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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!)

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

View in your browser or download the VFMS
February 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


 

Jan 25: The Long Memory, A Tribute to Utah Phillips
Feb 01: Jake Galbraith
Feb 08: Crikey Mor
Feb 15: Chris Ronald with John Ellis
Feb 22: The Hokum Steamers

It's 2015: Play more music, work
on technique and repertoire!

Feb. 01: Jake Galbraith — another 40th-Anniversary Series Concert! — Concert starts at 9:00 p.m.

Do you remember how it felt the first time you heard a great song by Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian and Sylvia, Stan Rogers, or Valdy? The quintessentially Canadian vibe that our finest songwriters set in motion has propelled the folk movement to where we are today, with a 40-year-old VFMS and dozens of compelling singer-songwriters populating our stages. Tonight, Jake Galbraith performs a selection of great songs, both new and old, by Canadian artists. Come prepared to sing along.

Jake has been a singer and multi-instrumentalist for over 50 years. He was active in the VFMS off and on from the mid-1970s to the mid-2000s, on stage, and serving as our society’s feature booker for a number of years. He currently lives on Gabriola Island.

Feb. 08: Crikey Mor

United by a shared love of traditional Irish folk music, Crikey Mor started out as a group of musicians jamming together each week at a local pub. The session caught the attention of music lovers who wanted more, so some of the group’s core members decided to form a band. Today, Crikey Mor consists of Nancy Grossert on fiddle, Tasia MacKay on flute, Eric Reiswig on uilleann pipes, Jeremy Walsh on guitar, Andrew Morris on bodhran, and all five on vocals.

The group has played at venues up and down Vancouver Island and beyond, in settings as urban as Vancouver and as remote as the little fishing village of Sointula on Malcolm Island, population 576. Crikey Mor has performed at the Victoria Highland Games, Folkwest, and the Read Island Beach Fest, as well as at Celtic Fest Vancouver in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, 2014.

Feb. 15: Chris Ronald with John Ellis

Chris Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate song-craft” (The Georgia Straight) have gained him a passionately loyal following around the world. In live performance, Chris draws on his talents as a storyteller and musician — guitar, harmonica, ukulele — to deliver a show that can be enjoyed by all ages. His third album, “Timeline”, was released in March 2014 and produced by award-winning multi-instrumentalist John Ellis. Chris and John now perform regularly as a duo.

Chris emigrated from England to Canada in 2002, and his music has been described as a meeting of British roots and North American folk. In addition to touring nationally and internationally, he remains actively involved in the Lower Mainland music scene, where he plays a variety of venues, organizes and hosts community music events, and teaches songwriting in schools.

Feb. 22: The Hokum Steamers

Made up of Mike Ballantyne (on vocals and guitar) and Rick Van Krugel (on vocals, mandolin, and a variety of other instruments), the Hokum Steamers specialize in authentic renditions of early acoustic blues, especially blues in the good-time, hokum, and ragtime styles. This is music from the 1920s and 1930s, by the likes of Ma Rainey, Luke Jordan, Lillie Mae, Bo Carter, and Jelly Roll Morton.

Born in England in 1943, Mike grew up amid a multitude of songs, ranging from traditional English ballads to recordings of the Weavers, Josh White, and Brownie McGhee. Having moved to Canada in 1973, he is a co-founder of the Islands Folk Festival and the Cowichan Folk Guild.

Rick is a superb entirely self-taught, play-by-ear performer. Early jazz and blues, jug band, a little hokum, and rural blues are at his musical core. He is also a published illustrator with several books to his credit.

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…

                            ... 2014 ...
      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                       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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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
25 26 27 28 29 30 31                            29 30 31

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