Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers – VFMF 2019

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019

Zydeco music was born out of south west Louisiana from a mixture of traditional Cajun music, mixed with R&B, jazz and gospel. However, over the last 100 years this style has spread its wings to other parts of the US and further afield, originally as French-speaking and Louisiana Creole speaking Créoles left the state to look for better economic opportunities. Continue reading “Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers – VFMF 2019”

GALLERY: Oktopus – Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019

Quebec based Oktopus used the Vancouver Folk Music Festival as the kick off to a Western Canada tour that will wrap up at the 3-day Canmore Music Festival from August 3rd  – 5th. The eclectic band blend music from Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Quebec into non-stop extravaganza which is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019 – Latin Flavours

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019

If you are looking for diversity, then The Vancouver Folk Musical Festival this weekend was the place to be.  In addition to attracting a solid line up of performers from across several musical genres, as always, this year’s event had performers from across Canada and across the world. This mix is one of the things that makes the event special both for local audiences, and those who travel from far and wide to attend the three-day event.

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GALLERY: The Heels – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – 24th July, 2019

CBC Plaza
Vancouver

The Heels brought a bright country feel to the CBC Plaza in Vancouver on Wednesday. The three-woman group based out of BC have all had solo careers, and had constantly run into each other, so it was almost inevitable that this vibrant posse were at some point going to come together to create something special. Continue reading “GALLERY: The Heels – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – 24th July, 2019”

GALLERY: Andrew Phelan – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – 23rd July, 2019

CBC Plaza – Vancouver

Andrew Phelan is an Australian musician who now calls Vancouver home.  After leaving Australia, Andrew made his way circuitous way north, from Los Angeles, via Chicago and Portland, before landing up in a crappy house, with what turned out to be some great new friends. After a while of performing at local open mic’s notable at the cafe deux soleil, Andrew formed the Folk-Rock band The River and The Road. Continue reading “GALLERY: Andrew Phelan – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – 23rd July, 2019”

GALLERY: Chris Ronald – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – July 22nd, 2019

CBC Plaza Vancouver

Although Chris Ronald has been writing music since his teens, it took him until his thirties until he went public. The Vancouver based singer songwriter grew up in the UK and has been influenced by Canadian greats such as Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young, so it is fitting that he found his public voice on this side of the Atlantic.

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REVIEW: Midnight Shine – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – July 19th, 2019

CBC Plaza Vancouver Midnight Shine are in town to attend this weekend’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival.  Hailing from Northern Ontario the band came together almost as a happy accident.  As Adrian Sutherland tells it, he was invited to open for Trooper in a show in Timmins but needed to find a band to back him up.  The band that was only supposed to be around … Continue reading REVIEW: Midnight Shine – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – July 19th, 2019

REVIEW: Brit Floyd – 40 Years of The Wall Tour – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver

Brit Floyd - Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver - July 2019

Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver

It seems incredible to me that The Wall is now 40 years old. I am old enough to remember the controversy that the video that Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 provoked in the UK..I am not sure what the issue with kids and meatgrinders is 😊. I am also of exactly the right age to remember kids walking around in the schoolyard chanting out the chorus – good times indeed.

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