Date:  Apr 9, 2017 Time: Doors open 6:30 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm Where:  Vernon Lodge 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

[caption id="attachment_640" align="alignleft" width="224"] Pharis and Jason Romero[/caption] 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 an ever-growing demand for custom J. Romero Banjos, Pharis and Jason have made time to carve out new songs - heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to hopeful refrains - and put their singularly recognizable stamp on old songs. Called "sublime" (NPR) and "brilliant" (BBC), it was nominated for , an International Folk Music Award and four Canadian Folk Music Awards, while the title track was 2015's #1 most-played song on the Folk-DJ Charts. Pharis & Jason's releases continue to attract audiences and radio play globally.

Pharis & Jason released their second duo record, Long Gone Out West Blues, in early 2013. It's a record with a refreshing veteran spirit, in keeping with their love of songs new and old. Connecting 1927 to modern days they sing vibrant duets, write heartbreaking songs, play hand-made banjos and love old acoustic guitars. Long Gone Out West Blues won this small town BC couple a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer (and nominated for Traditional Album of the Year), an Independent Music Award nomination for Americana Album, and two Western Canadian Music Awards nominations. It was included on many Best of 2013 lists - including NPR Music's Top 10 Folk & Americana releases of the year - and has been featured on NPR Music's Favorite Sessions, Utne Magazine's Monthly Music Sampler, and Folk Alley's Hear It First.

Their first duo record, A Passing Glimpse, earned them New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Americana Album of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards, and and was included on many Best and Most Played of 2011 charts including Folk Alley, Folk-DJ, and Galaxie Folk-Roots.

Pharis & Jason have delighted in appearing on A Prairie Home Companion several times, the Vancouver, Winnipeg and Edmonton Folk Music Festivals, Pickathon, and at performing and teaching engagements across North America.


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, TN. Martin’s last album Mojo fix struck a big chord in the US Roots/Americana/Blues scenes. The results included touring coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae openers for Bruce Hornsby, Iron and Wine, and many others. Martin showcased at the FMBQ triple A Music Summit in Boulder, Colorado and his singles at AAA and public radio have charted in the US. He’s performed Feature segments on PBS’s, Music City Roots and VH1’s top rated Big Morning Buzz. Martin’s music has been placed in the hit US TV shows, Banshee, The Vampire Diaries and Americas Best Bars. Martin tours regularly in the UK has had multiple festival appearances including: Glastonbury (Avalon Main Stage), Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory, Chagstock, Fieldview, Electric Beach and more. Martin has played tour support for Beth Hart on her last tour which included shows At The Roundhouse in London, Rock City in Nottingham, and The Ritz Manchester. He has also played the Royal Albert Hall, completed a full UK music tour by Bicycle and broken the world record for the highest ever gig. Martin Harley has had radio plays on BBC Radio 1, 2, 4 and 6 as well as numerous specialist shows. In the US he has charted at AAA radio and is currently top ten in the UK Americana charts. Drumrolls For Somersaults reached #1 in the iTunes UK blues charts. He’s performed on albums with, Tim Tidwell, Fink, The Gun Club, Book of Birds and Sam Lewis amongst others.  
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 have been hiding under a pretty big rock to have never heard the immediately recognizable sound of his distinctive guitar playing as over the last several years this unassuming Vancouver native has quietly compiled a list of credits that would be the envy of anyone in the music business.