Jericho Folk Club meets Tuesday evenings from May through September in the Surf & Turf Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Admission $10. Doors Open 7:15, Open Stage Acts 8:00, Feature Act 9:15. Fiddle tunes session before and between acts. On occasion there will be a double feature night when the first act starts about 8:00 and the second one starts about 9:15. There will be no open stage on these evenings.
Once you’ve had a ‘burg’ and a beer on the balcony overlooking English Bay, you’re ready for the best evening of folk music you’ll find in Vancouver. Doors open at 7:15 with young Michael Burnyeat unleashing his prize-winning fiddle and leading a bunch of us in a mostly Celtic session. We say “mostly” because everybody who wanders in for the jam is free to chip in, so things can turn old-timey or old-folkey if that’s the way the wind blows. No matter, Michael can play it all and he’s good at watching for somebody to start a tune or a set of tunes. And there’s always somebody ready to call out keys and chords as we go. Guitars, fiddles, mandolins, banjos, flutes, tin whistles, concertinas, pipes, bohrans, all can find a home here.
The open-stage segment of the evening starts at 8:00 and features four acts, each with an opportunity for two tunes or songs or poems or whatever to a maximum of 15 minutes. Singer-songwriters love it! Jericho Folk Club’s a great place to fly your new material or to get together with friends and try an arrangement of that special old song. We recommend arriving early to sign up for a spot.
After the open-stage, we take a break and people stretch or go for a glass of wine or an ice-cream cone or for a stroll on the deck, but the music doesn’t stop because Michael and the session players grab the opportunity for another round of jamming before the feature act comes on at about 9:15.
Our feature acts are drawn from local and touring musicians and will present their craft with little or no sound reinforcement. Genres will include traditional British and American folk, blues, contemporary song-writing, and all manner of combinations of such influences. As mentioned above, because of demand, on occasion we will forgo the open-stage format in favour of a double feature. Check out the Calendar for this season’s program and join our mailing list for a weekly update.