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Friday February 13, 2015

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Friday February 13th 8pm
St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)

This show is SOLD OUT! 

If you have a ticket get there early. Doors open at 7pm. If you don't have a ticket but have reserved a spot with your Parcel O'Rogues or by phone or online, you must be there by 7:30 to get in.

We don't think there is much chance of you getting in on standby unless someone has an extra ticket they want to sell outside. (Rather improbable, given the extreme popularity of this fantastic band from Quebec!)

If you don't have a ticket then I'm afraid you'll just have to wait until we can bring them back!

The Fretless
Sunday February 15th 8pm

St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)
Winners of the Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Band of 2014The Fretless return to the Rogue almost exactly 12 months since their last show here: a sold out show with Cara Luft. This time we don't know who will be their guest singer(s) but we guarantee an evening of scintillating fiddle / viola / cello music. Ivonne Hernandez, Karnnell Sawitsky, and Trent Freeman are three fiddlers / violists from western Canada, and American Eric Wrightcompletes the classic string quartet line-up on cello. Using this format they have made their own unique arrangements of tunes from Cape Breton, Scotland and Ireland, fused them with their own compositions and made friends across the world with their fabulous sound! If you saw them last time you know how good they are! If you missed them, but enjoyed the Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haasshow last month, then you'll love this show too. Imagine three Alasdair's, layering their sound and adding counterpoint and harmony to Natalie's driving cello and you begin to get the idea! Tickets are selling fast, and last year (also on a Sunday) almost half the audience paid at the door, so we expect another big crowd of Celtic music enthusiasts - and there will be more room for dancing than at tonight's Vent du Nord show!
Radio Waves
On this week's Edge On Folk (CiTR fm 101.9 and I'll have plenty of music for Valentines Day, plus features on upcoming Rogue performers including The Fretless, Karen Savoca, Shari Ulrich, and Fred Eaglesmith, and more music by the likes of Craig Cardiff, Matuto, Arrogant Worms, Altan, The Sweet Lowdown and Goitse - to name a few!

I'll also have some new releases, including three new albums featuring the amazing Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has just launched her first solo album, and she starred in the concert to celebrate the music inspired by the movie Inside LLewyn Davis. She is also part of The New Basement Tapes ensemble, who have just released a 20 song sample of the songs recorded by Bob Dylan and The Band at Big Pink in 1967, when Dylan was recovering from his near-fatal motorbike accident. The project was produced by T Bone Burnett, and the band includes Elvis Costello andMarcus Mumford.

There will also be new music from Colin James, The Bros. Landreth, Paperboys, Michael Jerome Browne, and a couple of quite different albums from England: an amazing new record by The Unthanks from Tyneside, and a new trad. trio called Leveret, with Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Robert Harbron

All this and more on tomorrow's Edge On Folk from 8am to noon on CiTR 101.9fm and

Next week I'll be in Kansas City at the Folk Alliance Conference, so Heather McCain will fill in on the show and I'll have heaps of new music the following weekend.

February 28th will be the annual Fundrive Edition of the show, as CiTR prepares to move into new studios at UBC in April. 

My next Blog will come from Kansas City and will give more details of the Fundrive as well as a report on the conference. 

Radio Rogue runs 24/7 and we should have a more stable server very soon! If you tune in and can't hear anything let me know and I'll reset it.

Have a great weekend, full of whatever you love - and crocuses! And plenty of Rogueish music!