Concert review

The Small Glories – Oct. 11, The Rogue Folk Club, ...

It’s hard for me to imagine how anyone could not love The Small Glories. Even harder to imagine is seeing them live and not falling head over heels for the powerhouse/high-energy duo that is Cara Luft and J.D. Edwards. The ...
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Deborah Holland braves the rain to recap the Burnaby Roots ...

12:50 p.m.: OK, so I’m spoiled. Obviously, this is NOT the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, so I’m going to have to adjust. Getting here was easy. You park your car at BCIT for $5.25 (for the whole day), and a ...
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The Vancouver Folk Music Festival recapped and reviewed by Deborah ...

The Night Before Day 1 of the 2019 Vancouver Folk Festival It just took me two and a half hours to work out a schedule so I can see all the artists I want to see. 10,000 steps? Hah! No ...
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7 Acts I Can’t Wait to Check Out at the ...

This was supposed to be five acts, but even getting it down to seven was difficult. However, since I started with 18, I feel pretty good about seven. First of all, kudos to artistic director Debbi Lynn Salmonsen for bringing ...
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Shari Ulrich album release, June 18 at the Centennial Theatre, ...

I start this with a disclaimer. I know Shari Ulrich. I adore Shari Ulrich. We are kindred spirits in many ways. And though I haven’t known her for that long, I feel like I’ve known her forever. I suspect many ...
Album review

Donovan Woods – The Other Way

When Heather Kitching of Roots Music Canada asked me if I wanted to review Donovan Woods’ new album, The Other Way (Meant Well Records), an acoustic rendering of his 2018 Both Ways, my first response was, “no.” What more could ...
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Suzie Vinnick – May 17 at the Anza Club, Vancouver

If the world was fair and just Suzie Vinnick would not be a “Canadian treasure.” She would not be known for winning the Canadian Maple Blues Award ten times, or for receiving dozens of other Canadian music nominations and awards. ...
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Donovan Woods – March 28 at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver

  Only once in my life did I vote for a U.S. president that won. Not once have I ever voted for any record to win “best something” and seen that album win. Until this year. The album in question ...
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Sunday night at the Dawson City Music Festival

“It’s like a party.” – Annat Kennet, my traveling companion “It IS a party!” – Me People who live in almost total darkness for three quarters of the year don’t need much of a reason to have a good time ...
Concert review

Dispatches from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Day 3 ...

Here are a few truisms about folk festivals (and music festivals in general, but particularly folk festivals). You’re not going to be able to hear all the music. If you try, you won’t have any fun, and you’ll never see ...