The 2014/2015 Season (the Rocky's 40th season) starts on Friday September 19, 2014 and winds up on May 1, 2015 with a 40th Anniversay celebration.
Our next show on Friday March 20 is a St. Patrick's celebration (just a few days late) and features THE WILD ROSES - some of Calgary's finest celtic musicians - plus the eclectic sounds, celtic and otherwise, of HAZEL GREY & THE HUBCAPS, and of house band CEARD. More details to follow.
(Also coming up - mark your calendars - Eileen McGann on April 17)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19. The Steve Fisher Bluegrass Band (Alberta)
Bluegrass, folk, fiddle tunes and swing from some of Calgary's most accomplished bluegrass and celtic performers. Members of the band are Fred Mallette on banjo and vocals, Erik Smistad on upright bass and vocals, Scott Duncan on fiddle, and Steve Fisher on guitar and vocals.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 17. Bob Evans (Saskatchewan)
A very welcome return visit by award winning guitarist, singer and all round entertainer Bob Evans. Among many other achievements, Bob was the 2003 U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion. He combines an eclectic mix of contemporary finger-style guitar and traditional roots music with a warm vocal style, tilted sense of humour and down to earth stage presence to provide a refreshing performance experience for music lovers in general. Definitely not just for "guitar geeks".
"Bob effuses the melodic spirit of Chet Atkins and the fiery verve of Tommy Emmanuel with his own sense of humour here. Never self indulgent, each track is quick to the richly spirited and melodic chase.”
Penguin Eggs Magazine
“I consider Bob Evans to be one of Canada’s National Guitar Playing Treasures. Bob plays MELODY – great melodies – some original, some time-honoured – all concisely and thoughtfully arranged and played with an easy flowing groove. You can listen to Bob Evans’ playing all day............”
Randy Finney – President & Founder, fingerstyleguitar.ca.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 14. West My Friend (Victoria BC)
plus The Jansen Sisters (Calgary)
"West My Friend offers a sound of true Canadiana achieved via extraordinary musicianship. Eden Oliver's vocals are powerfully eclectic, bridging the gap between east coast Cape Breton and Vancouver Island."
Brad Edwards, Play in Victoria.net
This album is a rare gem that brings together the best of so many things... there's echoes of old world klezmer music, anthems that soar like Broadway show tunes, and vocal harmonies that would be envy of the best old-time bluegrass bands. It's all wrapped up with beautiful mandolin and accordion notes that have me hitting the repeat button.
Jo-Ann Roberts: Host, All Points West, CBC Radio One
FRIDAY JANUARY 16. Robbie Burns Night with Jim Hutchens, house band Ceard, Mercat Cross and piper Robert Henderson. Haggis included!
House band Ceard will open the evening, followed by The Hot Timalis, featuring the voices of Tim Fraser (former host of great music evenings at the Cabin Cafe) and Alison Laberge in an eclectic collection of songs. We will finish off with The June Bugs who will include in their set some songs from their new CD "Just Here To Sing". Band members, all on vocals both solo and harmony, are Renay Eng-Fisher (upright bass), Sue Anne Borer (auto-harp), Sandy Hirth (guitar) and Tim Babey (mandolin and guitar). They will be joined by fiddler Jarred Albright in a great collection of covers and originals in the gospel, bluegrass, folk, swing traditions and more.
FRIDAY MARCH 20. St. Patrick's Celebration with The Wild Roses plus The Hubcaps and Hazel Grey.
FRIDAY APRIL 17. Eileen McGann
FRIDAY MAY 1. 40th Anniversary Celebration