Friday May 8th 8pm Sweet Alibi (MB) The Rakish Angles (BC) St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue) Tickets $20 ($16 members)
Sweet Alibi have a haunting song called Get It Right on their latest CD, We've Got To. It has an infectiously appealing acoustic reggae style and it's been going through my head repeatedly for the past 6 months or so! Ever since I booked them, in fact. They also do a lovely cover of Woody Guthrie's I Ain't Got No Home - in waltz time. Band members Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen, and Michelle Anderson come from Winnipeg and won a Western Canadian Folk Music Award for We've Got To. Their music features sublime harmonies, and a beautiful array of songs permeated with influences from folk, soul and pop. I'm really looking forward to hearing them in concert with our sound system (the only time I've seen them was at an acoustic showcase in a small hotel room in Kansas City!) Tom Power of CBC Radio 2 describes the band as simply as this: "If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child you would name it Sweet Alibi". www.sweetalibi.com
The Rakish Angles launched their excellent second CD, Cottonwood Moon, at The Rogue in 2011. They have a new fiddler / singer, Sarah Fitzpatrick, to complement their lineup of Dan Richter (guitar, vocals), Simon Hocking (mandolin, vocals) and Boyd Norman (bass, vocals). Their original compositions include swing tunes and songs - notably the delightfully ironic Swinging The World By The Tail - and the plaintive waltz, Le Fin. They are great fun to watch and / or to dance to, and have received a whole bunch of nominations for Canadian Folk Music Awards, Independent Music Awards, and Western Canadian Music Awards. Come and find out why; if you like acoustic music that's inventive and well-played, you'll love them! www.rakishangles.com
Sunday May 10th 8pm
The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (Argentina / USA) St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue) Tickets $24 ($20 members)
We went to Djangofest NW on Whidbey Island last September. It was our first visit to the annual festival of gypsy jazz there, and it was incredible! Amongst the many highlights was the experience of seeing fiddler / singer Leah Zeger with Argentine guitarist Gonzalo Bergara. These young musicians are amazing players! Imagine my delight when we were offered the chance to bring them to town to mark the Rogue's 28th Birthday! They are here to embark on a jazz cruise to California. Leah released a solo CD last year entitled Pour Moi. It's a varied programme of songs and tunes ranging from Hungarian czardas to Romanian horas, Django tunes, songs from movie soundtracks, and more! Gonzalo now makes his home in the USA. His latest CD, Walking Home, is similarly eclectic, and he wrote all the tunes himself! He's a brilliant guitarist and his reverence for gypsy jazz and cinematic themes is exemplary. They will be joined by rhythm guitarist Jeffrey Radaich and bassist Brian Netzley. Our April In Paris festival was a great success the other week. Why not keep that spirit alive? Come down to The Rogue on Sunday to hear some new gypsy jazz! We might even have some birthday cake! www.gonzalobergara.com
We have two great shows next week, too!
We have some of the finest Bluegrass music next weekend when Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick bring their quintet to The Rogue on Friday May 15th to support their latest CD collaboration, Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray - a tribute to California Bluegrass pioneers Vern Williams and Ray Park. www.laurielewis.com
Two days later - Sunday May 17th - we present real, down-home Cajun and Zydeco dance music - laced with generous helpings of "swamp pop" - with Louisiana's The Revelers. They will have a brand new CD with them. With founding members of The Pine Leaf Boys and The Red Stick Ramblers in the band, The Revelers offer some of the tastiest dance music around! www.revelersband.com
Full details of all our concerts, including posters, website links and You Tube videos - and where and how to buy tickets - can be found on www.roguefolk.bc.ca
On this week's edition of The Edge On Folk on CiTR fm 101.9 I'll have extended features on new CDs by Calexico, The Young'uns, Jackie Oates, and Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, as well as more new music from The Good Lovelies, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Danu, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba, and Rogue concert previews, festival previews, and much more. Please tune in and turn me on this - and every - Saturday from 8am to noon. The show is also streamed live on www.citr.ca Podcasts of all shows are available there too.
Radio Rogue's playlist is due for an update, so I'll try to get that done today as well! (No rest for the wicked - or even The Rogue!)