Raised on gospel, country and the blues, the old time influences on a young prairie picker with a love of Doc Watson made him a good fit for psychedelic folk-rock bands touring and playing support for most of the big name suspects during the ‘60s UK invasion. And then more steady dues paid as guitarist-for-hire in country bands working the rural Alberta bar scene.
He started using his voice only in the ‘80s, when he’d picked some west-coast time to study music a bit more formally. But it wasn’t ‘til he returned home to care for his mother that he found personal respite and freedom in becoming a solo performer. Now based in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, he travels a troubadour circuit around Western Canada and the Northwestern US. Forty years as a traveling musician is a lot of road, and Steve Palmer is still playing and still touring. Grown enough to sing about life and simple pleasures with all the unhurried authority of a quiet and simple folk-singing road-survivor. Sometimes compared to Hoyt Axton, Leonard Cohen, or John Prine, the echoes of Doc Watson remain clear on his albums, ‘Prairie Airs’, ‘Roots and Strings’ and ‘Morning Road’.
– Colin Lazzerini- ‘Root Cellar’
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Niels Petersen has been a performing musician, producer and song-writer since his move to Canada. As a guitarist & pianist, Niels has shared the stage with such artists as Joan Armatrading, Tina Turner, Burton Cummings, Sir Cliff Richard, Trish Yearwood and Vince Gill, to name a few.
A prolific composer, Niels has over 100 songs in his catalogue and has written music for television documentaries and short films, including a New York Freddie award winning film documentary in 2002 and a Bravo Channel art expose in 2008. Niels is an Honorary Member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
At once ancient sounding yet thoroughly modern, Pennybrook specializes in original instrumentals and old-fashioned songs. Their music is atmospheric, rich and complex, grounded in and inspired by their love for Celtic music. Their original compositions draw on both traditional and contemporary influences, their unique sound ranges from quietly contemplative to fiery foot-stomping celebration. Jude and Charlie have been playing together for five years; in 2011 they released The Edge of Waiting, their first, full-length CD of original instrumental music, and have played concerts in every province and in the Yukon Territory. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, they are now delighted to be working on their second album.
Charlie left her home in the Northwest of England in 2000, to work with Aboriginal youth in the Western Arctic. The following year she moved to Whitehorse,Yukon, and became an active player in the vibrant arts scene there. After seven years she left by sailboat and headed down the Inside Passage to Vancouver. In the Fall of 2010, Charlie travelled to Nova Scotia to record a CD of original compositions for flute with her friend Jude Pelley. She stayed, fell in love and is now happy to call Nova Scotia’s South Shore her home. Along with enjoying a rich musical life, Charlie has worked as a theatre artist and aerial dancer in Whitehorse and Vancouver; she has earned a black belt in aikido and teaches aikido to children; she has made a living as a carpenter; she recently became a sailing instructor with the wonderful Nova Scotia Sea School.
Jude was born in Newfoundland and raised on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Inspired by his father, who played with seminal Canadian folk-rock group, Figgy Duff, Jude spent his formative years playing with Bridgewater’s award-winning bluegrass band, Exit 13. Since then his musical adventures have included touring Nova Scotia by bicycle; being a mainstay in Victoria’s vibrant professional music scene for 5 years; criss-crossing the country, usually in vehicles which run on waste vegetable oil, or by train; hosting the Pennybrook Festival on his property in West Dublin; running a small-scale acoustic music recording and production studio, Alone Stone Productions (he produced Juno winner Amelia Curran’s first two solo albums). This past Summer he was thrilled to be involved in a recording project of his own Chamber music compositions, collaborating with some of the finest musicians in Nova Scotia: his old friend John Scott, Chris Norman, David Greenberg, and the Blue Engine String Quartet. But mostly, when the weather is good, you will find Jude up a ladder with a hammer in his hands, or in the blackcurrant patch.
Please note the change of venue.
This is being held at the old fire hall in East Sooke.
Our own Dave Gallant lives in Sooke, just outside Victoria. He has been playing in bands and as a solo artist on Vancouver Island since moving here in 1970. He was an original member of Victoria’s popular Nightshift band for many years. He has also played with the late and much loved Tommy “Johnny Cash” Craycroft and the Black Mountain Band as well as Mr. Puffy, featuring Joyce “the Voyce” Allenson. Dave also spent time touring Ontario with the popular club act, Footloose. Dave has also spent time working with harmonica wiz, Chris Palmer. Over the coarse of his career, Dave has shared stages with Valdy, Bill Henderson, Shari Ulrich, Gary Fjellgaard and many others. Currently, besides working as a solo artist, Dave also plays in the Blue Moon Band as well working in a duo with Sherman Sheldon.
Dave is joined by the excellent guitarist, Norm MacPherson. Norm has played with Preston McCool, Skylark, The Poppy Family, Valdy and David Foster to name a few.
We are having an “Open Mic” for the first half of the evening’s entertainment
Camille Miller’s voice has been described as “A finely honed instrument that’s passionate, soulful, and downright riveting, without being overbearing”.
-Mark Bignell, Columbia Journal
International and multilingual yet proudly and distinctly Canadian, Camille Miller has built an extensive career wowing audiences around the world. April 6th marked the release of “Guilty Birds”, a stylish video shot in Mexico City and funded entirely by her loyal fan base. The song is the first single culled from “More Than This”, the restless redhead’s latest effort. Also crowd funded, the album includes “Tiniest of Hearts”, a touching ode to her daughter which has received both commercial and CBC Radio airplay.
Born in Germany and raised on military bases all over Canada, Camille was brought up on a steady diet of Motown, Carly Simon, The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones. Inspired by these greats of yesteryear Camille made her solo debut with a 6 song EP titled ‘Things People See’. It marked the beginning of a longtime partnership with notable Vancouver Island producer Rick Salt (Irish Rovers, Leeroy Stagger).
Since that time a steady stream of music has followed including collaborations with Doug Elliot (Odds), Pat Steward (Bryan Adams) and many others. Camille’s blend of whisper to a roar vocal dynamics and onstage charisma quickly won over industry heavyweights as well as audiences. Manager Bruce Allen (Michael Buble, Bryan Adams) helped Camille get a foothold in the UK through numerous tours while indie labels like Sound of Pop, Sugar Shack and Synergy have released her six diverse albums worldwide. Of those, 2002’s ‘She Knows’ spawned a video for “I Always Will” and TV placements while “Somewhere Near The Truth” (2008) was recorded, produced and engineered by Geraldo Dominelli (Loverboy).
A prolific collaborator, Camille has contributed as a vocalist and writer to a number of major label albums in both North America and Europe. She added vocals to ‘Lost’ by US-based Electronica grouny Orchestra. This exposure built Camille’s fanbase in Poland and secured her regular billing at some of the country’s top live music venues. A recent experience as a member of a house band with renowned local players in Sao Paulo, Brazil honed Camille’s already formidable performance chops.
2017 could very well be her busiest year yet with shows already confirmed in the UK, Poland, Canada and Brazil. Camille Miller and her Guilty Bird Band deliver a passionate rousing set of music which thrills fans and turns strangers into converts.p Baligomingo, whose widely acclaimed album ‘Beneath the Surface’ was released on BMG/RCA. She also wrote and sang four songs on Polish pop icon Robert Chojnacki’s album ‘Saxophonic’ (BMG Poland), culminating in a concert with Chojnacki and the Baltic Symphony.
Western Canadian singer/songwriter John Gogo is from a large musical family in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. After a two year stint as a Chokerman in a logging camp, he began his professional musical career with two of his brothers in the progressive rock band Graphics, touring around BC and Alberta. In 1985 John switched gears and began playing his acoustic guitar in pubs, beer parlours and at folk festivals. He released his first album ‘Coal & Wood’ in 1990, with original songs about his family history in mining and logging. He followed it up in 1994 with ‘It Never Fails’, an album with more of a roots rock feel, which included the cover and regional hit ‘Baby Blue’, featuring a guitar solo by the song’s writer Bill Henderson (Chilliwack). More touring and TV appearances followed, from Victoria to Toronto, and his music videos (‘I Don’t Even Know Her’, ‘String of Pearls’ and the title track) enjoyed rotation on MuchMusic & CMT. The year 1997 saw the release of ‘Leave a Light On’, with the single and video ‘Brown Eyes’.
The Victoria Times Colonist called John “one of the most talented singer/songwriters this area has ever produced” and the album “an atmospheric pop gem”, a sound achieved with the help of co-producers Wayne Lorenz (Daniel Lanois, Emylou Harris) and David Kershaw (Sarah McLachlan Band). In 2002 John began a side career, appearing in the Other Guys Theatre production ‘Moodyville Tales’. Next up was the 5 year run of ‘Good Timber – Songs and Stories of the Western Logger’, this time as co-creator as well as performer. John released his 4th studio album ‘One of These Days’ in 2010, and for the first time he was the sole producer and songwriter, while he continued to tour with ‘Good Timber’. His 2015 release ‘Coal & Wood (Revisited)’ is a return to his early ‘folk singer’ days, featuring 2 songs from the original album plus a handful of new originals about people, places and historical events of Canada’s western islands.
Tonight at the Monthly Coffee House we are having an “Open Mic” for the entire evening’s entertainment.
Please contact Dave Gallant if you wish to participate.
“I write songs to calm those who’ve looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts. I also write songs to terrify those who have not.”
– Jon Brooks
“(Brooks) speaks and sings words that need to be spoken and sung and he does it beautifully, perfectly, and with absolute finesse.”
– Rod Kennedy, Founder and Producer of The Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX
“Brooks stands among an exalted few in the enduring Canadian song tradition
– Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Fred Eaglesmith, Bruce Cockburn – as a lyricist, composer and performer with a fierce commitment to his craft and his vision.”
– Greg Quill, The Toronto Star
“He is by turns metaphorical and metaphysical; at times he examines the small details of life, at others, he soars above human struggles seeking something higher; his gritty voice is infinitely kind and gentle. Mature, wise, and intrepid – somehow Jon Brooks sings a path to the mysterious and complex essence of the human condition.” – Julie Miller, CFLX 95,5 Sherbrooke, PQ
“Political songwriting’ is all too often assumed to be shouty simplistic protest, and all too often it is and therefore tends to be ignored…Brooks knows this and his songs are songs first and messages second…a powerful and at times brutally clear-sighted vision armed only with an acoustic guitar, a harmonica, and a gritty ragged voice…Brooks is a star in the making.”
– Maverick Magazine, UK
Tickets $20 at the door or $15 Advance – available at:
The Stick Coffee or Shoppers Drug Mart in Sooke.
Mike Demers, lead singer for the Roy Orbison tribute band, The Lonely, is coming to Sooke.
Mike is an accomplished singer / songwriter in his own right and will be performing solo.
By day a youth worker with training in music therapy and at night a musician.
Playing since the age of 12 Mike have been involved in a variety of musical projects including Me and the Mosquitoes (1982-1983), Jho Nek Bhone (1986-1993), Nuvo Wavo (1993-current), Rockville (2004-2005), The Kings of Discontent (2006-current) and a variety of solo performances.
Daniel Cook is a singer songwriter who fuses contagious melodies with timeless stories creating a fresh brand of original west coast roots music, and a guitarist who blends melody and minimalism into a sweet mix of jazz and country guitar traditions.
Daniel has performed, written, and recorded with a multitude of original BC bands, including: Ngoma, East Vancouver’s quintessential hippy dance, drum, party ensemble; Bangers, one of Vancouver’s first instrumental acid jazz collectives; Lawnmower, a subterranean power punk trio; Solid 7, Victoria’s funk odyssey with Kia Kadiri and friends.
Daniel presently performs with Washington and Cook, a Funkified Urban Jazz partnership with Maureen Washington, and as a solo artist performing original West Coast Roots Music as a singer songwriter.
Clancy’s Front Porch is an acoustic musical collaboration that centres around the love of good songs, warm harmonies, intertwining country roots and folk sounds.
Ray Spencer adds guitar and dobro to the mix, and is known for his roots-inspired original songs and storytelling talents. Tracy Summers delights audiences with her honeyed voice and adds texture with guitar, bass, accordion, keyboard, and djembe. Heather Read (Parsons) brings a powerful and heartfelt voice to round out the sound along with acoustic guitar and ukulele.
CFP came together in spring 2017 and have already grown a devoted following, enjoying invitations from coffeehouses, markets, festivals and folk clubs in the region.
So, pull up a chair. Sit back. Enjoy a cool lemonade (or a hot tea in winter), and sing along to the melodies. Foot-tapping is encouraged. Everybody is welcome on ☆Clancy’s Front Porch☆.
There’s something to be said for experience, for taking the time to grow into your own skin. All sturdy things need time to root ﬁrmly into the ground to ﬁnd their strength.
Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With twelve albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (2011 English Songwriter of the Year), and a 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time.
Through a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in Nashville and Austin TX., and a healthy touring schedule that regularly takes her through the US, Europe and across Canada, she has always created and performed music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability.
Lynn song “Three Chords and the Truth” was recently chosen as the closing song on the popular BBC TV series “Case Histories”.
Lynn’s new release “Downpour” has been receiving glowing reviews.
Tickets are $15 advance at Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart or $20 at the door.
Please join us for an evening featuring the music of the Beatles, the band that changed music forever in the 60’s. From their first album, “Please Please Me”, release in 1963 to their final album, “Let It Be” in 1970, the Fab Four charted the direction of modern music with their unique and innovative sound.
Performing a varied selection of Beatle tunes will be Mary Livingston, Paul Winfield, McKenzie Montag and Dave Gallant, with Eric James on bass
Do join us for this evening of some incredible music by these talent musicians and singers as they put their own spin on some of the greatest tunes of our times. Hopefully you will hear some of your favourites.
The Sooke Folk Music Society is very proud and excited to be bringing back Canadian Folk Music Icon, Valdy back to our stage.
Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Sooke starting Saturday, March 17th
“I’ve been lucky,” Valdy suggests, (born Paul Valdemar Horsdal in September of 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, an inner city kid, mother Lillian, social worker / psychiatric nurse who ran condoms into Quebec as a family planning advocate, and Paul Horsdal, portrait photographer/outdoorsman who became a mentor to many of Canada’s photographers, including Yosef Karsh, who having asked Paul how he took such great pictures, was told “I take a lot of pictures,” and left with an used Graflex 5 by 7 that Paul received $500 for six months later. Parliament Hill was nearby, and Valdy’s father had Prime Ministers’ and Mayors’ portraits on display), when asked about his career’s longevity (38 years of recording and performing, with tours in Mexico, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, and annually Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean from Nunuvit to Texas). “I’ve worked with some amazing people, players, (like Norm MacPherson, session/touring guitarist with Skylark, Sample Stearns Band, Connie Kaldor; Jerry Scheff and Ronnie Tutt from Elvis’ band; Larry Carlton; Ben Benay; Nicky Hopkins; Jay Dee Manus; Jim Keltner; Gerry Adolphe; Kat Hendrikse; Michael Creber; Doug Edwards; Connie Lebeau; George Koller, session/touring bassist with Holly Cole, Joe Sealy, Shuffle Demons, Loreena McKinnett), innovative producers, (like Claire Lawrence, resulting in 3 of his 4 gold records; Eliot Mazer, who’s worked with Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young; Paul Rothchild, who’s recorded Bonnie Raitt, the Doors; Rob Bryanton; Bill Henderson; Dan Donahue), great songwriters.” (like Bob Ruzicka, Lynn Miles, Ron Hynes, Jon Ims, Graham Shaw, Tom Paxton, Mike Williams). He pauses, pulls his whitening beard. (Valdy will turn 65 on 01/09/10(Sept. 1, 2010)) “And I married the right woman.” (Kathleen Mary Fraser Horsdal, Valdy’s creative advisor and wife of 22 years, sharing a lake front home with him, 3 dogs and a cat, on Saltspring Island off Canada’s west coast, although they both have their own studio/work spaces ).
Another pause, then “Is that luck? Or is that moving at God’s speed? (“Valdy elicited a genuinely warm standing ovation, the real kind, where the audience continues long after the encore is assured” – Winnipeg Free Press) “I mean, it’s more than strategy that puts these folks along my path.” (“Few performers are capable of achieving the kind of energy Valdy generates on stage” – Mcleans) “Sure I’m good at what I do, and I’m getting better, I’m paying attention, and I’m learning,” (two Juno Awards, SOCAN’s Song of the Year Award, four gold records, sixteen CDs/albums/8-tracks), “but I have lived a charmed life, (200 gigs a year, fundraising and advocacy for Literacy, president of Acoustic Connection, producer, wood butcher), with a supportive partner (Kathleen Horsdal, artist, hospice counsellor, soul-mate), a glorious daughter, (Chelah Phoebe Horsdal, actor, www.chelah.com), two vibrant sons, (Theo Koumontaros Horsdal, IT buyer for a major Western Canadian retail chain, and Yani Horsdal Christie, music-variety promoter with Upstream Entertainment as well as paint contractor),; I am a really lucky man.”
McKenzie Montag – Local up and coming singer to appear at Sooke Folk Music Society Coffee House
For this month’s Coffee House on Saturday, April 21st, the Sooke Folk Music Society is very pleased to be featuring McKenzie Montag, a local singer from Sooke who is gaining a great reputation and following with her incredible vocal talent. You may remember her as part of our recent Beatle Night.
McKenzie received formal musical trained for seven years but has been singing and performing all her life. She studied opera and classical voice under Professor of Music, Gary Sorensen at the University of Utah. She also started learning piano at the age of six. McKenzie, along with her mother, sister and brother moved to the island four years ago and she began performing at open mics and coffee houses in the area, including the Kemp Lake Store, the Sooke Legion and the Reading Room, as well as Gorgeous Coffee in Victoria. While living briefly in China, she taught music to children. She is currently learning songwriting skills and hopes to be performing her own original tunes soon. McKenzie is a rising star on the Sooke music scene and we are sure you will be hearing lots more from this incredibly talented young lady..
Performing with McKenzie for this show will be Grant Jamieson on bass, Freddy Brown on Drums, Dave Gallant on lead guitar and Gary Blaine on rhythm guitar. Gary Blaine is also a songwriter and McKenzie will be covering several of his tunes for this performance. Grant Jamieson got his first electric guitar when he was thirteen. He played in rock bands through high school and played mostly folk and light rock in England from 69 until the mid 70’s. Grant still enjoys playing bass and guitar with fellow musicians. “Rocksteady” Freddy Brown has been a semi-professional drummer/vocalist for over 50 years in his home town of Windsor, Ontario, and later in Edmonton. Since moving to Sooke in 2016, he has served as house drummer for the Spiral Café weekly open stage and performing with Victoria groups “Big Island Allstars Band”, “The Acoustic Crusaders” (folk & pop trio), the “Seacruze” band and “Bijou du Bayou” (cajun/zydeco band). Dave Gallant is a singer/songwriter and has been involved in music both professionally and semi professionally for most of his life. Dave is probably best known for his passion for the music of Bob Dylan.
Please join us this Saturday evening, April 21st at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Road in Sooke for this incredible evening of music featuring these very talented folks. Doors open at 7 PM, with our open stage at 7:30 and our feature at 9.
Mark Stuart will spend 2018 doing what he has always done. He will tour full-time as a musical artist, bringing his years of experience to the stage. Onstage, his focus is on the songs he has penned and recorded, delivered with a soulful singing voice and highly memorable guitar playing.
After many years on the Americana/Folk circuit, Stuart has cultivated a very rounded performance. His show consists of storytelling, flashy guitar “chops”, and songs that seem to draw from his rock, blues, country, and folk music roots. Mostly, this artist from Tennessee has toured solo or in a notable duo with his wife (“Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart”). There were stints along the way as a sideman, though (Steve Forbert, Freddy Fender, Steve Earle, Joan Baez). If placed on the bill with a contemporary artist he is usually asked to play guitar on their portion of the show. Just ask Jason Ringenberg, Ray Wylie Hubbard, or Jimmy LaFave.
One can find Mark Stuart on any given night in a small theater, coffeehouse, house concert, festival stage, club, church auditorium, etc. giving it his all. Aside from that, he could be instructing at a guitar clinic, songwriting workshop, or playing on someone’s recording session. As co-owner of Gearle Records he has produced or co-produced many albums. Stuart’s career has repeatedly taken him to all of the USA, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and, has spanned several decades.
Tickets are $15 in advance at Sooke Shopers Drug Mart or $20 at the door.Tickets will be on sle a week prior to the concert.
Blackthorn is a Canadian Celtic folk band that saw its inception back in 1989 with a group of
musicians who found a common interest in a music that wasn’t all that common in Vancouver
at the time. Early highlights included performing at Vancouver’s seminal Celtica Festival in 1990
along with De Dannan and Andy M. Stewart and performing and recording with the World
Champion SFU Pipe Band. Since then, the group has travelled a long road through the streets of
traditional and contemporary Celtic music, performing concerts and at Celtic and Folk Festivals
and Highland Games throughout Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
Blackthorn features four talented musicians, three of whom share lead vocals, bringing a
refreshing diversity of character to the group’s polished sound and all four contribute a mastery
of a colourful variety of instruments. The results of their collective musical backgrounds, skills
and experience are witnessed in the high-calibre, entertaining performances they consistently
deliver to audiences of all ages.
Blackthorn’s extensive repertoire is rooted in the musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland
as well as the folk music of English and French Canada. Their repertoire has expanded to
include creative original compositions that reflect the influences of these traditions. From lively
jigs and reels, to songs with rousing choruses and heart-wrenching airs and ballads, they bring
the music to life with their luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation.
Off-stage over a pint, or on-stage in songs, Auto Jansz speaks and sings in soft, kind tones perhaps a product of a London-born, Sri Lankan/Irish heritage. Or maybe it’s the old souls of the historical women she sings about, emerging from a subtle yet precise every everywoman voice, and penchant for turning the clever and playful yet poignant phrase.
From Winnipeg punk to Victoria roots/ragtime, Auto has earned her musical stripes.
Having toured nationally and internationally sharing the stage with great artists like Michelle Wright, Spirit of the West, Fred Eaglesmith, Jane Siberry, Doc MacLean and David Gogo, Auto has come into her own with solo recordings and performances that are making the Canadian roots music fans sit up and listen. Irish green eyes and a leftover London accent round out an identity that comes across to audiences as both mysterious and approachable.
Dan Walsh – Top UK Clawhammer Banjo Player
Nominated for best musician at last year’s BBC Folk Awards, Dan Walsh combines ‘virtuoso playing and winning songwriting’ (MORNING STAR).
Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.