1. Trip to Ireland Margaret & I just got back from Ireland. What a trip!! We started in castles and finished immersed in traditional music - all the while surrounded by incredible scenery. I've uploaded some photos of the trip here and a special photo album on the Doolin Folk Festivalhere. (I'll add some captions as soon as I can!)
At the end of the trip we passed through the small country town of Roscrea - now celebrated (?) in the latest epic album by The Rogue's next guest artist, Tom Russell 2. Tom Russell, Friday June 26th & Saturday June 27th at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue) Tom Russell launches his epic new double CD, The Rose Of Roscrae, a monumental opus which starts in rural Ireland, heads out to the old west of the 1880s, sees the end of the Indian wars and the heyday of ranching, gambling, whoring and gunfighting. An escape from a hanging, a final buffalo hunt, Custer's last stand, love, separation, reconciliation, and a return to the Emerald Isle are all included here. There are voices from beyond the grave on the recording, and some of the best living singers you could wish to hear as well (Maura O'Connell, Gretchen Peters, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Ian Tyson, Bonnie Dobson, Eliza Gilkyson, Joe Ely, and Finbar Furey to name a few.) There is a companion book / libretto with the full story line, copious historical notes, and full bios of all the singers and players. A must-have for music fans and history buffs alike!
Tom Russell is without doubt on of America's very best songwriters: right up there alongside Dylan, IMHO. Born and raised in California and now living along the Mexican border in Texas, he started out playing the bars of Vancouver's skid road in the early 1970s, and continues to write and record award-winning albums that just get better and better. His songs tell the tales of real frontier Americans, and those living on the soft underbelly of society. Incredible stuff! www.tomrussell.com
Tom will be accompanied by the superb guitarist / singer Thad Beckman from Portland. There are two shows. Last time in town he played two entirely different collections of his songs. There are still tickets available for both shows, but Friday is more likely to sell out at this stage! Tickets are on sale at Highlife Records, Prussin Music, Red Cat Records, and Rufus' Guitar Shop. Or you can buy tickets online: Friday tickets are available here and Saturday tickets here 3. AGM Reminder Rogue Folk is a registered non-profit society and a democratic organization. We are required by law to hold an Annual General Meeting, to which ALL members are invited. We hope you will attend. The more members that attend, the better our chances of securing government grants. We need to elect / re-elect 5 Board members. If you are interested in joining the Board please contact email@example.com as soon as possible
This year the meeting will take place on Saturday June 27th at 6pm at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue) - right before the doors open for the second Tom Russell concert in the hall. Members attending the A.G.M. will get first dibs on seats to this show! 3. Anna & Elizabeth with Eli West, Sunday July 5th at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue) A last-minute addition to our concert calendar, this amazing old-time duo released one of my favourite albums of the year this winter. Here is a review of a very recent show they put on in London. It can be found in the July edition of the wonderful magazine fRoots - a publication responsible for introducing me to scores of great musicians down the years, and a quite indispensable source of information for any devotee of Folk and Roots and World music. Here is A&E's Website and here is the review from fRoots:
"The venue is sold-out packed and the anticipation is palpable among an audience representing all points of the folk scene ... We all know from their recordings that Anna & Elizabeth sing and play wonderfully, but witnessing them at close quarters in an intimate venue is, quite frankly, astounding.
"Two voices, a banjo, a fiddle, a guitar and their distinctive crankies (beauteous cloth and cut-paper scrolls depicting scenes from ballads like The Golden Vanity and The Devil’s Nine Questions) are the tools of their trade. Their repertoire – sourced from the likes of Texas Gladden, Dock Boggs, Frank Proffitt, Uncle Dave Macon and less (comparatively) well-known singers from Virginia and Kentucky is rapturously received. Elizabeth LaPrelle is a powerful presence on-stage, her authority somehow emphasised by her diminutive stature. Anna Roberts-Gevaltproves as adept a storyteller as a singer, musician and artist, whether recounting the excitement of hearing an archive recording for the first time or spinning a crankie tale from first-hand reminiscences about Lella Todd, a Kentucky woman who 'never went anywhere without her fiddle and her rifle'.
"While the duo’s expert versatility (ham-boning and step-dancing feature too!) is remarkable, it’s the utter conviction with which they deliver these rural ballads and old-time gospel songs which takes the audience’s breath away. Uplifting and inspirational – go see them at your earliest opportunity." -- Steve Hunt, fRoots magazine, July 2015
They will be joined by the brilliant Seattle guitarist / singer Eli West. Tickets are on sale at Highlife Records, Prussin Music, Red Cat Records, and Rufus' Guitar Shop. They are also available online here 4. Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly, Thursday July 9th at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)
Scottish Blues / R&B / Soul singer Maggie Bell made her name in the 1970s with Stone The Crows. She has since recorded with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Rod Stewart. After taking two decades away from the music scene she is back with a bang! And with the excellent slide guitarist and singer Dave Kelly (of U.K.'s The Blues Band) who has played with some of the greatest Blues singers of all time. This will be Maggie's first ever Canadian gig (they are en route to Island Musicfest in Courtenay, so big thanks to Doug Cox and that fine event for allowing us to present them at The Rogue!) More information on www.maggiebell.co.uk Tickets are available here 5. Help Wanted
I need help!! We have an office on Granville Island which hosts Radio Rogue and our considerable archive of recordings and publications. It's also where we keep our accounts and print our tickets. We need to hire a part-time Administrative Assistant to work 10 - 15 hours per week, answering phone calls and emails, handling snail mail, sorting out our records, and keeping track of concert bookings and arrangements. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-732-1305 if you are committed to keeping the city's premier series of folk and roots events alive. 6. Radio Waves
Big Thanks to Heather McCain for hosting The Edge On Folk while I was away. I've got heapsof new music from the trip - and also since then (the music scene is SO alive these days!!) On this Saturday's edition of The Edge On Folk on CiTR fm 101.9 from 8am to 11am I'll play some of these new releases and also feature the likes of Tom Russell, Anna & Elizabeth, Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly. It's the final regular show from CiTR's old studio, and the last hour has been pre-empted to allow some of our famous alumni to come in and spin some tunes and talk about the incredible history of this radio station. The Student Radio Society started in 1937, I think, and CiTR has been in the old SUB for 46 years (I've been here for 30 of those years!!) The big switch to the amazing new studio comes later in the day. Please tune in on www.citr.ca - or come out to UBC - for this momentous occasion.
Radio Rogue runs 24/7 on www.roguefolk.bc.ca and the playlist is around 1,100 songs at the moment. I'll add more this week, too! Just click on this link and let iTunes or your music player take you on a musical journey from next door to some of the most exciting hotbeds of music on the planet!