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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
August 2015
Newsletter

(PDF)

2015
Jul. 24: RIP David Hardie
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. 27: RIP Austin Scott
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


2013
Apr. 24: RIP Bob Brozman
Apr. 16: RIP Rita MacNeil
Mar. 06: RIP Stompin' Tom Connors
Feb. 20: RIP Trevor Dossett


2012
Sep. 30: RIP Raylene Rankin
May 29: RIP Doc Watson
Apr. 19: RIP Levon Helm
Apr. 05: RIP Barney McKenna
Mar. 28: RIP Earl Scruggs


2011
Oct. 28: RIP Stewart Boddy
Oct. 05: RIP Bert Jansch
Oct. 04: RIP Daisy Debolt
Jul. 10: RIP Laurie Postans
Apr. 22: RIP Hazel Dickens


2010
Jun. 01: RIP George Smith


2009
Aug. 02: RIP Jim Selk
May. 02: RIP John Caspell


2011
Aug. 17: RIP Elli Boisvert


2007
Dec.31: RIP Rob Castle


2001
Nov. 29: RIP George Harrison


2000
Feb. 11: RIP Becky Bernson


1980
Dec. 08: RIP John Lennon


 

Aug. 23: The Jug Bandits
Aug. 30: Sidecar
Sep. 06: RIG-A-JIG Birthday Party
Sep. 13: The Black Angus Trio
Sep. 20: Kray van Kirk

It’s time to consider attending the VFMS November Folk Retreat
(…click link for details)

Aug. 30: Sidecar

The members of Sidecar live within a few blocks of each other in the heart of Fernwood. For the last few years, they have made a ritual of playing together in Jeanne’s living room on Sunday afternoons. Sidecar has an unfettered sound, drawing from folk, blues, old-time country, and pop.

Harmony and simple arrangements are the key ingredients, and the songs are mainly originals, peppered by a wide variety of covers ranging from Iris Dement to P.J. Harvey. Sidecar’s first album is slated for release in September.

The trio is made up of Jeanne Tolmie on acoustic guitar and lead vocals; Jasper DeGroot on percussion box, accordion, banjo and backup vocals; and Aaron Ellingsen on fiddle, mandolin, and backup vocals.

Sep. 06: RIG-A-JIG Birthday Party (a 40th Anniversary Concert)

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the VFMS, and RIG-A-JIG has been a part of it for just over half of them. To celebrate, this Sunday is going to be an evening of RIG-A-JIG past and present. It will be a full-evening concert with two proper sets to tell their story. There will be a lesson on the history of RIG-A-JIG (take notes!), whose life as a band sprung from the Morris and Folk Club scene, and has spanned the entire last two decades of the Victoria Folk Club.

 NOTE: NO OPEN STAGE THIS EVENING

The current RAJ regulars include Molly Raher-Newman, Dick Pollard, Karen Gillmore, Ian Johnston and Dave Klassen. Steve Leithwood (concertina) will be joining as a special guest, along with alumni Denis Donnelly, Brent Morrison, Brenda Callan and Aaron Ellingsen, who will join in to recreate some classic RIG-A-JIG sounds. Jigs, reels, polkas, waltzes and songs — there will be something for everyone. Come for an evening of music, reminiscing, laughter, and maybe even some cake and ice cream!

Sep. 13: Black Angus

Black Angus returns to the VFMS, a familiar stage this Celtic Folk group has graced for more than two decades. With Gareth Hurwood on guitar and blarney, Alex MacCuaig on double bass and dry humour, and Sarah Tradewell on fiddle, on finesse, and on fire, Black Angus brings original and traditional tunes and songs to our stage. Alex has been supporting, encouraging and harmonising since the inception of the group, and fiddling champion Sarah brought her sweet voice and superb talent in 2012. This union resulted in music and laugher that must be shared, along with their enjoyment of “just good songs” and fine Irish whisky.

Their combined musical experience and musicality will entertain you and set your thoughts to roaming: Sing along on the choruses and enjoy the gift they bring, a Sunday evening feature not to be missed!

Sep. 20: Kray van Kirk

Kray van Kirk is an Alaskan singer-songwriter who delivers warm and intimate concerts on six- and twelve-string guitars. Hailing from Northern California, van Kirk spent his college years playing coffee house shows and busking. He spent several years living in his van while touring, and went on to get his PhD in fisheries population dynamics. His style could be described as acoustic with echoes of James Taylor and Dougie MacLean, however he prefers to identify a deeper objective: hoping to inspire people to “toast their own wild lands and wilder passions”.

He has received critical praise and enthusiastic receptions from house concerts to festivals and larger stages, including sold-out performances at New York’s Borderline Folk Club and Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. A music video for his song “The Queen of Elfland”, along with his new album, will be provided for free on his website: a concept he calls “music without borders or cost”. His stories of home in rural Alaska, along with exceptional guitar playing and impressive vocals, will provide a delightful and deeply entertaining evening.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in September 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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             1  2  3     1  2  3  4  5  6  7           1  2  3  4  5
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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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