The Victoria Folk Newsletter - The Victoria Folk Music Society

The Victoria Folk Newsletter
February 2015
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Every Sunday ~ Admission $5.00
Norway House, 1110 Hillside Avenue ~ On the #4 bus route
6:45 pm Impromptu Jam Session ~ Newcomers welcome
7:30 pm Open Stage ~ Sign up with the Host to perform a ten-minute set
8:45 pm Intermission ~ Tea, coffee, and assorted goodies available
9:00 pm The Feature ~ As shown below
VFMS c/o Old Town Strings, 1034 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 2A5
Celebrating 40 years of presenting live folk music in Victoria
February 1 ~ Jake Galbraith: Great Canadian Songs
A 40th-Anniversary Series Concert
Do you remember how it felt the
first time you heard a great song by
Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian
and Sylvia, Stan Rogers, or Valdy? The
quintessentially Canadian vibe that our
finest songwriters set in motion has
propelled the folk movement to where we
are today, with a forty-year-old VFMS and
dozens of compelling singer-songwriters
populating our stages. Tonight, Jake
Galbraith performs a selection of great
songs, both new and old, by Canadian
artists. Come prepared to sing along.
Jake has been a singer and multiinstrumentalist for over fifty years. He was
active in the VFMS off and on from the
mid-1970s to the mid-2000s, serving as
the society’s feature booker for a number of years. He currently lives on Gabriola
February 8 ~ Crikey Mor
United by a shared love of traditional
Irish folk music, Crikey Mor started out as
a group of musicians jamming together
each week at a local pub. The session
caught the attention of music lovers who
wanted more, so some of the group’s core
members decided to form a band. Today,
Crikey Mor consists of Nancy Grossert on
fiddle, Tasia MacKay on flute, Eric Reiswig
on uilleann pipes, Jeremy Walsh on guitar,
Andrew Morris on bodhran, and all five
on vocals.
The group has played at venues up
and down Vancouver Island and beyond,
in settings as urban as Vancouver and
as remote as the little fishing village of
Sointula on Malcolm Island, population
576. Crikey Mor has performed at the
Victoria Highland Games, Folkwest, and
the Read Island Beach Fest, as well as at
Celtic Fest Vancouver in celebration of St.
Patrick’s Day, 2014.
February 15 ~ Chris Ronald with John Ellis
Chris Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice
and immaculate songcraft” (The Georgia
Straight) have gained him a passionately
loyal following around the world. In live
performance, Chris draws on his talents
as a storyteller and musician—guitar,
harmonica, ukulele—to deliver a show
that can be enjoyed by all ages. His third
album, Timeline, was released in March
2014 and produced by award-winning
multi-instrumentalist John Ellis. Chris and
John now perform regularly as a duo.
Chris emigrated from England to
Canada in 2002, and his music has been
described as a meeting of British roots
and North American folk. In addition to
touring nationally and internationally, he
remains actively involved in the Lower
Mainland music scene, where he plays
a variety of venues, organizes and hosts
community music events, and teaches
songwriting in schools.
February 22 ~ The Hokum Steamers
Made up of Mike Ballantyne (on
vocals and guitar) and Rick Van Krugel
(on vocals, mandolin, and a variety of
other instruments), the Hokum Steamers
specialize in authentic renditions of early
acoustic blues, especially blues in the
good-time, hokum, and ragtime styles.
This is music from the 1920s and 1930s, by
the likes of Ma Rainey, Luke Jordan, Lillie
Mae, Bo Carter, and Jelly Roll Morton.
Born in England in 1943, Mike grew up
amid a multitude of songs, ranging from
traditional English ballads to recordings
of the Weavers, Josh White, and Brownie
McGhee. Having moved to Canada in
1973, he is a co-founder of the Islands
Folk Festival and the Cowichan Folk Guild.
Rick is an entirely self-taught, play-byear performer. Early jazz and blues, jug
band, a little hokum, and rural blues are
at his musical core. He is also a published
illustrator with several books to his credit.
The Coffeehouse on Gabriola ~ Meets the last Friday of the month
(August to May, except closed in January), 7:30 pm Open Stage/9:00
pm Feature, at the Haven, 240 Davis Road. Admission $5. Phone 250658-1478 or email [email protected]
Cowichan Folk Guild ~ Meets the second Saturday of the month
(September to June), 7:30 pm, at Duncan United Church. Admission
$10 / $5 CFG members. Phone 250-748-3975.
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Folk Clubs and Coffeehouses
Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
Folk Club Features On The Islands
Coffeehouse on Gabriola.........................Tania Opland and Mike Freeman
February 27
[email protected]
Deep Cove Folk ~ Meets the second Friday of the month
(September to June) at 8 pm. Admission $7. Please lug a mug. Phone
250-384-9419 or visit
Highlands Folk Music ~ Meets the second Saturday of the month
(October to July) at 7:30 pm at 1589 Millstream Road. Admission $5.
Call 778-678-2409 or email [email protected]
MACoustic Folk Club ~ Meets about once a month (September to
June) at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville. Admission $15. For
info, visit (Programs > Fridays at the Mac >
MACoustic Folk Club).
Cowichan Folk Guild...................................To be announced
February 14
Deep Cove Folk . ..........................................The Carolina Bluebirds
February 13
Highlands Folk Music.................................Knacker’s Yard
February 14
MACoustic Folk Club (Parksville).........Gerry Barnum
February 20
Nanaimo Folk Connection.......................To be announced
February 20
Music Nights at James Bay Coffee and Books ~ Every Friday
(September to June), 8:00 pm Open Stage/9:00 pm Feature, at 143
Menzies Street. By donation. Phone 250-386-4700.
Qualicum Acoustic Café............................Chris Ronald
January 30
One week early this month only; no QUAC in February.
Nanaimo Folk Connection ~ Meets the third Friday of the month
(September to June) at 7:30 pm. Admission $5. Phone 250-591-6883
or email [email protected]
Salt Spring Folk Club..................................Fred Eaglesmith Steam Show
February 23
Qualicum Acoustic Café ~ Meets the first Friday of the month
(October to May) at 7:30 pm at the Rotary House, 211 W. Fern Rd.,
Qualicum Beach. Admission $5. Info: [email protected]
Sooke Folk Coffeehouse...........................Steve Palmer
February 21
Salt Spring Folk Club ~ Hosts concerts October to March on Saltspring Island. Visit for more information.
Sooke Folk Coffeehouse ~ Meets the third Saturday of the month
(September to June). Admission $5. Phone Dave Gallant at 250-6424568 or visit
Victoria Bluegrass Association..............The Blackwood Two
February 24
Concerts, etc.
The Victoria Folk Music Society
Ozmoses ~ Friday, February 6th, 7:00 pm, at the Oaks Restaurant and Grill, 2250
Oak Bay Avenue. No cover.
Admission to Sunday Folk Club ~ $5.00/16 and under free
Valdy ~ Friday, February 6th, 7:30 pm, at the Charlie White Theatre, Mary
Winspear Centre, Sidney. Tickets $25 door or $27.36 online at
No charge for VFMS members, volunteers, and performers
Memberships ~ one year from date of purchase
$65.00 Individual $100.00 Family $17.00 Newsletter Only
Membership, mailing, and general info: Contact Carol Aileen
at 250-475-1355 or [email protected]
Host Master General: Nancy Taylor........................ 250-477-6844
Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Taylor.................... 250-477-6844
Promotions: Rick Lester .................. [email protected]
Feature Performer Bookings
Patty [email protected]
Newsletter Peter Brunette....................................250-744-2791
Email: [email protected] ~ To sign up for a
free email subscription, visit
VFMS on the Web
Square Dance with the Shady Grove Dance Band ~ Friday, February 6th,
7:30 pm, at the HUB, 2375 Koksilah Road, Cowichan Station. Admission $5. For
more information, phone Peter at 250-929-8226. Be there and be square!
Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre presents: Steve Palmer ~ Opening act: Bryon
and Freda Thompson. Thursday, February 19th, 8:00 pm, at 1983 Fairfield Road.
Admission $15. For reservations, email [email protected] or phone 250-5987488.
Rig-a-Jig ~ Friday, February 20th, 7:00 pm, at the Oaks Restaurant and Grill,
2250 Oak Bay Avenue. No cover.
The Cowichan Folk Guild presents: The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam
Show ~ Saturday, February 21st, 8:00 pm, at the HUB, 2375 Koksilah Road,
Cowichan Station. Admission $25 general/$20 CFG members. For tickets and
information, phone 250-748-3975 or 778-455-4710.
Ron [email protected]
To visit our Facebook page, log in to Facebook and search for
VFMS Open-Stage Guidelines
All performances are limited to 10 minutes unless prearranged
with the host.
An Email List for Folk-Music Announcements and Discussions
[email protected]
Performers can play once per calendar month unless there
are not enough musicians to fill the evening’s open stage.
This list is intended to serve Vancouver Island, the Gulf
Islands, and surrounding areas. Its primary purpose is to
support contact, communication, and co-ordination between
performers, presenters, fans, and aficionados of folk music.
You must subscribe to be able to write to the list. Follow the
instructions on this web page:
Priority is always given to out-of-town visitors and musicians
new to the Folk.
Interested in hosting? Please call Nancy at 250-477-6844.
Alan Hume, Guitarist ~ Performance, composition, instruction in
blues, classical, and traditional music and theory. Phone 250-385-2819
or email [email protected]
Bob de Wolff, Guitarist, North Saanich ~ Lessons in folk, roots,
swing, pop, and theory. Phone 250-655-3811 or email [email protected]
Clarinet Lessons ~ Email Mary, [email protected]
Fiddle Jams ~ Victoria Fiddle Society meets monthly on the first Friday,
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, at Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield Road ~ $5
drop in, $20 individual membership, $50 family membership~ For info,
Fiddles Fixed ~ Sales, repairs, and restorations of the entire fiddle
family.Appraisals. Bows re-haired. Clarence Boudreau, 250-655-6400.
Guitar Lessons ~ Learn to play folk, blues, or jazz. $25 an hour. Contact
Mike Sampson at 250-592-8997 or [email protected]
Mike Jones ~ Lessons in guitar, banjo, and fiddle. Phone 250-4750809.
Music Lessons ~ All styles of guitar from classical to folk to jazz.
Also five-string banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass, and beginner to
intermediate keyboard. $20 per half-hour. Phone 250-508-9305 or email
[email protected]
Our Place is looking for a facilitator for an acoustic jam session/open
stage on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. This is an opportunity to use
your musical talents for community service. For details, please email
Patricia at [email protected]
Paul O’Brien, Celtic performer and teacher, offers lessons in
bodhrán, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, and four-string banjo, as well as
stagecraft and songwriting. Email [email protected] or phone 250480-0634.
Quicksbottom Morris seeks big-brass player ~ Euphonium,
sousaphone, or tuba. Other instruments please inquire too, as we are
interested in expanding. Rehearsals Wednesday evenings. For more
information, visit, email [email protected]
ca, or phone Alan at 250-656-2920.
Upper Room Recording Studio ~ Located on Bay Street near
Shelbourne, this is where Jim Moffatt produced his CD Live at Crystal
Gardens. Studio time is available on a sliding scale. For more information,
call Jim at 250-858-9323.
Victoria Contra Dance ~ Held approximately twice a month,
September to June. Live music. No experience necessary. For info, call
250-380-7602 or visit
Victoria Nautical Song Circle ~ Held each month on the second
and fourth Saturdays, 7:00 pm, at 2511-B Vancouver Street. For info, email
[email protected]
West Coast Harps ~ Retailing fine folk harps, hammered dulcimers
& psalteries. Dusty Strings, Triplett, Noteworthy, Rees, and Another Era
Lutherie. For more info, visit
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Gypsy Celts Slow Jams
Look as sweet as you sound
Photography and website design
for musicians, bands, and choirs
Monthly—dates and venues vary. All acoustic instruments welcome.
We play with sheet music and by ear. A relaxed setting to improve skills
and learn new Irish, Scottish, and Old Time tunes. For more info, phone
Marcia at 250-474-6890.
Visit or phone Peter Brunette at 250-744-2791
Victoria Bluegrass Association
Jams every Tuesday, 7:45 pm, at the First Church of Christ Scientist, 1205
Pandora Avenue. Players $3/$2 VBA members, listeners by donation.
On the last Tuesday of the month from September to May, the jam is
replaced by an open stage followed by a feature act. Admission $7
general/$5 VBA members/free for open-stage performers. For more info,
Celtic Cross Instruments
David Cahill, Luthier
Fretted Instrument Repairs,
Restoration, and Service
1034 Hillside Avenue ~ 250-383-3413
~ Custom Built ~
Mandolins Mandolas Octave Mandolins
Mando Cellos Irish Bouzoukis Slide Guitars
Neil Russell
February 2015
VFMS feature
Jake Galbraith
VFMS feature
Old-Time String Jam
7:00-9:30 pm
Spiral Café
Victoria Folk Music
Island Thyme Morris
7:00-9:00 pm
7:30 pm
3483 Lovat Avenue.
Victoria Bluegrass
Crikey Mor
VFMS feature
Chris Ronald
with John Ellis
Beginners’ Jam
7:45 pm (see p. 3)
Intermediate Jam
9:00 pm (see p. 3)
Storytellers’ Guild
7:30 pm
1831 Fern St.
Bluegrass Jam
James Bay Coffee
and Books
7:00 pm
7:30 pm (see p.2)
Victoria English
Country Dance
Fiddle Jam
7:00 pm (see p. 3)
Square Dance
(Cowichan Station)
7:30 pm (see p. 2)
Deep Cove Folk
Carolina Bluebirds
8:00 pm (see p. 2)
Victoria Folk
James Bay Coffee
and Books
8:00 pm
Hollytree Morris
459 Chester
8:00-9:30 pm
Bev Anderson
7:30 pm
Alan 250-656-2920
Merlin’s Sun
Steve Palmer
8:00 pm (see p. 2)
7:00 pm (see p. 2)
MACoustic Folk
Gerry Barnum
7:30 pm (see p. 2)
Nanaimo Folk
7:30 pm (see p. 2)
VFMS feature
The Hokum
Salt Spring Folk
(Saltspring Island)
Fred Eaglesmith
Travelling Steam
7:00 pm (see p. 2)
on Gabriola
Victoria Bluegrass
Blackwood Two
8:00 pm (see p. 2)
Nautical Song Circle
7:00 pm (see p. 3)
Travelling Road Show
7:00 pm (see p. 3)
Cowichan Folk
Music Night
7:00 pm (see p.2)
(except the last Tues.)
(Gabriola Island)
Tania Opland
and Mike Freeman
7:30 pm (see p. 2)
7:30 pm (see p. 2)
Highlands Folk
Knacker’s Yard
7:30 pm (see p. 2)
Nautical Song Circle
7:00 pm (see p. 3)
Sooke Folk
Steve Palmer
7:30 pm (see p. 2)
Cowichan Folk
Fred Eaglesmith
7:30 pm (see p. 2)
Nautical Song Circle
7:00 pm (see p. 3)
Victoria Contra Dance
7:30 pm (see p. 3)
Celebrating 40 years of presenting live folk music in Victoria