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Wednesday October 15, 2014

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Thursday October 16th 8pm

Don Ross ON

Thomas Leeb Austria

St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue
Tickets $24 ($20 members)

Two of the world's most innovative solo guitarists tour Canada together for the first time.

Don't miss them at The Rogue this week!

“Ross...has been on the forefront of the contemporary fingerstyle guitar movement, and it is no exaggeration that his groove-oriented style has influenced a generation of fingerstyle players...” -Teja Gerken, Guitar Player magazine.


Master guitarist Don Ross (left) returns to The Rogue with new music and a new musical partner, stunning Austrian guitarist Thomas Leeb. Don recently released Ps15, a 15th anniversary remake of Passion Session. Heavy Wood, Dudes!


Thursday October 23rd 8pm

Ray Bonneville PQ/USA

St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue

Tickets $20 ($16 members)

Ray Bonneville has a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois. This blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” was raised in Quebec and lives in Austin. His guitar work shimmers like stars emerging at dusk. His voice carries the rich, natural timbre of time, though underneath that pearl-like smoothness, one hears its gritty core. His harmonica rhythms add even more texture to his sound. The latest recording in a string of fine albums is the new Red House Records release, Easy Gone.


Friday October 31st 8pm

Alvin Youngblood Hart 

Corey Harris USA

St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue

Tickets $28 ($24 members)

An evening of True Blues songs and stories

from the Deep South

Alvin Youngblood Hart
Corey Harris

True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation. Corey Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. Alvin Youngblood Hart is the cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray! With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, each man is a unique voice in contemporary Blues music.


Radio Waves

English guitarist Martin Simpson, who plays at The Rogue onSunday November 16th, said in a recent newspaper interview that folk music is becoming like an Olympic event. People are playing better, and faster and more skillful than ever before. The bar has been raised as we learn from the past, hone our skills, and head into the future armed with a legacy of songs and tunes, and new layers of song to build on the tradition and take it further.

Ian Anderson, editor of UK magazine, fRoots, remarks in his latest editorial that he is being inundated with new CDs. Suddenly the supply has increased, but, more importantly, so has the quality of the music and the performances. These are exciting times in the outer fringes of the music scene, I tell you!

On The Edge On Folk this week tune in to hear some of these newly recorded marvels, including the new Bellowhead double CD, RevivalSting's folk opera, The Last Ship; a remarkable collaborative collection of songs about the first Elizabethan era,The Elizabethan Session; Manchester's amazing new folk band,Harp & A Monkey; Welsh trad. / modern singer 9bach; Vancouver's Chinese ensemble, Red Chamber; Cameroon singer Kareyce Fotso; some classic Salif Keita from the early 90s; Ougenweide with some German folk rock from the 80s; a lesser-known Stan Rogers song; and English singer Naomi Bedford in her new role as left wing agitator!  

All this plus concert previews and much more on CiTR fm 101.9this Saturday from 8am to noon and streamed live (podcasts available too!)

For the rest of the week, tune in to Radio Rogue on our website. I've put new music from all these on the playlist, which is now around 5 days long!