COLUMN OF THE WEEK

May-June 2019

DON’T BE A HATER: IT’S YOUR VOICE!

By Dennis Roger Reed

speechI hear a lot of folks say that they hate their singing voice. It’s too scratchy, or has too much vibrato or is “pitchy.” I think many musicians set a standard that may not be reachable with their voice. My all-time favorite singer was Delaney Bramlett. His ability to go from falsetto to head voice in the same lyrical line was astonishing. His voice reflected the blues, country, and soul, sometimes all in the same song. A very admirable instrument, but honestly one I could never emulate. My singing voice does not have the range, and my falsetto is a bit uncontrollable. But I don’t hate my voice because of it.

Read more: DON’T BE A HATER-IT’S YOUR VOICE!

CD REVIEWS

TITLE: The Old Texas Fiddle Vol. 3

ARTIST: Spencer & Rains

LABEL: Old-Time Tiki Parlour

RELEASE DATE: May 2019

By Pat Mac Swyney

vol iii cover artI’ll kick off by saying this is my third unabashedly, glowing review of a Spencer & Rains CD because…well, Spencer & Rains. No personal stake in the game other than spreading the gospel of some of my favorite contemporary Old-Time artists.

Old Texas Fiddle Volume 3 marks the third and final installment of The Old Texas Fiddle “trilogy”.  Howard Rains comes from a long line of Texas fiddlers and along the path of pursuing Old-Time Music, he began collecting home recordings from the families of mostly long-gone Texas fiddlers of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Read more: SPENCER & RAINS - THE OLD TEXAS FIDDLE VOL. 3

TITLE: RULE OF 3

ARTIST: VÄSEN

LABEL: EAST SIDE, INC.

RELEASE DATE: APRIL 19, 2019

By Stuart Mason

Reprinted with permission fromFiddle Freak

Vasen Rule of 3 coverSwedish folk supergroup Väsen celebrates 30 years with the release of a new album on April 19. The title Rule of 3 refers to these three decades as well as their favorite time signature, shared by both polskas and waltzes, forms which they often play. The band is a trio, forming of course a solid triangular foundation for the music itself, and among writers, the Rule of 3 is “a writing principle which suggests that a trio of events or characters is more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers.” (from Wikipedia)

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TITLE: Visions

ARTIST: Alice Howe

LABEL: SELF PRODUCED

RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2019

By Russ Paris

Alice Howe by Jim SheaAlice Howe’s highly anticipated full-length debut CD, Visions, releases in May 2019. It’s an album that lives up to expectations and could not have been written without plenty of time on the road and a strong love for the process.

Howe’s previous EP, You’ve Been Away So Long, hit the Folk-DJ charts with a #1 song — Homeland Blues — and reached #11 itself. She has recently been selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, a Formal Showcase Artist at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, an Official Showcase Artist at the FAR-West Music Conference, and 2019 Kerrville New Folk Finalist.

Read more: ALICE HOWE - VISIONS

everything but ...

Featured at the Folk/Roots Festival

Willy Souly will be leading an African Dance Workshop

and featured in the Evening Concert

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FULL CALENDAR

MUSIC       DANCE

TODAY'S CALENDAR 6/26/19


MUSIC


NO EVENTS TODAY



DANCE


NO EVENTS TODAY


RECURRING EVENTS


MUSIC


DANCE


10:00am - 12:00pm INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING (THURSDAYS)

every Thursday

Folk Dance Center at Dancing Unlimited

4569 30th St., San Diego, CA

Mary Marshall


10:15am - 1:05pm UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

every Thursday

UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

5600 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA

Natalie Stern 818-343-8009


11:15am - 12:35pm SANTA MONICA CITY COLLEGE ISRAELI DANCING

every Thursday

Santa Monica College Clocktower

1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA


7:00pm - 11:30pm DANCE WITH DALYA

every Thursday

Dance for 2 Studio

7528 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego , CA

Dalya Dallal 858-337-3045 dalya@dancewithdalya.com


7:30pm - 9:30pm FOOTHILL INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS

every Thursday

Community Center of La Cañada

4469 Chevy Chase Dr., La Cañada, CA

Jan Rayman JanRayman@charter.net


7:30pm - 10:30pm NARODNI FOLK DANCERS

every Thursday

Woman's Club of Bellflower

9402 Oak St., Bellflower, CA

Judith 562-404-4383


7:30pm - 10:45pm WESTWOOD CO-OP FOLK DANCERS

every Thursday

Felicia Mahood Senior Club

11338 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

310-839-1753 arm120@aol.com


8:00pm VAN NUYS ISRAELI DANCING

every Thursday

Dance Revolution

6626 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys, CA

Sagi Azran


8:00pm VAN NUYS ISRAELI DANCING

every Thursday

Dance Revolution

6626 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys, CA

Sagi Azran