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3 shows to kick off the New Year at the Rogue Folk Club (in person and online!)

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Now that we’re recovering from the holiday season the Rogue Folk Club is back with three shows to get us back up off the sofa in January – and these ones will definitely get us on the dance floor.

It all begins mid month with a tribute to Shane MacGowan and ends with East Coast fiddling and singing sensation Morgan Toney.

As I often say, the only problem with the Rogue’s schedule is trying to chose what to see.

You don’t even have to be in Vancouver to watch these shows because they sell tickets to the live streams too.

For more information and tickets, call 604-736-3022 or visit http://www.roguefolk.bc.ca.

Here’s what’s coming up!

A tribute to Shane MacGowan – Jan. 19 at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James

Pat Chessell and Sinead X Sanders pay tribute to the brilliant Irish songwriter who led The Pogues in their pioneering fusion of Irish trad with punk back in the early 1980s. Pat’s rootsy vocal style, charismatic stage presence and expert musicianship (guitar) are making for an ever-growing audience of enthusiastic fans. While his mostly original music falls solidly under the broad umbrella of Celtic, Pat’s range is prodigious and eclectic. It’s been variously described as straight-ahead “folk,” “upbeat Celtic influenced Canadian folk/pop,” and “moving mid-and-up-tempo contemporary Celtic,” among other labels. His tunes have also, on occasion, known to be tinged with Americana influences. Sinéad X Sanders’ voice has been compared with everything from Wanda Jackson to Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin to Elvis Presley — but she doesn’t quite sound like any one of them, or possibly, anyone else you’ve ever heard.

The Faux Paws and the Unfaithful Servants – Jan. 26 at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James

Is it bluegrass? Not usually. Old-time? Occasionally. Is it Celtic? Can’t quite say that. Is it folk? Americana? jazz? singer-songwriter? None of the above, but members of the Paws have deep ties to all of these traditions and blend their elements effortlessly to serve whatever musical idea is being presented. So what can we say? This band takes risks. They’re dynamic, exciting, sincere, irreverent, infectious, and surprising. They move deftly between moods, influences and instruments but always maintaining a “groove” that pulses through the music like a heartbeat.

The Unfaithful Servants have gained a reputation in Western Canada as a must-see act. With an original and exciting approach to acoustic music, the group serves up explosive instrumentals, compelling story-telling and high-powered vocals.

Morgan Toney and Keith Mullens – Jan. 27 at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James

In just a short amount of time, Morgan Toney has been able to invigorate both the Atlantic music communities and Mi’kmaq communities by bringing together the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with the old songs of the Mi’kmaq, one song dating back up to 500 years. He calls this fusion Mi’kmaltic (Mi’kmaq + Celtic) and it’s his way of celebrating his language and heritage. He’s honoring the elders who’ve taught him the songs and the language, and he’s taking his place on the front lines of Eastern Canada’s cultural divide.

Keith Mullins, for a quarter-century, has been synonymous with the East Coast Music Scene. His professional career, beginning at the ripe age of 15, has taken him around the world and onto many stages sharing the spotlight with some genuine musical greats such as Matt Anderson, Ron Hynes, Bruce Guthro, Lennie Galant, Gordie Sampson, Jimmy Rankin, Natalie MacMaster, The Mellotones, Garrett Mason and many, many more. In spite of being a largely undiscovered gem, Keith has garnered several industry Awards including two ECMAs and six Music Nova Scotia awards, two of which being musician of the Year.

A chance encounter at the Baddeck restaurant where Morgan Toney was working at the time introduced Toney to Keith Mullins. The two bonded quickly over music and have been inseparable ever since.

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