From blues to folk to violin, Vernon showcases the best talent – Vernon Morning Star
The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society is back!
After a hiatus due to COVID, the company is excited to announce its Fall 2022 lineup.
Through an arrangement with the Vernon Jazz Club, many shows will be presented in the room above the Nolan Pharmacy.
Artistic director Bob Oldfield certainly had his hands full, trying to reschedule artists whose original shows had been postponed and lining up new acts to fill in the gaps.
Despite the challenges, Oldfield is proud of the diversity on offer this fall: from blues to folk to fiddle, and some of the hottest and brightest talent performing in Canada today.
On September 17, Brandon Isaak, aka Yukon Slim, kicks off the season.
The Whitehorse native comes by his talent naturally: his father and brother are also professional musicians, both of whom have appeared on a variety of his recordings.
Isaak spent many years at his father’s clubs, attending rehearsals, picking up guitar when the musicians took a break. This led to being invited to attend sessions and eventually perform on stage with many great blues masters.
He now has four solo CDs to his name, with enough material to start recording a fifth next spring.
Isaac’s latest release is Modern Primitive, which earned him a nomination for Blues Artist of the Year 2022 from the Western Canada Music Alliance.
A regular blues fan in the Okanagan, Isaak looks forward to spending more time in the valley this fall, teaching songwriting at the second Penticton Dream Blues Camp in mid-October.
Isaak opens the 2022-23 Folk-Roots Society season on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. Local artist Kailee McGuire will open the show. Tickets are available at Expressions of Time and ticketseller.ca. More information at vernonfolkroots.com.
The Society then presents Norm Strauss on October 15 at the Jazz Club.
Irish Mythen performs at the Towne Theater on November 9.
April Verch will entertain Nov. 27 at the Jazz Club.
Tickets for all shows are available from the ticket seller and Expressions of Time.
“The 2023 winter and spring lineup promises to be even more exciting,” Oldfield said. “Stay tuned for more concert announcements.”
Folk-Roots Society President Rob Nichols welcomes new members and volunteers to help backstage and at shows. Membership is $30 per year (September to June) and members receive a $5 discount on ticket purchases. Subscriptions will be available at each concert.
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