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March 2019

Paul Pigat’s Boxcar Campfire

March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$24

Originally created as a way of “bringing it down a bit”, Boxcar Campfire has taken on a life of its own as this new recording and touring project allows a more reflective and insular shade of Paul Pigat’s creativity to come into play. Those with sharp ears will hear snatches of everything from Debussy to Jimmy Rogers blues inflections thrown into the mix, but — as always — the sounds Pigat creates are all his own. Blessed with a jazz man’s sheen, a rockabilly heart and a hobo’s soul, there aren’t many genres of music that don’t pull at Pigat’s wayfaring imagination like a magnet. With long gone days of railroad steam trailing out back of his head as he sings of possums in the pot and holes in his heart, this music gets you in the mood to hit the open road. Set for release on March 22, 2019, The Game is Paul’s second instalment of what will be the Boxcar Campfire trilogy. Full of imagery of the open road and a rapscallion’s slant on the human condition, Pigat takes the listener on an acoustic journey with a distinctly bluesy tinge filled with humour and insight. With Pigat on vocals, guitars and harmonicas, with special guest Marc L’Esperance on additional vocals and percussion, 'The Game' features seven originals and three reimagined and exceptionally creative covers, including a brilliant rendition of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. The Boxcar Campfire trilogy was born in 2009 with the self titled first solo recording Paul Pigat’s Boxcar Campfire. It gained critical acclaim and was a unexpected departure from Pigat’s more well known alter ego, Cousin Harley. The Game is a direct continuation of that first recording but with a distinctly more satirical flavour. Reminiscent of the great works of Hoyt Axton and Randy Newman, Pigat’s latest offering is stripped down, sometimes introspective, sometimes humorous and always entertaining.

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Kat Danser & The Tall Tales … with Steve Dawson

March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$24

Kat Danser’s music is a steel belted radial easily flexing between a dusty gravel road and a fresh coat of asphalt. True to her Polish-Gypsy heritage, Danser is in perpetual motion and her swampy roots and blues style is a fine-tuned reflection of life lessons from the road. Edmonton’s Kat Danser doesn’t just play the blues - she studies it, lives it, breathes it and elevates it from sweaty, smoky beer joints to elegant centre stage in the finest of concert halls. Her sweet vocals, lyrical genius, and instrumental prowess beautifully combine with her sharp wit and commanding stage presence to deliver unfailingly memorable live performances. Her fifth album, Goin’ Gone, is a collaboration between Danser and multi Juno award winning producer Steve Dawson and is on Black Hen Music and distributed by True North Records. This recording is a highly energetic album that sits the listener right beside her on the vinyl seat of a 1949 Ford Lead Sled as she rolls and rumbles through the Deep South, USA. It celebrates her passion for the roots of blues music and her achievements as a graduate student at the University of Alberta where she has now officially become Dr. Kat Danser with a PhD in Ethnomusicology. A national touring and award-winning artist, Danser has performed at the 25th Anniversary of Canadian Women in Blues at Massey Hall in Toronto, the Calgary International Blues Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, Regina Folk Festival, Saskatoon Blues Festival, Lethbridge Jazz Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, The Winspear Centre’s ‘Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts’, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Harmony Bazaar Festival, Mountainview Music Festival, Islands Music Festival, and the Winter Roots & Blues Festival. Her accolades have been many. Danser is a three time nominee for a Western Canadian Music Award and a national Maple Blues Award - Best New Artist of the Year, winner of the Ambassador of the Blues Award (Blues Underground Network) and the International Blues Competition Best Independent Blues Album, as well as being voted to have made one of the Top 5 Roots & Blues Albums of 2014 (CBC Radio & Blues Underground Network). Kat Danser is also a nationally award winning scholar and has presented at conferences throughout North America. She combines her performance and education skills to assist community building between marginalized peoples and educational institutions. Toward that end, Danser has been the Artist in Residence at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts (Calgary), facilitated music and healing at the U-School Program for Marginalized Youth and the Foothills Youth Psychiatric School, and instructs her own Music Education Program across the lifespan from elementary schools to adult instructional camps. Danser’s primary goal is to use music as a space for personal exploration and as a method to strengthen intercultural relationships. The show is on the road, and coming to Vancouver. This will be a special night, as producer Steve Dawson himself will leading the band on the CD release show. This is a rare opportunity to see the prodigal son return, as his move to Nashville has precluded the Vancouverites from hearing him around here much any more.

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Porteau & ursidae with Flint & Feather

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
McHugh House, 1515 Centre Street SW
Calgary, AB Canada
$10

Join Vancouver folk artists Porteau & ursidae as they perform at the McHugh House as part of their Water’s Gate Tour of Western Canada with Calgary duo Flint & Feather The performers invite Calgary local vendors to participate in a mini market, creating an evening of music, art, and community. Presented by Have Heart Creative. ALL AGES. Visit Facebook event page for artist and vendor links: https://www.facebook.com/events/2564958350244857/ 

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Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

March 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$28

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland On Sunday) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fRoots), has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. They've made many appearances on TV and radio and their busy touring schedule has brought them to twenty-one countries on five continents. Máire and Chris made their début as a duo on the main stage at the 1987 Cambridge Folk Festival. Highlights from their career since then include a 1988 tour of Australia as special guests of Siamsa Tíre - the Irish National `Folk Theatre - in celebration of Australia's Bicentennial, at the invitation of Bob Hawke, then Prime Minister of Australia; a concert in the Ottoman Çiragan Palace as part of the Istanbul Harp Encounter in 2010; a concert with revered Japanese percussionist Stomu Yamashta and Ensemble Kabul in Nijo Castle (the Shogun's Palace), Kyoto, Japan; many wonderful trips to Italy; a magical concert at the castle in Malcesine, Italy, overlooking a moonlit Lake Garda; four Irish Folk Festival tours of Germany in the late 80s and early 90s; four major tours of Australasia as part of the Guinness Celebration of Irish Music. Guinness Australia issued a special edition of their can for the Guinness Celebration of Irish Music tour of Australasia 1990, showing Máire and Chris’s names and listing all the very prestigious tour venues! More recently, their schedule has included headlining appearances at festivals in New Zealand (Whare Flat Folk Festival), Ireland (The Gathering Festival) and the USA (North Texas Irish Festival), and extensive touring there and in the UK. They toured in Australia (twice), the USA (four times), Canada, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and the UK, performing at thirty-seven festivals. What's Been Said: “Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - THE IRISH TIMES (Ireland) “Did things I have never heard a harp do before... Astonishing... an extraordinary event” - CLASSICAL GUITAR (UK) “Their blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation brought an extended standing ovation... Newman has the great gift of being informative and hilarious simultaneously” - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN “This celebrated duo took the place by storm. Stately Carolan tunes, jazzy Django-ish numbers, dazzling Doc Watson style flat picking fliers, driving Irish dance tunes - this pair can nonchalantly do the lot. Guitar players applauded and went sadly home to burn their instruments!” - THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH (Ireland) “So moving - technical brilliance and beauty that brings tears to the eyes" - IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE "The mood is ever changing - sometimes haunting, sometimes boisterous but always magical. The pair's imaginations know no bounds..." - THE BRISBANE COURIER-MAIL "Spectacularly good and technically brilliant guitar and traditional Irish harp duo at the forefront of the renaissance of Celtic music. Simply stunning" - TIME OUT "I watched (with a mixture of fascination, awe and sheer delight) as their fingers danced on the strings, weaving strands of melody together like ivory spiders on speed. Their introductions to the various pieces were every bit as delightful in their own right as the music itself. I found myself wishing they could stay, and not for musical reasons; their personalities are every bit as charming off stage as on. I think they took a bit of my heart with them when they left. May they return with it soon." - HARP BEAT (San Francisco)

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April 2019

Michael Averill’s ‘Community of Songs’

April 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$10.00

Community of Songs is a metro Vancouver wide community songwriting program. It was designed and is being facilitated by Canadian wandering minstrel Michael Averill, in partnership with The Rogue Folk Club. Michael has been leading songwriting workshops with various community groups as young as 10 years old, up to folks in their 70s.  There are 8 different groups in total, all of which have been given the same challenge: Write a song with the theme of “Community.” The completed songs will be performed at a final show held at St. James Hall on April 5th, 2019. All groups will be in attendance. The intention for this project and final event is to provide space and structure for a wide range of perspectives, ages, stories, and walks of life to share their voices.  Strengthening community through creativity and song.  It will be an inspiring experience, and a chance for many in the region to shine on the legendary stage of St. James Hall. A wonderful group of active community focused songwriters and musicians (Tonye Aganaba, Bre McDaniel, Corrina Keeling, Michael Averill, and Sharanjeet Singh Mand) will also be sharing their powerful stories and songs about the topic.  A few special guests, collaborations, and surprises are to be expected.

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Väsen

April 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$33

Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, is now in its 27th year of touring together. The parts: a five-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their own right, and together they form a unique supernatural being. To experience Väsen is to witness ensemble playing at its finest. The band's origins are deeply rooted in the forests and rich earth of the Swedish countryside, in the centuries-old tradition of the folk music of Uppland. It's a tradition spiced with consummate playing skills. But this is more than just a traditional sound. There's a playfulness to their music, a joyousness, and a delight in making exciting new arrangements of centuries-old tunes, and new originals inspired by the tradition. Rock, jazz, traditional, and classical influences weave together, making a music that's beautiful but never cloying. You always hear the inspiration and improvisation of the moment. And we can promise that you’ll never know what will happen next. Vasen is: Olov Johansson - nyckelharpa Mikael Marin - viola Roger Tallroth - 12-string guitar, bouzouki & octave mandolin.

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May 2019

What On Earth is a Luthier and How Do I Get There?

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Fish Hatchery, Haliburton, 6712 Gelert Road
Haliburton, ON K0M1S0 Canada
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$10

Grit Laskin will tell the story of a life in guitar making. He is the only musical instrument maker in Canada to receive the Bronfman Award for Excellence not to mention the Order Of Canada. Part of Mr. Laskin's talk will be a slide show of his ground-breaking Inlay Art. He will also be discussing the formation of Borealis Records and will perform a short concert. This presentation is part of Telling our Stories, a monthly speakers series presented by Yours Outdoors in the Haliburton Highlands

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Caribou Run / Mike T. Kerr / Mike Brunelle at The Cameron House

May 17 @ 10:00 pm - May 18 @ 10:00 pm EDT
The Cameron House, 408 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2A7 Canada
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$10

Caribou Run is a Nova Scotian band with their feet firmly rooted in South Shore sand. A bluesy folk band with a full sound, including keys, brass and slide are knock outs with organically rich songs that will dance you outside all the genres they draw from. Special guests: Mike Kerr is a wild flatpicker and ambitious country songwriter of Canadian heritage and American citizenship. During his time at Berklee College of Music in Boston and in over 10 years of performing, he's lived his life through many historical and contemporary musical styles. $10 at the door.

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T. Nile

May 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$20.00

T. Nile is a Canadian performing songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who mixes genres; gritty western guitars,soulful harmonies, future synth arpeggios, dark beats, and electro-pop accents. This is quite a long way from her early days in a Galiano Island cabin on the wild coast of British Columbia, Canada, “Like her music, T. Nile is a radiant and multi-layered complexity; inspiring and inspired; accessible yet luminous; leaving you wanting more.” - Jeffrey Morgan, Creem “Working with both acoustic and electronic instruments gives me a sense of unlimited musical possibility” she says, comparing the capabilities to a field of wildflowers versus a vase of flowers.On her upcoming release 'Beachfires' it’s a sentiment you’ll hear come alive throughout the album. Nile was groomed for an unconventional life. Her father performed as 'Dan The Man, The One Man Band', following in the footsteps of his inspiration and mentor Jesse Fuller, a street performer turned influential blues musician who famously penned 'San Francisco Bay Blues' and inspired Bob Dylan to pick up the harmonica. From the age of six until her teenage years Nile accompanied her father as they toured the West Coast and Australia in an RV. T. Nile has toured North America and Europe, won awards, including Best New/Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and played major festivals. She has released three albums and two EPs. In 2018, she spent a good part of the year writing and recording 'Beachfires' which debuts in April 2019.

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Searson

May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$20.00

Searson has toured for well over a decade and have the confidence and drive to continue with their musical careers more than ever before. Sisters, Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing. The sisters perform on a variety of instruments throughout their live show which includes Colleen on fiddle, vocals and Ottawa Valley Step Dancing while Erin performs on piano, vocals, Ottawa Valley Step Dancing and tenor guitar. Rounding out the live show is bass/guitar player Fraser Gauthier, who has studied at Humber College and Capilano University, gradually gravitating towards roots music. Dave MacDougall is a drummer and percussionist who brings creativity and groove to a variety of styles of music. In May 2015, Searson did a National Television taping for a brand new series with CBC called 'Still Standing'. Searson will be featured representing the history and culture of The Ottawa Valley Fiddling & Step Dancing. In the episode, the host Johnny Harris (Murdoch Mysteries) speaks with Searson about their new release 'Stars Above The Farm' and showcases Searson's raw talent In the past 10 years, Searson has toured throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland and the Caribbean. They have brought hundreds of fans with them on various bus tours while performing throughout Ireland. Growing up in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada these sisters began to study music at a very young age, performing locally and competing at Step Dance & Fiddle Contests. Since the age of 4, Erin has been classically trained through the Royal Conservatory of music in piano. Colleen has been studying violin and fiddle methods from all styles around the world since age 9 while both began step dance lessons before the age of 9. This prepared the sisters to grow and expand as they became accomplished performers and musicians and increasingly began to tour across borders and overseas. A love of incorporating the Ottawa Valley style music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish and various other styles can be heard throughout the live show. The most satisfying part of performing live is seeing our fans singing along to songs that we’ve written and requesting fiddle tunes that we wrote.” Erin says, “There’s nothing better than seeing the audience emotionally involved in your live show.”

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