Brand New Music Society for Vernon

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 of many genres 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

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  • Tim Williams

Tim Williams

Tim Williams with Al Lerman from Fathead – Opening-Ray Lemelin
Three accomplished blues artists in one night!

Date:  May 27, 2016
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 – 35 Avenue, Vernon, BC
Tickets:  Click here to buy tickets online at Ticket Seller or VFRMS website, Bean Scene Vernon or at the door
Price: $20/ticket – VFRMS Members $15

Tim Williams’ career began in the coffee houses of Southern California in the mid-1960s and continues today around the world from his home base on the Canadian Prairies. Tim has played festivals, folk clubs, concert halls and roadhouses from Rabat, Morocco, to Melbourne, Australia, and from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, all to huge acclaim. His guitar skills are frequently compared to Ry Cooder and David Lindley (and like them, Tim plays a wealth of other string instruments), and his songwriting has won praise from the likes of Tom Russel and Willie Nelson. A string of Maple Blues Award nominations (Toronto Blues Society), three JUNO award nominations (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) , five Betty Mitchell Awards for composition/musical direction in theatre, and roughly a dozen awards from Real Blues magazine (as artist, guitarist, producer) attest to the high caliber of his work.  Tim was also honoured as Guitarist Of The Year for 2012 by the Calgary Blues Music Association.
Tim’s win at the International Blues Challenge (in Memphis this past January) as Best Solo […]

JUNE 2016 – Shari Ulrich and Sean McCann from Great Big Sea


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Date:  June 25, 2016
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 – 35 Avenue, Vernon, BC
Tickets:  Click here to buy tickets online at Ticket Seller or VFRMS website, Bean Scene Vernon or at the door
Price: $20/ticket – VFRMS Members $15


Shari Ulrich – A two time Juno Award winner, and member the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Shari was first known for her multi-instrumentalist skills with the Pied Pumkin and on as the voice of the Hometown Band.  Her career as a singer songwriter brings her to her latest release “Everywhere I Go” (Borealis Records) – engineered and produced by her daughter Julia Graff, also a multi-instrumentalist. It is Shari’s 8th solo album, and the 21st including her work with Ulrich Henderson Forbes, BTU with Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor, and The High Bar Gang.

Click here for Shari Ulrich’s website.

Sean McCann – Séan’s love for Newfoundland and Labrador folk songs shot him to international fame as a founding member of the renowned group Great Big Sea. After millions of albums sold, countless hit songs, and record breaking tours around the world, Séan realized that his 20 years with the band had to stop. Music is meant to connect, heal, and bring happiness. While Séan was giving that to thousands of people a night he was slowly losing his own way. Instead of seeking truth he was hiding behind his music. This was unfair to both himself and his fans so he left the band and started over.

In January 2014 Séan released his first post-GBS album. Produced by Joel Plaskett, “Help Your Self” is the sound of a man facing his demons and ultimately overcoming them. The songs helped him deal with his issues of addiction and abuse and showed him how to find strength in pain. It reminded him of the power of music which at one time would have been used to cast a Friday night spell over a sold out hockey arena on a Monday, but now finds him touring the country as a solo artist in intimate venues where he can sincerely connect with his audience in the way he always hoped to—face to face. Séan has also found himself using music as therapy, working with people who face physical, mental, and addiction challenges, and has become a sought after speaker trying to help others to help themselves find light through the darkness.

Séan’s journey to find his own peace, love, and happiness continues through his new music. “You Know I Love You” is a happy collection of songs sung by a man intent on sharing his joy directly with you. The world has changed. Today the only thing left between Séan’s music and those who wish to share it is a cellphone. Despite how small social media has made the world, and how it has included all of us into the same conversation with a simple hashtag #, the basic human quest for a connection to something real is too difficult to fit in just 140 characters. Luckily, through the years of technological advancement and subsequent social change, two universal energies remain constant— Music and Love.

Produced once again by Joel Plaskett, and with an original piece of artwork per song by singer/songwriter Meaghan Smith, Séan is trying to find a balance somewhere between analogue and Tinder in a world where the connection we all want can’t seem to keep up with technology. Love and music… maybe the hippies were on to something.  Matt Wells.

Click here for Sean McCann’s website.

The Hus was back in town …

(Concert photo to come)

Ain’t it good to be alive and kickin’ in Canada, though?  That’s the feeling one gets after an evening of music with Tim Hus & His Travelin’ Band…What a great show on Saturday, June 20th at the Spitfire Lounge!

A big thank you to Tim Hus and his Travelin’ Band (Jeff Bradshaw on pedal steel and Telecaster guitar and Riley Tubbs on stand-up bass) for two dandy sets jam-packed with tunes about Canada. Sawmills, cowboys, ranchers, truck drivers, fruit pickers right here in the Okanagan, hockey moms and even a self-penned southern B.C. gunfighter ballad kept the crowd going throughout the evening. And oh yeah- let’s not forget tunes about potatoes, beer trucks, salmon runs, Maritimers working the oil rigs till their first $100 thousand, small-town hotel saloons with jars of pickled eggs (never any tongs) and of course, the joys and perils of Saskatoon berry picking! Tim Hus is a Canadian treasure and we were honoured to bring him back to the North Okanagan!

Brandon Isaak – Thanks for the magic!

Photos by Dianne Hustler





It was a night of true musical magic when Brandon Isaak performed for the first time ever in Vernon! Brandon kept the crowd enthralled playing a kick drum, guitar and harmonica while delving into various forms of blues- Texas blues, Delta blues, Chicago blues and Swing out of New Orleans- all the while regaling the crowd with stories of buying art on the road, shopping at Value Village and dealing with screaming girls in China! In fact, he even displayed and analysed three pieces of art while adding music!


The real magic happened when Brandon invited local fiddler Ben Beveridge to jam with him through the last part of the show. Instant musical chemistry! The crowd immediately warmed to the obvious joy of just making music. It was a night to remember!

Also a big thank you to Lowell Friesen & Friends (Ben Beveridge on fiddle and mandolin and Jayme McKillop on vocals) who opened the show with a solid set of old and brand new material. It was a delight to hear songs from Lowell’s brand new CD, “Home…and Away.

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Duane Steele – House Concert

VFRMS would like to thank Duane Steele for the very entertaining house concert performed Saturday night. The crowd enjoyed his great voice and excellent guitar playing featuring songs from his Rockin’ Horse CD.  Duane also welcomed local artist Jesse Mast to entertain the crowd. Jesse played 3 songs, one written in part by Duane. Jesse has previously graced the VFRMS stage and is in the midst of a new deal with Sony Records.  Extended thanks to Steve & Karen Gosse and Dave & Marit Main for hosting the event with the VFRMS.



Andrew & Zachari Smith

with Opening Act Blu & Kelly Hopkins

What a great evening of folk-roots music on Saturday night at the Elks Hall! A great big thank you to Andrew and Zachari Smith for two sets of mighty tasty tunes. Family harmonies are special and the father-son chemistry between Andrew and Zach was a real joy to see up-close!

The duo of Blu and Kelly Hopkins opened the show with some heartfelt, relaxed folk music. It was great to hear some tunes from their new CD, “Home Fires”.
Thanks to everyone for making this such an enjoyable evening!

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Ari Neufeld House Concert in Vernon

Very Inspirational

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Vernon Folk Roots Music Society would like to thank Ari for the fantastic up-close and personal performance at the March 28 House Concert in Vernon. He shared his soul, he shared his stories and his passion for his music and family. He inspires and stirs emotions. Ari’s music silenced the crowd with full attention to his talent of a one man show.

Pharis and Jason Romero with Opening Act,  Sorella.


RomerosThank you for an excellent concert

Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society was proud to present Pharis and Jason Romero from Horsefly, BC with Opening Act Sorella from Vernon held at The Best Western, Vernon Lodge March 13th. It was an outstanding evening filled with incredible talent and beautiful harmonies.

Pharis and Jason are currently on their New Album Release Tour (A Wanderer I’ll Stay)  in BC, Alberta, Washington and Oregon , recently returned from a tour of the UK  plus toured with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe. The evening was filled with wonderful stories, sweet, vibrant singing, playing hand-made banjos and loving old acoustic guitars.

Sorella (Diana Ward, Julie Armitage, Wendy Aronyk and Ellie Young) opened the evening with their spirited, jazz-infused music capturing the audiences attention with their beautiful harmonies.

We would like to thank all our performers, members, guests and volunteers for making it such a magical evening.