folkus concert series

2019 is SOLD OUT!

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As of today’s writing, the season is officially sold out.

We’re delighted with the fantastic interest in this year’s line up and look forward to our next three concerts!

 

2019 season is nearly sold out

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As of the time of writing, all physical tickets from Mill Street Books have SOLD OUT. There are a few tickets remaining online from Eventbrite, as follows:

  • Greenbank (February show) – 3 tickets
  • Betty and the Bobs (March show) – 1 ticket
  • David Myles (April show) – SOLD OUT

We’re delighted with the fantastic interest in this year’s line up and look forward to our next three concerts!

 

Big Little Lions with s/g Outside I’m A Giant

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Big, little, giants…we have an unintended theme for this show. Both groups feature soaring sounds — Big Little Lions feature strong vocal harmonies, while Outside I’m A Giant build on fiddle, pedal steel, and a deep baritone voice.

Big Little Lions are Helen Austin and Paul Otten — they work long distance (she’s in BC, he’s in Ohio), but sound like they’re always side by side. They’re currently touring in support of their fourth album, Alive and Well, released February 23rd. Like their previous album, Just Keep Moving, it is beautifully crafted, balancing a range of instruments (guitar, banjo, violin, and keys, along with whistles, handclaps, accordion, and harmonica) in support of their voices and lyrics.

Our opener for this show will be Outside I’m a Giant, a talented trio from the Gatineau side of the Valley. They released their first full-length recording, Point Comfort at the Black Sheep Inn this fall. Their folky sound is anchored by deep baritone voice of lead singer-songwriter Jérémi Pierre Caron, multiple instruments in the hands of Samuelle Desjardins, and the haunting pedal steel of Pascal Desgagné.

Amanda Rheaume concert sets Folkus 2018 in motion

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The Folkus 2018 season got off to a great start on January 27th. Pakenham native Brad Scott opened the show with his infectious style of playing, and Amanda Rheaume’s trio had the hall on its feet with an extended set at this sold out concert.  What a great way to beat the winter blues.

Click to enlarge photos (by Rick Scholes).

Don’t forget to get your tickets to the Sussex show on Feb 24th. It promises to be another fantastic night of music.

Amanda Rheaume show SOLD OUT!

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The first of four shows in the 2018 Folkus Concert Series has sold out, but there are still three more to come! Make sure you buy your tickets early online or at Mill Street Books in Almonte.

See you there!

Our 2018 season is featured on CKCU

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Sandy Irvin, Artistic Director of the Folkus Concert Series, was interviewed this morning on CKCU 93.1. If you’d like to have a listen, you can do so here:

Monday Special Blend

Monday January 15th, 2018 with Trish Bolechowsky
Chat with Ali McCormick – at Irene’s Friday. Chat with Sandy Irvin – Folkus Series. Chat with Olga Tkachuk about Food Sharing Ottawa.

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January 27th: Folkus presents Amanda Rheaume with s/g Brad Scott

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Amanda Rheaume has been a stalwart of the Canadian Roots scene for a number of years, and she is a touring veteran, having played across Canada (coast to coast to coast), Europe, The United Kingdom, Faroe Islands, the USA, and Central America. She has even played for Canadian Forces troops in Afghanistan (three times!). Amanda Rheaume won a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award was nominated for a Juno in the same year. She is blessed with a warm, pure, voice, an ear for a melody, and a strong sense of storytelling.

Her latest album, Holding Patterns, was in the player is one of our Artistic Director’s favourites from the last year: moving from the pure folk storytelling of The Day The Mountain Fell to the bluesy rock of Blood From A Stone, the music is consistently uplifting. The songs are touching, heartfelt, and delightful, and the production is outstanding.

Amanda Rheaume plays Almonte Jan 27th, 2018Rheaume will be joining us shortly after a return from a songwriting trip to Nashville, and she promises a few new songs to share with us. We just confirmed that Rheaume will be joined by longtime sidemen Anders Drerup (guitar, pedal steel, vocals — you may remember him for his work with the Claytones, with Kelly Prescott and on the Grievous Angel project) and Leonardo Valvassori (bass and assorted sounds — Valvassori has been a Muffin, a Hawk and a Homewrecker!). This will be one of her last trio shows before her next tour, so it promises to be especially intimate.

Pakenham native Bradley D. Scott will be opening for Amanda Rheaume. He’s a versatile player, lending his talents to local bands, singing originals and covers all over the Valley, and writing scores for video games, among other gigs (such is the life of a modern musician). He released his first solo album, New Frontier, in 2017.

Get Tickets

Individual tickets for this concert on January 27th, 2018 at Almonte’s Old Town Hall are now on sale.