Supporting musicians during the pandemic

We’re all missing the pleasures of live music in our fabulous town hall, and we’re keen to return to what makes Folkus Concert Series tick. In the meantime, as we head into spring after a year of pandemic-living, we want to share the ways in which some of our team members have been supporting musicians.

Read on to meet some of the women behind Folkus and hear how they are supporting music during this time…

Sandy Irvin, Board Member & Artistic Director

“I have been adding to my collection of Canadian vinyl.

“Here are two albums with local connections — Area Resident & The Golden Seals are both local guys who do their day jobs under other names. Do you know them?”

Kathryn Stevens

Kathryn Stevens, Board Member & Sponsorship

“I am reading the songlist on the back of Lynn Miles’ latest CD – which I bought at a wonderful concert held in James Keeleghan’s backyard in Perth last September. It was Lynne’s first gig since March and what a treat it was to hear her beautiful voice and lyrics, and the guitar of Keith Glass accompanying her. We were starved for live music after 7 months of the pandemic, but we left feeling filled up!”

Julie Mercier, Board Member & Tickets / Front of House

“I am Julie, (on the photo you will find me under the arrow)…One of the ways I have been supporting musical artists is by supporting local artist Jennifer Noxon and participating in her Rhythm & Song Choir from her home to each of ours through Zoom. I cannot wait to be able to sing all together again and to be gathered for a concert under the same roof. Be safe, and take care of yourself and your soul. Join an online choir!!!”

Kerron Lamb

Kerron Lamb, Board Member and Hospitality Manager

“This past year has been a difficult one for lovers of live music (and for the musicians we would have been going to see) but we set up a turntable and vintage sound system in our living room, and have been actively increasing our collection of vinyl, both old and new! Here are some favourites by Canadians we love to see in concert (Whitehorse, City and Colour, and The Arkells), so in the meantime, we’ll enjoy their music like this until we can see them in person again!”

Monika Seiler

Monika Seiler, Board Member & Social Media / Marketing

“I’ve been curating playlists on Spotify featuring all of my favourite Canadian artists during this pandemic, highlighting someone from each province or territory.

“I like to “travel” the country via its amazing musicians…”

Dagne Forrest

Dagne Forrest, Board Member and Webmaster

“One of the ways that my husband and I have supported musicians in recent months is to regularly purchase vinyl versions of their music.

A favourite on regular repeat is William Prince.”

An update for patrons

Dear Folkus patrons,

It’s been quite a year. We hope you are as well as can be.

We’ve all been through a lot, and we apologize for having taken so long to provide you with an update on our plans for responding to the two cancelled concerts of the 2020 season.  At this time, we’d like to offer you a full refund for the March and April concerts.

For season’s pass holders who purchased their tickets online, please check your e-mail (with which you purchased the tickets) for a message from payments@folkusalmonte.com containing further instructions.

For ticket-holders who received them as a gift, or purchased them through Mill Street Books, we have to take a few more steps. Please email tickets@folkusalmonte.com for details.

For ticket holders who would prefer to support Folkus by not requesting a refund, we thank you warmly for your generosity. Please rest assured that your contribution will be put to good use as part of revisiting how we can support musicians and deliver music to our supporters/patrons.

We are looking ahead and taking our cues from larger arts organizations. Until it is safe to gather together, we will not be presenting shows in the traditional format.  We may, however, do other interesting things in the interim, so please stay tuned for updates, including following us in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Take care,

The Folkus Team

Photos from the 2020 Season

We are so disappointed to have lost half our season to COVID-19, but we want to share some delight in the first two concerts of the season. We now have some great photos by our resident photographer Dennis to share from the January and February shows, which were amazing. Good times!

January 18th Show

The Good Lovelies

The Space Between (opener)

February 29th Show

Campbell Woods

Kate Weekes

February’s concert is a Leap Day double bill

Leap Day is coming soon and Folkus ticket holders are in for a treat. This will be a lively evening of singing and storytelling.

Campbell Woods is a troubadour with roots in the Ottawa Valley, currently based in Montreal. He’s a listener and a storyteller; his songs bring out the secret joys and ordinary tragedies of life with carefully crafted melodies and seemingly simple turns of phrase. He gets compared to Townes Van Zant and John Prine a lot; he also reminds us of early Fred Eaglesmith.

Kate Weekes seems to live stories on the way to telling them. She hitchhiked her way to the Yukon, collecting stories along the way. She has been a dog-musher in Norway, toured China with a swing band, and has paddled from Whitehorse to Dawson City. Weekes describes her latest album, Taken by Surprise , as the sonic scrapbook of a bold life lived to the fullest. “Wherever I am traveling comes out in my songs,” she says. For this evening, Weekes will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist and producer James Stephens. Kate is bringing a trio or quartet including fiddler James Stephens.

Check out both acts on YouTube on our 2020 Lineup page.

Will this be your first Folkus concert? Get the low down on our concerts here.

The Good Lovelies performed in Almonte, Jan 2020

The Good Lovelies kick off the Folkus season!

We’re so excited that The Good Lovelies will open this season, along with The Space Between on Saturday, January 18th, 2020.

The Good Lovelies could very well be Canada’s sweethearts. This will be an intimate, stripped-down, trio show with a focus on harmony.

“Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks – immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right; however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony – powerful and pure, organic and inspiring – that elevates the Good Lovelies from impressive to peerless.”

The Good Lovelies won a Juno in 2010 for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year and are four-time Canadian Folk Music Award winners.

Although the season has sold out, there is a waitlist option for up to 20 tickets at each show.

Special guests The Space Between will be opening. Hometown girl Sonja Seiler brings her duo project, The Space Between, to Almonte. Nestling in a rootsy pocket somewhere between Appalachia and Toronto, their sound is clean and pure.

Check out videos for our January acts on the 2020 Season page.

Doors open 7:30, concert begins at 8pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Almonte Old Town Hall. Get the details on our concert space and amenities.

Celebrate with Folkus Thursday, November 7th

Sneak Peek! Folkus Series Launches this week

To start off our season, we’re holding a launch party Thursday, November 7th, 2019 at Equator Coffee Roasters, to celebrate our season and to celebrate our wonderful sound man, Brendan Gawn.

He never gets to mingle at shows because he’s working too hard. Brendan is an excellent sound person because he listens. He listens well because plays a mean bass. And he’ll be playing bass with the Brindled Cats, along with guitarist Rob McMurray. They may bring a few friends.

Join us for a pint or a coffee and possibly a bite to eat!

Folkus 2020 Launch Party
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
Doors open 7pm; expect to end around 10pm