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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
July 2015
Newsletter

(PDF)

2015…
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. 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


1980
Dec. 08: RIP John Lennon


 

Jun 28: Our Canadian Home: A Panel Concert
Jul. 05: Kevin Mitchell
Jul. 12: Old Time Honey
Jul. 19: Hank Cramer
Jul. 26: Tim Isberg

’Tis the Season to Attend Summer
Music Festivals and Music Camps!

Jul 05: Kevin Mitchell

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Kevin Mitchell moved to the West Coast 25 years ago and currently makes his home on Denman Island. In the vein of country roots, his music is honest and persuasive. Comprising over two hundred original songs and a few select covers, Kevin’s repertoire is diverse and eclectic, ranging from blues to country, folk to reggae. Rich in imagery, his songs speak to the social and cultural relations of the present day.

Kevin’s fingerpicking guitar style features a unique rhythm that is highly syncopated and bass-driven. He also plays mandolin and harmonica. Kevin has performed for 20 years at a wide range of venues, including the Vancouver Island Music Fest and the Islands Folk Festival. He is currently recording his fourth solo album.

Jul. 12: Old Time Honey

Organic and raw, Old-Time Honey harkens back to the times and places where high-spirited music began. The trio’s merry resurrection of jugband and Cajun styles, born on the streets of Montreal, combines Aly’s sultry banjo playing, Speedy’s thumping washtub bass, and Squirrell’s one-of-a-kind washboard percussion. Their soulful singing and danceable rhythms leave a trail of smiles and scuffed dancing shoes everywhere they go.

And they go a lot of places—from impromptu street corners to some of Montreal’s swanikest nightclubs, to the Fete Nationale du Quebec, to major festivals from Quebec to British Columbia. Old-Time Honey’s recently released album, “Ain’t Dead Yet”, has received air play on CBC radio and scored the band its first TV appearance on Telequebec’s Belle et Bum.

Jul 19: Hank Cramer

Hank Cramer is perhaps best known in maritime circles as the official shantyman on the tall ship Lady Washington, but his repertoire extends beyond nautical songs to include Celtic ballads and cowboy songs. Hank has 20 CDs to his credit, one of them described by Sing Out! as “the most beautiful and accomplished album of sea music we’ve ever heard.”

Hank is known for his resonant bass voice, smooth guitar picking, and wry sense of humor. No stranger to Vancouver Island, he has sung for Tall Ships Victoria, the Saltwater Festival, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and at folk clubs up and down the island. If you come to his concert, plan to sing along and—even though Hank hails from south of the border—expect a good dose of Canadian content as he enjoys covering songs by James Keelaghan, Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, and Stan Rogers.

Jul 26: Tim Isberg

Originally from southern Alberta, Tim Isberg is a singer-songwriter who took a lengthy hiatus from music to serve in the Canadian Army, where he had the privilege and challenge of working among different cultures and conflict zones, seeing the best and the worst of what humanity has to offer. As a performer, he has entertained audiences in many and varied corners of Europe, east Africa, Afghanistan, and throughout the Middle East. Many of his ballads stem from these life adventures.

“There’s something to be said for a guy who can whip out a battered acoustic guitar and make his listeners think or feel something out of their ordinary sphere. Tim Isberg has a grasp of what goes on with a guitar neck, and his smart chord progressions and capable playing caught my ear right away” — Simon Harrison, Star News

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in August 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
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12 13 14 15 16 17 18    10 11 12 13 14 15 16    14 15 16 17 18 19 20
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        July                   August                September
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          1  2  3  4                       1           1  2  3  4  5
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12 13 14 15 16 17 18     9 10 11 12 13 14 15    13 14 15 16 17 18 19
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                            ... 2016 ...

      January                 February                 March
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        July                   August                September
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      October                 November                December
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