1. Cajun Country Revival, Friday February 10th, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)
Louisiana musicians Jesse Lege and Joel Savoy and Portland's Foghorn Stringband have been tearing up the west coast this week, with their traditional Cajun songs and dances. Now it's our turn! Wooly Bears dance enthusiast Becky Winnick will teach some steps before the show. Tickets are going fast. Don't miss out on the fun to kick off a great weekend at The Rogue! 2. Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Sunday February 12th, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)
It will be a full day of Scottish fiddle music - and so much more - at The Rogue this Sunday! There is a participatory workshop from 2pm to 4pm for all players of Celtic music, led by Alasdair and Natalie. The cost of the workshop is $30, but if you bring - or purchase - a ticket to the evening concert, it's only $15!!! Two hours with the most inspirational and celebrated fiddle and cello teachers anywhere. Bring your instrument. It doesn't have to be a fiddle or a cello (please, no roto-toms or war pipes!)
We take an early dinner / late lunch break and then reopen after sound check at 5:30pm for the Canadian premiere - and only the second public showing on the planet - of The Groove Is Not Trivial, a one hour documentary about Alasdair and his pioneering work in reviving interest in traditional Scottish music, his fiddle camps, and his exciting reintroduction of the cello into the fiddle music of his native Scotland. The movie starts at 6pm and runs for just over an hour. We will be making popcorn at the bar!
The concert will commence at 8pm. Alasdair and Natalie have a brand new CD - which should be available at the show; it isn't yet on iTunes. Their concerts are absolutely spellbinding! Tickets are going fast for this show, too! 3. Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Monday February 13th, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)
It's a public holiday, and we are delighted to present the return of Argentinian gypsy jazz guitar sensation Gonzalo Bergara and his hot quartet, which features the gorgeous fiddler and singer Leah Zeger. They made their Rogue debut in 2015, and were amazing! They have a great new CD, Claroscuro, and we promise some jaw dropping guitar work, and exceptionally sultry vocals too. Get your tickets here. 4. Old Man Luedecke, Friday February 17th, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)
Always a big draw at The Rogue, Chris Luedecke is one of Canada's most popular and acclaimed songwriters. He writes his songs in a rustic cabin in the wooded hills of Nova Scotia. We're delighted to welcome him back to the other coast for what should be another sold out show. 5. Future Shows
6. Hall renovations
The City will replace the roof of the hall in mid June, and there will be work on the hall floor, stage, lobby, and green room in July and into August. By September we will have an even more amazing venue, with better lighting, seating, and some ventilation improvements. 7. Folk Alliance
Margaret and I are off to Kansas City next week for the 29th annual Folk Alliance Conference. It's a huge gathering of musicians, presenters, folk DJs, and industry professionals, and it's been a cornerstone of my musical year since it began in Malibu in 1989. I'll miss Old Man Luedecke's show, unfortunately, but will come back with some fabulous new music and future bookings, no doubt! 8. Computer help wanted We are having some network problems at our Granville Island office. We can't seem to get either of our old printers to connect to the network any more. Our office PC appears to have given up the ghost. We have some other old equipment which needs to be taken to Free Geekfor assessment / replacement. Any network gurus out there? Anyone have a working PC we could use? Or maybe you can recommend a good workhorse PC for purchase? Anyone want to help us streamline our office systems? We're kind of busy setting up and running shows, and we rely heavily on technology to help us. When it starts to flounder, so do we! Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help! 9. Radio Waves
On The Saturday Edge On Folk tomorrow morning from 8am to noon on CiTR fm 101.9 and www.citr.ca I'll have some new music from Debashish Bhattacharya, Laura Cortese, Rhiannon Giddens, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Bruce Molsky, Railroad Earth, The Dustbowl Revival, Imar, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, and more. Plus previews of Rogue performers coming to help us celebrate 30 years of the best in folk and roots music in Vancouver! I hope you can join me!
For the following two weekends, Paul Norton will be hosting the show while I'm away.
In between shows why not tune in to Radio Rogue? Heaps of great music with no commercials, streamed all day and all of the night.