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Tonight! Tues 20th October – Evie Ladin & Keith Terry live streamed concert hosted by The Gather, Cumbria
Attention UK audiences (and everyone!). This Tuesday 20th October (from 7pm UK time) the superlative Evie Ladin & Keith Terry will be performing a live streamed concert from California, presented by Upstairs at the Gather in Ennerdale, Cumbria. Evie and Keith are sensational performers well known to the UK old time community. Evie is an exceptional clawhammer banjoist, singer, dancer and songwriter. Keith is an outstanding musician and dancer and one of the world’s leading proponents of body percussion.
The duo performs an entertaining mix of Appalachian roots music and dance. The Gather is doing great work to give artists paid gigs during this time, all live streamed via their YouTube channel. The live streamed series is supported by Arts Council funding but The Gather also welcomes donations, 100% of which are passed on to the artist to increase their fee.
More details at https://www.greatartists-smallvenue.com/live-events
Fall into Autumn Virtual Festival (24 & 25 October) Old time, Bluegrass and Americana Concerts and Workshops
In the absence of real-life gigs and tours this autumn, FOAOTMAD member and roots music promoter Maria Wallace (True North Music) is delighted to present the Fall into Autumn Virtual Festival featuring a stellar line-up of fantastic old time, Americana, bluegrass and roots artists, including Jake Blount, Vera van Heeringen & Jock Tyldesley, George Jackson & Rachel Baiman and The Horsenecks. Please join us from 7pm on the evenings of Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October 2020. We’ll be live streaming performances to both our Facebook page and YouTube channel. We’re delighted that True North Music has received some Project Grants: Supporting Grassroots Live Music funding from Arts Council England, which will allow us to pay the artists a reasonable minimum, but donations are also welcome so that we can pay all the musicians as much as possible. We’ll also have several ticketed workshops delivered in the afternoons via Zoom: percussive dance with Evie Ladin, songwriting with Cara Luft & J D Edwards (The Small Glories) and guitar with Charlotte Carrivick. Hope to “see” lots of you there! More details at:
We have created a new online festival lineup, with free live-streamed performances by Aaron Frazer, "Blindboy" Paxton, Nora Brown, Feral Foster, Ali Dineen, Piedmont Blūz, Dan Zanes, Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars, & more! Screenings & special events will be in the mix as well--including Dust-to-Digital’s new Harry Smith B-Sides listening party, & the infamous Gowanus Banjo Toss (premiering this year as a video game)! The free performances will be broadcast in HD video & sound on Facebook, Vimeo & Youtube. Donations gladly accepted!
Ticketed Zoom workshops & sessions from virtuosos like Dom Flemons, Valerie Turner of Piedmont Bluz, Bruce Molsky, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton & more are on sale now!
This is a difficult time for the arts. We hope you are also keeping afloat, and we are eager to lend a helping hand right back at you, by offering free ad-spots during our festival broadcast to any organizations who might partner with us by sharing our livestream on their facebook pages, or a media partnership through some other means. We can also offer tickets to giveaway to your audience for the special ticket event, Dom Flemons Presents: "Black Cowboys" which happens Saturday Oct. 24th at 4:30 EDT.
Here is the animated poster, with music:
The Festival Schedule can be found here: http://brooklynfolkfest.com/schedule/
Photos of the performers can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uwz587bv0xngvla/AAB-7zxcRiacq7asvoCHw-b3a/Bios%20and%20Photos?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
For press inquiries contact:
Leslie Fierro – Publicist, Leslieannfierro@gmail.com / (917) 318 6313 Eli Smith –
Producer, EliSmithetc@gmail.com / 347 834 3028 www.BrooklynFolkFest.com
“Diverse, spontaneous, counter-cultural, and trenchant...One of the most vital and
spiritually sound folk-music events in the country.” - The New Yorker Magazine
THE VIRTUAL DIGITAL ONLINE BROOKLYN FOLK FESTIVAL!
PRESENTED BY THE JALOPY THEATRE & SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Oct. 23rd -25th , 2020
Filmed live, in high definition sound and image, on stage at the Jalopy Theatre (with no live audience) and broadcast via the Jalopy Theatre’s Facebook, Vimeo, Youtube and other platforms. Watch and listen from anywhere! Tickets are free! with donations gladly accepted.
*15+ musical acts over 3 days, featuring the best in Blues, Folk, Old Time, Children’s Music, Balkan, songwriters, cowboy songs, a puppet show, the Harry Smith B-Sides collection from Dust-to-Digital listening party, the premier of the brand new Banjo Toss Video Game and more!
*The online festival brings to the stage Jerron Blindboy Paxton, Grammy award winner Dom Flemons singing black cowboy songs, Bruce Molsky, Grammy award winner Dan & Claudia Zanes, Nora Brown, Aaron Frazer (of the Durand Jones &
the Indications), Feral Foster, Ali Dineen, Piedmont Blūz, Eva Salina, Peter Stan + much more!
*Workshops, film screenings, the world famous Gowanus Banjo Toss (ONLINE AS A BRAND NEW VIDEO GAME)
The 12th annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, which has played to sold-out crowds at the historic St. Ann’s Church for 6 years running will move to an online format in response to the Covid-19 public health emergency. We will be presenting a great festival, free to the public and safe to watch and listen to from home.
The festival will feature 3 - 4 bands per night, streaming live in high definition from the stage at the Jalopy Theatre. Additionally there will be afternoon workshops available (tickets will be required for workshops), as well as remote
performances from bands all across the globe. Video highlights from past performances at the Brooklyn Folk Festival will also be posted to our facebook page throughout the day.
The Brooklyn Folk Festival takes its inspiration from the early years of the Newport Folk Festival and other now-classic festivals to present a vibrant array of grassroots traditional music, songwriters and better-known touring musicians. The
festival is curated by folklorist, musician, and producer, Eli Smith, and is the largest yearly production of the non-profit Jalopy Theatre and School of Music.
The 2020 Brooklyn Folk Festival will present artists such as festival favorite Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton, hailed by the New York Times as “easily the most talented young acoustic bluesman to come along in many, The press release is below, static poster attached.many years. Blind Boy Paxton carries the torch for traditional acoustic blues”. The festival will also feature acclaimed performers such as Grammy award winning founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons singing songs from his new album “Black Cowboys.” Aaron Frazer, best known as part of the band Durand Jones and the Indications will make his festival debut.
Grammy award winning children’s and family musician Dan Zanes, joined by Claudia Zanes, will play on the Sunday afternoon and organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign will lead an online “Songs in Struggle” workshop and sing-a-long focusing on the use of music in social justice movements.
The Festival organizers have embraced this year’s digital format and have made the most they can out of working in the new medium! To this end, the producers have worked with award winning video game designer John Bruneau to create a video game version of the festival’s famous absurd contest
– The Banjo Toss banjo throwing competition. The brand new video game will debut in the days leading up to the festival. And whoever gets the high score will win a free banjo!
The Brooklyn Folk Festival is proud to partner with the record label Dust-to-Digital to present the “Harry Smith B-Sides” – a new compilation album co-produced by BkFF founder, Eli Smith. This new box set, releasing Oct. 16th features the reverse side of every original 78rpm record included by artist and record collector Harry Smith on his groundbreaking 1952 Anthology of American Folk Music.
Returning this year are festival favorites Nora Brown with her new album, out now on Jalopy Records; fiddle and banjo legend Bruce Molsky, Balkan musicians Eva Salina and Peter Stan, acoustic blues duet Piedmont Blūz and songwriters Ali Dineen and Feral Foster.
"The ‘Virtual Digital Online Brooklyn Folk Festival’ promises to be a special and warm event during a very trying and alienating time. We look forward welcoming home favorite performers from the history of the festival and expanding our programming with some wonderful new additions to the lineup," says Eli Smith,
founder and host of the Festival. "This year we expect a powerful array of sounds, with music from a diversity of genres including blues, old time music, traditional music from the Balkans, ragtime, song writers and more!”
The 12th annual festival is produced by the non-profit Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. There will be performances and workshops throughout the afternoon and evening, followed by film screenings and a puppet
show later at night.
Performers at the 2020 Brooklyn Folk Festival include:
Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton
Aaron Frazer (of Durand Jones & The Indications)
Dan + Claudia Zanes
Eva Salina & Peter Stan
The BoxCutter Puppet Collective
Harry Smith B-Sides listening party w/ Dust-to-Digital
Here is a great Interview with Old Time fiddler and guitarist Karen Celia Heil sent to us by Martin Kennard
Old-Time fiddler and guitarist Karen Celia Heil
One of our FOAOTMAD members is looking for any other Old Time players in or near Warrington. Please contact him at: email@example.com
INTERACTIVE PANDEMIC ONLINE SESSIONS & x2 SPECIAL ONE-OFF EVENTS.
Su and Jules are still running their Lockdown/Pandemic sessions online since March.
We would like to invite you to our online sessions running on Tuesday nights at 8pm and Slow Jam Sundays at 8pm. Tuesdays runs for 3 hours and Slow jams are an hour and a half. There are 3 ways to join, which are YouTube, Zoom and Facebook.
You can join on Zoom which is more fun and interactive and meet new friends as well as catch up with old friends; or if you are camera shy, there is YouTube and Facebook live. We encourage you to join us in the chat windows on each platform to stay connected and let us know you are with us and we become there for each other live but digitally! People from all over the world have joined and many of which did not previously know each other but we have now become like a new family by using a system to make sure we get to communicate and avoid those awkward digital silent moments especially with new faces!
Please read this for more on how it all works: http://oldtime.sumo55.co.uk/
You can see a sample of how it looks on our YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irNek5IDiv0
We are running 2 special one-off events. A Zoom tutorial to get you connected and set up ready for Zoom and a Lunchtime Special session to meet and reach our followers live from tricky timezones.
Set up & Learn Zoom Together
27th Sept 4pm (UK time)
Join us together to learn to set up Zoom and get all the wire fiddling, mouse clicking, tapping, swiping, learning wrong buttons and then eventually the right buttons out the way. We will be learning as well! Test mics and check everything is working whilst we are live and help each other out..
OLD TIME MUSICIANS AND EVERYONE
This event is welcome for all but also to old time musicians that I have invited to get set up before Zoom old time sessions.
We will test jam and them give it a go more formally, but I will keep my live stream sessions going as well as some people prefer that too.
BEFORE THE EVENT
Please make sure you download and install Zoom: https://zoom.us/download
Please click this link at the time of this event:
and your Zoom app should launch, Click 'Join Meeting'. Make sure you 'Use Audio from Computer'
Try to use a laptop that has a camera and microphone and so that you have a good screen size to see everyone together. Large tablets should also be OK but even I need to test this..
Meeting ID: 836 2896 2791
ONE-OFF LUNCHTIME SESSION
4th October 1pm (UK time)
This session is to reach friends we have made at the other side of the globe where timezones are difficult. We have sessioners using catch up on YouTube that want to meet with each other and so we have set this up especially for those to be able to. Due to time commitments Jules and I have, we can’t do this very often which is why it is a one-off. Please try to make it if you can, it’ll be great to meet you.
Slow Jam Sundays 8pm (UK time):
Zoom ‘doors’ open 7.30pm to allow for quick greetings and technical prep before the session begins. A good chance for us to meet new visitors and get settled in.
Up to speed Tuesdays 8pm (UK time):
NON FACEBOOK USERS:
Links to Facebook in this post should be readable for non Facebook users. Visit our website for details on joining Zoom: http://oldtime.sumo55.co.uk/
WANT TO JOIN BUT NOT KEEN ONLINE:
It is intimidating meeting new faces online on Zoom but we have a set system to make that easier. We encourage people who are wanting to join us on Zoom to join early at 7.30pm UK time on our regular sessions so that we get to meet you and get you settled in. Stay after the session ends we will also get to chat. Even if you don’t speak, we encourage you to unmute between tunes which helps with the atmosphere for everyone else. Any presence is enough on Zoom at this weird time during the pandemic.
Look forward to meeting you.
Su & Jules
As a result of the restrictions imposed by the government relating to mass gatherings and the use of theatres etc. It has been decided that we must cancel the Gainsborough Festival weekend planned for February 2021.
For further information please see the next issue of the Old Time News.
The 49th Annual Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers' Festival (Close-To-Home Edition) is ONLINE this year, on Sunday 11th, 2020! Join us for a day of Concerts, Workshops, a Contest with $$$ prizes and a RAFFLE featuring a Menzies Gourd Banjo!
Admission to All Events: Pay-What-You-Like
(We rely on a donation-based honor system to support the festival and its performers/instructors.) DONATION info will be available on every event video and our official website.)
CONCERTS & WORKSHOPS
Nokosee Fields & Ryan Nickerson
Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains
Clelia Stefanini & Eric Frey
SLO County Stumblers
Enter our online contest! (Video submission period is from September 24th to October 1st)
1st Place in all four categories is $400!
-Youth (fiddle, banjo OR singing)For Contest Rules/Registration and all Festival INFO, go to www.fiddlersfestival.org
We have an incredible instrument: A Menzies Gourd Banjo with mango neck and Jamaican goatskin head, courtesy of Jeff Menzies, who has been making gourd banjos for 20 years. He is located in Kingston, Jamaica where he produces his instruments and teaches visual arts.
To help with fundraising in this challenging year, we are hosting an online Raffle to support this amazing donation-only event. Tickets are $1.00 each, and 25 for $20.00! No limits on ticket purchase, buy as many as you like! All proceeds go to the Goleta Valley Historical Society to cover festival contest prizes.
Concert, Workshop and Contest Winner Videos will be scheduled throughout the day and available to watch on our YouTube page and FaceBook.
Performance Schedule (Pacific Time)
11:00 - Clelia Stefanini & Eric Frey
11:30- SLO County Stumblers
12:00- Travis Stuart
12:30- Rafe Stefanini
1:00- Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains
1:30- Nokosee Fields & Ryan Nickerson
2:00- The Horsenecks
2:30- Paul Brown
3:00- Contest Winners
Workshop Schedule (Pacific Time)
10:00 Old-Time Fiddle with David Bragger
10:30 Banjo & Song with Paul Brown
11:00 Old-Time Fiddle with Gabrielle Macrae
11:30 Folk Art Illustration with Howard Rains
12:00 Mandolin with Pat Mac Swyney
12:30 Old-Time Guitar with Chris Berry