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

2017 - 2018 Concert Season

Our 24th Season at Chaucer's
Map to Chaucer's (click here)


NEXT CONCERT

Reynolds, Robinson & Lodge

with special guest, Cheryl Prashker of RUNA

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Sunday, Feb. 25, 7:30 pm

Chaucers'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).

Reynolds, Robinson & Lodge is a folk trio that evolved from three good friends (Mike, Warren & John) getting together on a regular basis to enjoy each other's company, share our passion for good music and sip a little of our favourite beverage. After we first heard and met The Kruger Brothers, Mike Reynolds was inspired to do more with some tunes he'd been tinkering with over time, and began developing them into performance pieces. Of course, using a banjo to do so has it's inherent issues, and he quickly engaged some accomplices, um ... accompanists. As our body of work grew, and given our collective and fading ability to remember things, it became apparent that Mike's music needed to be recorded for posterity, or at least for posterior use. And so along came our first CD, Into the Wind, designed to reflect the variety of our music, the depth and breadth of our passion, Mike's innate talent for creating great tunes, and sprinkled with some covers of great music we enjoy playing together.

The new album Haze Around the Moon was released in June 2017 and includes guest percussionist Cheryl Prashker of the acclaimed Celtic band RUNA. This new CD offers more vocal selections, and a wider array of musical instruments, blending the lead banjo with bass and guitar as with their prior CD, but with the addition of mandocello, mandola, baritone guitar and percussion, for a more complex and robust experience.

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


 

PIERRE SCHRYER & MARTIN NOLAN

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Sunday, March 4, 7:30 pm

Chaucers'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).

Authentic Irish and French-Canadian music - Two exceptional artists with a high energy performance that you wont soon forget. It is a rare and very special occasion when these two fine musicians get together to play music.  

Pierre Schryer is one of Canada’s leading traditional fiddlers. He has received numerous titles and awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion. Pierre truly captivates audiences with his energy, genuine warmth, and flawless ability in many styles from Irish, Scottish and Québecois, to Canadian Old Time or American Swing. He has established himself as a gem on the music scene among fans and fellow musicians and is a JUNO nominee and Canadian Folk Music nominee.  Pierre has released six solo recordings on his own label, New Canadian Records, of which "Blue Drag" was honoured with a nomination at the 2004 JUNO Awards for best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year, and "Mélange" was nominated at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Instrumental Solo Album of the Year. Pierre has shared the stage with many colleagues in the traditional music scene including Dermot Byrne, Martin Nolan, Quinn Bachand, Adam Dobres, Ian Clark, Brian Pickell, Julie Schryer, Pat O'Gorman, Nathan Curry, Brad Fremlin, Raynald Ouellet, Normand and Benoit Legault, Jake Charron, Duncan Cameron, Martine Billette, Joe Phillips, Andy Hillhouse, Jean-Francois Berthiaume and many more. He has performed with numerous symphony orchestras across Canada with his acclaimed Symphony Pops show. Pierre is the creator and artistic director of the "Canadian Celtic Celebration", a three-day festival presented in Thunder Bay, Ontario each June.

Martin Nolan’s uilleann piping has taken him throughout Europe and the UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, from the Lincoln Center for the Arts in New York to the national theatres of Ireland and England and concert halls across the Indian subcontinent. Respected in the Irish traditional scene, he has also played alongside jazz greats such as Dave Liebman, the late Michael Brecker, Ronan Guilfoyle, Conor Guilfoyle, Tommy Halferty, Michael Buckley and the Boclé Brothers. Other collaborative work includes virtuoso Hungarian violinist Zoltan Lantos and Japanese performance artist Keiji Heino. In 2009, Martin joined the Celtic progressive rock band Iona.  Born in Dublin, Ireland, it was here Martin took his first lessons from John Keenan Sr, the father of well-known piper Paddy Keenan. Martin’s playing is strongly influenced by the ‘travelling style’ of piping, which employs legato and staccato techniques, elements which are heard to great effect in his playing.  In 1991 Martin released his first recording Travel’n Style. It was warmly received across the broad spectrum of the folk/traditional world, and Neil Toner, broadcaster in RTE, hailed Travel 'n Style as "an excellent release appealing to a much wider audience that strictly traditional music lovers".   Bright Silver Dark Wood. , his second album, was described as "an aural feast of musical soul food" by Irish Music Magazine. Martin is also a fine whistle player.

 

Here is a video which captures the essence of a recent live performance:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKuimobEfr8

 

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


UPCOMING CONCERTS

JOE JENCKS & SI KAHN

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Sunday, March 11, 7:30 pm

Chaucers'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).

Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator, based in Chicago. From Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, to coffee houses, festivals, spiritual communities, and schools, Joe Jencks has spent the last 18 years touring full time. His songs have traveled to every continent via his own performances, radio, CDs, web casts, and other musicians. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. His songs invite us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs. He recently was part of the trio Brother Sun. Joe's latest CD is Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers.

“In a world rife with many talented songwriters, Si Kahn stands alone.” – Bluegrass News. Si’s 18th CD Bristol Bay was released on June 15th, 2013, produced by Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers. It was the #1 CD for July on the international Folk DJ List, the fourth of Si’s CDs to win that honor. Si himself was named the #1 Artist, with the most airplay for the month. At the annual Folk Alliance International conference in February 2011, Si was publicly honored with a special Triple Crown Award for being the #1 Artist, and having the #1 CD and #1 Song for 2010. His songs have been translated into at least half a dozen languages, and covered by the likes of Kathy Mattea, Peggy Seeger, Planxty, Dick Gaughan and The Fureys.

 

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


MATTHEW BYRNE

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Sunday, March 25, 7:30 pm

Chaucers'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).

Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew Byrne’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements. Matthew’s music has traveled well beyond the rugged shores of his Newfoundland home since his 2010 debut, Ballads. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced major festival stages worldwide. With his second album, Hearts & Heroes, receiving Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Byrne has established himself as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.

Matthew Byrne released his highly-anticipated third album - Horizon Lines - on August 11, 2017. This newest collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic and continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. A guest appearance by Matthew’s dad (Joe Byrne) makes for a particularly special moment on this recording. Another highlight is an original ballad by Byrne, penned after discovering a fascinating family connection to a beautiful love story - “a traditional song just waiting to be written”, as he describes it. Byrne’s ever-evolving creative partnership with producer Billy Sutton shines throughout Horizon Lines with thoughtful interpretations of traditional songs anchored by Byrne’s polished guitar work and commanding voice. Their treatment of the repertoire shows a mutual sense of when to build (with accompaniment from Newfoundland’s finest players) and when to let a melody and story stand alone.

“Matt’s interpretation of traditional songs is somehow fresh and ancient at the same time. And his voice is friggin’ perfect.” — Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea

 

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


COMING SOON

David Bradstreet & Paul Mills - Sun. April 22

Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman – Thurs. May 3

Cassie & Maggie MacDonald - Sun. May 27

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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HERE IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR IN THE 2017-18 SEASON

Sept. 10 – Friends of Fiddler’s Green

Sept. 24 – Rosie Hood & Ollie King

Oct. 1 – NESSA

Oct. 15 - Alan Reid & Rob van Sante

Nov. 4 – John Wort Hannam & Scott Duncan

Nov. 26 – Jenny Whiteley with Sam Allison & Kristine Schmidt

Dec. 10 – Kitty Donohoe

Jan. 20 – New Cumberland

Feb. 11 – Paul Langille & Paul Sims – “Blue Valentines”


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