(a non-profit organization promoting traditional & roots folk music in association with The Home County Folk League) 

2017 - 2018 Concert Season

Our 24th Season at Chaucer's
Map to Chaucer's (click here)


NEXT CONCERT

From Ann Arbor, Michigan – Celtic World Quartet

NESSA

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Sunday, Oct. 1, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

To order tickets online, click the button

Advance tickets are available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Nessa is a Celtic fusion group led by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Kelly McDermott, known for her dazzling flute technique and beautiful, soulful voice. She is joined by co-founder/multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier to research and arrange the music of Nessa. This hard-working team re-imagines the ballads and dances of the U.K. and Europe, uniquely blending elements of classical, folk, jazz, funk and world music to create rich, complex musical hybrids. Here you can listen to some of Nessa’s music - https://soundcloud.com/nessamusic-2/sets/nessa-3-new-tracks and watch a short promo video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g6kR2HQAAA

With no shortage of virtuosity, Nessa includes some of Southeastern Michigan’s hottest players. The band moves audiences with funky reels, “barn burner” jigs, and deep, soulful glimpses of old stories.Nessa has a mystical, dreamy side akin to the music of Loreena McKennitt, an energetic aspect not unlike Solas, a touch of global fusion a la Pentangle and Eilleen Ivers, and a depth and dimension similar to Brian Eno.  Here is an interview with Nessa’s leader Kelly McDermott - https://soundcloud.com/nessamusic-2/sets/michigan-radio-npr-interview

 

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


 

UPCOMING CONCERTS

 

Direct from Scotland, Ex members of Battlefield Band

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante

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Sunday, Oct. 15, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

To order tickets online, click the button

Advance tickets are available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Alan Reid was a vital member of Battlefield Band from its inception in 1969 till his departure in 2010. In that time he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as Garrison Keillor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield. The band won awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. and throughout Alan was at the heart, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band Alan’s contribution to the band’s story has ensured it’s stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many of today's Celtic musicians. Alan’s singing has long been respected by his peers, illustrated when he was invited to participate in the Linn Recordings series on the complete works of Robert Burns. Moreover his song writing has grown in stature ever since the 1980s when his songs first appeared in the band repertoire, lyrical songs steeped in history, strong in storytelling and rich in melody.

Dutch born Rob van Sante is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano so it is no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. During the 1970's, 80's and 90's he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Rob worked with Battlefield Band for 13 years as sound engineer for both live and recorded work. He was commonly acknowledged as their fifth member. In 2010 he left the band to concentrate on playing and recording in the duo with Alan.

Alan Rob have recently released a new CD titled "Rough Diamonds" featuring old and new favourites from their repertoire.

 

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


 

John Wort Hannam

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Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's (upstairs), 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

Advance tickets are available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

His Grade 6 report card states: “John has the potential to be an excellent student but must fight the urge to make a joke out of absolutely everything.”  Today John’s mantra states, "You’re dead a long time, so you better get out there and make something beautiful.”  

Perhaps it’s the growing list of accolades, which these days include a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Galaxie Rising Star Award and a Kerrville New Folk title, or perhaps it’s the lofty comparisons reviewers have made to Tom Russell, W.O. Mitchell and Margaret Laurence. Whatever it is, Lethbridge, AB based, folk-­‐roots musician, John Wort Hannam is making music with a new-­‐found confidence these days.  15 years into his career and he is far and away writing his best material yet.

John has released 6 recordings in 13 years with performance highlights that include a win at the Kerrville, Texas New Folk Song Competition, collaborating with the Calgary Philharmonic, composing the 50th Anniversary song for his alma mater, University of Lethbridge, composing the 2012 Alberta Winter Games official song and playing the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. His new album will be ready to launch sometime in Winter 2017-18.

 

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


 

2-time JUNO Award Winner

Jenny Whiteley

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Sunday, Nov. 26, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

Advance tickets are available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Music critics have compared Jenny Whiteley's striking vocals and songwriting to Emmy Lou Harris and Lucinda Williams, raving that she “swings effortlessly from black-hearted back-porch Americana to Laurel Canyon country” (No Depression).

Jenny got an early start playing music with her father and uncle, Chris and Ken Whiteley, who formed the popular Original Sloth Band in the heyday of Toronto folk.

After several years performing and recording with her bluegrass band Heartbreak Hill, Jenny recorded and co-produced her first solo effort, a self-titled album, in 2000. The album won the Juno Award for Roots Traditional Album of the year. Jenny’s follow-up record Hopetown was her first with producer and friend Steve Dawson. Remarkably, this record won the Juno for Roots Album in 2003, making Jenny one of only a few artists to win Juno Awards for their first and second records. Her next two albums Dear (2006) and Forgive or Forget (2009) also earned glowing reviews from critics in North America and Europe. In addition to her two Juno wins, she has been nominated four times as a solo artist and with The Junior Jug Band and Heartbreak Hill. She has a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for her song “Baby, I” as performed by Amy Millan, a gold record for her family band's recording and has toured all over the U.S., Europe and Canada, performing at nearly every major music festival including Edmonton Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Mariposa, Stan Rogers Fest, Stardust Picnic, and many more.

Jenny and husband Joey Wright reside in their country home in eastern Ontario, with their two daughters. She dedicates her latest Juno-nominated album The Original Jenny Whiteley to her father, Chris.

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


From Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kitty Donohoe

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Sunday, Dec. 10, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

Advance tickets are available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Ann Arbor based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage, as well as her American roots, as an artist. Iconic WFMT-Chicago folk DJ Rich Warren calls Kitty “far above and beyond most singersongwriters.” She writes music that has been called “earthy, luminous and compelling” (The Weekender) and she’s been praised in the press equally for her voice, her musicality, and her songwriting. Sing Out!, one of the oldest and most respected folk music magazines in the industry, says that Kitty is “ one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mezmerizing fabric.”

Her latest album is The Irishman’s Daughter. ‘Kitty Donohoe is, like the title of the album, an Irishman’s daughter.  On this recording she explores her roots and her relationship with Ireland, it’s lore, it’s wider culture and it’s music.  She has a fine posse of players…and adds her guitar, cittern and piano to a number of tracks.  Kitty is making a name for herself in Irish America and you can see why from the high quality of the work here.” -  Irish Music Magazine

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


New Cumberland

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Saturday, Jan. 20, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's (upstairs), 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

Advance tickets are available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three-part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance. The resumes for the various individuals in New Cumberland include bluegrass stints with The Dixie Flyers, Rural Retreat and Cumberland Wail – as well as wide ranging experiences outside bluegrass in rock and folk music. Proficient in the straight ahead driving bluegrass of Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin, New Cumberland also stretches the genre in directions taken by The Seldom Scene, John Hartford and Jerry Garcia’s Old and in the Way. Songs from non- bluegrass artists such as the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Willie P. Bennett are also liable to appear on a New Cumberland set list.

“The boys in New Cumberland never fail to deliver an entertaining mix of classic bluegrass songs along with lots of great material pulled from other traditions – old and new. Solid lead vocals, sweet harmony singing, and some of the finest instrumental playing you’ll hear anywhere. It’s always a great show.” - Ian Bell, The Crooked Stovepipe, Villa Nova

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


 

Reynolds, Robinson & Lodge

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Sunday, Feb. 25, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

Advance tickets are available SOON at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North
(725 Fanshawe Park W.),

The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant (122 Carling St).

Reynolds, Robinson & Lodge is a folk trio that evolved from three good friends (Mike, Warren & John) getting together on a regular basis to enjoy each other's company, share our passion for good music and sip a little of our favourite beverage. After we first heard and met The Kruger Brothers, Mike Reynolds was inspired to do more with some tunes he'd been tinkering with over time, and began developing them into performance pieces. Of course, using a banjo to do so has it's inherent issues, and he quickly engaged some accomplices, um ... accompanists. As our body of work grew, and given our collective and fading ability to remember things, it became apparent that Mike's music needed to be recorded for posterity, or at least for posterior use. And so along came our first CD, Into the Wind, designed to reflect the variety of our music, the depth and breadth of our passion, Mike's innate talent for creating great tunes, and sprinkled with some covers of great music we enjoy playing together.

The new album Haze Around the Moon was released in June 2017 and includes guest percussionist Cheryl Prashker of the acclaimed Celtic band RUNA. This new CD offers more vocal selections, and a wider array of musical instruments, blending the lead banjo with bass and guitar as with their prior CD, but with the addition of mandocello, mandola, baritone guitar and percussion, for a more complex and robust experience.

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


JUST ADDED

Joe Jencks & Si Kahn - Sun. March 11

Matthew Byrne - Sun. March 25

David Bradstreet & Paul Mills - Sun. April 22

Cassie & Maggie MacDonald - Sun. May 27

 

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

Please note: The Village Idiot accepts CASH ONLY

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

Special Advance $80 Multi-Ticket Available only at the Concerts = 5 Concerts for the Price of 4
(pay for 4 concerts and get the 5th one free)

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.

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HERE IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR IN THE 2017-18 SEASON

Sept. 10 – Friends of Fiddler’s Green

Sept. 24 – Rosie Hood & Ollie King


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2016/2017 Season

 

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