Or maybe you're looking for one of these (thanks, Google):
- tophill.net (Top Hill Telecom, Ft.Lauderdale FL)
- tophill.me (Nightclub Top Hill, Budva, Montenegro)
- tophillfarms.com (Xmas tree farm, Goodrich MI)
- tophillcabins.com (Vacation cabins, Cook Forest PA)
- tophillhospital.com (Hospital, Eldoret Kenya)
- saratogatophill.com (Motel, Saratoga Springs NY
- tophillind.com (Tophill Piao Cai Industries, Hong Kong)
- facebook.com/tophillmusic (Stuart Kenney, esteemed contradance musician, Greenfield MA)
- math.stonybrook.edu/~tony/ (mathematician, Stony Brook NY)
Dawg music at San Gregorio, early '90s
with Westwind at Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria 1995
with Jubilee in Czech Republic, 2002
Chachkas in the studio, San Geranimo, 2002
with Pam & Larry , casual at China Camp, 2005
Failure To Disperse, at Noe Valley Farmers Market, SF 2011
with Larry White, Joseph D'Amico, Bob Applebaum, Barry Schultz, John Schott, TP, Dan Paik, Don Burnham, Amy Kirsch, Mayne Smith, at Sweets Mill, 2006
I've played mandolin, fiddle, guitar, etc. with:
- RedHot Chachkas klezmer band with Julie Egger et al. (1999-2015). Check out old website, and CDs "Beats Without Borders" (2010), "Spice It Up!" (2007), and "Family Album" (2002). KlezmerShack says: "Tony Phillips on plucked strings is a standout, giving the sound a slight bluegrass tinge...."
- Probabillies with Kerry Parker et al., most often seen at Noe Valley Farmers Market in San Francisco, occasional Saturdays 11am-1pm
- Crop Swappers with Catherine Rose Crowther et al., most often seen at Transition Berkeley's Crop Swap in Ohlone Park near the North Berkeley BART station on summer & fall Mondays at 6:30pm
- Freight & Salvage oldtime jams monthly
- Ngirchoureng with Jim Geselbracht performing Palauan string-band songs (2018-...)
- Instant Klezmer (2015-...) with Barbara Speed et al.
- Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra (2005-...), which I formed and lead, performed occasionally at Jewish Music Festival and San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins,
- Jubilee American Dance Theatre (2000-2010s) band
- Palma Soriano, Cuba (Dec. 2011)
- Festival de Gannat (Gannat, France, July 2008)
- Ramblin' Roads (Lesher Theatre, Walnut Creek, May 2006)
- Kaustinen Folk Music Festival (Kaustinen, Finland, July 2005)
- San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (June 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2016)
- Festival della Collina (Cori, Italy, July 2002; listen to "Mezzogiorno in Cori" )
- Mezinárodní Folklorní Festival (Klatovy, Czech Republic, July 2002)
- Festival Internacional del Folklore (Baja California, Mexico, Nov. 2000)
- Westwind International Folk Ensemble (1995-1999) band for American and ethnic dance, including home shows at Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason and San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, plus tours to Bulgaria, Hungary, and Fresno
- Contra Costa Civic Theatre production of "Foxfire" (April-May 2008)
- Mandorian Candidates, a Mandolin/Octave Mandolin/Guitar/Bajo Sexto/Hammer Dulcimer/etc. trio with Olivier Zyngier and Jim Geselbracht, playing favorite tunes from as many nations as possible (active in the 1990s, reunion in 2016).
- Pre-historic (i.e., pre-internet) bluegrass bands, including County Line, Gold Coast, Hayfever, and Wildcat On Toast, that played many places including San Francisco's legendary Paul's Saloon
Wildcat on Toast (Doug, David, TP, Lawrence & unseen Joyce). My first bluegrass band in the 1980s, at Paul's Saloon.
In 2010 Doug and I climbed Mt Kilimajaro (Uhuru Peak), Tanzania. Tragically Doug died of pancreatic cancer in 2013.
Hayfever (Doug, TP, Holly, David, Lawrence)
Hayfever (clockwise: David, TP, Holly, Lawrence, Doug)
County Line (Sue, TP, Bob, Doug, Paul)
Gold Coast (Paul, TP, Jeanette, Glenn, Tony F)
at Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society Festival
Proximity to some of the central people and influences made it virtually inevitable that I'd be drawn into the klezmer revival:
- Read about the history of The Klezmorim, members of which I've often crossed paths
- A crucial step was attending KlezKamp West in 1998, which led directly to joining The Red Hot Chachkas
- Yiddish New York, which succeeded KlezKamp as an annual gathering in late December.
- Sources of information include: Klezmer Shack, Der Bay, and Geneva Klezmer Music
Red Hot Chachkas, 2011
Music groups, venues, organizations, media, stuff I like, etc.
- Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley is where I go most often, and where I host a monthly oldtime jam
- Peter Thompson's Bluegrass Signal show on KALW radio, 91.7 FM in San Francisco, on Saturdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm. Then stay tuned for Dory Stein's Tangents at 8pm.
- California Bluegrass Association / Calendar / Teacher list / Music Camp
- Old Time Music and Roots of American Fiddle Music
- Frets.com courtesy of repair-master Frank Ford of Gryphon Music in Palo Alto
- Archtop.com by Joe Vinikow of Seattle, who did an excellent tune-up on my guitar
- R & F Charle Lutherie if you want to see some nice instruments in Paris
- Mandolin Symposium
- Mandolin Magazine check out the magazine more than the website
- Fiddler Magazine ditto
- California Coast Music Camp in July
- Walker Creek Music Camp in April and October
- Festival of American Fiddle Tunes Port Townsend, Washington, the week of July 4th.
- Kennaquhair for Doug Dieter's Universal String Tension Calculator
- Steve Ryder Stringed Instruments makes electric mandolins and custom-wound pickups, including my solid-body 4-string mandocaster
- Dr. Klez
- Band name generator incredibly useful
- Mandolin links:
Time-wasting odds and ends (old)
- Thanks to Dee Brown and the South End Rowing Club I swam from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park, SF about five times, but not lately.
- Some other "cool" swim spots: Bristol Bay (Alaska), North Sea (Netherlands), Black Sea (Bulgaria), Helsinki Harbor & Gulf of Ostrobothnia (Finland)
- DHMO.org : notwithstanding the previous item, water can be dangerous!
- Street Name origins and history of San Francisco
- My favorite, ironically carnivorous, plant: Darlingtonia californica
- Yiddish vocabulary
- My publications:
- "The Compleat Poofreading Hanbook"
- "How Not To Procrastinate!" (forthcoming)
- Irving Levin memoirs transcript & recordings
- Tom Phillips Woodworking (below right) in Ashland, Oregon
- 2017 Obit of John Nova Phillips, globetrotting flâneur and literary executor of Violet Trefusis, my tenuous connection to the British Royal Family
- Lt. Louis Friedberg (below center), my mother's first cousin (son of Dorothy, my grandfather Irving's older sister), served in W.W. II in the Fifteenth Air Force as a navigator on a B-24 bomber based in England, was shot down over Germany, and died in a POW camp at age 20 in 1944. According to family lore, he participated in the famous raid on oil facilities in Ploiesti, Romania, Operation Tidal Wave.
- Another cousin Edwin Brown (son of Etta, my grandfather Irving's younger sister; below left), also served in the Air Force in England during the war. Carla (far right in the same photo, daughter of Clara, grand-daughter of Dorothy).
TP, Ed, Paula, Carla (SF ~ 1999)
- Louis Friedberg
Ed Brown's painting and excellent likeness of my brother Tom
Ken (1929-2007), TP, Tom, Lupin (Ashland, Feb. 2007)
4 generations (Ashland, Mother's Day 2020)
Levin family members at a wedding in New York around 1940.
Standing, L to R: Edwin Brown, Etta Levin Brown, Clara Friedberg, Dorothy Levine Friedberg, Louis Friedberg, Mike Friedberg, Gussie Pfefferblum, Joe Levine
Seated: Sam Brown, Rose Friedberg, Carol Levin, Irving Levin, Ida Levine
Missing because too young to attend: Arnold Brown (10), Paula Levin (10), Arthur Levin (5)
A brief yet telling retrospective