In July Chicken Liquor met up on the Central Coast for a few performances there. This is a little bit of the recording they did while at Bedford Winery – Jay Bird Died of the Whooping Cough click for (mp3)
This year is the 7th Ever Los Angeles Old-Time Social. May 17, 18, 19 will see concerts, workshops, parties, jams and a big square dance! May 20th is the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest to top off the weekend! Full day by day calendar and details below. If you need more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thurs. 5/17, 8pm, $5 – $10 donation: Kick Off Party!
Echo Country Outpost, 1770 Glendale Blvd., 90026
- Thomas Angell & Mike Lewinski
- Snake Oil Stranglers
- Cliff Wagner & The Old #7
Full Kick Off details and band bios here.
Fri. 5/18, 8pm, $15: Concert!**
The Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th St., 90007
**Pre-sale tix available here.
- Modal Tease String Band (Los Angeles, CA)
- The Driftwood Singers (Los Angeles, CA)
- Iron Leg Boys (West Virginia)
Full Concert details and band bios here.
Sat. 5/19, 12-11pm, Workshops & Square Dance!$20 for the day (workshops included) or $10 for the Dance only. American Legion Post 206, 227 North Avenue 55, 90042
Square Dance | Family Dance | Cakewalk:
Family Dance & Cake Walk – 6:30, Square Dance 8pm
Worskshops Description & Sign-up HERE.
- Susan Michaels (Los Angeles)
- Amy Hofer (Portland, OR)
• Square Dance Bands:
- Bees Knees (Los Angeles)
- Flat Rock Stringband (Portland, OR)
Full Square Dance band bios here.
Workshops 1pm – 6pm:
Description & Sign-up HERE.
- West Virginia Fiddle Repertoire with Andy Fitzgibbons
- Incredible Fiddle Jam Tunes from Virginia and Kentucky with David Bragger
- Incredible Banjo Jam Tunes from Virginia and Kentucky with David Bragger
- Rhythm and Chord Patterns for the Guitar in Old-Time Music with Tom Sauber
- Square Dance Calling with Susan Michaels
- Shape Note Singing with Jessica Catron
- Clogging with Ruth Alpert
Fri. 5/13, 8pm, $15: Concert!**
The Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th St., 90007
**pre-sale tix available here.
Gene Burdo with Tom Sauber:
Gene Burdo was born and raised in rural Western Massachusetts on a farm to a musical family that played piano, fiddle, and guitar. He attended local schools and graduated from the technical high school. He then enlisted into U.S. Air Force during the Korean war as an aircraft mechanic crew chief, and eventually served in Riverside, Ca where he met his wife of 54 years Dorothy. Has three grown children all of whom play music. He likes playing and singing old time string music, old country ballads, old style bluegrass. He is an experienced instrument repair man, and has a small collection (some say it IS NOT small).
Tom Sauber does it all, and you won’t hear anyone do it better. He’s a master musician in a variety of styles, a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin) and singer, well grounded in tradition, with a comprehensive grasp of style and an exceptional ability to teach. In the 30-plus years Tom has devoted to playing traditional music, the cast of characters with whom he has associated reads like a who’s who in old-time, bluegrass, and Cajun music. He is particularly known for his long-time partnerships with Oklahoma fiddler Earl Collins (with whom he recorded the classic LP That’s Earl) and North Carolina banjo picker Eddie Lowe, both now deceased.
Evie Ladin plays old-time banjo. The whomp and jive of her clawhammer style, Evie’s resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance – have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the backyard to the mainstage. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours solo, as a duet or with her new quartet Evil Diane, supporting her solo debut release Float Downstream. Produced by famed mandolinist/composer Mike Marshall and percussion master Keith Terry, Sing Out! magazine reports “Solid song craft performed wonderfully end to end…Very strongly recommended.”
Old Sledge is a group of young musicians from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Blowing the dust off old tunes and songs from the golden era of early country, hillbilly and blues music, Old Sledge represents the best and brightest of the new generation of traditional musicians from the south. Far from being re-enactors of old time music they bring creative arrangements and dynamic performances while still holding true to the mountain aesthetic in which they are rooted.
The band has a powerful combination of excellent singing and instrumentals. Their repertoire spans the gamut of old time country and blues music, moving from virtuosic fiddle tunes to Appalachian murder ballads to greasy blues. The band is quickly gaining notoriety, not only as a great performance ensemble, but also as a torchbearer of traditional music.
Members of the band have sought out and mentored with the old masters of traditional music, soaking up not only the tunes but also the authentic style and spirit of old time music. Collectively, the band has won numerous awards for their music including the West Virginia Fiddle and Banjo championships, as well as 1st place at The Appalachian String Band Festival (Clifftop, WV). Members have performed in such prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Barbican, Carnegie Hall, and starred in the BBC television production “Folk America”.
Old Sledge performs in a variety of settings including festivals, concerts and dances. They also lead workshops in traditional Appalachian singing and playing and have been faculty at the Augusta Heritage Center, Pinewoods Dance Camp, Allegheny Echoes, Cowan Creek and Champlain Valley Folk Festival.
This video was shot and put together by Luis Molina…
LOS ANGELES OLD-TIME RENAISSANCE
For decades, the greater Los Angeles area has been an unlikely nexus for some fine players of old time music including legends Mel Durham, Ed Lowe and Earl Collins. Contrary to what some have thought, there has always been old-time music here. However, in the past couple years, things have dramatically changed. We are experiencing the first chapter of an old-time renaissance. I’ve added my two cents by teaching old-time music, writing this column, and co-founding the old-time string band Sausage Grinder. But others have made different contributions that have really brought the spotlight back to Los Angeles. For starters, members of the old-time trio Triple Chicken Foot created an Old Time Social event that is in its fifth year now. It brings bands, workshops, jammers, and dancers together for three days. It is not to be missed. In all, L.A. has several old-time jams in a variety of locations to choose from, square dances (with live old time music), homegrown old-time performers, lessons & workshops, square dances and a strictly old-time festival. ‘Tis time to rejoice! Take a swig of your favorite homebrew, grab a fiddle and dance the night away.
-Joe Wack’s OT Jam — 4th Saturday from 1pm to 4 pm at the Audubon Center at Deb’s Park (http://ca.audubon.org/debs_park.php)
- CTMS Old Time Jam –1st Sunday from 1pm to 4. Led by Steve Lewis
-Hyperion Tavern Jam-3rd Thursday from 9:00 onward at the Hyperion Tavern. Led by The Foot. It’s a neighborhood style jam, with beer and all the fun that comes with playing in a (ex-leather) bar.
Triple Chicken Foot — Having played together for more than five years, Ben Guzman, Kelly Marie Martin and Mike Heinle, have focused on playing straight Old Time music rooted gospel songs, archaic banjo tunes, or crooked fiddle tunes. They have also recently finished recording their second full length CD titled Tar River to be released in early May 2010.
Sausage Grinder — Sausage Grinder, Los Angeles’ premier jug band, has just released its debut CD, Delicious Moments. The six-piece acoustic ensemble – fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, washboard and jug – combines the old-time sound of bands like the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Camp Creek Boys with the low-down sound of old-time blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz.
The Earwigs-an OT instrumental string band found at many of the local contra dances featuring the renown playing of Steve Lewis and Tom, Patrick & Mike Sauber. They’re practically a family!!
Frank Fairfield — California-based fiddle, guitar, and banjo player, and ardent 78 collector Frank Fairfield has made his living as a musician, often found playing on the streets of Los Angeles.
OLD TIME SOCIAL, SQUAREVOLUTION AND BEYOND
Five years ago Triple Chicken Foot launched the 1st Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social. Starting on the Thursday before the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest, the Social invites folks to play music for four days straight. It is old time only, and takes place in the center of Los Angeles proper. Every year hosts a show at the Hyperion Tavern on Thursday. Friday is a sit down concert with three acts. Saturday is an all day event with jams, workshops in fiddle, banjo, guitar, and square dances for kids and adults.
Having been up and down the west coast attending various OT festivals and gatherings, The Foot wanted square dances in LA! They saw square dancing as the next step in community redevelopment and of course another opportunity to play music. In 2009 they put on over 10 dances! More are planned for this year. They have been thrown on traffic circles, at bicycle events, and community gatherings of all types.
Oldtimeisagoodtime.com is the TCF website informing the LA community of what is going on in the Old Time world. It is a production company of sorts, hosting concerts, putting on Square Dances, and facilitating information for the Los Angeles Old Time Social. The root purpose is to be an active voice of the Old Time community, and a resource to allow ideas in Old Time to be tried and fleshed out.
David Bragger is a Los Angeles-based instructor and player of old time fiddle and banjo music. He also photographs, films, and collects the lore of traditional artists, from puppeteers in Myanmar to fiddlers of Appalachia.
Story in the LAWeekly from 5.17.2010: There’s No Time Like the Old Time Social and Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest