(a non-profit collective 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)


NEXT CONCERT

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

(presented in cooperation with the Cuckoo’s Nest)

ROSIE & THE RIVETERS

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Wed. March 20, 7:30 pm

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

SOLD OUT

Rosie & the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave – a collection of gritty, sultry, vintage-inspired folk anthems that paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world.

The band’s 2018 sophomore record, Ms. Behave, remained in the Top 10 US folk music charts for 17 weeks, peaked at #3 on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, and was featured in publications such as Parade Magazine, Pop Matters, No Depression and Rolling Stone Country. With songs addressing sexual assault, the gender pay gap, and the policing of women’s behaviour, it’s clear why Billboard Magazine called them, “powerful and daring.”

“Rosie & the Riveters never fail to give their audience an astounding show. The songs are great, the harmonies tight, and the performance has so much humor, edge and honesty that each audience member feels that the show was made just for them. One of my favorite new acts to play the club in the past several years!” – Matt Smith, Club Passim Cambridge, MA

“Rosie and The Riveters are a trio of incredibly empowering women. Their show is bold, unapologetic, nuanced, powerful, and sensitive, and their banter is witty, relevant, and undeniably engaging. They deliver a great show with an important message.” — Gillian Moranz, Rogue Folk Club, Wise Hall, Vancouver, BC

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com or info@sunfest.on.ca


UPCOMING CONCERTS

Mark Rust

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Sun. March 24, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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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

In the 1970s Mark Rust was a regular performer at the old Cuckoo's Nest in Luther House (opposite Western's Richmond St gates), and later at Change of Pace Coffee House. On June 5, 2015 Mark took part in the Smales Pace/Change of Pace Reunion concert at Aeolian Hall. Here is a vintage video recording of Mark singing his song “My Family” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFjialkWFRs

Mark Rust’s music and stage presence reflect the harmonies of nature, and the simplicity and beauty of life as he has known it growing up in the Catskill Mountains. Mark has become a versatile performer on a variety of instruments. He possesses solid proficiency on guitar, piano, banjo, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, and hammered dulcimer. A prolific songwriter of nearly 200 songs, he has been called "one of the Northeast's great undiscovered songwriters" by OP Magazine, a periodical devoted to independent music.

As a solo act, Mark has performed across the USA, in Canada and Japan. Mark has released several recordings. They include "Songs of America" for Golden Books, "Home Fires" featuring Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and Jay Ungar (PBS Civil War Series), "Legacy" with songs of family & growing up, and his most recent CD "Live at The Ithaca Festival." Mark gives over 100 performances a year at colleges, schools, festivals, and clubs. He has been honored with a nomination for a "Campus Entertainment Award" by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA).

Over his long career he has appeared in People Magazine in concert with Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul & Mary, and has been a featured guest on the Phil Donahue Show. Mark performed several shows in New York City to promote the release of the film "A Prairie Home Companion". He has been involved in many theatrical productions. He joined the National Touring Company of the Broadway hit "Pump Boys & Dinettes", starring in the lead role, and playing a variety of instruments. He has served as musical director of many musicals across the country. He lives near Woodstock NY with his wife Terry. They have two daughters Siena and Christina.

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


New Cumberland

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Sat. March 30, 7:30 pm

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

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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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

Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three-part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance. The resumes for the various individuals in New Cumberland include bluegrass stints with The Dixie Flyers, Rural Retreat and Cumberland Wail – as well as wide ranging experiences outside bluegrass in rock and folk music. New Cumberland’s members are Tom Burns (guitar/vocals), Blair Heddle (mandolin/dobro/guitar/vocals), Paul Hurdle (banjo/vocals), Tom Rutledge (bass), along with special guest Darrin Schott (fiddle/mandolin). Here are a couple of live videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYFvN3KSVSg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hmO_b1rDYE

“The boys in New Cumberland never fail to deliver an entertaining mix of classic bluegrass songs along with lots of great material pulled from other traditions – old and new. Solid lead vocals, sweet harmony singing, and some of the finest instrumental playing you’ll hear anywhere. It’s always a great show.” - Ian Bell, The Crooked Stovepipe, Villa Nova

Proficient in the straight-ahead driving bluegrass of Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin, New Cumberland also stretches the genre in directions taken by The Seldom Scene, John Hartford and Jerry Garcia’s Old and in the Way. Songs from non- bluegrass artists such as the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Willie P. Bennett are also liable to appear on a New Cumberland set list.

The group’s leader Tom Burns says, “We have a current repertoire of over 100 songs and tunes. Audiences at our shows will get a chance to hear some traditional bluegrass, along with songs by a wide range of diverse songwriters ranging from Bill Monroe and John Hartford to Steve Earle. Jerry Garcia, Robbie Robertson and Neil Young. We also feature some original material as well. We’ll do what we always do, play with heart and energy in order to make the best possible music we can. Our music is driven by the live interaction of the musicians on stage. Everybody plays with what we call ‘big ears.’ We listen to each other in order to make the music come alive in the moment. We hope to see friends both old and new at this welcoming venue.”

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


Joe Crookston

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Sun. April 14, 7:30 pm

Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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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

Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. He was named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence and is signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow.

Joe's songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next. HE BELIEVES IN STORIES. Mystical, historical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography in words. Visual, artful and human. Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.  Some of Joe's songs are being made into films. He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist.

“The Long Note" is a phrase in Irish culture. "The Long Note" is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite. THERE IS A LONG NOTE & JOE IS REACHING FOR IT. Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. It happens every time. Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

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


Eric Andersen

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

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Tues. April 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

We have the rare privilege of presenting one of America’s great songwriters ~ the composer of such standards as Thirsty Boots (recorded by Bob Dylan), Violets of Dawn (recorded by Ricky Nelson) and Close the Door Lightly When You Go (recorded by Fairport Convention, The Dillards and Johnny Cash). Eric Andersen is a songwriter’s songwriter ~ recognized by the very best of his own peers from the beginning.

His exquisite lyrics and melodies are not what hooks audiences on his music ~ it’s rather his story ~ which even for a folk singer is more romantic than his contemporary troubadours ~ Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton and Bob Dylan ~ with whom he created the Greenwich Village folk revival. In his early years Eric Andersen was inspired by legendary blues artists such as John Lee Hooker, Josh White, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Texas songster Mance Lipscomb, and Mississippi Fred McDowell who all came into his field of vision through the great Greenwich Village folk clubs. However, as we know, Eric is not a blues performer. He writes and sings ballads—with a gentle voice whose every song reaches towards the ineffable realm of beauty. He is far from the hard cutting-edge that defines the blues ~ he is a great storyteller and poet in song—or as he calls himself f~ a song poet. He is drawn to great literary sources like Albert Camus—whom he celebrated during his Centennial in 2015, and Lord Byron, who wrote the poem—“So we’ll go no more a-roving…by the light of the moon.”

He is as committed to exploring the boundaries of great literature as the historical traditions long-associated with folk music—such as the civil rights movement that animates his best-known song Thirsty Boots.

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


Benjamin Dakota Rogers

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Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm

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

$20 Advance / $25 Door

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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

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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


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

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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

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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

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