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Upcoming Folk Club Features

The Victoria Folk Music Society (VFMS)
Every Sunday
at 7:30 PM
at “Norway House”,
1110 Hillside Ave.
Victoria, BC
(between Quadra St.
and Cook St.
on the #4 bus route)

Admission:
$5.00 on Feature Nights,
$3.00 on our occasional
All Open Stage Nights;
16 yrs. & under, Free;
VFMS members, volunteers, and performers: No Charge

Pre-Folk Jam: 6:45 PM

First Half: 7:30 PM
Open Stage:

sign up with Host and perform a ten-minute-set;

Performer Guidelines (PDF):
How to please a folk audience!

Half-time Break:
Tea, coffee and assorted goodies available

Second Half: 9:00 PM
The Feature

Format may occasionally vary

Memberships and
Monthly Newsletter (N/L):
$65.00 Individual;
$100.00 Family;
$17.00 N/L only

FOR Information
and Messages:
email info at victoriafolkmusic.ca
or
 

Mail to: VFMS c/o
Old Town Strings,
1034 Hillside Ave.
Victoria, BC V8T 2A5

For booking info, email featurebooking at victoriafolkmusic.ca

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Many more local folk listings on the Folk Events page…

Check out our Archive of previous VFMS features
starting with 2014
(going back to 1976!)

We have a special page
of links to performers’ websites: see Performer Links, mostly,
(a list of many folks who have graced our stage or a stage nearby!)

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View in your browser or download the VFMS
November 2014
Newsletter

(1.3MB PDF)

2014...
Aug. 21: RIP Jean Redpath
Aug. 20: RIP Buddy MacMaster
Apr. 11: RIP Jesse Winchester
Apr. 03: RIP Arthur "Guitar Boogie"
Smith
Feb. 25: RIP Paco de Lucia
Jan. 29: RIP TR Ritchie
Jan. 27: RIP Pete Seeger


 

Nov 23: The Paul Ruszel Trio
Nov 30: Charlie and Mariah Burton
Dec 07: Headwater
Dec 14: The Capital City Syncopators
Dec 21: The Rabbleberries

VFMS Annual General Meeting, 7:30pm, Dec. 2nd
at 3483 Lovat Ave., Victoria, BC

immediately prior to our monthly (December) Business Meeting

Nov. 30: Charlie and Mariah Burton

Charlie Burton’s unique style of fingerpicking guitar was familiar to Victoria audiences in the early 1980s, when he performed full-time as a solo act. After raising a family and retiring from a conventional job at UVic, he has resumed his musical career.

Mariah Burton, Charlie’s eldest daughter, has returned to Victoria after a stint in Toronto, where she performed in a trio led by Murray Foster, bass player for Great Big Sea.

Charlie and Mariah’s eclectic repertoires complement one another as they take turns on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, and five-string banjo. The duo presents a blend of original and cover songs, reflecting jazz, folk, pop, and blues influences.

Dec. 07: Headwater

Headwater might be described as “the West Coast in song.” Freewheeling and fierce, sentimental and sexy, the Vancouver band was formed in 2003 and has won its following the old-fashioned way — by combining native talent with plenty of hard work. The group’s leader and songwriter, Jonas Shandel, grew up next to Lynn Headwaters Park, from which the band takes its name and from whose rugged Pacific wilderness he draws his inspiration.

Over the years the evolution of Headwater has seen some talented musicians come and go. Tonight’s lineup starts with Jonas on vocals, guitar, and banjo; the lovely and classically-trained Raquel Rawn adds some major sex appeal on fiddle and backup vocals; and Victoria’s own James Whittall, well known for his work with the Rock Island Ramblers and the Shearwater Bluegrass Band, rounds out the sound with his heartfelt mandolin playing.

Dec 14: Capital City Syncopators

The Capital City Syncopators bring the style and excite­ment of the Roaring Twenties to dance halls, main stages, and social functions throughout southwestern BC. The band plays traditional jazz, country swing, and prohibition-era novelty songs, as well as 1980s hits restyled to sound as though they were written much earlier. Victorians can catch the Syncopators any Tuesday night at their regular gig at Swan’s Brew Pub (9:00 p.m. until midnight).

The intimate, acoustic trio version of the group includes Reuben Weir (Marc Atkinson Trio, Red Hot Swing Set) on gypsy-style guitar and vocals; Don Cox (Dixieland Express, Naden Band) on bass and tuba; and Avram Devon McCagherty (Stomp Club, Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra) on vocals, tenor guitar, and tenor banjo. If Cliff Edwards met Django Reindhart on a riverboat, it might sound like this.

Dec 21: The Rabbleberries

The Rabbleberries are a quartet of musicians whose wide-ranging repertoire includes music for political gatherings and social causes, songs of the sea, songs about work and workers, traditional songs, originals by Alan O’Dean and Karen Gillmore, and generally whatever tickles the band’s musical fancy. Many of the songs feature choruses, so get ready to sing along!

The Rabbleberries’ sound is full of tasty vocal harmonies and flavorful guitar licks, spiced up with autoharp, flute, keyboard, banjo, mandola, thumb piano, harmonica, percussion, and electric bass.

The quartet is made up of Sharon Hazelwood on autoharp, tenor guitar, and percussion; Karen Gillmore on Irish banjo, flutes, guitar, and djembe; Alan O’Dean on guitar, mandola, five-string banjo, and autoharp; and Ron Gillmore on five-string electric bass. And everyone sings!

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in December 2014 —

 — and then…
 

Previous Folk Club Features

Listed by date, one year of VFMS Feature Acts per webage:
 201420132012,  …   199819971996,  … back to  1976!
(We resolved to have a weekly Coffee House beginning January 1986;
 the previous schedule was twice a month, second- and fourth- Sundays).


The Calendar…

                            ... 2014 ...
      January                 February                 March
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