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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

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Many more local folk listings on the Folk Events page…

Check out our Archive of previous VFMS features
starting with 2013
(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!)

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View in your browser or download the VFMS
April 2014
Newsletter

(1.4MB PDF)


 

Apr 13: Bijou du Bayou (with Big Mike and the Riffriders)
Apr 20: David Godkin & the Arrogant Sheep
Apr 27: Stanton Paradis
May 04: David Newberry
May 11: West My Friend

APRIL 2014 Newsletter Update:
April 20th feature, David Sinclair and Keith Bennett, had to cancel (broken collarbone)

Apr. 20: David Godkin and the Arrogant Sheep

Victoria-based singer-songwriter David Godkin is known for his memorable and varied songs about life in Atlantic Canada, love gained and lost, and the occasional triumphs of ordinary people. Combine David’s smooth, emotive vocals with the instrumental artistry of the Arrogant Sheep, and you have maritime folk balladry with a few blues licks thrown in for added spice.

The Arrogant Sheep are Rick Van Krugel, whose raw, intuitive mandolin playing has become a mainstay of the Vancouver Island music scene; Dave Klassen, whose sure-footed but versatile acoustic bass anchors the band’s eclectic sound; and Mike Sadava, a guitarist with a deft, imaginative touch on the fretboard and unbounded enthusiasm for music of all kinds.

Apr. 27: Stanton Paradis

Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis met on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast around the turn of the century. From their ensuing musical collaboration springs songs of love and loss, of sleeping dogs and broken-down trucks, late-night songs and early-morning ones too. Their album “Sometimes You Win” has been called “the perfect soundtrack for the dog days of summer” (BC Musician Magazine)

Five days before the CD was to be unveiled at the Islands Folk Festival something terrible happened. Simon fell from a scaffold and sustained life-threatening injuries. He spent twenty days in a coma and then awoke to begin the arduous work of rehabilitation. Week after week, Joe helped Simon to relearn the music they had once created together and, eventually, to create new music reflecting the shared experience of Simon’s remarkable recovery.

May 04 David Newberry

David Newberry came to music via a path that is less than typical. He worked as a carpenter until a construction accident left him without the use of his left hand. When his physiotherapist suggested that he learn an instrument to help restore the injured appendage, he dug into the guitar. This in turn awakened the poet in him, and what started as rehabilitation ended as vocation.

David’s songs explore the paradox and complexity of the world we live in. Without sacrificing either hopefulness for truth or beauty for despair, he coaxes the listener into a conversation about life, art, and the magic of survival in challenging times.

“David Newberry is a brilliant poet and a compelling performer. Each song is a masterpiece of concise writing with not one wasted word or thought.” — David Francey.

May 11 West My Friend

Since West My Friend was conceived in a Victoria cafe in 2009, the band has been a vital force in the new generation of grassroots folk music in our province, its acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies being described as everything from indie roots to chamber folk. The band members’ dedication to their community is reflected in their strong ties to organizations such as the Music for Youth Works Society, the Fernwood Neighborhood Resource Group, and Amnesty International.

West My Friend is made up of Eden Oliver on vocals, guitar, and flute; Alex Rempel on mandolin and vocals; Jeff Poynter on accordion and vocals; and Adam Bailey on bass and vocals. They craft their songs through a collaborative process, each member contributing his or her own ideas to balance detail, intricacy, and counterpoint with moments of simplicity.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in May 2014 —

 — 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…

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