Irish Tales I: “Alive Alive-O”

By Brian Arsenault There she stands with her cart, sweet Molly Malone, just below the intense shopping of Dublin’s Grafton Street. She’s selling cockles (whatever they are) and mussels and she is delightfully well endowed. Perhaps that’s why the locals sometimes call her “the tart with a cart” and her bosoms have been polished to… Read More Irish Tales I: “Alive Alive-O”

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Picks of the Week: Feb. 5 – 10

By Don Heckman Los Angeles  – Feb. 6. (Wed.)  Sally Kellerman.  The inimitable Ms. Kellerman is back, this time with an evening of Valentine’s Day songs in a program titled, appropriately, “Love.”  Don’t miss it.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Feb. 7 – 10. (Thurs. – Sun.)  Robben Ford. Guitarist Ford, who moves easily across boundaries… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 5 – 10

Live Music: Judy Collins at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Don Heckman Los Angeles, CA. Judy Collins was back in town Friday night for her second major Southland appearance in less than a year.   This time, she was performing at CSUN’s beautiful almost-new Valley Performing Arts Center. Once again, her performance was a virtual spoken memoir with songs.  Collins’ musical and personal history has… Read More Live Music: Judy Collins at the Valley Performing Arts Center

Live Music: Mary Black at The Strand in Rockland, Maine

By Brian Arsenault Rockland, Maine.  This short USA tour by Mary Black and her terrific band and daughter made the warm evening of Irish music even more special on a cold  Maine November night at The Strand. Winter’s not here but trying, as a show at another venue the prior evening was cancelled due to slippery… Read More Live Music: Mary Black at The Strand in Rockland, Maine