music-stamp-200The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society was formed in the spring of 2014. We are dedicated to bringing the best in local and travelling musical acts to the North Okanagan. We love eclectic music and would like to see more opportunity for old and new fans alike to experience the honesty and depth of these musical styles. Folk-Roots encompasses Folk, Blues, Roots, Canadiana, Americana, Country… and more. Keep an eye on this website for all upcoming events and news.

 

 

 Upcoming Events

Date: Jan 31, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Powerhouse Theatre 
Tickets: Available at Ticketsellers.ca,
Bean Scene (2 wks before the show) or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $25/ticket – VFRMS Members $20

Ben & Tom Waters

 

Ben Waters woke up one morning at the age of about 14 to find he could play piano! Fascinated by the rhythms of the Deep South he fell in love with the music of the great boogie woogie, rock ‘n roll and blues men. Working hard from the age of 16 in virtually every venue in his home county of Dorset in England, he was catapulted at the age of 18 into a professional musical career by a request from Shakin’ Stevens who asked him to accompany him and his band on an international tour.

Ben and his band have performed for royalty and at Ray Davies’s Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, followed by tours of Canada, Europe, Scandinavia and the States, where Ben played in the Lincoln Center and on Broadway in New York with the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie. (The A being Axel Zwingenberger; B – Ben Waters; C – Charlie Watts; D – Dave Green) He performed at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 alongside Ronnie Wood at the fabulous […]

Date:  Mar 18, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where:  Vernon Atrium Hotel and Conference Centre
Tickets: Available at Ticketsellers.ca, Bean Scene (2wks before the show), or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $20/ticket – VFRMS Members $15

Martyn Joseph 

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph returns to the Vernon!

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter 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 a 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.

Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen.” Martyn was awarded Best Male […]

Date:  Apr 9, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where:  Vernon Atrium Hotel and Conference Centre
Tickets: Available at Ticketsellers.ca, Bean Scene, (2 wks before the show) or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $25/ticket – VFRMS Members $20

Pharis & Jason Romero

Pharis and Jason Romero

Pharis and Jason return to the Vernon Folk Roots Music Society after their sold out show 2015. This time with a Juno for traditional roots album!

Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing handmade banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis & Jason Romero have a classic story. When a matchmaker, some scratchy old records, and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They’ve since released five records – three as a duo – and toured across North America and the UK. They’ve been featured on NPR Music, CBC, BBC, Folk Alley, and many more, and have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds.

A Wanderer I’ll Stay (2015) is the latest in a string of critically acclaimed, award-winning albums from the duo. Raising a family while developing […]

Date:  May 6, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Spitfire Lounge,  2500 – 46 Avenue  Vernon BC
Tickets: Available at Ticketseller.ca Bean Scene, The Spitfire Lounge (2 wks before the show) or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $20/ticket – VFRMS Members $15

Martin Harley

Martin Harley is a supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley’s sound is rooted in the blues it seeks to tell his own story and draws on the ruminations of a musician who has spent much of his life on the road.

Martin grew up in South East England. He learned to play slide guitar on a warped 12 string guitar while living in the back of a Holden station in Australia. He’s been moving ever since and has released five albums to date. The last two were recorded in Texas and Nashville respectively.

The Current release ‘Live at Southern Ground’ features Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larking Poe) and is already top ten in the Euro Americana charts. Ahead of it’s release on the 25th September 2015.  Martin Harley is an official showcasing artist at the 2015 Americana Music Conference in Nashville, […]

Date:  June 8, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where:  Powerhouse Theatre,  2901 – 35 Avenue  Vernon BC
Tickets: Available at Ticketseller.ca,  Bean Scene (2 wks before the show) or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $25/ticket – VFRMS Members $20

Paul Pigat 

You’d never think it to look at Paul Pigat, but behind that unassuming grin and underneath those Doc Watson glasses lurks one of the most restless, combustible musical imaginations ever crammed like so much canned heat into a single body. Blessed with a jazz man’s sheen, a rockabilly heart and a hobo’s soul, there aren’t many genres of music that don’t pull at Pigat’s wayfaring imagination like a magnet. In many ways, it’s a mystery why Paul Pigat isn’t a household name yet. Maybe he’d be a lot easier to pin down if he wasn’t so darn good at so many different things.

One could be forgiven for thinking that up until now Paul Pigat has spent his whole career flying under the radar. Like all those great old Stax records where Steve Cropper stood behind Otis Redding and played his heart out before anyone knew who he was, Pigat has been creating sweet sounds for some of the best artists in the country without getting the attention you’d expect. Still, you’d have to […]