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August 2017

Rosalie Sorrels Memorial

Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 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

Low Lily with John Whelan

Saturday, October 7, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

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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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 Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

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

The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

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

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

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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Jim Malcolm

Saturday, January 27 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

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

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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$30.00

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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Scottish group Old Blind Dogs at Caltech

Friday, February 23 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$25

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

Singer and songwriter John Gorka at Caltech

Saturday, March 3 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

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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April 2018

Claude Bourbon, Classical/blues guitarist and singer

Saturday, April 28 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

Claude is making his first appearance in our series. He is a mesmerizing guitarist with a strong background in classical guitar, along with solid familiarity with blues as well. Claude, who also sings, is French, though he grew up in Switzerland and now lives in the United Kingdom. He has fans on both sides of the Atlantic as a result of his frequent tours of both the United States/Canada and Europe. He plays a Gibson acoustic six string guitar and…

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May 2018

Bryan Bowers with Geoff Goodhue

Saturday, May 12 @ 8:00 pm
$20

Though other talented folks have followed in his footsteps, Bryan Bowers continues to be the pinnacle of autoharp playing in the folk music world, and he delivers a fine mix of songs, instrumentals, and stories. Bryan will be in California for his annual visit to the California Autoharp Gathering in the Fresno area in May. We heard Bryan at the Fret House in 2017, and he continues to amaze with plenty of new songs in his repertoire. Born in Yorktown,…

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June 2018

Crary, Evans & Barnick: Cutting Edge Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana Music

Saturday, June 2 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

Join flatpicking pioneer Dan Crary, banjo legend Bill Evans, and Southern California acoustic favorite Wally Barnick as they come together for the first time to perform cutting edge bluegrass, folk, and Americana music. These three have all performed for us at Caltech in different groupings over the years, and we're excited to have them in such an outstanding line-up together for this show! Dan Crary is a pioneer of flatpicking guitar solos in a bluegrass band, right up there with…

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August 2018

Mother’s Boys (Peter Feldmann, Rick Cunha, David Jackson & David Dawson) : An evening of the music of the Carter Family at Caltech

Saturday, August 4 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

Mother's Boys is a relatively new ensemble of four extremely talented veteran musicians who have come together to play some of the great songs of the Carter Family, the trio from the Clinch Mountain area of Virginia, who took the world of country music by storm in the late 1920's, 1930's and early 1940's. Songs like You've Been a Friend to Me, Keep on the Sunny Side, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, and many others, live on today, and this…

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New World String Project with Stuart Mason, John Weed, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter.

Saturday, August 25 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$20

Take four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists and put them together to create an exciting weave of music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Join the New World String Project for a musical ride that will shake your boots, uplift your spirit and warm your heart. This new band consists of Stuart Mason and John Weed, who are members…

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September 2018

Tannahill Weavers celebrate 50th anniversary!

Saturday, September 15 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$25

The Tannahill Weavers first came together in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland. Current member, Roy Gullane, came into the group in 1970 and Phil Smillie, also a current member, joined at age 16 a short time after that. They didn't release their first record until 1976, but by that time, they had established the idea that a Highland bagpiper does belong in a Scottish band (they were one of the first to do this), and they went on to gain fame,…

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October 2018

Jeni Hankins, Appalachian Singer, songwriter and guitarist

Saturday, October 6 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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Jeni Hankins has been through a great deal since her two previous appearances at Caltech with Billy Kemp as Jeni and Billy. Jeni's father passed away in 2016 and she and Billy have parted ways. And Jeni has moved to London! But the same endearing directness of this Appalachian woman from Jewell Ridge, Virginia still shines through. Jeni has just released her first solo recording, The Oxygen Girl and you can read Art Podell's glowing review here. Her stories come…

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Bill Staines, exceptional singer and songwriter makes debut at Caltech

Saturday, October 20 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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While we have enjoyed Bill Staines' songs for decades, whether on recordings or by such people as Peter, Paul, and Mary, Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, Nanci Griffith, Priscilla Herdman, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many others, he has seldom performed here in Southern California in recent years. Songs like All God’s Critters, The Roseville Fair, Child of Mine, and River, have become folk music classics. Composer David Amram once described Bill as “a modern day Stephen Foster. His music…

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November 2018

John McCutcheon: Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist extraordinaire

Saturday, November 10 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$25

John McCutcheon is certainly one of the performers most often mentioned when were are asked when one of our previous musicians will be returning to Caltech. The Washington Post once described him as the "Rustic Renaissance Man" of folk music, and with his songwriting talent, his voice, his multi-instrumental talents (guitar, hammer dulcimer, fiddle, autoharp, hamboning, and much more more), his ability to interpret the songs of others, his vitality, and involvement in social affairs, this description is appropriate and…

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