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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 September 2016 Newsletter
(PDF)

2016
Aug. 12: RIP Andreas Jensen
Jul. 31: RIP Penny Lang
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


 

Sep 25: Bijoux du Bayou
Oct 02: The Balkan Babes
Oct 09: Rockland Moran
Oct 16: Jeff Warner
Oct 23: Doc MacLean

 Have you found sessions and jams:
places to sing or play music regularly?

Oct. 02: The Balkan Babes

The Balkan Babes emerged more than ten years ago when a group of women in Victoria B.C. decided to explore the choral traditions of Eastern Europe’s Balkan region. Over the years, the casual singing group became a dedicated vocal ensemble, and the Balkan Babes gained local recognition singing at festivals and concerts throughout Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. In 2008 the Babes stepped onto the national stage as first place winners in the Pan Cultural Traditions category of CBC Radio 2’s biennial amateur choral competition, ‘Choral 2008’.

Operating as a collective, the Balkan Babes showcase a capella music of Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Dalmatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia, and Ukraine. In doing so, they enchant audiences with the penetrating harmonies and asymmetrical rhythms that characterize the rich and ancient musical traditions of the region. While the Balkan Babes strive for an authentic sound in vocal production and pronunciation, they also open up many songs to their own contemporary interpretations and arrangements.

Oct. 09: Rockland Moran

Based in Shawnigan, Rockland Moran is an original songwriter and seasoned performer, who has entertained audiences of all sizes for more than three decades. He is an avid recording artist with five CDs and five independent film scores to his credit. A decade and a half ago, he re-invented his guitar-playing by shifting to open tuned acoustic. He has also mastered the “Keith tuners” that give a haunting steel-guitar effect to his original tunes. Along with performing his original songs, Rockland also teaches workshops.

Rockland has shared the stage with such greats as Leo ‘Bud’ Welch, Roy Rogers, and Blind Boy Paxton. His 2014 highlights were performing at the Victoria Jazz festival, The Harrison Festival of the Arts, and Vancouver Island Music Fest. Whether singing or performing instrumentals, Moran has a fusion of jazz and “roots blues” that is both evocative and authentic.

Oct. 16: Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is among America’s foremost performer-interpreters of traditional music. A native of New York City, he grew up listening to the songs and stories of his parents—Frank and Anne Warner—and the traditional singers they met during their folksong collecting trips through the rural USA. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages, and mountain tops of America connect twenty-first-century audiences with the everyday lives—and artistry—of nineteenth-century Americans. In the words of Stuart Frank, curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, “He represents a tradition that is fundamentally unbroken since pre-industrial times.”

Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals, and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar, and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past.

Oct. 23: Doc MacLean

Doc MacLean is a blues vagabond, writing from the dark side of the highway. Appearing most often as a solo performer, Doc likes to say that he “tells songs and sings stories.” Over the last forty years playing in venues large and small, his storytelling has become a popular part of his show. His mostly resophonic, finger-style slide guitar pays sonic homage to Charlie Patton, Son House, and Big Joe Williams, while moving forward in a roots based, yet contemporary context.

Doc’s is a career built on hard travel and performance, with months and years spent living in cars, sleeping on floors, and staying in cheap hotels. Long ago MacLean established his annual National Steel Blues Tour to play all parts of North America, including all ten Canadian provinces, two territories, and 25 American states. For Doc, there’s redemption here beyond the simple, acoustic medium—and an appeal that reaches well beyond ‘the crossroads’.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in October 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

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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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