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February 2017
$20

Dàimh, quintet from Scotland, in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman)

Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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We're going to fill up our little stage space with this great young band, based in Lochaber in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, an area as much renowned for its scenic beauty as for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Taking their name from the Gaelic word for kinship, Dàimh (pronounced dive) fused together music from across the Celtic diaspora in a celebration of their common ground. From pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, they run the…

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March 2017
$15

Michael Smith, extraordinary songwriter, singer, guitarist to appear at Caltech Saturday, March 11

Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Michael is hugely known as the songwriter of The Dutchman, a song recorded early on by Steve Goodman and then performed and recorded by all kinds of great singers since then. If you don't know the song by it's name, maybe the line, "Long ago I used to be a young man, and dear Margaret remembers that form me." Great line, great song, and great songwriter and performer! Over the years, he's recorded a tremendous body of memorable songs, and…

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April 2017
$20

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Don't miss the opportunity to hear the return of Alasdair Fraser, Scottish fiddler extraordinaire and Natalie Haas on cello! Alasdair, now living in the Sierra Nevada foothills, has long been a favorite in his adopted country. He performs solo, as well as with groups as diverse as the Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Waterboys and The Chieftains, and as a featured soloist along with Itzhak Perlman at New York's Lincoln Center. Acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as "the Michael…

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Alan Reid and Rob van Sante show has been postponed! We will reschedule as soon as we can

Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Due to a scheduling conflict, we have had to cancel the April 29, 2017 show and we are working on establishing a new date. Those who have already purchased tickets will be contacted by the Ticket Office for a refund. If you are one of these people and you have not heard from the Ticket Office, please contact them right away at (626) 395-4652. We apologize for the change.

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May 2017
$20

Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald

Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald will be making their first appearance at Caltech in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman.) They have been playing together for about four years, blending the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded as "one of the most important folk acts on the Island today."…

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June 2017
$20

Brocelïande, Celtic and Early Music Ensemble

Saturday, June 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Brocelïande (Margaret Davis, Kristoph Klover, and Kris Yenney) will return to Caltech with music from the British Isles, Medieval and Renaissance music, and original settings of the songs of J.R.R. Tolkien. Featuring stellar vocal and instrumental harmonies, their enchanting sound is built on the interweaving of 3-part vocals with Celtic harp, guitar, cello, octave mandolin, recorders, Swedish nyckelharpa, flute, and more. Kris plays the only "Hardanger cello d'Amore" in existence. Brocelïande has performed throughout the West Coast since 1999, at…

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$20

Jim Kweskin and friends

Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Jim Kweskin's name has long been associated with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, which defined an important niche in popular music, showcasing traditional, jugband, and ragtime music in an era (the 1960's) when more and more musicians were writing their own songs.  This band reached back and made music from the past shine. The band spawned the careers of Geoff and Maria Muldaur, and following the break-up of the Jug Band after 5 years, Jim later formed another group, the…

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July 2017
$20

The Recollective

Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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The Recollective, a Celtic quartet, based in Ireland, consists of Calum Morrison, from Glascow, Scotland on vocals, guitar, banjo, tenor guitar, bodhran and Highland Bagpipes, Karen Hickey, from County Mayo, Ireland on fiddle, Michael Coult, originally from Glossop (close to Manchester), England, on traditional Irish flute and whistles, and Kieran Leonard on drums percussion, and bodhran. play a mixture of traditional and original material primarily from Ireland and Scotland but also from other folk traditions. They combine songs and tunes…

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August 2017
$20

Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk

Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Phil Salazar has been one of the mainstays in Southern California bluegrass for a good many years. He has pulled bluegrass in many directions and he has played in many memorable configurations during this time. One of these groupings began as the Phil Salazar Band back in 1983. This is such an amazing grouping and they have now become more of a full time band. You can count on a great show. Kin Folk includes Phil on fiddle and guitar,…

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Free

Rosalie Sorrels Memorial

Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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The Pasadena Folk Music Society is co-sponsoring a memorial for Rosalie Sorrels with some of her friends and family on Sunday, August 20 at 7:00 PM in our familiar Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman.) Rosalie, a terrific singer, songwriter, musician and storyteller passed away on June 11 and this will be a chance for friends, a few family members, and the many who knew her from her songs and performances to remember how special she was. We are very proud that…

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October 2017
$20

Low Lily with John Whelan

Saturday, October 7, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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The New England-based string and vocal trio, Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass, to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. They have all traveled the…

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$20

Susan McKeown- Concert posponed!! We hope to announce a new date soon. Please check back.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Susan McKeown (pronounced "mick-yone") has been called “the most strikingly original woman singer in the Celtic music vein" by The Christian Science Monitor. She has performed and recorded with Johnny Cunningham (Silly Wizard, Celtic Fiddle Festival,) John Doyle, Eileen Ivers, Natalie Merchant, Solas’ Seamus Egan and many others. She was born in Dublin, Ireland, but came to the U.S in 1990 to study opera, but she soon gravitated to other music styles, eventually settling into folk and traditional music of…

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November 2017
$20

The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Award-winning vocalist, Susie Glaze, mandolinist Steve Rankin, fiddler Mark Indictor and bassist Fred Sanders are The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble, the newest version of the acclaimed Los Angeles-based Americana group, a lush new folk Americana fusion ensemble, presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze. The group has been likened to the classic British bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention in that they blend classic folk…

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December 2017
$20

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Laurie is certainly one of the most prominent women of bluegrass today, with her voice, guitar, and fiddle, but her songwriting and song interpreting sets her apart from the bluegrass world. She can do a great job on Bill Monroe and Carter family songs, but her originals, from early ones, like Texas Bluebonnets to recent compositions, like Here Today, prove her to be a substanial songwriter. Fiddler, Darol Anger, said of her, " Laurie's strength manifests in many ways: her…

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January 2018

Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra presented by Caltech Public Events! Receive a $5 discount if you mention the Folk Music Society when ordering tickets! Saturday, January 20 in Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at 8PM

Saturday, January 20 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Caltech's Public Events presents a great evening of Latin dance music, featuring Cuban-born Adonis Puentes and his Voice of Cuba Orchestra. Adonis and his fraternal twin, Alex (now known as Alex Cuba) were born in Artemisa, a faded colonial city southwest of Havana in 1974. They both later left Cuba for Canada and went their separate ways. Each has gained considerable fame in the Latin music world. Adonis calls his music "fusion with Cuban roots". Known as a soñero, Adonis…

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$20

Jim Malcolm

Saturday, January 27 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Jim Malcolm has performed in our series five times and also once or twice when he was a member of Old Blind Dogs. The pattern has been to have him every other year, but because of a scheduling conflict in 2017, we're making up for missing him last January. Jim continues to be one of Scotland's finest singers, accompanying himself on 6-string guitar, as well as on harmonica. Living Tradition called him “one of the finest singing voices in Scotland…

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February 2018
$30.00

An Evening with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary

Saturday, February 10 @ 7:00 pm
Ramo Auditorium at Caltech, Ramo Auditorium
Pasadena, CA 91125 United States
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It is official! Peter Yarrow is coming to Caltech in February, 2018! After months of working out a date and other details, the Folk Music Society will present Peter at 7:00 PM (Note earlier-than-usual start time!) on Saturday, February 10 in Ramo Auditorium, just a 4 minute walk from our usual venue, Beckman Institute Auditorium. Peter has dedicated his life to music and social activism, and he will share songs and stories of over 50 years of of performing and…

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$25

Scottish group Old Blind Dogs at Caltech

Friday, February 23 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Scotland's Old Blind Dogs, from Aberdeenshire, on Scotland’s northeast coast, has been one of the most popular acts (two of the shows sold out!) in our series over the years. Consisting of Jonny Hardie, (fiddle & vocals), Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, bass, and vocals), Ali Hutton (pipes, whistles & guitar), and Donald Hay (percussion). Because of some visa issues, there was a rough patch in the last few years, as they had to cancel a tour in 2015, and then…

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March 2018
$20

Singer and songwriter John Gorka at Caltech

Saturday, March 3 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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The Folk Music Society is very proud to present the extraordinary songwriter and singer, John Gorka. We've been working on getting him here for the last 2-3 years, and finally our schedules match! John performed in our series early in his career, showing his talent with songs like Branching Out and over the years he has built a very impressive body of songs that makes this a must-see show. He is originally from New Jersey, and now lives in Minnesota,…

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The (New) Kingston Trio (Josh Reynolds, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton) presented by Caltech Public Events! Receive a $5 discount if you mention the Folk Music Society when ordering tickets! In Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman)

Saturday, March 31 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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The Kingston Trio had a tremendous influence in bringing folk music into the mainstream of popular music in the late 1950's and 1960's. Since that exciting time when they had many hits, such as Tom Dooley, Where Have all the Flowers Gone?, A Woried Man, and many, many more, this music has inspired many and remains a part of our culture. The group carries on with Josh Reynolds, son of original founding member Nick Reynolds, joined by two of Nick’s…

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