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Northern Lights Folk Club fall 2020 season cancelled

It is with deep sadness that we announce the cancellation of our fall 2020 season

  • Saturday, September 19 / Valdy
  • Saturday, October 3/ Pretty Archie
  • Saturday, October 17 / T. Buckley
  • Saturday, November 7 / Sam Baker
  • Saturday, November 28 / Connie Kaldor

With the uncertainty of how COVID-19 guidelines will be moving forward, continued requirements for distancing, and with difficulty in performers being able to travel, we felt being proactive in our decision was the best course to take.

Please know we are working with agents to do our very best to bring those performers affected by this cancellation to the Club as soon as possible, including the performers from our 2020 March and April cancelled shows.

Keep in mind there are other ways to continue to support the musicians that have supported us over the years. Please seek out those opportunities.

Sign up for our newsletter to stay abreast of updates for our January to April, 2021 season.

We miss you, we miss our volunteers, we miss our folk club community -- the hugs, the smiles, the laughter, and the music! But let's keep doing what we're supposed to do, and with fingers crossed, we will see you in the New Year.

We wish you all good health, good heart, good music and much love!

Winter 2021 Lineup:

  • Saturday, January 16 / Ellis Paul
  • Saturday, January 23 / Dave Gunning (Shawna Caspi opener)
  • Saturday, February 6 / Scott Cook & The Second Chances
  • Saturday, February 20 / Old Man Luedecke
  • Saturday, March 6 / Women of Folkways (Annie Lou, Moira Smiley, Dana Wylie)
  • Saturday, March 20 The LYNNe'S
  • Saturday, April 10 / Suzie Vinnick + Oh! Susanna

About the club

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 (sold out) or multi-pack?
Contact Bill & Betty jo Werthmann

Bill and Betty jo host the Northern Lights Folk Club

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.


Last season's (2019-2020) schedule, our 21st year:

Saturday September 21, 2019

Ghostboy (opener Emmet Michael)

2019 Western Canadian Music Award nominee for Roots Duo, Ghostboy features Denis Dufresne, a 7-time Canadian Country Music Association winner for fiddler of the year and Aaron Young, one of Canada's top guitarists, with a strong background in roots/fingerstyle, folk, blues, country, rock and jazz. This Calgary-based band skillfully combines the traditional Roots music you love with a bit of Bluegrass, some Celtic and a dash of rock and pop.
Opening the evening will be Emmet Michael, whose music ranges from acoustic folk to alternative rock. Emmet's inspiration draws from his experiences of adversity.

Ghostboy + Emmet Michael
Saturday October 5, 2019

Michael Jerome Browne (opener Lisa Nicole Grace)

Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Traditional Singer, 2015; Solo Artist, 2012 & 2008), Maple Blues Award winner (with 32 nominations since 1999), Kerrville New Folk Finalist, four-time Juno Award Nominee Michael Jerome Browne is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music. Gospel, Blues, Old-Time, Country, Soul and Cajun, expect to hear it all.
Opening the evening will be Lisa Nicole Grace, whose alluring voice and lyrics remind one of an honest heart-to-heart from a wise friend.

Michael Jerome Browne + Lisa Nicole Grace
Saturday October 19, 2019

Gurf Morlix (opener David Graff) - SOLD OUT

Austin-based songwriter, producer, and award-winning Americana musician, Gurf Morlix has provided countless indelible musical moments over 40-plus years. This producer and ace-sideman is equally as stunning as a songwriter. Following a heart attack in 2016, Morlix's shows have become more confessional. His most recent album takes an unflinching look at mortality - including his own - and finds a sliver of light through the blues.
Opening the evening will be David Graff, whose creative and musical roots run deep and performs with grit and emotion.

Gurf Morlix + David Graff
Saturday November 2, 2019

David Francey - SOLD OUT

"After a decade in music, David Francey is known as one of Canada's finest tunesmiths and a champion of the Everyman, admired for his less-is-more approach to writing. It's amazing how he manages to address deep stuff with such spare ingredients" ~ The Edmonton Journal.
David has won three Juno Awards, multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, with his latest album Broken Heart of Everything receiving a Juno nomination. His songs have been covered by artists such as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.

David Francey
Saturday November 23, 2019

Lynne Hanson + Joe Nolan

Lynne Hanson is known for her hard-living style of music, mixing gritty ballads with driving roots-tinged guitar. Her sound is born through a lifetime of experience and influence, expressed through the rock, blues and roots that bleeds from her very being.
A 2019 Western Canadian Music Award nominee for Roots/Solo artist, Joe Nolan's unwavering strength as a lyricist, and his wounded-heart delivery remind us of our humanity. Few other songwriters consistently demonstrate a willingness to venture as deeply into the dark corners of their psyches. Joe recently received an Edmonton Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year.

Lynne Hanson + Joe Nolan
Saturday January 18, 2020

John Gorka

John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who started at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion soon gained him increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country. With 14 critically acclaimed albums, countless national and international tours, and collaborations with the likes of Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DiFranco, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, and many more, Gorka is a seasoned musician not to be missed.

John Gorka
Saturday February 8, 2020

Women of Folkways - SOLD OUT

Featuring Maria Dunn, Christina Smith & Jean Hewson, Dana Wylie

A co-presentation with Winter Roots Roundup XI (U of A Sound Studies), the Women of Folkways concert is a celebration by women of women in the Folkways Records catalogue. This year's show will feature Maria Dunn, Jean Hewson, Christina Smith and Dana Wylie for 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.

Maria Dunn, Christina Smith, Jean Hewson, Dana Wylie
Saturday February 22, 2020

JP Cormier

He's shy but has a razor-sharp wit and a lightning sense of humour. He can be reserved or edgy to the point of no return. He speaks for soldiers, first responders, fellow artists, the forgotten and lost. He speaks sometimes only for himself and refuses rebuttal. People leave his shows confused, amazed and wondering what they just saw. A storyteller? A songwriter? An incredible multi-instrumentalist? The answer is simple, JP Cormier is undoubtedly - an entertainer.

JP Cormier
Saturday March 7, 2020

Martyn Joseph - SOLD OUT

Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind-blowing artist. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances. Martyn's latest CD Here Come the Young is receiving rave reviews, with the title song winning Best Original Song at the Wales Folk Awards.

Martyn Joseph />
Saturday March 21, 2020

Braden Gates + Over the Moon - CANCELLED

Braden Gates started playing fiddle when he was five and started writing songs at 14 with a mesmerizing and confident skill that quiets a room. Braden's wit, charm, and ultimately incredible songs win the hearts of his audience.
Over the Moon features award-winning vocal and multi-instrumentalists Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell who are known for their stellar harmonies, wide array of acoustic instruments, solid song-writing, and highly-engaging stage presence.

Braden Gates + Over the Moon
Saturday April 4, 2020

Pharis & Jason Romero - CANCELLED

Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing handmade banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis & Jason Romero started their story when they first met in 2007. They've since released six records and toured across North America and the UK. Their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds. Their latest CD Sweet Old Religion has drawn much attention having received a 2019 Juno Traditional Roots Album nomination, 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Vocal Ensemble & Traditional Singer (Pharis), and 2018 Penguin Eggs Album of the Year.

Pharis and Jason Romero

In 2018-2019 we celebrated our 20th season:



Tickets are priced at:

Adults (most shows):$23$27
Adults (David Francey (Nov 2), Martyn Joseph (Mar 7)):$30$35
if available
Children 6 to 12:½ price, reimbursed at door
Children under 6:free
Season Pass:SOLD OUT
Multi-pack special pricing
(any 10+ tickets)
$21 per ticket / $27 for Nov 2 & Mar 7
Note: Passes and multi-packs only available from NLFC

We accept cash, Visa, MC, and debit for ticket and merchandise purchases.


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.

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Canada
  • CKUA Radio Network
  • Tix on the Square
  • Myhre's Music
  • Acoustic Music Shop

The NLFC logo is designed and © by Ed Werthmann