“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.
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.
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.”
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.