Concert Series

  • March 23rd, 2017

    Bill & Joel Plaskett

    2017 sees Joel Plaskett hitting the road with one of his biggest musical influences, his father, Bill Plaskett. Joined by special guests, Peterborough's Mayhemingways, the father & son duo will perform songs from their new record, Solidarity, and as well as favourites from Joel's vast catalogue of music. 

    • Location: Wa Wa Shrine Centre
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 32
  • March 25th, 2017

    Sask Sampler 2017

    The Annual Sask Sampler

    Each year, the Regina Folk Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival and Gateway Festival bring together Saskatchewan's freshest musical talent in the annual Sask Sampler showcase. 

    Need more of a reason to see sweet Saskatchewan talent? All proceeds from the door go directly to the artists performing that night! 

    Hear Saskatchewan's up and comers March 25th at Bushwakker Brewpub.

    Featuring: Scott RichmondDenise Valle, The Wolfe, Government Town, In with the Old, and, The Garrys

    Tickets only available at the door.

    • Location: Bushwakker Brewpub
    • Doors open at 7:00 PM
    • Show starts at 7:30 PM
    • Advance tickets - 0
    • Tickets at the door - 10
  • March 30th, 2017

    Lisa LeBlanc

    A true show-woman, Lisa LeBlanc has already played over 400 shows across Canada and Europe. With her always is her energy, her love for life, her charisma, her sincerity and, of course, her beautiful voice and her music. Her goal is pretty simple: to sing and perform as often as possible! Eliza Doyle will open the evening!

     

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 30
  • April 5th, 2017

    The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

    “With a name like The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Vancouver-based duo is some sort of concept group based on a hypothetical love story between Captain Ahab and Lizzie Borden.” (Chris Oke, Yukon News)

    In reality, Shawn ‘The Harpoonist’ Hall and Matthew ‘The Axe Murderer’ Rogers evoke much more than just grisly nautical imagery. Armed with an arsenal of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a road-worn Telecaster, the duo kick out raw and primal blues in the tradition of a “decades-deep blues style” (Scott Brown, What’s up Yukon), while infusing the genre with a jolt of renewed energy.

    The two met and bonded over music while recording a radio jingle. Their memorable name is inspired by a lyric from Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Bobby McGee’ that references the blues harp, (‘I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana’) and ‘axe’, a common term for the guitar.

    Their influences range from the iconic songwriting of Willie Dixon to the boundary pushing of Jack White and Danger Mouse, but their sound is distinctly their own, smothered in greasy, gritty soul and imbued with funk. Shawn Hall provides the rousing, rugged vocals and blues harmonica, while Matthew Rogers rips on the guitar and pounds the skins with his feet. Their music is unapologetic. It slaps you in the face and cuts you to the core. It’s the blues played the way it was meant to be played.

    Ryan McNally will open the night.

    Children 12 and under are free. There will be limited seating at this show. 

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 20
    • Tickets at the door - 27
  • May 7th, 2017

    Ron Sexsmith

    Ron Sexsmith’s status as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation has never been in doubt, even from the moment he released his self-titled major-label debut album in 1995. His career arc since then has in some ways been a study in how that pure ability has been handled in the studio. 

    On his thirteenth solo album, The Last Rider, Sexsmith, along with his longtime collaborator Don Kerr, has taken matters into his own hands as a producer. For fans, that fact alone should heighten the listening experience in terms of getting to hear Sexsmith’s complete musical vision for the first time. However, it’s not much of a surprise that, as an artist whose music never fails to draw out raw emotions, Sexsmith the producer has made The Last Rider perhaps the most intimate and welcoming album in his catalogue. 

    “I think my sound has always been a combination of the folk singers and British Invasion artists I’ve always admired,” he says. “At this point, it’s just second nature for me to write short, melodic songs that say everything you want to say. But having my band totally involved on this album maybe brought out more in the songs than on other recent albums. It felt special, anyway.” 

    Although Ron Sexsmith has more music to come that is sure to inspire us, for now The Last Rider is the latest addition to a body of work as impressive as any produced in the past quarter-century. Through truth and simplicity, Sexsmith’s songs help us get closer to the things that make us better people, meaning that an album like The Last Rider is as necessary now as anything he has ever done. 

    Special offer! A digital download of Ron Sexsmith’s forthcoming album, The Last Rider, is included with every ticket you order for this show. You will receive an email within one week of purchase with instructions on how to receive your download following your ticket purchase.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:00 PM
    • Show starts at 7:30 PM
    • Advance tickets - 31
    • Tickets at the door - 36

Regina Folk Festival 2017. Be there.