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March 2016
$25

Old Blind Dogs

Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Jenna Moynahan-fiddle and vocals Six years have slipped by since we had Scotland's Old Blind Dogs in our series. After years of trying, including an aborted show last year when the U.S. State Department delayed their visas and we had to cancel a show, we have arranged the return of this fine Scottish band that features a blend of fine instrumental and vocal talents in their playing of traditional and original music. Old Blind Dogs, from…

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$25 - $35

Caladh Nua

Saturday, March 12, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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This show, in Beckman Auditorium, is presented by Caltech Public Events with the Pasadena Folk Music Society as a media partner. Mention the Folk Music Society when ordering or purchasing tickets and you will receive a $5 discount on each one (regular prices are $25, $30, $35, $10 for youth). Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments – from…

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$15

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen

Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Steve and Cindy have consistently brought us great music in their every-other-year visits. Steve made a big splash very early in his career when he wrote the song "Darcy Farrow" which was recorded by Ian and Sylvia at the height of their time together. The song—so timeless that it is thought by many to be an old traditional song—was later recorded by such performers as John Denver and Nanci Griffith. Steve has gone on to write many songs that have…

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April 2016
$25

John McCutcheon

Saturday, April 2, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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John is one of the most requested performers for us, and there are a number of reasons. He is a fine songwriter and songfinder, one of the very best! Consider such original songs as Christmas in the Trenches and Water from Another Time, or songs by others, such as the great alternate birthday song, Tina Liza Jones' Cut the Cake, or Si Kahn's Gone, Gonna Rise Again. Traditional songs are important in his repertoire, and Step by Step and How…

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$20

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

Saturday, April 23, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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We are very proud to present this fine group of musicians exploring the deep roots music of North America. Jayme Stone is a Canadian banjo innovator, known for his bringing together diverse music, be it Bach or from Africa. His range is tremendous and his knowledge of the music insures that it will be an authentic rendering. Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratory brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and…

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May 2016
$20

Andrea Beaton and Dick Hensold

Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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(Note: This show was originally scheduled for January 16, 2016.) Don't miss this special pairing! This promises to be an exciting evening of fiddle and pipes! One of Cape Breton's most promising young fiddlers, Andrea Beaton comes by her music honestly. Listen to her play, the power of her bow, the drive and swing of her timing, the crispness of her attack. She's making a name for herself in dance halls, concerts, ceilidhs, and festivals. Like the compelling tradition she…

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June 2016
$20

Kevin Burke

Saturday, June 18, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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It has been over four years since Kevin Burke has played at Caltech, and we're honored and delighted to have the return of this fiddler extraordinaire. In a 30-plus year career, Kevin has played with the Bothy Band, Patrick Street, Open House, the Celtic Fiddle Festival, and in many other combinations. As fine as he is with these various accompanists, it is sheer pleasure to hear him with his "naked fiddle," as he calls it. The New York Times describes…

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July 2016
$20

Patrick Ball: Celtic Harp and Story

Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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We welcome back Patrick Ball, who has honored our series by appearing 7 times before, with completely different shows and different musical configurations, combining elements of music, storytelling, theater and literature. Patrick is an extraordinary steel string Celtic harpist and an equally talented storyteller. In an article entitled, An Irish Bard Plucks at Heartstrings the San Franciso Chronicle wrote, “... whenever performer Patrick Ball pulls his stool up to the harp, streams of silvery tunes glisten and shimmer. It’s instant…

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August 2016
$15

Sunday Morning Bluegrass Gospel in the Garden!

Sunday, August 21, 2016 @ 9:00 am
Arlington Garden, 275 Arlington Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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The Pasadena Folk Music Society moves off the Caltech campus for the first time ever to present a special Sunday morning concert featuring the fine voices and guitar work of Eric Uglum and Bud Bierhaus, also known as the Vintage Martins. Eric and Bud impressed us greatly some years back when they performed at one of our shows as part of a fine bluegrass group, Copperline, known for wonderful harmonies. The group broke up shortly after that show and Eric…

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$15

Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen

Saturday, August 27, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Dan Frechette, guitar/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals will be making their Caltech debut at this show. We are happy to be presenting this fine duo who we expect you will be hearing much more about in the future. They prove that musical magic is not only possible, but as described by The Monterey Herald, “a match made in heaven”. Lyrically refreshing and musically diverse, over the past three years this Canadian-American duo has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada,…

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September 2016
$15

Sarah McQuaid

Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Sarah McQuaid (Photo by Phil Nicholls, www.philnicholls.co.uk)

Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from one of her emotive originals into a 1930s Cuban jazz number, a 16th century lute piece or an unexpected contemporary cover. Like its predecessors, her fourth solo CD has drawn international critical acclaim: The Musician (UK) called it “A work that grows with each listen,” while Germany’s Folker hailed it as “Ein mutiges Album mit einem potenziellen Pophit” (A courageous…

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October 2016
$15

Rita Hosking

Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Singer/songwriter Rita Hosking, from Northern California, returns for her second appearance at Caltech. She continues to gain attention for her original songs and her personable style. She was winner of Best Country Album (Vox Pop) in the 2010 Independent Music Awards, winner of the '08 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the 2009 Telluride Troubadour Contest, and has other credits as well. She may remind you of Kate Wolf and Gillian Welch, but she…

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November 2016
$15

Chris Proctor

Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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An inventive guitarist, now living in Salt Lake City, Chris Proctor has 11 fine albums to his credit. Chris is a musical adventurer whose voice is the acoustic six and the twelve string guitars. His music takes listeners through a fascinating world of moods and textures. His influences include traditional American folk, Celtic, blues and classical, but his style is all his own. The music always maintains a strong sense of melody as he combines rich textures and flawless playing.…

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December 2016
$15

Witcher, Recupido & Levitt

Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Witcher, Recupido & Levitt perform a very satisfying country tinged style of bluegrass music. This band evolved from the Witcher Brothers, who were long one of the mainstays of Southern California bluegrass. Appearances became less frequent as two of the Witcher sons struck out on their own, with young fiddler extraordinaire Gabe Witcher moving east and forming the Punch Brothers with Chris Thile, and Michael Witcher becoming a much in demand dobro player and instructor gone to the Bay area.…

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Caltech Public Events presents An Irish Christmas! Receive a $5 discount if you mention the Folk Music Society when ordering tickets! Saturday, December 17 in Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at 8PM

Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 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 sensational evening of joy, hope, laughter, friendship, and celebration, of life through storytelling, music, song and dance in a night that sparkles with life and a bit of "magic!" Musically, they will feature pipes, flutes, fiddles, button accordion and bodhráns and, of course, plenty of singing! The Irish traditional musicians and dancers come to us by way of the Kerry Dance Troupe, lead by Kevin Horton (Riverdance & Lord of the Dance) and the show…

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January 2017
$15

Brad Colerick

Saturday, January 14 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Brad Colerick has been an important factor for the Los Angeles area songwriters and performers. You might be familiar with his music series in South Pasadena, where he presented, performed with, and learned from many other fine songwriters and musicians as his own world view and voice continuted to evolve. His songwriting is personal, his guitar provides a solid accompaniment and he has a very fine voice. Terry Boland wrote the following for No Depression: "When singer-songwriter, Brad Colerick moved…

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$25

The Revelers

Saturday, January 28 @ 8:00 pm
Ramo Auditorium at Caltech, Ramo Auditorium
Pasadena, CA 91125 United States
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We've got a real Southern band, a Louisiana band, coming to Caltech for this show. They are so big in size (6 members), stature, and anticipated audience size that we're moving over to Ramo Auditorium, a short walk beyond our usual digs in Beckman Institute Auditorium. The Revelers consists of most of the members of the revered Red Stick Ramblers, including Blake Miller, also founding member of the Pine Leaf Boys. This powerhouse Louisiana roots band embraces and bends the…

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February 2017
$20

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

Saturday, February 18 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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