Dar Williams, Red Moon Road, Facebook, and more!
Friday October 23, 2015
1. Dar Williams, Saturday October 24th, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)
A new album by Dar Williams feels, to me, like receiving a letter from an old friend, where each paragraph - or song - tells a story. She is a totally compelling story teller in song, and we are delighted to be able to bring her back to The Rogue. A couple of years ago she called me over to her table at a showcase venue at the Folk Alliance in Toronto and implored me to bring her back to Vancouver. We presented that concert at St. James almost exactly two years ago. She was accompanied by Bryn Roberts on keyboards. Bryn hails from Kelowna, and will again accompany Dar. Her new CD, Emerald, came out in July. I love the cover of Joe Strummer's Johnny Appleseed, and there's a celebration of FM Radio too. Bees and radio; two of my favourite things! The more reflective songs are my favourites, though. The songs that wrap you up like a warm blanket on a cold night, and fire your imagination as she sweeps you up and carries you into her secret world. There are heaps of songwriters out there, but none quite as arresting as Dar Williams. For more information visit www.darwilliams.com
Winnipeg trio Red Moon Road were my "discovery of the year" last year. They played here at the end of November and were totally captivating, with their stories embellishing their songs and their incredible voices filling the hall to the rafters. Sheena Rattai is an amazing singer; one of Canada's finest voices, for sure. The guys in the band are both called Daniel. The family history of each band member forms the basis of many of their songs and stories. They have just released Sorrows & Glories, their second full-length CD, 12 months after the release of their remarkable EP, Tales From The White Shell - which they recorded in an ice-fishing shack on a frozen lake, hauling their recording gear on a sled! The new CD is another excellent collection of uniquely entertaining songs, but the best way to hear these songs is to see the band perform live and to experience the atmospheric landscapes they conjure up on stage. www.redmoonroad.com
I hope you can join me on The Edge On Folk on CiTR fm 101.9 from 8am to noon tomorrow (Saturday) for 4 hours of the very best in World / Roots / Folk music. The show comes from the swanky new studios at The Nest, UBC's new student union building, and it's streamed live on www.citr.ca I'll have some new music from Celtic Colours, from Patty Griffin, Buckman Coe, Cousin Harley, Martha Scanlan, etc. as well as a feature on her Dar-ness, and much more!