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

Saturday, April 29 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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