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August 2018

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

Saturday, August 25, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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December 2018

Kevin Burke, extraordinary Celtic Fiddler, Saturday, December 15

Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 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 @ 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

Honey Whiskey Trio and their super harmonies return to Caltech Saturday, February 2

Saturday, February 2 @ 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 Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday, February 23 @ 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 Beckman Institute Auditorium 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…

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March 2019

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

Saturday, March 9 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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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! The show will be in Beckman Institute Auditorium (our usual, smaller venue.) 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…

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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

Saturday, March 16 @ 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 @ 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 comes…

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April 2019

Jayme Stone & Folklife, great band, featuring Moira Smiley and others, updating old songs based on field recordings

Saturday, April 6 @ 8:00 pm
$20

We are very proud to present this fine group of musicians, Jayme Stone and Folklife, who explore the deep roots music of North America and beyond. This is a completely new show, a follow-up to an earlier tour and album called the Lomax Project, which was performed here at Caltech with a slightly different line-up three years ago. They are touring the country, winding up in New York's Carnegie Hall in June. Jayme Stone is a Canadian banjo innovator, known…

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POSTPONED: Robin & Linda Williams

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm
$25

UPDATE: The new date for this show is October 26, 2019. Learn more. We apologize for the last minute postponement, but Linda Williams had to have an unanticipated ankle surgery on Thursday, April 18 and she won’t be able to put any weight on it for at least 3 weeks. The Folk Music Society, as well as Robin and Linda, are very sorry to make this late change. Because rescheduling an entire tour can be a tricky thing, the soonest…

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May 2019

Miller | MacDonald | Cormier – Saturday, May 18, 2018

Saturday, May 18 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
$20

Celtic trio, Miller||MacDonald | Cormier will perform on Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 PM. The show will be in Beckman Institute Auditorium, our usual, intimate venue, Beckman Institute Auditorium, just west of the better known, but similarly named, Beckman Auditorium (the big white and round building at the end of Michigan Avenue). They will be making their second appearance at Caltech, following their debut in 2017, when they were still officially a duo, called Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald. Ben…

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June 2019

Scotland’s Old Blind Dogs return to Pasadena Saturday, June 22 in Ramo Auditorium

Saturday, June 22 @ 8:00 pm
Ramo Auditorium at Caltech, Ramo Auditorium
Pasadena, CA 91125 United States
$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. They seem to have licked their visa difficulties and this will be their sixth show with us. The group consists of Jonny Hardie, (fiddle & vocals), Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, bass, and vocals), Ali Hutton (pipes, whistles & guitar), and Donald Hay (percussion). Their most recent recording is Room with…

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September 2019

Nevenka, Eastern European folk ensemble in Ramo Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 21

Saturday, September 21 @ 8:00 pm
Ramo Auditorium at Caltech, Ramo Auditorium
Pasadena, CA 91125 United States
$25

Here's a show like no other that the Folk Music Society has offered. Nevenka is a Los Angeles-based women's folk chorus performing songs from Eastern Europe, including Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek and others. The group formed in 1976 as an off-shoot of the Aman Folk Ensemble. These women are primarily singers, and there may be over a dozen of them on stage! The singers span 30 years in age, and are a close-knit family with a strong team concept. Performing…

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October 2019

Perla Batalla: A tribute to Leonard Cohen, Saturday, October 19, presented by Caltech Campus Programs! Receive a $5 discount if you mention the Folk Music Society when ordering tickets! In Beckman Auditorium

Saturday, October 19 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States

Along with her solo musical career, Southern California songstress, Perla Batalla was also a back-up singer for the great singer and songwriter, Leonard Cohen, before his unfortunate death in 2016. Perla has recorded 7 albums and will be performing in the big hall, Beckman Auditorium on Saturday, October 19. Perla has a big, powerful voice and this show is called A Tribute to Leonard Cohen. She is an excellent interpreter of Cohen's songs, such as Bird on a Wire and…

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New Date! Robin and Linda Williams return to Pasadena Saturday, October 26

Saturday, October 26 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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$25

Robin and Linda Williams are coming this fall! Linda's ankle is on the mend and they have rescheduled their tour, so we will be presenting them on Saturday, October 26! They haven't been out here to the West Coast in quite some time, but they will be leaving their home in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  We return to what will be the re-vamped Beckman Institute Auditorium, our smaller hall, usual location, at 8:00 PM.   Robin and Linda are best known…

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November 2019

Dick Hensold and Patsy O’Brien in Beckman Institute Auditorium Saturday, November 9

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

Dick Hensold is the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America. He returns to Caltech following his debut here a few years ago with Andrea Beaton in a show that was very well received. This time, he is performing with Patsy O'Brien, premier guitarist, singer, and songwriter. They will perform an evening of traditional Celtic music, but with unique and innovative arrangements, including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland, accompanied by guitar and Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from…

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