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Folk Collection performing music from the '60s


Last updated 6/26/2008 at Noon

The Folk Collection plays music from the 1960s.

FALLBROOK — Remember “If I had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Early Morning Rain” and “Four Strong Winds?” The list of those favorite songs from the 1960s could go on forever.

Today the truth is that unless one gets his guitar out and sings them to oneself, no one would hear them. But that has changed.

The Folk Collection, a quartet reviving the music of the ’60s, will appear on Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mission Theater, 231 North Main Avenue.

Los Angeles-based Tony Unger, Mike Sirota, Ed Labowitz and Bob Packham cut their teeth on that music in the ’60s and now are making a career of performing it to enthusiastic audiences as The Folk Collection.

The blend of their rich voices and the sound of their guitars, banjo and bass are reminiscent of The Kingston Trio and the Limeliters but they bring their own special energy to the stage.

They appear throughout Southern California in concerts, coffeehouses and special events.

Unger (vocals and guitar) and Labowitz (vocals, guitar and banjo) have been a duo on and off since their days at Hollywood High. Sirota (vocals, guitar and bongos) joined them in the spring of 2003. Bassist Bob Packham is a recent addition.

Their appearance on July 12 is hosted by the Fallbrook Americana Music Series (FAMS), whose concerts were previously held at Hilltop Center.

“We’re pleased to use the Mission Theater,” said FAMS co-chair Phee Sherline, “and if the community supports us in this effort we’ll be happy to pretty much make it our home.”

Tickets are available at the Mission Theater box office across the street from the theater, by calling (760) 731-2278 and at the door. For concert information, call (760) 723-7255.


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