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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:
$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 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
May 2015
Newsletter

(PDF)

2015…
May 11: RIP B.B. King
Apr. 09: RIP Tut Taylor
Mar. 26: RIP John Renbourn
Mar. 18: RIP Samuel Charters


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


2001
Nov. 29: RIP George Harrison


 

May 17: William Pint & Felicia Dale
May 24: Andrews and Lawrence
May 31: Paul O’Brien and Ivonne Hernandez
Jun 07: Bill Johnson
Jun 14: Don Alder

May 24: Andrews & Lawrence

In the tradition of great brother duets like the Stanley Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and, yes, the Smothers Brothers, Andrews and Lawrence deliver down-home finger-picking and vocal harmonies that continue to charm and captivate audiences at coffee houses, churches, and festivals across BC.

Made up of Andy Ruszel and Larry Lawrence, the duo “has crafted one of the finest examples of bluegrass gospel music ever to come out of this region, perhaps even Canada” — Victoria Times Colonist. As well as traditional material, Andrews and Lawrence perform some of Andy’s originals, songs that have been covered by Juno-award winners like Charlotte Diamond and The Rovers.

May 31: Paul O’Brien & Ivonne Hernandez

Paul O’Brien was born and raised Irish Catholic in an English inner city. He spent twenty-odd years playing traditional Celtic music at pubs, folk clubs, and festivals before moving to Victoria in 2004, where he discovered his gift for songwriting. Paul has since released two critically acclaimed solo albums.

Ivonne Hernandez is the reigning five-time Grand North American Fiddle Champion and a member of The Fretless, a folk supergroup that has won numerous awards, including Ensemble of the Year at the 2014 CFMAs. She has performed at folk and fiddle festivals around the world.

Paul and Ivonne’s collaboration as a duo is a new project for the two accomplished local musicians.

Jun. 07: Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson was born into a musical family in Halifax. When he was a toddler the family moved to Ottawa, and thanks to an older brother The Blues rang through the house. By the time Bill was nine, the family moved once again, this time to Victoria, where he became obsessed with playing blues guitar. While other kids read comics, Chuck Berry was Bill’s Superman. At the age of fifteen he began his career as a professional guitarist. After a long career as a sideman, in the 1990s he formed the Bill Johnson Band and began touring. Today, Bill continues to tour, both solo and with his band, and has hosted blues workshops throughout Canada.

Released in 2010, Bill’s latest solo album, “Still Blue”, won two Blewzzy Awards and was nominated for a Western Canada Music Award, three Maple Blues Awards, and the 2012 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.

Jun. 14: Don Alder

Don Alder’s guitar-playing has earned him far too many awards to list here, including first prize at the 2007 International Fingerstyle Championships. His unique style blends intricate finger-picking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard to create a wall of sound. His original music ranges from passionate to haunting and from hard-driven to light and teasing. Based in Vancouver, Don has recorded five solo albums, some instrumental and others vocal.

“He played with ferocity and charisma, totally owning the audience. To be a guitar star, you have to deliver something so thrilling that people can’t help but stand up and cheer. Don nailed it.” — Guitar Player magazine

Please note that tonight performance will depart from VFMS custom in being unamplified.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in May 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 ...

       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  3  4                    1  2        1  2  3  4  5  6
 5  6  7  8  9 10 11     3  4  5  6  7  8  9     7  8  9 10 11 12 13
12 13 14 15 16 17 18    10 11 12 13 14 15 16    14 15 16 17 18 19 20
19 20 21 22 23 24 25    17 18 19 20 21 22 23    21 22 23 24 25 26 27
26 27 28 29 30          24 25 26 27 28 29 30    28 29 30
                        31                    

        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  3  4                       1           1  2  3  4  5
 5  6  7  8  9 10 11     2  3  4  5  6  7  8     6  7  8  9 10 11 12
12 13 14 15 16 17 18     9 10 11 12 13 14 15    13 14 15 16 17 18 19
19 20 21 22 23 24 25    16 17 18 19 20 21 22    20 21 22 23 24 25 26
26 27 28 29 30 31       23 24 25 26 27 28 29    27 28 29 30
                        30 31                 

      October                 November                December
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             1  2  3     1  2  3  4  5  6  7           1  2  3  4  5
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11 12 13 14 15 16 17    15 16 17 18 19 20 21    13 14 15 16 17 18 19
18 19 20 21 22 23 24    22 23 24 25 26 27 28    20 21 22 23 24 25 26
25 26 27 28 29 30 31    29 30                   27 28 29 30 31

                            ... 2016 ...

      January                 February                 March
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       April                    May                     June
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