May Feature at Nanaimo Folk Connection Coffee House
Skagway is a modern bluegrass band that is steeped in tradition. These lads know how to pick a tune that will make your hair stand on end.
As the core of the band, Tad Ruzsel and Ira Pelletier have a hard driving rhythm and they mix it with their own brand of soulful harmony that really gets your foot tapping. They hire only the best musicians to back them up and engage audiences with their witty banter and bountiful stage presence. The band is tighter than ever and ready to knock your socks off! In the relatively short time the band has been together, they have become a mainstay of the Vancouver Island bluegrass and folk music scene.
Skagway has been invited to play such venues as the Coombs Country Bluegrass Festival, The Sooke River Bluegrass Festival, the Victoria Bluegrass Association Feature night at the Orange hall, and the Cowichan Folk Guild Culinary Chapel Concert Series at Providence Farm, to name a few. Whether you are a fan of bluegrass music, enjoy great acoustic music, or just love to listen to people having fun singing and picking, this is a band you do not want to miss.
Come join us for an evening of singing & good cheer!
Host for May: Tom Hocking
June 15 - our last feature before summer break is Richard Grainger from England. Richard performed at our coffee house on his very first trip out to Canada, and we have had him back whenever we could. He has several CDs of his music and has done very well in the English folk scene over the years. I haven't heard Richard's new stuff but I am really looking forward to having him back on the NFC stage. He's a dynamic performer with wonderful songs, done in English folk singer style using alternate guitar tunings accompanying his fine vocals.
Host for June: Anna Atkinson
Aside from Sue: What a surprise for me to discover he is the organizer for the Scarborough Folk Festival - I was there visiting relatives on the weekend of the Festival, completely unknowing it was happening, and found it absolutely wonderful, featuring real folk music and real folk musicians (many have day jobs), including Hughie Jones from the 1960s English folk group The Spinners. Richard was very hospitable and I even got to perform a song at the Saturday morning Woman and the Sea workshop with some wonderful women musicians there.
Coming in September: Quartet A Tete from Vancouver - a combination of English, French and French Canadian music from Vancouver Folk Song folkies Lynn McGown and Michael Pratt, who also organize the Jericho Folk Club there. They are old friends and have been on our stage before. Michael is recovering from a bicycle accident and we are confident he will be back fiddling and singing with all the same verve and expertise he has always brought to the music he does. And Lynn clogs and sings in both our official languages - it should be a treat.
Host: Adrian deJong
For general information about our monthly folk music event follow the link on the navigation menu to the About the Nanaimo Folk Connection page.
There is a vibrant folk music scene on Vancouver Island. The Nanaimo Folk Connection is only one of the regular folk music events which take place up and down Vancouver Island. There are similar events in the Cowichan Valley (Duncan), Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Mill Bay, and on the Gulf Islands, as well as a series of outdoor summer festivals where you can enjoy the beauty of the British Columbia coast and your favourite music all at the same time. See our Links page for more information.
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