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Wednesday May 11, 2016

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Top-notch Bluegrass and Four Highly Creative Canadian Songwriters Light Up The Rogue Stage this week!


1. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Wednesday May 11th, 8pm at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)

Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation and, with TEN International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is one the most awarded and celebrated fiddlers in the history of the music. Cleveland plays with so much fire, drive and virtuosity that audiences are left shaking their heads in amazement. After picking up the fiddle at age 4, Michael’s musical momentum began to propel him forward towards early success. He debuted at the Opry as a guest of Alison Krauss and was hand picked for the IBMA Bluegrass Youth Allstars before he was 14. The Rogue teams up with Pacific Bluegrass & Heritage Society to bring you Michael Cleveland and his fine band Flamekeeper (four-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Award winners) at St. James Hall on Wednesday May 11th. Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find.

Click here for tickets and information


2. Songwriters' Night, Thursday May 12th, 8pm at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)

On May 12th The Rogue presents a unique evening of songwriting and storytelling that you don't want to miss! Acclaimed Nova Scotia songwriter Ian Sherwood (3rd photo above) brings the charm of the East Coast, Alberta's Maria Dunn (2nd photo above) brings social and historical commentary from her brand new CD The GatheringKhari McClelland (top photo. Of The Sojourners) resurrects songs of the underground railroad that brought escaped slaves to freedom in Canada, and our own Lydia Hol (below) brings songs of the sea. Lydia launched her new album - Heading North - to a packed house at The Rogue in January and she also hosted The Acoustic Guitar Project in the Fall, a fantastic songwriter's night that really showcased our city's talent. $1 from each ticket will be donated to support local charity Music Heals. We will also be collecting old iPods/MP3 players to donate to Music Heals. These iPods are used by music therapists across BC. For tickets and information click here


3. Roll up! Roll Up! Get Your Great Deal on Vancouver Folk Festival tickets for Rogues!

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 15 - 17, Jericho Beach Park) features a wonderfully eclectic line-up. 

Every year we offer our members the chance to buy Early Bird Weekend Passes to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. These tickets are at a discounted price and they have to be paid for around a month before the festival. This year the Vancouver Folk Music Festival runs July 15-17 at Jericho Beach Park.

Rogue Folk Club members can purchase Early Bird tickets at a discounted price up to Friday June 3rd on our website or at our events at St. James Hall. Early Bird Weekend tickets from the VFMF website are $155 plus a $7.40 service charge. You can buy them from us for $140 plus that $7.40 service charge, so $147.40 as opposed to $162.40. The price is $147.40 for everyone. If you are a senior (over 65), student or child, it is cheaper to purchase directly from the festival.

Click on this link to go to the page where you can buy them:  BUY VANCOUVER FOLK FEST TICKETS HERE!

Only current Rogue Folk members can purchase tickets so make sure your membership is up to date before trying to purchase your tickets online. The website will only allow you to buy them if your membership is current. You can buy as many tickets as you like for your friends and family.

Please note that the receipt you get for the ticket is NOT the ticket itself and cannot be used to get into the festival. Shortly after the deadline, we will email you your actual ticket in the form of a scanable barcode. You must use this and not the Rogue receipt othewise they will not let you in!


4. Mission Folk Festival Tickets

Mission is our favourite BC Folk Festival. Rogue Folk has been involved throughout the 29 year history of this special July festival with camping and jamming and a beer garden and incredible music that you won't hear at any other event.

This year's festival is a "bridging year" between the first amazing 28 years and next year's spectacular 30th anniversary event. Circumstances have led to a more condensed festival this year (July 22nd to 24th) but the core components are still in place: camping, jamming, bistro, art market, kids area, and of course, fabulous music!

To purchase tickets go to the Mission Folk Music Festival site. There are no discounts for Rogue members this year. All tickets are at a fantastic price - just $29 per adult, including camping! We really hope you can make it out to Fraser River Heritage Park this year. Please support the festival any way you can!

For more information - and tickets - click Mission Folk Music Festival 

5. Radio Waves
I just added over 300 songs to the Radio Rogue playlist - including new albums by Bellowhead, Four Men & Dog, Frank Solivan, Annalisa Tornfelt, Tim O'Brien, Romi Mayes, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Cirque du Soleil, Maria Dunn, Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Eliades Ochoa y Alma Latina, Eva Salina, Lakou Mizik, Karim Dabo, Infamous Stringdusters, and many more!

Please join me this Saturday from 8am to noon on The Saturday Edge On Folk on CiTR fm 101.9 I'll be playing some pretty raunchy songs in "honour" of Bonny Black Hare Day (May 14th) so watch out for beaucoup de doubles entendres! Plus some new releases hinted at above - and a new collection of Sandy Denny recordings - I've Always Kept A Unicorn. You can tune in live on and podcasts are available for heaps of shows here 

I'm off to England for a brief trip right after the show, and next week's edition will be hosted by Andrea & Arthur Berman. I'll be back on Victoria Day, and ready for the next edition on May 28th - and the 31st anniversary show on June 4th.