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St. James Hall has been saved!!! Great concerts this week, too!
Friday January 29, 2016

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1. Coig and St. James Hall Celebration!!
The BIG news is that St. James Community Square has been saved!! We cannot yet give you the details about who or how, but all will be revealed on Saturday February 13th. There will be a major announcement at the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra rehearsal in St. James Hall that afternoon, and in the evening we will have a big celebration at the Coig concert in the hall. Coig is one of the finest Celtic bands anywhere. They are coming all the way from Cape Breton for a western tour, and this will be their second appearance at The Rogue (they put on a fabulous show in August 2014. It will be a little cooler in the hall this time!) We will also have cake and bubbles and it will be a momentous occasion - with amazing music too! This will also be the launch of the Fundraising Campaign to make improvements to the venue - ventilation is a must, for example! Full details of the Coig concert - and how to make sure you get your ticket - are to be found 
here  Don't miss this celebration!

2. John Reischman and The Jaybirds, Saturday January 30th 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)

Great article in The Province this week by Tom Harrison:
John Reischman provides the direction, The Jaybirds provide the diversity. Soft-spoken and gentle, Reischman talks about honouring bluegrass tradition while adding something new. His Jaybirds — Jim Nunally, Greg Spatz, Nick Hornbuckle and Trisha Gagnon — not only are within the bluegrass tradition but add old-time country and folk as well as the character of their respective instruments, which, in the case of Gagnon, is a woman’s voice.

Reischman generously lets each have a turn to shine and then stands out on mandolin. Bluegrass is rigid in its formality, but the versatility of Reischman and The Jaybirds assures variety within it. “It definitely can be,” Reischman agrees. “The bluegrass I like is from the ’40s and ’50s. We try to honour the original style. When it comes to bluegrass I try to be true to the form. I have solo albums, but so does everybody else in the band. When it’s a solo record I do what I want to do. With the Jaybirds I’m featured, but I’m part of the band.”

With The Jaybirds, now together about 15 years, Reischman is dedicated to bluegrass. Solo, he exhibits his interest in latin, jazz and the all-encompassing but woefully inaccurate world music. His all-instrumental albums without The Jaybirds also give him the chance to collaborate with “guys I’ve wanted to work with for a long time.” These include Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka, Chris Thile and Kenny Smith, who are all on his third album, Walk Along John.

With five, and soon to be six, Jaybirds albums and three with guitarist John Miller, Reischman demonstrates both his love of roots music and his broader interests. “Early on, I chose most everything,” he recounts the formation of The Jaybirds, five people who didn’t know each other but had a common love of bluegrass. “I put the band together. Rhythmically, we could all mesh, that’s the key component. We’re all mature, level-headed individuals and we grew into friends. It’s a band.”

A band that plays bluegrass with enough range and depth that Reischman doesn’t feel any need to go afield and draw from his solo work. “I keep it separate,” he says. “In this group it’s not part of what we do.”

Come along to St. James Hall on Saturday evening to hear the full range of their acoustic and harmonic brilliance! You might also pick up some of the very best home made jam in the world (from Trisha Gagnon's fruit farm in the Fraser Valley. Yum!!) Tickets are on sale at our usual outlets and online 
here. They will also be on sale at the door until 8pm.

3. AurelioSunday January 31st 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)

“An irresistible testament to the musical heritage of Honduras delivered by an emerging superstar of world music. Landini is a well-produced and authentic album full of deft musicianship and Aurelio's rich vocals...” Folk Roots Magazine (UK)

"His role as cultural ambassador for Honduras's coastal Garifuna people led Aurelio Martinez to Senegal for 2011's superb fusion album, Laru Beya. Here, he returns to his roots, to songs and folk tunes learned from his mother (who gets a co-writing credit). Despite its simplicity, Lándini is an elegant creation, its easy, swaying rhythms overlaid (at times contradicted) by Aurelio's impassioned vocals. The Observer (UK)
‘’Une réverbération de guitare digne de Dick Dale sur des rythmiques africaines : d’où vient une musique aussi vivifiante, séduisante dès la première écoute ? (...) Certains titres évoquent Calexico, d’autres l’Angolais Bonga, on ne sait pas où on se trouve, sinon dans un état de plaisir constant.’’ Libération (France)
Aurelio brings his band of guitars and percussion to St. James Hall in a co-presentation with Capilano University's Global Roots series. Tickets are only on sale at Capilano Box office on 604-990-7810, at the door up to 8pm on Sunday, and online  
N.B. Parcel O'Rogues tickets are NOT VALID for this show.

4. Old Man Luedecke, Friday February 5th 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 west 10th Avenue) 

One of our favourite Canadian songwriters returns to The Rogue next weekend! Chris "Old Man" Luedecke brings a new collection of songs from his latest recording "Domestic Eccentric", with his characteristic laid-back, self-effacing, humorous delivery to the fore. His shows always sell out, so make sure you buy your ticket in advance. Click 
here for full details and tickets

5. Looking ahead

6. Radio Waves
On this week's edition of The Edge On Folk (Saturday, 8am to noon, on CiTR fm 101.9 and  I'll have some new music by Baaba Maal, Solas, Tim O'Brien, Matt Andersen, Aoife O'Donovan, Show Of Hands, Rura, Fat Freddy's Drop, Laurie Lewis, Battlefield Band, Varttina, Lydia Hol, and more. Plus features on John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Aurelio, Old Man Luedecke, CelticFest Vancouver performers including Damian Dempsey, Sharon Shannon, De Danann, and a tribute to Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane) the Deceased Music Legend of this Week! All this and much more. I hope you can join me!
Radio Rogue was interrupted by a power cut on Granville Island yesterday. It is back on the air, all day and all night, and you can tune in to a big playlist of past and future "Rogues" and some tasty new releases by clicking here