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5432 Dalhart Road NWCalgary, AB Canada
Great music, great friends and great times!
Since 1972, the home of folk music and the favourite venue of artists from all over the world between September and April has been Calgary Folk Club.
Gretchen Peters January 13 2017
Trent Severn April 07 2017
Sarah Jane Scouten February 10 2017
Big Little Lions March 10 2017
Smarty Pants January 13 2017
Shawna Caspi January 27 2017
The Dead South February 24 2017
The Eastern Belles March 24 2017
Dave Gunning January 27 2017
Corin Raymond November 25 2016
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
October 28 2016
Roger Roger November 11 2016
The Once November 11 2016
Benjamin Dakota Rogers September 30 2016
The Bills February 10 2017
The Bombadils October 14 22016
Jenny Allen - September 16,2016
Connie Kaldor - September 30 2016
The Leahys March 10 2017
Charlie A'Court September 16, 2016
Treasa Levasseur November 25 2016
Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir October 14 2016
Jeffery Straker February 24 2017
Ken Stead April 07 2017
GRETCHEN PETERS (USA)
Based in Nashville, Gretchen Peters is one of music city’s most beloved, respected artists, writing and singing deeply moving, poetic songs drenched in beauty and mystery. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rodney Crowell said upon inducting her that her song The Matador moved him so greatly he cried from the soles of his feet. Whether for her solo work or collaborations with the likes of Bryan Adams, kudos follows from fans and critics alike, most recently for her double album The Essential Gretchen Peters.
These daredevils from the Columbia Valley all wear the pants. The harmonies of Brian Rogers (percussion), Kurt Reichel (guitar) and Bill Cropper (guitar, harmonica) will leave you undone while their repartee leaves you in stitches.
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DAVE GUNNING and J.P. Cormier (NS)
Dave Gunning J.P. Cormier
Returning to the CFC for his fourth appearance, Pictou County’s favourite son completed his 11th and most recent solo album, Lift, at home in Nova Scotia with a stellar supporting cast of co-writers and musicians. Dave Gunning’s trophy case overflows with awards, including multiple East Coast and Canadian Folk Music Awards and a JUNO nomination. Fans of his finely-crafted stories of Maritime life and his endearing stagecraft won’t be disappointed, but if you’d like to request These Hands, you’ll have to take a number! www.davegunning.com Dave is joined by renowned Canadian multi-instrumentalist J.P. Cormier, who began playing guitar around age five and at 16 recorded his first album, a collection of bluegrass instrumentals. His phenomenal command of a range of stringed, keyboard and percussion instruments has taken him from session work to the festival circuit to the Grand Ole Opry. Recipient of numerous East Coast and Canadian Folk Music Awards, Cormier’s latest release is The Chance (2015).
SHAWNA CASPI (ON)
Shawna Caspi sings of love, travel, home, and heart, distilling her experiences into finely-crafted vignettes with humour and grace. Her latest release, Apartments for Lovers, showcases her rich voice and accomplished fingerstyle guitar work.
THE BILLS (BC)
Fans of The Bills, in other words anyone who has heard them, know that it’s no overstatement to call this Victoria-based quintet Canada’s acoustic music super-group. As the Glasgow Herald enthused, they are: “the biggest blast of fresh air to come out of Canada since The Band.” Their 2016 album Trail of Tales offers 14 originals showcasing their evocative songwriting, instrumental genius and indefinable sound. Folk? Roots? Jazz? Rock? Classical? World music? Genres need not apply. We’re welcoming The Bills back for their fourth CFC appearance.
SARAH JANE SCOUTEN (QC)
Sarah Jane Scouten
By age five, Sarah Jane Scouten was singing a Willie P. Bennett song. Today she is arguably Canada’s premiere purveyor of old-timey and bluegrass, channeling Hank Williams and Iris Dement in her superlative songs.
JEFFERY STRAKER (SK)
Since his acclaimed debut at the CFC in 2014, Jeffery has added extensive media work to his prolific touring and writing schedule. His dynamic live shows combine showmanship, cabaret, finely-wrought songs and acrobatic vocals that have drawn comparisons to Freddie Mercury. Critics have called North Star Falling (2015) a record “of the kind Elton John made in his peak early period,” and Vagabond (2012) “a flawless work of art” and “one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed [Canadian] albums in a long time.”
THE DEAD SOUTH (SK)
The Dead South
Regina’s The Dead South serve up a gumbo of hard-driving bluegrass with Nate Hilts' gritty vocals and guitar, Scott Pringle (harmonies and mandolin), Colton Crawford (banjo and kick drum), and Danny Kenyon (cello).
THE LEAHYS (ON)
The Leahy sisters began singing in the choir at church. At the same time, a love of traditional, celtic instrumental music and step-dancing was instilled in them in the Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian, and Cape Breton traditions. The Leahys features five of the seven Leahy sisters, along with one of four brothers. Songs, song-writing, and the gorgeous vocal blend of harmonies that come when siblings sing together maintain the distinctive sound of the family's celtic, traditional, and instrumental music roots.
BIG LITTLE LIONS (BC)
Big Little Lions
The 2015 CFMA Ensemble of the Year, Big Little Lions comprises JUNO-winning Helen Austin and Paul Otten. Their album A Little Frayed, A Little Torn is a jubilant collection of folk-pop songcraft." (Popmatters.com)
THE EASTERN BELLES (CATHERINE MACLELLAN, ASHLEY CONDON, MEAGHAN BLANCHARD) (PEI)
The Eastern Belles
No strangers as individuals to Canadian festival and folk club stages (including the CFC), PEI’s own Catherine MacLellan, Ashley Condon and Meaghan Blanchard are touring together as the Eastern Belles while they simultaneously pursue their flourishing solo careers. Three fine solo performers with distinct, stunning voices that can stand alone powerfully and then combine to create some of the sweetest harmonies you could wish to hear, The EASTERN BELLES share their love for old country, folk and Americana in the heavenly gift of their musical collaboration.
TRENT SEVERN (ON)
Unabashed boosters of all things Canadiana, Trent Severn: Emm Gryner (bass), Dayna Manning (guitar/banjo) and Lindsay Schindler (fiddle) encourages you to wear plaid or flannel to their shows, be kind to each other and enjoy a beer at the end of the day. Tight harmonies, stories about the people and the land they love and know so well, devotion to their craft and a passion to add to the great Canadian songbook are the hallmarks of this rising star in the musical firmament.
KEN STEAD (AB)
After being sent to the Edmonton Folk Festival by his mom as a punishment, Ken Stead never looked back. His superb album Fear Has No Place Here is our reward for his punishment!
CHARLIE A'COURT (NS)
His father’s vinyl record collection inspired Charlie A’Court as a kid growing up in Nova Scotia, where he immersed himself in soul and blues masters such as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and B.B. King. A’Court developed prodigious guitar chops to accompany his soulful vocals, and with a brace of East Coast Music Awards and a new album, Come on Over (2015), he has emerged as a major Canadian talent. His solo concert is sure to captivate and mesmerize you.
JENNY ALLEN (AB)
Calgary’s own Jenny Allen returns for her third CFC visit to speak honest truths about hard-won life lessons. With powerful, sultry vocals and driving folk-rock rhythms, Jenny stands and fearlessly delivers.
CONNIE KALDOR (QC)
Recipient of multiple JUNO awards, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal (2002) and the Order of Canada (2007), few Canadian musicians have been as decorated or as celebrated as Connie Kaldor. From prairie roots in Saskatchewan and Alberta, her career has taken her around the world, attracting a devoted following as a riveting performer and as a powerful, unique Canadian icon. Witty, serious, versatile, down-home and urbane, you won’t want to miss Connie in her 12th CFC appearance.
BENJAMIN DAKOTA ROGERS (ON)
Benjamin Dakota Rogers
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, two-time CFMA nominee, Benjamin Dakota Rogers writes honest, expressive folk music with reflective emotion; and his live performances feature his unique voice, guitar and explosive fiddle.
LINDA TILLERY and THE CULTURAL HERITAGE CHOIR (US)
Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir
A perennial favourite with Canadian folk club and folk festival audiences, the Grammy®-nominated Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir (CHC) return for their fourth CFC appearance. Performing since 1992, the CHC is a percussion-driven vocal ensemble that preserves and shares the rich musical tradition of African-American music. They pursue this mission by bringing academic research and historical recordings to life in dynamic, rhythmic, energetic shows. Be prepared to be transported by a breathtaking experience of authentic African-American roots music.
THE BOMBADILS (QC)
Maritimer Luke Fraser and prairie-girl Sarah Frank integrate Celtic, folk, fiddle and other traditions. Story-telling and kitchen parties fuse seamlessly with Luke and Sarah’s vocals.guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo.
GORDIE MACKEEMAN and his RHYTHM BOYS (PEI)
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
From that endless source of great music known as Prince Edward Island comes Gordie MacKeeman (fiddle/cello/guitar/feet percussion) and his Rhythm Boys: Peter Cann (guitar/banjo), Thomas Webb (guitar/bass/banjo/steel guitar) and Jason Burbine (guitar/bass/percussion). Hot on the heels of their new album, Laugh, Dance and Sing, the boys crank it way up to serve you electrifying, bluegrass and vibrant, old-timey roots music; so get set for a heapin’ helpin’ of toe-tappin’, foot-stompin’, jaw-droppin’ bliss guaranteed to bring you to your feet.
REBECCA LAPPA (AB)
One of the brightest, fastest rising stars on the scene and recipient of the 2015 CFMA Young Performer of the Year Award, Rebecca’s songs effortlessly merge history, mythology, poetry, genres, and her pure, classically-trained mezzo-soprano.
THE ONCE (NFL)
An indie folk trio, the Once (Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill) has blossomed since recording their first album in 2009 into one of Newfoundland’s finest musical exports with the release of their latest CD, Departures. Gorgeous, three-part harmonies, versatile acoustic instrumentation and mature song-writing rooted in Newfoundland’s Celtic-inspired musical heritage have already earned them a JUNO nomination and three Canadian Folk Music Awards. Treat yourself to an evening of the enchanting and entrancing signature sounds of the Once.
ROGER ROGER (MB)
There are sibling harmonies and there are the harmonies of Winnipeg twins Lucas and Madeleine Roger, who come by their diverse talents honestly, having grown up in the recording studio of their producer/engineer/musician father, Lloyd Peterson.
Vocal Harmony Workshop
Whether you sing in the shower, belong to a choir or are honing your skills as a singer-songwriter, don't miss this rare opportunity to learn the secrets of harmonizing from The Once, an award-winning trio whose success has been built on their exquisite vocals. Spaces are limited so reserve your spot soon!
Date: Sat, November 12
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Place: Dalhousie Community Centre, 5432 Dalhart Road N.W.
Cost - $100.00 (plus service fee)
Limited to 30 participants
CORIN RAYMOND (ON)
If you’re a CFC regular, you’ll remember Toronto troubadour Corin Raymond from 2012 as the great Canadian Tire money man, and if you like songwriting tales that are tall, dark and slightly nefarious, don’t miss this show. In a rapturous review of his latest album, Acoustic Guitar said this: “romantic, immediate and narcotic, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams charts an emotional topography in which touchstones from the waking world drop into dreamscapes and resonate, the dead stay reassuringly close, and the fever never breaks.” Enough said.
TREASA LEVASSEUR (ON)
Blending old school R&B with her songs, Treasa Levasseur’s smart, soulful grooves has made her a hot name in folk, roots, blues and jazz circles. Her 2008 album Low Fidelity was critically acclaimed and JUNO-nominated.
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