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

2018-19 Concert Season - Our 25th at Chaucer's

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Map to Chaucer's (click here)


NEXT CONCERT

Benjamin Dakota Rogers

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Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm

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

$20 Advance / $25 Door

To order tickets online, click the button

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Advance tickets are available NOW 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

Benjamin Dakota Rogers makes his highly anticipated return to the folk world with his brand new single, Better by Now, stripping the genre down to its core and emotionally charging it with the raw human experience that can only be delivered from the honesty and grit of a farm boy’s hands. Hailing from the countryside of rural Ontario, Benjamin funnels his penchant for starry nights and nostalgia into his stylized folk sound, reaching far beyond to include influences of roots, blues and country music.

Benjamin found a passion and purpose in folk music after inheriting his Great-Grandfather’s violin at the tender age of seven. From budding musician to awe-inspiring performer, his love of creating meaningful music has taken the reins and garnered much attention from folk artists and enthusiasts alike. “Rogers’ unique voice, thought-provoking lyrics, energetic performances and dynamic fiddle techniques leave this up-and-coming musician in a class of his own.”InSpades Magazine.

With the release of his new single, this singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist folk-phenom proves he’s at the top of his game in every way imaginable, grasping for the stars that light up his quaint hometown of Scotland, ON. As he prepares for the release of his most ambitious project to date, Benjamin Dakota Rogers continues to redefine the genre with an infinite sound evolution that promises to deepen the path he’s already carved for himself for years to come.

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


Direct from England

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

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Sunday, May 5, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door

To order tickets online, click the button

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Advance tickets are available NOW 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

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet their music is unique.  

Listen Here  * Watch Here Way Over Yonder in a Minor Key

Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram & Emmylou, Shirley & Davey, or Gillian & David but their distilling of musical influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own. Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative. 

The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage. 

'Dreamy reveries, softly warm vocals, stirring guitar arrangements - Sanders & Savage wield an elusive sort of magic' - Colin Irwin, MOJO

‘Spellbinding...Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together.' fRoots Magazine (UK)

‘Hannah & Ben create an exquisite soundscape…the result of passion, precision and unbridled intimacy.’ - R2 Magazine (UK)

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


TWO-TIME GRAMMY® Award Winners

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

 

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Thursday, May 16, 7:30 pm

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

$20 Advance / $25 Door

To order tickets online, click the button

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Advance tickets are available NOW 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

TWO-TIME GRAMMY® Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are master musicians with a career spanning over 35 years. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, cello-banjo, and many other instruments. An eclectic folk festival on their own terms, their repertoire ranges from classic country to western swing, gypsy jazz to bluegrass, and old-time string band to contemporary folk including some original gems. Their versatility defies a brief description, perhaps “well rounded Americana” does it best. Billboard Magazine commented, “As close to flawless folk/bluegrass as it gets.” Watch a video of ‘Chilly Winds’  

“Possibly the most popular act of the weekend was the American duo Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, who held a capacity crowd spellbound with their traditional and contemporary songs, and even the odd yodel.” — Western Leader, Auckland, New Zealand (Auckland Folk Festival)

“They are spellbinding acoustic musicians, with a rare mastery of American roots styles. Parents will be as entertained by the sublime musicianship and droll lyricism as kids are by all the musical mischief.” — The Boston Globe

In February 2017, Cathy & Marcy released their 45th recording, “GET UP AND DO RIGHT”. The album features duets of some of their favorite songs by songwriters such as Alice Gerrard, Tom Paxton, Ola Belle Reed and David Francey, with an original tune and song for good measure.

The Washington Area Music Association has recognized the duo with over 60 WAMMIE Awards for folk, bluegrass and children’s music. They have performed with Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Tom Paxton, Patsy Mon-tana, Riders in the Sky and a wide range of musical luminaries. Cathy & Marcy have performed at hundreds of bluegrass and folk festivals and taught at close to 100 music camps.

Christine Lavin wrote on her website following the Philly Folk Fest: “Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink played a killer set on the big stage on Friday night. They played so fast their hands were a blur. They are two of the best performers you’ll see anywhere. Again, the crowd went wild.”

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


From Newfoundland

Matthew Byrne

Co-presented with the Home County Folk League

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Sunday, May 26, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door

To order tickets online, click the button

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Advance tickets are available NOW 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

Matthew Byrne is a traditional singer, storyteller, and guitar player with a repertoire shaped by his musical upbringing. He supports his tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. With parents who were both singers and song collectors, and a strong family focus on sharing songs, Byrne has inherited a unique repertoire as well as a fascination with unearthing and reimagining traditional songs. Click to hear Matthew tell his story and sing the song “River Driver”

“I’m not a folklorist or ethnomusicologist, at least not officially. And I’m not a purist. I’ve poured over the nuances of the pub standards as much as the obscure murder balladry. What attracts me to a traditional song is the right combination of melody and language, both of which have always fascinated me.”

But Byrne is also student of history who’s love of traditional music goes well beyond the words and music. For him, songs are ways of understanding people before him...their lives, work, language, and worldview.

“I see songs as sources of the past - windows into my own family history. Traditional music has always been the most important tool for me to understand where I come from and who I am. My live performance is meant to bring audiences on a journey through the lineage of my repertoire and share what these songs have revealed to me.”

Matthew is currently supporting his newest release, Horizon Lines - a collection of traditional material from both sides of the Atlantic that continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. This album won Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Having received this distinction for a second time, Matthew Byrne continues to establish himself as one of today’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.

“…the finest interpreter of traditional songs not only in his native province, but all of Canada” - Tony Montague, fRoots Magazine (UK)

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


END OF 2018-19 SEASON


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.


 

Here is what has happened so far in our 2018-19 Season

Sun. Sept. 9 - Friends of Fiddler’s Green- SOLD OUT!!

Mon. Oct. 1 - North Sea Gas

Mon. Oct. 15 - The Young’uns - SOLD OUT!!

(Part of the TD Sunfest World Music & Jazz Series 2018-19 presented in cooperation with the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Sun. Nov. 11 - Sandplains Pickers- SOLD OUT!!

Fri. Nov. 16 - Kolonien

(Part of the TD Sunfest World Music & Jazz Series 2018-19 presented in cooperation with the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Sun. Nov. 25 - Naming the Twins with Tom Leighton

Sun. Dec. 2 - Boreal

(Jude Vadala, Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley)

Thanks for your support of London Food Bank – 121 lbs of food was donated and we raised $200 in cash

Sun. Jan. 20 - The Marigolds

Sat. Feb. 9 - Paul Langille with Paul Sims

Sun. Feb. 10 - Teilhard Frost (aka Sheesham Crow of Sheesham, Lotus & Son)

with an opening set by Amanda Lynn Stubley & Martin Horak (of Heartaches String Band)

Sun. March 3 - Rosie Hood with Tom A. Wright

Wed. March 20 – Rosie & the Riveters - SOLD OUT!!

(Part of the TD Sunfest World Music & Jazz Series 2018-19 presented in cooperation with the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Sun. March 24 - Mark Rust

Sat. March 30 - New Cumberland

Sun. April 14 – Joe Crookston

Mon. April 15 – Joe Crookston Creativity Workshop

Tues. April 16 - Eric Andersen - SOLD OUT!!

with Cheryl Prashker (djembe, percussion) & Scarlet Rivera (violin, harmony vocals)

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