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The Rogue Folk Club Presents I DON ROSS

The Mel Lehan Hall at St. James 3214 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Don Ross returns for his record-breaking 28th Rogue Folk show, and his first since 2017! Don Ross was born and raised in Montreal and has lived in various parts of Canada over the course of his life. The son of a Mi’kmaw Indigenous mother and a Scottish immigrant father, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) degree from Toronto’s York University and started working full-time as a musician in 1988. That year he won the US National Fingerpick Guitar Championship for the first time, and also played with his quartet Eye Music at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Signing a solo recording contract with Duke Street Records that same year, Don went on to release three CDs with them, as well as three CDs for Sony Music/Columbia Records (Canada)  He won the US National Fingerpick Guitar Championship for the second time in 1996. To this day, he is still the competition’s only two-time winner. Signing directly with Narada in 1998, Don went on to release three CDs for the label. Several of the tunes that he recorded while with them are now considered more or less standard repertoire in the genre. Don’s period recording for Narada was fruitful in terms of opening up the possibilities for more international touring, and he started playing regularly in Japan, Taiwan, the USA, and multiple European countries. In 2005, Don entered into negotiations with the internet-based label startup CandyRat Records, and became the company’s first signed artist. Since then, Don has released multiple CDs for the label, and two live concert DVDs. In addition, he has released three other albums independently. Over the course of that time, Don’s touring base has gone on to include trips to Australia, India, Russia, China, South Korea, and a dozen European countries. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Don went back to university, completing a Master of Arts degree in Orchestration through the University of Chichester (UK) and ThinkSpace Education, and graduating in early 2021. He immediately started working extensively in the world of scoring orchestral and electronic music for video games, films and television. In 2021, Don won the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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The Rogue Folk Club Presents I CONNIE KALDOR

The Mel Lehan Hall at St. James 3214 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

"Just when you think you've got it all figured out, something roars in and it turns you about." Connie Kaldor writes this and more about the unexpected twists and turns of life and love. She could well be writing about her personal artistic complexities. Music pundits have tried to define the essence of the prairie-born acoustic performer for a long time, but even the most eloquent have fallen short of perfection. The fact is, Connie Kaldor is a performer without borders. A contradiction in terms. She is a Juno Award-winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over four decades, yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary. She is an artist of substance without pretension, witty and urbane without condescension. She is a fearless chronicler of the human experience without the folksong angst. She has recorded nine albums, sold tens of thousands of copies, but has never had a commercial hit. Like many prairie girls in the 50s and 60s, Connie grew up singing in the church choir and listening to Patsy Cline and The Beatles on her record player. But it wasn't until the 1980s, after four years spent performing with an avant-garde theatre company in Toronto, that Connie turned to music full time and was welcomed with open arms by the folk scene. Her live performances are legendary and her fan base broad and fiercely loyal. People come back to see her again and again because a Connie Kaldor performance is about more than just the power of music. It is also about the power of personality. What she says between songs is as intriguing as the lyrics she sings. She has traveled prairie backroads to visit modest community centers and sold out concert halls in major cities. From Beijing to New Delhi to Saskatoon to Washington, Connie has triumphed with a mix of song and spoken word honed in pacing and tone by the many years she spent performing. Join us as we welcome back one of our most enduring and popular entertainers for what  promises to be a very memorable evening. Concert is live and streamed.

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The Rogue Folk Club Presents I LJ MOUNTENEY ~ ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT

The Mel Lehan Hall at St. James 3214 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Local blues/ jazz vocalist LJ Mounteney celebrates the release of her sophomore album ‘Mama Dance. Born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary, LJ Mounteney eventually moved to Vancouver in the early 90s, where she fell in love with jazz.  Inspired by the genre, she studied jazz voice with the likes of Jennifer Scott at VCC’s highly regarded commercial music and jazz program.    For the past few years LJ has had the distinct pleasure of working alongside some of Vancouver’s finest musicians including Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Ron Thompson, Brent Gubbels and Daryl Jahnke. She took on the role of lead singer and co-host in Van Django’s annual Cool Yule tour. Highlights include being invited to participate in The White Album Revisited benefit concert with many other talented Vancouver musicians, singers and composers.  She was a featured guest in Motown Meltdown. Currently, she is a singer in two tribute bands: Zappostrophé (Frank Zappa) and Get Back Reimagined (The Beatles).    In late 2019, veteran engineer Ken Burke connected LJ with blues legend and Juno Award winner Jack Lavin to produce and record an authentic album of blues and roots. One pandemic and two years later, it is finally complete. Her sophomore album includes some of the finest musicians, singers and songwriters in the country. Featuring 9 originals by west coast songwriters and 5 very cool covers, Mama Danced cuts a wide swath across the genres of blues and roots.  For her CD release at the Mel Lehan Hall, LJ's band is comprised of some of Vancouver’s finest  musicians: Diane Lines (keys/vocals), Brent Gubbels (bass), Jon Roper (guitars), Allan Dionne (accordion/drums) and Jerry Cook (sax).

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The Rogue Folk Club Presents I ROCKET REVELLERS + BILL AND THE BELLES

The Mel Lehan Hall at St. James 3214 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Double bill with local western swing/ rockabilly band Rocket Revellers & Tennessee-based stringband Bill and the Belles. Concert is live and streamed. Doors 7PM / Show 8PM BILL AND THE BELLES Happy Again isn’t exactly happy. But the delightfully deadpan new album from roots mainstays Bill and the Belles is full of life, humor, and tongue-in-cheek explorations of love and loss. Out May 21, 2021 on Ditty Boom Records (with distribution and promotion by Free Dirt Service Co.), Happy Again marks a new chapter for the group by featuring eleven all-original songs penned by founding member Kris Truelsen. There’s no dancing around it: this album is about his divorce. But the group has a knack for saying sad things with a bit of an ironic smirk, pairing painful topics with a sense of release and relief. Anyone who’s been to one of their shows can attest that you leave feeling lighter and refreshed. The band often jokes that their setlists appear mournful and angry, but if you don’t listen to the words, you wouldn’t know it. “One of the darkest times of my life turned out to be one of the most creative,” says Truelsen. “I realized, ‘My life is chaos. I need to write about this.’” This personal loss turned out to be a creative boon for the band. Many of the songs were cranked out in just a few months, two were even written the night before they were recorded. This raw songcraft, along with the deft production touch of Teddy Thompson, son of Linda and Richard Thompson, who encouraged using only first or second takes, gives Happy Again an emotional punch that deepens with each listen. Bill and the Belles is Truelsen on guitar, fiddler Kalia Yeagle, bassist Andrew Small, and banjo/banjo-uke player Aidan VanSuetendael. The album is also gently supported by Nick Falk on electric guitar and percussion and Don Eanes on piano and B3 Hammond. Early fans of the band were hooked by their singing, and Happy Again continues to deliver stellar vocal trio arrangements, honed by Yeagle, that nod toward groups like the Ronettes and The Shangri-Las. ?The band began as a project to explore the sounds between rural and urban music, between vaudeville and down home roots, but they’ve arrived somewhere wholly their own. They revel in the in-between: deeply engaged with the stringband tradition and eager to stretch those influences to contemporary settings. Happy Again is the latest chapter of that ongoing story: what happens when a stringband from East Tennessee lays down a session at Motown. It’s a welcome evolution that feels familiar and timeless. With all their tongue-in-cheek quips, you’d think Bill and the Belles avoids the tough stuff, however, that’s far from the truth. “Never Be Happy Again” is a laundry list of existential woes, and “People Gonna Talk'' profiles some of the frustrations of small-town living. “Make It Look Easy” is both an anthem for apathy and a proper “screw you” to those who’ve got something to say about your life choices. And of course there’s “Sobbin’ the Blues,” Truelsen’s homage to the ‘talking blues’ numbers of the past, neatly tied up with a moral-of-the-story twist. Tucked in amongst the grief and jubilation of Happy Again are some noteworthy oddballs, including two songs that began their lives as jingles on Farm and Fun Time (the band’s live variety radio show now syndicated on PBS, reaching over 20 million homes): “Bye Bye Bill” (a tale about a pale ale drinking whale) and the “The Corn Shuckin’ Song” (make of it what you will). The band presents these themes simply and playfully, inviting listeners to reframe their own burdens and look to the future. “This was one of the first times I felt like I was writing country songs like my heros that were actually from my own perspective,” says Truelsen. “I quickly realized it made sense for us to break the rules.” The group subverts expectations for a stringband, taking a page from some of the finest early country and rock songwriters that drifted happily between genres. Truelsen describes the band’s mission: “One of my ultimate goals is to write songs that are hard to classify in a certain time period. To transcend the now. https://www.billandthebelles.com/home THE ROCKET REVELLERS The Rocket Revellers formed in 2012 in Vancouver B.C. playing weekly to sold out shows in Vancouvers Historic Gastown District at the Revel Room for the last 8 years. The dance floor is packed and sounds of western swing, jump blues, gospel and rockabilly come one after another, you have to check these cats out! Members of the band are quite renowned in the roots music scene and have many credits to their names. Lap steel & Guitar player Jimmy Roy has recorded and toured with Ray Condo & His Ricochets, Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys, Jimmy Roys 5 Star Hillbillies and Petunia & The Vipers to name but a few. His weekly sunday gigs with country star Kelly Haigh are not to be missed! Guitar virtuoso and producer Stephen Nikleva's album Square Moon release in 2017 was highly acclaimed. His work with Veda Hille, Sandy Scofield, Sarah McLachlan and many others speak to his talent. Stephen & Jimmy Roy have been playing together in many of these same bands and have an incredible chemistry! Pianist & vocalist Mike Van Eyes is an absolute one-man wrecking crew! He does it all from early jJazz to rock 'n' roll, he is a premier boogie woogie showman! Mike has worked with The Epics, Trespassers, Herald Nix and so many others. Mike also has been gigging and recording with Stephen and Jimmy Roy for decades. Upright Bass player Joseph Lubinsky-Mast is a busy and highly sought after player currently rockin for Petunia & The Vipers, Wooden Horsemen and the Rocket Revellers. His style and energy are infectious and top notch! Versatile drummer Paul Townsend plays a multitude of styles ranging from western swing, rockabilly, Roma & Middle Eastern. He has toured throughout Europe […]

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The Rogue Folk Club Presents I IRISH MYTHEN

The Mel Lehan Hall at St. James 3214 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada. "This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here." And she did just that. Her latest release, Little Bones, gained her recognition around the globe, including a 2020 JUNO nomination for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, seven Music PEI 2020 nominations and two wins — Touring Artist of the Year and Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Nomination for Solo Artist of the Year. Her previous self-titled album, Irish Mythen, garnered awards and nominations from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and SOCAN. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, Rollingstone and a plethora of other print and online media world wide have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of Must-See Artists. Irish's live performances are a thing of raw power, emotion and a connection with her audience that just has to be seen to be believed. Recent Highlights Juno Awards 2020 - Contemporary Roots Album of the Year nomination Canadian Folk Music Awards 2020 - Solo Artist of the Year winner Music PEI Awards 2020 - nominated in seven categories; two wins Concert at the Sydney Opera House 2017 Australian Tour with Melissa Etheridge 2016 Saturday night main stage Bluesfest in Australia 2016 and 2017 Closing the Philadelphia Folk festival 2016 Winner of Roots Album of the year East Coast Music Awards 2016 Nominated for international folk artist of the year by FAI 2017 ~~~~~~~ Concert is live & live streamed.

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The Rogue Folk Club Presents I TALISK

The Mel Lehan Hall at St. James 3214 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Ground-breaking, chart-topping, genre-bending, globetrotting, instantly enthralling… it’s little wonder that Talisk rank highly amongst the most in-demand folk-based groups to emerge from Scotland in the last decade and more. Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year), Graeme Armstrong and Benedict Morris (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year) fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce a ground-breaking, multi-layered signature that has captivated audiences around the globe. At its core, three seemingly acoustic instruments - but in the hands of three master craftsmen; one unmistakable, bold sound and captivating live show. Talisk have toured the world, stacking up major awards for their explosively energetic, artfully woven sound - including Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and the Belhaven Bursary for Innovation. Appearances at leading festivals across multiple continents have amassed a die-hard following - including closing out Saturday night’s main stage at the 2019 Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder Festival, the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysian Borneo, WOMADs UK, Chile and Las Palmas, Edmonton Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, three back-to-back years at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and six appearances at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. Following their critically acclaimed debut, Abyss, Talisk’s sophomore album, Beyond, quickly amassed five star reviews and rose to No.1 in the iTunes world music charts upon its late 2018 release. With streaming figures into multiple millions, there's new music on the horizon in 2022. Audiences worldwide have welcomed the release of Dawn, the latest chapter from a group lauded by leading world music magazine Songlines as: “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished.” Mohsen Amini BBC Radio 2 ‘Musician of the Year’ Mohsen Amini from Glasgow, Scotland is a fast growing name in the traditional world. Boasted by the Herald as a “Virtuoso” and by BBC Scotland as a “Force of Nature” he’s a leading voice on the music scene today. In 2014 he co-founded Talisk, who after only two months of formation won a Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections and shortly after won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Their debut album Abyss was shortlisted at the 2016 MG Alba Trad Awards as Album of the Year, the same awards where they were crowned Folk Band Of The Year in 2017! Mohsen also founded acclaimed supergroup Ímar at the start of 2016. They, in the space of two years managed to go viral with videos excessing 1 million views. This provided a great platform to launch their award nominated album Afterlight ( ***** Irish Post) and even managed to have them nominated as “Live Act of the Year” which was shortly followed by them being awarded the 2018 Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Alongside launching Ímar in 2016, Mohsen was crowned the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. With this in hand he’s performed in all around the world and appeared regularly on a variety of BBC shows such as, Radio Scotland, Radio 2, Music day with Bryan Burnett and BBC Alba. Mohsen has gigged and toured with some of the top names in the scene, been named in the Daily Record ‘Young Scot of the Year’, named in The List’s Hot 100, became the first ever musician to be nominated as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2016 MG Alba Trad Awards, ‘Musician of the Year’ at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and win the 2016 ‘Young Traditional Musician of the Year’ and to boot, he’s now joined ranks with some of the biggest names today being the youngest ever person to be crowned ‘Musician of the Year’ at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Graeme Armstrong Growing up around the traditions of the Scottish Borders, Graeme Armstrong started playing the guitar aged 12. Bringing this to a new level he embarked on the prestigious Folk and Traditional Music course at Newcastle University where, through specialising in performance and composition from the Scottish Borders, he achieved a BMUS Honours Degree. Through his time in Newcastle he co-founded the award winning Rachel Hamer Band. Their debuting album ‘Hard Ground’ was boasted by Folking as “exceptional” and managed to get itself a 4 star review in ‘music republic magazine’. In his career Graeme has extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East and Australia with bands and musician such as Carly Blain, Black Market Tune, Ideoms theatre company. Joining Talisk in 2017 he brought a new life to the band growing it from strength to strength resulting in them being crowned the 2017 Folk Band Of The Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Benedict Morris BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019, Benedict Morris from Glasgow is a rising star of traditional music. Boasted for his “Virtuosity” by Irish Music Magazine and hailed “Magnificent” by Sharon Mair at BBC Scotland, Benedict is one of the finest fiddle players in the country and is already making a huge impact on the traditional music scene. Since winning the Young Traditional Musician of the Year he had made numerous TV appearances on TG4, BBC Scotland, BBC Alba, travelled to Tønder Festival - one of Europe’s biggest folk festivals - with supergroup I´mar, played to a sell out audience in Dublin’s 3 Arena and in September 2019, he took the stage for the Last Night of Proms in the Park at Glasgow Green. Accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - conducted by Stephen Bell - and with hundreds of thousands watching for home the performance was recognised as the ‘stand-out moment’ of the night by Proms Executive Producer Stephanie McWhinnie. Coupled with joining multi-award winning bands in Talisk & Dallahan in 2021, Benedict has also released two debut solo singles, ‘In Sight’ and ‘Lune’. Both of which are enveloped in luscious string writing, creating his own signature sound for his forthcoming solo album. Talisk is: "Incredible" - Rolling Stone "A rockin’ powerhouse" - […]

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The Rogue Folk Club Presents I EILEN JEWELL with JEFF PLANKENHORN

The Mel Lehan Hall at St. James 3214 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

EILEN JEWELL As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Eilen Jewell leads a tight quartet that blends influences of surf-noir, early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock ’n’ roll. For well over a decade, they’ve toured relentlessly for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne, playing large festivals, theaters, rock clubs, and coffeehouses. The group has shared stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, and Blind Boys of Alabama. Eilen’s fans have marveled at her warmth and onstage humor alongside her beautiful songs and fiery performances. In addition to six of her own full-length albums, Jewell has released two albums with her country-gospel side-project, the Sacred Shakers; a tribute album to Loretta Lynn titled Butcher Holler; and a recent album of rare blues covers, Down Hearted Blues. The Los Angeles Daily News said, “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition … She’s mighty good.” American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as “one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices.” That singular voice springs forth from a woman of more than one mind, and she taps into many of them on 2019’s Gypsy on Signature Sounds. By turns personal and political, pissed off and blissed out, Jewell’s first album of original material since 2015 expands brief moments of joy into lifetimes, and distills epic sentiments and persistent doubts into succinct songs. Yet rather than pulling artist and listener this way and that, the tensions within and between these 12 tracks propel her eighth studio album forward as a remarkably cohesive full-length “I’ve been writing bits of that one for close to eight years now,” says Jewell. “I’ve felt that polarity in my life a lot, ever since I can remember, and I wanted to capture that discomfort and angst. Putting it into words and music felt cathartic. Now, whenever I feel that tug-of-war, I can sing my song about it. “Witness” sits at another end of the spectrum, a celebratory sunset burnished with honesty and understated brass, written quickly in a Central Idaho cabin. “I was still a relatively new mother, and experiencing this frequent opening of my heart, realizing that it had been clenched like a fist for so long. Little ones have this way of disarming us, and so do little moments that startle you, like a beautiful sunset or a bird song… but that openness is always there. You don’t have to seek it out, you just have to choose to open yourself up to it. Agitated by the state of the world, Eilen gave herself permission to tiptoe into protest music on Gypsy, too. “79 Cents (The Meow Song)”skewers sexism and discrimination with pointed humor, while “Beat the Drum” lifts up a rallying cry to fellow travelers struggling to maintain hope in the face of adversity. Startled by backlash from both sides when she casually spoke some common sense about the Chief Executive in a recent interview, she decided to speak out rather than shut up. “I don’t see politics as separate from the rest of life. They’re intertwined. This is personal, especially in the past few years. Long hailed for her ability to interpolate different genres into her own sound, Jewell manages to make the distinct songs of Gypsy play well together, without compromising their individuality. By the same token, she’s rarely seemed more willing to let different facets of her personality and talent shine through. “I always try to be honest when I make an album. ‘Is this really what I want to say? Is that how I want to say it?’” With time and experience, trust in her own ideas and abilities continues to escalate. “Writing still doesn’t feel like an easy process, but after 13 years, it’s a bit more second nature.” Gradually, she’s accepting that all her feelings are valid, even if they sometimes seem at odds. “I often resent that feeling of being pulled in different directions, but without that pull, life is like a guitar string that’s not taut,” she concludes. “A loose string makes a terrible sound.” OPENING - JEFF PLANKENHORN Jeff Plankenhorn, singer-songwriter and all things strings multi-instrumentalist—guitar, lap steel, mandolin, piano, upright bass—began his career as a boy soprano in Ohio. After studying music theory and composition at University of Michigan, Texas beckoned when Ray Wylie Hubbard enticed Jeff to join his band. Slide guitar virtuoso, Jeff spent his early career backing the likes of Hubbard and Joe Ely. His patented lap slide guitar, “the Plank,” with a distinctive sound derived from the instrument's square neck and electric guitar body, netted him an Austin Music Award in 2017. Now a potent solo artist, his larger-than-life presence on stage binds together a host of talents into a powerful whole. His soulful roots rock gained him a seat among the best contemporary Americana songwriters, while the vocal clarity and power developed in his early years is unmistakable in his poignant baritone now. Jeff’s deep sense of community is evident in the Purgatory Players Gospel brunch, contributing 153,275 meals to the Texas Food Bank in 2019 and his fundraising efforts for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. He has collaborated with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Ely, Patty Griffin, Ruthie Foster, Bob Schneider, the Flatlanders, “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb, and more.  

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