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The Return of the Steves - The Inimitable Mr. Stephen Fearing, and yours truly, intrepid explorer and soccer fanatic!

1. Stephen Fearing, Saturday, May 28th 8pm, St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue

30 years ago he was a driving force behind the nascent Rogue Folk Club with his powerful guitar work, Celtic roots, and stirring songs. A stalwart member of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings and a Juno winning songwriter, Stephen is a real gem. He has released nine albums under his own name, seven with B&RK (a new one is due out this year), and two with Fearing & White. He has received two Juno's, a Canadian Folk Music Award and a West Coast Music Award. He has logged countless miles behind the wheel, been invited onto the main stages of most Canadian roots music festivals and toured just about every region of the country: performing, teaching and producing other artists from coast to coast. We are delighted that he has moved back to BC, and we welcome him back home to The Rogue!


2. Kiérah, Friday, June 3rd 8pm, St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue

Kiérah is a multi award-winning violinist and Celtic fiddler from White Rock. She completed her A.R.C.T. with the Royal Conservatory of Music, receiving one of the highest marks ever given. With an Irish/Scottish heritage, Kiérah's passion, however, is composing and performing traditional and contemporary Celtic fiddle music. An outstanding entertainer, Kiérah captivates her audiences by taking fiddling to a completely different level, demonstrating her mastery of the instrument and radiating her love of the music. She has recorded three albums, with her 3rd - Stonemason’s Daughter - receiving a Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year. She has also written B.C.'s first book of all original fiddle tunes, Kiérah's Collection*. She will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist and producer Adrian Dolan, most notably of The Bills and The Ruth Moody Band, on piano, accordion and mandolin; and innovative guitarist Adam Dobres of The Ruth Moody Band, with his unique and impressive approach to traditional music.

Click here for Tickets & Information 

* - it was brought to my attention that Paul Gitlitz published a book of his original fiddle tunes in BC some years ago. As far as I am aware Paul was born outside the province, so Kierah's book would be the first published by someone born and raised in BC. I could be mistaken. It really doesn't matter. Kierah is a supremely talented musician, composer, and teacher - and she's still so young! She and her brilliant accompanists will make this show truly memorable, I guarantee it!

3. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Wednesday, June 8th 8pm, St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue

Don't miss the Vancouver debut of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at The Rogue. Since Frank left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he's built a reputation as a monster mandolinist - and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass / newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they've been named Washington Area Music Association's Best Bluegrass Band of the Year for four consecutive years. With their last album earning a 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album, the eagerly anticipated Family, Friends & Heroes was released in March to great critical acclaim.

Opening act Annalisa Tornfelt is a stunning singer and fiddler who also plays the Swedish keyed fiddle - the nyckelharpa (above). You may have see her at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival a couple of years ago with Black Prairie.

Tickets are available here

4. Danny Michel, Friday, June 10th 8pm, St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue

With nominations for three JUNOs, the Polaris Prize, The CBC "Heart Of Gold" and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada's finest songwriters. His new CD, Matadora, features an ode to Italian cosmonaut Samantha Cristoforetti - Samantha's In The Sky With Diamonds - which earned him an adoring email sent from the International Space Station!

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5. 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 here 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!

6. A Trip To England

I just got back from a short trip to Manchester and London. I started in Manchester for United's final Premier League game of the season at Old Trafford. I met up with Vancouver's Sid Katz outside the stadium and then we were all evacuated and the game was called off. I stayed around for a couple of days, taking in the Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour, The Imperial War Museum, The Lowry Museum, and Salford Quays. I went to the rearranged game (a 3-1 win) and then headed down to London the next day. 

After explorations of the Borough Market, and Shakespeare's Globe, I encountered a busker outside the Tate Modern. Turns out he was from Vancouver! Stephen Spender. Hadn't heard him before. He was quite good. Then I walked over the Millennium Bridge to St. Paul's (didn't go in as I feel it has been desecrated by the interment of Maggie Thatcher.) Instead I paid homage to my favourite pub from the 1970s, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese off Fleet Street. Lovely pint of Sam Smith's in there! Later I ventured out to Shepherd's Bush to see Welsh roots band 9bach at Bush Hall. Amazing concert! 

The next day I met up with Charlie Richmond and Marilyn Williams - who are often found running the snack table at The Rogue. We had a tour of the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Geographic Society's fabulous outdoor exhibit Britain From The Air. Then we went to the Victoria & Albert Museum before going our separate ways for the evening. I headed to Kennington to meet up with a few Canadian and English fans of Manchester United at the Black Prince. Great fun on the eve of the FA Cup Final!

I met up with them again the next day at the Lamb & Flag off Oxford Street. There were a lot of United fans there enjoying the sunshine and decorating the place with our banners. Then we set off for Wembley and a huge pub called The Torch. The outside area was packed to the gills with singing and chanting United fans, and the walls of the beer garden were lined with banners from many realms. All my mates had tickets. I did not, but I wanted to feel the atmosphere. It was incredible! We set off for the stadium and I managed to scalp a ticket outside - in the Crystal Palace section - for only 50% above face value. I couldn't believe it! I was going to the Cup Final! What an experience. And a fine 2-1 win after extra time and a lot of drama!

I've posted some photos of the trip on my Flickr account if anyone is interested. There are two albums: London photos and United photos


7. B.C Entertainment Hall Of Fame!
While I was rueing the day I had been evacuated from Old Trafford I received an email from Rogue Board Chair Dan Bowditch to inform me that I have been inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall Of Fame as a Pioneer! Wow! What an honour! Also inducted is singer / songwriter Linda McRae - who returns to The Rogue in September. Here is a link to the announcement.

8. Radio Waves
Big thanks to Arthur and Andrea Berman for hosting The Edge On Folk last week while I was at the FA Cup Final! 

I'm back with some scintillating new releases (9bach, Afro Celt Sound System, Konono No.1 w/ Batida, Youssou N'Dour, Imarhan, No Sinner, Ten Strings & A Goat Skin, Four Men & A dog, Bellowhead, Ragpicker Stringband, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, and more) as well as features on Stephen Fearing, Kierah, Frank Solivan, Annalisa Tornfelt, and Danny Michel, and a look ahead to folk festival season in B.C.

Tune in and turn on to The Saturday Edge On Folk on CiTR fm 101.9 on Saturday from 8am to noon (also streamed live on

Radio Rogue - with a massive playlist of over 1,300 songs - airs 24/7 on our website too.


Thanks for reading this far!
See you at The Rogue!!