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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 parkingConcerts start at 7:30 PM, unless otherwise noted.


Unless otherwise noted:  $16 per person ($13 with Living Tradition membership discount).  Children under 18 FREE with paid adult.


For reservations, concert information and booking inquiries, please contact Gary Trobridge at concerts@thelivingtradition.org or (714) 955-3807.


May 21, 2016

Michael McNevin is a 20-year veteran of the folk scene. He is a past winner of the Kerrville New-folk songwriting award, a 6-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association "Song Of The Year," and was chosen by Performing Songwriter Magazine as a Top 12 “DIY Artist Of The Year."  Beth Fitchet-Wood is an outstanding singer, guitarist and composer.  She was in the Southern California band "Honk" that toured nationally with Loggins and Messina, Chicago and the Beach Boys.  Beth continues to perform her own very personal and intimate music.

May online flier (PDF)

June 18, 2016

Ernest Troost is an Emmy-winning film and television composer as well as a recipient of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting.  His songs are rooted in character, situation, and narrative and are adroitly layered to present what FolkWorks called “a broad and colorful canvas of Americana.”  After time spent in punk and indie bands, Mike Benecke focused on acoustic guitar, vocals and keys and his transition has been magnificent!  Of his solo work, CoverLayDown.com says: “...a beautiful, slow, intimate and rich dreamfolk...that aches like wolves in the near distance.

June online flier (PDF)

July 16, 2016

Lineup for this date to be announced soon.

Aug 20, 2016

($18/Members $15) Marley’s Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure, the capable inheritors of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band.  As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that’s steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.”  They can sing and play anything with from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, gospel to stone country.  Their trademark multi-part harmonies never cease to captivate.  No opening act.

Aug online flier (PDF)

Sept 17, 2016

William Pint & Felicia Dale present an intoxicating blend of traditional and modern music reflecting the immense vitality of those who live and work on the sea.  Their music is rich with the myth, narrative, rhythm, rhyme and lyric associated with the days of the tall ships.  The MacMammals are Southern California-based acoustic music performers presenting an eclectic musical stew of sounds from Ireland, the British Isles, and North America, seasoned with a touch of bluegrass, and salted with some songs of the sea.

Sept online flier (PDF)

Oct 15, 2016

Jeni and Billy’s music transports their audiences to the Appalachian coal country that is the inspiration for so much of their music.  Novelist Lee Smith says of them: "Jeni and Billy's stunningly original music is as old as the hills, yet brand new at the same time.”  From LA, Corrina Carter learned guitar at an early age and continued to love, collect, play and share interpretations of the songs she loved.  Her first album "Lady in the Moon" was born out of a labor of love for song, her deeply cherished companion.

Oct online flier (PDF)


Additional 2016 concert details will be listed as information becomes available.


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 

Les Amis

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

Bettman & Halpin 

Bob Bennett

Kate Bennett

Richard Berman 

Chris Berry 

Lou & Peter Berryman

Blue Mama

Bryan Bowers 

Mikki Brisk

Severin Browne

The Buccaneers

Burning Heart Bluegrass

Fil Campbell

Kate Campbell 

Corrina Carter

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer

Donna Lynn Caskey

Joanna Cazden

Phil Christie


Colerick-Corbett Band

Brad Colerick

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 

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


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

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

Richard Lappin 

Richard Lappin & Rob Balmuth

Dale LaDuke

Jamie Laval & Ashley Broder

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

Reg Meuross

Greg & Margie Mirken 

Katy Moffatt 

Pete Morton 

Clare Muldaur

Heidi Muller

Murphy Family Band

The Muses

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

T.R. Ritchie

Andy Robinson

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band

Garnet Rogers

David Roth

Claudia Russell 

Sabrina and Craig

The Salty Suites

Tanya Savory  

Chico Schwall

Secondhand Smoke

Rick Shea (solo)

Rick Shea & Brantley Kearns 

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

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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