Folk Music Concerts
The following folk music concerts are presented by The Living Tradition. These concerts feature international and local artisans of contemporary folk music and traditional folk music.
To view a list of artists who have performed in The Living Tradition concert series, click Concert History, or scroll to the bottom of this page. These events are partially funded by a grant from the Anaheim Arts Council.
Note: The Living Tradition newsletter will continue to be mailed, but concert fliers will be sent by e-mail. Click here for more information.
Location & Time
All concerts are held on the 3rd Saturday of most months at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St., in Anaheim (in the heart of Orange County). Free parking.
Concerts start at 7:30 PM, unless otherwise noted.
Unless otherwise noted: $18 per person ($15 with Living Tradition membership discount). Children under 18 FREE with paid adult.
For reservations, concert information and booking
inquiries, please call Ron at (714) 997-8590 or e-mail
Jan. 20, 2018
Shelby and Tieg, an LA-based folk-pop duo, have been described as a modern Simon & Garfunkel (if one was a girl). Though they try to disguise their compositions with complex harmonies and intricate guitar, there’s no escaping that what they sing are fun pop songs that aim to make you smile. From master’s degrees at Cal Arts, to music graduates of USC and more, their credentials are enough to intimidate most. Come hear the other side of Shelby and Tieg where eddies of flute and violin pirouette between vocal lines atop the syncopated rhythms of the double bass and cajón. This band has tons of fun on stage which is quite obvious and contagious to any audience!
JC and Laney are acoustic Americana balladeers. Laney Greynolds calls upon her years of singing in Rock & Roll, Country & Pop Bands. She can belt out songs out with gospel fury and energy and then get playful and laugh-out-loud funny in the next tune. The other half of the duo, JC Scott and his acoustic guitar, is the engine that drives this train. He has spent years playing guitar and singing with such high-level musicians & creators as Arlo Guthrie, Lindsay Buckingham, Kenny Loggins and Weird Al. In their third appearance at The Living Traditions Concert Series, JC and Laney will perform their original compositions, running the gamut from folk, blues, pop, ballads, rock and comedy. You can hear their music at www.jcandlaney.com as well as Pandora, iHeart Radio, Spotify, NPR, and dozens of internet stations.
Feb. 17, 2018
Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have been performing together for 25 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs, and a good dose of humor. Their six duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the WFMT Midnight Special (Chicago) to The Boston Globe. Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 1960s. Since Ian and Sylvia first recorded "Darcy Farrow" in 1965, Steve's songs have been covered by John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Josh Ritter, and many others. Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer, Cindy is known for her compelling interpretations of traditional ballads, as well as for her own writing and her wonderful ear for harmony. She has recorded several solo albums (Songs of Experience received the Editor's Choice Award from Crossroads), as well as collaborations with Steve Gillette, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, and Michael Smith.
Mar. 17, 2018
Cache Valley Drifters were an outgrowth of informal picking sessions, and they continue to bring a modern outlook to bluegrass and country music. Their performances are as likely to include bluegrass-ized interpretations of songs by Paul Simon, Leon Russell, and Cream as they are to feature tunes by the late country folksinger Kate Wolf or traditional hill country material. The Cache Valley Drifters' association with Wolf is natural considering that the band's longest-standing member, Bill Griffin, toured with her backup band and produced her last recordings. Griffin had previously been a sideman on albums by Earl Robinson, Pete Seeger, and Odetta, and a series of national radio spots with the late Burl Ives. Mike Mullins was added to the Cache Valley Drifters in 1992 and plays guitar and mandolin and sings with the group. The brother of banjo player Tim Mullins, who played with the band from 1972 to 1973, Mike has been active in acoustic music since the 1980s when he played guitar in the Phil Salazar Band. The Cache Valley Drifters have built a strong reputation for rich vocal harmonies and virtuosic musicianship.
Apr. 21, 2018
Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino where he grew up. He has since gone on to build a solid career for himself as a solo artist, singer, guitarist and songwriter. With nine critically acclaimed albums he has performed all over Southern California, the West Coast, and across the country. His songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with. Chris Spector of Midwest Record said, “If your tastes run toward hard working, literate, back-40 folkies like Tom Russell, Chuck Pyle, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and others like that, Shea is sure to be another that you're going to dig...”
Bill Dempsey began his career as a trombonist studying classical music and jazz. During the early 1960s he became interested in folk music. At one point he was playing trombone in a small orchestra and working weekends in a jazz band. After finishing work he would rush off to sing and play at a local coffeehouse. It soon became clear that singing and playing guitar was what he wanted to do. Over the years Bill has continued to learn new instruments and new kinds of music while staying close to the folk and traditional music he loves. Some know Bill as the Shanty man on the brig Pilgrim in Dana Point, California. Bill books the Tall Ships Festival at the Ocean Institute there. Others recall him as part of the groups Open All Night or Monday Night Waltz. Seniors know him as Banjo Bill. Students know him as Mr. Dempsey the music teacher and los ninos call him Maestro.
May 19, 2018
Ronny Cox is a superbly talented singer-songwriter, musician, and actor who has been consistently active in the music world and Hollywood for over 40 years. Ronny’s music is eclectic, a woven tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together and tells something about “the human condition.” A look of familiarity has helped make Cox one of Hollywood’s most versatile character actors. His first time in front of a camera featured him playing the guitar in the Dueling Banjos scene in Deliverance, creating one of the most iconic moments in the history of moviemaking. He has also appeared in films like Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall, Taps, Bound For Glory, The Onion Field, all told over 125 movies and television appearances. Despite his great success in movies and TV, what he says he loves most is singing and playing the guitar. According to him, nothing cuts through to the heart like music. The acting experience simply enhances his musical and song-writing skills.
June 16, 2018
July 21, 2018
Aug. 18, 2018
New World String Project is an exciting weave of music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Join the New World String Project for a musical ride that will shake your boots, uplift your spirit and warm your heart. The band consists of Aryeh on Swedish nyckelharpa, Windham Hill recording artist Lisa Lynne on cittern and Celtic harp, John Weed on fiddle, and Stuart Mason on bazouki, guitar and vocals. John Weed and Stuart Mason are in high demand being two thirds of the highly regarded Scottish Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, Story Road, Little Black Train and other ensembles. Lisa is a widely beloved Celtic harpist and composer. Having been signed to Windham Hill and New Earth Records, she has sold well over a million albums. Aryeh has collaborated with numerous music luminaries, produced and arranged for television, performed for VIPs such as Prince Charles, and has toured as a solo artist and with artists such as Patrick Ball and The Windham Hill Winter Solstice. Click here for live show moments on YouTube.
Sept. 15, 2018
Oct. 20, 2018
Nov. 17, 2018
Additional details about 2018 concerts will be added as information becomes available.
The schedule is subject to change.
If you are an artist who wishes to be considered for an
appearance at The Living Tradition concert series,
please first review the Concert History below.
Does your music fit in with this diverse group of
The following artists have performed in The Living Tradition Concert Series (since 1999) or are booked for upcoming shows:
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