spinning guitar We are pleased to present the Rocky Mountain Folk Club's 31st season. Each night begins with a set by our house band Ceard with Dick Howe on guitar, vocals and bodhran, John Campbell on vocals and guitar, Jim Atkinson on bass, guitar and vocals, Hal Curties on vocals, guitar and emceeing duties and Paula McGarrigle and/or Charlie Chaisson on fiddle. Ceard plays predominently traditional songs but they throw in a few contemporary tunes and bad jokes occasionally. During the rest of the evening we present two sets from our headline performer and one set from a guest player, where we try to feature some of the amazing local talent from here in Calgary. If we have time, we end with the world famous Rocky Mountain Folk Club Choir where audience participation is mandatory! We hope you will enjoy the performers we have selected. spinning guitar
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., concert starts at 8:00 p.m.
Friday September 30

Seanachie, Erin Ross and houseband Ceard.

Seanachie consists of the inimitable Gordon McCulloch on vocals and guitar, champion piper Ann Gray on bagpipes, whistles and mandolin, Heather Cameron (recently relocated to Calgary from Cape Breton) on fiddle, Robin Tufts on percussion, and Peter Clark on bass.

Erin Ross has played around town in a variety of guises, from being part of the group Dynarouge to concerts with Barry Luft.

Ceard have been part of the Rocky since its inception, with founding member Dick Howe still a mainstay of the group, and once again will entertain with their mix of Irish, Scottish and North American songs and tunes (and those jokes!).

Friday October 21

Norm Walker with Paddy Tutty and Susan Bond.

Norm Walker's 2002 CD "Time tested tales, tall and true", contains some of the funniest songs around (a bit like a Saskatchewan version of the Arrogant Worms) as well as some outstanding serious ones. He was also the organizer of the Regina Folk Festival and associated concert series for many years.

Paddy Tutty has been singing mostly traditional songs for many years and has recorded several CDs. Susan Bond is both a singer-songwriter and a poet. Both of them were featured on Norm's "Time tested tales" CD.

Norm, Paddy and Susan will perform as a trio, presenting songs in their own various styles from their own repertoires, as well as some harmony singing, additional traditional and old-time material (and some surprises I'm told!).

Friday November 4

The Ecclestons with Ivonne Hernandez

The Ecclestons, from Victoria BC, are one of the top Celtic bands on the West Coast. They've been described by Andy Donnelly of The Celtic Show on CKUA as "pure dead brilliant" (translation : "very very good indeed"). Andy also describes their new CD "Release the Hounds" as fabulous. The band, which in 2004 won the "Best Live Performance" award at the Island Music Awards consists of brother and sister Kelt and Colleen Eccleston and "adopted" brother Greg Madill in an outstanding mixture of original and ancient songs accompanied by mandolin, bouzouki, whistle, guitar and bodhran. They are joined on their current tour through Montana, Calgary and Edmonton by champion fiddler Ivonne Hernandez.

Ivonne Hernandez has been described as "one of Canada's hottest young performers". She is an outstanding fiddle player and has played across the country from the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton to the Vancouver Folk Festival, as well as being a BC fiddle champion several times, and being the Grand North American fiddle champion of 2000-2001.

Friday November 25

DOUBLE BILL: Joel Fafard, plus Ruth Henderson and Highwood Pass

Saskatchewan guitarist and singer Joel Fafard was an early member of the internationally known band Scruj MacDuhk. Recently he has been working largely as a solo performer, and it's as a soloist that he'll perform at the Rocky. He has played at numerous venues across the country, from the Stan Rogers Festival in Nova Scotia and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival to an appearance with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. His last CD "Rocking Horse" (with Richard Moody and Gilles Fournier) was nominated for outstanding instrumental recording at the 2004 Western Canada Music Awards.

Ruth Henderson and Highwood Pass are a group of top Calgary area musicians who perform in a mix of western, bluegrass, folk and swing styles. Band members are Ruth Henderson on vocals and guitar, Dan Tapanila (of "No Guff" and numerous other bands) on guitar, Jack Loree (of "The Tragically Hick") on resophonic guitar / dobro, and Dale Ulan on upright bass.

Friday January 13

Robbie Burns Night with Jim Osborne, Robert Ferrier, the Calgary Burns Club Singers, plus Cock of the North.

This is the night for our very popular Burns celebration. We have haggis, great scotch, and bagpipes . Who could want more?

Friday February 17

DOUBLE BILL: Su-Chong Lim, plus Tim and Patty Rogers.

Su-Chong Lim was a regular performer at several Calgary folk clubs and at major Canadian festivals throughout the eighties and into the nineties. He has performed less frequently in recent years, so we're delighted to welcome him back to the Rocky for this rather rare public appearance. His songs, some reflecting his Chinese-Canadian heritage and some his interest in all things Canadian, cover a wide range of topics and moods, from the serious to the hilarious.

Tim and Patty Rogers were for many years members of the Rocky's house band Ceard. Their return to the club for last year's 30th anniversary show was one of the highlights of the season, and demanded an encore performance this season.

Friday March 17

A St Patrick's Day celebration with The Sunday Night Band, plus direct from Australia, Barrie Davis.

Friday April 21


From Newfoundland, Ron Hynes.

Newfoundland's Ron Hynes is one of Canada's premier singer-songwriters and winner of numerous awards including five East Coast Music Association awards. Many of his songs have been recorded by top artists around the world, his best known song probably being the folk classic (and unofficial Newfoundland anthem) "Sonny's Dream". His performance at the Rocky is one of just four appearances in Alberta on this short western tour, on which he has available both a new song book and a new CD.

Friday May 12

From Boston, Laura Cortese plus the Bow Valley Fiddlers and Blaine Hrabi

Featured performer is the Boston based singer and fiddler Laura Cortese. Laura Cortese has been a champion fiddler, studied with some of the top Cape Breton and Scottish fiddlers, attended the Berklee Music School in Boston, helped found the Boston Celtic Festival, and has performed from coast to coast in the USA. In addition to a mix of instrumentals in various styles, her repertoire now also includes both traditional and original songs. She will be accompanied on this tour by Neil Cleary on vocals, guitar and drums.

After an opening set by house band Ceard, the middle set will consist of some high energy tunes from the Bow Valley Fiddlers( youth wing of the Calgary Fiddlers) plus some songs from Blaine Hrabi, a recent arrival in Calgary from Prince Edward Island with a great repertoire of songs from the East Coast and elsewhere.

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