Links provided on this page are organized as follows:

Vancouver Folk Song Society External Links
Businesses Supporting the Vancouver Folk Song Society  
BC Folk Music Organizations

Other Folk Music Organizations
Folk Music Information

Click on any of the categories above to go directly to that section.

Vancouver Folk Song Society External Links....

· VFSS YouTube channel     vanfolksongs

Businesses Supporting the Vancouver Folk Song Society

The following businesses offer discounts to members of the VFSS. Discounts may be claimed by card-carrying members in good standing. If you donít already have your new card, pick it up at the membership desk at any VFSS event.

· Bone Rattle Music
  10% off most merchandise.

· Capilano Music (formerly Vancouver Music Gallery)
  5% off all merchandise. A free guitar, violin, or piano lesson.  

· Rufus Guitar Shop 
  10% off accessories.

· Metro Vancouver Coffee News
  20% off advertising in any Lower Mainland edition of Coffee News.
  Contact Ben Hechter



BC Folk music organizations....

· Cowichan Folk Guild

Hosts coffeehouses and the Islands Folk Festival.

· Nanaimo Folk Connection

Hosts folk concerts and open stages in Nanaimo, BC.

· Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Free festival in Princeton, BC, celebrating traditional folk music. Presentations, workshops, concerts, panels.  2011 dates: Aug. 19-21

· Rogue Folk Club

Hosts folk, roots, and Celtic music concerts in the Vancouver, BC, area. Site includes list of folk-related links.

· Steveston Folk Guild

Hosts folk music concerts in the Richmond, BC, area.

· Vancouver Folk Music Festival

World-class folk music festival running over three days in Vancouver, BC.

· Victoria Folk Music Society

Hosts folk  music concerts, coffee houses, and other events in the Victoria, BC, area. Site includes lists of folk music events and venues for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
· Vancouver Island Musicfest
Large folk and roots music festival running over three days in Comox, BC.


Other Folk Music Organizations....

· An Góilín

Traditional singer's club based in Dublin, Ireland. Hosts regular singing sessions.

· Pacific Northwest Folklore Society

Seattle-based group that works to preserve, promote, and present the folklore and traditional folk music of the Pacific Northwest. Site features articles, audio/video files, photos, and a list of events.

· Portland FolkMusic Society

Hosts songcircles, camps, and concerts in the Portland, Oregon, area. Site includes a calendar of folk music and dance events around the Pacific Northwest and a good links page.

· Seattle Folklore Society

Hosts folk music concerts, songcircles, and camps. Site includes list of places to play folk music in Seattle area and calendar of upcoming events.

· Sing Out!
Publishes Sing Out! magazine and folk music-related books. Produces a radio program dedicated to folk music.

· Yorkshire Garland Group  
Focuses on the songs of Yorkshire district in England. Maintains a Yorkshire song database.


Note: to be listed, performers must be members of the VFSS. Listings are alphabetical, by surname of performer or name of group. References to Vancouver are Vancouver, British Columbia.

· Michael Averill

Storyteller, songwriter, educator, wandering minstrel...Michael Averill is a Vancouver-based troubadour who wraps riveting and inspiring stories of serendipity in well-traveled folk, roots, and blues.

· Steve Britten

Vancouver-based performer and music teacher teaching beginner guitar, violin, and piano and intermediate guitar.

· Crooked Road Band

Vancouver-based ceilidh band playing traditional dance tunes and folk songs from England, Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere.

· David Donaldson     DavidsMusic

Vancouver-based composer and musician playing tin whistle, recorder, melodica, krumhorn, and synthesizers. Site includes free downloads of original music.

· Grant Elgaard

Vancouver-based performer and songwriter.

· Earle Peach

Vancouver-based performer, songwriter, choral conductor, teacher, and composer of  music for film and theatre.

· Fraser Union

Vancouver-based group singing songs that tell stories of lives past and present from BC, Canada, and other traditions.

· The Lazy Jacks

Vancouver-based shanty crew singing traditional sea shanties and other songs of the sea.

· Rika Ruebsaat & Jon Bartlett

Singers of traditional songs and scholars of ballads, shanties, and other folk songs.

Folk Music Information....

· The Alan Lomax Sound Archive

A trove of 17,000 songs and interviews recorded by the legendary folklorist Alan Lomax from the 1940s into the 1990s.

· The Child Ballads Index

A comprehensive site for researching ballads collected by Francis J. Child (Child Ballads).

· The Contemplator

Lyrics, midi files, tune information, and history of  English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and American folk songs, including ballads from the collection of Francis J. Child (Child Ballads). Also an excellent resource for sea shanties.

· A Folk Song a Day

Audio for a new song posted every day for a year, starting on June 24, 2010.

· A Folkie's Dictionary

A collection of terms related to folk music, plus some mini-biographies, musicology terms, trivia, and miscellaneous facts and figures.

· Glasgow Broadside Ballads

Based around a collection of nineteenth-century broadside
ballads either printed or sold in Glasgow, and now part of
the Murray Collection in Glasgow University Library 
Special Collections. Includes an index of more than 350
broadsides, many of which will be familiar to anyone
interested in folksong anywhere in the English-speaking
world, and shows readable photos of the original broadsides.
Also number of other pages containing texts, images and
other information--including  the complete autobiography
of a Glaswegian street pedlar.

· Institute for Canadian Music

A comprehensive listing of Canadian folk music links.

· Mudcat Café or 

Excellent resource for lyrics, melodies, and discussions of folk music.

· Shanties and Sea Songs

Lyrics to traditional maritime songs, particularly sea shanties. It's also a place to find relevant books and CDs, and movie recommendations, as well as information on tall ships.

· Smithsonian Folkways     www.folkways

An international network of music audio archives and an educational resource that delivers the worldʼs diverse cultural expressions in an informative way via digital media. Hear samples; see classroom lesson plans, learn about videos, read biographies, buy recordings; search by language, culture, instrument, genre... looking for Estonian bagpipe music? It's here!


Listings of folk music events in the Greater Vancouver area and folk music discussion forums.

· Yorkshire Garland Group

Database of songs from the Yorkshire district in England.


· Celtic Organizations in the Lower Mainland

List of links for Celtic cultural and heritage groups in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver) area of BC.

· Folk Oasis     CITR--FolkOasis

Weekly folk music radio show on CITR 101.9 FM.

· Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop

Hosts several music camps each year in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver)  area of BC.

· How to Improve Singing

Provides tips and information about the voice and singing techniques.

· Jerry P. Huff

Jerry P. Huff paints narratives of British Columbia and the Fraser River in water media.

· LegalMatch

Provides some basics of U.S. music law (e.g., copyright).

· Photography by Steve Britten

Vancouver-based photographer providing a variety of services, including band photos, musicians' portraits, and wedding and corporate photography.

· Solidarity Notes Labour Choir

Vancouver choir singing labour songs and songs of social justice.

· Vancouver Island Music Workshop

Hosts an annual music camp and a retreat on Vancouver Island, BC.

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