Fri. 5/14, 8pm, $15: Concert!**
The Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th St., 90007
**pre-sale tix available here.
Frank Fairfield is a young chronicler of American music. Switching from song to song between banjo, guitar and his grandfather’s fiddle, Frank channels the stories told by figures long since passed. Traveling by bicycle with his instruments tied to his back, he can often be found busking on street corners and farmer’s markets throughout the greater Los Angeles area, and at times even playing his rare 78rpm records on an acoustic gramophone for passers by. Since the Spring of 2008, Fairfield has been signed to the New York folk label Tompkins Square, released a 7″ and been on a national tour in support of the Fleet Foxes. Frank is currently recording his debut LP for Tompkins Square which will be out in the Fall of 2009.
Joe Wack & Friends:
Joe Wack was first enthralled by old time music as an art student in West Virginia University in the early ’70′s. From that time he has maintained the dual vocations of musician and artist. As a banjo player, he was an original founder of the still-active WV stringband Stewed Mulligan. Since moving to the L.A. area in ’93, he has worked in animation as a character designer in the long-running TV series The Simpsons, all the while playing fiddle, guitar, and banjo with friends and his fiddler wife Katherine. He especially enjoys the repertoire of his native West Virginia. Joe will be joined by his frequent musical companions Steve Lewis and Laura Osborn. Steve started playing old-time banjo the same year he began his teaching career, and since then has been a regular performer at dances and festivals throughout southern California. For ten years he has hosted the monthly old-time jam at Encino, and he produces the 4th Saturday Contradance in Brentwood. Steve is also a member of the dance band The Screaming Earwigs. Laura Osborn has been a lifelong musician, performing and teaching flute in the Los Angeles area for almost twenty years. While enjoying a robust family life with her husband and two children, she finds time whenever possible to play old-time music on guitar, banjo, and banjo-uke.
Triple Chicken Foot is a Los Angeles based Old Time band. Having played together for more than five years, The Foot has homed their skills and focused on playing Old Time music rooted in tradition. Spending time with veteran players around Los Angeles and the country, they have soaked up knowledge and technique handed down through the years. The Foot finds their voice through their repertoire of tunes and songs, be it gospel songs, archaic banjo tunes, or crooked fiddle tunes. In recent years they have been a powerful new dance band on the Square Dance & Contra scene. They have also recently finished recording their second full length CD titled Tar River.
Thurs. 5/13, 9pm, Free:
The Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Ave, 90027
Olentangy John is John Atzberger and himself, whom he discovered at a secluded campsite somewhere in the Appalachian foothills in late 2002. The two have since evolved a style that sounds partly new and partly old. O! Be Joyful is Olentangy’s first full-length, the result of several years of months and days and minutes and seconds.
Cat Tracks plays in various configurations but its core consists of Joseph D’Amico on guitar or mandolin and Cymra Haskell on fiddle. Joseph and Cymra first started playing music together 15 years ago in Austin, Texas. Cymra grew up in England listening to traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles. Joseph is a native of Los Angeles. He started playing bluegrass, irish and country music in Arkansas and Texas in the early 80’s and on into the 90’s. Today their music is straight up Old Time; fiddle tunes and songs that will keep your toes tapping and your soul dancing.
These brothers from Richmond, Va know the meaning of “Brother Duets” of old (to chill and warm hearts at the same time). Johnny plays banjo, guitar and a bit of fiddle and currently resides in Seattle, Wa. Ryan plays guitar and mandolin and has recently moved back to Blacksburg, Va. Both these boys soak up all the music going on in their respective towns. Together they can swing, and swoon, and pick to excite all listeners. All we’re missing is Jim Fitzpatrick on percussion! FEUD! Sitting in with them for the social is Christopher Suen, who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the heart of the Canadian prairies. Now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Christopher’s love of traditional folk music led him to full-immersion old-time banjo some five years ago. He plays in numerous and diverse Vancouver projects, including Shout!WhiteDragon (old-time string band), Whiskeyjar (old-timey newgrass), The Direwolves (country blues), and The Fugitives (contemporary folk and spoken word).