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Event Archive - FolkWest Fundraiser!: Bučan Bučan, Balkan Babes, Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra

Sat. April 24th 2010 White Eagle Polish Hall (All Ages)
8:00 - 11:30 doors at 7:30
$14 Advance / At the Door: $16/$13 low income
Presented by: FolkWest, Lower Island Folkfest Society
Sponsored by Village 900 "Global Roots Radio", Phillips Brewing Co. Ltd. & our web designers The Number

Show will be All Ages with a Licenced area.

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A great deal has happened since last August's overwhelmingly successful fundraiser to launch a new folk music festival in Victoria. Over the last six months, local musician Oliver Swain has wrangled together a top-notch group of local music biz professionals and the formation of a society is now complete. With the ultimate goal of producing the first annual world-class music festival, FolkWest in 2011, The Lower Island Folkfest Society is now ready to launch their next phase of development. As Ollie Swain explains, "The concert this April will be our first chance as a bonafide society to reach out to the community and say, hey!, we're seriously on the road to making a festival happen and we want YOU to join us! We now have a website under construction, site research nearing completion and are narrowing down a 2011 festival date." The concert will mark the unveiling of the website, the start of the membership drive, as well as the launch of a logo design contest. Information tables at the show will give concert goers the opportunity to get involved by becoming a member the society or signing up for the newsletter.

The musical lineup for this concert illustrates the goals and musical vision of the society's mission statement which reads "The Lower Island Folkfest Society is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the presentation, preservation and promotion of traditional and contemporary folk music and regional cultural traditions involving both professional and emerging musicians..." It goes on to explain a mandate that includes musical education and mentoring as well as values of environmental responsibility and community involvement.

Bučan Bučan:

Ever since last year's appearances at Luminara, the Dragon Boat Festival and Rifflandia, people just can't stop talking about the musically eclectic, visually jaw-dropping 14-piece gypsy marching band known as Bučan Bučan. Pronounced "BooCHAN BooCHAN", this Victoria super-group has quickly risen to the short-list of Victoria's favourite live bands. Neither a Klezmer nor “Oom-Pah” band, Bučan Bučan captures the ethnic essence of traditional Eastern European Gypsy music and transforms it into a crazy, loud and boisterous party filled with many instruments, theatrics, moustaches, fishnets and fur! Bucan Bucan are: Chris Logan (vocals/tupan[drum]), Natasha Enquist (accordion/vocals), Jonty Parker-Jervis (violin), Matthew Pease (washboard/percussion), Aidan Knight (horse[costume]), Rebecca Hissen (clarinet) and on horns, horns and more horns: Michael Timothy (trombone), Denver Rawson (baritone), Aubrey Kelly (euphonium), Alfons Fear (trumpet/euphonium) as well as Michelle Footz, Kirsten Wright and Julia Wakal on trumpets.

'M' Awards nominee "Most Welcome New Addition to the Arts Scene"

Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra:

Led by singer Marion Siegel, the 8-piece YCSO is an extraordinarily passionate, versatile band with a big, brassy, swaggering sound and a love of Jewish and Eastern European music. Their repertoire of fast danceable music shifts effortlessly from the basic klezmer forms such as freylachs, and bulgars, to swing, jazz-influenced, New Orleans style marching bands, and even a hint of bluegrass! Marion's vocal repertoire travels in and out Yiddish music halls, Greek rembetika speakeasies, French coffee houses and the caravans of Eastern Europe with the vibrant accompaniment of accordion, guitar, double bass, violin and horns. The YCSO includes alumni of The Bills, The Stomp Club, The Belvedere Broad Casters, Caravan, The Romaniacs and The Victoria Symphony Orchestra. In November 2009, they released their CD, "Seven Good Years", to critical acclaim.

Balkan Babes:

Victoria's, a capella choir, the Balkan Babes, enchant audiences with the penetrating harmonies and asymmetrical rhythms of the rich and ancient musical traditions of Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Dalmatia, Serbia, Georgia and the Ukraine. Operating as a collective, without a director, the 11 'Babes' strive for an authentic sound in vocal production and pronunciation, but also open up many of the songs to their own contemporary interpretations and arrangements. In 2008 the 'Babes' received national attention when they won first place in the "Pan Cultural Traditions" category of CBC Radio Two's biennial amateur choral competition. In August of the same year they released, Divna, described as "an entrancing album of world music from one of the city's much loved choirs" (John Threlfall, Monday Magazine). A favourite at local festivals including Luminara, their performance in Elektra's Tapestry International Celebration of Women's Choirs was one of the highlights of 2009. The 'Babes' celebrated their 10th anniversary last fall and will begin recording their next CD in May.

'M' Awards nominee "Favourite Vocal Ensemble" (winners in this category in 2008)

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