Folk music at Templar’s Hall on Aug. 31

By Emily Sorensen

Local folk musicians Jeff Bertino, Mike Stubblefield and The Lacemakers will be coming together to perform a concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 in Templar’s Hall, Old Poway Park.

The Lacemakers, from left, Kim Donaldson, Miss Darla and Heloise Love, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 in Poway.

Concert-goers will be treated to a wide variety of music thanks to the multitude of styles Bertino, Stubblefield and female trio The Lacemakers perform, ranging from Celtic-influenced to modern folk.

“We’re more traditional folk and bluegrass,” said Bertino of himself and Stubblefield, “while The Lacemakers have a Celtic flair and perform Appalachian-style old-time.”

The concert continues what Bertino, as a board member of the San Diego Folk Heritage, described as a “Friday night event in Poway.”

“We wanted to target the local community,” said Bertino. “We want to invite more local groups, give [the concerts] more variety.”

In the future, Bertino said Folk Heritage hoped to invite storytellers as well as musicians, and perhaps even dancers to perform.

Bertino described Stubblefield, with whom he has performed numerous times, as a performer of traditional-style folk music, Americana, old-time and bluegrass. Though Stubblefield has been a musician for many years, he has only been performing publicly for the last three.

“Their style is Simon and Garfunkel,” said Kim Donaldson of The Lacemakers. “We’re more upbeat, fast-paced.”

Donaldson, along with band mates Miss Darla and Heloise Love, came together nearly two years ago to form The Lacemakers. “We came together with three different likes,” said Donaldson. “It’s such a wonderful blend.”

The Lacemakers combine three-part harmonies with a number of instruments, including the dulcimer, guitar, banjo and fiddle, to perform a variety of folk styles, including traditional Irish and Appalachian, as well as original tunes they’ve combined with traditional stories, and even some modern folk music.

All three women have previously performed solo or with other bands. Donaldson has performed with a bluegrass band for 10 years, while Love was once part of Highland Way. Miss Darla previously was in a female duo that performed Civil War and Irish music, and she is also an Irish dancer.

The resurgence in popularity in folk and bluegrass has been gratifying for Donaldson.

“I’ve always performed music that is old, or weird,” said Donaldson, “but now it’s almost mainstream. There’s a revival going on right now.”

Templar’s Hall is located at 14134 Midland Road, Poway. Tickets for the concert are $18, $15 for SDFH members. For tickets and more information, visit

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