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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Spring music in full bloom! Saturday, April 24 edition 2021

SUNDAY has late additions:

No need to subject yourself to KABC's all-day/all-night Oscar celebrity-fashion-gossip-athon. Because we have all these for you:

♡  Sunday guitar event with Muriel Anderson, noon-1 pm; details in added feature story

♡  FolkWorks new interactive site debut -- how to DIY list your gig/event on FolkWorks -- Zoom social, 4 pm; details in added feature story

♡  Ken O'Malley, multi-instrumental performer of authentic & original Irish music, presents "The Roses Are Back," a free 1-hour show at 2 pm PDT. It's at: -- available even if you are NOT on Facebook. Link also on Ken's website:  --  You can tip via Venmo: @kenomalley or PayPal:

♡  Andy & Renee perform their "Livestream #112 Concert," at a special time, 3-5pm PDT, "...early so we don't conflict with the Oscars," adding, "We may even play some Oscar-winning songs!" You can help determine their setlist -- make requests by email before the show, to: -- Watch live on Youtube:

All here -- details of Muriel Anderson and FolkWorks events are below, following Saturday's listings. 

Oh, and the Oscars, apart from the BS, are live at 5, Pacific, on ABC.


(Google's VERY UNWELCOME changes to our platform meant we had to fight for TWO HOURS to add the late additions listed above. Google as "the industry standard"-? Sheeeeeeesh...)


Wonderful things await this weekend and next, right here on your cyber link to live performances. Plus we have lots of music news and a delightful artist profile.

Venues are starting to reopen. We're not quite sure how we feel about that, since some of those intransigent anti-vaxers may cough-sneeze-breath their Typhoid Mary-ness all over the conscientious masses. We're going on-record in support of venues that require COVID vaccination cards for entry. Wanna go to an indoor space with others you don't know, then deal with it.

Okay, necessary point made. Now check out la musica!

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Debuts Saturday, noon Pacific:
Celtic string masters

Fraser & Haas
PS attendees are invited to a post concert hang at the "zoom bar" afterwards!! Zoom link will be emailed to concert ticket holders during concert!! BYO?
tunes from 18th century Scotland. Burns meets Gow and more..!

12:00 PM PDT
3:00 PM EDT
8:00 PM UK Time
SATURDAY, April 24 Alasdair & Natalie play tunes from their album Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vol 2 - originally recorded with amazing pianist and friend Muriel Johnstone.12 Noon California time, 8PM UK time. This event marks the FIFTH installment in our 7-show 20 year retrospective series! Many old favourites on the menu! Hope you can join us! Ticket links here as well as list of affiliates for this concert 🔥🎻
Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vol 2
We are thrilled to keep this tradition alive - our annual Ashokan weekend workshop is now open for registration! Register NOW! Let's have some Spring String Fun!
Friday night concert, classes and jamming on Saturday & Sunday in zoom, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions as you learn new tunes & techniques! All registrants have 1 year access to archived videos and resources.
Stay Home and Stay Safe!!!
Alasdair Fraser Music | +1 530 913 3345 | |
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Tonight's Grand Ole Opry brings George Thorogood, Riders in the Sky, Rhonda Vincent, Niko Moon, Luke Combs, more

A strong "Grand Ole Opry" lineup this Saturday night features the Opry debut of George Thorogood as well as performances from Luke Combs, Niko Moon, Riders in the Sky, Jeanne Robertson, Rhonda Vincent, and Mark Wills.

The Grand Ole Opry starts at 5 pm PDT (7 pm Nashville time, 8 EDT) on WSM Radio, and don't forget to catch Opry Live on Circle starting at 6 pm PDT for the live streams of Niko Moon, Luke Combs, and George Thorogood's Opry performances.

Ways to tune in to the Opry:

  • Watch Opry Live on the Circle TV Network, Sling TV, or Dish Network starting at 6 pm PDT (visit to check your local listings)

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Saturday night...

You know him from John Fogerty's band. There's a lot more to Bob Malone.

It's not like we haven't told you before. This guy is really good, from the high energy keyboard workouts to the sheer musicality. That New Orleans trip you didn't get to take? He brings you the best of Bourbon Street and more.

 And you have two chances to catch him this weekend.

Saturday, April 24
Bob Malone on StageIt
New Orleans Nights

Virtual Live Experience! 
Showtime at 6PT/8CT/9ET
Bob Malone on the Bob Cesca Show Podcast!
Don't miss this fantastic interview with Bob on the Bob Cesca Show podcast. Hear funny behind-the-scenes stories about Bob's early days as a working musician, his session with Ringo, the making of "Good People" plus much more, including a couple of live performances!

Bob's “The River Gives” video premieres Monday 4/26
exclusively on The Bluegrass Situation
Streaming and downloads on 4/30

More Malone:

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Sunday's Free Guitar Workshop:
Muriel Anderson's "Techniques to Realize Your Musical Visions"

She's master of many things with strings, including her signature harp guitar. As host of dozens of sold-out "Muriel Anderson's Guitar Night" multiartist events, She's hosted and performed with the best in the world. So a chance to learn from her, FREE, is a real treat.

Sun Apr 25, Noon – 1 pm PDT Virtual Session on String Masters"Techniques to Realize Your Musical Visions," will cover a number of topics including harmonics and claw-hammer style. Bring your instrument and your questions! Free, click under "Quantity" to register here

New Courses, Lessons & Tab 

  • Shared Private Lessons - limit 5 persons:

May 9: "Connecting Notes for Smoother Playing"

May 16, 23, 30: "Learn an Unreleased Chet Atkins Tune" in 3 sessions. Muriel says, "If you're interested email me and I will let you know as soon as registration opens."

What's New 

For Mother's Day, why not pick up her Spring Special$5 off any item in the Shop using the coupon code: SPRING. 

You can always go to for all the latest news and links, including this Monday Live with guest Danny Gottlieb

She is up to episode 8 on "Acoustic Sailing." Lobster, anyone?

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FolkWorks new interactive site debuts Sunday

 Zoom social -- how to DIY list your gig/event on FolkWorks -- 4 pm

The new FolkWorks website offers you and your audience an opportunity to connect in a new way. Editors Steve & Leda Shapiro tell us, "We provide an extensive calendar, articles, and resources focused on the folk community.
Entering the calendar information needed for your audience is easy... as 1-2-3-4. Enter the name, description, virtual and/or live [event] and when it is...  easy peasy."

They continue, "To see how easy it is and how cool it is, we'll show you. We are hosting a Zoom social on Sunday, April 25th at 4 pm PT. This will be an opportunity to meet and chat with fellow folk enthusiasts and show how to contribute events and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you then."

FolkWorks launch Zoom SOCIAL: "Grow your Folk audience"

Time: Apr 25, 2021 -- 4 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 882 0413 4000
Passcode: 334236
One tap mobile
+12532158782,,88204134000#,,,,*334236# US (Tacoma)
+13462487799,,88204134000#,,,,*334236# US (Houston)
Dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 882 0413 4000
Passcode: 334236
Find your local number:


For those who are comfortable with online forms, you can dive-in now.

Here’s how… (and here's where "The Guide" really performs the service of being your guide...)

• Go to the FolkWorks home page (
• They will review and send you an email with a link to set your password.
• When you receive their email, click the link, enter your password.
• Submit
• Then you are ready to login.
• Click on Contributor Login top right of Home Page.
• Enter NEW EVENT title and description
• Enter Time and Date and Time Zone (check if All Day event)
• Event Image (approx. 1500px wide, 16:9 aspect ratio and max 128MB)
• Enter a Category (Music, Dance, Storytelling or Childrens) and Tags
• Enter a VENUE for live and/or Virtual Event
• Enter Organizer and/or Website (optional)
• Enter additional fields listed (optional)
• Enter Event Cost (optional)

Join them today on ZOOM to find out more.

You can also sign-up for the monthly FolkWorks newsletter while you're there.

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A Hugely Big Thing: NEXT Saturday's Benefit to Reopen a Favorite, Storied Venue

Gadzooks, WHAT a lineup!

Full details HOW TO WATCH, and how YOU CAN HELP, at:

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Artist Spotlight...

Original Folk Music at Prestigious Film Festivals

Moira Smiley is, by far, one of the most talented people we've ever known.

She's fresh from a performance today with TUNE-YARDS on "CBS This Morning -- Saturday," where they did three songs. (Go get 'em now, or you'll be in the show's archive after next Saturday.)

She is the genius behind her own group, VOCO, and a Vermont-based go-to artist for all-things musical. Accomplished as singer, song-collector, choreographer (her body percussion stylings are dazzling), and commissioned composer, Moira Smiley has sung in arenas, cathedrals, kitchens, back porches, sound stages, and on glaciers. 

She's performed with the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tune-Yards, Tim O'Brien, Eric Whitacre, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, New World Symphony, Solas, and The Lyris String Quartet.

As a composer, Moira Smiley is known worldwide for choral arrangements like "Bring Me a Little Water, Silvy" and her originals, "Stand in That River" and "How Can I Cry." (Two of those were first heard in broadcast live performance on our old "Tied to the Tracks" radio show in Los Angeles.) She's in demand as a commissioned composer, writing multi-movement pieces like "Time In Our Voices" and "In The Desert With You" for the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She wrote "Vonnegut Requiem: Light Perpetual," for Voces Novae, and more.

And now come the film festival honors. "Sing About It," the music video by Moira Smiley and VOCO, is a song from their album, "In Our Voices."

At just over four minutes, it's one of the shortest features accepted to multiple prestigious film festivals around the world!

☆ Enjoy it at:

☆ You should also check out the TED TALK / performance by Moira and VOCO at Caltech:

☆ And while you're admiring Moira's work, traditional music aficionados who appreciate fresh vitality that sounds like a hundred years ago, but in a new way -- and those who pursue historical connections -- will greatly enjoy...

"Oh Susannah" the official video from the album, "In Our Voices," performed by Dawn Pemberton and Moira Smiley:

More at

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GRAMMY Museum Nominated for Best Pop Culture Museum

USA Today's annual "10 Best Readers' Choice Awards" is giving you an opportunity to vote for the L.A.-based GRAMMY Museum for this year's "Best Pop Culture Museum."

Voting is open now through May 10, and you can vote daily. Winners will be announced on May 21st. Meanwhile, virtual visits are going strong. You can use this link to see all the nominees, as well as to select the GRAMMY Museum as the recipient of your vote:

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Americana Music Quickies

  • Paula Cole revamps a Bessie Smith standard on "Black Mountain Blues," a shuffling number from American Quilt (out May 21). Listen here

  • Riley Downing reconciles expectations with reality on "I'm Not Ready," a piano-driven, gospel-backed offering from Start It Over (out May 14). Listen here

  • Sam Filiatreau makes a memorable introduction with "Wrecking Ball," a honky-tonk-friendly preview of his self-titled debut (out June 1). Listen here

  • Leftover Salmon put their own spin on Conway Twitty's "Boogie Grass Band," a serotonin-boosting selection from Brand New Good Old Days (out May 7). Listen here

  • Paul Luc turns to the comfort of live music on "Just Sing," a relatable new single available now on a 7" bundle. Listen here

  • Sean McConnell shares his point of view on today's times on "Nothing Anymore," a poignant, string-laden cut from A Horrible Beautiful Dream (out August 6). Listen here

  • John R. Miller finds solace on "Faustina," an acoustic-driven single that helped him cope during cycles of addiction. Listen here

  • The Oak Ridge Boys pay tribute to Keb' Mo' with their own version of "Life Is Beautiful," an optimistic chapter taken from Front Porch Singin' (out June 11). Listen here 
  • Parker Millsap dropped by The Show On the Road podcast to discuss his latest album, Be Here Instead, the current state of the world, being in touch with nature and more. Listen here

  • Margo Price stopped by the Harmonics podcast to talk about spending time with her children at home during the pandemic, her songwriting relationship with her husband Jeremy Ivey and more. Listen here

  • "But this time leaving town was different than ever before." - Esther Rose gave us insight into the catharsis that came with making her album, How Many Times, and how it led to the need to start over away from her previous home in New Orleans. Read more

  • "This record feels like a life that’s come full circle, and I honestly feel like I’m starting again from a more confident and loving place." - Garrison Starr broke down the meaning behind pivotal tracks on her latest release, Girl I Used to BeRead more

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We would bring you more, but... We're at the limits of what Google will let us publish. 

Since they brought their hegemonistic conquering -- their penchant for Borg-like assimilation, where resistance is futile -- their forced changes to this platform  include undeclared, but very real, limits to what we can publish. If we attempt more, we can lose everything that's already in here.

We hope we chose things you have enjoyed. And despite that futility of resistance, we do persist.

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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS – and views of interest to artists everywhere – more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers -- and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
The Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Thanks for sittin' a spell. The cyber porch'll be here anytime you come back from a masked safari to fetch your groceries, or get a hankerin' for a virtual version of hittin' the road for the festival circuit or a concert tour.

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