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August 13: VFMS Annual Picnic & Folk Music Jam:

Saturday, August 13th from 1PM to 4PM!

Everyone — not just VFMS members — is welcome!

1PM* Beacon Hill Park, by the rose garden across from the petting zoo, Victoria, BC *to 4PM

Bring your own everything: instruments, songs, chairs, snack, drink, plates, cutlery, sunscreen.

Beginning at 1PM, ending around 4PM.

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: $8.00;
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:
Say “Hi” to people!

Second Half: 9:00 PM
The Feature

Format may occasionally vary

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Monthly Newsletter (N/L):
$85.00 Individual;
$140.00 Family;
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Victoria Folk Music Society,
c/o 3483 Lovat Avenue,
Victoria, BC, V8X 1T8

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starting with 2022
(going back to 1976!)

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(a list of many folks who have featured on our stage!)

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Departed Friends and Musicians

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


Aug 07 RIG-A-JIG
Aug 14 Dublin2
Aug 21 Hank Cramer
Aug 28 Marianne Grittani, Rose Birney & Bruce Cobanli
Sep 02 The Awakeneers

Aug 14 Dublin2 with Ceilidh Briscoe

Experience the raw excitement of “the session” with the polish of two well-travelled masters of Irish traditional music and song.

Terry Boyle (guitar and songs) from Dublin, arrived in Canada in 1989. Previously, he toured in Europe with various bands and spent six years performing in Boston, New York, Vermont and Austin, Texas. He has made numerous TV and radio appearances and released two CDs of original songs.

Martin Nolan (uilleann pipes and whistles) also from Dublin, is a world music traveller, performing in Australia and India as well as throughout USA and Europe. He is a master of the uilleann pipes, a beautiful, melodic and vastly more complicated instrument than the Scottish bagpipes.

While Terry and Martin played in various groups in Dublin during the folk revival of the seventies and eighties, often sharing the same stage, they never had the opportunity to play together until 2017 when, as Dublin2, they played a series of house concerts, festivals and open-air shows on Vancouver Island, including Butchart Gardens and The VFMS.

Dublin2 is pleased to be joined by Terry’s regular music partner and Victoria native, Ceilidh Briscoe, on fiddle. Ceilidh is a five-time North American Fiddle Champion and an All-Ireland Fiddle Champion who has performed in Ireland, the UK, Scandinavia, Germany, China and across North America with the world renowned “Riverdance”.

Aug 21 Hank Cramer

Hank Cramer is perhaps best known in maritime circles as the “shantyman” aboard the tall ship Lady Washington, but his repertoire covers a broad spectrum including Celtic ballads, Sea music, and Cowboy songs. He has recorded twenty-four CDs in his career, both as a solo artist and as a member of folk groups such as The Rounders, The Cutters, The Ferryboat Musicians, and Constellation’s Crew. Hank has performed regularly on Vancouver Island since 1992. His appearances have included Tall Ships Victoria, the Saltwater Festival, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and at the folk music clubs in Victoria, Sooke, Nanaimo, Mill Bay, Deep Cove, Qualicum, and Lantzville.

Hank is known for his resonant bass voice, smooth picking on a flat-top guitar, and wry sense of humor. If you come to his concert, plan to sing along – it’s encouraged! Expect a high-energy show with a wide selection of folk songs. And although Hank is from “south of the border”, expect high “Canadian content”. Hank’s shows always include ballads from some of his favorite Canadian writers, including James Keelaghan, Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, and Stan Rogers.

Sing Out! magazine described Hank’s “Songs of USS Constellation” as “the most beautiful and accomplished album of sea music we’ve ever heard.” Faith Petric, long-term leader of the San Francisco folk community, described Hank this way: “He made me laugh, and he made me cry. And that’s what good music is all about.” When not on the road performing, Hank lives on a ranch in Washington state’s Okanogan Valley with his cowgirl wife Kit and their many critters.

Aug 28 Marianne Grittani, Rose Birney & Bruce Cobanli

West Coast Music Award Nominee Marianne Grittani exudes musicality. Performing in B.C. for over 40 years, Marianne knows how to take her audience deep into the story-lines of her intriguing songwriting style with soulful and compelling vocals. Marianne, along with Rose Birney and Bruce Cobanli, all from Salt Spring Island, will be presenting a night of acoustic music to a Victoria audience for the first time in many years. Their musical arsenal includes mandolin, octave mandolin, harmonica, guitar, ukulele, stand-up bass, and tight harmonies. Marianne’s music is infused with thoughtfully crafted lyrics and catchy rhythms informed by her many and varied musical influences which range from Folk, Roots and Blues to Swing and R&B. With a long playlist of wholesome music and a generous heart, Marianne appeals to a wide ranging audience. Together with Rose and Bruce, this trio cooks up a delightful musical stew. Their engaging performances range from lively to intimate, always a joy to listen to and a joy to watch.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in August & September 2022 —

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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