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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 2016
(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 2016 Newsletter
(PDF)

2016
Jun. 23: RIP Ralph Stanley
Jun. 03: RIP Dave Swarbrick
May 17: RIP Guy Clark
Apr. 28: RIP Karen Wreggitt
Mar. 17: RIP Steve Young
Mar. 09: RIP Nana Vasconcelos
Mar. 08: RIP George Martin
Feb. 22: RIP Sonny James
Feb. 14: RIP L.C. Ulmer
Feb. 06: RIP Dan Hicks
Jan. 28: RIP Paul Kantner
Jan. 18: RIP Glenn Frey
Jan. 15: RIP Pete Huttlinger
Jan. 04: RIP Long John Hunter

2015
Dec. 27: RIP Andy M. Stewart
Oct. 23: RIP Leon Bibb
Oct. 23: RIP Bill Keith
Oct. 11: RIP Robert Martin
Sep. 30: RIP Clarence Boudreau
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


2008
Aug. 17: RIP Elli Boisvert


2007
Dec.31: RIP Rob Castle


2001
Nov. 29: RIP George Harrison


2000
Feb. 11: RIP Becky Bernson


1995
Aug. 09: RIP Jerry Garcia


1980
Dec. 08: RIP John Lennon


 

Aug 21: Burying Ground
Aug 28: Blu & Kelly Hopkins
Sep 04: Debbie Ryan & Kevin Woodward
Sep 11: Simon Kempston
Sep 18: West My Friend

’Tis the Season to Attend Summer
Music Festivals and Music Camps!

Aug. 28: Blu & Kelly Hopkins

Singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Blu & Kelly Hopkins have been travelling, writing songs and performing them for many years. Blu’s storytelling songwriting style reflects his experience working and performing across Canada. Blu has lived the songs he sings.

Also an accomplished songwriter, Kelly’s songs range from rollicking and fun to heartfelt and poignant ballads. She is a great acoustic bass player, and her mandolin compositions are traditional sounding yet fresh tunes that are delighting audiences and other musicians everywhere. Kelly’s warm harmonies combine nicely with Blu’s smoky baritone voice for a wonderful relaxed sound.

Blu & Kelly have just finished their latest project “Home Fires”, featuring a mix of original songs and their most requested cover tunes, in time for summer touring.

Charismatic, engaging and humourous, Blu and Kelly and their brand of “Organic Acoustic Music” are winning new fans and charming audiences wherever they play.

Sep. 04: Debbie Ryan & Kevin Woodward

Kevin Woodward and Debbie Ryan are long-time singer/songwriters and entertainers who hail from Vancouver Island. Kevin’s voice, his array of songs, and his acoustic guitar-stylings are certain crowd pleasers. His debut album, “Free”, has received substantial air play across Canada, the U.S. and overseas.

An Island native who hails from Qualicum Beach, Debbie debuted her singing and guitar-playing at the Errington Coffeehouse at the tender age of thirteen. Her songbird voice and gifted guitar-playing make for easy listening and soul-inspiring music, with material ranging from folk and country to gospel and rock-and-roll. Combine the two with harmonies, complimentary guitar work and a little comedy, and expect the new and familiar to be brought together for “an evening of musical mayhem...oops ‘magic’.”

Sep. 11: Simon Kempston

Hailing from Scotland, Simon Kempston’s distinctive guitar-playing is founded upon a complex finger-picking style which reveals his classical training. Steeped in the history of the folk-, blues-, and Celtic traditions, his style is complemented by his rich, powerful, and compelling clipped vocal style.

Simon’s love of Celtic landscapes, coupled with his travels abroad, has influenced many of his lyrics. He is a powerful and intense live performer, and his acclaimed shows demonstrate his true passion for music and song. His latest album, “A Last Car”, is his most poetic and diverse collection of songs yet: It features superb complementing instrumentation from Adam Sutherland and Bob Miller which allows Simon’s sheer talent for songwriting to shine through.

Immerse yourself in the soundscape of this incredibly talented performer and allow his beautifully crafted folk-tinged songs to transport you on a uniquely Scottish journey.

Sep. 18: West My Friend

Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, West My Friend has an acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies that challenges the conventions of popular music. The band features pure and thrillingly elastic vocals with catchy arrangements of bass, guitar, mandolin, and accordion.

Forged from a sonically adventurous acoustic music scene on Canada's west coast, West My Friend is proving to be a key part of a new generation of grassroots folk music. The wealth of musical experience and classical training in the group creates an interesting backdrop for their songwriting, allowing for levels of detail, intricacy, and counterpoint balanced with moments of simplicity. A keen interest in both tradition and innovation leads to constant exploration of new sounds that places them as a distinctive voice in the landscape between Canadian folk and indie-pop.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in September 2016 —

 — and then…
 

Previous Folk Club Features

Listed by date, one year of VFMS Feature Acts per webage:
 201620152014,  …   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…

                            ... 2016 ...

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

                            ... 2017 ...

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