The Victoria Folk Music Society acknowledges with respect and gratitude the Coast Salish People upon whose traditional territories we live, work, and play. We honour and
give special thanks to the Lekwungen and Saanich peoples, also called the Songhees, Esquimalt, Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tsawout and Tseycum First Nations.

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Queen Victoria playing a banjo. VFMS: The Victoria Folk Music Society; 
45 Years and Counting...

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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: $8.00;
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):
$85.00 Individual;
$140.00 Family;
$20.00 N/L only

FOR Information or Emergency Contact
email info@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 2020
(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!)

A Vancouver Island-focused IslandFolk eMail ListServ: Email about music & music events. To subscribe: go to ml.islandnet.com/mailman/list info/islandfolk/

View in your browser or download the VFMS February 2020 Newsletter
(PDF)

Departed Friends and Musicians

Live-Music Event Venues Facebook Events shared on the VFMS Facebook webpage in the last year (250+ venues)

 

Feb 23: Homespun · Gravitation · Robbie Hancock
Mar 01: Tania Opland & Mike Freeman
Mar 08: Don Alder
Mar 15: Gareth Hurwood and Friends
Mar 22: Ian Tamblyn

Gypsy Celts Slow Jam on Saturday February 29. For more info, call Rosie at 250-477-9702

Mar 01: Tania Opland & Mike Freeman

Since 1995 Tania Opland and Mike Freeman have been touring the world together from home bases half a world apart, with a unique and eclectic mix of songs in several languages and acoustic music played on more instruments than any sane duo would travel with: hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, cittern, violin, Native American flute, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy, percussion…! Their shows feature traditional and contemporary material from many cultures as well as original compositions, all presented with wit and style. Mike’s irreverent sense of humour and Tania’s stunning vocals provide the spring­board for a rollercoaster ride across several continents and back again. Strap yourself in and enjoy!

Mar 08: Don Alder

As winner of the 2015 Domenic Troiano Guitar Award (CDN), 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol (held in London, UK), 2010 Guitar Superstar contest (LA, USA) and the 2007 International Finger-style Championships, Don Alder from Vancouver BC has earned his place as one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world and is the only guitarist to win all of the top prestigious guitar competitions armed with just an acoustic guitar.

Don’s music is a unique combination of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration — some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing.

Mar 15: Gareth Hurwood and Friends

For St. Patrick and the Holy Folkers at VFMS, Gareth Hurwood of Black Angus offers up his Anglo-Saxon English-Canadian Irish Heartbeat with Adam Bailey on double bass and Emily Dubois on violin.

With the one old friend from Kitangus, and the one new fiddler from Black Angus in tow, Gareth will weave a feature set from Van Morrison’s pivotal album ‘Irish Heartbeat’ with The Chieftains in 1987. For Gareth, this collection of traditional and contemporary Irish song set the tone for decades of performance and personal exploration of the crossover of roots and original music.

Mar 22: Ian Tamblyn

Ian Tamblyn has been a working musician since 1972. He has released dozens of albums of his work as well as acting as producer for many other artists. Over the years Ian has written too many songs and has given up on counting them. He has also written fourteen plays and over one hundred theatre soundtracks.

Ian’s songs have been covered by numerous artists and there is a tribute album of his work entitled ‘Coastline of our Dreams’ featuring artists like Lynn Miles, Susan Crowe, Hart Rouge, and Valdy.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in March 2020 —

Previous Folk Club Features

Listed by date, one year of VFMS Feature Acts per webage:
 2020,  2019,  2018,  …   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…


                            ... 2019 ...

      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  5                    1  2     1  2  3  4  5  6  7
 6  7  8  9 10 11 12     3  4  5  6  7 08 09     8  9 10 11 12 13 14
13 14 15 16 17 18 19    10 11 12 13 14 15 16    15 16 17 18 19 20 21
20 21 22 23 24 25 26    17 18 19 20 21 22 23    22 23 24 25 26 27 28
27 28 29 30 31          24 25 26 27 28 29 30    29 30 31


                            ... 2020 ...

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


Guitar Fingerboard, Standard Tuning: notes of the D major scale:

D major scale—2 sharps—F# and C#.

six strings, 22 frets. Note: image is 300 pixels per inch, so you can zoom in on it…

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