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April 2018

Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band

April 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm UTC-6
The Bassment, 202 4th Ave N
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 0K1 Canada

Anchored by the strong fiddling and vocals of Rosalyn Dennett, the stunning banjo playing of Rob McLaren and the extremely groovy string bass playing of Gordon Mowat, Ken Whiteley and the Beulahs play new music with old soul. Rosalyn played in the popular Winnipeg folk group, “Oh, My Darling” and she has since recorded with many folk artists. Ken first met Gord when he was playing with the contemporary roots ensemble, “Dust Poets”. Rosalyn and Gord also happen to be first cousins. When Rob McLaren left his hometown of Red Deer to attend the jazz program at Toronto’s Humber College, his parent’s didn’t think he would become a banjo player. A great singer and multiinstrumentalist, Rob is kept busy touring with not only Ken but also “Barrel Boys” and “Union Duke”. Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and vocalist Ken Whiteley is a Canadian music legend with a long and honoured history in the roots scene: seven JUNO nominations, 16 Maple Blues nominations, a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for the best original song in a Canadian movie, lifetime achievement awards from Folk Music Ontario and the Mariposa Folk Festival, hundreds of appearances at folk festivals and concerts across North America, numerous performances with icons such as Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, John Hammond, and Stan Rogers, and production work on 140 albums. Doors @ 7; Show @ 8

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Rogue Folk Club | Martyn Joseph

April 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC-7
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada

Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm Tickets available at roguefolk.bc.ca, Tapestry Music Vancouver, and Highlife Records. _________________________________________________________ Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen” _________________________________________________________ This concert is sponsored by DAN BOWDITCH. This sponsorship is in support of local artists and the Rogue Folk Club, which provides good venues to promote these artists.

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GrassRoots Regina presents Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band

April 20 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
The Exchange, 2431 8th Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan S4R 5J7 Canada
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$20 - $25

Ken is a prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and a powerful singer. His music communicates themes of freedom, love, spiritual aspiration and social comment. His encyclopedic knowledge of traditional folk and blues styles along with his entertaining blend of enthusiasm and respect for these traditions has made him a valued musician in the studio as well as on stage. For his Regina performance, Ken will be accompanied by The Beulah Band. Advance tickets $20 at Vintage Vinyl and Traditions Handcraft Gallery.

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An Evening With Pavlo presented by the West End Cultural Centre

April 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm UTC-5
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1Z8 Canada

We welcome Pavlo back to the West End Cultural Centre on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 to support his PBS TV concert ‘Live in Kastoria’. Tickets are $40 in advance and are available now. A Dream-of-a-Lifetime Concert from Greece to Winnipeg! Hot off the heels of his PBS-TV concert smash hit, "Live in Kastoria", Pavlo will perform music from his extensive catalogue. Pavlo is known for bringing every audience to their feet. Enjoy a night of incredible musicianship, laughter, and storytelling! Opa! For being all instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music speaks for itself. Over the span of his 20-year career, Pavlo, the internationally renowned, award-winning recording artist, performer and songwriter, has released 11 albums of his own music, plus two collaborative projects, including 2015’s Guitarradas with Remigio Pereira, and 2009’s Trifecta with fellow guitar masters Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez. Born in Toronto to Greek parents, Pavlo has made a name for himself by offering a musical amalgam he simply calls “Mediterranean music” – a blend of Greek, flamenco, Latin, and even Balkan flavours, wrapped in contemporary pop. His music has taken him all around the world. Along the way he’s performed for royalty in the likes of Prince Charles and worked and toured with artists such as José Feliciano, Jon Secada, Olivia Newton-John and The Tenors. It has never been more convincing, Pavlo is a TRUE WORLD artist, and has become famous for bringing every audience to their feet. Pavlo is currently on tour promoting his second PBS special “Live in Kastoria” Greece and is still driven by his father’s famous words: “Have the courage to do what you love, and the drive to do it well.”

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The Slocan Ramblers with Gabrielle Papillon

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm UTC-6
The Bassment, 202 4th Ave N
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 0K1 Canada

Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocan Ramblers have quickly become a bright light on the Canadian roots music scene. Returning for their fourth visit to The Bassment, the Ramblers have a well-earned reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship, and having an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot range into an instant, lifelong fan. One such fan, Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry, said of the band’s performance of Abide with Me, “It’ll give you the chills. I’ll tell you that!” Special guest Gabrielle Papillon opens the night. Here's a guote about Gabrielle from Tom Power of CBC's Q: "This is the kind of music that’s going to make you stop in your tracks. One of the finest new songwriters in Canada.” Doors @ 6:30; Show @ 7:30

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Rogue Folk Club | Kiérah

April 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC-7
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada

Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm Tickets available at roguefolk.bc.ca, Tapestry Music Vancouver, and Highlife Records. _________________________________________________________ Vancouver is home for Canada's musical gem, Kiérah. A dynamic and bold Celtic fiddle player, Kiérah presents a powerful night of traditional and original music inspired by her Irish/Scottish heritage. In an ever changing music scene, Kierah showcases an infusion of pop and world rhythms taking Celtic music into a new direction. She possesses a remarkable ability to completely captivate and engage the audience, playing straight from her heart. Back at the St. James Hall for the 4th year in a row, Kiérah will impress with sets from her most recent album Strong Bow as well as old favourites and some new surprises. Recently featured in Irish Music Magazine, Living Tradition Magazine and on CelticRadio.net Strong Bow is receiving rave reviews. It has received nominations by the Toronto Independent Music Awards and the Australian Celtic Music Awards. Joining Kierah are a stellar cast of musicians: multi- instrumentalist and producer, Adrian Dolan (piano, accordion, viola, mandolin); innovative guitarist Adam Dobres and percussionist Robin Layne (The Paper Boys). "Kiérah is a rare gem who combines technical skill and stellar musical chops with authentic passion and heartfelt performances" - Celtic Radio, Boston

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Levon Helm Tribute

April 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm UTC-4
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

In honour of Toronto’s adopted son Levon Helm, who with his fellow Hawks, tore up Yonge St. in the early sixties and laid the foundation of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rhythm and Blues in T.O., we have gathered an all-star cast of some of the country’s top musicians and singers, to play the music Helm sang with: The Band; Levon and the Hawks; Levon Helm and the RCO All Stars; and the Barnburners. Levon Helm was one of the world’s most unique drummers. The fact that he also had a voice that could charm the coldest heart and could sing and play at the same time, made him even more incredible. Join us for a very special evening, with amazing performances and heartfelt tributes. This show has always sold out. Don’t be disappointed: get your tickets early.

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Steve Dawson’s Travelling Roadshow Revue

April 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm UTC-6
The Bassment, 202 4th Ave N
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 0K1 Canada

A native of Vancouver, but currently working as a solo artist, sideman, and record producer in Nashville, Steve Dawson has forged an impressive career, full of highlights and awards. Founder of Black Hen Artists and owner/producer of Nashville’s Henhouse Studio, Steve has assembled another all-star cast of blues and roots musicians for his third Black Hen Travelling Roadshow Revue. Steve Marriner, a triple threat on guitar, harmonica, and vocals, is best known as the frontman of Canadian blues supergroup Monkey Junk. Jazz and blues singer-songwriter Ndidi Onokwulu has four critically acclaimed recordings and has toured extensively in North America and Europe. Alt-country singer-songwriter Leeroy Stagger has an impressive and staggering output of 11 studio albums. NO FREE PASSES Doors @ 7; Show @ 8

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April in Paris: Van Django / The Lawless Hot Club

April 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC-7
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada

Rogue Folk Club presents the 12th Annual APRIL IN PARIS! April 26 — April in Paris: Van Django / The Lawless Hot Club April 27 — April in Paris: Pearl Django / Company B Jazz Band April 28 — April in Paris: Marc Atkinson Trio / Ranger & The Re-Arrangers + Django's Jewels _________________________________________________________ VAN DJANGO / THE LAWLESS HOT CLUB Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm Tickets available at roguefolk.bc.ca, Tapestry Music Vancouver, and Highlife Records. _________________________________________________________ VAN DJANGO Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada's most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels. Van Django's music is well-rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930's Paris France, but beyond that it's all pure blue-skying; flights of dazzling fancy, driving rhythms and boundless creativity featuring original compositions and arrangements including humorous mash-ups that showcase their eclectic influences in full regalia. Perhaps Nick Lehr, director of Djangofest Northwest, summed it up best describing Van Django when he said: "In an increasingly crowded niche, Van Django is a standout act. With a clever mix of contemporary standards, classical ditties, rock homages and solid originals they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on." •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• THE LAWLESS HOT CLUB The Lawless Hot Club is the new Gypsy jazz group on the block made up of several musicians from disparate bands. Guitarist Michael Dunn has been a fixture in the Gypsy jazz world in Vancouver from its beginnings in the late sixties. His group the Hot Club of Mars has been part of April in Paris since the very beginning! Don Ogilvie, whose guitar playing mastery is firmly rooted in the Gypsy style, has played in more groups than anyone can count. He has partnered with Michael on and off for just about 40 years. They recorded a guitar duet CD in 2002. Their newest discovery is Edgar Bridwell. Edgar played with the late Ray Condo and his repertoire includes anything from Mendelssohn to Grappelli and whatever is between. Joe Bourchier a journeyman bassist can be found playing all over the city in many bands. And chanteuse Eleanore Dunn, whose repertoire encompasses music from the American songbook, has what people have described as an “old fashioned voice” ideally suited to the music of the time. The group will feature some original Django pieces seldom heard as well as some surprises.

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Martyn Joseph Returns Friday April 27

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm UTC-6
Southwood United Church, 10690 Elbow Dr. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2W 1G4 Canada

Martyn Joseph Returns to Fish Creek Concerts Friday April 27 at Southwood United Church Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other: Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be - but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives delivering his "songs of lyrical intelligence" according to BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris.

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