The Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival
Presents: "A Taste of Topanga"

Taste of Encino
October 11, 2009

The Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest proudly presents "Taste of Topanga," our favorite performers from the Main, Railroad and Pavilion Stages, at the annual "A Taste of Folk Music," Free Folk & Bluegrass Music Festival.

This event is sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society and is held in Encino Park surrounding the Center for Folk Music.

It will be held in conjunction with the the Encino Chamber of Commerce's 23rd Annual "Taste of Encino" Street Fair at:

Encino Park
16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316.
Sunday, October 11, 2009 | 10 am - 5 pm


Time Artist


ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS BAND (1st place Band 2009)

Winners of the 2009 Topanga Banjo•Fiddle "Band Contest," the Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band is a Southern California-based band featuring Devitt Feeley, Lydia Veilleux, Craig Ferguson, and Andrew Paddock. Though recently formed in early 2009 the bands members have a long list of experience and credits including: Fox TV's "Next Great American Band," Stagecoach Music Festival, Strawberry Bluegrass Festival, Huck Finn Bluegrass Festival, as well as the Colorado River, Blythe, Parker, Logandale, and Yuma bluegrass festivals.



Fur Dixon and Steve Werner, are our very own Traveling American Folksingers from Van Nuys. They effortlessly blur the boundaries of Bluegrass, Western and American folk music. For six years they've been yodeling and harmonizing their highway songs into the hearts of the American West. Their songs are filled with stories of the western road, told unadorned in plain language. They have wowed 'em all over, headlining major festivals and concerts. They are beloved by young and old alike. Visit them at or



Award-winning recording artist and critically-acclaimed Bluegrass powerhouse vocalist, Susie Glaze has been called by Bluegrass Unlimited "an important voice on the California Bluegrass scene." A native Tennessean, Susie was the winner of 1999 Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest for Traditional Singing and her Hilonesome Band was named in Folkworks Top 10 2008 Acoustic Bands in Southern California. Presenting the best in Appalachia to Bluegrass, winners of the Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Awards for Best Roots Album, and Folkworks Pick for Best Bluegrass Album of 2005 for "Blue Eyed Darlin.'" Please visit Susie at or



An amazing bluegrass band that was formed by Jo Ellen & George Doering who put together their first band in 1989. Jo Ellen & George feel very fortunate to now be playing with two of the best bluegrass musicians in the field. With Bill Bryson on bass & vocals, Patrick Sauber on banjo & vocals, Jo Ellen on guitar & vocals and George on mandolin & vocals they've finally found the magic combination. The Brombies present original and traditional bluegrass and gospel material. Visit their website at


MOTHER'S BOYS (Peter Feldmann, David Jackson and Richard Greene (sitting in for Rick Cunha))

Formed by California music legend Peter Feldmann, a singer and instrumentalist with many years' performing experience on mandolin, banjo, and guitar, Mother's Boys dynamically recreate the music of the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and other country music greats with wonderful harmonies, hot pickin' and yodeling madness, featuring multiple guitars, mandolin, banjo, and uke. Mother's Boys includes David Jackson, whose impeccable bass credits range from John Denver to Hoyt Axton, and renowned fiddler Richard Greene sitting in for Rick Cunha. Visit Peter at



"A real flair for writing . . . on a par with the best of Tom Paxton," says the CTMS Journal. Ross Altman, L.A.'s most sought-after activist folksinger, has sung with Arlo and Pete and Sam Hinton and Johnny Walker. But more than that he has sung with the very people who created the music he sings -- the folk, meaning the poor folk. He has sung -- even daily for the last dozen years -- at nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, and schools for the developmentally disabled. He has sung for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised, for the homeless and homebound, for human rights groups and animal rights groups, for peace groups and environmental groups, for labor unions and outreach programs, for folk festivals and fringe festivals. Please visit Ross at his Web site,



"Simon Pure" is cowboy slang for "the real thing". This group of six life-long musicians met at the Agoura Hills jam and decided they wanted to play together more often. Leader and mando player Brian Campbell says, "It started as fun, and just became family." It also became very good music. The band combines instrumental dazzle with close three and four part vocal harmonies and well worth the listen. They were a rousing favorite as performers on the Main Stage at the 2008 Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest and will return to Bluegrass Night at Braemar Country Club, for the 3rd time on January 19, 2010!