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December 2018

Kevin Burke, extraordinary Celtic Fiddler, Saturday, December 15

Saturday, December 15 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

We are delighted to welcome back a longtime friend and major figure in Celtic music, fiddler, Kevin Burke. 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. Kevin first performed here in 1983 with the late, great Irish singer, Micheal…

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January 2019

Lauren Sheehan and Susie Glaze sing contemporary and traditional songs from the great American folk songbook

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

Lauren Sheehan and Susie Glaze share a deep connection to traditional American music with two divergent paths.  They discovered that these paths met beautifully when they joined forces to present a workshop in 2017 at the FAR-West (Regional Folk Alliance) conference on the uses of traditional music for contemporary songwriting.  On these two topics these artists are well-versed, as their solo shows feature songs from traditional sources and their own contemporary songwriting, which is typically infused with influences from the…

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February 2019

Just added, still being finalized: Honey Whiskey Trio and their super harmonies will return to Caltech on Saturday, February 2, 2019!

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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Honey Whiskey Trio debuted with us back in 2014 on a split bill. They have continued to get even better and now they will be back to do a full show on their own. Honey Whiskey Trio are three young women who sing mostly a cappella (also with guitar and mandolin), often employing body percussion. Starting with a love of folk music and an interest in jazz, the result is music, such as a version of House of the Rising…

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Pasadena Folk Music Society presents Lúnasa, renowned Irish quintet in Beckman Auditorium (“Big Beckman”) Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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$30.00

The Pasadena Folk Music Society wanted to present this fabulous band, but the quintet would not fit easily in our cozy "Little Beckman" venue, and neither would their audience, so we're having this show in the biggest theater at Caltech, Beckman Auditorum. Billed as "of the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet", Lúnasa truly lives up to the press. Named after an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honour of the Irish god, Lugh, the band is composed of Kevin…

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March 2019

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen return to Caltech Saturday, March 9!

Saturday, March 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

We missed out on our every-two-years show with Steve Gillete and Cindy Mangsen in 2018 because of scheduling complications, but we're happy to welcome them back in 2019! We look forward to the great songs they bring us, a mix of originals, gold nuggets from some of their contemporaries, and a few familiar standards. 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…

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Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies Saturday, on March 16, 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 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day 24 hours early! Caltech's Public Events will present Dublin's Irsh Tenors and The Celtic Ladies in a show all about singing! Two superb Irish groups come together in one magical concert featuring wonderful harmonies and lifting melodies. Listen in amazement as these talented singers take you on a breathtaking musical journey covering Irish classics, opera, pop and jazz standards. Critics and audiences around the world agree that this is the show to see…Irish yes…but so much…

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Free concert for the family- especially kids! Cambalache plays the music of Veracruz, Mexico, with a bit of East L.A. and a great deal of joy

Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am

The Pasadena Folk Music Society, in partnership with the Pasadena Public Library, presents a free concert for the entire family at the Pasadena Central Library  in the Donald Wright Auditorium.  Note that the concert will not be in our usual Caltech venue.  Cambalache plays Son Jarocho music of Vera Cruz, Mexico, birthplace of founding member, Cesar Castro.  This music is popular on Mexico's Gulf Coast, a cultural region shaped by indigenous and African culture, as well as Spanish. Cambalache's name…

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April 2019

Robin & Linda Williams returning to Pasadena FRIDAY, April 26, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
$25

We finally managed to arrange to have Robin and Linda Williams make their way out from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to California! They will be bringing their vast treasure chest of tremendous original material, songs by contemporary artists and time honored numbers from the Appalachian and blues traditions. They combine their guitars and banjo with wonderful harmonies and solo vocals, and we always know they'll have a great show for us. If you haven't heard one of their shows…

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