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2017 - Unfurling a Banner Year for Canada - and The Rogue!!
Thursday January 12, 2017

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Happy Belated New Year, everyone!! I hope the Christmas break was good to you. We had a fairly quiet time, with the highlights being a few days away in Roberts Creek, and seeing a couple of great films: Arrival and La La LandPassengers was pretty good, too.

1. The Rogue History Project
So now we are ready for an exciting concert season! 2017 sees Canada's 150th birthday, of course. It's also the Rogue's 30th anniversary

We've been assembling some historic content for our website, starting with scanning back issues of our newsletter, dating back to 1987. The first couple of years of "Roguery" can be revisited on our website, starting in March 1987, when we mailed out our very first, typewritten, three-page flyer. You can witness again the progress to the June newsletter with a banner on the left hand side of the page, featuring our logo, which was kindly donated by graphic artist Charlene Kamachi. By November we'd started to add rudimentary pictures of our performers, and the following month I took my first babysteps in desktop publishing (how many other folk clubs - or any concert series for that matter - would have presented back-to-back shows with The Pogues and Valdy?)

Check out Dianne Laloge's wonderful article about the local folk scene in the 1960s (in our January 1988 issue.) There's also an interview with Geoffrey Kelly of Spirit of the West, plus plenty of album reviews, and a feature on African music. In the February 1988 issue I interviewed Capercaillie, and there were album reviews penned by wonderful writers like Linda Burke-Cody, Rob Menzies, and Geoff Kelly. See also ads for The Landing in Bellingham and the Railway Club and The Savoy (our first "homes" in fact.) The March issue has a feature on Stephen Fearing, and the results of The Rogue's first-ever Readers Poll

In April 1988 The Rogue presented the farewell tour of the amazing Scots band Silly Wizard, who graced the cover of that month's new format issue. It's been an incredible ride for this past 30 years, and you can also peruse the May 1988 through December 1989 issues of the Rogue Folk Review. More will be scanned and uploaded when time allows.

We are also working on producing a retrospective CD of music from LIVE performances at The Rogue down the years. We hope to have this ready for the club's 30th anniversary in May. (Please feel free to submit your requests for artists to be included...)

2. The Paperboys with guest Sarah Wheeler, Friday January 20th, 8pm, at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)

This is a special Fundraising Concert for the St. James Hall Renovation Project. It will be a fabulous night featuring one of Vancouver's most popular bands. The Paperboys play a unique fusion of Celtic dance tunes and Mexican / Latin songs and tunes. Tom Landa, Kalissa Hernandez and Geoffrey Kelly will be joined by the San Patricio Horns and a full band. The show will be an explosion of Celtic Latin Dance Fusion for a Great Cause! Vancouver singer songwriter Sarah Wheeler will perform the opening set. 

All proceeds go to enhancing St. James Hall as one of the city's first music venues. Restoration work is needed on the dance floor; the stage needs some serious repairs; ventilation is a constant problem; none of these improvements can happen without your support, so come on down for a great party and help keep the venue at the forefront of Canadian music scene, in this, the nation's sesquicentennial year!

Tickets are available online and at the door as well as at Highlife Records, Red Cat Records on Main, Rufus' Guitar Shop, and Tapestry Music on Broadway. 

N.B. this event is a fundraiser. Please do not use Parcel O'Rogues or Concert-Winning tickets for this show.

3. Future Concerts

Saturday, January 28th 8pm
Tower Of Song
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave.
Tickets $22 ($18 members)

Tower of Song is a duo -- Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone -- based in Victoria, who re-imagine and interpret the songs of Leonard Cohen, as well as present original material. They will be joined by special guest Marin Patenaude, another star of the recent Cohen Celebration at The Rio.

Sunday, January 29th 8pm
Banda Magda
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave.
Tickets $30 Call 604-990-7810

Greek-born singer, accordionist, film scorer and composer Magda Giannikou is a musical chameleon who breezes through everything from French-Brazilian hybrids to Greek folk tunes and Columbian cumbia. A Capilano Global Roots series concert at St. James. Parcel O'Rogues not valid for this event.

Friday, February 3rd 8pm
Anna & Elizabeth
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave.
Tickets $22 ($18 members)

Anna Roberts-Gevalt
 and Elizabeth Laprelle are historians, storytellers, visual artists, and gifted, intuitive musicians. In combination, theirs is a groundbreaking approach to Old Time music - accentuated by home made puppets and rolling cloth and paper story screens, called crankies (19th century multimedia from Appalachia!)

Sunday, February 5th 8pm
Starman - A David Bowie Tribute
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave.
Tickets $28 ($24 members)

 is an acoustic evening of David Bowie Songs, presented in a songwriters-in-the-round format, with lead vocals split evenly among band members. Doug Cox has recruited a solid cast of professional musicians, including Linda McRae, Steve Dawson, Helen Austin, Sam Hurrie, Robin Layne, and Rick May

Friday, February 10th 8pm
Cajun Country Revival
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave.
Tickets $26 ($22 members)

"Two Cajuns and an old time stringband walk into a bar…”
 Spanning generations from across the nation the Cajun Country Revival is a veritable supergroup of American roots musicians comprised of Cajun musicians Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy & Portland's Foghorn Stringband

Sunday, February 12th 8pm
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave.
Tickets $34 ($30 members)

Alasdair Fraser
, long regarded as one of Scotlandís premier fiddle ambassadors, and the sizzlingly-talented young Quebec-based cellist Natalie Haas are about to launch their 5th album. The concert will be preceded by a workshop at 2pm and an award-winning documentary film about Alasdair, The Groove Is Not Trivial, at 6pm! Don't miss this unique celebration of Scottish music and its roots in the groove!

Admission to the Workshop is $30 ($15 with a concert ticket!) RSVP to register.

The movie is being shown in Canada for the first time, and it runs for just over an hour, starting at 6pm. It is included in the concert ticket, and there will be pizza from a local restaurant available - by donation - from 7pm.

This is the first time Alasdair & Natalie have presented a workshop and the movie and concert on the same day. Anywhere! Monday is a public holiday (Family Day) so we are honoured to mark the occasion with a full day with two of the finest musicians in Celtic music today, celebrating the legacy of Scots immigration and pioneers in BC in this special year!

Monday, February 13th 8pm
Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave.
Tickets $26 ($22 members)

After touring extensively with the John Jorgenson Quintet, Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist, mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, to forge his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. The quartet features Leah Zeger on fiddle and vocals.

Friday, February 17th 8pm
Old Man Luedecke
St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave.
Tickets $28 ($24 members)

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.
4. Tickets and Information
Tickets for all these shows - and more - are available online on our website where you can also find out much more information about all the performers, and watch them LIVE on YouTube, etc. The website is loaded with news - and Rogue history - and is being updated constantly, so visit often.
5. Radio Waves
Tune in to The Saturday Edge On Folk every Saturday from 8am to noon on CiTR fm 101.9in Vancouver and 

On this week's show I'll have some scary predictions from Nostradamus, and some cheerierstuff from upcoming Rogues like Jeffrey Foucault, Tower Of Song, and Marin Patenaude, and even cheerier stuff from The PaperboysCajun Country RevivalFraser & Haas and more. Plus some of Tony Montague's collected highlights from October's WOMEX conference, some tasty new releases, and some old favourites with a unique twist.

If you can't wait for Saturday, why not tune in to Radio RogueIt's broadcasting right now - and all day and all of the night, too.