Celtic Arts Center

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

11:00am               BRILLIANT GYPSIES

                Griffins of Kinsale

                1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

                626-799-0926

1:00pm THE PRATIES

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

1:00pm KEN O’MALLEY DUO

                Finn McCool’s

                2702 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                310-452-1734

2:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

5:00pm OXALIS

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

5:30pm THE PRATIES

                The Wilde Thistle

                3454 Motor Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 980034

                310-730-6208

5:30pm KEN O’MALLEY

                Griffins of Kinsale

                1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

                626-799-0926

6:00pm RICHÁRD BERNARD, SUSAN CRAIG WINSBERG, GEE RABE & MIAMON MILLER

                Matt Denny’s Ale House

                145 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91006-3212

                626-462-0250

7:00pm BRILLIANT GYPSIES

                RedWhite+Bluezz

                37 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101’

                626-792-4441

7:00pm RAMBLING HOUSE BAND

                Molly Malone’s

                575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                323-935-1577

7:30pm WHISKEY SUNDAY

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

8:00pm SLUGGER O’TOOLE

                Story Tavern

                150 S San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

8:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill

                4311 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505-2728

                818-729-0805

9:00pm KEN O’MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS

                Ireland’s 32

                13721 Burbank Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91401

                818-7

MARCH 14TH, 2015

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC FOR
ST. PADDY’S WEEKEND

Saturday, March 14, 2015

10:00am-6:00pm              CAMARILLO CELTIC FAIRE

                Constitution Park

                1287 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA 93010

                Tammy Glenn CAREGIVERS 805-658-8530

1:00pm LONG BEACH IRISH (FOR A DAY) PARADE

                Pine Ave. from 7th St. to Broadway

                Long Beach, CA

3:00pm OXALIS

                Malibu Wines 

                31740 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265

8:00pm TRINITY IRISH DANCE

                'The Dawn'

                Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons

                26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355

                661-362-5304

8:00pm PADDY KEENAN

                Irish Uillean piper

                California Institute of Technology - Beckman Auditorium

                332 South Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

                626-395-4652

                Presented by Caltech Public Events

8:00pm CALUM MORRISON

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

8:30pm THE PRATIES

                Corrigan’s Irish Pub

                75 E High St, Moorpark, CA 93021

                805-532-1500

10:00pm               PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

Sunday, March 15, 2015

10:00am-6:00pm              CAMARILLO CELTIC FAIRE

                Constitution Park

                1287 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA 93010

                Tammy Glenn CAREGIVERS 805-658-8530

3:00pm OXALIS

                The Grove 

                189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

5:00pm THE PRATIES

                JJ Sullivan’s

                22917 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                828-225-7468

5:00pm KEN O’MALLEY DUO

                One Colorado Courtyard

                24 East Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103

5:00pm HARVEY SISTERS

                Brendan’s Irish Pub, Camarillo

                1755 E. Daily Dr, Camarillo, CA

                805-383-4100

Monday, March 16, 2015

7:00pm PRE-ST. PATRICK'S DAY DANCE CÉILÍ

                Mayflower Club

                11110 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

                Presented by the Celtic Arts Center

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

11:00am               BRILLIANT GYPSIES

                Griffins of Kinsale

                1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

                626-799-0926

1:00pm THE PRATIES

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

1:00pm KEN O’MALLEY DUO

                Finn McCool’s

                2702 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                310-452-1734

2:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

5:00pm OXALIS

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

5:30pm THE PRATIES

                The Wilde Thistle

                3454 Motor Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 980034

                310-730-6208

5:30pm KEN O’MALLEY

                Griffins of Kinsale

                1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

                626-799-0926

6:00pm RICHÁRD BERNARD, SUSAN CRAIG WINSBERG, GEE RABE & MIAMON MILLER

                Matt Denny’s Ale House

                145 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91006-3212

                626-462-0250

7:00pm BRILLIANT GYPSIES

                RedWhite+Bluezz

                37 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101’

                626-792-4441

7:00pm RAMBLING HOUSE BAND

                Molly Malone’s

                575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                323-935-1577

7:30pm WHISKEY SUNDAY

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

8:00pm SLUGGER O’TOOLE

                Story Tavern

                150 S San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

8:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill

                4311 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505-2728

                818-729-0805

9:00pm KEN O’MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS

                Ireland’s 32

                13721 Burbank Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91401

                818-7

MARCH 13TH, 2015

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC FOR
ST. PADDY’S WEEKEND

Friday, March 13, 2015

8:00pm PADDY KEENAN

                Irish Uillean piper

                Alva’s Showroom

                1417 West 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732

                310-519 1314

8:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

Saturday, March 14, 2015

10:00am-6:00pm              CAMARILLO CELTIC FAIRE

                Constitution Park

                1287 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA 93010

                Tammy Glenn CAREGIVERS 805-658-8530

1:00pm LONG BEACH IRISH (FOR A DAY) PARADE

                Pine Ave. from 7th St. to Broadway

                Long Beach, CA

3:00pm OXALIS

                Malibu Wines 

                31740 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265

8:00pm TRINITY IRISH DANCE

                'The Dawn'

                Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons

                26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355

                661-362-5304

8:00pm PADDY KEENAN

                Irish Uillean piper

                California Institute of Technology - Beckman Auditorium

                332 South Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

                626-395-4652

                Presented by Caltech Public Events

8:00pm CALUM MORRISON

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

8:30pm THE PRATIES

                Corrigan’s Irish Pub

                75 E High St, Moorpark, CA 93021

                805-532-1500

10:00pm               PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

Sunday, March 15, 2015

10:00am-6:00pm              CAMARILLO CELTIC FAIRE

                Constitution Park

                1287 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA 93010

                Tammy Glenn CAREGIVERS 805-658-8530

3:00pm OXALIS

                The Grove 

                189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

5:00pm THE PRATIES

                JJ Sullivan’s

                22917 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                828-225-7468

5:00pm KEN O’MALLEY DUO

                One Colorado Courtyard

                24 East Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103

5:00pm HARVEY SISTERS

                Brendan’s Irish Pub, Camarillo

                1755 E. Daily Dr, Camarillo, CA

                805-383-4100

Monday, March 16, 2015

7:00pm PRE-ST. PATRICK'S DAY DANCE CÉILÍ

                Mayflower Club

                11110 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

                Presented by the Celtic Arts Center

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

11:00am               BRILLIANT GYPSIES

                Griffins of Kinsale

                1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

                626-799-0926

1:00pm THE PRATIES

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

1:00pm KEN O’MALLEY DUO

                Finn McCool’s

                2702 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                310-452-1734

2:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

5:00pm OXALIS

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

5:30pm THE PRATIES

                The Wilde Thistle

                3454 Motor Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 980034

                310-730-6208

5:30pm KEN O’MALLEY

                Griffins of Kinsale

                1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

                626-799-0926

7:00pm BRILLIANT GYPSIES

                RedWhite+Bluezz

                37 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101’

                626-792-4441

7:00pm RAMBLING HOUSE BAND

                Molly Malone’s

                575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                323-935-1577

7:30pm WHISKEY SUNDAY

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228

8:00pm SLUGGER O’TOOLE

                Story Tavern

                150 S San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

8:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill

                4311 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505-2728

                818-729-0805

9:00pm KEN O’MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS

                Ireland’s 32

                13721 Burbank Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91401

                818-785-4031

MARCH 12TH, 2015

While on vacation in Rome, I noticed a marble column in St. Peter's with a golden telephone on it. As a young priest passed by, I asked who the telephone was for. The priest told me it was a direct line to heaven, and if I'd like to call, it would be a thousand dollars. I was amazed, but declined the offer. Throughout Italy, I kept seeing the same golden telephone on a marble column. At each, I asked about it and the answer was always the same: It was a direct line to heaven and I could call for a thousand dollars.

Then I went to Ireland. When I finished my tour in Ireland. I decided to attend Mass at a local village church. When I walked in the door I noticed the golden telephone. Underneath it there was a sign stating: "DIRECT LINE TO HEAVEN: 25 cents." "Father," I said, "I have been all over Italy and in all the cathedrals I visited, I've seen telephones exactly like this one. But the price is always a thousand dollars. Why is it that this one is only 25 cents?" The priest smiled and said, "Darlin', you're in Ireland now. It's a local call."

Happy St. Patrick's Day...all my little leprechauns!

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC FOR
ST. PADDY’S WEEKEND

Friday, March 13, 2015

8:00pm PADDY KEENAN

                Irish Uillean piper

                Alva’s Showroom

                1417 West 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732

                310-519 1314

8:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

10:00am-6:00pm              CAMARILLO CELTIC FAIRE

                Constitution Park

                1287 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA 93010

                Tammy Glenn CAREGIVERS 805-658-8530

1:00pm LONG BEACH IRISH (FOR A DAY) PARADE

                Pine Ave. from 7th St. to Broadway

                Long Beach, CA

3:00pm OXALIS

                Malibu Wines 

                31740 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265

8:00pm TRINITY IRISH DANCE

                'The Dawn'

                Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons

                26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355

                661-362-5304

8:00pm PADDY KEENAN

                Irish Uillean piper

                California Institute of Technology - Beckman Auditorium

                332 South Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

                626-395-4652

                Presented by Caltech Public Events

8:30pm THE PRATIES

                Corrigan’s Irish Pub

                75 E High St, Moorpark, CA 93021

                805-532-1500

10:00pm               PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

Sunday, March 15, 2015

10:00am-6:00pm              CAMARILLO CELTIC FAIRE

                Constitution Park

                1287 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA 93010

                Tammy Glenn CAREGIVERS 805-658-8530

3:00pm OXALIS

                The Grove 

                189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

5:00pm THE PRATIES

                JJ Sullivan’s

                22917 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                828-225-7468

5:00pm KEN O’MALLEY DUO

                One Colorado Courtyard

                24 East Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103

5:00pm HARVEY SISTERS

                Brendan’s Irish Pub, Camarillo

                1755 E. Daily Dr, Camarillo, CA

                805-383-4100

Monday, March 16, 2015

7:00pm PRE-ST. PATRICK'S DAY DANCE CÉILÍ

                Mayflower Club

                11110 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

                Presented by the Celtic Arts Center

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

11:00am               BRILLIANT GYPSIES

                Griffins of Kinsale

                1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

                626-799-0926

1:00pm THE PRATIES

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

1:00pm KEN O’MALLEY DUO

                Finn McCool’s

                2702 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                310-452-1734

2:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228 

5:00pm OXALIS

                Joxer Daly’s

                11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323

                310-838-3745

5:30pm THE PRATIES

                The Wilde Thistle

                3454 Motor Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 980034

                310-730-6208

5:30pm KEN O’MALLEY

                Griffins of Kinsale

                1001 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

                626-799-0926

7:00pm BRILLIANT GYPSIES

                RedWhite+Bluezz

                37 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101’

                626-792-4441

7:00pm RAMBLING HOUSE BAND

                Molly Malone’s

                575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                323-935-1577

7:30pm WHISKEY SUNDAY

                Tam O’Shanter

                2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

                323-664-0228 

8:00pm SLUGGER O’TOOLE

                Story Tavern

                150 S San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

8:00pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

                Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill

                4311 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505-2728

                818-729-0805

9:00pm KEN O’MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS

                Ireland’s 32

                13721 Burbank Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91401

                818-785-4031

MARCH 8TH, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DiCK FARINA
(March 8, 1937 – April 30, 1966)

February 17th, 2015

HAPPY MARDI GRAS

Dance for a Chicken: The Cajun Mardi Gras
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuMnttn8lSQ)


2015 GRAMMY WINNERS


February 16th, 2015

In Celebration of Presidents Day
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAUMhawQjBk)

Dance for a Chicken: The Cajun Mardi Gras
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuMnttn8lSQ)


2015 GRAMMY WINNERS


February 15th, 2015

Dance for a Chicken: The Cajun Mardi Gras
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuMnttn8lSQ)


2015 GRAMMY WINNERS


February 5th, 2015

Grammy Nomination for Best Folk Album
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA0fQhFNafs)


2014 GRAMMY OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS


January 30th, 2015

Grammy Nomination for Best Americana Album
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJQubJJ2qks)


2014 GRAMMY OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS


January 20th, 2015

Grammy Nomination for Best American Roots Song
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lFMK3UIa74)


2014 GRAMMY OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS


January 4th, 2015

Grammy Nomination for Best American Roots Performance 
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duWv1eMNdrk)


2014 GRAMMY OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS


December 21, 2014

Joe Spence singing the best Christmas song ever
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEgKEbT5a7Q)


2014 GRAMMY OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS


Lily Henley new song premiers ... check out our review of last years great CD, Words Like Yours.

November 27, 2014

Peter La Farge

   

   

Wishing you all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Here's Johnny Cash singing Peter La Farge's Ballad of Ira Hayes. With thanks also to the Native American community.

If you don't know who Peter La Farge was, check out the wikipedia page.

December 4, 2014

FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO Playing now in Laemmle Theatres this week (through December 4):Royal (West L.A.), Playhouse 7 (Pasadena), Town Center 5 (Encino).

Read more: December 4, 2014

NOVEMBER 16, 2014

Lead Belly

A Musical Legacy

(from Wikpedia)

Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician and multi-instrumentalist, notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced.

Read more: November 16, 2014

NOVEMBER 15, 2014

Alphonse Bois Sec ArdoinHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (November 16, 1915 – May 16, 2007)

Creole accordionist who specialized in Cajun music (called "la la music" or "la musique Creole") and was influential in what became zydeco music.

For more information, surf over to this page


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NOVEMBER 15, 2014

Mick MoloneyHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Mick Moloney (November 15, 1944)

Michael "Mick" Moloney (born November 15, 1944) is a traditional Irish musician and scholar. Born in Limerick, County Limerick, he was an important figure on the Dublin folk-song revival in the 1960s. In 1973, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He gained early fame as a member of Irish group The Johnstons and The Emmet Spiceland but has since performed and recorded with a variety of groups and individuals, including Eugene O'Donnell and Séamus Egan, and Marie & Martin Reilly; he also worked closely with The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. Mick also served as the artistic director for several major arts tours including The Green Fields of America, an ensemble of Irish musicians, singers and dancers which toured across the United States on several occasions. In all, he has produced and performed on over forty albums, and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America

For more information, surf over to this page


Tracy SchwarzBig

NOVEMBER 13, 2014

Tracy SchwarzHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Tracy Schwarz (November 13, 1938)

Don Stevens (All Music)

Tracy Schwarz is one of the greatest traditional fiddlers in America. His credits run from the New Lost City Ramblers and the Strange Creek Singers to recordings with other traditional musicians, his family, and in more recent years with many Cajun greats. Born in New York City but raised in New England and New Jersey, Schwarz first came to love country music from radio broadcasts of the late '40s. The music he heard inspired him to learn the banjo and guitar. While in college, Schwarz also mastered the mandolin and the bass fiddle. He soon began playing in assorted bluegrass bands around Washington, D.C.

For more information, surf over to this page

NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Joni MitchellHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Joni Mitchell (November 7, 1943)

Joni Mitchell is a Canadian musician, singer songwriter, and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs ("Urge for Going", "Chelsea Morning", "Both Sides, Now", "The Circle Game") were covered by notable folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her own debut album in 1968.

For more information, surf over to this page

NOVEMBER 6, 2014

Fred SmallHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Fred Small (November 6, 1952)

Fred Small, is an American singer-songwriter. He is also a lawyer and a Unitarian Universalist minister. His songs often make a political or ethical statement. Among his best-known songs are "Heart of the Appaloosa," "Everything Possible," "Peace Is", and "Cranes Over Hiroshima". He is hailed by Pete Seeger as "one of America's best songwriters".[citation needed]
His debut album, Love's Gonna Carry Us (1981), featured Small singing and accompanying himself on guitar. As his fame and success increased, so too did the production level of his albums, as he included more instrumentation, and appearances by other artists, including instrumental and vocal backing by popular New England folk artists. Famous fiddlers, guitarists, and mandolin players alike became a part of Small’s discography and helped Small increase his popularity.[1]

For more information, surf over to this page.

NOVEMBER 4, 2014

Kirk McGeeHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Kirk McGee (November 4, 1899 – October 24, 1983)

Kirk McGee was 1/2 of the McGee Brothers, American old-time performing duo with his brother Sam McGee.  Sam typically played guitar and Kirk usually played banjo or fiddle, although they were both proficient in multiple string instruments. The McGee Brothers were one of the most enduring acts on the Grand Ole Opry during the show's first fifty years. They made their initial appearance on the Opry in 1926 and the following year joined Uncle Dave Macon's band, the Fruit Jar Drinkers. In the 1930s, the McGees teamed up with early Opry fiddler Arthur Smith to form a string band known as the "Dixieliners," and in the 1940s they played and toured with Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys and several other notable acts.

For more information, surf over to this page.

November 3, 2014

Jake Shimabukuro (born November 3, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is a ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. Shimabukuro has written numerous original compositions, including the entire soundtracks to two Japanese films, Hula Girls  (2007) and the Japanese remake of Sideways (2009).

Read more: November 3, 2014

OCTOBER 28, 2014

Hamilton CampHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Hamilton Camp (October 30, 1934 – October 2, 2005)

British singer-songwriter, actor and voice actor. Camp's debut as a folk singer was at the Newport Folk Festival in 1960; and his first recording, with Bob Gibson, was Bob Gibson & Bob Camp at the Gate of Horn, from 1961.

For more information, surf over to this page


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OCTOBER 28, 2014

Ted HawkinsHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Ted Hawkins (October 28, 1936 – January 1, 1995)

American singer-songwriter. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, Hawkins was an enigmatic figure through most of his career; he split his time between his adopted hometown of Venice Beach, California where he was a mostly anonymous street performer, and Europe, where he and his songs were better known and well received in clubs and small concert halls.

For more information, surf over to this page.

If you're not already familiar with www.folkstreams.net, click on over and lose a couple hours.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)  has a great article on Folkstreams....check it out.

Here's a brief excerpt:

"An account of the blues experience through the recollections and performances of NEA National Heritage Fellow B.B. King, Son Thomas, inmates from Parchman prison, a barber from Clarkesdale, a salesman from Beale Street, and others. Give My Poor Heart Ease (1974) is one of a series of films made in Mississippi in the mid 1970s by William Ferris and the Center for Southern Folklore and produced in association with Howard Sayre Weaver. View the entire film here."


OCTOBER 27, 2014

Floyd CramerHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Floyd Cramer (October 27, 1933 – December 31, 1997)

American Hall of Fame pianist who was one of the architects of the Nashville sound". He was known for his "slip note" piano style, where an out-of-key note slides into the correct note.

For more information, surf over to this page.

OCTOBER 21, 2014

Clyde DavenportHAPPY BIRTHDAY 

Clyde Davenport (October 21, 1921)

Old-time fiddler and banjo player from Monticello, Kentucky.

For more information, surf over to this page or this page.

OCTOBER 18, 2014

buddy macmasterHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Buddy MacMaster  (October 18, 1924-August 20, 2014)

One of the most renowned artists in the tradition of Cape Breton fiddle music.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 16, 2014

Al PettewayHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Al Petteway  (October 16, 1952)

Grammy-winning guitarist known primarily for his acoustic fingerstyle work[1] both as a soloist and with well-known folk artists such as Amy White, Tom Paxton, Jethro Burns, Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, Debi Smith, Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone and many others. His own compositions rely heavily on Celtic and Appalachian influences and he is known for his use of DADGAD tuning.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 13, 2014

Paul SimonHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Paul Simon  (October 13, 1942)

Musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair's songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

Saturday, October 11:

LORD HURON BLIND PILOT SHAKEY GRAVES
LANGHORNE SLIM

OCTOBER 10, 2014

2014 BLUEGRASS SITUATION FESTIVAL

The 2014 LA Bluegrass Situation festival, will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11 at the The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown LA. The fourth-ever, expanded affair has grown from its founding grounds at the legendary Largo at the Coronet Theatre in West Hollywood to the newly-opened, delicately restored movie palace originally built by Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin in 1927.

2-day tickets are already sold out, single-day and VIP Saturday tickets may be purchased online.

Friday, October 10:

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS JOSH RITTER
WILLIE WATSON

John PrineHAPPY BIRTHDAY

John Prine (October 10, 1946)

Country folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer since the early 1970s.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 9, 2014

O.V. WrightHAPPY BIRTHDAY

O.V. Wright (October 9, 1939 - November 16, 1980)

Singer who is generally regarded as a blues artist by African American fans in the Deep South; he is also regarded as one of Southern soul's most authoritative and individual artists.[2] His best known songs include "That's How Strong My Love Is" (1964), "You're Gonna Make Me Cry" (1965), "Nucleus of Soul" (1968), "A Nickel and a Nail" (1971), "I Can't Take It" (1971) and "Ace of Spades" (1971).

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 8, 2014

Russ BarrenbergHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Russ Barrenberg (October 8, 1950)

Grammy-nominated American bluegrass musician.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 7, 2014

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Uncle Dave Macon

(October 7, 1870-March 22, 1952).

Old-time banjo player, singer, songwriter, and comedia.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 6, 2014

Richard Dyer-BennettHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Richard Dyer-Bennett

(October 6, 1913-December 14, 1991).

English Born, American Folk Singer.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 5, 2014

Roy Book BinderHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Roy Book Binder (born 1943).

Blues guitarist, singer songwriter and storyteller/ For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 3, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Keb' Mo' (born 1951). For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 2, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Don McClean (born 1945). Check out the extensive interview by Ross Altman. Surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 1, 2014

THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records

Don’t miss the new documentary, This Ain’t No Mouse Music!  about the legendary founder of Arhoolie Records, Chris Strachwitz, coming to the Downtown Independent theater at 251 S. Main St. in LA on October 1st through 9th! Opening night, Wednesday Oct. 1, the filmmakers and Chris will be in attendance. Join him for on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, on a passionate quest for the musical soul of America.

August 19, 2014

 Concert September 27, 2014 

February 12, 2014

Pink Anderson

Pinkney "Pink" Anderson was an American blues singer and guitarist.

Born: February 12, 1900, Laurens, SC

Died: August 12, 1974, Spartanburg, SC

American Street Songs - Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson - Riverside RLP 12-611

Pink Anderson: Vol. 1 Carolina Bluesman (1961) Prestige/Bluesville BV 1038

Pink Anderson: Carolina Medicine Show Hokum & Blues with Baby Tate (1962) Folkways Records FS 3588

Pink Anderson: Vol. 2 Medicine Show Man (1962) Prestige/Bluesville BV 1051 / OBCCD-587-2

The Blues Of Pink Anderson: Ballad & Folksinger, Vol. 3 (1963) Prestige/Bluesville BV 1071 / OBCCD 577-1

Source Wikipedia

Pink Anderson - I Got a Woman
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM1_6CFt5Mg)

February 11, 2014

JoshWhite1945Josh White

Born: February 11, 1914, Greenville, SC
Died: September 6, 1969, Manhasset, NY

Joshua Daniel White, known as Josh White, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor, and civil rights activist. He also recorded under the names "Pinewood Tom" and "Tippy Barton" in the 1930s. White grew up in the Jim Crow South

Albums: The Roots of the Blues, From New York to London, More
Movies: Dreams That Money Can Buy, The Walking Hills