The Victoria Folk Music Society acknowledges with respect and gratitude the Coast Salish People upon whose traditional territories we live, work, and play. We honour and
give special thanks to the Lekwungen and Saanich peoples, also called the Songhees, Esquimalt, Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tsawout and Tseycum First Nations.

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2019 VFMS Annual General Meeting: Tuesday, 7:30pm, Dec. 10th, 2019
at 3483 Lovat Avenue, Victoria, BC (prior to regular Business Meeting)

The Victoria Folk Music Society (VFMS)
Every Sunday
at 7:30 PM
at “Norway House”,
1110 Hillside Ave.
Victoria, BC
(between Quadra St.
and Cook St.
on the #4 bus route)

Admission: $7.00;
16 yrs. & under, Free;
VFMS members, volunteers, and performers: No Charge

Pre-Folk Jam: 6:45 PM

First Half: 7:30 PM
Open Stage:

sign up with Host and perform a ten-minute-set;

Performer Guidelines (PDF):
How to please a folk audience!

Half-time Break:
Tea, coffee and assorted goodies available

Second Half: 9:00 PM
The Feature

Format may occasionally vary

Memberships and
Monthly Newsletter (N/L):
$75.00 Individual;
$120.00 Family;
$17.00 N/L only

FOR Information or Emergency Contact
email info@victoriafolkmusic.ca
or
 

Mail to: VFMS c/o
Old Town Strings,
1034 Hillside Ave.
Victoria, BC V8T 2A5

For booking info, email featurebooking at victoriafolkmusic.ca

Email comments, updates, or queries about the VFMS website to webmaster at victoriafolkmusic.ca

Many more local folk listings on the Folk Events page…

Check out our Archive of previous VFMS features
starting with 2019
(going back to 1976!)

We have a special page
of links to performers’ websites: see Performer Links, mostly,
(a list of many folks who have featured on our stage!)

A Vancouver Island-focused IslandFolk eMail ListServ: Email about music & music events. To subscribe: go to ml.islandnet.com/mailman/list info/islandfolk/

View in your browser or download the VFMS December 2019 Newsletter
(PDF)

Departed Friends and Musicians

Live-Music Event Venues Facebook Events shared on the VFMS Facebook webpage in the last year (250+ venues)

 

Dec 01: Mark Stuart
Dec 08: West My Friend
Dec 15: Lebeau-Petersen
Dec 22: Cluny Macpherson
Dec 29: Seasonal Party with RIG-A-JIG

Dec 08: West My Friend

In the modern musical landscape, it’s rare to hear something as put-together as three-piece Cascadian folk outfit West My Friend— something so layered, deeply symphonic, baroque, and mysterious in its own winking way, while still courting an edge of disaster. Simple is safe, but complex is fiery, intricate, and ultimately more rewarding.

Mingling grassroots guitar, mandolin, accordion, orchestral instruments, and interweaving harmonies, their latest album “In Constellation” features longtime members Eden Oliver, Alex Rempel, and Jeff Poynter conceiving a new box, then thinking outside of it. With over 650 performances and several tours under their collective belt, West My Friend is bringing forth a new sound you’ve never known you’ve wanted and new meaning to the things you’ve never known you needed.

Dec 15: Lebeau-Petersen

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Niels Petersen has been a performing musician, producer, and song-writer, since his move to Canada. A prolific composer, Niels has over 100 songs and compositions in his catalogue; he has written music for CBC radio shows, television, and documentaries.

Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Connie Lebeau moved to the west coast of Canada, teaming up with husband Niels Petersen. She has toured from coast to coast with Canadian troubadour Valdy, as well as with Shari Ulrich, Gary Fjellgaard, Roy Forbes, Connie Caldor, and opened up shows for Dolly Parton.

Dec 22: Cluny Macpherson

Cluny Macpherson is a true original. He has traveled across Canada by bus, rail, and thumb. His songs have been described as “perfect and timeless”. He writes about Sudbury, globalization, tragedy, and his daughter. And, he makes a mean hollandaise. He can play the guitar, banjo, bass, and mandolin. He currently resides in Victoria, BC, and has been said to possess Victoria’s “most authentic bluegrass voice.”

Cluny hasn’t played for the Folk since 2013 and (like us) is excited for his return!

Dec. 29: Seasonal Party with RIG-A-JIG

Bring your dancing shoes, some finger food, and a whole lot of seasonal cheer (non-alcoholic, please!) to the club’s annual year-end party. RIG-A-JIG will provide the music, guest-callers the dancing instructions, and Morris Dancers their unique style of entertainment.

RIG-A-JIG sprung from the Morris and Folk Club scene, and has spanned the entire last two decades of the Victoria Folk Music Society. Known for its upbeat Celtic music, the band regularly plays gigs, weddings, and dances—especially contra dances. The band consists of Molly Raher Newman on percussion, mandolin, and lap dulcimer; Dick Pollard on fiddle; Ian Johnston on guitar; Dave Klassen on bass; Karen Gillmore on flutes and banjo; and all of the above on vocals.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in January 2020 —

Previous Folk Club Features

Listed by date, one year of VFMS Feature Acts per webage:
 201920182017,  …   199819971996,  … back to  1976!
(We resolved to have a weekly Coffee House beginning January 1986;
 the previous schedule was twice a month, second- and fourth- Sundays).


The Calendar…


                            ... 2019 ...

      October                 November                December
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       1  2  3  4  5                    1  2     1  2  3  4  5  6  7
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27 28 29 30 31          24 25 26 27 28 29 30    29 30 31


                            ... 2020 ...

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Guitar Fingerboard, Standard Tuning: notes of the D major scale:

D major scale—2 sharps—F# and C#.

six strings, 22 frets. Note: image is 300 pixels per inch, so you can zoom in on it…

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