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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

COLUMN OF THE WEEK

January-February 2019

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By Dennis Roger Reed

It is an overstatement to say I am my own favorite music artist, but probably not by much if judged based on the amount of physical time I spend listening to my own work. I know a lot of musical artists who profess to not like to listen to their own work. I must say that if you don’t like to listen to yourself, you are not setting a good example for others. If you don’t like what you hear when you listen to your own work, why in the world would you think others might like it or find it valuable?

Read more: MY FAVORITE ARTIST IS ME

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
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 - 7:30PM
House Concert in Santa Monica
irishfleury@earthlink.net
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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 1/21/19


MUSIC


6:30pm BRITTNI PAIVA

Legendary Hawaiian Master Of Ukulele

Academy Dance Studio

1937 Goodyear Ave, Ventura, CA 93003


8:00pm ANGEL CITY BLUEGRASS BOYS

YARD Theatre

4319 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029-3510

Presented by Down at the Yard Music Series



DANCE


NO EVENTS TODAY


RECURRING EVENTS


MUSIC


DANCE


10:00am - 11:30am ROBERTSON FOLK DANCE

every Monday

Robertson Recreation Center

1641 Preuss Rd., Los Angeles, CA

310-278-5383


7:15pm - 8:45pm SIERRA FOLK DANCERS

every Monday

Temple City Christian Church

9723 Garibaldi Ave., Temple City, CA

Ann Armstrong 626-893-0303


7:30pm TARZANA ISRAELI DANCING

every Monday

MATI Center

19626 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA

Sagi Azran


7:30pm - 9:30pm SAN DIEGO FOLK DANCERS

every Monday

Balboa Park Club

2150 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA

Jean Cate 858-278-4619 jcate@nethere.net


7:45pm - 10:45pm WEST LOS ANGELES FOLK DANCERS

every Friday

Brockton School

1309 Armacost Ave., West Los Angeles, CA

Beverly Barr 310-202-6166 dancingbarrs@earthlink.net


8:00pm - 11:00pm SWEDISH FOLK DANCE CLUB OF LOS ANGELES

every Monday

Skandia Hall

2031 East Villa St., Pasadena, CA

Norman and Jane Kindig 714-777-4036 janekindig@mac.com


8:00pm - 9:30pm SIERRA MADRE FOLK DANCE CLASS

every Monday

Sierra Madre Recreation Building

611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA

Ann Armstrong 626-358-5942


9:00pm - 11:00pm INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB AT UCLA

every Monday

UCLA Ackerman Student Union Building - 2nd Floor Lounge Room

Westwood, CA

310-284-3636 UniversityDanceClubs@yahoo.com