Vernon Folk Roots Music Society

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The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society (VFRMS), formed in the spring of 2014, is dedicated to bringing quality folk musical acts to the North Okanagan. Folk-Roots encompasses folk, blues, roots, Canadiana, Americana, country and more.

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James Keelaghan & Jezz Lowe

James Keelaghan & Jezz Lowe

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 Vernon Jazz Club Thu, Mar 7, 2024 At 7:30pm
24 03 07 James Keelaghan Poster

$35 Per Person
*Includes all fees and charges

Doors open at 6:45pm - Show starts at 7:30pm
NO MINORS - 19+ ONLY

The Vernon Folk Roots Music Society present James Keelaghan, Canada’s finest singer-songwriter, and Jez Lowe, the UK’s busiest folk and acoustic performer. They join forces for a special evening of artistic collaboration at The Vernon Jazz Club.

James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. For almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, intent and curiosity. Fusing his insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline, Keelaghan also forges his music with brilliantly defined craftsmanship and a monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices of the international singer-songwriter community.

Over the past four decades, Jez Lowe has performed for audiences around the world, either accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, cittern or mandolin, or with his long-time band, The Bad Pennies. Acknowledged as a national treasure on the UK folk circuit and beyond, his songs are among the most widely recorded by other performers.

Shari Ulrich Trio
Vernon Folk Roots Music Society Presents

Shari Ulrich Trio

2024 04 27 Shari Ulrich Trio Poster 500

$40.00 Per Person
Including fees and taxes

Originally a California girl, Shari Ulrich settled on the west coast of Canada in 1970, and soon launched her life in music. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, piano, guitar, dulcimer, harmonica), she’s been winning hearts across North America with her voice, sublime songs and on-stage charisma ever since. From her time with the legendary Pied Pumkin to The Hometown Band, and on as a solo artist, her career has resulted in 25 albums to date, including collaborations with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall and Tom Taylor (BTU), and more recently The High Bar Gang, a 7+piece bluegrass band with Barney Bentall and Colin Nairne.

Along the way, she has garnered 2 JUNO awards and several nominations, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year.

Kirby Barber and Cindy Fairbank will be joining Shari. Kirby has been the recipient of the bass player of the year award with the BC Country Music Association multiple times and was a CCMA (Canadian Country Music Awards) Bass player of the Year nominee. Cindy is a pianist, composer, and educator. For over twenty-five years she has performed and taught professionally across Canada and the United States, recording and touring with many internationally recognized musicians.

Cassie and Maggie

Cassie and Maggie

24 05 16 Cassie And Maggie Poster

$30 Per Person
*Includes all fees and charges

Doors open at 6:45pm - Show starts at 7:30pm
NO MINORS - 19+ ONLY

The Vernon Folk Roots Music Society is proud to present Cassie and Maggie MacDonald. From the deepest roots of Canada and its very earliest musical traditions come Nova Scotian sisters Cassie and Maggie, putting their own 21st Century stamp on the Celtic soundtrack of this nation. Exciting and innovative, their talent is surpassed only by the sheer joy they exude in performance. Alternating between Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary, haunting and electrifying, the duo is nothing short of mesmerizing.

Born to a family of deep Nova Scotia roots and a rich musical history, the two have been enchanting audiences around the world with their unparalleled unity of strings, voices and fabulous percussive step dance. Theirs is the perfect balance between musical integrity and sheer entertainment as they seamlessly blend tunes passed down through generations of musicians with their own songwriting, borrowing from other writers, other genres and other eras.

They’re turning heads wherever they go - 2018 JUNO award nominees, Galaxie Radio Rising Star award winners, 17 Canadian Folk Music, East Coast Music and Music Nova Scotia awards and nominations, Female Singers of the Year by Live Ireland Radio, Female Vocal Album of the Year by Chicago Irish American News, and Album of the Year by NPR’s Celtic Connection - the list goes on.