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Thursday October 23rd, 8pm
St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)

Tickets $20 ($16 members) available online as well as at Highlife Records, Prussin Music, Red Cat Records, Rufus' Guitar Shop, and at the door

“The whole songwriting thing, to me, is mysterious, and I want to keep it that way,”says Montreal-born songwriter Ray Bonneville, who makes a welcome return to The Rogue for his first concert here in over two years. 

“I have roughly 12 lines to make a story, so every one has to trigger the listener’s imagination,” he explains. “I want my songs to be believed, so I work on them until I believe them myself.”

With just a few simple words, Bonneville clearly expresses his thoughts, while allowing space for multiple interpretations. Which, of course, is the essence of great songwriting, the kind that earned him an International Blues Challenge solo/duet win in 2012 for his song The Big Easy. Ray continues that theme of New Orleans - the source of much of his soulful, blues-infused songwriting these days - on his latest CD, Easy Gone, his fourth release on Red House Records.

Described by Texas singer Ray Wylie Hubbard as "like gunpowder and opium", Ray Bonneville's distinctively soulful voice and extremely fine, slow-hand guitar picking combine to deliver a warm and richly rewarding concert experience. 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.

Come and feel the world through Ray's eyes as he delivers such emotive classics as Who Do Call The Shots, What Katy Did, Under The Bridge, Funny 'Bout Love, Sugar & Riley, and Easy Gone. This Canadian songwriter may reside in Austin these days, but his unique perspective on life was forged in the bilingual environs of Quebec and Louisiana. His story songs shine like the moonlit waters of the St. Lawrence, the Mississippi and the Rio Grande, flowing through his audience with the calming insight and lived-in wisdom of the most seasoned troubadours.


Alvin Youngblood Hart & Corey Harris

present a special Halloween evening of Songs & Stories: True Blues

Two masters of the Blues follow the Drinking Gourd to present their unique take on the living legacy of The Blues. These two brilliant artists will perform solo and together, showcasing songs from the True Blues CD that came out last year, and from their latest recordings. Alvin was last here in the amazing Mississippi Sheiks' Tribute Concerts at Capilano University during the Winter Olympics in 2010. Corey gave some memorable performances at last summer's Mission Folk Music Festival. Both are seasoned masters of their craft, who have studied - and lived - the Blues in the deep South and overseas, to explore the roots of the genre in Africa. 

Friday October 31st, 8pm
St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)

Tickets $28 ($24 members) available online as well as at Highlife Records, Prussin Music, Red Cat Records, Rufus' Guitar Shop, and at the door.


Frazey Ford

December 4th show Sold Out! Second Show Added on Wednesday December 3rd!

Tickets will be available soon! 


Radio Waves

On this week's edition of The Edge On Folk I'll have some special songs for Halloween (there are plenty to choose from in Folk Music!!) as well as new releases by Oh Susanna (coming to The Rogue on November 13th), Rory Block (her tribute to Skip James - the final chapter of her Mentor series of albums), sensational young Irish trad. quintet Goitse from Limerick (coming to The Rogue next March), Irish crooner John Spillane, and two pairs of Irish brothers known as We Banjo 3. Continuing the Irish theme, I'll preview the concert at The Chan Centre on November 15th with Irish supergroup The Gloaming, and I'll balance things out with some amazing new English recordings by the likes of Martin SimpsonNancy Kerr, Bellowhead, Oysterband, Sting, and Martha Tilston; Welsh music from 9bach, Scots music from Salsa Celtica, Manx music from Ruth Keggin, Cape Breton music from Coig, and Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac, and heaps more! Tune in and turn on to CiTR fm 101.9 and on Saturday from 8am to noon for a dose of the best Roots Music in the World!

Radio Rogue broadcasts 24/7 from our Granville Island location, and the playlist is now up to 1,500 songs or so! Including some of the newest releases in Folk & Roots and World Music, plenty of old favourites and classics, and heaps of songs by artists coming to The Rogue in the next few months. Just point your browser here and get in the groove!