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Friday May 1st 8pm
Cassie & Maggie NS
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue
Tickets $20 ($16 members)

Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies. While staying true to their Celtic roots they bring a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. In addition to showcasing the intricate and dynamic instrumental arrangements that have made them a much sought after act at festivals and venues around the world, Sterling Road, the second studio recording from this powerhouse duo features four vocal tracks, capturing the energy and diversity of their live show. 
Cassie says: “We’ve grown so much as musicians and composers since the release of our first record (Fresh Heirs) and we wanted this album to reflect that. Maggie has really come into her own as a vocalist, the songs really showcase her voice and add such a unique element to the recording as a whole”
In the words of Irish legend Cyril O’Donohue with whom the girls toured extensively in Europe last summer “Your (Maggie’s) singing represents one of the most beautiful interpretations of a story through the human voice I have ever heard.” 
Sterling Road was recorded in Toronto with Juno award nominated engineer and producer Andrew Collins. With Collins’ bluegrass background, this partnership produced a unique fusion of the girls’ trademark Celtic sound with a hint of bluegrass flavour. The result is a lively, engaging and diverse collection of original and traditional instrumentals and songs. In the words of veteran Sound engineer and producer Al Strickland (who produced many of Rita MacNeil’s albums) Sterling Road is “a beautifully crafted album that showcases the diverse musicality of these two talented sisters”. 
You can read a bit more about them in this recent article from a North Carolina newspaper. It includes music and photos to give you a better idea of how they look and sound.
We're really excited to bring them to The Rogue for their Vancouver debut! You can buy your tickets here.

Sunday May 3rd 8pm
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill Eire/USA
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue
Tickets $28 ($24 members)
"Hayes and Cahill have distinguished themselves by bringing chamber music’s intensity and dynamic control to folk tunes.” - Seattle Times 
Martin Hayes is Ireland's most celebrated fiddler these days, and his almost telepathic link with guitarist Dennis Cahill makes their concerts not just amazing nights of Celtic music, but also a sort of transcendental experience! Regular visitors to the Rogue over the past two decades they have also been touring recently as part of the Irish "supergroup" The Gloaming. (The Gloaming won the BBC Folk Award for Song of the Year last week.) Not to be missed!! Selling fast, so book your 
tickets now

Thursday April 30th 8pm
& Friday May 1st 8pm
Buffy Ste-Marie SK/HI
Blueshore Stage at Capilano University
There are great articles about Buffy Sainte-Marie in today's Vancouver Sun and Georgia Straight (we seem to get some of our best media coverage for shows which have already sold out; too bad. We think all our shows are worthy of this much attention. If you don't believe me, come to our Celtic shows this weekend, for example! They will be incredible!)
Accompanying Buffy is a rocking 3-piece all-Aboriginal band from Indian Reserves in Manitoba: Leroy Constant (Cree) on bass, Jesse Green (Lakota/Ojibwe) on guitar, and Mike Bruyere (Ojibwe) on drums. “They’ve got the energy I need for driving songs like Starwalker and No No Keshagesh and it helps that what I sing about and where a lot of my songs originate is a world they know too: the realities of Native American passion, love, tragedy and music”. She is about to launch a new CD, Power In The Blood, on May 12, so will have plenty of new songs. I wonder if she might have some advance copies of the new record to sell ...
Opening is the wonderful young Kootenay BC singer / songwriter Steph Cameron. I've been a fan of hers for a few months, since the September release of her CD Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady - which gets lots of airplay on my show. We would love to bring her back for her own concert at The Rogue sometime, so let us know if you like her as much as I do!

Coming Soon To The Rogue

Friday May 8th 8pm

The Rakish Angles BC
Sweet Alibi MB
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue
Tickets $20 ($16 members)
BC's Rakish Angles haven't played a Rogue gig in quite a while. They have two CDs - the most recent - Cottonwood Moon - was launched at The Rogue a few years back. Their acoustic swing folk is totally compelling. We can't wait to hear the new line-up, with fiddler / singer Sara Fitzpatrick.

Western Canadian Music Award Winners Sweet Alibi have been captivating audiences across Canada for the past few years. The Winnipeg-based folk/pop trio infuse their signature harmonies with influences of everything from folk to country to soul.

Sunday May 10th 8pm
The Rogue's Twenty-Eighth Birthday Bash!
Gonzalo Bergara Quartet Argentina/USA
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue
Tickets $24 ($20 members)
After touring extensively with the John Jorgenson QuintetGonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist, mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, to forge his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. Fiddler / singer Leah Zeger is featured in this stunning band that we saw at Djangofest NW last September.

Friday May 15th 8pm
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick USA
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue
Tickets $24 ($20 members)
Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray brings together two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s — and the world’s — best bluegrass artists performing the songs of their highly-esteemed California predecessors, Vern Williams & Ray Parks. Laurie plays fiddle and sings, Kathy plays guitar and sings. They will be joined by Tom Rozum on mandolin & vocals, Cary Black on bass, and Patrick Sauber on banjo. This is one heck of a fabulous Bluegrass band, folks! Don't miss this rare chance to hear them in concert in vancouver!

Sunday May 17th 8pm
The Revelers USA
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue
Tickets $24 ($20 members)
The Revelers, founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys… “unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance” have joined together to form a Louisiana Supergroup which combines Swamp-Pop, Cajun, Country, Blues and zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music that could only come from Southwest Louisiana. Come and dance up a storm with these fab. revelers

and many more! 

April In Paris was a blast!! Thanks to all the bands, and the volunteers, and the audience for making it such a special occasion! Here are a few photos I took last weekend.

Radio Waves
Tune in to The Edge On Folk this Saturday from 8am to noon on CiTR fm 101.9 in Vancouver and everywhere. On this week's show there are new releases from Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen, The Young'uns, Eilen Jewell, The Rails, Calexico, Bassekou Kouyate, Mavis Staples, Tom Russell, Danu, Natalie MacMaster, April Verch, Alex Cuba, Norah Rendell, Pokey LaFarge and lots more. Plus I'll have a feature on this week's BBC Folk Awards winners, previews of upcoming Rogue shows and BC festivals, and much more! Hope you can join me!
Radio Rogue broadcasts music by upcoming Rogues 24/7 from our office on Granville Island. I've added some new releases to the playlist this week. You can tune in by pointing your browser here and turning up your speakers (May I recommend Bose Mini Soundlinks for best results?)