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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: $7.00;
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):
$75.00 Individual;
$120.00 Family;
$17.00 N/L only

FOR Information or Emergency Contact
email info@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

Email comments, updates, or queries about the VFMS website to webmaster at victoriafolkmusic.ca

Many more local folk listings on the Folk Events page…

Check out our Archive of previous VFMS features
starting with 2017
(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 featured on our stage!)

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View in your browser or download the VFMS December 2017 Newsletter
(PDF)

2017
Jun. 06: RIP Vin Garbutt
Feb. 15: RIP Stuart McLean

2016
Nov. 07: RIP Leonard Cohen
Sep. 30: RIP Oscar Brand
Sep. 24: RIP Buckwheat Zydeco
Sep. 21: RIP John D. Loudermilk
Sep. 01: RIP Fred Hellerman
Aug. 12: RIP Andreas Jensen
Aug. 11: RIP Glenn Yarbrough
Jul. 31: RIP Penny Lang
Jun. 23: RIP Ralph Stanley
Jun. 03: RIP Dave Swarbrick
May 17: RIP Guy Clark
Apr. 28: RIP Karen Wreggitt
Mar. 17: RIP Steve Young
Mar. 09: RIP Nana Vasconcelos
Mar. 08: RIP George Martin
Feb. 22: RIP Sonny James
Feb. 14: RIP L.C. Ulmer
Feb. 06: RIP Dan Hicks
Jan. 28: RIP Paul Kantner
Jan. 18: RIP Glenn Frey
Jan. 15: RIP Pete Huttlinger
Jan. 04: RIP Long John Hunter

2015
Dec. 27: RIP Andy M. Stewart
Oct. 23: RIP Leon Bibb
Oct. 23: RIP Bill Keith
Oct. 11: RIP Robert Martin
Sep. 30: RIP Clarence Boudreau
Jul. 24: RIP David Hardie
Jun. 06: RIP Ronnie Gilbert
Jun. 01: RIP Jean Ritchie
May 26: RIP Art Thieme
May 11: RIP B.B. King
Apr. 09: RIP Tut Taylor
Mar. 26: RIP John Renbourn
Mar. 18: RIP Samuel Charters


2014
Nov. 27: RIP Austin Scott
Nov. 23: RIP Clive Palmer
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


2013
Dec. 25: RIP Bob Webb
Apr. 24: RIP Bob Brozman
Apr. 16: RIP Rita MacNeil
Mar. 06: RIP Stompin' Tom Connors
Feb. 20: RIP Trevor Dossett


2012
Sep. 30: RIP Raylene Rankin
May 29: RIP Doc Watson
Apr. 19: RIP Levon Helm
Apr. 05: RIP Barney McKenna
Mar. 28: RIP Earl Scruggs


2011
Oct. 28: RIP Stewart Boddy
Oct. 05: RIP Bert Jansch
Oct. 04: RIP Daisy Debolt
Jul. 10: RIP Laurie Postans
Apr. 22: RIP Hazel Dickens


2010
Jun. 01: RIP George Smith


2009
Aug. 02: RIP Jim Selk
May. 02: RIP John Caspell


2008
Aug. 17: RIP Elli Boisvert
Jun. 15: RIP Sandahbeth Spae


2007
Dec.31: RIP Rob Castle


2001
Nov. 29: RIP George Harrison


2000
Feb. 11: RIP Becky Bernson


1996
Oct. 09: RIP Colleen Peterson


1995
Aug. 09: RIP Jerry Garcia


1980
Dec. 08: RIP John Lennon


 

Dec 10: "Winter's Return" (Tania Opland, Mike Freeman, William Pint, & Felicia Dale)
Dec 17: Annual Seasonal Party & Dance
Dec 24: C L O S E D (Christmas Eve)
Dec 31: CLOSED for New Year’s Eve
Jan 07: The Unfaithful Servants

Dec. 10: “Winter’s Return”: Tania Opland, Mike Freeman, William Pint, & Felicia Dale

Winter’s Return celebrates Winter and all its diverse festivities with hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, whistle, violin, recorder, guitar, drums, mandolin, and songs that’ll bring a bright spot to the darkest winter’s day.

Tania Opland and Mike Freeman have been dividing their time between North America and Europe for over twenty years with a multi-cultural repertoire. Mike’s irreverent sense of humour and Tania’s stunning vocals provide the springboard for a rollercoaster ride across several continents and back again.

William Pint and Felicia Dale are best known for music of and from the sea: music that reflects its many moods, and the immense vitality of those who live and work on it. Their store of material includes traditional and neo-traditional maritime songs from several cultures. Their high-energy style and eclectic repertoire have earned them high praise from their concert and festival appearances in the United States, Canada, Britain, Holland, and even Estonia.

Expect some sing-along choruses, mixed-up baroque and medieval music and, over all, a quality of fun, camaraderie and celebration.

Dec. 17: VFMS Seasonal Party with Rig-a-Jig

Bring your dancing shoes, some finger food, and a whole lot of seasonal cheer (non-alcoholic, please!) to the Victoria Folk Music Society’s annual year-end party.

RIG-A-JIG will start the evening off just after 7:00 pm with a few festive songs, followed by the Morris Dancers, whose mummer’s play and unique style of dancing stems from old English tradition. Then, dance the evening away to RIG-A-JIG’s rousing tunes! JD Erskine will be calling the dancing instructions, so even novices can join in the fun.

RIG-A-JIG sprang from the Morris and Folk Club scene, and has spanned the entire last two decades of the VFMS. Known for its upbeat Celtic music, RIG- A-JIG’s varied repertoire includes songs and tunes old and new, fast and slow. The band regularly plays weddings, parties, and dances—especially contra dances—and entertains every third Friday of each month at the Oaks Restaurant in Oak Bay.

RIG-A-JIG consists of: Molly Raher Newman on percussion, mandolin, ukulele, and lap dulcimer; Dick Pollard on fiddle; Ian Johnston on guitar; Dave Klassen on bass; and Karen Gillmore on flute, whistle, and banjo—and all on vocals!

Dec. 24: C L O S E D  for Christmas Eve

The VFMS will be CLOSED for Christmas Eve
(Sunday December 24th) . . .

We Shall Return Sunday January 7th, 2018!

Dec 31: C L O S E D  for New Year’s Eve

The VFMS will be CLOSED for New Year’s Eve
(Sunday December 31st)!

We Shall Return Sunday January 7th, 2018!

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in January 2018 —

 — and then…
 

Previous Folk Club Features

Listed by date, one year of VFMS Feature Acts per webage:
 201720162015,  …   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…

                            ... 2016 ...

      January                 February                 March
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                1  2        1  2  3  4  5  6           1  2  3  4  5
 3  4  5  6  7  8  9     7  8  9 10 11 12 13     6  7  8  9 10 11 12
10 11 12 13 14 15 16    14 15 16 17 18 19 20    13 14 15 16 17 18 19
17 18 19 20 21 22 23    21 22 23 24 25 26 27    20 21 22 23 24 25 26
24 25 26 27 28 29 30    28 29                   27 28 29 30 31
31                                              
       April                    May                     June
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                1  2     1  2  3  4  5  6  7              1  2  3  4
 3  4  5  6  7  8  9     8  9 10 11 12 13 14     5  6  7  8  9 10 11
10 11 12 13 14 15 16    15 16 17 18 19 20 21    12 13 14 15 16 17 18
17 18 19 20 21 22 23    22 23 24 25 26 27 28    19 20 21 22 23 24 25
24 25 26 27 28 29 30    29 30 31                26 27 28 29 30
                                                
        July                   August                September
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                1  2        1  2  3  4  5  6                 1  2  3
 3  4  5  6  7  8  9     7  8  9 10 11 12 13     4  5  6  7  8  9 10
10 11 12 13 14 15 16    14 15 16 17 18 19 20    11 12 13 14 15 16 17
17 18 19 20 21 22 23    21 22 23 24 25 26 27    18 19 20 21 22 23 24
24 25 26 27 28 29 30    28 29 30 31             25 26 27 28 29 30
31
      October                 November                December
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                   1           1  2  3  4  5                 1  2  3
 2  3  4  5  6  7  8     6  7  8  9 10 11 12     4  5  6  7  8  9 10
 9 10 11 12 13 14 15    13 14 15 16 17 18 19    11 12 13 14 15 16 17
16 17 18 19 20 21 22    20 21 22 23 24 25 26    18 19 20 21 22 23 24
23 24 25 26 27 28 29    27 28 29 30             25 26 27 28 29 30 31
30 31


                            ... 2017 ...

      January                 February                 March
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7              1  2  3  4              1  2  3  4
 8  9 10 11 12 13 14     5  6  7  8  9 10 11     5  6  7  8  9 10 11
15 16 17 18 19 20 21    12 13 14 15 16 17 18    12 13 14 15 16 17 18
22 23 24 25 26 27 28    19 20 21 22 23 24 25    19 20 21 22 23 24 25
29 30 31                26 27 28                26 27 28 29 30 31

       April                  May                   June
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                   1        1  2  3  4  5  6                 1  2  3
 2  3  4  5  6  7  8     7  8  9 10 11 12 13     4  5  6  7  8  9 10
 9 10 11 12 13 14 15    14 15 16 17 18 19 20    11 12 13 14 15 16 17
16 17 18 19 20 21 22    21 22 23 24 25 26 27    18 19 20 21 22 23 24
23 24 25 26 27 28 29    28 29 30 31             25 26 27 28 29 30
30
        July                  August                September
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                   1           1  2  3  4  5                    1  2
 2  3  4  5  6  7  8     6  7  8  9 10 11 12     3  4  5  6  7  8  9
 9 10 11 12 13 14 15    13 14 15 16 17 18 19    10 11 12 13 14 15 16
16 17 18 19 20 21 22    20 21 22 23 24 25 26    17 18 19 20 21 22 23
23 24 25 26 27 28 29    27 28 29 30 31          24 25 26 27 28 29 30
30 31
      October                 November                December
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7              1  2  3  4                    1  2
 8  9 10 11 12 13 14     5  6  7  8  9 10 11     3  4  5  6  7  8  9
15 16 17 18 19 20 21    12 13 14 15 16 17 18    10 11 12 13 14 15 16
22 23 24 25 26 27 28    19 20 21 22 23 24 25    17 18 19 20 21 22 23
29 30 31                26 27 28 29 30          24 25 26 27 28 29 30
                                                31



                            ... 2018 ...

      January                 February                 March
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
    1  2  3  4  5  6                 1  2  3                 1  2  3
 7  8  9 10 11 12 13     4  5  6  7  8  9 10     4  5  6  7  8  9 10
14 15 16 17 18 19 20    11 12 13 14 15 16 17    11 12 13 14 15 16 17
21 22 23 24 25 26 27    18 19 20 21 22 23 24    18 19 20 21 22 23 24
28 29 30 31             25 26 27 28             25 26 27 28 29 30 31

                               ...







 

Guitar Fingerboard, Standard Tuning: notes of the D major scale:

D major scale—2 sharps—F# and C#.

six strings, 22 frets. Note: image is 300 pixels per inch, so you can zoom in on it…

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