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9:00 am


January 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Rogue Folk Club, 3214 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, V6K 2L2 CA
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It's always a treat when these musicians get together on the same stage. They are among Cape Breton‘s most respected musicians and they are teaming up again for a rare performance together at The Rogue. Last year's sold out performance was a highly memorable evening, so please don't delay and miss out this time around! Since getting their start at a late night session during Celtic Colours in 1998, Beòlach has established itself as one of Cape Breton’s most exciting and innovative traditional bands. Performing a lively mix of Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish tunes, the group features Mairi Rankin (fiddle, step-dance), Wendy MacIsaac (fiddle, piano, step-dance), Mac Morin (piano, accordion, step-dance) and Matt MacIsaac (Highland pipes, whistles, guitar and banjo). On stage and in their recordings, Beòlach presents original compositions as well as unique, dynamic arrangements of classic traditional tunes. The band has thrilled audiences at festivals around the world with their energetic performances, witty presentation, and their versatility as dancers and instructors. Each of the players in Beòlach is an experienced performer in his/her own right, having played for dances and concerts around Cape Breton and beyond long before they got together as a group. They have in total released half a dozen solo albums and have made individual guest appearances on countless other albums. Beòlach’s two group recordings, Beòlach (2001) and Variations (2004), were both nominated for East Coast Music Awards and in 2005 the band was nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Instrumental Artist. As representatives of the Cape Breton culture and masters of their craft, this group will vow to make it a lively night of music, complete with infectious rhythms and honest humour that people have come to love from the East Coast. These artists rarely get a chance to play together in front of an audience, thanks to Mairi now living on the west coast and touring with her amazing band The Outside Track, Mac and Matt touring with Natalie MacMaster‘s band and Wendy touring with Mary Jane Lamond and her own music. So, they love it when dates align and a night like this is possible. After touring extensively throughout North America, the U.K. and Europe for 11 years with Beòlach, they have loads of great arrangements with tunes that are favourites to the four accomplished Cape Breton ambassadors. Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for more than 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it. Wendy is also a sought after piano accompanist and step dancer. Besides performing as a solo artist, Wendy records and tours in a critically acclaimed and award-winning band with Mary Jane Lamond and Cathy Porter. She is a founding member of Beólach, and has also performed with The Cape Breton Summertime Revue, Capercaillie, The Chieftains, Ashley MacIsaac, and toured with Heather Rankin and The Rankin Sisters. Wendy has recorded on more than 20 albums (including four of her own, two with Beólach, and one with her and Mary Jane), and is in high demand for her skills at teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling. Mairi Rankin is a fiddler and step dancer who has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island. She has developed her own unique style by being immersed in such a rich musical culture. Mairi has been fortunate to tour nationally and internationally as a performer and educator in both fiddle and step dance. She has performed as a solo artist, a side musician, and as a member of Beòlach and the Scottish/Irish/Canadian band The Outside Track. Mairi has recorded one solo album, two each with Beòlach and The Outside Track and been featured on numerous compilations and recordings. Mac Morin is a dancer and piano player from Troy, Cape Breton. Starting out as a talented dancer, Mac became interested in piano as a teenager. He has gone on to tour around the world with Natalie MacMaster and Beòlach while continuing to travel widely to teach Cape Breton step dancing. Mac has appeared on numerous artists’ recordings including Natalie MacMaster, Yo Yo Ma, The Rankins, Buddy MacMaster, Troy MacGillivray and released his own solo album in 2003. Matt MacIsaac was born in Cape Breton and started playing whistle and pipes when he was 10. At 18 he won the Argyllshire Gathering Silver Medal in Oban, Scotland, and at 19 started recording, playing and touring the US with Cuillin – a celtic rock / fusion group. At 21, Matt joined Natalie MacMaster’s band and played with her for the better part of 8 years, on pipes, whistles, banjo, percussion and guitar. He appears on several of her recordings. When he was 25 he recorded and released the critically acclaimed “Piping Album”, a stripped-bare solo recording of his main instrument. Matt continues to play principally in Natalie’s band. As we’re fond of saying, if you’re a fan of this kind of music (and who isn’t really?) you’d have to be daft to pass up this opportunity!

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7:30 pm

Qualico CAFE Series presents Little Miss Higgins

January 31 @ 7:30 pm EST
Festival Place, 100 Festival Way
Sherwood Park, T8A 5T2 CA
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Qualico CAFE Series presents Little Miss Higgins From the Great Northern Plains, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way onto any stage playing music brewed up in early country blues, jazz and folk. In the past 15 years she has performed, toured, collaborated, recorded and released 5 independent albums. Her music has won three Western Canadian Music Awards and received JUNO and Maple Blues Awards nominations. Now, along with motherhood, Higgins adds a new addition to her list of accomplishments, My Home, My Heart, a collection of fresh songs from a unique artist whose voice has never been richer or songs better. Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Thu, 11 Jul 2019 at 10:00 AM

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Tom Jackson and Ray Cooper

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm EST
Calgary Folk Club, 5432 Dalhart Road N.W.
Calgary, CA
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The Calgary Folk Club presents the stories and music of Tom Jackson (AB) and music of Ray Cooper (SW)

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Tom Jackson & Ray Cooper Calgary Folk Club

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm EST

First up before Tom Jackson. To purchase tickets by phone call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 Tickets can also be purchased at: Heritage Posters & Music 1316 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0M6 403-802-1846 Scottish/ English/Swedish story based singer-songwriter and multi -instrumentalist Ray Cooper, who used to be a member of Oysterband, performs songs from his 3 solo albums and also new written material. Solo performance with cello, mandolin, guitar and harmonica.

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8:00 pm

Matt Andersen (Solo) // Jan. 31 // Wilmot United Church

January 31 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Wilmot United Church, 473 King St
Fredericton, E3B 1E5 CA
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Matt Andersen Friday, January 31st Wilmot United Church Doors 7PM // Show 8PM Tickets >>> Festival Passes >>> *** A powerhouse performer with a giant, soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old-fashioned way: touring worldwide and letting his stunned audiences and new devotees spread the good word of his righteous tunes all over. And the world has indeed woken up and discovered him, helping him amass over 18 million views on YouTube. In addition to headlining major festivals, clubs and theatres throughout North America, Europe and Australia, he has shared the stage and toured with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Serena Ryder, and more. Andersen nabbed the 2013 and 2016 European Blues Award for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and was the first ever Canadian to take home top honours in the solo/duo category at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Since the release of Weightless in early 2014, Andersen has received a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, a CIMA Road Gold award, and six Maple Blues Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year.

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8:30 pm

Dan Bern in Concert s/g Orit Shimoni

January 31 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm EST
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Midge Ure

January 31 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Friday, January 31, 2020 | 8:30pm Tom Dertinger / Fusion Arts Present: UK Recording Artist Midge Ure with special guest Kalyna Rakel $35 Advance / $40 Door * An artist who has received Ivor Novello, Grammy, BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records, really needs very little introduction. Musical success is seldom measured in time spans of more than a few years, if not Andy Warhol’s often quoted “fifteen minutes”, so the fact that by the time Midge’s single “If I Was” went to No1 in 1985 he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career speaks volumes – Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and of course the most famous one off group in musical history Band Aid had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation. Then you have to take account of Midge’s musical directorship of a series of rock concerts for The Prince’s Trust, Night of the Proms, Wicked Women for Breakthrough and in honour of Nelson Mandela; record production for Phil Lynott, Steve Harley and countless others; his video direction of memorable hits by the Fun Boy Three, Bananarama and others, or a whole swathe of landmark singles by Ultravox; TV, theatre and film music credits ranging from ‘Max Headroom’ to stage and big screen. His influence on the sounds of the 1980’s are undeniable. We couldn’t be happier to present to Toronto the incomparable Midge Ure on Friday, January 31, 2019. Tickets available right now. website: youtube:   Kalyna Rakel Kalyna Rakel has always done things her own way. After early success at 16 with a video on Much Music, she walked away from a pop record deal in Europe to teach herself guitar and play music on the street. Since then she has recorded four independent albums and played her songs for thousands of people all around the world. Her songs come straight from the heart, sung with a voice that has been described as Amy Winehouse meets Janis Joplin. With her tour van, Daisy, and Handsome, her steel resonator guitar, the stories in her songs evoke the raw sound of the travelling blues. Her latest record, ‘Before & After You’, is a two-part concept album telling the story of love gone good and bad. Featuring some of Canada’s top musicians, including legendary guitarist Kevin Breit, the album ranges from distorted garage blues to dreamy ethereal folk. The record comes with a 24-page comic book of Kalyna’s original drawings, featuring the album’s lyrics to tell the stories of the songs. Whether she is playing for tips on the street or on a festival main stage, Kalyna delivers her songs with an honesty that can move a crowd to tears. As her following continues to grow, she remains true to her music and grateful for the opportunity to share her stories. website: youtube:   * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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