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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 concerts@thelivingtradition.org.


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:  

  • Mike Mullins: guitar, mandolin, and vocals.
  • Bill Griffin: mandolin, guitar, and vocals.
  • Wally Barnick: bass and vocals.


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

Concert: TBA.


July 21, 2018  

Concert: TBA.


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

Concert: TBA.


Oct. 20, 2018   

Concert: TBA.


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.

Attention Artists:

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 artists?

Concert History

The following artists have performed in The Living Tradition Concert Series (since 1999) or are booked for upcoming shows:

Albert & Gage 

Joyce Andersen

Caren Armstrong 

Paul Arnoldi 

Audrey Auld 

Sherry Austin

Banshee in the Kitchen

Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon

Ruth Barrett & Cyntia Smith 

Cathy Barton and Dave Para

John Batdorf 

Mike Benecke

Bob Bennett

Kate Bennett

Richard Berman 

Chris Berry 

Lou & Peter Berryman 

The Better Halves

Bettman & Halpin 

Blue Deux & Friends

Blue Mama 

Bryan Bowers 

The Brilliant Gypsies

Mikki Brisk

Severin Browne

The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh

The Buccaneers

Burning Heart Bluegrass 

Cache Valley Drifters

Fil Campbell

Kate Campbell 

Corrina Carter

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer

Donna Lynn Caskey

Joanna Cazden

Phil Christie


Brad Colerick

Colerick-Corbett Band

Lui Collins

Conjunto los Pochos 

Tom Corbett 

Chuck E. Costa

Debra Cowan 

Ronny Cox

Shaun Cromwell

The Crooked Jades

Joe Crookston


Michael DeLalla 

Bill Dempsey 

The Devil’s Box String Band

Fur Dixon & Steve Werner

John Doan

Ray Doyle


Maria Dunn

Cliff Eberhardt

Kat Eggleston 


Aireene Espiritu

Joel Fafard

Aengus Finnan 

Beth Fitchet Wood  

Four Shillings Short 

Bob Fox 

Michael Fracasso

David Francey 

Bob Franke

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen


Freebo & Photoglo 


Kerry Getz

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen  

Susie Glaze 

Jim Goodin

Richard Grainger 

Tracy Grammer 

Ken & Phee Graydon

Melissa Greener

Patrick Hanifin 

Jack Hardy 

Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines

Melanie Hersch

Anne Hills 

Holdstock & MacLeod 

Deborah Holland 

Honey Whiskey Trio

Houston Jones

James Hurley 

Erin Inglish

I See Hawks in L.A.

Bill Isles

Bill & Kate Isles

David Jacobs-Strain

JC and Laney

Jeni and Billy


David Jones

Diana Jones

Brian Joseph 

Martyn Joseph

Cindy Kalmenson

James Keelaghan 

Steve Key

Dan Krikorian

Dale LaDuke

Richard Lappin 

Richard Lappin & Rob Balmuth

Jamie Laval & Ashley Broder 

Tom Lee

Les Amis

Tom Lewis 

Lilies of the West 

Tom Long

Jez Lowe 

Aedan MacDonnell

Kate MacLeod

Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston

The MacMammals

Ashley Maher

Jim Malcolm 

David Mallett

Marley’s Ghost

Evan Marshall

Amy Martin 

Terence Martin 

David Massengill 

Mary McCaslin 

Cathy-Anne McClintock 

Andrew McKnight 

Michael McNevin

Sarah McQuaid

Men of Worth

Reg Meuross

Greg & Margie Mirken 

Katy Moffatt 

Pete Morton 

Clare Muldaur

Heidi Muller

Mike Mullins & Penny Nichols

Murphy Family Band

Murphy’s Flaw

The Muses

Nathan & Jesse

Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements 


Claudia Nygaard

Lisa O'Kane 

Ken O’Malley

One Foot In

Christina Ortega 

The Palm Wine Boys 

Robin Pearl

Brian Peters 

Chris Peterson

Jim Photoglo

William Pint & Felicia Dale 

Darryl Purpose

Chuck Pyle

The Joel Rafael Band 

The Andy Rau Band

Red Moon Road

Dennis Roger Reed 

Harvey Reid 

Jenny Richards 

Rusty Richards

Rob Rio

T.R. Ritchie

Andy Robinson

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band

Garnet Rogers

David Roth

Claudia Russell 

Sabrina and Craig

Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk

The Salty Suites

Tanya Savory  

Chico Schwall

Secondhand Smoke

Rick Shea (solo)

Rick Shea & Brantley Kearns 

Shelby and Tieg

Cosy Sheridan 
Kathrin Shorr

Sally Shuffield

Sion & Anderson 

Sligo Rags

Small Potatoes

Michael Peter Smith

Squeakin' Wheels

James Lee Stanley

Chris Stuart & Backcountry 

Jean Synodinos

Dulcie Taylor

Ric Taylor

Jack Tempchin

The Tinker's Own 


Ernest Troost 

Mark Turnbull

Alice Wallace

Wendy Waldman

Phil Ward  

The Waybacks 

Erica Wheeler

When Pigs Fly! 

Jon Wilcox

Jack Williams

Willson & McKee

Joyce Woodson 

John Wort Hannam

Jenny Yates 

Hans York 

Bob Zentz


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