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Red Moon Road
Friday November 28th 8pm
St. James Hall
(3214 West 10th Avenue)

We seldom book a band we haven't seen before, but we have heard so many good things about this Winnipeg trio - and love the sound of their recordings. Then Doug O'Neill, Rogue board member and host of Old Crow House Concerts in North Van, gave a glowing reference to the band when they performed at his place in September and we decided to go ahead and present the band's first full concert in Vancouver. 

It's this coming Friday, and coincides with the launch of their second full-length CD. They recorded it in a hut in the middle of a frozen lake on the Manitoba-Ontario border, becoming - in all probability - the only band ever to move a recording studio by skidoo on to a frozen lake to make an album! Thankfully St. James Hall will be a much more easily accessible and warmer venue for them! 

Their eclectic blend of original roots music has a strong Celtic flavour, with incredible 3-part harmonies and exemplary instrumental work. The songs are catchy and tuneful, and the presentation is rounded out with brilliant stories and amusing anecdotes. In Sheena Rattai they have one of Canada's most impressive new voices. 

We would love to give them a warm welcome to The Rogue this Friday. Please come along and take a chance if you haven't seen or heard them before. You may arrive as a stranger to the band, but we are 100% convinced that you will leave as a friend. A very happy friend.

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The evening kicks off with not one, but two openers! Andre Peloquin-Hopfneris the brother of one of the band members, and Vancouver's Joline Bayliss is a wonderful singer - songwriter who starred in our pre-show concerts series earlier in the year. They will each play 20 minutes, and will probably be on stage together in a sort of in-the-round format.

Tickets are available online and at Highlife Records, Prussin Music, Red Cat Records, and Rufus' Guitar Shop. They will also be available at the door before show time at 8pm. 
Frazey Ford
plus special guests
Wednesday December 3rd 8pm
Thursday December 4th 8pm

St. James Hall

(3214 West 10th Avenue)
Both Shows SOLD OUT
This will be an incredible two-night stand for the Be Good Tanyas lead singer and her brand new, superb solo CD, Indian Ocean. The album was recorded in Memphis with Al Green's rhythm section and Memphis horns. It's a sumptuously soulful collection of songs and Frazey will have her 8-piece band on stage at The Rogue. 

There will not be a standby line as both shows are completely sold out so don't come "on spec" unless you feel especially lucky! 

If you have tickets get there early to get the best seats. Doors open at 7pm. The openers are Vancouver folk-rock trio Nothingness on the 3rd and Vancouver folk-rock quintet Summering on the 4th. They play for 30 minutes and Frazey will be on stage by 8:50.  
John Reischman & The Jaybirds
Friday December 5th 8pm
St. James Hall

(3214 West 10th Avenue)
John Reischman and the Jaybirds are one of the very best bluegrass bands on the planet! With three band members living in B.C. and the other two in Washington State, they are pretty much resident "birds" too. Their migratory travels take them around the world for much of the year, so we are delighted to say that they are landing in Vancouver on December 5 with a new EP tucked under their wings, entitled On a Winter’s Night. What better way to usher in winter than a new EP, celebrating Winter and the Festive season - please note you will not here a jingle bell on this new recording - rather, this is a collection of eight wintery traditional tunes. The EP was largely inspired by an album of seasonal folk songs released by the Seeger family - Mike, Peggy and Penny - in 1992, and features some pared down combinations of instruments as well as the full strength Jaybirds sound. John assures us you’ll enjoy this album as much with a mojito next summer, as you will with your egg nog this December. So, come down to the Rogue Folk Club and hear some new and old favourites with the Jaybirds on December 5.

Tickets are available online and at Highlife Records, Prussin Music, Red Cat Records, and Rufus' Guitar Shop. They will also be available at the door before show time at 8pm. 
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I'll be back from Kauai this weekend with some new music from The Sweet Lowdown, Makana, Richard Thompson and all his family, Ireland's Caladh Nua, and lots more. Expect some tropical sounds and a few slack key guitar tracks from Hawaii too.

Big Thanks to Heather McCain for filling in last weekend! 

I hope you can join me for four hours of the very best in Roots Music from next door, across a pond or two and wherever else tickles my fancy!