Rogue Folk Society throws a silver raver
It’s a big year for musical anniversaries, and one that’s certainly worth celebrating is the Rogue Folk Society’s silver jubilee. And to drive that point home, the durable reprobates behind Vancouver’s pre-eminent folk club have booked an all-star cast of local talent to help them party at St. James Hall next Saturday (May 12).
Sharing the bill will be blues vet Jim Byrnes and gospel greats the Sojourners, along with their long-time producer and accompanist Steve Dawson, a fine solo artist in his own right. Spicing things up will be performance poet C.R. Avery, a wildman with his own deep soul to draw on.
But, as Rogue cofounder Steve Edge says in a phone interview with the Straight, in addition to the society’s 25th, the concert will also honour the 100th birthdays of folk icons Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie, and Bill Monroe. “Certainly the Sojourners and Jim Byrnes have got some connections there, and I’m sure that Steve Dawson has rubbed shoulders with bluegrass somewhere along the line,” Edge notes. “I’m sure that the reflections of what those people have experienced with Robert Johnson and Woody Guthrie and all that sort of stuff will be very interesting and very illuminating—and it should make for quite an eclectic and entertaining evening.”