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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

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 2015
(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
March 2015
Newsletter

(2.1MB PDF)

2014...
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


 

Mar 01: Daniel Cook
Mar 08: Michael Averill
Mar 15: Bijoux du Bayou
Mar 22: David Nigel Lloyd
Mar 29: The Sarah Tradewell Trio

Mar. 08: Michael Averill

Michael Averill is a Canadian troubadour and second-generation singer-songwriter whose performance ranges from Southern slide-guitar blues, to driving Celtic, to intricate finger-style folk. He combines groovy, percussive guitar work and philosophical wordplay into a captivating musical experience.

A native of Kelowna, Michael has been literally strolling through Canada in connection with the release of his album “I’d Rather Walk”, inspired by his late father Garry Averill. The tour began July 1st, 2013, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and is ongoing. So far, Michael has logged 1500 pedestrian kilometres, sharing his father’s original songs along with his own.

Mar 15: Bijoux du Bayou

Bijoux Du Bayou — the “jewels of the swamp” — is a Vancouver Island band whose music combines Cajun, zydeco, swing, calypso, and a few other flavours to create a sound that would make the Amish want to do the Bugaloo! The Bijoux are Sam Torrance (guitar, vocals), Bill Winter (accordion, vocals), Rod Grey (bass, vocals), and Mike Regimbal (fiddle, mandolin).

“Hard to believe these fellows didn’t grow up sucking crayfish on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain. Their performances are drenched in the good humour and joie de vivre that the music is famous for.” — CBC Radio

Now Cajun ain’t Celtic, last we heard, but the Bijoux have agreed to toss in a few Irish songs in honour of St. Patrick’s Day.

Mar. 22: David Nigel Lloyd

Born in Kenya in 1954, David Nigel Lloyd has lived in California for more than 35 years. He has performed at folk venues in England, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. Though he sometimes sings traditional songs as he finds them, David Nigel often overlays them with his original lyrics in which the olde Anglo-Celtic pantheon of demon knights, faerie queens, and divine drunkards are found wandering the deserts, mountains, and boom towns of the American Southwest.

David Nigel has five 5 albums to his credit, the first of which, “Dark Ages,” was released in 1984. Calling it a neglected classic “dense with poetry and an unusual blend of modesty and wit,” Yoga Records reissued it in 2008.

Mar. 29: The Sarah Tradewell Trio

Sarah Tradewell is a Victoria-based musician whose middle name should be versatility. Equally comfortable playing old-time, country, and Celtic music, she has also performed with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, with Canadian tenor Ken Lavigne, and in stage productions by the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre.

Born in Saskatchewan, Sarah learned her first fiddle tunes from Metis fiddler Dean Bernier and never looked back. She became Saskatchewan Traditional Fiddling Champion in 2006, moved to Victoria a year later, and has since added two BC Fiddle Championships to her resume. Rounding out Sarah's trio are Alex MacCuaig on bass and Cheryl Tradewell on piano.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in March 2015 —

 — and then…
 

Previous Folk Club Features

Listed by date, one year of VFMS Feature Acts per webage:
 201520142013,  …   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…

                            ... 2015 ...

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