ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLK CLUB
2002-03 CONCERT SCHEDULE
Friday September 20
The Sunday Night Band, plus Keith Walker (hammered dulcimer).
Featured performers, The Sunday Night Band, were one of the most entertaining and well received acts last season, and are back to open the 2002-2003 season. They sing a great mix of modern and older songs, with several soloists plus harmony singing, supported by fiddle, concertina, guitar, bodhran, bass and more.
Keith Walker has played the hammered dulcimer since 1983, both as a soloist and in several bands, and has appeared at the Canmore and Water Valley festivals and the Celtic Folk and Nickelodeon clubs. He plays mostly Celtic music, with some original and classical pieces, and has recorded the CD "Give me your hand".
Friday October 18
The Buccaneers, plus John Leeder.
Calgary band The Buccaneers were a big hit at the club several years ago, and as they admit themselves, are much better now. They are a young, energetic and very entertaining band. They play a variety of traditional and original folk tunes with a celtic flair.
John Leeder is a mainstay of the Calgary folk community. His original tunes on the banjo run from the humourous to the historical.
Friday November 15
Bob Evans, plus Nothin' But Trouble.
Bob Evans is a remarkable fingerstyle guitar player. His album, Caffeinated Coffee, received the Outstanding Instrumental Album Award at the 2000 Prairie Music Awards. He integrates roots with contemporary, instrumentals with vocals in his eclectic performances.
Calgary-based Nothin' But Trouble consists of three music therapists and an engineer who got together in May 2002, bringing together a variety of musical backgrounds and influences from folk to bluegrass and jazz. They sing originals and covers in three-part harmony with multi-instrumental accompaniment.
Friday January 17
Robbie Burns Night.
This is the night for our very popular Burns celebration. We have haggis, great scotch, and bagpipes . Who could want more? But we do have more!! We will have dancers from the Johnson School of Highland Dance performing, as well as Jim Osborne doing the Ode to the Haggis, Robert Ferrier, piper Elouise Roane and the fabulous Kilkenny along with our equally fabulous house band Ceard.
Friday February 21
Kris Demeanor and Chantal Vitalis
Kris Demeanor and Chantal Vitalis are two of Calgary's most original and entertaining songwriters, and will be appearing with bassist Diane Kooch (formerly of Seanachie and Maud). All three have performed, individually or as a group, at festivals and clubs across Canada, and will soon be off to the Yackandandah Folk Festival in Australia. But you can catch them before they go, and at much less expense, at the Rocky on February 21.
Friday March 21
Tir Na N'og, plus Stealth, also Kevin Joyce.
Tir Na N'og perform a mixture of songs and instrumentals, original and traditional, and have recently been regulars at the James Joyce pubs, as well as appearing at two of Calgary's best spots for live music, Jackdaw's and Karma.
Stealth have a huge repertoire of celtic music from several countries, and have played at the Water Valley festival, the Celtic Folk Club, as well as several Calgary pubs.
Kevin Joyce was a regular on the Montreal folk scene for many years before moving recently to Calgary.
Ceard will perform their usual mix of great songs and tunes plus some great bad jokes (maybe they'll have a new one this time?).
Friday April 11
Tom Wilson, plus Bailey's Beads, and Peter Johnson.
Headliner Tom Wilson could be described as Calgary's Mr Roots Music. As well as being a fine songwriter and performer in his own right (and recently being featured on the cover of Fast Forward magazine), he has performed with numerous other local and other musicians, and organizes the music and hosts two open mike sessions per week at Jackdaws, one of Calgary's best spots for live music. He'll perform with Kevin Bell on mandolin and Dale Ulan on bass.
The duo Bailey's Beads consists of vocalist Jana Seale and guitarist James Pickton. They moved to Calgary almost two years ago from Nelson BC, where they both studied music at Selkirk College. Their style is best described as a blend of blues, jazz and folk. Jana has a great voice for all these styles and James' guitar playing makes most good guitarists looks like amateurs - really, he reminds me of Bob Evans who played earlier this season with his ability to make it look easy, and despite the technical skill he complements the singer rather than steals the show.
Peter Johnson teaches harmonica, has played with several blues bands, and more recently has taken to playing Celtic jigs and reels on his harmonica. He has been a hit at the Celtic Folk Club and the Water Valley festival.
Legendary house band Ceard opens the evening with their usual fine mix of songs and tunes. It is also unreliably rumoured that they're working on a new joke.
Friday May 2
A special performance featuring your all time club favorites by house band Ceard with special guests and an open stage. Special price of $10-this club only.