(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)


OUR NEXT CONCERT

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

presented in cooperation with the Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club

Direct from England 3-time BBC Radio 2 award winners

The Young’uns

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Monday, October 15, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London

CONCERT IS SOLD OUT

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

(L to R: 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

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 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

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


Boreal

L to R: Jude Vadala, Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley

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Sunday, December 2, 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

Boreal are Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley, and Jude Vadala. Each December they team up to present a very special concert of Christmas and other seasonal music titled "Songs for the Snowy Season." These three Guelph songstresses have dug up old and new songs written about the snowy season. Their ability to pick a great song, their love of beautiful lyrics, melodies and harmonies, their combined songwriting skills, their tour de force voices and the joy they feel singing with each other all make for an unforgettable event. Join them in welcoming winter.

Boreal's show has become a Christmas tradition for many audience members. It started in Jude's kitchen. Katherine, Tannis and Jude, all with music careers of their own, decided to join forces and do a show of winter songs. The rehearsal space was Jude's kitchen table. After a few weeks of meticulously working out harmonies, singing a cappella on some songs and adding guitar on others, Boreal did its first show. That was over eleven years ago.

Individual Bios:
Katherine Wheatley plays over 100 shows a year. In addition to touring as a solo singer-songwriter, she is a member of "Betty and The Bobs" and plays guitar in Wendell Ferguson's band. She writes and records songs with kids through her Youthsongs program and has produced 20 CDs with schools across North America. This geologist-turned-musician has been singer/zodiac driver on board Gadventure's ship, The MS Expedition as it plies the seas of Antarctica and the Norwegian Arctic. Landscape and character inform her songs. "She turns pebbles of everyday life into dreamy mountains of song." - (The Toronto Star)

Tannis Slimmon delivers performances that are uplifting, engaging, participatory, and reflective. As Canadian Folk Music Awards' 2008 Contemporary Vocalist of the Year, Tannis brings over 30 years of performance experience to the stage with memorable songs from her three critically acclaimed albums, Oak Lake, Lucky Blue and In and Out of Harmony. She has actually appeared on over 80 albums, including those by Willie P. Bennett, Valdy, David Francey and Rheostatics, and has been a guest artist with a number of choirs including Kingston's Open Voices Community Choir and the Guelph Chamber Choir. Recognized as one of the best roots music singers in the country, she is "a breathtaking vocalist with a bright and angelic disposition." (Exclaim!? magazine)

Jude Vadala has been a tenacious member of the Guelph music scene for the past 30 years. Her musical adventures have taken her across Canada and the U.S. with the critically acclaimed group The Bird Sisters where she honed her skills as a songwriter and recording artist. She has produced four albums (Flo, Different Stories, She and She and She and Angel Songs) and has worked on 50 musical projects with artists such as James Gordon, Lynn Miles and Suzi Vinnick. Jude released her fifth album "Do You Ever" in 2010.

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


The Marigolds

(L to R – Gwen Swick, Susie Vinnick, Caitlin Hanford)

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Sunday, January 20, 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

Charismatic! Gwen Swick, Suzie Vinnick and Caitlin Hanford, three of Canada's top singer/songwriters, have combined their talents to form The Marigolds. Accompanied by drummer Randall Coryell, the Marigolds are part bluesy, part jazzy, and part traditional country and bluegrass, specializing in angelic harmonies and gutsy playing. Delivering with skill and grace, the Marigolds are a roots-music supergroup in full bloom.

"Each one of these women has loads of charisma, talent, versatility... a very powerful performance, indeed." - Don Osburn, Artistic Director, Deep Roots Festival, Nova Scotia

In 2010 the Marigolds were nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The Marigolds have performed at concerts and major festivals across Canada, including Mariposa, Home County, Blue Skies, Folk Harbour in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Northern Lights, Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife, and the Vancouver Island Music Festival.

The Marigolds pack a diverse repertoire with a winning delivery. Each Marigold brings a unique gift to the musical table and, as a group, they run with it. They have fun on stage, and it shows.The past several years have witnessed the joy audiences have found in the Marigolds music and, thus, their rise in the Canadian roots music arena.

The Marigolds have a genuine affection for the timeless and classic genres of traditional country and bluegrass, Appalachian ballads and the blues. They celebrate this rich history on their second Juno-nominated CD, That's the State I'm In. The fourteen original songs are an inspired journey through lost love, found love, redemption and optimism.

"Such beauty and pure brilliance doesn't come along often... five out of five stars." - Maverick Magazine, UK roots magazine

All members of the Marigolds also enjoy solo careers. As well, Suzie performs with Rick Fines and Betty and the Bobs, and Gwen and Caitlin perform with Quartette alongside Sylvia Tyson and Cindy Church.

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

Mon. Oct. 1 - North Sea Gas

Cuckoo's Nest History

Rogue's Gallery

2017/2018 Season

 

Acoustic Muse Concerts

Area Concert Calendar

Links of Interest

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