Free Folk Singing Programs



THE HOLLOW TREES perform at Pinecrest School, Northridge

In a continuing effort to promote and advance bluegrass, old-time and folk music in Southern California, the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest has sponsored free folk singing programs in Los Angeles City and County Libraries and schools since 2009. There is no charge to the library or school and there is no charge for admission to the concerts. The public is welcome to attend all library concerts.
* School concerts are open to students only


SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME TRIO

ROSS ALTMAN

Free Folk Singing Programs

FOLK SINGERS   LIBRARY/SCHOOL DATES AND TIMES
 
 

ROSS ALTMAN
Balladeer

Santa Monica Main Library
OUTDOOR STAGE
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Saturday, July 19th
2:00 p.m.

RANDY KAPLAN
Folksinger

West Valley Regional Library
19036 Vanowen St.
Reseda, CA 91335

Saturday, August 2nd
1:00 p.m.

JERRY BURGAN & FRIENDS
Songs & Stories

Pasadena Public Library
285 E. Walnut
Pasadena, CA 91101

Saturday. September 13th
11:00 a.m.





RANDY KAPLAN

HEIDI SWEDBERG

Free Folk Singing Programs

and captivate a young audience. Folk songs contain timeless melodies that live on for centuries. They tell of the good times and hard times of the people, the land, their work, and their freedom. Folk singers help parents introduce folk singing to their children.


THE HOLLOW TREES

SANDII CASTLEBERRY

Free Folk Singing Programs

Did you know that long before there were iPods, CDs, television, radio and movies, people had to create their own leisure pastimes? In America and other countries, this took the form of songs that were made up and stories that passed down by word of mouth, from grandparents to their parents to their children, and to their friends from town to town, and so on. The songs spoke of their lives, their loves, their work, the wars, the good times and bad. We’re still singing those songs today. For example, cowboys sang to keep themselves awake when riding herd or sitting around a camp fire at night. Songs like “Old Chisholm Trail,” “I Ride an Old Paint” and “Red River Valley” speak to us of life as it was in the Old West. Together with the sea shanties, immigrant ballads, gold rush songs, lumberjack songs, spirituals, railroad and pioneer songs, folk songs make up a people’s history of America.


MR. TOM, THE MUSIC MAN
 
JERRY BURGAN & FRIENDS

Free Folk Singing Programs

These library programs will emphasize folk songs, both American and international, sung and played on stringed instruments, guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, recorder, and so on; American, Appalachian, African-American, Civil War, Stephen Foster songs, the songs of Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, Odetta and so on, will be included. A few of the hundreds of folk classics are:

John Henry (the steel driving man)
This Land is Your Land, Woody Guthrie
Froggy Went a Courtin'
So Long It's Been Good to Know You, Woody Guthrie
Shenandoah, (You Rollin' River)
Lonesome Traveler
Follow the Drinking Gourd, (Southern slave's underground railroad)
Red River Valley
My Darlin' Clementine
Home On the Range
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Go Down, Moses
Down By the Riverside
Good Night, Irene

To request a program for your library or school, or for information, contact Warren Garfield, Program Coordinator (323) 656-5813 or email: warrengar@sbcglobal.net