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.
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
Sept. 15, 2018
Mandolinist and fiddler, Evan Marshall is a virtuoso musician and entertainer, regarded by fellow mandolinists as the premier solo performer in "Duo-Style." By himself, he sounds like several of the world’s finest mandolinists performing together. Country guitar legend Chet Atkins called Evan “One of the few great musicians of our time.”
A bluegrass band like no other, the Miskey Mountain Boys features the world class musicianship of Michelle Lynskey, John W. Marshall, Evan J. Marshall, Alex Finazzo and introducing their newest member, Deborah Kollgaard.Individually they’ve performed all over the world and at events and venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Disney Studios, Pops Symphony Orchestras, the Tournament of Roses, and the United Artists Theater in Los Angeles. They have also been featured performers in radio, television, and film, including the Academy Awards, A Prairie Home Companion, and HBO’S series, Big Love.
Oct. 20, 2018
Tracy Grammer is widely renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate. Her stories are often described as "incantations" and add a rare mixture of vulnerability, intimacy, and hard-won insight to her performances.
Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan have honed their distinctive sound over a decade of touring festivals, clubs, concert series, and house concerts, often as a duo and sometimes with their ever-changing band, The Folk Unlimited Orchestra. They are one of the cornerstones of the Bay Area’s thriving roots music scene.
Nov. 17, 2018
Men of Worth: Scotsman Donnie MacDonald of the Hebridean Islands off Scotland, and Irishman James Keigher of County Mayo, Ireland, came together to perform Irish and Scottish folk music, combining traditional and contemporary styles. Donnie performs on vocals, octave mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina, and bodhran. James performs on vocals, guitar, mando-cello, and bodhran.
Bernice Lewis: With almost four decades of performing festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, colleges, and house concerts, along with a half dozen acclaimed CDs, Bernice Lewis has built a solid national fan base. She is also a published poet, a producer, and an educator extraordinaire. Lewis — who studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, guitar technique with Alex DeGrassi and Guy van Duser, and songwriting with Rosanne Cash and Cris Williamson — has been a featured performer on NPR’s Mountain Stage program, as well as at the Kennedy Center.
Dec. 22, 2018
No concert tonight in Anaheim. Happy Holidys!
The schedule is subject to change.
Jan. 19, 2019
Feb. 16, 2019
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.
Mar. 16, 2019
Iain Matthews first gained attention as a founding member and vocalist for the innovative Fairport Convention’s first three albums, changing the voice of folk music in his country. He moved on to create Matthews’ Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music. Never one to stand still for very long, Iain moved on during the 1970’s with another group, Plainsong, an ensemble that allowed Iain to blossom as a songwriter and acoustic guitarist – supported by his ex-Fairport mates Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson both in the studio and, in Richard’s case, on tour.
Additional details about 2019 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:
The Brilliant Gypsies
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer
Chuck E. Costa
Freebo & Photoglo
Ken & Phee Graydon
Richard Lappin & Rob Balmuth
Nathan & Jesse
One Foot In
Rick Shea (solo)
Sion & Anderson
Chris Stuart & Backcountry