The Stephen Fearing Trio rocks the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre Jan. 30 for a performance with the Vernon Folk-Roots Society. (Photo submitted)

Folk Roots Society launches new season

The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society is proud to announce the line-up for the 2017-2018 season

Paul Tessier

For The Morning Star

The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society is now into it’s fourth season and is proud to announce the line-up for the 2017-2018 season. It promises to be a very eclectic season.

Sept. 23 is The Patrick Alexandre Trio at the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre. Tickets are $25.

“Backed by two of Winnipeg’s finest, Dwayne Dueck (guitar) and Jeffrey Laird (drums), Patrick swings seamlessly from guitar to piano, to harmonica, and of course, back to his native instrument, the upright bass. Powered by his unending energy and roaring voice, his animated live performance continues to entertain audiences across Canada, maintaining his reputation as one of the hardest working, and intense performers around. It is guaranteed that every last bit of him is given in performance,” said Eric Lemoine of Morning Noise Records.

Oct. 21 is Jack Garton & The Demon Squadron at the Spitfire Lounge of the Army, Navy and Airforce Club. Tickets are $25.

“From rockabilly to rocksteady, country to cajun, every show is roots music mayhem executed with classic showmanship and wry humour,” reads the bands artist statement on their website, jackgarton.com.

Nov. 18 is Bill Bourne at the Spitfire Lounge of the Army, Navy and Airforce Club. Tickets are $25.

“This dude’s plugged into a heavy mainline, his songs coming through him as a steady, soulful charge… Bourne is about the human kind, and he’s damn essential, obviously,” said Brad Wheeler of The Globe & Mail.

Jan. 30 is The Stephen Fearing Trio with special guest Oh Susanna at the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre. Tickets are $35

Stephen Fearing played to a packed house a couple of years ago. We’re expecting another sold-out show.

“Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style,” wrote Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

March 22 is Shred Kelly the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre. Tickets are $25.

Based out of Fernie, B.C., Shred Kelly rev up traditional folk into a sound that is fresh and new, called “Stoke Folk,” and it packs dance floors everywhere.

“Soaked in electric crescendos and folk tinged sing-along anthems, Shred Kelly is known for their high energy live show that ignites dance floors with their alternative folk sound. Over three albums and countless tours, the five British Columbians have developed their signature sound by taking inspiration from the mountains where they hail from and the people who inhabit them. Shred Kelly have seamlessly fused traditional instrumentation with modern rock, presenting a sound that is both unique and compelling,” reads the band’s artist statement on their website, shredkelly.com.

April 18 is The Black Hen Roadshow at at the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre. Tickets are $30.

Featuring Steve Dawson, Leeroy Stagger, Steve Marriner and Ndidi Onukwulu. The acclaimed Black Hen Roadshow is back, and better than ever. Coming to stages across Canada in the spring of 2018, this third incarnation of the travelling revue features one of our best line-up of artists yet. It’s going to be an evening of unique collaborations and authentic musical entertainment like no other, cementing the Roadshow as one of the finest touring showcases of contemporary roots music in the country.

May 12 is The Slocan Ramblers at the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre. Tickets are $30.

“The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan,” reads the band’s artist statement on their website, slocanramblers.com.

June 9 is Tiger Moon at the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre. Tickets are $25.

Tiger Moon is a west Canadian folk duo who will be fresh off their tour of Europe in May.

“Boasting harmonious sounds, heartfelt melodies, and foot-stomping rhythms, this is a pair to be reckoned with. They perform with a guitar, mandolin, two sets of boots and two big, rich voices. Drawing their sound from traditional folk, Canadiana, soul and rock, they are a minimalist barn-burning band with syrup-soaked harmonies,” reads the band’s artist statement on their website, tigermoonmusic.com.

Advance tickets for all shows are available now through The Ticket Seller, www.ticketseller.ca, 250-549-7649 or at the Bean Scene Coffee House in Vernon two weeks prior to each show.

Shows held at the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre offer a bar and food option. Doors for the shows at the Lodge open at 6:30 p.m. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.vernonfolkroots.com or check out our page on Facebook.