Our next group at the Calmes House Concerts is the Sweet Olive String Band, from New Orleans. If you enjoyed the old days of the Grand Ole Opry as I did, and if you enjoyed the Honey Dewdrops, you will also love the Sweet Olive String Band, comprised of Pat Flory, Mike Kerwin, Gina Forsyth, and Rob Schaefer. Most of the band members don’t get over our way much. Most of their playing is in New Orleans and on the Northshore in venues such as the Abita Springs Opry and at the Sunset on the Landing concerts in Covington.
In this link to their website, you can hear a sample of their music and read all about each member’s accomplishments. http://sweetolivemusic.com/
The concert will be held on Saturday, February 20th at 7 P.M. The suggested donation is between $15 and $20 per person. We hope to see you here!
Who: The Sweet Olive String Band
When: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Cost: Suggested donation is between $15 and $20
Where: Calmes House Concerts

Folk, Roots, World and Acoustic
Music in Baton Rouge
and South Central Louisiana


Welcome Back To The Hootenanny Power Pages, Folk and Roots Music Playlist, and Coming Events in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.  The Hootenanny Power radio show, since 1981 on WRKF  Public Radio Baton Rouge.  The live audio stream may be heard via computer, Saturday nights, 9 pm to midnight central time, at www.wrkf.org, or on the airwaves at 89.3

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Lagniappe Dulcimer '16:  River Rat Strummers

Mark your calendar.
March 10 - 13, 2016
   Instructors and their courses: 


News from the Red Dragon: contact cmaxwell@premier.net

Red Dragon TheWebsite: www.reddragonlr.com

Reservations  cmaxwell@premier.net

The great Spencer Bohren.....

Folks often ask what would be a good show to introduce a newbie to the Red Dragon. If SPENCER BOHREN is on the upcoming schedule, I just point his way. Master songwriter, storyteller, educator and lap steel picker......Spencer is the best. And he has played every single year we have been in existence. And as if that wasn't enough, Spencer's bandmate from the all-star "Write Brothers" ALEX MCMURRAY will join him to open the show. Reg seats are $20, VIP seats are $30 and the show is on Sat, Feb 13 at 8pm. Drop me a note to reserve. 

For those who may not have been paying attention, we have PAUL THORN & his band on Sat, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. Last year I had to turn away too many folks. This year we took the second day. Seats are $60. VIP seats are $70. We have plenty of room for the Sunday show, but the Sat show is nearly packed. It would be "sold out", but a couple of folks moved to Sunday to get better seats. MARTIN FLANAGAN will open on Sat, BARRY HEBERT will open on Sun. Let me know if you would like to attend! 

Peter Yarrow......

I haven't been pushing our March 12 PETER YARROW show very much because it is nearly full with almost no work on my part. Seats are $100, VIPs are sold-out and we have eight seats left to sell. Plan to mail in a check if you reserve. For those who have not, make your check to Red Dragon Listening Room and mail to 8631 Rainwood Ave., Baton Rouge, LA  70810. Prior to the show I will release unpaid seats.........I can't afford a single empty seat on this show. And right now nearly 30 of the seats haven't paid yet. C'mon y'all......that is a lot of $$ for a broke non-profit!

TAX - A - PALOOZA!!!!!
On my last email I announced the lineup for our upcoming PALOOZA fundraiser. It takes place on Feb 26 & 27. This is always the most important show on our schedule, as it determines our future for that year. After I tweak that schedule this week, I will set it in stone. Sure hope you will attend. And donate. Last year was a wonderful year for getting things done. I am sure everyone has noticed things like our new parking lot, our new sound system, a bathroom for our green room, improved climate control, etc. We have a lot on our plate for the coming year, too. Please be a part and help us out. And enjoy a spectacular weekend of music!!!!
Binky's Dad, chris m

Thur, March 24    JAMES MCMURTRY    $39-$59

Sat, April 30    JOHN FULLBRIGHT    $39-$59


BLUEGRASS NEWS:  Bluegrass & Olde Tyme acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and Roadside Ditches of Louisiana.

Sunday Feb 7, -  "Hootenancy" at the Birdman Cafe in St. Francisville - 5 pm - 9 pm.  Pot luck supper.  This monthly bluegrass jam hosted by the Cafe on first Sunday each month is successful and well attended - good eats.  Take something. 

Frank's Restaurant in Prairieville.   We held several successful jams on Sunday at Frank's who has  plenty of business, but welcomed us with open arms.  He closes the restaurant at 3 pm on Sunday, but the clean-up crew is there until 4 or 5, so it is possible to have a jam from 1 pm up to the lock-the-door minute. Next Jam at Frank's is February 21st
BASS PRO Restaurant in Denham Springs.  We held several big jams there drawing people from 75 miles away.  BMI was hassling the restaurant because we were "performing" for an audience.  [ !!?  Not really; and we can restrict our play to ourselves ,if that becomes an issue.]  But it wasn't perfect either.
It's ok during the Sunday afternoon lull (3-5 pm), but the outdoor area is too noisy from the I-12 traffic, so it has to be indoors in the restaurant.  Next jam at Bass Pro TBA
We are still searching for a perfect place.  Bass Pro and Frank's can remain good places for folks - What might be better is alternating between the venues every SundayTBD, TBA, Comments welcomed
The "Sweet Olive String Band" with Gina Forsyth and Pat Flory and others will perform a concert at Robert & Dianne Calmes' home on Saturday, February 20.   http://www.sweetolivemusic.com/
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage will perform at the Manship Theatre on SUNDAY MARCH 6!  There are about 60 upper level seats unsold at this time.   www.ManshipTheatre.org

2016 regular jams
1st Sun "Tom's Fiddle & Bow" Arnaudville, 1-4 pm    Feb 7
1st Sun "Hootenancy" at Birdman Cafe, St Francisville  5 pm pot luck  Feb 7
2nd & 4th Sat - "Main Street Market" 5th & Main in BR - 11 am 'til 1 pm




Check the www.msbga.org/events/eventlist
for major bluegrass events in 2016 within easy driving range.

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600; Text 225.252.2708
Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou
Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
HARRIS Law Firm - main financial supporter, preparing estate plans and last will and trust documents for the serious bluegrass fan concerned about his family and estate, and the perpetual care of his banjos, mandolins, violins and Martin guitars. Proceeds go to concerts and jams. HarrisLawFirm@aol.com

Gerard Furniture in BR - generous financial supporter, contributing to bringing in guest performers for Jams. Show support by visiting the store and mentioning "bluegrass."

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600



Louisiana Folk, 'Music and People' podcast episode #1 is published!


Download http://louisianafolk.podomatic.com/enclosure/2016-01-24T03_30_14-08_00.mp3

"Louisiana Folk, Music and People", was conceived to share the songwriting of Patrick Sylvest and the many wells from which he draws his inspiration. In this first podcast, Patrick Interviews Author, Thomas Ard Sylvest, who also happens to be his 90 year old Dad. Please, give a listen!

Upcoming performances:

February 21st, 10a - 2p at Flanagan's Creative Food and Drink  in Thibodaux (Sunday Brunch).

February 27th, Red Dragon Palooza Fundraiser, Baton Rouge; some time that evening.

April 16th, Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, Baton Rouge; I'll perform in a songwriter circle some time between 1:00 and 6:15 for the 3rd street songwriter festival.

Patrick Sylvest






Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists www.folkradio.org
Based on 15008 airplays from 148 different DJs

1. Kate Campbell
2. Burning Bridget Cleary
2. Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
4. Kathy Kallick
5. Sierra Hull
6. Joan Baez
7. Andy M. Stewart
8. No Fuss And Feathers
9. Tim O'Brien
10. Chris Vallillo
11. Bob Dylan
12. Happy Traum
13. Dori Freeman
14. Sam Gleaves
15. Pete Seeger
16. Free The Honey
16. Sweet Honey In The Rock
18. Eagles
18. The Paperboys
20. Phil Ochs
20. Silly Wizard
22. The Lucky Sisters
23. Peter Mayer
24. John McCutcheon
25. Battlefield Band
25. Charm City Junction
27. Adrianna Ciccone
28. Harpeth Rising
28. Joel Mabus
28. Linda McRae
28. Rhiannon Giddens
28. The Steel Wheels
33. Aoife O'Donovan
33. Jonathan Edwards
33. Tom Paxton
36. Donna Ulisse
37. Boxcar Lilies
37. Robert Earl Keen
39. David Bowie
39. Pharis And Jason Romero
39. Red Moon Road

The Folk Alliance International has announced the keynote speaker for its 28th annual conference — and it is the one and only Judy Collins. The FAI has also announced the artist showcase lineup for the conference, held February 17-21 at the Westin Hotel at Crown Center, Kansas City MO.

More than 190 artists from 11 countries will perform at the conference. For more information about the Folk Alliance International conference, or to purchase tickets, go here:




Louisiana Folklife Program Director Maida Owens recently received the Benjamin A. Botkin Prize from the American Folklore Society , recognizing her profound contribution to public folklore. The Society, founded in 1888, is composed of folklorists throughout the world, and the Botkin Prize is its highest honor.

"Maida Owens offers a deep understanding for Louisiana folk culture and history, and I am proud that her work with the Folklife Program has earned her recognition for this award," Lt. Governor Dardenne said.

Owens has contributed almost 30 years to the Division of the Arts, previously serving as the crafts marketing program director before taking the role as folklife program director. She holds a master's degree in anthropology from Louisiana State University. Her collaboration with researchers, community organizations and individual folk artists gives her an extensive background in the preservation of Louisiana's folklife. She shares Louisiana's folk traditions in the Folklife in Louisiana website, www.LouisianaFolklife.org

In praising Owens, Botkin Prize Committee members said she "has been uncompromising in her commitment to the field of folklore and has helped establish what now epitomizes 'best practices' in public sector folklore methodology and practice." The Division of the Arts is under the Office of Cultural Development in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. For the latest information, follow the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development on Facebook


From Josh Dunson

Dear Family, Friends and Folk Music Leaders,
In my 74 years, this is the first time I have ever asked you or anyone else to join me as a member of a folk and/or advocacy organization.
I am proud to be a Creative Board member and dues paying member of the WoodSongs Front Porch Association (WFPA), a non-profit group that has successfully started a major grassroots push to involve K-12 schools in lesson plans around traditional music and to begin school performer coffee houses both in the school and in community based venues.  The $20 (single) and $25 (family and/or band up to 5 members)  covers your admission to the two-day gathering to be held at the Museum of Appalachia just north of Knoxville on September 25 and 26, 2015.
I do hope you join and maybe even join me and the other Members of the WFPA's  Creative Board as a song farmer at the Gathering.
Below is a 3.5 Minute summary of the work and the First Gathering coming up in September.  It also explains why you and I are Song Farmers.
To join, please go to this link
The members of the Creative Board are listed below:
The very best,
Michael Johnathon: folksinger and producer of the WoodSongs broadcast
Art Menius: founding Executive Director of IBMA, founding board member of Folk Alliance
Rik Palieri: Vermont folksinger and author
Dr. Ron Pen: Director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music (University of Kentucky)
Steve Martin: attorney, Board of IBMA, bluegrass DJ
Loretta Sawyer: Chicago publicist, roots agent and author

Raymond McLain: Director of the KY Center of Traditional Music (Morehead State University)
Kari Estrin: board of SERFA, International Folk Alliance, artist consultant and manager
Josh Dunson: agent, journalist-author, social activist and creative force behind Real People’s Music for 40 years



Northport N.Y. - M.C. Records is thrilled to announce that genre busting singer/songwriter, New Orleans based Dayna Kurtz will perform on the syndicated radio program eTown on May 3. She will share the stage with folk/bluesman Eric Bibb. Scroll down for all of Dayna's tour dates in the U.S. and Europe.

Dayna has always had fans from some of the most amazing songwriters including Bonnie Raitt and duet partner, Nora Jones. Now add Madeleine Peyroux to list. Here's what she said about "Rise And Fall."

It is great to hear an amazing voice but indescribable to hear an amazing soul. Thus this record and Dayna Kurtz are indescribable. I’m grateful for the discovery of a new old friend. - Madeleine Peyroux

Kurtz has achieved such distinctions as being named Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters.  Norah Jones (with whom she later recorded a duet) and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, she's performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition, and her singing was featured in a widely seen TV commercial for a prominent American hotel chain.


WXPN Radio posted the stream (and free download) of a new tribute
song tolegendary folk dj Gene Shay performed by 25 Philly based
artists.  You can read and hear (and download) the song here:






The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz



Les Kerr has a new blog about the musical connection between Nashville and New Orleans. From Louis Armstrong’s collaboration with Jimmie Rodgers to Del McCoury playing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the connection continues at:




"Though it's impossible to pinpoint a particular moment when immigrants began inventing American music, a dramatic turning point surely occurred in 1804, the year a young nation made the Louisiana Purchase. President Thomas Jefferson sought to buy from the French just the city of New Orleans, because of its crucial value as a port. But a cash-strapped Napoleon sold the entire, still-uncharted Louisiana Territory for $15 million — roughly 4 cents an acre.  In a single stroke, America became a thrilling, noisy eruption of sound."






Hi there,

I host a local BG / folk/gospel radio show that airs on several country stations on Sunday morning. If you have a recent recording that would reflect this format, please send along.  I would be glad to air.  Please let me know what song that you are trying to push.

I do this only as a labor of love for this kind of music and to promote local artist.

Thanks and tell your Mamma you love her.

Jim  jimhogggroup@cox.net    http://youtu.be/tfiXcyDWGso





My name is Rebecca Sharky. I am the GM of Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, LA.   I'd like for Cafe Des Amis to be considered as an alternative non-smoking venue to your folk friends. If you have any suggestions, please email me.

Thank you!

Cafe Des Amis <gm@cafedesamis.comwww.cafedesamis.com


"I have been affected by secondhand smoke.  I remember one night I was playing in a club and I went to hit a high note and I almost blacked out on stage.  I had to hold the microphone to keep from falling down. There was so much smoke in the place that it had a negative impact on my singing."
--Deacon John

Music selections from  audio collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's  Southern Folklife Collection are now being streamed online. Visitors can  tune in to channels that feature music in five genres: old-time music;  country and bluegrass; folk revival; rhythm, blues, and boogie; and the  eclectic “SFC Mix.” The purpose of our radio stream is to make our holdings  available for educational use.

To listen  visit:








When the song of the angel is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
   To find the lost,
   To heal the broken,
   To feed the hungry,
   To release the prisoner,
   To rebuild the nations,
   To bring peace among brothers,
   To make music in the heart.



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