(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

Acoustic Muse presents in cooperation with Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club

Paul Langille & Paul Sims

Blue Valentines #3

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Thurs. Feb. 6, 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub (upstairs), 122 Carling Street, London

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)

Paul Langille & Paul Sims present "Blue Valentines 3" This follows the last two year's sell outs of the "Blue Valentines" concerts.

“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 playlist includes Langille’s own compositions but also a handful of covers. He expects plenty of audience interaction as people join in on the chorus of their favourite tunes. “They are about love, but not all saccharin,” Langille said. “They’re not all hurtin’ songs. It’s all done tongue-in-cheek so it’s not a sad night.”

These days a musician and artist must utilize all the voices available to him. Paul has many voices, all emanating from the heart and soul. Here are some of Paul’s strongest assets … An emotionally charged voice – A proven history as a guitar-smith with powerful and experienced song writing skills – A man with an honest passion for his music.

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


Upcoming Concerts

New Cumberland

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Sun. Feb. 9, 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

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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)

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. 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.

“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

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


James Gordon

with special guest Tragedy Ann

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Sun. Feb. 16, 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

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In his more than forty-year career as a solo singer-songwriter and with the ground-breaking trio Tamarack, James Gordon has released forty albums and toured relentlessly around the world. He has penned over 1500 songs (Frobisher Bay, Mining for Gold, Looking for Livingstone), some of which have been famously played by Cowboy Junkies, James Keelaghan, Miranda Mulholland, and international choirs. In addition to compositions for symphony orchestras, musical theatre, dance, and film scores, James was heard on CBC radio for over ten years as songwriter-in-residence for the Basic Black and Ontario Morning programs. In spring of 2019 James released ‘The Heritage Hall Sessions’ on Borealis Records. Full of timely material, ‘Heritage Hall’ addresses climate change, the artistic value gap, and peak oil with sensitivity and wit. Produced by Evan Gordon, the album was tracked live off the floor in the eponymous hall with a stellar cast of players: Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies, Townes Van Zandt), Katherine Wheatley, Anne Lindsay (Jim Cuddy Band), Tannis Slimmon, and Ian Bell.

Tragedy Ann (Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan) braid organic vocal harmonies together with accordion, singing saw, guitars, and ukulele, Tragedy Ann’s arrangements are as delicate as they are driving. Their sounds and stories were most recently captured on September 2018’s release ‘Matches’, garnering them two ‘Songs from the Heart’ songwriting awards (Folk Music Ontario), national folk/roots radio charting, and syndication on CBC Radio and Stingray Music.

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


Pressgang Mutiny

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Sun. March 8, 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

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Hailing from the port of Toronto, Pressgang Mutiny have been roaring out Irish, English, Caribbean, American and Canadian sea shanties, work songs, and trad since 2013.

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


TD Sunfest presents in cooperation with Cuckoo's Nest

RUNA

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Wed. March 18, 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub (upstairs), 122 Carling Street, London

Tickets - $25 advance / $30 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)

TD Sunfest (in cooperation with Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club) is pleased to present Celtic-American Roots music “super group” RUNA. Celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary as a band, RUNA continues to push the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. “One of the best and inventive folk bands of this modern era!” – London Celtic Punks

Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members.  Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation. The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Groupand Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best LIVE Album, Best World/Traditional Song, and Best Bluegrass Song.

RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Canadian Cheryl Prashker on percussion, Jake James of New York on the fiddle, and Caleb Edwards of Nashville on mandolin and vocals.

Their new album, “TEN: The Errant Night”, is already receiving international praise on both sides of the Atlantic!  “This is RUNA’s most ambitious album yet and it is a stunner!” – Bill Margeson, LiveIreland

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


The Wanted

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Sun. March 22, 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

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The Wanted fuse vintage North American folk, blues and country music with rockabilly, bluegrass and rock and roll in a distinctive roots music mash-up. Alt Country Forum (Europe’s leading roots music publication) describes the band’s performances as: “…full of contagious, raucous, hip swaying music…Simply irresistible!” Tracks from The Wanted CD have aired on CBC Radio 1 and many other roots music programs throughout North America and around the world, and have been streamed over 275,000 times on Spotify. The Wanted reconstruct an eclectic mix of vintage songs and infuse their own songwriting with a spirit that is darkly haunting, incisively witty, or just plain fun. This is full-throated, full-throttle entertainment, filled with edgy licks, infectious rhythms and soaring harmonies, combining traditional instrumentation with unique elements such as washboard, bodhran, and acoustic lap steel guitar. There’s a small orchestra of instruments here that a mere five musicians manage to deploy with great skill—forging a fresh sound by finding common ground in diverse material. This is a musical experience that audiences are sure to enjoy.  

“The Wanted embrace early country music, blues, bluegrass and rockabilly, combining vocal harmonies, great musicianship and original material for a fresh take on a genre that’s long overdue for a revival. Their show will transport you to another era, so hop on board for a great ride.” — Mariposa Folk Festival

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


TD Sunfest presents in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest

Genticorum

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Sat. March 28, 7:30 pm

Chaucer’s Pub (upstairs), 122 Carling Street, London

Tickets - $25 advance / $30 door

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TD Sunfest (in cooperation with Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club) presents Genticorum, an internationally acclaimed Quebec folk power trio that beautifully melds the dynamism of contemporary North American and European folk music with traditional fiddle and folk tunes from La Belle Province and “new trad” (original compositions in the traditional vein).

Renowned for its stunning musicianship and gorgeous vocal harmonies, Genticorum is comprised of Yann Falquet (guitar, bass, jaw harp, vocals), Pascal Gemme (fiddle, vocals) and Nicholas Williams (wooden flute, piano, accordion, vocals).  All three musicians contribute percussion by clogging (rhythmic foot tapping). Their sound is rooted in the driving dance rhythms of the Québécois music vernacular, which the trio infuses with raw, boundless energy.  Genticorum’s eclectic mix of traditional instruments, impish sense of humour, and joyful, charismatic stage presence make the band a supreme crowd pleaser.  Roots Canada says, “The chance to see these merry wizards deliver the goods live is about as good as music gets.”  Just in case you were wondering, the bands name comes from a nonsensical, Dog Latin word in a salty old French-Canadian song.

Over the past 18 years, Genticorum has released six CDs (their latest is “Avant l’Orage” – Before the Storm) and played over 1,000 concerts in more than 15 countries (They are especially popular in New England and are enjoying a growing fan base in California).  Also, the band has earned four Canadian Folk Music Awards, several JUNO and Félix Award nominations, and the 2018 Opus Prize (from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec) for ‘best concert - traditional music.’

 

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


TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON FOR THESE CONCERTS

Sun. April. 5/20 – Alan Reid

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Alan Reid is a gifted singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his time at the helm of Scotland's Battlefield Band, who have been pre-eminent in Scottish traditional music for over forty years. Alan spent several decades as with the group, as they toured worldwide to an ever-increasing audience, and his songs and keyboard playing were a major feature of their repertoire during this period. Since retiring from the band in 2010, Alan has been performing in a duo with Dutch guitarist and singer Rob Van Sante, and more recently as a solo artist.


Thurs. April 16/20 – One for the Foxes

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The exciting and dynamic transatlantic trio One for the Foxes presents a rousing blend of Irish and American folk music and have already won over audiences on both sides of the ocean (including a recent residency at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival & College). The group is made up of Dublin’s Tadhg Ó Meachair (Goitse), Galway’s Dave Curley (Slide, Runa) and Denver, Colorado’s Joanna Hyde (The Hydes), and features a mix of Irish and American folk music and song – both traditional and newly-composed – presented in an energetic and engaging manner.

Dave Curley, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from Corofin, Co. Galway, has been making big waves in the Irish music scene in Ireland, Europe and the USA in the last number of years. He is widely regarded as having one of the most compelling voices in Irish contemporary music. 


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


Sat. April 25/20 - Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres – CD Release Concert

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Sat. May 2/20 – Mama’s Broke

Sun. May 24/20 – Kitty Donohoe

Sun. June 7/20 – Fraser & Girard


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 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

Sat. Nov. 23 – The Light of East Ensemble - SOLD OUT!!

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

Sun. Nov. 24 - Archie Fisher - SOLD OUT!!

Wed. Dec. 4 - Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews

Sat. Dec. 14 - Steel City Rovers - “Winter Tidings” - SOLD OUT!!

We collected 71 pounds of food and $114.45 for the London Food Bank

Sun. Jan. 19 - Andrew Collins Trio

Cuckoo's Nest History

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2018/2019 Season

 

Acoustic Muse Concerts

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Ian Davies (last update January 20, 2020)

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