everything but ...

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

Read more: Destruction of site of Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest

RECURRING EVENTS


MUSIC


9:30am - 2:30pm URBAN SOLACE BLUEGRASS BRUNCH

every Sunday

Urban Solace

3823 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104

619-295-6464


10:30am - 12:00pm HOUSE OF IRELAND TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSION

every Sunday

House of Ireland

665 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA


12:00pm - 2:00pm MURPHY'S FLAW

first & third Sunday

Viva Rancho Cantina

900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

818-845-2425

John Bryan


1:00pm - 4:00pm WILL ROGERS OLD TIME JAM

third Sunday

Will Rogers State Historic Park

1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd, Pacific Palisades, CA

David Lynch david@alumni.caltech.edu


1:00pm - 5:00pm EAST VALLEY HOOT (SONGMAKERS)

third Sunday

Van Nuys (Contact via Songmakers website)

Van Nuys, CA 91411

Barbara Greenspan 818-780-5979 EastValleyHoot@Songmakers.org


1:15pm - 4:00pm TOM BALL AND KENNY SULTAN

every Sunday

Cold Spring Tavern

5995 Stagecoach Road, Santa Barbara, CA

805-967-0066


4:00pm - 7:00pm AULD DUBLINER TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

every Sunday

Auld Dubliner

71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

562-437-8300


4:30pm - 7:30pm SANTA BARBARA TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

every Sunday

La Arcada Bistro

1112 State St., Santa Barbara, CA


7:30pm - 11:00pm O'BRIEN'S IRISH MUSIC SESSION

every Sunday

O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant

2226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

310-829-5303 • obrienswilshire@aol.com


DANCE

SPOTLIGHTS

JIM MALCOLM

Jim Malcolm

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019 - 7:00PM
House Concert in San Diego
zolahouseevents@gmail.com
-----
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 - 7:30PM
House Concert in Santa Monica
irishfleury@earthlink.net
-----
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019 - 3:00PM
Fiddler's Crossing
206 East F Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561

Read more: JIM MALCOLM

TODAY'S CALENDAR 1/20/19


DANCE


NO EVENTS TODAY



DANCE


NO EVENTS TODAY



2018 Festival Logo Wide

Click on video to see highlights from the March, 2018 festival and a peek into our plans for 2019: Exploring our African roots from Zimbabwe to Appalachia.

Ticket sales for producing a festival typically do not cover the cost of production. And that’s where you come in! FolkWorks depends on your generosity. When you click to donate below, 100% of the money we raise in this campaign will go to pay talented performers and teachers.

Please donate what you can to allow us to present the best diverse musical traditions for this amazing event.

Read more: FolkWorks Folk/Roots Festival Appeal

FEATURE ARTICLES

Best Releases of 2018 chosen by Yatrika Shah-Rais

Wednesday host of KPFKs Global Village (11am to 1pm)

Her show brings an eclectic mix of global, jazz, indigenous, folk, ambient and classical sounds, making musical connections between geographical and diverse musical cultures.

The following lists are playlists of songs from albums that she presented at the end of 2018 summarizing the best music of the year.

Email: yatrikashahrais@gmail.com

Website: www.worldonanote.com

Archives of her previous two shows can be heard here

The Global Village on Facebook

Read more to see the amazing list of World Music albums. You will certain discover new finds...we did!

Read more: Yatrika Shah-Rais - Best Albums of 2018

Get an Early Start on Mardi Gras!

Crank Up The Cajun and Beat the Winter Blues

Blake Miller and the Old-Fashioned Aces at StillWater in Dana Point

By Karen Redding

Blake Miller and Old Fashioned AcesCome get your gumbo on and a head start on Mardi Gras! Step onto the dance floor for a southern California Fais do-do, as you waltz and two-step to the high-energy Louisiana dance-hall music of multi-Grammy-nominated Blake Miller of Blake Miller and the Old-Fashioned Aces at StillWater Food and Spirits in Dana Point on Sunday, January 20, 2018 at 5:00pm. Described by OffBeat Magazines’ Dan Willgig as a “Groove band that’s dance compelling,” the Aces Cajun French songs will take you on a dizzying ride from hard-core, pared-down, gritty Cajun/Zydeco two-step party music to waltzes as soulfully heart-wrenching as only Cajun music can be.

Read more: BLAKE MILLER AND THE OLD-FASHIONED ACES

GATEKEEPERS OF FREEDOM 2018:

TWENTY-FIVE REVIEWED CONCERTS, CDS, THEATRE PERFORMANCES AND A VERY SPECIAL GRAMMY MUSEUM EXHIBIT

VOICES THAT STOOD UP FOR A BETTER AMERICA IN 2018

Exclusive to FolkWorks

By Ross Altman, PhD

Ross AltmanHere are the Gatekeepers of Freedom for 2018—those performing and performance artists who travel, sing and record the music that keeps us sane in a mad world—who carry the torch of Woody Guthrie and Joe Hill, Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Billie Holiday and Phil Ochs, Utah Phillips and Rosalie Sorrels, Malvina Reynolds, Victor Jara and John Lennon. We turn to them in times of need, for inspiration, for their long memory, for satire and protest, above all, for truth.

Read more: GATEKEEPERS OF FREEDOM 2018

CONCERT REVIEW

JOHN SEBASTIAN AT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

Lisa Smith Wengler Center For The Arts - Smothers Theatre

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 8:00pm

MORE THAN A SPOONFUL OF A GREAT AMERICAN SONGWRITER

By Ross Altman, PhD

John Sebastian
Photo by Caitlin Roark.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian took the packed house at Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre on a whirlwind tour of modern American music history last night. From Memphis Minnie—whose thrilling voice and blues guitar filter down through the audience before the concert as soon as the doors are opened—to Harry Smith’s multi-credited 1950 Anthology of American Folk Music to Motown’s Martha and the Vandellas to the Supremes and Diana Ross, Sebastian’s two great guitars and blues harmonica remind you how profoundly indebted we are to African-American influences and sources on the long journey from Zimbabwe to Appalachia.

Read more: JOHN SEBASTIAN AT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

CD REVIEWS

TITLE: Empathy Moves The Water

ARTIST: The Crooked Jades

LABEL: Jade Note Music

RELEASE DATE: November 13, 2018 

By Art Podell

Crooked JadesFans of The Crooked Jades won’t be disappointed by the latest issue from this remarkable group of musicians and I’m convinced that their newest CD, Empathy Moves The Water will quickly be added to existing collections of their music. Empathy Moves The Water will be the ninth album from the group since their debut album in 2000, and true to form, The Crooked Jades are alive and thriving and they just may have produced one of the best Americana albums of 2018.

Read more: THE CROOKED JADES - EMPATHY MOVES THE WATER

TITLE: EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’: A TRIBUTE TO FRED NEIL

ARTISTS: VARIOUS, INCLUDING ERIC ANDERSEN, RODNEY CROWELL, VINCE MARTIN, ETC.

LABEL: Y&T MUSIC

RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 14, 2018

Fred Neil without the Wrecking Crew

By Ross Altman, PhD

Everybodys TalkinFred Neil co-founded (with conservationist Ric O’Barry) the Dolphin Project on the first Earth Day, April 22 in 1970. Everybody’s Talking is a wonderful tribute album to Florida folk music legend Fred Neil. All net proceeds from the sale of the album go to the Dolphin Project.

Read more: EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’: A TRIBUTE TO FRED NEIL

TITLE: HOLY SMOKE!

ARTIST: RAFE STEFANINI & DAVID BRAGGER

LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2018

OLD-TIME FIDDLE & BANJO DUETS

By Justin Manglitz

Holy SmokeIf you have ever wondered why preachers of yore routinely railed against fiddle and banjo music, this record explains it exactly. Every downbeat encourages fornication, every backbeat compels another drink of whiskey, every tune puts your very soul in jeopardy. Holy Smoke! is old-time music in its perfect form, tight fiddle and banjo, Africa and Europe in equal portions, a completely traditional modern culmination of the first truly American music.

Read more: RAFE STEFANINI & DAVID BRAGGER - HOLY SMOKE!

TITLE: OLD WORLD MUSIC OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

ARTIST: HOG-EYED MAN

LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2018

By Pat Mac Swyney

hog eyed man coverOld World Music of the Southern Appalachians is the 4th release from Old-Time duo Hog-Eyed Man; featuring Clifftop fiddle champion Jason Cade accompanied by talented multi-instrumentalist Rob McMaken. Jason grew up learning older fiddle tunes and styles from Bruce Greene in Yancey County, North Carolina as well as from his mother’s teacher Byard Ray. Rob hails from north Georgia and provides a solid, engaging back up with chording and melodic lines on mandolin, guitar and lap dulcimer.

Read more: HOG-EYED MAN - OLD WORLD MUSIC OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

COLUMN OF THE WEEK

March-April 2009

FISH-ICAL FITNESS

FISHTANK ENSEMBLE ON THE LINE

BY JOEL OKIDA

fishtank_s.jpg

Onstage, the six figures casually go to their marks and arm themselves with their respective instruments. The lights dim briefly and soon the allusion to armament becomes clear. Fishtank Ensemble fires away and attacks their music with fervor and demonstrative spirit. Although violinist Fabrice Martinez remains, for the most part, cool and calm, and wife, Ursula Knudson, can be sultry or smooth, when they line up with flamenco-style guitarist Doug "El Douje" Smolens and double bass-slapping Serb Djordje Stijepovic, together they bring the heat, intense and fiery Romani, Balkan, gypsy-jazz and cross-bred original tunes. Two new additions to the band appear in the form of the brothers Joshan and Justin Petrovic, also known as the Petrovic Blasting Company.

Read more: FISHTANK ENSEMBLE

CD REVIEWS

TITLE: Empathy Moves The Water

ARTIST: The Crooked Jades

LABEL: Jade Note Music

RELEASE DATE: November 13, 2018 

By Art Podell

Crooked JadesFans of The Crooked Jades won’t be disappointed by the latest issue from this remarkable group of musicians and I’m convinced that their newest CD, Empathy Moves The Water will quickly be added to existing collections of their music. Empathy Moves The Water will be the ninth album from the group since their debut album in 2000, and true to form, The Crooked Jades are alive and thriving and they just may have produced one of the best Americana albums of 2018.

Read more: THE CROOKED JADES - EMPATHY MOVES THE WATER

TITLE: EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’: A TRIBUTE TO FRED NEIL

ARTISTS: VARIOUS, INCLUDING ERIC ANDERSEN, RODNEY CROWELL, VINCE MARTIN, ETC.

LABEL: Y&T MUSIC

RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 14, 2018

Fred Neil without the Wrecking Crew

By Ross Altman, PhD

Everybodys TalkinFred Neil co-founded (with conservationist Ric O’Barry) the Dolphin Project on the first Earth Day, April 22 in 1970. Everybody’s Talking is a wonderful tribute album to Florida folk music legend Fred Neil. All net proceeds from the sale of the album go to the Dolphin Project.

Read more: EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’: A TRIBUTE TO FRED NEIL

TITLE: HOLY SMOKE!

ARTIST: RAFE STEFANINI & DAVID BRAGGER

LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2018

OLD-TIME FIDDLE & BANJO DUETS

By Justin Manglitz

Holy SmokeIf you have ever wondered why preachers of yore routinely railed against fiddle and banjo music, this record explains it exactly. Every downbeat encourages fornication, every backbeat compels another drink of whiskey, every tune puts your very soul in jeopardy. Holy Smoke! is old-time music in its perfect form, tight fiddle and banjo, Africa and Europe in equal portions, a completely traditional modern culmination of the first truly American music.

Read more: RAFE STEFANINI & DAVID BRAGGER - HOLY SMOKE!

TITLE: OLD WORLD MUSIC OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

ARTIST: HOG-EYED MAN

LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2018

By Pat Mac Swyney

hog eyed man coverOld World Music of the Southern Appalachians is the 4th release from Old-Time duo Hog-Eyed Man; featuring Clifftop fiddle champion Jason Cade accompanied by talented multi-instrumentalist Rob McMaken. Jason grew up learning older fiddle tunes and styles from Bruce Greene in Yancey County, North Carolina as well as from his mother’s teacher Byard Ray. Rob hails from north Georgia and provides a solid, engaging back up with chording and melodic lines on mandolin, guitar and lap dulcimer.

Read more: HOG-EYED MAN - OLD WORLD MUSIC OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

SPOTLIGHTS

JIM MALCOLM

Jim Malcolm

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019 - 7:00PM
House Concert in San Diego
zolahouseevents@gmail.com
-----
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 - 7:30PM
House Concert in Santa Monica
irishfleury@earthlink.net
-----
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019 - 3:00PM
Fiddler's Crossing
206 East F Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561

Read more: JIM MALCOLM

FEATURE ARTICLES

Best Releases of 2018 chosen by Yatrika Shah-Rais

Wednesday host of KPFKs Global Village (11am to 1pm)

Her show brings an eclectic mix of global, jazz, indigenous, folk, ambient and classical sounds, making musical connections between geographical and diverse musical cultures.

The following lists are playlists of songs from albums that she presented at the end of 2018 summarizing the best music of the year.

Email: yatrikashahrais@gmail.com

Website: www.worldonanote.com

Archives of her previous two shows can be heard here

The Global Village on Facebook

Read more to see the amazing list of World Music albums. You will certain discover new finds...we did!

Read more: Yatrika Shah-Rais - Best Albums of 2018

Get an Early Start on Mardi Gras!

Crank Up The Cajun and Beat the Winter Blues

Blake Miller and the Old-Fashioned Aces at StillWater in Dana Point

By Karen Redding

Blake Miller and Old Fashioned AcesCome get your gumbo on and a head start on Mardi Gras! Step onto the dance floor for a southern California Fais do-do, as you waltz and two-step to the high-energy Louisiana dance-hall music of multi-Grammy-nominated Blake Miller of Blake Miller and the Old-Fashioned Aces at StillWater Food and Spirits in Dana Point on Sunday, January 20, 2018 at 5:00pm. Described by OffBeat Magazines’ Dan Willgig as a “Groove band that’s dance compelling,” the Aces Cajun French songs will take you on a dizzying ride from hard-core, pared-down, gritty Cajun/Zydeco two-step party music to waltzes as soulfully heart-wrenching as only Cajun music can be.

Read more: BLAKE MILLER AND THE OLD-FASHIONED ACES

GATEKEEPERS OF FREEDOM 2018:

TWENTY-FIVE REVIEWED CONCERTS, CDS, THEATRE PERFORMANCES AND A VERY SPECIAL GRAMMY MUSEUM EXHIBIT

VOICES THAT STOOD UP FOR A BETTER AMERICA IN 2018

Exclusive to FolkWorks

By Ross Altman, PhD

Ross AltmanHere are the Gatekeepers of Freedom for 2018—those performing and performance artists who travel, sing and record the music that keeps us sane in a mad world—who carry the torch of Woody Guthrie and Joe Hill, Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Billie Holiday and Phil Ochs, Utah Phillips and Rosalie Sorrels, Malvina Reynolds, Victor Jara and John Lennon. We turn to them in times of need, for inspiration, for their long memory, for satire and protest, above all, for truth.

Read more: GATEKEEPERS OF FREEDOM 2018

CONCERT REVIEW

JOHN SEBASTIAN AT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

Lisa Smith Wengler Center For The Arts - Smothers Theatre

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 8:00pm

MORE THAN A SPOONFUL OF A GREAT AMERICAN SONGWRITER

By Ross Altman, PhD

John Sebastian
Photo by Caitlin Roark.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian took the packed house at Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre on a whirlwind tour of modern American music history last night. From Memphis Minnie—whose thrilling voice and blues guitar filter down through the audience before the concert as soon as the doors are opened—to Harry Smith’s multi-credited 1950 Anthology of American Folk Music to Motown’s Martha and the Vandellas to the Supremes and Diana Ross, Sebastian’s two great guitars and blues harmonica remind you how profoundly indebted we are to African-American influences and sources on the long journey from Zimbabwe to Appalachia.

Read more: JOHN SEBASTIAN AT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

GRAMMY NOMINEES

everything but ...

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

Read more: Destruction of site of Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest

FULL CALENDAR

MUSIC       DANCE

TODAY'S CALENDAR 1/20/19


DANCE


NO EVENTS TODAY


RECURRING EVENTS


MUSIC


9:30am - 2:30pm URBAN SOLACE BLUEGRASS BRUNCH

every Sunday

Urban Solace

3823 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104

619-295-6464


10:30am - 12:00pm HOUSE OF IRELAND TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSION

every Sunday

House of Ireland

665 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA


12:00pm - 2:00pm MURPHY'S FLAW

first & third Sunday

Viva Rancho Cantina

900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

818-845-2425

John Bryan


1:00pm - 4:00pm WILL ROGERS OLD TIME JAM

third Sunday

Will Rogers State Historic Park

1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd, Pacific Palisades, CA

David Lynch david@alumni.caltech.edu


1:00pm - 5:00pm EAST VALLEY HOOT (SONGMAKERS)

third Sunday

Van Nuys (Contact via Songmakers website)

Van Nuys, CA 91411

Barbara Greenspan 818-780-5979 EastValleyHoot@Songmakers.org


1:15pm - 4:00pm TOM BALL AND KENNY SULTAN

every Sunday

Cold Spring Tavern

5995 Stagecoach Road, Santa Barbara, CA

805-967-0066


4:00pm - 7:00pm AULD DUBLINER TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

every Sunday

Auld Dubliner

71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

562-437-8300


4:30pm - 7:30pm SANTA BARBARA TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

every Sunday

La Arcada Bistro

1112 State St., Santa Barbara, CA


7:30pm - 11:00pm O'BRIEN'S IRISH MUSIC SESSION

every Sunday

O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant

2226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

310-829-5303 • obrienswilshire@aol.com


DANCE