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Celebrating Two Decades of High Energy Folk-Funk Fusion!
Please JOIN US on Friday, December 9th at 8:00 pm, for a rollicking wrap-up concert celebrating our last 20 years of playing insanely great folk music tunes and songs from around the world!
On that night, we are taking over The St. James Hall, the Rogue Folk Club's home base, at 3214 West 10th Avenue, for our last and best concert of the year. The whole 6-pack will be there including Mickey and Ed, our hard-driving rhythm section, along with a few guests and the great Rogue Folk Club volunteers who really know how to host a concert.
Be prepared for a rousing revue of the best tunes from the past 20 years, along with some great new songs and instrumentals. Some of our original numbers have evolved so radically over the past two decades, you might not even recognize them! Folk music truly is a living, breathing creature — in our case, breathing fire~~~!
There will be refreshments served, and lots of snacks as well. And, of course, we'll have ample quantities of our recent CDs including a fresh pressing of After The Battle, our third. Save your ticket stub for the door prize draw!
ADVANCE TICKETS are available at a discount from Tapestry Music at 3607 West Broadway in Vancouver (604-736-3036), or at 1335 Johnston Rd. in White Rock (604-538-0906). Our band members also have some on hand for sale, and we can also take guaranteed reservations for pickup at the door by phone at 604-506-6916. As the hall is cozy and intimate with main floor seating for fewer than 120, early ticket purchase is advised.
Tickets are $22 in advance or $24 at the door. Rogue Folk Club members will get their usual $4 discount off those prices, refunded at the door if bought at the advance price. Doors open at 7:00 pm, concert starts at 8:00 sharp.
Partial proceeds of our ticket sales will be donated to help restore the St. James Hall, a beautiful old former church and now a thriving community centre, to top condition for presenting live performances. More info on the project to restore this dear old gem of a venue can be found here.
2016 in Review
What a great year this has been! We played a some great St. Patrick's Day gigs, including the legendary Blarney Stone in historic Gastown. What a night that was! Thanks too, to the fantastic troupe of Irish dancers , Eire Born, whose terpsichorian fireworks lit up the room to complement our high energy Celtic music throughout the evening.
This is a real milestone year for us! The Wheat in the Barley played its first ever Celtic and Slavic tunes at a seaside pub in White Rock a little over 20 years ago, and to celebrate these two decades of doing unspeakable things to fiddle tunes, we gave a special concert and threw a party on Saturday, April 2nd.
Of course it would have to be at our home venue, the Coast Capital White Rock Playhouse, a venerable community theater with fabulous natural acoustics. The concert was sold out days in advance, and the after party went on into the wee hours at the nearby Elks Club, where we've also graced the stage in their fine upstairs lounge many times over the years.
We were delighted to have two old friends join us for the concert, Medderick, who sang a very moving set at the end of the first half of the show, and Juno winner Neil Harnett, who opened the second half. These fine singer-songwriters graced the last three of our CDs as guest vocalists, and added a very special flavour to each one, for which we are forever grateful.
It was especially gratifying that, also in April, the band was honoured by White Rock City Council with a special plaque commorating these past 20 years of playing great traditional (and not so much) acoustic music for so many live music events throughout White Rock and the surrounding communities. White Rock, we love you too!
Over the past few years we have had the honour to perform at some wonderful events all across western Canada. On the heels of major concerts in 2014 in Princeton and Osoyoos, on Cortes Island, at Char's Landing in Port Alberni, in Langley, Clearwater, Revelstoke and Kamloops, we wrapped up the summer with a rollicking mainstage appearance at the fabulous Canmore Highland Games. Can't wait to return, with our kilts on!! On the way home, we stopped to play an exciting evening in at the St. James Gate Irish Pub in Banff. Now that was a righteous road trip!
The biggest highlight of our tours in 2015 was a sold-out concert on May 1st at the gorgeous Kelowna Civic Theatre, situated right on the lake shore, where we were given a rousing welcome from over 950 excited new fans. One of them happened to be ace photographer Guy Scott, who kindly gifted us a huge file of live action shots, a few of which you'll find soon on our media pages.
Concert Highlights from 2016:
Sunday June 26th: We were honoured to be part of the closing act as the Dovbush Dancers presented MOSAIC, an exciting evening of Ukrainian dance and culture.
Friday July 1st: Canada Day! Historic Sicamous threw a huge Canada Day party on the warm sandy shores of beautiful Shuswap Lake, to celebrate their town's colourful local history. The Wheaties were there on the main stage to bring everyone a taste of the best in Canadian folk music from coast to coast to coast, and beyond.
That same evening we returned to Lorenzo's Café in Enderby, the coziest little gourmet hideaway in the north Okanagan. Fine dining, fine wines and fine music from 8 pm until midnight, and there isn't a bad seat in the house! See you there!
Wednesday July 13th: We were delighted to give a free outdoor concert at Trout Lake Community Centre, as part of the Vancouver Parks Board's summer concert series. What a great time to have a family picnic in the park while you listen to a live concert!
BC Day Weekend: We once again headlined at the 30th annual White Rock Sea Festival, on the main stage on the beach. What a great summer it was! And on into the fall and spring, we are back into our school concert season.
See you soon!