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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Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe…
How absolutely wonderful it is to be able to gather again on Sunday nights at Norway House to sing and play and now to even share a cuppa ginger tea!
Enormous gratitude goes to all the volunteers, the musicians, the venue, the community, the universe and everything for coming together in this time and place to make The Folk’s rebirth possible! The VFMS is especially grateful for the patience, respect, and kindness shown by all, for all, as we slowly and cautiously resumed operation.
All public health orders regarding COVID-19 have now been lifted; however, many people continue to feel vulnerable and many health authorities continue to recommend wearing masks while in indoor public spaces.
Wearing a mask at the Folk Club is a personal choice, so please be respectful of everyone, whether they chose to mask-up or not. Your continued understanding and kindness are appreciated…immensely!
— Carol Aileen, for The Folk

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;

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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

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Departed Friends and Musicians

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Nov 27 Coastline
Dec 04 Denis Donnelly’s Celtic Christmas
Dec 11 Valdy
Dec 18 Midwinter Ceilidh with Shinndig
Dec 25 CLOSED for Christmas Day

Dec 04 Denis Donnelly’s Celtic Christmas

Please note: this 90 minute performance starts at 8:30 pm!

Denis Donnelly here: I’ve been putting on Christmas/Yuletide Features off-and-on at The Folk since at least 1992. This year I’m bringing along a group of my musical friends including Lanny Pollet (flute), an ensemble of 9 women (all from the Soundings Vocal Ensemble), singer/bodhran player Cathy Baker, and Dick Jackson, as well as Stage Designer/actor Zelda Dean. I’ll be playing Irish harp and guitar.

My idea is to re-create a Yuletide “kitchen party”, taking place in a home somewhere in a Celtic land, long ago. Almost all the music will be traditional, arranged by me – instrumentals, women’s vocals, solo as well as in in beautiful 3-part harmony, and, yes, sing-alongs! Baked into it all will be Zelda and Dick offering snippets of folklore and history, as well as lovely Yuletide stories from ages past. Want to know how Yuletide was celebrated on the Shetland Islands? … How Oliver Cromwell influenced Christmas? … How a gorgeous Christmas lullaby from western Scotland was written? … How the Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan dealt with an unwelcome diagnosis? … How to make a good Wassail Bowl? … And all the time hear some wonderful and little-known Yuletide music? Then come along!

Remember: this 90 minute performance starts at 8:30 pm!

Dec 11 Valdy

Returning to our stage for his fifth feature, Canada’s legendary folkie Valdy is going to brighten up our December!

“I’ve been lucky,” Valdy suggests, when asked about his career’s longevity. “I’ve worked with some amazing people, players, innovative producers, great songwriters.” He pauses, pulls his whitening beard. “And I married the right woman.”

Another pause, then “Is that luck? Or is that moving at God’s speed? I mean, it’s more than strategy that puts these folks along my path. Sure I’m good at what I do, and I’m getting better, I’m paying attention, and I’m learning, but I’ve lived a charmed life, with a supportive partner, a glorious daughter, two vibrant sons, my health intact; I am a really lucky man.”

Dec 18 Midwinter Ceilidh with Shinndig

The dark of winter is upon us, and what better to lift our spirits than a Midwinter Ceilidh? Bring your dancing shoes, some potluck finger-food, and a whole lot of seasonal cheer to the first year-end party we’ve been able to have since 2019 – what a pleasure to be back together again! The club will be providing the beverages: tea, coffee, mulled cider.

The Morris Dancers will open the evening with their traditional bell-bedecked appearance, getting everyone in the mood for dancing!

Shinndig, the new band re-formed from members of RIG-A-JIG, will be providing the evening’s dance music with their lively jigs, reels, polkas, and even a waltz or two. The band plays a heady mixture of Celtic, English, and Old-Time dance tunes, sure to get your toes tapping and and your feet heading for the dance floor. Already a mainstay in the local dance scene, look for them at the Victoria Contra Dance Society’s events – they are also available to liven up celebrations of all kinds. Normally a quartet, they will be a trio for this event: Ian Johnston on guitar, Dick Pollard on fiddle, and Patty Castle on bass.

There will be a Caller (TBA at press time) to provide the dancing instructions, so even if you’ve never danced before, you’ll know what to do! If you’re not into dancing, there’s plenty of room to hang out and catch up with friends and nosh on the finger-food goodies.

Please remember the club’s recommendations of wearing masks and avoiding wearing scents as a kindness to others.

Dec 25 CLOSED for Christmas Day!

Welp, 2022 is one of those years that makes Sunday December 25th Christmas Day and 2023 follows that up by making Sunday January 1st New Year’s Day, 2023.

So, yes, The Folk will be CLOSED December 25 and January 1st. We will be back Sunday January 8th in the New Year! And we hope to see you all then!

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in December 2022 —


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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