Friday September 12

No Guff plus Nothin' But Trouble.

No Guff have spent the summer purveying their special blend of front porch blues and old-time jazz and jugband music at festivals across Alberta and as far as the Maritimes. The band consists of CKUA's John Rutherford on vocals and guitar, with Dan Tapanila, for many years a mainstay of the West Coast music scene, on guitar and slide guitar.

Nothin' But Trouble(the multi-instrumental music therapists plus the engineer) were a hit at the club last year and are back to do a longer set of their mostly original songs.

House band Ceard will open, and are once again rumoured to be working on a new joke!

Friday October 10

Sid Marty plus Allison Lynch and Dave Settles.

Sid Marty, though perhaps best known as a best-selling non-fiction author (Men for the Mountains, Leaning on the Wind, Switchbacks), began his creative career as a singer, songwriter and poet. He is a prolific songwriter, writing about mountain and western life among many other topics, and released his second CD "Elsewhere" earlier this year. He will be accompanied by Bill Eaglesham on bass.

Allison Lynch has been singing for most of her 18 years, along with Irish dancing and playing several instruments, and performed at the Water Valley Festival earlier this year. She will be accompanied by Dave Settles on bodhran and her father Frank Lynch on keyboard.

Friday November 7

Bob Evans.

We are very happy to welcome back Regina guitarist and singer Bob Evans to the Rocky. This time he arrives with the additional title of first place winner at the 2003 National Fingerpick Championships recently held in Winfield, Kansas, to add to his 2000 best instrumental album award at the Prairie Music Awards, and his all-round abilities as guitarist, singer, composer and entertainer.

Friday November 21

Klezmerovitz plus Etienne Grange and Alana Christensen.

The recently formed Klezmerovitz features Allan Merovitz, an original member of Toronto's Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, plus some of Calgary's top jazz and roots musicians, namely Frank Rackow of Vibre, Greg Rumpel, Jonathan Lewis (of the Plaid Tongued Devils), Robin Tufts (of Seanachie among other bands) and John Hyde who has played with almost everyone. They describe their music as Joyful, Jumping, Jewish-Roots, and Jazz-inspired, also as Gypsy, Eastern European and Party Music. All of which is true.

Harpist Etienne Grange is originally from southern France, and performs a mixture of original music, traditional celtic music, and music from his home region of France. His previous short sets at the Rocky were very well received, and he is back to play a longer set, this time with fellow harpist Alana Christensen.

Friday January 16

Robbie Burns Night.

This is the night for our very popular Burns celebration. The performers we have for this night are Jim Osborne, piper Elouise Roane, Robert Ferrier, Plaidie, Kilkenny and Ceard.We have haggis, great scotch, and bagpipes .

Friday February 13

Craig Korth and Julie Kerr plus An Realt.

Craig Korth is probably best known as a member of one of Canada's top bluegrass bands, Jerusalem Ridge. He is equally at home on the banjo, dobro and guitar, and recently released the solo CD "Bankview", a mix of acoustic and contemporary bluegrass sounds. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Julie Kerr has also recently released a CD, "Mornings Like These". The rest of the band consists of multi-award winning fiddle player and fellow Jerusalem Ridge member Byron Myhre, and versatile bassist John Hyde, recently seen at the Rocky as a member of Klezmerovitz.

Calgary's An Realt consists of transplanted Maritimers Star Betts and Adam McIntyre, plus Mac MacKenzie, and the band plays a mix of traditional Celtic and East Coast music plus some original pieces. Instruments include fiddle, whistle, recorder, accordion, bodhran, guitar and more. An Realt promises a lively set of songs, tunes and step dancing.

Friday March 12

A St. Patrick's Day celebration with Third Reel and Grafton Street

The band Third Reel are regular performers at the James Joyce pubs in Calgary. Singer Linda Haugh is accompanied by some of Calgary's top Celtic musicians, namely guitarist Chris Daniels and fiddler Matt Woodward of Clanterra, and Darcy Stamp (also on fiddle).

Grafton Street was put together last year by another group of accomplished local musicians, Christy Simmons, Vlad Kaitman, Joy Kaitman, Bryan Culliton, Sean Buckley and Barb Will. They have backgrounds in both Celtic and Bluegrass music, and accompany their songs with fiddle, whistles, guitars, banjo, bodhran, double bass and more.

Friday April 16

Steve Pineo, plus guitarist Simon Fox

Featured performer, guitarist, singer and songwriter Steve Pineo is one of Calgary's most accomplished and versatile musicians - from fronting his own blues band in the eighties to an interest in all kinds of roots and jazz music. He is a member of the very popular Co-Dependents, performs frequently with his own trio, and recently released a CD with big band accompaniment, "Steve Pimeo w/ Horns". Several of his songs have been recorded by other artists, such as Paul Brandt who had a hit with "Canadian Man". So we can expect a mix of many of the above styles, with a good helping of Steve's own songs.

Australian guitarist Simon Fox contacted the Rocky when he was staying briefly in Bragg Creek this winter. He's currently resident in BC, where he's already played the Victoria Folk Club and lined up some festival performances. He performs both traditional Celtic tunes and originals, one of which regularly features on Australian TV.

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