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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!)

IslandFolk eMail ListServ: To subscribe go to ml.islandnet.com/
mailman/list info/
islandfolk/

View in your browser or download the VFMS July 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


 

Jul 23: Tracy Lynn & Annie Savage
Jul 30: Backporch Swing
Aug 06: CLOSED for Symphony Splash
Aug 13: The New Customs: Emma Cloney &
Dale Brown
Aug. 20: Kate Reid

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Jul. 30: Backporch Swing

Since 2003 Back Porch Swing have been writing songs and performing at festivals and clubs across western Canada. Their hot licks, tight harmonies, and funny lyrics are delivered in ever-changing musical styles that will have you wondering “what don’t they do?”. From square dancing to western swing, from bluegrass to folk, their “cowjazz” flavor will surely leave you a fan.

Penny Malmberg (vocals, guitar, mandolin) is a story-telling, singing, songwriting people person with a contagious zest for life. While she started playing guitar at the age of 13, it wasn’t until her early 40s and her kids were grown that she dusted off her guitar and started writing songs.

Jim Malmberg (vocals, mandolin, guitar) is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. He has focused on guitar and mandolin, songwriting, and playing bluegrass, old-time music, folk, and early 20th century swing.

Back Porch Swing provides a full band experience, adding the talents of Cam Neufield on fiddle and Kevin Jacobson on bass.

Aug. 06 CLOSED for Symphony Splash

N O  F O L K at "Norway House" on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 (AKA “The August Long Weekend”.)

We have found, over the decades, that a few Sundays do not bring in enough patrons to afford being open. (We will also be closed Sunday, December 31st, 2017, AKA “New Year’s Eve”.)

Have fun with family and friends, maybe attend a Folk Music Festival, and we will see you again on Sunday, August 13th, with our Feature: “The New Customs” (Emma Cloney & Dale Brown) !

Aug. 13: The New Customs: Emma Cloney & Dale Brown

Hailing from the prolifically musical city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, The New Customs are the compelling pairing of Emma Cloney & Dale Brown. The splendid mix of guitarist Emma Cloney's haunting voice and the playing of multi-instrumentalist Dale Brown (fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, cigar-box guitar, stomp) make up the heart of their sound. In writing together, the pair effortlessly crafts songs that range in flavour from folk to celtic to blues, yet always sound uniquely like themselves.

While The New Customs are a new name, the pair has more than 20 years of professional musical experience between them. Equally at home at concert halls, house concerts, or festival stages, they are a diverse and dynamic presence. Driving guitar work, soaring fiddle lines, and two perfectly matched voices all combine on top of a seemingly complete rhythm section to create a larger than life sound, making it hard to believe there are only two people on the stage. Together, they are truly greater than the sum of their parts, their sound oddly familiar yet entirely new.

On stage, Emma & Dale are a complementary pair. Their charming, quirky sense of humour and endearing storytelling creates an instant bond between them and their audiences. Combine that with the musical "oneness" of their seemingly shared artistic brain, you can feel the energy in the room each time the duo takes the stage.

Aug. 20: Kate Reid

Slam poetry meets folk music meets LGBTQ-themed tunes in Toronto-based singer-songwriter Kate Reid whose songs just might have you rolling in the aisles with laughter or dabbing tears from your eyes. Small towns, gender-bending tug-boat drivers, old and new loves, festival beer tents, trying to get a date at the local co-op health food store, and being "the only dyke at the open mic" inform her songs. Nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2009, and cited as "Favourite New Discovery" in 2009 by Penguin Eggs (Canada's Folk, Roots, and World Music Magazine), Kate has five albums under her belt: Kate Reid (Ep, 2005), Comin' Alive (2006), I'm Just Warming Up (2009), Doing it for the Chicks (2011), and Queer Across Canada (2013).

Kate performs at live music venues, folk and music festivals, Pride festivals, conferences, and in people's living rooms. She also combines musical activism with teaching by facilitating workshops and giving concerts and keynote addresses in secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, and community service organizations. She is working on her Ph.D in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), University of Toronto. Kate Reid is funny, passionate, queer as a three-dollar bill, and she's sure to entertain.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in August 2017 —

 — 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
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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
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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

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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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