(a non-profit organization promoting traditional & roots folk music in association with The Home County Folk League) 


2018 - 2019 Concert Season

Our 25th Season at Chaucer's
Map to Chaucer's (click here)

 

SEASON OPENING CONCERT

Friends of Fiddler’s Green

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Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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Advance tickets will be available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Reserved seating available to those who have a pre-concert meal at The Marienbad

It has become a tradition for the Friends of Fiddler's Green to open each season at the Cuckoo's Nest.  This season is very special as it marks the beginning of our 25th year presenting concerts at Chaucer's Pub next to the Marienbad Restaurant in downtown London. We are very grateful to Jerry Pribil and his wonderful staff for looking after us so well.

The Toronto-based "Friends" boast six versatile musicians, four fine singers, three songwriters, a brilliant joke teller, the occasional fiery dragon, one Order of Canada, one Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and one of the longest track records in Canadian Folk Music. This totally uncategorizable collection has been together, with a few personnel changes, since their inauguration at Toronto's Fiddler's Green coffeehouse in 1971. Nobody, not even the Friends themselves, can predict what might happen during one of their concerts, but it always includes humour, powerful vocal harmony, great musicianship, social commentary and an irresistible urge to dance. 

The Friends were recipients of the 2003 Estelle Klein Award, given by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals for service to folk music in Ontario.

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


Direct from Scotland

North Sea Gas

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Monday, October 1, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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Advance tickets will be available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Reserved seating available to those who have a pre-concert meal at The Marienbad

Over thirty-eight years and stronger than ever! North Sea Gas is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three-part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and around the world!

They have released 19 albums with "When We Go Rolling Home" being the most recent and are constantly adding new material to their shows. One of their previous albums, "The Fire and the Passion of Scotland" was Album of the Year at Celtic Radio in the U.S., winning first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category as well for the set of tunes on the album.

"...they inherit the mantle vacated by The Corries and The McCalmans with tight vocal harmonies and well-chosen material...provide a solid well-honed sound vocally strong and musically complimentary...most commendable about North Sea Gas is their ability to balance up tempo material with quieter more thoughtful moments and treat each with commitment and professionalism. "Fire in the Glen" is an excellent showcase for their talents and shows them taking the Scottish ballad group mantle with fire and grace." - John O'Regan Freelance Music Journalist, Broadcaster, Lecturer

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


This concert is part of the TD Sunfest World Music & Jazz Series 2018-19

presented in cooperation with the Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club

TD SUNFEST presents direct from England

The Young’uns

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Monday, October 15, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London

$25 Advance / $30 Door

(NOTE:  your 5-for-4 ticket will give you $4 off the admission price)

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Advance tickets will be available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Reserved seating available to those who have a pre-concert meal at The Marienbad

From Northeast England, Stockton-upon-Tees’ triumphant trio The Young’uns, holders of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards coveted “Best Group” title two years running (2015, 2016), have proved themselves a unique proposition - writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native Northeast and further afield - songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke, songs to inspire. Renowned for their pitch perfect harmonies and rapid fire humour, their live show undeniably has the human touch. Always engaging, frequently heart-warming, they have built an enviable audience rapport. They are an act that truly takes the cliché out of the “make you laugh, make you cry” tag.

Their latest album “Strangers” picked up the Best Album award at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards! The Young’uns recorded six special videos titled “Talking to Strangers” which featured the stories behind six of the songs from the new album. Click here for the link.

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


Sandplains Pickers

(Ian Bell, Darrin Schott, Matt Rait, Alison Schott, Shane Cook)

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Sunday, November 11, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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Advance tickets are available at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Reserved seating available to those who have a pre-concert meal at The Marienbad

The Sandplains Pickers is an exciting new musical project put together to play original songs and tunes. The band is comprised of Ian Bell, country and bluegrass favourites Darrin and Alison Schott, North American fiddle champ Shane Cook and bass and electric guitar player Matt Rait. In concert, the five members of this versatile band trade off on vocals, guitars, fiddles, mandolins, banjos, harmonica, concertina and string bass. Look forward to some great three-part harmony singing as well. The Pickers’ songs include great originals by Ian, Darrin and Alison as well a songs by other Norfolk County songwriters including Bruce “House” Milner and the The Band’s Rick Danko. The group’s songs paint a picture of darkest Southwestern Ontario from Backus Mill, tobacco kilns and farm kitchens to the Summer Garden dancehall, motorcycles and Port Dover fishermen. The musical style ranges from old-time country and folk to western swing and always includes some blazing fiddle tunes as well.

Every selection provides a great platform for the virtuosic playing of Shane Cook, who is the only fiddler to have won both the Canadian and US fiddle championships and Darrin Schott on mandolin and fiddle, whose talents have led him to work with The Good Bros., Susan Aglukark, The Ennis Sister and even Stompin’ Tom Connors.

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


This concert is part of the TD Sunfest World Music & Jazz Series 2018-19

presented in cooperation with the Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club

TD SUNFEST presents direct from Sweden

Kolonien

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Friday, November 16, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's (upstairs), 122 Carling St., London

$25 Advance / $30 Door

(NOTE:  your 5-for-4 ticket will give you $4 off the admission price)

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Advance tickets will be available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Reserved seating available to those who have a pre-concert meal at The Marienbad

Kolonien is a young quartet from Sweden whose members include Anna Moeller (the daughter of legendary musician Ale Moeller), her cousins Arvid & Erik Rask, and family friend Mischa Grind. They grew up deeply embedded in their family musical traditions. As Kolonien, they reinvent their roots, both instrumentally and vocally with their rich Swedish harmonies. The band's name means “The cultivator and explorer of new grounds, a place to make things grow.” Since Kolonien formed in 2010 they have strived to live up to, and be guided by, the meaning of their name. As of yet the fight for a fair and sustainable world is far from won. But more importantly: it’s not yet lost either. They have been pursuing their music fueled by the vision of a united world, taking them on multiple tours in Europe and beyond.  “The most uplifting protest music I’ve ever heard.” - Lira Music Magazine

Kolonien have released two albums that both received awards at the Swedish Folk and World Music Awards. Also, one of Kolonien's offspring projects the Vaerldens Band – where they’ve gathered thirteen musicians from six countries - was nominated twice. For all of that they have been given five star reviews and quotes such as “Sweden’s most exciting folk band” from the prestigious Songlines Magazine (UK).

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


Direct from Nova Scotia

Naming the Twins

with Tom Leighton (piano, accordion)

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Sunday, November 25, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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Advance tickets are available at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Reserved seating available to those who have a pre-concert meal at The Marienbad

From Nova Scotia, Naming the Twins is the harmonizing duo of Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser, whose well-matched voices sound a bit like Simon & Garfunkel if Art was a girl, a bit like Peter, Paul & Mary, if one of the boys was taking the night off, a bit like Gordon Lightfoot or Stan Rogers if they had had a girl harmonizer. Not twins by birth, but twins at heart, they share a sibling like sense of humour and harmony. If you want a tender love song, they have it, if you want a rousing sea-faring number, they have that too, if you want something new to sing along with – you’ll love what you hear.

"What a wonderful show! You two are fantastic, and I am so glad you came to visit Union Alley Coffeehouse. The crowd loved you. In fact, one of our members said flat out that 'This was the best show we have ever had in here!' Thank you and come again!" -  Linda Boyer, Union Alley Coffee House, Washington, NC

For this concert Naming the Twins are supported by Tom Leighton (of Haines & Leighton) on keyboards, accordion, and harmony vocals.

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


All concerts at begin at 7:30 pm and most are held at Chaucer's, 122 Carling Street, London, ON
(unless otherwise indicated)

Please note: The Village Idiot accepts CASH ONLY

For more information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com

Special Advance $80 Multi-Ticket Available only at the Concerts = 5 Concerts for the Price of 4
(pay for 4 concerts and get the 5th one free)

We continue to be a completely volunteer run organization. We thank you for your support of live music and look forward to seeing you at the concerts. – Ian Davies, Artistic Director.


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