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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 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!)

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

View in your browser or download the VFMS
December 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


 

Dec 14: The Capital City Syncopators
Dec 21: The Rabbleberries
Dec 28: VFMS Christmas Party & Dance with Rig-a-Jig
Jan 04: Joe Jencks
Jan. 11: Peter Brunette and the Lake Hill Band

Have Yourself a Silly Little Solstice!

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!

Dec 28: VFMS Christmas Party & Dance with Rig-a-Jig

It’s time to party! Bring your dancing shoes, some savoury or sweet finger food to share, and a whole lot of seasonal cheer (non-alcoholic, please!) to the Victoria Folk Music Society’s annual year-end festivities. Rig-a-Jig will provide the music, experienced callers will teach and lead the dancing, and troupes of Morris dancers will offer up their outlandishly costumed theatrical entertainment.

Known for playing upbeat Celtic music, Rig-a-Jig is a fixture of Victoria’s contra dance scene. They can also be heard each month on the third Friday at the Oaks Restaurant and Grill in Oak Bay.

After sixteen years, the band is made up of Molly Raher-Newman on percussion, mandolin, and lap dulcimer; Ian Johnston on guitar and ukulele; Dick Pollard on fiddle; and Karen Gillmore on flute, whistle, and banjo. Oh, and they all sing, too!

Jan. 04: Joe Jencks

Joe Jencks has the passion of a gospel singer, the knowledge of a classical vocalist, and the soul of an Irish tenor. Based in Chicago, this award-winning performer and songwriter has spent the past 12 years touring full time, playing venues that range from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to coffee houses, festivals, and schools, sharing stages with Pete Seeger, Utah Phillips, Holly Near, and dozens of other well-known folk artists.

Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Recorded both solo and with his trio (Brother Sun), Joe’s albums have topped the folk charts in the USA.

“In these times, we need singers who will do the homework and tell the stories! Joe Jencks is among the fine next generation of singers who are ready to carry on the tradition as well as look into the future.” — Holly Near

Jan. 11: Peter Brunette & The Lake Hill Band

Adhering to the principle that everything old is new again—if you just wait long enough—Peter Brunette and the Lake Hill Band offer up a potpourri of folk classics and Peter’s originals that sound as much as possible like folk classics. Nothing “alt-” or “neo-” here, just plain, honest acoustic music that adheres to Harlan Howard’s time-tested formula: 3 chords and the truth.

A regular at Island folk clubs and coffee houses, Peter readily wins audiences over with his wry humour, his infectious enthusiasm for the music, and the homespun charm of his country-inflected vocals. Rounding out the band are Martin Redwood on lead guitar and backup vocals and Ken Wodlinger on upright bass and backup vocals.

Tonight’s performance celebrates the release of Peter’s album “Meadowlark” produced by Corwin Fox.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in January 2015 —

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

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

      October                 November                December
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          1  2  3  4                       1        1  2  3  4  5  6
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12 13 14 15 16 17 18     9 10 11 12 13 14 15    14 15 16 17 18 19 20
19 20 21 22 23 24 25    16 17 18 19 20 21 22    21 22 23 24 25 26 27
26 27 28 29 30 31       23 24 25 26 27 28 29    28 29 30 31
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                            ...2015...

      January                 February                 March
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             1  2  3     1  2  3  4  5  6  7     1  2  3  4  5  6  7
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11 12 13 14 15 16 17    15 16 17 18 19 20 21    15 16 17 18 19 20 21
18 19 20 21 22 23 24    22 23 24 25 26 27 28    22 23 24 25 26 27 28
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