1. Joe Charron & Great✩Divide, Friday May 10th, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)
It's the 32nd birthday of The Rogue Folk Club, and it's also the official CD launch for local songwriter Joe Charron's album This Place Called Home. Sadly, illness prevents The Eisenhauers from performing this night. So instead we will have two sets by Joe Charron and his excellent band, Great✩Divide (Michael Burnyeat on fiddle, Don Fraser on dobro, and Stu MacDonald on bass). The band will be augmented at various times by Angela James (cello), Jane Slemon (flute), and Wahl (mandolin).
If you don't know what to expect from this night's show, here's part of a review of the CD by Vancouver writer Don Davidson: "Like old cowboys and poets, Joe packs a whole lot of meaning into just a few simple words. Those old verities, love, honour, pity, pride, sacrifice and compassion are played out in scenes where often the human heart is in conflict with itself. Here are loners, lovers, drifters, dreamers and wanderers facing life's uncertainties with as much courage as they can. Joe's keen eye and ear for iconic settings, old stone fences, a single rose on a kitchen table, deserted barns, two-lane highways, the sound of a fiddle in the next room, a blackbird on the wing... even the moon in June, all combine to evoke those places where, taking our chances, we ourselves once walked a little bit lost, a little bit lonesome, a long way from home."
So we invite you come home on The Rogue Range! Celebrate our anniversary and this wonderful new CD with a great band and an engaging country/folk singer with a saddlebag packed full of evocative songs.
Tickets are available online and also at Highlife Records and Tapestry Music. They will also be available at the door.
2. Michael Averill's Community Of Songs
A few weeks ago we presented a concert with a very large and varied cast of singers ranging from elementary school kids to grandmas, from African-Canadian songwriters to a sitar-wielding Indian musician! It was a remarkable evening, the culmination of 8 months' collaborative work engineered by local songwriter Michael Averill - with the generous financial support of Metro Vancouver. The concert and many of the workshops were filmed and we are delighted to share this highlight video with you.
3. Vancouver Folk Music Festival tickets
Great news for Rogues! If you are a fully paid up member you can once again receive the 10% discount on Early Bird tickets to the Vancouver Folk Festival (July 19th to 21st in Jericho Beach Park). The Early Bird deadline is May 10th, but the festival has generously offered to extend the deal for Rogue Folk Club members for a few more weeks!
Here's how: This year we've simplified the process. If your membership with us is up to date, you can purchase directly from the VFMF website (or call them on 604-602-9798) using a special discount code we send you. The discount code gives 10% off all advance tickets, so whatever price you see you can take off an additional 10% (after tax)! Please email us on email@example.com so we can check your membership status and issue your discount code for any advance ticket (including senior, adult, weekend, day, anything!). This code will be valid until July 10!
4. Radio Waves
I hope you can tune in and turn on to The Saturday Edge On Folk this and every Saturday from 8am to noon on CiTR fm 101.9 in Vancouver and www.citr.ca on the live stream. On this week's show I'll give you a sneak preview of the incredible artists coming to The Rogue in the next 12 months, plus some new releases, some old favourites, one or two seasonally-appropriate songs and whatever else jumps off the virtual shelf and demands some airplay! If you miss any of the show - or want to hear this show again (or any of my shows dating back over a decade) go to the CiTR podcast page.
You can also tune in any time to Radio Rogue brought to you exclusively from Rogue Towers on Granville Island. It's a carefully selected collection of a few hundred songs by artists you might have heard at The Rogue - or on my radio show - down the days....