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.
Started in 1999 the club has presented musicians from around the world; From the Welsh Martyn Joseph, to Australian Eric Bogle and Elphin, Ontario's David Francey.
Concerts are at the Parkview Community Hall, 9135 146 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, except David Francey at Royal Alberta Museum, 12845 102 Ave NW.
Doors open at 7pm, with shows at 8pm.
Interested in purchasing a season's ticket or multi-pack?
Contact Bill & Betty jo Werthmann
We are particularly seeking set up and take down volunteers.
Brought up immersed in the musical traditions and culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish, provides Dick Gaughan with the foundation for everything he does. His music will leave you feeling exhilarated, not just at the wonderful skills of the most potent singer ever to emerge from the Scottish folk-music revival, not just at the astonishingly fluent and explosively eloquent guitar playing, but by the sense of the stark exposition of wrong and the tremulously argued legitimacy of right.
In 1971, 18 year old Roy Forbes left his northern B.C. home for the bright lights of Vancouver. Since then, Roy has toured extensively in Canada and the US many times over. A curious cross between the nasal insecurity of a Neil Young and the confident swagger of a Jackie Wilson, over the years, Forbes has amassed a catalogue of tunes that's the envy of any folk-roots artist of his generation. He's simply as good as music gets.
Lynn Miles is one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters. With twelve albums to her credit, there's something to be said for experience. Miles has always created and performed music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability.
Sharing the evening with her is Keith Glass, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He is also known as a founding member, guitarist, and songwriter with Prairie Oyster.
Both performers have multiple awards to their credit; both performers are a must see on their own.
Edmonton enthusiastically welcomes the 11th Canadian Folk Music Awards gala on Sunday, November 8 at The Citadel Theatre. Leading up to the gala will be a weekend of workshops and showcases. The Northern Lights Folk Club is proud to be working with the Uptown Folk Club to co-present two nights of nominee showcases. Gala and workshop details will be available at folkawards.ca.
Edmonton enthusiastically welcomes the 11th Canadian Folk Music Awards gala on Sunday, November 8 at The Citadel Theatre. Leading up to the gala will be a weekend of workshops and showcases. The Northern Lights Folk Club is proud to be working with the Uptown Folk Club to co-present two nights of nominee showcases. Gala and workshop details will be available at folkawards.ca
The Small Glories are a brand new musical union between folk/roots artists Cara Luft and JD Edwards. With their dynamic, powerful vocal blend and harmonies, what started as a casual friendship has turned into something quite unexpected and extremely magical. Their abilities as both strong lead and harmony singers, their shared history of growing up singing in musical families, combined with their songwriting prowess and musical chops all contribute to the uniqueness of this partnership.
Adrian Nation's music brings touches of folk, rock, and even country but not so much of any one genre to make the music easily categorizable. And word is spreading, already a regular touring artist in Europe, 2015 sees Adrian cross the Atlantic for his first tour of Canada, with 15 dates throughout Alberta. We are excited to introduce Adrian to Edmonton audiences.
One of Canada's most influential songwriters, Valdy has taken his music to a dozen different countries, and having released 14 albums, continues to carve out a place for himself in the folk music scene. A tireless touring artist, performer and a storyteller of the highest calibre, he is a songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.
After releasing her debut album in 2004, Catherine MacLellan earned immediate critical acclaim, and was labeled Critics Favourite New Discovery by Penguin Eggs magazine in 2008. Since then, she has toured internationally and her music has been a perennial fixture at the top of Canada's Roots Music charts. Her latest release, The Raven's Sun, takes the listener further along Catherine's journey in song, delving deeper into the territories of life, death and transformation.
The trick to Chris Trapper's irresistibly organic, pure pop sound is that the music, and even the singer, take a back seat to the real star: the songs. Trapper's music is lyrically driven roots pop with a knack for telling everyday stories filled with extra-ordinary characters. A respected songwriter, his live show is a favourite among fans of alt-acoustic music, where his on-stage persona is warm and inclusive, and his organic understanding of classic pop melody infectious.
Presented by NLFC & folkwaysAlive! (U of A) the 7th annual Women of Folkways Concert brings together three acclaimed roots music artists in a collaborative singer-in-the-round concert, that explores and celebrates the music of Smithsonian Folkways with new interpretations of traditional folk songs and original songs expanding the tradition. Hosted by past Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award nominee Maria Dunn.
Tim Williams' win at the International Blues Challenge as Best Solo or Duo and Best Guitarist (solo or duo) are just the latest accolades in a career entering its fifth decade. Tim's blend of passionate, soulful vocals and awe-inspiring chops on a number of instruments including finger-style and slide guitar, and mandolin, along with his deep knowledge of blues and roots music, continue to win fans everywhere he plays.
Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band (Ken Whiteley, Ben Whiteley, Rosalyn Dennett, Frank Evans) are creating exciting new music that is deeply rooted in traditional North American folk forms. You'll hear echoes of blues, gospel, swing, string and jug band sounds with amazing three-part harmonies. Ken Whiteley is a Canadian folk legend; Ben Whiteley has performed with his dad for over 10 years; Frank Evans is a banjoist extraordinaire; and Rosalyn Dennett adds swing and blues fiddle.
At the age of 45, Scottish-born David Francey began an astonishing journey from manual labourer to award-winning folk troubadour - renowned for writing with heart-wrenching honesty about the struggles of the poor and working class. A truly authentic folk singer, in concert David is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humour and astute observations combined with his openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following. We are excited to welcome David back to the Northern Lights!
Lizzy Hoyt is an award-winning Canadian vocalist and songwriter who also ranks among the top Celtic instrumentalists in the country. With the voice of an angel, Lizzy delivers music and stories with soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions. Lizzy's gift as a vocalist is highlighted in each of her performances as she sings with lyricism, gentleness, passion and musicality. Her original Canadian-inspired songs tell stories of home, war, immigration, and love.
A genuine and open performer who loves to share a song, Matt Patershuk writes about what he knows. Living just outside the hamlet of LaGlace, Alberta, his music sketches the lives of working men and women in rural Canada. Patershuk worked with multi-Juno award winner Steve Dawson to make his well-received first album, Outside the Lights of Town. Prepare for well-woven stories of people and places that are close to home from this former forester.
Rob Heath is first and foremost a storyteller. His songs speak of the lessons, good and bad, he has learned during his life. The best is yet to come as Rob Heath releases his sixth album The Key. A treasure trove of timeless tunes, The Key's lyric content is pure poetry, revealing truths of the shape all our lives have taken in today's increasingly complex world.
Every patron through the door will receive a free copy of The Key.
Proceeds from the show will go to Doctors Without Borders.
Tickets are priced at:
|(includes Nov 7 CFMA showcase + option of 20% discount on Nov 6 showcase)|
(any 8+ tickets)
|Note: Passes and multi-packs only available from NLFC|
|Children 6 to 12:||½ price, reimbursed at door|
|Children under 6:||free|
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.
The NLFC logo is designed and © by Ed Werthmann
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