(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)


UPCOMING CONCERTS

SEARSON

Saturday, Jan. 21, 7:30 pm

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

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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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).

Sisters, Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing. The sisters perform on a variety of instruments throughout their live show which includes Colleen on fiddle, vocals and Ottawa Valley Step Dancing while Erin performs on piano, vocals, Ottawa Valley Step Dancing and tenor guitar. Rounding out the live show is Danno O’Shea - performing and composing for over 17 years on drums and percussion with a jazz degree from Humber College - and bass/guitar player Fraser Gauthier, who has studied at Humber College and Capilano University, gradually gravitating towards roots music.

Their latest album, Stars Above The Farm (2015) is a 12-track album that has brought the sisters back to their musical roots. Writing both vocal and instrumental tracks, the album is a nod to their upbringing in such a rich and vibrant musical culture. The album was recorded at Skylark Studios with Jordon Zadorozny as Producer. Two highly acclaimed Canadian Fiddle champions join Colleen on the album. April Verch, on the track Cuddy's Waltz which was wriiten by Colleen & April Verch. And, Voyageurs, is a lively traditional style set where Pascal Gemme joins Colleen for a few Quebecois tunes.

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


TEN STRINGS AND A GOAT SKIN

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 pm

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

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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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).

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin is a bilingual folk/fusion trio from Prince Edward Island who present traditional and original music inspired by their Atlantic Canadian histories and roots, and infused with pop and world rhythms. Age-old entertainments–sitting around the fire, telling tales–can take on ever-new faces, transforming tradition with vigor, curiosity, and sparks of goofy humor. Released in June 2016 Auprès du Poêle (“around the woodstove”) was voted Album of the Year in the Penguin Eggs Magazine critics poll.  

Expanding on the Scottish and Acadian roots of PEI’s traditional music, Ten Strings and a Goatskin weave old-school Franco-Canadian, Breton, Irish, and Scottish tunes with wickedly current grooves and clever quirks, flirting with indie’s best moments. “We’re less anchored in traditional structures, the way many players assemble dance sets,” remarks Rowen Gallant, one of the trio’s string players. “We’ve left them by the wayside. We retain the melodic elements, but we’re not opposed to messing with things.” Working closely with producer Leonard Podolak of Grammy and Juno-winning eclectic roots favorites The Duhks, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin push their music into new territory, adding B3 and crazed pump organ, clever effects and taut vocal harmonies, for a rich sound with a direct, funky edge.

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


RUNA

(Irish/American supergroup)

Sunday, Feb. 26, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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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).

RUNA is a multi-award winning band, with two Irish Music Awards (Top Group and Top Traditional Group) and two Independent Music Awards for Best Traditional/World Song and Best Bluegrass Song, among others! The band’s latest “Live” album was released in August 2016. Prior to that Runa released the album, "Current Affairs," in June 2014, with three Grammy award-winning guest artists: Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Buddy Greene (Bill Gaither), and Jeff Taylor (Elvis Costello, Paul Simon)!  In addition to Irish and Scottish material, this album has significant bluegrass influences, as well. "Current Affairs" was nominated for "Best New CD" for the Irish Music Awards! Also, RUNA was the featured artist in the October 2014 Issue of the Irish Music Magazine and was the featured artist, again, in October 2016: http://www.irishmusicmagazine.com/


RUNA's international line-up hails from Ireland, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Canada. The band has played with Riverdance, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Fiddlers' Bid, Solas, Clannad, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Téada, and many others.  The band tours nationally, including performances at the Ryman Auditorium, the National Geographic Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum, and at top Irish and Folk music festivals in the States and Canada.

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


CLAN HANNIGAN

(Irish family band – Steafan Hannigan & Saskia Tomkins & family)

Sunday, March 12, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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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).

Clan Hannigan is family band playing wonderful Irish music. They play lots of instruments, including Uilleann (Irish) pipes, Whistles, Fiddle, Bodhran, Cittern, Nyckelharpa, DADGAD Guitar. Steafan Hannigan & Saskia Tomkins daughters, Eile and Ayisha, sing and Irish dance, and son Oisin plays percussion and is a monster bodhran player.

Steafan Hannigan has worked in over twenty countries, recorded on over eighty albums and played live in places as diverse as Syria, Sudan, Jordan, Greece, India, and Turkey. A few years ago Saskia Tomkins was awarded All-Britain Champion for Irish music.

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


STEEL CITY ROVERS

Saturday, April 8, 7:30 pm

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

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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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).

The Steel City Rovers are Celtibilly; the cross-pollination of the Celtic and North American traditions. Sophisticated and hypnotizing musical arrangements. Expressive and clever lyrical compositions. In their ambitious first few years, the Rovers have risen to perform internationally on coveted stages, to be nominated for numerous music awards and to have their original works top the traditional radio charts. Commanding and dynamic performers, this act is a blend of both seasoned and young talent who are simply electric to witness in person..

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


SPECIAL EVENT

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

Book your spot now

Now only 5 spaces are still available - $35 per person (+ s/c)


 

JOE CROOKSTON

Saturday, April 30, 7:30 pm

Chaucers's, 122 Carling St., London

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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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).

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

 


ALISTAIR BROWN

Friday, May 5, 7:30 pm

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

$20 Advance / $25 Door 

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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).

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


MAJA & DAVID

David Boulanger of La Bottine Souriante, and

Maja Kjær Jacobsen from Danish fiddle trio Fru Skagerrak

Sunday, May 14, 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).

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


 

Direct from Scotland

CAIM

(Heather Innes, vocal & bodhrán; Pauline Vallance, harp & vocal)

Sunday, May 28, 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).

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

Sun. Nov. 27 - Boreal (Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley, Jude Vadala)

Sun. Dec. 11 – Mairi Rankin & Ailie Robertson (of The Outside Track)

We raised $61.00 and 50 pounds of food for the London Food Bank at this concert. Thank you!

Cuckoo's Nest History

Rogue's Gallery

2015/2016 Season

 

Acoustic Muse Concerts

Area Concert Calendar

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