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(a non-profit collective promoting traditional & roots folk music in London since 1973)

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NEXT CONCERT

Joe Crookston

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Sunday, April 21, 2024 – 7:30 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46828/

Joe Crookston is a force of nature on stage.  He is in his power AND he communes with his audience and welcomes them into the magic. From touring with Gordon Lightfoot, headlining major US festivals, receiving Folk Alliance International “Album of the Year,” releasing 15 new recordings on Nine Becomes One (2023) to being named Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence, Joe is on fire!  He’s played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100’s more. He’ll surprise you. He awakens the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold. His rhythm is infectious. In concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.   

HE BELIEVES IN STORIES:   Come to a show. Visual, artful and surprising. Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.  “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 weaving through lap slide songs or fiddling an American Southern tune, he’ll draw you in.  It happens every time.  Watch a YouTube video…it’s fine, 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


 UPCOMING CONCERTS

Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop

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with Paul Mills

Sunday, April 28, 2024 – 7:30 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46824/

"Two voices in perfect harmony" - that's how one music writer described the Montreal-based duo of Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop. That rich vocal blend is the hallmark of a folk-music partnership that celebrates fine songwriting and a shared history growing up in rural Quebec. Bill and Sue began their musical relationship after recording Bill's solo CD, Seems To Me, in 1999. The vocal magic and the distinctive musical approach that resulted have continued to evolve and these days, their tight harmonies, fine guitar-picking and tasteful repertoire are winning over fans across the country.

Bill Garrett is a musical triple threat: a Canadian folk legend who is also well known as a producer and one of the founders of Toronto's Borealis Records. Well-known as a solo artist, he was also a staple on CBC Radio for 18 years, co-hosting Sylvia Tyson's folk program Touch the Earth and later producing The Entertainers and Six Days on the Road with musician-host David Essig. Since leaving the CBC in the mid-1990s, he has produced more than 65 folk, blues and jazz recordings.

Sue Lothrop started playing professionally in Montreal. She moved to the city from Quebec's Eastern Townships, where she had played in college folk groups with friends Allan Fraser and Brian Blain. Sue later went on to tour extensively throughout Canada and the U.S. both as a solo artist and with folk/rock group Rings and Things. Sue spent the better part of the 1980s and early 1990s raising her daughter Corina. Today she splits her time between doing therapeutic music animation for seniors and performing with Bill.

Joining Bill & Sue for this concert is their old friend Paul Mills a.k.a Curly Boy Stubbs. Paul is was awarded the Order of Canada in 2018. He is a musician, musical arranger and record producer/engineer and has been part of the Canadian folk music scene and recording industry for close to fifty years. He has produced over two hundred albums working with artists such as Stan Rogers, Sharon, Lois and Bram, and Ron Hynes. He is the past President of Folk Music Ontario and has served on the Boards of Folk Music Canada, the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and was Chair of the Home County Folk League. He has performed in duos with his son Trevor, his friend Joanne Crabtree, and most recently with another Canadian folk music legend David Bradstreet.

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


Streetlight Cadence

(from Hawaii)

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Sunday, May 5, 2024 – 7:30 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46848/

An undying sense of adventure has anchored Streetlight Cadence since their humble beginnings as street performers in Honolulu. Their punkish energy on acoustic instruments intertwines with intimate storytelling to create a band that has scored numerous placements on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for Alternative Album of the Year, and an Emmy® nomination for their self-produced television series, “Will Play For Food”.

 

Based in Hawaii, this highly entertaining power trio consists of Jon Andrew Franklin (violin), Ben Chai (banjo), and Clara Stegall (guitar), and their unparalleled artistic fervor delivers an experience that is brighter than ever. Streetlight Cadence has been compared with the likes of The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men.

 

Awards + Placements

2019 Emmy® Nominee (SF/NorCal Chapter)

2018 Billboard Placement - Classical Crossovers

2017 Billboard Placement - Heatseekers

2014 + 2015 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winners

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


Tom Lewis

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Friday, May 24, 2024 – 7:30 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46850/

 

Tom Lewis is an accomplished performer and composer, with decades of experience and accolades. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, grew up in Gloucester, England, and was a submariner in the Royal Navy for 24 years (1959-1983). He is renowned for composing 'The Last Shanty' (A Sailor Ain't A Sailor), ''Sailor's Prayer' (Send Down A Dove), 'Legend' (Marching Inland), plus many other contemporary songs of the sea that have become folk standards, sung by more than 40 groups around the world.

At the age of 80, Tom is still touring widely - whilst also utilising the boon that zoom can provide – even if it is a pale imitation of a hearty pub-sing, so he partakes in numerous musical sessions online, taking his brand of wry humour, his nautical knowledge, and his powerful voice - all of which he loves to share - to audiences everywhere.

One reviewer wrote, “After 24 years at sea; Tom's repertoire—from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background—recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous; with songs that have become folk standards; known and sung wherever great choruses ring out.”

Tom's recent double CD 'Demand Performance’ (released April 22, 2020) features one 'live' CD with seven extended tracks to compensate for the lack of genuine live performance; plus a second CD with eleven studio-recorded tracks. Downloads of all Tom's albums can be purchased from Bandcamp.

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


The Marienbad Restaurant is open for dinner on concert days.

Concert day diners can reserve their seats in Chaucer’s prior to doors opening.

Make your reservation by calling 519-679-9942

All concerts at begin at 7:30 pm and most are held at Chaucer's, 122 Carling Street, London, ON
(unless otherwise indicated)

Advance tickets can be purchased during the season at
Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant, Long & McQuade North
(Fanshawe Park Rd W).

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

Special Advance “5-for-4” Multi-Ticket is available for $100 only at the Concerts
(pay for 4 concerts and get the 5th one free)

Map to Chaucer's (click here)

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.


What’s happened so far in the 2023-2024 Season

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023 - Winter Wilson (from England)

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Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023 - Friends of Fiddler’s Green - SOLD OUT!

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Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023 - Reynolds, Robinson & Lodge

with Cheryl Prashker (percussion) & Sarah Louise McGregor (fiddle)

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Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023 - VINTA

(presented by TD Sunfest in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club)

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Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023 - WINDBORNE – “Music of Midwinter” - SOLD OUT!

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Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023 - David Bradstreet with Carl Keesee - SOLD OUT!

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Friday, Dec. 22, 2023 – Pub Caroling with Paul Grambo, Steve Holowitz & John P. Allen

$275.50 was raised for the London Food Bank – Thanks to all for coming!

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Sunday, January 21, 2024 - James Gordon with Katherine Wheatley

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Saturday, February 10, 2024 - Paul Langille & Paul Sims

Blue Valentines #5 – “Love Overboard, Again!”

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Sunday, February 18, 2024 – New Cumberland - SOLD OUT!

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Thursday, February 22, 2024 – TALISK (Direct from Scotland)

(presented by TD Sunfest in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club)

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Saturday, February 24, 2024 – Bia Ferreira  (Direct from Brazil)

(presented by TD Sunfest in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club)

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Sunday, March 10, 2024 – Anne Lederman, Pat O’Gorman & Peter Jellard

Talamh an Eisc (Land of Fish): Irish music in Canada

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Saturday, April 6, 2024 – Teilhard Frost

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(L to R: Ian Davies, Teilhard, Sheila & Ian Piggott)

 


Cuckoo's Nest History

 Rogue's Gallery

Links of Interest

 2022/2023 Season

 

 (last update April 9, 2024)

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