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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Welcome Back, Folks! Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe
As legally required, the Victoria Folk Music Society follows all Public Health Orders. Since COVID-19 restrictions have been subject to change, sometimes with very little notice, we will do our best to keep well-informed and follow the most current rules. In the case of masking and social distancing, although public orders (PHOs) may no longer be in place, we strongly encourage everyone to continue these practices while at the Folk club.
Many of our members are older or have health challenges that put them at increased risk of infection, and such kindness goes a long way to respect and protect those who may be most vulner- able. While it should go without saying, if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 or any other infectious condition, please stay home and take care until you know you are well.
— 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;

Performer Guidelines (PDF):
How to please a folk audience!

Half-time Break:
Say “Hi” to people!

Second Half: 9:00 PM
The Feature

Format may occasionally vary

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Victoria Folk Music Society,
c/o 3483 Lovat Avenue,
Victoria, BC, V8X 1T8

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(going back to 1976!)

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(a list of many folks who have featured on our stage!)

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Departed Friends and Musicians

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


May 15: The Sue Decker Band
May 21: Blackthorn (A Saturday Evening Folk!)
May 22: NOTE: No Sunday VFMS Folk at ‘Norway House’!
May 29: Lebeau-Petersen

May 15 The Sue Decker Band

The Sue Decker Band delivers a fresh blend of original roots and blues. Evocative and contemporary songwriting is infused with the echoes of early blues, country, and jazz plus the sheer joy of making music. Sue Decker’s soulful voice, earthy slide guitar playing, and ‘outlaw country’ songwriting sensibility make for a powerful combination. In 2019, Sue released her debut full length album ‘Outskirts of Love’ to international acclaim.

Sue Decker’s soulful voice, earthy slide guitar playing, and ‘outlaw country’ songwriting sensibility make for a powerful combination. Since she started playing music with a rented guitar at a bluegrass jam, Sue has been expanding her musicality wherever her song-writing leads. She followed the release of her first EP, 2015’s Live at the Duncan Showroom with a digital single “Love Never Follows the Rules”.

In 2019, Sue released her debut studio album to international acclaim: “Sue Decker has one of the most remarkable voices I have heard for many a day. She has a warm voice, deep and strong, and there is a haunting quality to it that gave me chills.” (Andy Snipper, Blues Matters UK).

On stage, Sue serves up tasty lap-style slide guitar and a playful connection with the audience, whether playing acoustic or electric, solo or with the full band.

Sue is joined by her versatile and talented band. Denny Box’s spirited drumming draws on early jazz and world percussion inspirations and always contains some improvisation, his way of keeping things fresh in the musical moment. Ever since he was a kid, Gavin Hodgins has loved music of all kinds. These days he is particularly fond of the sound of a mandolin playing the blues and is thrilled to be able to share this joy with others. Bruce Cobanli has been playing electric and string bass since he was a teenager in a wide variety of musical ensembles, from swinging jazz big band to funky groove trios to country blues collectives.

May 21 Blackthorn in Concert, Saturday Evening at ‘Norway House’

A VFMS Special Event: two 45 minute sets, no open stage!

Blackthorn, Vancouver’s longest-running Celtic group, saw its inception back in 1989 with a group of musicians who found a common interest in a music that wasn’t all that common in Vancouver at the time. Early highlights included performing at Vancouver’s seminal Celtica Festival in 1990 along with DeDannan and Andy M. Stewart and performing and recording with the World Champion SFU Pipe Band. Since then, the group has travelled a long road through the streets of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, performing concerts and at Celtic and Folk Festivals and Highland Games throughout Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

Blackthorn features four talented musicians, three of whom share lead vocals, bringing a refreshing diversity of character to the group’s polished sound and all four contribute a mastery of a colourful variety of instruments. The results of their collective musical backgrounds, skills and experience are witnessed in the high-calibre, entertaining performances they consistently deliver to audiences of all ages.

Blackthorn’s extensive repertoire is rooted in the musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland as well as the folk music of English and French Canada. Their repertoire has expanded to include creative original compositions that reflect the influences of these traditions. From lively jigs and reels, to songs with rousing choruses and heart-wrenching airs and ballads, they bring the music to life with their luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation.

May 22 No Folk, This Sunday Only…

…We opted for presenting Blackthorn in Concert on Saturday, May 21st, instead.

We will be back to our regular programming Sunday, May 29th, at ‘Norway House’.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in May 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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