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One more great May show plus some sneak previews
Wednesday May 23, 2018

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1. Ellis Paul and Radoslav Lorkovic, Thursday May 24th, 8pm, at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)

American singer songwriter Ellis Paul makes his Rogue debut this week, and we think it's going to be a memorable debut! Ellis has been making albums for 25 years, and has a new CD in the works. He is an accomplished songwriter, with songs featured in movies like Shallow HalMe Myself & IreneHall Pass; and more. He designs and illustrates his own album covers, and is an acclaimed author of children's books, and penned a remarkable journal about the life of a touring singer songwriter - Notes From The Road. He teaches at workshops, schools, and musical retreats, and the day after this gig embarks on a week long Celebrity Cruise to Alaska, where he will stage several private concerts, workshops and more for a dedicated group of followers, many of whom will be at the Rogue show. I was blown away by his set at Folk Alliance a couple of years ago, and we are delighted to be able to bring him to The Rogue this week! You can read more about him, but witnessing one of his concerts is infinitely more fulfilling and enjoyable so why not come on down to The Rogue?

Another excellent reason to attend this show is the chance to hear the amazing Croatian pianist and accordionist Radoslav Lorkovic, who will accompany Ellis. Rad is such a versatile musician, and his performances are renowned for musical brilliance and an irrepressible joie de vivre. He toured for many years with the late Jimmy LaFave and has played with all the major luminaries of the Americana scene.

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2. Coming Soon To The Rogue House at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue)
  • Contra Dance with The Sybs, Saturday June 2nd, 7:30pm
  • Roguelele Night, Tuesday June 19th, 7pm
  • Martin Simpson (below), Thursday July 12th, 8pm
We are working on possible early July shows with The Step Crew and Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards. Watch this space ...
3. Coming in the Fall
  • Winsome Kind CD launch, Saturday September 8th
  • Craig Cardiff & Raine Hamilton, Sunday September 16th TBC
  • Mike Farris Band, Wednesday September 19th
  • Eric Bibb, Friday September 21st TBC
  • Brishen, Sunday September 23rd
  • The Fortunate Ones, Saturday September 29th
  • Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi, Saturday October 6th
  • We Banjo 3 (above), Tuesday, October 9th
  • Claire Lynch Band, Wednesday October 10th
  • The Fretless, Saturday October 13th
  • The East Pointers, Friday October 19th
  • Matthew Byrne, Sunday October 21st
  • Irish Mythen, Thursday October 25th
  • The Once (below), Friday November 2nd
  • The Small Glories, Friday November 16th

and more!!
3. RogueFEST, Sunday July 29th, noon to 6pm, Granville Island. FREE

This will feature several bands including Van DjangoViper CentralThe Rocket Revellers, and Sue Malcolm's Soda Crackers (all subject to confirmation). There will be a Beer Garden and a Food Truck or two, and the event is FREE! Under the bridge opposite The Keg in the triangular space by the new mural paintings on the bridge pillars. Full details will be announced soon!
4. Mission Folk Music Festival Ticket Deal For Rogues!

The Mission Folk Festival runs July 20th - 22nd in Fraser River Heritage Park, 80 km east of Vancouver, just up the hill off Hwy 7. The event began in 1988, and it has long been regarded as one of B.C.'s most enjoyable festivals. They had a tough time with weather a few years in a row, and were within a whisker of having to fold, but they refused to give up and are coming back stronger each year. This year's line up has yet to be finalized, but will include James Keelaghan, The Small Glories (above), Elage Diouf, and many more. Rogue Folk Club members will receive a special discount deal, and you can find all the details here.
5. Vancouver Folk Music Festival tickets
Many Rogue Folk Club members purchased their VFMF tickets through us. You can pick them up at our office on Granville Island (1504 Duranleau Street) by appointment only. Cal 604-732-1305 or email to confirm your time of arrival and to make sure there is someone there! You could also pick them up at a Rogue concert. You will not be able to pick them up at the festival gate, so make sure you get them beforehand.

6. Radio Waves
On this week's show I'll have new music by the likes of Ry Cooder, Angelique Kidjo, Kiran Ahluwalia, Fatoumata Diawara, Birds of Chicago, Loreena McKennitt, plus lots of old(er) favourites. I hope you can tune in on Saturday from 8am to noon on CiTR fm 101.9 or on the live stream. The next two shows will be hosted by Paul Norton and by Andrea & Arthur Berman. I'll be back in the chair on June 16th.
7. North Shore Jazz

I recommend two shows at the Blueshore Financial Stage at Capilano University: Eilen Jewell (above) and her fine band on June 26th, and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) & Marc Ribot (Tom Waits band) on June 28th. There are other excellent shows coming up there, so check out the details
8. TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival presents The Jerry Douglas Band (plus Steve Dawson's Lucky Hand Band) Vogue Theatre, Saturday June 30, 8PM

Legendary dobro/lap steel player and vocalist Jerry Douglas has a whopping 14 Grammy Awards to his credit. His next-level mastery can be heard in O Brother Where Art Thou? and in collaborations with Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss and Union Station, and The Earls of Leicester. An outright virtuoso, Douglas has absorbed and transcended the conventions of bluegrass, country, jazz, blues, and rock. His bold new music is cinematic and stunningly detailed, hitting on an artful chamber Americana sound beyond the boundaries of anything he—or anyone else—has done before. 

9. Other TD International Jazz Festival shows you might like
  • B.C. stringband Aerialists, July 1st, David Lam Park, 1:45pm. Free
  • Black Gardenia, July 1st, Granville Island Mound Stage, noon. Free
  • Evan Arntzen Quartet, July 1st, Performance Works, 7:30pm. Free
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones plus Khari Wendell McClelland, June 27th, The Vogue, 8pm. $44
  • Mary Margaret O'Hara & Peggy Lee, June 27th, Performance Works, 8pm. $28
  • Ndidi O, June 24th, Georgia Stage, 7:30pm. Free
  • Robert Plant & Sensational Shape Shifters, June 29th, QE Theatre, 8pm. From $65
  • Robin Layne Band, July 1st, Granville Island Mound, 5pm. Free
  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra & Rumba Calzada, June 25th, Vogue, 8pm. $44
  • Sam Tudor (with The Rogue's Tegan Wahlgren on violin), June 28th, Performance Works, 8pm. $28