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    September Chattering Class
    October John Gothard and Dale Russ
    November Rick Scott
    December Christmas Song Circle Evening

    2012 at the Nanaimo Folk Connection

    January 20: Penny Sidor
    February 17: Hokum Steamers (Mike Ballantyne and Rick van Kruegel)
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    Upcoming months...

    March 16th feature is Rick Scott. Rescheduled from November, when it was decided to cancel that month's coffee house due to some strange white stuff that covered the ground and made the parking lot and hills around Hope Lutheran a bit slippery, Rick has kindly consented to come back anyway from the far reaches of Protection Island to entertain us.
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    Host for March: Anna Atkinson

    April 20th - feature is Victoria/Nanaimo group Virgo Rising. This group of four women - Sue Averill, Sharon Hazelwood, Karen Gillmore and Tracy Summers - was around from 1997 to 2005, but has come back for a reunion. They still have wonderful harmonies, great arrangements with lush instrumentation, and their choice of song material ranges from pretty to frankly political, but always they are about the music! Sharon and Karen were onstage with the Rabbleberries last year at the Nanaimo Folk Connection, and Sue is one of the organizers of the coffee house. Come hear the close 4-part harmonies and sing along on the choruses!

    Host for April: Adrian deJong

    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

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    Note: due to circumstances beyond our control (performers sometimes have emergencies too) bookings listed on this page may change. We will make every effort to keep this page up to date.

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