Connie Kaldor & James Keelaghan play Folkus Concert Series (double bill)

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EST) More Information →

We have such a short season, it’s sometimes hard to cram all the great talent in. Which is why we’re starting off with a double bill featuring both Connie Kaldor and James Keelaghan.

Both these luminaries of Canadian folk are known for their ringing voices, their clever songwriting, their artful storytelling. They will make you laugh. They may make you cry.  

It’s going to be an incredible night.

Connie Kaldor is a gifted singer and pianist (yes, the piano will be out!); her songs are filled with both warmth and wit. Born in Saskatchewan, but based in Montreal, her prairie roots come through in her songs, as does her affection for French culture. She sings of women, men, the land, and her dog. She can be both irreverent and moving, sometimes in the same song; favourites include “Wood River”, “Prairie Moon”, and “I Love That Dog”. Her live shows are legendary, and we are thrilled to be part of Kaldor’s return to the road.

James Keelaghan can also make you laugh, and he has made me cry more than once. His songs are like mini-documentaries (reflecting his training as a historian), but they are not dull recitals of fact – he takes you to the heart of emotional moments. “Captain Torres” takes you on board a sinking ship, and the last radio calls home. His song “Cold Missouri Waters” is such a vivid portrayal of fighting a forest fire that he’s played national firefighter’s banquets. His song “Kiri’s Piano” inspired a short film of the same name. A deft guitarist and warm-voiced singer, Keelaghan has won hearts both with his originals and with his interpretations of classic Canadian songs. James Keelaghan is also a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and the artistic director for both Summerfolk and the Stewart Park Festival.

This concert is a double bill. Don't miss a second! 

Folkus concerts are a rare chance to see bands up close and hear them as they’re meant to be heard. The series is a not-for profit haven for Canadian artists in colder months. Tickets and details at

Doors open at 7:30, show time is 8:00.

The welcome is warm, the beer (local) is cold, it’s worth the drive to Almonte!