Performances in 2018
October 13 – Join the Brian Robertson Trio, with BC fiddle champion Michael Burnyeat and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Victor Smith, in the intimate setting of Celtic Traditions, 3721 West 10th Ave. just west of Alma for an evening of originals, covers and hot fiddle tunes. Doors open at 7:15, music starts at 8:00 pm with two full sets. Admission is $20.
August 21 – The Brian Robertson Trio will be the feature at the Jericho Folk Club, at its wonderful location in the Jericho Sailing Centre, on the beach at the north foot of Discovery St. From years of experience, we know this to be a good plan for every second Tuesday during the summer months: come for drinks and dinner on the terrace of the Patio Grill right above Locarno Beach, deemed to have the best views of English Bay in all of Vancouver, then wander down the hallway to take in the fine music at the club. Tune session 7:00, open stage 7:30, 2nd tune session 8:30, main feature 9 pm. Admission $10.
August 17-19 – Brian Robertson with Michael Burnyeat as well as the full Irish Wakers band will be meeting up with friends old and new at the 11th Annual Princeton Traditional Folk Festival, a free smorgasbord of musical presentations, impromptu sessions and partying. For some festival flavour from last year here is one of our red hot fiddle tune sets, courtesy of Chris Dale:
And check the website at http://princetontraditional.org.
August 10 – The Irish Wakers are slated to perform once again on the lovely open air stage of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston. The show starts at 6:30. This venue usually sells out so make sure to be there in plenty of time.
August 3 – The Brian Robertson Trio will be the main feature at Folk Music on the Beach at the Hollyburn Sailing Club, 1326 Argyle in West Vancouver. While you enjoy great views of First Narrows, English Bay and Georgia Strait with the mountains of Vancouver Island beyond, enjoy an evening that begins with a fiddle tune session at 7:30 pm, with two opening features starting at 8:00 and the main feature around 9 pm. Admission well worth it at a mere $5 (for now). As it is a private club, one can byob!
May 24-27 – Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival, its 47th annual, took place over this, the Memorial Day weekend in the US. Receiving a quarter of a million person visits over its 4 days at the Seattle Center, and attracting tens of thousands of musicians and dancers, it featured over 20 stages with performers representing many different musical cultures with a special focus on Mexico. People meet up with friends old and new to jam, sing and dance themselves to exhaustion. It has two big dance floors, each with a new band every hour, and is a mecca especially for contra and international folk dancers from all over western North America. And there is no admission charge, although attendees are encouraged to donate what they can.
May 4 – Brian performing solo was one of the features at Neil Carroll’s relatively new venue of Folk Music on the Beach happening on first Fridays of the month at the Hollyburn Sailing Club, 1326 Argyle in West Vancouver. The evening begins with a fiddle tune session at 7:30 pm, with two opening features starting at 8:00 and the main feature around 9 pm. Admission well worth it at a mere $5 (for now). As it is a private club, one can byob!
April 20 – The Brian Robertson Trio, with BC fiddle champion Michael Burnyeat and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Victor Smith, were the feature act at the Deep Cove Coffee House (Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Ave.) in North Vancouver. Many thanks to host and artistic director John Lyon and his wonderful crew of volunteers who help make this a premier folk evening in the Lower Mainland. And the audience was amazing – loud and engaged and appreciating our mix of home grown songs with a few hot fiddle tunes.
March 17 – Lookout! – it was a Saturday St. Paddy’s, and The Irish Wakers again lit up The Pint 455 Abbott St. in downtown Vancouver from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, and, later, the Wolf and Hound on the City’s west side at 3517 West Broadway from 9 pm ’til after midnight. A wild evening of playing, singing and driving the dancing!
March 10 – The Irish Wakers played to a full house at their 3rd annual pre St. Paddy’s appearance for the Music at Queens Series at the Queens City United Church, 529 Queens Ave., New Westminster. Head organizer Virginia Barteluk called it “one of our best concerts ever” and the clapping, cheering, singing and dancing bore that out. For more details on other performances in this fine series of concerts, check online at https://queensavenue.org/musicqueens/.
March 7– The Irish Wakers did a St. Patrick’s tune up set at the venerable Vancouver Folk Song Society, featuring new tune sets and songs. This venue, located at the Friends’ Meeting Hall just west of 70th and Oak, has been meeting every 1st and 3rd Wednesday continuously, without a break, for almost 60 years.
Selected performances in 2017
November 17 – Brian as a solo opened for the wonderful Illiterati Band at the Deep Cove Coffee House, at the Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Ave. in North Vancouver.
October 15 – Brian and the Irish Wakers were at the Main Stage of the annual UBC Apple Fest with a big appreciative crowd enjoying the tunes and songs on a warm and beautiful autumn day. He then joined two of BC’s hottest young fiddlers, Micki Lee and Michael Burnyeat, for a fiddle tune extravaganza. For details about the event go to http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/apple-festival.
September 29-October 1 – The annual retreat of the Vancouver Folk Song Society at Camp Alexandra – a sell out this year -included a Sunday session on Songs of Cascadia hosted by Brian. The Society can be found online at http://www.folksongsociety.org/.
August 25-27 – Brian appeared with The Tetes at Granville Island’s Wooden Boat Festival, Friday to Sunday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, where we performed rousing maritime music to lift the spirits of all sailors, whether old salts or armchair wannabes.
August 19-20 – Once again it was time for the (10th Annual) Princeton Traditional Music Festival (see http://princetontraditional.org.) More than a hundred folk musicians descended on the town to perform for free, meet up and jam with others and join the fun at the great evening singing parties at the home of the founders, Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat. High quality performances of really interesting material and well attended stages were the norm and the evening parties met all expectations. Sunday was busy for Brian with a half hour set accompanied by Michael Burnyeat on the Vermillion Stage at 10:30, and immediately followed by hosting and playing in the one hour Celtic Jam, then singing in the outrageously fun [and loud] shanty session. Saturday afternoon also featured a spirited set by the Irish Wakers – Brian and Michael along with Hugh Brock [flute] and Blake Williams [bodhran].
August 14-18 – Brian and the Irish Wakers toured BC’s southern interior, with venues including the Barley Station Brew Pub on the 14th, the Revelstoke Street Fest on the 15th, and the wonderful Old Grist Mill in Keremeos on the 18th.
August 11 – The Irish Wakers played to a sold out audience at the outdoor summer stage of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston, featuring some of Brian’s original songs of the west coast mixed in with the band’s typically high energy fiddle tune renditions.
Summer Travels in Europe – Through the North Vancouver website Homelink, Brian and Beth arranged a one month house exchange with a family from Amsterdam, trading house, car, bikes, transit passes – and even cats. A great way to slip right into the local style in a new place. While in Amsterdam, Brian performed at the Cafe Koe and Mulligan’s Irish pub. This was followed by a week in Prague, joining what seemed like a significant portion of the world’s tourists in the city’s old centre. Nevertheless the old architecture and history of the place is engrossing, and the beer…well, “Beer Is Good for You” was my slogan!
April 9– The Victoria Folk Music Society hosted their regular Sunday evening at Norway House, where Brian performed a three song set to an appreciative gathering. An invitation to return as the feature ensued, and details about the actual date will be posted when known. Reach Victoria Folk at http://www.victoriafolkmusic.ca/.
March 17 – Brian and the Irish Wakers as the feature performers took Vancouver’s legendary Wolf and Hound by storm on St. Paddy’s day, with our dancing fans refusing to let us finish at the appointed hour. Great fun for all! Earlier in the day, we had the lunch time crowd in a party mode at The Pint on Carrall St. in downtown Vancouver.
March 11 – The Irish Wakers were again in concert at the Music at Queens series at the Queens City United Church, 529 Queens Ave., New Westminster. Some fine performers play in this eclectic music series: check it out at https://queensavenue.org/musicqueens/
Winter travels in Africa – From late January through much of February Beth and Brian travelled on extended safari through the major game parks and reserves bordering Kenya and Tanzania, including Masai Mara, Amboseli, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. With experienced drivers and guides, we travelled by pop-top land cruiser with an excellent set of companions taking in the awe-inspiring legions of animals big and small in lands where much of human evolution transpired. We followed this up with a week on the beaches near Matemwe, Zanzibar and transitioned back into the western hubbub via London’s museums, galleries, theatres and pubs, returning home in early March.
Selected performances in 2016
October 15-16 – Brian joined the Irish Wakers on the Main Stage at the UBC Apple Fest, Saturday 2:00-2:45 pm, and follow it up with a guest appearance 12:00 pm on Sunday with The Tètes. This is a fun event where visitors can taste the many dozens of apple varieties and their heritage antecedents, and buy apples that you don’t normally see in stores.
September 24 – Contra dancers from all over the Pacific Northwest headed for Camp Luther on the shores of Hatzic Lake in the Fraser Valley to kick up their heels at the Chehalis Dance Camp, September 23-25. In a non-dance entertainment section of the program, Brian performed a 1 hour version of his Stories of the BC Coast: A History in Song on Saturday, the 24th. For more info on this presentation go to http://www.brianrobertson.ca/special-presentations-2/
June 25th – The launch party of Brian’s second CD, Times & Places, took place under the auspices of the Rogue Folk Club at the iconic St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC. He and the band were in fine form and the audience was wonderful – warm, enthusiastic and in good voice. Thanks to all who came and a very special thanks to Steve Edge and the volunteers of the Rogue Folk Club who helped make the event so enjoyable! June 14th – The Irish Wakers with Brian on guitar and vocals were the feature at the renowned Jericho Folk Club http://www.jerichofolkclub.ca/, in the Rugby Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, north foot of Discovery St., in Vancouver, BC. Judging by the lively audience reception, both the regular fiddle jam and the Wakers’ feature exceeded the evening’s inclement weather for sheer thunder and lightening!
June 1st – Brian was the solo feature at the venerable Vancouver Folk Song Society‘s lovely venue at the Friend’s Meeting Hall at 70th & Oak in Vancouver, where he performed a blend of his originals and favourite covers to an enthusiastic crowd.
April 28th – Brian was joined by fiddle wizard Michael Burnyeat when he presented Stories of the BC Coast – a History in Song, featuring collected songs and his own originals that made the unique and colourful anecdotal history of the province come alive for a full house at the Hastings Mill Museum, the oldest building in Vancouver. Find out more about the Museum at http://www.hastings-mill-museum.ca/.
March 17th – The Irish Wakers with Brian on guitar and vocals were the featured evening band for the St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza at the iconic Wolf and Hound, West Broadway near Alma, in Vancouver.
March 12th – The Irish Wakers were in concert at the Music at Queens series for an enthusiastic sold out pre-St. Paddy’s crowd at the Queens City United Church, 529 Queens Ave., New Westminster. Some fine performers play in this eclectic music series: check it out at https://queensavenue.org/musicqueens/.
March 9th – The Irish Wakers kicked off the St. Patrick’s “season” in grand style at the Langley Senior Recreation and Resource Centre, where a full house enjoyed our concert in a cabaret setting.
February 27th – Brian performed a second set on the KALA stage of the Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria Oregon.
February 26th – Brian performed at the annual Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon this evening at the Astoria Event Center. The Gathering is a fun event that attracts thousands of performers and fans from all over North America to this small Oregon coastal town near the mouth of the mighty Columbia River. Numerous stages throughout the town feature poetry, story telling and songwriting by people with an actual connection to the fishing industry. They may be “regular folk” but the presentations combine deep knowledge with artistry and are leavened by an authenticity that only people who have fished for a living can produce.