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


ROSS ALTMAN
 
SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME TRIO

Free Folk Singing Programs

FOLK SINGERS   LIBRARY/SCHOOL DATES AND TIMES
 
 

SANDII CASTLEBERRY
Folksinger

Northridge Library
9051 Darby Ave.
Northridge, CA 91325

Saturday, January 17th
2 p.m.

ROSS ALTMAN
Balladeer

Pasadena Public Library
285 E. Walnut
Pasadena, CA 91101

Saturday, Feb. 28th

THE HOLLOW TREES
Folk Band

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

Saturday, Mar. 14th
11 a.m.

To Be Announced

Montana Branch Library
1704 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Saturday, April 4th
3:00 p.m.





RANDY KAPLAN
 
JOHN MALCOLM PENN

Free Folk Singing Programs


Folk Legend PETE SEEGER
 

... and captivate a young audience. They contain timeless melodies that live forever. They tell of the “folk,” the people, the good times and hard times, their work, their love, their land and their struggles for freedom. Folk concerts help parents to introduce folk songs they already know to their children.


SANDII CASTLEBERRY
 
THE HOLLOW TREES

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? This took the form of songs that were made up and stories that passed down by word of mouth, from grandparents to parents to their children, to friends from town to town, and so on. The songs spoke of their lives, their love, their work, the wars, the good times and bad. And we’re still singing those songs today. For example, cowboys sang to keep themselves awake when riding herd or sitting around a campfire at night. Songs like “Old Chisholm Trail”" and “I Ride an Old Paint” speak of life as it was in the Old West. Together with sea shanties, immigrant ballads, gold rush songs, lumberjack songs, spirituals, railroad and pioneer songs, folk songs make up a people’s history of America.

 

Folk Queen JOAN BAEZ


JERRY BURGAN & FRIENDS
 
MR. TOM, THE MUSIC MAN

Free Folk Singing Programs



Wildly Popular THE WEAVERS
 

Our concerts will emphasize both American and international folk songs, sung and played on guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer and recorder. From the folk song pioneers of the Appalachian mountains (Doc Watson, Jean Ritchie) and the South (Ledbelly) to the 40’s ( Woody Guthrie) and 50’s (Pete Seeger) to the folk renaissance of the 70’s with Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Burl Ives, Odetta, Harry Belafonte, Peter, Paul & Mary and more.

A few of the hundreds of folk song classics are:

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
Blowin’ in the Wind
John Henry
This Land is Your Land
If I Had a Hammer
Mr. Froggy Went a-Courtin’
So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Red River Valley
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Down By the Riverside
Good Night, Irene
Jamaica Farewell
Amazing Grace


70’s Folksinger ODETTA

Folk Original LEDBELLY

PETER, PAUL and MARY
 

HARRY BELAFONTE

Folk Icon WOODY GUTHRIE

BOB DYLAN


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