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33 RPM | May 5 | This Day In Rogue History

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

On this day in 1990 at the WISE Hall we presented a remarkable double bill of songwriters Luka Bloom (Eire) and Bill Morrissey (USA) - who passed away in 2011, I think. See page 2 of this May 1990 Rogue Folk Review for details. One abiding memory I have is from two Irish lads jumping up on stage (big jump needed) to head back stage and confront Luka about why he didn't sing as many rebel songs as his brother Christy Moore. One of those guys had the coldest blue eyes I had ever seen. He wore a combat jacket and I thought he could have been an IRA hitman. Yikes! Anyhow, Luka dealt with the situation very gracefully, and the show was a stunning success!

In 2001 we helped promote and thoroughly enjoyed a Celtic Fest show at the Croatian Cultural Centre with the wonderful Irish accordion diva Sharon Shannon, Spirit of the West bassist / singer Linda McRae, and Vancouver's perennial faves, The Paperboys. Scroll down to Page 7 on this link for more deets. 

In 2006, The No Shit Shirleys (an amalgam of some of Vancouver's finest folk / roots women
singers) played at St. James. Here the link goes to the May 2006 issue of Rogue Folk Review -
in the last month before we started creating website links to our events. See page 2.

In 2008 we brought the brilliant American guitarist / songwriter
Patty Larkin back to St. James, with fellow-American Peter Mulvey.
Here's the link to that show.