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

2014 - 2015 Concert Season
Our 21st Season at Chaucer's
Map to Chaucer's (click here)
(artists and dates may be subject to change)


Next Concert

Boreal

(Jude Vadala, Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley)

SONGS FOR THE SNOWY SEASON

CD Release Concert for "Winter's Welcome"

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Please bring non-perishable food items for The London Food Bank

This is also our “Annual Tacky Gift Exchange” – This your opportunity to re-gift an inexpensive item, please bring it wrapped – Everyone gets a gift.

 

Sunday, December 14, 7:30 pm
Chaucer's, 122 Carling St., London, Ontario
Tickets $15 advance / $18 Door

 

 

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Boreal are Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley, and Jude Vadala. Each December take some time away from their individual careers to team up to present a very special concert of Christmas and other seasonal music titled "Songs for the Snowy Season." These three Guelph songstresses have dug up old and new songs written about the snowy season. Their ability to pick a great song, their love of beautiful lyrics, melodies and harmonies, their combined songwriting skills, their 'tour de force' voices and the joy they feel singing with each other all make for an unforgettable event. Join them in welcoming winter.

 

It all started in Jude's kitchen. Katherine, Tannis and Jude, all with music careers of their own, decided to join forces and do a show of winter songs. The rehearsal space was Jude's kitchen table. After a few weeks of meticulously working out harmonies, singing a cappella on some songs and adding guitar on others, Boreal did its first show. That was over seven years ago. Now Boreal's show has become a Christmas tradition. This coming 'Snowy Season' will see the launch of a brand new album for Boreal, featuring many of the songs they are known and loved for in their live shows. Album releases have been scheduled in Elmira, Brampton, Guelph, Newmarket and London, Ontario with more to be added soon.

 

“Jude, Tannis, & Katherine's annual winter concert is absolutely magical. The gorgeous vocals of these women plus the sharing of anecdotes and laughter bring the wonder back to winter--you'll be smiling about it for the rest of the season.” - 'Stine, Host of Wake Up! CFRU 93.3FM

 

Advance tickets for all concerts can be purchased at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade
(725 Fanshawe Park W.), The Village Idiot, and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant

Call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


 

COMING IN THE NEW YEAR

EH?!

Anne Lederman, James Stephens, and Joe Phillips

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Sunday, January 18, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's Pub, 122 Carling St., London

$15 Advance / $18 Door

 

 

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Eh?! is the new collaborative fiddle-based trio of James Stephens, Anne Lederman, with Joe Phillips on acoustic bass and other strings. Solidly rooted in traditional styles, Eh?! is dedicated to bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary Canadian folk music. Think of it as music with deep roots, soaring branches and birds leaving the nest, heading for distant horizons. All three core members of Eh?! sing and play several instruments as well as fiddle: voices, piano, mandolin, guitar, feet, percussion and accordion. Since Eh?! is devoted to collaboration and improvisation, anything can happen at an Eh?! event.

 

Formed in 2009, Eh?! has performed at: The Mariposa Folk Festival (2011), The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (2011), The Tribal Gallery, The Gladstone Artbar, The Saline Celtic Festival, The Flying Cloud Folk Club, Algoma Trad Music and Dance Camp, Legless Stocking, Goderich Suzuki School, The Dan Dance, Christmas at the Assembly Hall and many house concerts. Eh?!'s first self-titled CD was released in June 2011, and features guest performances from Andy Hillhouse (guitar) Joe Phillips (bass) and Ben Grossman and Rob Graves (percussion).

 

Advance tickets for all concerts can be purchased at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade
(725 Fanshawe Park W.), The Village Idiot, and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant

Call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


 

ALLISON LUPTON BAND

(Allison Lupton, Ian Bell, Andrew Collins, Shane Cook, Denis Rondeau)

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Sunday, February 15, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's Pub, 122 Carling St., London

$15 Advance / $18 Door

 

 

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In 2008, Allison Lupton was honoured with a nomination in the "Traditional Singer of the Year' category by the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Vinyl Cafe host, Stuart McLean once described Allison as having "...a beautiful, clear singing voice, an eclectic capability and sensibility and the ability to tell a story with her flute. She is a wonderful musician and a lovely person."

 

Allison's interest in music began in the rural Ontario community of West Zorra Township where she learned to sing harmony in the church choir. She got her start playing folk music with the band Killiecrankie which was regularly featured on CBC Radio's legendary Max Ferguson Show. Her musical travels have taken her to perform at such venues as Cecil Sharpe House in London, England, CBC Radio's Vinyl Cafe, and The Palace Theatre (London, ON) opening for Fairport Convention.

 

Allison's band, which has never yet submitted to being named, is composed of a stellar group of musicians, including renowned veteran of the Canadian folk scene Ian Bell, Ontario's busiest bass player Denis Rondeau, mandolin wizard Andrew Collins, and acclaimed Ontario fiddler Shane Cook. Delighting listeners with their beautiful renditions of traditional and original songs and tunes, the group features exquisite, three-part vocal harmonies and captivating arrangements.

 

Allison Lupton will release her new CD “Half My Heart” on October 25th. “Half My Heart” was recorded at James Gordon’s Pipe Street Studio in Guelph, ON.  Allison has two previous solo recordings: “My True Love” (2001) and “Fly Like Swallows” (2007).

 

Advance tickets for all concerts can be purchased at
Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade
(725 Fanshawe Park W.), The Village Idiot, and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant

Call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


 

ALAN REID & ROB VAN SANTE

(ex-members of Scotland's legendary Battlefield Band)

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Sunday, March 15, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's Pub, 122 Carling St., London

$15 Advance / $18 Door

 

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.

 

Advance tickets will be available soon.

For Information call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com

Call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


 

Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee for “Traditional Singer of the Year”

LIZZY HOYT

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Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's Pub, 122 Carling St., London

$15 Advance / $18 Door

 

Lizzy Hoyt is an award-winning Canadian vocalist and songwriter who also happens rank among the top Celtic instrumentalists in the country. With the voice of an angel, Lizzy delivers music and stories with soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions. Lizzy’s fourth album New Lady on the Prairie (produced by John Reischman and Lizzy Hoyt; to be released Oct. 1st, 2014) demonstrates a mature and refined ‘transatlantic’ sound that blends influences from Celtic, bluegrass and folk traditions.

Lizzy’s music has been recognized on both the national and international level. She won “Best Female Artist” at the 8th International Acoustic Music Awards (a contest that saw over 11 000 applicants), was a Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee for “Traditional Singer of the Year” and has been named a finalist in both the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the USA Songwriting Competition. In addition to these, Lizzy was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding contribution to commemorating Canadian veterans and history through music.

Advance tickets will be available soon.

For Information call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com

Call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


 

Irish America Singer/Songwriter

KITTY DONOHOE

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Sunday, April 26, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's Pub, 122 Carling St., London

$15 Advance / $18 Door

 

Ann Arbor based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe is not just an Irish/Celtic singer, although 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 mesmerizing fabric.”

 

Advance tickets will be available soon.

For Information call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com

Call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


 

SCANTILY PLAID

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Sunday, May 31, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's Pub, 122 Carling St., London

$15 Advance / $18 Door

 

Scantily Plaid is a remarkable fusion of Celtic and roots music - traditional and original, old and new - a hundred years of musical experience, played now, with joy, with respect, and from the heart. The Celtic harp with the pure, beautiful vocals of Ruth Sutherland, the robust vocals, and myriad of other instruments (drums, guitar, harmonica, djembe, banjo and sitar) played to perfection by Doug Feaver, the authentic, inspiring piping styles of Alan Eaton and the Celtic fiddle of Stephan Fuller all add to create this varied and magical music. Scantily Plaid has been playing festivals, highland games, Celtic festivals, concerts and clubs for 15 years, with their travels taking them across Canada, the US, and to Britain, France, and Uruguay.

 

Advance tickets will be available soon.

For Information call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com

Call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


 

Direct from England

THE DOVETAIL TRIO

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Sunday, June 21, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's Pub, 122 Carling St., London

$15 Advance / $18 Door

 

Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. The new collaboration effortlessly combines the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, Fred Jordan Memorial Award winner Rosie Hood, and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn.  Barnsley's Jamie Roberts is renowned for his narrative singing and driving guitar rhythms. In 2007 he joined folk quartet Kerfuffle with Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, and in 2013 was a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee with duo Gilmore & Roberts. Rosie Hood's pure voice and engaging performances are garnering widespread acclaim. With a keen eye on the history of the songs she sings, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, she has performed at a number of the country's leading festivals and folk clubs, and opened for the Cecil Sharp Project. Multi-instrumentalist Matt Quinn has been playing the melodeon, mandolin and fiddle, and singing his way around the English folk scene for the last seven years in various bands including Dogan & the Boombox Karavan, The Mighty Quinns and the Eliza Carthy Ceilidh Band.

 

Advance tickets will be available soon.

For Information call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com

Call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


All concerts at begin at 7:30 pm and most are held at Chaucer's, 122 Carling Street, London, ON N6A 1H6
(unless otherwise indicated)

Please note: Only Centennial Hall and on-line ticketing accept Credit Cards .... all other outlets are CASH ONLY

For more information call 519-473-2099 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com

Special Advance $60 Multi-Ticket Available only at the Concerts $60 = 5 Concerts for the Price of 4
(applies to regular priced concerts only)


Concerts that have happened in our 2014-15 Season ... so far!

Sunday, September 7 - Friends of Fiddler's Green

Sunday, October 5 - John Gorka

Sunday, November 16 - Kettle's On

Sunday, November 30 - Joe Crookston (with Cheryl Prashker of Runa on percussion)


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