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

2016 - 2017 Concert Season

Our 23rd Season at Chaucer's
Map to Chaucer's (click here)



(L to R - Jude Vadala, Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley)

Songs for the Snowy Season

Sunday, November 27, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

To order tickets online, click the button

Advance tickets are available now 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).


Boreal are Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley, and Jude Vadala. Each December they 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. Click for Video


Boreal's show has become a Christmas tradition in many communities, and this will be the second performance of this special concert at the Cuckoo’s Nest.  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 nine years ago.

Individual Bios:

Katherine Wheatley plays over 100 shows a year. In addition to touring as a solo singer-songwriter, she is a member of "Betty and The Bobs" and plays guitar in Wendell Ferguson's band. She writes and records songs with kids through her Youthsongs program and has produced 20 CDs with schools across North America. This geologist-turned-musician has been singer/zodiac driver on board Gadventure's ship, The MS Expedition as it plies the seas of Antarctica and the Norwegian Arctic. Landscape and character inform her songs. "She turns pebbles of everyday life into dreamy mountains of song." - (The Toronto Star)

Tannis Slimmon delivers performances that are uplifting, engaging, participatory, and reflective. As Canadian Folk Music Awards' 2008 Contemporary Vocalist of the Year, Tannis brings over 30 years of performance experience to the stage with memorable songs from her three critically acclaimed albums, Oak Lake, Lucky Blue and In and Out of Harmony. She has actually appeared on over 80 albums, including those by Willie P. Bennett, Valdy, David Francey and Rheostatics, and has been a guest artist with a number of choirs including Kingston's Open Voices Community Choir and the Guelph Chamber Choir. Recognized as one of the best roots music singers in the country, she is "a breathtaking vocalist with a bright and angelic disposition." (Exclaim!? magazine)

Jude Vadala has been a tenacious member of the Guelph music scene for the past 30 years. Her musical adventures have taken her across Canada and the U.S. with the critically acclaimed group The Bird Sisters where she honed her skills as a songwriter and recording artist. She has produced four albums (Flo, Different Stories, She and She and She and Angel Songs) and has worked on 50 musical projects with artists such as James Gordon, Lynn Miles and Suzi Vinnick. Jude released her fifth album "Do You Ever" in 2010.

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




(of The Outside Track)

Sunday, December 11, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

To order tickets online, click the button

Advance tickets are available now 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).


Ailie Robertson is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso. Reknowned Irish flautist Niall Keegan wrote: “Her synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realization of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp.”  Ailie grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was immersed in the harp world from an early age.  She began playing the clarsach (Scottish harp) when she was eleven years old and through her piano and clarsach lessons she developed a love for both classical and traditional music.  Ailie has some of the most impressive credentials in the Scottish harp world. A 5-time National Mod Gold Medalist, she was also 1st prizewinner at the inaugural London Harp Competition, and best overall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival. She has represented Commun na Clarsach for Scotland at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland, and in 2005 she was awarded a scholarship from the ESU in recognition of her ‘virtuosic clarsach playing’, and was a winner of the St Albans New Roots award. She was the winner of the Live Ireland award for ‘Instrumental Cut of the Year’ for her debut album ‘First Things First’. In 2009 she was nominated for ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ in the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Ailie is in great demand as a teacher around the world, and has published six books of harp music. She has performed all around globe, and is recognised for her unique fusion of Scottish, Irish and contemporary styles. She performs regularly as a member of the pan-Celtic group The Outside Track.  Click for Video


Mairi Rankin is one of the hugely influential Rankin Family – legends on the Canadian music scene – she plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Mairi has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island. She has developed her own unique style by being immersed in such a rich musical culture. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, a sideman and is a member of the Cape Breton Celtic super group Beolach. She has performed with the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthro to name but a few. Mairi has recorded one solo album, two CDs with Beolach and has been featured on numerous compilations and recordings. She also performs regularly as a member of the pan-Celtic group The Outside Track.

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


Sat. Jan. 21 - Searson

Sun. Feb. 26 - Runa (Irish/American supergroup)

Sun. March 12 - Clan Hannigan

Sat. April 8 - Steel City Rovers

Sat. April 29 – Joe Crookston Workshop @ Chaucer’s (upstairs) –> 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Book your spot now

Now only 6 spaces are still available - $35 per person (+ s/c)


Sun. April 30 - Joe Crookston (from Ithaca, NY)

Fri. May 5 - Alistair Brown

Sun. May 14 - Maja & David (David Boulanger of La Bottine Souriante, and his Danish partner Maja Kjær Jacobsen)

Sun. May 28 - CAIM (from Scotland)


For Information call 519-319-5847 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
(unless otherwise indicated)

Please note: The Village Idiot accepts CASH ONLY

For more information call 519-473-2099 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)

To all fans and friends of the Cuckoo’s Nest.  After much thought, we can no longer offer concerts at an advance price of $15. The new pricing starting with the 2016-17 Season will be $20 advance and $25 at the door. The 5-for-4 ticket will be $80 which will give you 5 admissions for the average price of $16. All previously purchased 5-for-4 tickets will be honoured.

The new pricing allows us to provide the artists fees that are certainly in line with the quality of the performances, and will at the same time will assist us with the costs associated with presenting these wonderful concerts. We continue to be a completely volunteer run organization. We thank you greatly for your support of live music and look forward to seeing you at the concerts. – Ian Davies, Artistic Director.

What has happened so far in the 2016-2017 Season

Sun. Sept. 11 – Friends of Fiddler’s Green

Fri. Sept. 16 – 2 Worlds United Trio

(Pierre Schryer, Dermot Byrne, Adam Dobres)

Sun. Sept. 25 – Brother Sun

Thurs. Oct. 6 – Red Dirt Skinners

Thurs. Nov. 3 – Archie Fisher

Wed. Nov. 9 – Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

Sun. Nov. 13 – Scantily Plaid

Cuckoo's Nest History

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2015/2016 Season


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