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Wednesday July 9, 2008

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Hi everyone

Hope you're enjoying the glorious weather. I've been struggling with computer problems (of my own making) but I think everything is OK again now.

House Concert on Tuesday July 15th

This is a rare chance to see the brilliant American songwriter Chuck Brodsky and one of Canada's finest guitar players David Essig in an intimate space on the North Shore. Both have featured in concerts at The Rogue in recent years, and both are strongly recommended. They will each perform one set, and they might even do a couple of songs together as well. For tickets, directions and other information, please call 604-987-9075. We do not have tickets at the Rogue. You must call the 987 number.

Concert on July 16th

We are teaming up with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival to present a curtain-raiser / showcase event at St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue, next Wednesday evening at 8pm. The first half is a Songwriters Showcase, with four outstanding local young songsmiths "in the round": Cameron Latimer, Nat Jay, Christa Couture, and Cory Woodward. The second half is a real treat: a young trio from New Zealand called Pacific Curls. Kim Halliday, Ora Barlow, and Sarah Beattie offer a unique blend of music from Polynesia and Aotearoa (NZ) spiced up with hot Scots fiddling from Sarah. They are not playing any other local festivals, so this is a very special event for the musically adventurous. You can find out more about Pacific Curls on their website Concert details

Vancouver Folk Festival tickets

You should all have received your festival tickets in the mail by now. If you haven't, please call us on Thursday on 604-732-1305 between 9:30am and 4:30pm. Or email us.

Mission Folk Festival deadline and ticket offer

We have another very good deal on tickets to the Mission Folk Music Festival (July 25-27). Rogue members can purchase as many tickets as they like for just $60 for the whole weekend. It's one of our favourite festivals, with jamming and camping on site. Mission Folk Festival weekend tickets are available to Rogue Folk Members for $60 (adults) and $40 (youths and seniors). Camping is $18 per tent. Orders must be received by noon on Friday, July 18th.

Payment can be made by cheque (payable to the Rogue Folk Club) and mailed to:

     Rogue Folk Club
     #31 - 1465 Lamey's Mill Road
     Vancouver B.C.
     V6H 3W1

Or by VISA or Mastercard by calling 604-732-1305 - Thursdays are best.

Broadcasting The Edge On Folk from the Vancouver and Mission Folk Festivals

I'll be broadcasting live from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival on Saturday July 19th, and again from the Mission Folk Music Festival on Saturday July 26th. That's the plan! I hope to have more details available in the next few days. It might just be a radio broadcast with recorded music, or it might have live interviews and / or performances. Either way, it's a very exciting way to follow up on the success of last summer's broadcast from Mission.

Please join me this Saturday, July 12th, from 8am to 12 noon, on CiTR fm 101.9 ( on the net) for the latest developments, and some great music from the performers coming to the festivals, and also new releases and whatever else takes my fancy. You can email requests in advance, or call me on 604-822-2487 during the show, if you wish.

Coming Soon to the Rogue

We are planning our Fall Season, and there are some wonderful shows coming all Summer long at St. James Hall, including:

Crooked Still, Thursday July 31st - now a quintet, combining blues, old time and folk songs with superb musicianship on banjo, bass, fiddle and cello. They have a fine new CD, "Still Crooked"

Beoga, Friday August 15th - stunning young quintet from Ireland, traditional music spiced with contemporary songs and powerful arrangements. Two accordions, fiddle, guitar, and an all-Ireland bodhran champion.

John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Saturday August 16th - BC's finest Bluegrass combo makes a rare local appearance en route to the bluegrass camp in Sorrento. (watch for news about a possible opening act with old time fiddler Erynn Marshall, guitarist Dave Clarke, and singer Pharis Patenaude ...)

Paddy Keenan & Tommy O'Sullivan, Friday August 22nd - former piper with The Bothy Band, Paddy Keenan is one of the most accomplished pipers in Ireland. A gifted composer, too, he is a remarkable player, sometimes referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of the uilleann pipes! Tommy O'Sullivan is a brilliant guitar accompanist and singer from Co. Kerry

Cheers for now
See you soon!