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Thursday January 11, 2018

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Happy New Year everyone! We've had a busy time over the past few weeks gearing up for another run of scintillating concerts to drive away those Winter blahs! Meanwhile there has been extensive renovation work taking place at St. James Hall! We are so excited to tell you about the new dance floor - but it would be much better for you to come down to the hall and see for yourself! In addition to the following concerts we have a Roguelele (ukulele) jam night next Tuesday (16th) at 7:30pm and so much more. Just take a look and you'll see what I mean! 

1. Connie Kaldor, Saturday, January 13th, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave.)

This show is Sold Out. Please arrive early to grab a seat in the Hall - and to see the fabulous new floor!! Doors open at 7pm. Huge Thanks to the Legal Firm of Allevato Quail and Roy, for sponsoring this concert!

2. Jim Byrnes, Thursday, January 18th, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave.)


There are still tickets available for this added concert which celebrates the release of Jim's new CD Long Hot Summer Days (remember them??) He will be joined by 10 stellar musicians, including Steve Dawson (guitars), Chris Gestrin (keys), Jeremy Holmes (bass), Geoff Hicks (drums), The Sojourners (vocals), and a three-piece horn section! It will be an incredible night. We hope to film it, too. For tickets and information, click here

3. Jim Byrnes, Friday, January 19th, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave.)

This show is Sold Out. Please arrive early to grab a seat in the Hall - and to feel the fabulous new sprung dance floor!! Doors open at 7pm.

4. Beppe Gambetta with Liz Stringer, Friday, January 26th, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave.)

The brilliant Italian guitarist and singer returns with a new CD, Short Stories, on Canadian label Borealis Records. A master of many styles of American music from Bluegrass to folk and contemporary song, Beppe also plays traditional and modern music from all over Europe - notably a song by the French punk band Noir Desir, sung in German; and a stunning medley of Doc Watson favourites.

Opening for Beppe will be powerful songwriter Liz Stringer from Melbourne, Australia. It promises to be a fabulous night of acoustic folk music - with something to please the most eclectic and discerning tastes! More details 

5. Paul Pigat's Boxcar Campfire plus Lynn Miles, Friday, February 2nd, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave.)

Vancouver guitar wizard Paul Pigat has played here with Jim Byrnes, Mike Farris, Black Gardenia, and many more. He also leads the superb rockabilly trio Cousin Harley and on this night he will bring his other band playing his own compositions - Boxcar Campfire

Lynn Miles
 is one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters. With twelve albums to her credit, this winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a 2003 Juno Award writes some of the most poignant hurtin' songs - and delivers them with great, self-effacing humour! 

For tickets and show details click here


6. Ten Strings & A Goatskin plus Ben & Anita, Sunday, February 4th, 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave.)

This young, acoustic, bilingual, Celtic power trio from PEI transforms traditional music with vigour, a healthy curiosity, and sparks of goofy humour. They have blazed a trail across North America and western Europe winning friends and admirers everywhere they go. Great fun!

With special guests from Cape Breton, Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald (Scottish border pipes and fiddle.) For full details and tickets click here


7. The Driven Bow - The 1st Annual B.C. Fiddle Festival, Friday February 9th to Sunday February 11th, St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave.)

Six bands
 - all from B.C. - featuring fiddlers with an eclectic range of styles, ranging from Latin (Kalissa Landa-Hernandez with Locarno), jazz (Gabriel Dubreuil with Early Spirit), Metis (Kathleen Nisbet's Metis Dance Hall), B.C. Swing and Old Time (Daniel Lapp), Celtic and Quebecois (Jocelyn Pettit), and the genre-bending combo Mad Pudding (with Cam Wilson - a master of everything from gypsy jazz to Celtic to classical to jazz to pop - and more!) There will be three fabulous concerts that will really put the new sprung dance floor through its paces, and each fiddler will also lead a workshop over the weekend. Full details here 


8. Radio Waves
On this week's edition of The Saturday Edge On Folk I'll be looking ahead to concerts at The Rogue and elsewhere around town over the next little while, and showcasing new music by the likes of English trad singer Ange Hardy, the latest Celtic Colours Live CD, a Scottish sampler album from the recent WOMEX conference, and whatever else grabs my attention and demonstrates itself to be worthy of your ears! I hope you can join me on Saturday from 8am to noon on CiTR fm 101.9 and