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Valdy With special guest Adam Dobres
October 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $25
Canadian Folk Legend
With Special guest Adam Dobres
Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Canada has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for almost 40 years. He’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.
To his credit are 16 albums, 22 singles, 4 Gold Records, nearly half a million units sold worldwide. He has 2 Juno awards and 7 Juno nominations (Country Male Vocalist & Folksinger). He was a panellist twice on Front Page Challenge. He has also won “Songwriter of the Year” and CARAS awards in Folk/Bluegrass categories. As host of the “BC Music Project” he featured BC artists from five cities and towns; the show went on to win a Gold Ribbon Talent Development Award. On TV he played lead role on “The Beachcombers” as well as minor roles in 2 movie features. And last but not least, he was invested as a member of the Order of Canada in July 2012
Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.
Valdy’s recent CDs include “Contenders”, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, and a solo release, “Viva Valdy: Live at Last”, a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet.
He is one of Canada’s most influential songwriters. His composition A Good Song was recorded under the title Just a Man by the venerable Quincy Jones . Play Me a Rock and Roll Song has been recorded by a few artists, including John Kay of Steppenwolf.
Adam Dobres Bio
Adam Dobres is a folk-oriented guitarist with a fluid talent and adaptive sensibility. Born in Canada and currently living on Pender Island in British Columbia, he has toured all over the world In 2016, he stepped into the spotlight with his eponymous debut album, earning him a nomination for instrumental artist of the year in the West Coast Music Awards. He’s played with Dustin Bentall’s alt-country group, worked closely with Cameron Latimer, and supported singer-songwriter Ridley Bent both on tour and on five albums. Together with Pharis Romero, Oliver Swain and Kendel Carson, he’s toured North America as part of old time string band Outlaw Social.
He has toured with The Wailin’ Jennies, and played on acclaimed radio show the Prairie Home Companion. He also recorded on their latest album, “Fifteen”, which recently hit the #1 spot on the bluegrass charts as well as earning a Juno Nomination in 2018. Among the most exciting of Adam’s recent performances were the two tours he spent with the Ruth Moody Band opening for renowned guitarist Mark Knopfler, including 8 nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Adam has shared a very special collaboration spanning many years with celebrated fiddler Daniel Lapp, starting in his fiddle orchestra at the age of fifteen and nowadays joining him around the world. They’ve played together in Glasgow at the Celtic Connections Festival, at the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton, and once opened together for legendary Irish folk band The Chieftains. Together with Pharis Romero, Oliver Swain and Kendel Carson, he’s toured North America as part of old time string band Outlaw Social.
Most recently, in 2016, Adam performed in a new Celtic trio called 3TíR with Pierre Schryer on fiddle and Dermot Byrne (who played with beloved Irish traditional group Altan) on button accordion. Inspired by folk music from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and France—tír is an Irish word meaning “land”—these three friends weave magic out of both traditional and original material. They recently toured from Victoria to Newfoundland.
Adam’s guiding principle is that music has the power to convey the mystery and beauty of life, and to bridge all cultural boundaries.
Edward Milne Community school Auditorium