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Friday April 17, 2009

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Rogue Folk Review now available

The April-May issue of the Rogue Folk Review was mailed out this week. You should have received it in the mail today (Monday at the latest.) It is also available for download

Radio this weekend

I will be a guest on CBC Radio's North By Northwest tomorrow morning, Saturday April 18th, at 7am before zooming off to CiTR for The Edge On Folk on 101.9 fm from 8am to 12 noon. NXNW is on AM 690 and FM 88.1 in Vancouver. You can also tune in to The Edge On Folk live on the internet on, or download podcasts later in the day. On NXNW I'll be playing tunes by East Coast Music Award Winner Matt Andersen - a very soulful young blues singer and guitarist, plus a couple of the bands from the April In Paris gypsy jazz festival line-up. On The Edge On Folk there'll be more from Matt and the April In Paris bands (Van Django, Marc Atkinson Trio, Pearl Django, Hot Club Sandwich, and The Hot Club Of Mars.) Amongst the possibilities for inclusion are new releases by The Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar, The Flatlanders, Xavier Rudd, Slaid Cleaves, Alison Brown, Canadian trio Strung (Tony McManus, April Verch & Doug Cox), Oumou Sangare (Mali), Daby Toure & Skip McDonald (Senegal / USA), Mariza (Portugal), Mawkin Causley (UK), and more. I'll feature music from the new Luka Bloom CD - Eleven Songs, and the forthcoming debut CD by Canadian trio The BOP Ensemble (Bill Bourne, Jas Ohlhauser and Wyckham Porteous.) There may well be Celtic music from Old Blind Dogs and Folk Arts Quartet, Scandinavian music from Harald Haugaard, Nordik Tree, and Helene Blum, and there'll definitely be much more! Please join me for four hours of amazing music from all over the planet; music that will surprise and delight, and you won't hear it anywhere else. All chosen with great loving care by yours truly.

BCIT Marketing Survey On-Line

We are nearing the end of our Marketing Analysis by BCIT students. One of the final components is an on-line survey. If you haven't filled out a survey before, please click on this link

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Fundraiser, Saturday April 18th, 8pm, St. James Hall

This is a great chance to support the festival and hear some wonderful musicians pay tribute to three of the most influential songwriters of our era: Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan. Artists include Jim Byrnes, The No Shit Shirleys, The Paperboys, The Breakmen, T Nile, Steve Dawson, and Dustin Bentall. Tickets are $25 in advance at Banyen Books and at Highlife Records. $30 at the door. There will also be an auction. More details on

Radio Rogue

After a couple of hiccoughs, Radio Rogue is back on the air with a new playlist previewing our upcoming shows and showcasing some hot new releases. Go to our website and follow the links to Radio Rogue to tune in on your computer (we recommend listening with Winamp for PCs, or iTunes for Macs or PCs.)

Rogue Folk tickets for May shows now on sale

Tickets for our May concerts are now on sale on our website, and will be delivered to Rufus' Guitar Shop and Highlife Records over the weekend.

Bus Shelter Posters

Have you spotted our Bus Shelter ads for April In Paris? There are 10 altogether, we have located 4 so far: at Cornwall & Maple, Commercial & Venables, 6th & Commercial, and Dundas & Templeton.

Laurence Juber, master guitarist, in concert tonight!

Tonight there is a rare chance to see the superb guitarist Laurence Juber (ex Paul McCarthey's Wings) at Kwantlen College in Langley. He played at a rogue gig in 2001 - International Guitar Night - and one of his trademarks is to play incredible solo guitar versions of Beatles' classics.

Last week at The Vogue

We hope everyone enjoyed the Guy Clark / Slaid Cleaves concert at The Vogue last Saturday. What a treat to see Verlon Thompson, too. I'd never heard of him (shame!, I hear you cry) but he made a huge impression on me. Fabulous player. Slaid Cleaves was also mighty impressive. He launches a new CD this month, and I spoke to him about coming to town to launch it. Watch this space. The good folks at Keystone Music are bringing Ruthie Foster and The Blind Boys Of Alabama to the Centre For The Performing Arts on Sunday June 14th. It's going to be a wonderful concert, with proceeds going to CNIB. Check out Ruthie's new CD on

Rogue Folk AGM

Our annual general meeting takes place on Saturday May 9th at 6pm, right before the 22nd Birthday Party Concert with The BOP Ensemble at St. James Hall (the meeting will be held downstairs.) All members are asked to attend and vote in the election. This is a vital part of our annual fundraising efforts - mostly because we have to demonstrate our community support and involvement. So please come along, and then stick around for birthday cake and stunning music.

If anyone would like to join the Board, please email me a.s.a.p. We have a couple of vacancies to fill.