Concerts are at the Parkview Community Hall, 9135 146 Street NW, Edmonton, AB.
Doors open at 7pm, with shows at 8pm.
Interested in purchasing a season's ticket or multi-pack?
Contact Bill & Betty jo Werthmann
Started in 1999, the Northern Lights Folk Club (NLFC) is a completely volunteer run, Non-Profit Society, dedicated to the promotion of live acoustic roots music in the Edmonton area.
The club has presented musicians from around the world; From the Welsh Martyn Joseph, to Australian Eric Bogle and Elphin, Ontario's David Francey.
Garnet Rogers is a man with a powerful physical presence - close to six and a half feet tall - with a voice to match. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday man. As memorable as his songs, his humour and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.
Garnet encourages patrons to bring a food bank donation.
Dave Gunning is a truly masterful songwriter, who has earned respect from such folk legends as Ron Hynes, David Francey, and James Keelaghan. He has also earned a shelf full of music industry awards including 8 East Coast Music Awards, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a 2012 Juno Award nomination. Give yourself a lift and check out the work of an authentic artist at his creative peak.
By his mid-teens, J.P. Cormier could play any stringed instrument he picked up; but it was his guitar playing that shone through. As a performer, J.P. is known for his flawless delivery of original story songs, most often basing his lyrics on true events. His performances are so good you will see it, and still not be sure if you can believe it.
Contemporary folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald emigrated from England in 2002. Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the '60s onward, his live performance draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician to deliver a show that is captivating and unique.
Sam Spades is a high-energy rockabilly band from Edmonton. Named after the lead character in a thirties pulp detective novel, the band has a classic blues and rockabilly sound that is both new and relatable, at the same time as it channels an influence from the 1950s film noir aesthetic.
In 2016-17 Hillsburn released their debut album, had sold out shows across Canada, and won a Canadian Folk Music Award and an East Coast Music Award. Formed in 2014, this five-piece Nova Scotia band has expanded from a four-member string group to now including synths, electric guitar and a drummer. Thoughtful, well-crafted songs, backed with fresh and beautiful instruments and harmonies guarantee a night of magic.
Jon Brooks' music is filled with grey and morally ambiguous characters living on the outskirts. Primarily known as a solo acoustic guitarist and vocalist, he is also proficient with a wide range of instruments including piano, harmonica, drums, and the harmonium.
Known for delivering heart-rending ballads and her comfortable repartee, Eileen Laverty has performed across Canada and Ireland showcasing her upbeat messages, strong vocals, and heartfelt lyrics. Her track record also includes a Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Roots Recording, song writing accolades, and numerous radio and television appearances.
Cape Breton singer-songwriter Jason MacDonald reels listeners in with his dynamic acoustic musicianship and holds them with his storytelling. Jay Gilday comes from a musical family and threads together the colours of his ancestral traditions: Dene spirituals, Irish ballads, Canadian folk and rock. Songwriter Jasmine Whenham writes, plays, and sings her stories from the heart, in such a way that listeners adopt them as their own.
Presented in a workshop-style format, this will prove to be an exciting evening.
Còig's live shows shift between century old tunes and original contemporary compositions and feature fiddles, piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles and more. Their 2014 debut album earned Canadian Folk Music and East Coast Music awards and in 2015 they were Penguin Eggs' group of the year. Each of Còig's members have released successful solo albums with a combined total of over 30 nominations and awards.
Daniel Champagne fuses the traditions of blues, folk and roots with pop showmanship and admirable lyrical ability.
Presented by NLFC & the Sound Studios Initiative (U of A), this year we bring together Rachel Eddy, Dana Wylie and a third yet to be named performer to celebrate Women of Folkways. In a collaborative singer-in-the-round concert, these talented musicians will explore and celebrate the music of Folkways by presenting new interpretations of traditional folk songs, as well as their original songs to expand the tradition.
Learning to ignore the urge to fit into one genre has been a crucial change Leeroy Stagger has made. It paid off magnificently with his latest album, Love Versus. Although Stagger's sound has been tagged Americana, it's always been much broader than that suggests. After almost two decades of consistent output, Stagger has gained the respect of both his peers and Canada's music industry tastemakers. His ever-evolving fusion of roots, rock and pop is not to be missed.
Lonesome Ace Stringband brings grit, skill and abandon to old-time Appalachian folk songs and fiddle/banjo tunes. The music comes from a tradition that has inspired and brought together generations of people. Its themes - love, loss, hard work, hardship, faith, and everyday life - speak to everyone. The group brings a deep respect for the roots of the music, a keen sense of innovation to the performance and material, and a passion for the sound that transcends both.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, broadcaster, Roy Forbes began playing guitar at 14. Regarded among the most eloquent songwriters of his generation, Forbes invests in many of his songs a particularly strong sense of Canadian place and experience. His music has been described as "a rich and happy pastiche of folk, blues, country and rock, delivered in a high, keening voice that has no equal in popular music."
Through their rich but rustic sound, Toronto roots-rock duo The Young Novelists deliver a dose of honesty in audible form. The Young Novelists' show is as engaging as it is endearing and has earned them slots alongside the likes of Cuff the Duke and The Strumbellas.
Showcasing a popular collision of bluegrass, folk, jazz, classical and swing, The Andrew Collins Trio appear to live by the old adage, "idle hands are the devil's workshop." Their equally dynamic genre-hopping show is further enhanced by captivating lead vocals and soaring harmonies.
A true friend of the NLFC, Martyn Joseph is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.
Tickets are priced at:
|Adults for Martyn Joseph:||$30||$35|
|Children 6 to 12:||½ price, reimbursed at door|
|Children under 6:||free|
|Multi-pack special pricing|
(any 10+ tickets)
|$20 per ticket / $27 for Martyn Joseph|
|Note: Passes and multi-packs only available from NLFC|
We accept Cash, Visa and MC at the door.
Tickets can be purchased from the following outlets:
Note: Service charges may apply at ticket outlets.
NLFC appreciates the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, CBC, CJSR, CKUA, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Acoustic Music Shop, Myhre's Music, Tix On The Square, our volunteers, and you. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.
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