May 18th - Skagway, a hot new bluegrass group featuring Ira Pelletier and Tad Ruszel. I want to feature more of the next generation of musicians and these two are wonderful examples of the new bluegrass generation of pickers and grinners.
Host for May: Tom Hocking/Karina Strong
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
Nanaimo Folk Connection Gatherings are held on the third Friday of each month, at 7:30pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 2174 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo. Admission $5. Refreshments available. Wheelchair accessible. For more information email me at the link below. You can also phone 754-1321 or 753-1187.