spinning guitar We are pleased to present the Rocky Mountain Folk Club's 32nd 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 and Hal Curties on vocals, guitar and emceeing duties. 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 22

Ken Hamm,and Bruce Everett with houseband Ceard.

The Rocky is back for a 32nd season with singer and virtuoso guitarist Ken Hamm along with his long time musical collaborator Bruce Everett on flutes and harmonicas, and once again with house band Ceard opening the evening.

Ken Hamm is one of Canada's foremost interpreters of traditional roots and blues music, an outstanding figerstyle guitarist and banjoist, and a well known guitar instructor. A typical performance will include songs from the earliest blues players, contemporary songs, and some of his own originals reflecting his rural wescoast life.

"My favourite guitar player on the whole planet" Arthur Black, CBC radio

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 20

Maggie Christl and Stephen's Green.

Maggie Christl was born in Scotland, moved to Canada at an early age, and has been one of North America's preeminent interpreters of traditional music for close to forty years. Her performances also generally include some songs by contemporary songwriters, including some of her own originals such as "On the Banks of Grand River" recently published in the folksinger's bible "Sing Out!" magazine. Maggie has sung at every major folk festival in Canada, as well as at two World's Fairs and for the NHL. She will be accompanied by her husband Mike Johnston, also an accomplished musician, on guitar.

Stephen's Green is one of Calgary's most popular and hard-working Celtic bands and makes a welcome return to the Rocky after a very well received performance in the 2004-05 season. As well as playing numerous pub and corporate gigs, the band has appeared at the Calgary Folk Festival, played live on CKUA radio at Folk Routes 10th anniversary show, and have a live appearance coming up on Andy Donnelly's Celtic Show on CKUA. Band members are Scott Duncan (fiddle), Heather Cameron (fiddle and vocals), Nathan McCavana (bodhran) and Bryan Culliton (guitar).

Friday November 3

Soultree plus Tom Wilson.

Tom Wilson last appeared at the Rocky about three years ago and makes a welcome return. For many years Tom organized the very successful music series and open stages at Karma and Jackdaws in Calgary. He is now operating the Rosebud Cafe in downtown Rosebud Alberta, and again running a very succesful concert series there. He will escape briefly from his kitchen and organizational duties in Rosebud to make a return to performing this Friday.

The band Soultree consists of Trina Nestibo (vocals, guitar, accordion), Aaron Bonney (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo), Scott Munro (upright bass) and Stew Hay (harmonica). Their music is a blend of folk, roots and bluegrass sounds adding up to a very enjoyable but hard to categorize whole. All the band members have busy music based careers in addition to performing, in areas such as teaching, recording, producing, and music therapy. Trina has appeared twice at the Rocky with the now disbanded Nothin' But Trouble. Soultree performs frequently in the Calgary area, is a favourite act at the East Coulee Spring Festival, and in summer has toured to Whitehorse, Atlin and the Queen Charlottes.

Friday December 1

Tim Williams, plus Steve Fisher and Jim McLennan

Friday January 19

Robbie Burns Night with Jim Osborne, Robert Ferrier, Kilkenny, and The Jig's Up.

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

Friday February 16

The Buccaneers, plus Lonni and Charlie Ewing a "floor set" from Kevin and Jessica Lochhead, and an opening set from Ceard.

The Buccaneers (Rodger Leeder, Sean Sabraw and Jim Samuelson) perform a high energy and entertaining blend of traditional and original songs, featuring tight vocal harmonies and a wide range of instrumental accompaniment including mandolin, guitar, bodhran, whistle and saxophone.

Charlie Ewing is a Southern Alberta rancher who moonlights as a musician, both as a solo performer and as a member of the Dirty Hat Band. His original songs deal with country living and cowboy life, with guitar and mandolin accompaniment On this occasion he will be joined by his daughter Lonni on whistles, guitar and vocals, in a mixture of original, contemporary and traditional songs and tunes.

Kevin and Jessica Lochhead recently arrived in Alberta from Ontario, and have already been busy performing at a number of venues in and around Calgary. On this occasion, they will give just a sampler of their songs in a short "floor set".

Friday March 16

Third Reel plus Rod Walsh.

When Third Reel last played at the Rocky in 2004, their performance was very well received, including comments like "best club ever" from some long time audience members. The band line-up will be vocalist Linda Haugh (Dublin-born and now resident in Calgary), Darcy Stamp on fiddle, Chris Daniels on bodhran (all of whom played at Third Reel's previous Rocky show), plus Scott Duncan on fiddle and Chris' son Jay Daniels on guitar.

Rod Walsh was born in Newfoundland, grew up in Nova Scotia, and now makes Calgary his home. He has a huge repertoire of songs including both traditional material and songs from some of the most outstanding songwriters in the traditional style, such as Archie Fisher and Stan Rogers. He has recently released a CD where he is backed up by some of Calgary's best celtic musicians. A quote from Mansel Davies gives some idea of what to expect from his appearance at the Rocky as a solo performer - "A very fine singer who uses his guitar as a second voice".

House band Ceard opens the evening with their usual mix of songs and jokes, with no doubt a higher than average Irish content - perhaps some classic Irish jokes (Pat and Mick on the motorcycle....?), maybe even some new ones!

Friday April 20

From Ontario, Tim Harrison plus The Sadlier-Brown Family Band.

Tim Harrison has been hailed as one of Canada’s finest storytellers and folk performers since the release of his debut, Train Going East, which was produced by folk legend Stan Rogers and engineered by five-time Grammy winner Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan). His latest release, Grey County, continues a string of critically lauded records that have been called “powerful and poetic” (Sing Out!) and “24 carat gold” (Folk Roots).
Harrison, who hails from Grey County, Ontario and now lives in Toronto, fills his songs with vivid images and poignant themes that reveal a true folk storyteller whose songs are steeped in tradition yet are, as the Toronto Star put it, “alive, not archival.”

The Sadlier-Brown Family Band is a group of good friends and family of Mark Sadlier-Brown. Mark has been playing his own mix of roots, rockabilly and folk music for years. He was a member of The Alien Rebels for ten years, wrote "spur of the moment" songs for CBC Radio Calgary, and is currently also a member of The Highwater Jug Band. In 2005 he won the Best Song of Alberta award at the Ship and Anchor / Calgary Folk Festival songwriting contest with his song "In the Devonian". Mark will be joined on this occasion by Dylan Sadlier-Brown on upright bass, Bev Bruce on snare drum and guitarist Dan Tapanila (previously seen at the Rocky with No Guff and with Ruth Henderson).

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