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    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.

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    SPOTLIGHTS

    DAKHABRAKHADahkaBraka 2

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 - 8:00PM

    Theatre at Ace Hotel
    929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
    213- 623-3233
    Presented by CAP-UCLA

    Read more: DAKHABRAKHA

    JOHN WHELAN AND HALEY RICHARDSON

    John Whelan and Haley Richardson

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 - 7:00PM

    Coffee Gallery Backstage
    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 92675
    626-798-6236 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Read more: JOHN WHELAN AND HALEY RICHARDSON

    STRIKING IRON: THE ART OF AFRICAN BLACKSMITHS

    Striking Iron

    Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths, is an international traveling exhibition that combines scholarship with objects of great aesthetic beauty to create the most comprehensive treatment of the blacksmith’s art in Africa to date. The exhibition includes over 225 artworks from across the African continent, focusing on the region south of the Sahara and covering a time period spanning early archaeological evidence to the present day. Borrowed from American and European public and private collections, it features wood sculptures studded with iron, blades, and currencies in a myriad of shapes and sizes, diverse musical instruments, body adornments, an array of ritual accoutrements, tools and weapons, and other important objects that enabled Africans to forage and hunt, till the soil, and assure their own protection and prosperity.

    JUNE 3 – DECEMBER 30, 2018

    Fowler Museum at UCLA - UCLA North Campus
    405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095
    310-825-4361

    Read more: STRIKING IRON: THE ART OF AFRICAN BLACKSMITHS

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    September-October 2018

    Charlie

    By Art Podell

    Charlie Haden 1981 300pxThis is a true accounting of events and people. I continue to write these in the hope that they will add a smile and perhaps a smidgen of background color to the people and events that flirt on the fringes of yesterday.

    Now I know that Charlie was known for being the quintessential jazz bass player and I don’t profess to be a jazz critic or even anything close to that. What’s the tally? Three Grammys and fourteen nominations? All I know is that he was one of the sweetest and most decent people I ever met. I knew his name not because I followed contemporary jazz. 

    Read more: CHARLIE

    CONCERT REVIEW

    DAVE ALVIN AND JIMMIE DALE GILMORE, DOWNEY TO LUBBOCK TOUR

    AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM - JULY 31, 2018, 8:00PM

    AMERICAN NAMES

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Dave and Jimmie 300px
    Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin

    Lubbock, Texas is one of those towns that would feel right at home in Stephen Vincent Benet’s classic poem, “American Names”, that gave us the line, “Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.” It shimmers brightly in every music lover’s imagination and memory, resonating with the whirlwind life of one of Rock and Roll’s greatest artists—one of its glorious pioneers—known to us all by just his first name: Buddy.

    Read more: DAVE ALVIN AND JIMMIE DALE GILMORE DOWNEY TO LUBBOCK

    PASSINGS

    REMEMBERING BARBARA GREENSPAN

    (July 1, 1947—August 17, 2018)

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Barbara GreenspanSongmakers lost Barbara Greenspan, its Archivist/Historian going all the way back to 1963; the East Valley Hoot lost its 3rd Sunday Hoot leader; Noble House Concerts lost its founder/creator going back to 1975; her guitar and recorder students lost their chief source of inspiration and encouragement and teacher; her Klezmer Band Shir Madness lost their wind section and vocalist; most importantly her music students from The Help Group, a non-public school for children with autism spectrum disorders lost their impassioned music teacher who gave free lessons and free instruments for so many who couldn’t afford either; her husband Fred lost his beloved wife; her son lost his devoted and loving mother; and I lost a dear friend.

    Read more: REMEMBERING BARBARA GREENSPAN

    CD REVIEW

    ARTIST: SUNNY WAR

    TITLE: WITH THE SUN

    LABEL: HEN HOUSE STUDIOS

    RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 2, 2018

    By Art Podell

    Sunny War With the SunMuch has been written about Sunny War (nee Sydney Lyndelia Ward) and I doubt that much repetition of her life history and musical odyssey here would add to what has already been written. For those of you who are reading the name Sunny War for the first time, suffice that she began her career as a street singer in Nashville and came to full flower in the southern California Venice Beach street and boardwalk community. For a complete picture, I’d recommend that the reader who is encountering this remarkable woman for the first time on these pages turn to an internet search and the myriad reviews and profiles there for a full recognition of this truly genuine and deserving artist who has been categorized as a blues artist, a punk artist, and a soul artist. All correct.

    Read more: SUNNY WAR - WITH THE SUN

     

    everything but ...

    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.

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 9/18/18


    MUSIC


    NO EVENTS TODAY



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    6:00pm - 10:00pm AGOURA HILLS SONG CIRCLE & POTLUCK (SONGMAKERS)

    third Tuesday

    Agoura Hills (Contact via Songmakers website)

    Agoura Hills, Agoura Hills , CA 91301

    Steve Berman 310-699-5755 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 10:00pm BEACH CITIES FOLK CLUB (SONGMAKERS)

    third Tuesday

    Wayland House

    1642 Voorhees Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    310-376-8760

    April Halprin Wayland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 9:30pm JC HYKE'S SONGWRITERS SERENADE

    every Tuesday

    Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar

    145 E. Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006


    7:00pm - 11:00pm OULD SOD TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Tuesday

    The Ould Sod

    3373 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

    Michael Eskin 619-284-6594 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 10:00pm KEN O'MALLEY DUO

    third Tuesday

    Finn McCool

    2702 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-452-1734


    7:30pm - 9:00pm ZINGEN FAR SHOLEM (SINGING FOR PEACE) YIDDISH CHORUS

    first, second & third Tuesday

    Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center

    1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA

    Anne Kaufman 323-664-9809 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 11:00pm TIMMY NOLAN TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Tuesday

    Timmy Nolan's Tavern and Grill

    10111 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602

    818-985-3359

    Dan Conroy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    DANCE


    8:30am - 11:00am LEISURE WORLD FOLK DANCERS

    every Saturday

    Club House 1

    Leisure World, Laguna Hills, CA

    Florence Kanderer 949-425-8456


    10:00am - 12:00pm ISRAELI & INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING

    every Tuesday

    La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center

    8450 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA

    Rina Dalyot 619-462-8155 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    1:30pm - 3:00pm MOUNTAIN DANCERS

    first & third Tuesday

    South Pasadena Woman's Club

    1424 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA

    John Meursinge 626-355-9220


    6:00pm - 8:45pm CERRITOS FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Cerritos Senior Center

    12340 South St., Cerritos, CA

    Wen Chiang 626-303-2761 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:30pm - 8:30pm TROUPE MOSAIC

    every Tuesday

    Gottlieb Dance Studio

    9743 Noble Ave, North Hills, CA

    Mara Johnson 818-831-1854


    7:00pm - 9:30pm CABRILLO INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Balboa Park Club

    2150 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA

    Georgina Sham 858-459-1336 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 11:00pm CALTECH FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Caltech Dabney Lounge

    1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA

    Nancy Milligan 626-797-5157 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 10:30pm TUESDAY GYPSIES - INTERNATIONAL

    every Tuesday

    Culver City Masonic Lodge

    9635 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA

    Marian and Jim Fogle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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