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The Sixties in Folk Music / 1. The Iopan

Marilyn Berner—The Iopan
A House Filled With Music
(Copyright by M.J. and D.E. Berner 2007)
One of my first vivid memories is of my dad playing his saxophone. Dwight Shaffer was a musician, from a family of musicians who left Iowa in 1910 to … Continue reading

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The Sixties In Folk Music: Santa Barbara / Introduction

Introduction – Table of Contents
Several years ago, I received a letter from Marilyn Berner, living in Colorado. She reminded me that she, along with her husband Bill, ran a folk music coffee house, The Iopan, in Santa Barbara California in … Continue reading

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Microphones and The Bluegrass Music

but what about microphones? When Bill traveled with his tent shows, you mention electric lights. What did he use to amplify his instruments? It is my impression that bluegrass was built around a microphone, and has been subsequently altered by the expansion of a single mic into a long, often forbidding, row of mics, monitors, etc. Continue reading

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The Ash Grove: Old Time Hits the Big Time in Hollywood USA

Born in the midst of the unreality and meaninglessness of the commercial pop world, the Ash Grove soon became the refuge and breeding ground for people’s music. Continue reading

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Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention: A group effort

The Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention quickly became a major event in the Southern California traditional music calendar.  By its third year, 1974, we had close to 4,500 paid attendees.  That we did so was due, in the main, … Continue reading

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