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

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NEXT CONCERT

TD Sunfest presents in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club

DIRECT FROM SCOTLAND

TALISK

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Thursday, February 22, 2024 – 8:00 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/talisk-tickets-765394424327

or at Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant, Long & McQuade North (Fanshawe Park Rd W).

 

One of the most talked-about folk bands of the 21st century, Scotland’s TALISK have been tearing apart stereotypes and redefining the genre for almost a decade. With over 15 million streams, 10,000 albums sold worldwide, and sold out shows across five continents - from Paris to New York, London to Tokyo, Glasgow to Vancouver - alongside headline appearances at festivals the world over, the Scottish trio have amassed a global, die-hard following.

Wielding instruments that have rarely seen the likes of their music, Mohsen Amini (concertina), Benedict Morris (fiddle) and Charlie Galloway (guitar) have stacked up major awards for their explosively energetic sound - including five between BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland, and two highly coveted BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. At New Year 2022 they played BBC One’s Hogmanay show to a television audience in excess of one million, and - as the only folk act alongside pop headliners - quickly amassed a vast, mainstream audience that continues to propel the group to some of their largest live shows to date.

Headlining Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom in 2024 - during Europe’s largest winter festival, the legendary Celtic Connections - Talisk’s star remains firmly on a rapid ascent. Never afraid to push musical boundaries or test the live production capabilities of just three people (yes, it’s all live), there’s captivating a crowd, and then there’s TALISK!

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com or info@sunfest.on.ca


UPCOMING CONCERTS

TD Sunfest presents in cooperation with Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club

DIRECT FROM BRAZIL

Bia Ferreira

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Saturday, February 24, 2024 – 8:00 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46803/

or at Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant, Long & McQuade North (Fanshawe Park Rd W).

 

Bia Ferreira is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, anti-racist activist and fierce defendant of the LGBTIA+ community worldwide, who defines her music as "MMP — Música de Mulher Preta" (Black Woman Music). Her songs are against racism, homophobia and other issues. Feminism, love and politics are also themes she likes to explore. She broke into public consciousness in 2017 with the track, Cota Não é Esmola, about the importance of the quota system for the access of the black population to the university.  In addition to the more than 13 million views on YouTube and several million Spotify plays, the song became mandatory reading for the University of Brasília entrance exam. Bia has been playing solo or with her band throughout Brazil and Europe since 2017.  

She made a live recording in 2018 for the Estúdio Showlivre project and subsequently was nominated for the 2018 Women in Music Awards. On her 2019 studio album, Igreja Lesbiteriana: Um Chamado (Lesbitarian Church: A Calling), the messages are harnessed to a carriage of funky beats, reggae and soul ballad grooves. In 2022, Bia released her second album Famine. In October 2022, she did a showcase at WOMEX (World Music Expo) in Lisbon, which ended up being one of the best and most popular among the delegates. That showcase finally gave Bia what she always wanted: for her music to be heard by people all over the world, even with lyrics sung in Portuguese. Bia Ferreira has been, in the last years, one of the most and best defenders of free speech in Brazil, mainly about racism and LGBTQIA+ community/issues. She's been also one of the strongest "voices" against Jair Bolsonaro inside and outside Brazil. Her shows are full of music, love and passionate advocacy.

For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com or info@sunfest.on.ca


 

Anne Lederman, Pat O’Gorman & Peter Jellard

Talamh an Eisc (Land of Fish): Irish music in Canada

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Sunday, March 10, 2024 – 7:30 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46827/

It's a very cool show that Anne Lederman performs with Peter Jellard on accordion, mandolin, fiddle and guitar, and Pat O'Gorman on uilleann pipes, flute, and whistle. Anne plays fiddle, sings and talks - telling great stories about Irish-Canadian folklore and music, larger-than life characters, songs and tunes. The kitchens, parlours and dance halls of Canada have been ringing with the sounds of jigs and reels, ballads, and convivial songs from the Emerald Isle for nigh onto 300 years. Come and hear some of the great stories and Irish-Canadian music that is so much a part of our cultural world. Here is a taste of what you will hear.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtEpvA6Yuiw

From the early 1500s the Irish have been coming to Canada, first to fish off the shores of Newfoundland but soon to settle in every corner of the country, where Irish music has blended with older Indigenous, Scottish and French traditions to create unique Canadian sounds. The old song melodies have acquired new Canadian words about life in the bush, on the great lakes, on farms and in lumber camps. There have been Irish heroines and heroes, poets, and bandleaders, and there have been wild characters.

Anne Lederman won Folk Music Ontario's Estelle Klein Award in 2016, and was inducted into the Canadian Fiddle Hall of Honour in 2022. Peter Jellard is a veteran of the Canadian music scene and has performed as a member of Cajun Ramblers, Swamperella and the Grievous Angels. Pat O’Gorman has been at the cutting edge of Canadian Trad/Celtic music for over 40 years with  Na Cabarfeidh, Rare Air, Morgaine Le Fay, Windbags, and with The Brian Pickell Band. He has lived in the Algoma region for 22 years and is a founder and artistic director, with Julie Schryer, of AlgomaTrad.

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


Teilhard Frost

(of Sheeman, Lotus & Son)

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Saturday, April 6, 2024 – 7:30 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46826/

A multi-instrumentalist and instrument maker, Teilhard Frost specializes in traditional Appalachian old-time music. He was raised on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, spending time with the elder fiddlers in the area. At the age of three he was given a jaw harp and harmonica by his father, and his mother gave him a fiddle and a record of Kentucky fiddle tunes. He has continued to play them all ever since. With a strong desire to play banjo but having no money to buy one, Teilhard set about making his own and Frost Gourd Banjos was born. He designs and hand crafts gourd and early era banjos, instruments which are sought out and played by celebrated artists such as Rhiannon Giddens, Daniel Lapp, Arnie Naiman, Lotus Wight, and Chris Coole.

Teilhard’s latest solo recording, As the Crow Flies, is a collection of traditional music found in the Appalachian highlands. The songs have strong ties to the British Isles while the fiddle tunes draw on ancient Scandinavian and northern Scottish modal settings and tunings, conjuring a feeling of mystery and drama.

Teilhard helped form Canadian bush swing band Flapjack in 1997, playing washboard, bones, and harmonica and jaw harp, playing mainly Canadian fiddle tune repertoire. During this time, he and bandmate/bass player Sam Allison became fast friends, playing the old-time music of Appalachia and the Mississippi Valley. When Flapjack disbanded, he and Allison formed their internationally successful group Sheesham, Lotus, and Son with Brian Sanderson on Sousaphone. Together, they have released seven albums as Sheesham, Lotus and Son, the Kings of Old Time!

With music as his ambassador, Teilhard has toured throughout North America and Europe for over twenty years. His music has taken him as far away as Africa, India and Mongolia, studying and teaching. He lives on Wolfe Island in the St. Lawrence River with his partner and their two daughters.

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


Joe Crookston

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Sunday, April 21, 2024 – 7:30 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46828/

Joe Crookston is a force of nature on stage.  He is in his power AND he communes with his audience and welcomes them into the magic. From touring with Gordon Lightfoot, headlining major US festivals, receiving Folk Alliance International “Album of the Year,” releasing 15 new  recordings on Nine Becomes One (2023) to being named Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence, Joe is on fire!  He’s played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100’s more. He’ll surprise you. He awakens the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold. His rhythm is infectious. In concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.   

HE BELIEVES IN STORIES:   Come to a show. Visual, artful and surprising. Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.  “The Long Note” is a phrase in Irish culture. “The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite.

THERE IS A LONG NOTE & JOE IS REACHING FOR IT: Whether he’s weaving through lap slide songs or fiddling an American Southern tune, he’ll draw you in.  It happens every time.  Watch a YouTube video…it’s fine, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show.  With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell. 

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


Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop

with Paul Mills

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Sunday, April 28, 2024 – 7:30 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46824/

"Two voices in perfect harmony" - that's how one music writer described the Montreal-based duo of Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop. That rich vocal blend is the hallmark of a folk-music partnership that celebrates fine songwriting and a shared history growing up in rural Quebec. Bill and Sue began their musical relationship after recording Bill's solo CD, Seems To Me, in 1999. The vocal magic and the distinctive musical approach that resulted have continued to evolve and these days, their tight harmonies, fine guitar-picking and tasteful repertoire are winning over fans across the country.

Bill Garrett is a musical triple threat: a Canadian folk legend who is also well known as a producer and one of the founders of Toronto's Borealis Records. Well-known as a solo artist, he was also a staple on CBC Radio for 18 years, co-hosting Sylvia Tyson's folk program Touch the Earth and later producing The Entertainers and Six Days on the Road with musician-host David Essig. Since leaving the CBC in the mid-1990s, he has produced more than 65 folk, blues and jazz recordings.

Sue Lothrop started playing professionally in Montreal. She moved to the city from Quebec's Eastern Townships, where she had played in college folk groups with friends Allan Fraser and Brian Blain. Sue later went on to tour extensively throughout Canada and the U.S. both as a solo artist and with folk/rock group Rings and Things. Sue spent the better part of the 1980s and early 1990s raising her daughter Corina. Today she splits her time between doing therapeutic music animation for seniors and performing with Bill.

Joining Bill & Sue for this concert is their old friend Paul Mills a.k.a Curly Boy Stubbs. Paul is was awarded the Order of Canada in 2018. He is a musician, musical arranger and record producer/engineer and has been part of the Canadian folk music scene and recording industry for close to fifty years. He has produced over two hundred albums working with artists such as Stan Rogers, Sharon, Lois and Bram, and Ron Hynes. He is the past President of Folk Music Ontario and has served on the Boards of Folk Music Canada, the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and was Chair of the Home County Folk League. He has performed in duos with his son Trevor, his friend Joanne Crabtree, and most recently with another Canadian folk music legend David Bradstreet.

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


Streetlight Cadence

(from Hawaii)

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Sunday, May 5, 2024 – 7:30 pm

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46848/

An undying sense of adventure has anchored Streetlight Cadence since their humble beginnings as street performers in Honolulu. Their punkish energy on acoustic instruments intertwines with intimate storytelling to create a band that has scored numerous placements on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for Alternative Album of the Year, and an Emmy® nomination for their self-produced television series, “Will Play For Food”.

 

Based in Hawaii, this highly entertaining power trio consists of Jon Andrew Franklin (violin), Ben Chai (banjo), and Clara Stegall (guitar), and their unparalleled artistic fervor delivers an experience that is brighter than ever. Streetlight Cadence has been compared with the likes of The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men.

 

Awards + Placements

2019 Emmy® Nominee (SF/NorCal Chapter)

2018 Billboard Placement - Classical Crossovers

2017 Billboard Placement - Heatseekers

2014 + 2015 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winners

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


Tom Lewis

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Friday, May 24, 2024 – 7:30 pm *NEW DATE*

(Doors at 7:00 pm)

Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, London

$25 Advance / $30 at the Door

Advance tickets can be purchased online at

https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/46850/

 

Tom Lewis is an accomplished performer and composer, with decades of experience and accolades. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, grew up in Gloucester, England, and was a submariner in the Royal Navy for 24 years (1959-1983). He is renowned for composing 'The Last Shanty' (A Sailor Ain't A Sailor), ''Sailor's Prayer' (Send Down A Dove), 'Legend' (Marching Inland), plus many other contemporary songs of the sea that have become folk standards, sung by more than 40 groups around the world.

At the age of 80, Tom is still touring widely - whilst also utilising the boon that zoom can provide – even if it is a pale imitation of a hearty pub-sing, so he partakes in numerous musical sessions online, taking his brand of wry humour, his nautical knowledge, and his powerful voice - all of which he loves to share - to audiences everywhere.

One reviewer wrote, “After 24 years at sea; Tom's repertoire—from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background—recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous; with songs that have become folk standards; known and sung wherever great choruses ring out.”

Tom's recent double CD 'Demand Performance’ (released April 22, 2020) features one 'live' CD with seven extended tracks to compensate for the lack of genuine live performance; plus a second CD with eleven studio-recorded tracks. Downloads of all Tom's albums can be purchased from Bandcamp.

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


The Marienbad Restaurant is open for dinner on concert days.

Concert day diners can reserve their seats in Chaucer’s prior to doors opening.

Make your reservation by calling 519-679-9942

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).

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.


What’s happened so far in the 2023-2024 Season

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023 - Winter Wilson (from England)

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Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023 - Friends of Fiddler’s Green - SOLD OUT!

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Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023 - Reynolds, Robinson & Lodge

with Cheryl Prashker (percussion) & Sarah Louise McGregor (fiddle)

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Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023 - VINTA

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

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Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023 - WINDBORNE – “Music of Midwinter” - SOLD OUT!

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Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023 - David Bradstreet with Carl Keesee - SOLD OUT!

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Friday, Dec. 22, 2023 – Pub Caroling with Paul Grambo, Steve Holowitz & John P. Allen

$275.50 was raised for the London Food Bank – Thanks to all for coming!

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Sunday, January 21, 2024 - James Gordon with Katherine Wheatley

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Saturday, February 10, 2024 - Paul Langille & Paul Sims

Blue Valentines #5 – “Love Overboard, Again!”

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Sunday, February 18, 2024 – New Cumberland - SOLD OUT!

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Cuckoo's Nest History

 Rogue's Gallery

Links of Interest

 2022/2023 Season

 

 (last update February 19, 2024)

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