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(a non-profit collective promoting traditional & roots folk music in London since 1973)

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NEXT CONCERT

An Evening of “Folk Music & Beyond” with

Tara Dunphy & Larry Smith

Sunday, January 22, 2023 – 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance <> $30 Door

Mask wearing is encouraged when not eating or drinking

Advance tickets can be purchased at
Long & McQuade North, The Village Idiot, and Marienbad Restaurant (next to Chaucer’s)

Purchase tickets online at
https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/43486/

Cuckoo’s Nest presents “An Evening of Folk Music & Beyond" with Tara Dunphy (fiddle, vocals) & Larry Smith (guitar, vocals). Tara and Larry are veterans of the London music scene but rarely are they featured in concert. This special evening will highlight the best of their extensive repertoire including Celtic favourites, Folk favourites, Standards and original compositions.

Tara Dunphy is a 6-time recipient of the Forest City London Music Award, was named to the Forest City London Music Awards "Fantasy Band" as favourite string musician. She is a 3 time Ameripolitan Award nominee, 2 time Academy of Western Artist Award nominee and winner of multiple national championships for traditional Irish music. Tara is a member of The Rizdales with husband Tom, and also co-leader of the new Celtic band Maggie’s Wake.

Born and raised in Toronto, Larry Smith has over 45 years experience as a professional musician. From his early years in the Toronto Roots scene, Larry knew that his life would always head in a musical direction and eventually that road led him to London. After many years on the road, Larry chose to start his own group and formed the acclaimed Canadian swing supergroup, The Jitterbugs. Larry is one of Southwestern Ontario's most sought-after bandleaders & guitarists.

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


PLEASE NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the concert with

Reynolds, Robinson & Lodge with Cheryl Prashker & Sarah Louise McGregor

that was originally scheduled for January 22 has been postponed until the fall –

a new date will be announced soon.

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


UPCOMING CONCERTS

Paul Langille & Paul Sims

“Blue Valentines #4 - Under the Covers”

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Saturday, February 11, 2023 – 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance <> $30 Door

Mask wearing is encouraged when not eating or drinking

Advance tickets can be purchased at
Long & McQuade North, The Village Idiot, and Marienbad Restaurant (next to Chaucer’s)

Purchase tickets online at
https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/43009/

Paul Langille & Paul Sims present "Blue Valentines #4 – Under the Covers" This continues the tradition of “Blue Valentines” concerts after a 2-year interruption due to the pandemic. There will be more songs about love and its trials and tribulations along with Paul's usual self-deprecating humour.

“It’s not a schmaltzy, sucky, syrupy Valentine’s Day,” said Langille. “It’s for all the people who’ve been around the block once or twice. We’re not taking the romance out of it, romantic songs are speaking from the heart, but the heart gets a little side-tracked. The poetic, romantic is not reality. What you read in a card or a song isn’t really true — the ‘I can’t live without you.’ Well, you can. I think there’s some humour to be found in it. There’s a demographic of people who feel Valentine’s is a tad overdone. The songs are about love, but not all saccharin. They’re not all hurtin’ songs. It’s all done tongue-in-cheek so it’s not a sad night.”

Over the years, Paul Langille has won numerous accolades and awards, including the prestigious AMPAC (Advertising Music Producers Association of Canada) award for 1986 and was nominated for the COCA (Canadian Organization of Campus Activities)Top Contemporary Artist of the Year award, 1988. In recent years, Paul has been nominated 8 times in the Singer/Songwriter and the Blues category at the Forest City London Music Awards. He was also nominated 11 times for the London Music Awards in various categories. In 2008, Paul won the Forest City London Music Award for best Contemporary Singer/Songwriter. His latest recording is "Live at the Princess Avenue Playhouse" and is available from www.paullangille.com

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


New Cumberland

Sunday, February 19, 2023 – 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance <> $30 Door

Mask wearing is encouraged when not eating or drinking

Advance tickets can be purchased at
Long & McQuade North, The Village Idiot, and Marienbad Restaurant (next to Chaucer’s)

Purchase tickets online at
https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/43010/

Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three-part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance. The resumes for the various individuals in New Cumberland include bluegrass stints with The Dixie Flyers, Rural Retreat and Cumberland Wail – as well as wide ranging experiences outside bluegrass in rock and folk music. New Cumberland’s members are Tom Burns (guitar/vocals), Blair Heddle (mandolin/dobro/guitar/vocals), Paul Hurdle (banjo/vocals), Tom Rutledge (bass), and Darrin Schott (fiddle/mandolin).

“The boys in New Cumberland never fail to deliver an entertaining mix of classic bluegrass songs along with lots of great material pulled from other traditions – old and new. Solid lead vocals, sweet harmony singing, and some of the finest instrumental playing you’ll hear anywhere. It’s always a great show.” - Ian Bell, The Crooked Stovepipe, Villa Nova

Proficient in the straight-ahead driving bluegrass of Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin, New Cumberland also stretches the genre in directions taken by The Seldom Scene, John Hartford and Jerry Garcia’s Old and in the Way. Songs from non- bluegrass artists such as the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Willie P. Bennett are also liable to appear on a New Cumberland set list.

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


The Bookends

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Sunday, March 12, 2023 – 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance <> $30 Door

Mask wearing is encouraged when not eating or drinking

Advance tickets can be purchased at
Long & McQuade North, The Village Idiot, and Marienbad Restaurant (next to Chaucer’s)

Purchase tickets online at
https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/43096/

The tale of The Bookends begins in the storybook town of Stratford, Ontario where wafting notes of an Irish whistle brought together two couples on a warm summer’s eve. This perfect pairing of Cait & Pete, and Miriam & Errol – with a shelf-full of stories between them, became The Bookends. They are Celtic instrumentalists who keep audiences of all ages spellbound or fast-footed with their masterful arrangements. Filled with good natured banter, fascinating footnotes, and a steady switching of instruments, The Bookends deliver a show of energetic enrichment, and fantastically frenzied fun.

The Bookends perform regularly as the backing band for multi-platinum international sensation Loreena McKennitt.

In 2021 The Bookends headlined in the gold-standard of Canada’s festival scene: the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival. Also in 2021 they began a performance and collaboration relationship with the renowned Stratford Symphony Orchestra and were, fittingly, featured in a book – Just Us Folk – We Shift and Remain, by legendary journalist Jan Vanderhorst. In their 2019 jaunt to Ireland, the group played with artists from several Celtic supergroups, including Lúnasa, Kilfenora Céilí Band and Cherish the Ladies.

The Bookends released their first album, “Chapter One” in 2020. Roots Magazine Canada marveled that The Bookends “think outside the box” in their music and album promotion – crediting them with boosting the local economy during the pandemic lockdowns of 2020. The album has enjoyed airplay on radio and popular podcasts.

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com


 TD Sunfest presents in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest

Sun. April 23 – April Verch & Cody Walters

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Advance tickets can be purchased at
Long & McQuade North, The Village Idiot, and Marienbad Restaurant (next to Chaucer’s)

or purchase on-line at
https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/41935/


Sun. May 28 – Kitty Donohoe

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Purchase tickets online at https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/43097/


All concerts at begin at 7:30 pm and most are held at Chaucer's, 122 Carling Street, London, ON
(unless otherwise indicated)

Advance tickets can be purchased during the season at
Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant, Long & McQuade North
(Fanshawe Park Rd W),

and The Village Idiot (Wortley Village)

Please note: The Village Idiot accepts CASH ONLY

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com

Special Advance “5-for-4” Multi-Ticket is available for $100 only at the Concerts
(pay for 4 concerts and get the 5th one free)

Map to Chaucer's (click here)

We continue to be a completely volunteer run organization. We thank you for your support of live music and look forward to seeing you at the concerts. – Ian Davies, Artistic Director.


Our 2021 COVID Season – Phoenix Online Sessions at Aeolian Hall

Fri. Aug. 13, 2021 – Sandplains Pickers

Fri. Sept. 3, 2021 - Paul Langille & Paul Sims

Fri. Oct. 15, 2021 -  New Cumberland


Our 2022 Season … so far

Thursday, March 24, 2022 - Genticorum (TD Sunfest in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest)

See the photo gallery of this concert - https://bit.ly/3qFOwVK (photos taken by Valter Daghetti)

Sunday, April 24, 2022 - Paul Mills & David Bradstreet

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 – Maria Dunn

Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 - The Friel Sisters - SOLD OUT!

(presented by TD Sunfest in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest)

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Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022 – Friends of Fiddler’s Green - SOLD OUT!

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 – Allison Lupton Celtic Quartet - SOLD OUT!

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Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 –  Aerialists

(presented by TD Sunfest in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest)

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Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022 –  Boreal - Songs for the Snowy Season

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We raised $154 and 46 pounds of food for the London Food Bank – Thanks to all!

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 –  VÍÍK

(presented by TD Sunfest in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest)

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OUR LONGTIME VOLUNTEER SYD MONTEITH PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY ON MARCH 16, 2022.

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Syd was a truly sweet and big-hearted guy who willingly would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He had a heart of gold. He was unassuming and passionate. He was a dedicated volunteer at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival for many years, and for even longer one of the stalwart volunteers for the Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club (since the club’s revival in 1994). We will miss him. R.I.P. dear friend.


Cuckoo's Nest History

 Rogue's Gallery

Links of Interest

 2019/2020 Season

 

 (last update January 9, 2023)

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