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
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 have been pushing the boundaries of American acoustic music for over four decades. Their sound is a blend of a wide range of musical styles and influences with a focus on song arrangements and rich vocal harmonies. While their music sits on a solid foundation of bluegrass and folk, they create a collective alchemy of musical interests.
Each member of the Cache Valley Drifters trio is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist:
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 to view live show moments on YouTube.
Sept. 15, 2018
Oct. 20, 2018
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.
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:
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