Where to find us:
5432 Dalhart Road NWCalgary, AB Canada
Since 1972, the home of folk music and the
favourite venue of artists from all over the world between September and
April has been Calgary Folk Club.
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Season 43 has started. Why not come out and see what we are all about!
In response to your feedback, doors will open @ 7pm and the show will begin @ 7:30.
You love the
wonderful uplifting experience that sets you up for your weekend...but
sometimes your bed and Saturday morning plans pull you away from some
Last season, you let us know you like the longer guest set with one less break and having your evening end earlier!
You'll get it all -
the amazing entertainment and talent you know and expect at your club -
AND - be off and on your way by 10:30!
Lynn Miles (ON)
Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With twelve albums to her credit, Lynn Miles is the recipient of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, including 2013 Solo Artist, 2011 English Songwriter, as well as the 2003 Juno for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year. Lynn’s music often draws on her love of literature and poetry, but her magic as a songwriter is also in her ability to take life experiences and interpret them in a way that people relate to; her sensitivity to the human heart pours itself directly into her music. “Lynn Miles is one of the most acclaimed songwriters to cross the border since Joni Mitchell.” - Dallas Morning News
Leeroy Stagger (BC)
Over the years, Leeroy Stagger has shared the stage with many talented musicians including Steve Earle, Los Lobos, Ron Sexsmith. His songs exhibit a unique combination of street smarts and a comprehensive world view that is rare among today’s young artists.
A prolific and respected artist, John McCutcheon is a musician’s musician. With 36 albums in his career to date, John has garnered 6 Grammy nominations. A brilliant instrumentalist, his roots are deep in American tradition. Pete Seeger said John is “One of our country’s best song-writers” John lives life BIG - in recent years, headlined over a dozen different festivals and symphony pops concerts across America, recorded an original composition for Virginia Public Television involving over 500 musicians, toured Australia, and Chile in support of a women's health initiative, taught performance art skills at a North Carolina college. But it is in live performance that John feels most at home. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, " … like a conversation with an illuminating old friend."
Braden Gates is a fresh young singer-songwriter, guitar player, and sometimes fiddler. He's performed at numerous folk festivals and folk clubs, placed highly and/or won several music competitions, recorded his first full-length album in early 2013.
Since 2000, Vishtèn has earned an international reputation as an electrifying folk band. Powerful francophone vocalists as well as fiery multi-instrumentalists, this driving trio fuses Acadian and Celtic with rock and indie-folk influences. Twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc, from Evangeline, PEI, grew up in a household where fiddle music and percussive dancing were a common part of everyday life. Similarly, Magdalen Islander Pascal Miousse’s home was a frequent meeting place for travelling fiddlers and music sessions. They have distilled all that heritage and training into an exciting, haunting and evocative repertoire. Vishtèn have all the bounce and bravado of Quebec music, plus the soulful melodies of the Acadian tradition.
Jeffery Straker is a collection of superlatives – singer, songwriter, keyboard master. His piano-based pop musical style draws comparisons to Elton John, Billy Joel. Staker is a born showman and superb, versatile songwriter and vocalist.
Juno nominees and recipient of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Vocal Group of the Year, the harmonies of Dala’s Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine are angelic. The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans. Dala are equally entertaining between songs, telling funny and down to earth stories that make every show unique. The group has opened for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Richie Havens and Arlo Guthrie. Festival touring has included the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the 50th anniversary Newport Folk Festival. Drawing upon influences such as The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala is a catchy and insightful breath of fresh air!
Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow
Tom and his talented band of merry roots music makers take country music’s long, rich heritage, dose it liberally with urban grit and passionately spit it back.
Indian City, the Winnipeg-based collective of award-winning Aboriginal artists and rising stars, captures the sound, color and perspective of Canada’s vibrant Indigenous culture. Their album, “Supernation”, has received multiple awards. Indian City grew from the vision of producer and composer Vince Fontaine. Their music is a fusion of Indigenous themes building on contemporary pop and rock with hints of traditional layers. The talented assemblage includes lead vocalists Pamela Davis “The Voice”, Don Amero, Neewa Mason and William Prince, keyboardist Gerry Atwell, drummer Marty Chapman, bassist Tik Mason, and guitarist and composer Vince Fontaine. Infused with pop and alternative rock sensibilities, Indian City returns to the CFC as the #1 Audience Choice of the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee Showcases.
Matt is a genuine and open performer who loves to share a song. His first album “Outside the Lights of Town”, sketches of the lives of working men and women in rural Canada.
Dry Bones (Manitoba)
Winnipeg-based artists, Nathan Rogers, Leonard Podolak (the Duhks) and J.D. Edwards are all very experienced players and composers who individually have cut their own wide swath within the folk world. Together, these eclectic performers form the unusual folk trio, Dry Bones: guitars, banjo, and stand up bass with kazoos, harmonicas, and stomp boxes producing the contagious rhythms. Premier bassist, Gilles Fournier, joins them to provide rich back rhythm. There is an energy within this group that is both unique and powerful, the songwriting is superb, the instrumental approach brilliant and the on stage energy powerful.
Daniel Champagne, young singer, songwriter and guitarist has become a renowned performer throughout his home land and around the world. With a natural ease, he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies of grand romanticism.
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin (PEI)
These young musicians and best friends, Jesse Périard, and brothers Rowen Gallant and Caleb Gallant, hail from the North Shore of Prince Edward Island. Their bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio, celebrating the music of the Irish, Acadian, French & Maritime cultures, is known for a rare musicality. Integrating modern & world rhythms with traditional & original tunes, they create a fiery, contagious & unique sound that is increasingly catching the attention of Canadian & international stages. Their début bilingual album, TRI, received awards from PEI MUSIC and ECMA. Lennie Gallant produced their second album, Corbeau (2013). Ever traveling further afield, the group was nominated for Music PEI’s 2013 SpinCount Touring Artists of the Year.
The Beagle Boys
The Beagle Boys are the Chinook Musical Society's Saturday Night Special House Band, featuring the musical talents of Chuck Frank, Dr. Bill, Fred Mallette, Guy Plecash and Phil Whitburn.
Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin (Texas)
It's a special treat when Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin, who normally tour separately and solo, get to share the stage together. Their sparkling chemistry comes from romantic partnership in real life, not just musical life. Danny Schmidt creates riveting poetic lyrics, in the style of Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt for depth and complexity. Carrie Elkin is best known for her soulful and dynamic vocals. For Keeps, released May 2014, is their first duo album. This is an intriguing, honest peek into the dialogue of a couple, giving perspectives on many issues: difficult times together and the easy-loving ones.
HOJA (hoe-jah) is a Calgary-based a cappella group. Their repertoire is filled with favorite songs from the 50’s to the present that span every style of music — from doo wop to rock, country to disco — no genre is safe from these a cappella heroes!
James Keelaghan (Ontario)
Calgary native and Juno Award winner (2004) James Keelaghan needs little introduction. His lilting baritone voice, driving rhythm guitar, and brilliant song-writing bridges traditional folk music with roots revival and Celtic music. Keelaghan also forges his pieces with brilliantly defined craftsmanship, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices of not only the Canadian scene, but as a member of the international singer-songwriter community. Keelaghan has published a dozen albums since 1992, including two with Oscar Lopez.. Recently he has become the artistic director of the Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival in Owen Sound.
As one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars, Mel Parsons is a modern folk artist on the rise. Mel's style sits somewhere in the country infused pop-folk sort of a vein, her songwriting purely intuitive.
The Hot Nut Riveters (Texas)
From the diabolical mind of Guy Forsyth, we proudly present The Hot Nut Riveters. This all acoustic mixture specializes in a strange and heady homebrew of genre and influences – superb players and a whole lot of fun, This is Texas’s Original Recession Era String Band, featuring an all-star cast, including Matt Smith, Kristopher Wade, Nevada Newman, Mark Rubin, Albanie Falletta, and Oliver Steck. Their music mines the deep, rich veins of American traditional and popular music forms.
PEI-born Scott MacKay is a unique cocktail of imagination, lyrics and voice – envision a mix of Ray Bradbury, Hank Williams and Roy Orbison. Scott has garnered awards at the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition and the International Songwriting Competition.
Hat Fitz and Cara (Australia)
Blues & Soul describes these players well: “Aussie bluesman Hat Fitz and Irish-born folksinger Cara Robinson are a striking pair. He is a giant raggedy-bearded man, maybe the lost member of ZZ Top who lives deep in the woods and eats anything that moves. She is a petite blonde, who barely reaches his shoulders. He has a deep, gruff Howlin’ Wolf-esqe voice while she dances with angels in her vocals. He plays wonderful resonator guitar. Her instrument is that sweet and soulful voice. It’s all she needs…”. Cara draws on her soul background; not just a singer, she has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once. Their album WILEY WAYS was voted Blues Album of The Year 2012 by the Australian Blues Awards and Spiral Earth magazine.
Congratulations, Tim!! - in January, top honours (First Place solo/duo act) at 30th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, the world’s largest gathering/competition of blues acts. Tim is a cherished blues icon in the Calgary music scene.
Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE,
Ben Sollee and Emily Braden (BC, Idaho, Kentucky)
From the most vulnerable and innocent sounding banjo ditties to the skilful upright bass, Oliver Swain delivers his own brand of alternative folk and traditional music. In A Big Machine is a beautiful collection of Swain’s original music, and his 120 year old goat skin banjo challenges Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”.
Bill Sollee is known for his thrilling cello-playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B. He possesses rough-smooth-smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements that has brought about comparisons to Sufjan Stevens.
Vocalist Emily Braden, winner of New York City’s prestigious "Best of the Best" Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, covers a lot of ground; she has the innate ability to win the heart of any audience with her powerhouse vocals and striking stage presence!
(Massachusetts, New York, Illinois)
Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks, and Pat Wictor are Brother Sun. They celebrate the amazing power of three-part male harmonies, singing contemporary folk with touches of gospel, blues, jazz and pop. Their CD "Some Part of the Truth" was #1 for 2013 on Folk-DJ, and contained the #1 song, "Lady of the Harbor." These three National Touring Artists have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.
Cassie and Maggie MacDonald
These sisters wow audiences across Canada with unique blend of original and traditional Celtic music. Maggie’s piano complements Cassie’s fiddle perfectly and both are accomplished step dancers, enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies.
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