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Questions about our Retreat 2015
It’s time for the VFMS to determine our Retreat plans for 2015. We’d like some feedback from potential attendees to help us with our planning. Please email your responses to the following questions to vfmspromotions@shaw.ca
1. Should we hold a Retreat in 2015 and if so would you attend?
2. Location: Should we hold the Retreat at Camp Pringle as in the past or do you have other location suggestions?
3. Time of Year: Should we hold the Retreat in early November as in the past or is there another time you would prefer?
4. Would you be interested in an outdoor camping Retreat weekend at a Group Campground? Should this be instead of our normal indoor Retreat or in addition to it?
5. Do you have any other comments about a Retreat that you’d like to share?
Thanks for your help on this. Stay tuned for further communications on this as our plans develop.

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 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
April 2015
Newsletter

(PDF)

2015 ...
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


 

Mar 22: David Nigel Lloyd
Mar 29: The Sarah Tradewell Trio
Apr 05: Sahara Jane with Ken Shorley
Apr 12: Tête à Tête
Apr 19: In Honor of the Founders: A Panel Concert,
(a 40th-Anniversary Series Concert)

Mar. 29: The Sarah Tradewell Trio

Sarah Tradewell is a Victoria-based musician whose middle name should be versatility. Equally comfortable playing old-time, country, and Celtic music, she has also performed with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, with Canadian tenor Ken Lavigne, and in stage productions by the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre.

Born in Saskatchewan, Sarah learned her first fiddle tunes from Metis fiddler Dean Bernier and never looked back. She became Saskatchewan Traditional Fiddling Champion in 2006, moved to Victoria a year later, and has since added two BC Fiddle Championships to her resume. Rounding out Sarah's trio are Alex MacCuaig on bass and Cheryl Tradewell on piano.

Apr. 05: Sahara Jane with Ken Shorley

Sahara Jane began touring her original music as a teenager with her sister Kamila. The duo produced two albums and played folk venues and festivals across Canada. Sahara then went on to study fine arts at York University in Toronto and Indian music in Mumbai. More recently, she has performed folk songs in India, played classical Indian sarangi at galleries in Canada, and sung jazz standards at hotels in China.

Sahara currently fronts two touring bands, Blue Lotus Trio, and Ask Your Sister. Her latest album, “Invincible”, has received regular airplay on CBC Radio since its release last summer.

Joined by Ken Shorley, a master percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer from her home province of Nova Scotia, Sahara once again brings us her unique and captivating blend of Maritimes folk and Indian raga.

Apr. 12: Tête à Tête

Tête à Tête is made up of Lynn McGown and Michael Pratt, founders of the Jericho Folk Club. They have an infectious love of singing that has delighted audiences in Vancouver for 30 years, as well as at festivals and folk clubs throughout Canada and the British Isles.

Michael plays concertina and fiddle, drawing upon his Irish roots as well as his involvement in the British folk revival of the 60s and 70s. Lynn's musical roots come from growing up in Montreal in a mixed family of English- and French- Canadians. An evening with Tête à Tête is a musical conversation, laced with stories of love won and lost, along with the other events that shape our lives, and with plenty of opportunity for the audience to lift their voices in chorus.

“They sing with passion, a wonderful sense of fun, and harmonies both beautiful and unique!” — Vancouver Folk Festival (2004)

Apr. 19: In Honor of the Founders: A Panel Concert
a 40th-Anniversary Series Concert

It’s hard to believe that 40 years have gone by since a group of folks got together and founded the Victoria Folk Music Society. The idea had been around for a while and came to fruition not long after Dave and Marjorie Cahill opened the Folklore Centre in the early 1970s.

This evening is dedicated to, and features, many of those whose energy made it happen, performing songs they were playing back then. One of these is our feature-host Denis Donnelly, and he has tracked down the others: Rosemary Campbell, Alan Law, Colleen O’Brian, Jake Galbraith, Rick Van Krugel, Russ Godfrey, Martin Matychuck, Jean Burke, Jim Ham, Nathan Tinkham, Larry Scotten, Paddy Hernon, Virgo Rising, and a few more. Some, who are too far away to make the trip, will appear on video.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in April 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 ...

      January                 February                 March
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
             1  2  3     1  2  3  4  5  6  7     1  2  3  4  5  6  7
 4  5  6  7  8  9 10     8  9 10 11 12 13 14     8  9 10 11 12 13 14
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

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

        July                   August                September
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
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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
19 20 21 22 23 24 25    16 17 18 19 20 21 22    20 21 22 23 24 25 26
26 27 28 29 30 31       23 24 25 26 27 28 29    27 28 29 30
                        30 31                 

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



 
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