(a non-profit collective promoting traditional & roots folk music in association with The Home County Folk League)

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2019-20 Concert Season - Our 26th at Chaucer's

Next Concert

 

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presents

(in cooperation with the Cuckoo’s Nest)

The Light of East Ensemble

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Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub (upstairs), 122 Carling St, London, Ontario

Tickets - $20 advance / $25 door

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 Tickets available at Chaucer's/Marienbad (122 Carling Street), Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North (Fanshawe Park Rd W), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village)

 

This special TD Sunfest concert celebrates the release of the band’s third album, “Sephardic Heart,” which was recorded a year ago during a live performance at London’s Procunier Hall. Formed in 2006, London, Ontario’s award-winning The Light of East Ensemble has an extensive body of work rooted in the many lands of the Near and Middle East, and it performs this enchanting music with passion, sensitivity and respect. The current LoEE lineup spotlights the talents of seven stellar professional artists from diverse backgrounds: • Mary Ashton (violin, harp) • Jedd House (contra basso) • Tracey Atin (vocals) • Jana Starling (clarinet, accordion) • Kareem El Tyeb (percussion) • Quincy Doenges (percussion) • Panayiotis Giannarapis (oud, bouzouki, baglama, tzoura, nay).

LoEE vocalist Tracey Atin recalls: “About 10 years ago I went to London, England for a master class in Yiddish music.  While I was there, exploring my Ashkenazi roots, I attended a class in Sephardic music.  It blew me away!  Here was this heartfelt Latin-sounding music and it was Jewish!  The Carmen (the celebrated femme fatale in Bizet’s opera of the same name) I’ve always yearned to be was here in my own tradition.  So, although my grandparents came from a shtetl (little town) near Warsaw, Poland, I am convinced that my ancestors were part of the Jewish communities that flourished in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin after the Jews were expelled in 1492.  Their language, called Ladino, is primarily 15th century Spanish influenced by the various cultures of the diaspora.  The Sephardic repertoire is full of passionate love songs, poignant lullabies, fascinating history lessons – and admonitions on proper Jewish behaviour!  Our selections from the ‘Sephardic Heart’ feel exotic and strangely familiar at the same time. I love them. I hope you will too!”

For more information call or text 519-319-5847 or email: folk@iandavies.com

 


Direct from Scotland

Archie Fisher

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Sun. Nov. 24, 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling St, London, Ontario

Tickets - $20 advance / $25 door

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Tickets available at Chaucer's/Marienbad (122 Carling Street), Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North (Fanshawe Park Rd W), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village)

 

Archie Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost folksingers, guitarists and songwriters. His achievements as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer are second to none. Archie stands as a linchpin figure between folk music’s rural past and its largely urban present; between the Celtic and American folk-song traditions, both old and new. In 2006 Archie was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth. for services to traditional music. Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music, in 2007 he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame. In 2008 Archie was honoured with the Tradition Bearers Award by the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival.

Archie was born in Glasgow into a large singing family, which yielded three professional singers, Archie and his sisters Ray and Cilla Fisher. Constant music, combined with his father’s appreciation of many musical styles (opera, music hall, traditional ballads) had a strong impact on Archie’s musical development, while his mother, a native Gaelic speaker from the Outer Hebrides, was a strong influence on the lyrical quality of his singing and songwriting. His most recent album release is "A Silent Song" on Red House Records.

For more information call or text 519-319-5847 or email: folk@iandavies.com

 


Direct from Derbyshire, England

Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews

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Wed. Dec. 4, 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub (upstairs), 122 Carling St, London, Ontario

Tickets - $20 advance / $25 door

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Tickets available at Chaucer's/Marienbad (122 Carling Street), Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North (Fanshawe Park Rd W), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village)

 

Doug Eunson (voice, melodeon) and Sarah Matthews (voice, fiddle, viola) use their natural, expressive musicality to craft their arrangements with style and intuitive elegance.  As well as drawing on some of the finest English folk song repertoire to sing in breathtaking harmony, they play English and European dance music in outstanding instrumentals and beautifully flowing tune sets. 

Doug and Sarah invite you to join them in a delightful evening of winter wassails and Christmas charm.  Share a special evening singing, swaying and sipping cider (or whatever your favourite tipple is) to put you right in the festive mood. Their new album "CHIMES" is sure to be the perfect Christmas gift!

“Sarah Matthews and Doug Eunson are a duo that performs like a much larger group with dynamic vocals, great harmonies, warm stage presence and first-rate instrumentals.  They are also super teachers and a firm hit with students and audiences alike.” - Warren Robinson, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, Goderich, Ontario.

“This Derbyshire based duo, rooted in the English tradition, have developed into exciting performers of both traditional and contemporary music. With creative arrangements, their musicianship is at once in evidence and as if that wasn’t enough, they are both excellent singers who employ imaginative harmonies to great effect. A great night out!” - Carol & John Worker, Brewtown Folk Club, Burton on Trent, UK

For more information call or text 519-319-5847 or email: folk@iandavies.com


Steel City Rovers

“Winter Tidings”

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Sat. Dec. 14, 7:30 pm

Tickets - $20 advance / $25 door

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Tickets available at Chaucer's/Marienbad (122 Carling Street), Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade North (Fanshawe Park Rd W), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village)

 

For a little extra seasonal cheer we have the Cuckoo’s Nest’s Annual Tacky Gift Exchange (please bring an inexpensive wrapped item that you would like to re-gift) and our annual food drive for the London Food Bank (we encourage you to bring a non-perishable item to the concert or make a donation).

The Steel City Rovers perform dynamic and expressive music that is a unique composite of traditional Celtic music and North American styles including bluegrass, folk and roots. Their original works touch on issues of love, loss, celebration and heritage and they also breathe life into newly discovered instrumental melodies from as far back as centuries ago. Their sophisticated arrangements are inviting for the most casual listener but are rewarding for those who are well versed in the nuances of musical complexity.

The Rovers stand out for their powerful, emotive vocals and engaging entertainment. They perform on meticulously crafted replicas of historical instruments that rarely appear on today’s musical landscape. This highly active touring band headlines large festival stages, gives intimate concert performances, educates in a variety of workshop and master-class settings and performs internationally with symphonies. They create, collaborate and work hard to further the love and awareness of music.

For more information call or text 519-319-5847 or email: folk@iandavies.com


TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON FOR THESE CONCERTS

Sun. Jan. 19/20 – Andrew Collins Trio

Sun. Feb. 9/20 – New Cumberland

Sun. Feb. 16/20 – James Gordon with s.g. Tragedy Ann

Sun. March 8/20 – Pressgang Mutiny

Wed. March 18/20 - RUNA (TD Sunfest presents in cooperation with Cuckoo's Nest)

Sun. March 22/20 – The Wanted

Sat. March 28/20 - Genticorum (TD Sunfest presents in cooperation with Cuckoo's Nest)

Sun. April. 5/20 – Alan Reid

Thurs. April 16/20 – One for the Foxes

Sun. April 19/20 – Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop with Paul Mills

Sun. April 26/20 - Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres

Sat. May 2/20 – Mama’s Broke (Note: new date)

Sun. May 24/20 – Kitty Donohoe

Sun. June 7/20 – Fraser & Girard

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


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, Centennial Hall Box Office,

Long & McQuade North (Fanshawe Park Rd W), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village)

Please note: The Village Idiot accepts CASH ONLY

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

Special Advance “5-for-4” Multi-Ticket is available for $80 only at the Concerts
(pay for 4 concerts and get the 5th one free)

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.


 

Here is what has happened in our 2019-20 Season SO FAR

Sun. Sept. 8 - Friends of Fiddler’s Green - SOLD OUT!!

Sun. Sept. 22 - Haines & Leighton - SOLD OUT!!

Sat. Oct. 5 - Breabach - SOLD OUT!!

(SUNFEST presented in cooperation with the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Sun. Nov. 3 – Gathering Sparks (Eve Goldberg & Jane Lewis)

 + afternoon Harmony Singing Workshop

Cuckoo's Nest History

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Ian Davies (last update November 5, 2019)

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