(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)


SEASON OPENING CONCERT

Friends of Fiddler’s Green

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Sunday, Sept. 10, 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).

This totally uncategorizable collection has been together, with a few personnel changes, since their inauguration at Toronto's Fiddler's Green coffeehouse in 1971. Nobody, not even the Friends themselves, can predict what might happen during one of their concerts, but it always includes humour, powerful vocal harmony, great musicianship, social commentary and an irresistible urge to dance. The current lineup is Alistair Brown, Ian Robb, Ian Bell, Grit Laskin, Jeff McClintock, and Laurence Stevenson.  The Friends were recipients of the 2003 Estelle Klein Award, given by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals for service to folk music in Ontario.

 

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


 

Direct from England

Rosie Hood & Ollie King

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Sunday, Sept. 24, 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).

A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie Hood has become more than purely a traditional singer. Having started learning folk songs at an early age from her family, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs. “I have tried to depict the beautiful and the actual”, wrote Alfred Williams in 1923 in the introduction to his book Folk Songs of the Upper Thames. Williams not only provided the title for Rosie’s debut solo album but also the starting point for Rosie’s research into Wiltshire song. Williams did not collect melodies which further inspired Rosie to write her own tunes and, more recently, whole new songs that balance perfectly with the old material to make up The Beautiful and The Actual.  R2 Magazine wrote, “She has a magical voice, an awareness of her roots, a sense of fun on stage, and of course, makes the most marvellous music.”

 

Firmly rooted in the English tradition, Ollie King’s playing explores the emotive side of the melodeon which he showcases expertly through his selection of material from both within and without the folk canon. On his most recent solo album, as well as melodeon and voice, Ollie contributes electric guitar, piano, and duet concertina to further expand the sonic pallet and help to explore the nature of the folk process – how the music morphs and changes as it passes from person to person – and how this process affects other music. Described by Andy Cutting as “one of the finest… up and coming young melodeon players in England”, Ollie King pushes the boundaries and expectations of the humble squeezebox and continues to augment that Instrument’s settings.

 

 

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


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. 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. 

 

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


Direct from Scotland

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).

 

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


 

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).

 

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).

 

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).

 

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).

 

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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