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: Oct 21, 2016
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Vernon Atrium Hotel,  Vernon, BC
Tickets: Available at, Bean Scene or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $25/ticket – VFRMS Members $20

The Russell deCarle Trio


decarleAs lead vocalist and bassist of iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster, deCarle is no stranger to awards and accolades. Over their career the 2008 CCMA Hall of Honour inductees have racked up an impressive list of JUNO and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and number one singles.

After 35 years playing in Prairie Oyster, Russell continued his musical career as a solo artist. He has appeared on CBC television’s Songwriters Circle, opened for Merle Haggard on his cross-Canada tour, travelled coast-to-coast with the Bluebird North Songwriters’ Tour, and was featured on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café. In 2010, he released his first solo record, Under the Big Big Sky.

As a songwriter deCarle has also been honoured with two SOCAN Song of the Year Awards. Once in 1994, for Prairie Oyster’s first number one single ‘Such A Lonely One’, and then again in 2008 for ‘One Way Track’, his co-write with Canadian folk legend, Willie P. Bennett.

His latest musical incarnation is the Russell deCarle Trio. While Russell played bass for many years in Prairie Oyster, in his trio he plays […]

Date: Nov 26, 2016
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Spitfire Lounge,  2500 – 46 Avenue  Vernon BC
Tickets: Available at, Bean Scene, The Spitfire Lounge or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $20/ticket – VFRMS Members $15

Belle Plaine & Blake Berglund


berglundRaised in the small farming community of Fosston, Saskatchewan, Belle Plaine’s distinctive sound draws from her musical background: twelve years of classical vocal training, jazz and contemporary music study at Grant MacEwan College, and a history of live performance stretching back to her childhood.

Her singular and textured voice lends itself to various styles of music, from classic country to 1940s swing.  Belle’s genre-blending songs mix clear-eyed observations with sparse poetry and emotional honesty.  She has an ability to meaningfully connect with her audience, putting them at ease with her calm and earnest demeanor.

Belle’s first full-length effort, Notes From A Waitress (2012), offers a collection of blue-collar themed jazz originals.  Her romanticized tales of a loose cannon world traveler deliver slice-of-life lyrics sung in the sultry fashion of Peggy Lee. To showcase her country roots, she teamed up with Blake Berglund on a double-single project that was released on a gold 7″ vinyl, entitled Town To Town / Saskatchewan (2015). The album showcased the writing of their prairie colleague Zachary Lucky. In March 2016 she released […]

Date:  Jan 14, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Spitfire Lounge,  2500 – 46 Avenue  Vernon BC
Tickets: Available at, Bean Scene, The Spitfire Lounge or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $20/ticket – VFRMS Members $15

Poppa Dawg

From the agIMG_0343 2e of 3, Rick ‘Poppa Dawg’ Halisheff, knew that music was to be his life’s path. Even at that time he could make sense of the keys on an organ and had the feeling of music within his tiny frame. That same feeling is what drives his blues to this day.

Hailing from the ‘Left Coast’ of Canada, Poppa Dawg has toured extensively throughout Western and Northern Canada with stints in La Paz, Mexico at The City of Peace Blues Festival and most recently, in 2013 as a participant at the 29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They made it to the semi-finals there and along the way forged some very strong friendships with friends around the world.
His influences are varied to say the least with artists from Dr John and Ray Charles to Freddie King and Howlin’ Wolf and on stage, you can clearly hear them coming through the soul of this big man. Gritty and dynamic, he takes the music from rushing peaks to hushing lows and then steps back from the microphone to deliver the news!

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2016 Concert Line Up