(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)


From Newfoundland

Matthew Byrne

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Sunday, May 26, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London


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


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)

Mon. April 15 – Benjamin Dakota Rogers

Sun. May 5 - Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Thurs. May 16 - Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

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