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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 2017
(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 March 2017 Newsletter
(PDF)

2017
Feb. 15: RIP Stuart McLean

2016
Nov. 07: RIP Leonard Cohen
Sep. 30: RIP Oscar Brand
Sep. 24: RIP Buckwheat Zydeco
Sep. 21: RIP John D. Loudermilk
Sep. 01: RIP Fred Hellerman
Aug. 12: RIP Andreas Jensen
Aug. 11: RIP Glenn Yarbrough
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


 

Mar 19 Glenn Chatten & The Men of Quiet Desperation
Mar 26 Three For Silver
Apr 02 The Hokum Steamers
Apr 09 Hank Cramer
Apr 16 Rick Scott & Nico Rhodes

Mar. 26: Three For Silver

Three For Silver runs off the friction of opposing forces. Thunderous bass and dreamy melody, baritone growl and smooth soprano, new music and timeworn style. The band creates a sound that is both wholly unique and yet familiar.

They’re the feeling you don’t quite have a word for, or the town you just arrived in but could already call home. If it’s folk music no one has found the country of origin. Musical comparisons include such acts as Tin Hat Trio, Man Man, Tom Waits, and Kronos Quartet.

Three For Silver grew as the brainchild of Willo Sertain and Lucas Warford, during a long international tour with the Underscore Orchestra and was named for a half-mistaken poem recalled once in a dream. They perform primarily as a trio, but also in Big Band format with drums, horns, and strings.

The band has hit the road non-stop since their formation in 2013, playing over 200 shows a year, and have gained an international following with their unmistakable sound.

Apr. 02: The Hokum Steamers

Returning with their lively renditions of 1920s & 1930s old time blues and gospel, are the ever-popular Hokum Steamers featuring three old-time folkies: Mike Ballantyne (vocals, guitar), Rick Van Krugel (vocals, assorted mandolins, autoharp), and Carter Bannerman (vocals, mandola, guitar).

Hailing from Long Island, Carter was given a ukulele for his 10th birthday and, by the age of 21, had experimented with six- and twelve-string guitars, tenor- and 5-string banjos, mandolin and autoharp. Amongst his many musical achievements are his recordings with Louis Killen on which he sang and played mandolin.

Rick started playing folk music at the age of 17 and, with a primary interest in jug band/acoustic blues, the Steamers’ repertoire is close to his roots. After more than half a century of seat-of-the-pants, improvisational mandolin-picking he’s gotten pretty good. Aside from the music stuff, he is a compulsive fixer of everything, and makes excellent funky steampunk jewelry.

After a checkered career in both the Royal Navy and in music, Mike came to Canada in 1973. With only two breaks he has been playing music almost continually ever since and, when not devoted to music, divides his time between the BC Folklore Society, motif Indexing, and woodworking.

Apr. 09: Hank Cramer

Hailing from North Carolina, Hank Cramer is one of the most popular folksingers on the West Coast. He is well-known for his booming bass voice, wry humour, and smooth picking on a vintage flat-top guitar. Songs of the sea are his forté, though he is equally versed in Celtic ballads, railroad tunes, and cowboy songs. Hank has recorded 21 CDs, three music videos, and three movie soundtracks. His newest release, “Make The Rafters Ring” is a collection of sing-along Irish pub songs. He is more than simply a performer, however. He is a historian and educator who weaves music and history into presentations which bring to life the rich story of America’s westward movement, and gives his audiences insight into the “folk process” by which traditional songs evolve and change to describe new events.

Hank is no stranger to Vancouver Island audiences. He and his nautical band “Constellation’s Crew” gave welcoming concerts for Tall Ships Victoria in both 2005 and 2008. Hank has also been a featured performer at the legendary “Lunenburg Folk Harbour” in Nova Scotia.

Expect an evening of ballads ranging from boisterous to beautiful—and expect to sing along!

Apr. 16: Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes: Roots & Grooves

The VFMS welcomes Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes: Roots & Grooves. Veteran dulcimer ace and young keyboard maverick join forces for an intergenerational smorgasbord of roots, rhythm, and groove!

Their collaboration has been decades in the making. At age 8 Nico wrote Rick a fan letter and at age 23 he orchestrated Rick’s music for symphony. Equally proficient on keyboards and woodwinds, he is in constant demand across Canada as arranger and musical director for stage shows from Chemainus to Ontario, when not playing jazz with his own trio or touring as pianist with internationally renowned chanteuse Joelle Rabu (who happens to be his mother).

Since emerging in the ’70s in iconic folk trio Pied Pumkin, Rick has released 18 recordings and performed his highly original music in nine countries, earning three Juno nominations and Vancouver Island, Western Canadian, and Canadian Folk Music Awards. Singer, songwriter, actor and raconteur, he is legendary for his capacity to combine music and humour to uplift and refresh the human spirit.

Join Rick and Nico for the first incarnation of their unprecedented pairing as they explore the possibilities of their shared musical horizons.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in April 2017 —

 — and then…
 

Previous Folk Club Features

Listed by date, one year of VFMS Feature Acts per webage:
 201720162015,  …   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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