2013 – L.A. Old Time Social Kick Off Party!

Thurs. 5/16, 8pm, $5 – $10 donation:

Echo Country Outpost, 1770 Glendale Blvd., 90026

  • Emily Rose (Vancouver, BC)
  • Kurt MacInnis & Frank Hoppe (Los Angeles)
  • Bob Carlin (North Carolina)


Kurt MacInnis & Frank Hoppe:

Kurt MacInnis:
Starting out as a teenage Bluegrasser, Kurt MacInnis enjoys playing the guitar and mandolin in many styles. American roots music and fin de siècle European salon music have his current interest, but a stint as the Old White Guy in the LA rock band Ollin gave him a chance to work with Little Willie and Thee Midnighters, Ry Cooder, and the Pogues, and to make more noise than any mandola player could possibly expect. Playing Contradances and English Country Dances with Frank and his cohorts over the years has been a great pleasure, and an opportunity to hear the fine tradition of dance music played for dancers. The scrape of the feet on the wood floor, and the swirl of the dancers as they turn to the music, are at the center of what we do.

Frank Hoppe:
He plays fiddle for contra dances, hosts a weekly bluegrass & old-time radio program (Bluegrass, Etc., Sundays 6-9am PT, streaming live at www.kcsn.org), teaches Library & Information Science classes, provide library reference service at Imperial Valley College’s Spencer Library and Pasadena City College’s Shatford Library, and does other stuff, too. He also has a kick-ass record collection.

Emily Rose:


Emily Rose grew up on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island.
Counting raindrops and playing tunes with her Dad.
She breathes life into the song,
so that she can sit and warm herself by it.
Perhaps it will warm you too?
She likes the places where
old time and country blues overlap.
She loves to sing old spirituals and sky songs!
It might break your heart and then heal it.
Some people think it sounds spooky?
Some people think it sounds sweet.
Some people think it sounds like a barn yard.
I think it sounds like someone
who has made friends with the dark.


Bob Carlin & Dan Levenson:

Faithful to timeless Southern Traditions, Bob Carlin has taken the distinctive “clawhammer” banjo style to appreciative audiences worldwide. As a solo performer, and a member of John Hartford’s Stringband, Bob has appeared at countless festivals, clubs, schools and museums. These have included the Philadelphia Folk Festival, MerleFest, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Rockygrass. Various national radio appearances have included NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage” and “The Grand Old Opry.” As a member of the prestigious Virginia and North Carolina Visiting Artist Programs, Carlin presented southern traditional music and the banjo traditions of rural America to audiences in the schools and community.

He has studied both in person and on transcriptions the work of master players from previous generations. Combined with archival research, the result has been over fifty different albums, primarily for Rounder Records, and countless magazine articles and CD notes.

Carlin has participated in two grammy-nominated recordings. Through an association with the Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College, Bob helped produce the touring museum exhibit and catalog, “The Banjo in Virginia.”

Dan Levenson is a Southern Appalachian native who has grown up with the music of that region. Today he is considered a respected master teacher and performer of both the Clawhammer banjo & Appalachian style fiddle.

Dan has won awards on both instruments including first place at the 2005 Ohio Clawhammer Banjo Championship and Grand Champion at the 2010 Ajo, AZ fiddle contest. He has over 10 recordings both with his band The Boiled Buzzards and as a solo artist.

Dan performs and teaches regularly throughout the country. He has taught at many of the traditional music schools and camps including the Rolland Fiddle Camp, John C. Campbell Folk School, Mars Hill, Maryland Banjo Academy, The Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View, AR and Banjo Camp North. He currently also runs various clawhammer banjo, fiddle and stringband workshops throughout the year.

Dan is an author for Mel Bay publications. His books include Old Time Fiddle From Scratch; First Lessons Clawhammer Banjo; First Lessons Folk Banjo; Clawhammer Banjo From Scratch; Old Time Festival Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo; Old Time Festival Tunes for Fiddle & Mandolin; Gospel Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo; Kyle Creed Clawhammer Banjo Master; Wade Ward Clawhammer Banjo Master; and Buzzard Banjo Clawhammer Style.

He is also a writer and editor for Banjo Newsletter’s Old Time Way. To order Dan’s books, recordings and more information about Dan please go to www.Clawdan.com