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									                                                      Victoria Folk Newsletter
                                                                                 July 2009
                                                         Folk Club    Every Sunday ~ Admission $5.00
                                                                      Norway House, 1110 Hillside Avenue (between Quadra & Cook)
                                                         Format       7:30 PM Open Stage ~ Sign up with the Host to perform a ten-minute set
                                                                      8:45 PM Intermission ~ Tea, coffee, and assorted goodies available
                                                                      9:00 PM The Feature           (Format may vary occasionally)
                                                         Mail To      VFMS c/o Old Town Strings, 1034 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 2A5
                                                         Hot Line     250-413-3213                  Email~ see page 2
                                                         Web Site     www.victoriafolkmusic.ca

    July Features                                          August Newsletter Deadline – July 15

July 5 ~ Without a Net (and friends)
   The local duo Without a Net is well                                                             incisive social satires like “Drug on the
 known to habitués of the Folk. David                                                              Market.” Much of this material appears on
 Lowther sings and plays things you strum                                                          the duo’s recently released CD, also called
 on, while Mary Lowther sings and plays                                                            Without a Net.
 things you blow into. Their performance                                                             The Lowthers will be joined on our stage
 will combine some traditional klezmer                                                             by some other Folk stalwarts to raise the
 music—featuring Mary’s spicy, jazzy riffs                                                          rafters a notch or two. This will result in a
 on flute and clarinet—with several of                                                              certain paucity of volunteers, as several
 David’s original compositions, ranging                                                            frequent signers will be too busy to help
 from evocative ballads like “Remember”                                                            out. David says that’s a hint. Get it? (Photo
 to humorous trifles like “Three Chords” to                                                         by Barbra Pedrick)

July 12 ~ The Cast: Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis
  David Francis and Mairi Campbell started      of ballads and fiddle tunes and for the
performing together as The Cast after           work of Robert Burns. They are polished,
meeting in the burgeoning traditional           relaxed and engaging performers, with a
music and dance scene in Edinburgh in           thorough knowledge of their material and
1992. The duo has toured extensively            its sources.
throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as         In 2008, their version of “Auld Lang Syne”
in Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland,       was featured in the hit film Sex and the City.
Spain, Italy, and North America.                  In recent times Mairi and David have
  Mairi and David have a deep love of           been composing original songs. They
traditional music of all kinds, but reserve     have released three CDs, the most recent,
a particular place for the Scottish heritage    Greengold, appearing in 2007.

July 19 ~ Chloe Hall Trio
   Well known to lovers of Australian                                                              rounded out by Chris Mildren on bass and
 contemporary folk music, Chloe Hall is                                                            Teal Bain-Roben on percussion.
 an engaging, intriguing, and charismatic                                                            “Nothing prepared me for [Chloe’s]
 performer. From her early days as a teen-                                                         stellar live performance. Hall has a free-
 age troubadour on Australia’s folk circuit,                                                       range voice, full of expression, and her
 through years of touring in Australia and,                                                        unique song stylings are truly little gems.
 more recently, North America, Chloe has                                                           She’s also a gifted songwriter. I listened
 blossomed into an exciting international                                                          to every word of her original lyrics, which
 artist.                                                                                           are playfully witty, wonderfully wise, or
   Currently on its first North American                                                            painfully true.”
 tour, the recently formed Chloe Hall Trio is                                                        ~ Teresa Mallam, Prince George Free Press

July 26 ~ Romney Getty with Craig Smith
   Winner of the 2007 Toronto In-                and haunting vocals and shared
 dependent Music Award for Best Country          stages with such artists as Joe Cocker,
 Artist, Romney Getty is a Canadian singer-      Amy Winehouse, Fred Eaglesmith, and
 songwriter whose music—incorporating            Billy Bragg. BBC Radio host Bob Harris
 roots, blues, and alternative country           described her as “a woman with a really
 idioms—has garnered critical acclaim            terrific voice—gritty, real stuff.”
 and extensive airplay in Canada, the US,          Craig Smith is a multi-instrumentalist,
 the UK, and Australia.                          producer, and singer-songwriter from
   Touring the international festival circuit    Kitchener, Ontario. He will accompany
 for the last four years, she has captivated     Romney on guitar, lapsteel, and harmony
 audiences with her agile fingerpicking           vocals.
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  Bamfield Folk ~ For performance opportunities in Bamfield (pop.
  300), phone: Darryl 250-728-3000 or Andrea 250-728-1260
  Cedar Song & Music Circle ~ Meets the 1st Saturday of the month
  Time: 7:30 PM ~ Admission: $2 ~ Phone: 250-722-2292                 FOLK CLUB FEATURES ON THE ISLANDS
  The Coffeehouse on Gabriola ~ Meets on the last Friday of the
  month ~ Time: 7:30 PM Open Stage/9 PM Feature ~ Admission:           Gabriola Folk Coffeehouse ..............Ben Sures
  $4/$2 kids ~ Phone: 250-658-0278 ~ Email: colcog@shaw.ca             July 31            250-658-0278
  Cowichan Folk Guild (Duncan) ~ Meets the 2nd Saturday of the
  month September to May ~ Time: 7:30 PM ~ Admission: $5 adults/       Highlands Folk                     Rhonda Lou & the Silver String Band
  $4 seniors & youth/free under 12 ~ Phone: 250-748-3975               July 11            250-727-9561
  Cumberland Cultural & Arts Society Coffee House ~ Meets the
  1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at the Miner’s Cafe & Bakery        Nanaimo Folk Connection ...............To be announced
  Time: 7 PM ~ Admission: $2 ~ Phone: 250-336-8893 (Diana)                                250-754-1321
  Deep Cove Folk ~ Meets the 2nd Friday of the month September
  to May ~ Time: 8 PM Admission: $5 ~ Please lug-a-mug ~ Phone:        SOUTH ISLAND
  250-384-9419
  Denman Backhall Coffeehouse ~ Meets once a month ~ Email:             Rig-a-Jig at the Blethering Place, 2nd & 4th Fridays ~ 7-9 pm ~ No cover
  kmitchell@kevinmitchell.ca ~ Phone: 250-335-0291
  Highlands Folk Club ~ Meets the 2nd Saturday of the month            Tradewinds and the Aloha Dancers will waft you to the South Seas with their
  7:30 PM ~ Admission $5/free under 15 ~ Phone: 250-727-9561           songs and dances of Hawai’i, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti ~ Sunday, July
  James Bay Coffee & Books ~ Meets every Friday September to            19th, 2pm ~ Music in the Park, Cameron Bandshell, Beacon Hill Park ~ No charge
  June ~ Time: 8 PM Open Stage/9 PM Feature ~ By donation ~ Phone:
  250-386-4700                                                         Clover Point Drifters bluegrass band ~ Wednesday, July 15th, 6 pm ~ On the
  Nanaimo Folk Connection ~ Meets on the 3rd Friday of the month       lawn at Government House ~ No charge
  Time: 7:30 PM ~ Admission: $4 ~ Phone: 250-754-1321
  Port Alberni Folk Coffeehouse – Meets the 1st Saturday of the         The Breakmen bluegrass quartet ~ Saturday, July 28th, 7:30 pm ~ Orange Hall,
  month ~ Phone: 250-724-3911                                          1620 Fernwood St. ~ $10 VBA members/$12 non-members ~ Reservations:
  Red Willow Coffee House ~ Meets the 2nd Friday of the month at        Colleen at 250-388-4520 or cob@shaw.ca
  Hope Lutheran Church, Nanaimo ~ Email: fcmfox@telus.net
  Salt Spring Folk Club ~ Meets once a month on Saltspring Island      Victoria Bluegrass Association’s 7th Annual Pickin’nic In The Pines
  Phone: 250-537-2828 ~ Web: www.saltspringfolkclub.ca                 Saturday, July 18th,noon to 8 pm; potluck dinner at 5:30 pm ~ Centennial Park
  Sooke Folk Coffeehouse ~ Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month          in Saanichton ~ Bring your bluegrass instrument, your voice, & your favorite
  September to May ~ Admission: $5 ~ For more information, visit       picnic dish to share at the potluck ~ A BBQ will be available for cooking ~ Paper
  sookefolkmusicsociety.com or call 250-642-4568 (Dave Gallant)        plates, cutlery, and the usual condiments will be provided ~ Bring you own non-
                                                                       alcoholic drinks only, please

                                                                       Storytellers of Canada 17th Annual Conference ~ July 8-12 at the University
                                                                       of Victoria ~ Info at www.sc-cc.com/annual

                                                                       SOOKE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT SERIES
                                                                       Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Road, Sooke ~ Admission $15 ~ For
                                                                       more info, visit sookefolkmusicsociety.com or call 250-642-4568
                                                                          Nancy Ruth ~ Saturday, July 4th, 8 pm
                                                                          Chloe Hall Trio ~ Saturday, July 18th, 8 pm

  The Victoria Folk Music Society                                     HOUSE CONCERTS

Admission to Sunday Folk Club ~ $5.00/16 and under free                The Shee ~ Wednesday, July 1, 7:30 pm, at Pondside, 426 Kinver Street,
No charge for VFMS members, volunteers, and performers                 Esquimalt ~ Admission $12/$10 ~ For reservations call 250-361-1830
Memberships ~ one year from date of purchase
$65.00 Individual $100.00 Family $17.00 newsletter only                Chris Chandler ~ Friday, August 7, 7:30 pm ~ For reservations call Karen at
                                                                       250-384-5174
Contacts
Folk Membership & Mailing info ..................... 250-475-1355
General info: info@victoriafolkmusic.ca........ 250-475-1355          GABRIOLA ISLAND
Host Master General: Nancy Taylor ................. 250-477-6844
Volunteer Coordinator: David Lowther ......... 250-749-6234            Singers Corner ~ Tuesdays, July 14 & 28, 7 pm, at Silva Bay Bar & Grill ~
Feature Performer Bookings                                             Join locals, travellers, sailors, and songcatchers in an evening of musical fun
Email: featurebooking@victoriafolkmusic.ca                             ~ Sing anything from naughty to nautical, camp to country, traditional to
                                                                       contemporary ~ Bring an instrument, add a harmony, whistle, hum, drum, clap,
Hot Line 250-413-3213
                                                                       tap or dance ~ For more info, contact Penny at 250-247-7344
Newsletter Editor
Peter Brunette: 250-744-2791 newsletter@victoriafolkmusic.ca
VFMS on the Web           www.victoriafolkmusic.ca
Ron Gillmore: webmaster@victoriafolkmusic.ca                                      VFMS Open-Stage Guidelines
                                                                       All performances are limited to 10 minutes unless prearranged
                          ISLANDFOLK                                   with the host.
             Email Folk Music Announcement and Discussion List
                   islandfolk@ml.islandnet.com                         Performers can play once per calendar month unless there are
This list is intended to serve Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands,     not enough musicians to fill the evening’s open stage.
and surrounding areas. Its primary purpose is to support contact,
communication, and co-ordination between performers,
presenters, fans, and aficionados of Folk Music. You must               Priority is always given to out-of-town visitors and musicians
subscribe to be able to write to the list. Follow the instructions     new to the Folk.
on this web page:
    http://ml.islandnet.com/mailman/listinfo/islandfolk                Interested in hosting? Please call Nancy at 250-477-6844.


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                                                                                                Gypsy Celts Slow Jams
                          512 Simcoe, Victoria                                         Monthly on the 3rd Thursday at the Travelodge, 229 Gorge
 Song Circle        A song circle which allows people to
                                                                                       Road E.; all acoustic instruments welcome; we play with sheet
                                                                                       music and by ear; a relaxed setting to improve skills and learn
sing any type of song they want. Contact Stewart: 250-382-5707                         new Irish, Scottish, and Old Time tunes.
Alternate Saturdays, 7:30 PM ~ CHECK CALENDAR FOR DATES                                Phone Marcia at 250-474-6890

 Victoria Nautical Song Circle                      • Join the circle                   Victoria Bluegrass Association
 • lead, sing-a-long, or pass • For info call Stewart 250-382-5707
                                                                                                    ~ Jams happen every Tuesday ~
Alternate Saturdays, 7:30 PM ~ CHECK CALENDAR FOR DATES                                         Orange Hall 1620 Fernwood Rd. Victoria
                 h t t p ://v ic t o r ia .t c .c a /C u lt u r e / V n s c /            Listening is free, players pay $3 ~ Time: 7:30–10:30 PM

 Celtic Ceili          Jammin’ Every Tuesday night at 8:00                                   Information: Colleen O’Brien 250-388-4520
    Everyone Welcome Ian 250-920-7999 Email: ianj1@shaw.ca                                           www.victoriabluegrass.ca



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                                                                                           Billets Needed for VFMS
                                                                                        Many of our feature acts come from away and
                                                                                      sometimes seek billets to help reduce their costs and
                                                                                      make life on the road less lonely. If you have a spare
                                                                                      room (with bed) for someone for a Sunday night,
                                                                                      please let us know. If you have preferences—e.g.,
                                                                                      non-smoking, women only, etc.—we are glad to
                                                                                      accommodate them. Optionally, if you are willing to
                                                                                      offer a Sunday dinner or Monday breakfast, you will
                                                                                      have an interesting companion with stories to tell!
                                                                                        Please contact Lynn Beak if you are willing to be
                                                                                      added to our billet list: lynnbeak@telus.net



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                                                                                                      The Art of the Song
                                                                                      The songwriters’ group meets every other Saturday at
                                                                                      2:00 PM at 1732 Bay Street. This month’s meeting is on
                                                                                      July 11th. The July 25th meeting is cancelled, as many of our
                                                                                      regulars will be at the Islands Folk Festival; we will resume
                                                                                      on August 8th. Bring a song that you want some feedback
                                                                                      on, present a songwriting problem for general discussion,
                                                                                      take part in the writing exercises, or just sit back and soak
                                                                                      it all up. Tea, coffee, and goodies are provided, and all are
                   Performers subject to change without notice.                       welcome. Info at 250-858-9323.


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                         Vancouver Island Musicfest ~ July 10th to 12th in Courtenay
   The Musicfest features concerts on six stages, dances, jams, music workshops, riverside camping, and activities for the whole
   family. This year’s performers include Alro Guthrie, Jane Bunnett, Eric Bibb, the Haints, Lorrie Matheson, Karley Summers, the
   Sojourners, Lynn Hansen, Mando Madness, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Enter the Haggis, Pete Huttlinger, Nordik Tree, Jen-
   nifer Scott and Réné Worst, and many more. Weekend pass $139 adults/$109 seniors/$69 youth (13-18). Tickets available at all
   Thrifty Foods locations. Info at islandmusicfest.com.

                   The Coombs Bluegrass Festival ~ July 31st to August 2nd in Coombs
   Join us in Coombs for some top-notch bluegrass. Bring your instrument and partake in one of the many acoustical jams that
   happen in our parking lots and camping areas. This year’s line-up includes Midnight Flight, Queens Bluegrass, 5 on a String,
   Clover Point Drifters, Hillside Gougers, Skagway, Grassmates, Old Time Fiddlers, Just Us, and Last Train. Weekend pass $60
   adults/$50 seniors and students. Day passes range from $15 to $25. Info at coombsbluegrassfestival.ca or call 250-951-2055.

                            The Filberg Festival ~ July 31st to August 3rd in Comox
   Best known as western Canada’s largest juried outdoor arts show, the Filberg Festival is also a music festival par excellence.
   This year’s performers include Alex Cuba, Bill Johnson, the Breakmen, Dave Harris, the David Kosub Quartet, Fred Eaglesmith,
   Gary Fjellgaard, Gordon Carter, the Irish Descendents, Murray McLaughlin, Mary Murphy, Michael Kaeshammer, Shari Ulrich,
   Shearwater, and more. Daily admission at the gate: $15/children 12 and under free. Advance tickets available in July at all
   Thrifty Foods locations, or charge by phone: 1-866-898-8499 or 250-338-2430. For more information visit filbergfestival.com


      Sunday              Monday               Tuesday             Wednesday               Thursday              Friday               Saturday
                                                                                    1                    2                     3                     4
                                                                       Weekly                Weekly
                                                                                                                                      Song Circle
                                                                                                                                     The Bent Mast



               July 2009
                                                                                          Victoria English
                                                                   Quicksbottom           Country Dance                                7:30 pm
                                                                      Morris                vecds.bc.ca
                                                                        7:30 pm
                                                                   Alan 250-656-2920         Weekly                                Sooke Folk presents
                                                                                                                                       Nancy Ruth
                                                                                        Songwriter Night                              8 pm (see p. 2)
                                                                       The Shee          Paisley Restaurant
                                                                    House Concert            Esquimalt
                                                                   7:30 pm (see p. 2)           8 pm


VFMS feature      5                     6                      7                    8                    9                10                      11
                                                                       Weekly                                                        Art of the Song
                            Weekly               Weekly                                                                              2 pm (see p. 3)
   Without              Island Thyme
                                             (except July 28)

                                            Bluegrass Jam
                                                                       Saanich                                   Red Willow
                                                                                                                Coffee House
                                                                                                                                   Nautical Song Circle
                                                                                                                                     The Bent Mast
                       Morris Dancing                               International
      a                                                                                                           Nanaimo               7:30 pm
                                             1620 Fernwood
                           Women                7:30 pm             Folk Dancers                              fcmfox@telus.net
                         250-385-1307                                  7:30 pm                                                      Highlands Folk
     Net                                     Chris Chandler
                                                                      1701 Beach
                                                                     250-598-6424
                                                                                                                                    Rhonda Lou & the
                                                                                                                                    Silver String Band
                                                                                                                                         7:30 pm
                                             House Concert
                                            7:30 pm (see p. 2)

VFMS feature
                12                   13
                                                 Weekly
                                                          14                     15                    16                 17                      18
                                                                                                                                   Victoria Bluegrass
    Mairi                                       Celtic Ceili
                                              The Bent Mast
                                                                    Victoria Folk
                                                                     Newsletter           Gypsy Celts
                                                                                                                                        Pickin’nic
                                                                                                                                       in the Pines
                                                                                                                                         (see p. 2)
  Campbell                                        8 pm
                                                 Weekly
                                                                      Deadline             Slow Jam
                                                                                              7:30 pm                                 Song Circle
                                                                                          Huntsman Room
   & Dave                                    Hollytree Morris
                                               459 Chester
                                                                     Clover Point
                                                                       Drifters
                                                                                            Travelodge
                                                                                        229 Gorge Road East
                                                                                                                                     The Bent Mast
                                                                                                                                       7:30 pm

   Francis                                      8-9:30 pm            On the lawn at                                                Sooke Folk presents
                                              Bev Anderson         Government House                                                   Chloe Hall Trio
                                              250-475-7044               6 pm                                                         8 pm (see p. 2)


VFMS feature
                19                   20                   21                     22                    23                 24                      25
                                                 Weekly
                                              (except the 1st
      Chloe                                      Tuesday)
                                            Society of Creative                                                                    Nautical Song Circle
       Hall                                   Anachronism
                                               Medieval
                                                                                                                                     The Bent Mast
                                                                                                                                        7:30 pm

       Trio                                     Dance
                                                Jacques
                                              250-478-4105



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VFMS feature                         27                   28                     29                    30                 31
   Romney
    Getty
                                                                                                               Gabriola Folk
                                            The Breakmen                                                         Ben Sures
                                            1620 Fernwood St.                                                  250-658-0278
                                            7:30 pm (see p. 2)
   & Craig
    Smith

     Coming in August ~ VFMS closed on the 2nd for BC Day long weekend ~ Bruce Brackney and Rick van Krugel
    on the 9th ~ Mandolin Jack (aka Chris Tulloch) on the 16th ~ Amy Bishop on the 23rd ~ Aspen Switzer on the 30th

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